Christ Church Valdosta Weekly Bulletin
September 27, 2013
In This Issue:

Worship Services


Sept. 29: 19 Pentecost
   Proper 21


Vestry Member of the Day: 

   Phyllis Hiers


Coffee hour hosts: 

   Debi Saeger


Nursery Worker: 

   Julie Daughtrey


Altar Flowers: 

Given by Monty and Marilyn Miller to the glory of God in thanksgiving of Marilyn's kidney donor family.


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

    (no music)
Celebrant - Tar Drazdowski
Preacher - Tar Drazdowski
Lay Eucharistic Minister - Rita
10:00 a.m., Holy Eucharist, Rite II
Celebrant - Joye Cantrell
Preacher - Tar Drazdowski
Deacon - Stella Clark
Lay Eucharistic Ministers - Julia Ariail,
    Allan Dear, Sheri Gravett
Lay Readers - Susan Elliott, Gnann
    Moser, Rob Waldman
Ushers - Michael Black, Helen Tucker 
Acolytes - Beth Baker, Pierce Baker,
   Andrew Greneker, John David
6:00 p.m., Holy Eucharist, Rite II
Celebrant - Joye Cantrell
Preacher - Joye Cantrell
Lay Eucharistic Ministers - Phyllis
Lay Readers - Patty Cosey
Ushers - Danny Mansukhani  

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


First Lesson - Jeremiah 32:1-3a, 6-15
Psalm - 91:1-6, 14-16
Second Lesson - 1 Timothy 6:6-19
Gospel - Luke 16:19-31

Every Wednesday
6 p.m.

Every Thursday
7 a.m.


Statistical Information

(Latest Available Financials)

August: Income - $55,764

         Expenses - $49,640

YTD: Income - $390,206

         Expenses - $413,504


Attendance for Sept. 22nd:

8:00 a.m. - 21

10:00 a.m. - 141

6:00 p.m. - 17


Upcoming Events
Oct. 9: Fish Fry
Oct. 20: Bishop Benhase visit
Oct. 21: Vestry Meeting
Oct. 24: Oktoberfest
Nov. 10: Parish Picnic


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. 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 




Search Committee 
Our opening has been posted on the Office of Transition Ministry Website.  We should now pray that God will direct the one He has called for us to apply and that the Search Committee will be able to discern that person.  The posting will close on December 1 so we are entering a season of waiting.  Thanks to the congregation for all you have done to this point.  Don't forget the importance of your pledge to this process!!


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.

Dominican Republic
September 28 - October 8, 2013

Christ Church member Julius Ariail will be in several locations within the Dominican Republic from September 28-October 8, gathering photographs for the website and other publications of the Dominican Development Group. During part of this trip, he will join a medical mission team from South Carolina to photograph their work in Angelina, an isolated village near the city of San Pedro de MacorÝs. He also plans to spend two days in El Pedregal, the work location of Christ Church's mission teams, to visit with the families living in the two houses our June 2013 team helped to construct. He will post trip updates on his personal Facebook page, with a trip report coming later as a Vineyard article. Please pray for his safe travels.

2014 Mission Trip to the DR
Help choose the date
It is time to set the date for the 2014 Mission Trip to the Dominican Republic. In the past the leadership has set the date, but we have found that the dates have conflicted with family vacations and the high school camp schedule. In an effort to be more inclusive in planning, we are looking at two dates. May 31- June 7 and June 8-15 are the two dates under consideration. If you have a preference for one week or another, please let me know as soon as possible. The date for the 2014 mission trip will be set by October 10th. 

We still have plenty of work to do in the school and in the community we have grown to love.We expect this year's trip to be as productive as in years past, and we know the people of El Pedregal are waiting for us to return. A link to the 2013 trip report is here.

Prayerfully consider your role in the 2014 mission.  Remember, God calls us to serve in different ways, but we all have a call to serve either on the Home Team or on the Go Team!

                               Blessings, Tar+
"Help Improve Body" - H.I.B
Starting Thursday, October 3, 2013
Here is a way to improve our bodies along with our minds and souls.  Beginning Thursday, October 3, from 6 to 7 p.m., Cheryl Hatcher, Bonnie Hanson, Ann Kasun, Tammy Borders and Eric Nielsen will teach a sedentary exercise class. These classes are targeted to those aged 55+, the class is designed to improve balance, strength, flexibility, and stamina while having fun. It is not an aerobics class! If you have trouble walking, want to participate to help improve your posture, become more active, or sleep better, join us. Classes are each Thursday, 6 to 7 p.m., in the Parish Hall. For more information contact Cheryl Hatcher.
Project Lunch Bunch
Kick-off, October 5, 2013

Christ Church's brand new ministry, Project Lunch Bunch will kick off on October 5th.  Through this ministry, we will be delivering bag lunches and information on Saturday mornings to children who depend on the free school lunches during the week. We encourage all church members to get involved with this church-wide ministry through a variety of opportunities: bagging lunches, decorating bags, and delivering meals one Saturday morning a month. We will have a sign-up sheet in the Parish Hall starting on Wednesday. For more information, please contact Lauren Sandbach or (229) 630-2229.

Guice Hall Dedication - Honey Creek
October 6, 2013 at 5:30 p.m.

