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Church of the Holy Comforter Weekly eNews | February 7 , 2019
Worship Schedule

Saturday, February 9
5:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II

Sunday, February 10
The Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany

7:45 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite I
9:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Choristers (Children's Chapel available)*
10:10 a.m. Adult Forum and Sunday School
11:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Adult Choir (Children's Chapel available)*
5:00 p.m. Choral Evensong

Wednesday, February 13
7:00 a.m. Morning Prayer

*childcare available for ages 4 and under
Some have asked about the Eucharistic Prayer we've been using the last few weeks. It's taken from Enriching our Worship, a supplemental text approved by The General Convention in 1997. The prayers in this resource are intended to expand the language, images, and metaphors we use in worship. In this season of Epiphany when we focus on the ongoing revelation of God in Christ, I invite you to discover what new things you find in the beautiful language of this prayer. I especially like naming God as "the source of life abundant," and envisioning God "as a mother cares for her children, you would not forget us." We will return to Eucharistic Prayer A in The Book of Common Prayer for the season of Lent. Its language and images of God are more penitential as is appropriate for the season.

The Rev. Jackie Thomson+
Holy Comforter Moms
Mom's Group 
This Friday, February 8
9:30-11:30 a.m.; Lillian Croy Room
Join the Moms' Group for coffee and fellowship as we discuss some of our favorite faith-based children's books and resources. Feel free to bring a few books from home to share with the group! Childcare will be available across the hall in the Childcare Center. The Moms' Group meets the 2nd and 4th Friday of the month and invites mothers of children of all ages. Please RSVP to Amy Britton so that we can plan for refreshments and childcare.
Date Night is this Saturday!
Sign Up Today! 
Date Night and Kids Night In
  • This Saturday, February 9; 5:00-8:30 p.m.
  • Couples of all ages are encouraged to participate!
  • Pick up your date night bag at church and go out on a date as a couple.
  • Enjoy chocolates and discussion questions with your spouse.
  • Drop off babies or children at church for pizza and fun ($5/child).
  • To sign up, contact Katie Krogh.
Adult Forum:
Deep Discipleship      
This Sunday, February 10
10:10 a.m.; Lillian Croy Room
Please join us this Sunday in a discussion and exploration of Luke 5:1-11. We'll envision acts of contemporary discipleship evoked by Luke's story of Jesus bidding the disciples to venture into deeper waters.

Link to scripture HERE . Download the Resource Sheet HERE.
Relationship Recovery Group
This Sunday, February 10;
following the 11:00 a.m. service;
Rodman House
Are you a woman in a separation process or divorce process now? Or have you just gone through one, or are you struggling to recover from one in the past? You are welcome anytime at this wellness support group at Holy Comforter. We will gather on the second and fourth Sunday of the month after the 11 service to share and process the many complexities of this transition and discover tools for recovery. The group is intentionally safe and confidential. Please plan to bring your brown bag lunch to have together til 12:45 p.m., then we will meet until 2 p.m. Questions? Please contact Alexandra MacCracken, Gestalt Pastoral Care Minister and Healing Team Leader.
FOYERS: Drop Out or Join!
This Sunday, February 10
There are 2 flavors of Foyers -- traditional which meets in homes and dine-out which meets in restaurants. In both flavors of Foyer groups, participants enjoy fellowship and good food in small groups. Foyers meet once a month (at a time scheduled within each group) to share a meal and friendship. It really is a great way to get to know people. Sign up to add or drop the spring round this Sunday in the narthex or notify Shelia Creswell. If you are participating in the fall-winter round, you will be included in the spring round unless you drop.
Holy Comfort Box
ECW Needs Holy Comfort Box Donations Now!
ECW is now gratefully welcoming donations for Holy Comfort Box contents. Look for the big collection box in the narthex! Please consider supporting this important outreach ministry to our young adults. A list of suggested items is available HERE and at the Holy Comfort Box table. Parents of young adults -- If you haven't already registered your young adult, please do so immediately. The deadline for this year's registration is Sunday, February 17. Questions? Please contact Joni Langevoort.

