Celebrate the New Ministry of The Reverend Jon Strand Tonight at 7:30!

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Church of the Holy Comforter Weekly eNews | October 4 , 2018
Special Celebration
The Reverend Jon Strand
Tonight at 7:30 p.m.
The Wardens and Vestry of Church of the Holy Comforter invite you to join with us this evening for a Celebration of New Ministry and the installation of the Reverend Jon C. Strand as our 7th Rector and renew our shared call into ministry.

The Rt. Reverend Robert Wilkes Ihloff will celebrate. A reception will follow. All are welcome!

Childcare will be available.
Blessing of the Animals
Blessing of the Animals
This Saturday, October 6; 5 p.m.
Bring your dogs, cats or other animal companions for the Blessing of the Animals, as we celebrate St. Francis.

Come celebrate the role that our pets and animal companions play in our lives.

Then stay for the First Saturday Social & Yappy Hour at 6 p.m. -- refreshment and treats for both humans and animals.

Worship Schedule

7:45 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite I
9:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II
10:10 a.m. Adult Forum and Sunday School
11:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II

7:00 a.m. Morning Prayer

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

*childcare available
Shrine Mont
Take the Retreat Survey!
We'd like to get your thoughts about the Shrine Mont Parish Retreat (even if you did not attend). Please take a minute or two to answer the questions in the survey HERE. This information will help us plan for next year.
Plastic Free October
It's Plastic Free October at Church of the Holy Comforter! We encouraging you to be more aware of your plastic use, to create a cleaner world for generations to come. Will you join us and give up single-use plastic this month?
Call Me Maybe
Every now and then, we have short-term projects in the parish. Can we call on you for help? This is NOT a big commitment! Can we call you -- maybe? Click the red button above to go to Time To Sign-Up!
Ministry Center
Check out the latest Ministry Center construction updates HERE!
Choral Evensong
Sunday, October 14; 5 p.m.
On Sunday, October 14 Holy Comforter's Adult Choir will present an evening service of song and scripture. This beautiful and stirring liturgy will be followed by a festive reception. The choir will be accompanied by guest organist Dr. Christopher Reynolds, Director of Music and Organist at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Richmond. Music will include works by Stanford, Nardone, Parry, and Willan. Join us, and bring a friend!
Marriage Ministry!
The marriage ministry serves to support and encourage married people in their marriage walks in our Christian community. This ministry is aimed at married people of all ages and stages, including thriving marriages and those going through struggles.

Save the Date for this Upcoming Marriage Ministry Event!
Date Night and Kids Night In
Saturday, November 10; 5-8:30 p.m.
We are encouraging all couples throughout the church to go out on a date night (individually, not all together). Come to the church between 5:00 and 8:30 p.m. to pick up a date night bag, including discussion questions, something sweet, and hopefully coupons to area restaurants. Couples with babies or children can drop them off at church from 5:00 to 8:30 p.m. for pizza and a program that will emphasize empathy and communication through games and fun activities. Suggested $5/child donation to cover pizza. For more information about the Marriage Ministry and to sign up for the children's program, please contact Katie Krogh.

Adult Forum:
Do the Right Thing
This Sunday, October 7
10:10 a.m. in St. Mary's Chapel
Parishioner Norma Williamson will lead us in a discussion and exploration of Mark 10:2-16 to discover how Jesus reframed a legal question about divorce to promote relationships based on mutual respect and concern.

Link to scripture HERE. Download the Resource Sheet HERE.
Holy Comforter Youth
Sign up for Field of Fear,
a Special Youth Group Kickoff Event!
This Sunday, October 7
Cox Farms, Centreville
  • Pay online HERE. (Choose "Give now online" then choose "Youth Event" from the "Select a fund" dropdown menu)
  • Meet at the lower church parking lot at 6 p.m.
  • Bus leaves at 6:15 p.m.
  • Return at 10:15 p.m.
Ticket includes the Dark Side Hayride, Haunted Cornfield, and entry to the Forest. Concessions available. Learn more HERE. Questions? Contact Denis McMullan.

Crop Walk
Last Call for CROP Walkers and Donations!
The 50th annual Vienna CROP walk to end hunger is this Sunday, October 7 at 2 p.m. Registration begins at 1:15. The Walk begins at the Town Green and will end at Vienna Presbyterian Church, and will take between 45 minutes and an hour and a half, at your own pace, with a break in the middle at Emmaus United Church of Christ for water and a pick-me-up snack. Holy Comforter has set a goal of 20 walkers, and $1500 in donations; currently our walker numbers are rather fluid, and our donations stand at $760. If you would like to register as a walker, or to make a donation, you have two options:
  • Register online HERE as part of the Holy Comforter team, or donate to either a specific walker or to the team.
  • See Joni Langevoort in the narthex this Sunday morning, where there will be walker registration envelopes and a donation box.
Please note there is no cost to walk, but donations will be accepted either online or at registration. A generous portion of the proceeds go to our very own Committee for Helping Others, for their food pantry. Questions? Contact Joni Langevoort. Please join us in making this 50th anniversary walk a success for our community!

Blenheim House
Senior Saints Tour
of Blenheim House
and Lunch at Bob Evans
This Friday, October 5
The Senior Saints meeting on October 5 will begin with a tour of Blenheim House at 3610 Old Lee Highway in Fairfax, Virginia. Historic Blenheim ca. 1859, is a central-hall plan Greek Revival-style brick farmhouse, built just prior to the Civil War, with more than an amazing 122 Civil War inscriptions left on the house walls by Union soldiers during their occupation of the Fairfax Court House area in 1862-1863. These inscriptions are known as the "Diary on the Walls." There is no charge for the tour. We will have lunch as a group at Bob Evans.

If you plan to drive directly to Blenheim House, please arrive in time for a 10:30 tour. Carpooling from Holy Comforter at 9:45 am will be arranged for those who wish to drive and those who wish to ride.

Please contact Sandy Titus to sign up, and let her know if you plan to drive separately, or if you will drive and have room for one or more carpoolers, or if you prefer not to drive and would like a ride.
Moms' Group Meeting
Friday, October 12
9:30-11:30 a.m.; Lillian Croy Room
Join the Moms' Group for coffee and fellowship as we chat with our new Director of Children's Ministries, Brynn Pacitti, and our Childcare Director, Carole Hamric. They will discuss their programs and what to expect this year. The Moms' Group meets the 2nd and 4th Fridays of the month and invites moms of all ages. If you cannot attend this week, you can join us at our next meeting on October 26. Please RSVP to Amy Britton.
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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