Church of the Holy Comforter eNews | May 15, 2020
Praise God
All-Parish Virtual Retreat: Living Hope
This Saturday, May 16
9:00–11:00 a.m.
Led by the Rev. Kathy Guin

Prioritize a purposeful pause—spend the morning reflecting and prayerfully meditating on our faith directed life. Our Retreat leader will be the Rev. Kathy Guin. Listen to Jesus speaking to your life during these unsettling times as we focus on the “Road to Emmaus” that leads us on the path of "Living Hope." Here's time set aside for hearing his voice calling out to you, God inviting you to "Be Still and Know that I am God." Learn about the Rev. Kathy Guin HERE.

  • 9:00 Welcome and Zoom Overview
  • 9:10 Worship
  • 9:15 Locating Where We Are Now
  • 9:45 Practicing Faith Habits/Disciplines
  • 10:30 Paying Attention to the Path of Living Hope
  • 10:50 Closing Wrap Up and Prayer
  • There will also be Zoom breakout sessions for families, women, and men.

Parents: we invite you to have a stash of art supplies handy (paper, markers, stickers, etc.) to enrich children's participation in the breakout sessions.
In preparation for the retreat, please view the video poem, The Miracle of Morning by Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman, for reflecting on the path of Living Hope…
Before the retreat, adults may also want to check out the video HERE from James Finley, clinical psychologist, former monk, and Center for Action and Contemplation faculty member.
Main Meeting
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Breakout Session for Families
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Breakout Session for Women
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Breakout Session for Men
Time: 10:00 a.m.
For more information on how to participate in the retreat, please contact the Rev. Jon Strand at
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This Sunday, May 17 we will try a different approach to worship that is realtime, allowing us to see each other and worship at the same time. Please join us for worship at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Coffee Hour at 10:30 a.m. via Zoom.
Join Zoom meeting HERE. More information HERE.
View this Sunday's readings HERE.
Download the Service Bulletin HERE.
Download the Prayer List HERE.
Give online HERE (Select "Operating Fund").
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New Link!
Coffee and Fellowship Hour on Zoom
This Sunday, May 17
10:30–11:30 a.m.
following the Zoom Worship Service

Grab your coffee or tea and come as you are! All are welcome, especially newcomers, for Zoom fellowship—a chance to see one another and chat online. We'll even have breakout rooms for small-group conversations. Join Zoom meeting HERE. More information HERE.
Centering Prayer on Zoom
Mondays at 1:30 p.m.

Please join us for Centering Prayer, a means of Christian meditation that uses a single word for us to rest our attention while we come before the presence of God. This will include a brief check-in, an opening prayer, brief instruction, 20 minutes of silence and then a brief closing prayer. Please follow the link below and follow the prompts. Join the Zoom meeting HERE. More information HERE.
New Link!
Compline on Zoom
Tuesday, May 19
8:00–8:15 a.m.

Compline is descended from the night prayers said before bed at the end of the monastic round of daily prayer. Join the Zoom meeting HERE. More information HERE.

You may use our online Prayer Book HERE.
Noonday Prayer on YouTube

Join us on our YouTube channel at “ Holy Comforter Vienna VA” for a brief 10 to 12 minute meditation.
Where you are seeing signs of the Spirit?

Are you feeling artistically inspired during this time? Please email your painting or drawing depicting where you are seeing signs of the Spirit during this challenging time. Please email Elys McLean by 5:00 p.m. Friday, May 22. We might share your artwork in the eNews, on our website, and on our social media.
Institute for Sustainable Earth Webinar Series: Sustainability from within a Pandemic

George Mason’s Institute for a Sustainable Earth is hosting this webinar series to investigate some of these dimensions of the current health and economic crises through the lens of sustainability science. In moderated discussions with sustainability experts, these webinars will also explore how society could recover to a more resilient and sustainable state. Register for each webinar HERE.
Don't Forget! Get CONNECTED!

Holy Comforter has upgraded to a new database and a new mobile phone app called REALM Connect. If you do not already have access, you will need to create a new login and password on the REALM system. Contact Peggy Miller in the Church Office for a login link. Be aware that this login link is only good for 24 hours. Once you have registered on REALM, please update your account info and go online to the Apple Store or Google Play Store and download the app called “REALM Connect.” See you soon on CHC social media!
Attention All High School Seniors!

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 download one HERE or contact Lisa Arnold directly to request one. Please email your completed application to Lisa Arnold or mail it to her at 1829 Saint Boniface Street, Vienna, VA 22182.  We'd like your applications by May 22. Please contact Lisa with any questions.
Calling all Catechesis 4-year-olds and kindergartners and Godly Play 1st–4th Graders

Please join us this Sunday morning from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. for a Zoom meeting with your classmates and teachers. The session will begin with all of the kids/teachers ages 4 through 4th Grade. We'll then break into smaller groups according to Sunday School class. (Catechesis, Godly Play 1 & 2, Godly Play 3 & 4). If you have more than one child in this age group, please have each child log in on different devices to allow for breakout Sunday school groups. Join the Zoom meeting HERE. Questions? Contact Brynn Pacitti.
Calling all Faith in Action 5th and 6th Graders!

