Testimony This Week
I’m grateful to have this opportunity to share more with all of you about what Epiphany means to me and my family and why we give. When I think about Epiphany and the role it has played in my life over the last almost 18 years of being a member, three themes come to mind:
1. The feelings I associate with being here
2. The opportunity to help others in ways that make the world in which we live a better place
3. The sense of community
I’ve been in attendance here for 18 years because the feelings I associate with being here are the ones I want
to feel. They range from solace and quiet to restoration to laughter to being part of something
larger than me. I look forward to entering Epiphany, whether it’s for Sunday worship, a Vestry
meeting or Epiphany Under the Stars.
Second...the Opportunity to Help Others
The ministries of Epiphany have always resonated with me personally and they’ve given me an
opportunity to help others through active service and through contributing financial resources.
● In my early years at Epiphany, I was part of the lay ministry program that Stephen
Harding led. Every Monday night, Jennifer Bomwell and I would meet at the Hospital for
Special Surgery and visit patients who had expressed an interest in a lay visitor. We
would sit with people, visit and share a prayer. I valued the opportunity to help those
individuals and their families and it was also deeply rewarding for me. It was also the
source of some memorable stories, including visiting a woman who when I entered the
room, had a woman visiting her and when she asked me how I thought they knew one
another, she pulled out a picture from her drawer that showed them as Rockettes 50+
● The Wednesday night dinner program is another ministry that I’ve felt a long connection
to. I’ve expressed most of that connection through my involvement in Epiphany Under
the Stars, our annual parish event to raise money for the dinner program. That
involvement has ranged from chairing the event a few years to always attending. When
the auction gets underway and my paddle goes in the air, it’s because I feel such a clear
and deep connection and commitment to the work we are doing here every week to
serve this community of people.
And that Gets Me to My Last Theme – Community
I sensed how special this community was and is when I first started attending (and it’s why I
kept coming). But you really get to know a community when you have multiple life experiences
with and through that community. Examples abound but just to name a few:
● My husband is Jewish and we are an interfaith family. This community has been so
welcoming to Paul and our family, so much so that we actually were married here in
2006 under a chuppah with Andrew and our Rabbi co-officiating. All are truly welcome
● Through items we’ve won at the Wednesday night dinner program, we’ve gotten to know
other parishioners on a much deeper level. Over the years, we’ve shared dinner in the
homes of Vince and Marcella, Caterina and Gabriele, Joe and Lois and Helen and
● At the end of 2012, I was diagnosed with colon cancer. It was shocking and challenging
and my exclusive focus became getting well, which I now am. One of the ways we
realized people could help us was to have them bring dinner to our home every few
days. We sent out a link for people to sign up for dinner slots and it was amazing to see
how many members of the Epiphany community showed up for us in that way. It was
such a testament to the depth of caring and consideration we all have for one another
During these next few weeks, as we prepare for New Consecration Sunday on December 15, I
hope you all will give yourselves the gift that I experienced when I took the time to step back
and ask myself what Epiphany means to me and why I give.
As I shared, it’s the feelings I associate with being here, the opportunity to help others and the
sense of community.
Thank you all for what you do to make Epiphany this incredibly special place and community.