New Honorary Assistant

It is a pleasure to announce that The Rev. Rhonda Hurst has accepted our invitation to become the Epiphany’s new Honorary Assistant. Rhonda serves full-time as Chaplain at Health Sciences North and in the past number of years she has provided assistance at the Church of the Ascension. In the last year she has filled on here when Bishop Tom has been out of the parish. Join us on Sunday November 19th at 10:30 when Rev. Rhonda will be installed as our new Honorary Assistant. Rhonda will also preach at that service.

Note: This new ministry does NOT mean that Rhonda will be the new Rector.

Passing of Jean Baxter

It is with regret that we share the news of the passing of a long-time member of the Church of the Epiphany, Jean Grinton Baxter.

Jean was born January 20, 1924 in Saint John, New Brunswick. She was the youngest child and only daughter of Mary Elizabeth (nee Young) and Edward Hermiston Smith (both predeceased). Jean attended high school in Saint John where she was active on the debating team. Jean went to the University of New Brunswick (UNB) in Fredericton and earned a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Economics and Politics, with high honours. While at UNB she was Co-editor of the campus newspaper, “the Brunswickan”, active in the International Relations Club, served as chairman of the Youth Commission Group, was vice-president of the Arts Society and was a member of the Co-Ed hockey team. She was an excellent scholar and earned numerous medals of distinction.

While she attended UNB, the family had moved to Fredericton and as her older brothers, William and Donald (both predeceased) were serving in the military overseas during World War II, their rooms were let out to British Royal Air Force pilots who were training in Canada. One such pilot, Cecil Frank Baxter, returned to Canada after the war and they were wed on June 28, 1947 in Saint John, New Brunswick. Their seventy-year marriage is testament to the love and commitment that Jean and Cec had for each other. This is poignantly underscored by her passing just 13 days after losing her beloved Cecil on October 4, 2017.

Early in their marriage, Jean and Cecil moved for his career to Sudbury, Windsor and Montreal before settling back in Sudbury in the late 1950s. Jean was very active in the community and served on the public school board, the library board and organizing events such as Sudbury’s celebration of the Canadian centennial in 1967. She re-entered the workforce in the late 1960s starting part time at Laurentian University (LU), progressing to full time there as their Director of Communications and Alumni Affairs, a position she held until her retirement in 1989. Jean was a tireless advocate of LU and sat on many committees in order to network for the University and she oversaw the initiation and expansion of many public relations programs there. She was also a tireless and passionate advocate for women and women’s issues, mentoring a large number of young professional women through the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) and the Sudbury Business and Professional Women’s Club.

Nowhere did Jean excel more, though, than being a loving Mother, Grandmother and Great-Grandmother. She is survived by children, Barbara, John (MaryEllen) and Beverly. She is Grammy to Christopher, Tiffany, Andrea, Erin, Melissa, Jay, Owen and Scott and great Grammy to Emily, Breanna, Jay, Rose, Violet, Leopold, Kate, Avery and Rowan.
Sadly missed by many loving nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Brain Canada Foundation, an organization that provides research dollars for neurodegenerative diseases.

Jean’s funeral will take place at the Jackson and Barnard Funeral Home Chapel
233 Larch Street, Sudbury on Saturday, October 21st, 2017 at 2:30pm with Bishop Tom Corston officiating. (Friends may call after 1pm Saturday).

May she rest in peace and rise with Christ in glory.

Passing of Cecil (Cec) Baxter

We are saddened to share the news of the passing of long-time member and friend to many of us, Cecil Baxter. We extend to Jean and his family the condolences of the parish and the assurance of our prayers. May he rest in peace and rise with Christ in glory…

Cecil Frank Baxter
March 30, 1921-October 4, 2017

Cecil was born on March 30, 1921 in Coventry, England as the youngest child of seven to John Baxter (predeceased) and Emma (nee Matthews) (predeceased). His post-secondary education was at The Technical College of Coventry, England from 1938-1941. While awaiting his call for training with the Royal Air Force (RAF), Cecil was part of the volunteer fire brigade of Coventry, an organization that saw tremendous involvement in fire and rescue during the merciless blitz of Coventry by the Luftwaffe. Cecil met Jean, his wife of 70 years while doing flight and reconnaissance training for the RAF in the Maritimes, Canada. After the war, Cecil returned to Canada and married Jean in St. John, New Brunswick on June 28, 1947.

Cecil worked as a physical metallurgist, industrial radiologist and metallurgical chemist with the International Nickel Company (INCO), Ford Motor Company and the Canadian National Railway (CNR). Jean and Cecil resettled in Sudbury, Ontario in the late 1950’s where Cecil became the Senior Materials Specialist with INCO at the Engineering Department in Copper Cliff, Ontario. He published papers in several journals including Canadian Chemical Processing and wrote on the use of ultrasonography in the detection of metal fatigue. He retired in 1981. Cecil returned to university post retirement and took courses in Classical and Religious Studies at Laurentian University.

