the tower light

 Epiphany Lutheran Church

        4301 Raspe Ave  Baltimore MD 21206

410/485.7654 ✠


MAY 2019
Becoming the Church
    In the flurry of Holy Week, I confess I struggled to write this. But then, I realized why. I had to wait until Holy Saturday.  Holy Saturday has shown me what Church is supposed to be, at least in part.  I watched people stream in from the congregation to get the church set up for Easter - cleaning, arranging flowers, putting up displays, putting up the Easter display, and arranging more flowers.  I listened and observed as our Epiphany Crew and the regular volunteers at Loaves and Fishes set the table, prepared a meal, distributed groceries and clothes, and talked together as friends in Christ.
     The Church was born on Easter morning at the empty tomb - an event each individual responded to differently, and yet it bound them together.  The women became the first preachers of the gospel.  As we move through Easter we will hear how the disciples, even Thomas, came to digest the resurrection news - we will hear the formation of the Church as the Good News spread, the Holy Spirit is promised, Jesus ascends, and the Holy Spirit drives the Church outward.
     It’s a beautiful thing to see that Good News continuing to travel through wonderfully ordinary (if a little quirky) people.  They pour creativity and sweat into a cross that is a visible sign of new life to the Cedmont Community.  They go on shopping trips and work over the stove to provide a meal at Loaves and Fishes, living into the koinonia (coming together) and diakonia (serving one another) of the early church.  They work across print and digital media to see that our ministry is shared not only with our members, but with the broader community that connects to the God Is Love Church.
     On Wednesday evenings this Easter Season, starting May 1st, we are studying the book of Acts - what a perfect time to witness Church, to be Church, to become Church as God is calling us forward in the light of the resurrection, and by the leading of the Holy Spirit. Come! Learn! Grow!  Be the Body of Christ.

~God’s Peace,
   Pastor Parker~
Starting on Wednesday, May 1st, our LEAD Team along with Pastor Parker will be guiding us through the Acts of the Apostles - the beginning of the Church - exploring how God moved in the early Church and how that might illumine a way to live into how God is calling us to be Church today.
Please consider donating your time, baked goods, or flea market items. We will need people to do set up on Saturday, May 4th, and manage tables and do clean up on Sunday, May 5th. Any baked goods are welcome for the bake sale. You can donate any items, including books, seasonal items, toys, baby equipment (we'll save clothes donated for the Savers Fundraiser in June).

And, definitely plan to eat lunch at church on that Sunday after worship!

