After a prayerful Lent, and in consultation with Bishop Hollerith and Canon Robinson, we begin the work of searching for your next rector. I do hope you will find this to be an exciting time of looking forward and celebrating what God is calling forth. There are many reasons to celebrate our life together these past three years. Important issues have been addressed, financial and administrative practices have been appropriately restructured and there is a renewed sense of intention to God’s call to Epiphany in this day and time. Your vestry will provide good leadership throughout this process. The search committee, along with the vestry, recently met with Canon Robinson. I believe this to be a thoughtful, reflective and generous group of people who have a love for Epiphany, its people, and its call from God. I ask that we enter this process with a kindness of spirit, generosity of heart and truthfulness of word. In any transition there is both a personal and group anxiousness about what the change means. Please know, my door, and my heart, is always open to a conversation and prayer. Hold fast to the truth that God is indeed working with and through us in all things, especially in times of transitions. And… for a while… I will still be here for a while as I strive to discern where God is calling me next. Important in that search is for Jim and I to live in the same place! Now a new work among us begins. Let us center such in prayer – for each other, for the strength to continue the ministries you are doing, and for the work you will do as you search. Finally, pray for the one who will be called here and begin that prayer now. I have great hope for Epiphany and in what is to come. Becky+
Cholly Bendall - This week Cholly Bendall, Cha Cha to her family, will be celebrating her 93rd birthday! Cholly has spent most of those years in this area. She grew up in Chatham attending Emmanuel Episcopal Church. Of her time at Chatham Hall she says it was wonderful. She couldn’t imagine a more beautiful place to have attended. She followed that beautiful campus with another, Sweet Briar, where she majored in International Affairs. She says she relished a summer between semesters where she studied at New York Theological Seminary, courtesy of the local YWCA. What a time it was, she said with a great smile! Cholly Bendall - This week Cholly Bendall, Cha Cha to her family, will be celebrating her 93rd birthday! Cholly has spent most of those years in this area. She grew up in Chatham attending Emmanuel Episcopal Church. Of her time at Chatham Hall she says it was wonderful. She couldn’t imagine a more beautiful place to have attended. She followed that beautiful campus with another, Sweet Briar, where she majored in International Affairs. She says she relished a summer between semesters where she studied at New York Theological Seminary, courtesy of the local YWCA. What a time it was, she said with a great smile! She came to Danville when she married her husband, Robert. His family owned Bendall Drugs, located at 300 Craghead Street. After they married they left for at Pharmacy School at MCV in Richmond. They returned for him to take over the work of the family drugstore. Cholly loves the beauty of the Episcopal Church, especially Epiphany. She brought her Methodist husband to Epiphany where they raised three boys who were very active in the church. Gordon can still be found in the pew to her and sharing his unique gifts of performance with us! Her love for the French language, along with nature, feeds her soul. She strives to enjoy life wherever she is and feels she has been blessed with joy. Cholly invites us all to celebrate God’s beautiful world at church picnic at her farm each June. (This year June 25th). If you haven’t met her yet, introduce yourself to her. The warmth of her welcome will make your heart smile!
Lalor Earle was one of the first people to pull Becky into the Outreach of Epiphany. In her first week here, she stopped by the church to see if Becky would take a ride with her. Off they went downtown to the Social Services Agency. There Becky learned about the extensive caseload and needs of the aging in Danville, those in poverty, and children and families. It’s not surprising that Lalor is a past volunteer of the year in Danville! Serving others drives Lalor. She has been volunteering with the Free Clinic for all of its 25 year existence. She is their oldest active volunteer. Her voice is always for others. She represents us to Church Women United, of which Epiphany was the founding member. She says serving others drives her because she has been the recipient of the gifts civic minded people have provided to their communities. The child and spouse of naval officers, moving about developed flexibility of mind and spirit and taught her how to make friends fast! The League of Women Voters was one place she always found instant connections when coming to a new community. Another place was the Episcopal Church. Its liturgy gave her roots. While parts of the service would be different, reflecting the local community, the church gave her an immediate sense of belonging. She chuckled about how really different they found the Cathedral of San Juan, Puerto Rico, watching the Bishop process out while sticking our his ring for children to kiss as he walked by!
Say hello to these two nonagenarians (90somethings) of Epiphany!
Our vestry is organized through commissions: Finance, Property, Parish Life, Outreach and Faith and Life. Each commission is tasked to “Cast Nets” in specific areas. If you are interested in any of these commissions, David, our office manager, will help facilitate your connection with anyone on a commission.
Finance is commissioned to work on casting nets for our relationship with our money. Contact: John Light. Monthly financial reports are posted on the bulletin in the hallway near the church office.
Year to date:
- Income $88,026.00
- Expenses $125,212.00
While we do have a negative balance, we still project a balanced budget by year’s end. We are continually grateful for your financial support which enables us to participate in the work of God’s vision for the world.
Property is commissioned to work on casting nets for our relationship with our “Things”.
Contact: Wayne Alan, Walker Dodson, Sam Franklin.
