The year of 2018 brought many changes at Epiphany.
We continued our worship experience alternating between Settings 3, 4, 8 and 10 of the ELW liturgy, NTF, and Setting 5 from With One Voice.
Our Lenten Wednesday evening services provided a midweek opportunity for worship, as well as fellowship over soup and sandwiches.Â Our Holy week journey began with Palm Sunday, which included the procession of Palms and a dramatic Passion reading.Â We continued with Maundy Thursday including Foot Washing, Good Friday, and then ending triumphantly with three Holy Communion Services on Easter Sunday.
The Worship Committee decided that due to our declining membership and a reduced number of volunteers available during the summertime, we would only have one service at 10:00AM with one station for Communion by Intinction for the months of June, July and August.
After much discussion and surveys from the congregation, it was decided to continue with only one service at 10:00AM.Â Our Fellowship time would be at 8:45AM and Sunday School at 9:00AM.
October was a very busy month!Â Blessing of the Animals was held on 10/7 at 4:00PM.Â We welcomed Intern Nyahaley Labor from Sierra Leone, West Africa, but is now a resident in Atlanta.Â She is a student of the â€œTEEMâ€ program, â€œTheological Education for Emerging Ministries.â€ On 10/28, our service was followed by a Fall Potluck Fest filled with a variety of delicious dishes and desserts. The afternoon was packed with good food, fellowship and fun!Â We closed the afternoon with our annual â€œTrunk or Treat.â€ This marked our 16th year!
The Annual Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service was held on 11/14 @ 7:00PM held at the Rockdale Country Auditorium, Conyers, GA
Our Advent soup and sandwich suppers continued, followed by a brief worship service using Holden Evening Prayer.Â We concluded our year with two Christmas Eve services, 4:00PM and 7:30PM.
We cannot say enough about the wonderful music ministry here at Epiphany.Â Don Harris, our talented and gifted music director and the various soloists and instrumentalists that have provided us with such beautiful and spiritual music.Â We have truly been blessed and want to express a huge â€œTHANK YOUâ€ to all for sharing your musical talents.
And finally, many thanks go out to all of the volunteers who continue to share their talents to enrich our worship experience; greeters, ushers, acolytes, crucifers, worship assistants, communion assistants, readers, nursery works Altar Guild and coordinators.
Everyone is welcome and invited to become a part of this truly wonderful and spiritual worship experience here at Epiphany Lutheran Church!
Sheila M. Sipe, Chairperson