Church of the Holy Comforter eNews | January 8, 2021
We are looking for volunteers to help provide meals to longtime parishioner, Claire Hill. Claire has health challenges and is unable to prepare meals for herself. Please sign up online HERE. Questions? Please contact Katherine Longhi.
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Holy Comforter Preschool and Kindergarten Dining for Dollars
Support HCEP&K (Holy Comforter Episcopal Preschool & Kindergarten) on Mobile Spirit Day, Monday, January 11, 6:30 a.m.–10 p.m. at any Chick-fil-A! Download the app and visit the drive-thru. When ordering, please enter "Spirit Day" in the special Instructions, so that we can receive credit. Wear your HCEP&K logo shirt and let them know at the window, to receive a coupon card for free meal items.
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PENNYWISE THRIFT SHOP

Happy New Year from Pennywise! Please consider including Pennywise in your New Year resolutions. If exercising or cooking are part of your resolutions, we’ve got that covered with athletic wear, pots, pans, dishes, and great cookbooks. Donations of decorative items and jewelry are appreciated. Just a 2-hour shift once a month would be helpful to the church and our community. Sign up online HERE for Sunday shifts. To sign up for Tuesday–Saturday shifts, please contact Helen Mertz or Mary Coulombe.
Dear Holy Comforter Friends,

Thank you for your prayers, cards, and kindness during my mother's illness and following her recent death. Jim and I appreciate your caring presence, your comforting words, and your loving support during this time of grief.

With gratitude,
Joanne and Jim Menke

On behalf of the ECW (Episcopal Church Women) I want to extend my heartfelt appreciation to the many parishioners who donated to the fall UTO ingathering. Your generous contributions provided much needed assistance to this worthy organization.

I am also sincerely grateful to the ECW members responsible for the coordination of the Christmas Giving Project and the overwhelming generosity of our parishioners during this difficult time. Their collaborative efforts along with the generous contributions of many parishioners provided much needed assistance to a broad population, with a variety of needs.

Gratefully yours,
Kathy Orchard-Hays,
ECW President
2021 Hypothermia Shelter

Please mark your calendar for February 21–27 at 8508 Leesburg Pike, Vienna, Virginia. The annual Hypothermia Shelter Program is one of the most successful public-private partnerships between Fairfax County, FACETS, and faith-based partners. Each year this life saving mission provides our most vulnerable neighbors with a warm place to stay, three meals per day, and access to health and community services. Learn more.
Episcopal 101 is a class for newcomers and old-timers alike—anyone who seeks a deeper relationship with God and to learn more about the Episcopal Church. It will meet on Zoom on Monday evenings, starting on January 25 from 7:15 to 8:45 p.m.

Over the course of 14 sessions we will dive into the theology and history of the Episcopal Church, scripture, and the Book of Common Prayer. We’ll explore different forms of prayer and learn about the ministries of Holy Comforter. At the end, some will choose to be baptized, confirmed, or received into the Episcopal Church, but that is not a requirement. We are limiting participation to 20 people. All are welcome in this safe space to ask all of your questions. More information and registration HERE.
This Saturday
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NEW!
Drive-In Church
This Saturday, January 9
3 p.m. on the Lower Parking Lot

Come in your vehicle for Drive-In Church. Please tune your FM radios to station 91.7 and we invite you to sing hymns, join in the prayers, listen to the Sermon, and share the Eucharist (brought to your cars by ushers).

Register in advance HERE.
Download the Service Bulletin.
Learn more HERE.
This Sunday
Holy Comforter Adult Choir
Pre-Recorded Worship Service
Our digital service will be posted at 4 p.m. this Saturday, January 9 on our YouTube Channel for viewing anytime through the weekend.

Download the Service Bulletin.
Download the Prayer List.

Beginning this weekend, and running through the season after Epiphany, we will be using a new setting of the Gloria. The setting, by Carl Haywood, was first published in the Episcopal Church’s African-American hymnal Lift Every Voice and Sing II, and was subsequently included in Wonder, Love, and Praise (our green hymnal). According to the editors of the green hymnal, it features a “bass-driven, upbeat style…often referred to as ‘Chicago Gospel’.” Learn about composer Carl Haywood HERE. Listen to our choir’s recording of the piece HERE.
Give online HERE (Select "Operating Fund").
Or Give by texting to 73256
Then type CHCGIVING (ALL CAPITALS, NO SPACES)
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Coffee and Fellowship Hour on Zoom
This Sunday; 10:30–11:30 a.m.

We’re now 9 months into our quarantine. That’s the duration of a full-term pregnancy. What has been born—or born anew—in you during this time? Grab your coffee or tea and join us online for fellowship and conversation. Some related questions to think about: What have I learned? What have I missed? What do I celebrate?

All are welcome, especially newcomers, for Zoom fellowship—a chance to see one another and chat online. Join Zoom meeting HERE. More information HERE.
Stained glass depiction of Pentecost - St. Aloysius Church in Somers Town - London
Sunday Bible Study:
The Acts of the Apostles
10:30 a.m. via Zoom

Explore Acts with us on Sunday mornings. On January 10, the focus will be chapters 17 and 18. This is a drop-in class—all are welcome! More information HERE. Questions? Contact Norma Williamson.

Join the Zoom gathering HERE.
Meeting ID: 989 8222 5684
Passcode: 4ZAaFi
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Sunday School for Pre-K–4th Grade
This Sunday; 10:30–11:15 a.m. via Zoom

More information HERE. Questions? Contact Brynn Pacitti.

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Sunday School for 5th and 6th Grade
This Sunday; 10:30–11:15 a.m. via Zoom

Learn more about our curriculum HERE. Join on Zoom HERE. Questions? Please contact Brynn Pacitti.

Support Marshall Road School

We continue to support children and families at Marshall Road Elementary School. Please sign up HERE to provide a bag of needed items.
Sunday School 7th–12th Grade
This Sunday; 10:30–11:15 a.m. via Zoom

High School and Middle School are switching back to Zoom meetings as a result of the current surge in COVID-19 infections. All students will receive a Zoom invite prior to the class. If you are not currently active in the Youth Ministry and would like more information please contact Denis McMullan. Learn more about our curriculum HERE.
Central Farmers Market Hours:
9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Sundays, January–March
CENTER FOR WELLNESS AND SPIRITUALITY
Breathe
Navigating the New Normal:
Finding God in Your Body
Zoom Yoga with Ann Gillespie
Saturday, January 30 at 9:30 a.m.

This interactive offering is a combination of yoga, meditation, and God, tailored to help you manage your body, mind, and spirit. Wear comfortable clothes and you’ll need a yoga mat and a blanket. More information HERE.
Gestalt Pastoral Care
Virtual Opening to Grace
Saturday, February 6; 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
with Alexandra MacCracken, Gestalt Pastoral Care Minister

Let go, let down, rest, and draw strength from the gathered group (and allow others to pray for your healing). Alexandra will employ both spiritual and gestalt insights as you work with your body, emotions, and spirit for your greater wellness. Register online HERE.
  • Navigating the New Normal: Finding God in Your Body - via Zoom; Learn more.
  • Spiritual Direction/Spiritual Companionship - By appointment; Learn more.
  • Grace Space - Tuesdays, 7–8:30 p.m.; Learn more.
  • Virtual Reiki Relaxation Sessions - by appointment; Learn more.
ADULT FAITH FORMATION