Church of the
   Holy   
 Comforter 

August 1, 2019


Weekly Calendar

Saturday, August 3
  4:00pm Boy Scouts Meeting

Sunday, August 4
  9:30am
Choir Rehearsal
10:30am Worship Service

Monday, August 5
 7:00pm Boy Scouts

Tuesday, August 6
10:00am Prayer Shawl Meeting at Earth Fare
 7:00pm Jae Mars Puppy Class
 8:00pm Jae Mars Handling Class

Wednesday, August 7
10:30am Dig Deeper Bible Study
 6:30pm Choir Rehearsal

  

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Our annual Blessing of the Backpacks is Sunday, August 4 at 10:30am. This is for all who are involved in education - students, teachers, administrators. Each participant in the blessing will be given a reminder of God's love and care for them. 

School Supplies Donations

Please bring donations of paper, pencils, composition books, backpacks, folders, etc. which will go to Lakeside Middle School.
 

PARISH NEWS


 

We Have Great News to Share With you next Sunday, August 4.
 
Can't tell you what just yet.
 
It's a secret until then.
 

Hot Dog!
 

To celebrate the start of school and Christian Education the Men's Group will be having a cookout for everyone following worship on Sunday August 11. Please bring a side dish to share. Questions or want to help? Contact Bill James, Men's Group Coordinator, at j.james2007@comcast.net.
 

Adult Christian Education begins 
August 11 at 9:15am

All classes meet on the Lower Level

Rector's Forum: Celtic Spirituality. People looking for their soul's true home would do well to learn from the Celts. They knew their soul home came from their easy intersection between the Ordinary and the Divine. Learn about Celtic Christianity in this three part series and what they still have to teach us about prayer and life in a way too busy world.
Presenter: Dr. Cynthia Taylor. She has studied and taught Celtic Spirituality for over 30 years, including at Augusta University's Continuing Education Department and led pilgrimages.
 
Parents and Young Adults Forum: Present over Perfect.  Author Shauna Niequist walks a path away from frantic pushing and proving, and toward the person you were created to be. Coordinators: Mallory Halterman (Mallory.Halterman@gmail.com) and
Cheryl Spessert (ckspessert@yahoo.com)
 

Youth Group
 
Do you have a youth in grades 6-12 looking to get more involved in church?  We would love to have them in our youth group!  Join us Sunday, August 11th from 5-6:15PM at church for a pizza and ice cream social kickoff party and parent meeting.  Contact Darlene Bourque, youth minister, at youth@holycomforterchurch.org to RSVP or for more information.
 
August 18th:   The middle and high school youth group will meet from 6-7:00PM at church for an evening of fellowship, snacks and minute to win it games.  
 
August 25th: Middle school youth (grades 6-8) will meet from 5-5:45PM.  We will begin our re:form curriculum starting with "Who Wrote the Bible:  God or Humans?".   High school youth (grades 9-12) will meet from 6-7:00PM.  We will begin our t.b.d. ( Think.Believe.Do .) curriculum starting with "Prayer is Important." 


BLAST
(Bible Learning Action Stations)

Calling all kids from kindergarten through 5th Grade! We have some really EXCITING lessons planned for this coming school year! We are going back to our Rotation Station model incorporating science, cooking, games, art, drama and technology workshops into the Bible stories and lessons each week to help us gain a deeper understanding of the Bible and how it relates to our daily lives.
 
Our lessons this year will include the Creation story, Noah's Ark, Psalm 23, The Lord's Prayer, the House on the Rock, the Good Samaritan, And Doubting Thomas, along with lessons about Advent, Christmas, and Holy Week. We meet each week on the lower level each Sunday from 9:15-10:15 am.
 

Sharing God's Word: Our Guest Preachers
 
This Christmas Eve marks the 20th Birthday of the launching of Holy Comforter. We are starting the celebrations early with a host of guest preachers, from within and without of our congregation, that begins in 2019 and continues through 2020.
 

Liz Hahn - Guest Preacher on Sunday, August 11

Liz Hahn, is Chairperson of the English Department at Thomson High School, where she is a finalist for Teacher of the Year. If you heard Liz as part of the youth meditations, you know that she is a gifted speaker and one who listens closely to God.   It's appropriate to have a teacher share God's Word as we start Christian Education for all ages and the start of the school year.

When asked what she is most passionate about concerning Jesus and the church this was her reply: "I am most passionate about finding God in the ordinary - in my daily activities, in the people I meet, in the students I teach, in the natural world around me. I want to learn to better recognize Christ and to live intentionally - seeking him in every aspect of my day to day life."
 
Sunday September 1 The Rev. Canon Frank Logue. Frank is the Canon to the Ordinary, which basically means he is our bishop's right hand man.   He is also one of the most gifted preachers in the Episcopal Church. You are in for a treat. You can follow his blog at http://loosecanon.georgiaepiscopal.org/
 
Sunday September 22 The Rev. Dr. Reggie McNeal. Reggie is a Baptist preacher, teacher, writer and iconoclast, who pushes us not to settle for what passes as everyday Christianity. He is also funny as all get out. Reggie has preached before at Holy Comforter and was instrumental in starting some of our outreach ministries. For more info on Reggie go to www.reggiemcneal.org .
 
Sunday October 6 The Rev. Dr. Nadim Nassar.   Syrian born Nadim is a  priest in the Church of England.  More importantly he is the founder of The Awareness Project. His book, The Culture of God, gives voice to our questioning: "Where is...God in a world that seems bent on self-destruction?'  As a peace-builder in Syria, the UK, the US and beyond, Fr. Nadim leads us into a transformative, reconciling, life-changing power that leads to abundant life and 'to protect the sanctity of life, which is defiled by war.'" The Rev. Nassar is traveling in our country this fall promoting peace and reconciliation, particularly in Iraq and Syria. Go to   www.awareness-foundation.com .  
 
