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Last Chances for a HOCO 2020 Session!
The quotes above are what just a few of the 140+ parishioners who have participated have said about small group sessions for HOCO2020, Caring for our Commons. This is our process of intentional and holy listening, or "discernment," to identify ways in which we are called to care for our parish home as we use its facilities to care for our community. Watch the video on our webpage to learn more!
All parishioners are invited to participate through 90-minute small group sessions that will answer 3 questions:
- What ministries are we called to support, develop, and expand – looking at both our current ministries and new or different ones?
- How might we best use the property next door at 2729 Park Road to fulfill our mission to care for our community?
- To help our ministries better serve their mission, what facilities and equipment needs do we have?
To sign up for an upcoming small group session, log on to your Realm account, click events on the left hand side and sign up for the session of your choice OR sign up at the HOCO 2020 table Sundays in the Atkinson library. Small-Group Sessions:
- Friday, Feb. 17: 7 - 8:30 p.m.
- Saturday, Feb. 18: 10:30 a.m. - noon
- Tuesday, Feb. 21: 6:30 – 8 p.m. (Seniors)
- Thursday, Feb. 23: 6:30 - 8 p.m.
- Spanish: Saturday, Feb. 25: 9:30 a.m. - noon
Parents Connect will continue reading Parenting By the Book during The Hour and continue with Chapter 2 on Sunday, Feb. 19 in ROOM 205. Click to read this week's chapter and here is a link for any Amazon primers who want to order their own copy . . . https://www.amazon.com/Parenti
The parish is privileged to host the 14th annual RSCM Carolinas Treble Choir Festival, drawing more than 40 participants from churches in the region. Young choristers (ages 9-17) will spend Saturday and Sunday in rehearsal, fellowship, and worship together as they sing together, conducted by John Stender from St. Helena's Episcopal Church, Beaufort, SC. Choristers from Beaufort, SC; Columbia, SC; Winston-Salem, NC; and Charlotte are participating in the festival. The choristers will sing for our 10:30 a.m. Eucharist, as well as a service of Choral Evensong at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoon. All are warmly invited to attend. To all who have worked so diligently to make this festival a success, we say THANK YOU!
Liturgical Ministers Workshop
What exactly does a Lector do? Attend our Liturgical Ministers Workshop this Saturday, Feb. 25, from 10 a.m. to noon to find out. If you are an existing or new Host, Verger, Lector, Intercessor, Eucharistic Minister or Eucharistic Visitor, have questions about it, are interested in jumping in and becoming one, or just want to learn more, please plan to attend an informative (and fun) training workshop. There will be a potluck lunch at the conclusion of the Workshop that all are invited to attend in Henry Hall. Please bring a dish to share. Childcare is available with 48-hour notice to Lauren Cavins at Laurenc@holycomfortercharlotte.org.
We find something deeply powerful in the Eucharist; no doubt it is the main reason we travel to church on Sunday morning. But what if you are unable to make that journey? Someone will take these elements out from God’s house to yours.
Eucharistic Visitors share God’s gifts with those who are unable to travel. They sit at bedsides and at kitchen tables with those who find enormous meaning and comfort from partaking of communion in their own home. Regardless of distance, we who are many are one body, because we all share one bread, one cup.
If you have a willingness to serve, a listening ear, and a desire to share the mystery that is Christ’s body and blood, you may have a call to this joyous ministry.
For more information, please contact Mother Amanda or Wright Meyer. You may also wish to plan on attending the Liturgical Ministry Workshop see details above, to learn more!
Women in Transition. All women are invited to a dinner with members of the YWCA's Women in Transition program on Mon., Feb. 20. After we share a taco supper, we’ll do a little container gardening. Open to all, this event is a highlight of the year. Join us at the YWCA, 3420 Park Road, at 5:45 pm (or when you can get there). Questions or to sign up to bring taco supplies or dessert: eahardin@mind spring.com or mary.mitchell. email@example.com
200th Anniversary Exhibit Here Sunday!
The Rev. Dr. Brooks Graebner, diocesan historiographer, and Lynn Hoke, diocesan archivist, have brought to life 200 years of diocesan history in a traveling exhibit that is making its way across the state in 2017. Drop by Henry Hall before or after each service today and during The Hour to hear from Lynn as she shares some interesting “road trip” stories about her decade-long search for Episcopal churches all over North Carolina, those still standing and those now closed, lost, deconsecrated or demolished. The exhibit will remain in Henry Hall and be open to the public this Monday – Friday from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. each day.
Thanks to you: Our Boy Scouts collected 1200 pounds of food for own Loaves & Fishes pantry on Scout Sunday. Thank you as always for supporting the ongoing needs of our pantry.
Finding Your Voice: The 2017 Holy Comforter Women’s Retreat is March 31 through April 2 at Camp St. Christopher, Johns Island, SC. The women of the parish are invited to gather for rest, relaxation, and conversation about the journey to find and claim our voices. Our leader will be The Rev. Sally Johnson, who recently retired from St. Martin’s in the Fields, Columbia, SC, and was an assistant rector at Holy Comforter for several years. We will use art, word, poetry, and music to explore these journeys and to help us know what our voice offers and how we can use them to God’s glory. Cost for the weekend is $200 for a double occupancy room with meals and supplies. An additional $50 is needed for a single room, but there are only a limited number of these available. Please register via Realm and see the Retreat page for more details.
“Walking the Labyrinth – A Pilgrimage for Lent” will be Sat., March 18 from 10:00 a.m. to noon at Avondale Presbyterian Church. Learn basic instructions for walking the labyrinth and draw 3 and 7-circuit labyrinths that can be used in devotionals during Lent. The workshop will conclude with a Lenten pilgrimage walk. (In the event of rain, there will be an indoor labyrinth.) To sign up, contact BJ Byrd at firstname.lastname@example.org or 704-523-6821.
Mark your calendars for Feb. 28 and come hungry for our Shrove Tuesday Pancake supper. There is a suggested donation of $5 per person or a maximum of $20 for family for a delicious traditional feast before Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent. Proceeds benefit our youth programs – so come out and enjoy a wonderful evening of having the kids cook for you!
For baptized Christians, the sacrament of Confirmation is your opportunity to claim the Episcopal Church as your own. Reception is offered for those folks who have been confirmed in another tradition, and who wish to be received into the Episcopal Church. If you wish to be confirmed or received this spring, email Father Kevin. Confirmation is open to adults and students who are current 8th graders or older.
Scholarship Opportunity. The Lex Matthews Scholarship Fund provides educational opportunities for women, 23 or older, who have been out of the workforce for a time or who need to upgrade their skills or education to advance career opportunities. Applications can be downloaded from www.ecw-nc.org. Deadline is March 15.
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!
2016 Altar Flower dates are sold out. Contact Elaine Wood at 704.529.1711 or email@example.com today to reserve it, a date in 2017 (there are still many dates available, including January 1) or to arrange Lectern flowers for a 2016 date.