CHURCH OF THE HOLY COMFORTER
September 9, 2021

A MESSAGE FROM THE RECTOR
I am so grateful for all your care and support as I make my way through my breast cancer treatments. I have treasured each card and note and keep them close by to read and re-read.  
 
I am already back in the office and look forward to being with you all to preach and celebrate this Sunday. I have missed being with you all. I still have to go through chemotherapy and radiation. The former begins on Monday and will last twelve weeks. My prognosis for a full recovery is excellent. 
 
Please join me in thanking Senior Warden Fred Hoogland and our Vestry for their oversight while I was recovering from surgery. And a huge shout out to our Administrator Vivian Vaiden for all she has done. We are blessed by their leadership. And I am blessed by this church family.
 
Blessings,
Cynthia Taylor+


CHILDREN'S MINISTRY
BEGINS THIS SUNDAY
Children's Church begins this Sunday, September 12! Prior to the start of church service parents will escort their children, grades Pre-K through 5th, downstairs where their hearts and minds will be filled with God's love! Children will then be escorted upstairs in time for communion. 

If you have a heart for Children's Ministry and want to know more about volunteering please contact:

Mallory Halterman

Pamela Whitaker

SUNDAY WORSHIP RESOURCES
Join us for in-person worship this Sunday at 10:30am. The service will continue to be broadcast live on our Facebook page at 10:30am each Sunday morning.
For this Sunday's bulletin, click here.

CONFIRMATION CLASSES
Confirmation classes are for those who wish to learn more about the Episcopal Church with an eye on being confirmed on Sunday, November 7. Confirmation is the sacrament by which a person officially joins the Episcopal Church. 

Classes are six weeks and will be held on Sundays from 5pm—6pm starting September 19. We meet in person upstairs in the church. You must be 15 years old or older to be confirmed. Sign up for classes in the church foyer or use the link below. In preparation, order Jesus was an Episcopalian by Chris Yaw from Amazon here. It’s a lighthearted introduction to our faith.

Questions? Contact the pastor at pastor@holycomforterchurch.org.

BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS
On Sunday, September 26 at 10:30 am, we will have our annual Celebration of Creation and Blessing of the Animals. Bring your well behaved pets to church that day—that’s right—you can bring your pets to church. Dogs on leashes and cats in carriers.  Following the service you can receive individual blessings for your animals.

SPOOKY TO BE HUNGRY
DRIVE-THRU FOOD DRIVE
Our drive through food drive is Saturday, October 2 from 10am—noon. Bring non-perishable food - canned veggies and meats, crackers, cereal, etc.

Can't make it? Donate online. You can make a monetary donation that will be used locally to help families in our community. Click here.


A JAZZ MASS
Sunday, October 3rd at 10:30am

Join us for a Jazz Mass featuring Wycliffe Gordon, Travis Shaw, Robbie Jarrell, Bill James, Brad Green, and others. The jazz mass will take place during our worship service and feature sacred tunes that are popular for use in jazz styles, such as "His Eye Is On the Sparrow," "Just A Closer Walk With Thee," and other favorites. Thank you to Linda Scales for her help in putting this together!

Fall is approaching! Holy Comforter will host a Fall Festival Saturday, October 23rd! Time TBD.

If you are interested in volunteering or assisting contact Mallory Halterman at mallory.halterman@gmail.com.


FALL YOUTH ACTIVITIES
We have started planning our fall youth activities and here's our schedule of events:
 
9/18 Church Grounds Cleanup @ Holy Comforter (8am-noon; drop-in as available) – Youth will work together with other parishioners to prepare the church grounds for the fall/winter

9/26 Helping Hands @ various locations (afternoon) – Youth will work as a group to assist church parishioners who may need an extra hand with yard work and/or other outdoor chores

10/2 Food Drive @ Holy Comforter (10am-12pm) – Youth will help receive, organize, and pack up food donations

10/23 Fall Festival @ Holy Comforter – Youth will run a photo booth (We will provide a backdrop, please consider donating homemade or store-bought props)

11/7 All Saints Sunday @ Holy Comforter – Rt. Rev. Frank Logue will be visiting Holy Comforter and offering the Sacrament of Confirmation. This sacrament is for those who wish to formally join the Episcopal church. For young people who have been baptized, this is also the occasion to make the promises made on their behalf at baptism their own. Confirmation is for those 15 years old and older. Classes start September 19th. Sign up here or in the church foyer. 

