Alternative Gift Fair This Weekend!

The Comfortable Word
Church of the Holy Comforter Weekly eNews | November 30 , 2017
Worship Service Schedule

Saturday, December 2
5:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist

Sunday, December 3 - The First Sunday of Advent
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)*
7:00 p.m. Blue Mass for the Holidays

Wednesday, December 6
7:00 a.m. Morning Prayer

*childcare available
Please Note:
The December 2 Advent Quiet Morning has been cancelled.
Francis Gary Powers_ Jr.
Senior Saints BYO Lunch
This Friday, Dec. 1; 11:45 a.m.; McGill Hall
Our guest speaker will be Francis Gary Powers, Jr., Founder and Chairman Emeritus of the Cold War Museum. Mr. Powers will talk to us about the Cold War; his father, Gary Powers; the U-2 incident; the Spielberg movie, Bridge of Spies; and the need to honor Cold War veterans, preserve Cold War history, and educate future generations about the time period. Bring your own lunch. Beverages and desserts will be provided. If you need a ride or if you would like to bring a dessert to share, please contact Barbara Fitzsimmons.
Vestry Elections This Weekend
After all services
We'll be electing 4 people for regular 3-year terms. Download and view the Vestry Candidate Brochure HERE.
Nativity Set
Alternative Gift Fair
This Saturday, Dec. 2; 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
This Sunday, Dec. 3; 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
The fair will offer products from Fair Trade Winds in Fairfax, featuring jewelry, games and toys, scarves, household goods, Christmas ornaments and other hand-made unique gifts by artisans from around the world. Fair Trade Winds sells only fair trade items, which means the artisans receive a fair portion of the sales price, and that their work promotes a strong local economy. You will also have the option of buying gifts in the name of your loved one by donating to Episcopal Relief & Development, or International Justice Mission. Questions? Contact Kathy Brown.
Blue Winter
Blue Mass for the Holidays
Sunday, Dec. 3; 7 p.m.; St. Mary's Chapel
For many, the Holiday season can be a difficult time. Rather than happiness and merriment, this season can be a time when feelings of loss, grief, and sadness weigh heavy upon us. We will gather in community to offer prayers to the God of Mercy in this Advent season for ourselves and our families and friends who live with memories of loss, grief, and sadness. Please invite your friends. We will remember that the One is coming who brings Light into the world: The Light shines in the darkness and the darkness did not overcome it. -- John 1:5. Childcare will be available.
Greens Sale
Add some Christmas cheer to your home and support our Youth Ministry!
Youth Ministry
Christmas Greens Sale
Sunday, Dec. 3, 10, and 17
Beginning Thanksgiving Sunday, you can purchase your Christmas greenery right here at Holy Comforter. Proceeds will benefit the Youth Ministry programs. We will have a beautiful selection of wreaths, swags, Christmas balls, and other decorative greenery. Learn more.
Contribute to the
Christmas Flower Fund
The brilliant array of poinsettias on the altar is one of the visual joys of Christmas at Holy Comforter. Please help the Altar Guild to create a vibrant display by contributing to the Christmas flower fund. Download the Christmas Altar Flowers Form. The deadline for inclusion in the Christmas Bulletin is Tuesday, December 19 at noon. Questions? Contact Lolly Mixter.
Ushers Needed for Christmas Eve!
We are in desperate need of ushers for the 4:00, 7:00, and 10:00 p.m. services on Christmas Eve. If you are available, please respond with your availability HERE.
8 Minutes a week
8 Minutes a Week
This week marks the beginning of Advent. Let's take a few minutes to prepare ourselves and our families for this season of preparation.

This week: Preparing for Advent, the Season of Preparation

 Follow the link HERE for more.
to you All Hearts are open
Pledge Your Support!
Your pledge, however large or small, keeps our doors and hearts open and our many ministries and outreach efforts alive. Your financial support for the work of God's church shows your Heart's true value and the depth of your commitment to Christ and a world in need. Thank you for your continuing support.

