by Mary Johnson, Director of ATB&B and Children's Education 

Before we begin each program year, the full time staff of Holy Comforter meets throughout the summer to plan the programs, prepare classrooms, and develop a central theme for our year ahead. It is always a great collaboration of ideas with creative talents outlining the specifics to the general ideas. There are so many great opportunities that will be offered this year!

We will begin all of the planned activities on September 11 with the theme of Homecoming. Certainly the hint of fall in the air, the return to regular school schedules for the children, football games on Friday nights, and the leaves on the trees beginning to change into their brilliant blaze of color conjure up remembrances of past Homecomings for us all. So what does a church Homecoming mean? It can mean connecting with families you haven't seen all summer. It can mean deciding to attend a new activity or event that our parish is offering. Or maybe find a ministry in which to participate. We have so many areas where you can be involved as little or as much as you like.

Ice Cream Social photos on facebook


The first and foremost is to attend a service on Sunday morning. The 9:00 Liturgy is the most family-focused. There will be times throughout the year that the Youth Choir will sing in this service, the focus of Children's Chapel and youth classrooms activities take place during this time, and it's a great opportunity for fellowship among the adults.

Over the summer, a new parishioner and I have had a couple of conversations about why she decided to join this parish. She said that after many years of trying to find a place that felt right to her - that felt warm and loving - "like home" - she has found it here at Holy Comforter. I couldn't agree more. I am so thankful that I have the faith foundation that my parents provided for me, and equally as grateful that I realized I had the right to choose the community that now feels like home to me.

And because everything that goes through my brain comes out in one song or another, as I write this I am singing (great multi-tasking) the Phillip Phillips song "Make This Place Your Home."

Hold on to me as we go
As we roll down this unfamiliar road
And although this wave is stringing us along
Just know you're not alone
'Cause I'm gonna make this place your home.

We hope you will you join us as often as possible this year - especially on Homecoming Sunday - as you roll down on whatever "unfamiliar road" you find yourself and allow us to assure you are "not alone.... gonna make this place your home."