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Walking Through Holy Week

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Join us as we walk through Holy Week…

Wednesday Evening, April 17th at 7:30pm we gather for Tenebrae. A Service of Shadows (or Growing Darkness)

Thursday Evening, April 18th at 7:30pm we gather to mark Maundy Thursday. The night our Lord had his last supper with his disciples and washed their feet.

Friday Morning, April 19th at 11:00am we gather in the shadow of the cross to mark the crucifixion of our Lord.

Saturday Evening, April 20th at 8:00pm we gather with our brothers and sisters from the other Anglican Churches and the Lutheran Churches in Sudbury to renew our baptismal vows and to celebrate the first Eucharist of Easter.

Sunday Moring April 21st at 8:30am & 10:30am ~ The Day of Rsurrection~ We gather to celebrate our Risen Lord.

 

Condolences to the Bolton Family

We regret to announce that the Epiphany has lost a faithful member and good friend today in the passing of Dr. Robin J. Bolton. He died peacefully after several months of deteriorating health with his devoted wife Barbara by his side.

The Boltons have lived in Sudbury since 1967 where he practiced as a Pediatrician and then as Director of the Sudbury Health Unit until his retirement in 2000.

A lifelong Anglican, Robin was an active member of Church of the Epiphany, where he was an integral and valued member of the church choir, a senior church warden and lay delegate to Synod. He was also the founding chair of the Downtown Churches Association. A lover of music, Robin sang with the Bel Canto Chorus and the Sudbury Chamber Singers. Active in the community, Dr. Bolton was a campaign chair and Board Member of the Health Sector of the United Way, a founding member of the AIDS Committee of Sudbury and a member of several committees with the Ontario Medical Association.

The family will receive friends at the Church on Sunday, April 7th from 4-7 pm. Robins funeral will take place on Monday, April 8th at 2 pm.

We extend condolences to his wife Barbara and their children Peter (Beth) of Cambridge, Andrew of Stratford, Tim (Jana) of Sudbury and Beverly of Dorchester, and by his eleven grandchildren, and one great granddaughter.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Church of the Epiphany Memorial Fund or Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund.

“May he rest in peace and rise again with Christ”

Lenten Quiet Day

“THE OBSERVANCE OF A HOLY LENT”  While the special season is still some weeks away during which we will be working on providing some Lenten programming, we are delighted that a parish Lenten Quiet Day is being planned with Bishop Philip Poole as Facilitator. Bishop Poole is retired Suffragan Bishop of Toronto who presently serves as Chaplain to the Canadian House of Bishops. Our Quiet Day will take place on Saturday, April 6th at the Villa Loyola on Long Lake Road. Everyone is encouraged to participate. Registration fee is $20.00 each. Bishop Poole will also be our preacher on Sunday, April 7th. Please make it a priority in your calendars!

GIGANTIC USED BOOK SALE

The Outreach Team hosts their annual Book sale the weekend of January 25 – 27th. Stop in and browse a large selection of books on a wide variety of topics. If you’d like to donate books to the sale you can drop them off at the church office the week prior to the sale (January 12-25) from 9am -2pm. If you follow The Epiphany on Social Media (Facebook and Twitter) the poster has also been posted there and you can share it with your friends with a simple click.

The Feast of the Epiphany

What a day!

Today, January 6th, 2019, we celebrated our Patronal Festival…The Feast of the Epiphany.

We were pleased to welcome Archbishop Anne as our celebrant and preacher.

At the conclusion of our 10:30 service Archbishop Anne blessed and dedicated our new Memorial Organ.

During Archbishop Anne’s sermon the sun shone brightly through the Sanctuary window, reflecting on the Organ pipes and wall.

To see a brief video of the Organ dedication by Archbishop Anne and the congregation singing “Now Thank We All Our God” at the conclusion of the dedication please visit our facebook page at www.facebook.com/EpiphanySudbury

ADVENT WILL SOON BE UPON US…

In this season before Christmas we will participate in a number of outreach endeavours to assist in the city. Once again this year we invite you to share in our “Reverse Advent calendar” by adding a non-perishable food item to a box each day during Advent until Epiphany Sunday for the Sudbury food bank…

Also, our annual “White Gift Sunday” will be on December 9th when we invite gifts of mitts, socks, underwear and personal toiletry items for the Sudbury Action Centre for Youth, and socks for Foyer Notre Dame.

As well, this year we are also adding a toque and mitt tree in our lobby. If you have personally or purchased knitted mitts and toques, please add them to the tree. These will be forwarded for the use of needy children and teens of the community.

