Journey of Discovery



“Unless we periodically disengage from the busyness of daily life, it is hard to listen to what is stirring within us…Discipleship begins with dwelling in Christ, entering the place of loving embrace, staying under the gaze of his tender mercy. It involves living with a heart open to love, a heart willing to change, a heart ready to serve, a heart disposed to pray, like Samuel, ‘Speak for your servant is listening.”  The world is hungry not for busier people but bigger-hearted people….

 – Daniel Groody, Prof. of Theology at University of Notre Dame, quoted in Give Us This Day, vol. 8 #1, 151.

Journey of Discovery

Join us as we explore the paths that lead us from ‘welcoming’ to ‘hospitality’ to ‘belonging’ as a congregation, for our congregation and for our neighborhood. This series will provide experiential and informational opportunities for the entire congregation that lead to:

 

  • individual personal reflection and intentional growth in Christ-likeness
  • corporate conversation and commitment to becoming an ever more welcoming and hospitable expression of the Beloved Community
  • a vibrant selection of events that draw interest and attendance from our neighboring community
  • and help us articulate Epiphany’s vision for congregational life and witness as one element informing our emerging call for a new rector.

This system of inter-related events in varying formats means that each member of the congregation can find one format and style of engagement that meets her/his needs. Events are linked and build on each other, but each is presented as a stand alone experience. The Series is based on the following concepts:

 

  • Discipleship as a lifelong journey of following Jesus.
  • A relationship with Jesus becomes the lens through which we see and love others
  • Serving others is one way we serve Jesus;
  • We travel in community on the Christian journey,
  • Our church is part of and witness to God’s Beloved Community,
  • Beloved Community welcomes everyone!

The series will help us understand how we can become ever more hospitable to those in our neighborhoods as a witness of the Beloved Community of God.

 

The first events in the series are:

 

Launch Event with Deacon Martha Seaman,

Sunday, Feb. 11, 11:45am-12:30pm

Based on the book People of the Way by Dwight J. Zscheile

Deacon Martha will help us set context for our Day of Discovery by exploring who and what the Episcopal Church has been since our founding through the opportunities facing us today.

 

Day of Discovery with the Rev. Canon Frank Clark,

Saturday, Feb. 17, 8:30am-3:00pm

Our Diocesan representative will walk us through a time of exploring who we are and who we wish to become in the next few years. This all day Workshop is for everyone and is sponsored by the Vestry.

 

Epiphany Book Club

Starting in February

Linda Lyman will host conversations with a purpose. The group will meet monthly to discuss books and films related to the experience of and fight against racism.  Watch for information about the first meeting in the Star and Starlite.

 

If you didn’t get a copy of the Journey of Discovery Booklet at the Annual Meeting, contact Elaine Pope or the Church office to get your copy.