Guest Preacher this Weekend!
The Comfortable Word
Church of the Holy Comforter Weekly eNews | March 8 , 2018
Worship Service Schedule

Saturday, March 10
5:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II

Sunday, March 11 - The Fourth Sunday in Lent
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, March 14
7:00 a.m.
Morning Prayer
12:10 p.m. Lenten Midweek Eucharist

*childcare available
Mary Thorpe
Guest Preacher this weekend
March 10 and 11
Welcome the Rev. Dr. Mary Brennan Thorpe, Director of Transition Ministries for the Diocese of Virginia. Mary comes to us on this weekend before our new Rector, the Rev. Jon Strand arrives. 
Easter Flowers
Contribute to the Easter Altar Flowers
The brilliant array of lilies on the altar is one of the visual joys of Easter at Holy Comforter. Please help the Altar Guild to create a vibrant display by contributing to the Easter flower fund. We should receive all contributions by Noon on Monday, March 26 in order to include every dedication in the Easter Bulletin. Download a Easter Altar Flower Form HERE.
Sign up for Garden of Gethsemane Vigil
Each year, St. Mary's Altar Guild creates an indoor garden in St. Mary's Chapel as a gift to the Parish. Following the Maundy Thursday evening liturgy, a Prayer Vigil begins in our candle-lit Chapel, keeping watch throughout the night until noon. There is a poster in the narthex where you can sign up for a time of prayer in the Chapel, or feel free to come as the Spirit moves you. The front doors will remain unlocked with lights on in the narthex, and there are prayer books, hymnals, and plain paper available. Keeping watch in our "Garden of Gethsemane" can be a wonder-filled and grace-filled blessing.
C and O Canal
Senior Saints BYO Lunch
This Friday, March 9 at 11:45 a.m.
Jim Heins will be with us to speak about the history of the C&O Canal. The canal has something different to see at each site along the 184.5 mile towpath. We'll learn about the history of the canal, its construction and operation, as well as the prehistoric archaeological excavations. If you would like to bring a dessert to share, please contact Barbara Fitzsimmons. Bring your own lunch. Dessert and beverage will be provided.
Celestine Jones
Join in a Sacred Circle Dance
This Saturday, March 10
Led by Celestine Jones
Refreshments at 9:30 a.m.
Program at 10 a.m.
Family and friends are invited.
Childcare provided.
Come to learn more about this special form of spiritual practice in a program sponsored by the Episcopal Church Women (ECW). No dance experience is needed -- the steps are simple, repetitive, and easy to learn. It is not about getting the steps right but about enjoying the spirit of the dances and the sense of oneness and peace that results from moving rhythmically in a supportive environment. The program will be led by parishioner Celestine Jones, an avid Sacred Circle Dancer for 3 years. Questions? Contact Jane Schmiedekamp.
Holy Comfort Box
Help send a smile! 
Help pack Holy Comfort Boxes!
This Saturday, March 10
3-5 p.m. in McGill Hall
Come help pack the Holy Comfort Boxes for our college students, military members, and other young adults to let them know they are in our thoughts and prayers. Everything will be provided -- we just need helping hands! Perfect for service hours! Come to pack and stay for worship at 5 p.m. Questions? Contact Joni Langevoort.
Special Celebration
Sunday, March 18!
All-Parish Reception to Celebrate Children's Study of the Holy Eucharist and Welcome the Rev. Jon C. Strand, Rector
Save the date and come for a special Recognition Ceremony at the 11 a.m. service to honor the children who participated in the 8-week Study of the Holy Eucharist program. Then stay for lunch and cake to celebrate the children and welcome our new Rector, the Rev. Jon Strand. Watch the church website and this space for more details and a signup link to volunteer! Questions? Please contact Christa Hyland.
Lent 2018
Lenten Adult Forum:
Ephesians 2:1-10
This Sunday, March 11
10:10 a.m. in McGill Hall
Led by Lillian O'Connell
The great privilege of being human was never meant to be reduced to a state of manipulated control by forces outside our control. God's vehicle to bring about the transformation is the work of Christ. We are already saved. The work is accomplished. We participate in the resurrection now, and are invited to witness to the gift of grace that we have received. The agent of this dramatic change is God.
- Excerpt by the Rev. Dr. Ian Markham, Dean of Virginia Theological Seminary.

Link to scripture HERE. Download the Resource Sheet HERE.

Lenten Midweek Eucharist
Wednesdays, Through March 21
12:10 p.m. in the Chapel

Please join us during the season of Lent for a midweek Eucharist. The service will be brief to allow time for those returning to work.

The Four Loves
Lenten Brownbag Lunch
& Book Discussion
Wednesdays, Through March 21
12:45-1:45 p.m. in McGill Hall

We are reading C.S. Lewis's The Four Loves which contemplates the essence of love and how it works in our daily lives. Lewis examines four varieties of human love: Affection, Friendship, Eros, and Charity. Join us for worship in the Chapel beforehand or just come for the discussion. Questions? Contact the Rev. Valerie Hayes.

Save the Date!
Barclay Brass Concert
Sunday, May 6 at 4 p.m.
Save the date for this free concert to be held at Holy Comforter. The Barclay Brass is comprised of some of Washington DC's top brass musicians, and performs a wide variety of music. The ensemble enjoys creating diverse programs for audiences of all ages.
Annual Women's Retreat
April 20-22
Attention women of the parish! The Annual Women's Retreat will be held at Shrine Mont the weekend of April 20-22. The Rev. Sarah Anders from the Center for Spirituality in Nature will be the guest speaker. Watch for more details coming soon.
Jon Strand and Dan Harris
The Rev. Jon Strand and parishioner Dan Harris
Annual Men's Retreat
April 27-29
Attention men of the parish! The Annual Women's Retreat will be held at Shrine Mont the weekend of 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.

Youth Group News
On Sunday, March 4, the 7th and 8th Grade class continued the tradition that has occurred for every class in the last 11 years. Learn more.
Hogwarts VBS
Register for Hogwarts VBS
June 25-29 for students ages 5-11
This year's term will be based upon the Harry Potter Deathly Hallows book. 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

Moms' Group
Tuesday, March 13
9:30-11:30 a.m. in the Lillian Croy Room
Please join us for fellowship and coffee as we discuss how to raise financially fit kids. Children often enter adulthood knowing very little about personal finance, and as a result they find themselves in debt at a young age. We will share strategies to teach our own children about these topics as they grow from toddlers to young adults. Childcare will be available across the hall in the childcare center. Please RSVP to Amy Britton.
Pennywise Thrift Shop
Men and Women!
Volunteer at Pennywise!
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:
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