Church of the

October 3, 2019

Weekly Calendar

Sunday, October 6
Christian Ed.
Choir Rehearsal
10:30am Worship Service
Forum with Nadim Nassar
 5:00pm Youth Group
Children's Choir

Monday, October 7
 7:00pm Boy Scouts

Tuesday, October 8
10:00am Prayer Shawl Meeting at Earth Fare
 8:00pm Jae Mars Handling Class

Wednesday, October 9
 5:30pm Girl Scouts
 6:00pm Stewardship Dinner


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Guest Preacher/Teacher 
The Rev. Dr. Nadim Nassar

Syrian born Nadim is a priest in the Church of England.  More importantly he is the founder of The Awareness Foundation. His book, The Culture of God, gives voice to our questioning: "Where is...God in a world that seems bent on self-destruction?" The Rev. Nassar is traveling in our country this fall promoting peace and reconciliation, particularly in Iraq and Syria. We welcome him as our guest preacher as well as the teacher of the Rector's Forum. 

Rector's Forum Teacher at 9:15 am
Preacher at 10:30 am service
4:00pm Forum: Creating and Building Community Across Differences


Stewardship Dinner and RSVP
This Wednesday, October 9th

A Night of Music, Love and Laughter for All Ages!

Our Stewardship Ministry  is holding our kickoff dinner, Wednesday, October 9 and it's a family affair! Our speaker and guest musician is The Rev. Joshua Varner, Diocesan Canon for Children and Youth.   Varner is also a skilled musician, having majored in music and religion at The University of the South. Our young people know him from Happening, New Beginnings and the recent Acolyte Festival. There will be music, singing, and, of course, great food.
Dinner is at the church from 6pm to 8pm. Join us as we break bread to celebrate the many ministries and wonderful community feeling of our church in preparation for this year's annual stewardship drive. All ages are encouraged to attend! The dinner is free but we need you to register for planning purposes.  Follow the link above to RSVP.

Do you play guitar?
Bring your guitar to the Stewardship Dinner this Wednesday and join us in making music!  If you can, come at 5:30pm.

Creation Care


Rebecca Ricks
I was reading a devotional and part of the prayer was"Lord, enable us to live so that others can truly say, "They engaged in the crucial struggle of our time."" It got me thinking about what the crucial struggle of our time is. It seems like there are so many. Overflowing foster care systems, war, the gender pay gap, climate change, and the list goes on. Whatever you feel is the crucial struggle of our time, it's impossible to deny that climate change is one of them, and that many others are linked, like famine, drought, and loss of coastal land. But I find it empowering that we can engage and do things to combat it. Consider a candidate's stance on climate change and sustainability when voting, select efficient appliances, research where things are made so you can select products with lower carbon footprints. There are a million small things that you and your family can decide to do to make a difference. There was a list available as part of Sunday's worship service, and you can find a similar one here (or if you want to get nerdy, check out Project Drawdown). Whatever you identify as the crucial struggle of our time, know that you are empowered and instructed to engage it and make it better.

Lord, enable me to live so that others can truly say, "I engaged in the crucial struggle of my time." Amen.

Dig Deeper Bible Study

Launching Reading Buddies at 
Martinez Elementary School
We are able to continue our tutoring/ mentoring program with our new Reading Buddies! Please think about sharing one hour a week to improve the lives of elementary school students. Can't do this every week-ask a buddy to partner with you and come every other week. We are pairing with Martinez Elementary School. Please contact Jeanette James at .
We will be meeting after church this Sunday for 10 minutes to sign papers and make copies of drivers  licenses. Thank you in advance for helping improve the reading skills of our little ones!!

Children - Come and Make a Joyful Noise
Holy Comforter has started a Children's Choir for 1st through 5th graders! We rehearse on Sunday evenings from 5:30pm to 6:15pm (note time change) in the sanctuary. The children's choir is directed by Drs. Brad and Lucy Green. Questions? Contact Brad Green at

Adult Christian Education

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

Rector's Forum

Sunday, October 6:    As Nadim Nassar will be with us that morning, we are taking a pause on our study of the Creed.
Sunday, October 13:  Adam Hamilton's The Creed: What Christians Believe and Why. Using the Apostle's Creed this study examines not only what Christians Believe but why it matters.

