Christ Church Valdosta Weekly Bulletin
February 13, 2015
In This Issue:

Worship Services


February 15: 
         Epiphany VI

Vestry Member of the Day:

      Sheri Gravett


Coffee Hour Host:

      Sallie Honeycutt

Nursery Worker:

     Judy DeMott

Altar Guild: Team 5


Lay Eucharistic Visitor: 

   Maggie Roberts

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

Celebrant - The Rev. Dr. Dave Johnson

Preacher - The Rev. Dr. Dave Johnson

Lay Eucharistic Ministers - Rita Hightower

Usher - Max Bontrager


10:00 a.m., Holy Eucharist, Rite II
Celebrant -The Rev. Dr. Dave Johnson
Preacher - The Rev. Dr. Dave Johnson
Lay Eucharistic Ministers - Nancy Lutsko, 
   Allan Dear, Sheri Gravett
Lay Readers - Jane Kinney, Clinton
   Beeland, Alan Johnson
Ushers - John Hiers, Will Hanson, Tom
Acolytes - J.D. Greneker, Molly
   Stevenson, Paul Stevenson, Maddie

First Lesson - 2 Kings 2:1-12
Psalm 50:1-6
Second Lesson - 2 Corinthians 4:3-6
Gospel - Mark 9:2-9

Every Wednesday
Evening Service
6 p.m.
Every Thursday
7 a.m.


Upcoming Events
February 16: Office Closed

February 17: Vestry Meeting

February 18: Ash Wednesday Services

                     Noon and 6:00 p.m. 

February 21: Lunch Bunch

February 25: Lenten Series Begins 7 pm

March 1: Coffee Hour for 8:00 attendees

March 15: Deadline - Youth Mission Trip 

May 22-24: Parish Retreat - Honey Creek

Clergy and Staff of 
Christ Episcopal Church


The Rev. Dr. Dave Johnson


[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 


Stefani Carroll

[email protected] 

Director of Children's Ministry

church office (229) 242-5115


Angela Duncan, Music Director

[email protected]  

church office (229) 242-5115


Kathy Armstrong, Choirmaster

church office (229) 242-5115



Office hours: Monday - Friday

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

From Our Rector

Dear Friends,


Happy February to you all!  This month we begin the Season of Lent, a penitential season in which we are reminded of our mortality and are called to examine our lives, asking God to have mercy on us and help us in the areas we need it the most.  Along these lines, in addition to our usual weekly services and Sunday School classes, I would like to highlight the following opportunities this Lent at Christ Church:

  1. February 18-Ash Wednesday Services  12:00 PM and 6:00 PM
  2. Wednesday Night Teaching Series:  Holy Eucharist at 6:00 PM-followed by dinner for all ages and then EYC for ages 10 through high school and concurrently a teaching series for adults.  Each teaching will focus on a specific subject that not only impacts our own lives but also has ripple effects in our relationships:
  •     February 25:     Listening
  •     March 4:           Anger
  •     March 11:         Humility
  •     March 18:         Reconciliation
  •     March 25:         Prayer

3.    An often overlooked service in The Book of Common Prayer is "Reconciliation of a Penitent" (447ff), a service of private confession and absolution.  During Lent if any of you feel led to schedule an appointment with me for this, let me know.  Some find this service very helpful, especially in areas where you feel stuck and/or in need of God's forgiveness or help.

4.    Holy Week Services: 
  • March 29-Palm Sunday Services      8:00 and 10:00 AM
  • April 1-Wednesday Night Eucharist   6:00 PM
  • April 2-Maundy Thursday Service      6:00 PM
  • April 3-Good Friday Services             12:00 and 6:00 PM

In addition, some of us may "give up" something or "take on" something specific during Lent-as we do so, let us remember that it is in response to the unconditional love of Jesus who "gave up" everything for us and "took up" the cross on our behalf, as Paul writes in his Letter to the Philippians: "Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness.  And being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death-even death on a cross" (2:5-8)-or as John simply puts it, "We love because he first loved us" (I John 4:19).

I pray that during Lent you will experience anew the transforming love and grace of God in Jesus Christ, especially in the places where you need it the most.


Yours in Christ,


Adult Sunday School
Sunday, February 15, 2015 at 11:15 a.m.
Adult Sunday School will meet this Sunday, February 15th at 11:15 a.m. in the Gabard Building, Multi-purpose room. 
Coffee Hour at Rectory
Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 8:45 a.m.
Father Dave and Steph would like to invite everyone who attends the 8:00 a.m. service to come to the Rectory for some morning food, fellowship, coffee and conversation on Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 8:45 a.m.  Please plan to join us.
Lunch Bunch
Saturday, February 21, 2015
Lunch Bunch will meet Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. in the Parish Hall.  There is a volunteer sign-up sheet located in the Parish Hall.  Please plan to join us on a Saturday.
Honey Creek Summer Camp
Early Bird Special Ends March 1, 2015.