Story of Faith
     In July 2012, I came to Epiphany Church to keep my “end of the bargain.”  I had not attended church in about three years after a negative experience.  Back in February 2011, I was informed by my doctor that I was diagnosed with prostate cancer.  It’s funny how “cancer” gets your attention.  Well I went home, and prayed the jackpot prayer “God help me, and I promise I will go back to church,” only this time with a sincerity I had never prayed before.  After a series of x-rays and MRIs, the doctor called and said he needed to see me.  My thoughts were…we are going to discuss next steps.  He informed me that I had a tumor my kidney, and that it had to be removed ASAP.  This is it.  God was punishing me for the way that I had lived. 
     God had other plans.  The kidney was removed and found to be benign.  Prostate was treated and today I am cancer free.  That Sunday in 2011, I woke up realizing that God had kept His end of the bargain and I had reneged again.  I went looking for a church attend, and Epiphany was having an outdoor service that morning, and my car turned into the parking lot.  After some debate with myself I got out the car and came in.  Strange things started happening, Pastor Gohl came up and introduced himself after the service, and welcomed me and invited me to come back the next week.  I met Pastor Fries the next week, and he invited me to lunch.  (I come from African-American Baptist Churches, those events do not occur.)  He invited me to come back the following week, where during The Lord’s Prayer, a gentleman named Vernon Russell joined hands with me to pray.  That’s when I knew I found something. 
     I have been attending Epiphany ever since, because in these seven years I have learned more about God and Jesus than I had the previous 63 years.  I learned I no longer have to bargain
with God.  The Pastors preach God, and his Son Jesus Christ,
My Lord and Savior, thus teaching me.  I know now that
God has forgiven me for my past sins, and I am able to pray sincerely that His will, not mine, be done. 
I try to follow God second most important command that is “to love thy neighbor as thyself” which has allowed me to love others as demonstrated by my congregation.  GOD IS LOVE is not only the sign on the bell tower; it is also lived and display by the members of Epiphany Church, my church HOME.
James “Buddy” Jones
Your LEAD Team comes together about every three weeks. They have spent time in prayer, Bible Study, training, and most recently sharing insights from One-on-Ones, conversations with Epiphany members. Once they have met with a substantial portion of the Epiphany membership, whether through these One-on-Ones or in affinity groups, then they will be moving out into the community to connect with them and gather insights. Those community One-on-One’s will take up much of the summer and continue even as they move on to the next steps on the LEAD journey, such as conducting “Holy Experiments” based on what they’ve been hearing. But for now, they are listening, both to God in scripture and prayer, and to you! You can be involved by stepping forward to be interviewed. You can also be involved by joining the team in listening to God in scripture during the Easter Season on Wednesday evenings. They will be walking through one chapter in Acts a week, particularly looking for how the early church grew and adapted, and how that may inform how we grow and adapt as a church grounded in community.  This will start on May 1st, and run through early June on Wednesday evenings at 6pm. Come and listen! Come and share!
Your LEAD Team
Gil Shelsby serves as our Facilitator. He sets the agenda and keeps the Team moving forward.
He attends mostly Sundays at 10:30am and Wednesdays.
Buddy Jones serves as our Communicator. He takes notes and joins Gil & Pr. Parker in regular meetings with our coach.
He attends Sundays at 9am and Wednesdays.
Hoss Parvizian serves as our Champion. His task is to encourage!
He attends mostly Sundays at either service and Wednesdays.
Dave Plank serves as our Builder. He helps us to get practical in our dreaming.
He attends Sundays mostly at 9am and Wednesdays.
Jill Hull serves as our curator. She ask relevant questions to move the conversation forward. She attends mostly on Wednesdays.
Marc Rocque serves as our Connector, and focuses on building relationships.
He attends mostly  Wednesdays and Sundays at 10:30am.
  • We recognize that the LEAD Team and Council do too many things to list on one chart.  We are using this as a visual means to see where several committees connect.
  • The LEAD Team will be sharing findings with all congregational entities as discussion points to work together in finding and doing God’s will for Epiphany.
Donate Online
Our web page donation site has been up now for just over a year.  We have received over $3000 from online donations.  It has proven to be easy and convenient, but more importantly, safe and secure.  No special signups are required to use it.  Our credit card processor is PayPal, so you may make your donation from your PayPal account or directly from a credit or debit card.  This is especially convenient for days when the weather is bad, and you don't want to miss your weekly discipline for your tithing. 
To use it, go online to
Enter your donation amount and select from one of the accounts listed (i.e., operating expenses, building repairs, etc.) or select “Other” to assign your donation to anything special, such as flowers and use the following box specify your donation.
All contributions received through this system get processed by our Recorder, Curt Ketter, who reminds us to enter your envelope number in the street address field.  Otherwise, provide a street address so that you can receive an end of the year statement.  Thank you.
Please join us as we celebrate the graduation of
Amanda McGowan
Towson University
6pm | Friday
May 24, 2019

Epiphany (Rm 106, 107 & 108)

RSVP to Pat McGowan at 410-262-4059

Javier, our Superhero Sexton (check out that pose!), is excited to get back on the job! He should be set to go about a week into May.
Pastor Fries, Pastor Parker and to the Congregation of Epiphany Lutheran Church,
I just want to thank all of you for remembering Phil in your continual prayers.  I certainly did appreciate it and I know Phil did as well.
Phil is safely home now and suffers no more.  Once a Marine, always a Marine and Phil fought the good fight, as a Marine would do, and when I told him he was in your prayers, he was so happy.  I believe now God has a new gardener on staff and loving those flowers in heaven.
May God continue to bless all of you, as God has blessed us.   Keep on praying.
Shirley Ernst

March 19, 2019
Please accept this donation in memory of my father, Thomas Casey.  Although he was not technically a parishioner, we will always be grateful for the wonderful visits by Deacon Rodger Thomas.  We are thankful for Deacon Rodger’s kindness towards my parents and his willingness to preside over their funeral masses.
Karen Casey Winicki
March 28, 2019
Epiphany Lutheran Church,
We have received your donation of $125.00.  Thank you so much for your generosity!  Your support of HARBEL is much needed and deeply appreciated…as the recent cuts in grants and gov’t funding have had a big impact on our finances. 
It is a critical time in the long history of HARBEL.  For us to continue to do this good work, generosity from supporters like you is essential.  I hope you will stop by to see some of the work we’re doing, or attend one of the workshops or events we host in the community. 
Together we are making positive change in people’s lives.
With Sincere Gratitude,
Roxanne Fuentes, Executive Director
Our young people collected a
during Lent for the 25,000 Meal Project.  With your help and by your generosity, $851.75 was raised so far!  That’s over 3,400 meals!!!  If you wish to make a final donation, you can do so online at
Those we pray for at home:
+ Norman Albaugh
+ Charles Baker
+ Esther Balles
+ Dorothy Duvall
+ Joan Horst
+ William & Frances Kausch
+ Bobbie King
+ Lillian Malkus
+ Charles New
+ James Norris
+ Edna Rau
+ William Seidl, Sr.
+ Bill Shaffer
+ Juanita Tausendschoen
+ Eileen Zang
Connecting Faith & Justice:
Critical Conversations

