Church of the
   Holy   
 Comforter 

April 10, 2019


Weekly Calendar

Saturday, April 13
10:30am Preparation for Palm Sunday

Sunday, April 14
 9:30am Choir Rehearsal
10:30am Worship Service

Monday, April 15
5:30pm Vestry Meeting

Tuesday, April 16
10:00am Prayer Shawl Meeting at Earth Fare
 7:00pm Jae Mars Puppy Class
 8:00pm Jae Mars Handling Class

Wednesday, April 17
 6:15pm Choir Rehearsal

  

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Blessing of the Palms and Procession at 10:30am this Sunday. 

Palm Sunday marks our entrance with Jesus into Jerusalem and the beginning of Holy Week. Pick up your palms by the front door, then gather at the Celtic Cross on the front lawn for our procession, weather permitting. 

Holy Week marks the real preparation for Easter.
 



   
Preparations for Holy Week

 
Saturday, April 13: Join us at the church to help make palm crosses and stuff Easter Eggs at 10:00am. We will also be decorating for Palm Sunday.



We are requesting donations of Empty plast ic Easter eggs and Easter candy to fill the eggs. Thanks!

 

PARISH NEWS


   
Masters Week at Holy Comforter

For golf enthusiasts, the week of April 10 is their own version of "Holy Week". Here, not so much but we will be running shortened office hours from 9-noon April 8-10 and will be closed Thursday April 11. However, if you are in town please come and be part of our Palm Sunday observance April 14 and invite your guests. You will still have plenty of time to get back and watch the tournament.  
 

Christian Education: Please Note
 
Christian Education classes for Adult, Youth, and Children  will not meet April 14 and April 21.
 

   


April 18 at 7:00pm

Our Maundy Thursday service is April 18th at 7:00 pm with the Holy Comforter Choir. This service includes the Stripping of the Altar and Foot Washing.

Prayer Vigil

Begins immediately following the Maundy Thursday service and ends at noon on Good Friday. Read a reflection of one person's experience at the Vigil. Sign up in the foyer.

The following is a reflection on the Vigil:

My vigil was immediately following our extraordinary Maundy Thursday worship service.  Two parts of our worship touched me deeply, our pastor, Cindy Taylor, on her hands and knees washing the feet of the representatives of our congregation, and the stripping of our altar as a reminder of how Jesus was stripped. 
 
After this experience, I was beyond ready for the Prayer Vigil.  My expectation was to have a very quiet time with God to focus on the events of Holy Week, while preparing for the celebration of Easter.  It was this and so much more.
 
Our church was very quiet, the lights were dim, and Taize chants were playing quietly.  I felt as though I was keeping watch with Jesus and could feel God's presence. It was humbling to meditate on each of the 14 events via our beautiful Stations of the Cross tiles.  It was overwhelming to think that Jesus did this for me .  Giving thanks to God not only for the gift of my salvation but also for the many blessing He bestows on me daily, including what I consider a recent miracle in my life.

- Carol Kane


   
 

Good Friday Service led by Youth

April 19 at 6:00pm

At 6:00 pm on April 19, our youth will lead a traditional Stations of the Cross. If you are not familiar with this service, this is also known as the Way of the Cross, and takes you through the final steps as Jesus goes to be crucified. Vivian Vaiden will be providing guitar accompaniment.
 




A Special Offering
 
On Maundy Thursday and Good Friday remember to give for the assistance of the Episcopal Church in Jerusalem and the Middle East
 

Wednesdays at 11am:  Dig Deeper Bible Study

Note:  We will NOT meet April 10 or 17.

The Dig Deeper Bible Study meets  each Wednesday from 11:00am - 12:30pm.   This is a small group bible study of the Scripture lessons assigned for the coming Sunday. We meet in the Parish Hall.  


   
Easter Invites

Easter is the pre-eminent festival of the Church year. Invite at least one person to join you this year for our Easter services, Easter brunch and Easter Egg hunt.  This Sunday, you will receive an Easter postcard and invitation to share the joy of this day.


