Christ Church Valdosta Weekly Bulletin
May 2, 2014
In This Issue:

Worship Services


May 4:  Easter 3

Vestry Member of the Day:

   Bill Tucker


Nursery Worker:

   Nikki Yarbrough


Coffee Hour Host:

   Diane Halim


Altar Flowers this week are given by Norma and Joe Tomberlin to the glory of God in honor of their May birthdays.



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

    (no music)
Celebrant - The Rev. Joye Cantrell
Preacher - The Rev. Joye Cantrell
Lay Eucharistic Minister - Mike Tanner
Usher - Max Bontrager  
10:00 a.m., Holy Eucharist, Rite II
Celebrant - The Rev. Joye Cantrell
Preacher - The Rev. Joye Cantrell
Lay Eucharistic Ministers - Phyllis
   Holland, Melanie Ford, Nancy
Lay Readers - Ralph Jackson, Cathy
   Oglesby, Nancy Lutsko   
Ushers - Eric Nielsen, Len Carter,
   Monty Miller 
Acolytes - Robbie Beeland, Carter
   Elliott, Katie Wisenbaker

6 p.m. Vespers - Sanctuary 


First Lesson - Acts 2:14a, 36-41
Psalm 116:1-3, 10-17
Second Lesson - 1 Peter 1:17-23
Gospel - Luke 24:13-35

Every Wednesday
6 p.m.

Every Thursday
7 a.m.


Statistical Information

(Latest Available Financials)

General Fund

March: Income - $ 56,884

         Expenses - $ 49,767

YTD: Income - $ 192,496

         Expenses - $ 146,792


Attendance for April 27th:

8:00 a.m. - 18

10:00 a.m. - 139


Upcoming Events
  May 3: Lunch Bunch - Parish Hall
  May 10: 8:30 a.m., Parish Work Day
  May 14: 12 - 4 p.m., Blood Drive
  May 18: Youth/Senior Sunday
   Reception for Seniors and the      Rev. Joye Cantrell

 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


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



Thank You!

Dear Christ Church Family,


Thank you for the wonderful send off you gave to us as we prepare to work in a different corner of God's amazing vineyard. Your generosity was overwhelming. When reflecting on our time at Christ Church, we will remember you with loving and grateful hearts. 


We have spent the last eighteen years working together to accomplish the mission God has given us to do in our own midst, in our diocese, and the world.  Christ Church is an amazing congregation and both Jim and I are proud to have been a part of this community.   Thank you for allowing us into the intimate parts of your lives.  Thank you for so many magnificent memories, they will remain with us always.


This is a time of new beginnings for all of us.  I am proud of the hard work you have done over the last eighteen months.  Your future looks bright, and though not a part of your future, I can't wait to see how you will meet the challenges of worship, mission, and formation in the years to come.


My prayer for you is that you will continue to live into your Baptismal Covenant, remain hungry for the knowledge of his word, and remain responsive to the needs of those who are in need for food, shelter, education, and spiritual formation.




Our New Rector
First Sunday: June 29, 2014

The search is over! The Rev. Dr. David A. (Dave) Johnson has accepted the call to be our next Rector, starting on June 29, 2014. The text of the announcement on April 23, 2014 by Senior Warden Jeff Hanson and a "thank you" from Search Committee Chair Phyllis Holland are linked below:


Senior Warden Jeff Hanson


Search Committee Chair Phyllis Holland


DR Night Successful!
Eleven People Donated Money for Scholarships
The Dominican Night Dinner, Auction and Tribute to the Drazdowskis was a great success! Over 100 people bought tickets to enjoy the delicious Dominican food catered by Covingtons. Four letters were read from the Right Reverend Julio Holguín, Bishop of the Dominican Republic; the Rev. Canon Frank Logue of the Diocese of Georgia; Bill Kunkle, Executive Director of the Dominican Development Group; and Karen Carroll, Mission Team Coordinator in Santo Domingo. These letters praised the work of the Rev. Tar and Jim Drazdowski in the DR.

The auction raised $5,689, and 11 people donated $3,960 for scholarships for a total of $9,649! Thanks to Duke Guthrie, the auctioneer; Karen Gunter for the Dominican cake; Julius Ariail, photographer; Jeani Synyard, Gail Hobgood, Helen Tucker, Marilyn Miller, Julia Ariail and Jeana Beeland, the event organizers. Thank you also to Dennis Marks, the cashier, and Sandy Sandbach, the bartender. A special thank you goes to Clinton and Jeana Beeland for donating our use of the beautiful Cotton Corner event space.

The photographs from the slideshow shown at the event are available at the link below. These images show highlights from the Christ Church mission trips from 2006 to 2013. Photographs from the event will be posted in a few days. 

