About Our Church
The Rev. Canon Ted Monica
The Rev. Teri Monica
The Rev. Lucene Birch
Betsy Lynn Goehrig
Director of Christian Education Programs
Director of Children's Church
Arlene Porta and Kim Weinrich
Sunday Morning Coordinator
Youth Group Directors
The Rev. Teri Monica and Bailey Spitzner
Folk Music Director
Chancel Music Director
CHURCH OFFICE: Betsy Lynn Goehrig
The church office is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the ministry. The office personnel respond to the ministry needs and business of the clergy, vestry, and the congregation. The Office is responsible for; the Dove, a monthly publication distributed to parishioners and school families for the purpose of Inspiration, for spiritual growth and encouragement; Invitation, for opportunities to participate and serve; Information, from parish, leadership and clergy; Sunday Worship Bulletin and other bulletins as needed; Church Directory; Web site (designed by Gail Faughn, Stephen Moors, Mike Nelson, and Diane Tatley; maintained by same plus Fred Chester and Gail Banke).
Monday-Thursday: 9:00 am-3:00 pm
Friday: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
The sacraments are outward and visible sings of inward and spiritual grace, given by Christ as sure and certain means for receiving God's grace. Baptism and Eucharist are the two great sacraments given by Christ to his church.
Holy Baptism is full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ's Body, the church. God establishes an indissoluble bond with each person in baptism. God adopts us, making us members of the church an inhibitors of the Kingdom of God. In baptism we are made sharers in the new life of the Holy Spirit and the forgiveness of sins. Baptism is the foundation for all future church participation and ministry. Each candidate for baptism in the Episcopal Church is to be sponsored by one or more baptized persons. Baptisms are scheduled throughout the year. They are especially appropriate on five special days; Easter Even, The Day of Pentecost, All Saints' Sunday, The Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord (the first Sunday after the Epiphany). And the Sunday of the Bishop's annual visitation. To make arrangements, call the church office for an appointment with the Rector.
The Holy Eucharist is the sacrement commanded by Christ or the continual remembrance of his life, death, and resurrection until his coming again. The outward and visible sign in the Eucharist is bread and wine. The sacrement is offered Sunday mornings during the worship services, Wednesday evenings, and other appropriate times at parish gatherings. You may also request to have Eucharist administered to home-bound or hospitalized persons by calling the church office.
The sacramental rites of the Episcopal Church include Confirmation, Holy Matrimony, Reconciliation (Confession), Holy Unction, and Holy Orders. These five sacramental rites have no visible sign or ceremony ordained by God. They are sacraments of the church and are understood not necessary for the Christian life of all persons.
Confirmation is the rite in which we express a mature commitment to Christ, and receive strength from the Holy Spirit through prayer and the laying on of hands by the Bishop. Those who would like to be confirmed, received, or to reaffirm their baptismal vows may, after preparation, do so at the Bishop's annual visitation. Inquirer's classes for adults and Youth Confirmation classes are held prior to the Bishop's visit. Youth Confirmation, for grades 7 & 8, meet on Sunday afternoons.
Holy Matrimony is a Christian marriage, in which a woman and man enter a life-long union, make their vows before God and the Church, and receive the grace and blessing of God to help them fulfill their vows. To make arrangements for a wedding, call the Administrative Assistant to reserve a calendar date and make an appointment with the Rector.
Reconciliation of a Penitent is the rite in which those who wish to repent of their sins may confess them to God in the presence of a priest, and receive the assurance of pardon and the grace of absolution. The secrecy of the confession is morally absolute for the confessor and will not be broken. Private confessions may be scheduled at any time by calling the church office to make an appointment with the Rector.
Holy Unction is the rite of anointing the sick with oil, or the laying on of hands, by which God's grace is given for the healing of spirit, mind and body. The sacrement of Holy Unction is administered Wednesday evenings during Eucharist and or home-bound or hospitalized persons.
Holy Orders is the sacramental rite of ordination and consecration in which God gives authority and the grace of the Holy Spirit to those being Bishops, Priests and Deacons, through prayer and the laying on of hands by Bishops. For information you may call the Rector at the church office.
BECOMING A MEMBER
One becomes a member of the Church of Jesus Christ through Holy Baptism. Holy Baptism is administered in the Episcopal Church to infants and adults. "Holy Baptism is full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ's Body, the Church. The bond which God establishes in Baptism is indissoluble" (Book of Common Prayer). Confirmation may follow, administered by the Bishop, who invokes the strengthening power of the Holy Spirit. Such a person then is not only a Christian but also a communicant member of the Episcopal Church. All persons who enter as communicants in the Parish Register, who worship regularly in the church and who pledge or otherwise make known contributions are considered to be "communicants in good standing." All such members in good standing who are eighteen years of age or older are entitled to vote at all Parish meetings.
A person who has been baptized with water and in the name of the Holy Trinity in another branch of the Christian Church is presented to the Bishop for Confirmation following instruction for the strengthening of the Holy Spirit. The confirmed person is then entered as a communicant in the Register of the presenting Parish.
A person who has been both baptized and confirmed by a Bishop in apostolic orders other than Episcopal Church (such as in the Roman Catholic or Greek Orthodox Church) must receive instruction in a confirmation class before becoming a member of the Episcopal Church. Such an individual is not confirmed again, but is received by the Bishop into this branch of the one, holy catholic and apostolic Church. That person is then entered as a communicant in the Register of the presenting Parish.
Persons wishing to become members of Holy Comforter should call the Church Office for an appointment with the Rector.
Episcopalians who wish to become members of Holy Comforter Church but are now communicant members of another Episcopal Parish should seek a "Letter of Transfer" to Holy Comforter Church from their former Parish. This can be accomplished by calling the Parish office and giving necessary information, or by writing directly to the former Parish asking for the letter and giving the name and address of our Parish. All persons so transferred are entered in the Parish Register as communicant members. Children who have not yet been confirmed are also transferred with their parents and are entered as baptized members.
Persons transferring from any local church, including Episcopal, must have a waiting period of six months prior to becoming an official member of Holy Comforter. Attending worship, membership class, and all desired functions is encouraged to become acquainted with the ministry. However, membership or serving in an official capacity in any ministry is not allowed until the waiting period expires.
Persons wishing to transfer membership should call the Church Office to inform the office of records and make an introductory appointment with the Rector.