Epiphany Church Welcomes You!
Our Rector - Reverend Canon Prince Decker
On Sunday, May 31, 2015, the Reverend Canon Prince Augustine Decker was installed as the twenty-first (21st) Rector of Epiphany Episcopal Church, Forestville, Maryland. The Right Reverend Marriann Edgar Budde served as the officiating minister.
What is a Vestry?
The Vestry can be thought of as being similar in nature to a Board of Directors, with a particularly Christ-centered and spiritual mission.
In the Episcopal Church, the Vestry is a body of elected lay people with the primary task of:
• Overseeing all the lay ministries of the church
• Ensuring the parish has a rector (approved by the Bishop)
• Ensuring the church building is cared for
• Ensuring parish funds are administered appropriately
It is the Vestry who will choose a search committee to lead the parish in a self-study. The search committee will then submit a recommendation of several names to the vestry for the rector’s position. The Vestry will make the final decision on the next rector before presenting the candidate to the Bishop for approval.
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As a church with its roots stretching over one-hundred and fifty years, Epiphany Episcopal Church is focused on a future that embraces diversity and service to God. Rich in diversity, we celebrate our heritage as we lift up a contemporary understanding of community and love, by embracing an array of cultural, racial and ethnic identities. We invite new worshipers to join us at Epiphany, a church family that exists to worship God, grow into the image of Christ, while ministering to the people of God.
Feed My Sheep
In John 17: 21 Jesus says,
If you love me "Feed My Sheep".
Feed My Sheep
Six months after its start in July 2020, Epiphany’s Food Pantry, “Feed My Sheep” has stepped forward to meet the hunger needs of the community. From a small start of 10 boxes distributed in July, this intergenerational team of young people and adult’s distributed 207 boxes, 100 of them over Thanksgiving and Christmas. This ministry has fed just under 600 people, consisting of seniors, families and two group homes.
Two different teams meet every Saturday at the Parish Hall to collect donations, box food and prepare for distributions on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month. Under the watchful eye of Team Leaders, phone calls are coordinated, boxes packed and organized according to the time of pickup, family size, and noted for any allergies. Telephone conversation is the entry point into the program.
The food pantry idea originated with Postulant Alethea Long-Green, and blossomed with spiritual direction and seed money from the discretionary fund provided for by the Rector, and several meetings with members of the Parish. The Food Pantry Ministry developed from this collaboration.
In addition to feeding the community, the Pantry provides a COVID-safe space for young people to join in and work together to do the tasks of the day.
As the need is quickly outgrowing our current resources, our prayer is that God will provide the necessary resources to keep this very important ministry going. We have great hopes that applications submitted to corporate and non-profit offices will help us meet our target.
To date, the church has sustained the Pantry Ministry through pledged support and gifts from Epiphany’s members and guilds. The Pantry Ministry has completed a matching funds campaign with STG International, Inc. The CEO and President of the company, Ms. Michelle Lee pledged to match funds donated to the pantry by her employees. The total funds raised were $2,445.00.
Please visit our website or call Epiphany Church on 301-735-7717 to volunteer or donate food items. If you desire to receive pantry boxes, call 301-505-0088 to register. If you wish to make a monetary donation, go to the web site www.epiphanyforestville.org and click on e-giving. Thank you in advance for your support and prayers of good will.
To see a listing of items needed, please click below.