Epiphanies Happen!

Did you make a resolution for 2016? My sister-in-law never does but I do. I admit I've stepped away from the "I resolve to run 5 miles every morning" and moved toward the "I resolve to be more intentional" type of resolutions - knowing the former rarely works and the latter is a more gentle way to introduce change into my life. If one of your resolutions for this year includes developing a daily prayer practice or participating in a retreat or doing something just for you, then we are here to help.

An Ignatian Retreat Team from Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Georgetown has offered again this year (January 24 - 30) to introduce praying in the tradition of St. Ignatius Loyola to our parishioners. The Rev'd Stephen Wade, a trained spiritual guide, will be available meet privately for a half-hour with you at Epiphany every day for one week. It is a retreat for our daily life - a way to take what we say and believe on Sundays into our week.
Some of our parishioners have participated in the past and found this retreat to be very helpful in looking spiritually at their professional lives, seeing God at work during their week, and helping them deepen their faith overall. I promise you that making time for God each day will be rewarding beyond measure.

To register please email Martina O'Shea at Holy Trinity or call 202-337-9048. You will be asked to attend an opening session on Sunday, January 24, from 3:00 to 5:00pm at Holy Trinity to begin your journey. There you will be introduced to Father Wade and learn more about what to expect during your retreat. You must adjust your schedule to commit to pray 30 minutes each day and also meet privately with Father Wade at Epiphany. Finally, there will be a closing session on Saturday, January 30 from 8:30 - 10:30am at Holy Trinity.

May 2016 be full of gateways to increased health and happiness, whatever that looks like for you. Taking time to sit with God and dream about what that include sounds may be a good place to start. My prayer for you (and me) is that we seek and see God at work in every facet of our lives - even in our resolutions.

Table of Contents
Tuesday Concert Series, Upcoming Performances
Sunday Bulletin, Epiphany Events and Announcements
Music & The ArtsMusic
Tuesday Concert Series
In Epiphany's Tuesday Concert Series this week Schola Epiphaniensis (resident and honorary members of our choir); Rebecca Kellerman Petretta, Rachel Evangeline Barham, Roger Isaacs, Oliver Mercer, James Rogers, voices with Michelle Myers Lundy, harp and Jeremy Filsell, piano present the Epiphanytide Music of Benjamin Britten: the sparkling Ceremony of Carols Op. 28, set for upper voices and harp, Canticle IV: 'The Journey of the Magi' Op. 86 (1971) and Canticle III: 'Abraham and Isaac' Op. 51 (1952). The concert begins at 12:10pm and admission is free. A donation of $10 is suggested to support the artists and the concert series itself.

January-June 2016 Tuesday Concert Series brochure.

Upcoming Performances
January 16, 2015, 7:30pm- Mount Holyoke Orchestra
Linda Laderach - Violin, Andrea Chinedu Nwoke - Soprano, Philip Lima - Baritone
The evening's performance includes Abraham (Panufnik), Lyoness (Olson- New Commission), and Dark River Concert Suite (Watkins). Tickets Available from the Mount Holyoke Club of Washington, DC here.

January 24, 2016, 6:00pm- What Makes it Great? with Rob Kapilow
Presented by Washington Performing Arts and Smithsonian Associates
In his acclaimed What Makes It Great? series, former NPR music commentator Rob Kapilow "gets audiences in tune with classical music at a deeper level than they ever thought possible" (Los Angeles Times). In a three-part format, Kapilow unravels and explores a great musical masterpiece with the audience. Next, the piece is performed in its entirety, followed by a Q&A with the audience and performers. For more information and tickets, please visit the Washington Performing Arts website.

February 5, 2016, 8:00pm- Avanti Orchestra
The evening's program features the Holberg Suite (Grieg), Cello Concerto in B-flat major, G. 482 (Boccherini) with Zlatomir Fung, cello (first prize winner, Johansen International Competition), and Symphony No. 33 in B-flat major, K. 319 (Mozart). There is a $10 suggested donation, which benefits Epiphany's Tuesday Concert Series.

Please note that all of Epiphany's guest artists and ensembles handle their own ticket sales. Please contact the respective individuals/ensembles for ticket sales and information pertaining to these concerts.
Learn more about musical events at Epiphany by visiting our website
Spirituality & Ministry Spirituality
This Sunday at Epiphany

Calling Committee Communiqué
Gracious God, we pray for this parish church and for the Calling Committee as we seek to call a new Rector. Help us to be strong, open, forgiving -- and truthful to those discerning a call to minister in this place. Accompany us on our journey in the knowledge of your love for us and your power to unite us all. AMEN

Happy season of Epiphany to all! You should have received an e-mail message with a letter and a Survey Monkey link to our parish survey. If you did, please don't delay and complete the survey today! It should only take 10-15 minutes. We appreciate your time and your thoughtful responses will help us to build our parish profile and attract rector candidates who feel truly called to minister to our unique faith community. If you did not receive a link, please let us know:  epiphanysearch2015@gmail.com.

Paper surveys will be available at both services over the next few weeks, and paper surveys will also be sent to the approximately 30 members who do not have an e-mail address on record. In both cases, electronic and paper, we do ask for your names simply to know who has already responded. However, all names will be separated from survey responses.

Calling all photographers and collectors of photographs! In reviewing other parish profiles, it is clear that pictures will play an important role in telling our story. If you have photographs of Epiphany's buildings, people, and activities that you believe truly capture our essence, please share them with us! We also invite you to start taking photos. Have fun, be creative, and show us, what does Epiphany look like to you?

January 24-30- God's Abiding Love: An Ignatian Retreat in Daily Life
This retreat sponsored by Holy Trinity Church is an individually directed retreat, made at home, for people who want to be introduced to praying in the tradition of St. Ignatius Loyola through engaging the intellect and the imagination. During the retreat participants spend ½ hour of reflection with a suggested scripture passage and a ½ hour private meeting with a spiritual director at The Church of the Epiphany. Please see this brochure and registration form for available meeting times. The last day to register is next Tuesday, January 12. 

The retreat will open with a gathering  on Sunday, January 24th from 3:00-5:00pm and close on Saturday, January 30th from 8:30-10:30am. Group meetings are held at Holy Trinity Church, 3513 N St. N.W. For more information please contact Martina O'Shea at 

January 21- YSOP Happy Hour at La Tasca!
Join Epiphany resident partner YSOP's staff, Workcamp leaders, and partner agencies in attending YSOP DC's happy hour fundraiser at La Tasca! Starting at 5:00pm on Thursday, January 21st, when you mention YSOP at La Tasca in Chinatown a percentage of all food and drink purchases will go to YSOP - no fee for admission.

This is an open event - we encourage you to invite friends and join us for a fun night of tapas and sangria. The more the merrier! YSOP staff and supporters will be downstairs on the lower level by the bar, so come find them to talk, ask questions, or just hang out with other people who also love YSOPMake your happyhour count - and eat tapas for a cause - YSOP!

Blogs & Websites
Episcopal Cafe  An independent Web site featuring news, commentary, art, meditations, and video
Sojourners  Faith in action for social justice
Sacred Space  Daily Prayer from the Irish Jesuits

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