Church of the Holy Comforter
February 13, 2020

Aren’t You Tired of all the Divisiveness?

Rethinking Conflict with
The Rev. Dr. Gary Mason
 
The Rev. Dr. Gary Mason will be with us March 7 and 8 for a weekend to rethink how we approach volatile areas of conflict such as race and politics.  Gary knows what he’s talking about. Prior to founding of Rethinking Conflict Institute, Gary was a clergy person in Belfast and deeply involved in the “Northern Irish Peace Process.” He has been honored by Queen Elizabeth for that work. 
 
There will be a community forum Saturday March 7 at Holy Comforter from 6pm—8pm. Then he will be our teacher at the Rector’s Forum at 9:15 am and our preacher at 10:30 am on March 8.
 
Gary is a Senior Research Fellow at the Kennedy Institute for Conflict Intervention at Maynooth University in Ireland. He is also an adjunct Professor at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta. Gary is a faculty advisor to the Negotiations Strategies Institute, a Harvard University program for leaders in the Israeli / Palestinian context. 
 
PARISH NEWS
Did Someone say Krispy Kreme?
The Troop 10 Boy Scouts will be here this Sunday with fresh donuts! They are raising money for a group backpacking trip to Philmont Scout Ranch this summer. Donuts are $9 a box (dozen).

Fabric Donations Needed
From Cheryl Spessert:  I am returning to Ethiopia in March to continue facilitating a Prevention of Gender Based Violence curriculum with young women. We are also doing product development for income generation and will be taking in fabric to make sunflower trivets (later rugs and baskets) the first time until we can source it locally. We need fabric if it is 100% cotton and in very bright colors . We especially love two sided bold African prints. I can only take one suitcase of material so not a lot is needed. Thank you!
Church Office Hours
The Church office will be closed Monday, February 17th for President's day.

Here Comes Lent!
King Cakes:  February 23rd is the Last Sunday of Epiphany and King Cakes will be served after the service. The person who finds the Christ Child hidden in the cake wins a prize! Court Hooper, our postulant to the diaconate, will be the preacher.
 
Fat Tuesday Special!   The annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake and Low Country Boil dinner is Tuesday, February 25 at 6pm. Individual tickets are $12 and a family ticket is $32.  See Darlene Bourque or a member of the youth group to purchase tickets. All proceeds go towards our youth group summer trip to Disney. Invite your friends and family!
 
Burning of the Palms:  If you have kept your palms from last Palm Sunday, please bring them to the Shrove Tuesday dinner. The palms are burned at the end of the dinner for use on Ash Wednesday.


Ash Wednesday Services:  We observe Ash Wednesday February 26 at noon and 6:30pm.  This is one of the most holy days in the church year and fasting, even a moderate fast, is suggested.


Join us for a light supper and discussion Thursdays in Lent starting March 5 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.
 
March 5: Camille Woodruff
"The Labyrinth as a Lenten Discipline"
 
March 12: The Rev. Amy Bradley
"Prayer - More Than Words"
 
March 19: Carleton Vaughn
"The Trial Of Jesus From A Lawyer's Viewpoint"
Part 1: The Hebrew Trial
   
March 26: Carleton Vaughn
"The Trial Of Jesus From A Lawyer’s Viewpoint"
Part 2: The Roman Trial
 
April 2: The Rev. Sandy Turner
"Moving From The Garden to the Mountaintop"
What Spiritual Practices Are You Planning For Eastertide?

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.
Attention Knitters -
New Meeting Place
The Prayer Shawl Ministry is now meeting at Hire Grounds Café next to Goodwill on Washington Road. We still meet on Tuesdays at 10am.

Welcome Team needs more members!
If you have a car and a friendly spirit,  please consider serving on the Welcome Team at Holy Comforter. This team is composed of friendly people who take turns visiting new people and delivering a bag of information and goodies. It takes very little time and gives you a chance to meet others and share your Christian spirit and your love for Holy Comforter with our newest visitors. Please contact Linda Hoogland at lhoogland2013@gmail.com or call 706-945-0472.


