THE DOVE May 2010

The Day of Pentecost - A Welcome Event

On Sunday, May 23, the church celebrates the Feast of Pentecost. It is a great celebration because it is our Feast of Title and considered the birthday of the Church. It is a time when we welcome new Christians into our faith community through the Sacrament of Baptism.

Those who will be baptized during the 9:00 am Eucharist on Pentecost Sunday include Matthew James Daker, Grace Helena Groncki, Ashby William Semple, Trevor Skiles, William Ellwood Wyner and his father, Christopher Bryan Wyner.

On this day of celebration, it seems most appropriate to also welcome our newest members into our parish family.  During the Eucharist, we will acknowledge for the 23 families who have joined the parish over the last year.  They include Dorothy Adams, Ginny Grinstead, Pamela McNish, Barbara Rockwell, Lynn Siefert, Holly Shaw, the Brown, Campitelli, Biery-Cornjeo, Drane-Decker, Godbout,  Groncki, Harley, Hyman, McKenna, Jon Newsome, Nieman, Ross-Green, Semple, Skiles, Smith, Stutzman and York families. 

As a remembrance of this day, a gift from the parish is given to our newly baptized and our new families. The new members will receive The Episcopal Handbook, (Morehouse Publishing) which is "a generous invitation to learn more about our particular expression of the Christ faith" written in a light-hearted manner.  In the chapter "Why the Episcopal Church welcomes everyone," it is says, "The Gospel of reconciliation makes Episcopalians a hopeful people who love to laugh, celebrate, and welcome everyone to the party, which means you're invited, too." (p148)

The Day of Pentecost will truly be a parish celebration.  Please pray for those who will be baptized, for their parents and sponsors, for our new members, and for the entire parish family as we celebrate our Episcopal life together.  Welcome!

Shawl Ministry

By Rosie McDonel Augspurger

Do you knit? Would you like to learn?  If so, the Shawl Ministry would love to hear from you.

Knitters gather in the parish library from 1-2:30pm on Mondays to knit shawls for anyone needing a little TLC. Since 2005, the Shawl Ministry has knitted 241 shawls and blankets for those in need. Attached to each shawl is a CHC label and a small wooden cross, a prayer card, care instructions, and information about the Shawl Ministry. Before each shawl is delivered, it is blessed by one of the clergy.

In addition to knitting shawls for our own parishioners,  shawls are also provided to several outreach ministries. To date 96 shawls, blankets and scarves were given to Misericordia, 16 to the Cathedral Shelter, and most recently, seven shawls, included with those from other Shawl Ministries in the area, were sent to the widows of the men killed in the West Virginia mining accident.

On April 22, Fr. Myers took a group of knitters to Misericordia where they presented six shawls and two baby blankets to Father Jack, Misericordia's Chaplain, and Sister Rosemary, Head Angel, who thanked them for their much appreciated efforts. Father Jack said that he had taken some blankets to hospitalized residents, sadly a frequent occurrence, and said it was often their only comfort. As many as 50 of the 600 plus residents have no family at all and are wards of the state. He told of one boy with no family, holding his shawl very tightly around himself; it was his only comfort.

As part of the parish's Easter Outreach project, 16 shawls were sent to Cathedral Shelter. Many of the temporary residents at Cathedral Shelter deal with addiction problems. Our shawls were put aside to be used as a reward for women who achieved a particular goal on their way to recovery.

Completed shawls and blankets are placed in the glass display case in the Great Hall. If you have a friend or loved one who could use a bit of comforting, simply contact the parish office and the Shawl Ministry will provide support and delivery of a specially selected shawl. 

In the Vineyard

We joyfully announce the birth of. . .
•  Caroline Chohecy Blandford to Katie and Justine Blandford. Caroline is Sue Toth's first grandchild.

We express our sympathy to . . .
•  Genny Wert on the death of her mother, Josephine Kwiatkowski, on April 17.
•  Dorothy Hussey on the sudden death of her husband, Dr. Frank Hussey, on April 26.

A Mother's Day Diaper Drive - Sunday, May 9

Due to the incredible need and high cost of disposable diapers, Connections for the Homeless has asked our parish to participate in their one-day Diaper Drive on Sunday, May 9.  Disposable diapers for newborn through toddler sizes will be collected in the parlor throughout the morning.  This is a wonderful gift for moms unable to provide such a basic necessity for their children.  Thank you for your support. 

Recognition Sunday

Sunday, May 9, is Recognition Sunday and Mother's Day. Be sure to join us as we celebrate the women of the parish during our liturgies and acknowledge and thank our Church School teachers and Choir members at the Adult Forum. The last day for Church School is Sunday, May 16. 

Succession Process Update

The Succession Committee continues to hold Listening Sessions - open discussions of the qualities we look for in a new rector and an opportunity to ask questions about the process. The remaining dates/times are Tuesday, May 11, at 7:00 pm; Sunday, May 16, following the 11:15 am service. If you are unable to attend, please submit your comments to successioncommittee@holycomforter.org. The Succession Committee will also present at this year's final Adult Forum on Sunday, May 16. Regular updates by the Succession Committee can be found on our website or on the parish bulletin board.

All Things Bright & Beautiful

At the close of this school year, ATB&B celebrates 15 years of excellence in Early Childhood Education. This ministry has introduced so many young families to our parish.  An Open House will be held form 12:00-1:30 pm on Sunday, May 23. Following the Open House, families will gather to march in the annual Kenilworth Memorial Day Parade.

Save the Date: Parish Picnic - Sunday, June 6

Our Annual Parish Picnic will be held on the parish grounds on Sunday, June 6, beginning with the Holy Eucharist at 10:00 am, followed by a picnic lunch and special entertainment for children. Please RSVP here>>>  Volunteers are also needed to help with cooking and clean up. 

News from Our Directors

Reflections on Community Life: "Gone Country"
by Patti Pateros, Community Building

Formation Principles: "I'm So Glad We Had This Time Together"
by Mary Johnson, Children's & Youth Ministries

Music Notes: "Mother's Day Hymns" 
by Derek Nickels, Music

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