   
Easter Lilies


Easter Lilies will be placed in the church for the celebration of Easter. If you would like to give a lily as a memorial or in thanksgiving for someone, please fill out an Easter Lily Form and return it to the Parish Office by April 15.  The forms are in the church foyer and in our church bulletins.

 

   
Easter Sunday



Two Services on Easter! Worship with us at either 8:30am or 10:30 am. The choir will be at both services. 


Easter Brunch

In between services, we will have a light brunch so bring something to share. Ham and Mimosas provided by the church. 




The Easter egg hunt follows the 10:30am service.
We provide the eggs, you provide the baskets.


Eagle Scout Project
 
As part of his Eagle Scout project, Ben Blake will be building a small pavilion, similar to the one pictured here, for outdoor grills.  No more using the front porch of the church!  Ben made a presentation to the Vestry on his Eagle Scout project and received unanimous approval at the last vestry meeting.

 

It will be located across from the front entrance and the to the left of a row of bushes.  Look for work to begin shortly. And thank you Ben! 


   


Back by popular demand!  The middle and high school youth groups will host a spaghetti dinner fundraiser on Tuesday April 23rd from 6-7:30pm.  Tickets are $5 each or $20 for a family.  Please purchase tickets or RSVP by April 21st.  All proceeds will support the pilgrimage to England and Scotland this summer.  


   
Thank You to our Acolytes

 

Acolyte Grayson Randolph holds the Gospel Book for our rector, The Rev. Dr. Cynthia Taylor. We are blessed with such a wonderful group of kids assisting at the altar. To each of you - thank you for your ministry! What you do matters!
 



   
Holy Comforter Fall Carnival
 
Holy Comforter is hosting its first fall carnival!  We have some amazing things planned and would like to begin getting others involved in the planning process.  We will have a meeting after church on Sunday, April 28th to share our plans.  We need all ministry leaders to attend, however anyone else interested in helping is welcome!  Questions? Contact Darlene Bourque at youth@holycomforterchurch.org.
 

Access Your Church Account On-Line
 
You can now access your church account information on-line.  The link below will take you to our Church Sign-in.  All first time users will need to follow the prompt that says, "Need a Login? Click here."  You will be sent an email to create a password for your account.  


If you need help, contact the church office at 706-210-1133. We are happy to help.


 Download the Free Church Life App



Once you have set up your account (above), you may wish to download the "ACS Church Life" app.  This will give you access to our church directory on your phone.  Visit the App Store or Google Play.





It's that time again...to start baking those cookies!



The next Kairos Retreat for the ladies at Leath Correctional in Greenwood, SC is April 25 - 28. As usual we will be taking loads and loads of cookies to distribute to the entire complex. So many of you have helped me reach my goal of 150 dozen cookies in the past and the ladies and I thank you.

If you would like to bake or buy cookies to donate for the retreat I will be picking them up at the church on Sunday, April 21 or Tues. April 23.  There are some new guidelines that the prison requires.
  1. Cookies can be bought or baked at home. (Homemade is nice but slice and bake is great too.)
  2. Cookies CANNOT CONTAIN any sort of fruit. (raisins, craisins, dried fruit of any kind)   Nuts are OK.
  3. Cookies CANNOT have any sprinkles, icing or powdered sugar on the top of them.
  4. Please package your home baked cookies in sleeves of a dozen each (like Ritz crackers) using either waxed paper or plastic wrap. Please do not package them until they are completely cooled or they will stick together.
  5. Purchased cookies (Oreos, Pecan Sandies, etc.) should be left in their package.
  6. Most important...pray over these cookies as you purchase them or bake them. Prayer is the basis for our time there.

Other ways to help . . .
  1. Prayers!!! Please sign up for the prayer chain on the list in the foyer or send me the time(s) you want to pray and I will add it to the prayer vigil. The prayer vigil is continuous from 4:00 PM on Thursday April 25 through 4:00 PM Sunday, April 28. This is a prayer vigil that you can do anywhere you are. Pray for the inmates, administration, staff and team members.
  2. Toiletries for indigent inmates. See list in foyer.
  3. Monetary donations are accepted and are tax deductible. Please make them out to Kairos of South Carolina. You can mail or give to Linda Bargeron - 12 Woodbridge Way, Evans, GA 30809
These donations enable us to take the Kairos program inside the prison and bring God's prayers to the ladies who attend. We will be hosting 42 ladies this time.


