Church of the Holy Comforter eNews | June 6, 2019
Summer Worship Schedule
(through September 15)
Please note the change in the Sunday worship times.

Saturday, June 8
4:00 p.m. Service of Wisdom
5:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II

Sunday, June 9 - The Day of Pentecost
8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II
10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II with Confirmation,* with Adult Choir and Choristers (Children's Chapel available)

Wednesday, June 12
7:00 a.m. Morning Prayer

*childcare available for ages 4 and under

Join us! Please bring a side dish, drinks, or dessert to share!
Ribbon Cutting Event this Sunday, June 9
Please join us for a special Ribbon Cutting event on Sunday, June 9 directly after the 10:00 a.m. service. Bishop Lee will be in attendance to honor our confirmands. Father Rick Lord will also join us as we celebrate our new Ministry Center. Tom Gadell will treat us to some smoked turkey and beef. ECW will provide the celebratory cakes. Please bring a side dish, drinks, or dessert to share. We are looking forward to seeing everyone for this historic occasion this Sunday.
Please volunteer to host Coffee Hour this summer. We need volunteers to host after the 10:00 a.m. Sunday service starting in June. Hosts pick up the coffee and donuts from Dunkin Donuts, set up and host for a period that you think appropriate after the service, and then take it down. Please volunteer online HERE. Questions? Please contact Katy Lee.
Communion Can Come to You
If you or someone you know is unable to get to church—either temporarily or for the long term—we have a newly expanded group of Eucharistic Visitors who will bring Communion to you. They are sent out with the consecrated elements from one of our Sunday services to your home, hospital, rehab or nursing home room. It’s a wonderful way of extending the table to you when you’re not able to be with us. Please give the Church Office a call to set up a visit.
Join the Pickup Choir!
If you have ever considered joining the choir, now is your chance to try it out—with no long-term commitment! There will be three pickup choir dates this summer: June 16, July 21, and August 25. Simply meet in the choir room at 9:15 a.m. for a brief rehearsal; then sing at the 10:00 service. No vestments needed; no midweek rehearsals. If you have any questions, contact David Kelley .
Calling Holy Comforter Musicians!
Holy Comforter’s Music Ministry Presents:
September Song: A Showcase of Musical Gifts
The Music Ministry at Holy Comforter is hosting a musical showcase to raise funds for our Chichester Cathedral choir residency in August 2020, and to provide a venue for all Holy Comforter musicians to share their musical talents with the parish. We cordially invite all Holy Comforter musicians of all ages to apply to perform as individuals or small ensembles. Learn more.
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity Build Day
Sign Up Today! No Construction Experience Necessary
This Saturday, June 8; 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Holy Comforter has recently joined the Fairfax Interfaith Coalition for Habitat (FICH), a group of nine churches that pool their resources and volunteers to support Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia throughout the year. On Saturday June 8, Holy Comforter will be hosting our own dedicated Habitat for Humanity Build Day. Our partnership with this group permits our volunteers to sign up to work at building sites each month. No construction experience is necessary. Each volunteer will be taught how to do any assigned task at the build site. The minimum age to participate is 16. To join in this inaugural CHC Build Day, please contact Russ van der Veer. Sign up soon! We expect that slots will fill quickly.
Youth Group Beach Trip
Friday, June 14-Sunday, June 16
All 7th-12th graders are invited to join us on our annual beach weekend at Cape Henlopen near Rehoboth. Cost is $75 per person or maximum $200 per family. Sign up and pay online HERE (Select "Youth Event" from the "Select a fund" dropdown menu). Questions? Contact Denis McMullan.
Senior Saints BYO Lunch
This Friday, June 7; 11:45 in the Narthex
For this gathering we will enjoy exercising our brains. There will be prizes! There will be fun! Our very fine leader, Richard Fitzsimmons, will conduct a game of Trivia! Don’t worry if you don’t know the answers because we will be separated into groups and put our heads together to come up with our team’s best guesses. For your info: the Senior Saints meet the first Friday of each month (except July). All are welcome. No reservations, dues, or memberships are required and we don’t “card at the door.” Bring your own lunch and your own beverage.
Join Holy Comforter at the 2019 Metro-Area LGBTQ Pride Parade
This Saturday, June 8 at 4:30 p.m.
Come show our LGBTQ sisters and brothers that Holy Comforter’s “All-Are-Welcome” pledge is for real. So many persons within the LGBTQ community have experienced rejection from family and church—it is no surprise then that faith-based organizations consistently receive the loudest cheers and warmest welcome from Pride parade crowds. It is fun and it is colorful and we can demonstrate that God’s embrace (and that of Holy Comforter) reaches out to our LGBTQ brothers and sisters.

Details: The parade starts at 4:30 p.m. at 21st and P Streets, N.W. Please arrive no later than 4:00. Any vested volunteer will be able to direct you to where the Washington-area Episcopal contingent is “staging.” James Abbott (703-424-6223) and Daniel Gri (703-424-6225) will be hosting refreshments and “necessary” facilities at Westin, 2350 M Street, N.W. beginning at 2:00 p.m. until the parade start.

Transportation: Metro is the best option. Dupont Circle (Red Line) is 2 blocks from parade start. Cardozo/African-American Civil War Memorial (Yellow/Green Lines) is 1 block from parade end at 13th and U Streets, N.W.

Questions? Please visit or contact James Abbott.
Dog Lovers Needed to Help Veterans
An Ongoing Opportunity To Be A Hero
Why not convert your love of puppies into a life-changing gift for a veteran with a disability. Longtime parishioner Michele Khol will train you to become a Canine Mentor for a young pup who will, under your guidance, become a certified service dog. With demand well exceeding supply, she is teaching dedicated volunteers willing to learn this life-changing skill. Consider experiencing the joy of puppy kisses, the thrill of teaching, the love of life, and the pride of giving a veteran back their independence. Interested? Please contact Michele Khol.