Church of the Holy Comforter eNews | July 10, 2020
Join Us This Saturday for Outdoor Pop-Up Church
(An Addition to our Online Offerings)

Our second in-person service will be an outdoor Evening Prayer service on the front lawn this Saturday, July 11 at 7 p.m. including readings, prayers and a homily, but no singing and no communion, yet. Pop-Up Church will happen on 2nd, 4th and 5th weekends, weather permitting, and in addition to our Pre-Recorded Worship offering.

  • Register in advance HERE and we will check you in at the circle drive near the front doors.
  • Read essential information HERE.
Zoom Worship:
1st and 3rd Sunday

Pre-Recorded Worship:
2nd, 4th, and 5th 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, July 12
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.
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 11 and 12. (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.
Join us from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. this Sunday 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 .

This Sunday we'll talk about Parables. Bring your favorite storybook to share with the group!
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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.
Pennywise will start taking donations from everyone this Saturday, July 11; 10 a.m.–2 p.m. at the Pennywise Thrift Shop (214 Dominion Rd. NE, Vienna). We would like decorative items, summer clothing, and kitchen and household items. We cannot take large furniture, toys, bikes, electronics.
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.
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.
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!
Noonday Prayer on YouTube is taking a break for July and most of August—returning on August 26.
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.’ 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.
August Book Study - Read and discuss Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman.

We'll gather on Zoom on Monday nights in August from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. to discuss the 1949 book, Jesus and the Disinherited, by African-American theologian and civil rights leader Howard Thurman. In the book, Thurman interprets the life of Jesus as an experience of a marginalized and oppressed person examining nonviolent responses to injustice and a greater spiritual vision that results in a reciprocal community. We will also be exploring many of his writings on spirituality and prayer which are incredibly relevant and transformative. More information on how to join the Zoom gathering will be coming soon.
Beginning in September we hope to go deeper through a program developed by the National Episcopal Church called Sacred Ground.
Gestalt Pastoral Care
Save the Date and Register
Opening to Grace Virtual Retreat
Saturday, August 1; 9:30 a.m.–3 p.m.
with Alexandra MacCracken
Gestalt Pastoral Care Minister

We'll gather on Zoom to let go, let down, rest, and draw strength from the gathered church, and allow others to pray for our healing. The cost is $75 for full participant; $50 for observer/intercessor. To register and for more information, please visit the link HERE.
Navigating the New Normal:
Finding God in Your Body
Live Zoom Yoga with Ann
Saturday, July 25 at 9:30 a.m.

The Rev. Ann Gillespie will offer her signature combination of yoga, meditation, and God, tailored to help you manage your body, mind, and spirit in this unprecedented time of pandemic. Join her from the comfort of your own home. Please wear comfortable clothes you can move in and you’ll need a yoga mat and a blanket.

Please email Ann Gillespie before Saturday, July 18 at 8:30 p.m. and she will send you the Zoom link. This class will be recorded so if you can’t make it on Saturday, it will be available on the website later. Namaste!
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.