RCIA Members Completing Their Faith Journey

Those who accepted Peter’s message were baptized, and about three thousand persons were added that day. They devoted themselves to the teaching of the apostles and to the communal life, to the breaking of the bread and to the prayers. (Acts 2: 41-42)

Since late last summer six people along with their sponsors and spiritual companions have been make a journey of faith, discerning God’s call in their life. The intensity of this journey began to increase with the start of Lent and it has reached a high point in the celebrations that took place at our Easter Vigil. Those who were received into the church at that time have given their witness to the community about their experiences throughout this journey.  Their witness statements will appear on our website. 

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Epiphany Recipes: Lemon Meringue Pie

Lemon PieThis is the next in an ongoing series of tasty recipes from the parish of Epiphany.

Former Staff Member, Betty Conniff , considered pies her specialty. Here is a favorite State Fair Prize Winning pie as it appeared in the Louisville Times Newspaper on August 18, 1982. Both Staff and fellow Epiphanites will miss her special treats.

Ingredients:

  • 7 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 ¼ cups sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 eggs, separated
  • 1 Tablespoon grated lemon rind
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice –from large Florida lemons
  • ¼ teaspoon lemon extract
  • 9- inch baked pie shell
  • 6 Tablespoons sugar
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Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: April 14, 2013

Fire of LoveThis is the Third Sunday of Easter. Faithful discipleship is not measured by absence of failure, but by openness to risen life and growing love for Christ which is expressed in the tangible caring for others. This means that we begin to see the risen Jesus in our “everyday” lives, that we allow ourselves to be fully nourished by Jesus (through his body and blood in the Eucharist, through his word) and gradually be transformed more and more into his risen presence for others. Who – and how—is Christ calling me to love right now?

Spring Retreat for the Healing Blanket Ministry

SpringThe Healing Blanket Ministry will hold their Spring Retreat at the Lighthouse on Monday, April 8, through Wednesday, April 10.

This will be a daytime retreat beginning with morning mass at 8:30 AM on Tuesday and Wednesday.

If you’re unable to attend the entire retreat that’s okay; just come as time permits. We would ask that the congregation please hold us in their prayers during this spiritual retreat. 

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Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: April 7, 2013

ThomasThis is the Second Sunday of Easter. All Sundays are “little Easters…” and this “Low Sunday” is celebrated with only slightly less celebration and gladness than last Sunday. Today’s scriptures explore the wonder felt by the disciples and early converts, “Look what’s happening!” We, too, are witnesses, and can experience awe and wonder at the working of God in our midst. What has stirred you to awe and wonder, and made you aware of God’s presence?

Readings for this Sunday:

  • Acts 5: 12-16. Many signs and wonders occurred through the hands of the apostles.
  • Rv 1: 9-13.17-19. On the Lord’s Day I caught sight of him and began to understand what was happening and what will happen.
  • Jn 20: 19-31. In the same way I was sent, I now send you; Peace I give you… Thomas; sending the Spirit.

What Tugs at Your Heart Strings?

Heart StringsWhat: What Tugs at your Heart Strings? Seminar (Choose from one of four times)
When: April 4, 10, 23 (7:00-8:30 PM) or April 17 (10:00-11:30 AM)
Where: Community Center

Come one, Come all! Stewardship committee is offering a time for you to reflect and help you recognize what God has so graciously given to each of us. We will then look at the ministries at Epiphany and see if God is calling you to serve. Enjoy conversation and refreshments with other.

Stewardship is an attitude. It is an attitude that does not seek praise from others, but an attitude that strives to serve others. Everyday a steward asks: “Who and how does God want me to serve today?” What tugs at your heartstrings? Come share and discover your gifts. Come explore or fine-tune how to use them. This seminar is for those who are “interested in new challenges.”

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: March 31, 2013

EasterThis is the feast of Easter. During lent we reflected on the transformation that comes from following the way of Christ. By journeying with Christ through suffering and death, we find that love is the ultimate victor, bringing resurrection life. This how God defines glory--as unstinting, unprotected, undefended love. We can live the resurrection by being attentive to the Spirit in our midst and nurturing the resurrection life that is emerging in and among us. What new seed is coming to life in each of us, and how are we nurturing it? How do we recognize the movement of the Spirit among us? What needs more attention to come to fullness?

Eyeglass Ministry In Honduras

Eye glass fittingChurch of the Epiphany Mission Team submitted the following report on their trip to Honduras.

MARCH 11-15, 2013. This was our first eyeglass mission trip, and we weren’t sure how things would go.  The first day was a little hectic and confused, as we got everything set up.  We could not do as suggested, having only 6 persons inside the room where the clinic was held.  There was no space outside for people to wait, so it was pretty loud at times.  The last day, we were at a different site, and were able to follow the suggestion there.  and it was much more orderly and quiet. 

Also, on the third day, we lost electricity for about 2 hours.  Neither this nor the noise of the patients and their families kept us from our mission.  We reached our goal of seeing 400 patients in 5 days.  That was about 200 readers and 200 prescription glasses.  We had many “Alleluia” moments.  The photos will show some of them.  One shows an old man receiving his glasses and looking at his hands as if he were seeing them for the first time in a long time.  Another is a precious little 3-year-old girl, whose mother told us she could see well enough to run around for the first time.

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Children’s Formation: Last Weekend for This Year

Thank YouThis is our last weekend of formation classes for the year! (March 24, 2013)

Thank you to all our wonderful catechists, to our children who faithfully attended, and to their parents who got them there! Registration information for next year’s program (which will begin Sept. 8) is in the Gathering Area.

Obituary for Betty Conniff, Epiphany Formation Minister

BettyBetty Jean Conniff, 79, of Louisville, passed away on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at the Episcopal Church Home.

Born in Louisville, the former Betty Riedling served as Co-Director of Children’s Religious Formation at Church of the Epiphany for nearly 20 years, where she was a member. She was also a member of Queen's Daughters. All people, especially children, were drawn to her gentleness and love. She loved to bake delectable cookies and pies, which she generously shared, and all appreciated.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph C. Conniff. Betty is survived by her daughters, Mary Beth Conniff and Nancy Thomas (Lloyd); sisters, Marianne Glass (Buddy) and Carol Kern (Buddy); 4 grandchildren, Kathy Barrentine (Tony), and Leslie (Tina), Abbey and Hannah Nussbaum; and 2 great-grandchildren, Andrew and Brandon.

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