Church of the
   Holy   
 Comforter 

February 7, 2019


Weekly Calendar

Sunday, February 10
 9:15am Christian Ed.
 9:30am Choir Rehearsal
10:30am Worship Service
 6:00pm Youth Group

Monday, February 11
 7:00pm Boy Scouts

Tuesday, February 12
10:00am Prayer Shawl Meeting at Earth Fare
 6:00pm Centering Prayer
 7:00pm Jae Mars Puppy Class
 8:00pm Jae Mars Handling Class

Wednesday, February 13
11:00am Dig Deeper Bible Study
 6:15pm Choir Rehearsal

Thursday, February 14
 6:00pm Girl Scouts

  

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This Sunday

The Rt. Rev. Scott Benhase
 

This Sunday we welcome with joy our Bishop, The Rt. Rev. Scott Benhase for his annual visitation. We are joined by Archdeacon, Sandra Turner and will have the service of Confirmation and Reception.
 
Confirmation: Michele Lundy, Oliver and Carolyn Owens, Brittney Kezer, Natalie Belair, Trayvon Johnson, and McKenzie Morgan
 
Reception: Griff and Mary Kelly, and Bill Liebel
 
Reaffirmation of Monastic Vows: Jo Ann Rayfield
   


A Super Thank You!

Thanks to your generosity we raised $351 on Souper Bowl Sunday to help combat hunger in Columbia county and we also have given several dozen non-perishable food stuffs which will be shared with Columbia County Cares.


PARISH NEWS



 



Linda Hoogland beat out at least a dozen other challengers to win the 2019 Chili Cook-off. Thank you to all the participants for their delicious entries and to our Trivia Master Robert Spessert for making us think!

Everyone got into the act with our Chili Cook-off. Pictured below: Finn and Reed Halterman and Alexander, Thomas and Emerson Saunders. 






  


   
Food Bank Thank You! 

We received a thank you letter from Columbia County Cares Food Bank. In 2018 we gave 1094 pounds of food to the food bank. While we give thanks for that, consider increasing your giving. Food insecurity in Columbia County is more prevalent than we might think.  


   
A Late Lent
 
Lent doesn't begin until March 6 this year. Mark your calendars now for the following events:


The Last Sunday of the Epiphany with King Cakes.

Sunday, March 3




Shrove Tuesday supper at 6:00pm  followed by the burning of the palms. 

Tuesday, March 5





Ash Wednesday services at noon and 6:30 pm. 

Wednesday, March 6


   
Thursday in Lent

Join us for a light supper and discussion Thursdays in Lent starting March 14 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. This is open to everybody and is sponsored by the Daughters of the King (DOK). Need a nursery? Let us know at 706-210-1133.


   
Heading to the Election 
of the 11th Bishop of Georgia
 
The process to elect the eleventh Bishop of the Diocese of Georgia is underway. "Listening Sessions" have been scheduled in all six convocations to hear from the people and clergy. These sessions are designed to solicit from the Diocese, who we are, where we have been and where we hope to go in the future. This information will be used to help create a Diocesan Profile. Cissy Bowden and The Rev. Billy Alford are the Augusta representatives. The Augusta Listening Session is scheduled for Sunday, March 10, at 2:30 at The Church of the Good Shepherd.   You are strongly encouraged to attend
 

   
Men's Group Meeting


The Holy Comforter Men's Group meets Sunday, March 10 at 6:00pm, at the Rack and Grill, 3481 River Watch Pkwy.  



   
Dig Deeper Bible Study



Dig Deeper into Scripture: A Study of the Sunday Lectionary. This is a small group bible study of the Scripture lessons assigned for the coming Sunday. We meet on the Lower Level, Wednesdays from 11:00am - 12:30pm.  
 

ADULT CLASSES
 
Adult Christian Formation

Sunday mornings at 9:15am


Rector's Forum
 

February 10 - The Way of Love. This is a vision of our Presiding Bishop Michael Curry on how we can change ourselves and the world around us through the practice of love. Facilitator: The Rev. Dr. Cynthia Taylor
 

Parent Led Bible Study


February 10: Gary Chapman's  The Marriage You've Always Wanted . Facilitator: Mallory Halterman, Cheryl Spessert and others.
 


BLAST
Bible Learning Action Stations


Sunday, February 10:   We look at the book of Deuteronomy and the story of God giving the special prayer, the Shema, to Moses to share with the Isrealites.

Sunday, February 17:   We look at the story of Daniel and how he used food to show his faith in God.   
 

YOUTH


Sunday, February 10 - Time Change

Middle and High School meet at 6:00pm for dinner and meet together from 6:30pm to 7:30pm. 

Topic: Praying the Anglican Rosary  

** We will also have our Valentine's exchange. **


Sunday, February 17 - Time Change

Middle and High School meet together from 6:00pm to 7:30pm for Game Night. 

Bring board games and snacks/drinks.


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

January Financial Report

Actual Revenue as of Jan. 31, 2019
$21,979.47
Actual Expenses as of Jan. 31, 2019
$35,010.01
Surplus/Deficit as of January 31, 2019
- $13,030.54


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: Ellie Connolly, Renie Alberstadt, Raylin Lentz, Darlene, Lou Scales, Carol Kane, Paulie Kane
 
For those celebrating birthdays: Ben Haynie, Michele Ellington, Andrew Jones, and Isabel Hudson
   
Thanksgiving for our partnership with Lakeside Middle School.
 
Thanksgiving for those preparing for Confirmation or Reception: Michele Lundy, Griff and Mary Kelly, Oliver and Carolyn Owens, Bill Liebel, Brittney Kezer, Natalie Belair, Trayvon Johnson, and McKenzie Morgan
 
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, 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 Rt. Rev. Scott Benhase
Archdeacon The Venerable Sandy Turner
Assisting Priest The Rev. Dr. Cynthia Taylor
Lay Eucharistic Ministers
Court Hooper
Reader Meghan Bourque
Acolytes
Natalie and Brandon Belair, Ashlee Bourque
Altar Guild
Janet Byrd and Linda Hoogland
Ushers Tab Carter and Nathan Suggs
Altar Bread Mary Beth Arnold
Pre-Service Greeters Julie and Kate Blake
Welcome Team Marsha Varner
Prayer Team Kathy McLendon and Robert Bargeron
Vestry Person of the Day Thomas Saunders