CHURCH OF THE HOLY COMFORTER
May 12, 2022
THIS SUNDAY

We welcome The Rev. Courtney Alvarado as our guest preacher this Sunday. The Rev. Glenn Palmer will be our celebrant. Courtney is ordained in the ELCA and preparing to start Active Duty Chaplaincy in June. She has previously served at Trinity-First UMC in El Paso, TX.
The Rector's Forum
The Rector's Forum will meet at 9:15am to discuss Kate Bowler's book, Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I've Loved. We meet the following Sundays: May 15th, May 22nd, and June 5th, 12th. A nursery is provided.
Children's Church
Children's church meets downstairs this Sunday at 10:30am. The last Sunday of Children's Church for this school year is Sunday, May 22. Watch for exciting news about children's ministry starting in August with the new school year!

Please note: The nursery is available during the worship service for infants through age 5.
Last Day to Pre-order
Pentecost T-Shirt
This Sunday is the last day to pre-order your Holy Comforter Pentecost T-shirt! The t-shirts may be TIE DYED by kids of all ages at our Pentecost Party on June 5th. Be sure and order your family a shirt this Sunday by meeting Jenny Frey in the foyer. Cash, checks and credit cards are accepted. Kids shirts are $10, adult shirts are $12 and sizes 2X-3X are an additional $2.

If anyone would like to give the gift of a t-shirt to a youth or teen, this would be very appreciated. When you fill out the order form in the foyer, write "gift".

The custom t-shirts will be available for pick up Sunday, June 5th. Call Jenny at 724-984-1092 with any questions.
Pentecost Planning Meeting
For those interested in volunteering or helping in any way with our upcoming Pentecost Celebration, we will have a planning meeting this Sunday after the worship service. Contact Mallory Halterman at mallory.halterman@gmail.com with any questions.
Worship Resource for this Sunday

Join us for in-person worship this Sunday at 10:30am. The service will continue to be broadcast live on our Facebook page each Sunday morning.
PARISH NEWS
The Kairos team that serves the Augusta State Medical Prison locally is holding a Kairos weekend May 19 - 22. They have asked if we could help them with their cookies for the weekend. This is their first weekend inside since the pandemic. Their cookie restrictions are the same as those we have to follow for Leath Correctional Facility for Women in Greenwood.  
 
1. Cookies cannot contain any nuts, raisins, craisins or any fruit. Toppings such as powdered sugar, icing, & sprinkles are NOT allowed. They can contain chocolate chips, M&Ms, chocolate kisses, or Reese’s cups.
 
2. Of course, home baked cookies are preferred but bought cookies can also be brought. Sandwich cookies (such as Oreos) are always welcomed. Individually wrapped rice crispy treats are a favorite. These are sold in the cookie section of most grocery stores.  
 
3. Cookies will be packaged in sandwich bags (6 to a bag) for delivery. If you are so inclined, please feel free to bring yours in the sandwich bags. If this is not possible, just bring them in a throw away container and the team will place them in the sandwich bags for you.
 
4. Please pray over the cookies as you bake them. Pray for the Kairos program, the volunteers, the participants inside, the staff and the administration of the facility.  
 
5. Drop off your cookies at Holy Comforter on Tuesday, May 17 from 10:00am to 11:00am. If this time does not work for you, please contact me and I'll be happy to pick them up from you. 
 
These weekends bring about wonderful changes in the participants as well as the staff. Your prayers for the weekend will be appreciated.
 
Thank you for helping with this project and for being a part of the Kairos Prison Ministry International volunteer team. You will be visiting the prisoner through the cookies and prayers that you send. 
 
If you have any questions, feel free to contact me. Linda Bargeron, 706-267-8668, lhbargeron@gmail.com.

THREADS OF COMFORT MINISTRY
The next meeting of the Threads of Comfort ministry is this Wednesday, May 18, at 10:00am and 5:00pm in the Parish Hall. Drop off any completed items, pick up any new projects, spend an hour or so completing your project or help with other items. See you then!

