Clergy Clatter

March 2020

Sometimes one just has to bite the bullet. For years we’ve been debating the pros and cons of going to an electronic newsletter. We’d chew on it for a while in the office and at vestry. Then we’d put it away and continue what we were doing. But outside forces are pushing us to move along with this. Postal rates have gone up again. The software to print our barcoded envelopes has gone out of sight. Paper and copier costs have gone crazy. Our weekly emailed “Happening at Epiphany” has been very popular. It’s just time to get on with this.

So, the plan is that this will be the last bulk mailed newsletter that you will receive. This month we are publishing both a hard copy and digital version, but beginning next month, it will be published electronically with a few printed copies available at church for those who want one. In addition, if you don’t have email, or for whatever reason, you can request us to mail you a copy by 1st Class Mail. With it now costing about $35 to mail bulk rate, a few $.55 stamps will be a nice monthly savings.

The important thing is – we want you to get the newsletter. Let us know what works best for you. And be sure to let us know of changes to your email address. There is no “address correction” to email. If for some reason you don’t get it, the newsletter will be on Epiphany’s redesigned web page at

Why do I always get a knot in my stomach over change? This particular change is one that has been needed for a long time. Marcie pleaded for it. It makes sense. It’s practical. It saves money, time, paper, etc. But it’s different. It’s not the way we’ve always done things. I don’t think of myself as a “We’ve always done it that way” guy, but I guess I just default to what’s comfortable. I was the last person I know to give up my old flip phone. I knew I had to do it, and I knew life would be better, but I still dragged my feet until, as you may recall, I dropped the flip phone in a cup of coffee. Enter smart phone.

Well – let us know how we can help you continue to enjoy our newsletter. We will continue sending out “Happening at Epiphany” on a weekly basis, and I will continue to write “Clergy Clatter” for the monthly newsletter. And we look forward to your feedback 



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