Church of the Holy Comforter eNews | September 11, 2020
Our in-person offering will be an outdoor Holy Eucharist service on the front lawn this Saturday, September 12 at 6 p.m. including readings, prayers, a homily, AND communion (bread only—gluten-free available). Pop-Up Church happens on 2nd, 4th and 5th Saturday, weather permitting, and in addition to our Pre-Recorded Worship offering.

Register in advance HERE.

(If you missed this registration opportunity,
please register and join us on September 26.)

Download the Service Bulletin.
Read more HERE.
Our Pre-Recorded Worship Service will be posted at 4 p.m. this Saturday on our YouTube channel, Holy Comforter Vienna VA, for viewing anytime through the weekend.
Download the Service Bulletin.
Download the Prayer List.
Give online HERE (Select "Operating Fund").
Or Give by texting to 73256
Sunday School for Youth Returns
Sundays, 10:30–11:15 a.m. beginning this Sunday, September 13

We will start out virtually on Zoom but we will have in-person meetings under the outdoor tent once or twice a month with middle school and high school alternating. All in-person outdoor gatherings will follow the church guidelines for social distancing, mask wearing, and hand sanitizing. Please contact Denis McMullan for more information.
High School will use the Grow curriculum again, which includes a variety of interactive series focused on friendship, identity, loving others, doubts, justice, and other topics relevant to the issues facing our high school youth today.

Middle School will use The Story curriculum that brings Bible stories to life with action video and interactive play acting with scripts—to encourage youth to see their story as part of God's bigger story. A video introduction to the The Story curriculum is provided here.
Virtual Sunday School for Pre-K–6th Grade starts September 20
Exploring the Gospel of John
Sundays, thru October 25
10:30 a.m. via Zoom

Join us for an exploration of the Gospel of John. Each week, we will focus on 2 chapters. Read the text and watch associated episodes of a movie of this Gospel. All are welcome. Join the Zoom gathering HERE. More information HERE.

This Sunday, read chapters 8–9 of the Gospel of John and watch episodes 8–9 of "Gospel of John, Chapter by Chapter" (provided here).

Questions? Contact Norma Williamson.
Youth Game Day
This Sunday, September 13
4–6 p.m. on the front lawn
All youth, 7th–12th Grade are invited to join in safe outdoor games including: Cornhole (single players only), Kickball, Ladder Golf, and Frisbee (Bring your own Frisbee). All Diocesan Covid -19 rules will be followed at all times:

  • Masks must be worn at all times
  • Maintain 6 feet social distancing
  • All equipment will be sanitized between users and frequently during games
  • Hand sanitizer stations will be provided, and youth will be required to use prior to and during games

Needed: Cornhole Boards and Bags

Please contact Denis McMullan if you would like to attend. You will alerted if the event is canceled due to bad weather.
Prayer in Practice
Every other Tuesday; Sept 8–Dec 15
7–8 p.m. via Zoom

Prayer in Practice meets every other Tuesday evening to explore a variety of types of prayer and spiritual practices, with time to practice each one. Sessions end in time to move on to Compline at 8 p.m. Join the Zoom gathering HERE. More information HERE.

On Tuesday, September 22, we will be learning about and practicing the Examen and Ignatian Spirituality.
Sacred Ground
Every other Monday; Sept 14–Dec 21
7–8:30 p.m. via Zoom
Registration Closes Midnight Tonight!

Sacred Ground is part of the Becoming Beloved Community initiative of The Episcopal Church, a long-term commitment to racial healing, reconciliation, and justice. It focuses on the difficult but respectful and transformative dialogue we need to have about these issues. Its guiding star is the vision of beloved community, where all people are honored and protected and nurtured as beloved children of God, where we weep at one another’s pain and seek one another’s flourishing. Read more.
Navigating the New Normal through Journaling
Saturday Mornings; Oct 17–Nov7
10 a.m.–Noon via Zoom
Registration Open!

Our lives have drastically changed since March, resulting in us adjusting through moments of loss and working through a variety of emotions as we adapt to a new way of living. Journaling is a tool which can help individuals process their experiences and feelings. To help guide us in developing this instrument of reflection, Deborah Ross, a certified Journal Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor, is offering a course at Holy Comforter. Her plan is to teach 12 different techniques over the course of four, two-hour classes. The cost for the course is $25, with scholarships available as needed. Upon registration, Zoom information will be provided. Read more. Register online HERE.
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Dear parish family,

If you’ve ever walked the labyrinth lately you may have noticed the extra gravel that covers it, obscuring the lines, making it difficult to find your way. I am excited to announce my Eagle Scout Project. I will be installing a drainage system around the Labyrinth to help prevent some of the flooding as well as doing some general maintenance and cleanup. I am asking for your support to help make the project possible. I need to raise $450 for materials and any extra will be given back to the church to help with future Building and Grounds Committee projects. I will be doing my project on Saturday, September 12. Please give either through a check or through Online Gifts/Payments, and either put "Will Setlik” or “Scout Project” in the memo line either on the check or on the online contributions.

Thank you very much for your support,
Will Setlik, Troop 1577
Biship Taylor and a
Recovery Month Celebration via Zoom
Saturday, September 19; 10:30 a.m.

