News & Events
ERD Ingathering is Next Sunday, April 2
Our Ingathering for Episcopal Relief and Development will be NEXT SUNDAY, April 2! Bring your Hope Chests, or bring cash or a check for the envelopes that will be in your Bulletin next Sunday.
Don’t have a Hope Chest yet? Pick one up at the church entrances or during Coffee Hour!
Every cent that is given will change lives around the world.
One way that ERD is making an impact is by recognizing that Gender Based Violence impacts the health and well being of women in every country. Worldwide, one in five women will become a victim of rape or attempted rape in her lifetime; as many as one in three are beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused in their lifetimes. Almost all ERD’s partner organizations identify violence against women and girls as a community problem, and there is a great need for the voice and presence of faith communities and institutions to prevent such violence, and restore the health, dignity and livelihoods of those already affected.
ERD’s strategic plan focuses on prevention, provision of services for survivors, prosecution of perpetrators, and advocating for public policy changes. How can you help? By continuing to fill up your Hope Chest or by placing your gift in the ERD envelope next Sunday.
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A New Connect Series during The Hour. For the next three weeks during The Hour (9:15 – 10:15 a.m. on Sunday mornings), there will be a connect series for newcomers, new members and those looking anew at their involvement. Join Mother Amanda this Sunday, Mar. 26, as she explores Membership and our Six-Word Stories.
During the season of Easter, our worship will contain unexpected words and phrases in places where we are not used to new things popping up. This expansive and inclusive language found in Enriching Our Worship is designed to help expand our vocabulary for God, based on the deep wellspring of images of God that flows throughout scripture and church history. Want to learn more? Fr. Kevin will hold an Open Forum workshop on Expansive and Inclusive language during the Hour on Palm Sunday (April 9) and repeat it the Sunday after Easter (April 23). Come out and learn how broadening our language can help us Hear What the Spirit is Saying.
Looking for a great Easter gift? One Spring Lamb by Anne Vittur Kennedy follows one little lamb’s adventures as Easter draws near and helps your little ones count God’s many spring blessings. Pick up your copy and other delightful gifts at Comforting Treasures gift shop.
Join the newly formed Coffee Hour Guild to help our Coffee Hours come together tastefully! Don't like to host? You can join to volunteer to bring food or help cleanup. Contact Jessica (jessicad@holy comfortercharlotte.org) for more information.
It's time to purchase lilies to decorate the Sanctuary for the Great Vigil of Easter and Easter Day. This is such a beautiful way to remember loved ones at this most meaningful time of year. Lilies can be purchased through the Altar Guild for $15.
Beth Hardin will facilitate a book discussion on Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis during Lent. Written by J. D. Vance, it is a memoir of a young man who lived through Appalachian poverty and rose out of it through military service and caring educators, graduating from Yale Law School. She will set a date for the discussion based on interested people's preferences, though it will likely include Sunday evening. Books are available NOW in the Outreach hutch in the foyer of the Atkinson Building. Interested? email email@example.com to be added to the group.
We have matching funds to send you on a trip. What’s the catch? There is none – other than having a desire to align your spending with your values and to share what you learn with the church. The Episcopal Network for Stewardship’s 2017 conference: Journey to Generosity, will be in Minneapolis from May 18-20. A generous donor has made matching funds available. Contact Fr. Kevin (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Trish (email@example.com) in the church office for more information by March 31.
Can I Make A Difference in the fight against Racism?
Yes you can! The Racial Justice and Reconciliation Committee of the Diocese is offering subsidies to parishioners to attend Racial Equity Institute training. REI Training provides an analysis of racism from a systems perspective. It examines the historical roots of racism as it affects institutions, and what effect that has on the opportunities people of color have. Members of Holy Comforter have taken REI training and found the experience to be powerful and life changing. The Bishop encourages us all to attend and is providing limited matching funds to help defray the cost. Visit http://www.dio nc.org/dfc/newsdetail_2/3184343 to learn more.
Hop to it! We need individually wrapped candy to stuff Easter eggs, eggs pre-stuffed with wrapped candy, and plastic eggs for the Easter Egg Hunt! Boxes will be in both buildings.
Be a part of Sunday mornings! It takes everyone coming together to make Sundays happen at Holy Comforter. Stop by our Connect Board in the Henry Hall lobby and sign up to help with one of the essential – and FUN – Sunday ministries!
Vacation Bible School will be June 19-22!
Music & Arts Camp 2017 will be July 31- August 4 for children in rising grades 2-6. Online registration will be available soon. Cost for the week will be $50 per child and scholarship assistance will be available. To register your child, to volunteer, or if you have questions, contact Patrick Pope in the office.
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!