Church of the
   Holy   
 Comforter 

December 5, 2019


Weekly Calendar

Friday, December 6
10:30am Dig Deeper Bible Study

Sunday, December 8
  9:15am
Christian Ed
  9:30am
Choir Rehearsal
10:30am Worship Service
 5:00pm
Youth Group

Monday, December 9
 7:00pm Boy Scouts

Tuesday, December 10
10:00am Prayer Shawl Meeting at Earth Fare
 7:00pm Jae-Mar-S
Puppy Class
 8:00pm Jae-Mar-S Handling Class

Wednesday, December 11
 6:30pm Choir Rehearsal

  

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Thank you to our Choir and
 Dr. Brad Green
 
Thank you for a beautiful Advent Festival of Lessons and Carols on First Advent. It was a great start to the Advent season. And thank you to our readers and to Daughters of the King for the reception which followed.

Reading Buddies update

Thank you for all that have signed up for our Reading Buddies program at Martinez Elementary. We will have mentor training for all mentors on Friday, January 10th at 1:00pm downstairs at Holy Comforter. Please plan to be there. This training must be completed before we start the program. You can do it online, just e-mail Jeanette. We are shooting for January 15th for the beginning of our program! Please e-mail Jeanette James at j.james2007@comcast.net if you have any questions and also she needs your most current e-mail.


PARISH NEWS


For All that We have Received-Thank You!
 
Thank you to all who have contributed to our 2020 Stewardship campaign. As we went to press we had received $288,540  in pledges from 63  households. If you haven't done so already, please return your pledge cards as soon as possible. We anticipate a budget in excess of $400,000.
 

Christmas Events


Christmas Eve: Our Family Service with Children's Christmas Pageant is at 5:30 pm. The Candlelight Service with the Adult Choir is at 10:00 pm.

Please take one of our invitations along with a candy cane and invite someone to attend one of these services with you. Studies show that even people who do not normally attend worship are interested in coming to a Christmas Eve service. Share the love and grace of Jesus this season.
 
Christmas Open House

Christmas Open House at the Pastor's Home on Sunday December 29 from 4-6 pm at 973 Hunting Horn Way in the Bridlewood subdivision off of Fury's Ferry Road. Help celebrate the 5th Day of Christmas and the beginning of our year long celebration of our 20th birthday. All ages are welcome!


It's Christmas Pageant time again! 

We need your child to be a part of our Christmas pageant during our 5:30pm Christmas Eve service. Adults are also needed to aid in a variety of tasks, including costumes, staging and shepherding children. All are welcome! Sign up HERE or email Ayn Colsh at acolsh@yahoo.com.
 
Pageant Rehearsal Schedule:
Sun. Dec 15 - following the worship service
Tues. Dec. 17 - at 6:30pm
Sun. Dec.22 - following the worship service
 
Guest Stars: Do you have a child that won't be in town until Christmas Eve but they would still like to be part of our Nativity? No problem!! Children that come the night of the show will be cast as a star! Bring them downstairs Christmas Eve and we'll do the rest!
 

Name Our Goat(s)!
 
We want to shower a family with goats through the Episcopal Relief and Development fund (ERD). Goats help 3rd world families become self-sustaining. According to ERD goats are hardy, reproduce quickly and can be raised in many climates to produce staple items such as milk, cheese and manure for farming. One goat cost $80. Earmark gifts ERD. And we also want to name our goat (s). Put your suggestions in the box in the foyer.  
 

Adult Christian Education

All classes meet on the Lower Level at 9:15am

Rector's Forum

Sunday, December 8: Prophetic Voices/Provocative Writers: An Introduction to Writers Old and New Who Push Us Out of Comfortable Christianity .   This Sunday we will explore the works of Rachel Held Evans and Anne Lamott. Moderator: Pastor Cynthia Taylor+.

Sunday, December 15: Prophetic Voices/Provocative Writers: We will look at the works of Bryan Stevenson and Maya Angelou. Moderator: Pastor Cynthia Taylor+ and others.
 