Parish Work Day
Saturday, May 10, 2014 starting at 8:30 a.m.
Parish Work Day, May 10th, 8:30 - 1:30.  Bring your shovels, spades, shears and trimmers!!!  It is time for a work day on our grounds!  We will be focusing on the overgrowth in the Patterson Street yard area.  There will be some inside work using ladders to replace ceiling tiles in the church office and cleaning around AC ceiling vents in the Parish Hall.  Lunch will be provided for all workers! There is something for everyone!  See you there!  For more information contact Frances Guice.
Attention Cursillistas
Friday, May 16, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.

Attention Cursillistas please attend a Welcome Home Ultreya on Friday, May 16th at 6:30 p.m. at the home of Anne and Joe Singletary (6 St. Andrew Circle, Valdosta). Come welcome home our four newest Cursillistas.  Please bring a covered dish to share.  If you have further questions, please contact Molly Stevenson.

Sine Nomine Singers
Sunday, May 11, 2014 at 3:00 p.m.

Sine Nomine Singers of Valdosta will be having a Mothers Day Concert on Sunday, May 11, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in downtown Valdosta.  No admission charge, however donations will be accepted at the door. 

Youth Sunday
Sunday, May 18, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.

Youth Sunday is May 18, 2014. We still need youth for the following: Chalice (1), Acolyte - Torch (1), Acolyte - Crucifer (1), Coffee Hour (as many as want to), Usher (1 or more).

To sign up your youth, please contact Stefani Carroll or 560-1817.


If you have a high-school or college senior, please contact the church office with their name and degree completing so we can be sure to recognize them.

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.
Christ Church Softball
Tuesdays and Thursdays

Christ Church Softball has begun their softball games at Freedom Park on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  A full schedule is here, and posted in the parish hall.  You can also find the listing each week on the church calendar of events.  Please stop by to support our Christ Church softball team.

Schwammerl String Quartet 
Christ Church, Saturday, May 3 at 4:00 p.m.

The Schwammerl String Quartet will be performing at Christ Church on Saturday, May 3, 4 p.m. Admission is Free.


The quartet consists of Alex Lipsky, Elma Sanabria, Mario Rivera, and Alex Paul -- all four students are currently studying at VSU on Orchestra Scholarships, while performing regularly with the VSO. Their coach is Dr. Lauren Hodges. They also work closely with Mr. Steven Taylor, Dr. Brent Williams, and Mrs. Nina Lutz. 


They will be be performing Quartet No. 1 by Pytor Tchaikovsky and the "Death and the Maiden" Quartet by Franz Schubert. 

South Georgia Strings Project (SGSP)
Christ Church - Thursday May 8 at 6 p.m.

The South Georgia Strings Project (SGSP) will have a recital here at Christ Church on Thursday, May 8, at 6 p.m. Admission is free. Students and teachers from SGSP will play solos and chamber music for violin, viola, and cello, in this recital for all ages and levels. 


The SGSP, led by Dr. Lauren Hodges, is a joint venture of the VSO and the Department of Music at VSU. The SGSP serves a dual purpose-- to provide an affordable after-school music program for children, and to provide valuable teaching experience for music students at VSU. 
VSU Tuba Euphonium Ensemble
Christ Church - Friday, May 9 at 7:30 p.m.

The VSU Tuba Euphonium Ensemble will be presenting a preview concert here in Christ Church on Friday, May 9, at 7:30 p.m., of their upcoming performance at the 40th Anniversary International Tuba Euphonium Conference. The conference is in May in Bloomington, IN and is a wonderful opportunity for the students!


They are kindly requesting donations to help fund their trip.

Admission is free. 

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 6:00-9:00 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 - June 1, 2014, and is open to those in grades 10-12.  Katie Wisenbaker will be helping to lead this event.
Thank you to Andrew Greneker for his leadership at Happening #92.

Please mark your 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. Our VBS webpage is now open to register children or to volunteers 

As always, we need volunteers (Adults or teens) to shepherd children, teach VBS music and dance, run games, and make and serve snacks. It's such a joy to be a part of showing kids the love of Christ!

Question? Please contact Stefani Carroll or 560-1817.
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:   


May 4: Eric Nielsen - Dance as identifier of cultures and religions

May 11: Bill Querin - Medical Ethics - Part 3 (by popular demand)

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 two thank-you letters from the Rev. Tar Drazdowski and the list of the birthdays, wedding anniversaries and baptismal anniversaries for May. These articles and older articles are available at the Online Vineyard
Birthdays this week
May 3 - May 9

3 Matthew Barnes        

5 Karen May  

6 Susan Elliott, William Querin, Raini Singleton 

7 Nick Bajalia, Jr. 

8 Joanna Lauckhardt, Sally Nunn, Kathleen Parsons

Wedding Anniversaries this week
May 3 - May 9
None this week
Baptismal Anniversaries this week
May 3 - May 9

5 Sandy Sandbach

6 Jane Teasley

8 Lilly Kate Campbell


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, 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, David Spencer, Jack Spencer, Danelle Starling, Dr. Joe Stubbs, Ronnie Thompson, Sylvia Warrick, Emory Warrick, Sr., Carolyn Watson

Kim Dudley, Parish Administrator

Christ Episcopal Church is part of the 
Diocese of Georgia.

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