Choral Evensong this Sunday!

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Church of the Holy Comforter Weekly eNews | November 8 , 2018

Worship Schedule

Sunday, November 11
7:45 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite I
9:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II*
10:10 a.m. Adult Forum and Sunday School
11:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II*
5:00 p.m. Choral Evensong

Wednesday, November 14
7:00 a.m. Morning Prayer

Saturday, November 17
5:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II

*childcare available
Getting to Know God_ Self_ and Others
Fr. Jon has brought us a wonderful reminder that it is time to renew our community by Getting to Know God, Self and Others. For those who have already made a commitment to support Holy Comforter in 2019 -- thank you. For those in discernment, please consider the role you can play by the simple act of pledging. Your pledge makes so much possible from our beautiful liturgy to the support of each person who calls Holy Comforter their spiritual home.
Supporting the pledge is easy:
  • Fill out the pledge card and mail it back to the Church Office.
  • Complete the pledge card and drop it in the collection plate on Sunday.
  • Complete the online pledge form HERE.

Moms' Group Meeting
This Friday, November 9
9:30 - 11:30 a.m.; Lillian Croy Room
Join the Moms' Group for coffee and fellowship as we discuss how to teach our children about compassion, gratitude, and empathy. Preschool Director, Linda Meyers, will share her own thoughts on this topic and she will tell us a bit about the preschool program. The Moms' Group meets the 2nd and 4th Fridays of the month and invites mothers of all ages. Please RSVP to Amy Britton.
Votes for Women
ECW Program:
Votes for Women! American Suffragists and the Battle for the Ballot
This Saturday, November 10
10:00 a.m.; St. Mary's Chapel
Join us as author Winifred Conkling presents a program based on her book, Votes for Women! American Suffragists and the Battle for the Ballot. On August 18, 1920, American women finally won the right to vote. Come learn about not only the suffragists' achievements and politics but also the private journeys that fueled their passion and led them to become women's champions. Learn more HERE.
Marriage Ministry
Special Event!
Date Night and Kids Night In
This Saturday, November 10
5:00 - 8:30 p.m.
We are encouraging all couples throughout the church to go out on a date night (individually, not all together). Come to the church between 5:00 and 8:30 p.m. to pick up a date night bag, including discussion questions, something sweet, and hopefully coupons to area restaurants. Couples with babies or children can drop them off at church from 5:00 to 8:30 p.m. for pizza and a program that will emphasize empathy and communication through games and fun activities. Suggested $5/child donation to cover pizza. To sign up for the children's program, please contact Katie Krogh. Learn more about the Marriage Ministry HERE.

Holy Comforter Music
Adult Choir
Join Us! 
Choral Evensong
This Sunday, November 11
5:00 p.m.
Holy Comforter's Adult Choir will present an evening service of song and scripture. This beautiful and moving liturgy will be followed by a festive reception. Music will include canticles by Herbert Sumsion, an anthem by David Hurd, and organ music by Herbert Howells and Dietrich Buxtehude. Join us, and bring a friend!Questions? Contact David Kelley.

Wonderful news! The Holy Comforter choirs have been accepted to do a residency at Chichester Cathedral in England on August 3-9, 2020. Participating choristers age 10 and above will sing seven Evensongs, a Matins and a Eucharist service, as they connect with the history and source of our beloved music tradition. Preparations and rehearsal for this very special trip are already under way.

Want to see what it's all about? Come to Evensong this Sunday, November 11 at 5 p.m.
Want to join the Choir? It's not too late. Please contact Music Minister David Kelley.

As we begin this new chapter of our Church life together, we are recharging and revitalizing our commitment to Pastoral Care in a variety of ways and with a variety of ministries within Holy Comforter. Through our clergy and lay persons' visits to home or hospital, Stephen Ministry relationships, Prayer Chain, prayer shawls, ARC ministry, intercessions on Sunday, meal delivery, Gestalt Pastoral Care retreats, Listening Hearts personal vocational discernment, flower delivery and Lay Eucharistic Visitors, Healing Prayers and more -- we care, we respond, and we visit.

If you or someone you know desires to receive pastoral care, please don't hesitate to reach out to the Church Office from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 703-938-6521 or after hours at 703-216-1864. Or email our clergy: the Rev. Jackie Thomson or the Rev. Jon Strand or Healing Team Leader, Alexandra MacCracken. Our clergy and pastoral care team is available to help 24/7.  

