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eNews For The Week of January 24, 2021

01.25.21 | News | by Site Admin


    eNews For The Week of January 24, 2021

    Bulletin for This Sunday

    2021 Pledge Cards were recently mailed out.  Thank you to those that have returned them.  If you have not received a pledge card, please click on the link below for a blank pledge card or contact the Church so that one may be sent to you.  We ask that you please fill it out and return it to the Church ASAP by mail or placing it in the outside mailbox.  It is very important that the Treasurer receive the pledge cards to properly budget for this year.

    Annual Parish Meeting Delayed: As you know, at the direction of the Bishop and her Health Advisory Panel, parishes are not currently able to gather in-person for worship or other indoor activities. In anticipation that this could affect parish annual meetings, the Diocesan Chancellor has drafted a document titled Temporary Protocol For Congregational Meetings During Social Distancing (the document can be found on the Diocesan website here). The document provides options for holding Annual Parish Meetings. At the January vestry meeting our vestry decided that the option that is most feasible for Epiphany is the option to delay the Annual Meeting “ ... until larger gatherings are permitted and feasible.” The current vestry will continue to serve until that time. We plan to hold the Annual Parish Meeting as soon as it is safe to do so but are not able to predict when that might be at this time.

    Regarding vestry service, Webb Maddox has decided that it would be best for him to step away from the third year (2021) of his three year vestry term. Per the Epiphany bylaws the vestry will appoint someone to complete his term. That person would then be eligible to be elected to her/his own three year term.We wish Webb well and look forward to seeing him around Epiphany when we are able to re-gather.

    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:

    • 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:
    Upon the strong advice of the Diocese, the Epiphany office, like many others in the Diocese, will remain closed until at least Monday, February 1st. At this time the positivity rate in our area remains very high and actually increased two percentage points yesterday after several days of decline.  Extensions of the closure will continue to be made weekly in one week increments and announced via the weekly eNews.

    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.

    A plan to continue the Disciples Meals program with extra health/safety measures has been developed and is now in place. The Bishop has urged congregations with meal programs todo this.

    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.


    The details for those that want to know:

    • The positivity rate in the Pittsylvania-Danville health district continues to be extremely high.
    • 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 detailedmessage. 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.
    As previously announced we are now prerecording the services, which will be available to view on the parish YouTube channel, beginning 5:00pm each Saturday evening. Each Sunday morning at 10:00am this same service will be streamed via Zoom with brief “live” announcements from Fr. Jon.


    This Week At Epiphany
    • Tuesday 1/26: 5:00pm Disciple’s Dinner
    • Tuesday 1/26: 7:00pm Contemplative Prayer with Drue via Zoom
    • Thursday 1/28: 12:00pm Disciple’s Lunch
    • Sunday 1/31: 10:00am Holy Eucharist via Zoom
    Details for all Zoom events can be found HERE
    Birthdays this week: Jane Carter (25th) & Brenda Brokaw (28th)  
    Birthday Prayer
    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
    Anniversary Prayer
    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.