As part of the National Episcopal Church’s annual month-long focus on Recovery, Assisting Bishop Porter Taylor of the Diocese of Virginia will be our Keynote Speaker. We will hear from Bishop Taylor, have two breakout sessions with questions from the Bishop for reflection and comment, and we will later share our observations within the group as a whole. It will be a time of reflection, hope and deepening of our fellowship at Holy Comforter. Our Addiction Recovery Care Ministry (ARC) has arranged this event as part of our ongoing awareness programs during National Recovery Month, and the Diocese will be invited.

Please join us! First come, first served. RSVP online HERE, then join the Zoom gathering HERE. Questions? Please contact Alexandra MacCracken.
Gestalt Pastoral Care
Opening to Grace Virtual Retreat
Saturday, October 3
9 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Led by Alexandra MacCracken,
Gestalt Pastoral Care Minister and Trainer

This retreat features Gestalt Pastoral Care, a model of healing ministry that integrates Gestalt growth work with Spiritual companioning and healing prayer. 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.

Each retreat is open to 3 participants and 4 observer/intercessors. As a full participant you will have the opportunity to work with Alexandra in the group. Observer/Intercessors will watch and pray, and share in the group feedback time after each person has finished. Learn more and register HERE. Questions? Please contact Alexandra MacCracken.
Pennywise Thrift Shop
We REALLY Need Your Help!

Pennywise is now open 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Tuesday–Friday and 10 a.m.–4 p.m. on Saturdays. We need to extend our weekday hours to match the Saturday schedule but to do that we must find some new volunteers. PLEASE consider volunteering at Pennywise 2 hours a month, 2 hours a week, or anything in between. Please contact Helen Mertz or Mary Coulombe to find out more.

Review our Donations List to learn what items we will and will not accept and please do not leave any donations outside the door. Some bargains this week…
Pennywise Thrift Shop
Pennywise Thrift Shop
Consignment at Pennywise

Did you know Pennywise consigns items for our customers and volunteers? In fact, it was Mary Wood and Martha Clark, who started and worked consignment for many years, knowing the value it brought to our little shop. When Mary and then Martha passed on, they left that legacy to us. Working consignment, we get to know most of customers quite well as we see them often and develop meaningful relationships with them. The profit on each item is split 50/50. Learn more and schedule an appointment HERE.

We are looking for someone to work a couple Saturdays a month since some of our customers cannot come during the week. Hours are flexible as we can schedule appointments based on the workers availability. Consignment is open two hours a day.

Email us HERE or contact Linda Khan with questions or for more information.
Central Farmers Market
Central Farmers Market at Holy Comforter
Sundays; 8:30 a.m.–1 p.m.

Please pre-order if possible HERE. Drop-in purchasing is allowed, but in keeping with physical distancing protocols. Central Farm Markets (CFM) outdoor market will be at the lower church parking lot from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Sunday. Practice physical distancing while you purchase fresh baked goods, produce, meats, and more! Learn more about Central Farm Markets HERE.
Centering Prayer on Zoom
Mondays; 1:30 p.m.

Please join us for Centering Prayer, a means of Christian meditation that uses a single word for us to rest our attention while we come before the presence of God. This will include a brief check-in, an opening prayer, brief instruction, 20 minutes of silence and then a brief closing prayer. Please follow the link below and follow the prompts. Join the Zoom meeting HERE. More information HERE.
Compline on Zoom
Tuesdays; 8–8:15 p.m.

Compline is descended from the night prayers said before bed at the end of the monastic round of daily prayer. Join the Zoom meeting HERE. More information HERE.

You may use our online Prayer Book HERE.
Noonday Prayer on YouTube

Join us on our YouTube channel at “Holy Comforter Vienna VA” for a brief 10 to 12 minute meditation.
Women’s Zoom Bible Study
Wednesdays at 8 p.m.

Women of Holy Comforter, let’s connect, reflect, and virtually unwind from the day together. Beginning Wednesday April 15, join us at 8 p.m. for fellowship, some silence and reflection on the next Sunday’s Gospel passage. Every week, please contact the Rev. Ann Gillespie to be included—first come, first served (limit 20). Looking forward to ‘seeing’ you!
Spiritual Direction/
Spiritual Companionship

During this uncommon and unsettling Easter season, we’re looking to find our way with the disciples as they faced their uncertainty. We find ourselves with them on the road with the Risen Lord trying to make sense of all that is happening. We’re seeking to find ways to pay attention, to be still, to live into the paradox of “Showing Up and Letting Go.” One spiritual practice for navigating our journey is spiritual direction. The Rev. Kathy Guin will be offering times on Tuesdays for meeting together by phone, Facetime, or Zoom, please contact her at to learn more and for setting up an appointment.
Grace Space
Tuesdays, 7–8:30 p.m.

As this new reality continues to unfold, we are alone and yet together in the aloneness. You are invited to join in a small group of “Grace Space” for support—and to be seen and heard. If you have ever wondered what Gestalt Pastoral Care is, come and find out. Please contact Alexandra MacCracken to be included in the next session—first come, first served.
Virtual Reiki Relaxation Sessions

Reiki is a form of energy/spiritual healing that involves the transfer of universal (in this case God's) energy from the practitioner’s palms to their participant. Many hospitals offer it to calm patients, reduce stress, and help with healing both mentally and physically. While these sessions are normally done in person, they can be done remotely. The Reiki Master visualizes the person at the designated time and sends the energy to them with the intent of healing and relaxation. Patti Boerger, a Reiki Master practitioner for Holy Comforter's Center for Wellness and Spirituality, is offering free 20-30-minute sessions. Email Patti Boerger to schedule a time. Learn more.
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