 
But Wait-There's More
 
Both Reggie McNeal and Nadim Nassar will be part of seminars while they are with us. More on that later. And The Rev. Gary Mason of Ireland, in association with Educational Opportunities, will be with us in the New Year.
   

Welcome back to Our Adult Choir

We hope all members of our Adult Choir had a great summer but we missed you. We are always looking to expand our choir. If you would like to be part of our choir, join us Wednesdays at 6:30pm.  Questions? Contact Music Director Dr. Brad Green at dr.blgreen@gmail.com. 


We're Starting Up a Children's Choir!
 
Music Director Brad Green is starting a Children's Choir for kids in 1st-5th grade. Rehearsals start Sunday September 8 in the afternoon. For more information contact Brad at dr.blgreen@gmail.com


Book Club Meeting


Announcing a new book club! The book for our summer read is White China: Finding the Divine in the Everyday by Molly Wolf, available through Amazon. On Monday, August 12 at 10am, we meet at the church to discuss the book. Starting in September we will meet at the church every other month on the 2nd Monday at 10am. 



Questions?  Contact Mary Kelly at marykelly919@comcast.net or 206-859-8418.  
 

Pizza Party for Young Adults and Young Parents

 
Saturday, August 17 at 5pm at the church. Pizza Night and Kick off for Parents & Young Adults for the upcoming year. Bring a dessert to share and learn about the Gratitude Challenge for all families.  We can amplify the good & diminish the dark in our families and communities by shining a light on what is   true,  honorable,  right, pure, lovely, and admirable.  So...bring your flashlights and join the fun! Contact: Mallory Halterman at Mallory.Halterman@gmail.com
 





Acolyte Festival to be Held in Augusta
   
Saturday, August 25-Sunday, August 26: The Diocesan Acolyte Festival will be held at Church of the Good Shepherd, 2230 Walton Way, Augusta, GA .   This is for acolytes of all ages. 


Participants arrive on Saturday morning, August 24 from 9-10:30 AM. Bring your vestments for Sunday and a congregational banner for Sunday's festival procession. Come prepared to sleep on the floor Saturday night by bringing a camp mattress or an inflatable mattress, sleeping bag, toiletries, and clothes to change into for Sunday morning.

Congregations who send a group of acolytes also register and send adults who are willing to engage with the activities and with the acolytes throughout the weekend!

Please contact Canon Joshua Varner at jvarner@gaepiscopal.org for more information, or to request scholarship assistance. Click this link to register now at  http://bit.ly/AcFest2019 .  


PILGRIMAGE 2020


Civil Rights in America
Dialog Series 2020
with The Rev. Brian Tillman &
The Rev. Dr. Gary Mason
 
A Pilgrimage  Opportunity
 
A picture might be worth a thousand words but seeing and interacting with places and people is worth much more. Civil Rights in America is a unique travel opportunity to help travelers recognize the depths of racism in America so that reconciliation and healing can begin. Museums, churches, sites of historic marches, and sites of tragic violence and killing are part of this thought-provoking travel experience. In addition to visiting historic sites in the South, experts in reconciliation and conflict resolution will lecture and guide dialog between travelers to help them return home with new ways to implement reconciliation and healing. The pilgrimage begins and ends in Atlanta, starting March 17.
 
The Rev. Dr. Cynthia Taylor is the chief Episcopal pilgrimage host. Of greater importance are our pilgrim guides, The Rev. Brian Tillman of Atlanta, who works to brings justice and reconciliation to churches, and The Rev. Dr. Gary Mason of Ireland, who works on reconciliation and peace. He was recognized by Queen Elizabeth for his work in Northern Ireland.
 
The tour is organized by Education Opportunities. More details coming soon.


SAVE THE DATE


Coming Soon:  Fall Festival

Would you like to climb aboard my beautiful balloon? You can at our Fall Festival on Saturday October 26 when we will offer tethered balloon rides. It's just one of the many attractions we will be offering. Save the date now and keep thinking fall, as we make our way through the hot days of summer.


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

June Financials

Actual Revenue as of June 30, 2019
$181,552.21
Actual Expenses as of June 30, 2019
$189,934.34
Surplus/Deficit as of June 30, 2019
- $8,382.13



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: Larry Jesion,  Sidney and Richard Morgan, Coni Sansom, and Michele Lundy
 
For those celebrating birthdays:  Mary Anne Linsenmayer, Heather Schneller, Linda Turner, and Kenneth Miller
 
For those celebrating anniversaries: Bill and Jeanette James, Donnie and Beverly Hixon, Melton and Linda Turner
   
Thanksgiving for our partnership with Lakeside Middle School.
 
Thanksgiving for the wedding of Sterling Olson, son of Angela Prettelt, to Erica Brown.
 
For the safety of all those who serve abroad, including Mariel Morgan and Alexander Abate.
 
For those who are homebound: Corky Angleman, Marjorie Sinclair, 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. Cynthia Taylor
Lay Eucharistic Ministers
Morgan Hooper, Darlene Bourque,
Linda Bargeron
Reader Shannon Dunavan
Acolytes
Natalie and Brandon Belair, Ashlee Bourque
Altar Guild
Janet Byrd and Linda Bargeron
Ushers Griff and Mary Kelly
Pre-Service Greeters Kathy McLendon and Michele Lundy
Prayer Team Heather Schneller
Welcome Team Marsha Varner
Vestry Person of the Day Tab Carter