12/5 Christmas Event @ Good Shepherd (4:30pm-7:00pm) – St. Nick’s gift exchange and gingerbread house build off

And don't forget you can get reminders for all of our events sent right to your phone using the Remind app. Just text @hc-youth to 81010.
By enrolling in Holy Comforter messages through Remind you: Must be 13 years old or older; Agree to Remind app services, SMS messages, and/or email and give permission to receive notifications, SMS messages, and/or emails from Remind, Holy Comforter, and other participants; Agree to provide the required personal information for enrollment.; Understand that normal text messaging rates may apply to messages you receive.

HELPING HANDS AFTERNOON
After church on Sunday, September 26 our youth will be offering a 'Helping Hands Afternoon' for our parishioners. We are looking for outdoor, manageable projects for our Youth like: weeding, blowing walks and driveways, mowing grass, minor pruning, etc. 

Questions or Requests?
Contact Tab Carter at tcarter@augusta.edu


COOPER'S CARDS
Last year we partnered with a group in South Carolina, Hearts for Inmates, to send a Christmas card to every inmate in Leath Correctional Facility. Many of these women don’t receive any mail let alone a card at Christmas. Please help us see that every woman there receives one again this year. 

A container will be placed in the foyer of the church to hold these cards as we collect them. If you would like to participate in this project, please bring your cards with envelopes to Holy Comforter and place them in the container. Unused cards from previous years or new cards can be donated. The only restriction is that they cannot have any glitter or things glued to the cards either on the inside or outside. The inmates at Leath come from every faith so we can use cards with a simple Happy Holidays message as well as those that say Merry Christmas. 

After the cards have been collected a group of Holy Comforter members will write a short message inside the cards before they are delivered to the prison. The warden has graciously agreed to have them distributed to each inmate during the holiday season between Thanksgiving and Christmas. If you would like to help with the signing of the cards, please send me an email and I’ll contact you when we are ready to begin. 

DUE DATE FOR CHRISTMAS CARD COLLECTIONS - OCTOBER 31

For more information contact Linda Bargeron  Lhbargeron@gmail.com 706-267-8668

Preparing for Sunday is a tool to help us prepare for Sunday worship by engaging in the assigned lessons from Scripture.

It includes an overview, a lesson introduction, a reflection, and a prayer starter. It is available on our website here.

STAFF CONTACT INFORMATION
AUGUST FINANCIAL REPORT

CONGREGATIONAL REPORT
GIVING

WAYS TO GIVE
  • 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.
There are several ways to give. You can go on-line to our website at www.holycomforterchurch.org and click on Giving at the top right hand corner. Or, you can mail checks to: Church of the Holy Comforter, 473 Fury’s Ferry Road, Martinez, Georgia, 30809.  
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
For those in need of healing: Loren and Joy Waldo, Frank and Debbie Harrison, Sally Frostholm, Gene Hair, Lou Scales, and Amy Smith
 
For those celebrating birthdays:  Linda Bargeron, Charlotte Elam, and Trevor Belair
 
Thanksgiving for our partnership with Martinez Elementary School, The Claiborne, 143 Ministries, and Kairos Prison Ministry.
  
For those who are homebound: Donna Garvey and Joan Jackson
 
For the safety of all those who serve abroad, including Will Liebel.
 
For all who died in the attacks of September 11, 2001.
SERVING THIS SUNDAY
Preacher/Celebrant
The Rev. Dr. Cynthia Taylor

Lay Eucharistic Minister
Linda Bargeron

Altar Guild
Linda Bargeron
Karen Sheppard

Altar Bread
Mary Kelly

Reader
Linda Bargeron

Ushers
The Kelly's

Vestry Person of the Day
Fred Hoogland
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