December 1, 2023

Prayer for Israel and Palestine from Bishop Logue

“God of peace, we pray for the people of Israel and Palestine in this time of war.

For all who are fearful for the safety of their loved ones and themselves, we pray that the assurance of unfailing love, even in the midst of danger, settles upon them. Shelter them from despair and protect them from harm.

We remember before you the Anglican Archbishop of Jerusalem and the Middle East, the Most Reverend Hosam Elias Naoum, and the people of his churches, hospitals, and other ministries.

For all who have died, we pray they find rest.

For all who grieve, we pray they find comfort.

For all who are wounded, we pray they find healing.

For leaders on all sides, we pray for the will to lay down arms and for the conviction to embrace a path of reconciliation and peace that preserves the rights and dignity of all of your children.

God of justice, we pray with hopeful hearts that your beloved children of the Holy Land.

We ask all this in the name of your Son, Jesus. Amen.”

Church Office Hours:

Monday - Thursday
9 am - 3 pm
Closed on Friday

Worship Services

December 3: Advent I

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

10:00 a.m., Holy Eucharist, Rite II

Isaiah 64:1-9

1 Corinthians 1:3-9

Mark 13:24-37

Psalm 80:1-7, 16-18


Calendar of Events December 2023

Each month we will send out a Calendar of Events.

Please find the link to the December 2023 Christ Church Calendar below.

December 2023

Advent Wreath-making

Kick off the Church New Year (Advent) at our annual Advent Wreath-making Event Sunday, December 3rd after the 10:00 service in the Parish Hall. Everything needed to make a fresh greenery Advent wreath will be available. If you have a wreath frame already, please bring it. If you would like to help provide greenery, please bring it with you next Sunday or call or text Michelle Weidman. We will have some advent candles available for purchase for $8.

Audio/Visual Services

Sunday, December 3, 2023

Live-Streaming this week of the 10 a.m. worship service on December 3, 2023 will begin at 9:55 a.m. If for any reason we experience Technical difficulties with the Live-streaming, a recording of the service will be uploaded and a link sent to the congregation at a later time.

If you missed it, here is a video of the November 26, 2023 - Holy Eucharist

Link to the 10:00 bulletin for the December 3, 2023 service.

A Link to YouTube video that will begin Sunday, December 3rd at 9:55 a.m. is here.

Feature for in-person worship - Our hearing assistance feature is available as part of our sound system. This feature uses your smartphone, earbuds, or hearing aids to bring the sound directly into your ears. An information sheet is linked here, and copies are also available from the ushers or the Audio/Visual booth staff.

Evening Prayer

Evening Prayer at Christ Church on Mondays at 5:30 p.m. We invite you to join us.

Tuesday Night Bible study

Bible Study led by Willa Valencia, is held at 7:30pm at the home of Ron and Tammy Borders (1718 Williams St.). All adults are welcome. Please bring your Bible—any translation. 

The Garden Guild will meet on Tuesday, December 5th. We focus on the church grounds. The Garden Guild meets each Tuesday from 10 - 12pm. More hardworking people are welcome to join us. Bring your gloves and tools.


Holy Eucharist, Dinner and a Program – December 6th we will have Holy Eucharist at 5:30pm followed by light dinner and heavy fellowship in the Parish Hall at 6:00. This month we will have a program on St. Nicholas Day. Please bring a dessert to share. Taco Salad will be provided. RSVP to the office by December 4th if you plan to attend.


Have you ever considered being baptized and just haven‘t gotten around to it? Well, now is the time. Fr Hal will hold a preparation class for you and parents and godparents/sponsors (for those individuals not capable of answering questions of faith). The class meets at 11:15am on December 10th, and 17th in the Sanctuary. The Sunday we celebrate Jesus‘s baptism, January 7th, we will baptize those who are interested.

Serving this week - December 3, 2023

Eucharistic Ministers: Tammy Borders, Molly Stevenson, Jeani Synyard

Lectors: Molly Stevenson, Katherine Mayer, Jane Kinney

Acolytes: JD Greneker, Molly Stevenson, Erica Thieme

Altar Guild: Sandra Fletcher, Sallie Honeycutt, Amber Tanner, Robin Coleman

Ushers: Bobby Yarbrough, Blake Yarbrough, Glen Flowers

Greeter: Martin Holland

Coffee Hour: Julie Reynolds, Gwen Daughtrey, Marcie Dennard, Leigh Long, Paula Ramey

Audio/Visual Crew: Julius Ariail, Charles Whiting, Larry Wisenbaker

Serving next week - December 10, 2023

Eucharistic Ministers: Stefani Carroll, Martin Holland, Sheri Gravett

Lectors: Bonnie Hanson, Martin Holland, Stefani Carroll

Acolytes: Maddie Yarbrough, Blake Yarbrough, Chip Whiting

Altar Guild: Phyllis Holland, Anne Reid, Mimi Allen, Pat Bezona

Ushers: JD Greneker, Mike Tanner, Paul Stevenson

Greeter: Julia Ariail

Coffee Hour: Sallie Honeycutt, Pat Denmark, Eric Nielsen, Ann Burnette, Mimi Allen

Audio/Visual Crew: Julius Ariail, Tom Carroll, Larry Wisenbaker

For many more serving opportunities see a Vestry Member.

