Church of the Holy Comforter eNews | July 11, 2019
Summer Worship Schedule
(through September 15)
Saturday, July 13
5:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II

Sunday, July 14 - The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II
10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II* with Children's Chapel

Wednesday, July 17
7:00 a.m. Morning Prayer

*childcare available for ages 4 and under

Join the Sunday School Teaching Team

We need 2 more Sunday School teachers for this coming Sunday School year. Please contact Brynn Pacitti for information.

New this fall!
Kindergartners will be instructed through a Montessori-based program called Catechesis of the Good Shepherd and our 1st–4th graders will be instructed using a program called Godly Play. All current and prospective Sunday School teachers are invited to attend upcoming training sessions:

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Workshop
Sunday, August 18, 11:15 a.m.–1:15 p.m. at Holy Comforter; led by Joanne Menke

Godly Play Workshop
Saturday, July 27, 8 a.m.–Noon; or Saturday, August 10, 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. at St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes School, Alexandria
Summer Wellness for Kids
Dear Parents,

My dear friend and Holy Comforter Episcopal Preschool teacher, Robin Kapalka, created a Summer Blessings activity sheet for her kids and shared it with me. I thought of you all as we work together to instill lifelong wellness practices in our children. I have modified the original and created 2 sample versions:

The activities are examples and can be modified to suit your child's needs and abilities. I've presented these to my kids not as something additional they must do each day but more as a helpful way to structure their summer days. They may earn some screen time once their activities are completed joyfully.

I love the weekly family outing idea! Shared experiences (inside and outside the home) help to build strong family connections. Please contact me if you have any questions!

Boston Mission Trip Blog

This week though July 13, Holy Comforter youth are in the city of Boston, working with ministries who support those struggling with poverty. Follow their Mission Trip blog HERE.
Scenes from the Boston Mission Trip
Take the Youth Survey!

We really need your help to improve and deepen our youth ministry at Holy Comforter. If you are a rising 7th–12th Grade student and even if you have not attended Sunday School classes or Youth Group events, we need your input. Take the survey HERE. There are only 10 short questions and all answers are completely anonymous. Questions? Please contact Denis McMullan.

Please Note: Question 8 has a technical glitch that only allows one choice instead of any number of choices. To complete the survey, please complete this additional survey HERE which will provide critical support to decide on youth events.
Join us for a Vigil in Support of the Children and Families at the Border
When: This Friday, July 12; 89 p.m.
Where: Emmaus United Church of Christ, 900 Maple Ave E, Vienna

This Family Friendly Event will include speakers and a silent vigil. As a reminder, vigils are seen as a nonviolent way to raise awareness of a cause and to motivate change, as well as uniting and supporting those attending the vigil. A moment of silence will be held at sundown. Please bring battery-operated candles, flashlights and candle phone apps to shine a light on our administrations policies at the border.  
Please come out and join friends and neighbors.
Please Come to an Altar Guild Information Session
Wednesday, July 17; 7:30–8:30 p.m.
or Saturday, July 20; 10–11 a.m. in the Sanctuary

Have you ever wondered how services in the Chapel and the Sanctuary are set up? About what goes into preparing for Eucharist? About who does it? Here is your chance to find out what St. Mary’s Guild is all about. Please come to see and hear everything you ever wanted to know. The Altar Guild is open to all parishioners aged 13 and older, and we are always looking for new recruits. Questions? Please contact Lolly Mixter.
Join the Pickup Choir!

If you have ever considered joining the choir, now is your chance to try it out—with no long-term commitment! There are two remaining pickup choir dates this summer: July 21 and August 25. Simply meet in the choir room at 9:15 a.m. for a brief rehearsal; then sing at the 10:00 service. No vestments needed; no midweek rehearsals. Questions? Please contact David Kelley.
Choir Camp
Sign Up for Summer Choir Camp
August 12-16 and 18
Register by July 31!

All children entering 2nd–7th Grade are eligible for this week of singing, musical learning, friendship, and fun. $125 fee includes lunches, recreational activities, music education based on the Royal School of Church Music curriculum, and a cool camp t-shirt! Learn more and download a Registration Form HERE.
Showcase Your Musical Gifts
Sunday, September 15
Apply by August 1!

On Sunday, September 15 at 4:00 p.m.,the Music Ministry at Holy Comforter will host a musical showcase to raise funds for our Chichester Cathedral choir residency next summer, and to provide a venue for all Holy Comforter musicians to share their musical talents with the parish. We cordially invite all Holy Comforter musicians of all ages to apply to perform as individuals or small ensembles. Learn more and sign up now.
  • Join us for the Shrine Mont All-Parish Retreat, September 6–8 at Shrine Mont Conference and Retreat Center in Orkney Springs, Virginia
  • Fun activities for all ages: hiking, capture the flag, Family Feud, ice cream social
  • Join us on the mountain as we explore the theme, "Contemplative Practices for Christian Life: How to Pray."
  • Register online HERE!
  • First-timers get 25% off!
  • Learn more.
EfM Film Screening Continues
Friday, July 19 and Friday, August 16; 10 a.m.–Noon in the Lillian Croy Room

The EfM group will gather for the 2nd and 3rd screening sessions of Diarmaid MacCulloch’s A History of Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years. The set is 6 DVD’s, so we watch 2 at each screening session. All are welcome to attend one or all screenings. If you would like to join us, please RSVP to Jeanna Spielmann.
Sign Up for Education for Ministry

EfM is a distance learning program that aims to increase understanding, deepen faith and strengthen ministries. Although it is a four-year program, students commit to one year at a time. Holy Comforter will have two EfM groups in the 2019–20 program year which will start in mid-September and we are now recruiting! For information and to register, please contact:

Sunday class: Julie Nutter or Sue van der Veer