Church of the Holy Comforter eNews | October 3, 2019
Beginning this Sunday, October 6, we will settle into our new Sunday worship schedule when the late service moves from 11:00 to 11:15 a.m.
Saturday, October 5
5:00 p.m. Blessing of the Animals and Holy Eucharist

Sunday, October 6 - The Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
7:45 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite I
9:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II* with Children's Chapel
10:10 a.m. Adult Forum, Bible Study, and Sunday School
11:15 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II* with Children's Chapel
5:00 p.m. Choral Evensong

Wednesday, October 9
7:00 a.m. Morning Prayer

*childcare available for ages 4 and under
This Saturday, October 5
All Creatures Welcome!
Pictures and Stuffed Animal Toys Welcome Too!

Bring your furred, feathered, scaly or slippery animal companions (pet pictures and stuffed animal toys too) for the Blessing of the Animals, as we celebrate St. Francis, the patron saint of animals. Come celebrate the role that our pets and animal companions play in our lives. Then stay for the First Saturday Social & Yappy Hour at 6 p.m.—refreshments and treats for both humans and animals.
Newcomers’ Coffee with the Clergy
This Sunday, October 6;
10:10 a.m.

We invite all newcomers to have coffee with the Clergy in the Rector’s office on the first Sunday of the month immediately following the 9:00 a.m. service. We would love to get to know you and answer any questions you may have about Holy Comforter. Please come by for coffee or tea and bagels.

Register Today
Vienna CROP Hunger Walk
This Sunday, October 6
Meet at 1:30 p.m. at CHO
(Committee for Helping Others)
133 Park Street, NE, Vienna, VA 22180
The Walk begins at 2 p.m.

Hunger is one of the greatest injustices facing our world today, but it doesn’t have to be. You can feed our neighbors here and around the world! Join Holy Comforter on October 6 for the Vienna CROP Hunger Walk! It is a very fun, family-friendly walk to raise funds and awareness. Register online HERE. Can’t walk on October 6? Sponsor our team online HERE. Every donation helps end hunger and save lives! Help us reach our goal of 50 walkers and $5,000 raised!

Registration takes place from 1:30 to 2 p.m. The walk will be 2.1 miles—accessible for the whole family. For those not wishing to walk the entire distance, there is an optional “Coffee Crawl” which is .3 miles along Church Street. More details available HERE. We also need volunteers! Questions? Please contact Leslie Barnhart.

For more information and preparation, please join us for the Wellness and Spirituality forum in the Ministry Center this Sunday at 10:10 a.m. See the Adult Faith Formation section below for more information.
This Sunday, October 6;
5–6 p.m.

Holy Comforter’s Adult Choir will present a service of Evensong. This beautiful liturgy will be followed by an elegant reception. Music will include Magnificat and Nunc dimittis in B-flat Major by John Stainer and “God to Enfold Me” by David Kelley. Join us, and bring a friend!
Please volunteer to host Coffee Hour this fall. We need volunteers October 27, November 3, and all Sundays after November 17. Please volunteer online HERE. Questions? Please contact Katy Lee.
Wellness and Spirituality Forum:
Hunger and Poverty in Our Community
This Sunday, October 6;
10:10–11 a.m. in the Ministry Center

In preparation for the CROP Walk, this Wellness and Spirituality Forum will help us understand the issues of hunger and poverty right here in Vienna and Fairfax County. Please come and learn more from Ollie Fowler, Board Chair of Committee for Helping Others (CHO). 25% of the funds raised from the CROP Walk will go to CHO to help reduce hunger in our local area. CHO also provides clothes, furniture, and financial assistance to help clients with rent, utility bills, medical bills, etc.

Wellness and Spirituality Forum:
Hearing God's Call
Next Sunday, October 13;
10:10–11 a.m. in the Ministry Center

Being made in God’s image, we have access to God’s call for our lives. Bring hard decisions you are making and be ready to open your hearts and minds to the creative power of the Holy Comforter. Let’s explore together the practice of spiritual discernment..
Feasting on the Word Bible Study:
Faith in Discouraging Times
This Sunday, October 6; 10:10–11 a.m.
in the Contemplative Prayer Room (Room #308)

Please join us this Sunday in a discussion and exploration of 2 Timothy 1:1–14. How can we heed the call in 2 Timothy to remain faithful to Christ and the gospel even when we are discouraged.

Link to scripture HERE. Download the Resource Sheet HERE.
Save the Date!
Better Angels Workshop:
Depolarizing Within
Saturday, November 2;
2–5 p.m. in the Ministry Center

Better Angels is a national citizens’ movement to reduce political polarization in the United States by helping liberals and conservatives to understand each other beyond stereotypes. This workshop teaches participants how to be more aware of their own "inner polarizer," how to be critical without demonizing, dismissing, or stereotyping large swaths of the population, and strategies for intervening constructively in social conversations with like-minded peers when these conversations veer into contempt and ridicule for people who hold other political views. Register online HERE. Questions? Please contact Julie Nutter or the Rev. Ann Gillespie.
Saturday, October 19;
5–8 p.m.
Take-Out or Dine-In! Buy Tickets Today!

