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.
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!!
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.
A week ago Fr. Michael Hankinson fell and needed to be hospitalized necessitating the need for son Chris and his wife Gail to drive up. Before leaving home, they reserved the respite room in a new senior’s facility in Dorchester, a 5-minute walk from their home. Once here they informed Michael & Muriel that those arrangements had been made and that they were moving them as soon as Michael was discharged. Unfortunately Michael has not done as well as they had hoped. Yesterday (Thursday) Chris was informed that unless Michael can walk into the new facility they cannot accommodate him, a very stressful situation for Chris.
As of this morning (Friday) the decision has been made that Chris & Gail are taking Muriel to Dorchester where she will be able to go into the facility’s respite room. Michael remains in our hospital until he is stronger and able to be released. When that happens Chris will return to Sudbury to bring him down. Chris will also close up their apartment and move belongings and furniture.
Thursday afternoon a group of the clergy gathered in Michael’s room for Communion together. Bishop Anne made a presentation to them on behalf of the Diocese.
As you can understand, this has been very difficult for the whole Hankinson family. It is unfortunate that the Epiphany and Ascension do not have an opportunity to bid a proper farewell, but the decision made is certainly understanding.
Once the matter is settled and Michael and Muriel are in their new home their address will be provided. Please keep them in your prayers.
We have had some recent enquires as to what is happening with the concurrence committee and why the process seems to be taking so long. We would like to assure you that the committee has been active since it was first elected earlier this year. We met five times over three months to prepare a parish profile to be made available to the diocese to be promulgated to prospective candidates. The first draft of this was prepared by early June and sent to the bishop for comment. The bishop met with us at the time of confirmation on June 18. She suggested some revisions to make it more inclusive and attractive. These revisions should be completed within the next two weeks to be sent back to her for final approval.
In the meantime, we have been made aware that our financial situation is precarious at best, with our expenses far outstripping our revenues. The parish executive will be meeting shortly to discuss the ramifications of this shortfall. Does this mean we should be advertising for a part-time incumbent rather than a full-time? Until this decision is made we as a committee are hesitant to send out the parish profile which implies that we are looking for a full-time incumbent.
We sincerely hope that many of you can “step up to the plate” to increase our revenue line to ensure that we can search for a full-time incumbent.
Peter Williams, Chair
During the Summer of 2017 The Church of the Epiphany in downtown Sudbury and Church of the Ascension in New Sudbury will be sharing resources.During the month of July we gather together for Eucharist at the Church of the Ascension at 1476 Sparks Street in New Sudbury at 10am. For those not able to make it to the Ascension, Morning Prayer will be offered by our Lay Readers at the Epiphany at 8:30am.During the Month of August we gather for Eucharist at The Epiphany at 10am. Morning Prayer will be offered by the Lay Readers at the Ascension at 8:30am as well.
Just a reminder….this Sunday, May 14th, is the annual Sudbury Rocks Marathon. You may experience delays on some city streets, especially closer to the downtown core, as you make your way to church. You may want to leave yourself some extra time.
Join us Sunday April 30th, following our 10:30 service for our Annual Parish Birthday Party Pot-Luck Luncheon.
At this Luncheon we will also say goodbye to long-time Epiphany member Ruth Loukidelis. Ruth is leaving Sudbury and moving to Toronto to be closer to her children. We will miss you Ruth!
God willing, the Reverend Doctor Derek Neal will be ordained to the sacred order of priests on Monday, June 5th, 2017 at St. John the Divine Anglican Church in North Bay at 7 p.m. We are delighted that The Reverend Doctor Annette Brownlee, Chaplain of Wycliffe College, has accepted the invitation to preach at Derek’s ordination.
Clergy are invited to robe and process. The liturgical colour is red.
Let us uphold Derek in our daily prayers as he prepares for his ordination.
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