Ministry Center Groundbreaking Ceremony on October 22!

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Church of the Holy Comforter Weekly eNews | October 12 , 2017
Ministry Center Groundbreaking Ceremony
Sunday, October 22 at 12:30 p.m.
We are finally ready to break ground on our new Ministry Center! A lot of people have been working behind the scenes to get us to this point and the generosity of many parishioners has allowed us to move forward with the new construction. Please join us as we celebrate the work that has been done and the promise of what the new Ministry Center will mean to our church and our community. Bring your own shovels (from plastic shovels to snow shovels -- any shovel is welcome) and help us celebrate. Please RSVP to Peggy Miller.
Worship Schedule

Saturday, October 14

5:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist

Sunday, October 15
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
10:10 a.m. Sunday School
11:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist Rite II, with Adult Choir (Children's Chapel available)*

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

*childcare available

Liturgy Notes
The liturgy notes provide brief commentary on specific parts of our worship life. We hope they serve to clarify and invite further reflection on our central act as Christians. Learn more.
The Nominating Committee of the Vestry is currently soliciting nominations for Vestry membership. Soon, we will need to elect four parishioners to three-year terms each.  This is an especially important and exciting time in our parish life to be a member of the Vestry as it works with the new permanent Rector. We ask that you prayerfully consider submitting your name as a nominee no later than Friday, November 3. Please contact Tom MacCracken or Lyndon Shakespeare if you are interested or would like to discuss your possible membership in this ministry.
Transitions by Another Name
"This time in transition, the confusion, the uncertainty, annoyance, anticipation, disruption, it is all hugely important. And, it's also Biblical." Read more from the Rev. Cara Rockhill.
We're now using Facebook to share information!
We'll Welcome 2 Visiting Choirs! 
Choral Evensong
followed by Festive Reception
Sunday, October 22; 5 p.m.
Holy Comforter will welcome two visiting choirs from Delaware: Immanuel Church on the Green, Newcastle; and St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Lewes. Under the direction of Choirmasters Jack Warren Burnam and T. J. Thomas, the combined choirs will present an evening service of song, scripture, and prayer. This beautiful and moving liturgy will be followed by a festive reception. Music will include compositions by Richard Shephard, Leo Sowerby, Henry Purcell, and J. S. Bach. Join us for this special musical treat, and bring a friend!

Gestalt Pastoral Care
One Day Opening to Grace Retreat
Saturday, October 21; 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Jesus invites us to "love ourselves" so that we can "love our neighbors as we love ourselves." Through the Gestalt Pastoral Care healing modality, we can begin to discover ourselves more deeply, and especially those parts of us pushing for resolution and healing. We can enter into this process through dreams, simple awareness, or just our curiosity and willingness to explore! The cost is $150 for a full participant and $80 for an observer/intercessor. Space is limited. Please contact Alexandra MacCracken, GPCA Minister and Trainer.
Aging with Faith and Grace
October 15 and 22; 1-2:30 p.m.; McGill Hall
This workshop series is for all of us planning for the future, taking care of aging loved ones, or for those beginning to consider these decisions.

This Sunday, October 15: Led by Lynne Kennedy, PhD, MSN, RN, Director of Palliative Care Service for Inova Health Systems - Join us for a helpful discussion on health care choices, advance care planning, palliative care, and more. Learn more.
Adult Forum: Exploring Matthew 22:1-14
The Parable of the Wedding Banquet
This Sunday, October 15; 10:10 a.m.; McGill Hall
Gospel living only begins with the invitation. It cannot remain a mere idea; its one essential thing is a transformed life. Though many have been called, the ones who are to be chosen are those who are living in a new way, who have put on life in Christ. Jesus suggests that fruitfulness can indeed be "put on" like a wedding robe--or a baptismal garment--that the outward effects of gospel choices will finally settle in the heart. Link to the lesson plan for the day HERE.
Youth Group Kickoff Dinner
Sunday, October 22; 6-8 p.m.; Lower Rodman House
We'll enjoy Chipotle takout, play games, and maybe watch a movie too! Join us for a fun evening!
A Note to Sunday School Parents
Sunday School checkout for Preschool through 6th Grade will take place in the Sunday School classrooms. Please visit your child's classroom to check them out of Sunday School. Learn classroom numbers and more.
Youth Ministries Evaluation and Vision
"I would like to share with you all about my role here at Holy Comforter, and my vision for Youth and Family ministries." Read more from the Rev. Cara Rockhill.
Samaritan Ministry
Few Seats Available! 
Join Holy Comforter Parishioners at the Samaritan Ministry Gala
Please join your fellow Holy Comforter parishioners at the 2017 Samaritan Ministry Gala to be held on Saturday, October 28 at 6:30 p.m. at the Washington Episcopal School in Bethesda. One of our very generous parishioners has bought a table of eight which will be reserved for Holy Comforter parishioners. His hope is that the Holy Comforter attendees would be open to supporting the Gala's silent and live auctions. Please contact Candace Dibblee at 703-307-0444 or by email HERE to make your reservations.
Britepaths Deliveries November 12
Our next Britepaths deliveries will take place on Sunday, November 12, when we will deliver nonperishable groceries, toiletries, household supplies, and fresh produce to 30 families in need in our area. We need volunteers to make phone calls, shop for needed items, help pack food, and especially to make deliveries. Teens and families including young children are welcome to participate. If you can volunteer, please sign up at our narthex display or contact Susan McGuire or Colleen McGuire. We also need donations of non-perishable food items; see our flyer HERE for more details on most-needed items. Thank you for your support!

Pennywise Thrift Shop
We make it happen at Pennywise!
Pennywise Thrift Shop is an Episcopal Church Women (ECW) project run by the members of Holy Comforter. Pennywise brings in 70k to 90K each year which is donated to the church and various local and international charities.
But we can't do it without your help. 
Join us and make friends for life doing work for your  community and your church. We have shifts that need filling and you'll be working with very dedicated and fun loving people who can't wait to get to know you. Please contact Linda Khan.
The following volunteer slots are open at Pennywise:
NEW - Coffee Hour Ministry Coordinator
The ECW is pleased to announce that parishioner, Katy Lee, has volunteered to be our Coffee Hour Ministry Coordinator. Katy will monitor the Time to Sign Up website to be sure each week is covered for setup and cleanup. It would be a tremendous help to Katy if each ministry took one or two Sunday's a year to volunteer at coffee hour. Please email Katy Lee or visit Time to Sign Up to volunteer.
We also want to acknowledge and thank Chris Mihm for his many year's of continued faithful service in picking up the bagels and donuts each Sunday morning. Please let Helen Mertz or Anita Webster know if you can provide backup for Chris when he is away. The ECW also wants to thank Chris Doyle for her faithful commitment to Coffee Hour these past years.

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