Christ Church Valdosta Weekly Bulletin
August 30, 2013
In This Issue:

Worship Services


Sept. 1: 15 Pentecost Proper 17


Vestry Member of the Day: 


Coffee hour hosts: 



Altar Flowers: 

Given by Stefani and Tom Carroll to the glory of God and in thanksgiving for Cecilia and Noah Carroll.


8:00 a.m., Holy Eucharist, Rite I

    (no music)
Celebrant - Joye Cantrell
Preacher - Joye Cantrell
Lay Eucharistic Minister - Rita
10:00 a.m., Holy Eucharist, Rite II
Celebrant - Joye Cantrell 
Preacher - Joye Cantrell
Lay Eucharistic Ministers - Allan Dear,
    Rita Hightower, Julia Ariail
Lay Readers - Allan Dear, Julia Ariail,
    Rita Hightower 
Ushers - Eric Nielsen, Len Carter,
    Monty Miller  
Acolytes - Mike Tanner, Hudson
    Tanner, Grace Tanner  
6:00 p.m., Holy Eucharist, Rite II
Celebrant - Joye Cantrell
Preacher - Joye Cantrell
If you are a L.E.M, Lector or Acolyte and will be attending the 6:00 service Sunday, please come a few minutes early and help Rev. Joye by serving.
Ushers - Helen Tucker

6:00 p.m.,  Vespers, Gabard Bldg.
 Compline with homily or discussion 


First Lesson - Jeremiah 2:4-13
Psalm - 81:1, 10-16
Second Lesson - 
    Hebrews 13:1-8,15-16
Gospel - Luke 14:1, 7-14

Every Wednesday
6 p.m.

Every Thursday
7 a.m.



Statistical Information

(Latest Available Financials)

July: Income - $30,449 

         Expenses - $54,303

YTD: Income - $334,443

         Expenses - $363,864


Attendance for Aug 25th:

8:00 a.m. - 20

10:00 a.m. - 123

6:00 p.m. -  25


Upcoming Events

Sept. 8: EfM begins
             Sunday School begins
             Adult Education begins
Sept. 10: Valencia Bible Study
Sept. 15: Stewardship Dinner 
   6:00 p.m. service will not be held            


Senior EYC meets Wednesday at:

the church

Clergy and Staff of 
Christ Episcopal Church

The Rev. Laura "Joye" Q. Cantrell, Interim Rector
[email protected] 

church office (229) 242-5115


The Rev. Tar Drazdowski,

Assistant Rector
[email protected] 

church office (229) 242-5115  

other (229) 249-0895



The Rev. Jim Elliott, Assisting Priest
[email protected]  

church office (229) 242-5115  

other (229) 242-3333
Currently assigned by the Diocese of Georgia as Vicar, St. James Episcopal Church, Quitman, GA


The Rev. Deacon Stella Clark
[email protected] 

church office (229) 242-5115

other (229) 559-6159


The Rev. Deacon Patricia Marks
[email protected] 

church office (229) 242-5115 

other (229) 630-8644


Kim Dudley, Parish Administrator
[email protected] 

church office (229) 242-5115


Amy Creasy, Bookkeeper
[email protected] 

bookkeeper's office (229) 242-0616 




Preschool and PMO have openings
Our Preschool began Monday, August 26 and has openings available for our 3-and 4-year-old classes.
Our PMO operates year-round and also has openings.
Both have new web pages at these links:
Preschool                 PMO

Search Committee 
The Search Committee is sending the Ministries Portfolio to the Vestry for consideration this week.  From there, it will be sent to the Diocese where it will be reviewed and posted on a national website for Episcopal clergy to locate openings.  This posting will remain open for several months after which time, the Diocese and Search Committee will review applications.  We will also contact individuals whose name you previously provided regarding the position.  We appreciate your prayers. 


If you have questions, please contact Phyllis Holland, 242-0577.

With our sincere gratitude,

The Search Committee members: Michael Black; Allan Dear; Phyllis Holland, Chair; Jeani Synyard; Mike Tanner; Helen Tucker; Nikki Yarbrough.