Work is continuing on the planned renovation of Wicker for apartment rental. Wayne Alan is chairing this work. We have an infestation in the Narthex that will be attended to through fumigation the week of June 26th. What this means is that the Church and Parish Building will be closed most, if not all, that week. All food must be cleared out by that time. No one may enter the buildings…at all…that week!
PARISH LIFE COMMISSION
Parish Life is commissioned to work on casting nets for our relationship with each other, specifically in the areas of Hospitality/Evangelism, EYC (Youth) and Gatherings.
Contact: Leslie Dobbins and Gayle Thomson.
Hospitality/Evangelism: Sunday morning child care. We will seek donations for appropriate furnishings (pack n play, infant seats, etc.) They must be in very good condition! New items for welcoming visitors are being purchased and then will be put together. A process for following up with visitors is in the works.
Contact: Brett Jackson or Mother Becky+.
Gatherings: Four big events have been endorsed: Second Annual Pub Night; Stop Hunger Now; full support and help with the EES Oyster Roast; and a big celebration of the Feast of the Epiphany. The Three Crowns Pub Night is returning! Please consider how you volunteer with this?
Youth: Monthly events have been planned through the end of this year.
Contact: Father Drew.
OutReach is commissioned to work on casting nets in relationship with the community.
Contact: Chris Adcock or Wanda Vaughan.
Their present work: Working with and supporting the Free Clinic’s fundraiser “Dine on the Dan” on Friday, September 15th.
Little Free Library – We hope to have a couple built and put up soon! Once installed, the library will be registered on the website: https://littlefreelibrary.org/. We will be accepting donations for new and “gently used” books for these.
Summer OutReach meals – The committee discussed the difficulties in having enough volunteers to continue these weekly meals in the summer. We have a very dedicated group of volunteers who handle these dinners most of the year and we do not want to overwork them. Our Boy Scout Troop 452 has responded by taking the third Tuesdays in June, July, and August. Additional help is always needed and would be greatly appreciated. If you can help anytime between the hours of 4pm-6pm on June 6th, 13th, July 11th, 25th, August 8th or 15th, please contact the office, Suzanne Miller or Mother Becky+. The next meeting is Thursday, August 17th at 12:30 p.m. All are welcome!
FAITH & LIFE COMMISSION
Faith and Life commissioned to work on casting nets of relationship with God in the areas of worship, music and formation. The Commission is exploring how we will invite others to participate in leadership in Sunday worship and small group gatherings.
Contact: Jackie Fulop.
By. Rev. Robert Sutter
Music Notes – May 28 marks the last Sunday that Ed and Carolyn Carroll will be with us before their move. The choir and I will miss Carolyn. Her love for the choir and her faithfulness to Epiphany will be difficult to replace. While Ed did not sing in the choir, he represents a vital part of any choir program: a spouse who is willing to sit alone on Sunday mornings while his wife sings in the choir. Thank you, Ed, for your support. The choir and I wish both of you well and invite you to visit at every opportunity. A collection of new anthems by composer John Rutter has been given in honor of the Carrolls.
Summer Choir – The Parish Choir will rehearse at 9:00 am each Sunday morning beginning June 11 to prepare for that morning’s music. This would be a great time to sing in the choir for those of you who have wondered what it would be like to do so. There are no tryouts or musical tests. Just come to rehearsal and find out for yourself what we do. There is no pressure to continue; just fun as we sing “easy” music. I dare you to try it!
THANK YOU LISA POWELL
At the end of June, Lisa will be stepping down as the administrator of our website. We are very grateful for all the work she has done in creating our website, mostly in the evenings after long days of work. As her job demands are increasing, she needs to step aside. However, all that she has done to this point makes this work much easier for us. Lisa has given countless hours to create a dynamic website for us but also in unraveling all our web connections, domain and email issues. Her work has been challenging and extensive. We are a grateful people. Thank you, Lisa.
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR GRADUATES!
- John Henry Moore, who will be attending Roanoke College in the fall.
- Makeda Warner, who will be attending William & Mary College in the fall.
- Nassio Beaver, who will be attending Danville Community College in the fall.
An invitation to Tuesday Mornings, 9:30 – 10:30 am: Come and help us clean up our space. Each Tuesday we will pick one area to clean up, clean out. We begin June 13th – in the Sacristy!
Saturday June 10th- 8:30am
Outside work day! We need many, many hands to show our love for this place, and its ministry, in a hands-on ways. Our work will be in three areas:
- Playground and Main Street parking lot.
- The area to the side of the parish house and behind the two buildings on Jefferson and including the outside storage room under the kitchen.
- The memorial garden area.
Bring work gloves, chain saws, weed-eaters, other yard tools. We need pick-up trucks for hauling stuff away! If you cannot work outside, water bearers and sandwich/chips donations would be a blessing.
Bring friends!! Bring smiles! Bring muscles!
Annual Parish Picnic
Mark your calendar for the Annual Parish Picnic on Sunday June 25th at the beautiful Bendall farm! The church will again provide the paper products and drinks. Please bring your favorite picnic dishes to share! And a lawn chair.