Last Chance to Sing with the Summer Pickup Choir this Sunday!

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Church of the Holy Comforter Weekly eNews | August 9 , 2018

Summer Worship Schedule through September 9


Sunday
8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II
10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II

Wednesday
7:00 a.m. Morning Prayer

Saturday
5:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II

*childcare available
 
A Note About Children's Chapel
Children's Chapel is available during the 10:00 a.m. service on the following dates:
  • Sunday, August 19
  • Sunday, August 26
Bishop Shannon Johnston
Bishop Johnston Announces His Retirement
In a letter posted on the diocesan website on August 3, Bishop Shannon Johnston announced his intention to resign and retire. Read more HERE.
Get involved at Holy Comforter!
Are you looking to get more involved here at Holy Comforter? Are you searching for ways to put your gifts and abilities into action? Watch this space each week as we introduce you to one of the 70-plus ministries that Holy Comforter sponsors and practices. We know you will find one that needs the gift you are and the gifts you bring. This week we feature FACETS Ministry. Learn more HERE.
Do you like to sing_
Last Chance to Join the Summer Pickup Choir!
If you have ever considered joining the choir, now is your chance to try it out -- with no long-term commitment! This Sunday, August 12, simply meet in the Choir Room at 9:15 a.m. for a brief rehearsal; then sing at the 10:00 service. No vestments needed; no midweek rehearsals. If you have any questions, please contact David Kelley.
Christianity the First Three Thousand Years
Protestantism:
The Evangelical Explosion
This Sunday, August 12; 11:30 a.m.
Join us for episode 5 of the film series Christianity: the First Three Thousand Years in the Chapel following the 10 a.m. service. We'll explore the emergence of the Protestant Reformation and the part played by Evangelical churches in exporting Christianity to all four corners of the earth. Please join us this Sunday, and/or for the final episode on August 19. Learn more about EfM HERE.
Holy Comforter Youth
Last Chance to Sign Up!
Youth Tubing Trip

This Saturday, August 11 at Front Royal 

Meet at the Church at 8:30 a.m. Learn more and download forms HERE

Questions? Please contact Denis McMullan.
Getting to Know You
Registration Open!
Shrine Mont All-Parish Retreat
Theme: Getting to Know You
September 7-9; Shrine Mont Conference and Retreat Center
Newcomers Get 25% Off
Join us on the mountain as we explore getting to know God, self, and others. Please join us for this wonderful, fun time of fellowship and sharing and play! Download a registration form HERE. Financial aid is available.
The Holy Comforter Challenge
Dear Friends,

Britepaths of Fairfax County helps those in our area who are struggling. These individuals and families usually have steady jobs, but they live from paycheck-to-paycheck. Any kind of unexpected expense can throw them into crisis.

Our parish supports Britepaths through assistance to its Food Bridge program. Throughout the year, generous Holy Comforter parishioners donate non-perishable items for our Britepaths pantry. Then, twice a year, in March and November, we deliver food and household items to needy Fairfax County individuals and families. Our Outreach Fund contributed $1,532 in 2017 and $679 so far in 2018 to purchase grocery gift cards, fresh produce, baby supplies, and other groceries to complete these deliveries and support other Britepaths programs.

Holy Comforter's budget cuts could jeopardize how Britepaths makes a difference in the lives of the less fortunate in Fairfax County. If you have already donated to the Holy Comforter Challenge, thank you. If you haven't made a contribution yet, please click HERE to donate today. Please type "Challenge" in the optional memo field.

Sincerely,

Susan McGuire
Chair, Holy Comforter's Britepaths Ministry

Ministry Center
MINISTRY CENTER UPDATE
On July 30 the steel was delivered to the construction site! Watch the exciting video HERE.
 