A series of panel discussions and community conversations for community members interested in the Intersection of faith & justice.  Located in the heart of downtown Baltimore at Zion Lutheran Church, across from City Hall.  Parking available adjacent to the church, as well as refreshments.
Final Tuesday of the Month  (7-9pm)
Zion Lutheran at City Hall (400 E. Lexington St.)
       April 30        Immigration and Refugees
       May 28        The Lines that Divide Us:  Housing, Race, Transit, Safety
                                   in the Baltimore region
Sponsored by the Coalition of Lutherans Advancing in Mission, a group of Lutheran congregations serving God & neighbor in collaborative and life-giving ways throughout the Baltimore region.  Updates are posted on the Facebook event. For more information, contact us at 
Celebrate our 80+
June Birthdays
June 10     Jack Welsh
4700 Mowani Rd
Baltimore, MD 21206-1314
June 15     Gil Shelsby
9 Councilman Ave
Baltimore, MD 21206-1321
June 19     Henry Berg, Jr.
1702 Chateau Ct
Fallston, MD 21047-2104
June 24     Marlene Kinlin
9601-B Amberleigh Ln
Perry Hall, MD 21128
June 24     Carolyn Yost
804 Weatherbee Rd
Baltimore, MD 21286-7811
On Sunday, May 5th, the Confirmation Class is heading to the Walters Art Museum. They will meet at 3pm. You're welcome to join them if you like, but you'll need to arrange your own transportation. Everyone will return to the Epiphany parking lot by 5:30pm. Talk to Pastor Arwyn or Deacon Doug if you have any questions!
Our May Junior Youth Group will be May 19th, a week earlier than normal!
There is a retreat for 3rd-5th graders May 3rd-4th at Mar-Lu-Ridge! You can learn more and register on the synod website. If you find that you have any questions, or you're just excited to tell someone you're going, email Pastor Parker. Also, if you would like your child to go, but are unable to go yourself, know that you can do that! Pastor Parker will be there as well as many other adults and high school youth.
How would you describe Epiphany to someone unfamiliar with our church?
Be sure to tag @GodIsLoveBalt
I am the Church. You are the Church.
We are the Church together!

Evangelism & Outreach Lesa Jackson

     Do you turn your back when you see someone suffering from opioid and/or alcohol addiction? Do you fear them, feel anger or sadness at their situation and maybe even believe they are weak and should be ashamed of themselves? Have you had to let a family member or friend go in order to help them?
     During Lent we remember Christ’s struggle over 40 days and nights and the temptations by the devil to forget it all and just get a bite of bread. Jesus said no. Not only did he say no, but he went on to be ridiculed, shamed, humiliated, and beaten. He suffered every crushing blow by word and deed. Would I be that strong?
     At a recent meeting of CLAIM, a Lutheran community focusing on current issues in support of God’s people, we heard three amazing speakers who talked about the power of opioids and other drugs that can ensnare people of all races, backgrounds and communities. From the grief of a mother, to the daily challenges of a former user.
     Jesus understands better than anyone about temptation. He knows that something that looks friendly can also be fatal, be it a pill for pain, wine for celebration or a loaf of bread. The good news is that Jesus took our shame, self-doubt, humiliation, fear, anger and sadness with him when he died. He rose again to let us know that while we sin in so many ways (abusing ourselves with drugs, alcohol, food or whatever), we are still loved.
     In His model, we should also love those who are struggling with opioids and/or alcohol addiction. Who are the people trapped by opioids? What gifts did God give them to share with the world? How can we help them find those gifts to share? How can our strength overcome fear? How can our love and the love of our Savior heal the sadness? Just asking…
Written by Claudia Morrell

Children's & Youth Discipleship

See the summer activities listed below!

