Outreach Ministry August School Supply Collection

The Outreach Ministry will be gathering school supplies during the month of August. The supplies will be used for our Food Pantry visitors and Thomas Jefferson High School. Norm Marshall who formerly worked at TJ suggested that they need: Tissues, Toilet Paper, Hand Sanitizer, lined paper, Copy paper, pens, pencils, Dry erase markers, composition books, spiral notebooks, folders, 3 ring binders, and AAA batteries for their graphing calculators. Our Food Pantry visitors with younger students could use: Paper, pencils, pens, colored pencils or crayons, dry erase markers, composition books, folders, and 3 ring binders.

Cursillo Reunion

The Diocese of Southern Virginia will hold their Annual Diocesan Cursillo Ultreya Reunion Saturday, August 12th from 9:30 - 2:00 at Saint Mary's Episcopal Church in Colonial Beach, Va. Call Rev. Tom Hughes 540-424-1719 or 804-224-7186 for details. Many members of Holy Comforter, and our deacon Joe, have attended Cursillo through the Diocese of Southern Virginia.

Wednesday Service

The Holy Eucharist with prayers for healing – 12:15pm every week.

From Our Treasurer, Stephanie Roberts-Turner

2017 is turning out to be a year of many blessing for Holy Comforter: many new faces in the pews; not one but two interns sharing their gifts with us this summer; a renovated Food Pantry; wonderful Story Time services; and a robust and well-attended Vacation Bible School, to name just a few of the great things happening here. Your generosity, through your pledges, make all of this, and more, possible. During the summer months, though, when many of us will be traveling or otherwise not at church, this can result in a slowdown in revenue. The expenses for staff, utilities and the like continue. You can do several things to help: Keep your pledge up to date Consider making a pledge for 2017 if you have not already done so Consider an extra gift over and above your pledge Thank you!

Property Matters!

While “of this world”, our buildings and grounds at Holy Comforter are critical to living our call to love and serve others. And we have indeed been blessed with beautiful facilities gifted to our care. We are in need of a Property Ministry Chair who is called to lead our caretaking efforts so that we can leave our buildings and grounds for the benefit of future generations. The Chair need not be handy themselves, but rather, have the gifts of organizational skills and time. Our next Chair will receive and make note of property needs and schedule and coordinate the needed repairs or activities with either outside vendors or in-house “experts”. Ready to sign up? Have questions first? See either Hilary; Brian Davis, Senior Warden or Norm Marshall, Vestry Liaison for Property.


Wanted: Persons interested in learning the behind the scenes work of worship. This is an opportunity to learn about the intricacies of our preparation for services. Work weekends, but not for long. Best byproduct: Learn more about our denomination's worship practices and make new friends and deepen existing friendships. For additional information contact Hilary Raymond ( or Terry Long (

Bible Studies

Bible Studies are typically offered Monday nights, 7pm to 8pm; and Wednesdays, 11am to Noon during the program year, and are now on break for the summer. For the summer a poetry group will be meeting in the parlor on Wednesdays at 11:00am

Attention Kroger Customers!

Holy Comforter needs you! Please sign up to join the Kroger Community Awards to benefit Holy Comforter. If you are already signed up, please make sure your membership is current as Kroger requires annual sign-ups for the program. Fact sheets with step-by-step instructions are on the table at the back of the church. Questions? Ask Stephanie Roberts Turner at 804-363-7091.

Adult Faith Formation Class

The Adult Formation class is on break for August. Class will resume Sept 17th with a new DVD-based study on "Jewish, Christian and Islamic Mysticism."