Student-Led Worship Service This Sunday at 11 a.m.

The Comfortable Word
Church of the Holy Comforter Weekly eNews | May 10 , 2018

Worship Schedule

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

Sunday, May 13 - The Seventh Sunday of Easter
7:45 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite I
9:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Adult Choir* (Children's Chapel available)
10:10 a.m. Adult Forum
11:00 a.m. Student-Led Worship Service, with Choristers*

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

*childcare available

Readings This Weekend
Event Highlights
Music Highlights

Come Support Our Students!
This Sunday, May 13 at the 11 a.m. Service 
Join us for student empowered worship experience as our children and youth lead us in worship, including a special sermon given by youth. All youth who don't have an official role in the worship service are encouraged to sit together in the left front pew. Questions? Please contact Denis McMullan or Lauren Breeden
Ministry Center
Construction of the Ministry Center is progressing on the scheduled timeline. Read more HERE about the latest construction news.

Hogwarts VBS
Register by May 14! 
Hogwarts VBS 
June 25-29 for students ages 5-11
Afternoon Session Wait List Available!
Morning Session Openings Available!
Registration forms are available online HERE and in the Church Office. Morning session is 9:00 a.m. to noon. Afternoon Session is 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Teenagers ages 12-18 are invited to register as Prefects. Questions? Please contact Linda Lee Malone.

Attention All Prefects
Competency Exam is now available HERE. Start working on your exam now. Everyone needs to bring their completed Competency Exams to their respective prefect training session. Dates to follow soon!

Seniors, Singles, Teens!
Hogwarts Needs You! 
People of all ages and stages of life are encouraged to volunteer for Hogwarts VBS. Having children is not a prerequisite. There's a role for everyone -- whether you have a lot of time, or just a little. Come join the team that helps magically convert Holy Comforter into Hogwarts School! For questions or to volunteer, please contact Linda Lee Malone.

Thank you to all of the prefects, professors, adult volunteers, and attendees for helping to make the April 29 Hogwarts VBS Diagon Alley Preview a great success! Special shout-out goes to Lolly Mixter who cooked 300 sausages for everyone!

Reverend Robert Wilkes Ihloff
The Rt. Rev. Robert Ihloff
Save the Date!
Bishop Ihloff Visitation
Followed by Parish Picnic
Sunday, June 10
Services will be at 8 and 10 a.m. followed by the Parish Picnic honoring the Bishop and Confirmands at 11 a.m.

The Right Reverend Robert Wilkes Ihloff, Bishop Associate, will be with us at the 10:00 service to celebrate the Eucharist and to do Confirmations and Receptions. Then join us on the front lawn for our Parish Picnic. Bring your blankets, lawn chairs, frisbees, yard games, and super soakers! Main dish and drinks will be provided. We invite you to bring a side dish, salad or dessert to share. We'll have a giant inflatable slide, too! All are welcome! Questions? Please contact the Church Office.
Alexandra MacCracken
Alexandra MacCracken
Register Now!
Opening to Grace Retreat
Saturday, May 19
9 a.m.-4 p.m. in Rodman House

Led by Alexandra MacCracken
Come explore and even discover some of the ways you might hear God's voice, to enter into your Easter joy of new life. An Opening to Grace Retreat provides a safe, respectful and gentle place for you to consider, pray, and listen for God's call to wellness for you. Register online HERE. Questions? Please contact Alexandra MacCracken.

Choir Camp
Register Now!
Summer Choir Camp
August 13-17 and 19
Do you know a young person who loves to sing? All rising 2nd graders through rising 7th graders are eligible for this week of singing, musical learning, friendship, and fun. Campers who are not parishioners of Holy Comforter are particularly welcome! Learn more and download Registration Forms HERE. Questions? Please contact David Kelley.

United Thank Offering
United Thank Offering
Spring Ingathering 
Saturday and Sunday, May 19 and 20
How can you show thanks and gratitude for daily blessings? How can you show support for the mission work of the Episcopalian community? How can you teach your children to be aware of their ability to help others? By making a daily offering in your Blue Box with thanksgiving, prayer, and generosity. Please give generously to allow the UTO to give much needed support to our Church and the world.

Pick up your Blue Box in the narthex this weekend. Return your Blue Box to church on Saturday and Sunday, May 19 and 20. Blue Boxes may also may be returned at the ECW Royal Tea on May 20. Questions? Please contact Lisa Roeder.

