CHURCH OF THE HOLY COMFORTER
April 29, 2021

PLAYFUL PASTURES
FOR OUR CHILDREN

This is our new Children's Ministry! This will be a different experience but loads of fun, using Godly Play - a hands-on experience of God's wonder. The kids still come to church but then they will go downstairs to our Christian Formation space during the Gospel hymn for their own time to experience the stories of Jesus. They rejoin their parents after the Peace. This is for preschoolers through 5th grade.
If you have questions about our new program, contact Children's Ministry Director Cheryl Spessert at ckspessert@yahoo.com.

CHILDREN'S MINISTRY : ART CHALLENGE
"I was (so) glad when they said unto me, Let us go (back) into
the house of the Lord." Psalm 122:1 (approximately)

This was my sentiment as I welcomed children to our first Story Gathering since the pandemic began! My heart was so full to see their faces around the table as we wondered about the Good Shepherd, made story boxes, and worshipped outside with Vivian and her guitar. We are BAAaaaak! (pun intended)

As we oriented ourselves to our new liturgical calendar, I gave the children a challenge that is open to all: 

Create original expressions of our current season of Easter, and the next season of Pentecost to display in our calendar and in the entryway of the sanctuary. Please take the time to reflect on the resurrection of Jesus, the Good Shepherd and Pentecost and see what their imaginations can produce.
We look forward to welcoming your children (3+) to our family style story gathering this Sunday.

-Cheryl Spessert, Children's Ministry Director
The following was written by a ten-year-old member of Church of the Holy Comforter:

The Might of Love

Love. It’s such a small word but it means so much.
No kind of wealth or power can ever match the power of love.
Not even the tallest towers of gold can reach the sky like love does.
Love binds the spirits of people.
In this rotten world, we need love more than ever to make it ripe again.
War is not the key to love. It separates loved ones.
People need to unite to bring love, hope, truth, bravery, and courage back into the world.
I hope we do that soon.
WELCOME BACK
LORI VAN LENTEN
OUR GUEST SOLOIST THIS SUNDAY
Lori earned her BA in Choral Music Education from Florida State University. After graduating in 2001 she moved to the Augusta area and immediately began teaching in the community. She remains extremely active in the music community and has a passion for finding new and exciting ways to connect people to the arts in Augusta.
 
After teaching all levels from preschool - adults, Lori founded VOCE, The Young Voices of Greater Augusta, a non-profit vocal training and music education program for students of all ages and abilities. She is eternally thankful to Holy Comforter Church for providing the rehearsal space for the early years of VOCE, and is proud to say that the original 2 classes, has grown to 9 regular group classes, a private voice studio with 3 highly skilled teachers, and regular seminars in performance arts training. She loves sharing her stage with her three fantastic children and amazing husband.

SUNDAY WORSHIP
Join us for in-person worship this Sunday at 10:30am. We are still operating under the guidelines set by the Diocese of Georgia working in cooperation with the CDC. That means a limit of 89 people at worship, wearing masks and maintaining social distancing.

The service of Holy Eucharist will continue to be broadcast live on our Facebook page at 10:30am Sunday morning.

For this Sunday's bulletin, click here.


BOY SCOUT YARD SALE:
THIS SATURDAY
Boy Scout Troop 10 will be having its annual huge garage sale at the Church of the Holy Comforter on Saturday, May 1, 2021. BBQ will be available along with appliances, sporting goods, furniture, clothing, housewares and a whole lot more.

We will be setting up at the church starting at 5:00 pm on Friday, April 30th. Then Saturday morning at first light, we will sell it all to support Scouting. Donated items may be dropped off on Friday and larger items donated to the sale can be arranged for pickup with David Quebedeaux by calling (706)373-2914. Thank you in advance for your support! 
THE BOOK OF JOY:
CONCLUSION
The Book of Joy is a poignant and heartwarming account of a week-long conversation between the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. They discuss one of life's most fundamental questions, 'How do we find joy and light, amidst so much darkness and suffering?' 
The last of our three-part study concludes this Wednesday, May 5. We will meet in person at 5:30 pm upstairs in the church following safety procedures.

KEEP THE FOOD COMING
Our next drive through food drive is Saturday May 8 from 10am—noon. The focus for this drive is feeding children this summer. Please bring ‘kid friendly’ non-perishable food such as fruit cups and granola bars or easily stored produce such as apples and oranges. And thank you—you are making a difference in our area.

HONORING OUR GRADUATES
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If you or a loved one are graduating from High School or College we want to celebrate and recognize your accomplishments. Graduation during a pandemic is no mean feat! We will have a special recognition on Sunday May 9, which is also Mother’s Day, at the 10:30 am service. Please let us know if you can be in attendance that day. Contact our administrator Vivian Vaiden at administrator@holycomforterchurch.org or call 706-210-1133.

