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4301 Raspe Avenue + Baltimore, Maryland 21206

410-485-7654 +

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Our Wednesday nights are back and better than ever in 2020! Come for Bible Study and KidZone at 6pm, stay for beautiful candlelight communion at 7pm, and be sure to stick around for our weekly feast at 7:40!
Small Books, Mighty Truths
Bible Study on Wednesdays @6pm
From January 8th to February 19th, we will be studying seven of the shortest books of the Bible.  This will be taught by Pastor Parker and Bishop Gohl.  Be sure to welcome back this beloved pastor of Epiphany!
            Jan 8              Obadiah
            Jan 15            Habakkuk - Tonight!
            Jan 22            Zephaniah
            Jan 29            Haggai
            Feb 5              Titus
            Feb 12            Philemon
            Feb 19            Jude
We are called to tell the Good News
that GOD IS LOVE in Word and Deed.

How do you live into this mission?
How do you hope to live into this mission?
Let us know by filling out your Service Interest Form - either online or in print (you can pick it up in the Commons - it's salmon-colored).
Together, we are all disciples of Jesus Christ!
Interested in Saving Trees and Saving the church money?

Download your bulletin here!
Wednesday 7pm
Saturday 5pm
Sunday 9am
Sunday 10:30am

Then you can follow along from your own phone or tablet. You can definitely still get a print copy.
This is just another option! We also included all the hymns for a while to make it even easier, but we're sure if people were finding that helpful, and it does time time. So, let us know if we should get back to inserting the hymns.
Let us know what you think!

+ This Week at Epiphany +

January 15th - 22nd:

           9a Wednesday Crew,
         10a Ruth Circle,
           6p Bible Study & KidZone,
           7p Candlelight Communion & KidZone.
      8:30a Bulletins printed,
      9-11a Food Pantry,

           7p Finance Committee Mtg,
           7p Pet Loss Support Group.

          9a Bulletin Crew.
  10a-2p Loaves & Fishes, 
          5p Worship in the Chapel.
           9a Contemporary Worship/KidZone,
   10a-3p Christmas Train Garden,
    10:30a Festival Worship/KidZone,
      4:30p Confirmation Class.
       noon Herald submissions due,
           7p CLAIM Lay Leaders,
      8:30p AA/Al-Anon.

         10a Card Club,
       noon Staff Meeting,
           4p OSSD Meeting,
           6p Permanent Endowment Cmt Mtg.

           9a Wednesday Crew,
           6p Bible Study & KidZone,
           7p Candlelight Communion & KidZone.

+ Prayer Concerns +

(as of 1/14)
Bradley; Kevin Chaney; Robert Cullen; Helena Discher; Dorothy Duvall; Linda Duvall; Todd Eibner; Melvin Ennis; Anthony Erline; Amber Fisher; Casey, Cindy, Nicholas & Randy Franks; Hawa Freeman; Angela Geddes; George Hardy & family; Emerson Hovermale; Anthony Johnson and his family & friends; Craig Johnston; Bill & Frances Kausch; Evelyn Kist; Henry Lindsey; Paul & Colleen Mercier; Connie McNey; Monica, Grandma, Sarah, Zack; Jo Opitz; Peggy Pridgeon; Pr. Kathy Rohrbach & John Adcock; Pat Samios-Uy; Robert Sauer; Jen Schleupner; Calvin Schnepf; Phyllis Schnepf; Bill Shaffer; Dorothy Smith; Suzanne Swiss; Juanita Tausendschoen; those serving in the Military, esp. Samuel Casehart, Daniel Mullins, Robert Ross, Jr.

Anticipating Surgery:  Linda Chaney (1/29).

Assisted Living:  Pastor John and Carolyn Yost (Brookdale, Towson).

Hospice:  Patti Edwards (at home), Esther Hall (Pickersgill, Towson).

Hospitalized:  Paul Blake, Michael Duvall (FrSq), Sheri Preston (Hopkins), Woody Smeltzer (Gettysburg).

Recovering at Home: Carol Kelly,  Curt Ketter, Harry Mackey, Irene Turner (at her son’s).

Rehab:  Denise Mackey (Good Sam), Elizabeth Murphy (Overlea).

Sympathy for the family & friends of:  Georgia (Amber Leber’s great grandmother), Claire Tucker Brooks (daughter of Mr. Leslie Tucker), Jacob’s dad (friend of Martin Mackey), Margaret Newbill (grandmother of Sarah & Jacob Kimball), Woody Smeltzer.

+ Celebrations +

Happy Birthday! Heather Stacks (1/21), Catherine Stacy (1/21), Tracy Patrick (1/22), Patricia Sullivan (1/22), Charmagne Payton (1/23), Zachary Samios-Uy (1/23), Cole Billings (1/24), Shirley Ernst (1/24), Maria Colon (1/25), Derek Halford (1/25), Eca Hall (1/25), Jennifer Leaf (1/25), Kayana Leslie (1/25), Logan Ryan (1/25).

+ To the Glory of God +    

Weekend Flowers, Altar: no sponsor;   Chancel no sponsor;  Bulletins: no sponsor; Communion Elements: in loving memory of my aunt, Mildred Weaver, on her birthday by Shirley Ernst.  Sanctuary Lights: no sponsor; Tower Light: no sponsor; Wednesday Altar Flowers (1/22):  no sponsor.

+ Opportunities for Youth +

Youth Group meets every (or most every) 2nd & 4th Sunday, 4-6pm, including dinner. This is for all 6th-12th graders. The next youth group will be on Sunday, January 26th, 4-6pm.

