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Church of the Holy Comforter Weekly eNews | March 14 , 201 9
Worship Schedule
 
Saturday, March 16
5:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II

Sunday, March 17
The Second Sunday in Lent
7:45 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite I
9:00 a.m.
Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Choristers (Children's Chapel available)*
10:10 a.m.
Adult Forum and Sunday School
11:00 a.m.
Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Adult Choir (Children's Chapel available)*
5:00 p.m. Choral Evensong

Tuesday, March 19
7:00-7:30 p.m. Centering Prayer

Wednesday, March 20
7:00 a.m. Morning Prayer
12:10 p.m. Lenten Midweek Eucharist

*childcare available for ages 4 and under
LENT 2019
Please click below for our series of daily devotions written and created by members and friends of Holy Comforter.
Our Lenten Journey 2019
Please click below for a summary of Lenten offerings for prayer, worship, and meditation at Holy Comforter.
Lenten Spaces at Holy Comforter
Walk in Love
Beginning This Sunday!
Walk in Love:
Episcopal Beliefs and Practices
March 17, 24, and 31
April 7 and 28
May 5, 12, and 19
12:30-2:00 p.m. in the Lillian Croy Room

May 26 and June 2
following the 10:00 a.m. service

Whether you are new to the Episcopal Church or a lifelong member, this course offering is for those wishing to learn and re-learn about the Episcopal Church -- our theology, history and structure, worship and sacraments -- especially those adults considering baptism, confirmation or reception into the Episcopal Church on Sunday, June 9.

Register for class and childcare HERE. Questions? Please contact Frances Sullinger.

Light Lunch and Childcare Provided

Adult Choir
Choral Evensong
This Sunday, March 17 at 5:00 p.m.
Holy Comforter's Adult Choir will present a service of Evensong for Lent. This beautiful liturgy will be followed by an elegant reception. Music will include Magnificat and Nunc dimittis in B Minor by Noble, "Let Nothing Ever Grieve Thee" by Brahms, and Preces and Responses by Nardone. Join us and bring a friend!
Centering Prayer
Tuesdays through April 16 from 7:00 to 7:30 p.m. in St. Mary's Chapel
Join us for a brief teaching on centering prayer and some minutes of silence.

Lenten Midweek Eucharist
Wednesdays through April 17 at 12:10 p.m. in St. Mary's Chapel
Please join us during the season of Lent for a midweek Eucharist. The service will be brief to allow time for those returning to work

Resurrection by Rowan Williams
Lenten Brownbag Lunch & Book Discussion
Wednesdays through April 17 from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. in St. Mary's Chapel
Bring a bag lunch and join us for a study of Rowan Williams' amazing book Resurrection following the Lenten Midweek Eucharist. It is short, but densely written and well worth the effort! Join us for worship in the Chapel beforehand or just come for the discussion.

The book is available through Kindle. Also, a limited number of used books have been ordered. For more information and to reserve a used copy of the book, please contact the Church Office at 703-938-6521.
Lenten Quiet Study
Saturday, March 23
9:00-11:30 a.m. in the Lillian Croy Room
A unique blend of traditional and modern interaction, this study will begin with the history of the Stations of the Cross and end with an experiential meditation on Jesus' path from Pontius Pilate to the cave with contemporary prayers and reflections.

Lent Madness
Lent Madness
Want to be inspired by some saintly souls this Lent and have fun along the way? Join with thousands of Christians across denominations who have discovered the joyful online learning community that is Lent Madness. Learn more.

Honor a loved one at Easter
Send contributions by noon April 16!
Every Easter the Altar Guild creates a vibrant display that enhances worship on Easter Sunday. To contribute toward Easter flowers in memory or in honor of a loved one, please download an Easter Altar Flower Form HERE. We should receive all contributions by noon on Tuesday, April 16 in order to include every dedication in the Easter Bulletin.
STAY CONNECTED:
PASTORAL CARE
Winter Marriage Workshop
This Sunday, March 17 and March 24 from 4-6 p.m. in St. Mary's Chapel
Join parishioner Amy Davison and the Marriage Ministry team for either or both of these Sunday afternoon sessions. The workshop theme is "The Art of Relating with Your Whole Being: Mind Body Heart Soul."

This week, our focus is "Keeping it Real: Creating Meaning and Traditions." Through exercises and discussion, this meeting will explore how you can open up to one another to create shared meaning and to nurture connection and traditions in your relationship.

The Marriage workshops are a great chance to go deeper in your relationship during the Lenten season. You are welcome to attend as a couple or as an individual, and all ages and stages are encouraged to attend. No participant will be asked to share anything with the group, only with their individual spouse to ensure privacy and comfort for all.
 
Childcare is available. Please RSVP HERE, and last minute participants are welcome to come.

ADULT CHRISTIAN FORMATION
Adult Forum: Witness and Hope
This Sunday, March 17 at 10:10 a.m. in St. Mary's Chapel
Please join us this Sunday in a discussion and exploration of Luke 13:31-35. Heeding Jesus' lament over Jerusalem, we will consider contemporary ways to speak truth to power that are grounded in God's promised future.