YOUTH MINISTRY IS RETURNING!
Our youth group has had a long pause button pushed during the pandemic but we are re-grouping with a variety of social events including kayaking, laser tag, a day at the lake, movies and more. But first up is Thunder Over Evans on Saturday May 15 at 6:30 pm. 

Gather at the boulders near the south entrance to Evans Town Center at the corner of Antebellum Drive and Evans Town Center Blvd. Look for Jennifer Cardinal and the red flag. 
RSVP so we know to expect you by emailing The Rev. Dr. Cynthia Taylor at pastor@holycomforterchurch.org. This is for rising Middle School thru 12th grade and their famililies.

JOIN THE PRESIDING BISHOP
FOR A LIVE Q&A SESSION
WITH OUR DIOCESE
Bishop Logue will moderate a Zoom session on Tuesday, May 18 at 6:00pm where we will discuss the Presiding Bishop's book Love Is the Way: Holding on to Hope in Troubling Times. We will also have time for questions live from those in attendance and will put a video of the event online after for those who can not attend. More information coming soon.

PENTECOST CELEBRATION
MAY 23
Save this date! Pentecost is the birthday of the Christian church and Holy Comforter’s Feast Day. The Diablo Food Truck will be with us for an outdoor picnic. 

RSVP Administrator Vivian Vaiden for lunch at administrator@holycomforterchurch.org

Cost is $10 per person and you can buy a ticket after church this Sunday. Alternatively, you can bring your own picnic. If anyone needs financial assistance contact the pastor, Cynthia Taylor. 

We have a slew of activities for all as well as music. Bring your own chairs or blankets and maintain social distancing.

A RETURN TO THE HOLY LAND

Jerusalem
We are again offering a pilgrimage to the Holy Land! As COVID restrictions on travel begin to ease, we anticipate a return to the Holy Land in May of 2022 lead by The Rev. Dr. Cynthia Taylor and The Rev. Dr. Donald and Sarah Fishburne. This is similar to our 2018 pilgrimage. Pilgrimage sites include the Sea of Galilee, Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Capernaum, Nazareth, the Mount of Olives, Magdala and other holy places.

An altar at a church in Magdala, one of the places we will be staying.
We will be staying in hotels in Magdala, Jerusalem and Tiberias. This is being offered through EO - Educational Opportunities. Our pilgrimage dates are May 11 - 20, flying out of Atlanta. There is an optional extension to visit Jordan, in particular Petra (remember Petra from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade?) More details including pricing coming soon.

A NEW APP FOR SPIRITUAL PRACTICE
Are you looking for ways to deepen your spiritual journey? You may be interested in Second Breath as a resource. You can now get it as an app or just go to their website and see the variety of resources they offer from the Christian Wisdom tradition. Go to https://secondbreathcenter.com. There are a variety of workshops that they offer including this upcoming one of the Enneagram: An Introduction on Saturday, May 15 from 10:00am-1:00pm. The Enneagram is a tool of self-discovery and learning more about your personality type.

APRIL VESTRY HIGHLIGHTS
The Vestry reviewed proposed updated diocesan guidelines for COVID which will allow for expanded in-person worship while still following the CDC guidelines. That includes wearing masks and social distancing. The vestry also received updates on our buildings and grounds. We are still waiting on contractors to have new gutters and drainage put in on the north side of the building so we can revitalize the playground. Holy Comforter was the recipient of an early PPP loan last year in the early stages of the pandemic and we have received word that the loan has been forgiven.
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
MARCH FINANCIALS
GIVING

HOW TO GIVE
If at all possible, please keep up with your financial gifts to the church. Money is always tight but never more than now. When this crisis has passed, I want us to pick up where we left off and continue to expand our mission and ministry of Jesus Christ.

There are several ways to give. You can press the "Donate Now" button below or go on-line to our website at www.holycomforterchurch.org and click on Giving at the top right hand. Finally, you can mail checks to: Church of the Holy Comforter, 473 Fury’s Ferry Road, Martinez, Georgia, 30809.  

For those with an IRA account, due to COVID-19, RMDs in 2020 are not required but are still a tax saving for the donor and much needed and appreciated by Holy Comforter. 

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
For those in need of healing: Billy and Tab Carter, Paulie Kane, Travis Frasier, Lynn Eldridge, Christy Skalak, Carol, and Nancy
 
For those celebrating birthdays:  Mike Cox, Jamee Williams-Anthony, Dory Rueter, Jennifer Cardinal, Mallory Morgan, and Jerri Coleman
 
For those celebrating anniversaries: Glenn and Kathy Fulghum, Valerie McNary and Cindy Cooper
 
Thanksgiving for our partnership with Martinez Elementary School, The Claiborne, and 143 Ministries.
  
For those who are homebound: Donna Garvey and Joan Jackson
 
For all who have died from COVID-19 this past week.
 
For all who have died for the Christian Faith and for those who have persecuted them.
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