Wednesday Evenings
There is a lot going on!
WEDNESDAY EVENINGS are exciting!  Six p.m. service; mouthwatering supper with exquisite desserts prepred by the Parten family; women's study group with Tammy Borders; 3 EYC (Episcopal Youth) groups; K-4th; 5th-8th; and high school meet from 7-8. Choir practice at 7:30 p.m. Join the fun and fellowship!
Women's Wednesday Night Bible Study
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Pricilla Shiver

Discerning the Voice of God:  How to Recognize when God Speaks.  A six week course with videos by Priscilla Shirer, a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary with a Master's degree in Biblical Studies. She has published several books including, "A Jewel in His Crown," "One in a Million," "Life Interrupted" and the recent NY Times bestseller, "The Resolution for Women."

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesdays in the Parish Hall.

Valencia Bible Study
Starts Tuesday, September 10 at 7:30 p.m.

The Valencia Bible study will resume Tuesday, September 10, at the home of Eloise Smith, 607 Mack Drive. The meeting begins at 7:30 pm and ends promptly at 8:30 pm. Everyone is welcome.

Sunday School and 
Worship Schedule
Sunday, September 8, 2013

Sunday School will resume on September 8th, and will be held at 9:00 a.m. Our Sunday worship services will continue to be at 8:00 a.m, 10:00 a.m., and 6:00 p.m. The type of music for the 10:00 a.m. service will be the subject of a collaborative discussion between our musicians. 

Adult Christian Education

Begins September 8 at 9:00 a.m.
The September schedule for the Adult Christian Education will feature:

September 8Lauren Sandbach will discuss the "Lunch Bunch Project."  She will talk about the need for this ministry, why it is important for our church community and what we can do to support her efforts.

September 15Irene Dodd and Willa Valencia will lead us in a discussion of spirituality and discipleship.  Irene and Willa are biblical scholars who make the "Word" real for us. 

September 22John Hiers will begin the discussion of Speaking of Sin by Barbara Brown Taylor.  This short book (99 pages) is available in the church office (12 copies at $11) or from Amazon. This three-week series will last through October 6.


Some classes will be informational, some will be interactive and all will be designed to support you in your Christian life. Hope to see you at 9 o'clock on September 8 in the front area of the Parish Hall. Coffee will be provided. For information contact Maggie Roberts

EfM begins September 8th


Education for Ministry will begin the Sunday afternoon after Labor Day.  EfM is a study program directed by the seminary at the University of the South. There are four one-year curricula: Old Testament, New Testament, Church history and Theological studies. This year a new approach to the study of these topics will be introduced. All are welcome--both new students and those who have taken a break but are ready to finish the program.  For more information, see Will Hanson or Mike Holland. 
Stewardship Committee
Stewardship Dinner September 15, 2013
Stewardship Logo

It's time to prayerfully consider to "Step Up" your pledge supporting our Annual pledge campaign "We Love Christ Church".  Pledge cards will be handed out at the "We Love Christ Church" Dinner Sunday, September 15th 6-9 p.m. at Mathis City Auditorium. Please RSVP to the church office by Friday, September 6th. There is no charge for the dinner.  Our dinner has been fully paid for by generous donors.  Please note that the regular Sunday 6 p.m. service will not be held on the 15th.


Stewardship Committee - Elizabeth Wisenbaker-Chairperson, Mike Holland, Merrill Guice, Nancy Lutsko, Sally Querin, David Sandbach and the Rev. Joye Cantrell.

Episcopal Campus Ministry
Louttit Hall Schedule
Brenda Keller has been recently appointed by the Diocese of Georgia as the Campus Missioner for our college ministry. This week she announced the hours Louttit Hall will be open to students: 12 noon - 9 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, 12 noon to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays. Special Events and change in hours will be announced on the campus ministry Facebook page.
Foyer Groups (Supper Club)
Kick off on September 5, 2013

Foyer Groups are being formed and will be starting up in Sept., beginning with a Kick-off party on Thursday, September 5, 2013 from 6 - 8 pm at the home of Steven and Sallie Honeycutt, located at 1005 Charleston Place. If you plan on attending, please bring your favorite appetizer.


