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February 2023

We want to see you!

 

If you’re a part of Epiphany’s online worshiping community, whether you’re with us every Sunday or just on occasion, we want to be sure you’re a visible part of our church family. We’d like to invite you to take a selfie or a screenshot, and send it to us at info@ourephiphany.org, including your name (first, last, or both – it doesn’t matter!), and we’ll put you up on the bulletin board in Fellowship Hall. Your presence with us in every form makes Epiphany more whole!

A Grounded Lent

 

“Where is God? . . . The grounded God is a God in relationship with space and time as the love that connects and creates all things, known in and with the world. . . . God is not above or beyond, but integral to the whole of creation, entwined with the sacred ecology of the universe.”

(Butler Bass, Diana Grounded, pp. 10, 25)

 

Beloved,

 

This last Wednesday, February 14, we began the season of Lent with Ash Wednesday. I hope you were able to join us. If you missed it, you can find the worship service on our YouTube Channel - including a Godly Play Big Reflection by Rev. Megan Dalby-Jones!

 

This season is a time to deepen our spiritual roots, strengthening the foundation of our faith so that it can be a source of nourishment, support, peace, and resilience. This Lent, we will be journeying with Diana Butler Bass’ book, Grounded: Finding God in the World, a Spiritual Revolution. Each Sunday we will explore a different aspect of “God in the World”, following the chapters of the book. This Sunday, we explore Water and the ways God is found in water in scripture, in our daily lives, and in the wider world.

 

We have several offerings for you to help you grow those deep and strong spiritual roots. You can access a 40 Day Devotional written by Diana Butler Bass base on Grounded here

We’ll begin a lunchtime Bible Study Tuesdays at noon - more information is below.

Each Wednesday at 7 pm from February 21 - March 27, we will post an Online Lenten Vespers service on our YouTube Channel (QR code above).

The schedule for Holy Week Worship online and in the sanctuary is:
   Palm Sunday, March 24 10:30 a.m.
   Good Friday, March 29, 7:00 p.m.
   Easter Sunday, March 31, 10:30 a.m. with an Easter Egg Hunt after worship!

Whatever you decide to release this Lent, whatever spiritual practices you decide to take up, may this time bring you closer to God, closer to your neighbors, closer to your own spirit, and closer to this beautiful earth.



Lenten Blessings,
Pastor Larissa 

1:1 Meetings with Pastor Larissa

Click below to schedule a 1:1 meeting with Pastor Larissa. 1:1 meetings are not about church business or about addressing specific pastoral care needs but about getting to know one another more authentically!

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Young Adult Group

Come and explore your faith with other young adults! Co-create the experience and discussions you want to have! Reach out to Pastor Larissa at pastorlarissa@ephiphany-ucc.org and let her know you’re interested.

 

Blood Drive at Epiphany Saturday February 24, 9-1:00 PM.

If you can donate, you can save lives. Walk-ins welcome, or to schedule a time, visit Vitalent.org, and use group code ORD0973B, or search for the date to find our drive.

Your blood could save a pediatric cancer patient, or a gunshot victim. It's given freely to whoever needs it, like the love of God is given freely to us all.

 

Bible Study!

Come and share scripture and lunch on Zoom with Pastor Larissa. Every Tuesday at noon starting Tuesday, February 20. Each week, we’ll study the text for the upcoming Sunday. Drop in anytime!

 

Topic: Bible Study

Time: Feb 20, 2024 12:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Every week on Tue

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Items Needed for Our Welcome Meal Neighbors

 

Winter is here! With cold weather intensifying,  we continue to need the following items to share with our neighbors who join us for the Welcome Meal each Wednesday:

  • Hand warmers

  • New Socks

  • Gloves

Items can be put into The Welcome Meal Basket just outside the sanctuary.

Bring Chicago Home Initiative

“Bring Chicago Home was born out of the growing need to address our

housing and homelessness crisis in a real and meaningful way. Over 68,000 Chicagoans are experiencing homelessness on the streets, in shelters, or living doubled-up. The best way to tackle this challenge is to strategically invest resources in permanent housing with wraparound supportive services.

Because when people get housed, we want them to stay housed.”

 

Learn more at bringchicagohome.org

Let’s Go See Timeline Theatre’s Notes From the Field

Theatre lovers - join us on Friday February 23 to see Notes from the Field at TimeLine theatre tickets are $40. Let Kathy Engert know if you want to join us.

 

An innovative documentary piece that shines a spotlight on the stories of those caught in America’s school-to-prison pipeline.

HAILED BY THE NEW YORK TIMES AS “A SEARING AND URGENT WORK that confronts some of the most pressing issues of our time with honesty, intelligence, and compassion,” this innovative first-person documentary piece shines a light on the stories of those caught in America’s school-to-prison pipeline. Utilizing verbatim dialogue pulled from more than 250 real accounts from students, faculty, prisoners, activists, politicians, and victims’ families, Notes From the Field takes audiences on a powerful and emotional journey through the faults and systemic injustices of the American criminal justice system. Deeply human, profoundly moving, and full of moments of humor, compassion, and resilience, it’s a masterful work that makes it impossible to look away from the urgent need for change.

 

Originally performed by creator Anna Deavere Smith as a one-woman show, this 2017 Obie Award-winning production was hailed by The Guardian as “captivating political theatre, a devastating document of racial inequality and the most rousing of rallying calls. Everyone should watch it, at least once.”

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