Church of the
   Holy   
 Comforter 

January 31, 2019


Weekly Calendar
   

Thursday, January 31
 6:00pm
Girl Scouts

Friday, February 1
 5:30pm
Vestry Retreat

Saturday, February 2
 9:00am
Vestry Retreat

Sunday, February 3
 9:15am Christian Ed.
 9:30am Choir Rehearsal
10:30am Worship Service
 5:00pm Adult Confirmation
 5:00pm Youth Group
 7:30pm Youth Confirmation

Monday, February 4
 7:00pm Boy Scouts

Tuesday, February 5
10:00am Prayer Shawl Meeting at Earth Fare
 6:00pm Chili Cook-Off
 6:00pm Centering Prayer
 7:00pm Jae Mars Puppy Class
 8:00pm Jae Mars Handling Class

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

  

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This Sunday

The Rev. Dr. Donald Fishburne
 

Popular preacher and teacher, The Rev. Dr. Donald Fishburne will be with us this Sunday, February 3.  At 9:15am in the adult class, The Rector's Forum, he will be teaching on The Way of Love and how we can learn to reflect on Scripture, especially through pilgrimages. Then he will be preaching at 10:30am. Dr. Fishburne is also leading a Vestry and staff retreat this weekend and I ask that you keep that in your prayers. - Cynthia Taylor+
 

   
Annual Meeting Report
 
At our annual meeting last Sunday, two vestry members were re-elected into office - David Blake and Fred Hoogland.  Our delegates to the convention were selected - Pam Vanscoy and Robert Spessert, with Jeanette James serving as an alternate.


This is a national, one day focus on hunger that is scheduled on Super Bowl Sunday, February 3. On this day, youth across the nation raise money for Food Banks. Put at least $1 in the soup pot and bring non-perishable food. And thank you for your support.
 

PARISH NEWS


  


 

 

   
Renewal of vows for a Monastic Solitary
 
On February 10, Jo Rayfield will renew her vows as a monastic solitary.  In the Episcopal Church a solitary's vow is held by the Diocesan Bishop. Jo initially made the three-fold vow of simplicity of life, celibate chastity, and religious obedience in 2014. She renews this  vow annually at the time of the Bishop's visitation. Like other monastics she lives under a rule of daily prayer, study, self-examination, stewardship of resources and much silence. Please pray for her that she may be faithful to her vows.   


  


   
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.   And now furloughed government workers are having to rely on such gifts.


   
Gifts for the Christ Child

We have received many thank you notes from the families that were recipients of gifts through our Gifts for the Christ Child program. They will be in the foyer of the church to view.


   
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.


ADULT CLASSES
 
Adult Christian Formation

Sunday mornings at 9:15am


Rector's Forum
 

February 3 - 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 3: Gary Chapman's  The Marriage You've Always Wanted . Facilitator: Mallory Halterman, Cheryl Spessert and others.
 


BLAST
Bible Learning Action Stations


Sunday, February 3:  We will learn about Jesus' healing of the 10 lepers with games. 

Sunday, February 10:   We begin our unit on families.
 

YOUTH


Sunday, February 3

Middle school meets from 5:00-6:00pm.  
Topic: Compassion and Acts of Mercy Part 4. 

High school meets from 6:30-7:30pm.  
Topic:  Prayer Beads

** Theme:  Harry Potter Night! **

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


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. **


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

2018 Financial Report

Actual Revenue as of Dec. 31, 2018
$376,936.30
Actual Expenses as of Dec. 31, 2018
$376,818.51
Surplus/Deficit as of December 31, 2018
$117.79


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: Paulie Kane, Carol Kane, Oliver Owens, Sue Lesshaft, Robbie Jarrell, Lisa Cornwell, Patricia Lewis, Michelle Hopper, Jeremy Smith, and Sidney Morgan
 
For those celebrating birthdays: John Lue, Bennett Shepherd, Morgan Hooper, John Hudson, Arielle Kremer, Maurica Bourne, Katie Shepherd
   
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 The Rev. Dr. Donald Fishburne
Celebrant The Rev. Dr. Cynthia Taylor
Lay Eucharistic Ministers
Court Hooper, Morgan Hooper, Janet Byrd
Reader Morgan Hooper
Acolytes
Abby Brooks, Maddie Grigg, Grayson Randolph
Altar Guild
Karen Sheppard and Judy Mellinger
Ushers Mike Bourque and Duncan Colsh
Altar Bread Sara Liebel
Pre-Service Greeters Kathy McLendon and Michele Lundy
Welcome Team Duncan Colsh
Prayer Team Linda Bargeron and Pam Coffey
Vestry Person of the Day Mallory Halterman