Please join us this Sunday, May 17 at 10:30 for our Zoom meeting where we'll be planning for the upcoming Five Talents virtual Market Day. Be ready to share your project idea with us and let us know what materials you need! Join the Zoom meeting HERE. Questions? Contact Brynn Pacitti.
Calling All Middle and High School Youth!

Join us for Sunday School via Zoom this Sunday, May 17 at 10:30 a.m. Come for conversation and fellowship as we adjust to these difficult times. If you have not received an invitation, please email or text Denis McMullan.
Child-Friendly Worship-at-Home Resources

We’ve updated our Children’s Ministries page on our website with links to videos, the Sunday Paper coloring book, and more.
Women’s Zoom Bible Study
Wednesdays at 8 p.m.

Women of Holy Comforter, let’s connect, reflect, and virtually unwind from the day together. Beginning Wednesday April 15, join us at 8 p.m. for fellowship, some silence and reflection on the next Sunday’s Gospel passage. Every week, please contact the Rev. Ann Gillespie to be included—first come, first served (limit 20). Looking forward to ‘seeing’ you!
Spiritual Direction/
Spiritual Companionship

During this uncommon and unsettling Easter season, we’re looking to find our way with the disciples as they faced their uncertainty. We find ourselves with them on the road with the Risen Lord trying to make sense of all that is happening. We’re seeking to find ways to pay attention, to be still, to live into the paradox of “Showing Up and Letting Go.” One spiritual practice for navigating our journey is spiritual direction. The Rev. Kathy Guin will be offering times on Tuesdays for meeting together by phone, Facetime, or Zoom, please contact her at to learn more and for setting up an appointment.
Grace Space
Tuesdays, 7–8:30 p.m.

As this new reality continues to unfold, we are alone and yet together in the aloneness. You are invited to join me in a small group of “Grace Space” for support—and to be seen and heard. If you have ever wondered what Gestalt Pastoral Care is, come and find out. Grace Space times are available Tuesday evenings, 7–8:30 p.m. Please contact Alexandra MacCracken to be included—first come, first served.
Free Virtual Reiki Relaxation Sessions

Holy Comforter friends and family who've tried it, say it's very relaxing and has helped reduce fear, anxiety and more. Reiki is a form of energy/spiritual healing that involves the transfer of universal (in this case God's) energy from the practitioner’s palms to their participant. Many hospitals offer it to calm patients, reduce stress, release blocked energy flow in the body and help them heal both mentally and physically. While these sessions are normally done in person, they can be done remotely. The Reiki Master visualizes the person at the designated time and sends the energy to them with the intent of healing and relaxation. Patti Boerger, a Reiki Master practitioner for Holy Comforter's Center for Wellness and Spirituality, is offering free 20-30-minute sessions. Email Patti Boerger to schedule a time.  Learn more.
Central Farmers Market at Holy Comforter
Sundays; 9:00 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Help Keep Locally-Grown Food Supply Open!

Please pre-order if possible HERE. Drop-in purchasing is allowed, but in keeping with physical distancing protocols. Central Farm Markets (CFM) outdoor market will be at the lower church parking lot from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. this Sunday, May 17. Purchase fresh baked goods, produce, meats, and more! Link HERE to learn about COVID-19 protocols. Learn more about Central Farm Markets HERE.
Central Farmers Market
If you have been wanting to become a bigger piece of the ministries at Holy Comforter, you may find your calling with the FACETS ministry! As I depart to Portugal, this fabulous team of dedicated parishioners needs a lead to coordinate food purchases, communications, and orchestrate the preparation of meals once monthly. If interested, please email Leslie at

Leslie Barnhart
Keeping in Touch in Corona Times

A group of folks are making calls to check in with those in our parish family who may be finding additional challenges during this time of physical distancing. If you or someone you know would like a call, please be in touch email Denis McMullan.

If you would like to serve as one of the callers, please email Denis McMullan or call/text him at 703-615-3671.
Pandemic Assistance

The youth ministry has multiple 2-person teams of a parent and youth available to help those who need groceries, medications, or other items delivered to their doorstep. The teams will do the shopping and delivering. In order to maintain social distancing recommendations, recipients will be billed by mail and can pay online at the church website HERE (select "Shopping Pick-up & Delivery" and write "Groceries" in the memo line), or by mailing a check to the Church Office.

To arrange a delivery please email Denis McMullan or call/text him at 703-615-3671.

If you are a senior parishioner—regardless of your health—or if you are in a high risk category, please take advantage of this offer to reduce your risk of infection.