"My idea is that need, poverty, sickness, and affliction are God's pointings..." - Dr. George Washington Dame.
God's pointings is the term the founding rector used. God is always pointing us to the work of God's kingdom. When God brought Dr. Dame to Danville, he brought a priest whose call in ministry was in the work of reconciliation. We have been a church whose heart is centered, as its founder’s was, in the work of reconciliation. We strive to live into this work today.
Our name refers to the visit of the Wise Men to the Christ Child, found in Matthew 2:1-12. Their visit was an epiphany to the world, a revealing of Jesus, born for the world; a reconciling act of God. In honoring our name, we reveal God’s reconciling love for the world in worship and through the prophetic voice of our ministries. Read on for a few of God’s Pointings, and may you consider joining with the Mission and Outreach Committee in some way.
The Free Clinic of Danville
Following Jesus' practice of healing the sick, The Free Clinic of Danville was established as an outreach of The Episcopal Church of the Epiphany circa 1992 to reach a segment of the population that often fell through the cracks in medical services – the uninsured.
The Free Clinic of Danville has grown steadily and now offers a full range of primary care and laboratory services to residents of this region. It is manned by volunteer caregivers and administrators. Epiphany continues in its support of the clinic both through monetary donations and volunteers from within our parish family. For more information, please visit: The Free Clinic of Danville.
Our Feeding Ministries
Disciple Lunch / Dinner
Answering Jesus’ please “If you love me feed my sheep” (John 21:17), Epiphany Church, through its Outreach program, has established and sustained two critical feeding programs. In response to our mission of spreading goodwill and lifting up our community, local businesses have also begun to partner with Epiphany to provide and prepare meals for those in need. On Monday evenings, varied and filling meals are served in the parish hall for all who come. On Thursday afternoons, bagged lunches are handed out in the church sanctuary.
EES students often lend a hand and participate in special feedings, like the “Five Hundred Turkeys" at Thanksgiving and other occasions.
Over the years, hundreds of meals have been served. For some, it will be their only meal that day or over a period of several days.
In 1987, Epiphany participated in the planning stages of God’s Storehouse’s establishment. The private, non-profit organization collects, stores, and distributes food to individuals and families who do not qualify for federal/state programs. From its inception to present, parishioners have donated food and volunteered to serve the underprivileged. For more information, please visit: God's Storehouse.
Stop Hunger Now
Epiphany hosts a biannual gathering of 40-50 volunteers to package 10,152+ dehydrated, highly nutritious meals which are sent to people in need throughout the world. Each packaged meal contains 23 essential vitamins and minerals, and serves six. These 2-hour long events are a fun, hands-on, assembly line process that all ages can participate in! For more information on this cause, please visit: Stop Hunger Now.
Additional Outreach Ministries
Greeting Cards for Prisoners
Prisoners are not forgotten ones. When a sheep wanders off and becomes lost, we are to go find them and bring them back, just as our loving Father does with us. “What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off.” – Matthew 18:11-13
The ministry of providing greeting cards to prisoners for their use, is a way for us express to them that they are not forgotten. They are loved, and a merciful God is in their midst.
Fans for Seniors
Through this initiative, donations of new and gently used 20” box fans are sought, collected, and delivered to the Danville Social Service Agency Adult Services Division for distribution to the elderly and homebound who do not have air conditioning.
Organized by Church Women United of Danville and distributed by Church World Service to those in need in areas of disaster, refugee camps, relocation facilities, homeless shelters, and the like. For more information on this cause, please visit: Church World Service.
“Wherever you are on your walk of faith, you are welcome at this table.”