Church of the Holy Comforter eNews | October 30, 2020
Fall Back this Sunday
Holy Comforter’s 2021 Stewardship campaign theme is “Why do fellow parishioners call Holy Comforter HOME.” Please continue to watch your email inbox for some warm and meaningful stewardship testimonials to be sent to you every Saturday morning through November. Thank you to all who have already made their 2021 pledge. If you have not already pledged, please pledge online HERE.
Spaghetti Dinner TO-GO 2020 Volunteers
The results are in for our Spaghetti Dinner TO-GO Fundraiser!

We filled 161 orders (a few at the last minute). The big news is that we will give FACETS a check for $3528! And the lucky winners of the drawing for a weekend at Lake Monticello are Dave and Lisa Wood. Thank you to all who generously donated and volunteered to help make this effort such an overwhelming success.
Virtual Organ Recital
Featuring Dr. David Kelley, Minister of Music
Sunday, November 8 at 4 p.m.

Join us for an online recital of organ pieces, including works by Buxtehude, Vivaldi (arr. Walther), Locklair, Kelley, and others.

The recital will premiere on Holy Comforter’s YouTube channel, Holy Comforter Vienna, VA, at 4 p.m. on Sunday, November 8, and will be available for streaming thereafter.
Livestream Worship
Church of the Holy Comforter Building
We're trying something new this Sunday, November 1! Join us for Livestream Worship! The service will be available on our Facebook page HERE and on our YouTube Channel HERE, beginning at 9:30 a.m. with Coffee and Fellowship Hour immediately following on Zoom.
Download the Service Bulletin.
Download the Prayer List.
Give online HERE (Select "Operating Fund").
Or Give by texting to 73256
Healing Prayers
This Sunday, November 1
Beginning at 10:30 a.m. via Zoom

This Sunday, Holy Comforter will offer Healing Prayers immediately following the 9:30 a.m. Livestream Worship Service—starting at 10:30 a.m. via a unique Zoom link. Join the Zoom meeting HERE. You will be in a Zoom waiting room until your time to be prayed for. Each person will be admitted individually in the order she/he entered. More details and information HERE.
Coffee and Fellowship Hour on Zoom
This Sunday, November 1
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.
Sunday School for Pre-K–6th Grade
This Sunday; 10:30–11:15 a.m. via Zoom

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

Sunday School for Youth
This Sunday; 10:30–11:15 a.m. In Person

All 7th–12th Grade students are welcomed. High School will meet in person on the front lawn. Middle School will meet on the rear porch off the narthex. All in-person outdoor gatherings follow the church guidelines for social distancing, mask wearing, and hand sanitizing. Bring your own chairs and bring snacks and drinks if you like. We will have access to the bathrooms. Questions? Please contact Denis McMullan. Learn more about our curriculum HERE.
Stained glass depiction of Pentecost - St. Aloysius Church in Somers Town - London
The Acts of the Apostles
10:30 a.m. via Zoom

The Gospels tell the story of Jesus here on earth. In the Acts of the Apostles, Luke tells us what happens next. Join us for an exploration and discussion of this book Sunday mornings at 10.30.  There is no class on November 1. At our first session on November 8, the focus will be on Acts chapters 1 and 2. This is a drop-in class—all are welcome! Learn more. Questions? Contact Norma Williamson. (A reading of Acts by actor Max McLean can be found HERE.
Central Farmers Market at Holy Comforter
Central Farmers Market at Holy Comforter
Sundays; 8:30 a.m.–1 p.m.