Community Life / Fellowship Pat McGowan & Linda Gruzs

Help is needed on Saturday, May 4 (8am-12pm) and Sunday, May 5 (9am-3pm) for the Annual Flower Mart. Please sign up in the Commons or contact Pat McGowan 410-262-4059.

Donations of any kind of gift card needed for the GIFT CARD TREE RAFFLE. As more gift cards are collected, the value of the tree will increase. Raffle tickets cost $2ea or 3/$5. For more info, contact Diane Steimetz (410-218-1053).

LUNCH BUNCH (Sunday, May 19 @12:30p).
Meet at Mo’s Seafood Restaurant (9727 Pulaski Hwy, Middle River). Sign up in the Commons or contact Pat McGowan.

A collection is starting now for a trip to Savers in June. Donations of the following are welcome: clothes, shoes, pocketbooks and small household items.

Facilities / Property Tom Kopriva

You do not need any special skills to help clean and beautify our church, just a desire to get involved in a worthy endeavor.

Social Ministry Michelle Bartholomew

Loaves and Fishes volunteers from Epiphany prepared 138 delicious meals at St. Matthias in April. 
Food Pantry
Epiphany Food Pantry is in need the following non-perishable foods (preferably not bulk size):
  • canned fruit
  • pasta
  • canned meats
  • cereal
  • crackers
  • rice
  • mashed potatoes
Please leave your donations in the Cloister. 

Stewardship Rodger Thomas & Lois Errickson

Be sure to fill out this year's Service Interest Form.  If nothing has changed, you can just fill out your name of the biographical information section and then go on to fill out the service interest section. Click here to fill it out online.

Worship Carol Thomas

The Worship Committee in coordination with the Human Resources Committee, and at the direction of the Council, has formed a task force to search for a festival musician. As soon as they have formed the job description, they would be glad for your help in circulating that call for a new musician!
Thank you to our Easter Choir for doing a fabulous job, and especially to Brian Tracey for leading the choir though to a wonderful celebration of the Resurrection on Easter morning!
You have gifts to offer in fulfilling our mission to share the Good News that God is Love in Word and Deed. Consider serving on one of these committees, or other committees not listed above (i.e.: Communications, Personnel, or Finance).
it's all happening at epiphany!

1 May            Wednesday
           9AM      Building/Grounds Crew
           6PM      Bible Study/KidZone
           7PM      Candlelight/KidZone

2 May            Thursday 
      9-11AM      Food Pantry
        6-9PM      CNCS Mind Fair
      6:30PM      WBMC Bible Study

3 May            Friday - Jr Youth Retreat
           9AM      Bulletin Crew

4 May            Saturday - Jr Youth Retreat
 8AM-noon      Flower Mart Setup
           5PM      Chapel Service 

May            Sunday - FLOWER MART
           9AM      Contemporary Worship
 9AM-noon      Flower Mart
      9:30AM      WBMC Service

    10:30AM      Festival Worship
     3:30PM      Confirmation Class

May            Monday
         12PM      Herald Submissions Due
      8:30PM      AA/Al-Anon

May            Tuesday
         10AM      Card Club
         12PM      Staff Meeting

May            Wednesday
           9AM      Building/Grounds Crew
           6PM      Bible Study/KidZone
           7PM      Candlelight/KidZone

May            Thursday
      9-11AM      Food Pantry
        5-7PM      CNCS Gallery Night
      6:30PM      WBMC Bible Study

      7:30PM      Cedmont Meeting

10 May          Friday
           9AM      Bulletin Crew
   6-9:30PM      Card Club

11 May          Saturday
11AM-1PM       CNCS High Tea
           5PM      Chapel Service

12 May          Sunday - Mother's Day
           9AM      Contemporary Worship

    10:30AM      Festival Worship

           4PM      Youth Group

13 May          Monday
         12PM      Herald Submissions Due
           7PM      CNCS Diversity & Inclusion Meeting
           7PM      CLAIM Lay Leaders Meeting
      8:30PM      AA/Al-Anon

14 May          Tuesday
         10AM      Card Club
         12PM      Staff Meeting

15 May          Wednesday
           9AM      Building/Grounds Crew
         10AM      Ruth Circle
           6PM      Bible Study/KidZone
           7PM      Candlelight/KidZone

16 May          Thursday 
      9-11AM      Food Pantry
      6:30PM      WBMC Bible Study

           7PM      Pet Grief Support Group

17 May          Friday
           9AM      Bulletin Crew
           6PM      Card Club

18 May          Saturday
 9AM-noon      AA Conference Workshop
         10AM      Epiphany @ Loaves & Fishes
           5PM      Chapel Service