Parents and Young Adults Forum

Sunday, October 6 and 13: Sacred Parenting: How Raising Children Shapes Our Souls by Gary Thomas. Parenting is a school for spiritual formation, says author Gary Thomas, and our children are our teachers. The journey of caring for, rearing, training, and loving our children profoundly alters us forever...even when the journey is sometimes a rough one. Coordinators: Mallory Halterman and Cheryl Spessert.

Youth Group
Sunday, October 6: High school and middle school meet at Putt Putt Golf and Games, 3763 Martinez Blvd., from 2-4pm. Cost is $8.00 for one round of Putt Putt.
Sunday, October 13th: Board games and snack night. High school and middle school will meet from 5-6:00PM. Bring your favorite board games and snacks to share!
Darlene Bourque, youth minister 

(Bible Learning Action Stations)  

Sunday, October 6: K-2 will visit the Cooking Station and make a rainbow fruit salad as we recall the story of Noah's Ark and reinforce that God remembers His promises. Our Noah's Ark lessons continue as the Upper Elementary group learns that God is always our partner by visiting the Science station and play a game called Boat Buddies, testing their knowledge of animal groups.

Sunday, October 13: T he K-2 class learns that God never forgets a promise! They will visit the Science station and learn about the science behind rainbows by making one with mirrors and water, and perform a density rainbow experiment using Skittles. Our Grades 3-5 class learns that God always has a plan! They will make an Ark snack mix in the Cooking station, adding ingredients to represent parts of the Ark story.

A nursery is available for infants and children up to the age of five. It is open for Christian Education as well as worship. Of course, should you choose, children are always welcome to be part of the service. Each member of our nursery staff is trained in childcare and safety.

Thank you from the Prison Ministry
We collected a little over 1000 Christmas cards for the inmates in SC.  Thank you everyone who contributed to this project.  We will hopefully make this an annual event at Holy Comforter so if you have more, just let me know or tuck them away for next year.  We will be collecting them again in the fall.  Thank you for caring.  This is a wonderful way to "visit the prisoner" without going inside.  

Clean up at Holy Comforter
Help needed to make our grounds beautiful. We are having a pruning/cleaning day for the church grounds on Saturday, October 12th from 8:00am until noon.  Contact: Tab Carter at

Looking for LEMs (Lay Eucharistic Ministers)
Lay Eucharistic Ministers are persons who assist the clergy during the service, particularly in administering Holy Communion, leading prayers, and taking communion to the sick and homebound members of our church. If you have been confirmed in the Episcopal Church, you may serve in this office. If you are interested in serving as a Lay Eucharistic Minister, please contact Court Hooper at

The Fall Carnival is Coming!

On Saturday, October 26, we're celebrating fall! The Carnival is from 10am-2 pm. There will be a dunking booth (with perhaps the pastor as target?), a Bounce House, Duck Pond, Face Painting, Lawn Games, balloon animals and hotdogs, etc. This really will be fun for all ages so invite a friend...and then invite them to worship with us!
Donations for the Carnival would be greatly appreciated.  We are in need of the following: 

10x10 canopy/tailgating tents
lawn games (corn hole, outdoor Jenga, etc)
baby pool
baked goods for a bake sale

Contact Mallory Halterman at for more information.

Our Next Book Club Meeting

Meet the Candidates for the next Bishop of Georgia

You can meet the five nominees for bishop Tuesday, October 22 at 6:00pm at Church of the Good Shepherd, 2230 Walton Way, Augusta, GA 30904.  The candidates are The Rev. Canon Frank Logue, The Rev. Canon C. John Thompson-Quartey, The Ven. Jennifer McKenzie, The Rev. Lonnie Lacy, and The Rev. Rob Brown. To learn more about them, go to . The bishop will be elected at Diocesan Convention November 15-16 at Trinity Church, Statesboro.
The candidates, in alphabetical order, are:

The Rev. Rob Brown
The Rev. Lonnie Lacy
The Rev. Canon Frank Logue
The Venerable Jennifer McKenzie
The Rev. Canon John Thompson-Quartey






Presiding Bishop Michael Curry in Savannah

Save the Date
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry will preach in an open air Eucharist in Savannah's Forsyth Park on Sunday, May 31, 2020. The Diocese reserved the band shell in the park for the liturgy. The newly consecrated 11th Bishop of Georgia will officiate.

