Christ Church Valdosta  Weekly Bulletin
December 15, 2017
In This Issue:

Worship Services
December 17: 
      Advent 3

Vestry Member of Day:
   Allan Dear

Coffee Host:
   Phyllis Hiers, Frances Guice,
   Katherine Mayer

Altar Guild:
   Team 3

8:00 a.m., Holy Eucharist, Rite I
Lay Eucharistic Ministers - Rita Hightower
Usher - Max Bontrager

10:00 a.m., Holy Eu charist,  Rite II
Lay Eucharistic Ministers - Sheri Gravett,
   Allan Dear, Molly Stevenson
Lay Readers  - Molly Stevenson, Allan
   Dear, Sheri Gravett
Acolytes - John David Greneker, Rena
   Nelson, John Nelson
Ushers - John Hiers, Will Hanson, Tom

6:00 Vespers 

First Lesson - Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11
Psalm - 126
Second Lesson - 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24
Gospel - John 1:6-8, 19-28

Wednesday  Holy Eucharist
   6:00 p.m.
Thursday Holy Eucharist
  7:00 a.m. 

Upcoming Events

December 15: Open House at Rectory
Children's Movie Night - Gabard
December 16: Children's Christmas Party
Lunch Bunch
December 17: Christmas Pageant - 10:00
December 24: Advent IV - 8:00 & 10:00
Decorate for Christmas - 11:15
Christmas Eve Services - 5:30 & 11 
December 25: 
Christmas Day Service - 10:00 
December 25 - 27: Church Office Closed

Clergy and Staff of 
Christ Episcopal Church
The Rev. Dr. Dave Johnson
church office (229) 242-5115
Kim Dudley, Parish Administrator
church office (229) 242-5115

Amy Creasy, Bookkeeper  
bookkeeper's office (229) 242-0616 

Millie Johnson
Director of Children's Ministry
church office (229) 242-5115

Angela Duncan, Music Director
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. - 12:00 p.m.
Open House at Rectory / Children's Movie Night
Friday, December 15, 2017 
Open House at the Rectory will be held, Friday, December 15th beginning at 6:00 p.m.  Free childcare will be available in the Gabard Building.  

The Children will have a Movie Night in the Gabard Building on the night of December 15th during the Rectory's Open House.  The movie will be Polar Express.

Please plan to join us.
Children's Christmas Party
Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 9:30 a.m.
Children's Christmas Party will be held beginning at 9:30 a.m. on December 16th to fellowship, and prepare for the Christmas Pageant.  Children's Christmas Pageant will be held during the 10:00 worship service on Sunday, December 17th. 
Lunch Bunch
Saturday, December 16, 2017
On December 16 at 8:30 AM the Lunch Bunch will be wrapping Christmas presents for presentation to our children with their lunches at Ora Lee West (OLW) and Hudson Dockett (HD).  After the 150 presents are wrapped, lunches will be made and packed, and then lunches and presents transported to OLW and HD and given out.  We need help please.
Starting at 8:30 (but come when you can) in the Gabard Building.  Lunch preparation at 11:00 am in the church kitchen.  Delivery at noon.
Father Dave's New Book
On sale 
Father Dave's new book of sermons, God's Embrace of Grace, is on sale at Christ Church for $10 each, with 100% of the proceeds going toward the Christ Church missions and outreach.
HEP Party
Saturday, December 23, 2017 beginning at 6:30
H.E.P. Party: Adult Friends and Family Welcome - Saturday, December 23, 2017 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 .
2017 End of Year Giving
December 29, 2017
Donations for the 2017 tax year must be dropped off to the church office no later than noon on 12/29/2017 or mailed to the church no later than 12/28/2017. Any donations made after December 29, 2017 will be posted on 2018 giving sheet. Thank you for your continued support of Christ Church.
Stitchers of Love
Stitchers of Love will meet on Sunday, December 17, 2017 from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall.  

This Sunday is our last meeting before bring along your projects and let's add a little Christmas cheer.  
If you can, please bring a little nibble to share!  After all, 'tis the season to overindulge , and I'd hate for us to miss an opportunity!
See you between 4 and 6 pm this Sunday at the parish hall.
DR 2018: Time to Sign Up
Trip is June 23-30, 2018
Seven people have signed up for the 2018 mission team, and that leaves eleven spots open. Because of in-country transportation space, the team will be limited to eighteen missioners. 

The dates are June 23-30, and the location will be the Episcopal Campamento in the village of El Pedregal in the Dominican Republic, our traditional mission field. We would like to have the team formed by December 31, 2017, so we can proceed to plan our projects and make a budget for their costs.

The overall cost of the 2017 trip was $1,600, including the Valdosta - Santo Domingo flights and the in-country room and board, transportation, and projects costs. The costs for those flying from and back to Atlanta were less. We intend for the 2018 cost to be in this general range, although we have noticed a significant increase in the Valdosta - Santo Domingo flight costs for our June flight dates. If these hold, we might have to scale back our project costs or increase the overall costs slightly. The potential projects are listed on the 2018 planning page here.

If you are interested in joining the 2018 team, contact Julius Ariail by email or phone [(229) 563-0209,] and let him know that you would like to join. Then send a deposit check of $100 by December 31 to the DR Mission Fund at Christ Episcopal Church, 1521 N. Patterson Street, Valdosta GA 31602. 

For more information on the 2018 mission trip, check the planning page here.
Pledges for 2018
Thanks to those of you who have already submitted your pledge!  Pledge cards are still being accepted. Pledge cards are available in the tower, parish hall and office, or if it's easier for you, you can also simply email your pledge amount to our bookkeeper, Amy Creasy.  Thanks so much!
Online Photograph Albums
Photo albums are archived on the church website here
Birthdays this week
December 16 - December 22
17  Len Carter
18  Noah Carroll, Bella Drazdowski
19  Nathaniel Balanis
20  Mary Tunison
21  Krystle Black
22  Cate Johnson
Baptismal Anniversaries this week
December 16 - December 22
19  Grace Tanner
20  Blake Yarbrough
Wedding Anniversaries this week
December 16 - December 22
16  Fred & Juanita Quinn
17  Joe & Ann Singletary
19  Ron & Pat Bezona, Richard & Robin Coleman, 
      Sandy & Elise Sandbach
21  Jimmy & Ingrid Carroll

Please contact the church office to update our records if we missed your Birthday, Baptismal Anniversary, or Wedding Anniversary. 
Remember in your prayers
Thaddeus Agar, Kathy Armstrong, Tal Barnidge, Myra Boyette, Caty Carter, Robert Church, Danny Clark, Bev Cowart, David Crenshaw, Jerry DeMott, Janet Dickman, Blake Ellis, Karen Gunter, Iris Hall, George Halls, Cheryl Hatcher, Tommy Hatcher, William Holloway, Gary Honeycutt, Buddy House,  Eric Jones,  Jerriann Levy, the Rt. Rev. Henry Louttit, Jr., Nancy Lutsko, Bobbie Ann Mitchell,  Henry and Sarah Parrish, Della Richards, Debbie Richardson,  Jane Rigby, Reva Rollins, Jack Spencer, Kathie Stevenson, Mike Tanner, Katie Mae Warren, Mike Willis, Nancy Zaccari, Ron Zaccari

Family of Dr. A.R. "Buddy" Pitts, Jr. 

Kim Dudley, Parish Administrator

Christ Episcopal Church is part of the 
Diocese of Georgia.

email us at  office@christchurchvaldosta