News & Events
ADVENT LESSONS AND CAROLS
Sunday, December 3, at 10:30 a.m.
Sung by the Holy Comforter Choir and guests
from Davidson UMC
Would you like to read during our Lessons and Carols
service? Email Jessica at jessicad@holycomforterc
harlotte.org to sign up to be a part of this lovely tradition.
Congratulations to our new Vestry and Foundation Board members!
Congratulations to the candidates who were elected to serve on the Vestry during our Annual Meeting: Tammy Langley, Elliot McKee, Matt McDuffie and Angela Pipkin; and those elected to serve on the Endowment / Foundation Board: Allen Amos and Pat Mynatt. Thanks to everyone who made the commitment to stand for election and to those who are completing their terms this year: Tim Cavins, Sally Jenkins, Bill Livingstone & Melissa Siler on Vestry and Lisa Anderson on the Foundation. Thanks also to Tammy Langley and everyone who helped her create an amazing (and delicious!) Oyster Roast!
Love Grows Here - Don't forget to turn in your pledge!
Our 2018 Annual Pledge Commitment is in full swing! If you missed the Ingathering last Sunday, it’s not too late to turn in your pledge! Just fill out a pledge card that is available at all entrances to the church and drop it in the basket. You may also mail in your pledge, email it to Hollyw@holycomfortercharlotte.org, pledge through your Realm account or via our website at www.holycomfortercharlotte.org/pledge.
When does love grow here? Visit www.holycomfortercharlotte.org/giving to read what your fellow parishioners have said.
Want to give a gift? Prior to Fr. Kevin’s departure, the Vestry had asked Bishop Rodman about a gift that Fr. Kevin would need as Bishop. We would like to present him with his “cloth of gold” miter (the fancy one he wears when he’s consecrated and for other special occasions) and a “alinen” miter to serve as a lasting reminder of his connection to Holy Comforter. If you’d like to make a donation toward this $1,600 gift, please note Bishop Consecration on the memo line of your check or on an envelope and drop it in the plate or send it to Holly.
We wish you and yours a Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving from the Clergy, Vestry and Staff of Holy Comforter! Our Thanksgiving Worship Service will be Wednesday, November 22, at 12:15 p.m. Church offices will close at noon on Wed., Nov. 22, in observance of the holiday and will reopen as normal on Tues., Nov. 28.
For true pastoral emergencies after hours and on weekends, dial our emergency pastoral care line at 980.819.1225 for on-call clergy.
What Happened at Diocesan Convention? Come to Henry Hall this Sunday during The Hour to learn all about it from the folks who were.
Double Your Impact on Giving Tuesday! Giving Tuesday is a day dedicated to global giving. Celebrated after the consumer driven Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday encourages folks to give back to their favorite charities. Please keep La Escuelita Weekday School and Holy Comforter in mind on this day. When you donate though Facebook, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will match your gift (up to $50,000 per organization!) – it’s a great way to double your impact! If you don’t have access to facebook, you can also donate directly to the school at www.laesws.org or the church through Realm or our website at: www.holycomfortercharlotte.org/funding-our-ministry/contribute When you are doing your Christmas shopping, don’t forget to shop through one of our Amazon Smile links. Use one of these links to support our school: http://tinyurl.com/j5aoamy or our Foundation: http://smile.amazon.com/ch/56-2154040.
Parents Connect is having a toiletry kit packing event Sunday in Henry Hall following the 10:30 service. They’ll assemble toiletry kits and make greeting cards for our Room In the Inn guests this season. Any and all ages are welcome to join!!
Sign up to help welcome our guests at Room in the Inn! As Paul Hanneman reminded us last Sunday, we meet Jesus when we are present with our neighbors who need shelter and hospitality on cold winter nights. Each weekend, December through March, Holy Comforter will give at least 14 volunteers this life-changing opportunity to “meet Jesus” as we share dinner with 12 of our neighbors, and provide a bed, a shower, breakfast—and an invitation to worship with us if they so choose—so that we can get to know them as our sisters and brothers, fellow children of God. We’re grateful to those who’ve already begun to fill the spaces on our sign-up chart! Our sign-up table will be open every Sunday between services. You can also check out our PowerPoint on our website and sign up online at http://bit.ly/2yOAQ0B, or contact John Hosmer (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Brad Patterson (email@example.com). Can’t help on a weekend? You can still be part of this ministry by making a contribution toward purchasing new blankets and pillows; mark your check for: RITI blanket fund.
ADVENT LESSONS AND CAROLS
Sunday, December 3, at 10:30 a.m.
