eNews For The Week of February 14, 2021
Evie Jackson and Diane Neal are teamed up and physically distanced for the distribution of Disciples Dinners on Tuesday, February 9th. This week there was a special offering - Valentine Treat Bags prepared by Laura Sadler. Monthly eleven additional church members help with the placement of plastic bags on the fence that hold two meals each. Twice a week our neighbors in need pick up bags of non-perishable food from our fence posts.
Shortly after Christmas I received an inquiry about allowing a classical cellist to use Epiphany for a project he was working on while stuck in Danville during the pandemic. His name is Cameron Grimes ( https://www.camerongrimes.co.uk/ ) and normally London would be home base for him while playing throughout Europe. He has been staying with family here in Danville during the pandemic.
So far he and Pei-Yi have recorded a number of pieces at Epiphany and we will begin to share those with you each week here in the eNews. This week is the first of their offerings recorded early in January. You may find all of the recordings on Cameron’s facebook page. Enjoy! Jon+
*Click on the photo below to get the video. It is possible you’ll need to try more than once. As I understand it you do not need to be on facebook yourself in order to see the video.
Ash Wednesday this year will be very different, like so many things this past year. We have recorded an abbreviated Ash Wednesday service that will be available for viewing on the Epiphany YouTubechannel beginning early Wednesday morning.
At 6:00pm Ash Wednesday evening we will also host the same recording on Zoom (details and a bulletin will be out soon). There won’t be the interaction we normally have on Sunday mornings on Zoom, only the playing of the recording.
The imposition of ashes is part of the recording but not Holy Eucharist. If you wish to self-impose ashes during the service, which is what I did on the recording, there are two ways to get ashes. First, you may contact me directly and we can arrange to get a small bag of ashes to you before Wednesday. Second, as our bishop has outlined in a white paper (see link below) you may gather earth from your own yard to use. I rather like that option and will use it myself on Wednesday. The bulletin and Zoom details will be emailed in the next day or two. Jon+
White paper link: https://files.constantcontact.com/2d882dc9001/426f45ca-3bf9-41a0-86cc-9e2815fc0ab8.pdf
2021 Pledge Card Reminder
Your vestry is most grateful for your financial support this past year and asks that you continue to support your parish this year. Many of you have already submitted a 2021 pledge card and we thank you. If, for some reason, you have not received a pledge card, please click on the link below for a pledge card you can print out and send in. You may also contact the Church so that one may be sent to you. We realize that these are uncertain times and that includes a measure of financial uncertainty for many of us. Please do what you can to support the ministry and mission of Epiphany. Thank you all & God blesses you.
Changes to Zoom worship “credentials” continue this week:
In order to continue to do what we can to ensure that our Sunday morning worship on Zoom is not interfered with please remember the following:
- A password is now required to join Zoom worship instead of the “waiting room” feature.
- Each week there will be a new Meeting ID number & password.
- The weekly meeting credentials (ID# & password) will only be available via the MailChimp eNews email distribution and/or the bulletin.
- If you have been “logging on” by clicking the link in the eNews email you may not notice these changes.
- If you have been manually entering the details on your device or calling in on the phone you will need to adapt to these new weekly changes.
The parish office to remain closed for now
As previously announced, the Epiphany office, like many others in the Diocese, will remain closed for now. We are monitoring the positivity rate in our health district daily and will reopen the office when it is deemed safe to do so.
As has been the case, Jennifer Hooper and Fr. Jon will continue to work from home.
Pei-Yi, Kylie and Pat will continue to be on-site as needed with extra safety measures in place because their work can not be done remotely. They are also able to be in totally separate parts of the building and/or not at the same time. Pat will be cleaning only on Saturdays for now.
For now Pei-Yi, Jennifer Hooper and I will record our Sunday online service on-site one day a week while taking extra precautions. This is so we can continue to offer a Holy Communion Service* with music.
- Please call or text Fr. Jon (434-710-1933) if you need more world communion cups so you can participate in Holy Communion on Sundays.
- Jennifer and Fr. Jon each have their office computers at home, are working a more than full schedule and are available by phone. We are working on getting Jennifer a church cell number for this purpose.
- Office Phones: The current voice over internet office phone system (which is more than 10 years old) cannot be forwarded and it is difficult to check voicemails remotely. So until further notice please call Fr. Jon directly on his mobile number (434-710-1933) and leave a detailed message. His iPhone does have the ability to forward voicemails to others. He will forward messages for Kylie and Jennifer and anyone else to them.
- For now Fr. Jon will stop by the building every couple of days to collect/distribute the mail and check on the building.
- As a reminder the Bishop’s COVID-19 Advisory Panel stated months ago that at an 8% positivity rate it’s a good idea not to gather for in-person worship. At 10% or above congregations are not permitted to gather for in-person worship at all. When the prohibition against in-person worship went into effect on December 8th that announcement also said all indoor activity was suspended until further notice, which seemed plain enough. However, the next day on a Diocesan clergy Zoom call there seemed to be some confusion about whether or not this applied to on-site office work. That confusion has been clarified.
- Monday 2/15: 5:30pm Vestry Meeting
- Tuesday 2/16: 5:00pm Disciple’s Dinner
- Tuesday 2/16: 7:00pm Contemplative Prayer with Drue via Zoom
- Wednesday 2/17: Ash Wednesday
- Thursday 2/18: 12:00pm Disciple’s Lunch
- Sunday 2/21: 10:00am Holy Eucharist via Zoom
Watch over your servant(s) (Name) 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 hearts may your peace which passes understanding abide all the days of their lives, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Anniversaries this week: None
Gracious God, we lift up your servants (Name) And (Name). to 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.
Those who have died: Beresford Brown, brother of Corliss Jones-Williams.
Merciful God, we pray for those we love but see no longer. Grant them your peace and let light perpetual shine upon them, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
May Beresford’s soul, and the souls of all the departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.