Backside Ministry Connecting Personally With Those We Serve

Family, friends, workers, and children gathered for an evening prayer service, music, and dinner served by the Church of Epiphany and hosted by Men of Epiphany. This ministry recently completed its annual “Christmas in July” drive last month.

2015-08 Backside ministry

The Kentucky Race Track Chaplaincy is an interdenominational ministry that tends to the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the workers on the Backside of Churchill Downs. Lauded by The Record, a publication of the Archdiocese of Louisville, editor emeritus, Glenn Rutherford, concluded Epiphany's efforts on the Backside are "worth noting."

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: August 23, 2015

Words of LifeThis Sunday is the Twenty First Sunday in Ordinary Time. Have you ever thought that your only choice was the tough choice? You can walk away taking an easier way out, but you know in your heart and gut that the prize you really want means taking a road much rougher than you planned on.

In our gospel, John has Jesus laying it out to his many disciples. Jesus says that the Spirit is life. Jesus is in the life of the Spirit. Opposed to that is seeking life in the “flesh” which, in the bible means living as if this life on earth simply ends in death, whereas living in the spirit has a horizon past death. Life in the Spirit is a much bigger picture. It includes this life on earth but is much more. Following Jesus means losing your life to gain your life, a life eternal. It is a hard teaching for the disciples. Jesus knows that some of the disciples don’t believe him especially when believing him gives them fear they do not care to face. But Jesus lays it out. Many disciples choose to leave and go back to their normal lives. Twelve stay with him and he asks them if they want to leave too. Peter replies, “Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.” They proclaim their belief in him and will take the road.

Contributing Electronically

e-contributionsElectronic contributions are a convenient method of making donations to Epiphany. Now giving by credit card is safer than ever. We recently contracted with First Data to provide additional safety for parishioners who donate via credit cards. This company provides a secured site to safeguard credit card information. In addition it allows for better financial management for parishioners as contributions are deducted the same day each month, on the 8th. Finally, this new system is more efficient for the staff.

  • For your information we do pay a nominal interchange fee each month for each credit card transaction. This fee is 2%-3% for VISA, MasterCard, and Discover; and 5% for American Express.
  • A second form of monthly electronic contribution can be made through deductions from your checking account. We do not pay an interchange fee on checking account contributions.
Ministry: Administration

Obituary for Agnes Quinlan

AgnesAgnes "Aggie" (Davis),Quinlan, 93, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, August 9, 2015. Aggie was born July 28, 1922 in Floyd Knobs, IN. She was a 1940 graduate of Mercy Academy. Aggie was a spiritual role model for all who knew her, always full of life, love and joy.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Urban Quinlan; her son, Michael Quinlan; her son-in-law, Joseph Ashcraft; and eight siblings.

Ministry: Bereavement

Sages "Overnight" Trip: Madison, Indiana and Belterra Casino

BelterraWhat: "Overnight" Trip to Madison, Indiana and Belterra Casino

When: September 9-10, 2015 (Wednesday - Thursday)

Cost: $100/double occupancy; $136/single occupancy.

Reservation Deadline Date: Sunday, August 16, 2015.

Join the sages for a memorable visit to Madison, Indiana and Belterra Casino Resort. Trip Includes: One night lodging at Belterra Casino, Dinner & Breakfast Buffet, plus $10 free play. Plus a 1-hour tour of historic Madison with a step-on-guide.

Ministry: Epiphany Sages

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: August 16, 2015

Feasting on the bread of lifeThis is the 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time. God keeps inviting us to wisdom’s feast…do we partake? How do we become Eucharist, the body of Christ for the world?

In our gospel, the Jewish leaders, quarreling among themselves, ask How can this be, how can this man – Jesus – give us his flesh to eat? Their how can it be response has a very different ring from Mary’s how can it be response to the word of the angel in Matthew’s gospel.

Mary’s was one of amazement. She wasn’t questioning the credibility or word of God’s messenger, but acknowledging her condition as a virgin who had not had relations with a man.

State of The Church of Epiphany

State of ChurchWhat: State of The Church of Epiphany by Fr. Randy Hubbard

When: August 16, 2015 7:00 PM

Where: Community Center

On Sunday, August 16, 7:00-8:30 PM, Men Of Epiphany will host Fr. Randy Hubbard, our pastor!  He will deliver a "State of The Church of Epiphany" address. Nothing really formal but he'll mention the 2020 Long Range Plan as well as where we are and  where we're headed as a Community. There will be plenty of time for questions & answers! 

All parishioners and guests are welcome, so please join us in the Community Center. 

Ministry: Men of Epiphany

Healing Blanket Ministry meeting

Healing BlanketWhat: Healing Blanket Ministry

When: August 13, 2015 – 10:00 AM

Where: Community Center

The Healing Blanket Ministry will be meeting at 10:00 AM on August 13, 2015 in the Community Center, remember to bring a sack lunch.

The mini blankets were featured in the bulletin on the weekend of July 18th and 19th, if they are received as well as expected we will need to concentrate on replenishing our supply If you would like to be a part of this special ministry but work during our regular meetings or if you have a prior commitment, you can still be a part by sewing at your leisure in the comfort of your own home, as do many of our members.

Ministry: Healing Blanket

“Trigger: The Ripple Effect of Gun Violence”

TriggerTrigger: The Ripple Effect of Gun Violence”, the movie, will be shown on Thursday, August 6, 2015 at 7:00 PM in the Community Center. The movie is at the forefront of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) effort to address gun violence in our nation. According to the film’s website the documentary “examines the ripple effect that one shooting has on a survivor, family, community, and society. It is a story told from the perspective of those who have been directly impacted and those who are called daily to respond to this ongoing tragedy.”

Gun violence is a local tragedy in the Louisville metro area, as our Solidarity Committee learned in a recent visit and conversation with parishioners from St. Martin de Porres Church. This presentation is sponsored by Epiphany Social Responsibility Ministry.

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: August 9, 2015

Bread and cupThis is the Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Today’s passage continues chapter six of John’s gospel. Last week’s reading ended with Jesus stating “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst.” This week we hear the Jews murmuring against Jesus. After all, they knew him as the son of Mary and Joseph how could anything more be believed?

Jesus explains that God is the one who will draw people to him. He says “Everyone who listens to my Father and learns from him comes to me.” Later, in this week’s passage, Jesus again asserts “I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.”

We who have the luxury of hindsight, know of Jesus’ passion, death, resurrection. Unlike the Jews of Jesus’ day, we know the whole story. We who believe will have eternal life. Wow!