Construction of the Ministry Center has begun!

The Comfortable Word
Church of the Holy Comforter Weekly eNews | April 12 , 2018

Worship Schedule

Saturday, April 14
5:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II

Sunday, April 15 - The Third Sunday of Easter
7:45 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite I
9:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Choristers* (Children's Chapel available)
10:10 a.m. Adult Forum and Sunday School
11:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Adult Choir* (Children's Chapel available)

Wednesday, April 18
7:00 a.m. Morning Prayer

*childcare available

Readings This Weekend
Event Highlights
Music Highlights

Ministry Center
Construction of the Ministry Center has begun. Safety fencing has been installed and construction site clearing is proceeding. Part of the lower level parking lot is closed to vehicle and pedestrian traffic. Access to the church may be gained through Church Office door and the main entrance to the Sanctuary. Watch this space for further construction updates.

Easter Flowers
A Note From the Altar Guild
For those who took Easter flowers home last Sunday, the Altar Guild regrets not asking that you remove the watering bulb before taking your flowers home. If you find a watering bulb in your Easter flowers, please return it to the Church Office this Sunday. Many thanks from the Altar Guild.
Jon Strand and Dan Harris
The Rev. Jon Strand and parishioner Dan Harris
Register by April 13! 
Annual Men's Retreat 
April 27-29
Our new Rector, the Rev. Jon Strand will join us for part of the weekend, so make plans to join us and get to know him. Also, Holy Comforter parishioner Dan Harris, will lead a discussion around "The Fatherhood of God." Registration forms are available for download HERE. Questions? Please contact Randy McGuire.

Adult Forum
This Sunday, April 15; 10:10 a.m. in McGill Hall
By exploring Luke 24:36-48, we will consider what it means to live as witnesses to the risen Christ.

"Jesus suddenly appeared in the midst of his early followers. He brought change to their lives as they moved from fright to joy mixed with disbelief to understanding. As they witnessed to the risen Christ, they knew that Jesus did not bring them security; rather, they risked all in following his call. For they had come to understand that Jesus had conquered the ultimate threat, death itself, and their fears were groundless. The challenge to twenty-first century Christians is great. Are we able to let go of our desire to be secure?" - Excerpt by the Rev. Nancy Blakely, Hospice Chaplain.

Link to scripture HERE. Download the Resource Sheet HERE.
Thank You!
Thank you to the many Holy Comforter volunteers who assisted neighboring churches as they hosted Hypothermia Prevention Shelters this winter. Between Thanksgiving and Easter, 30 area churches opened their buildings for a week to provide food and overnight shelter. Over 300 different guests were served. FACETS, which is supported by Holy Comforter, coordinates the shelter program and provides staffing to assist clients as they seek to meet their multiple needs of employment, healthcare, housing, and assistance programs. By working individually with each client, and with the support of Fairfax County and local churches, FACETS was able to move 40 formerly homeless persons into stable, permanent housing this winter!
FACETS Volunteer Opportunities:
1) 30th Anniversary Benefit Breakfast - FACETS is 30 years old this year! To celebrate, they will be hosting a breakfast celebrating all FACETS work and those who support it, especially Hot Meals. The breakfast will be held at the Fairview Park Marriott (3111 Fairview Park Drive, Falls Church VA) on Thursday, April 19 from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. Please RSVP online HERE if you can attend!

2) Academic Achievement Banquet - This annual event honors the great things students served by FACETS have achieved this year. It will be held on Wednesday, May 9, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Centerpointe Church (4104 Legato Road, Fairfax, VA). Donations of food are needed for the banquet, as well as volunteers to serve the food. If you can help, please contact Leslie Barnhart.

Help Make and Package 10,000 Meals in 2 Hours
Saturday, May 12; 10 a.m.-Noon
Vienna Presbyterian Church
Did you know that 1 in 6 children in the Vienna/Oakton/Herndon area struggle with hunger, and that more than 67,000 people in Fairfax County are food insecure? Let's change the math! Holy Comforter is excited to partner with other Vienna area communities of faith to pack 10,000 meals of black beans and rice in two hours for a "weekend backpack food program" to be distributed to children in need at such schools as Cunningham Park Elementary and Madison High School. The event is in association with Generosity Feeds, and will be held on Saturday May 12, from 10:00 a.m. to noon at Vienna Presbyterian Church, 124 Park St. NE. Volunteer slots are currently limited to sponsoring organizations, and fill fast! Sign up online HERE. For more information, contact Joni Langevoort.

Hogwarts VBS
Save the Date! 
Hogwarts VBS Diagon Alley Preview
Sunday, April 29; 10-10:50 a.m. in McGill Hall
This event will be in lieu of Sunday School on April 29. Come see what's new and some of your old favorites too! Sample a typical breakfast served at Hogwarts! Try a new drink (Fishy Green Ale). Meet some of your favorite professors (Professor Snape and Professor Binns). Learn what to expect at Hogwarts this term. Bring in your registration forms! VBS registration is open through May 14 or when all slots are filled. Complete a survey to share your feedback to help make this term of Hogwarts the best that it can be! Prefects are encouraged to volunteer for this event. Please know that this is not a drop off event. All students under 12 must be accompanied by a parent. Questions? Please contact Linda Lee Malone.
Register by May 14! 
Hogwarts VBS
June 25-29 for students ages 5-11
Teenagers ages 12-18 are invited to register as Prefects. Registration forms are available for download below and in the Church Office. Morning session is 9:00 a.m. to noon. Afternoon Session is 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Questions? Please contact Linda Lee Malone.