Parents and Young Adults Forum

Sunday, December 8: We begin our series, The Purpose of Christmas, by Rick Warren.  Coordinators: Mallory Halterman and Cheryl Spessert.

Sunday December 15: A study on three Purposes of Christmas . 1. A time for celebration 2. A time for salvation 3. A time for reconciliation Coordinators: Mallory Halterman and Cheryl Spessert.
 

Youth Group
 
Sunday, December 8: Christmas Trivia night and Compline, 5-6PM (middle and high school)

Sunday, December 15:  Middle and High school youth Christmas party with Secret Santa, 5-6:15PM.

Darlene Bourque, youth minister 


BLAST
(Bible Learning Action Stations)  

Sunday, December 8: We begin our lesson on Advent and learn about the meaning of Advent and the season of waiting for Christ's birth. We will make an Advent chain calendar to take home.

Sunday, December 15: We will make an Advent wreath, learn why we celebrate Advent and what each part of the wreath symbolizes. We will also look at some of the symbols of the season.
 

Holy Comforter Book Club
 
The Holy Comforter Book Club meets Monday, January 13th from 10am to noon to discuss the book, Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life by Richard Rohr.  See you then!


Live Streaming Ministry Opportunity
 
We are looking for volunteers to be part of our newly formed Live Streaming ministry! We need some tech-savvy parishioners to get into a rotation to operate the live streaming equipment and manage the broadcast of the service over the internet! Interested? Contact Thomas Saunders at tbsaunders@gmail.com.
 

Caring for Others-Volunteer Opportunities
 
We have a volunteer opportunity at ReStart on Saturday, January 11 from 9-12. ReStart is a hands-on opportunity to make and deliver beds to those in need, including Veterans and children.  For more information, contact Mary Kelly at marykelly919@comcast.net.
 

Annual Meeting and Luncheon
 
Our Annual Parish Meeting is Sunday, January 5 after the service. We will have elections for two openings on the Vestry, elect delegates to Diocesan Convention and approve the 2020 budget. Current Vestry member Mallory Halterman will be running for a second term. Other nominees are welcomed. Thomas Saunders will be stepping down as our Senior Warden after serving two terms and is not eligible to serve a third consecutive term. A nursery will be available and a light lunch served.


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

A Closer Look at our 2019 Pledges

Annual Pledge Amount ($)
Weekly Pledge Amount ($)
Number of Pledges
0 - 1,000
.01 - 19.00
8
1,001 - 3,000
19.01 - 58.00
31
3,001 - 5,000
58.01 - 96.00
16
5,001 - 7,000
96.01 - 135.00
7
7,001 - 9,000
135.01 - 173.00
5
9,001 +
173.01+
7
Total 2019 Pledges = $311,640.00
Total 2019 Pledges = $311,640.00
74


October Financials

Actual Revenue as of October 31, 2019
$296,203.59
Actual Expenses as of October 31, 2019
$312,345.71
Surplus/Deficit as of October 31, 2019
- $16,142.12



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: Charlie Bellman, Charlotte, and Pete
     
For those celebrating birthdays:  Maddie Grigg, Fred Hoogland, Addison Martin, Kitty Angleman, Andrew Byrd, Alexis Gray, and Nathan Suggs
 
For those celebrating anniversaries: Cam and Marsha Varner
   
Thanksgiving for our partnership with Martinez Elementary School and The Claiborne at West Lake.
 
For the safety of Mariel Morgan and all those who serve abroad.

For those who are homebound: John Howell, 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
Abby Brooks, Jenny Frey, Morgan Hooper
Reader Linda Bargeron
Acolytes
Brittney Kezer, Max and Mallory Morgan
Altar Bread Joyce Shaw
Altar Guild
Linda Bargeron and Karen Sheppard
Ushers Kirk Redding and Robert Bargeron
Pre-Service Greeters Michele Lundy
Prayer Team Pam Coffey
Welcome Team Mary Kelly