THE DOVE July/August 2010

Women: Time to "Flex Your Muscle!"

This time last summer, planning was well underway for a new men's formation program - an opportunity to come together for fellowship, learning, reflection and camaraderie. The Men's Fraternity kicked off in September 2009 and quickly became a success with about fifty men from the parish and the community meeting weekly on Fridays at 6:00am.

Now it's the women's turn to experience the same camaraderie as the men of our parish. On Saturday, September 18, the Vestry Fellowship Committee, chaired by Courtney VandeVelde, will host "Flex your Muscle," a women's team building day at Camp Wonderland, Camp Lake WI. This special event is for ALL women of the parish who are young at heart, regardless of age, physical fitness or ability, and is a way to get to know - and support - one another on the playing field.

The day will begin at 7:30am when participants will gather for the bus ride to the camp. Upon arrival, there will be a brief prayer service and introduction to the team building activities, which includes a low ropes course, wall climbing and zip lining. After a lunch break, the group will move on to the high ropes course. The day will end about 3:30pm with closing prayer and the bus ride home.

The activities will take into consideration the various ages and abilities of our female parishioners. If you are not able to actively take part in the course because of physical or health restrictions, do not let that stop you from joining in the fun! Be part of the cheering section, giving encouragement to those doing the course. Be a prayer leader or lunch host. And for those women who work out regularly, this challenge will test your abilities!

Show us what you're made of . . . show the men of the parish that we mean business . . . and sign up NOW for this chance to "Flex Your Muscles!" Space is limited to 40; registration deadline is September 1. Register here>>>

Expanding Care through Stephen Ministry

The Vestry and Father Myers recently expressed their support for the establishment at Holy Comforter of a Stephen Ministry program, a timely ministry that provides one-to-one Christian care by parishioners for parishioners. Through Stephen Ministry, a team of church members will be trained to provide quality Christian care to people facing a variety of personal crises, such as loss of a loved one, divorce, serious illness, unemployment and many other life challenges.

The first training will start September 18, 2010 and run through February, 2011. Classes will meet on Tuesday evenings from 7-9pm. The classes will be held at Trinity United Methodist Church in Wilmette and will be open to parishioners from Trinity and Holy Comforter. Classes will be taught by Stephen Leaders, including Jean Britt and Dick Augspurger from Holy Comforter.

Stephen Ministry is a trans-denominational care-giving ministry begun in 1975 and is now in use in 10,000 parishes including Kenilworth Union Church, Winnetka Bible Church and Trinity United Methodist Church. It does not replace pastoral or professional counseling, but rather complements those services and provides additional support.

Church of the Holy Comforter is already a caring community where people are cherished and nurtured. Stephen Ministry will build upon that foundation and expand it throughout the congregation. If you are interested or have questions about Stephen Ministry, please contact Jean Britt, Dick Augspurger or Elizabeth Andrews.

"Creation" Vacation Bible Study

As a result of last year's successful Vacation Bible Camp, we have responded to the parents' request for "more" and will have camp for two weeks this summer. The story of Creation will come alive through music, art, drama, science and play activities. Two year olds through third graders are invited to join us for the fun on Monday through Thursday the first two weeks of August. Camp will be held at Holy Comforter from 9:00 -11:15am.

Mary Johnson and Sarah Crawford will lead the team of teachers who will provide a variety of projects and activities for the campers. A highlight is certain to be on the day we learn about when God created the seas and put all the water in one place...similar to the "flood" last year at our Noah's Ark Camp! Register here>>>

Annual Parish Beach Party

Bob and Lori Patin will once again graciously open their home (and their beach) to the parish for a family beach party on Saturday, August 14, beginning at 2:00pm.  Water sports will be available for all ages, from jet skiing and volleyball to waterskiing and kayaking.  A buffet of barbeque chicken, ribs, beef brisket and all the fixin's will be provided by Smoque BBQ and served at 5:00pm. Activities continue throughout the evening, ending with a campfire and s'mores.  Guests are asked to bring a dessert or appetizer to share; beverages will be provided.  Come for all or part of the day. Reservations are requested>>>

Upcoming events . . .

Tennis Guild's Annual Bastille Night - Saturday, July 10
    5:30pm Westmoreland Country Club, Wilmette 
St. Helen's Guild Summer Party - Sunday, July 11
    5:00pm hosted by Lou & Adrienne Lower
Housewalk Meeting - Thursday, July 15
    9:30am in the library
Time for Women - Tuesday, July 20
    6:30pm hosted by Cindy Macfarland
Annual Ice Cream Social - Sunday, August 29
    11:00am on the parish lawn
Full Schedule Resumes - Sunday, September 12


In the Vineyard

We express our sympathy to . . .
•  Nancy Lidecker and her family on the death of her husband, Bob, on June 24 after a long battle with lymphoma.  Bob served as our Senior Warden in 1992-93.

