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Interim Rector's Reflection

"The time is always right to do what is right." The Rev'd Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

In the gospel lesson for this week, Jesus suggests to his mother she is being a bit of a busybody... butting her nose into the business of others. We all know what it is like to have someone in our business. Likewise, we also know when we see an opportunity and want to jump in to help.

This Monday our nation will celebrate a national day of service. A day on, not a day off. Our offices will be closed. We won't have our usual Holy Eucharist at 12:10 but that will leave room for us to do other work helping our neighbors and our friends.

We invite you to consider some ways you can jump in at Epiphany. While you are helping others through a day of service on Monday, we ask you to wonder seriously about those things that matter most to you at Epiphany and pray about lending a hand. 

The church is planning a Clean Up Day during Lent (stay tuned for the exact date) when we can gather as worshipers, patrons, and staff to clean our physical plant. I suspect there might be some spiritual cleaning done as well but that day will focus on our building and landscape. We will beautify, clean, polish, and brighten our building while building friendships and enjoying the company of one another. Oh, and there will be food!

We would love for you to join us that day and any day as we work to improve our sanctuary, parish building and surrounding property. That will look different for each person but trust me when I say, there is a lot to do and many hands make light work. Some of you have already volunteered for various ministries and we are truly grateful. 

Most of all, don't wait to be asked. Trin, Jeremy, Catherine and I are working hard on so many things that we aren't always focused on what your particular talent might be. We'd love to have your hands, your heart, and your time. Trust me when I say, "the time is always right." 

Table of Contents
Tuesday Concert Series, Upcoming Performances
MLK Day of Service
Sunday Bulletin, Epiphany Events and Announcements
Music & The ArtsMusic
Tuesday Concert Series
In Epiphany's January 19 Tuesday Concert Series Theodore Davisharpsichord & organ, currently a doctoral candidate and teaching assistant at the Peabody Conservatory and an active performer in the Baltimore area, plays a recital of organ works by J. S. Bach (Fantasia and Fugue in C minor BWV 537), Duruflé and Dupré and also music for Harpsichord by Louis Couperin (1626-1661). The concert begins at 12:10pm, admission is free but a donation of $10 is suggested to support the artists and the costs of the concert series.

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
Social Justice Justice
Dr. King
MLK Day of Service
As Elizabeth noted in her reflection at the top of this newsletter, Martin Luther King Jr. Day is not just a federal holiday, it is also a day of service. Next Monday, you can honor the legacy of Dr. King by giving back to your community. 

You can find information about MLK Day of Service sites here.

If you live in or around DC, also check out the Serve DC website for volunteer opportunities. 
Spirituality & Ministry Spirituality
This Sunday at Epiphany

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 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 

Explore Confirmation 
Are you baptized and do you consider yourself a committed Christian? Could it be that you are ready to re-examine the vows and promises that were made on your behalf and make them for yourself? Or you might simply want to reaffirm the vows you have already made. If you find you are drawn to the liturgy and worship of the Episcopal Church and feel it is time to declare your faith in God in a public liturgical setting, we encourage you to consider being confirmed. The Cathedral Confirmation service takes place on May 14, so the coming months are the perfect time to start preparing. We will be holding a series of discussions for preparation for confirmation this Lent. Together we will explore the teachings, history, traditions and liturgy of the Church in more depth and would love for you to join us. If you are not yet baptized, but feel this might be a step you now want to take, or if you would like to reaffirm your baptismal vows we would also love to speak further with you and you would be more than welcome to join our discussions. Please contact the Interim Rector, Elizabeth Gardner, or the Interim Associate Rector, Catriona Laing, for more information. 

Calling Committee Communiqué
Have you returned your parish survey? As of January 12th at 8pm, we had 75  responses! This is a great start, but if we haven't heard from you, please, make it your New Year's resolution to give 15 minutes of your time to complete the survey!

While we won't have a full picture of the parish until we have a higher response rate, here are some early statistics on the responses that we have so far:
  • Respondents raised in: The Episcopal Church - 33%; Other Protestant - 54%; Catholic - 12%; Other - 1%
  • Age: 45 or under: 17%; 46-60 years: 44%; 60-75 years: 28%; 75 or older: 11% 
  • Race/ethnicity: white/Caucasian: 56%; black/African American: 28%; mixed/multiracial: 12%; Native American: 2%
While waiting for survey responses to roll in, we have been working with our Diocesan consultant, Michael Neal, to learn more about the next steps in the rector search process and what is expected of us. Michael presented a standardized form that must be completed and submitted with our Parish Profile. This form provides potential rector candidates with a framework to compare position openings at different parishes. There is a parish data section that is to be completed by the vestry, and an eleven question narrative section, where we must respond to essay-style questions about how the parish operates. We will be working on these questions over the next few weekly meetings, and your survey responses, especially your answers to the open-ended questions, will help us to answer our essay questions. So please don't delay and send us your surveys today!

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 happy hour count - and eat tapas for a cause - YSOP!


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