Current Happenings

                                                 

Our main weekly service has changed from 10 am on Sunday to 5 pm on Saturday!

Mondays      2:30-4:30 pm  Epiphany Explorers 4-H

Tuesdays                       7 pm  Alcoholics Anonymous

Fridays                3 – 4:30 pm Upbeat Youth Choir

Saturday February 24   5 pm     Lent 2                          All age Eucharist at Epiphany, with Upbeat Youth Choir

Sunday February 25      4 – 76 pm  Sunshine Diner        The Sunshine Diner is a free community meal hosted by Epiphany Church on the last Sunday of the month from 4 until 6 pm. We are grateful for the return of chef  Jim Sawyer as well as for donations from area farms and the Newport Food Pantry. The Newport SAU will staff the diner this month.

Lenten Study –                    All are encouraged to reflect on Jesus presented by John, by joining a Lenten program offered by the brothers of St. John the Evangelist Order in Cambridge, MA – www.meetingjesusinjohn.org.  Several study groups are available at St. Andrew’s, New London, as are on-line groups.

Sunday February 18 – Western Convocation meets in the Undercroft at 2 pm.

Saturday   March 3 – Bishop Rob will lead a Quiet Day on Meeting Jesus in John at St. Andrew’s, Hopkinton. Susan Cancio-Bello and Nicole Densmore will lead the music, which will include our UpBeat Choir.

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We have had a meaningful Epiphany Season, and are now in the Season of Lent, preparing as did Jesus for our Mission on earth. We also are preparing ourselves for the sorrows and trials our Lord suffered, even to crucifixion and death, before His joyous Resurrection on Easter Day!

We continue an even closer collaboration with St. Andrew’s this year, while continuing to work with other Newport churches to foster God’s work in this world.

We appreciate the dedicated service we receive from our Priest, the Rev. Jay MacLeod. Joining him to help us in our Mission is is our new lay Missioner of Newport, Aaron Jenkyn.

Our services are now greatly enlivened bu our youth choir, Epiphany Upbeat, under the able direction of Music Director Susan Cancio–Bello. While the group is still small, we are hopeful that more area youth will join in the coming year!

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Our beloved Curate, Kelly Sundberg Seaman has ended her service as Missioner of Sunapee.  This is sad for us but a great step forward for her. The Plymouth/Ashand congregations sorely need her talents as two very different parishes progress with their joint future.

” I need to share with you the news that I have been called to become the first called priest-in-charge of a developing church partnership between the Church of the Holy Spirit, Plymouth and St. Mark’s, Ashland. I will be joining this congregation on January 1 and my last day of service at Epiphany will be December 12.

There is more I wish to express– the deep love and appreciation and gratitude I feel for you and all the people of Epiphany, and how thankful I am for all you’ve done to help me begin my life as a priest.  For now, I want to make sure you are up to date about this development and to assure you of the Bishop’s and Jay’s commitment to continue the course we have set out to follow for the ongoing renewal of mission at Epiphany”.

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On Sunday February 11 we hosted a successful concert with Folk Fusion. Epiphany UpBeat and Susan took part. This was the second concert held in our new open space.

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We are excited about our outreach program, Epiphany Explorers! This is a partnership with Sullivan County 4-H and the Newport School District, which began in 2016. It has a science and technology focus, and is a very successful endeavor! This year we have added a component on healthy eating. This month Walt Ryan has been teaching about fly fishing – the segment will include an outing to Spectacle Pond on February 23.

Volunteers are needed, both science mentors and general volunteers to help with site preparation, student escorting, serving snacks and cleaning up. The commitment is in 6 session blocks, from 2:30 to 5:30 pm.

Please do contact Jay if you can help out! This is a wonderful opportunity for us to reach out to the Newport community!

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On Saturday February 3 we celebrated Candlemas, the Feast of the Presentation of our Lord in the Temple at Jerusalem. We also welcomed visitors from a small parish in West Manchester which is also in the process of Renewal.

On Saturday December 16 our Bishop was with us to preach and to celebrate Eucharist. We greatly appreciate his support during our tine of transition.

On Saturday December 9 Kelly celebrated her final Eucharist with us.  We presented her with gifts, and held a potluck supper after the service. We are all so grateful for all the help and guidance she has given us during this time of Renewal of our ministry in Newport!

On Saturday October 28 we celebrated the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Jay preached about the life and vocation of Martin Luther. And he pointed out the as Episcopalians we are both Catholic and Reformed, following the Via Media. We closed the service with the great Lutheran hymn,    A Mighty Fortress is our God!

On October 7 we celebrated St. Francis with a Creation and animal themed service. Our Epiphany Upbeat Choir presented a really great puppet show during the service!

On August 26 we celebrated our Bishop’s Visitation, with Holy Eucharist and Blessing of our new altar. Our Upbeat Youth Choir helped greatly!  57 faithful attended!

On August 19 we celebrated our first regular Saturday Eucharist. We welcomed our new Epiphany Upbeat Youth Choir, Susan Cancio-Bello directing.. We had 48 souls in our congregation that evening! And I know there were many more from our past there in spirit, as well!

On July 22 we hosted a very successful benefit concert in the  new open space in our church. Both the audience and the musicians liked the venue, which has excellent acoustics. We plan to continue community outreach with more concerts and other events!

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Our fellow parishoner Hal Liberty has recently been honored by the New Hampshire Legislature for his contribution to the less privileged families of our state. For 30 years he has been making wooden toys as gifts for their children.

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At a Vestry meeting on Sunday July 2, 2016,  we voted unanimously to petition the Bishop and the Diocesan Convention for Epiphany Church to become a Mission of the Diocese of New Hampshire. We are convinced that in this way we will  be able to expand our ministry to better assist with the needs of our communities. This change took effect after approval by the Diocesan Convention on November 5.

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On June 12, 2016, our friend and fellow-congregant Johanna Young was ordained by Bishop Rob to the Permanent Diaconate. She will assist our Bishop, helping to further God’s work in  our diocese, wherever she is needed. We are all happy for her call to this vital ministry!

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We had a wonderful ecumenical Pentecost service, held at May 15, 2016,  at Good Shepherd Methodist Church in Newport. Congregation and clergy from the Episcopal, Congregational and Methodist parishes joined in this celebration of the Holy Spirit.  

On May 15, 2016, we gathered at Epiphany for a festive if also sad celebration of the ministry of our Rector, the Rev. Alice Roberts, who was shortly to retire. We presented her with gifts of a quilt and an outdoor bench (and, of course, a cake!

It was really hard to say farewell and Godspeed to Alice. We were all saddened at her departure, first on Sabbatical and then to begin a new and very significant ministry to those burdened by the scourge of addiction.

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Some photos of the The Rev. Kelley Sundberg Seaman’s Ordination to the Priesthood in December 2015:

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And a link to many more:

http://www.greatislandphotography.com/-/galleries/kelly-sundberg-seaman-ordination

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Several  photos of our congregation at coffee hour —

Epiphany - coffe hour friends

Epiphany - Hal Liberty and his toys

Epiphany - Barbara Gooding

 

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For the 2015-2016 school year Epiphany Church ran the Sunshine Café offering breakfast from 7 am to 8:15 am to some of the 5th and 6th graders from the Towle School across the street. St. Andrew’s Church in New London helped us in this outreach.. Several children were dropped off or arrived early and could not get on to the school grounds, so we offered them breakfast and a warm place to be.  This program has now ended, as the Towle School has closed.

 

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