Church of the Holy Comforter eNews | November 27, 2019
Worship Schedule

Saturday, November 30
5:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II

Sunday, December 1 - The First Sunday of Advent
7:45 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite I
9:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II* with Children's Chapel
10:10 a.m. Bible Study and All-Parish Advent Wreath Making*
11:15 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II* with Children's Chapel

Wednesday, December 4
7:00 a.m. Morning Prayer

*childcare available for ages 4 and under
Usher Appeal

  • On Christmas Eve we need 2 ushers for 11 a.m., 3 ushers for 4 p.m., 2 ushers for 10 p.m.
  • On Christmas Day we need 1 usher for 10:30 a.m.
  • Can you help? Please contact Cathy Clark or Clyde Clark.
As of November 25, 181 parishioners have pledged a total of $694,262 to the 2020 Stewardship Campaign. In observance of the Advent Season, stewardship emails will be silenced. During this Advent time of introspection and preparation for the birth of Jesus, please prayerfully consider being generous regarding your 2020 pledge. With PLUS 1 in mind, if you have been a Giver, become a Pledger. If you are a Pledger, become a bigger Pledger. And if you have been a Watcher, become a Joiner. If you have not yet made your 2020 pledge, please do so online HERE.
Pennywise Thrift Shop is Back

  • Shopping Hours: Tuesday–Friday 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; Saturdays 10 a.m.–5 p.m. The shop will be open for Black Friday shopping too!
  • Donations: Donations are always needed and are accepted during business hours at the shop.
  • Location: 214 Dominion Rd. NE, Vienna VA
  • Volunteer: Check with Time To Sign Up for available times or contact Mary Coulombe.
Advent is a season of waiting and preparation for the celebration of the birth of Jesus. Please join us for any or all of these Advent offerings. Some are contemplative and some are not:

The Giving Table
Weekends through December 8

All-Parish Advent Wreath Making
This Sunday, December 1; 10:10–11 a.m.

Sing Christmas Carols in Front of Pennywise Thrift Shop
Monday, December 2; 6–7 p.m.

Senior Saints BYO Lunch and Sing-Along
Friday, December 6; 11:45 a.m.

All-Parish Gingerbread Extravaganza
Friday, December 6; 5–7:30 p.m.

Advent Quiet Morning
Saturday, December 7; 9 a.m.–Noon

McLean Symphony
Featuring the Rev. Jon Strand and parishioner Leslie Linn on Trumpet
Saturday, December 7; 7–9 p.m.

Alternative Gift Fair
Saturday, December 7; 11 a.m.–7 p.m.
Sunday, December 8; 9 a.m.–1 p.m.

Advent Festival of Lessons and Carols
Sunday, December 8; 5 p.m.

Voce Chamber Singers
Featuring Dr. David Kelley on the Organ
Saturday, December 14; 8 p.m.
Sunday, December 15; 4 p.m.
Living Well through Advent:
Free Devotional Booklet

The season of Advent provides an opportunity to slow down and make choices that will help prepare us for the true meaning of Christmas. The Rev. Scott Stoner, who spoke on the Living Compass at the Wellness Fair in October, has joined with other clergy to create an Advent booklet with daily readings, personal reflections, and insights on practicing peace with all your heart, soul, strength and mind. Pick up a copy in the narthex or Church Office. You are also invited to join their private Facebook discussion group and have the daily devotions emailed to you. Learn more.
Join the Way of Love this Advent

This Advent, we will be joining our Presiding Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Michael Curry, in forming a rule of life, a plan and practice for deepening our faith, called The Way of Love. A workbook is available for download HERE. Another way you can join in is by using the Way of Love Advent Calendar HERE.

Advent Quiet Morning:
Spiritual Writing Workshop on the Annunciation
What is God asking you to say YES to?
Saturday, December 7; 9 a.m.–noon

God spoke to Mary through the Angel Gabriel announcing that she will bear a son and she will name him Jesus. God speaks to us in lots of ways, but one of them is through our own writing. Gathering in the Chapel, we’ll spend the morning meditating on Luke 1:26-38 and exploring through short writing exercises and prompts what God is calling us to notice and perhaps embrace in our lives. This workshop is for writers of all abilities and experience—beginners and those who put the memoir in the drawer a long time ago. Mary said YES. Come find out what you might say YES to in this Advent quiet time. Questions? Contact the Rev. Ann Gillespie.
Contribute to the Christmas Flower Fund

The deadline for inclusion in the Christmas Bulletin is Thursday, December 19 at noon.

The brilliant array of poinsettias on the altar is one of the visual joys of Christmas at Holy Comforter. Please help the Altar Guild to create a vibrant display by contributing to the Christmas flower fund. Download the Christmas Altar Flowers Form HERE. Questions? Contact Lolly Mixter.
All-Parish Advent Wreath Making
This Sunday, December 1
10:10 a.m.; Ministry Center

We will kick off Advent with a multi-generational festive gathering in between the 9:00 and 11:00 services. Light seasonal refreshments and music will set the tone for Advent wreath creativity. Please bring greens to share (pine, holly, magnolia leaves), pruners or shears if you have any, and a $10 donation per wreath to cover additional supplies. Questions? Please contact Brynn Pacitti.
Feasting on the Word Bible Study:
Putting on Christ
This Sunday, December 1
10:10–11 a.m. in the Chapel

Please join us this Sunday in a discussion and exploration of Romans 13:11–14. We'll explore Paul’s message to put on Christ and develop ways to embrace a new kind of life.