We congratulate . . .
•  Alex Swift who, as a member of the New Trier Girls Varsity 8 crew, took third-place finish at the 16th annual United States Rowing Youth National Championship Regatta, June 11-13 at Harsha Lake in Bethel, Ohio.

We're ready to take AIM!

Plans for our revamped junior high school program are well underway. The Confirmation class will meet on Wednesday evenings from 5:30-7:00pm for 12 weeks. The junior high will be divided into two groups, making the class more manageable and more personal. The 8th graders will meet each week from September 15-December 8; the 7th graders from January 5-March 23. The two groups will then come together in spring 2011 for a special liturgy, outreach program, and final confirmation preparation. This class is required for any junior high school student interested in receiving Confirmation on Pentecost Sunday, June 12. The class leaders are Bill Haljun and Patti Pateros.

Adult mentors, especially senior members of our parish, are needed for the Confirmation class - nonfamily members who will serve as a source of encouragement and support for our confirmands; some class attendance is required. If you are interested in the mentoring program, please contact Patti Pateros.

The junior high school Sunday morning formation, AIM (Actions in Motion), will focus on fellowship and team work school, while learning about the importance of local community service. Andy Knott, AIM team leader, is planning several hands-on outreach opportunities and field trips which will encourage team building while opening their eyes to the needs of the greater Chicagoland community. In September, AIM will tour Barak Obama's neighborhood, visiting Altgeld Gardens where President Obama served as community leader, as well as his church, and favorite baseball team, the Chicago White Sox.

This promises to be an exciting and significant year for our junior high school students, their parents and our parish. Complete details about AIM and the Confirmation class will be available in late August. Should you have any questions in the meantime, feel free to contact any of the group's leaders.

Mission Accomplished

WHAM's Mission: Nicaragua, the high school mission trip to Nicaragua was an enormous success and a remarkable experience for all involved. Hosted by La Familia Padre Fabretto, 13 students and 5 adult chaperones spent several days in rural Nicaragua, working and playing with the children at Escuela Miramar, improving their building and grounds, and learning about life in the village of Cusmapa. They then spent time in the cities of Managua and Granada, and were able to witness the contrast between rural and urban poverty.

This was the first high school mission trip outside of the United States, but it definitely will not be the last. The group unanimously agreed to return to Nicaragua, and visit their new friends in Miramar and Cusmapa, in June 2011. WHAM will present a report on their trip at the October 3 Adult Forum. The following are comments made by participants in the trip. To read more and to view their photos, click here>>>

It was a stark contrast to our life in Chicago . . . there the kids were more than happy to just jump off a rock for an hour. . . It was the experience of a lifetime and I can't wait to go back next year! -Jack Quigley

I was dreading the trip. But after the first day I had a different attitude. The first day at Cusmapa was really cool seeing all of the kids wait for us with a big sign. . . Over the next days we built friendships among the kids. We couldn't wait for the next day to meet them again. I can't wait to return next year. - Ford Martin

During our trip, a speech was given by a teacher who was poor in money but rich in his love. . . The words I never want to forget, that brought me to tears: "Although we have nothing of economic wealth to give you, we have our hearts and love to share with you all." It made me realize even more how much we take for granted coming from where we do, especially a school like New Trier. -Erika Nothnagel

Today was like yesterday, hard work in the morning and fun (but exhausting) play in the afternoon. I did building and gardening today . . . We also planted squash, cucumbers, and peppers in the school garden. Playing soccer is really fun with the kids . . . I was so exhausted after today's activities . . . a good day.
-Jack Drake

Money can make a lot of things, but it cannot make a friendship. I was honored to meet the kids and staff at the school in Miramar, and they have all changed me as an individual. Words cannot explain everything I've gotten out of this trip. I am excited to return to Nicaragua next year to further strengthen Holy Comforter and Fabretto's relationship. -Scotty Stieber

News from Our Directors

Reflections on Community Life: "Young is Just an Adjective"
by Patti Pateros, Community Building

Formation Principles: "There is a Purpose"
by Mary Johnson, Children's & Youth Ministries

Music Notes: "When In Our Music God Is Glorified"
by Derek Nickels, Music

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