Commitment to Service
Jesus taught his disciples to be open to others. Epiphany’s commitment to service reaches beyond the boundaries of our church family. Whether it be providing food for the hungry, housing for the homeless, school supplies for children, or fostering goodwill among people of different faiths and beliefs in the farthest corners of the globe, reaching out and ministering to those in need means that we, as individuals and as a parish, are living our faith and sharing with others the importance of Christ in our lives.
Our Outreach programs have a long history of giving to others, and our parishioners are called in many ways to do God’s work. You are invited to become an active member of our ministry to others. Whether through a commitment of time, talent or treasure, you will find a variety of opportunities from which you can choose to serve.
The Giving Tree
Marshall Elementary is a neighborhood magnet school which emphasizes and integrates the arts, science, and citizenship. Many of its students are from low-income families and have a difficult time, especially at Christmastime. Epiphany has responded to this need since 2006, by “adopting” Marshall families and providing food, gifts, clothing and other items under a Christmas tree in the Parish Hall.
Loaves and Fishes
Epiphany’s annual summer food drive runs from Memorial Day (the end of May) through Labor Day (the beginning of September). Regular members and visitors are encouraged to participate by bringing non-perishable items throughout the summer. All food is collected and distributed by the Northern Arizona Food Bank. This year, we are expanding this outreach to include school supplies for Killip Elementary, a local school with many students from low-income families.
Flagstaff Family Food Center
Epiphany Church has a long history of service to the Flagstaff community at the Flagstaff Family Food Center. The “idea” was born and blessed at Epiphany many years ago, and has become a Flagstaff institution with several refinements through the years.
At present there are two choices. One is 6:30-8:00 a.m. weekly, when sack lunches are prepared by interdenominational “teams” and then distributed to participating Social Services groups who provide them to those in need at lunch-time.
The second option takes place from 3:00-6:00 p.m. on Thursdays, when members of Epiphany assemble at the Kitchen to help prepare, serve, and clean up a nutritious, hot evening meal, served free of charge to all who wish to come. It is a heart-warming, tummy-filling experience. It is also an excellent chance to know our Canterbury Community members (college-aged students and others) who join us one Thursday a month.
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. The primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety. Al-Anon meeta each Tuesday at Epiphany.
Gamblers Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from a gambling problem. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop gambling. Gamblers Anonymous meeta each Tuesday at Epiphany.
Overeaters Anonymous offers a program of recovery from compulsive eative using the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of OA. OA is not just about weight loss, weight gain or maintenance, or obesity or diets. It addresses physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. It is not a religious organization and does not promote any particular diet. Overeaters Anonymous meets each Monday at Epiphany.
Narcotics Anonymous is an international, community-based association of recovering drug addicts with more than 33,500 weekly meetings in over 116 countries worldwide. Membership is open to all drug addicts, regardless of the particular drug or combination of drugs used. When adapting AA’s First Step, the word “addiction” was substituted for “alcohol,” thus removing drug-specific language and reflecting the “disease concept” of addiction. There are no social, religious, economic, racial, ethnic, national, gender, or class-status membership restrictions. Narcotics Anonymous meets each Tuesday at Epiphany.
This is a wonderful ministry emphasizes family values and service because there is a job for everyone no matter the age or skill level. Hospitality teaches the importance of fellowship and how to serve the community at large through cooking, marketing, and the planning/coordination of special events at Epiphany. Special events are planned in our faith community, such as the 4th of July lemonade stand, annual picnic, Easter brunch, various receptions and other events.
Each person entering Epiphany’s doors should feel acknowledged, welcomed, and (with their consent) personally connected to one or more other members of Epiphany. Newcomers volunteers make conscious efforts to encourage newcomers feel ‘at home’ at Epiphany. We help coordinate phone, e-mail, personal contacts, and periodic Newcomer Celebration dinners and events to help newcomers feel encouraged to return to Epiphany. If people feel welcomed and ‘at home’, they are more likely to want to be part of our Epiphany family.