Caring for Others-Volunteer Opportunities
The Master's Table Soup Kitchen: Join us at The Master's Table, 702 Fenwick Street, on Monday, October 21 from 8:30 to 10:30am or 10:30am to 12:30pm. Please contact Mary Kelly at or 206-859-8418.
The Claiborne: Our volunteers recently completed our first month at The Claiborne! We have established a Book Club, Choir and also volunteer for various daily activities. Volunteering is easy, each month you receive a copy of the Activities Schedule and simply choose the dates and activities you wish to participate in. Questions? Contact Pam Vanscoy at

Our young children visited The Claiborne last Sunday:

It is that time again to start baking cookies for Kairos.  Our upcoming weekend is Oct. 24 - 27, 2019 and we need lots of cookies.  Please help us achieve our goal of 150 dozen cookies for the weekend.  Cookies are given to every resident at the facility each night we are there (4).  We love home made but we also accept cookies bought in stores.  The only requirements are that they not have any fruit in them and no sprinkles, icing or powdered sugar on top.  Nuts are ok.  They also love rice crispy treats.  Just bring them to church on or before Sunday, Oct. 20.  We will see that they arrive safely.

Many thanks to our generous supporters.  Any questions just talk to Cheryl Spessert or Linda Bargeron
Also we need lots of prayers.  Please sign up to pray for our weekend.  Copies of the prayer vigil will be in the church foyer soon and also with Cheryl and Linda.  These prayers can be done anywhere you are.  This is not a vigil that will be done at the church like our Easter vigil.  

2019 CSRA Walk for Water
October 5, 2019 | 9:00 AM
SRP Park, North Augusta
The CSRA is uniting to bring safe water to hundreds of men, women and children across the world. Local schools, churches, businesses, and individuals are putting their feet into action by raising awareness, raising money, and walking for water. 

The CSRA Walk for Water 2019 will bring together teams of participants from both sides of the Savannah River and from all walks of life, as we boldly battle the global water crisis which affects 2.1 billion people around the world. Together, we can make a real difference by bringing safe water to people in need. Register or donate today. Go to

Holy Baptism
The Sacrament of Holy Baptism will be offered on All Saint's Sunday, November 3. If you or your child wishes to be baptized, contact the church office at 706-210-1133 or speak with Pastor Cynthia Taylor.

Civil Rights in America-A Pilgrimage
This is a unique opportunity for dialogue, healing and racial reconciliation as we explore key sites in the history of the Civil Rights Movement in the company of gifted ministers who have labored hard in the areas of conflict resolution between peoples: The Revs. Drs. Gary Mason and Brian Tillman. The Rev. Dr. Cynthia Taylor is the Episcopal pilgrimage host. The trip is March 17-24. Pick up a flyer in the foyer. Questions? Contact Dr. Taylor at

Before Scheduling any Activity....  

Before you schedule any church activity, even those off campus, please consult with Church Administrator Vivian Vaiden to make sure there isn't a conflict with other offerings. Vivian keeps the Master Calendar. Contact her at


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A Closer Look at our 2019 Pledges

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

August Financials

Actual Revenue as of August 31, 2019
Actual Expenses as of August 31, 2019
Surplus/Deficit as of August 31, 2019
- $4,790.53


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: Cam Varner, Patsy Porter, Paulie Kane, Lynda Long, Tasha Daniel, Joy Waldo, Margaret Daniel, Oliver Owens, and Lyndsay
For those celebrating birthdays:  Liam Hahn, Robert Bargeron, and Joe Rumbaugh
For those celebrating anniversaries: Brien and Jennifer Cardinal, Fred and Linda Hoogland
Thanksgiving for our partnership with Martinez Elementary School and The Claiborne at West Lake.
For the safety of all those who serve abroad , including Mariel Morgan and Alexander Abate.
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.


Preacher The Rev. Dr. Nadim Nassar
Celebrant The Rev. Dr. Cynthia Taylor
Officiant The Rev. Dr. Donald Fishburne
Lay Eucharistic Ministers
Court Hooper
Brittney Kezer, Emerson and Alexander Saunders, Katherine Hahn
Altar Guild
Karen Sheppard and Linda Hoogland
Ushers Tab Carter and Nathan Suggs
Pre-Service Greeters Michele Lundy
Prayer Team Heather Schneller and Linda Bargeron
Welcome Team Mary Kelly
Vestry Person of the Day Tab Carter