The parish is involved with various ministries. Some serve in-house, while others look beyond ourselves.
This dedicated group of individuals prepares the church sanctuary for Sunday and Wednesday services, and special services of weddings, funerals and baptisms. They also decorate for Christmas and Easter seasons, make palm crosses for Palm Sunday, and deliver the weekly and holiday flowers to our homebound parishioners.
Ugly Quilt Group
Sewing quilts to keep the homeless warm in winter, this group meets the 1st & 2nd Tuesday of each month, from April through December. A prayer is said while each completed quilt is folded and filled with warm clothing and toiletries; they are taken to St. Francis Soup Kitchen or Church of the Good Shepherd in Scranton for distribution.
Reaching the Pygmies
We support an Episcopal ministry in Uganda which includes the Epiphany School, the McMahon Medical Clinic, vehicle donation and sponsoring of individual children. At Christmas time, parishionners can ‘purchase’ items needed by the pygmies from a Wish List to give as a gift.
Here is a current newsletter update from Linda Rogers about the goings-on at the settlement.
Here is a link to a site produced by our parishioner, Dr. Linda Rogers, who has provided many photos and video clips from her trip to Uganda.
‘Seasons of Love” Meal at the Church of the Good Shepherd
Volunteers from Epiphany travel to the Church of the Good Shepherd in Scranton to prepare and serve a meal to area hungry on the fourth Sunday of each month (unless otherwise publicized).
Meal preparation begins around 10:30AM, serving is at 2PM, and clean-up is usually finished by 3. In addition to prep, serving, and clean-up, volunteers are needed to pick-up and deliver diners as well as sort and distribute clothing donations.
If you would like to be part of this ministry, please contact Sue Six: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Christian Outreach and Disaster Relief Committee provides seed money for start-up programs, new frontiers for existing ones, or assistance in the face of disasters. It is given for the direct benefit of programs rather than administrative expenses. In short, it seeks to provide long term value rather than fulfill immediate needs.
The AGAPE fund is set up as a type of parish discretionary fund to enable the Agape Committee to freely help those (within our parish or the community) with financial needs. This help may be of an emergency nature (one-time need) or can be an on-going requirement. It also provides a means to assist charitable agencies to carry out their ministries..
Especially for our homebound folk, pastoral care includes but is not limited to: receiving Holy Communion, home/hospital visits, cards from the ‘Weekday Saints,’ Altar Flowers and Christmas bag deliveries.
A tri-fold insert of the daily office readings for the week is also sent to our members who cannot attend services in person.
Within our grounds are the All Saints Memorial Garden and Woodland Memorial Garden, the final resting place for loved ones. These areas are maintained by parish volunteers during spring and fall clean-ups or whenever they see a need.
Sunday School Ministries and Missions
Our Sunday school students have made it their mission to support a Honduran youth, Enner David Ramos, with their weekly offerings.
In addition, they take part in collections to support our Diocesan ministries benefiting youths at risk and make Valentine cards for our Homebound parishioners each year.
Here is a link to our Sunday School website, to see what else our students have been up to!
AEM Food Pantry
Epiphany collects non-perishable food in unbreakable containers to support this thirty+ year-old organization serving families who reside in Abington Heights or Lackawanna Trail school districts. Located in the lower level of Dalton United Methodist Church, 125 Turnpike Rd, Dalton, PA. the food pantry is open Monday nights from 6-7:30PM. Recipients may come twice monthly for food assistance. A driver’s license and proof of current residency are required; there are no income restrictions.
Volunteers are always needed to help sort food on Monday evenings. Contact Nancy Thompson, coordinator, at 570-878-8843.
To make a tax-deductible donation to the food pantry, please write/send your check to ‘AEM,’ PO Box 125, Clarks Summit, PA 18411-0125 and mark ‘Food Pantry’ in the memo line.
Used Clothing Drop-Off Shed
Sponsored by The Church of the Epiphany, the shed is located below the church on Church Hill. Anyone can donate used clothing, shoes, belts, purses, blankets, sheets, pillowcases, drapes and stuffed toys. Place donations inside the shed in plastic bags to protect from the elements (extra bags are available at the shed). Tax deductible receipts are located in the black box on the shed.
The following items cannot be accepted: rags, fabric scraps, pillows, plastic toys, household goods, electronics/ TV’s*, or TRASH. (*These items may be taken to the Lackawanna County Recycling Center in Scranton, PA or retailers with recycling programs such as Best Buy.)