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December 6, 2018

Weekly Calendar

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

Monday, December 10
 7:00pm Boy Scouts

Tuesday, December 11
10:00am Prayer Shawl Ministry at Earth Fare
 6:00pm Centering Prayer
 7:00pm Jae Mars Puppy Class
 8:00pm Jae Mars Handling Class

Wednesday, December 12
11:00am Dig Deeper Bible Study
 6:00om Healing Service
 6:15pm Choir Rehearsal


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  Can we do more?
We have raised enough mondy to buy a milk cow for Christmas for a 3rd World family through Episcopal Relief and Development.  So far we raised $1370, which buys us two cows and a share in part of another. However , we can get a  cow, goat, ox and plow for $1460. Can we do that and partner with a family towards self-sufficiency? 

Earmark gifts ERD.  

And we also want to name our cow(s). Put your suggestions in the "Cow Box." We will announce the winner(s) on December 23 who will receive a gift certificate from Bruster's Ice Cream.


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.

Support our Youth this Christmas
The Youth Group is offering Holy Comforter t-shirts and sweatshirts for sale starting this Sunday.  No money is due until delivery on 12/23.  All orders must be in by 12/17 for Christmas delivery.  Proceeds benefit the Youth pilgrimage this summer.

Upcoming Advent Events

Wednesdays In Advent
Evening Prayer with Holy Communion and Healing Service, 6:00 pm on the Lower Level, The Rev. Dr. Cynthia Taylor, officiating. Begins December 5.
Advent Devotionals
Devotionals for all ages will be available in the foyer to help deepen your Advent journey.

Greening of the Church
We will decorate the church for Christmas Saturday, December 22 at 10:00 am while enjoying homemade treats. Join us!


Christmas at Holy Comforter

5:30 PM Family Service with Holy Eucharist  and Christmas Pageant by our children plus all the familiar carols. Nursery is provided.  Sign up for our pageant here.

10:00 PM (new time) Candlelight Holy Eucharist with the Adult Choir . There is no nursery but children are encouraged to attend.

The Gifts of God working through the People of God.  You did it!

As we went to press we had 73 households pledging gifts for a total of $309,840 - a record. Return your pledges as soon as possible. Thank you!!! 

And thanks to Mike Bourque and our Stewardship Team: Fred Hoogland, Ashley Saunders and Matt Kottyan.

Parenting when It Hurts
This is a confidential support group for those who have adult children with emotional difficulties or addiction issues. Next meeting is  Dec. 9th at 1:30pm at the home of Linda and Robert Bargeron, 12 Woodbridge Way, Evans, GA 30809, Woodbridge subdivision.

Gifts for the Christ Child
For those who sponsored a family or individual child for Christmas please drop off your gifts at the church on or before December 8.

Becoming Part of the Episcopal Church: Confirmation Classes
If you are interested in becoming part of the Episcopal Church or just learning about our denomination, join us for our series of classes, Your Faith, Your Life , Sunday afternoons beginning January 6 from 5:00pm - 6:00pm.   If you need a nursery, please let the church office know immediately.  Adults will need a copy of
Your Faith, Your Life by Jennifer Gamber, which can be ordered on-line. Please read the first three chapters prior to class.
The sacrament of confirmation will be offered February 10 when Bishop Benhase makes his annual visitation. To register for classes, visit our website at .   Teens who will turn 16 in 2019 are eligible to be confirmed. Youth pastor Darlene Bourque will be conducting the classes for teens.

Pathways Donations Needed:

Paper Towels
Thank you to those who have donated much needed toiletries to help those in need! In addition to everyday essentials, paper towels are also desperately sought after. If you happen to pick up extra or feel moved to donate, the bin is located in the church kitchen. These donations go to the Pathways ministry to assist those in our local community. Thank you all again for everything you do!


Adult Christian Formation
Sunday mornings at 9:15am

Adult Class

The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels: Begins November 4. Writer Jon Meacham helps us understand the present moment in American politics and life by looking back at critical times in our history when hope overcame division and fear.   Robert Spessert facilitates class.

The Parent Led Bible Study

We all hope to raise responsible children who feel loved, all the while having fun doing so! Join the parenting group as we work through practical tools and techniques learned from  Parenting with Love and Logic  by Foster Cline and Jim Fay.  Facilitator: Mallory Halterma n


Sunday, December 9

Middle School meets from 5pm-6pm
Topic:   Decisions, Decisions - You get to choose.

Both meet for dinner 6:00pm - 6:30pm.

High School meets from 6:30pm-7:30pm  
Topic:Friendly Silence - What will I hear in Silence?

Sunday, December 16

Youth group "ugly sweater" Christmas Party at the church from 6-7:30pm.  Finger food will be served.  

Sunday Morning classes for Youth
Christian Formation classes for Youth are at 9:15am in the youth room on the lower level.  This is a time of fellowship and small discussion  open to all middle and high school students.  

Youth Group Fundraiser

It's not too late to order candles to support the Youth's pilgrimage to Edinburgh and Lindisfarne next July.  Online orders can be made through January 10, 2019.

If you would like to place an order on line, follow the link below.  Under "Start Shopping", you will need to enter Holy Comforter's group number: 999968268. (On your mobile device, select "Shop", then select "Enter Group".) 


Bible Learning Action Stations

Sunday Morning Classes at 9:15am

December 9:  We will learn about Mary and her visit from the angel Gabriel and how he told her about God's plan for her to be the mother of Jesus. 

December 16:  We will learn about Mary's visit to her relative, Elizabeth. 

Children's Christmas Pageant
We need you to be part of our pageant on Christmas Eve at 5:30 pm. Sign up in the foyer today or go on line at

Pageant Rehearsal Schedule:

Sun. Dec. 16 - following the worship service
Thurs. Dec. 20 - at 6:30pm, dress rehearsal
Sun. Dec. 23 - 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!


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


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: Lou Scales, Matt Zimmerman, Carol Kane, Lee Edwards, Teresa Williams, Shannon King, Sid Morgan, Lee Udell, and Ed Udell
For those celebrating birthdays: Fred Hoogland, Addison Martin, Kitty Angleman, Andrew Byrd, Alexis Gray, Nathan Suggs, and Chris Martin
For those celebrating anniversaries: Cam and Marsha Varner
Thanksgiving for our partnership with Lakeside Middle School.
For the safety of Joseph Haddow and all those who serve abroad.
For those who are homebound: Corky Angleman, Marjorie Sinclair, Donna Garvey, Bobby and Lorraine Banks, Joan Jackson, and Walter Fulghum

For all who have died for the Christian Faith and for those who have persecuted them.  And for all the faithful departed.


Preacher/Celebrant The Rev. Dr. Cynthia Taylor
Lay Eucharistic Ministers
Janet Byrd, Darlene Bourque, Matt Kottyan
Reader Sara Lue
Abby Brooks, Maddie Grigg, Grayson Randolph
Altar Guild
Heather Schneller and Pam Coffey
Ushers Fred and Linda Hoogland
Pre-Service Greeters Kathy McLendon
Welcome Team Marsha Varner
Prayer Team Kathy McLendon and Heather Schneller
Vestry Person of the Day Fred Hoogland