Adult Forum
This Sunday, May 13; 10:10 a.m. in McGill Hall
How does the church identify and empower leadership for the sake of community and ministry? Explore Acts 1:15-17, 21-26 to reflect on this question.
"The first chapter of Acts is about transition and change in the leadership of the church. According to the first fourteen verses, Jesus took forty days in which he taught the disciples the mysteries of the kingdom of God as he prepared them to assume leadership for the church. It is instructive for us that the choice of Matthias was in the context of prayer. Prayer is the appropriate context for decision making as the church deals with issues of leadership. Prayer signals that the church looks beyond itself for guidance and direction." - Excerpt by the Rev. Dr. Noel Leo Erskine, Candler School of Theology, Atlanta.

Link to scripture HERE. Download the Resource Sheet HERE.

Holy Comforter Youth
Reserve Your Space by May 20!
7th-12th Grade Beach Trip
Friday, June 15-Sunday, June 17
Join us for a weekend of sun, fun, and fellowship! Kick off summer with this annual trip to Rehoboth. You can even invite one friend! Secure your place with a payment of $75 per youth or $140 per family. Also, please download and complete the Parental Consent Form. Payments can be made to Church of the Holy Comforter with "2018 Beach Trip" in the memo line. Please drop off payment and Parental Consent Form at the church ,attention Denis McMullan by May 20. For more information, please contact Denis McMullan.

ECW Officers for 2018-2019
The nominating committee of the Holy Comforter Episcopal Church Women (ECW) is pleased to present the following slate of officers for the 2018-2019 program year: Co-presidents Helen Mertz and Anita Webster, Vice-president Maggie Grove, Recording Secretary Adrienne Stefan, Corresponding Secretary Linda Johnson, and Treasurer Kathie Rawson. The election will take place at the Royal Tea on Sunday, May 20. A big thank you to these ladies for so generously agreeing to serve.
Celestine Jones
Celestine Jones
RSVP Today! 
Sacred Circle Dance
Sponsored by the Moms' Group 
Tuesday, May 15; 7 p.m. in the Chapel 
Led by Celestine Jones
Childcare provided

Parishioner Celestine Jones will teach us about this beautiful form of spiritual practice. No dance experience is needed; the steps are simple, repetitive, and easy to learn. The purpose of this experience is to enjoy the spirit of the dances and the sense of oneness and peace that results from moving rhythmically. Refreshments will be served and childcare will be provided. Please RSVP to Amy Britton.
A Royal Tea
This Sunday is the last chance to buy tickets at church. All ticket sales end May 16!
A Royal Tea
Sunday, May 20 at 4 p.m.  
Westwood Country Club
Childcare provided at the church, with advance reservation.
Didn't receive an invitation to the Royal Wedding? Celebrate the following day by joining the Episcopal Church Women (ECW) at their annual spring tea. Tickets are on sale this Sunday before and after all services and are $30 per person or $15 for ages 6 and under. Don your best royal finery for the event. Enjoy delicious tea delicacies and see a fashion show featuring the best spring finery from Pennywise Thrift Shop. There also will be an opportunity to contribute to the spring United Thank Offering (UTO) Ingathering. Questions? Please contact Maggie Grove.
ViVa Vienna
Families, Seniors, Youth!
Join us at ViVa Vienna!
Sunday, May 27-Monday, May 28
Come and enjoy this fantastic festival and longtime Vienna tradition over Memorial Day weekend. Holy Comforter will have our booth -- giving everyone a great opportunity for outreach to our community -- greeting old friends and making new ones. Come one, come all -- everyone is welcome to help, including teens in need of service hours. We need individuals and families to cover 2 or 4-hour shifts from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday and Monday. For more information on how to join the fun, please contact Amy Davison or Cassandra Bosco. Signup to volunteer HERE.
Pennywise Thrift Shop
Find Pennywise Thrift Shop on Facebook and Craigslist!
The Pennywise Thrift Shop was created as a fund raising endeavor of Church of the Holy Comforter in 1961. The proceeds from the shop fund a variety of ministries and activities within our parish as well as numerous community charitable programs and services. Pennywise is now on Facebook HERE! You can also track items that can be found on Craigslist HERE and keep up on what is featured and on sale each week. Questions? Contact Jim Menke.

The following volunteer slots are open at Pennywise:
To You All Hearts Are Open
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