Church of the Holy Comforter eNews | January 23, 2020
Worship Schedule

Saturday, January 25
1:30 p.m. A Celebration of Life for Clay Munroe
5:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II

Sunday, January 26 - The Third Sunday after the Epiphany
7:45 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite I
9:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II* with Children's Chapel
10:10 a.m. Wellness and Spirituality Forum*
10:10 a.m. Bible Study and Sunday School*
11:15 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II* with Children's Chapel
5:00 p.m. Taizé Contemplative Worship

Wednesday, January 29
7:00 a.m. Morning Prayer

*childcare available for ages 4 and under
Please welcome the Rev. Kathy Guin (pronounced GEW-in) as our guest preacher this weekend. Kathy and her husband, David, are new parishioners at Holy Comforter. Kathy recently retired as rector of St. Margaret's, Woodbridge in 2019 where she served for eight years. Before that she was Associate Rector at St. Peter's in the Woods, Fairfax Station. She is currently serving as a spiritual director.
Taizé Contemplative Worship
This Sunday, January 26;
5 p.m. in St. Mary’s Chapel

Join us for a powerful and moving combination of song and scripture featuring lush greenery, candles, icons, and considerable time spent in silent meditation—a unique opportunity to decompress and prepare for the week ahead.
Our 2020 stewardship is on its way to hitting its goal. A huge thank you to the 256 families who have already pledged. To those of you who have not yet pledged for 2020, please do so today. Pledge cards can be found in the pews. Completed pledge cards can either be dropped into the offering plate or mailed/delivered to our Church Office. Or pledge online HERE .
During the Pastoral Address at our Diocesan Convention last month, Bishop Goff articulated her vision for our Diocese for the next few years. At the end she said, “If the vision belongs to the bishops alone, it will never be ours. So let’s continue this address as a conversation. I invite the people of the diocese to come together in a series of vision gathering during the season of Epiphany.”
Next Friday, January 31
6-8 p.m.; Ministry Center
Games for All Ages—Toddlers too!

Get your game on at our first Pizza & Game Night of the year! Pizza and board and card games for all ages (including toddlers) provided! Our own Joyful Sound will provide acoustic music, including some kids tunes, and Marathon Bridge players will offer lessons. Bring your friends and a side or dessert to share! Please RSVP to Patti Boerger so we can plan for pizza.
Opening to Grace Retreat
Saturday, February 1; 9 a.m.– 4 p.m.
Led by Alexandra MacCracken,
Gestalt Pastoral Care Minister and Trainer

Gestalt Pastoral Care rests on the belief that God’s healing Grace is available to us, and that God desires to heal holistically—body, mind, spirit, emotions and social context—in a way that is unique to each person.

  • Full Participant: $150: Receives a full session of discovery with Alexandra MacCracken.
  • Observer/Intercessor: $80: Prays for those working, and receives benefits as well.

Lunch will be provided. Learn more and register online HERE. Questions? Contact Alexandra MacCracken.
Marriage Ministry Date Night In
Saturday, February 8
5:30–8:30 p.m.; Ministry Center

RSVP today and join us for the relaxation session, the social, or both.

Take a restorative break with your partner and enjoy the benefits of yoga, Thai massage, and aromatherapy in this heart-centered workshop. Flexibility is not required! This workshop is about movement, connection and relaxation. Wear casual clothes that are comfortable for moving and bring an appetizer or dessert to share for our social. Those with children may drop them off for nursery care/Kids Night In including pizza and activities. RSVP online HERE. Questions? Contact Katie Krogh.
Feasting on the Word Bible Study:
Is Christ Divided?
This Sunday, January 26;
10:10–11 a.m.; Chapel

Please join us this Sunday in a discussion and exploration of Corinthians 1:10–18 . We'll consider Paul’s critique of divisions within the church and seek ways to be united in faith to those with whom we disagree.

Link to scripture HERE. Download the Resource Sheet HERE.
Wellness and Spirituality Adult Forums take place Sundays, 10:10–11 a.m. in the Ministry Center.

Practical Spirituality Forums
Sundays, January 26–February 16

It’s a new year, it’s a new decade! Time to be intentional about deepening your relationship with God. To prepare for Lent, we will offer a series of forums on a variety of spiritual practices—hence the title, Practical Spirituality. Did you know there are at least 65 ways to pray? Come learn about Lectio Divina, Centering Prayer, and more. Fill up your spiritual tool kit! Experience the light of Christ and learn to rest in the mysterious power of God’s love for us. Questions? Contact the Rev. Ann Gillespie.

  • This Sunday, January 26: What is Spirituality? - Spirituality is a word we use frequently, but have you stopped to think about what it really means or how it applies to your daily life? Join us for an Adult Forum that will explore the concept of spirituality and spiritual practices. It’s the introductory session for a series that will help "Go Deeper with God," in preparation for Lent and beyond. You’ll come away with a better idea of what it means to be on a spiritual path, along with helpful tips for improving your own spiritual practices. Questions? Contact Tamera Siminow.
Episcopal 101
Monday nights; 7–8:30 p.m.; McGill
Last Chance to Sign Up is Monday, January 27!

