Christ Church Valdosta Weekly Bulletin
March 21, 2014
In This Issue:

Worship Services


March 23:  Lent III

Vestry Member of the Day:

   Frances Guice


Nursery Worker:

   Helen Tucker


 Coffee Hour Host:

   Debi Saeger



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

    (no music)
Celebrant - Joye Cantrell
Preacher - Joye Cantrell
Lay Eucharistic Minister - Allan Dear
Usher - Max Bontrager 
10:00 a.m., Holy Eucharist, Rite II
Celebrant - Tar Drazdowski
Preacher - Joye Cantrell
Lay Eucharistic Ministers - David
   Sandbach, Stefani Carroll, Pat
Lay Readers - Steve Roberts, Pauline
   Brown, Melanie Ford 
Ushers - Al Turner, Larry Wisenbaker,
   Aaron Parten
Acolytes - Robbie Beeland, Hudson
   Tanner, Katie Wisenbaker

6 p.m. Vespers - Sanctuary 


First Lesson - Exodus 17:1-7
Psalm 95
Second Lesson - Romans 5:1-11
Gospel - John 4:5-42

Every Wednesday
6 p.m.

Every Thursday
7 a.m.


Statistical Information

(Latest Available Financials)

General Fund

February: Income - $ 46,379

         Expenses - $ 43,181

YTD: Income - $ 127,347

         Expenses - $ 86,598


Attendance for March 16th:

8:00 a.m. - 18

10:00 a.m. - 125


Upcoming Events
   April 9: Fish Fry - 6:45 p.m.
   April 13: Palm Sunday - 8 & 10 a.m.
   April 16: Stations of the Cross -
         6 p.m.
   April 17: Maundy Thursday - 6 p.m.
        NO Agape Meal
        Stay awake with Jesus - 7 p.m.
   April 18: Good Friday - 8, Noon, 6
   April 19: Holy Saturday - 10 a.m.
   April 20: Easter - 8 & 10 a.m.
   April 21: Office Closed
   April 24: Dominican Night at 
       Cotton Corner

 Senior EYC:  at Elliott's 
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 


Angela Duncan, Music Director

[email protected]  

church office (229) 242-5115



The Community Depot
Joan Bailey Center
Auction - March 22, 2014
The Community Depot would like to announce its first annual Joan Bailey Center Charity Auction to be held at Mathis Auditorium on Saturday, March 22, 2014.  The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. for a preview of auction items. Items will include extraordinary pieces of furniture, home decor items, clothes and other fine art objects. Live auction to start around 7:30 p.m.  A silent auction will run concurrently.  All auction items are to benefit The American Red Cross, Easter Seals, and the Humane Society - Valdosta.

Would you like to volunteer for the Joan Bailey Charity Auction?  There is a sign-up sheet in the parish hall.  For more information call 229-561-9343.

Christ Episcopal Church has been awarded a Diamond Sponsor Award by The Community Depot for outstanding support and will be recognized at the auction on March 22, 2014.
LACC (Lowndes Area Crisis Care)
Needs Volunteers
Lowndes Area Crisis Care (LACC) is a new ministry of the congregations in Lowndes County organized to respond to emergency financial needs of our citizens.  The planned start date is May 1, 2014.  Trained volunteers are needed so the ministry can open.  Please consider becoming a LACC volunteer.

Training sessions will be held in April to prepare volunteers to be intake workers and interviewers.  Two Saturday sessions have been scheduled to accommodate those who work during weekdays.  LACC will also be open on Saturdays so weekday workers can still volunteer some time on the weekends.  

The scheduled training is as follows:  Saturdays, April 5 and 12 from 10:00 a.m to 3:00 p.m (Lunch will be provided) at First Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall.  For more information, please contact Rev. Richard Hart (242-3468) or Rev. Jerry Long (242-8376).
Preschool Registration
Open enrollment
The Christ Church Preschool is now accepting applications for open enrollment for the 2014-2015 school year.  If you are interested, or know someone who has a young child pre-school age, applications can be found online.  We offer 2, 3 and 4 year old classes. Classes are filled on a first come, first served basis.
Christ Church also offers a Parents Morning Out (PMO) program for children 6 months to 4 years of age.  Enrollment for the summer program has started.  Please contact the church office for more information.
Thank You!
A thank you note from Chris and Bobbie Warren

Dear Christ Church Family, Words cannot adequately express our love and appreciation for each of you. You have been a blessing, a comfort and our support during Chris' illness. Thank you for your cards, visits and prayers. We now rejoice with you in the good news that Chris has been given a clean bill of health.

Once again, thank you so much, your prayers have been a great comfort to us.
Kiwanis Club Fundraiser
April 4, 2014 from 3:00 - 6:00 p.m.
The Kiwanis Club of Valdosta will be selling Boston butts, picnic hams, smoked sausage, and ribs in the Gabard Building parking lot from 3:00 to 6:00 on Friday, April 4th. All orders must be submitted in advance (deadline is Monday, March 31st) through a member of the Kiwanis Club of Valdosta. Christ Church members who are Kiwanians are Walt Carter, Martha Leake, Brooks Lovelace, Ralph Jackson, Ed Preston, and Dick Saeger. All items are priced at $25.00. Proceeds go to various international, national, and local children's programs.
Canterbury Club - Blood Drive
May 14, 2014 from 12 - 4 p.m. - Parish Hall

Canterbury Club (Episcopal Campus Ministries) will be hosting a Blood Drive for the American Red Cross on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 from 12:00 noon - 4:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall.  If you are interested, or for more information, please contact Brenda Keller.

