News & Events
Our Fall Programming flyer will be hitting your mailbox this week, but you can read it online even before it arrives! Click here for the complete flyer.
Hurricanes Harvey & Irma: How to Help
Here’s some wonderful advice from Episcopal Relief and Development President Robert Radke on how we can best help the victims of Hurricane Harvey:
As Christians, we are called to seek and serve Christ in all people and never more so than in times of crisis. For those of us observing and praying from afar, it’s important to remember that this is a marathon and not a sprint. In addition, the tricky part is responding in a way that is timely and appropriate.
Most disasters have three distinct, if overlapping phases: Rescue, Relief and Recovery. The Rescue phase is focused on saving lives and securing property, and is most acute in those parts of a region that are directly flooded. Please pray for those who are suffering as a result of this tragedy and for the professionals who are risking their lives to save others. The next is the Relief phase. During this phase, the local church will be one of the first places people go to seek assistance and shelter. Because they are prepared and experienced in disaster response, we know that our partners in Texas and elsewhere will be active in the Relief phase. This is where Episcopal Relief & Development is focusing its resources right now. Eventually, we get to the final phase: Recovery. During this period, the emphasis shifts to restoring services, repairing houses and buildings, returning individuals to self-sufficiency and rebuilding communities.
Now is the time to offer financial support. Contributing to ERD (http://www.episcopalrelief.org/hurricane-harvey-response) will ensure that we have enough resources to support the work of our church partners as they serve the most vulnerable in their communities. When it comes to volunteering, the best approach is to wait until those affected have indicated what kind of support is most needed and whether they are ready utilize volunteers. When it comes to donating goods, our firm recommendation is DON’T DO IT. I can’t tell you how many piles of discarded clothing I saw in parking lots throughout the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina. After major disasters, diocesan staff have limited capacity to receive, store or distribute donated goods.
Are you ready for breakfast?? As we begin our full fall programming year, we once again kick off our breakfast service from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., thanks to the devoted volunteers in our Spatula Ministry, which is tirelessly coordinated by Tom Cooke and Jon Wood. Please take a moment to fill out a quick survey for them to help gauge interest and numbers this year at: https://goo.gl/forms/BIB8kIwpFix426np1. Would you like to help? It’s easy and no experience is necessary. Families are welcome to participate – the time commitment is generally from 7:30 to 10:00 a.m. Sign up directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
action centers on the Church and nurturing our interior experience of Beloved Community, we will have missed the core of the loving, liberating, life-giving news of Jesus Christ; it is for all the world, not just for those within the walls of the Church. And, put frankly, we cannot speak of reconciliation and healing without also speaking of justice and repairing what our Church has contributed to breaking. The sessions will be held with individuals being grouped for discussion of each week’s topics:
Opening: Becoming Beloved Community, overview
Session 2: Telling the Truth
Session 3: Proclaiming the Dream
Session 4: Repairing the Breach
Session 5: Practicing the Way of Love
Please sign up ahead of time, so we can form the groups, by contacting Deaon Gene at email@example.com
Save the date—Oct. 7--to Rise Against Hunger! Remember the last time we packaged meals to be sent to hungry families in areas of great need? Remember how much fun we had—and how much we accomplished? Ten thousand meals ready-to-prepare left Holy Comforter that day, and we are planning to match that this year! Read more about this ministry at http://www.riseagainsthunger.org/, and watch for details on how you can participate at Holy Comforter.
Walk to End Alzheimers Kickoff Event!
Holy Comforter + Embrace + Unknown Dornier Cycling Club = A Great Team in the Walk to EndAlzheimer's.The Church and Moore family are once again leading the way as Holy Comforter teams with these great folks in the walk on October 28th. The 2nd Annual Fundraiser for Team Unknown will be held on Oct. 5 at The Unknown Brewing Company, 1327 Mint Street, Charlotte, at 6 p.m. Tickets are a $25 Donation (includes food & 2 drinks) or $30 at the door. (Visit this link to buy tickets: http://www.eventbee.com/v/teamunknown) Can’t make it to the event and want to donate directly to the cause? Visit: http://act.alz.org/site/TR?team_id=410964&fr_id=10574&pg=team
Female Images of God in the Bible. Who described God as a raging mother bear, or as a hen collecting her chicks under her wings? What’s the Jewish term for God that literally means “She who dwells with,” but is also connected to words about tabernacle, glory, radiance and overshadowing? What New Testament author wrote that God is not only “the Father of lights,” but also “the one who gave birth to us?” Come find out these things and many more at four classes on the Bible’s images of God as female, taught by Mary Ann Archer this fall at the Hour, and based on the fifth chapter of Elizabeth Johnson’s book, “She Who Is.” Mary Ann has come to love reading and writing about these images, but admits she started out quite skeptical. Johnson’s fifth chapter, with its numerous citations of Bible passages, seemed to Mary Ann like a good place to start making sense of the idea that God could encompass female attributes. Whether you’re excited, cautious, or skeptical – come look together at the sprinkling of images in Scripture that picture God as female. Who knows where these images might lead you?
Help us assist our new director of Youth & Children’s Ministries Sarah Cavins, by updating our records. Please let us know what grade your child will be in this fall (or when they are anticipating graduating from high school). This will allow Sarah to have an accurate listing of grades for all our young scholars. Please email Jessica (firstname.lastname@example.org) so she can update our record. Also, the most recent youth new letter went out last week, so if your youth (6th grade and older) or you as a youth parent did not receive it, please let Jessica know to be added to our youth email list.
Doing end of the summer cleaning? Don’t throw out those old papers! Save them for our fall Shred Event benefitting the preschool on September 23!
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!