Link to scripture HERE. Download the Resource Sheet HERE.
OUTREACH
Britepaths Deliveries April 7
Our next deliveries to Britepaths clients will take place on Sunday, April 7, when we will deliver groceries and household supplies to 30 area families in need. Please see the list of needed donations HERE and in the Britepaths display in the narthex. We will also need many volunteers to help pack food, shop for needed items, make phone calls, and make deliveries on April 7. If you can help, please sign up in the narthex or contact Susan McGuire. Thank you for your support of this ministry!
CHILDREN & YOUTH
Holy Comforter Youth
Last weekend, 17 high school youth enjoyed fellowship, deepened friendships, and worshiped together in a late-night Eucharist during the Youth Group Lock-In. Click below for a quick video of the late-night Eucharist.
Youth Lock In Eucharist 3 9 19
In addition to the Youth Group Lock-In, the middle school youth continued a 14-year tradition of painting their unique symbols on the Library wall. And 9 youth delivered hard boiled eggs and bottled water to our neighbors in need through FACETS. Click the button below to learn more and view pictures of the high school and middle school youth activities!
Youth Group News
Donate Your Used Athletic Shoes!
Please consider donating used athletic shoes to help raise money for our Youth Mission Trip to Boston in July. Drop off your shoes (tied together) in the box in the narthex. With every pair of shoes, More Foundation is able to plant one ton of carbon grounding trees and train poor farmers in sustainable agroforestry. A minimum of 500 pairs of shoes is needed in order to participate in the program. The youth will receive $1 for every donated pair of shoes. Learn more about More Foundation HERE.
Faith at Home
Do you ever wonder how to practice our faith at home and share it with your children, teens, spouse, friends? Our faith is not just something we check in with on Sundays, our faith is how we live lives of meaning and purpose everyday, if we will learn to notice and respond to how God is moving. But this awareness, like anything worthwhile, takes practice. Which is why a weekly discipleship practice of Reading, Reflecting, and Responding to scripture in the context of community is so important. Please click HERE for devotions written with this practice in mind. Share them at home with your children and family to help deepen your experience of faith from Monday through Saturday.
Hogwarts VBS
Register for Hogwarts VBS!
June 24-28 for students ages 5-11
This year's term will be based upon the Harry Potter Sorcerers Stone book. Teenagers ages 12-18 are invited to register as Prefects. Registration forms are available for download below and in the Church Office. Morning session is 9:00 a.m. to noon. Afternoon Session is 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Questions? Please contact Linda Lee Malone.

Hogwarts VBS 2019 Student Registration Form
Hogwarts VBS 2019 Prefect Registration Form
Hogwarts VBS 2019 Prefect Character Sketches
Seeking scarf makers to make house scarves for VBS!
Sewing machine required. We will have materials ready in the next couple of weeks. You can work independently at home or in a group with others at the church. If interested and for more details please contact Linda Lee Malone.
Help Support Our Preschool and Kindergarten! 
Holy Comforter Episcopal Preschool and Kindergarten will be selling raffle tickets this weekend at church and throughout March. Examples of raffle items are: Inn at Little Washington, 50/50 cash raffle, Total Wine Private Tasting for 20, as well as trips to many exciting places. Look for the table in the narthex to support Holy Comforter Preschool and Kindergarten!
NEWS & FELLOWSHIP
Moms' Group
Friday, March 22 and April 12 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Lillian Croy Room
Join the Moms' Group for coffee and fellowship as we discuss the book, Making a Home for Faith: Nurturing the Spiritual Life of Your Children by Elizabeth F. Caldwell. Beth Strand will be moderating this book study during Lent. To benefit the most from this study, please read two chapters prior to each meeting. Of course, you are welcome to join the discussion even if you are unable to complete the readings. Please contact Amy Britton with any questions or to purchase a copy of the book. The Moms' Group meets the 2nd and 4th Fridays of the month and invites moms in all stages of life. Childcare is available across the hall in the Childcare Center.
Eleanor Braun
Eleanor Braun
Coming Soon!
Afternoon for Eleanor Braun
Sunday, March 24 from 12:45 to 2:00 p.m. in St. Mary's Chapel
Friends of Eleanor Braun will be hosting an afternoon remembrance event in her honor on March 24. Eleanor, former parishioner, Vestry member, and Senior Verger, died on November 23, 2018 in Barnstable, MA following a long illness. We will enjoy music and share stories, remembering Eleanor and what she meant to her friends and to the Holy Comforter community. Please join us.
Men's Retreat
April 26-28 at Shrine Mont
Calling all Holy Comforter men! This year we are conducting the retreat in DIY fashion, calling on men of the parish to volunteer (not required!) to deliver short vignettes on various topics of their choosing. As always, the retreat is filled with relaxation, fun, and fellowship and of course, fantastic Shrine Mont hospitality. Registration is now open; cost is $160 for double accommodation and $215 for a single. Registration forms are available for download HERE or at the AV console in the back of the church. Questions? Please contact Randy McGuire.
Sue Davy and Frankie Stahlhut
Sue Davy and Frankie Stahlhut
Sign Up By March 17!
Women's Retreat
Led by Sue Davy and Frankie Stahlhut
May 3-5 at Shrine Mont
We are currently full but if you have not yet registered, you must do so by March 17 in order to be placed on the waiting list. There is an effort to get more rooms at the Shrine Mont, but that is uncertain. Registration forms are available for download HERE and in the narthex. Questions? Please contact Jeanna Spielmann.
Pennywise Thrift Shop
Pennywise Store Cleanup!
Pennywise volunteers have been cleaning up the store in order to dispose of damaged items and prepare for the cleaning of the store by Servepro.  Items affected by the smoke or fire, that were covered in the insurance claim, are being disposed of. The remaining items, mostly dishes, glass items, and some sports and household items, will be retained. All consignment items were not covered and consignors will be notified to come pick things up for removal. The Masons have told us that it could be up to six months before repairs are made that will allow us to reopen, and alternatives to bridge the gap between now and then are being considered. Stay tuned for further news. 

Ministry Center
Work is progressing on the new Ministry Center as the exterior stairs are installed. Check out pictures of progress to date HERE.
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