19 May          Sunday 
           9AM      Contemporary Worship

         11AM      Festival Worship

          noon      Communications Cmt Meeting

    12:30PM      Lunch Bunch at Mo's Seafood
        4-6PM      Junior Youth Group
   4-5:30PM      Confirmation Class
           4PM      Power Hour

20 May          Monday 
         12PM      Herald Submissions Due
           7PM      Congregational Council Mtg
      8:30PM      AA/Al-Anon

21 May          Tuesday 
         10AM      Card Club
         12PM      Staff Meeting

22 May          Wednesday
           9AM      Building/Grounds Crew
           6PM      Bible Study/KidZone
           7PM      Candlelight/KidZone

23 May          Thursday
      9-11AM      Food Pantry
      6:30PM      WBMC Bible Study
      6:30PM      Grief & Loss Support Group

24 May          Friday
           9AM      Bulletin Crew
           6PM      Graduation Party for Amanda McGowan

25 May          Saturday
           5PM      Chapel Service

26 May          Sunday
           9AM      Contemporary Worship

    10:30AM      Festival Worship
           4PM      Youth Group

27 May          Monday - Memorial Day
      8:30PM      AA/Al-Anon

28 May          Tuesday 
         12PM      Herald Submissions Due
         10AM      Card Club
         12PM      Staff Meeting

29 May           Wednesday - Ash Wednesday
           9AM      Building/Grounds Crew
           6PM      Bible Study/KidZone
           7PM      Candlelight/KidZone

30 May          Thursday - DEMD Synod Assembly
      9-11AM      Food Pantry
      6:30PM      WBMC Bible Study

           7PM      CNCS Board Meeting

31 May          Friday - DEMD Synod Assembly
           9AM      Bulletin Crew

June          Saturday - DEMD Synod Assembly
           5PM      Chapel Service

3 Opportunities to Grow in Faith and Serve This Summer

June 24 – 30    Vacation Bible School
Monday through Friday, 5:45-8:15pm includes dinner.
The Finale is VBS Celebration Sunday Worship on the 30th at 10:30am, followed by a picnic! For 4 years old through graduated 6th grade. Seeking Volunteers to serve in all kinds of ways! Even if you can’t help every day, please let us know when you can.

Wish List for VBS Kitchen

  • Juice boxes
  • Small bags of chips
  • Small containers of apple sauce
  • Fruit snacks
  • 5oz. cups
  • Kraft Mac and Cheese
  • Freeze pops

June 30 – July 5 or six other weeks!
Mar-Lu-Ridge offers opportunities for all ages to have a week of adventure and faith formation. June 30th-July 5th, Pastor Parker will be there with the Senior High Camp.  Registrations are being accepted now for 6 years old through high school.  And don’t let cost stop you, there are Epiphany members who want to make it possible for your children have the camp experience!  They are also looking for camp counselors 18 years and older! Check out

July 8 – 12     Day Camp at Epiphany!
Epiphany will be hosting a Day Camp this summer under the leadership of “Mobile Mar-Lu-Ridge.” A generous donor in our synod has made it possible to bring the camp experience to Baltimore City.  This is for 6-10 year old children. We are also partnering with “The Center” to receive youth volunteers to help run the camp.  It will be 9am-3pm each day. Sign your kids/grandkids up! Let us know how you can help!

Send us an email if you'd like more information
about any of these opportunities!
Give the Gift of Summer Camp.
It costs about $450 to send a kid to camp for a week (which is actually remarkably inexpensive). There, they have life-shaping experiences, in which they can truly be themselves, and can delve deeply in to faith conversations, all while having an incredible adventure – high ropes, zip line, rock climbing, skits at campfire, creative worship – and, of course, a spectacular view.  It would be such a blessing to offer families the chance to go with the church paying half, or more where there is need!

Keep in mind:
June 24-30 > Vacation Bible School at Epiphany
June 30 - July 5 > Pastors Parker at Mar-Lu-Ridge - Come Along!
July 7-12 > Mar-Lu-Ridge Day Camp at Epiphany
July 28 - August 3 > Puerto Rico Service Trip Week 2
(Edna Rau, Amanda McGowan, and Pastor Parker are going)

For information about CLAIM (Coalition of Lutherans Advancing In Mission) events and congregations, contact Elaine Wagenfuefr at

May 4   12pm
Conversation with Bishop Gohl hosted by the African Descent Lutheran Association
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church (8212 Philadelphia Rd, Rosedale)
All invited to hear Bishop Gohl speak about his vision for our synod.  Q&A to follow.
May 4   10:30am-2pm
Maifest at Zion Lutheran
(400 E Lexington St)
Enjoy lunch in the garden and singing around the May Pole!  Food, drink, entertainment, kid’s crafts & moon bounce.  Plants for sale.

