THE DOVE February 2011

Father Myers Says Goodbye

After twenty-five years as the Rector of Church of the Holy Comforter, Father Myers bids farewell to his parish and his home. February 27 is Father Myers' final Sunday at Holy Comforter. He will be the homilist at all three liturgies and have his final Rector's Forum at 10am in the Great Hall. He takes with him the prayers and good wishes from a grateful parish. Invitations to Father Myers' Retirement Party on May 14 at Misericordia will be mailed in early April and will include a response card; reservations will be taken at that time.

Father Jason Parkin begins his tenure as the ninth Rector on March 1 and will be the homilist and lead his first Rector's Forum on Sunday, March 6.

Rector's Message >>>

Reflections on Community Life: It's Time.

by Patti Pateros, Community Building

Formation Principles: Thank You

by Mary Johnson, Children's & Youth Ministries

Music Notes: Sometime Next Year

By Derek Nickels

Adult Forum Schedule>>>

Race to Nowhere: the Dark Side of America's Achievement Culture

Thursday, February 10 at 7pm in the Great Hall
followed by a discussion led by Father Myers

A concerned mother turned filmmaker aims her camera at the culture of hollow achievement and pressure to perform that has invaded Americaʼs schools. This remarkable new film shines a light on the price our kids pay for this "race to nowhere." Cheating is commonplace, stress-related illness, depression and burnout are rampant, and ironically, young people arrive at college and the workplace unprepared and uninspired.

Featuring the heartbreaking stories of young people who have been pushed to the brink and educators who are burned out and worried that students arenʼt developing the skills needed for the global economy, RACE TO NOWHERE points to the silent epidemic running rampant in our schools.

RACE TO NOWHERE is a call to families, educators, experts and policy makers to examine current assumptions on how to best prepare the youth of America to become the healthy, bright, contributing and leading citizens in the 21st century.

Among many others, RACE TO NOWHERE features Dr. Madeline Levine, author of the bestseller, The Price of Privilege, Dr. Deborah Stipek, Dean of the Stanford School of Education, Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg, an adolescent medicine specialist at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Dr. Wendy Mogel, author of The Blessing of a Skinned Knee, Denise Pope, author of Doing School, and Sara Bennett, author of The Case Against Homework.

Following the viewing of the 90-minute documentary, Father Myers will lead a discussion. Tickets are $10; advance purchase is required and space is limited.  All net profits from ticket sales will go towards the Fabretto Children's Foundation, sponsor of our high school mission trip.  Purchase tickets here>>>            See trailer here>>>

Are You Going through a Difficult Time?

Are you emerging from a challenging time, a health threat, a serious loss or crisis? Are you taking care of a family member with a debilitating illness? These are just a few of the situations where the 13 Stephen Ministers at Holy Comforter can provide you with support and help.

Stephen Ministers are members of the parish who have gone through extensive training to listen, care, encourage and provide emotional and spiritual support. The caring is focused, one to one, and confidential. It does not replace pastoral counseling or professional counseling, but adds an additional layer of help for our parish. In many situations, it may be the only type of supportive care necessary.

Referrals for Stephen Ministry are now being received by Father Hardman. At the end of February, the Stephen Ministers of Holy Comforter will be ready to meet with parishioners who need help. The caring companionship will be an hour once a week for as long as is needed. Please contact Fr. Hardman or one of the Stephen Leaders, Jean Britt, Rev. Elizabeth Andrews or Dr. Richard Augspurger for further direction. All conversations will remain confidential.

Special Needs Ministry

Whether there's a new baby, surgery, illness or death, parishioners can count on support and help. There are those in our midst who selflessly prepare and deliver meals for just a few days or for many weeks. The website "Lotsa Helping Hands" was introduced as a tool for communication and notification of need to the long list of parishioners who are ready and willing resources for this ministry. The website also allows the recipients to add notes on scheduling or dietary preferences. To join this ministry, click here>>>

In the Vineyard

We joyfully announce the birth of . . .
• 9lb 6oz Gordon David to Julia and John Hinshaw on January 11.  Gordon's older sisters are 7yr old Elizabeth and 4yr old Anna.
• Cooper Eileen to Lindsley and Tom Godbout on January 21.  Cooper's sister is 2yr old Currie and she is John and Nancy True's 7th grandchild.

