This Sunday: Saving the Environment -- 
What Can One Person Do?

The Comfortable Word
Church of the Holy Comforter Weekly eNews | February 8 , 2018
Worship Service Schedule

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

Sunday, February 11
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, February 14 - Ash Wednesday
(Imposition of Ashes at All Services)
6:30 a.m.
Holy Eucharist
12:10 p.m. Holy Eucharist*
5:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist with Choristers*
7:30 p.m. Holy Eucharist with Adult Choir**

*childcare available
** with incense
 
Senior Saints Soup and Songs
This Friday, Feb. 9 at 11:45 a.m. in McGill Hall
Come and join us. No need to bring your own lunch. Dr. David Kelley will lead us in a selection of our favorite songs. Delicious homemade soups, beverages, and dessert will be provided. Questions? Contact Barbara Fitzsimmons.
Susan Stillman
Saving the Environment --
What Can One Person Do?
This Saturday, Feb. 10
9:30 a.m. in McGill Hall

Childcare Provided
Come join us to learn the things each and every one of us can do to help save our environment. Presented by Susan Stillman. Family and friends welcome. Questions? Contact Jane Schmiedekamp.

David Gortner
Guest Preacher This Sunday
The Rev. Dr. David Gortner is the Associate Dean of Church and Community Engagement and Professor of Evangelism and Congregational Leadership at Virginia Theological Seminary. A psychologist and priest, David has benefited from a rich educational background, and this intellectual "dual citizenship" fits well with David's perspective on ministry in today's world. He is an active member of V.O.I.C.E. (Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement) as a Strategy Team member and liaison to the Episcopal Church and VTS.
Study of the Holy Eucharist
Study of the Holy Eucharist
Sundays through Mar. 18
This Sunday School lesson series for 1st graders and older is designed to introduce children to the important rituals and meaning of the Eucharist and other parts of our liturgy. Learn more HERE. Questions? Contact Lauren Breeden.
Lent 2018
Lenten Quiet Morning:
Lectio Divina and Art
Saturday, Feb. 17; 9 a.m.-Noon
followed by Eucharist (all in the Chapel)
Lectio Divina is a traditional Benedictine practice of scriptural reading, meditation and prayer intended to promote communion with God and to increase the knowledge of God's Word. It uses scripture to connect the reader to God's voice. Through the practice of Lectio Divina and art, the leader will guide participants through passages in a way that creates space for God's voice. No artistic ability needed or required. All that is required is an open heart. All supplies provided. Also, light snacks, coffee and tea. Childcare will be available.

Lenten Adult Forums
Sundays, Feb. 18-Mar. 18 at 10:10 a.m. in the Chapel
Learn more HERE.

Lenten Brownbag Lunch
& Book Discussion
Wednesdays, Feb. 21-Mar. 21
12:45-1:45 p.m. in McGill Hall

We will be 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, the most basic form; Friendship, the rarest and perhaps most insightful; Eros, passionate love; Charity, the greatest and least selfish. Throughout this compassionate and reasoned study, he encourages readers to open themselves to all forms of love -- the key to understanding that brings us closer to God. Join us for worship in the Chapel beforehand or just come for the discussion. The book is easily found in your library or online. Questions? Contact the Rev. Valerie Hayes.

ADULT CHRISTIAN FORMATION
Adult Forum
This Sunday, Feb. 11; 10:10 a.m.;  McGill Hall
Led by Francis Sullinger
Explore the transfiguration story in the Gospel of Mark as affirming Jesus' mission and as calling us to follow in the way of the cross. "Mark recounts the transfiguration as an event that is for the disciples and is told through their eyes: Jesus leads Peter, James, and John up the mountain and is transfigured 'before them.' The whole scene is addressed to any disciple struggling to see, hear, comprehend, and believe the gospel reality." Excerpt by Dr. Stanley P. Saunders, Columbia Theological Seminary.

Link to scripture HERE. Download the Resource Sheet HERE.
NEW
Save the Date!
Annual Men's Retreat
April 27-29
Attention Men of the Parish! The Annual Men's Retreat will be held at Shrine Mont the weekend of April 27-29. We plan on having our new Rector Jon Strand join us for part of the weekend, so make plans to get to know him better and have a relaxing weekend.  Registration forms will be available soon. Questions? Please contact Randy McGuire.

OUTREACH
Britepaths
Save the Date!
Britepaths Deliveries on April 8
We will deliver groceries and household supplies to 30 area families in need. Please see the list of needed donations in the Britepaths display in the narthex. We will also need many volunteers to help pack food, shop for needed items, make phone calls, and make deliveries. If you can help, please sign up in the narthex or contact Susan McGuire. Thank you for your support!
YOUTH
Pancake Supper
Tickets Available This Sunday! 
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper
Tuesday, Feb. 13
5:30-7:30 p.m. in McGill Hall
All are welcome for an evening of food, fun and fellowship. We'll be serving pancakes and traditional breakfast food. There will be a raffle with great prizes! All proceeds go to benefit Junior and Senior High mission trips for the youth of Holy Comforter. Prices are $5 per person with a $25 max per family. Children 2 and under eat for free.

Volunteers Needed!
This Sunday at 3:30 p.m., youth and adult volunteers are needed to help set up for the Supper.

Raffle Prizes Needed!
We especially need low cost children's prizes! Also, please consider $10-$25 gift cards for adults. For questions, to volunteer, or to donate, please contact Denis McMullan.

NEWS & FELLOWSHIP
To You All Hearts Are Open
NEW
Opportunity to assist in the search for the second Bishop Suffragan, Diocese of Virginia
The Search/Nominating Committee for our second Bishop Suffragan is seeking help from the parishes in the North Fairfax Region. Your Region Council is hosting two listening sessions this month to gather people's views about the desired characteristics for the next Bishop Suffragan, and to provide an overview of the search process. The information we share will be used in our Diocesan profile to help candidates understand their vital role in working collaboratively with Bishop Shannon Johnston and Bishop Susan Goff, to take our Diocese into the future.
  • First Session: Tuesday Feb. 20, 7-9 p.m. at St. John's McLean
  • Second Session: Sunday Feb. 25, 4-6 p.m. at Church of the Epiphany, Herndon/Oak Hill
Questions? Please contact region president Joni Langevoort.
Sign up this Sunday for FOYERS!
Enjoy fellowship and good food in small groups. Foyers meet once a month (at a time scheduled within each group) to share a meal and friendship. It's a great way to get to know people. There are two options: groups that meet in homes and groups that meet in restaurants. If you'd like to participate in the spring round and are not participating in the current fall-winter round, sign up at Coffee Hour this Sunday, Feb. 11, or notify Shelia Creswell. If you are in the current fall-winter round, you will be included in the spring round in the same type of group (home or restaurant) as you are now. If you'd like to change your group type or drop out, please notify Shelia.
Moms_ Group
Moms' Group
Tuesday, Feb. 13; 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Lillian Croy Room
Please join the Holy Comforter Moms' Group for fellowship and coffee. Katie Krogh will facilitate a discussion on marriage and we will end with a fun Valentine's Day activity. Childcare will be available across the hall in the Childcare Center. Please RSVP to Amy Britton.
Holy Comfort Box
Register for Holy Comfort Box!
Register your young adults (18-24) for this year's Holy Comfort Box Program. In late February/early March each registered young adult living away from home will receive a gift box of "Holy Comfort." Register this Sunday or download a Registration Form HERE. Return the completed form to the Holy Comfort Box table in the narthex, or email the information to Joni Langevoort. Questions? Contact Joni Langevoort.

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