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
June marked the beginning of something new at Epiphany. We became painfully aware that, in light of the impact of COVID-19, people were making choices between food for their families and paying bills. While telework was an option for some, for others furloughs and closures were the reality.
As we looked for food pantries in Forestville, we could not find a permanent pantry in our zipcode. In response to this need, Epiphany's pantry was born, guided by John 17: 21 in which Jesus says,
If you love me "Feed My Sheep".
To date, Epiphany members have conducted two (2) food drives at the Parish Hall building growing from 50 food items to 300 in less than a month. Beginning July 18th, free boxes of food will be distributed to those members of the Forestville community and surrounding areas. We are asking people to pre-register with your name and number to ensure we can accommodate up to twenty families. We encourage those in need to call 301-505-0088 and ask for Wendy to get on the list. Epiphany will be there to greet you.