August 7, 2020

 

Dear Members, Friends and Guests:

Here are some important updates as we walk together with Christ though this pandemic.

Contemporary Worship Service 10 am

Until Sunday School resumes in October (see below), the Contemporary Worship Service will start one hour earlier at 10:00 a.m. beginning NEXT weekend, August 15/16.

 

Sunday School/Confirmation Class/Adult Bible Studies

Resumes October 18

On August 5th, the Chandler Unified School District School Board (CUSD) “approved the return to in-person, teacher-led classroom instruction beginning second quarter [October 13] …”

Since our campus is located within the CUSD, we will resume in-person, Confirmation and Sunday School on October 18.  We will follow the CDC and ASDHS’s guidelines to the extent feasible so that we minimize the risk of transmitting the Coronavirus. Confirmation by Zoom, which began last Sunday, will be extended until we are able to meet in person.

We will also resume Sunday adult Bible studies and weekday Bible studies beginning October 18.  The only exception is the Coffee and Cake Bible Study, which will continue to meet on Zoom due to its large participation.

 

Confirmation Day

Sunday, October 25

Confirmation Day has been moved to Reformation Sunday, October 25.  Unless we are under another stay-at-home order, we will not delay this special day any longer. 

 

Annual Voters Assembly

Upon the advice of the Pacific Southwest District President, the Board of Directors decided at the July meeting to ask its outgoing members to remain on the board and to continue to use the budget for fiscal year 2019-2020 until an Annual Voters Assembly may be held. 

 

Word and Sacrament Ministry

I appreciate all of you who have attended worship services and diligently practiced our guidelines to minimizing the spread of the Coronavirus.  Our new Holy Communion procedures have been well-received as reverent and safe.  Please continue to be mindful in practicing the 6’ rule for social distancing before and after worship services.  

For those who aren’t yet ready to return, I look forward to seeing you soon.  In meantime, we will continue to provide Word and Sacrament ministry to you at www.EpiphanyChandler.org by:

 

  • Posting the 8:30 am worship service by noon on Tuesdays. A PDF of the bulletin will be posted with it so you may follow-along at home.

 

  • Posting a weekly devotion by noon on Wednesdays.

 

We continue to offer Holy Communion appointments with Deacon Bob on the first and third Thursdays of the month from 1:00-3:30 pm in Room 220. We kindly ask all communicants to wear a mask. 

If you would like to receive the Sacrament on Thursday, August 13, please email Pam by 5 pm on Wednesday, August 12 at Pam@EpiphanyChandler.org. For those who do not use email, please call her at 480.606.8045.

 

Celebrations of Eternal Life

Melinda Edward’s Celebration of Eternal life will be Saturday, August 15 at 10 am in Epiphany’s Sanctuary.  A committal will follow the service at Valley of the Sun.

Donna Harrington’s Celebration of Eternal life will be Tuesday, August 18 in Epiphany’s Sanctuary.  Please see next week’s email for the time. 

 

We are Blessed!

Psalm 107: 1 tells us, “Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.”  As we see the light at the end of the tunnel to hosting more activities on campus, I am filled with awe and wonder at how Jesus has delivered Epiphany through this pandemic!  And for that, I ask that you join me in giving thanks to Him!

 

Joyfully Serving Jesus,

Pastor Mark Rossington