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Church of the Holy Comforter Weekly eNews | April 18 , 201 9
Download an annotated guide to Holy Week and Easter 2019 HERE. This guide is offered as a way to encourage you to find your own path through these important days.
This Easter Sunday, please note the change from the regular service schedule at 7:30 and 11:15 a.m. The Adult Forum will not meet this Sunday, but will resume on Sunday, April 28.

Holy Week Schedule
Readings This Weekend
Event Highlights
Faith at Home Banner
Do you ever wonder how to practice our faith at home and share it with your children, teens, spouse, friends? Our faith is not just something we check in with on Sundays, our faith is how we live lives of meaning and purpose everyday, if we will learn to notice and respond to how God is moving. But this awareness, like anything worthwhile, takes practice. Which is why a weekly discipleship practice of Reading, Reflecting, and Responding to scripture in the context of community is so important. Please click HERE for devotions written with this practice in mind. Share them at home to help deepen your experience of faith from Monday through Saturday.
Garden of Gethsemane Vigil
Each year, St. Mary's Altar Guild creates an indoor garden in St. Mary's Chapel as a gift to the Parish. Following the Maundy Thursday evening liturgy, a Prayer Vigil begins in our candle-lit Chapel, keeping watch throughout the night until the Way of the Cross service at 12:10 p.m. on Good Friday. There is a poster in the narthex where you can sign up for a time of prayer in the Chapel, or feel free to come as the Spirit moves you. The front doors will be open, lights on in the narthex, and prayer books, bibles, hymnals and plain paper available. Please consider taking a time slot! Every prayer is meaningful!
Coffee and Bake Sale
Please Contribute Baked Items
to the All-Parish Coffee and Bake Sale!
Between Services this Easter Sunday, April 21
Proceeds will benefit the Children's Ministries outreach project to help support orphaned and abandoned children in Cameroon, and the upcoming Youth Ministries mission trip to Boston.
We are asking youth, parents, and all parishioners to provide baked goods for the sale. Please drop off your home-baked goods by 9:30 a.m. to the designated table. If you can not be there on Easter Sunday, baked goods can be dropped off this Friday, April 19 in the Church Office and stored in refrigerator overnight if needed. Questions? Please contact Denis McMullan or Brynn Pacitti. Please see below for fundraising goals and progress.
Easter Egg Hunt
Annual Easter Egg Hunt
This Easter Sunday, April 21
Children -- bring your Easter baskets (or a small bag) to church on Easter morning to participate in our Easter Egg hunt. Hunting will commence immediately following the 9:00 a.m. service once all children have exited the church. Baskets and bags will not be available, so please bring one to fill with eggs!

Relationship Recovery Group
Sunday, April 28 in Rodman House, immediately following the 11:00 a.m. service
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 11:00 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 2:00 p.m. Questions? Please contact Alexandra MacCracken.
Taize Altar
Taizé Contemplative Worship
Sunday, April 28 at 5:00 p.m. in St. Mary's Chapel
Join us for a unique opportunity to decompress and prepare or the week ahead. Taizé Contemplative Worship is a powerful and moving combination of song and scripture featuring lush greenery, candles, icons, and considerable time spent in silent mediation. Questions? Contact David Kelley.
Looking for a Summer Camp?
Summer Choir Camp
August 12-16 and 18
All children entering 2nd-7th Grade are eligible for this week of singing, musical learning, friendship, and fun. $125 fee includes lunches, recreational activities, music education based on the Royal School of Church Music curriculum, and a cool camp t-shirt! Registration forms are available for download HERE. Please contact David Kelley for more information.
It's Not Too Late to Sign Up!
FACETS Benefit Breakfast
Thursday, April 25 at the Fairview Park Marriott
Join us as we share a delicious breakfast and our vision of a Fairfax County where everyone has a place to call "home." Holy Comforter is hosting a table, and would love you to join us! To sign up, please contact Leslie Barnhart. (Breakfast is free, there will be an "ask" at the end of the presentation, with no pressure.) Come to the charity breakfast to find out why FACETS was named "One of the Best Small Charities in Greater Washington" by the Catalogue for Philanthropy!

Hogwarts VBS
Hogwarts VBS Diagon Alley Preview
Sunday, April 28 from 10:00 to 10:50 a.m. in the narthex (In lieu of Sunday School)
Come see what's new and some of your old favorites too! Sample some Hogwarts food and a special Hogwart's drink! Meet some of your favorite professors (Professor Binns will be there!). Learn what to expect at Hogwarts this term. Bring in your registration forms! Prefects are encouraged to volunteer for this event. All students under 12 must be accompanied by a parent. Questions? Contact Linda Lee Malone.
Register for Hogwarts VBS!
June 24-28 for students ages 5-11
This year's term will be based upon the Harry Potter Sorcerers Stone book. Teenagers ages 12-18 are invited to register as Prefects. Registration forms are available for download below and in the Church Office. Morning session is 9:00 a.m. to noon. Afternoon Session is 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Questions? Please contact Linda Lee Malone.

