CHURCH OF THE HOLY COMFORTER
July 30, 2020

DRIVE THROUGH COMMUNION THIS SUNDAY
When you think of a drive through communion what is the first thing to come to mind. Burgers and fries, yes, but Holy Communion? No. But this Sunday, August 2, we will be offering drive through Holy Communion. We have been on a Eucharistic fast since March. Since it is still not safe for us to gather for in-person worship until the COVID-19 numbers go way down, this is the best way to share in communion.

This picture from The State Newspaper illustrates what you can expect.
We will have a live stream of the service of Holy Eucharist at 10:30 am on our Facebook page. Then from 11:30 am until noon (or until everybody is served) we will be distributing the consecrated wafers in small plastic bags to each person in their car. We will not be offering communion wine.

The Lay Eucharistic Ministers and I will be wearing masks and gloves to distribute the wafers. Please wear a mask as well. Don’t get out of your cars, just roll down the windows. We can also have a brief prayer with you if needed.
Also this Sunday we will be distributing Cheetos for children. And because school is about to start again, either virtually or in person, we have a small present to distribute to students, teachers, and staff who work in any area of education. We can’t have the Blessing of the Backpacks as usual, but we can still pray for you and this new and strange year!! I so look forward to seeing you all on Sunday.
 
Blessings,
The Rev. Dr. Cynthia Taylor (Cindy+)
We will be collecting school supplies this Sunday, August 2, during our Drive Through Holy Communion. All the supplies will go to our partner, Martinez Elementary School.  Please place your school supplies in a plastic bag and hand them to one of our volunteers. We’ll take it from there! And thank you for contributing to this ministry.

We will have another food drive on Saturday, August 8th from 10am - noon.

Drive through and drop off non-perishables at Church of the Holy Comforter, 473 Fury's Ferry Road. You do not need to get out of your cars. Volunteers wearing masks and gloves will collect the items from your vehicles. Items most needed are: canned fruits and vegetables. You can also bring baby food, kids books (in good condition) and pet food.
We are joining with other area churches and want to be able to feed three hundred children this summer.

For volunteer information contact Vivian Vaiden at vivian@holycomforterchurch.org .


THE GIFT OF BEING AN ELDER

The future belongs to those who give
the next generation reason to hope.
 -Teilhard deChardin
Hope is that desire for something good to happen in the future. So often as one ages, hope diminishes. To reframe aging and envision it as a call to seed hope for the future can awaken a renewed sense of life’s meaning and purpose. Being an elder means sharing that hard won wisdom and experience with the next generation.

Mepkin Abbey is offering a series of on-line talks on what it means to be an elder. The first is Elders: Called to Seed Hope on August 3, 2020 7:00 - 8:00 PM.

This talk is designed to provide tools to assist older adults to risk letting go as they respond in faith to the deeper invitations of each phase of life’s journey thus offering the next generation hope in continuing the dream of God for all of us.

and click On-Line retreats.
Over the past few years, Holy Comforter and The Church of Our Savior have partnered together in the EfM program. It had been a great relationship with two congregations sharing thoughts and individual ideas through the program.

I would like to invite as many of you to join us again in this wonderful program! What is EfM? Education for Ministry (EfM) is a unique four-year distance learning certificate program in theological education based upon small-group study and practice.

Since its founding in 1975, this international program has assisted more than 100,000 participants in discovering and nurturing their call to Christian service. EfM helps the faithful encounter the breadth and depth of the Christian tradition and bring it into conversation with their experiences of the world as they study, worship and engage in Theological reflection together.

Our group is usually 6 - 10 people. Currently we meet on Monday evenings at Our Savior. Following approval from our vestries and the bishop, we will be using the CDC guidelines for social distancing and masks during this virus. We plan to start our group again on the Monday after Labor Day. If you have questions about it or have interest in joining us, please contact me, Bob Thompson 706-399-5759 or you can email me at Bobtravel19621@aol.com

PRAYER CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE-
AND THE LIVES OF OTHERS
I have to confess that there have been times when I’ve been overwhelmed by all the events of this year. So how have I gotten through this season? By prayer. I know that there are people praying for me, just as I am praying for others. 

Prayer has always been at the center of Holy Comforter. Right now our Prayer Chain is our life line to each other and to the larger community. If you would like to be part of our Prayer Chain, contact me at pastor@holycomforterchurch.org . Being part of this ministry means that you will receive regular prayer updates from me about the needs in our church and beyond. You are asked to take time to pray over those needs once a day. Sometimes, the prayer requests are many. When that is the case, just divide the list up any way you want and pray for different groups of people on different days. You set your own schedule.

Being part of the Prayer Chain is a great gift to you and those for whom you pray. I hope that you will consider joining us. 

And just a reminder to anyone who wants to add a name to the prayer list, please make sure you get prior approval from that individual. Otherwise, just pass on the prayer request without using a name.
 
Blessings,
Cindy+

WORSHIP RESOURCES FOR THIS SUNDAY
The service of Morning Prayer is live streamed Sundays at 10:30am on our Facebook page . Or, if you prefer, you can view it later on our YouTube channel .

For this Sunday's bulletin, click here .
Children's Bulletin Ages 3+ here .
Children's Bulletin Ages 7+ here .

Last week’s full service, click  here.
Last week’s sermon, click  here.

Our worship continues even while we are physically separated. Preparing for Sunday is a tool that we will be using to help each of us do just that - 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 .

CHURCH OFFICE UPDATE
Due to COVID-19 concerns, our staff is working remotely at this time, coming into the office only as needed.  The best way to reach any staff person is via e-mail: 
 
The Rev. Dr. Cynthia Taylor

Vivian Vaiden

Lara Fort

Brad Green


JUNE 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:  Holly Pinheiro, Teresa Williams, Joy Waldo, Scott Wiesniski, Nanette Johnson, Carolyn Schmidt, Betty and Al Hanson, Karen, Bennie and his parents, Alan, Kristy, Blake and Madalyn Chavous

For those celebrating birthdays:  Heather Schneller

For those celebrating anniversaries: Tony and Lisa Abate, Brad and Lucy Green, Bill and Jeanette James, Donnie and Beverly Hixon

Thanksgiving for our partnership with Martinez Elementary School and The Claiborne at West Lake.

For the safety of Joseph Haddow and all those who serve abroad.

For those who are homebound:  John Howell, 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.
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