Link to scripture HERE. Download the Resource Sheet HERE.
Get Your Home Ready for the Holidays
Youth Ministry Christmas Greens Sale
Sundays, December 1–22
8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Now you can purchase your Christmas greenery right here at Holy Comforter and support our Youth Group. We will have a beautiful selection of wreaths, swags, Christmas balls and other decorative greenery available. Pick out what you like and take it home that day! Each week we will provide new and fresh greenery for sale. We accept cash and checks made payable to Church of the Holy Comforter. Questions? Contact Denis McMullan and Colleen McGuire.
Eager to try Dr. Kelley’s award winning chili?

Get this recipe and many more in the Comfort Food cookbooks being sold by the Holy Comforter Choirs to support their pilgrimage to England next summer. Only $17 each (and available wrapped!), cookbooks will be available for sale in the narthex on Sunday mornings through December 22 between the 9 and 11:15 services and after the 11:15 service.

  • They may also be ordered online HERE.
  • Select "Choir Fundraiser" from the dropdown menu.
  • Write "cookbook(s)" in the memo line.
Vestry Elections

  • November 30–December 1, after all services
  • December 7–8, after all services

We'll be electing 4 people for regular 3-year terms.
McLean Symphony: The Season of Joy
Featuring the Rev. Jon Strand
and parishioner Leslie Linn on the Trumpet
Saturday, December 7
7–9 p.m. in the Sanctuary

The Mclean Symphony presents a special musical collaboration with our Rector and accomplished trumpeter, the Rev. Jon Strand, as he takes center stage with parishioner Leslie Linn for a performance of one of Vivaldi’s most virtuosic concertos. Designed to appeal to all ages, this concert includes an array of popular seasonal music, both secular and sacred. Bring your little ones to this family friendly concert.
Advent Festival of Lessons and Carols
Sunday, December 8
5 p.m.; Sanctuary

Join Holy Comforter’s choirs for the annual Festival of Lessons and Carols for Advent. Holy Comforter's service will include a dramatic procession, readings, hymns, anthems, and organ music. There will be a festive reception following the service.
The drawing for the Afghan Raffle will take place during the festive reception after Advent Festival of Lessons and Carols. Proceeds will benefit the Chichester Cathedral choir residency by Church of the Holy Comforter Choirs in summer 2020.

The cost is $10 per ticket, or three for $25. Tickets are available for purchase with cash or check in the narthex between services, and in the Church Office during the week. They may also be purchased online with a credit or debit card HERE. (Select “choir fundraiser” from the dropdown menu and note in the memo line “raffle tickets” and the number desired.) Questions? Contact June Harper.

Help Sell Raffle Tickets This Sunday
Please sign up online HERE for a time slot to sell raffle tickets this Sunday.
Youth Group Outreach: Mount Carmel House Women’s Shelter
Sunday, December 8

Youth Group will deliver meals and gift bags including $25 Walmart gift cards to the 21 residents of Mt. Carmel House Women's Shelter in Washington, D.C . Thank you for your generous financial support and gifts of clothes and toiletries. We'll leave the church at 2 p.m. and return at 6 p.m. Pizza will be provided to those youth attending the Confirmation class at 6:30 p.m. RSVP Denis McMullan.
Apply for Outreach Grants
Completed applications due by December 15

The parish Outreach Team is currently accepting applications for grant funding from organizations that serve God's people in need. We are particularly interested in assisting organizations with which members of our congregation work or volunteer. Our short 2019 Grant Application Form is available for download HERE. Questions? Contact Joni Langevoort.
Bring donations by December 8.
Help us pack on December 15.

Food4Thought is a monthly service that will provide 100 “power packs,” non-perishable foods that feed children in need at Marshall Road Elementary School. Learn more.

Come sing Christmas carols in Front of Pennywise Thrift Shop!
Monday, December 2; 6–7 p.m.

Come join a group of Holy Comforter parishioners for caroling in front of the new Pennywise Thrift Shop during the Vienna Church Street Holiday Stroll! Fr. Jon will play his trumpet and anyone who can play an instrument is welcome to join in. Please contact the Church Office if you’re interested and join us outside Pennywise by 6 p.m. if you would like to participate. The caroling will continue until 7 p.m. or later, weather permitting. Everyone is welcome! Dress in your warm and festive best! Song sheets provided! All ages welcome!
Movie Talk
Tuesday, December 3; 7–8:30 p.m.

Our movie selection for December is Harriet. Please see the movie on your own time and join us for a spirited discussion of the film and wherever else the conversation wants to go. Please RSVP to the Rev. Ann Gillespie so we know how much food (pizza and drinks) to provide. We will have a basket for donations (suggested $10). We meet from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Ministry Center the first Tuesday of every month.
Senior Saints BYO Lunch and Christmas Sing-Along
Friday, December 6 at 11:45 a.m.; Ministry Center

Following our meeting and lunch, we will gather with Dr. David Kelley to enjoy singing along to our favorite Christmas Music. Bring your own lunch. Beverages and desserts will be provided.
Friday, December 6; 5–7:30 p.m.; Ministry Center

All are welcome to join us in the Ministry Center for a fun evening of fellowship, dinner, and decorating gingerbread houses! We will supply a pre-constructed gingerbread house, all the decorating supplies, and a Chick-fil-A dinner. Please bring salad, fruit, or dessert to share.
A $25 donation will cover a Chick-fil-A dinner and 1 gingerbread house. Please RSVP Brynn Pacitti.
Nativity Set
The 13th Annual Alternative Gift Fair
Saturday, December 7 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday, December 8 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The fair will offer products from Fair Trade Winds in Fairfax, featuring jewelry, games and toys, scarves, household goods, Christmas ornaments and other hand-made unique gifts by artisans from around the world. Fair Trade Winds sells only fair trade items, which means the artisans receive a fair portion of the sales price, and that their work promotes a strong local economy. You will also have the option of buying gifts in the name of your loved one by donating to Episcopal Relief & Development, or International Justice Mission.