May 5   4pm
Sunday Concert Series featuring the Baltimore Mandolin Orchestra
Church of The Immaculate Heart (8501 Loch Raven Blvd)

May 7   11:30am
Keep Your Brain Sharp
Prince of Peace (8212 Philadelphia Rd)
Bring your lunch.  This is a DVD presentation.

Connecting Faith & Justice: Critical Conversations
April 30 7-9pm
Zion Lutheran Church at City Hall
400 E Lexington St
Panel discussion and community conversation for those who are interested in the intersection of faith & justice.
April discussion: “Refugees and Asylum.”
Next mtg: May 28.

May 31-June 2  

Delaware-Maryland Synod Assembly
Delta Hotels Baltimore Hunt Valley (245 Shawan Rd)
Several events open to the public.  The costs associated with each event are listed at  For more information, please contact Cindy VanVliet at or 410-230-2863.

Please call the Church office (410-485-7654)
to sponsor some of our worship needs. Thank you!  

FLOWERS, Weekend Altar                               $25/week

Available June
April 7, May 5> In celebration of Epiphany’s good work by a thankful member.
May 19> In memory of Charles Bullock, Sr. on the 4th anniversary of his death by Fran Bullock.
May 26> In memory and in honor of those defending our freedom and democracy.

FLOWERS, Weekend Chancel                           $15/week

Available June

Apr 28> In loving memory of Phil Ernst on his 74th birthday by Shirley Ernst.
Apr 28> In loving memory of my son John by Elizabeth Bayne.
May 5> In celebration of Epiphany’s good work by a thankful member.
May 12 > In loving memory of our mothers, Alma & Helen, and in honor of our daughter Deborah, and sisters Charlotte, Mary and Ruth on Mother’s Day by Dorothy & Roland Smith.
May 12 > In loving memory of Helen “Gran” McGraw on Mother’s Day from her family for the BEST MOM EVER!
May 19> In honor of granddaughter Neviah Raine’s baptism by Kent & Linda Gruzs.
BULLETINS                                                          $15/week
Available May & June
COMMUNION ELEMENTS                                   $15/week
Available May & June
Apr 7 > In memory of loved ones by Francene Siegel.
May 12 > In memory of Eva Haack by the Haack family.

TOWER LIGHT – God is Love                           

Available: June
Apr 7 > In memory of loved ones by Francene Siegel.
Apr 28> In loving memory of my son John by Elizabeth Bayne.
May 12 > In loving memory of Robert L. Shaffer, Sr. and dear nephew Robert L. Shaffer, Jr. on his birthday by Bill & Sharon Shaffer.
May 19 > In loving memory of Jim Wilmer by Elizabeth Bayne.

SANCTUARY LIGHTS                                          $15/month

Available: May & June
FLOWERS, Wednesday Altar                            $25/week

Available: May & June
Apr 3 > In memory of my father Joseph Proulx by Diane & David Taylor.
Apr 10 > In memory of Marie, Bill, Bob, John & Andrew Williams by Jan Williams.
May 15 > In loving memory of Jim Wilmer by Elizabeth Bayne.


In honor of Amber Leber, for making the Dean’s List by Carolyn Leber.

In memory of Thomas Casey by Karen Casey Winicki; John Douglas by Cynthia Wagemann; Philip Ernst by Virginia Schnepf.
A gift from Kenneth Lurz.

A gift by Betty Woolfenden.


In memory of Phillip Ernst, Lynn Vollerthum by Henry & Joan Berg.

In memory of Philip Ernst by Juanita Tausendschoen.

In memory of John Douglas by Helen Douglas.

by the numbers

To meet the approved budget for fiscal year 2018/19,
the weekly offering needs to average $5,368.37.