Do you seek a deeper relationship with God? Do you want to learn more about the Episcopal Church? Join us over the course of 10 more sessions as we dive into the theology and history of the Episcopal Church, scripture, and the Book of Common Prayer, and explore different forms of prayer. At the end, some will choose to be baptized, confirmed, or received into the Episcopal Church, but that is not a requirement. All are welcome in this safe space to ask all of your questions. To register or for questions, contact the Rev. Ann Gillespie.
Men’s Bible Study
Tuesday mornings; 7–8 a.m.; Ministry Center

Come early for coffee followed by our Bible study. Please contact the Rev. Jon Strand or Ray Wadlow to RSVP. We will be using the Bible study guide from St. Stephen’s Richmond to start out. Link to the study guide HERE. We will generally meet weekly, taking breaks for holidays and the summer.
Hypothermia Shelter Still Needs Your Help!
We still need volunteers and donations of supplies and funds to support our guests!

Holy Comforter is gearing up to host our one-week Hypothermia Prevention Shelter from Sunday, February 23 to Sunday, March 1. In partnership with FACETS, our Ministry Center will host 30+ guests who live and work without a home. During the coldest days of winter, our parish will provide a warm place to sleep, nourishing meals, conversation, and prayer. Read more and learn how you can help.
Donations for Hypothermia Prevention Shelter

Our Faith in Action Sunday School class is sponsoring a drive to collect winter clothing and personal supplies for our Hypothermia Prevention Shelter guests. We will be collecting:

  • Winter clothing: gently used coats, scarves, mittens, gloves, hats, and socks (adult sizes)
  • Travel-size personal supplies: toothpaste, body wash, shampoo, conditioner, lip balm, lotion, hand sanitizer, and combs/brushes (no hotel toiletries, please)

Please leave your donations in the bins at the Hypothermia Shelter table in the narthex by Sunday, February 16. Questions? Contact Alex Graham or Susan McGuire or check out our flyer HERE. Thank you for helping our neighbors in need!
Christmas Giving Table Update

Thanks to the generosity of parishioners like you, the value of 2019 Christmas Giving Table donations was $10,355. Donations to Committee for Helping Others (CHO) were $1,900 in gift cards, clothing, and toys. Donations to Second Story were $1,800. There were 105 Salvation Army stockings filled for a value of $2,675. The Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Initiative received in $1,780 in gift cards and checks. The Lamb Center received a variety of clothing and non-clothing items as well as gift cards and checks for a value of $2,200. These programs were coordinated by Chris Doyle, Aimee Davis, Kathy Orchard-Hays, Joni Langevoort, and Dottie and Don Stone. While values were down $1,870 from 2018, primarily for CHO and Salvation Army stockings, contributions remained strong for the other three charities. Holy Comforter depends on every one of you for the success of this annual endeavor.
Register by February 3

Holy Comforter Preschool and Kindergarten is accepting registration for the 2020–2021 school year. All registration materials can be found online HERE. To schedule a tour, please contact Linda Meyers.
Youth Group Movie Night
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
This Sunday, January 26;
4–6 p.m.; Ministry Center

This film is based on the memoir of 13-year-old William Kamkwamba, who is thrown out of the school he loves when his family can no longer afford the fees. He sneaks into the library and learns how to build a windmill to save his village from a famine. Please bring a friend and enjoy this wonderful movie, hot chocolate and snacks! Questions? Contact Denis McMullan.
Children's Study of the Holy Eucharist
Sundays, February 2–March 29

This special Sunday School offering is for 1st graders and children new to Sunday School who have not yet participated in this program.

Do your children have questions about the rituals and meaning of the Eucharist as well as other parts of our liturgy? Then save the date for Study of the Holy Eucharist, an 8-week special Sunday School lesson series designed especially for children. Learn more.
Save the Date
Youth Group Roller Skating
at Skate-N-Fun Zone, Manassas
Sunday, February 2

We'll leave the church at 12:30 p.m.; return at 5:30 p.m. RSVP to Denis McMullan.
What is Middle School Sunday School?
Come join us on Sunday mornings!

  • Explore Relationships and Stress
  • Discover Healthy Living Habits
  • Share Issues in a Confidential Setting
  • Have Fun
  • Make New Friends
Foyers Spring Round Drop/Add
Sundays, January 26–February 9

There are 2 Flavors of Foyers: "Traditional" which meets in homes and "Dine-Out" which meets in restaurants. In both flavors of Foyer groups, participants 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 really is a great way to get to know people. Sign up in the narthex January 26, February 2 or 9, or notify Shelia Creswell. IF YOU ARE PARTICIPATING IN THE FALL–WINTER ROUND, YOU WILL BE INCLUDED IN THE SPRING ROUND UNLESS YOU DROP.
Coming Soon
Senior Saints BYO Lunch:
Secret Garden Birds and Bees
Friday, February 7;
11:45 a.m.; Ministry Center

Liz Dennison from Secret Garden Birds and Bees will be with us to talk about Raptors of VA, MD and D.C. Her presentation will include an audiovisual presentation plus some live birds: a tiny Eastern Screech Owl, a Barred Owl, and a Red-Shouldered Hawk. They will be joined by other birds of prey including a Great Horned Owl or a Red-Tailed Hawk. All of these birds were injured and cared for by wildlife rehabilitators, but each was left with a permanent disability so they can’t be returned to the wild. Liz will tell their stories during the presentation. Bring your own lunch. Beverages and desserts will be provided.
Visit Pennywise Thrift Shop
Please consider volunteering for one shift once a month! Or more too!

  • Shopping Hours: Tuesday–Friday 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; Saturdays 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • Location: 214 Dominion Rd. NE, Vienna VA
  • Volunteer: Choose from volunteer opportunities HERE.
  • Follow Pennywise on Facebook for special items for sale.