Church of the Holy Comforter eNews | June 26, 2020
Join Us This Saturday for Outdoor Pop-Up Church
(An Addition to our Online Offerings)

Our first in-person service will be an outdoor Evening Prayer service on the front lawn this Saturday, June 27 at 7 p.m. including readings, prayers and a homily, but no singing and no communion, yet. This will happen on a week-to-week basis, at times that fit the forecast, so watch this space in the weekly Comfortable Word for our in-person offering.

  • Register in advance HERE and we will check you in at the circle drive near the front doors (currently limited to 50 people, but registrations which exceed the limit will be given preference for the next Pop-Up Church service).
  • It's essential that you wear a mask throughout the worship (we'll have a few extras available just in case).
  • Stay safely distanced (at least 6ft.) from those who are not in your quarantine group.
  • Please bring your own chairs or blankets.
  • We will ask you to sanitize your hands prior to picking up a bulletin.
  • Please try not to use the indoor bathrooms at this time—they will still be available if needed.
  • We ask that you not linger long after the service, and stay distanced when returning to vehicles—Coffee Hour is available on Sunday via Zoom at 10:30 a.m.
  • In case of rain, the service will be rescheduled.
Zoom Worship:
1st and 3rd Sunday

Pre-Recorded Worship:
2nd and 4th Sunday
Our Pre-Recorded Worship service will be posted at 4 p.m. this Saturday on our YouTube channel, Holy Comforter Vienna VA for viewing anytime through the weekend.
View the lectionary readings HERE.
Download the Service Bulletin HERE.
Download the Prayer List HERE.
Download the Children's Bulletin HERE.
Give online HERE (Select "Operating Fund").
Or Give by texting to 73256
Coffee and Fellowship Hour on Zoom
This Sunday, June 28
10:30–11:30 a.m.

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.
Join us from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. this Sunday, June 28 for Kids' Summer Sessions! (K-I-S-S)—a short, fun, all-ages (4–12) kids' Bible session including fun themes, Bible videos and friends! Join the Zoom gathering HERE . Questions? Contact Brynn Pacitti .
Centering Prayer on Zoom
Mondays; 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.
Compline on Zoom
Tuesdays; 8–8:15 p.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.
Our baptismal covenant inspires and requires us ‘to seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself’ and ‘to strive for justice and peace among all people and respect the dignity of every human being.’ In response to the events of the last few weeks and months, the time is ripe for us as a faith community to educate ourselves about the undeniable disparity in treatment between whites and blacks in our country and dare to have some courageous conversations.

July 9 Movie Talk; 7–8:30 p.m. - Discuss the documentary film 13th .
August Book Study - Read and discuss Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman.
Beginning in September we hope to go deeper through a program developed by the National Episcopal Church called Sacred Ground.

The Rev. Jon Strand+ and The Rev. Ann Gillespie+
Exploring the Gospel of Mark
Sundays, through July 26
at 10.30 a.m. via Zoom

Join the Zoom gathering HERE for the Gospel of Mark Bible study. This Sunday the focus is on Mark chapters 7 and 8. (Video of actor Max McLean reading these chapters is found  HERE). See more details HERE on how to join the Zoom gathering. All welcome! For more information, contact Norma Williamson.
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!
Holy Comforter Episcopal Preschool and Kindergarten (HCEP&K) is seeking a 5-day PreK teacher, assistant teachers, and substitute teachers for the 2020–2021 school year. HCEP&K is a wonderful place for former teachers who are ready to come back to work on a part time basis. If you are former teacher, social worker, or childcare provider interested, please email Linda Meyers, or call 703-938-3704.
Middle School Sunday School

Thanks for a great year despite our recent restrictions to Zoom meetings. We are taking a summer break starting this Sunday and will resume in the fall. We look forward to welcoming our rising 7th graders in September and wish our rising 9th graders every blessing as they transition into our High School program. Stay safe and enjoy the summer!

Linda Lee Malone, Jessica Wadlow, Lynne Brents, and Denis McMullan
Pennywise Pop-Up this Sunday
9 a.m.–12:30 p.m.; Front Circle

A Pennywise Pop Up Shop will return during the Farmer’s Market this Sunday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the circle in front of the church. Pennywise is our own thrift shop that supports our church and local and international charities. Display tables will be 6’ apart and social distancing strictly enforced. Hand sanitizer will be available. Only credit cards will be accepted.

Come by, wear a mask, and help support Pennywise during this time of Covid-19. Here's a sampling of what's for sale this Sunday—Czech marionettes, quilt, globe, garden and cookbooks, blouses, UN pottery children, and much more:
Pennywise is accepting only the following types of donations from parishioners on Wednesdays, 10 a.m.–Noon at the Pennywise Thrift Shop (214 Dominion Rd. NE, Vienna).

  • Decorative items
  • Kitchen items: casserole/baking dishes; pots/pans,; but NO china, glassware, silver
  • Garden items
  • Outdoor and patio items (NO furniture)
  • Plastic picnic ware
  • Purses and scarves


Drop off donations in the front of Pennywise ONLY on Wednesdays, 10–12. We cannot keep anything left before or after this time allotment. Thanks for helping Pennywise to continue its mission.
Please note: If the below message appears at the lower part of your computer screen, please click "View entire message" to view the entire length of this email.
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

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, and help with healing 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; 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. Purchase fresh baked goods, produce, meats, and more! Link HERE to learn about COVID-19 protocols. Learn more about Central Farm Markets HERE.
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!