February 23, 2024


Friday, February 23

Church office closed

23 - 25 Happening Lock-in

Saturday, February 24

10:00 a.m. Altar Guild

11:00 a.m. Lunch Bunch

Tuesday, February 27

6:00 p.m. College Ministry Meeting

7:30 p.m. Valencia Bible Study

Thursday, February 29

6:30 p.m. Choir practice

7:00 p.m. College Ministry Activity

Friday, March 1

Church office closed


Sunday, February 25

8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist

9:00 a.m. Nursery

9:15 a.m. Christian education

9:15 a.m. Choir practice

10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist (in-person and streamed)

11:15 a.m. Coffee Hour

11:15 a.m. Episcopal 101

5:30 p.m. Episcopal Youth Community (EYC)

6:00 p.m. Vespers - Zoom

Monday, February 26

5:30 p.m. Evening Prayer

Wednesday, February 28

6:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist Service

6:30 p.m. Lenten Dinner

7:00 p.m. Wed. Night Program

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 for interim period:

Monday - Thursday

10 am - 2 pm

Closed on Friday

Worship Services

February 25: Lent II

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

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

Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16

Psalm 22:22-30

Romans 4:13-25

Mark 8:31-38

Christ Church seeks Administrative Assistant

Christ Church is seeking an Administrative Assistant to work in the Church office Monday - Thursday from 9a - 2pm.

Those interested in applying can send a resume along with 3 reference letters to Father Hal at rector@christchurchvaldosta.org.

Complete job description can be found here.

Audio/Visual Services

Sunday, February 25, 2024

Live-Streaming this week of the 10 a.m. worship service on February 25, 2024 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 February 18, 2024 - Holy Eucharist

Link to the 10:00 bulletin for the February 18, 2024 service.

A Link to YouTube video that will begin Sunday, February 25th 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 Wednesday, February 28th. We focus on the church grounds. The Garden Guild meets each Wednesday from 1:30 - 3:30pm. More hardworking people are welcome to join us. Bring your gloves and tools.

Wednesday Night Holy Eucharist, Dinner and Program resumes, Wednesday, February 28th.

A head count is needed in order to have enough food for all. Please RSVP to the church office, or on sign-up sheet in the Parish Hall.

Serving this week - February 25, 2024

Eucharistic Ministers: Phyllis Holland, Jeani Synyard, Mike Tanner

Lectors: Mike Holland, Marcie Dennard, Phyllis Holland

Acolytes: Nancy Lutsko, Haley Hood, Elizabeth Hood

Altar Guild: Debi Saeger, Julia Ariail, Lucy Tomberlin, B.J. Mistick

Ushers: Al Turner, Martin Holland, John McRae

Greeters: Michael Black

Coffee Hour: Phyllis Hiers, Patricia Tyson, Julia Ariail, Jeri-Lyn Flowers, Cathy Hanson 

Audio/Visual Crew: Julius Ariail, Ken Rumstay, Larry Wisenbaker

Serving next week - March 3, 2024

Eucharistic Ministers: Eric Nielsen, David Sandbach, Julia Ariail

Lectors: Julia Ariail, David Sandbach, Ruth Holland

Acolytes: Molly Stevenson, Erica Thieme, Mara Shenton

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

Ushers: David Blevins, Jason Reynolds, Sparky Greneker

Greeters: Martin Holland

Coffee Hour: Amber Tanner, Pepi Nelson, Elizabeth Wisenbaker, Jennifer Hood

Audio/Visual Crew: Julius Ariail, Ken Rumstay, Larry Wisenbaker

For many more serving opportunities see a Vestry Member.


After the 10AM service on the First Sunday in Lent, February 18th, I begin leading an hour-long class for those who want to know more about being an Episcopalian. It could also be titled, “How do I join Christ Church?”

The classes will continue on February 25; March 3, 10, 17, and 24; and April 7 and 14 and are held in advance of Bishop Frank Logue’s time with us on the 21st of April.

The Episcopal Church is very accepting of newcomers and our parish is no different. We want you to become “official”—voice and voting—members and active in our ministries as soon as possible. There is much work to do in our chaotic world.

Those interested in becoming members of our parish do this through baptism, confirmation, or reception. Episcopalians who move to our area may transfer their membership to us from their previous Episcopal Church.

At baptism we are adopted by God into God’s family, i.e., the Church, and given a renewed life in which to share. This sacrament reminds us that nothing separates us from God’s love in Christ Jesus. Baptism is received by a candidate through the pouring of water over them or by them being immersed in water. This marks a formal entrance to the parish and the wider Church. During the liturgy, a candidate for the sacrament makes a series of vows, including an affirmation of the Baptismal Covenant, and are baptized in the Name of the Holy Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. When infants or small children are baptized, godparents or sponsors and their parents answer questions about the Christian faith for them. If you haven’t been baptized, let me know.

