Church of the
   Holy   
 Comforter 

March 14, 2019


Weekly Calendar

Thursday, March 14
 6:00pm Lent Program

Sunday, March 17
 9:15am Christian Ed.
 9:30am Choir Rehearsal
10:30am Worship Service
 5:00pm Youth Group

Monday, March 18
 5:30pm Vestry Meeting
 7:00pm Boy Scouts

Tuesday, March 19
10:00am Prayer Shawl Meeting at Earth Fare
 7:00pm Jae Mars Puppy Class
 8:00pm Jae Mars Handling Class

Wednesday, March 20
11:00am Dig Deeper Bible Study
 6:15pm Choir Rehearsal

  

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Thursdays in Lent

Join us for a light supper and discussion Thursdays in Lent starting this evening from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. This is open to everybody and is sponsored by the Daughters of the King (DOK). 



Tonight we welcome Rabbi Shai Beloosesky of Congregation Children of Israel who will be discussing Passover. 

Next week, The Rev. Joe Bowden, MD will be with us to discuss the physical aspects of crucifixion on the human body.


PARISH NEWS


Wednesdays at 11am:  Dig Deeper Bible Study

The Dig Deeper Bible Study meets  each Wednesday from 11:00am - 12:30pm.   This is a small group bible study of the Scripture lessons assigned for the coming Sunday. We meet in the Parish Hall.  


Pastor on Spiritual Retreat
 
Dr. Cynthia Taylor is making a Lenten Spiritual Retreat Wednesday March 20th through Tuesday March 26th, including time at Mepkin Abbey.
 

   
Preparations for Holy Week

 
Saturday, April 13: Join us at the church to help make palm crosses and stuff Easter Eggs at 10:00am. We will also be decorating for Palm Sunday.

 

   
Looking ahead to Holy Week

April 14 Palm Sunday: Blessing of the Palms and Procession at 10:30am. Palm Sunday marks our entrance with Jesus into Jerusalem and Holy Week.

April 18 Maundy Thursday: 7:00 pm with the Holy Comforter Choir. This service includes the Stripping of the Altar and Foot Washing.

April 18 Prayer Vigil: Begins immediately following the Maundy Thursday service and ends at noon on Good Friday.  Sign up in the foyer.

April 19 Good Friday : At 6:00 pm our youth will lead a traditional Stations of the Cross.
 

   

We are offering the Sacrament  of Holy Baptism on Easter Sunday, April 21. If you or your child or any member of your family wishes to be baptized, please contact the church office at 706-210-1133. Baptism is the entry rite into Christianity and should not be taken lightly but should also be experienced with great joy. 


   
Easter Sunday


Two Services on Easter! Worship with us at either 8:30am or 10:30 am. The choir will be at both services. In between we will have a light brunch so bring something to share. Ham and Mimosas provided by the church. The Easter egg hunt follows the 10:30 service.
 


ADULT CLASSES
 
Adult Christian Formation

Sunday mornings at 9:15am


Rector's Forum
  
March 17: Adam Hamilton's Christianity and World Religions.  In this DVD series, Hamilton explores four major world religions-Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, and Judaism-and the beliefs of each with those of Christianity. This week we look at Hinduism.

March 24:  We continue our study with an exploration of Buddhism. Each unit is self-contained so feel free to join at any time.
 

Parent Led Bible Study

March 17:   We continue our discussion on sexuality and the bible. Facilitators: Mallory Halterman, Cheryl Spessert and others.

March 24: Social media is one of the dominating influences on young people. Next week, We'll look at what's good, what's challenging and what families need to be aware of with social media. Facilitators: Mallory Halterman, Cheryl Spessert and others.
 


BLAST
Bible Learning Action Stations

 


Sunday, March 17:   We will be challenged to think of times when we have been embarrassed to talk about God with others and discover how Peter's story can change that. 

Sunday, March 24: We will learn that Jesus' love knows no bounds or limits. Jesus died for us! 
 

YOUTH


Sunday, March 17

Middle school meets from 5:00 - 6:00pm.  
Topic:  Communicating with others and being real

High school meets from 6:30 - 7:30pm.  
Topic:  Facing temptation

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


Youth Lock-in, Friday March 22

We have a lock in at church.  Drop off at 7pm on Friday and pick up at 7am Saturday morning.  Each youth may bring ONE friend.  We will have a TV set up for movies (netflix, prime video, dvd player) and maybe a video game system set up downstairs.  Pizza will be available, as well as snacks and drinks.  
 

Sunday, March 24

Middle school meets from 5:00 - 6:00pm.  
Topic:  I am made in God's image

High school meets from 6:30 - 7:30pm.  
Topic:  As a hen gathers her chicks

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



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

February Financials

Actual Revenue as of Feb. 28, 2019
$42,272.45
Actual Expenses as of Feb. 28, 2019
$66,242.56
Surplus/Deficit as of February 28, 2019
-$23,970.11


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 Garvey, Betty Ann Crocker, Mr. and Mrs. Gary King, Ron York, Bill Liebel, Sr., and Kris Davenport
 
For those celebrating birthdays: Jonathan Redding, Kirk, Redding, Donnie Hixon, Linda Hoogland, Mike Bourque, and David Harbeson
 
For those celebrating anniversaries: Chris and Caitlin Martin
   
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, 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
Carole Nelson, Court Hooper, Abby Brooks
Reader Brittney Kezer
Acolytes
Brittney Kezer, Alexander Saunders, and Grady Riser
Altar Guild
Linda Bargeron and Linda Hoogland
Ushers Thomas and Ashley Saunders
Pre-Service Greeters Cindy Cooper and Valerie McNary
Welcome Team Duncan Colsh
Prayer Team Harriet Myers and Dory Reuter
Vestry Person of the Day Mallory Halterman