Christ Church Valdosta Weekly Bulletin
December 4, 2015
In This Issue:

Worship Services
December 6: 
         Advent II

Vestry Member of Day:
    Len Carter
Altar Guild: 
   Team 2

8:00 a.m., Holy Eucharist, Rite I
Lay Eucharistic Ministers - Martha Leake
Usher - Max Bontrager
10:00 a.m., Holy Eucharist, Rite II
Lay Eucharistic Ministers - Mike Tanner,
   Rita Hightower, Tammy Borders
Lay Readers - Molly Stevenson, Cathy
   Oglesby, Tammy Borders
Ushers - Eric Nielsen, Len Carter
Acolytes - David Holland, Phyllis Holland,
   Cassidy Honeycutt
6:00 p.m. Vespers (Office Chapel)

First Lesson - Malachi 3:1-4
Canticle 16
Second Lesson - Philippians 1:3-11
Gospel - Luke 3:1-6

Wednesday Evening
6 p.m.
Every Thursday
7 a.m.
Upcoming Events
December 5: Lunch Bunch
December 11: Open House at Rectory
                        and Louttit Hall
December 15: Vestry Meeting
December 19: Children's Christmas Party
December 20: Lessons and Carols - 6 pm
December 23: Decorate Church - 2 pm
December 24: Christmas Eve Services 
       5:30 pm and 11:00 pm
December 25: Christmas Day Service 
       10:00 am
December 24-28th: Church Office Closed
Clergy and Staff of 
Christ Episcopal Church


The Rev. Dr. Dave Johnson


[email protected]

church office (229) 242-5115



The Rev. Daniel Shoemake

Associate 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 


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 - Thursday

   9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m

   1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. 



   9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Vestry 2018 Nominees
Elections to be held January 3, 2016
We have eight candidates for the position of Vestry 2018.  Each candidate has been asked to answer a few questions and submitted a photo.  This information once received will be posted on the bulletin board in the parish hall.  
Nominees are: Jeana Beeland, John Bennett, Stephanie Blevins, Tammy Borders, Sandra Fletcher, Duke Guthrie, Millie Johnson, and Molly Stevenson.

Vestry Elections will be held on January 3, 2016 during the Annual Parish meeting to be held immediately following the 10:00 a.m. worship service.
Birthday Prayers
First Sunday of Month
Sunday, December 6, 2015 we invite anyone who has a birthday in the month of December to come forward during worship at the appropriate time of the service to receive a Birthday Prayer. 
Lunch Bunch
Saturday, December 5, 2015 at 11:00 a.m.
Lunch Bunch is will be on Saturday, December 5th.

The Christ Church Valdosta Lunch Bunch feeds 120 or more hungry children every first and third Saturday of the month. Workers from the church as well as other members of the community who volunteer gather at 11 a.m. at Christ Church to make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. They pack them in plastic bags, then brown paper bags with logo stickers together with chips, fruit, juice and other healthy goodies purchased from the Second Harvest Food Bank.

