As a committee, The Church of The Epiphany-Tempe Outreach works to improve the lives of those around us. The Outreach Committee facilitates a variety of ministries including support of the local community with projects, as well as globally with financial support to the Grameen Foundation, Heifer International, Venture International, and Evangelicals for Mid-Eastern Understanding. These activities are in addition to outreach performed by the Episcopal Diocese of Arizona.
Outreach supports additional organizations out of the revenue from the annual auction. These organizations are chosen based on the services they perform in the larger community. We encourage anyone who is interested in what we do to join the Outreach Committee. Meetings are generally held the first Sunday of each month at 9:00 a.m.
We invite your questions and comments about our various ministries and projects, as well as welcome donations and offer to volunteer to help at one of the agencies/non-profits that our Committee assists with throughout the year. Please visit the “Contact Us” page and email us or call the Parish Office for more information and an Outreach Committee member will contact you as soon as possible.
Epiphany is part of the nationwide eScrip Recycling Program. What does this mean? We don’t have to sell anything, the program is FREE, and we get paid to recycle these items: inkjet printer cartridges; laser printer cartridges; cell phones; iPods; laptops, digital cameras; GPS devices. All you have to do is collect the above items, which you’d normally throw away, from your home, your business, or workplace and drop them off in the Parish Hall (in the big box right of the entrance). For pick-up, contact the parish office at 480-968-4111, or email firstname.lastname@example.org and ask to contact Vestry member Trinkle Jones.
Child Crisis Center
Facilitated by the Outreach Committee, members of the congregation purchase clothing, shoes, pajamas, and Easter baskets for children at the East Valley Child Crisis Center. The Center provides a safe environment for children who are victims of child abuse and neglect. The Center also provides counseling and education to parents in the hope the children can be returned to the home. The Crises Center has been in operation for 30 years, and has sheltered over 11,000 children.
East Valley Wildlife
This project is planned in conjunction with the Child Crisis Center Easter project. The East Valley Wildlife (EVW) creates beautiful Easter baskets to promote giving stuffed animals for Easter versus live animals, which may later be abandoned. These inexpensive, age-appropriate Easter Baskets are available for purchase for our Child Crisis Center children, as well as family and friends. EVW uses 100 percent of the money raised to purchase feed, formula, and medication for the rescued wildlife. Outreach also donates funds to EVW out of the revenue from the annual auction.
The annual Lenten cereal drive provides cereal which is given to Paz de Cristo and Matthew’s Crossing Food Bank to be distributed to those in need in our community.
The Church of The Epiphany-Tempe coordinates with a local organization to provide school clothes, shoes and socks, backpacks, and school supplies for children in need. The Church of The Epiphany-Tempe has partnered with the New Pathways for Youth for this project.
Epiphany Dinner and Auction
This is an annual spaghetti dinner held in Burkhardt Hall on the weekend of the Epiphany. The Outreach Committee hosts the spaghetti dinner and tickets go on sale the middle of December. The Outreach Committee also hosts the Auction portion of the event.
Send A Soldier A Smile!
Each October through November, Lynda & Mike Wooten have Christmas cards available for Epiphany members to sign in the Parish Hall. Lynda & Mike send these Christmas cards to all branches of the military to remind them that they are not forgotten during the Christmas season. It is a wonderful tradition and cause, so please take a moment to sign one (or 10!) Christmas cards for our military heroes!
Members of The Church of The Epiphany-Tempe provide gifts of toys and clothing for children through Prison Ministry Angels. The gifts are purchased for the children on behalf of an incarcerated parent. Parishioners purchase most of the gifts. Additional gifts are purchased by members of the Outreach Committee with funds donated by parishioners.
Arizona Humane Society
In conjunction with the Blessing of the Animals on the feast day of St. Francis, and at regular intervals throughout the year, items are collected for the Arizona Humane Society. The donations from parishioners include gently used towels and blankets for bedding, food for cats, dogs, rabbits, and other small animals, toys for sheltered animals, and crates for transporting animals to and from the shelter.