ADULT CHRISTIAN FORMATION
New
Planning Meeting for Adult Formation
Sunday, August 19; 9 a.m.; Chapel
All are invited to join us as we re-vision our Adult Formation program. A brainstorming session was held on July 29 and this is our next session. If you are particularly interested in being on the Working Group moving forward and/or facilitating a session or offering input, please do join us! We are hoping to move closer to a calendar of offerings through December. Questions? Contact the Rev. Valerie Hayes.

OUTREACH
New
Save the Date and Sign Up!
Crop Walk
Sunday, October 7; 2 p.m.
Holy Comforter will be fielding a team to participate in this annual walk to benefit food programs for the needy. No, we won't be harvesting any veggies but rather hoping to raise funds for the Committee for Helping Others (CHO) by getting friends to sponsor the walkers for making the trek. The 3 km /1.8 mi route will start at the Vienna Town Green and end at Vienna Presbyterian Church. Water and light snacks will be provided by the organizers. We are encouraging our walkers to wear a Holy Comforter T-shirt for better team identity but the main thing is to have fun and support a great cause. We're looking for a team leader to organize our group -- no experience required. Please let Joni Langevoort if you are willing to participate and/or act as team leader.

NEWS & FELLOWSHIP
Moms Group
All Moms Are Welcome!
Tuesday, August 14; 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Lillian Croy Room
Please join the Holy Comforter Moms Group for an end-of-summer get together. Share your favorite summer memories and relax over coffee. Childcare will be provided. If you will be joining us, please contact Amy Britton so that we can plan for refreshments and childcare. We hope to see you there!

Tomb of Christ
Sign Up Now!
Visit to the Tomb of Christ Exhibit
at the National Geographic Museum
Sunday, August 19; 2:30-5 p.m.
Sign up to reserve your space for a group trip to see the Tomb of Christ Exhibit at the National Geographic Museum. To carpool or caravan, we will meet at the church at 2:30 p.m. -- others may drive on their own (street parking downtown is free on Sundays) or take metro (Farragut North station is closest).

We'll meet at the museum at 3:30 p.m. We will have timed-tickets to enter the exhibit (we have allowed for 90 minutes to be at the Museum). At 5 p.m. we'll head back to Vienna. For those who wish to, we will have 5:45 p.m. reservations for dinner at Shamshiry Persian Restaurant in Vienna to talk about our visit and be together.

Sign up online HERE to reserve your space in the group. Museum tickets are $12.50 per person. Please drop your payment off at the Church Office. This is a pay-as-you-go event for tickets, transportation, and dinner.  Learn more about the exhibit HERE.

New
Kids, College Students, Adults Headed Back to School, Teachers!
Come to the Blessing of the Backpacks!
Sunday, August 26 at the 10 a.m. Service
Bring your backpacks, bags, briefcases, or whatever you carry for your back-to-school or work items. If you don't have a bag, that's fine too -- after all, it is really a blessing of people -- you don't need a bag to get blessed.

Sully Historic Site
Reserve by August 28!
Senior Saints Tour of Sully Historic Site and Lunch at Clyde's Willow Creek Farm
Friday, September 7
The cost will be $35 per person, which includes bus transportation, tour, and lunch. Please make your reservation (no later than August 28) by giving your check to Peggy Miller in the Church Office, written to "Holy Comforter" with "Senior Saints" in the memo line. Learn more HERE.
Pennywise Thrift Shop
Volunteer at Pennywise! 
Revenues from the Pennywise Thrift Shop fund a variety of ministries and activities within our parish as well as numerous community charitable programs and services. Volunteers do all of the work at the shop, and we always need volunteers:
  • Desk/cashier
  • Consignment
  • Sorters
  • Pricers
  • Stocking racks and shelves
  • Porch Patrol
Youth Service Opportunities: Students can earn service hours.

Jewelry donations are being accepted for both fine and costume jewelry!
 
To volunteer, please contact Mary Coulombe. Want more information? See the Holy Comforter website HERE. Find us on Facebook HERE. Track special items on Craigslist HERE.

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