Happening #93
May 30 - June 1, 2014
Happening #93 will be held at Honey Creek May 30-Jun 1, 2014, and is open to those in grades 10 - 12.

Please mark you calendar and plan to attend.  Applications will be posted soon.
Vacation Bible School (VBS)
June 9 - June 12, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon
This year's Vacation Bible School has been scheduled for Monday, June 9th through Thursday, June 12th from 9:00 a.m to 12:00 noon. The theme for VBS is Workshops of Wonders. Please mark your calendars now.  More details will follow shortly.
Search Committee Update
3 candidates to visit

The Search Committee has invited three candidates for rector to visit Valdosta.  One has been here in March and the other two will come in the first two weeks of April.  They will have an opportunity to see the church and the community to assist in their discernment process.  The Committee will see them in the Christ Church and Valdosta community context to assist with our discernment process.  We continue to pray for guidance and appreciate your prayer support.  


Many have expressed surprise that the candidates are not invited to preach or to meet members of the Parish beyond the Search Committee.  We are following guidelines set down by the Diocese that have been developed from years of experience with searches.  The months of preparation of the profile (remember all those meetings and focus groups last Spring?) have provided the Search Committee with an understanding of your vision for the church and the characteristics you desire in a rector.  We promise to be faithful to that understanding.


We appreciate your patience and support throughout this search. -- Phyllis Holland, Chair

Adult Education Classes
Sunday mornings at 9:00
Adult education classes continue at 9 a.m. each Sunday morning in the front of the Parish Hall.  The current schedule is below:   


March 23: Lucy Tomberlin - Elder law and End-of-Life Issues

March 30: Clinton Beeland - Exploring the Roots of Symbols

April 6: Irene Dodd - Crucifixion and Easter art

Last Call for 2014 DR Mission Team
Deadline is April 15
At present thirteen people have signed up for the June 7 through 14 mission trip to the Dominican Republic. This week our team leader, Fred Richter, sent out a letter of encouragement inviting anyone who may be thinking about joining this year's team. Click this link to read this letter.  For more information about the trip, click this link.  or contact Julia Ariail at 559-7329 or Helen Tucker at 242-1900.
The Rev. Tar Drazdowski
Last Sunday - April 27, 2014
The Rev. Tar Drazdowski will assist with worship services through Easter.  Her last Sunday at Christ Church will be April 27, 2014.

We will have a reception for Tar+ following the 10:00 worship service on April 27th.  A purse will be presented to her at this reception. Currently, we are planning a Dominican Night dinner and auction, Thursday, April 24, where we will celebrate the ministries of Jim and the Rev. Tar Drazdowski. Stay tuned for more information.

If you would like to make a donation to the purse, please send it to Amy in the church office and be sure to note that it is for Tar+.  

Summer Camps
Honey Creek
Registration is open for the 2014 season of Summer Camp at Honey Creek. There is another action packed, memory filled summer planned this year. Don't delay in registering for camp! Spots are already starting to fill. Camp tuition is $425.  A link to the summer camp online registration can be found here.  

2014 Summer Camp Schedule

June 15-21- High School Camp (completed grades 9-12, 
                                  not yet started college); 
June 22-28 St. Joseph & Mary I (completed grades 3-5); 
July 6-12 St. Peter I (completed grades 6-8);
July 13-19 St. Joseph & Mary (completed grades 3-5); 
July 20-26 St. Peter II (completed grades 6-8).

Please let Elizabeth Burns know if you have any questions. 

The Vineyard
New articles in the Vineyard this week included these topics:
Hat's Off: Hats for the Red Cross, the 2014 Mission Trip letter from the team leader, and Summary of the March 17 Vestry meeting. These articles and the older articles are available here: Online Vineyard
Birthdays this week
March 22 - March 28

25 Blake Yarbrough

29 Jacob Diamond, Bill Roberts

Wedding Anniversaries this week
March 22 - March 28

23 Allan & Joan Dear

Baptismal Anniversaries this week
March 22 - March 28

23 Willa Valencia

25 Stephanie Tillman

26 Aldine Carter, Cindy Waters

27 Dylan Phillips, Ethan Warrick

28 Mike Holland


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, Katherine Berkman, Pat Bradley, Carrie Brooks, Judy Carter, Lydia Coddington, Cheryl Critchfield, Robert Church, Jeff Crawford, Jackie Dennis, Leroy Dorminy, The Rev. Tar Drazdowski, Elizabeth, Ann Embry, Kathy Failor, Gene and Pam Garner, Gil Gjertsen, Natalie Gjertsen, Travis Grove, Cheryl Hatcher, Rena Holmes, Velma Hobgood, Ramona Hoffman, Charles Hunt, Renee Jackson, Vernell Jackson, Linda Kerr, Barney Knighton, Jerriann Levy, Brady Lloyd, Daniel Mayer, Rick McClosky, Bobbi McGraw, Mary Louise McRae, Jayne Nyhammer, Valerie Page, Laura Paine, Paul, Alice Pendleton, Andrew Pritchett, Cathy Rippeon, Bernice Roberts, Reva Rollins, David Sandbach, Sr., Pat Sims, Eloise Smith, Danelle Starling, Dr. Joe Stubbs, Ronnie Thompson, Emory Warrick, Sr., Carolyn Watson

Kim Dudley, Parish Administrator

Christ Episcopal Church is part of the 
Diocese of Georgia.

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