Sock Drive for the Homeless
By long-standing The Church of The Epiphany-Tempe tradition, the children of the Church School make Christmas ornaments for a tree in the Narthex. The ornaments are available for “purchase” with a package of socks. The socks are distributed throughout the year as needed at Paz de Cristo.
Members of The Church of The Epiphany-Tempe generously provide Christmas wishes for ten families from Flora Thew Elementary School in Tempe. Each of the children receives an outfit, shoes, a stocking of goodies, and a toy. The adults also receive gifts. All of the families receive a a grocery store gift card. Members of the various ministry groups at The Church of The Epiphany-Tempe (Choir, Episcopal Church Women, Men of Epiphany, Sunday School Teachers, High School and Junior High School students, the Outreach Committee) as well as the congregation at large select the names of family members and provide gifts to help the families have a blessed holiday season.
Harvest for Humanity
The Harvest for Humanity Foundation is a 501c(3) non-profit organization that was founded in 1991 and is dedicated to providing fresh, nutrient dense produce for those in need in our community using natural, earth-friendly sustainable methods. This Community Service is supported with the help of local volunteers and businesses. Unused public and private land is converted into fertile growing sites that produce nutrient rich fruits and vegetables. The produce is then donated to area food banks, shelters and other nonprofit organization. http://harvestforhumanity.com.
Paz de Cristo
For more than 24 years, The Church of The Epiphany-Tempe has served the needy and homeless in the East Valley through Paz de Cristo. Volunteers from Epiphany prepare, serve, and clean up dinnertime meals three Monday nights each month. There are an average of 250-300 men, women, and children each evening. We strive to give treats at Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Halloween, and white socks throughout the year from donors’ heartfelt generosity. Outreach also donates funds to Paz out of the revenue from the annual auction.
Green Bag Food Donation Program
The Church of The Epiphany-Tempe has an ongoing program for donations of staple food and personal care items to Matthew’s Crossing Food Bank. Re-usable green bags, with a list of most needed items attached, are available whenever the church is open. Epiphany donates an average of 480 items each month to help our east valley neighbors in need. Outreach also donates funds to Matthew’s Crossing out of the revenue from the annual auction. To donate to Matthew’s Crossing, please visit www.matthewscrossing.org and click on the “Donate Now” tab.
Assistance for Independent Living (AIL)
Assistance for Independent Living (AIL) is a non-profit agency under the umbrella of the East Valley Adult Resources. AIL provides in home support staff and volunteers to provide assistance to homebound and frail older adults. These services are provided by a staff of professionally trained and background checked home care aides and volunteers who live in the East Valley. Also under AIL is the Home Delivered Meal Program that deliver hot meals to residences five days a week. For more information, please contact the parish office or visit www.evadultresources.org.
The Church of The Epiphany-Tempe sponsors three blood drives for United Blood Services each year. Each donation of one pint can help save up to three lives. Parishioners who are committed to help save lives can sign up at The Church of The Epiphany-Tempe in the narthex, by contacting the Outreach blood drive coordinator, or through the UBS website.
Episcopal Habitat Coalition (EHC)
The Church of The Epiphany-Tempe is a member of the Episcopal Habitat Coalition. The Episcopal Habitat Coalition consists of fifteen Episcopal Churchs from the Arizona Diocese that have made annual funding contributions and provided numerous church volunteers for the construction of new homes. Volunteers from Epiphany work on two homes each year—one in the spring and one in the fall. Outreach also donates funds to EHC out of the revenue from the annual auction.
The Church of The Epiphany-Tempe Outreach Committee is:
- Barbara Acker
- Rev. Lynn Adwel
- Yvonne Breslin
- Floyce Chavez
- June Crane
- Karen Ford
- Marilyn Jones
- Jim Gibson
- Marilyn Jones
- Darrick LaPierre
- Cami LaPierre
- Charles Leib
- Lorraine Loza
- Rupert Loza
- Barb McCarty
- Fr. Ron Poston
- Sharli Schaitberger
- Andrea Stewart
- Kim Sunia
- Aaron VanBriesen
- Connie Wallace
- Nate Wallace