If you register for Camp Honey Creek by March 1, you will receive an early registration discount.  The normal tuition rate is $430.  Register by the end of the month and the rate will be lowered to $405.   Don't delay.  Register for Honey Creek.  

Save the Date - April 16
Dominican Night Dinner and Auction
As we plan for the June 15-22 Dominican Mission Trip, we have scheduled the Dominican Night Dinner and Auction for Thursday, April 16 at the Cotton Corner. Julia and Julius Ariail are in the Dominican Republic until February 23 to attend the Dominican Diocesan Convention and Dominican Development Board meeting as well as to meet with the Priest and his wife who are in charge of the Camp where our mission team stays to refine our work projects for the June trip.When they return, they will post new photographs of the village, the camp and our work projects. For further information about the June trip check here.

Youth Mission Trip
Sunday, July 5 - Saturday, July 11

We are planning a High School Mission trip to New Orleans. We will be leaving on Sunday, July 5 (12:30) and returning on Saturday evening, July 11.  It is for rising 8th graders through High School. 

The focus of the week will be on urban outreach and city renewal. 

Registrations are due by March 15th.

Cost of the trip is $350 per student.  (Included in cost: Lodging, meals, construction costs, and programming)

AAUW's Sister to Sister Summit
Saturday, March 7, 2015

The Valdosta Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW)'s Sister to Sister Summit is set for Saturday, March 7. The Sister to Sister Summit is an annual event where middle school girls from throughout South Georgia come to Valdosta State University's campus for a day of programs on the arts, communication, science and math. Christ Church has been a sponsor of the Sister to Sister Summit in the past. If you are interested in information about the Summit or volunteering, please email Diane Holliman.

Parish Retreat at Honey Creek
Friday, May 22 - Sunday, May 24
A Parish Retreat has been planned for Friday, May 22 - Sunday, May 24, 2015.  The Retreat will be held at Honey Creek. 
  • Lodge rooms are $164 for weekend, 
  • Dormitory rooms are $42 per person for weekend.  
  • Meal plan is $59 per person (8 and over) for 3 meals on Saturday and 2 meals on Sunday. 

 Please contact the church office by April 24, 2015, if you plan to attend the Parish Retreat

G-Force VBS Volunteers Needed
June 8 - June 11

You're invited to experience God's unstoppable love with Christ Episcopal Church for G-Force VBS! 

Join the team on June 8 - 11 as we explore God's love in action. We will need:

  • Group Leaders and helpers to help guide children through stations
  • Music Leader(s)
  • Snack Team Leader and Helpers
  • Games Leader and Crew
  • Decorating Leader and Helpers

As planning continues, there will also be opportunities to donate any items needed for VBS!


To register as a volunteer, go to VBS Volunteer Registation or contact Stefani Carroll


The Vineyard
The new articles in the Vineyard this week are: the Daughters of the King Installation Service, Sermon: February 8, 2015, Purple Caps and Our Stitchers of Love and From Our Rector. Older articles are available at the Online Vineyard.
Birthdays this week
February 14 - February 20

14 Dave Armstrong

16 Lucille Sineath

17 Fred Bajalia

19 Cheryl Hatcher, Matilda Stubbs

Baptismal Anniversaries this week
February 14 - February 20

20 Caty Carter, Mary Peeples

Wedding Anniversaries this week
February 14 - February 20

15 Tommy & Frances Hatcher

17 Troy & Leigh Long


Please contact the church office to update our records if we missed your Birthday, Baptismal Anniversary, or Wedding Anniversary. 

Remember in your prayers

Katherine Berkman, Charles Boatwright, Bill Bontrager, Sara Bontrager, Pat Bradley, Carrie Brooks, Dave Clark, Lydia Coddington, Beverly Cowart, Cheryl Critchfield, Robert Church, Jeff Crawford, Deborah Davis, Jeff Davis, Jackie Dennis, Leroy Dorminy, Elizabeth, Ann Embry, Weston Flail, Melanie Ford, Cindy Foster, Gene and Pam Garner, Gil Gjertsen, Beau Gray, Carla Grove, Travis Grove, Karen Gunter, Helen Hartz, Cheryl Hatcher, Laney Hays, Karen Hipsher, Rena Holmes, Charles Hunt, Julie Jackson, Renee Jackson, Vernell Jackson, Linda Justice, Linda Kerr, Barney Knighton, Jerrianne Levy, Brady Lloyd, Bob Matarazzo, Rick McClosky, Mary Louise McRae, Gladys Murphy, Laura Paine, Ella Mae Rawlings, Ellene Reddick, Bernice Roberts, Reva Rollins, David Sandbach, Sr., Edi Shepherd, Pat Sims, Daphne Stacks, Danelle Starling, Joe Stubbs, Maria Taylor, Sylvia Warrick, Emory Warrick, Sr., Carolyn Watson


Family of Randolph "Neal" Leake - (brother of Paul Leake) 

Family of John Murphy - (nephew of Josie Parten)

Kim Dudley, Parish Administrator

Christ Episcopal Church is part of the 
Diocese of Georgia.

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