About Us

 
We invite you to join us here at Epiphany, wherever you are on your spiritual path. We seek and strive to be a welcoming, inclusive, and diverse spiritual home, and we would love to share our journey with you.
Welcome!

Many of our members are not “cradle Episcopalians” but come from other - or no - church backgrounds. We are young and old, straight, and LGBTQ, and people of many colors. We believe that God’s doors are open to all and we humbly do our best to live out: “All are Welcome!”

Single? Married? Partner-ed? Divorced? We believe that God’s grace extends to all and so the church’s sacraments are for all. Everyone is welcome to Communion at God’s Table--the altar. Desiring to celebrate a lifelong commitment? The Episcopal Church celebrates marriage for all.

WHAT TO EXPECT?

Our Sunday services (at 8:00 am and 10:00 am) center around Holy Communion (also known as Eucharist).  Services begin by being reminded of our place in God’s story as the scriptures (bible stories) are read, a homily is preached, prayers are said together, and we celebrate God’s love and forgiveness. Then we bless bread and wine in the name of Christ and share them as a sign of unity and source of strength. Finally, we are sent out into the world bearing the gifts of strength and hope.

Our 8:00 am service is a quiet, contemplative Eucharist (Rite II) without music.

Our 10:00 am Holy Eucharist (Rite II) service includes music and singing.  (All voices are always welcome!) Our children hear the stories of the bible in “Godly Play” a Montessori-like way of learning about the wonders of God and creation. Childcare is available for the youngest, but they (and all children) are always welcome in church. There are rockers at the back of the church for parents and infants, and there's an assortment of children's books there, too.

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?

There is no dress code. (After all, we live and worship in the Bay Area!) Some people dress up in their Sunday best and others show up in khakis or jeans. The important thing is that you are with us and are comfortable being with us.

DO I SIT, STAND OR KNEEL?

Actor and comedian Robin Williams said that “pew aerobics” were among the “Top Ten Reasons for Being an Episcopalian.” You’ll quickly notice that people pray in a variety of postures and whatever is comfortable for them - and you - is the right way (i.e. there is no “just one right way.” In the worship bulletin (that an usher hand will give you when you arrive), we make a few suggestions to make it easy for Newcomers (and Old Timers) to follow along. (Check them all out: "Top Ten Reasons for Being an Episcopalian!"

DO YOU HAVE PROVISIONS FOR THE DIFFERENTLY-ABLED?

Yes! We are wheelchair and walker accessible. Come across the outdoor labyrinth and enter through the chapel. (Ask one of the outside Greeters for help, if needed.) Inside, we have adapted our front pews to welcome those with walkers or wheelchairs. Hearing-assist devices are available from the ushers. Our bulletins include all the words and music so you don’t have to juggle books (but if you love singing in parts, grab a hymnal from the pew rack in front of you).

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER CHURCH?

After each service, we enjoy coffee hour in the courtyard or in our parish hall next to the church building. Kids hang out on the church’s playground while adults catch up with others - and welcome newcomers.

OUR HISTORY AND MISSION?

Epiphany was founded in 1947 as a parish in the Episcopal Diocese of California. Our primary mission is To know and share God's light, with ministry goals:

  • to enable lay ministry both inside and outside the church

  • to have a special focus on ministry for and with children and youth

  • to create a warm atmosphere of inclusion within our community

  • to be responsible stewards of our resources

We are a growing, hope-filled parish in the midst of Silicon Valley, with a vital congregation from all walks of life. Our worship binds us together and welcomes people with diverse concepts of God, faith, and the Holy. Our clergy won’t tell you “what” to believe, and they are always happy to chat about any questions or “wonderings” you may have.

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Clergy & Staff

 

Our Clergy

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The Rev. Robert K. Kossler is serving as our interim rector while our parish searches for a new rector.  He brings over 25 years of service as an Episcopal priest.

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AnnaMarie G. Hoos
Associate Rector

We are happy to announce that Epiphany has a new associate rector.  Bio coming soon!

Our Staff

Jennifer Barnette

Jennifer Barnett

Director of Music Ministry

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Pianist/Organist

 
Petra Gilmore
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Petra Gilmore

Bookkeeper

Parish Administrator

Our Vestry & Treasurer

Adrian Jubb

Adrian Jubb

Senior Warden

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Laura Bierwagen

Jr. Warden

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Lindsay Okamoto
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Lora O'Haver

Lindsay Okamoto

Mallory Stevens