Church of the Holy Comforter eNews | October 16, 2020
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Holy Comforter’s 2021 Stewardship campaign is in full swing. The campaign’s theme is “Why do fellow parishioners call Holy Comforter HOME.” These amazingly warm and meaningful stewardship testimonials will be sent to you electronically every Saturday morning through November. Thank you to all who have already made their 2021 pledge. If you have not already pledged, please pledge online HERE. Every pledge counts!
Donations Welcome!
Spaghetti Dinner TO-GO Fundraiser for FACETS
Sunday, October 25; 3–5 p.m.

You can pick up a delicious dinner of spaghetti, meatballs in homemade sauce, salad, and bread prepared under safe guidelines by our own Mark Schmitt, Tom Gadell, and his brother Mike Gadell, with sous chefs Brian Batsel, Lolly Mixter, and other volunteers. If you attended last October's Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser you surely remember the deliciousness of the food they prepared! Reserve in advance online HERE. Learn more and donate online HERE.
Join us for live Zoom Worship this Sunday, October 18 at 9:30 a.m. with Coffee Hour immediately following. Join the Zoom gathering HERE. More information HERE.

Can't join the live Zoom worship at 9:30 a.m.? The recorded service will be available on our YouTube channel, Holy Comforter Vienna VA, for viewing anytime through the weekend.
Download the Service Bulletin.
Download the Prayer List.
Give online HERE (Select "Operating Fund").
Or Give by texting to 73256
Sunday School for Pre-K–6th Grade
This Sunday; 10:30–11:15 a.m. via Zoom

The youngest children will meet for a maximum of 30 minutes while the oldest will meet up to an hour. Questions? Please contact Brynn Pacitti.

Sunday School for Youth
This Sunday; 10:30–11:15 a.m. In Person

All 7th–12th Grade students are welcomed. We alternate High School and Middle School in-person gatherings between the outdoor tent and the rear porch off the narthex. All in-person outdoor gatherings follow the church guidelines for social distancing, mask wearing, and hand sanitizing. Bring your own chairs and bring snacks and drinks if you like. We will have access to the bathrooms. Questions? Please contact Denis McMullan. Learn more about our curriculum HERE.
Confirm not Conform
This Sunday, October 18

This Sunday there will be a meeting about the modified 2020–21 Confirm not Conform program for students in 9th–10th Grade and their parents. We'll meet under the outdoor tent at 11:30 a.m.
"Hope on the Horizon"
Youth-Led Worship Service

This special worship service was designed, written and produced by Holy Comforter's youth—an addition to our usual Sunday service. Watch and learn how they see God working among us to provide comfort in these difficult times. Visit Holy Comforter’s YouTube channel, Holy Comforter Vienna VA, to view at any time. A link to the service bulletin is included HERE and on YouTube.
Exploring the Gospel of John
Sundays, thru October 25
10:30 a.m. via Zoom

Join the Zoom gathering HERE. More information HERE. Questions? Contact Norma Williamson.

This Sunday, read chapters 18–19 of the Gospel of John and watch episodes 18–19 of "Gospel of John, Chapter by Chapter" (provided here).
Respond by October 22
On Sunday, November 1 we will celebrate together All Saints and include our Service of Remembrance, joining in a celebration with those who stand upon another shore.

As a way to remember those who have gone before us, please send us any names of persons who you wish to remember; and/or a photo of persons who have died in this past year (Since last November 1) that you wish to have remembered with their name and their years of life dates. We will also be remembering those who have died from our parish this past year.

Please send us the correct spelling of the person’s name along with their dates (and a photo if died in this past year) to by Thursday, October 22.
Virtual Organ Recital
Featuring Dr. David Kelley, Minister of Music
Sunday, November 8 at 4 p.m.

Join us for an online recital of organ pieces, including works by Buxtehude, Vivaldi (arr. Walther), Locklair, Kelley, and others.