Acts 20:28  "28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he has purchased with his own blood." 
Christopher Reynolds
Coming Soon!
Organ Recital with
Dr. Christopher Reynolds
Sunday, November 18
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Please plan to attend an organ recital by Dr. Christopher Reynolds, Director of Music and Organist at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Richmond, Virginia. This will be the third organ recital we have presented since the installation of the new organ in September 2012. The program will include works by Bach, Buxtehude, Franck, Mendelssohn, and Willan. No tickets are required. Join us, and bring a friend!

Adult Forum:
Religious Posturing vs. Costly Discipleship
This Sunday, November 11
10:10 a.m.; St. Mary's Chapel
Parishioner Frances Sullinger will lead us in a discussion and exploration of Mark 12:38-44. Through hearing Jesus unmask the dysfunction of the temple leaders, we will evaluate our own positions on hypocrisy and faithful giving.

Link to scripture HERE. Download the Resource Sheet HERE.

Scenes from Youth Group Music Night!
Youth Group enjoyed making music on the evening of Sunday, November 4 with the help of very talented musicians. Learn more and see pictures HERE.
Youth Outreach:
Help Feed the Homeless
This Sunday, November 11
All 7th-12th graders are invited to help feed the homeless through the FACETS outreach program. Meet at Rodman House at 5:15 and return at 7:30 p.m. Service hours available. Spaces limited so sign up now by contacting Denis McMullan. Please bring:
  • one dozen hard boiled eggs
  • one dozen bottles of water
  • one dozen REUSABLE BAGS for distribution
Youth Fellowship: 
Youth Bowling Night
Sunday, November 18
4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Bowl America
9699 Fairfax Blvd., Fairfax
All 7th-12th graders are invited for an evening of bowling fun and fellowship. Meet at Bowl America at 4 p.m. and pickup is at 6 p.m. Sign up by contacting Denis McMullan.

The Giving Table
Starting this Saturday, November 10, ECW will again sponsor The Giving Table, a project that provides opportunities for the Holy Comforter family to support local charities. Each charity provides a list of needed items that will be distributed to people in need -- to make their holiday season a bit more joyful. Parishioners will be able to sign up and then bring their contributions to church. Giving Table "elves" will ensure that they get delivered to the recipient charities in time for the distribution. It's a great way to involve the whole family in Christian outreach. Watch for more information. Please contact Chris Doyle or sign up in the narthex if you are willing to help staff The Giving Table!
Last Chance!
Please Donate to Britepaths!
Our next deliveries to Britepaths clients will take place on Sunday, November 18, when we will deliver groceries and household supplies to 30 area families in need. Please see the list of needed donations HERE and in the Britepaths display in the narthex. Donations should be left at the narthex display no later than Wednesday, November 14 to be included in our deliveries. Also, we still need volunteers to help pack food, shop for needed items, make phone calls, and make deliveries on November 18. If you can help, please sign up in the narthex or contact Susan McGuire. Thank you for your support of this ministry!

Ministry Center
Work is progressing as preparations are made for installing the roof of the new Ministry Center. Rooftop stands are installed for the new air conditioner. Check out pictures of the construction process HERE!
RSVP Today!
Christian Yoga Ladies' Night Out
Sponsored by the Moms' Group
Sunday, November 18
7:00 p.m.; St. Mary's Chapel
Morgan Hanzlik will lead us in an invigorating yoga routine, which will be appropriate for both beginners and more experienced yoga students. Morgan is a Group Fitness and Mind/Body Director at Sport & Health as well as an active parishioner and mother of three. After the yoga session, light refreshments will be served. This will be the perfect event to prepare your mind and body for the busy holiday season! Please RSVP to Amy Britton.
Save the Date!
Dining for Dollars!
Monday, November 19
Holy Comforter Preschool and Kindergarten is hosting a Dining for Dollars on Monday, November 19 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Chipotle located at 213 Maple Avenue East. We would truly appreciate your support as you enjoy an evening out. Don't forget to mention you are eating for Holy Comforter!
Pennywise Thrift Shop
Pennywise Thrift Shop
Volunteer at Pennywise! 
Revenues from the Pennywise Thrift Shop fund a variety of ministries and activities within our parish as well as numerous community charitable programs and services. Volunteers do all of the work at the shop, and we always need volunteers:
  • Desk/cashier
  • Consignment
  • Sorters
  • Pricers
  • Stocking racks and shelves
  • Porch Patrol
Youth Service Opportunities: Students can earn service hours.

Jewelry donations are being accepted for both fine and costume jewelry!
To volunteer, please contact Mary Coulombe. Want more information? See the Holy Comforter website HERE. Find us on Facebook HERE. Track special items on Craigslist HERE.

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