Christ Church Valdosta Weekly Bulletin
December 18, 2015
In This Issue:

Worship Services
December 20: 
         Advent IV

Vestry Member of Day:
    Frances Guice
Coffee Hour Host:

Altar Guild: 
   Team 4

8:00 a.m., Holy Eucharist, Rite I
Lay Eucharistic Ministers - Rita Hightower
Usher - Max Bontrager
10:00 a.m., Holy Eucharist, Rite II
Lay Eucharistic Ministers - Sheri Gravett,
   Allan Dear, Molly Stevenson
Lay Readers - Molly Stevenson, Allan
   Dear, Sheri Gravett
Ushers - John Hiers, Will Hanson, Tom
Acolytes - Mike Tanner, Grace Tanner,
   Maddie Yarbrough
6:00 p.m. Lessons and Carols

First Lesson - Micah 5:2-5a
Canticle 15
Second Lesson - Hebrews 10:5-10
Gospel - Luke 1:39-55

Wednesday Evening
6 p.m.
Thursday (Christmas Eve)
5:30 p.m. 
11:00 p.m. (music starts at 10:30)

Friday (Christmas Day)
10:00 a.m.
Upcoming Events

December 19: Children's Christmas Party
December 20: Lessons and Carols - 6 pm
December 22: Choir Practice - 7 pm
December 23: Decorate Church - 2 pm
       H.E.P. Party at Sandbach's - 6:30 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.

Christmas Week Services
Christmas Week Services; Children's Christmas Pageant will be presented Sunday, December 20th as part of the 10:00 service. A Lessons and Carols service will also be held Sunday, December 20th at 6:00 p.m. Christmas Eve Services will be held at 5:30 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. music begins at 10:30 p.m. Christmas Day Service will begin at 10:00 a.m.
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.
Advent Opportunity
Sunday, December 20, 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 Sundays of Advent to discuss the following topics from this book:
     December 20 Prayer - The Rev. Dcn. Patricia Marks (ret.)
For additional information, contact Maggie Roberts.
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 is available here and will be posted 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.
Father Dave's Sermon Books
Father Dave's sermon books (we have a few copies left) are available for purchases in the church office, with all proceeds going toward the 2016 youth mission trip. The cost of each book is $10.
H.E.P. Party at Sandbach's
Wednesday, December 23, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.
H.E.P. Party: Adult Friends and Family Welcome - Wednesday, December 23, 2015 at 6:30 PM at David and Elise Sandbach's - 2607 Pebblewood Dr. Please mark your calendar and plan to come and enjoy an evening of Christmas Cheer.  Please note this is an Adults Only Party (no children). Bring a hors d'oeuvre.
Women's Bible Study
Wednesday, January 6, 2016
The Wednesday night ladies bible study will begin a new 5 week class on January 6. We will be studying Priscilla Shirer's book, Breathe: Making Room for Sabbath. This study will help women learn to cease from activities and busyness and build margin into your life for God. It's a great way to prepare for Lent. For more information, email Tammy Borders or call 229-560-5889. Books are $9.99 + tax and will be distributed by Christmas or they can be purchased at Lifeway.
Introduction to YOGA
Monday, January 11 and 25, 2016 from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Have you always wanted to try a yoga class? (But can't touch your toes...not flexible enough??) All you need is a willing spirit.

Kelly Turner is a 200 RYT instructor that has been teaching regularly for the past six years.  Please join her for FREE yoga in the Parish Hall from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m Monday, January 11, and January 25, 2016. Open to all.  

Please bring a yoga mat, water bottle, and towel (yoga blocks and strap:optional).  

As with any exercise regimen, please consult first with your physician. 

Any questions may be directed to Kelly at 229-560-6285. Namaste!
The Vineyard
The new articles in the Vineyard this week are: Sermon, December 13, 2015. Older articles are available at the Online Vineyard.
Spotlight from Diocese
The Diocese of Georgia is sharing a new communication spotlight.  Each week we will publish this announcement in the Friday Bulletin.  Check out this weeks spotlight ministry.
Birthdays this week
December 19 - December 25
19        Nathaniel Balanis
20        Mary Tunison
21        Krystle Black
22        Cate Johnson
25        Jesus Christ
Baptismal Anniversaries this week
December 19 - December 25
19        Grace Tanner, Ben Warren
20        Blake Yarbrough
23        Ellis Moser
24        Emory Warrick, Jr.
Wedding Anniversaries this week
December 19 - December 25
19        Ron & Pat Bezona, Richard & Robin Coleman, 
            Sandy & Elise Sandbach
21        Jimmy & Ingrid Carroll
23        Emory & Sylvia Warrick
24        Gene & Sandra Seago
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, David Sandbach, Sr., Jack Spencer, Kathie Stevenson, Suzanne Sullivan, Sylvia Warrick, Emory Warrick, Sr., Mike Willis, Cherie Anne Whiddon

Kim Dudley, Parish Administrator

Christ Episcopal Church is part of the 
Diocese of Georgia.

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