CHURCH OF THE HOLY COMFORTER
October 15, 2020


THIS SUNDAY
In-person worship: Due to the limited number of seats, you must register in order to join in-person worship. Each Monday a registration link will be sent out by email and posted to Facebook. This Sunday's registration is closed. Our service will continue to be live streamed on Facebook at 10:30am. (There will be no drive-thru communion.)

We will be dedicating our worship service on Sunday to healing.  After worship, if you would like the pastor to briefly pray for you, while maintaining all safety precautions, she will be available to do so. 
We welcome this Sunday Lee Anna Maynard who will be presenting our Ministry Minute as part of our stewardship program. She is one of a number of your fellow parishioners who will be sharing short reflections on what Holy Comforter means to them. You will be receiving a pledge card and we ask that you be in prayer as to how you might support the mission and ministry of Holy Comforter.

PASTOR AWAY ON SPIRITUAL RETREAT
The pastor will be away on a Spiritual Retreat from this Tuesday afternoon, October 20 - Friday afternoon at Kanuga. She will still be available for pastoral emergencies.  

SACRAMENT OF HOLY BAPTISM
On All Saint’s Sunday, November 1, we will be offering the sacrament of Holy Baptism. Please contact the church office if you or your child would like to be baptized by calling administrator Vivian Vaiden at 706-210-1133. The actual baptism will be held outside following the service to maintain safety standards. 

WE'RE STARTING A
HAND BELL CHOIR
COVID-19 has taken so many things away from us, including singing in church, but that doesn't mean we can't make music and praise God. That's why we are starting a hand bell choir! Rehearsals are Wednesday nights, from 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm, starting October 21. To see how you can be a part of this, contact Music Director Dr. Brad Green at dr.blgreen@gmail.com.  And thanks to Drs. Brad and Lucy Green who have created this musical opportunity for us.
We come together, asking God for courage and wisdom, thanking God for love and joy. As we move toward the election of leaders for the United States, may we all join in a season of prayer, committing to offer to God our fears and frustrations, our hopes and dreams.

A novena is an ancient tradition of nine days of devotional prayers, often with a specific intention. In this case, we pray for discernment in voting and for the well-being of our nation. Starting October 27 and continuing through the day after the election, we invite you to pray for the election of leaders in the United States. These prayers, drawn from The Book of Common Prayer, can be printed out and tucked in a Bible or prayer journal. The prayers will be posted daily on Forward Day by Day’s Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, #seasonofprayer. We encourage you to share your prayers in person or online. For more information go to https://www.forwardmovement.org.  

NOVEMBER FOOD DRIVE

Thank you all so much for supporting our food drives. They have been so successful. Our next food drive will be Saturday, November 21 from 10am—noon in the church parking lot. Just bring your non-perishable foods and stay in your car while our volunteers collect them. And remember that you can always bring non-perishables on Sunday and put them in the Food Wagon by the front door.   

CHILDREN AND YOUTH MINISTRY
DIRECTORS WANTED
Church of the Holy Comforter has two part-time positions open, one for a Children’s Director and the other for a Youth Director. The Children’s Minister is responsible for caring for our younger parishioners from nursery through 5th grade. Then the Youth Minister steps in to lead Middle School and High School.

For children we are looking for someone who is either familiar with Godly Play or is willing to learn how to implement the program. And for our youth, we would like to build on Journey to Adulthood or a similar program, including the creation of a pilgrimage for our youth. It is possible that these two positions could be combined into one, as we have sometimes done in the past. 

Each position would mean working at least 10 hours week with the bulk of that time spent with our youth and children on Sundays and possibly weekday. Applicants need to have a heart for Christ and Christ’s children, be a self-starter but a team player, with a lively sense of imagination and creativity. Holy Comforter is an inclusive church and would expect staff persons to welcome all people. 

For more information or to send a resume, contact The Rev. Dr. Cynthia Taylor at pastor@holycomforterchurch.org

CHRISTMAS CARDS FOR INMATES
AT LEATH CORRECTIONAL FACILITY
We are again partnering with Hearts for Inmates to send a Christmas card to every inmate at Leath Correctional Facility in Greenwood, SC. Many of these women don’t receive any mail let alone a card at Christmas. Please help us see that every woman there receives a card.
 
A container is outside the front door of the church to collect the cards. To participate, just bring your cards with envelopes to church 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 will write a short message inside the cards before they are delivered to the prison. The warden have them distributed to each inmate during the holiday season between Thanksgiving and Christmas. 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 24

For more information contact Linda Bargeron at Lhbargeron@gmail.com

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.

STAFF CONTACT INFORMATION
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


SEPTEMBER FINANCIALS
Sept
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: Carol Kane, Janet Byrd, John Howell, Linda Bowsher, David Herpel, and Virginia Veale
 
For those celebrating birthdays: Jeannie Sinko-Nelson, John Arnold, William Blalock, Jim Ellington, Matthew Hubert, Sue Mendenhall, Suzy Meybohm, and Joy Waldo

For those celebrating anniversaries.

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. And for Abby Brooks as she completes Basic Training for the Navy.

For those who are homebound: Donna Garvey, Lorraine Banks, and Joan Jackson

For the departed, including Teddy, beloved pet of Jeannie Sinko-Nelson, Helen Beasley Anthony, grandmother of Michelle Anthony, and Robert S. Wilson, Jr. 

For all who have died for the Christian Faith and for those who have persecuted them.
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