Encounter:Faith!

Our faith formation hour is from 8:45-9:45a.m. each Sunday unless noted in the church calendar. The year runs from Rally Sunday (typically the Sunday after Labor Day) through the Sunday before Memorial Day. Small groups are available for 3-year-olds through adults. A Nursery is available throughout the morning every Sunday.

Bible Studies and Additional Learning Opportunities
A variety of additional adult education opportunities are offered during the week throughout the year.

Confirmation Ministry
Our Confirmation Ministry Program begins in the third grade with First Communion Preparation classes during Lent. The children receive their first communion on Maundy Thursday. The Confirmation program continues in seventh grade with a two-year schedule of classes, a week of summer camp at Lutheridge, and a faith mentoring program. The rite of the Affirmation of Baptism-Confirmation is held on Reformation Sunday (last Sunday in October) during the ninth grade.

Vacation Bible School
Our 5-day VBS is offered every summer, normally from 9:00 AM – Noon. The relaxed atmosphere gives children from the congregation, the EECC and the community an opportunity to explore the Bible and their faith through crafts, games, music and stories.

Church Libraries
Epiphany maintains an adult and a children’s library, offering books and other media to support faith formation and discipleship. Books and videos are available for check-out at any time throughout the year.

Stewardship
The word stewardship comes from the noun steward, which means someone who manages another’s property or financial affairs. Stewardship, in the biblical sense, describes our relationship with God. All that we are and all that we have, has been given to us by God, as His blessings. Becoming a good steward involves some basic elements:

  • Thankfulness – time for prayer, reflection, conversation, worship, and the celebration of all of God’s blessings.
  • Education – time to learn basic principles and practices that shape personal lifestyle and culture in the congregation.
  • Invitation – time to consider how to shape one’s time, talents and resources.
  • Generosity – time to give freely from our blessings and abundance for God’s work with and through others.

These elements are addressed by the Stewardship Ministry Team through programs to educate and inspire members, annual Commitment Sundays to encourage planned giving of time, talents and treasures, and occasional Mission and Ministry Fairs to celebrate the many ways that Epiphany is involved in God’s mission to love and bless the world.

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