Cecil is survived by his wife Jean (nee Smith) and children, Barbara, John (Mary Ellen) and Beverly. He is Grampy to Christopher, Tiffany, Andrea, Erin, Melissa, Jay, Owen and Scott and great Grampy to Emily, Jay, Breanna, Violet, Rose, Leopold, Kate, Avery and Rowan. Dear brother of Edgar, Frank, George, Harold, William and Emma all predeceased. Sadly missed by many loving nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Brain Canada Foundation (research for aging and neo-degenerative diseases) would be appreciated.

Resting at the
Jackson and Barnard Funeral Home
233 Larch St., Sudbury
(Friends may call after 1pm Sunday)
Funeral Service
in the
R.J. Barnard Chapel
Sunday, October 8, 2017 at 2:30pm
Cremation at the Park Lawn Crematorium.

Evensong & Parish Supper

Set the day aside now…Sunday, November 5th the Choir will sing a traditional BCP service of Evening Prayer at 4:30 pm. Following the service everyone is encouraged to come out to our fundraising Pasta Supper in Phoenix Hall at 6 pm. The meal will include pasta, ceasar salad, and garlic bread with desert, coffee, tea and juice for $10 (adult & teen) and $5. (children3-12 years). Our thanks to Chefs Brent & Mark Taylor for agreeing to prepare this special meal.

Do You Like to Sing?

The Church of the Epiphany Choir is currently recruiting new choir members.  If you enjoy singing and would like to be part of music ministry at our parish, please contact Norm Blanchard by phone at 705-524-7924, by email at  or see him after worship on any given Sunday.  Being able to sing is a requirement.  The ability to read music is a bonus but not a prerequisite. 

Wardens’ Words:

Over the past few months there have been a few unnerving incidents where unexpected “visitors” have found their way into what we thought were locked areas of our building.  We have had Northern Security do an assessment of the security measures we have in place for years.  They have come back with several recommendations to improve the safety and security of both our buildings.  We have started to implement a few of them.  You may notice a couple of convex mirrors are now in place. The middle staircase and the staircase off the Phoenix Hall both lead to exit doors.  Over the years these doors have often  been used as a quick way to get to the parking lots behind the church, by many people and,  unfortunately, also an easy access for intruders,  if left ajar.  EFFECTIVE IMMEDATELY,  both these stair wells will become Emergency Exits only  with signage on the doors at both levels indicating that an alarm will sound if these doors are opened – and an alarm will sound!  The signs are not fake news!  While we realize there are times when these staircases must be used – for example to access the extra food trolleys or the long ladders stored in the back stairwell, or to provide direct access to the Memorial Garden for the interring of ashes, through the middle staircase.  If you are one of the people who needs access occasionally to either of these areas please see either Michal Vezina or Barb Bolton to learn how to turn off the alarm before you open the door!  We know this will mean extra steps to walk around the building rather than through it but hope you will understand our dilemma. If you have any questions or concerns about this move please speak to the Wardens’ or Michal Vezina, our Property Manager.

Notice of Appointment of a New Deputy Warden:

At its last meeting, Parish Council unanimously passed a motion to appoint Jane Kivisto as a Deputy Warden, starting in September 2017 for the remainder of this fiscal year.

We are delighted to welcome Jane to Parish Council and the Executive Committee and for her to begin the process to “learn the ropes” of being a warden. Soon you will start seeing her listed as the Warden on Duty, about every third Sunday!  We thank Jane for her continued commitment to Epiphany and look forward to working more closely with her over the months ahead. We sincerely hope that this will be a positive experience for her and that she will let her name stand for election as a Warden at our Annual Vestry meeting in early 2018!!

Looking Ahead to September…

OUR SUNDAY SERVICE TIMES return to our regular schedule on September 10th…8:30 am Holy Eucharist (BCP) and 10:30 am Choral Eucharist (BAS) with “Godly Play” for the children.

BACK-PACK SUNDAY: Sunday, September 10th at 10:30 am. Bishop Tom will bless the back-packs for the children of the parish who are heading off to school this September. Bring you back-pack for a blessing and receive a small gift!

BACK TO CHURCH SUNDAY: We hope to rejuvenate a once world-wide program at the Epiphany this September 24th. That day will be “Back to Church” Sunday in our parish when all our regular worshipers are urged to invite family and friends to join them for worship. During the service members of the parish will explain the parish’s various activities and programs. Prior to the day invitations will be made available for you to use to distribute.