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

Thursday, November 7
7:30 p.m. Evening Mass of Remembrance

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

Sunday, November 10 - The Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost
7:45 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite I
9:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II* with Children's Chapel
10:10 a.m. Adult Forum, Bible Study, and Sunday School*
11:15 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II* with Children's Chapel

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

*childcare available for ages 4 and under
Evening Mass of Remembrance
Tonight at 7:30 p.m.

Join us tonight for this Evening Mass of Remembrance to express gratitude for the life and legacy of those whom you have loved and known as parent, spouse, child, sibling, or friend—those who have been companions in your earthly pilgrimage.

The Book of Remembrance and an opportunity to light a memorial candle will be available in the Chapel before and after the liturgy. As we approach Advent and the Season of Light, we will together remember and honor the Communion of Saints and the light they continue to share with us.

Feel free to bring a picture or memento of your loved one and place it on the altar when directed during the service. Light refreshment will be served following the Eucharist.
Save the Date
21st Annual Oakton/Vienna Interfaith
Community Thanksgiving Service
Sunday, November 24; 6–7 p.m.

Join us and celebrate all that we are thankful for with inspirational readings, music, and fellowship. A reception will follow featuring savory and sweet pies and coffee. All are welcome.
Pennywise Thrift Shop Is Open!

Everyone is invited to visit the NEW Pennywise Thrift Shop where you can find many bargains and surprises. At this time, the biggest need is new volunteers. Volunteers are especially needed for the 4–6 p.m. shifts Tuesday–Friday AND many shifts on Saturdays. Check with Time To Sign Up (coming soon) for available times or contact Mary Coulombe.

  • Shopping Hours: The shop will be open 10 a.m.–4 p.m. most days; 10 a.m.–6 p.m. on Tuesday, November 12; 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturdays.
  • Donations: Donations are always needed and are accepted during business hours at the shop.
  • Location: 214 Dominion Rd. NE, Vienna VA
We are VERY low on donations and volunteer drivers for Britepaths deliveries on November 17!

On November 17 we will deliver groceries and household supplies to 30 area families in need. We still need many donations, particularly pasta sauce, cereal, baking supplies, snack items, canned fruit, dinner kits, and toiletries. We are also in need of volunteer drivers. Donations should be brought to the narthex display no later than November 13 to be included in the deliveries. Please see the full list of needed donations HERE. We also need volunteers to pack grocery bags on November 16 and deliver on November 17. If you can help, please sign up at our narthex display or contact Susan McGuire.
Special Blessing on November 9 and 10

In honor of Veterans Day, the clergy will offer a special blessing at all services this Saturday, November 9 and Sunday, November 10. We encourage our veterans to wear their uniforms and insignia.
Wellness and Spirituality Forum
Moral Injury:
Things done and left undone
This Sunday, November 10;
10:10–11 a.m. in the Ministry Center

In honor of Veteran's Day, our Wellness and Spirituality Forum will be a conversation about issues of wellness for our veterans and military population. Please come and welcome Chaplain Robert Allman, the Chaplain Executive Advisor from the Defense Health Agency in Falls Church.
Register Online
Date Night
This Saturday, November 9
5–8:30 p.m.

The Holy Comforter Marriage Ministry and Family Ministries present our first Holy Comforter Date Night of the year! Our theme is "Partners in Time" and you can pick up a date night bag at church, enjoy light refreshments, and head out on a date of your choosing with your spouse! Couples with children may drop them off for nursery care and Kids Night In including dinner (suggested $5 donation to cover costs). All couples—please register online for Date Night HERE!
Holy Comforter Concert Series:
Peabody Renaissance Chamber Ensemble
This Sunday, November 10
4–6 p.m. in the Sanctuary

The Peabody Renaissance Chamber Ensemble, a select group of students from the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, will present a program featuring music from the time of Leonardo da Vinci, to mark the 500th anniversary of his death in 1519.
Buy Your Tickets While They Last
Afghan Raffle
To benefit the Chichester Cathedral choir residency by Church of the Holy Comforter Choirs in summer 2020.

Just in time for Christmas, raffle tickets are now available for a lovely sampler afghan, skillfully hand-crafted by our Prayer Shawl Ministry. The central panel is the Tree of Life, a sacred symbol which carries significant meanings in both religious and spiritual philosophies. The drawing will take place during the festive reception after Advent Lessons and Carols, on December 8 at 5 p.m.

The cost is $10 per ticket, or 3 for $25. Tickets will be available for purchase with cash or check in the narthex between services, and in the Church Office during the week. They may also be purchased online with a credit or debit card HERE. (Select “choir fundraiser” from the dropdown menu and note in the memo line “raffle tickets” and the number desired.) Questions? Contact June Harper.

Help Sell Raffle Tickets This Sunday
Please sign up online HERE for a time slot to sell raffle tickets this Sunday.
ECW Workshop: Living Your Purpose
This Saturday, November 9 and Saturday, February 22
9 a.m.–noon in the Ministry Center

Come spend two mornings with the Rev. Ann Gillespie and Amy Heard-Davison exploring our authentic self. We will do a series of creative, experiential exercises around the themes of Body, Spirit, Mind, and Heart. Learn more.
Feasting on the Word Bible Study:
Hope for the Day of the Lord
This Sunday, November 10
10:10–11 a.m. in the Chapel

Please join us this Sunday in a discussion and exploration of 2 Thessalonians 2:1–5, 13–17. Through learning about “the Day of the Lord,” we will find ways to communicate God’s message of hope for current times.

