Christ Church Valdosta Weekly Bulletin
October 4, 2013
In This Issue:

Worship Services


Oct. 6: 20 Pentecost
   Proper 22


Vestry Member of the Day: 

   Frances Guice


Coffee hour hosts: 

   Hospitality Committee


Nursery Worker: 

   Frances Guice


Altar Flowers: Given by Jane Farrell

    to the glory of God and in memory

    of Will Burgsteiner.



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

    (no music)
Celebrant - Joye Cantrell
Preacher - Joye Cantrell
Deacon - Patricia Marks
Lay Eucharistic Minister - Allen Dear  
10:00 a.m., Holy Eucharist, Rite II
Celebrant - Tar Drazdowski
Preacher - Joye Cantrell
Deacon - Stella Clark
Lay Eucharistic Ministers - Nancy
   Lutsko, Melanie Ford 
Lay Readers - Cathy Oglesby, Karen
   May, Ralph Jackson 
Ushers - Eric Nielsen, Len Carter,
   Monty Miller 
Acolytes - David Holland, Phyllis
   Holland, Chris Hanson, Josh Hanson
6:00 p.m., Holy Eucharist, Rite II
Celebrant - Tar Drazdowski
Preacher - Tar Drazdowski
Lay Eucharistic Ministers - Marc
Lay Readers - Marc Rodgers
Acolyte - Michael Carroll 
Ushers - Helen Tucker

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


First Lesson - Lamentations 1:1-6
Psalm - 137
Second Lesson - 2 Timothy 1:1-14 
Gospel - Luke 17:11-19

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. 29th:

8:00 a.m. - 17

10:00 a.m. - 120

6:00 p.m. - 14


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 




Bishop Benhase at Christ Church
October 20, 2013
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.
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 Macorís. 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
Each Thursday at 6:00 p.m.
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.

March 19-23, 2014

The next Cursillo weekend is March 19-23, 2014. In order to sponsor someone for the weekend you must have attended both a 3 day weekend and a sponsor's workshop. If you are interested in attending a sponsor's workshop, get in touch with Jim Drazdowski.

Thank You Christ Church

Dear Christ Church Family


Norma and I want to thank all of you who were involved in planning the surprise reception in the Parish Hall to mark our fiftieth anniversary on August 11, 2013.  Please believe us when we say that it was indeed a complete surprise.  We had no clue.  When we came to church that morning, we expected to celebrate the occasion much more quietly than we actually did.  The reception was well done, and the food and punch were excellent.  Our having celebrated the anniversary with our longtime church family made the day all the more special.


Our love to you all,

Norma and Joe Tomberlin



Dear Christ Church Family,


I want to thank you for so many different reasons for all that you did for me and for my family during my recent illnesses.  I truly believe that your prayers for me were instrumental in my recovery from two surgeries a month apart in July and August.  Many of you came to see me in the hospital, some of you multiple times, and your being there certainly cheered me.  Parishioners brought us a number of meals after I returned home both times, and for your feeding us, I am deeply grateful.  In addition, I received a great many cards and telephone calls, both of which were important to me.  The entire experience of a total of twenty days at South Georgia Medical Center and the reactions of the people of Christ Church demonstrated to me something of the greatness of the church family to which I am so proud to belong.  Please continue to pray for me as I begin a course of oral chemotherapy on Monday, October 7.


In Christian love,

Joe Tomberlin

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:


October 6 - John Hiers will concluded 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. 


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
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 we have at total of 90 pledges turned in. We currently stand at: $347,977 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
October 5 - October 11 
5   Erin Carter
6   Aaron Parten
7   Natalie Savoie
8   Geri Coleman, Adair Pizer, Emily Rutledge
9   Gil Gjertsen
Wedding Anniversaries this week
October 5 - October 11 
9    Len & Melissa Carter, Jim & Pepi Nelson
10  S.J. & Pat Denmark

Baptismal Anniversaries this week

October 5 - October 11 

6   Carter Elliott

8   Jane Ferrell, Lou Gabard


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, Frances Hatcher, Velma Hobgood, Ramona Hoffman, Renee Jackson, Barney Knighton, Lee, Jerriann Levy, Brady Lloyd, Dozier Lovett, Andrew Martin, Mary Louise McRae, Jayne Nyhammer, Lee Page, Valerie Page, Laura Paine, Terry Parsons, 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, Chris Warren and Emory Warrick, Sr. 

Kim Dudley, Parish Administrator

Christ Episcopal Church is part of the 
Diocese of Georgia.

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