More Information . . .

Contact Linda Bargeron ( lhbargeron@gmail.com or 706-267-8668) if you have any questions.


ADULT CLASSES
 
Adult Christian Formation

Sunday mornings at 9:15am

Note:  Adult Christian Education classes will not meet April 14 and 21.


Rector's Forum
  
April 28:  Adam Hamilton's Christianity and World Religions. In this DVD series, Hamilton explores four major world religions-Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, and Judaism-and the beliefs of each with those of Christianity.  We continue our study with an exploration of Islam with moderator, Robert Spessert. You do not want to miss this class.

  
Parent Led Bible Study

April 28:   We end our  two-part series promoting good mental health for families.  Facilitators: Mallory Halterman, Cheryl Spessert and others.

 
Coming soon:  In our fast paced world, it's getting harder and harder to slow down and be more intentional, with ourselves and others (including our children). Join us as we explore the pages of Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist on our journey to embracing this messy, imperfect, yet oh so rich life we have to live. Facilitators: Mallory Halterman, Cheryl Spessert and others.


BLAST
Bible Learning Action Stations

   
Note: Christian Education will not meet April 14 and 21.

Sunday, April 28: Joy -  True, lasting joy can only come from knowing we have eternal life by believing in Jesus and accepting him as our Lord and Savior.  And Peace -  Peace isn't just about feeling calm; we need to be peacemakers, helping people find peace in the midst of conflict.
 

YOUTH


Note:  Youth Group will not meet April 14 and 21.

Sunday, April 28

Middle school meets from 5:00 - 6:00pm.  
Topic:  Images of God:  Finding images of God int he world

High school meets from 6:30 - 7:30pm.  
Topic:  Anxious (Part 1)

Both groups meet for dinner and fellowship
 from 6:00 - 6:30pm. 


WAYS TO GIVE


You can make a gift to Holy Comforter in a variety of ways:
    •  Use the Square Reader in the foyer for debit/credit  cards
    •  Go to our website, click giving and use Pay Pal
    •  Make checks out to Holy Comforter and/or give cash  and  put it in  the offertory  plate on Sunday.
    •  Remember Holy Comforter in your will.
    •  For those with an IRA account, consider using your   Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) as a way to give.
    •  All gifts are tax deductible

March Financials

Actual Revenue as of Feb. 28, 2019
$76,593.71
Actual Expenses as of Feb. 28, 2019
$98,553.38
Surplus/Deficit as of February 28, 2019
-$21,959.67


PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE


Persons remain on the list for two weeks; those with chronic needs continue to be prayed for by our Prayer Chain. You may add prayer requests at the lectern by the toy box. 

For those in need of healing: Judy Smith, Ray Bourne, Kelly and Leslie Ann Wiedmeier, and Lori Walsko
 
For those celebrating birthdays: Harriet Myers, Bao-Ling Adam, Alexis Rumbaugh, and Gail Jarrell   
   
Thanksgiving for our partnership with Lakeside Middle School.
 
For the safety of Mariel Morgan and all those who serve abroad.
 
For those who are homebound: Corky Angleman, Marjorie Sinclair, Larry and Donna Garvey, Bobby and Lorraine Banks, and Joan Jackson    
 
For all who have died for the Christian Faith and for those who have persecuted them.  And for all the faithful departed.
   

SERVING SUNDAY


Preacher/Celebrant The Rev. Dr. Donald Fishburne
Officiant The Rev. Dr. Cynthia Taylor
Lay Eucharistic Ministers
Jenny Frey, Janet Byrd, Morgan Hooper
Reader Jim Ellington
Acolytes
McKenzie, Mallory, and Max Morgan
Altar Guild
Janet Byrd and Judy Mellinger
Ushers Tab Carter and Nathan Suggs
Pre-Service Greeters Kathy McLendon and Sue Lesshafft
Welcome Team Mary Kelly
Prayer Team Kathy McLendon and Heather Schneller
Vestry Person of the Day Dave Blake