Epiphany Star
Newsletter, Church of the Epiphany
October 2020
Clergy Clatter

“Are you ready for your return from vacation?” asked one of our beloved members, as we prepare to try regular Sunday services again. “You have got to be kidding!!” was my response.
We’re now into our eighth month of recorded services, and Zoom meetings, and trying to find a different way of doing everything. We had just given up our postal permit when this hit. It has been a major challenge.
But looking into that rear view mirror – the one I’m always referring to - this has not been all bad. In fact, it has gotten the creative juices working, sometimes with moments of satisfaction and a sense of accomplishment. I feel really good about the number of people we have been able to involve in our video services, regathering efforts, centennial celebration efforts, and just the routine functions of being a church – maintaining the building and grounds, keeping the church clean and tidy, keeping fresh flowers on the altar, providing great music (Joe and James), and I could go on and on. I’ve been so impressed by the number of people who have just made things happen. And there are people like Buddy Pate who barely knew Epiphany, but stepped in with his passion for filming and editing and organizing. And John Moscoe, who has worked so hard at communication and keeping a “closed office” functioning, and two Clergy on track.
We’re still working on trying some new things. Very shortly we will conduct a memorial service for Janet Fisher, Jim’s mother. We will strictly follow the attendance limitations and all of the safety procedures. But in order to do that, parts of the service are being prerecorded. Family members will attend by Zoom and contribute remembrances by Zoom, on a screen in the church. Who would have thought? It will be very different, but very nice. We’re working hard on plans for Christmas Eve. More on that later, but it will be very different and very special. I still haven’t figured out how to do a virtual Thanksgiving Service and meal. There may be a turkey or two spared in that one.
I’ve always seen my ministry at Epiphany, not as building numbers, but building community. From the phone calls I get and the comments I hear, “the community” has held, and perhaps strengthened. I don’t think any of us will ever take our corporate worship for granted after this. I think we’ve gained a sense of the value of our community and the need for corporate worship that is a little stronger than it was.
This pandemic has been a horrible thing for many, many people. It will be rehearsed for generations to come. Our grandchildren will know about it. Pictures of us in our masks will go into history books. In the meantime, we will work to keep the symbols of our faith alive and our community strong. And may we find new ways to worship our God in this strange land.

Richard +

Vestry Highlights
Sept. 10, 2020

  • Reported Labor Day Services on the lawn was a success with 42 people attending.

  • Reported Centennial Committee is thinking on two tracks - a simple event of January 6th with the Bishop, and a gala event when the pandemic allows.

  • Reported security lights working and Dominion Energy will credit us for the months they didn't work.

  • Discussed possibilities for Congregational meeting and Vestry election. Deferred for further consideration. (Note: guidelines from the Bishop have been received and will be reviewed at the next meeting.)

  • Discussed plans for an outside blessing of the pets October 4th.

  • Tabled review of grounds contracts until end of season.
NOTE: Weather permitting, there will be an in-person church service on Epiphany's Lawn on October 4th at 10 am to bless the pets and where there will be communion (bread only). Face covering (mouth and Nose) required. Service bulletin will be provided but you are welcome to bring your own Book of Common Prayer. Also, please bring your own chair.
Sunday Morning Service You Tube Schedule

Oct. 4 - 18th Sunday after Pentecost - Spiritual Communion:
  • Homily by Richard Bridgford.
  • Officiant - Julia Ashby.
  • Lector - Brian Pritchard and Lori Bergmooser.
  • Organist - Joe Ritchie.
  • Vocals - James Coaxum.
  • Video & Editing - Emmett "Buddy" Pate.

Oct. 11 - 19th Sunday after Pentecost - Morning Prayer:

  • Homily by Julia Ashby.
  • Officiant - Richard Bridgford.
  • Lector - TBA
  • Organist - Joe Ritchie.
  • Vocals - James Coaxum.
  • Video & Editing - Emmett "Buddy" Pate.

Oct. 18 - 20th Sunday after Pentecost - Morning Prayer:

  • Homily by Richard Bridgford.
  • Officiant - Julia Ashby.
  • Lector - TBA.
  • Organist - Joe Ritchie.
  • Vocals - James Coaxum.
  • Video & Editing - Emmett "Buddy" Pate.

Oct. 25 - 21th Sunday after Pentecost - Morning Prayer:

  • Homily by Julia Ashby.
  • Officiant - Richard Bridgford.
  • Lector - TBA.
  • Organist - Joe Ritchie.
  • Vocals - James Coaxum.
  • Video & Editing - Emmett "Buddy" Pate.

Be on the lookout for emails giving the details and links for the services on YouTube featuring our favorite priests, Richard Bridgford and Julia Ashby.

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In Our Thoughts and Prayers

Sheila Brinck
Jerry Cronin
Kevin LaPointe
Mike Scott
Nell Steckman
Chris Boswell
October Birthdays

1    Kathy Morrissette
3   Monique Matuskowitz
4    Delani Beilsmith
10  Susie Pedigo
25  Jackie Rochelle
25  Wendy Fernandez
25  Mike Hardin
29  Marcia Cronin
30  Chelsea Melchiorre

October Anniversaries

8   Otto & Sherry Pebworth
27 Steve & Lisa Kopacz

Stewardship Report
Thank you for your continued financial support of Epiphany by setting up auto pay or mailing your check. If you have fallen behind and your financial situation allows, please consider catching up before June 30 so your contributions will be reflected on your second quarter giving statement. Even when we don’t hold Sunday services, we continue to pay utilities, copier lease, lawn care, salaries and insurance. 
Thank you,

Tina Wright, Stewardship
We are compiling a gallery of pictures of Epiphany members to document life during the Pandemic. Please email your photos to our webmaster Buddy Pate at:


We are also collecting historical pictures of Epiphany and members, for the 100th anniversary of our church. Please also email those pictures to Buddy. If you have old photos, but need them scanned, we can do this at the church (call John Moscoe for an appointment).

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