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Church of the Holy Comforter Weekly eNews | January 10 , 2018
Worship Schedule

Saturday, January 12
5:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II

Sunday, January 13
The First Sunday after the Epiphany:
The Baptism of Our Lord Jesus Christ

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) (incense)*
5:00 p.m. Choral Evensong

Wednesday, January 16
7:00 a.m. Morning Prayer

*childcare available for ages 4 and under
With winter officially here, we anticipate there may be periods when we will experience wintry weather conditions. In case of weekday inclement weather situations, it is the policy of Church of the Holy Comforter to follow the lead of the Fairfax County Public School System regarding closings or operational schedule changes. In the case of weekend inclement weather, Saturday evening and Sunday Services will be regularly held. On those days when the weather and travel is bad, we will have an inclement weather plan which means that those who feel they are able to travel safely to church should come and those who feel they cannot should stay home.  Please look for an email by 7 a.m. on those days to see if a particular Sunday school class, program, or event is cancelled.
Our Lenten Journey Together
This year for Lent, we will once again offer a series of daily Lenten devotions written and created by members of Holy Comforter. Both online and in hard-copy, these reflections are paired with the weekday readings from the Daily Office, and Sunday and Feast Day readings from the Eucharistic Lectionary designated for the forty days of Lent, Palm Sunday, Holy Week, and Easter Day. You may submit an original drawing, a poem, a piece of writing, or a non-copyrighted image that expresses your response to the scripture for that day. Beginning this Saturday, January 12, the sheets of readings and instructions will be available in the narthex. Please sign your name on the signup sheet at the date you have chosen, and take the corresponding dated sheet. The deadline for submission by email is Friday, February 8. If you are unable to pick up a sheet in person, please contact Lolly Mixter and she will send one to you.
Episcopal Dioces of Virginia
Bishop Goff to Host Listening Sessions Around the Diocese

The Rt. Rev. Susan E. Goff will host five Community Listening Sessions around the Diocese in the season of Epiphany. Each session will include a time for you and your Bishops to share your dreams for our Diocese. Read Bishop Goff's letter about the listening sessions HERE.

Please plan to attend a session in your area:
*We hope to broadcast this listening session via Facebook Live.

Adult Forum: Beloved     
This Sunday, January 13
10:10 a.m.; St. Mary's Chapel
Please join us this Sunday in a discussion and exploration of Luke 3:15-17, 21-22. We'll discern the implications of God's baptismal pronouncement of "child" and "beloved" upon Jesus and -- through Christ -- upon us.

Link to scripture HERE. Download the Resource Sheet HERE.
Eleanor Braun
Eleanor Braun
Afternoon for Eleanor Braun
This Sunday, January 13
12:45-2 p.m.; St. Mary's Chapel
Friends of Eleanor Braun are holding an afternoon remembrance event in honor of her -- former parishioner, Vestry member, and Senior Verger. Eleanor died on November 23 in Barnstable, MA following a long illness. We will enjoy music and share stories, remembering Eleanor and what she meant to her friends and to the Holy Comforter community. If you wish to offer a memory, please contact Judy Kilkenny.
Bring a Friend!
Choral Evensong
This Sunday, January 13; 5 p.m.
Please join us when Holy Comforter's Choristers will present an evening service of song and scripture. This beautiful and moving liturgy, sung by the Music Ministry's youngest musicians, will be followed by a festive reception. Music will include compositions by George Frideric Handel and David Kelley. Join us, and bring a friend!

Relationship Recovery Group
Beginning Sunday, January 20
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 invited to a Relationship Recovery Group, which is a wellness support group at Holy Comforter. We will gather starting on January 20 to share and process the many complexities of this transition and discover tools for recovery. The group will be intentionally safe and confidential, with access to more resources as needed or wanted. Please plan to bring your brown bag lunch for 12:30 to 1 p.m., then we will meet from 1 to 3 p.m. More details to follow. A men's divorce support group is in the planning process. Questions? Please contact Alexandra MacCracken, Gestalt Pastoral Care Minister and Healing Team Leader.
Register Now!
Gestalt Pastoral Care
Opening to Grace Retreat
Saturday, January 26
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Rodman House, Lower Level
Join us for an opportunity to work together as a small group and to enter into an in-depth interactive "grace space" together for healing. All retreats are safe and confidential. The cost is $150 for a full participant and $80 for an observer/intercessor. Space is limited and participation will be on a first come, first served basis. Register online HERE. Questions? Please contact Alexandra MacCracken.
Youth Group FACETS Outreach 
This Sunday, January 13
  • Bring and deliver a dozen hard boiled eggs and a dozen bottles of water.
  • Meet in McGill Hall at 5:15 p.m.
  • Expect to return at 7:30 p.m.
  • Service hours available.
  • Questions contact Denis McMullan.
Youth Group Roller Skating 
Sunday, January 20
12:30-5:30 p.m.
Skate-N-Fun Zone, Manassas
  • Meet at Rodman House at 12:30 p.m.
  • Expect to return at 5:30 p.m.
  • Admission $7.50
  • Skate rental $4.50 plus tax
  • Questions contact Denis McMullan.
"The heavens declare the glory of God!"-Psalm 19
Lunar Eclipse Party
Sunday, January 20 and Monday, January 21
Come join the Rector and share hot chocolate and/or tea, and enjoy telescopic or naked-eye views of the full lunar eclipse the night of Sunday, January 20 and early morning, Monday, January 21. We will gather at the start of the partial eclipse at 10:33 p.m. and conclude sometime around 1:00 a.m. Join us anytime. We will gather in the narthex and have scopes set up at in the circle drive in front of Holy Comforter. Learn more HERE.
Registration Open at
Holy Comforter Preschool
Registration for the 2019-2020 school year is now underway. Registration packets are available in the director's office or online and are due Thursday, February 14 by 3 p.m. Learn more HERE.
Save the Date!
Date Night and Kids Night In
  • Saturday, February 9 from 5:00 to 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).
  • Click HERE to RSVP.
  • Questions? Contact Katie Krogh.
Save the Date!
Hogwarts VBS
June 24-28
(open to all children in the community)
Details Coming Soon!
Choir Camp
August 12-16 and 18
(open to all children in the community)
Details Coming Soon!
Ministry Center
Work is progressing on the new Ministry Center as exterior brickwork is almost complete. Check out pictures HERE.
Volunteer at Pennywise!
Pennywise Thrift Shop
Pennywise Thrift Shop
Revenues from the Pennywise Thrift Shop fund a variety of ministries and activities within our parish as well as numerous community charitable programs and services. Volunteers do all of the work at the shop, and we always need volunteers:
  • Desk/cashier
  • Consignment
  • Sorters
  • Pricers
  • Stocking racks and shelves
  • Porch Patrol
Youth Service Opportunities: Students can earn service hours.

Jewelry donations are being accepted for both fine and costume jewelry. Fine jewelry can be consigned on Wednesdays.
To volunteer, please contact Mary Coulombe. Want more information? See the Holy Comforter website HERE. Find us on Facebook HERE. Track special items on Craigslist HERE.

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