Please join us, on any 1st or 3rd Saturday. 
Advent Opportunity
Sunday, December 6, 2015 at 11:15
Christ Church will be joining other churches in the Diocese of Georgia this Advent in reading former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams' book Being Christian.  Christ Church will offer a Sunday school class in the Office Building the four Sundays of Advent to discuss the following topics from this book:
     December 6 Bible - The Rev. Peter Ingeman (ret.)
     December 13 Eucharist - Dr. Sheri Gravett
     December 20 Prayer - The Rev. Dcn. Patricia Marks (ret.)
Williams writes "the book looks at what these activities tell us about the essence of Christian life and what kind of people we might hope to become in the community where these things are done."
You do not have to read the book to attend the sessions.  The book can be purchased from Amazon for $8.70.  For additional information, contact Maggie Roberts.
20s & 30s Gathering
Tuesday, December 8, 2015 beginning at 6:30 p.m.
20s and 30s Gathering will be held on Tuesday, December 8, 2015 beginning at 6:30 p.m. The Gathering will be hosted by Paul and Molly Stevenson at their home located at: 5 Tallullah Circle.  We will have Corn Hole, Fire Pit, Chili and Beverages.  Kids are welcome to attend.  Please RSVP to 229-292-8215.
Foyer Groups (Supper Club)
On Thursday, Dec. 10, from 6-8 in the Parish Hall, there will be an informal Wine & Cheese get-together for the new year for Foyer Groups.
Come see who is in your new group and get started planning for the new year. 
If you forgot to sign up, decided you would like to give a try, or have any questions email Sallie Honeycutt or call (417)294-7796
Join in on this fun (and tasty) way of getting to know your fellow parishioners.
Christmas Open Houses
Friday, December 11, 2015 beginning at 6:00 p.m.
The Rectory and Louttit Hall will have Christmas Open Houses on Friday Dec 11, 2015. Please plan to join us on Friday, December 11, 2015 beginning at 6:00 p.m.
Father Dave's Book
Sunday, December 6th and December 13th
Father Dave's book The Grace of God Has Appeared will be available for purchase during coffee hour after church on Dec. 6 and Dec. 13 -- after that book purchases can be made in the church office, with all proceeds going toward the 2016 youth mission trip. The cost of each book is $10.
Advent Wreath Prayers
Several people have asked about prayers for the advent wreaths we made last Sunday. If you are interested in how to pray with your Advent Wreath, here is the information.
Children's Christmas Party
Saturday, December 19, 2015 from 10 am - 1 pm
All children (Pre-k3-5th grade) are invited to join us for a Children's Christmas party on December 19 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Education Building. Our kids will enjoy decorating cookies, playing games, making a Christmas ornament, observing a Christmas science experiment and, of course, hearing the Christmas story! Those children who will be participating in the Christmas pageant on December 20 will choose costumes and practice, as well. To volunteer or to RSVP, contact Stefani Carroll.
DR Mission Trip: May 9-16 2016
New procedures for tickets with checked bags
As you know, our 2016 mission trip to the Dominican Republic will take place on May 9-16, 2016. The procedures to purchase flight tickets with checked baggage on our two designated JetBlue flights have changed significantly since last year. The new instructions are on this information sheet:

This new information sheet is part of the 2016 trip planning page, which has all of the information about the trip that we have to date. For that overall planning page, click here.

Please note that January 31, 2016, is the deadline date to contact Julia or Julius to join the team and to purchase flight tickets. as of December 3, a round-trip set of tickets cost $433.60. Past experience has shown that this cost will steadily increase over time to approximately $700 in the spring of 2016.

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Julius will be in the Dominican Republic from December 8-16, 2015, working on photography assignments and website development for the Episcopal Diocese of the Dominican Republic. While there, he will be spending two days at the Episcopal camp in El Pedregal where our mission team works. He'll be sure to visit the K-8 Episcopal school there and to get some new photographs of the 70 children who are attending school on scholarships we provided for the 2015-16 academic year. 

For more information about the plans for our 2016 trip, contact Julia Ariail or Julius Ariail. For information about our 2015 trip, click here.

The Vineyard
The new articles in the Vineyard this week are: Sermon, November 22, 2015. Older articles are available at the Online Vineyard.
Birthdays this week
December 5 - December 11
5 Jack Cotterly
7 Dave Johnson
9 Frances Guice

Sorry we missed your birthday.
Marcie Dennard - November 25th
Baptismal Anniversaries this week
December 5 - December 11
11 Frances Guice
Wedding Anniversaries this week
December 5 - December 11
None this week

Sorry we missed your anniversary.
Dennis and Patricia Marks - November 30th
Please contact the church office to update our records if we missed your Birthday, Baptismal Anniversary, or Wedding Anniversary. 
Remember in your prayers
Gay Alvarez, Kathy Armstrong, Freddie Bajalia, Robert Church, Dave Clark, Beverly Cowart, Frances Crawford, Jerry DeMott, Blake Ellis, Gil Gjertsen, Gage Greneker, Cheryl Hatcher, Laney Hays, Larry, Jerriann Levy, Danny Mayer, Bobbie Ann Mitchell, Ellene Reddick, David Sandbach, Sr., Jack Spencer, Kathie Stevenson, Suzanne Sullivan, Sylvia Warrick, Emory Warrick, Sr., Mike Willis

Family of Peggy Coombs (Daughter-in-law of Bev Cowart)

Kim Dudley, Parish Administrator

Christ Episcopal Church is part of the 
Diocese of Georgia.

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