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Church of the Holy Comforter eNews | October 8, 2021
Holy Comforter Celebrates 125 Years!

We give thanks for the faith and works of the “cloud of witnesses” before us who, from a small mission parish in downtown Vienna to our current 14-acre site have made possible the opportunities we now have for ministry to the community around us.
Holy Comforter Music
At Holy Comforter we offer a variety of musical offerings throughout the year, presented by our choirs, as well as visiting musicians. Download our schedule of musical offerings for the program year HERE. You can donate online to the Music Ministry HERE (select "Music Ministry" from the Fund dropdown menu).
This Sunday, October 10

Musician, author, and conflict navigator, Daryl Davis will play some of his renowned blues and jazz music at the 9:30 a.m. service. At 10:45, he will share the extraordinary journey of his friendships with Ku Klux Klan members and the inspiring reconciliation that resulted.
Click HERE for Worship Schedule

Give online HERE (Select "Operating Fund")
Or Give by texting to 73256

Masks required for indoor worship/activities.
Masks are optional for outdoor worship and activities.
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd and Godly Play and Faith in Action
Outdoors; 10:45–11:30 a.m. Learn more and and register online. Contact Brynn Pacitti with questions or if you're Interested in joining the teaching team.
Outdoors; 10:45–11:30 a.m.
Outdoors under the tent; 6:30–8:30 p.m. Offered on Sunday evenings, CnC is a one-year program open to all 10th through 12th graders considering confirmation in the Episcopal Church. Learn more.
Calling All Youth…
Interested in becoming a reader in our worship services? There will be a training on October 24 from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in the Sanctuary. For questions or more information, please contact the Rev. Ann Gillespie.
Adult Faith Formation…
Sunday - Bible Study resumes October 24; 11 a.m.–Noon on Zoom
Monday - Centering Prayer
Tuesday - Men's Bible Study
Tuesday - Women's Bible
Wednesday - Noonday Prayer
Learn & Serve!
We invite you to become an active participant in helping us build this community of peace. Learn more.
Join the Greeter Ministry…
Greet people as they arrive at the services and assist any newcomers to find what they might need after the service. All that is needed is a welcoming attitude and every other talent and essential knowledge will develop on its own. Interested? Contact the Jeanne Firey.
Join the Usher Ministry… 
Provide assistance in seating, handing out bulletins, and other logistics for services. We're not looking for a significant time commitment. Volunteering to usher during just one service per month will make a difference. Interested? Sign up online. Questions? Contact Suzie Garrod.
Stephen Ministry: Coffee and Conversation
Want to talk? The last 18 months have been difficult. Some of us have lost loved ones, faced health challenges, struggled with finances, or experienced other upheavals in our lives. Those of us who have not been through a crisis may still feel worn down and exhausted by bad news and the ever-changing uncertainties of living through a pandemic. Whatever you’re going through, you are not alone. Stephen Ministry offers a safe and confidential person to talk through whatever’s on your mind. We’re here to listen. Questions? Please contact Linda Murray at 703-402-3028 or Winifred Conkling at 703-915-3398.
Female Symbol
Women's Bible Study:
Reflecting on Women's Voices in the Bible
Tuesdays; 6:45–7:45 am on Zoom

Bible women, especially those who speak are surprisingly bold! Join us as we explore their voices, many of whom have been silenced or forgotten. Please let the Rev. Ann Gillespie know you're interested and she will send the Zoom link.
Alexandra MacCracken
Opening to Grace Retreat
Saturday, October 16
9 a.m.–3:30 p.m.; McGill Hall
Led by Alexandra MacCracken,
Gestalt Pastoral Care Minister and Trainer

Let go, rest, and draw strength from the gathered group. Learn more and register.
A Day for Learning and Giving
Sunday, October 17; 10:45–11:45 a.m.

What does it take to support Afghan refugee families? How can I get involved? How does Holy Comforter make this important commitment to honor our 125 years of ministry? With your help.

In honor of Holy Comforter's 125th Anniversary, we will spend an hour hearing from Lisa Curtis, a specialist in South Asian policy; and Melanie Gray, Director of Outreach and Mission at Christ Church, Alexandria with six years experience supporting refugee families from Afghanistan and other countries. Come, listen and learn about ways to give of our time, talents, and treasure in support of resettling two Afghan families. We also plan to Zoom this conversation. Questions? Contact the Rev. Ann Gillespie.
For information on how you can help, please click below:
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Chalk Board
Life Skills for College and Career
Beginning Monday, October 18
Eight classes to prepare 11th–12th Graders for college and career, with guest speakers and testimonies from college students and graduates who will share tips and advice. Third Monday of the month, 7–9 p.m. in the Ministry Center. Dinner provided 7–7:30 p.m. No cost. Come to all or some. Friends welcome. Sign up online. Learn more HERE or contact Denis McMullan.
Owl and Moon
Pennywise is ready for fall! We are putting out new treasures for our shoppers several times a week so every day is a new shopping day at the shop. Come In and see are newest lightweight fall jackets for both men and women. Be prepared for those chilly early fall mornings with your new Pennywise jacket. Any questions please contact Judy Boott or Michele Khol.
Saving Promise
Do you enjoy searching the internet? Have you had some experience writing grant applications, or are you willing to try?
Harness your gifts in a powerfully meaningful way by serving as a volunteer, working from home, for Saving Promise, a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing domestic abuse. Learn more.
Please sign up online to help provide meals to longtime parishioner, Claire Hill. Claire has health challenges and is unable to prepare meals for herself.