Sunday School and Adult Forum Restart – Sept. 20
Sunday School and Adult Forum will resume at 9:15 on September 20. Please register students (preschool through grade 7) at Epiphanyscooop.com. This ensures we have the correct contact information and enables the Sunday School staff to be properly prepared. Contact Barbara Little (text 570-840-6164 or email firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions or concerns.
YouthChat will resume for students in grades 8-12 on the same day. Text Uncle Rick (570-840-6163) to get in the YC loop.
United Thank Offering (UTO) Ingathering – Sept. 27
UTO is a ministry of The Episcopal Church to support missions of the whole church. Throughout the year as you give thanks for your blessings, fill a UTO “blue box” with offerings of your thanks then bring the contents to our official ingathering day in the fall. Envelopes are available in the pews and in the narthex for your United Thank Offering. New blue boxes will be available for filling over the coming year. Wondering about UTO? Click here for information on its history and missions.
Seasons of Love Meal – Sunday, September 27
Each month, a crew from Epiphany prepares and serves a meal to people in need through the Seasons of Love initiative at Church of the Good Shepherd in Scranton. If you can lend a hand with preparation, serving, transporting diners, sorting clothing donations, and/or clean-up at any time from around 10:30 to 3, contact Sue Six at email@example.com. During the summer months, the college student volunteers are fewer so we really need extra help from Epiphany.
Blessing of the Animals – Sunday, October 4 at 3PM
All are welcome to a Blessing of the Animals service to celebrate the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi and the special bonds between companion animals and their humans. Animals should be leashed, bridled, crated, or caged appropriately to participate in the service and receive a blessing from Fr. Graham. Weather permitting, gather in the All Saints Memorial Garden by the St. Francis statue. In case of inclement weather, the service will be held in the fellowship hall. Refreshments for critters and humans will be served. (Humans need not bring an animal to participate, but all animals need to bring a human.) Donations of supplies will be accepted for the Eastern PA Animal Alliance SpayMoblie (click here to be directed to their webpage and list of needs).
ONGOING EVENTS AT EPIPHANY:
NEW WORSHIP TIMES AT EPIPHANY – Beginning September 13
On Sundays, Holy Eucharist (Rite II) services are held at 8 and 10:30AM. [In months with a 5th Sunday, we will come together for a brunch at 9:15 followed by Holy Eucharist (Rite I) at 10:30]
In the Episcopal church, everyone is welcome and all baptized Christians are invited to receive communion. (If you need a gluten-free wafer, please let an usher know before the service begins.)
Young children, age 3 – grade 3, are invited to attend Bird Church (Junior Worship) if they wish. Bird Church meets in the Commons Room in the parish hall (just off the foyer) beginning at 10:30. They will rejoin their families at the sharing of the peace to participate in the eucharist with the congregation.
At this time, Epiphany does not have a nursery for infants and toddlers; children of all ages are welcome at worship.
Sunday School and Adult Forum 9:15-10:15AM. (Beginning September 20)
Children from age 3 through grade 12 are encouraged to join us for Sunday School. Classroom for preschool through 8th grade are located on the lower level of the parish hall. High school aged youth meet in the fellowship hall for Youth Chat (when they’re not meeting off-site at Duffy’s Coffeehouse in Clarks Summit).
Please click here to register your preschool – grade 8 child(ren) for Sunday School. High school students can text “Uncle Rick” Little to participate in Youth Chat (570-840-6163).
For more resources for children, youth, families and friends of Epiphany visit our companion website EpiphanyScoop.com
Adult Forum meets in the Commons Room off the main foyer of the parish hall.
Fellowship and coffee (etc.) will be available at 9, 10:15, and after the second service in the fellowship hall (unless the weather is conducive to setting up outside).
Wednesday’s Holy Communion service is at 9:30AM.
On the first Wednesday of each month, the service includes the Litany for Healing.
Our Adult Choir sings on the first, third, and fifth Sundays, rehearsing on those Sundays as well as each Thursday evening prior to the Sundays they sing, from mid-September through early June. New voices are always welcome! If you’re interested in joining, leave a message for Melissa at 570-563-1564.
Children’s Choirs and Chimers are known to perform for special occasions (Christmas Eve, Easter, Mother’s Day) with minimal rehearsal. The greater the interest, the greater the opportunities to make wonderful music under the guidance of our fabulous choir director, Melissa Driscole. She will be more than happy to hear from interested music makers.
Please come to a service at Epiphany ~ we welcome visitors!
‘SEASONS OF LOVE’ MEAL
Volunteers from Epiphany travel to the Church of the Good Shepherd in Scranton to prepare and serve a meal to area hungry on the fourth Sunday of each month (unless otherwise publicized).
Meal preparation begins around 10:30AM, serving is at 2PM, and clean-up is usually finished by 3. In addition to prep, serving, and clean-up, volunteers are needed to pick-up and deliver diners as well as sort and distribute clothing donations.
If you would like to be part of this ministry, please contact Sue Six: firstname.lastname@example.org.
USED CLOTHING DROP-OFF SHED
Sponsored by The Church of the Epiphany, the shed is located below the church on Church Hill. Anyone can donate used clothing, shoes, belts, purses, blankets, sheets, pillowcases, drapes and stuffed toys. Place donations inside the shed in plastic bags to protect from the elements (extra bags are available at the shed). Tax deductible receipts are located in the black box on the shed.
The following items cannot be accepted: rags, fabric scraps, pillows, plastic toys, household goods, electronics/ TV’s*, or TRASH. (*These items may be taken free-of-charge to the Lackawanna County Recycling Center in Scranton, PA).
Epiphany supports a ministry to the Pygmies of Uganda including a school and medical clinic. Click here to visit the Batwa Pygmy website. Linda K. Rogers created the site to share information on this ministry as well as photos and videos from her travels in Uganda on behalf of the Reaching the Pygmies ministry.
AEM FOOD PANTRY
Epiphany collects non-perishable food in unbreakable containers to support this thirty+ year-old organization serving families who reside in Abington Heights or Lackawanna Trail school districts. Located in the lower level of Dalton United Methodist Church, 125 Turnpike Rd, Dalton, PA. the food pantry is open Monday nights from 6-7:30PM. Recipients may come twice monthly for food assistance. A driver’s license and proof of current residency are required; there are no income restrictions.
Volunteers are always needed to help sort food on Monday evenings. Contact Nancy Thompson, coordinator, at 570-878-8843.
To make a tax-deductible donation, please write/send your check to ‘AEM,’ PO Box 125, Clarks Summit, PA 18411-0125 and mark ‘Food Pantry’ in the memo line.
EPIPHANY PARISH PROFILE
To learn a bit more about Epiphany,
feel free to read our current parish profile found here.
Reach us via mail: PO Box 189, Clarks Summit, PA 18411-0189; fax: 570-563-2006; e-mail: email@example.com; or telephone: 570-563-1564.
On the 3rd Tuesday evening of each month,
your Vestry meets in the Epiphany Commons Room.
Unless previously announced, Vestry meetings are open.
Parishioners may attend, to present a topic or
to simply listen to current issues before Vestry.
Meetings begin at 7 PM.
Please contact Dr. Linda Rogers, Sr. Warden, if you have
a concern you want brought to Vestry’s attention
or you want to present a topic at the next meeting.
Next meeting: October 20, 2015.
EpiphanyScoop.com is a website with more information for children, youth, families, and friends of Epiphany. Please click here to visit.