Church of the Holy Comforter eNews | August 1, 2019
Summer Worship Schedule
(through September 15)
Saturday, August 3
5:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II

Sunday, August 4 - The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II
10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II* with Children's Chapel

Wednesday, August 7
7:00 a.m. Morning Prayer

*childcare available for ages 4 and under

Sacred Space for Civil Discourse
This Sunday, August 4; 11:15 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Join us in the Chapel after the 10 a.m. services in August to hear about and practice civil discourse: ways to listen to and learn from each other, and to build relationships even when we disagree. Attend all four sessions if you can, but if you can’t, come anyway. For more information, contact the Rev. Ann Gillespie, Julie Nutter, or Norma Williamson.
Sign Up for Education for Ministry

EfM is a distance learning program that aims to increase understanding, deepen faith and strengthen ministries. Although it is a four-year program, students commit to one year at a time. Holy Comforter will have two EfM groups in the 2019–20 program year which will start in mid-September and we are now recruiting! For information and to register, please contact:

Sunday class: Julie Nutter or Sue van der Veer
Showcase Your Musical Gifts
Sunday, September 15
Apply by August 1

On Sunday, September 15 at 4:00 p.m.,the Music Ministry at Holy Comforter will host a musical showcase to raise funds for our Chichester Cathedral choir residency next summer, and to provide a venue for all Holy Comforter musicians to share their musical talents with the parish. We cordially invite all Holy Comforter musicians of all ages to apply to perform as individuals or small ensembles. Learn more and sign up now.
The Holy Comforter choirs are sponsoring a cookbook as a fundraiser for our upcoming trip to England. We are asking church members to share their favorite recipes and we plan to have the book published in time for the holidays. Our categories are: Appetizers; Soup, Salad, and Side Dishes; Main Dishes; Bread and Rolls; Cookies and Candy; and “Other Good Stuff.” Please submit your recipes to include the following:

  • category
  • list of ingredients
  • instructions
  • submitter’s name
  • your contact information (phone, email)

You may submit the recipes online to Gretchen Willis or to the designated basket in the Church Office. The final date to submit the recipes is September 30—but the sooner, the better!
Children's Sunday School Registration Open

Sunday School will reconvene on September 22. Register your children online HERE. This fall Kindergartners will be instructed through a Montessori-based program called Catechesis of the Good Shepherd and our 1st–4th graders will be instructed using a program called Godly Play. All current and prospective Sunday School teachers are invited to attend upcoming training sessions:

Godly Play Workshop
Saturday, August 10, 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. at St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes School, Alexandria

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Workshop
Sunday, August 18, 11:15 a.m.–1:15 p.m. at Holy Comforter; led by Joanne Menke
Holy Comforter Youth Group
Youth Sunday School and Youth Group Registration Open

To register your youth (grades 7–12), please download and fill out the Youth Activity and Consent Form and return it to the Church Office.
Cookout for Families with Young Children
Sunday, August 11; 4:30–7 p.m.
Mark your calendars for a special cookout for families of young children on August 11 at the home of Jon and Beth Strand in Vienna. The cookout is for families who have young children who are preschool age or younger. Of course, the entire family, including older siblings, are welcome to attend. This is an opportunity for families to meet the childcare/nursery staff as well as get to know each other on their parenting journey. Families are encouraged to bring a side dish or dessert to share. For questions or to RSVP, please contact Patti Boerger.
Vienna Community Blood Drive
Monday, August 5; 7 a.m.–1 p.m.
Westwood Country Club
800 Maple Avenue East, Vienna, VA
Schedule Today
Inova Blood Donor Services is currently experiencing a SEVERE shortage of blood and they are struggling to provide blood products to the patients in the diverse community they serve. They are urging people across the DMV, all types, especially type O, to schedule an appointment to give.
Please schedule an appointment online HERE or call 1-866-256-6372 and use sponsor code 8182
Senior Saints BYO Lunch
This Friday, August 2; 11:45 a.m.
Come join our August meeting and lunch when our guest speaker will be the Rev. Ann Gillespie. Ann joined Holy Comforter in June as Senior Associate Rector and Director of the Center for Wellness and Spirituality. She will tell us about her personal journey to the ministry and to our Holy Comforter family.
Save the Date!
Ladies Night In
Sunday, August 18; 7 p.m.
Join the Holy Comforter Moms' Group for a summer evening in at Beth Strand’s house. We will enjoy light appetizers, drinks, and fellowship. Please feel free to bring an appetizer, dessert, or snack to share. All women of all ages are welcome to come and join us! Please contact Heather O’Shaughnessy for more information and to RSVP.
Save the Date!
Parish Picnic and Ministry Fair
Sunday, September 29
Join us following the last service when we'll enjoy grilled hot dogs and hamburgers, old-fashioned games, music, a bounce house, and fun activities for all ages. Please bring a side dish to share and join us for all the fun. Questions? Please contact Christa Hyland.
Stewardship of Creation Blog

Moving from the design to the details, follow the new Stewardship of Creation Blog to learn how we chose the plants for our new Meditation Garden.
  • Join us for the Shrine Mont All-Parish Retreat, September 6–8 at Shrine Mont Conference and Retreat Center in Orkney Springs, Virginia
  • Fun activities for all ages: hiking, capture the flag, Family Feud, ice cream social
  • Join us on the mountain as we explore the theme, "Contemplative Practices for Christian Life: How to Pray."
  • Register online HERE!
  • First-timers get 25% off!
  • Learn more.