Our new Archbishop and Metropolitan of Ontario

(Copied from the Diocese of Algoma website: www.dioceseofalgoma.com)

By now, many of you have heard the news that our Bishop was elected at the recent convocation of Provincial Synod, October 9-12, to serve as Ontario’s new Metropolitan. She will be installed to this office on October 11th during the Synod at Christ Church Cathedral, Ottawa, Primate Fred Hiltz will serve as preacher. She will now be styled as The Most Rev. Anne Germond, Archbishop of Algoma and Metropolitan of Ontario. The proper ways to address her are ‘Archbishop Anne’, ‘Archbishop Germond’, or ‘Your Grace’. The following is her letter to the Diocese about her new ministry:

 

Dear People of God in Algoma,

Something very unexpected happened at Provincial Synod in Ottawa on the morning of October 10. I was chosen to serve as the new Metropolitan for the Ecclesiastical Province of Ontario.

Two years ago I was elected Bishop of Algoma. Since then I’ve had the joy of meeting and spending time with you, worshipping with you, and sharing in moments of great joy and sometimes great struggle or sorrow.  My world has increased through travels around our beautiful diocese, and I have come to appreciate even more the wonderful diversity that is Algoma – not just geographically but also in terms of its people.

I am in awe of the ways in which you live into your baptismal callings and serve Christ with such faith and conviction.  I love watching the growth arising from the seeds of discipleship, stewardship, reconciliation, and community building that I called us to plant as a Diocese in my Charge to Synod last year. I am excited to see the new ministries that will unfold in the coming years. I count it an enormous privilege to serve as your Bishop.

The news I’m sharing with you doesn’t change anything about my role in Algoma at all.  You’ve got me!

One of the items on the agenda of this year’s Provincial Synod was the election of a new Metropolitan for the Ecclesiastical Province of Ontario. Our present Metropolitan, Archbishop Colin Johnson, who has served our beloved church so faithfully and so well, is retiring at the end of 2018. The Metropolitan is the Senior Bishop of the Province and the President of the Provincial Synod and the Provincial House of Bishops, and Chair of Provincial Council. The Metropolitan presides at the election of all bishops in the Province and at the consecration services of those duly elected.  The Metropolitan automatically becomes the Bishop of the Diocese of Moosonee, too.

Before the election, delegates prayed that God would guide our minds, “that we might receive a faithful servant who will care for your people and support us in our ministries.” (BAS pg. 676) We entered into the election in a spirit of prayer, trusting that God would act in our midst. Canon 11 of Provincial Synod provides that “only the Diocesan Bishops of the Province shall be eligible for election to the office of Metropolitan.” All of the eligible Bishops in the Provincial House of Bishops were on the ballot.

When the count from the first ballot came in, I had been elected as the new Metropolitan for Ontario. This development was not something I even considered, as there are many far more capable and senior bishops than me in the ‘House’ who are more worthy of the position than I am. I count each of them as mentors and friends, and there is a great sense of collegiality among us that I know this will continue in the coming years. I am humbled by the honour and by the trust placed in me and I will do everything to support the ministries of the church in Ontario and beyond.

Since the ‘breaking news’ was shared I have received countless emails, text messages, and phone calls of congratulations, and assurances of prayer from across Algoma, and further afield. Thank you, thank you – I am grateful for each note and covet each prayer.

Right now everything feels pretty overwhelming and quite terrifying, and so I am keeping my eyes on Jesus who is my constant friend and companion. I ask you to keep my family in your prayers too as we navigate our way through this new beginning. My darling Colin is amazing and so supportive, and I am grateful for his love every day. Our children, Caitlin and Richard, are now young adults living away from home and this makes it somewhat easier.

Some of you have asked questions about what this means for Algoma and how it will work with me being the Bishop of our neighbouring Diocese of Moosonee. I will continue with all of my duties and responsibilities as usual in the Diocese of Algoma, including parochial visits and the usual meetings that are held in the course of a year.  Moosonee Diocese is constituted in such a way that an Administrator, Archdeacon Larry Armstrong, handles the everyday administration. There is an Assistant Bishop, Tom Corston, who travels extensively in Moosonee and does most of the episcopal functions like Confirmations and Ordinations. When Archbishop Johnson was Bishop of Moosonee he spent some time there getting to know the diocese and chairing meetings of Executive Council twice a year, participating in Ordinations and Confirmations as he was able. I will be in conversation with these three men so we can work on how to make things work well for Moosonee and Algoma.

You might be interested to know that two former Bishops of Algoma have been Archbishops for the Province of Ontario – Archbishop George Thorneloe (1915 -1926) and Archbishop William Wright (1955 -1974). I will become the third woman Archbishop in the Anglican Communion and the second in the Canadian Church; Archbishop Melissa Skelton is the Archbishop of British Columbia.

                   In this time of new beginnings I invite you to join with me in praying for the mission of God's Church, that we would be one “great company of disciples, together following our Lord Jesus Christ into every walk of life, together serving him in his mission to the world, and together witnessing to his love on every continent and island.”

You remain in my heart and in my prayers,

+Anne

 

Primate Fred Hiltz, Archbishop Anne Germond, Archbishop Colin Johnson

 

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