Consecration of the XI Bishop of Georgia

Saturday, May 30th at 11:00am
Johnny Mercer Theater
Savannah, Georgia


Eucharist with Presiding Bishop Michael Curry

Sunday, May 31st at 11:00am
The Bandshell, Forsyth Park
Savannah, Georgia
Attention Singers
 
The Diocese of Georgia is planning to have a mass choir at both the May 30 bishop ordination and the May 31 Eucharist in Forsyth Park with Bishop Curry. One does not have to sing on both days to take part. Both events are in Savannah. As bishop-elect Frank Logue has said, "I know not everyone can come, but I would love to have as many congregations represented as possible."  If you are interested in singing, fill out this electronic form - https://forms.gle/bjyLThDq5TkDLsvM8
 
 
Mark your Calendars
 
Holy Comforter will join with our sister churches in celebrating Pentecost on May 31 with the Presiding Bishop and will not have a service here that Sunday.
CHRISTIAN EDUCATION

Christian Education Classes for All Ages,
Sundays from 9:15—10:15 on the Lower Level
 
Adult Classes

The Rector’s Forum: Continuing our look at Rodney Stark's The Rise of Christianity: How the Obscure, Marginal Jesus Movement Became the Dominant Religious Force in the Western World in a Few Centurie s. This traces the causes of the growth of Christianity from a mere few thousand at Pentecost to being a majority of the population of the Roman Empire by the time of Constantine. Robert Spessert leads the discussions.  
 
The Parenting Class:  Are My Kids on Track? The 12 Emotional, Social and Spiritual Milestones Your Child Needs to Reach.    This is a discussion on the book by the same name.


Youth Group
 
Sunday, February 16:  Game night for both high school and middle school, 5-6PM. Fellowship and dinner from 6-6:30PM.
 
Sunday, February 23:  Middle school meets from 5-6:00PM. Topic: Why did Jesus go to hell? Fellowship and dinner for middle and high school from 6-6:30PM. High school meets from 6:30-7:30PM. Topic: Sin is real (part 1).


Children’s Ministry

Sunday, February 16:  Our K-2 class will visit the Science station and learn that the many layers of God’s love help us to form a solid faith. The kids will excavate rocks and look for strata to consider the layers of God’s love in their lives.
 
The 3-5 group will visit the Art station and learn that God’s word is my rock. The children will paint rocks to help them illustrate the parable of the House on the Rock.
 
Sunday, February 23:  Our K-2 will visit the Art station and learn that God’s word is my rock. The children will paint rocks to help them illustrate the parable of the House on the Rock.
 
The 3-5 group will visit the Science station and learn that the many layers of God’s love help us to form a solid faith. The kids will excavate rocks and look for strata to consider the layers of God’s love in their lives.
 
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

For those in need of healing:  Cynthia Taylor, Sue Porterfield, Harriet Graham, Saundra Walker, Milton Martin, Sue Mendenhall, Judy Wilson, Robert Bonta, Bill, Sarah, Lee, and Marion 
 
For those celebrating birthdays:  Lucy Green, Angela Prettelt, Hannah Liebel, Judy Smith, Bill Borders, Andrew Dunavan, Ella Beal, and Duncan Colsh
 
For those celebrating anniversaries:  Robert and Cheryl Spessert
 
Thanksgiving for our partnership with Martinez Elementary School and The Claiborne at West Lake.
 
For the safety of  all those who serve abroad.
 
For those who are homebound:  John Howell, 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.
 
WEEKLY CALENDAR

Friday, February 14
10:30am Dig Deeper Bible Study


Sunday, February 16
9:15am Christian Education
10:30am Worship Service
5:00pm Youth Group


Monday, February 17
Church Office Closed


Tuesday, February 18
10:00am Prayer Shawl at Hire Grounds
7:00pm Jae-Mar-S Puppy Class
8:00pm Jae-Mar-S Handling Class


Wednesday, February 19
5:30pm Girl Scouts
6:30pm Choir Rehearsal


GIVING

January 2020

Financials
Revenue as of 1/31/20......$25,350.61
Expenses as of 1/31/20.... $29,876.24
Surplus/Deficit.................. - $4,525.63
SERVING SUNDAY

Preacher
The Rev. Dr. Cynthia Taylor

Celebrant
The Rev. Joseph Shippen

Lay Eucharistic Ministers
Court Hooper, Carole Nelson, Abby Brooks

Acolytes
Brittney Kezer, Grayson Randolph, Katherine Hahn

Reader
Shannon Dunavan

Altar Guild
Pam Coffey and Linda Hoogland

Pre-Service Greeter
Liz Corley

Ushers
Fred and Linda Hoogland

Prayer Team
Judy Smith and Pam Coffey

Welcome Team
Duncan Colsh

Vestry Person of the Day
Fred Hoogland

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