Jesus came into the world not to be served but to serve. As his disciples, we know that it is our joy to be able serve each other, the church body, and our community.
We have opportunities for the whole family to get involved. Most of our volunteer options require no previous experience. We love to teach and train new people to better equip the church to be the hands and feet of Jesus. If there is something you are interested in helping with but do not feel qualified, please feel free to call the church office for when the next training will be.
Ice Cream Social
Normally held in August on the first Friday evening after the public school starts classes again, Epiphany provides free Ice Cream and toppings to neighbors, with the new Kindergarten families at Woerner Elementary School as our special guests. We welcome a variety of volunteers for this event, from set up, to serving, to clean up.
Organized as needed, usually on a Sunday after worship, we fill one-gallon zip-lock bags with personal care items and non-perishable food to have ready to give to someone in need. We welcome volunteers to plan the event, organize donations, assemble, and distribute bags.
Halloween Hospitality Hut
Held on Oct 31st, we offer this public service to the thousands (no really, thousands) of trick-or-treaters and families that converge in our neighborhood. We provide porta-potties and a hand-washing station, a lost-and-found and first-aid booth, bottles of water, plus a photo backdrop with straw bales. We welcome volunteers to plan, organize, set up, serve shifts at the booths, and clean up.
International Friendship Center
We offer English as a Second Language (ESL) class on Wednesdays during the school year, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., with childcare provided. We welcome volunteers to serve as ESL teachers, conversation partners, childcare providers, snack service, and sewing project leaders.
Foundations Community Nights
This program, for Epiphany members and members of the local community, seeks to empower individuals, fortify families, and create stronger communities. The program gets started in January and includes a free dinner, elective classes for children ages K-5th grade (building, chess, drums, crafts, sport stacking), and a short seminar to help parents and guardians equip their students for success (dealing with digital media, study skills, holistic health, etc.). Childcare is provided for children under 5 years of age. We welcome volunteers to organize the meals (set up, clean up, serve, etc.), lead the classes, and help with childcare.
Holly Hills Summerfest
This neighborhood festival is held on a Saturday afternoon in mid-May. The event is a partnership between Epiphany, Woerner Elementary and the wider community. It includes food, music, and children/family friendly games and activities. The event aims to continue efforts to create a stronger sense of community between the neighborhood residents, the public school, and local churches. We need a lot of volunteers for this one!
Identity Youth Week
Held during the first week in June in partnership with surrounding churches, this event aims to deepen awareness of teens (entering 7th grade to exiting 12th grade) about who they are in the eyes of Jesus, themselves, their peers, and their community. We welcome volunteers to serve as mentors, service project leaders, along with kitchen, set up, and clean up crews.
Christian Friends of New Americans Christmas Party
Usually on a Tuesday in mid-December, we partner with other churches and ministries to provide a meal, games, and gifts to about 80 children of local refugees and immigrants. We welcome volunteers for set up, serve, visit with children, lead activities, and clean up.
Frozen Food, Warm Hugs
We bless members of our church family as well as those who come to our doors who are experiencing an unexpected life event (e.g., death, surgery, financial difficulty, arrival of a new baby, etc.) with frozen meals. Meals are prepared every few months and then handed out as needed. We welcome volunteers to purchase food items, chop, peel and assemble the meals on the appointed days, and deliver delicious frozen food, with a warm hug to those in need.
Four times a year, we collect food for a local pantry. We welcome volunteers to bring, assemble, and deliver donations.
Keep Woerner Warm
We collect hats, coats, mittens, and scarves for the children of Woerner Elementary. Many of the children at Woerner are refugees who are not used to our cold winters. Others come from families who just cannot afford to properly clothe them for the biting cold and snow of winter. We welcome volunteers to count and deliver items to the school.
We share our blessings by collecting Christmas gifts for families identified by Principal Meyer, at Woerner Elementary, as being most in need. We collect these in early November.