Guice Hall Dedication Planned at Honey Creek 

On Sunday, October 6 at 5:30 p.m., Bishop Benhase will dedicate Guice Hall in thanksgiving for the contributions of Pam Guice and her family to the Diocese of Georgia as a whole and particularly to the Honey Creek Summer Camp Program. For decades, Pam was the foundation of the Summer Camp Program, serving as its director and guiding force. The building previously identified as Martha's Cottage is being renamed with the grateful thanks for the diocesan community. The diocesan community is invited to attend the dedication. If you would like to stay for dinner at Honey Creek, please call the Honey Creek office at 912-265-9218 to make a reservation and arrange to pay for the meal.   

Love in the Language of Yarn

Deadline: October 6, 2013

Christ Church Stitchers are creating warm 8" squares that will be sewn into blankets for Syrian children who are walking over the border and out of harm's way.  Volunteers in Turkey are sewing the squares into blankets for the children in time for cold weather that is approaching. Please drop your squares off at the church by Sunday, October 6th. We are also asking for donations for the postage to mail the squares to our contact in Turkey. If you have questions, contact Pepi Nelson or 229-563-3414.

Fish Fry
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 6:40 p.m.

Christ Church will have a Fish Fry on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 immediately following the 6:00 p.m. service.  Please sign up in the Parish Hall, or contact the church office, we need to know if you plan to attend, by October 4, 2013.

Thank You Christ Church
Christ Church Family,
It was a true joy to be with you for worship and fellowship. Thank you so much for your continued support. Great things are happening! You are a magnificent example of caring stewards of Honey Creek.
                    Sincerely, Dade Brantley
The Community Depot
Joan Bailey Center
The Community Depot - Joan Bailey Center is now accepting donations of furniture, appliances, home decor and used cell phones.  We can schedule pickups for large items by appointment beginning Friday, September 20th.  100% of net proceeds benefit local charities.

Volunteer opportunities are now available in our new warehouse facility located on Herbert Street, Valdosta.  Christ Episcopal Church members are invited to sign up to volunteer for any of the following dates: Saturday, September 21st, 28th, or October 5th, 8:30 a.m. to noon.  A light lunch will be provided.  Call Ralph Jackson or Phyllis Hiers for more information.
Altar Guild
The Altar Guild teams need more "hands" to prepare the table for our Lord.  There is a 5-week rotation and wonderful fellowship as we serve our God and King. Please contact Judy DeMott or Eloise Smith if you would like to be part of this ministry.
Wednesday Evenings
There is a lot going on!
WEDNESDAY EVENINGS are exciting!  Six p.m. service; mouthwatering supper with exquisite desserts prepared 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. The college ministry group has a discussion in Louttit Hall. Choir practice at 7:30 p.m. Join the fun and fellowship!

Adult Christian Education

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


September 29 - John Hiers will continue 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
October 24, 2013 at 6:00 p.m.
Oktoberfest this year is Thursday, October 24th, with the biergarten opening at 6:00 p.m. and dinner served around 6:30. On the menu: the best bratwurst this side of Munich (imported all the way from Milwaukee), potato salad and tossed salad, sauerkraut and other pickled things, rye bread, and beer and wine. Cost will be $10 per person. Please note that this is an adult gathering, so no nursery will be provided.  Since Jane needs to know how many bratwurst to order, please sign up before October 10th.  There is a sign-up sheet in the parish hall, or you can call the church office to leave your name.  If you'd like to contribute by bringing potato salad (German or "regular") or sauerkraut, there's a sign-up sheet for that as well in the parish hall. Dankesch÷n! 
Stewardship Committee
Stewardship Update
Stewardship Logo

Thank you to everyone who has turned in a pledge card. New totals for our pledge campaign are in, and out of 69 pledges turned in to date we have 66 pledges that have taken a "Step Up"!  

We currently stand at: $290,127 pledged. 


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
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.
New Articles in The Vineyard
Published this week
The new articles in The Vineyard this week include A Healthier Lifestyle Class, Adult Education Classes underway, Special Days in October, and Stitchers of Love and the "Lily" project.
Birthdays this week
September 28 - October 4 
28  Jeana Beeland
29  Jim Nelson
30  Bill Armstrong, Wade Coleman, Danny Mansukhani,
       Molly Stevenson
  1   Sallie Honeycutt
  2   Tom Carroll
  3   Bob Johnston, David Koon, Terry Parsons, Hudson Tanner
  4   Sally Baker, Maria Taylor

Wedding Anniversaries this week
September 28 - October 4
2   Wade & Geri Coleman
3   Ash & Pepper Croft
Baptismal Anniversaries this week

September 28 - October 4

1   Max Bontrager


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, Helen Bennett, Katherine Berkman, Jeff Bezona, Carmen Boatwright, Barry Bonds, Pat Bradley, Carrie Brooks, Judy Carter, Dave Clark, Lydia Coddington, Aleta Corley, Beverly Cowart, Cheryl Critchfield, Leroy Dorminy, Elizabeth, Ann Embry, Kathy Failor, Gene and Pam Garner, Natalie Gjertsen, Travis Grove, Velma Hobgood, Ramona Hoffman, Renee Jackson, Barney Knighton, Lee, Jerriann Levy, Brady Lloyd, Dozier Lovett, Andrew Martin, Jayne Nyhammer, Lee Page, Valerie Page, Terry Parsons, Chris Pelkowski, Adair Pizer, Mark Reading, Bernice Roberts, Reva Rollins, Dave Sandbach, 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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