Christ Church Valdosta Weekly Bulletin
December 20, 2013
In This Issue:

Worship Services


Dec. 22:  Advent 4


Vestry Member of the Day: 

   David Sandbach


Nursery Worker: 

    Phyllis Hiers


Lay Eucharistic Visitors:

   Allan Dear 

   Nancy Lutsko

   Maggie Roberts


Coffee Hour Host:

   Debi Saegar


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
Lay Eucharistic Ministers - Pauline
   Brown, Rita Hightower, Allan Dear
Lay Readers - Julia Ariail, David
   Sandbach, Tammy Borders
Ushers - Al Turner, Larry Wisenbaker
Acolytes - Ellie Copeland, Julia
   Copeland, Phoebe Singleton, Raini

6 p.m. Vespers - Sanctuary 


First Lesson - Isaiah 7:10-16
Psalm 80:1-7, 16-18
Second Lesson - Romans 1:1-7
Gospel - Matthew 1:18-25

Every Wednesday
6 p.m.

Every Thursday
7 a.m.


Statistical Information

(Latest Available Financials)

General Fund

November: Income - $ 43,334

         Expenses - $ 33,699

YTD: Income - $ 406,500

         Expenses - $ 401,748


Attendance for December 15th:

8:00 a.m. - 17

10:00 a.m. - 135



Upcoming Events

December 20: Youth Lock-in in the

   Gabard Bldg. 6 p.m. until 9 a.m.

December 21: Youth Christmas Party

    Parish Hall, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

December 22: Helen Bennett funeral,

    1:00 p.m.

December 23: Decorate Church for

   Christmas, 10:00 a.m.

December 23: HEP Party at Sandbachs'

    home, 6:30 p.m.

December 24: Children's Service - 

   5:30 p.m.

December 24: Midnight Service - 

   10:30 p.m.

December 25: Christmas Day Service
   10:00 a.m.; Lunch in Parish Hall 12
December 25 - 27: Office Closed
January 1: New Year's Day trip to St.             Marks National Wildlife Refuge


Senior EYC take a break until January 8, 2014.

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


Kim Dudley, Parish Administrator

[email protected] 

church office (229) 242-5115


Amy Creasy, Bookkeeper
[email protected] 

bookkeeper's office (229) 242-0616 



Schedule for Christmas Week

Christmas Week Schedule:  


December 23: 10:00 a.m.  Decorate Church for Christmas

                         6:00 p.m. Happy Episcopal People's Party at                                  Sandbach's home (2607 Pebblewood Drive) -

                            - all adults are welcome


December 24:  5:30 p.m.  Christmas Eve Service - Young

                                       and Young at Heart

                       10:30 p.m. Musical Prelude

                       11:00 p.m. Christmas Eve Service


December 25: 10:00 a.m.   Christmas Day Service

                        12:00 p.m.  Christmas Day Lunch 

                        NO Wednesday Night Service or Dinner 


December 25 - December 27: Church office is closed 


                       Merry Christmas!

Lunch Bunch Group
December 21, 2013
Lunch Bunch group will meet Saturday, December 21st at 10:00 a.m. in the Parish Hall.  We will be preparing lunches for 125 this week.  If you are interested in helping out with this ministry, please come to the parish hall Saturday.
Christmas Day Dinner
December 25 in the Parish Hall - 12 noon
Sign up by Monday, December 23 (No fooling! We need to know the amount of meat and supplies to purchase) to share the joy of a Christmas day festive meal in the Parish Hall at mid-day! Wayne Ellerbee is providing the roast and salmon, potatoes, rolls and baklava for the dinner. Diane Halim has organized the salads, vegetables and other desserts for the event. Donations gratefully accepted for the cost of the food supplies. Please do not enter by the kitchen door or walk through the kitchen as the elves will be busy - use the double doors in the breezeway to enter the Parish Hall. We will gather in the Parish Hall for fellowship at noon. Lunch will start at 12:30 p.m. For more information email Diane Halim or call her at 229-560-8645.
Youth Sunday School
Changed to 11 a.m.
Beginning January 5, 2014
At their meeting on December 16th, the vestry decided to change the time of the youth Sunday School from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. (or immediately after the conclusion of the 10 a.m. worship service), starting on January 5th, 2014. The adult education class time will be determined after asking the current twenty to thirty 9 a.m. attendees about their preference on December 22nd.