The recital will premier on Holy Comforter’s YouTube channel, Holy Comforter Vienna VA, at 4 p.m. on Sunday, November 8, and will be available for streaming thereafter.
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Fall Life Snapshots
Introducing Holy Comforter Fall Life Snapshots! Please send us a photo and caption of your fall activities—whether it be a crafting or art project, roasting s'mores in the backyard, a road trip, or the brilliant colors of your fall garden. How are you making memories during this challenging time? Send your photo and caption (5 sentences maximum) to Elys McLean by noon every Wednesday, to be included in one of our Faith in the Time of Corona email communications.
Pennywise Thrift Shop

We need jewelry and fall and winter clothing. Please consider donating during business hours: 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Tuesday–Friday; 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturdays; and Noon.–4 p.m. Sundays.

Pennywise is looking for 2 desk volunteers for each of two shifts (noon–2 p.m. and 2–4 p.m. Sundays. When you sign up, you will be contacted to confirm your shift, and arrange for training ahead of time if necessary. Sign up online HERE for Sunday shifts. To sign up for Tuesday–Saturday shifts, please contact Helen Mertz or Mary Coulombe.
Britepaths Update
and Request for Support

Thank you for your support of Britepaths families. In lieu of our regular November deliveries, and at the request of Britepaths staff, we will be providing gift cards to their client families instead of making grocery deliveries in person. The need they are seeing is greater than ever, and the families served are so grateful for the support. Please contribute online HERE. Select "Britepaths" in the Operating Fund dropdown menu. We will collect donations through November 15. Questions? Contact Susan McGuire.
Support for Marshall Road Elementary School Families

We are partnering with other local faith communities in support of Marshall Road Elementary School students and families in need during this difficult time. We will be participating in monthly distributions of food and household supplies beginning in November. For now, our job is to provide the following:

  • cleaning supplies (laundry detergent, all-purpose cleaners, other)
  • paper towels
  • toilet tissue
  • diapers

We welcome contributions of all of the above items. Please leave your contributions in the bin outside the front doors of the church. Questions? Please contact Susan McGuire or Brynn Pacitti. Thank you!
Central Farmers Market at Holy Comforter
Sundays; 8:30 a.m.–1 p.m.

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 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Sunday. Practice physical distancing while you purchase fresh baked goods, produce, meats, and more! Learn more about Central Farm Markets HERE.
Navigating the New Normal through Journaling
Saturday, October 17–November 7
10 a.m.–Noon via Zoom
Registration Deadline:
4 p.m. Friday, October 16

Journaling is a tool which can help individuals process their experiences and feelings. To help guide us in developing this instrument of reflection, Deborah Ross, a certified Journal Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor, is offering a course at Holy Comforter. The cost for the course is $25, with scholarships available. Upon registration, Zoom information will be provided. Read more. Register online HERE.
Since We Are One,
How Do We Deal With Racism?
This Sunday, October 18; 4–6 p.m.

Please join Tyson’s Interfaith for the October Oneness of Humanity Zoom discussion “Since We Are One, How Do We Deal With Racism?” Panelists from many different faith traditions will address such questions as, how can people of faith work toward systemic change and end the pandemic of racism in our world? The event is free; please register online HERE. Download the event flyer HERE. Questions? Contact Joni Langevoort.
  • Monday - Centering Prayer - 1:30 p.m.; Learn more.
  • Tuesday - Men’s Bible Study - 6:45–7:45 a.m.; Learn more.
  • Tuesday - Prayer in Practice - 7–8 p.m. (every other Tuesday; Sept 8–Dec 15; Next session is Oct 20); Learn more.
  • Tuesday - Compline - 8–8:15 p.m.; Learn more.
  • Wednesday - Noonday Prayer - Learn more.
  • Wednesday - Women's Bible Study - 8 p.m.; Learn more.
The center exists to help you take charge of your well-being and spirituality. No matter where you are on your journey to increased well-being and transformation, we encourage you to discover, learn, engage and be part of our community. Learn more.
  • Spiritual Direction/Spiritual Companionship - Tuesdays, by appointment; Learn more.
  • Grace Space - Tuesdays, 7–8:30 p.m.; Learn more.
  • Virtual Reiki Relaxation Sessions - by appointment; Learn more.
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