Confirmation is for those already baptized and have received instruction in the Christian faith and beliefs and the nuances of the Episcopal Church. This is also when an adult who was baptized as an infant or small child commits to Christ. At confirmation, a bishop lays hands on and blesses the confirmand. Confirmation is both an affirmation of faith and the reception of the Holy Spirit. They may also be chrismated if this wasn’t done at their baptism. (Being chrismated is when the sign of the cross is made with holy oil upon the forehead of a newly baptized or confirmed person.)

Reception is for those already baptized and who have previously made an adult affirmation of faith. Reception welcomes them into the Episcopal denomination of Christianity.

Sometimes Episcopalians feel the need to undergo the Reaffirmation of their Baptismal Vows after a period of unbelief or if they have entered a new level of spiritual life in Christ Jesus. This option is also available to you during Bishop Frank’s visit.

So, if you want to join the Episcopal Church, or want to know about what it means to be an Episcopalian, let me know or just come to the first class on the 18th. —Fr Hal

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.

An anonymous donor left these two friends and other stuffed animals for our Children's Advocacy Center project last week. Thanks to all who have ever donated to this worthwhile project!

Grace Cafe News

With the semester moving by so quickly, our wonderful interns who manage Grace Café, have

served more than 910 visitors!

This week we would like to express our deepest gratitude to the following:

  • - To the Stitchers of Love who taught our visitors how to crochet with passion and intent.
  • - To Pat Denmark and others who made generous donations of non-perishables for the food pantry.

We appreciate you all!

Our interns continue to help out parishioners where they can, while still loaning their assistance to the Church’s Garden Guild. Most recently, our interns helped organize tables for Sunday service and for the Wednesday Lenten dinner. They also facilitated a space for our Stitchers of Love to weave their magic.

We have made 5 purchases from Second Harvest so far this semester. This is where we get most of the coffee, snacks, and canned foods that we serve at the cafe. Our most recent purchase was for juices, sparkling waters, salty snacks, protein bars, creamers, and 360 egg rolls for Grace Café’s Asian Inspired dinner on Thursday.

We also made purchases at Sam’s Club for paper towels, cups, plates, utensils, and items for our Asian Inspired dinner.

Our next dinner at Grace Café, held on March 7th, will be Mexican Inspired! Text or call Jeri-Lyn Flowers at (404)771-7116 to let her know if you’re willing to provide anything at all.

Please follow our Instagram page @gracecafevaldosta

Stitchers of Love visits Grace Cafe to teach visitors how to Crochet

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 February 18, 2024.

The McRae's will host HEP nooners on, Friday, April 19 at noon.

John and Rev, Marića's home, bring a friend.

2701 Green Meadow Dr


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.


February 25 - March 2, 2024

26 Freddie Bajalia, Graham Coggins

27 Tammy Borders

28 Marguerite Shenton


February 25 - March 2, 2024

1 Terry & Kathleen Parsons

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

Julia Ariail, Don Brice, Alexis Carr, Christa Crawford, Jeanna Culpepper, Deborah Davis, Allan Dear, Irene Dodd, Merrill Guice, Gene Greneker, Louise Harden, Frances Hatcher, Liz Hatcher, Tommy Hatcher, Greg Holland, Peter Ingeman, Michane James, CathyAnn Kautter, Dennis Marks, Doug Mayer, Mindy Meeker, Ed Mistick, Gnann Moser, Ray Murphy, Brett Nelson, Della Richards, Rocky, Burt Tillman, Lucy Tomberlin, Willa Valencia, Sue Marie Waddell, Michelle Weidman, Jackie Wheeler

Family of Claire Holland

Family of Dot May

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: 10-2


Father Hal Weidman, Rector


church office (229) 242-5115

Nancy Sartin, Deacon


church office (229) 242-5115

Position Available, Administrator

Job posting available here


church office (229) 242-5115


Amy Creasy, Bookkeeper


bookkeeper's office (229) 242-0616 

Michelle Weidman, Director of Christian Education


mobile (229) 262-0426

Jeri-Lyn Flowers, Director of College Ministry


church office (229) 242-5115


Elise Sandbach, Director of Preschool


mobile (229) 460-4738

Sue Ellen Rumstay, Organist


church office (229) 242-5115

Issa Young, Choir Director


church office (229) 242-5115

Stefani Carroll, Treasurer


church office (229) 242-5115

Steve Honeycutt, Jr. Warden


church office (229) 242-5115

Molly Stevenson, Sr. Warden


church office (229) 242-5115

Nancy Lutsko, Verger


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.

Email us at office@christchurchvaldosta.org

website: www.christchurchvaldosta.org

Call us at 229.242.5115

or bookkeeper at 229-242-0616

Christ Episcopal Church is a parish church in the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia.

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