Thank You!
The Community Depot would like to thank Christ Episcopal Church for its wonderful support in 2013.  With your gifts of love, time, donations and most of all your prayers for our organization.  We hope you have a great holiday season.
Joan Bailey, Phyllis Hiers
Search Committee

The Search Committee is conducting Skype/telephone interviews with applicants.  Scheduling these at the time of the year is a little difficult, but we hope to be ready to develop a short list by early in January.  We appreciate continued prayers for discernment.  

Donations to Christ Church
December 31, 2013
Donations for the 2013 tax year must be given to the church no later than 12/31/2013 or mailed to the church in an envelope postmarked no later than 12/31/2013.  Any donations made after December 31, 2013 will be posted on 2014 giving sheet.
H.E.P. Party
Monday, December 23, 2013 at 6:30 p.m.

H.E.P. (Happy Episcopal People) Party: All adults are welcome - Monday, December 23, 2013 at 6:30 PM at David and Elise Sandbach's - 2607 Pebblewood Dr. Please mark your calendar and plan to come and enjoy an evening of Christmas Cheer - bring an hors d'oeuvre.

This Week in The Vineyard
New articles in the online Vineyard this week include: the children's Christmas service, New Year's Day trip to St. Marks, vestry meeting summaries for November 18 and December 16, the baptism of the Davis twins, and a continuation of the history of renovation activities in the 1960's. Online Vineyard

Adult Christian Education

Sundays at 9:00 a.m. 
Schedule for next Sunday: 

December 22  Clinton Beeland - "The Power of Symbols"


Plus a discussion of the class time starting in January 2014.

For information contact Maggie Roberts
Youth Lock-in and Party
December 20 and 21, 2013
Middle and High School Lock-in: Friday, December 20, 6:30 p.m - 9:00 a.m. Please join us for fun and fellowship. Bring a canned good, overnight bag, games, friends, and the Christmas spirit!!  
We need at least 2 additional chaperones for this event. If we don't have enough chaperones, we can't have the Lock-in.  
Any donations of drinks (cans or individual bottles, please) and
snacks are greatly appreciated.

PLEASE RSVP to Stefani Carroll

Youth Christmas Party: Saturday, December 21, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Youth from PreK3 - 5th grade are invited to join us for cookie decorating, a Christmas craft, games, science experiments, a "snowball" fight, and, of course, the Christmas story!! We will serve pizza for lunch. Please bring a canned good to be given to the elderly in the New Year.  
We need volunteers to help us share the spirit of Christmas with our youth. 

PLEASE RSVP for your youth to Stefani Carroll
Birthdays this week
December 21 - December 27
21   Jack Warren
26   Melanie Ford
Wedding Anniversaries this week
December 21 - December 27
21   Jimmy & Ingrid Carroll
23   Emory & Sylvia Warrick
24   Gene & Sandra Seago
26   Buddy & Dottie Pitts 
Baptismal Anniversaries this week
December 21 - December 27

23   Ellis Moser

24   Emory Warrick, Jr. 

26   Walter Hobgood 


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, Katherine Berkman, Barry Barnes, Pat Bradley, Carrie Brooks, James Byrd, Judy Carter, Lydia Coddington, Cheryl Critchfield, Jackie Dennis, Leroy Dorminy, Elizabeth, Ann Embry, Kathy Failor, Gene and Pam Garner, Gil and Natalie Gjertsen, Travis Grove, Velma Hobgood, Ramona Hoffman, Charles Hunt, Renee Jackson, Barney Knighton, Lee, Christopher Lutsko, Jerriann Levy, Brady Lloyd, Andrew Martin, Bobbi McGraw, Mary Louise McRae, Jayne Nyhammer, Lee Page, Valerie Page, Laura Paine, Terry Parsons, Mark Reading, Cathy Rippeon, Bernice Roberts, Bill Rogers, Reva Rollins, David Sandbach, Sr., Marti Schert, Curtis Segars, Pat Sims, Eloise Smith, Tom Smith, Danelle Starling, Krystle Stotler, Ronnie Thompson, Joe Tomberlin, Chris Warren, Emory Warrick, Sr.


The family of Helen Bennett

Kim Dudley, Parish Administrator

Christ Episcopal Church is part of the 
Diocese of Georgia.

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