Confirmation Class meets every 1st, 3rd, & 5th Sundays 4:30-6pm. Our next Confirmation Class is on January 19th at 4:30pm

Junior Youth Group is on the 4th Sunday of the month and our next one will be on Sunday, January 26th at 4pm and will include dinner. This is for ~3rd-5th graders.


Dinner sponsors/Hosts are needed for youth group dinners.  Sponsors will provide a meal that can serve about 16 people.  If you are interested, sign up for a 2nd or 4th Sunday listed on the sign-up sheet in the Commons or let Marilyn Aryee know! Thank you!

+ Opportunities for Worship +

Help prepare the Lord’s table here at Epiphany with altar set up or clean up.  If you have any questions, please contact Donna Fairley at or 410.627.0152. 

+ Opportunities for Sharing +

SOUPer Bowl Saturday.  After the 5pm Chapel service on Sat, Feb 1, we will make Friendship Soup mixes to share at Food Pantry.  Until then, we will collect cans/packets of soup.  Join us and help us be a blessing to others.  For more information, contact Pr. Arwyn.

FOOD PANTRY is in need of non-perishable canned food items: canned soups, peanut butter & jelly.  Please drop off food donations in the Cloister.  Thank you for your generosity.

School Kits for Refugees! Our High School Youth will be putting together school kits at our synod youth gathering, RoadTrip, at the end of the month. They are collecting 70-page spiral bound notebooks as well as drawstring bookbags. Donations (in kind or cash) are welcome!  There is a box in the Commons for items to be placed. Cash donations can be given to Amanda McGowan or Hoss Parvizian.

Can you offer a ride? 
Several members of the Congregation are looking for a ride to Worship Services.  If you can help, please call Deacon Rodger Thomas at 410-852-0027.  

+ Opportunities for Mentoring +

Basketball Ministry
Are you interested in mentoring young adults as they play basketball and form community?  Let a member of the LEAD Team know if you're interested.

+ Opportunities for Learning +

Bible Study:  Small Books, Mighty Truths – we will be studying seven of the shortest books of the Bible, starting with Obadiah.  This will be taught by Pastor Parker and Bishop Gohl.  Be sure to welcome back this beloved pastor of Epiphany!

+ Opportunities for Fellowship +

Fellowship Hosts are needed after the Sunday, 10:30am Festival Service.  Especially for the 2nd, 3rd, and 5th Sundays of the month.  If you can help, please call Linda Gruzs at 410-325-5216, or the church office. 

On the menu for a special Valentine’s Dinner: spaghetti, linguine, meatballs, red sauce, chicken with alfredo sauce, salad, bread, desserts and wine.  Please sign up, and pay, by February 8
Cost is $15 per person (kids 12 and under are free).  For more information, contact Pat McGowan 410-262-4059 or Linda Gruzs at 410-325-5216.  Guest sign-up sheet in the Commons.


+ Opportunities for Stewardship +

39 GIVING UNITS RETURNED A PLEDGE FOR A TOTAL OF $91,533.  If you haven’t done so already, please complete a commitment card available in the Parlor and place it in the offering tray or mail it to the church office.  Thank you.
Savers Fundraiser brought in $375.  Thank you to all who participated!


+ Serving God in Worship +

Wednesday, 1/15, 7pm Worship
Assisting Ministers: Deacons Ellen Krich & Joseph Davies;  Greeter: Debbie Behrens; Crucifer: Chris Janson; Lector: Sue Fitzsimmons;  Communion Presenters: Gayle Mueller, Bill Shupe;  Communion Servers:  John Miller, Marc & Steph Rocque; Altar Guild:  Susan Fogle, Diane Taylor; Acolyte: Deborah Hansen; Chimer: Tom Kopriva; Ushers: Buddy Jones, Gil Shelsby.

Saturday, 1/18, 5pm Worship
Usher: Jack Welsh; Fellowship: Debbie & Bob Buckless.
Altar Clean-Up: Debbie Buckless, Cecelia Welsh.
Sunday, 1/19, 9am Worship
Altar Care: Henry Ferguson; Lector: Umar Abdul-Hamid; Communion Servers: Henry Ferguson, Cathy Silberzahn; Fellowship Hosts: Henry Ferguson, Buddy Jones; Ushers:  Bob Horst, Buddy Jones.

Sunday, 1/19, 10:30am Worship
Assisting Minister:  TJ Smoot; Deacon:  Ellen Krich;  Lector: Shirley Stevens; Acolytes: Maria DeLong, Evan DeVincent, Ryleigh Wray; Communion Clean-up: Jane Dieter, Charlene Hellman, Susy Pfarr; Usher Team C: Al Nyberg, Rodger Thomas, Marilyn Aryee, Mike Read, Don Watson;  Fellowship Hosts: Charlene Hellman, Carol Thomas, Bonnie Wildt. Altar Care:  Linda Gruzs, Shirley Stevens.

Wednesday, 1/22, 7pm Worship
Assisting Ministers: Deacons Doug Wittich & Lynn Pilachowski; Greeter: Lesa Jackson; Crucifer: Chris Janson; Lector: Rosemary Mukhopadhyay; Communion Presenters: Emmie Shelsby, Elaine Wagenfuehr;  Communion Servers:  Steve Fogle, Bob Vickers, Becky & Alex Wright;  Altar Guild:  Susan Fogle, Tom Kopriva. Acolyte: Deborah Hansen; Chimer: Tom Kopriva; Ushers: Buddy Jones, Gil Shelsby.
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