Week of March 20, 2019
Wed: 101, Sat: 19,
Sun 9a: 49, Sun 10:30a: 69 
OFFERING:  $3,920.71
Week of March 27, 2019
Wed: 103, Sat: 20,
Sun 9a: 51, Sun 10:30a: 68 
OFFERING:  $3,517.25

Week of April 3, 2019
Wed: 91, Sat: 18,
Sun 9a: 54, Sun 10:30a: 63 
OFFERING:  $4,919.00
Week of April 10, 2019
Wed: 110, Sat: 25,
Sun 9a: 57, Sun 10:30a: 131 
OFFERING:  $6,933.50
If you, or someone you know, would like to just talk or would like a visit with communion, call Deacon Rodger.

“You can reach me at 410-8520027 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.”
When travel, illness or other circumstances prevent 
you from attending services, you can continue to make 
your contributions through online giving. From the 
Epiphany homepage (, click on the 
Donate link at the top right. Along with supplying your 
address and payment information, you can specify where 
you want your donation to be used (i.e., current, 
benevolence or other funds). 
May 2019 serving schedules
7pm Wednesday candlelight communion

Coordinator: Pastor Fries – 410/485-7654 x104

May 1                        
Assisting Ministers: Deacons Ellen Krich & Rodger Thomas; Greeter: Marie Garrity; Crucifer: Chris Janson; Lector: Al Nyberg; Communion Presenters: Jerry & Debbie Most; Communion Servers:  Jill Hull, April & Hoss Parvizian, Dave Plank; Altar Guild:  Susan Fogle, Charlene Hellman.
May 8                        
Assisting Ministers: Deacon Sherma Quick, TJ SMoot; Greeter: Kevin Chaney; Crucifer: Chris Janson; Lector: Jada Wright; Communion Presenters: Nicole Ellerman, Charlene Hellman; Communion Servers:  Marc & Steph Rocque, Becky Vickers, Bob Vickers; Altar Guild:  Susan Fogle, Ceil Welsh. 
May 15                      
Assisting Ministers: Deacons Doug Wittich & Lynn Pilachowski; Greeter: Elaine Wagenfuehr; Crucifer: Chris Janson; Lector: Sue Fitzsimmons; Communion Presenters: John & Kim Kluver; Communion Servers:  Denzil Bryce, Steve Fogle, Justin Shunkwiler, Bill Shupe; Altar Guild:  Susan Fogle, Diane Taylor.    
May 22                      
Assisting Ministers: Deacon Rodger Thomas, TJ Smoot;  Greeter: Denise Mackey; Crucifer: Chris Janson; Lector: Liz Janson; Communion Presenters: Linda Chaney, LaCelle Lamb; Communion Servers:  Rebecca Lindsey, John Miller, Alan Shephard, David Wright; Altar Guild:  Susan Fogle, Tom Kopriva.     
May 29                      
Assisting Ministers: Deacons Doug Wittich & Sherma Quick; Greeter: Debbie Behrens; Crucifer: Chris Janson; Lector: Henry Lindsey; Communion Presenters: Lois Errickson, Jan Williams; Communion Servers:  Aaron Fries, Martin Mackey, Lindsay Most, Gayle Mueller; Altar Guild:
  Susan Fogle, Tom Kopriva.     

Acolyte: Deborah Hansen; Chimer: Tom Kopriva; Ushers: Buddy Jones, Gil Shelsby.

5pm Saturday worship services

Coordinators: Carol & Deacon Rodger Thomas

May 4             
Usher: Carol Thomas; Fellowship: Ceil & Jack Welsh.
May 11          
Usher: Jack Welsh; Fellowship: John & Jane Cole, Jo Opitz.

May 18          
Usher: Jack Welsh; Fellowship: Pat Samios-Uy
May 25          
Usher:  Carol Addison;  Fellowship: Carol & Rodger Thomas.

Altar Clean-Up: Debbie Buckless, Cecelia Welsh.

9am Sunday worship services
Coordinator: Henry Ferguson

May 5            
Altar Care: Sandi Riffle; Lector: Barbara Bewley; Communion Servers: TJ Smoot, Cathy Silberzahn; Fellowship Hosts: Salomi Bazemore, Henry Ferguson; Ushers:  Bob Horst, Buddy Jones.
May 12          
Altar Care:  Sandi Riffle;  Lector: Michelle Bartholomew; Communion Servers: Michelle Bartholomew, Cathy Silberzahn; Fellowship Hosts: Henry Ferguson, Cathy Silberzahn;  Ushers:  Bob Horst, Buddy Jones.
May 19          
Altar Care: Sandi Riffle; Lector: Marilyn Aryee; Communion Servers: Debbie Geiger, Cathy Silberzahn; Fellowship Hosts: Henry Ferguson, Buddy Jones; Ushers:  Bob Horst, Ray Lowrimore.
May 26          
Altar Care: Sandi Riffle;  Lector: Mike Smith; Communion Servers: Sandi Riffle, TJ Smoot; Fellowship Hosts: Henry Ferguson, Joanne Ferguson; Ushers:  Bob Horst, Ray Lowrimore.