The market is located on the lower church parking lot from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Sunday. Learn about the three ways to shop safely HERE. Learn more about Central Farm Markets HERE.
Alexandra MacCracken
Virtual Opening to Grace
Saturday, November 7; 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
with Alexandra MacCracken, Gestalt Pastoral Care Minister

We all have a story, and most of us have a place in our story that is unresolved —where we may be “stuck.” This retreat offers a time, bathed in prayer, to gently and effectively revisit and heal those places. Neuroscience now shows that we hold unresolved trauma in our bodies, and if we have compassionate and wise witnesses and guidance we can actually heal and “detoxify” trauma, leading to more personal freedom and joy. Register online HERE. More information HERE. Download the flyer HERE.
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Fall Life Snapshots
Please send us a photo of your fall activities—whether it be a craft or art project, roasting s'mores in the backyard, a road trip, or the brilliant colors of your fall garden. How are you making memories during this challenging time? Send your photo and caption (5 sentences maximum) to Elys McLean by noon every Wednesday, to be included in our Faith in the Time of Corona email communications.
We give thanks for our ongoing work with "Sacred Ground” an 8-week course offered every other week during this critical time on racial reconciliation. We have 35 currently enrolled in this holy conversation and conversion process. This rich offering brings together the resources of our national church, documentaries, reflections on history, and recent writings on the ongoing work of recognition. Please look for further offerings this spring 2021.
Pennywise Sale
Pennywise Thrift Shop

All Halloween costumes and decorative items, except consignment items, are 1/2 price this week. Please consider donating during business hours: 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Tuesday–Friday; 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturdays; and Noon.–4 p.m. Sundays.

Please consider volunteering at the shop. Sign up online HERE for Sunday shifts. To sign up for Tuesday–Saturday shifts, please contact Helen Mertz or Mary Coulombe.
Pennywise Items for Sale
Pennywise Items for Sale
It's Christmas Giving Table Time!

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas and time for the Christmas Giving Table. Unfortunately, there will not be an actual table this year, BUT we can still share our many blessings with the community around us. Donate online HERE (select "ECW Christmas Giving Table" from the Fund dropdown menu). Learn more HERE.
It’s United Thank Offering Time!

Please join together in gratitude for a virtual donation to United Thank Offering (UTO). All 2020 UTO Ingathering donations will provide grants for COVID-19 relief to ministries here and across the globe. Donate online HERE (select "UTO" in the Fund dropdown menu).

Our 5th and 6th grade Faith in Action class will continue to support Marshall Road Elementary School this year and 50 of their neediest students and families. However, we need your help! Items needed include:

  • cleaning supplies (laundry detergent, all-purpose cleaners, other)
  • toilet paper
  • diapers (size 2–5)

Cash donations can be made online HERE (select "Marshall Rd Elementary School" from the Fund dropdown menu) or drop off your items at the collection bins by the church front and side doors this weekend. Questions? Please contact Susan McGuire or Brynn Pacitti.

In lieu of our regular November in-person deliveries, and at the request of Britepaths staff, we will be providing gift cards to their client families. Please contribute online HERE. Select "Britepaths" in the Operating Fund dropdown menu. We will collect donations through November 15. Questions? Contact Susan McGuire.
Navigating the New Normal:
Finding God in Your Body
Zoom Yoga with Ann Gillespie

The Rev. Ann Gillespie offers her signature combination of yoga, meditation, and God, tailored to help you manage your body, mind, and spirit. Join her from the comfort of your own home. Wear comfortable clothes and you’ll need a yoga mat and a blanket. The session recorded on Saturday, October 24 is provided here.
  • Spiritual Direction/Spiritual Companionship - Tuesdays, by appointment; Learn more.
  • Grace Space - Tuesdays, 7–8:30 p.m.; Learn more.
  • Virtual Reiki Relaxation Sessions - by appointment; Learn more.
  • Monday - Centering Prayer - 1:30 p.m.; Learn more.
  • Tuesday - Men’s Bible Study - 6:45–7:45 a.m.; Learn more.
  • Tuesday - Prayer in Practice - 7–8 p.m. (every other Tuesday; Sept 8–Dec 15; Next session is Nov 3); Learn more.
  • Tuesday - Compline - 8–8:15 p.m.; Learn more.
  • Wednesday - Noonday Prayer - Learn more.
  • Wednesday - Women's Bible Study - 8 p.m.; Learn more.