This page is chock full of information about the anniversary event the afternoon of October 6, including information about the potluck, videos celebrating Epiphany’s 60 years, and blog posts from our guest pastors. Please join us in observing this milestone in our history!
Sunday, October 6
3-6 PM, Far Hills Campus
Even if you haven’t been able to RSVP for the event, don’t let that stop you. You are welcome to just show up and celebrate 60 years in ministry with us!
A special program commemorating Epiphany’s 60 years begins at 3:15 pm, followed by activities to enjoy at your leisure from 4-6 p.m.
• potluck dinner (dine anytime 4-6 p.m.)
• a carnival for families with children
• youth outdoor games (pray for no rain)
• confirmation project displays
• member interview videos
• historical displays
• a scavenger hunt
• a photo booth
Potluck Dinner
Epiphany will provide pulled pork and shredded turkey sandwiches, but what would a Lutheran celebration be without a POTLUCK?! Please bring a dish to serve 10-12 people, corresponding with your last name:      
A-E: Dessert (cookies, brownies, cupcakes, tarts, cheesecake, etc.)
F-L: Salad (tossed salad, potato salad, pasta salad, relish tray, jello salad, coleslaw, etc.)  
M-S: Side Dish (baked beans, vegetable casserole, fruit salad, potatoes, mac-n-cheese, cornbread, etc.) 
T-Z: Beverages (sweetened or unsweetened tea, lemonade – two gallons or four two-liters; no red drinks or soda, please) 
Please have the dish ready (cooked, if applicable) in advance. There will be a limited number of outlets available for crock pots or warming trays on the serving lines. Hot dishes may be kept in the kitchen warming oven until dinner is served.  

How You Can Help

Pray for the event. Gracious God, we give thanks as we celebrate the 60th anniversary of Epiphany Lutheran Church. We ask, Lord, that you would continue to protect us, guide us and sustain us as we prepare for the anniversary event. May we glorify and praise you, and may we rejoice together in all of the dreams and plans that have come to fruition these many years. We celebrate the joys, and thank you, Lord, for blessing us. Amen.
Donate funds to help underwrite the cost of the event. Please prayerfully consider helping us to offer this event at no cost to our families and friends by making a financial donation through online givingGIVE+ Text, or by cash or check designated for “60th anniversary.”

60th Anniversary Blog Posts

Catching up with Larry Hoffsis

Dear Epiphany:
I’m excited to participate in the celebration of Epiphany’s 60 years of ministry. It will be an honor for me to serve as a guest preacher, along with the other former pastors.
It is likely that God called me to Epiphany to give me an opportunity to experience ministry in a setting new to me — that of a growing suburban community.
I had already experienced life in a congregation of farmers, having grown up in St. Paul Lutheran Church in north central Ohio. My first parish, St. John Lutheran Church, was in a small town in Sidney, Ohio. When God’s call came to serve Epiphany, I was in my thirteenth year of ministry at Old Trinity Lutheran Church, a metropolitan church in a large urban setting in downtown Columbus.
The call to suburban Epiphany came in 1979. I retired in 2000. That means I had the privilege of spending 21 years at Epiphany, a ministry which involved expansion of racial and ecumenical relationships locally, as well as numerous partnerships globally.


Catching up with Pastor Josh Nelson

by Pastor Josh Nelson
Greg Van Dunk and Jane Lane happened to attend a concert by noted Lutheran folk musician, John Ylvisaker. Since John and I had known each other for some years, he recruited me to be his pianist for a handful of Ohio concerts, and though I was serving a church in Akron, OH, I jumped at the chance to be on the road for a few weeks with John. Well, at this concert, Greg and Jane sought me out and they must have started scheming about possibly getting me to come to Epiphany as a musician/pastor. That idea didn’t pan out, but later, when Greg took a new call to Wisconsin, Epiphany contacted me about considering the Associate Pastor position. I had indeed begun interviewing back in the Iowa and Minnesota areas, thinking I would head back to my old home region, which was home areas for Beth as well. But we agreed to interview at Epiphany anyway, and had such a fantastic and enjoyable interview experience (over Super Bowl weekend), that we decided if the church offered to call me, we would take it. Which is indeed what happened. And we moved down to the Centerville area in June. One additional funny memory I have of the interview is that when the first question was asked, my wife Beth – who is not a shrinking violet – jumped in and said, “Let me take that one,” and so she answered the very first question that was asked!  


Let’s Write a Song Together

by John Benjamin

Do you have a gift for poetry? I’m looking for lyrics for a new worship song, which will be sung for the first time at our worship services on Sunday, October 6, for Epiphany’s 60th Anniversary celebration.
Your lyrics should focus on celebrating God’s blessings to and/or through Epiphany. You write the lyrics; I write the song.
Here’s how it works:
  1. Write new lyrics to “O Little Town of Bethlehem” (this is the meter John’s tune will fit).
  2. Write as many or as few verses as you wish.
  3. Send your lyrics by August 25 to John Benjamin.
  4. John will arrange the lyrics submitted, incorporating as many authors as possible into the finished product.
Feel free to pass this invitation on to other friends of Epiphany who may not receive our weekly newsletters!
Contact me with questions!

Greetings and Blessings from Boone

by Becca Gummere
I count my blessings that my first call was to Epiphany. Moving from Columbus, where I’d just graduated from Trinity Lutheran Seminary, I began my call at Epiphany in August of 1993, and during the next seven years enjoyed serving alongside Pastor Larry Hoffsis, Pastor Josh Nelson, and later Pastor Fritz Wiese.
Since leaving Epiphany in April of 2000, I served three years as pastor of Circle of Grace, a mission development congregation in Cary, North Carolina, and four years at Grace Lutheran Church in Boone, North Carolina, where I split my time between associate pastor and campus pastor roles with students at Appalachian State University. When I moved to Boone in 2003, daughter Maggie Carey and son Liam Carey joined me here, falling in love as I had with these beautiful mountains.


Celebrate 60 Years

by Pastor Charlie Woodward
As we continue to ramp up for Epiphany’s 60th anniversary celebration, there are many opportunities to observe and rejoice in our rich history alongside each other with guest pastors, a concert and visitors from Germany. Please save upcoming dates and plan to participate! We look forward to sharing this time together with you!
Epiphany Lutheran Church welcomes former pastors to preach at the Far Hills Campus at all Sunday morning services. There will be a reception and time for fellowship offered on each of these special Sundays.
  • Greg Van Dunk – July 14
  • Becca Gummere – August 4
  • Josh Nelson – August 18
  • Larry Hoffsis – September 22
  • Fritz Wiese – October 27