Church of the Holy Comforter eNews | January 9, 2020
Worship Schedule

Saturday, January 11
5:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II

Sunday, January 12 - The First 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

Wednesday, January 15
7:00 a.m. Morning Prayer

*childcare available for ages 4 and under
Movie Talk Rescheduled

Movie Talk has been rescheduled for Tuesday, January 14 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Ministry Center. The movie is Little Women so please see the movie on your own time and RSVP to the Rev. Ann Gillespie if you will join the discussion on January 14.
Friday, January 31
6-8 p.m.; Ministry Center
RSVP Today! Games for All Ages!

Get ready to get your game on at our first Pizza & Game Night of the new year! Pizza and board games for all ages (including toddlers) provided! Please bring your friends and a side or dessert to share! Please RSVP to Patti Boerger so we can plan for pizza.
Register Today
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? Please contact Alexandra MacCracken.
RSVP Today
Marriage Ministry Date Night In
Saturday, February 8
5:30–8:30 p.m.; Ministry Center

Save the date 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? Please contact Katie Krogh.
Feasting on the Word Bible Study:
Named and Claimed
This Sunday, January 12;
10:10–11 a.m.; Chapel

Please join us this Sunday in a discussion and exploration of Matthew 3:13–17. We'll explore the baptism of Jesus and reaffirm our own baptismal identity and purpose.

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.

Jesus as Fully Human:
The Spirituality of the Incarnation
This Sunday, January 12

Join parishioner Laura M. Hogan, art historian, for a lively discussion of the humanity of Jesus through art. Looking at paintings and sculpture, we will see how revolutionary the idea of God becoming human really was two thousand years ago, and how Christians have wrestled with what “fully human” means ever since. As a group, we will reflect on how we personally understand Jesus’ humanity, and how contemplating His experience as one of us can deepen our spiritual lives today.

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.
Episcopal 101 Starts Next Week
Monday nights, starting January 13;
7–8:30; McGill
Register Today

Episcopal 101 is a class for anyone who seeks a deeper relationship with God and to learn more about the Episcopal Church. Over the course of 12 sessions we will dive into the theology and history of the Episcopal Church, scripture, and the Book of Common Prayer . We’ll explore different forms of prayer and learn about the ministries of Holy Comforter. 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, starting January 14;
7–8 a.m. in the Ministry Center

Note: On January 14 we will meet in the Chapel, while the Ministry Center floor is being refinished.

There will be food and coffee available beforehand. 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 Prevention Shelter
Call for Volunteers and Support!

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. Learn how you can help.
Bring donations by this Sunday, January 12.
Help us pack on January 19.

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.

Holy Comforter Preschool and Kindergarten is now 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 FACETS Outreach
This Sunday, January 12

Come help deliver hard-boiled eggs and bottled water to our Fairfax County neighbors in need. Meet in the Ministry Center at 5:00 p.m. and expect to return at 7:30 p.m. Service hours available. Questions? Contact Denis McMullan.
Youth Group Movie Night
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
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.
The Diocese of Virginia’s summer camp program at Shrine Mont promotes the emotional and spiritual development of children, youth, and young adults through the fostering of a safe and positive environment for all. It is the goal of this program to encourage the growth of relationships with self, others, and God. Learn more.
Senior Saints BYO Lunch
This Friday, January 10;
11:45 a.m.; Ministry Center

Following our meeting and lunch, our guest speaker will be the Rev. Ann Gillespie, who 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.
Happy New Year from Pennywise
Note: Please do not leave donations outside the front door of the shop after hours. This is prohibited by the landlord.

  • 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: Please contact Mary Coulombe.
  • Follow Pennywise on Facebook for special items for sale.