Church of the Holy Comforter eNews | November 20, 2020
Dear Holy Comforter family—Please help support the Longhi family by providing meals during this difficult time. You may sign up online HERE. Thank you.
A sincere thank you to the parishioners who have already chosen to make a 2021 pledge to Holy Comforter. For those of you who have not yet pledged, please pledge online HERE. Thank you.
We're looking for parishioners who would be interested in helping plan and execute the vision of a Pilgrim’s Path around the church grounds. The idea is to provide the congregation and community with a walking path for wellness and reflection time. Everyone is welcome to participate—especially if you happen to have a background in landscape architecture or project management we'd really love your help. We will be meeting before the end of the year to see if we can bring this vision to reality. If interested, please reach out to Jason Crum.
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THIS SATURDAY
Navigating the New Normal:
Finding the Christmas Spirit
Saturday, November 21
10–11:45 a.m. via Zoom

Our current limitations will require changes in how we usually celebrate this season. Please join Clinical Psychologist Amy Heard Davison and the Rev. Jackie Thomson via Zoom as we consider ways for creating meaningful holiday celebrations. More information HERE.
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THROUGHOUT ADVENT
Special Coffee and Fellowship Hour
This Sunday; 10:30–11:30 a.m.

As we navigate the holidays this year, we know they will be different. During our Coffee and Fellowship Hour on November 22 and through Advent we’ll invite conversations around our celebrations in this time.

  • Nov. 22 - Thanksgiving
  • Nov. 29 (Advent 1) - favorite food
  • Dec. 6 (Advent 2) - favorite memory
  • Dec. 13 (Advent 3) - favorite hymn
  • Dec 20 (Advent 4) - favorite decoration

Join Zoom meeting HERE. More information HERE.
Breathe
NEXT SATURDAY
Navigating the New Normal:
Finding God in Your Body
Zoom Yoga with Ann Gillespie
Saturday, November 28 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.
Dr. Kathleen Henderson Staudt
COMING SOON
Learning to Wait in Hope:
An Advent Quiet Morning
Saturday, December 5
9:30 a.m.–Noon
Led by Dr. Kathleen Henderson Staudt

Spend a Quiet Morning reflecting on the ways that we wait in hope. With the help of music, poetry, and Scripture we will explore ways that the Advent themes of exile, waiting, darkness, and longing touch our current hopes and fears, even as they open us to the larger Christian story of God’s abiding presence in our lives. More information HERE.
Christmas Wreath
ORDER TODAY
Youth Group Christmas Greens Sale

Tis the season of greens and giving! Although sales look different this year, the process is similar. Order online HERE. Directions for ordering and payment can be found on the form. Follow us on facebook (Chris Greens) or on instagram (@YouthChristmasGreens) for updates on deliveries.

Dates for pickup are November 29, and December 6, 13, and 20. In addition to the preorder option, we will have greens available for purchase outside of the entrance to the church. Questions? Contact youthgreens2020@gmail.com. Thank you for supporting our Youth Group and Merry Christmas!
Nativity Scene
SAVE THE DATE
Drive-Thru LIVE Nativity
Saturday, December 19
1:30–3:30 p.m.

Come for the Drive-Thru LIVE Nativity in our lower parking lot and celebrate Christ’s birth, all from the safety and comfort of your vehicle. There will be animals and costumed Holy Comforter volunteers for each scene. Learn more HERE and sign up for the many volunteer opportunities to make this family-friendly event a success. 
Pop-Up Church
Dear Holy Comforter family—Our Bishop has reconsidered her direction on limits for outdoor worship. She is allowing for us to conform with the Governor's limits of outdoor gatherings to 250, distanced and masked for religious services.
Ann and Jon at Pop-Up Church
Come for an in-person outdoor Pop-Up Church this Saturday, November 21 at 4 p.m. on the front lawn. This worship service includes readings, prayers, a homily, and communion (bread only—gluten-free available).

Register in advance HERE.
Download the Service Bulletin.
Learn more HERE.
Pre-Recorded Worship Service
Holy Comforter Adult Choir
Worship and explore with us online! Our Pre-Recorded Worship Service will be posted at 4 p.m. this Saturday, November 21 on our YouTube channel HERE, for viewing anytime through the weekend..

Download the Service Bulletin.
Download the Prayer List.
Give online HERE (Select "Operating Fund").
Or Give by texting to 73256
Then type CHCGIVING (ALL CAPITALS, NO SPACES)
Sunday School for Pre-K–4th Grade
This Sunday; 10:30–11:15 a.m. via Zoom
More information HERE. Questions? Please contact Brynn Pacitti.

No Sunday School for 5th and 6th Grade
This Sunday, November 22
More information HERE. Questions? Please contact Brynn Pacitti.
Sunday School 7th–12th Grade
This Sunday; 10:30–11:15 a.m. In Person
High School meets in person under the outdoor tent. Middle School meets on the rear porch off the narthex. More information HERE. Questions? Contact Denis McMullan.
Stained glass depiction of Pentecost - St. Aloysius Church in Somers Town - London
The Acts of the Apostles
10:30 a.m. via Zoom

Explore Acts with us on Sunday mornings. On November 22, the focus will be chapters 5 and 6. 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
Central Farmers Market at Holy Comforter
3 WAYS TO SHOP
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.
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Fall Life Snapshots
Please send us a photo of your fall activities—a craft or art project, roasting s'mores in the backyard, a road trip, a stroll at sunset, hiking a trail, 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.
CHILDREN'S MINISTRIES
Attention ALL Parishioners!

Children's Ministries has been asked to support Marshall Road Elementary School families this Christmas season by purchasing gifts for students and siblings. Learn more and sign up to donate HERE.
Advent Resource for Families

OUTREACH
Pennywise Items for Sale
Pennywise Thrift Shop

  • We are now accepting Christmas decorations as donations.
  • The perfect stocking stuffer—a Pennywise gift card—is available for $5 each.
  • Remember our hours are 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Tuesday–Friday; 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturdays; and Noon.–4 p.m. Sundays.

Please consider volunteering 2 hours per month so that we can continue to support the parish and local and international charities. Sign up online HERE for Sunday shifts. To sign up for Tuesday–Saturday shifts, please contact Helen Mertz or Mary Coulombe.
Apply for Outreach Grants
APPLICATIONS DUE BY DECEMBER 31

The parish Outreach Team is currently accepting applications for grant funding from organizations that serve God’s people in need—and the need is especially great this year. We are particularly interested in assisting organizations with which members of our congregation work or volunteer, and whose mission aligns with our committee’s statement of purpose. Download the short Grant Application Form. Learn more HERE. Questions? Contact Joni Langevoort.
VIRTUAL!
ECW Christmas Giving Table

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.
CENTER FOR WELLNESS AND SPIRITUALITY
  • 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
  • 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 17); 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.