eNews For The Week of August 1, 2021
Due to the increased Delta variant of Covid-19 in the Danville/Pittsylvania Co. area please be reminded of the Covid-19 Safety Protocols for Sunday, August 1st.*
For this Sunday, the following guidelines are operative:
- If you are fully vaccinated you may attend without wearing a mask.
- At this time vaccination status will be on the honor system. But if you have not yet been fully vaccinated, please wear a mask to help ensure the health and safety of others who, while fully vaccinated and masked, may still be especially vulnerable.
- Singing is now permitted. Those who are fully vaccinated may sing without a mask.
* Please know that changes may need to be made ‘on the fly’ on any given Sunday morning. So please be patient, flexible and of good cheer as we all venture back toward a new post-pandemic normal.
An Update & Announcement About Music
The Optional Practical Training extension of Pei-Yi’s student visa has expired. As you will recall, we were not able to secure a lottery based H1B Visa this past spring. We are in the process of applying for a non-lottery based H1B Visa but that process is not complete. Until this week there was some thought that Pei-Yi might be able to “volunteer” until an H1B is secured. However, based on a careful reading of the how that might work this is not a prudent option. So this Sunday and likely a few more Pei-Yi will be unable to play the organ.
There will be no music for Sunday, August 1st.
|Bob Sutter will be back at the piano playing our service music on August 8th and 15th.|
Coffee Hour Returns
Plan to stay after church this week.
Main Street, weather permitting.
Sacred Grounds Coffee House
Beginning Wednesday August 25th there will be a new opportunity to gather socially during the week. Sacred Grounds Coffee House will be open Wednesdays from 10:00am - 12:00pm in the Parlor. Come at ten o’clock and stay till noon or drop by for a just bit. The coffee (decaf too) or tea is free, the conversation priceless and enlightening.
|Save the Date: This year's Crop Walk will be on Sunday afternoon, October 3rd. With your help Epiphany raised $1,267 last year by participating in the Crop Walk. Let’s see what we can do in 2021! Sign-up details coming soon.|
A reminder that Fr. Jon is on vacation beginning Monday July 19th and returning to the office on Tuesday August 17th. There will be an “on call” vestry member daily while Fr. Jon is away. If you need to reach the on call vestry person please call (434) 792-4321 extension 6 and leave a detailed message. Your message will be emailed to the on call vestry person. Jennifer Hooper will also be in the office during normal office hours - Monday through Thursday from 9:00am - 2:00pm.
Lay Ministry Opportunities
At this time we are focusing our efforts on four key lay ministries and we still need folks to sign-up for the Usher/Greeter Team.
A link to the online sign-up sheet is here: Usher / Greeter Team
Usher/Greeters will serve in pairs each Sunday and will do what ushers have always done - greet people as they arrive, hand out bulletins, count heads, pass the plates, and generally be available to assist.
* There will be training for each of these lay ministries that will be fun, informative and ongoing.
Giving Made Easy
We are now accepting donations and pledge payments via the online platform Tithe.ly, click the Give button below to pay your pledge or make a donation.
This Week At Epiphany
- Tuesday 8/3: 5:00pm Disciple’s Dinner.
- Tuesday 8/3: No Centering Prayer until further notice.
- Thursday 8/5: 12:00pm Disciple’s Lunch.
- Sunday 8/8: 10:00am In-Person Morning Prayer.
Birthdays this week: Pei-Yi Ho (4) and Allen Riley (5).
Watch over your servants Pei-Yi and Allen O Lord as their days increase; bless and guide them wherever they may be. Strengthen them when they stand; comfort them when discouraged or sorrowful; raise them up if they fall; and in their heart may your peace which passes understanding abide all the days of their live, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Anniversaries this week: Randy & Kathy McDaniel (1) and Jim & Joan Mathieson (1)
Gracious God, we lift up your servants Randy & Kathy, and Jim & Joan to you in thanks for your love. Guide them as they grow and surround them with your grace, that they may walk close to you and to each other always; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Parish Prayer List:
We are in the process of rebuilding the parish prayer list and we need your help. If you would like the name of a loved one placed on the parish prayer list and listed each week in the eNews please reply directly to this email. You may also call or text Fr. Jon at (434) 710-1933.
This week we pray for:
Wade McCune, Drue Anderson, Geneva Myers, Marie McKenzie, Pei-Yi Ho & Epiphany (H1B Visa), Jesse Riley, and Todd Miller.