It's the Epiphany Office Shuffle!
From Laura Noggle, Director of Parish Administration
As you read in Kathryn Dunham's article on the vestry retreat, one of the exciting new changes at Epiphany is that we are in the process of hiring an associate rector. With space being at such a premium in our current building, making room for a new clergy person presents a challenge. While we have not yet hired this person, July is the best time to move things around since it is the sweet spot between the end of the school year and the beginning of Vacation Bible School. So, as we make room, you will see some changes in the Nave and parish offices during July.
Think of one of those puzzles where you slide the tiles around to make a picture: Our new associate rector will work from the current business office, located next to the Rector's office. The business office (me!) will move to the back of the Nave in the Galilee Room. The choir will still use the Galilee room on Sundays, but to make room for the business office during the week, you will see one of the large mirrored cabinets move into the back of the Nave with some screening in front of it to provide a measure of privacy. And, we will be removing entirely the black sofa that currently sits in the back of the Nave to make room for the cabinet.
A word about the sofa in the Nave: Epiphany is committed to keeping the Nave open to the public during the week. It is used for prayer by our neighbors, Day School family nannies, and visitors from the local hospitals. We value our ability to provide this service to the community. The Nave, and especially the sofa, is also used during the week as a "third space" by homeless members of our community. We want our homeless neighbors to be able to come in out of the weather. However, there is a degree to which the sofa has become a security issue - our sexton staff has had to call local police to remove people who are sleeping on the sofa or who are fighting with each other over it. Epiphany's parish and day school staff are unanimous in our agreement that the sofa needs to go.
Our need for the office shuffle is real. We are at capacity in terms of square footage, but in terms of parish programs, we simply need more staff. Thank you for your patience with these last few growing pains as we prepare for our exciting future at 351 East 74th Street. In the meantime, we will all just squeeze in a little tighter!