Sung by the Holy Comforter Choir and guests from Davidson UMC
Followed by a Festive Coffee Hour furnished by the choir with assorted beverages and refreshments
including Mimosas for sale (suggested donation $5 per drink)
and a preview of the choir's 2017 "Glorious Gourmet Goodies" catalog
featuring assorted goods offered by the choir for your seasonal shopping
All proceeds will benefit the choir's 2019 pilgrimage to Italy
Prayer list to be updated December 3. Our parish prayer lists are an essential part of our common prayer life. To help keep our “on-going” list accurate, we will refresh this section of the list on Sunday, December 3, and we will remove names that are not actively sponsored on that date. Who does this affect? If you have sponsored an “ongoing” name and wish it to remain on the list, please contact Jessica Dunlap at jessicad@holycomforter charlotte.org before Dec. 3. Names without sponsors will rotate off the list. Any name rotated off can be resubmitted.
Would you like to read during our Lessons and Carols service (December 3 at 10:30 a.m.)? Email Jessica at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up to be a part of this lovely tradition.
ALL are welcome to join the Darrow-Owens Women’s Group Monday at 7 p.m. for social time, a potluck dinner, and to hear Kathy Izard, author of The Hundred Story Home: A Journey of Homelessness, Hope, and Healing. Kathy responded to a “whisper” to do more for the homeless served by Urban Ministry Center. She spearheaded the drive to build Moore Place, now housing more than 100 formerly chronically homeless neighbors. Bring friends! RSVPs to mary.mitchell. amos@gmail are appreciated but not required. Free copies of her book are available in the Outreach Cabinet.
Parents Connect is hosting a Christmas Social on Fri., Dec. 1 at 6:30 p.m. They’ll meet at church and all head to a local assisted living community for caroling and then return back to the church for social time for adults and pizza and crafting for kids. Youth will provide childcare for a donation to help fund their upcoming pilgrimage to Nova Scotia this summer. Come spread Christmas joy! Please RSVP at: http://tinyurl.com/yczwaae7
ADVENT QUIET MORNING
Advent Songs: Mary’s and Zechariah’s
December 2, 9:00-noon, potluck lunch following
Take time out for some stillness this Advent. Participate in Morning Prayer led by Scotland Gallo, with Taize songs led by Greg Langley. Be creative with an alcohol ink art project with Holly Williams, then listen to a homily on Mary’s Magnificat and Zechariah’s song by Rev. Gay Silver. A period of quiet follows, with suggestions for meditative and active ways to spend the time. Gentle, confidential conversation on what came up in the stillness will be facilitated by Mary Ann Archer, and the morning ends with a short Noonday Prayer service. Potluck lunch of soup, salad and bread rounds out the event for those who can stay. All are welcome. Come for a time of fellowship and reflection set apart from the pre-Christmas bustle.
It's Time for Christmas Trees!
Prayer list to be updated December 3. Our parish prayer lists are an essential part of our common prayer life. To help keep our “on-going” list accurate, we will refresh this section of the list on Sunday, December 3 and we will remove names that are not actively sponsored on that date. Who does this affect? If you have sponsored an “ongoing” name and wish it to remain on the list, please contact Jessica Dunlap at jessicad@holycomforter charlotte.org before Dec. 3. Names without sponsors will rotate off the list. Of course, any name rotated off can be resubmitted. The on-going prayer list is refreshed twice each year on Pentecost and the First Sunday of Advent.
Volunteer to help at our front desk! It’s easy and fun! No experience is needed and training is provided. We particularly need help on Tuesday mornings and with substitutes who can fill in when needed. Contact Penny Crawford to volunteer or with questions at email@example.com.
Office hours for Mother Amanda. In the in the midst of so much transition, both at home and at church, Mo. Amanda is seeking ways get re-connected with everyone. She has set up a link that allows folks to signup online for an appointment at: http://tinyurl.com/y8kfbsgd. It is her hope that folks will not wait for her to seek them out, but instead will take advantage of these office hours to reconnect. If you are having technical difficulties scheduling, you mail call her at 704.332.4171 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s Time! Read the Bible in a year!
Holy Comforter’s Faith & Science Group is bringing us together to Read the Bible in a year. Each day, you’ll be able to access readings from the Old Testament and either the New Testament or a Psalm in many different ways and on your own schedule. (We’ll have links on our website). Reading the Bible is a concrete way to understand the roots of our faith and to better equip us as we encounter the ways in which faith and science intersect in real life in our current age.
Our online parish directory is here!
HoCo online—You can find information about our church and ministries on our website: www.holycomfortercharlotte.org. If you’re on Facebook, please “like” our church’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/holycomfortercharlotte.Share our postings with your FB friends! On Instagram, you can find us at: HolyComforterClt. La Escuelita Weekday School also is at www.facebook.com/LaEsWeekdaySchool/ --if you want to see what’s in store for fall, or if you have friends looking for a preschool, take a look!
Feed the Hungry! Did you know that Holy Comforter prepares and serves meals to the homeless and vulnerable twice a month? On first Fridays of the month, we serve at The Men's Shelter, 1210. N. Tryon Street, from 3:45-7:00 pm. On fourth Thursdays, we serve at the Charlotte Rescue Mission from 3:00 - 6:00 pm. Come when you can and leave when you must. Culinary skills are not required; you just need the ability to follow directions from our great cook leaders!