Ministry Fair/Pizza, Ice Cream Social This Sunday!

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Church of the Holy Comforter Weekly eNews | September 13 , 2018

Summer Worship Schedule through September 16

8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II
10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II

7:00 a.m. Morning Prayer

5:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II

*childcare available

Readings This Weekend

New Program Year Begins September 23!

7:45 a.m. Sunday - Holy Eucharist, Rite I
9:00 a.m. Sunday - Holy Eucharist, Rite II
10:10 a.m. Sunday - Adult Forum and Sunday School
11:00 a.m. Sunday - Holy Eucharist, Rite II
5:00 p.m. Saturday - Holy Eucharist, Rite II
Get involved at Holy Comforter!
Are you looking to get more involved here at Holy Comforter? Are you searching for ways to put your gifts and abilities into action? Watch this space each week as we introduce you to the 70-plus ministries that Holy Comforter sponsors and practices. We know you will find one that needs the gift you are and the gifts you bring.

Want a quick way to sign up for current volunteer opportunities? Please visit the Holy Comforter website and select "Time to Sign Up" in the News Room.

Pizza and Ice Cream
All Are Welcome!
Ministry Fair/
Pizza, Ice Cream Social
This Sunday, September 16; 11 a.m.
Following the 10 a.m. service, please join us for the Ministry Fair and enjoy pizza and ice cream with all the fixings! Learn more about the ministries that make our life as a Christian community so rich. Learn how you can help through your time, talent and treasure. Questions? Contact Peggy Miller.
Valerie and Jim
Celebrate the Ministry of the Rev. Valerie Hayes at Holy Comforter!
Sunday, September 30, 10:10 a.m.
Our Senior Associate Rector, Valerie Hayes will conclude her ministry at Holy Comforter on Sunday, September 30. A festive reception bidding farewell to Valerie, will be held between the 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. services. Please join us in the narthex as we thank Valerie for her ministry among us and wish her and Jim God-speed.

The "purse" is a long-standing tradition in bidding our clergy farewell. Please send or drop off your donation in the Church Office payable to Holy Comforter with "Reverend Valerie's Purse" written on the memo line.
Special Save the Date
Celebration of New Ministry!
Thursday, October 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Save the date and join us for a Celebration of New Ministry and Installation of the Reverend Jon C. Strand as the new Rector of Church of the Holy Comforter. The Rt. Reverend Robert Wilkes Ihloff will celebrate.
Crop Walk
Sign Up and Join Holy Comforter's Team! All Ages Welcome!
Crop Walk
Sunday, October 7; 2 p.m.
Holy Comforter will be fielding a team to participate in this annual walk to benefit food programs for the needy. We're hoping to raise funds for the Committee for Helping Others (CHO) by getting friends to sponsor the walkers for making the trek. The 5K route will start and end at Vienna Town Green. Water and light snacks will be provided by the organizers. We are encouraging our walkers to wear a Holy Comforter T-shirt for better team identity but the main thing is to have fun and support a great cause. We're looking for a team leader to organize our group -- no experience required. Please click HERE to register or donate. Please contact Joni Langevoort with questions or if you'd like to act as team leader.

Holy Comforter Youth
7th-12 Grade Youth Group Starts in October!
First and Third Sunday!  
Questions? Please contact Denis McMullan.

Sign up for Field of Fear,
a Special Youth Group Kickoff Event!
Sunday, October 7 at Cox Farms, Centreville
  • Must reserve by October 1
  • Meet at Rodman House at 6:00 p.m.
  • Return to Rodman House at 10:15 p.m.
Ticket includes the Dark Side Hayride, Haunted Cornfield, and entry to the Forest. Concessions available. Learn more HERE. For tickets or questions, please contact Denis McMullan.

The Holy Comforter Challenge
Dear Friends,

Over the past six weeks the Vestry, the Stewardship Committee, and the leaders of our Outreach Ministries have challenged you to help close a budget gap that was impeding our ministry to those in our parish, but more importantly those who are the most vulnerable in our greater Northern Virginia community. From outreach programs like Facets to our own children's and youth ministries, you have met the call. Read more HERE.

If you haven't made a contribution yet, please click HERE to give today. Please type "Challenge" in the optional memo field.

Ministry Center
Exciting news! The first floor aluminum studs have been installed for drywall. Check out the latest Ministry Center construction updates HERE!
Gestalt Pastoral Care
Opening to Grace Retreat
This Saturday, September 15; 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
This is an opportunity for a small group of us to work together, and to enter into an indepth interactive "grace space" together for healing. Bring a dream, an issue, and your openness to whatever emerges during our time. Together we will form our "ad hoc Church" in which the healing Holy One can move and act among us.

Space is limited and participation will be on a first come, first served basis.
  • Full Participant: $150
  • Observer/Intercessor: $80
  • 50% Deposit Due by September 5
Learn more and register online HERE. Questions? Please contact Alexandra MacCracken.

Holy Comforter Moms
Moms' Group Meeting
This Friday, September 14; 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Lillian Croy Room
Please join the Holy Comforter Moms' Group for the first meeting of the fall. Enjoy coffee and fellowship as we share our joys and concerns for this upcoming school year. Beth Strand will attend and share some of her experiences with us. As an oncology nurse practitioner and a mother of three, she offers a wonderful variety of perspectives. The Moms' Group meets the 2nd and 4th Friday of the month and invites moms of all ages. If you cannot attend this week, you can join us at our next meeting on September 28. Please RSVP to Amy Britton so that we can plan for refreshments and childcare.

Moms' Group Meeting
Friday, September 28; 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Lillian Croy Room
Please join the Holy Comforter Moms' Group for a casual Meet and Greet event. Feel free to stop by for a short while even if you cannot stay the entire time. Enjoy coffee and fellowship as we get to know each other better. The Moms' Group meets the 2nd and 4th Friday of the month. Please RSVP to Amy Britton so that we can plan for refreshments and childcare.

2 Flavors of FOYERS!
Traditional - meets in homes
Dine-Out - meets in restaurants
Enjoy fellowship and good food in small groups. Foyers meet once a month (at a time scheduled within each group) to share a meal and friendship. It's a great way to get to know people. All Foyer groups are now forming. Sign up for the Fall-Winter round in the Narthex September 16 through September 30 or notify Shelia Creswell.

You must sign up to be included in the fall round!

Save the Date!
Annual NOVA Pride Festival
Saturday, September 29; 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Bull Run Special Events Center, Centreville
Join us at our booth as we reach out and invite people to visit Holy Comforter as an open and welcoming community of faith! Bring your kids! Bring your dogs! Food, music, activities, and fun! Very family friendly. NOVA Pride seeks to educate, advocate and celebrate diversity! Learn more HERE. Sign up HERE. Questions? Contact the Rev. Valerie Hayes.

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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