“Fill the Bag” Project – ongoing
You may have noticed paper grocery bags with yellow sheets of paper stapled to the front lying around the church. Epiphany is helping out with the Trinity Lutheran Church’s Youth Group project to collect food for those in our community who are hungry. Until November 15, you can fill a grocery bag with non-perishable food (in unbreakable packaging, please) and drop it off at Epiphany or Trinity. If you forget to pick up a designated bag, you can certainly us whatever you have available. Last year, there were 163 bags collected – this year’s goal is 200! Some suggested items are cereal, tuna, peanut butter, pancake mix, pasta, Hamburger Helper, juice, canned fruits, and powdered milk. For additional information, contact Heather Klien at 570.881.3136.
Fall Back an Hour on October 31
Daylight savings time ends in the wee hours of 10/31-11/1. Don’t forget to set your clocks back before you go to bed Saturday night and gain an extra hour sleep.
All Saints’ Day – Sunday, November 1
The names of our dear departed ones will be read at 8am and 10:30am services.
Acolyte Meeting – Sunday, November 1 at 11:45 am
All acolytes will convene in the sanctuary after the 10:30 service followed by a pizza lunch in the kitchen.
Confirmation Class – Sunday, November 1 at 12:30 pm
Confirmands will meet in the Commons Room following the acolyte meeting and lunch.
Veterans’ Names Read – Sunday, November 8
The names of all military veterans associated with Epiphany will be read at both services. If you know of a veteran who should be included, please contact the office at 570.563.1564.
AEM Food Pantry Thanksgiving Box Prep – Sat., Nov. 21
Volunteers are requested from 9-noon at Dalton United Methodist Church to sort food and prepare Thanksgiving boxes for our neighbors in need. Call 570.563.1619 for information.
Seasons of Love Meal – Sunday, November TBA
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.
Thanksgiving Service – Wednesday, Nov., 25 at 9:30 am
Join us for a service of thanksgiving with Holy Communion at 9:30 am.
Potluck Breakfast and One Worship Service on November 29
Bring your favorite breakfast dish or beverage (if you are able – there will certainly be plenty if you can’t) and join us for a communal meal at 9 am followed by our single worship service at 10:30 am where we will dedicate our 2016 pledge cards.
ONGOING AT EPIPHANY:
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 am 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. There are soft play bags and a selection of activity books available in the narthex.
Sunday School and Adult Forum 9:15-10:15AM. (mid-September through early June)
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).
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 to the Lackawanna County Recycling Center in Scranton, PA or retailers with recycling programs such as Best Buy.)
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 to the food pantry, 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: November 17, 2015.
EpiphanyScoop.com is a website with more information for children, youth, families, and friends of Epiphany. Please click here to visit.