This Sunday: UTO Ingathering, Britepaths Deliveries

The Comfortable Word
Church of the Holy Comforter Weekly eNews | November 9 , 2017
Worship Service Schedule

Saturday, November 11
5:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist

Sunday, November 12
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, November 15
7:00 a.m. Morning Prayer

*childcare available
United Thank Offering
Fall Ingathering
This Weekend at All Services
Show your thanks and gratitude for daily blessings by picking up your Blue Box in the Narthex this weekend. This is an important gift that you can give to support mission and ministry worldwide. Blue Boxes must be returned to the church on Saturday and Sunday, November 11 and 12, at the UTO ingathering. They also may be returned early to the Church Office. Questions? Contact Lisa Roeder.
Britepaths Deliveries This Sunday
We will deliver groceries and household supplies to 30 area families in need. Donations are still needed, particularly pasta sauce, rice and rice mixes, lunchbox snacks, toilet paper, and toiletries. Please bring donations to the Britepaths narthex display by 5 p.m. on Thursday, November 9 to be included in the deliveries. We also could use additional volunteers to help pack food, shop for needed items, make phone calls, or make deliveries. For questions or to volunteer, contact Susan McGuire or Colleen McGuire.
MJ and Jerry Park
Peaceful Conversations in a Conflicted World
This Sunday, November 12; 1-3 p.m.
Many of us face holiday gatherings with trepidation and avoid conversations, topics, and people because we fear unpleasantness and conflict. We need tools for peaceful conversations and listening with compassion and empathy. Join M.J. and Jerry Park, founders and directors of Little Friends for Peace. The Parks are peace educators with more than 35 years of experience leading year-round programs for children and adults. Questions? Contact the Rev. Valerie Hayes. Learn about Little Friends for Peace HERE.
Christian Yoga Ladies' Night Out
This Sunday, November 12; 7 p.m. in the Chapel
Morgan Hanzlik will lead us in an invigorating yoga routine, which will be appropriate for both beginners and more experienced yoga students. Morgan is a Group Fitness and Mind/Body Director at Sport & Health as well as an active parishioner and mother of three. After the yoga session, light refreshments will be served. This will be the perfect event to prepare your mind and body for the busy holiday season! Questions? Contact Amy Britton.
8 Minutes a week
8 Minutes a Week
This week, in light of the tragedy on Sunday, we offer a prayer for those who mourn, and invite you and your family to consider what it might mean for God's will to be done on earth, as it is in heaven.

This week: Your Will be done? 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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Tom and Alexandra MacCracken
Save the Date!
Totally Telemann Concert
Featuring Tom and Alexandra MacCracken
Sunday, November 19 at 4:00 p.m.
Join us for a free concert of music by baroque composer Georg Philipp Telemann, marking the 250th anniversary of his death in 1767. Enjoy sonatas and concertos for recorder, oboe, viola da gamba, and cello, performed on period instruments by two professional groups, The Friends of Fasch and Ensemble Gaudior, featuring parishioners Tom and Alexandra MacCracken. More concert information is available HERE. Learn about Ensemble Gaudior HERE.

Adult Forum:
Exploring Matthew 25:1-13
This Sunday, November 12;
10:10 a.m.; McGill Hall
It is significant that, near the end of his life, Jesus chose this most human event as the context for a parable: "Then the kingdom of heaven will be like this . . ." (v. 1). In this parable, for whatever reason, the groom does not show up on time; the hours pass, and many of the waiting wedding party fall asleep. The early Christians had to adjust to the reality that Jesus did not return as they fully expected, and that their mission was was to wait expectantly and in the meantime live faithfully, courageously, hopefully. It is our mission still. -- From "Pastoral Perspective," John Buchanan. Link to scripture HERE.

Christmas Giving Table
It's that time of year again!  Look for the decorated table in the narthex. Come by for more information on each of the four charities for which we are collecting gifts: The Lamb Center, Second Story (formerly Alternative House), Salvation Army, and the CHO (Committee for Helping Others).
Pennywise Thrift Shop
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 very dedicated and fun-loving people who can't wait to get to know you. Monday through Saturday shifts available-front room and back! Contact Linda Khan.

The following volunteer slots are open at Pennywise:
Moms' Group Meeting
Tuesday, November 14: 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Please join the Holy Comforter Moms' Group for fun and fellowship. We will meet in the Lillian Croy Room, with childcare available across the hall in the Childcare Center. Our discussion will focus on child development. Zara Harris, MS, OT will join us to share her expertise on this subject. As both a mother and an occupational therapist with more than 30 years of experience working with children and adolescents, Zara offers a unique perspective on this topic. We also will discuss local resources, such as Child Find and Infant and Toddler Connection. Please RSVP to Amy Britton so that we can plan for the meeting and for childcare.
Amy Davison
Save the Date! 
Building a Compassionate Life...
from the Inside Out
Led by Dr. Amy Heard-Davison
Saturday, November 18; McGill Hall
Refreshments at 9:30 a.m.; Program at 10 a.m.
Come to this special meeting of ECW (Episcopal Church Women) for a presentation by Dr. Amy Heard-Davison, Licensed Clinical Psychologist and a Holy Comforter parishioner. Dr. Davison teaches skills that connect the mind and body and build self-compassion as a way to manage stress and provide a path to healing. Family and friends are welcome. Childcare provided. Learn more HERE. Questions? Contact Jane Schmiedekamp.

Start your Christmas shopping early!
Cloister Shop Inventory Reduction Sale
November 11-17
We are having a 50-75% off sale to minimize storage during the upcoming construction of the new Ministry Center. All proceeds will go to Children's Ministries to benefit the Sunday School, Preschool, and Nursery. Come shop for gifts, Bibles, children's books and toys, religious books, silver jewelry by James Avery, Christmas decorations, and more! Sale dates:
  • Sat., Nov. 11: Open before and after 5 p.m. service
  • Sun., Nov. 12: Open before and after each service
  • Mon. Nov. 13-Fri., Nov. 17: Open 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
  • *Tues., Nov. 14: Open 7-9 a.m. for Five Talents Breakfast
  • *Thurs., Nov. 16: Open 6-7:30 p.m. for Chorister Dinner
Pennywise Fall Jewelry Sale
November 19 between the 9 and 11 a.m. services
Pennywise is holding their semi-annual fine jewelry sale just in time for the holidays. Precious jewels, silver and gold are highlighted at this sale which only happens at Holy Comforter. See what treasures you can find at prices substantially discounted. Pennywise will be hosting coffee hour in honor of this semi-annual event. Drop by for coffee and browse the unique collection of fine jewelry!

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