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  • The Epiphany Star January 2020

    Newsletter of Epiphany Lutheran Church Fort Wayne, Indiana

    Dear Epiphany Lutheran Church, Grace to you and peace from God our Father and our Lord and Savior Jesus

    the Christ. Amen.

    Welcome to the New Year of 2020! This only happens once every thousand years that we get year like this one: 1919, 1818, etc. It is a special time for our ministry together as we step out in faith for a new chapter, having just completed the first FIFTY years of mission and ministry as Epiphany Lutheran Church. So are you ready for the new challenges? The beginning of a New Year when it marks the change of a decade is an especially exciting time! So are you going to make any New Year’s Resolutions? I know there are people who say that they are going to “work out” more in the New Year . . .gym membership flourishes this time of year. There will be others who say they will lose weight in the coming year. Others will make resolutions to spend more time at home . . . drink less caffeine products . . . watch less television or spend less time on the computer. What about your faith life? Are you going to have any New Year’s Resolutions that deal with your faith life? What about spending more time in prayer . . . beginning and ending every day with a time of prayer with God? Notice I did not put a time amount on the resolution . . . Only that you would spend time in prayer with God. Another good Resolution might be to spend a minimum of ten minutes reading God’s Word and then you could close that time with prayer. What about making a Resolution that you will invite at least one friend to come to worship with you a month? Can you imagine the impact you could have on that friend’s faith life? Besides spending time with that friend. . . You have given them an opportunity to know God and the blessings of having God be a part of their life. That is an awesome gift!

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    New Year’s Resolutions do not have to be difficult-they just give us a different way of looking at life. As we begin this new decade of 2020, may God bless and keep you. May God grant you peace in your life. Happy New Year! Pastor Richard Hartman

    Action Teams - How they work Anyone that has a Thrivent Policy of any kind can apply for an action team card

    which is seed money for a service, fund raising or service activity of $250. You can receive a card twice a year per person

    Projects are so numerous. Needs to be a passion of yours and help others.

    We have used in the past towards the fish fry supplies, quilters fleece backing and material, back packs for school kits, items for LWR kits, shipping for mili-

    tary boxes, 50th anniversary expenses, plus help with the camps..

    We are compiling a list of possible teams and want to know your thoughts, passions and if you have a Thrivent connection to get us

    more Action Team Dollars. Talk to Pastor, Dave York or Dia.

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    We are Christians, called by God, committed to: Sharing the Gospel, Serving others as Christ taught us, and Creating disciples for witness. Epiphany Lutheran Church’s Vision Statement: A Christian family of God committed to sharing the Gospel and serving others, through joyful worship, education and fellowship.

    Please feel free to stop in or call for any of your Pastoral needs. Our office hours are as follows:

    Pastor: Sunday – Thursday 8:00 am – 2:30 pm Monday evenings Dia: Wednesdays 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, Other times as needed during tax season, (always available by email, can check at breaks)

    Due to unexpected circumstances,

    these hours may be subject to change.

    E-mail Us:

    Pastor’s office .................................. Pastor’s home ...................................... Dia’s office ............................................

    WEB SITE: Epiphany Lutheran Church

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    Comfort Ye My People

    Our next quilting gathering will be Sunday, January 9

    th , at 9:00 am.

    No special skills are required; if you can tie a knot, you can be a quilter!

    We have set an ambitious goal for ourselves in this new year, so please plan to join

    us in helping those in need around the world!

    Lutheran Senior Care Ministry Update January 2020 Our Mission: “Sharing Christ’s Love with the ones you love!”

    Happy New Year! As you read this, we begin a new decade and the mission of Lutheran Senior Care Ministry continues to grow and strengthen. Our Executive Chaplain, Rev. Dan May and Pastor Arthur Klausmeier continue to visit target facilities where encouragement is needed, seek to expand to more facilities, and contact potential donors for additional support.

    We serve a large mission field that continues to expand and look forward to a successful new year.

    Thank you for your prayers and support as our chaplains share Christ’s love with residents in local nursing facilities. Remember that you are always welcome to attend any service with family or friends in one of these facilities. Our chaplains look forward to seeing you in worship.

    Peace! Sue

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    January 5


    Epiphany of Our Lord Isaiah 60:1-6

    Ephesians 3:1-12 Matthew 2:1-12

    January 12


    Baptism of our Lord Isaiah 42:1-9

    Acts 10:34-43 Matthew 3:13-17

    January 19


    2 nd

    Sunday after Epiphany Isaiah 49:1-7

    1 Corinthians 1:1-9 John 1:29-43

    January 26


    3 rd

    Sunday after Epiphany Isaiah 9:1-4

    1 Corinthians 1:10-18 Matthew 4:12-23

    Join us for Worship this month! Every Sunday at 8:00 am

    and 10:15 am

    Every Monday at 7:00 pm Bible Study on next weeks Lessons

    Confirmation Class at 9:00 am on Sunday

    Please join us!

    The Saturday morning Men’s Bible Study will continue their study. We will meet on

    Saturday, January 11 th , at 7:00 am for

    breakfast and the Word. All are welcome. We hope to see you there!

    Please join us for our annual Epiphany Service on Sunday, January 5

    th ,

    at the 8:00 & 10:15 am service. learn more about this important

    festival in the church year.

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    Mission Moment January 2020

    The Christmas Season is a busy time for everyone, but when you were called on to help you were there again.

    We sponsored 2 Military Families this year, both had baby girls. While their “wish list” as short it was filled several times over. The things they asked for were given as well as some surprises for them.

    The Annual Cookie Walk was held on December 14th. The turnout was not as large as last year, we had changed the time which might have been a factor. A total of $425.00 was raised for General Fund. We will go back to the original time next year and make a few other changes. Keep those recipes handy for December.

    The Food Bin in the Narthex was overflowing, a delivery was made to Asso- ciated Churches Food Bank. A total of 367# of foods was donated.

    The Military Bin was filled, so one more box was sent out in 2019 for a total of 19 boxes. Bless you for your support of this Mission.

    The Baby Crib will be in the Narthex from Christmas Eve through Epiphany. This is for the “Baby Shower for Jesus”. We want to fill it with diapers, formu- la, baby food, wipes, bedding and clothes. The items will be taken to Associ- ated Churches Baby’s Closet.. Each gift is a true gift for the Christ Child.

    Epiphany blesses so many people in so many ways. Thank you.

    Wishing you a Happy and Blessed 2020 Written by Sandi Swanson

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    It’s SOUPER Bowl Time!

    In mid-January, we will begin collecting for our annual “Souper Bowl” contest!

    Each year, Epiphany members have the chance to root for their favorite

    Super Bowl team by bringing in non-perishable food items to be

    donated to the Associated Churches Food Bank.

    Once the teams have been set, simply bring in your items and place them on the appropriate side of our

    “field” to let us know which team you want to see win!

    Epiphany almost always correctly predicts the winner of the big game,

    so if you want to see your team emerge victorious, bring in those

    canned goods!

    As many of you know, Epiphany is part of the “Kroger Community

    Rewards” program, where members can have a portion of all of their

    Kroger purchases come back to the church. If you are currently enrolled

    in this program, thank you! If you are unsure if you are enrolled check the bottom of a receipt and Epiphany will be printed as your recipient . If you receive an email

    about Kroger Community Rewards — simply open the e-mail and click on “Keep Current Organization.” You should be taken to a confirmation

    screen where you will see Epiphany listed as your organization,

    and you’re all set!

    If you have not yet enrolled in this program and would like to