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A Church in Action

 Outreach Ministry
Ministry Lead: Celeste Meyer   Vestry Liaison: Bob Otten

 Outreach Ministry’s goal is to team with other churches and charitable organizations to support and serve those outside our church family—locally, nationally and internationally. In addition to sharing ten percent of Epiphany’s pledge (in line with Christ’s teaching of the tithe) to outreach, the boundless generosity of all involved helps us to help others to serve, grow and build.

Ministry Activities:

  • Food Pantry—we share this ministry with Community of Faith United Methodist Church, across the street. Volunteers meet weekly on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays (a.m.) to prepare and Tuesdays (p.m.) to distribute food and groceries.
  • Food4Thought—provides 100 meals a month for school-aged children.
  • Stop Hunger Now, Pack-a-thon 2015 provided 14,000 meals to feed the hungry abroad.
  • Hypothermia Shelter—a week long effort to shelter the homeless during winter.
  • Angel Tree provides holiday gifts to hypothermia shelter guests.
  • Financial Outreach—an ongoing service to also help those in need within our community.
  • Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts use our building and participate in selected activities with Epiphany.
  • Sponsored Child--financial support of our adopted child Amanda Leonela Urey Llanes in Managua, Nicaragua through Compassion International.
  • Mission Trips to work side-by-side with those in need.
  • Contributions to the Episcopal Relief & Development (ERD) to help communities rebuild after disasters and empower people to create lasting solutions that fight poverty, hunger and disease.

 

Children and Family Ministry
Ministry Leads: Caitlyn Smith & Emma Irby        Vestry Liaison: Melissa Woodhead

 Through Christian education, spiritual formation and growth, we explore our past (through Bible study and church traditions), our present (our place in church and community), and create a future, making God’s kingdom known in our community and beyond.

Ministry Activities:

  • Christian Education Ministry sets goals and plans for our current and future needs through a Workshop Rotation process for elementary-aged children and a multimedia interactive curriculum for preschoolers, including a newly expanded curriculum in 2015, and the addition of teens.
  • Weekly Sunday School for preschool, elementary-aged children and teens.
  • Weekly chapel for preschool students and their families.
  • Lenten study series.
  • Shrinemont weekend retreats.
  • Vacation Bible School: Over 100 children participated in VBS 2015, nearly double the number who participated in 2014!


Adult Ministry 
Ministry Lead: Michelle Walter   Vestry Liaison: Ryan Hale

  • Our Christian education and spiritual formation continues throughout our adult lives. As we walk together with Christ, we delve deeper into our thoughts, knowledge and understanding of God and ourselves. 
  • Ministry Activities:
  • Table Talks allow us to explore a variety of topics following our Coffee Hour after Sunday worship.
  • Adult Bible study.
  • Adult Mini-Retreat to help encourage and empower our Christian life.

Buildings and Grounds Ministry
Ministry Lead: David Sonnenfeld   Vestry Liaison: Ben Jerauld

Epiphany Episcopal Church is blessed with an abundance of physical space and grounds to accomplish, in the name of Christ, many varied outreach services and ministries. “Church” is not a building—it is our support in time and treasure which empowers Epiphany to accommodate expanding our church and community ministries.

Ministry Activities:

  • Oversee and manage the maintenance and operation of our building and grounds.
  • Keep our facilities in good repair. Maintain the exterior building and grounds, and manage operation of the HVAC and other building systems.
  • Organize Parish Work Days to repair and refurbish the building and maintain the church grounds.



Christian Support Ministry

These ministries provide prayer, programs and services to grow and strengthen our communal life. They enhance our daily lives in Christ, so that we may more fully participate in Christ’s ministries.

Ministry Activities:

  • Maintain an active and ongoing prayer ministry.
  • Fishes and Loaves Ministry provides meals to Epiphany parishioners who have an illness, are home from the hospital, or are welcoming a new child.
  • Pathways Ministry provides education and acts as a resource for members and other ministries regarding the well-being of mind, body and spirit.
  • Mental Health Awareness Training conducts training for hypothermia volunteers.
  • Cards and Letters helps us to support each other in times of joy, celebration and sorrow.
  • Future plans are to expand parish participation and support in all aspects of this ministry. This ministry is actively seeking a team lead.

 

Communications Ministry
Ministry Lead: Doug Kutyna   Vestry Liaison: Phil Mead

 The communications ministry provides oversight and support to both internal and external parish communications and the physical infrastructure that supports church communication.

Ministry Activities:

  • Update the parish website design and content.
  • Organize and manage social media activities and initiatives.
  • Evaluate, implement and maintain Epiphany’s IT and telephony infrastructure.
  • Work with parish operations in the evaluation of physical and cyber security.
  • Assist with advertising and communications for events (Christmas, Easter, etc.).
  • Assist with the editing of weekly newsletters and weekly bulletins.
  • Produce various parish brochures and other informational documents and presentations.
  • Design and coordinate outdoor signage activity in coordination with Buildings and Grounds.
  • Implement and integrate the use of large-screen displays to enhance worship and other activities. 

