THE DOVE September 2013

Returning, Renewing, Recreating

by The Rev. Dr. Jason Parkin, Rector

New beginnings. New challenges. New opportunities. New rhythms. New traditions.

On the one hand, every September at Holy Comforter follows a very predictable routine. We will return to our full schedule of liturgies and Church School classes on September 8. The Adult Choir will return the same day. We will resume Adult Forum that day, and continue to lay the groundwork for many of the events and ministries that fall in September and October and beyond, such as our revitalized Youth Ministry, the Fall Fellowship Dinner, the Fall Festival, and so on. This will be a September-on the surface, at least-much like any other, recent September.

However, we will experience some new dynamics this fall, as well.
Read more here...

Youth Choir Returns

Late last fall, we had the great good fortune of welcoming Mr. Bill Gordon to Holy Comforter as our Youth Choir Director. The young choristers had a great (partial) year under his leadership, singing several times during Sunday liturgies, growing musically and personally, and even enjoying a lock-in over the summer!  Mr. Gordon is extremely excited to be entering his first full year as Youth Choir Director and has some wonderful plans.
Read more here...

"Everything Old is New Again"

by Mary Johnson, Director of Children's Ministries

There's an old song titled "Everything Old is New Again." It's from the musical The Boy From Oz, which I have to confess I've never seen nor do I know much about it. But I did think of the song from the show recently. It came to mind as I was meeting with teachers of All Things Bright and Beautiful to order supplies for the upcoming school year. Read more here...

A New Year in September!

by Charlotte Long, Youth Ministry Coordinator

Hooray, we're back! To the oldies and newcomers, we can't wait to hang with you at last! Here are the things you need to know for September. Read more here...

Upcoming Events at CHC

Time for Women: September 17
Time for Women began four years ago as a small group of women looking for evening fellowship. It is now a group of more than 25 women of all ages and stages in life who meet monthly simply for dinner and conversation. They will gather this month at 6:30pm in the party room of 1440 N. Sheridan Road, and will be hosted by Donna Doberstein (if the weather is good enough, the group will also take advantage of the beach.)  Please look for an evite to come soon from Jan Parkin, or call the church office to sign up (847/251-6120).

Family Fall Festival: Saturday, September 28
Our Fall Festival has become a community family tradition. The hayride will be more fun than ever-a horse-drawn hay wagon will take passengers for a ride through the village! Our pumpkin patch will have locally grown pumpkins, apples, and fall flowers for sale. Popcorn, donuts and apple cider will be served. The Fall Festival takes place on the parish lawn from 10am-noon. Family and friends are welcome!

Newcomers' Reception: Sunday, October 12
Fr. Jason and Jan Parkin, Doug Groncki, and the Hospitality Team invite all who are new to Holy Comforter to join us at a reception and cocktail party at the Rectory on Saturday, October 12, from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. This informal gathering - to which children of all ages are also invited - will be a casual and fun time for people who have recently come to Holy Comforter to meet some parishioners, learn more about the parish, and become acquainted with one another. We promise that there will be no "hard sell:" we simply want to welcome you to the parish and enjoy some time together. Please join us! RSVP to the parish office by October.

Fall Fellowship Dinner: Friday, October 25
The Fall Fellowship Dinner is one of our favorite celebrations of our parish life, and an opportunity for adult parishioners to gather for fun, food and friendship. Back by popular demand are the "Refreshment Houses:" an informal cocktail hour held in parishioner homes prior to dinner in the Great Hall. Watch for your invitation to sign up for your Refreshment House and dinner. Cocktails from 5:30-7pm; dinner at 7:30pm.

New Sunday Afternoon Eucharist

As everyone will have learned through the special letter that arrived in mailboxes just a few days ago, we are going to start offering a new Eucharist on Sunday afternoons at 5:00 in the western end of the Church. This liturgy will be contemporary in nature, incorporating different music, a variety of prayer forms, and meditative readings from other faith traditions. It is designed for those seeking fresh and stimulating ways to praise and give thanks to God and to grow in the Spirit, and has the added advantage of providing a worship opportunity for those for whom Sunday morning is challenging for whatever reason. In addition, our hope is that people on the margins of Holy Comforter, as well as those in the neighborhood who have not connected to a faith community-perhaps out of anxiety about not knowing the local customs and practices-will find at the 5:00 Eucharist something that will feed their souls. Please invite friends, neighbors, new members of your community, or family members to join us at the 5:00 Eucharist, and pray for this creative new venture and adventure.

For the full text of the letter sent to the parish last week, please look here...

Full Sunday Schedule Resumes September 8

8:00 a.m.   Holy Eucharist [Rite One]
9:00 a.m.   Family Choral Eucharist [Rite Two] with Choir
                  Children's Chapel
10:00 a.m. Christian Formation for all ages
                  Adult Forum [Great Room]
                  Church School and Youth Groups for all grades
11:15 a.m. Choral Eucharist [Rite Two] with full Choir
5:00 p.m.    New Contemporary Eucharist

Nursery care is available from 8:45 to 11:00 a.m. Coffee and donuts are available in the parlor throughout the morning. Refreshments are provided during the Adult Forum and Children's and Youth Group classes.

Adult Forum 2013-2014

"Homeward Bound"

Our forum hour this year will follow the Four Keys of Vibrant Faith Ministries: caring conversations, rituals and traditions, service, and prayer. We will use one or more of these keys each week to "unlock" our Homeward Bound Journey. Read more here...

Wednesday Adult Bible Class  

by Fr. Chris Hardman

It's a wonderful time to be a Christian! Over the past few hundred years Christianity in the west has focused primarily on knowledge about God trying to develop correct theologies, formulas, catechisms, and creeds. Experience, knowledge of God, has largely been ignored. In our time, however, that has begun to change. Read more here...

Meet David Anderson

by Pastor Heath Howe

The Rev. Dr. David Anderson is one of my greatest mentors when it comes to family ministry and passing along our faith. A co-founder of Vibrant Faith Ministries, David is a presenter, coach and author, as well as an ecumenically and internationally recognized leader in faith and family life enrichment. To prepare for his arrival, I conducted a small interview so the whole Holy Comforter community could get to know David a bit before he arrives. Read more here...

"Come Join Us"

by Derek E. Nickels, DMA, Director of Music

Come join us and faithfully serve and sing in one of the choirs.  The Junior Choir (grades kindergarten through 2nd grade) rehearses every Wednesday from 4:00 - 4:30 p.m. and the Youth Choir (3rd through 6th grades)rehearses every Wednesday from 4:45-5:45 p.m. in the Choir Room.  The Adult Choir rehearses every Thursday evening from 7:30-9:00 p.m. beginning on September 5th.

Our New Parish Secretary

Meet Laurel O'Donnell

We are delighted to welcome Laurel O'Donnell to the parish ministry team!  Laurel-whose name is pronounced with an accent on the second syllable (Lau-REL)-is a graduate of Hope College in Michigan. Please take a moment to stop by and say hello to Laurel in the coming weeks.  She is joining the staff officially on September 3. Read more about Laurel here...