Send any questions to Linda Bargeron at lhbargeron@gmail.com or Gail Jarrell at gjarrell4@comcast.net
The Men’s Group is starting back up again and has scheduled an initial planning and discussion meeting:
 
Lunch Meeting at Pizza Central 
526 N Belair Rd (shopping center in Evans with Home Depot)
Thursday, May 19th at 11:00am
 
RSVP Robert Bargeron at bargeronr@gmail.com or call/text him at (706)373-1967.
We celebrate our Church Feast Day of Pentecost, Sunday, June 5. Pentecost is the celebration of the gift of God’s Holy Spirit upon God’s people and is considered the birthday of the Christian church. Help us celebrate by throwing the church a birthday party following the service!

If you’re interested in volunteering or helping in any way please contact Mallory Halterman: mallory.halterman@gmail.com.

*We will have a planning meeting following the church service on May 15th.
 
The Sacrament of Holy Baptism
We will offer the Sacrament of Holy Baptism on Pentecost Sunday, June 5.  If you are an adult or have a child you wish to be baptized, contact the church office at 706-210-1133.

LOOKING FOR DONATIONS

We need several tailgate tents for our upcoming Pentecost Celebration. If you have a tent we can use, please contact Mallory Halterman or sign up in the church foyer.

We will have a cake walk at our Pentecost Celebration and are looking for people to donate cakes and pies. Contact Mallory Halterman or sign up in the church foyer.

On Trinity Sunday, June 12th Holy Comforter will celebrate the Godhead, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, the mutual indwelling of Creator, Sustainer and Redeemer, with a Celtic Worship Service. Come celebrate God’s presence and eternal belonging for all creation and all peoples.

YOUTH NEWS
Looking for youth volunteers: We are looking for Youth volunteers to help with Vacation Bible School. VBS is June 6 - June 10 at Our Savior Episcopal Church (4227 Columbia Road, Augusta) from 5:30-8pm. Holy Comforter and Our Savior Episcopal Church are hosting a combined Vacation Bible School. Contact Mallory Halterman to sign up at mallory.halterman@gmail.com.
 
Kayaking Event: On June 18th, we are kayaking at Betty's Branch. More details to come. *This event is open to the entire church.

Summer Break: There will be no Youth meetings in July. We will resume in August.

Wanted: New, smiling faces to be pre-service greeters on Sunday mornings. Ms. Jeannie needs our help! 

Pre-service greeters are among the first people you see when you come into worship on Sunday morning. The pre-worship greeters do just what their name says—they welcome you into our service and, if you are new, help make sure that you are introduced to others, shown around and feel comfortable in the service.

We always need people with a heart of welcome for this ministry. Please contact Tab Carter to see how you can join this re-vamped ministry - tcarter@augusta.edu. 

PARENTING WHEN IT HURTS
Parenting isn't easy on the best of days. However, there are some instances where parenting really hurts. At Holy Comforter, there is a group for those parents who are in need of support and prayers as they parent their children (of any age). This group meets regularly and for purposes of confidentiality, we meet in homes. The purpose of this group is to support the parents as they walk the path of parenthood with their children. This is not a group to teach parenting skills or give advice on how to raise children. We will leave that up to the experts.
 
If you feel the need for such a group, call the church office at 706-210-1133 and ask to be put on the list to be contacted for the next gathering.  

STAFF CONTACT INFORMATION
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.  

APRIL FINANCIAL REPORT
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
For those in need of healing: Jack Simon, Wendell Dodson, Jo Farmer, and Blanca Perez
   
For those celebrating birthdays:  Beth Goolsby
 
Thanksgiving for our partnership with Martinez Elementary School, The Claiborne, and Kairos Prison Ministry.
  
For those who are homebound: Donna Garvey and Loren Waldo  
 
For the safety of Steve Recupero and all those who serve abroad.
SERVING THIS SUNDAY
Preacher
The Rev. Courtney Alvarado

Celebrant
The Rev. Glenn Palmer

Lay Eucharistic Minister
Pam Vanscoy and Polly Simon

Acolytes
Brandon Belair
Emma Morris

Reader
Barry Paschal

Altar Guild
Carole Nelson

Altar Bread
Maurica Bourne

Ushers
The Hoogland's

Vestry Person of the Day
Jenny Frey
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