 
Fellowship/Hospitality Ministry

 Ministry Lead: Tom Seeley   Vestry Liaison: Jeanne Trimble

Fellowship and hospitality are important aspects of Epiphany’s ministry and outreach activities. This ministry plans, sets-up and enlists volunteers for a variety of parish get-togethers. They also coordinate kitchen related activities. Volunteers carry out the work of this group, and many more are needed.

Ministry activities:

  • Weekly Fellowship hour provides food and refreshments after Sunday worship.
  • Friendship Cafe offers food and refreshments during various parish events and activities.
  • Annual Meeting luncheon
  • Church Spring picnic
  • Ongoing volunteer recruitment to help with this ministry.
  • Special Events are also managed and coordinated with Fellowship and Hospitality

 Future plans may include organizing and offering six weeks of summer art and show camps, Sunday night dinners, a group trip to a holiday show in DC, or other activities which parishioners and volunteers would enjoy and support. Ministry volunteers listen to all ideas and try to implement those suggestions into our calendar.

 

Newcomers Ministry
Ministry Lead: Anne Johnson    Vestry Liaison: Susan Simmons

 Epiphany strives to provide a welcoming environment for newcomers and the nearly new!

Ministry Activities: 

  • “Radical hospitality”
  • Greeter welcomes all to our worship services
  • Name tags are available at the front door. While newcomers can ask to have one made for future visits, this ministry often prepares name tags before being asked.
  • Follow-up with visitors
  • Shepherding activities links newcomers with active church members who share similar interests, to help newcomers become an integral part of the church.
  • Quarterly Newcomer Social
  • Monthly “New to the Neighborhood” program mails invitations to families moving to the area.
  • Calling cards of invitation provide business-card sized invitations for parishioners to give to others to invite them to Epiphany for Christmas, Easter and on an ongoing basis.

Servanthood Development Ministry
Ministry Lead: Elaine Nosaka   Vestry Liaison: Keola Nosaka

The mission of the Servanthood Development team is to encourage Epiphany’s parishioners to participate in parish ministries and pledging programs. The team also tries to explore ideas and ways to grow and expand our parish family.

Ministry activities:

  • Stewardship campaign—Organize and implement the “Envision Greater” Campaign, to encourage parishioners to pledge their gifts of time, talent and treasure to Epiphany.
  • Plan and coordinate Ministry Moments every Sunday to help keep our parish up-to-date on our ministry activities and to seek new volunteers.
  • EasyTithe (www.coee.org/giving) provides a convenient way for parishioners to make donations online through establishing a recurring or one-time contribution while providing secure donor access to their contribution records.
  • Conduct financial seminar(s) to help individuals improve financial management skills.
  • Our goal is to help the other ministries to attract and retain new volunteers and to increase 2016 parish pledge participation to 100% in 2015! We can do it!

Worship Ministry
Ministry Lead: Hillary West   Vestry Liaison: Don Brill
Worship is the central act of thanks and praise that we, as the Episcopal Church offer to God as a collective body through Word, prayer and music. Central to our worship is the Lord’s Supper—Holy Communion which feeds and nourishes us to be about God’s work in the world.

Ministry activities:

  • Recruit, train and schedule Lay Eucharistic Ministers (LEMs), Lay Readers and Acolytes.
  • Build, train and rehearse a joyful sound of choir voices who sing each Sunday, including the Praise Band and the Children’s Choir.
  • Plan hymns, choir anthems and service readings for each worship service.
  • Plan special services including monthly Family Worship, weekly Wednesday morning chapel, holiday services, and special events (including concerts).
  • Care and clean the vestments for the choir, LEMs and acolytes.

Worship Ministry seeks to increase the number of trained acolytes and eucharistic ministers, incorporate more contemporary music in worship services, institute and build a children’s choir, and increase the choir director’s and music minister’s responsibilities to include the exploration and planning of an alternative worship service. Although we have a fair number of lay readers, more are always welcomed.

Epiphany Preschool

Epiphany Preschool is a ministry of Epiphany Episcopal Church and currently serves children ages 2-1/2 to 5 years old, Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Registration is ongoing, as long as there is space available.

Epiphany Episcopal Church Worship Center and Campus

In addition to our many ministries, Epiphany Episcopal Church shares the gifts of its facilities with other faith groups and schools.

 We share our space with:

  • New Hope Baptist Church (www.wnhbc.org), a Korean Baptist worship community.
  • Life Way, a Christian faith group which worships in our space.
  • Church of Christ Youth Ministry meets at Epiphany.
  • Perspectiva Russian School (www.perspectivaschool.com) for Russian language and culture.
  • Boyle School of Irish Dance (www.boyleschool.com) teaching the beauty of Irish dance.
  • Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts troops (as a part of our Outreach Ministry).