Stitchers of Love

The Stitchers of Love meet on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month in the Parish Hall from 4 to 6 p.m. All are welcome. Join us to learn to knit or crochet or bring your projects and socialize with the group.

The Stitchers of Love need your donations of new or gently used stuffed animals to donate to the Children's Advocacy Center to comfort and soothe abused children. Contact Deacon Patricia Marks at 229-630-8644 or bring the animals to the office.

Thanks to all those who donated stuffed animals for the Children's Advocacy Center. Keep them coming. They appreciate all we do to help ease the pain of the children they serve.

Sunday Evening Vespers - a group of Christ Church members meet on Zoom (2nd, 4th, and 5th Sundays) at 6:00 p.m. to read the Compline Service, pages 127-135 in the Book of Common Prayer and for friendly conversation afterwards. The first and third Sundays of the month we will meet in-person, but will make an audio recording available after Vespers for those unable to attend in-person. To join the group and receive the link to the weekly gathering, contact Phyllis Hiers or call 229-563-2464.

Ever wondered what Vespers was all about? Here is Audio Recording from November 5, 2023.

HEP Lunch Gathering

HEP Nooners (aka Happy Episcopal People) meet on Friday. Dec 15 at noon, at the home of John & Marića McRae. Please bring sandwiches to share host will have soup, teas, and desserts.

John and Marića McRae

2701 Green Meadow Dr.



Rev. Hal and Michelle Weidman are extending an invitation to an Open House at the Rectory on Friday, December 15th from 6-8pm. Drinks will be provided, please bring an hors d’oeuvre to share. Childcare will be provided in the Gabard building from 5:30 – 8:30pm. 


Our annual Christmas recital will be held on Sunday, December 17th at 3:00 p.m. The concert will feature festive organ music by Sue Ellen Rumstay.

HEP (Happy Episcopal People) Party  

Saturday, December 23, 2023 beginning at 6:00 p.m.

H.E.P. Party: Adult Friends and Family Welcome

Saturday, December 23, 2023 at 6:00 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 .  


Drinks will be provided, please bring an hors d'oeuvre to share.


Remember this is an adult only gathering. Childcare will be provided at the church in Gabard Building.

Ways to donate
We are utilizing VANCO Payment Solutions to safely and securely make your offering.

Christ Church now uses a free mobile app that makes it simple for you to make an online gift.
Download the free “Vanco Mobile” app and search for Christ Episcopal Church and then Valdosta, GA.

Or you can donate on our Vanco Online site, or by scanning the QR code above or our website donate page located here.

We now also have a mobile text to give number simply text your gift amount to 844-928-4938 and then follow the instructions on your phone to complete your donation.

Thank you for your continued support of Christ Church.


December 3 - December 9, 2023

3 Delrick Bradley

9 Frances Guice


December 3 - December 9, 2023

5 Jason & Julie Reynolds

Contact the church office to update our records if we missed your Birthday or Anniversary

A Prayer for Ukraine
God of peace and justice, we pray for the people of Ukraine today. We pray for peace and the laying down of weapons. We pray for all those who fear for tomorrow, that your Spirit of comfort would draw near to them. We pray for those with power over war or peace for wisdom, discernment, and compassion to guide their decisions. Above all, we pray for all your precious children, at risk and in fear, that you would hold and protect them. We pray in the name of Jesus, the Prince of Peace.
Church of England, Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby
Church of England, Archbishop of York, Stephen Cottrel

Remember in Your Prayers

Ann Burnette, Alexis Carr, the Cortese family, Allan Dear, Irene Dodd, Gene Greneker, Louise Harden, Michane James, CathyAnn Kautter, Mike Lassen, the Long family, the Mathis family, Doug Mayer, the Mistick family, Gnann Moser, Ray Murphy, Brett Nelson, Rocky, the Sanders family, the Stevenson family, Burt Tillman, Willa Valencia, Michelle Weidman, Chuck Whiting 

Sam Cortese - Deceased

Brianna Long - Deceased 

Lois Stevenson - Deceased

We are keeping those in need of prayer on the list for 1 month. We ask you to renew the need for continued prayer by calling the office. - Fr. Hal

Clergy and Staff of 

Christ Episcopal Church

Church Office Hours:

Monday - Thursday: 9-3


Father Hal Weidman, Rector

[email protected] 

church office (229) 242-5115

Nancy Sartin, Deacon

[email protected] 

church office (229) 242-5115

Kim Dudley, Administrator

[email protected] 

church office (229) 242-5115


Amy Creasy, Bookkeeper

[email protected] 

bookkeeper's office (229) 242-0616 

Michelle Weidman, Director of Christian Education

[email protected]

mobile (229) 262-0426

Abigail Easton, Interim Director of College Ministry

[email protected]

church office (229) 242-5115


Elise Sandbach, Director of Preschool

[email protected]

mobile (229) 460-4738

Sue Ellen Rumstay, Organist

[email protected] 

church office (229) 242-5115

Issa Young, Choir Director

[email protected] 

church office (229) 242-5115

Nancy Lutsko, Verger

[email protected] 

home (229) 241-7527

Christ Church uses Vanco Payment Solutions for online giving. Download the Vanco Mobile app, text to give 844-928-4938, or scan the QR code below. Thank you for your support.
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Christ Episcopal Church is part of the 
Diocese of Georgia.