Christ Church Valdosta Weekly Bulletin
March 28, 2014
In This Issue:

Worship Services


March 30:  Lent IV

Vestry Member of the Day:

   Phyllis Hiers


Nursery Worker:

   Julie Daughtrey


 Coffee Hour Host:

   Diane Halim



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

    (no music)
Celebrant - Joye Cantrell
Preacher - Joye Cantrell
Lay Eucharistic Minister - Martha
Usher - Max Bontrager  
10:00 a.m., Holy Eucharist, Rite II
Celebrant - Joye Cantrell
Preacher - Joye Cantrell
Lay Eucharistic Ministers - Molly
   Stevenson, Walton Carter, Joe
Lay Readers - Clinton Beeland, Molly
   Stevenson, Walton Carter  
Ushers - Michael Black, Charlie Cosey
Acolytes - Beth Baker, Pierce Baker, 
   David Holland, Phyllis Holland

6 p.m. Vespers - Sanctuary 


First Lesson - 1 Samuel 16:1-13
Psalm 23
Second Lesson - Ephesians 5:8-14
Gospel - John 9:1-41

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 23rd:

8:00 a.m. - 20

10:00 a.m. - 131


Upcoming Events
   March 31: Music concert, 7:30 p.m.
   April 9: Fish Fry - 6:45 p.m.
   April 13: Palm Sunday - 8 & 10 a.m.
   April 14: Vestry meeting, 5:30 p.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 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


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



Concert at Christ Church
Monday, March 31, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
You are invited to attend a concert at Christ Church, Monday, March 31st at 7:30 p.m in the sanctuary.  The concert will celebrate the music of J. S. Bach, featuring the students of the VSU music department. Please mark your calendar and plan to attend.
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.
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.
Fish Fry
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 6:45 p.m.

A Fish Fry will be held on Wednesday, April 9th immediately following the 6:00 p.m. worship service.  All food for dinner will be provided.  If you would like to contribute by bringing a dessert, please do so. A sign-up sheet is located in Parish Hall, or email the church office.  Please let us know if you will be attending. 

Vestry Meeting
Monday, April 14, 2014 at 5:30 p.m.
Please note the next vestry meeting will be held on April 14, 2014 at 5:30 p.m.  This will be the 2nd Monday of the month for April. If you have items that you would like on the agenda, please contact Jeff Hanson, Frances Guice or the Rev. Joye Cantrell.
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.

Youth Presence Ministries
May 16-17 - St. Anne's, Tifton
The Diocese of Georgia is teaming with Youth Presence Ministries. The purpose and focus of this special partnership is to help multiple congregations create or further develop a strong youth presence in their context of ministry. It is the belief of Youth Presence Ministry that Youth Ministry is different in every place and possible in every place. The programs offered will focuses on the local congregation and their unique setting, circumstances, challenges and hopes for the future. This model also fosters church growth by the presence and interface of young people in their midst.

All Congregations wishing to participate must send at least six participants to the workshops. The workshops will be held Friday from 6-9 and Saturday from 8:30-3:30. These participants should be people who are passionate about creating a youth presence in your church community. They don't have to be the adult youth leaders. At the vision workshop, they will be given skill to help find these people. Participants must commit to coming to the training sessions and, most importantly, working to implement the vision plan in the congregation.

Cost: The cost is $30 per person. This will cover the cost of food, which includes dinner on Friday night, a light breakfast on Saturday and lunch on Saturday.

If you are interested in forming a group, please contact the church office.  For further information check out the website.

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 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. Our team leader, Fred Richter, has sent out a letter of encouragement with more information for 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. 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+.  
At the Dominican Night dinner and auction, Thursday, April 24, we will celebrate the ministries of Jim and the Rev. Tar Drazdowski. More information will be available next week. 
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:
Schedule for Lent, Holy Week, and Easter; and the Special Days for April 2014. These articles and the older articles are available here: Online Vineyard
Birthdays this week
March 29 - April 4
29 Jacob Diamond, Bill Roberts
30 Bill Tucker
31 Janet Dickman, Edith Shepherd, Amber Tanner
2   Cecilia Carroll, Mallory Lind
3   Eric Herndon
4   Leanne Balanis
Wedding Anniversaries this week
March 29 - April 4
None this week
Baptismal Anniversaries this week
March 29 - April 4

30 Dave Armstrong, Robbie Beeland

31 Emma Claire Campbell, Natalie Gjertsen

2   Sparky Greneker

3   Mitchell Beeland, Jim Elliott

4   Joe Tomberlin


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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