Link to scripture HERE. Download the Resource Sheet HERE.
Wellness and Spirituality Forum
Climate Change: How might our congregation respond?
Sunday, November 17 and 24
10:10–11 a.m. in the Ministry Center

A round-table discussion with Meg Mall, facilitator, Director of Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions; Bob Robinson, former Managing Director of the Governmental Accountabilty Office, Natural Resources and Environment Team; Chris Mihm, Member, World Health Organization's Independent Expert Oversight Advisory Committee. Additional guests will be included. 

All voices are welcome as we consider the concerns of our current climate crisis, and how we might respond at Holy Comforter collectively and individually and consider what commitments we might make together to the stewardship of our planet.
Book Study
Christ in Crisis: Why We Need to Reclaim Jesus
November 20; December 4 and 18; January 15 and 29
10–11:30 a.m. in the Lillian Croy Room

“Remnants,” a long-standing women’s discipleship group at Holy Comforter, invites you (yes, men too!) to join in discussing Jim Wallis’ new book: Christ in Crisis. In this book, Wallis points to eight questions central to Jesus’ teaching that can guide us as we address the moral issues facing our country today. All are welcome! Please let us know if you expect to come so we can plan accordingly. Contact Dabney Hart or Norma Williamson.
Donations needed by November 10.
Help us pack on November 17.

Food4Thought is a monthly service that will provide 100 “power packs,” non-perishable foods that feed children in need at Marshall Road Elementary School. Every month, please consider:

  • Food Donations: Visit the Holy Comforter website for details and what parishioners and Sunday School children are requested to bring.
  • Monetary Donations: Your monetary donation will help to ensure we can fill all 100 Power Packs.
  • Packing parties: On the third Sunday of each month following the 9 a.m. service, all parishioners are welcome to join us in the narthex to assemble 100 Power Packs. Sunday School teachers will help their students to participate with their classes.
Thanks for your support. Questions? Please contact Amy Davison or Susan McGuire.
The Giving Table is Underway!
Contributions Needed by December 8

Although it is not yet Thanksgiving, stop by the Christmas Giving Table in the narthex to find out how you can help support local charities this year. This project provides an opportunity for the Holy Comforter family to support carefully-vetted local charities. The groups we are supporting this year are: Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Initiative, Community for Helping Others (CHO), Second Story, Salvation Army, and the Lamb Center. Stop by the table in the narthex to study the lists of needed items and sign up for your choices. Then bring your contributions to the church by Sunday, December 8. Giving Table “elves” will ensure that all contributions are delivered to the charities in time for distribution to people in need. Don’t have time to shop? Please consider giving a cash gift and ECW will take care of the rest. Contact Chris Doyle for more information or to sign up to help staff the Giving Table on Sundays.
Apply for Outreach Grants
Completed applications due by December 15

The parish Outreach Team is currently accepting applications for grant funding from organizations that serve God's people in need. We are particularly interested in assisting organizations with which members of our congregation work or volunteer. Our short 2019 Grant Application Form is available for download HERE. Questions? Contact Joni Langevoort.
Two ways to support HCEP&K:

(1) Meadowlark Gardens Winter Walk of Lights: Holy Comforter Preschool and Kindergarten has a unique coupon code for discounted tickets (GLOW19). It is valid for $2 off every ticket purchased online for the nights of November 11–27 and January 1–5 (Not valid on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, Holidays, and in December). We receive $1 for every ticket sold when you input the GLOW19 code at the top of the page on the date you select. Buy tickets online HERE.

(2) Dining for Dollars: Eat at Chipotle in the Vienna Shopping Center on Wednesday, November 20, 4–9 p.m. Tell them you are supporting HCEP&K so that we can receive a portion of sales.
Childcare Help Needed in the Nursery

Do you love kids? Are you patient, kind and enjoy being a little silly? Consider working in the Holy Comforter nursery as a member of the childcare team during the 9 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. services on Sunday and occasionally during other church activities. The hours are 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. one to two Sundays a month. The pay is $15 an hour. There are lots of laughs, giggles, toys, puzzles, games, music and love in the nursery. Interested? Contact Patti Boerger.
November Youth Events:

FACETS Food Delivery
This Sunday, November 10; 5–7:30 p.m.
Bring and deliver a dozen hard boiled eggs and a dozen bottles of water to our Fairfax neighbors in need. Meet at Ministry Center at 5 p.m. Return at 7:30 p.m. Service hours available. Friends welcome.

Britepaths Food Delivery
Sunday, November 17; 10 a.m.–Noon
Help pack cars and deliver food packages for families in need. Meet at 10 a.m. in lower level Middle School classroom (No Middle School Sunday School this day). Return to the church at noon. Service hours available. Friends welcome.

Youth Group Bowling
Sunday, November 17; 4–6 p.m.
Bowl America Fairfax, 9699 Fairfax Blvd
Meet at the bowling alley at 4 p.m. Pick up at the bowling alley at 6 p.m.

Please RSVP to Denis McMullan for all these youth events.
Transit of Mercury Viewing
Monday, November 11

Stop by Holy Comforter anytime between 11 a.m. to 1:04 p.m. to see the transit of the planet Mercury on Veterans Day, weather-permitting. We will have a couple of telescopes (h-alpha and white light filters) available for safely viewing the sun during the transit of Mercury across the face of the sun.

The tiny dot of the planet Mercury traveling across the face of the sun is helpful in gaining perspective to our own relative size in the scale of our solar system. In the image, the tiny dot circled on the lower right is the planet Mercury. Image courtesy of NASA/JPL.