To benefit the Chichester Cathedral choir residency by Church of the Holy Comforter Choirs in summer 2020.

Enjoy a delicious spaghetti dinner including dessert and refreshments. The cost is $12 for persons 12 and older; $8 for children 3 to 11 years old; free for children 2 and under; with a family maximum cost of $50. Advance tickets will be available for purchase with cash or check in the narthex between services this weekend, and in the Church Office during the week. They may be purchased online with a credit or debit card HERE (Select “Spaghetti Dinner Tickets” from the dropdown menu and note the number and price of tickets desired.) Questions? Contact Lolly Mixter.

Auction prizes include:

  • Reserved parking space at the 4 p.m. Christmas Eve service.
  • A week stay on the Greek island of Hydra.
A Day to Explore Your Overall Well Being
Saturday, October 26;
9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. at Holy Comforter
All Ages Welcome!

Come learn about the Living Compass Model for Wellness—integrating heart, soul, strength, and mind. Find out how to start wellness ministries for teens and parents. Hear about the Spirituality of Alzhiemer’s. Explore your creative side during an Art and Soul painting class for all ages. Experience Centering Prayer, walk the labyrinth, visit with therapy dogs, play GaGa Ball, and jump in the bounce house. A healthy lunch is provided.

Purchase tickets online HERE. In the meantime, take the Living Compass Assessment of the eight interconnected areas of wellness that make up a life and contribute to your overall well being.

Volunteer at the Fair!
Volunteers are needed for setup, kitchen help, kids' activities, and more. Interested? Please sign up online HERE.
At Church of the Holy Comforter, we strive to be a Safe Church (Sexual Misconduct Prevention). Learn more at .
Sunday School Parent Session
This Sunday, October 6;
10:10–11:05 a.m. in the Chapel

All Sunday School parents of children grades Pre-K through 6th Grade are asked to join us in the Chapel this Sunday to learn more about your child's Sunday School program.

  • Pre-K through 4th Grade: The Rev. Dr. Rosemary Beales—Godly Play Trainer and Chaplain at St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School, Alexandria—will lead parents in a Godly Play lesson. This session may be video taped.
  • 5th and 6th Grade: Susan McGuire will discuss our new Faith in Action program.

Both sessions will be followed by a presentation on Children's Spirituality hosted by the Rev. Dr. Rosemary Beales.
Last Sunday, our Confirmation class—also known as Confirm not Conform(CnC)—started the 2019–2020 session. We had a record size class of 25 wonderfully engaged students exploring their faith. Click below for pictures and more.
Free A Capella Concert
UVA's Christian 'Hoos Exalt
This Sunday, October 6; 6:30–7:30 p.m.
McLean Presbyterian Church
Meet at Holy Comforter at 5:30 p.m.

If you will be attending, please contact Denis McMullan to ensure space in the carpool.
Current High School Youth:
Last Chance to Sign Up!
Puerto Rico Mission Trip
June 15–21, 2020
$100 deposit due this Sunday, October 6

Pay by check to the Church Office.
Or pay online HERE (Select “Youth Event” from the dropdown menu and type “Puerto Rico” and your name in the memo line). Questions? Please contact Denis McMullan.
7th–12th Grade Youth:
Last Chance to Sign Up!
Fields of Fear
Sunday, October 13; 6:30–11 p.m.
Cox Farms, Centreville
$30 due this Sunday, October 6

  • Tickets $30
  • Pay online HERE. (Select "Youth Event" from the dropdown menu and type "Fields of Fear" and your name in the memo line).
  • Learn more HERE.
  • Questions? Contact Denis McMullan.
Signup Extended
FOYERS Fall-Winter Round

There are 2 flavors of Foyers—Traditional which meets in homes and dine-out which meets in restaurants. 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's a great way to get to know people. All Foyer groups are now forming. Sign up for the fall-winter round in the narthex or notify Shelia Creswell. YOU MUST SIGN UP TO BE INCLUDED IN THE FALL ROUND EVEN IF YOU WERE IN FOYERS LAST SPRING.
Senior Saints BYO Lunch
This Friday, October 4;
11:45 a.m.

Dan Sherman, an economist who teaches musical theatre, will lead us in a celebration of songwriter and lyricist Cole Porter. Dan will use his multimedia approach to present Porter's life and give us the chance to hear great performances of Cole Porter's delightful, delicious, de-lovely songs. Bring a friend, and bring your own lunch. Beverages and desserts will be provided.
Coming Soon!
Marriage Ministry Presents:
Stop, Love and Listen
Saturday, October 12;
10 a.m.–1 p.m.

Please join us in St. Mary's Chapel for a marriage listening workshop with Frances Sullinger, Executive Program Associate of Listening Hearts, and Alexandra MacCracken, Gestalt Pastoral Care Minister at Holy Comforter. During the workshop, we'll be exploring how to apply Listening Hearts principles to marriage, and spouses will be given a live demonstration of an empathic listening skill—then get a chance to try it with each other! Happily married couples, those going through struggles, new couples, and old couples are all welcome to attend. You are also welcome to attend this workshop even if your spouse cannot be there. To request childcare, please email Brynn Pacitti.