Hogwarts VBS 2019 Student Registration Form
Hogwarts VBS 2019 Prefect Registration Form
Hogwarts VBS 2019 Prefect Character Sketches
Cancer Kickin Critters Outreach
Children's Ministries Service Project! 
Cancer Kickin' Critters
Maggie proudly displays her recently assembled Critter Kit that will be given to children undergoing cancer treatment to help occupy them during long hospital stays.

Noelle, creator of Cancer Kickin' Critters, led about 30 Holy Comforter children in a service project where they collaboratively assembled about 100 kits.
Our mission is to empower youth to be fully alive in a life of love in Jesus. To make this a reality, we provide a safe, inclusive community that grows in faith through fun, fellowship, and service. Please click the button below for the latest Youth Group News!
Youth Group News
Apply By April 28!
Summer Grants for Parish Youth
Attention parents! Once again, ECW will be offering grants to parish youth to encourage their participation in a Christian activity this summer. One grant per child is available for attendance at Shrine Mont or another Christian camp. Grant amounts will be determined in May based on the number of applicants and the total grant funds available, and are limited to $100 per child. Application forms are available for download HERE, and all applications are due by April 28.
More shoes are desperately needed to meet our goal of 500 pairs of shoes!
Please consider donating used athletic shoes to help raise money for our Youth Mission Trip to Boston in July. Drop off your shoes (tied together) in the box in the narthex. With every pair of shoes, More Foundation is able to plant one ton of carbon grounding trees and train poor farmers in sustainable agroforestry. A minimum of 500 pairs of shoes is needed in order to participate in the program. The youth will receive $1 for every donated pair of shoes. Learn more about More Foundation HERE.
Attention High School Seniors!
Apply By May 4!
Carol Stock Book Fund
Do you know about Holy Comforter's Carol Stock Book Fund? The Fund is in memory of our deceased parishioner, Carol Stock, and has been making textbook grants available to graduating seniors for many years. If you're a senior who has been active at Holy Comforter and are planning to continue your education, you can apply for one of these $100 grants. If you haven't received an application yet, please contact Lisa Arnold directly to request one. Applications are due in the church office c/o the Endowment Board/Lisa Arnold by May 4.
Ann Gillespie
Help Welcome Ann Gillespie!
We are excited that the Rev. Ann Gillespie, our new Associate Rector, and her family will arrive at Holy Comforter on June 2. To celebrate Ann's arrival we are hosting an old-fashioned Parish Pounding. Traditionally, a parish pounding involves bringing a pound of this or a pound of that of non-perishable goods such as flour and sugar to get a new priest's kitchen stocked. Today we can still bring a pound of sugar or flour but you can be creative with grocery store and restaurant gift cards or a bottle of balsamic vinegar, olive oil, or wine. Please only include non-perishable items. You can drop them off between now and May 12 in the Church Office. We will present them to Ann when she arrives. Thanks for making Ann and her family feel welcome. Questions? Please contact Christa Hyland.

It's Not Too Late to Register!
Men's Retreat
April 26-28 at Shrine Mont
This year we are calling on men of the parish to volunteer (not required!) to deliver short vignettes on various topics of their choosing. As always, the retreat is filled with relaxation, fun, fellowship, and of course, fantastic Shrine Mont hospitality. Registration is open. Cost is $160 for double accommodation and $215 for a single. Registration forms are available for download HERE or at the AV console at the back of the church. Questions? Please contact Randy McGuire.
Senior Saints BYO Lunch
Friday, May 3 at 11:45 a.m.
For our May program Dan Sherman, an economist who loves musical theater and has taught more than 20 courses in the Washington area about great masters of the musical stage and film, will provide fascinating background on these great creators and include many unusual video and audio clips including the words and music of the "The Fabulous Gershwins" whose work has graced the stage, the movies, and (in George's case) the concert hall. You'll hear both George and Ira speak and hear some of the best American songs.
Pennywise Thrift Shop
Pennywise Thrift Shop Update
The Pennywise Thrift Shop remains closed due to the January 24 fire. The building owner, Concord Masonic Lodge, estimates it will be about 6 months before the shop could reopen, when repairs are completed. The Masons and the Town of Vienna are still discussing the town's possible purchase of the building, but there has been no movement on that front. Most items not covered by the insurance claim remain in the shop until we are advised that they must be removed for building repairs. Possible temporary locations are being explored. Please visit the Pennywise Facebook page for updated information.

Ministry Center
Work is progressing on the new Ministry Center as the new kitchen equipment is installed. Check out pictures of progress to date HERE.
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