Hogwarts VBS 2018 Prefect Registration Form
Hogwarts VBS 2018 Student Registration Form

Youth Ministry Study Group (YMSG)
YMSG is a committee recently formed to build a sustainable 7th-12th Grade youth program at CHC. The group meets regularly to discuss the future of Youth Ministry in our parish. In addition to their own research and study of best practices in Youth Ministry, the YMSG are interested in hearing from both adults and youth regarding their views on how we can build a healthy, vibrant, and sustainable Youth Ministry at CHC! Feel free to share your ideas and experiences with any of the committee members or contact Denis McMullan.

YMSG members: Denis McMullan, John Davison, Frances Sullinger, Kathleen Kelley, Linda Khan, Andrew Payze, Bill Murray, Colleen McGuire, Lynne Brents, Morgan Hanzlik, Zach Hanzlik, Tim Davis, Daniel Harris, Hannah Picardi
Apply by April 28!
Textbook Scholarships
Holy Comforter's Carol Stock Book Fund makes textbook grants to high school seniors active at Holy Comforter who are planning to continue their education. Please contact Lisa Arnold to request an application. Applications are due in the Church Office c/o the Endowment Board/Lisa Arnold by April 28.
Apply by April 30!
2018 Summer Grants
ECW (Episcopal Church Women) is offering grants to parish youth to encourage their participation in a Christian activity this summer. One grant of up to $100 for attendance at Shrine Mont or another Christian camp is available for each applicant. Grant amounts will be determined in May based on the number of applicants and the total grant funds available. Application forms are available for download HERE and in the Church Office.
Save the Date!
Earth Day Celebration
Sunday, April 22
2 Shifts: 8:30 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.
Sponsored by Stewardship of Creation Committee (SOCC)
The Stewardship of Creation Committee will host an Earth Day celebration on Sunday April 22 which will include hands-on work to clean invasive ivy from areas in front of the church as well as displays and brochures describing actions that the church is implementing and that parishioners can undertake to promote care of God's creation. More information soon. For more details contact Chris Jones, SOCC co-Chair.
Save the Date! 
Voce Chamber Singers Spring Concert
Sunday, April 22 at 4 p.m.
Voce closes the 2017-18 concert season with a program featuring two masterpieces of 20th-century English sacred music: Ralph Vaughan Williams's Mass in G Minor, and the Requiem of Herbert Howells.

The Vaughan Williams Mass stands among the most exceptional 20th-century settings of the Latin Mass ordinary. Scored for double-choir and soloists, the piece evokes the lush textures and rich harmonies of pre-Reformation English choral music. Written in 1921, the piece was first performed in a liturgical context by Richard Terry and the Choir of Westminster Cathedral, London.

Herbert Howells's Requiem is among the composer's most personal works. Dating from the early 1930s and likely influenced by the death of the Howells's son, Michael (in whose honor Howells also wrote a famous hymn tune), the composer withheld the piece from publication until 1980, just a few years before his own death.

You won't want to miss our performance of these two monuments of 20th-century sacred music! Tickets available at the door or online HERE.
Bright Lights on Broadway
Save the Date!
HCEP Auction
Friday, April 27 at 7 p.m.
Westwood Country Club

Tickets sold in the narthex this Sunday!
Please stop by the table in the narthex to purchase tickets for the upcoming Holy Comforter Episcopal Preschool "Bright Lights on Broadway" Auction. This is your chance to win exciting prizes including Hamilton tickets, a NYC trip, National's tickets, an island beach trip, Disney tickets, attending a taping of "Meet the Press," a private wine party, crafting your own beer at Caboose Brewing Co., and many more. You do not need to be present to win but we would love to have you join us at Westwood Country Club on April 27 for the Auction. Questions? Please contact Sue Gosline.
Save the Date! 
The Opioid Crisis - A Community Conversation
Saturday, April 28; 1-5 p.m.
Epiphany Episcopal Church, Herndon
Registration Required
Learn from those who are working with students and others who have made the dangerous choice to use opioids--the illegal drug heroin, synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, and pain relievers available legally by prescription. What are the symptoms of opioid use? What are the treatment options? Can we work together in our community to end this very real threat to the health and safety of our youth? What steps should we take? Register HERE. Download a flyer HERE.
Pennywise Thrift Shop
Make lifelong friends doing work for your church and your community!
Pennywise Thrift Shop has shifts that need you and you'll be working with dedicated and fun-loving people who would love to get to know you. Tuesday through Saturday, the front desk needs two volunteers for the shop to be open (see openings below) but back room shifts for sorting, pricing, and display are very flexible and fun too. Most back room volunteers work between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m .and come and go as needed! Contact Jim Menke.

The following volunteer slots are open at Pennywise:
To You All Hearts Are Open
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