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September 5, 2019

Weekly Calendar

Sunday, September 8
Christian Ed.
Choir Rehearsal
10:30am Worship Service
DOK Meeting
Carnival Meeting
 5:00pm Youth Group
Children's Choir

Monday, September 9
10:00am Book Club Meeting
 7:00pm Boy Scouts

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

Wednesday, September 11
10:30am Dig Deeper Bible Study
 6:30pm Choir Rehearsal


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Children's Choir begins
this Sunday!

Calling all 1st through 5th graders!  Join us in the sanctuary this Sunday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm.  The children's choir will be directed by Drs. Brad and Lucy Green.   

Like to sing?  Join Our
 Adult Choir!

We are always looking to expand our choir. If you would like to be part of our choir, join us Wednesdays at 6:30pm and Sundays at 9:30am. Questions? Contact Music Director Dr. Brad Green at 


Daughters of the King


The Daughters of the King will meet Sunday, September 8 following the worship service. If you are interested in learning more about this organization or becoming a member, please join us. Contact Carole Nelson at for more information.

Fall Carnival Planning Meeting

There will be a meeting on Sunday, Sept 8th following the service for all ministry leaders and anyone interested in helping with the fall carnival.  

Plan to spend about an hour, as we will be making some final plans to proceed forward as the date approaches.  Any help is appreciated! 

Adult Christian Education

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

Sunday, September 8

Rector's Forum:  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. Presenter: Robert Spessert.

Parents and Young Adults Forum:
We don't have to be perfect in order to be present to God and true to ourselves.   Next session: Unflashy, Unspectacular, Good. Coordinators: Mallory Halterman and Cheryl Spessert.

Youth Group

Sunday, September 8: Middle school meets from 5-5:45PM. Topic: Is the Bible True? High school meets from 6-7PM. Topic: There's a Right Way to Pray.

Sunday, September 15: Middle school meets from 5-5:45PM. Topic: Why Does the Bible Contradict Itself at Times? High school meets from 6-7PM. Topic: Time Management (Priorities: So much to do, so little time)

Darlene Bourque, youth minister 

(Bible Learning Action Stations)  

Sunday, September 8: Our Creation Story lessons continue. The K-2 classes are in the Science station experimenting with wind and air and our Grades 3-5 are in the Cooking station making Creation pizzas!

Sunday, September 15: Both the K-2 and 3-5 will review our Creation lessons and be in the Video Station watching The Lorax. We will discuss  all the gifts God has given us and that He wants us to take care of all He has created.  God asks us to care for not only plants and animals but also for each other.
We are looking for volunteers to help us lead the BLAST lessons. Prayerfully consider helping us in this ministry. Lesson plans and supplies are provided. You don't have to commit to every Sunday and there is no experience necessary! Contact Ayn Colsh at .

Book Club Meeting this Monday

We meet Monday, September 9 at 10am upstairs at the church to discuss the book, American Duchess: A novel of Consuelo Vanderbilt by Karen Harper.

Questions? Contact Mary Kelly at or 

Volunteer Opportunity

Join us at Golden Harvest , 702 Fenwick Street, for kitchen and meal prep on Monday, September 16 and/or Monday, October 21 from 8:30 to 10:30am. 

Contact Mary Kelly  at or 206-859-8418.

Christmas Cards

Prison Ministry

Help collect Christmas cards for a group in South Carolina who send a card to every inmate in the state during the Christmas season.  There will be a container in the foyer for the collection.  If you have any spare cards that you would like to donate, please let us put them to use.  We need 800+ cards to insure that all of the ladies at Leath Correctional in Greenwood, SC receives one.  This is the facility my Kairos team visits each month.   Cards do not need to be boxed.  Most of us have left over cards from previous years that we will be able to use.  

Please include an envelope for each card. 
Cards should be unused, without glitter or add-ons.

We will meet at a later date to sign and address these cards. Let's shower these ladies with Christmas wishes! 

Deadline for turning in Christmas cards is Sept. 27th.

Contact Linda Bargeron at 706-267-8668 if you have any questions or suggestions.  

Sharing God's Word: Our Guest Preachers
This Christmas Eve marks the 20th Birthday of the launching of Holy Comforter. We are starting the celebrations early with a host of guest preachers, from within and without of our congregation, that begins in 2019 and continues through 2020.

Sunday September 22 The Rev. Dr. Reggie McNeal. Reggie is a Baptist preacher, teacher, writer and iconoclast, who pushes us not to settle for what passes as everyday Christianity. He is also funny as all get out. Reggie has preached before at Holy Comforter and was instrumental in starting some of our outreach ministries. For more info on Reggie go to .

Sunday October 6 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 Project. His book, The Culture of God, gives voice to our questioning: "Where is...God in a world that seems bent on self-destruction?'  As a peace-builder in Syria, the UK, the US and beyond, Fr. Nadim leads us into a transformative, reconciling, life-changing power that leads to abundant life and 'to protect the sanctity of life, which is defiled by war.'" The Rev. Nassar is traveling in our country this fall promoting peace and reconciliation, particularly in Iraq and Syria. Go to .  
The Standing Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia is pleased to announce a slate of candidates who will stand for election as the 11th Bishop of Georgia at the 198th Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia on November 14-16, 2019.

The Bishop Search Committee, after careful and prayerful discernment, recommended these candidates to the Standing Committee, who have formally approved the slate.

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








Celebration of Creation and Blessing of the Animals

Sunday September 29 :

Bring your well behaved pets to church that day. Dogs on leashes and cats in carriers. Yes, your pets can come to church that day! More details soon.

Stewardship Kick-Off Dinner

Wednesday, October 9: Our Stewardship Ministry is hosting a Kick-off Dinner at the church from 6pm to 8pm. Dinner with all the fixings will be provided. 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.

Fall Festival

Mark you calendars now for our first Fall Festival, Saturday October 26. Talk about fun for everyone! Wow.


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

July Financials

Actual Revenue as of July 31, 2019
Actual Expenses as of July 31, 2019
Surplus/Deficit as of July 31, 2019

Thank You for Your Gifts
Summer is always a hard time for churches. Giving drops when people are on vacation. But many of you either pre-paid your pledges or made sure to continue your giving through the summer enabling us to get out of the summer doldrums. Thank you so much. We would be here without you.


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: Marion Hood, Lynn Eldridge, Lou Ann Zimmerman, Betty Hanson, and Patsy Porter
For those celebrating birthdays:  Karen Sheppard, Janet Barnett, Grayson Randolph, Billy Ferguson, Linda Bargeron, and Charlotte Elam
For those celebrating anniversaries: Robert and Linda Bargeron
Thanksgiving for our partnership with Lakeside Middle 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 the departed: Eddie Udell, father of Shannon King Powers
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
Morgan Hooper, Janet Byrd,
Darlene Bourque
Reader Henry Riser
Ashlee Bourque, Grady Riser, Maddie Grigg
Altar Guild
Janet Byrd and Pam Coffey
Ushers Mike Bourque and Duncan Colsh
Pre-Service Greeters Liz Corley
Prayer Team Judy Smith and Jamee Raborn
Welcome Team Mary Kelly
Vestry Person of the Day Thomas Saunders