10:30am Sunday worship services

Fellowship Coordinator:  Linda Gruzs 
Altar Care & Clean-Up Coordinator: Donna Fairley 
Assisting Minister, Lector, Acolyte Coordinator: Deacon Wittich 

May 5            
Assisting Minister: Bill Shupe; Deacon:  Rodger Thomas; Lector: April Parvizian; Communion Clean-up: Donna Fairley, Carol Schleupner; Acolytes: Cal Adams, Martin Mackey, Daniel Mullins; Usher Team A: Gil Shelsby, Mark Dittmar, Bill Shupe, Bill Pearson, Denise Loverde;  Fellowship Hosts: Marlene Kinlin, Kay Koepper, Carol Schleupner, Virginia Schnepf.
May 12          
Assisting Minister: Loza Lee; Deacon:  Doug Wittich;  Lector:  Lois Errickson;  Communion Clean-up: Linda Gruzs, Tom Kopriva, Francene Siegel; Acolytes: Victoria Ackerman, Makenna Haack, Chloe Peters, Katinka Teasley; Usher Team B: Jeremy Haack, Linda Gruzs, Kent Gruzs, Kevin Chaney, Pat Nemec;   Fellowship Hosts: Francene Siegel, Irene Turner, Mike & Teresa Thomas.
May 19          
Assisting Minister:  Cal Adams; Deacon:  Rodger Thomas; Lector: Spencer Errickson; Communion Clean-up: Jane Dieter, Charlene Hellman, Susy Pfarr; Acolytes: Maria DeLong, Andrew Gohl, David Gohl, Ryleigh Wray; Usher Team C: Lesa Jackson, Rodger Thomas, Mike Read, Don Watson, Al Nyberg;  Fellowship Hosts: Charlene Hellman, Carol Thomas, Bonnie Wildt. 
May 26          
Assisting Minister: Hoss Parvizian; Deacon:  Doug Wittich; Lector: Ann Fries; Communion Clean-up: George Heidelmaier, Jr., May Heidelmaier, Aimee McGee, Emmie Shelsby, Shirley Stevens; Acolytes: Jodi Aryee, Michael Ferro, Daniel Mullins, Samiya Wilson; Usher Team D:  Terry McGee, Leo Schleupner, Loza Lee, Virginia Schnepf, April Parvizian; Fellowship Hosts:  May Heidelmaier, Aimee McGee, Shirley Stevens.
Altar Care:  Charlene Hellman, Shirley Stevens.

Looking Ahead! 

3        Gift Card Raffle Drawing
13      Quarter Auction
21      Movie Night
24-30 Vacation Bible School
30      Church Picnic
30      Power Hour
30-5   Epiphany at Mar-Lu-Ridge
8-12   Day Camp at Epiphany

21-27 Puerto Rico Service Trip

21      Epiphany at Mar-Lu-Ridge
Epiphany Lutheran Church
4301 Raspe Avenue + Baltimore, Maryland 21206
410-485-7654 + +
The Rev. Christine Parker, Lead Pastor                    443/827-0124
The Rev. Duke Fries, Pastor                                     410/485-7654
The Rev. Arwyn Gohl, Support Pastor                      410/485-5750
Mr. Doug Wittich, Arch-Deacon, ossd                       443/794-0735
Mr. Rodger Thomas, ossd                                         410/852-0027
Mrs. Ellen Krich, ossd                                                410/282-3031
The Rev. John Yost, Jr., Pastor Emeritus
Ms. Lynn Sager, Office Administrator
Mr. Uriah Moore, Minister of Music
Mr. Brian Tracey, Interim Organist
Mr. Javier Nieves, Sexton
Mr. Terry McGee, Building Security Supervisor
Mr. Curt Ketter, Recorder
Miss Donna Fairley, Treasurer
Miss Amanda McGowan, Child Care Provider
Honorary Clergy: Bishop William J. Gohl, The Rev. Lee Hudson, The Rev. Neil O’Farrell, The Rev. Kathy Rohrbach, The Rev. Susan Roy

A CLAIM Congregation of the Delaware-Maryland Synod
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

All are welcome in this place,
without exception!

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