Prevention of Misconduct Training
All church volunteers who work with children should have this free training. Light snacks and refreshment provided. Choose from two sessions to be held at The Falls Church Episcopal.
  • This Sunday, February 10, 12:30--3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, February 17, 12:30-3:00 p.m.
To register, please contact Brynn Pacitti.
Adult Choir
Bring a Friend!
Choral Evensong
Followed by a Festive Reception
This Sunday, February 10; 5:00 p.m.
Holy Comforter's Adult Choir will present a service of evensong as part of their preparations for their residency at Chichester Cathedral. This beautiful yet brief choral liturgy will be accompanied by guest organist Dr. Christopher Reynolds, Director of Music and Organist at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Richmond. Music will include works by Felix Mendelssohn, Healey Willan, and John Stainer. A festive reception will follow. Join us, and bring a friend!

Mason Percussion Group
Coming Soon!
Mason Percussion Group
John Kilkenny, Director
Sunday, February 17; 4:00 p.m.
From wine glasses to marimbas, these outstanding young musicians from the School of Music at George Mason University will present an exciting program of crowd-pleasing music for percussion. Learn more.

Youth Group Roller Skating 02-03-19

On Sunday, February 3 the Youth Group enjoyed an afternoon of roller skating at Skate-N-Fun Zone in Manassas.
Hogwarts VBS 2018
Hogwarts VBS Survey
Thank you to everyone who helped make the 2018 Hogwarts VBS term fun and successful. 2018 students are invited to complete the Hogwarts VBS survey by clicking HERE. 2018 prefects are invited to complete the prefect survey by clicking HERE. These surveys will close February 15. Hogwarts VBS feedback is always welcome via email HERE.

We're excited to announce that the 2019 Hogwart's VBS term is Monday, June 24 through Friday, June 28.  Registrations will be accepted Monday, February 18 through Monday, May 13. Registration forms will be available on the church website beginning Monday, February 18. For further details and to volunteer in any capacity, please contact Linda Lee Malone.

Young Families Fellowship
Coming Soon!
Sunday, February 17
10:15 .m. in the Rector's Office
Please join us for an introductory meet-and-greet of the Young Families Fellowship (YFF)!
  • Who: The YFF is targeted to parents of young children that are primarily aged newborn through elementary school.
  • Purpose: Share experiences, build fellowship, and offer spiritual nourishment for the challenges of parents with young children.
  • Unable to attend but want to be involved? Contact Levi McAllister or Cristin McAllister.
Sue Davy and Frankie Stahlhut
Sue Davy and Frankie Stahlhut
Women's Retreat:
Sanctuary - Finding, Creating, Being
Led by Sue Davy and Frankie Stahlhut
May 3-5 at Shrine Mont
Sign up by March 17!
Please join us for a wonderful way to connect and bond with other Holy Comforter women while enjoying some well-deserved time for reflection. The deadline for signing up is Sunday, March 17. This is important because this year there cannot be last-minute additions. The cost is $170 per person for a double room, with a 10% discount for first-time attendees. Registration forms are available for download HERE and in the narthex. Questions? Please contact Jeanna Spielmann.
Pennywise Thrift Shop
Pennywise Thrift Shop
Pennywise Thrift Store
Closed Until Further Notice!
On Thursday, January 24 there was a fire at Bouton Hall, the location of Pennywise Thrift Store. Bouton Hall is owned by the Concord Masonic Lodge. A tree behind the building fell and took down the power line to the building, sparking a fire at the electrical box in the basement. Thankfully, there were no injuries. The fire was confined to the basement storage room near the electrical box. The storage room was damaged and electrical smoke circulated through the entire building. The store will remain closed until further notice and donations are not being accepted now. Updates will be posted here and in all other Holy Comforter publications. A video of the response to the fire can be viewed HERE.
Ministry Center
Work is progressing on the new Ministry Center as the drywall is installed. Check out pictures of progress to date HERE.
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