We express our sympathy to . . .
• Ora Hepworth on the death of her sister, Ruth Barber.
• George Kezios on the death of his sister, Constance Kasson.
• Bev Joutras and Cindy Macfarland on the death of Dick Joutras on January 25 following complications from surgery.  Dick was a beloved friend and long-time parishioner, having served as Senior Warden from 1974-75.  His presence at Holy Comforter will certainly be missed.

2011 Vestry Members

At the 108th Annual Parish Meeting on Sunday, January 30, 2011, reports were given by the Rector, Senior and Junior Wardens and Treasurer, and the 2011 budget was approved.   The Nominating Committee presented the following slate of Vestry candidates which were then elected by the parish: Eric Beatty/Newcomers, Sarah Crawford/Outreach Mission, Doug Groncki/Education, Cindy Macfarland/Outreach Resources, and Ann Pearce/Ministry. Biographies of the new members are available here>>> A complete list of the 2011 Vestry is available here>>> 

The Annual Report details the life of the parish for 2010. 
icon 2010 Annual Report

Junior & Senior High School Update

Both the junior and senior high school youth groups [AIM and WHAM] have begun new programs during this winter season.

In preparation for their mission trip, Taking AIM: Chicago, AIM is focusing on social issues that our cities face everyday.  They are managing their own town, have elected a mayor and district representatives, and hold their "town meetings" every Sunday morning at 10am.  Their first agenda item is whether to allow a homeless shelter to be built in their town.  All citizens of the town (junior high schoolers) are invited to voice their opinions, debating the pros and cons of such a move.  If they vote to allow the shelter, they then must decide the appropriate district in which to build it.  Each week, the town meeting will discuss and vote on such issues.  Read more here>>>  

Additionally, seventeen 7th graders meet each Wednesday evening in preparation for their confirmation in June.  Thirteen 8th graders completed their confirmation class last fall. Registration forms for Taking AIM: Chicago are available here>>>

WHAM is "airing their dirty laundry" by talking and journaling about stuff that drives us crazy, makes us worry, or is an issue at home or school (or even church!). Their "dirty laundry" is actually hanging on a clothes line in their meeting room. They watched the film "Babies" and journaled about times parents still treat them like babies.  Over the next few weeks, they will watch "The Social Network" and talk about whether the movie fairly depicts "Generation Y" - their generation.  Fourteen high school students are preparing for Mission: Nicargua 2011, their mission trip hosted by the Fabretto Children's Foundation.

AIM and WHAM meet every Sunday from 10-10:45am in their lower level meeting room. All junior and senior high school students are welcome to join them anytime for fellowship and conversation.

Updates for our Parish Directories

The parish directory, which is a listing of all pledging members of the parish, will be published later this month. If you would like to pledge or update your family information, please contact the parish office.

A parish pictorial directory will also be published in early March. Deadline for receipt of family photos is February 24. Digital photos can be emailed or hard copies can be dropped off in the parish office (photo will be scanned and returned to you; be sure photo is labeled). Professional photographer Jack Hardman will be available in the parish library to take family photos on Sundays, February 6, 13 and 20 from 8:30-11:15am. No appointment necessary.

Updated directory info or digital photos can be emailed to

Tennis Tournament & Potluck Dinner

The Tennis Guild's annual tournament is Saturday, February 5, at Centennial Park, Wilmette. Tennis begins at 5:30pm, followed by a potluck dinner at 8:15pm at the home of Sid and Allison Condit. All are invited to participate. RSVP here>>>