service in our community

Food pantries

We support two local food pantries with monetary and food donations, and volunteers. When you are out grocery shopping, please consider picking up an item or two to donate to these pantries. 


HHOPE (Helping Hands Outreach Pantry of Epiphany)

It is the mission of HHOPE to lend a helping hand to those in our community who are in need of both food and non-food items. We will strive to serve others in a way that reflects our love for God and provides hope along life's journey for our guests. We distribute food to our guests two Saturdays a month.


LAMB's (Lakeside Area Ministries Board) Basket

The pantry is located at 8419 Oakview Ave, Richmond, VA 23228. 

Directions? Click here. 

The LAMB's Basket distributes food:

Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 10:00am - 12:45pm. 


LAMB's Basket Newsletter - Woolly News - Click here.

Open for volunteer work Monday - Friday.



caritas ministry

"CARITAS helps our most vulnerable neighbors break the cycles of addiction and homelessness to reclaim their dignity."   


CARITAS was organized in the early 1980's to respond to the huge unmet need for emergency shelter for homeless adults in the cold winter months. With its name derived from the Latin word for charity, today CARITAS is the largest emergency shelter program in our community. More than 185 faith communities provide shelter, food, and necessities on a weekly basis to individuals and families in need of immediate assistance. The nullcongregation-based model mobilizes thousands of volunteers annually.


Epiphany's goal is to host CARITAS guests at least once a year within our building. Check back for the dates of our next hosting opportunity.


There are many ways you can help with this ministry, so watch for the sign up sheets in the Commons.

 

CARITAS Home Pagehttps://caritasva.org/

Volunteer Opportunitieshttps://caritasva.org/give-help/volunteer/

Learn how to make a financial donation to CARITAS: https://caritasva.org/give-help/donate/donate-online/

Learn how to donate furniture and other items to CARITAS: https://caritasva.org/give-help/donate-items/

Have a family member struggling with addiction? Learn more about our Family Support group: https://caritasva.org/get-help/get-sober/


If you have any questions or comments, please contact Kim Johnson or Beth Barger.

epiphany's community garden

The 2017 growing season is in full swing! We have thirteen plots leased out to members of the congregation and our community. Again our plan is to donate some of our produce to the HHOPE pantry guests. Want to help? Contact Chris Crouch for more information at cacrouch@verizon.net.


God has asked us to be good stewards of the earth. One way some churches and communities are doing this is through gardens. As the soil is tilled and worked, people are brought together for a common purpose, and the produce is shared with many. A small group was formed through the Community Service Team at Epiphany to begin a community garden behind the shed/garage. Ceremonial ground-breaking took place on March 19th, 2011. The first year we grew one main plot with potatoes and a smaller plot to experiment with several vegetables to see what would work at our location. In 2016, we harvested over 50 pounds of green beans and over 100 pounds of potatoes which were distributed to our HHOPE guests!


We welcome all interested gardeners to join us. We are always looking for people to help prepare the soil, weed (once the plants are growing), water, and hopefully harvest! No experience needed, we can train you. Our harvest will go to support local outreach in our community. If you have any interest please contact Beth Barger at bethbarger@epiphanyelca.org or 282-6066. 

Quilters

  • When we meet: The Epiphany Quilters meet the mornings of the 4th Tuesday and 4th Saturday of each month during the year (except on holidays) to assemble and tie quilts to be sent to Lutheran World Relief. We use donated cotton fabrics, bed sheets, and purchased batting.    
  • Where do the quilts go? Lutheran World Relief ships quilts around the world to those in need. In 2016, they shipped more than 340,000 quilts to 12 countries. In May 2017, Epiphany sent over 120 quilts to LWR.
  • How you can help. We are appreciative of donations of time, fabric, and sheets. Come and join us, we have a wonderful conversation while we are working. We are also in need of people to piece tops and backs. Fabric is supplied. Pre-cut quilt kits are available in the benches in the Commons. Hours are flexible. You can sew at home. (Tops are 60 x 80 inches; backs are 64 by 84 inches)
  •  Contacts are Milly DeLesDernier, Chris Crouch, or Cathy DeLesDernier

micah

Micah is an association of faith communities in metropolitan Richmond committed to working with the students, teachers and staff of Richmond Public Schools. Epiphany's partner school is Southhampton Elementary School, 3333 Cheverly Rd, Richmond, VA.

As a Micah volunteer, you can serve as a tutor, lunch buddy, classroom reader, teacher assistant, penpal, or assist with a special project such as Career Day or Dr. Seuss Day. 

If you are interested in serving, please contact Mary Sue Oehler, msoehler@comcast.net

other community ministries

  • Liberation family services

    A homeless shelter on Hull Street Road (in the former Freedom House facility) serving homeless Veterans. The mission is to provide food, shelter and the power to change for individuals in crisis. Epiphany will provide the evening meals on the 5th Tuesday of each month. Watch for sign-up sheets in the Commons. 

  • Habitat for humanity

    We partner with Habitat for Humanity to help provide permanent housing for those in need. We are a partner congregation of Habitat for Humanity of Hanover County. Next work date is: TBA


  • holiday giving

    In March/April we work with St. Joseph's Villa to provide children Easter baskets.


    In November, Thanksgiving baskets are sent to families in need through HEARTH.


    In December, through our Giving Tree, we provide gifts for children at local elementary schools and for foster children through Lutheran Family Services

  • A.c.t.s

    We collect household items to assist families in transition.