For newcomers to the church, or anyone not familiar with Foyer Groups -  it is like a supper club.  Depending on the number of people who sign up, each group could have anywhere from eight to twelve people.  The groups will meet every other month (six times a year) in a different member's home, or a restaurant, or even the parish hall.  Each group will decide when and where the next gathering will be held.  Then, next year the groups will be reorganized. 


This is a great way for newcomers to meet fellow parishioners, and for all to meet those who attend services at other times.  It is open to singles and couples, young and old (adults only).  If you did not sign up at the Ministries Fair last spring, you still can by contacting Kim in the church office, or Sallie Honeycutt (417) 294-7796.  For more information contact Sallie Honeycutt. 

Important Service Opportunity
Needed: Volunteers willing to spend one (just one!) Sunday every few months helping in the church nursery from 8:45 a.m. until 11:15 a.m. Christ Church has a salaried nursery keeper, Ms. Katie Gamble, but to meet the diocesan implementation of the Safeguarding God's Children program, we need two adults in the nursery at all times. A dozen volunteers will mean nursery duty only once every 3 months. Please sign up now on the calendar in the parish hall or call Jeani Synyard (244-3036 or 834-6004), Phyllis Hiers (244-5942) or Kim Dudley (242-5115).
Cancer Prevention Study
Enrollment is September 10 and 11th.
Volunteer today for a cancer-free tomorrow!  The study is open to anyone between the ages of 30 and 65 who is willing to commit to the study long-term which means completing periodic follow up surveys at home for the next 20 years, and has never been diagnosed with cancer. You can watch a 2 1/2 minute YouTube video here, or for more details on date/time/location visit American Cancer Society.
New Articles in The Vineyard
Published this week
The new articles in The Vineyard this week include the introduction of Angela Duncan as organist and pianist; the Wednesday evening EYC programs; the start of Preschool for 2013-2014 school year; the reception for Sue Ellen Rumstay; Fragile X Fish Fry; special dates in September; Forty years ago in The Vineyard -- clergy search and ministry (sound familiar?); and summary of the August Vestry meeting.

Birthdays this week
August 31 - September 6
2   Jim Drazdowski
3   Trent Coggins
5   Norma Barnidge, Robin Coleman, Beth Curtis
6   Tamara Thomas, Brandi Parsons, Randi Parsons, Steve Roberts
Wedding Anniversaries this week
August 31 - September 6
2   Jerry & Mollee Puckett
3   Richard & Debi Saeger
Baptismal Anniversaries this week

August 31 - September 6

4   Julie Jackson

6   Pat Bradley 


Please contact the church office to update our records if we missed your Birthday, Wedding Anniversary, or Baptismal Anniversary.

Remember in your prayers

Dave Armstrong, Pat Armstrong, Joan Bailey, Mimi Bajalia,
Helen Bennett, Katherine Berkman, Jeff Bezona, Carmen Boatwright, Pat Bradley, Judy Carter, Dave Clark, Lydia Coddington, Aleta Corley, Cheryl Critchfield, Leroy Dorminy, Elizabeth, Ann Embry, Gene and Pam Garner, Natalie Gjertsen, Travis Grove, Harriett Hester, Velma Hobgood, Ramona Hoffman, Renee Jackson, Frances Jessup, Lee, Brady Lloyd, Andrew Martin, Nancy Martin, Jayne Nyhammer, Lee Page, Valerie Page, Terry Parsons, Mark Reading, Bernice Roberts, Reva Rollins, Marti Schert, Curtis Segars, Eloise Smith, Tom Smith, Danelle Starling, Krystle Stotler, Ronnie Thompson, Joe Tomberlin, and Emory Warrick, Sr.

Kim Dudley, Parish Administrator

Christ Episcopal Church is part of the 
Diocese of Georgia.

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