The Church Women United Hunger Sale report is now complete. We raised $14,914.90 for hunger related charities. The majority of the money will remain in Southern Illinois. The total this year exceeds last year by $705. Many thanks to all those of you who assisted with this project!
Please take a minute to put this musical event on your weekend calendar. Phil Brown and friends will be performing the music of Epiphany's own Phil Brown this coming Sunday, April 23, at 3pm at Epiphany. Enjoy.
Pastor Waterman was awarded a Master of Divinity degree by Wartburg Theological Seminary, in Dubuque, Iowa, in May. On July 9, 2016, Pastor Waterman was ordained into the ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) in Waterloo, Iowa.
Pastor Waterman is married to the Reverend Melissa Waterman (also an ordained pastor in the ELCA) and they have three young children ranging in age from two to four years of age. Pastor Melissa Waterman will serve as pastor to Mount Calvary Lutheran Church (ELCA) in DeSoto, IL and First Lutheran Church (ELCA) in Murphysboro, IL. They will live in DeSoto.
“Being a part of a clergy couple has challenges, especially with three young children, but ministry is not something we keep at church for our members,” noted Pastor Paul Waterman. “All baptized are called into ministry in the various vocations that each of us have.”
Pastor Waterman has two degrees from the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa, where he worked in student affairs for a number of years. “Campus ministry has been a critical part of my own faith journey, and the opportunity for campus ministry with the entire campus, not just students, at Southern Illinois University is exciting to me” said Pastor Waterman.
I come to Carbondale from Evansville, Indiana, where I was called in 1993 to serve as pastor of Grace Lutheran Church. Prior to that, I served a parish in Detroit. In 1996, I was trained and called as an Intentional Interim Pastor. I am appointed by the Synod bishop to help the congregation in its transition, so they can make wise decisions about their ministry and calling their next pastor.
A 1973 Valparaiso (Indiana) University grad, I was one of the first women students at Christ Seminary-Seminex in St. Louis after the walk-out in 1974 from Concordia Seminary (Lutheran Church Missouri Synod).
Ordained in 1981 in the AELC, the church body formed out of the split from the Missouri Synod, I was a chaplain for two years in St. Louis and Omaha hospitals, and moved to Minneapolis for a volunteer year, where I worked with the homeless and with battered women. As the ELCA was being formed, I was called to represent the AELC in planning coordinated Twin Cities area ministries, and alongside that job, I worked with volunteers at a crisis phone line.
In Evansville, I have been active with a faith-based community known for its arts-based programs for children. I’m single and own a home in Evansville. Most of my family still lives in Minnesota, where I grew up.
I look forward to working with you to discover what God has in mind for Epiphany Lutheran Church.
For the first time in nearly a decade, we have a new web site. As Communication co-chairs, Chris Douglas and Susan Rehwaldt will be our web masters. If you have any interest in helping them develop the site, they would be happy to collaborate with you. This page, as you might have guessed by the title, is intended for current events. If there's something you'd like to see here, that would be another reason to be in touch with our web masters.