Pledge now online HERE.
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Advent Festival of Lessons and Carols
Sunday, Dec. 10; 5 p.m. in the Sanctuary
Join Holy Comforter's choirs for the annual Festival of Lessons and Carols for Advent. This Advent service is modeled after the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols for Christmas from King's College, Cambridge. Eric Milner-White, the former Dean of King's, created both the Advent and Christmas Festivals, but distinguished the purpose of the Advent service as "not to celebrate Christmas, but to expect it." Holy Comforter's service will include a dramatic procession, readings, chants, hymns, anthems, bells, and organ music. There will be a festive reception following the service. Don't miss this extraordinary event! Questions? Contact David Kelley.

Adult Forum
This Sunday Dec. 3; 10:10 a.m.; St. Mary's Chapel
Advent I: We anticipate Christ's return
and remember God's faithfulness
as we explore 1 Corinthians 1:3-9
This text points to one of the unique characteristics of the Christian religion: the intimate relationship between God and the Christian community that God bestows in and through Jesus Christ. This relationship takes its life and its shape from the particular terms of people's cultures. Hence, Jesus is our brother, our Lord, our ancestor, our beloved one, our enlightened spirit. Paul reasserts that the Christian community will be sustained in this spiritual continuum for one crucial reason: "God is faithful." By Carolos F. Cardoza-Orandi

Link to scripture HERE.

Donate to Mt. Carmel House
Holy Comforter has supported Mt. Carmel House, a permanent supportive housing program for women recovering from homelessness, for more than twenty years. This year the shelter is in need of Walmart gift cards, gloves, tissue packs, and small hand sanitizers. Our preschool will be designing and putting together this year's gift bags. Please bring your contributions to the box labeled "Mt Carmel" in the narthex or to the Church Office. Questions? Please contact Linda Lee Malone.
Arlington Cemetery
All-Parish Service Project 
Christmas Wreath Laying at Arlington Cemetery
Saturday, Dec. 16
Join Holy Comforter and Wreaths Across America for a wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. It's a small act that goes a long way toward keeping the memory of our veterans alive. We will meet at Holy Comforter at 7:00 a.m. and carpool together. Afterwards we will return to church for cookies and warm beverages. Learn more.

Christmas Stocking
Contribute to the Giving Table  
Bring your contributions to church no later than Sunday, December 10 (Thursday, December 7 for Salvation Army and CHO).
Stop by the Giving Table in the narthex to find out how you can help support local charities this year. New this year is the Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Initiative, a local faith-based organization that serves very vulnerable people. They need gift cards to Target, Walmart, and movie theaters. In addition, we are continuing to support the Committee for Helping Others (CHO), the Lamb Center, the Salvation Army, and Second Story (formerly Alternative House). Check out the needs of each of these organizations, and sign up for your choices. Then bring your contributions to church no later than Sunday, December 10 (Thursday, December 7 for Salvation Army and CHO). If you don't have time to shop, please consider giving a cash gift, and ECW will do the rest.

Apply for Outreach Grants
Completed applications due by December 31
The parish Outreach Team is currently accepting applications for grant funding from organizations that serve God's people in need. We are particularly interested in assisting organizations with which members of our congregation work or volunteer. Our short 2017 Grant Application Form is available for download HERE. If you know of an organization that would benefit from our parish's assistance, please feel free to share a copy of the Grant Application Form with them. Questions? Contact Joni Langevoort.
UTO Blue Box
Thank You from UTO
A big thank you to everyone for your generous United Thank Offering (UTO) donations. We raised $1,6l7.91 during the fall blue box drive this year.  Your donations allow the Holy Comforter Episcopal Church Women (ECW) to contribute to the Episcopal Women's world-wide mission efforts.
Pennywise Thrift Shop
Men and Women: Volunteer at Pennywise!
Make lifelong friends doing work for your church and your community. Pennywise 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 Linda Khan.

The following volunteer slots are open at Pennywise:
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