Annual Report — Assistant Rector

The Report of the Assistant Rector
The Annual Meeting of Christ Episcopal Church on November 10, 2013
Posted on November 14, 2013

PARENTS’ MORNING OUT (PMO)

We are currently serving 7 children through our Parents’ Morning Out Program. We have added an early morning drop off and we currently have 3-4 children who take advantage of this service. We also provide an extra hour during the noon hour. This program is called “Lunch Bunch.” Children may attend either the early morning program or Lunch Bunch but they cannot attend both on the same day. At the present time we can only serve a child four hours a day.

June Kruse, who has been our PMO director for several years, will be leaving us in January 2014. June has done an excellent job and we hate to see her go. We are currently looking for someone to take over her responsibilities.

PRESCHOOL

We have three teachers and three paraprofessionals working in the preschool this year. Elise Sandbach is serving as our lead teacher. This year we have two new teachers and two new paraprofessionals. The transition has been relatively smooth. We are serving a total of 28 children.

2 Year Old Class
Susan Jones and Hannah Hitchcock
12 children

3 Year Old Class
Leah Rowe and Barbara Self
8 children

4 Year Old
Elise Sandbach and Ashley Drazdowski
8 children

The Preschool committee will be meeting later this month to look at our program and how we might increase our ministry to the community. The Bishop has recommended that we look at a Montessori-based curriculum with an added religious component called Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. Both program elements have excellent potential for helping us to offer a different type of preschool experience in our community. The Vestry has given us permission to look into these programs.

We will also be discussing tuition, scholarships, and possibility of taking necessary steps to extend the school day and after school care.

COLLEGE MINISTRY

Brenda Keller is our campus missioner for college ministry. She is actively collaborating with other campus ministers on the VSU campus as well as in the Diocese. Dr. Michael Black is our advisor on campus.

Louttit Hall is open three days a week Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday to provide a place for students to gather for study, fun and fellowship. Either Brenda or Clinton Furey is present when the house is open. Our signature ministry, Café Grace, is meeting on Monday evenings at 8:00. Attendance is around 10 young adults each evening. We are providing a meal on Wednesday nights to our Canterbury students and they meet during dinner to discuss topic relative to college ministry. Brenda provides a strong Christian presence and counsel to the college students and young adults attending Canterbury and Café Grace.

Brenda’s salary is provided by the Diocese of Georgia and Christ Church provides local supervision.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Our partnership in the Dominican Republic continues.

Julius and Julia Ariail have accepted the responsibility of editing and publishing the newsletter of the Dominican Development Group which is distributed around the country to mission partners, to other companion diocese, and throughout Province IX of the Episcopal Church. Julius is considered the official photographer of the DDG.

The date of this year’s mission trip has been set for June 7-14, 2014. Julia Ariail and Helen Tucker will be responsible for the administrative aspect of the trip. Fred Richter, Trinity Statesboro, has agreed to serve a team leader. All funds will be handled through Christ Church, with Julia and Helen as co-signers on the checkbook. Plans are in the infancy stage, but we planning to do a combination of VBS, knitting and construction. If you are interested, please look at the planning page on the Christ Church website here: https://christchurchvaldosta.wordpress.com/2013/11/08/dr-2014-mission-trip-planning-page/

The Christ Church mission team, which is comprised of many different parishes and dioceses, has made a donation of $7,500.00 to the Dominican Development Group to purchase metal forms used for the construction of clean latrines and for the cost of shipping the forms to the Dominican Republic. The forms will be used to make approximately 1000 to 1500 latrines. This project is part of an effort to secure clean water and sanitation in areas that do not have adequate systems in place. Local people will be trained in the use of the forms and in assisting in the education of home owners who will be making their homes ready to receive the materials to build the latrines. Construction of the pits and the latrines themselves will be supervised by local people. The materials for the latrines will cost approximately $350.00 each.

The Rev. Tar Drazdowski
Assistant Rector