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Dedication of Altar Frontals and Pulpit Hangings

Dedication of Altar Frontals and Pulpit Hangings
The Rev. Peter L. Ingeman
Posted October 6, 2016

Remarks by Fr. Ingeman upon the occasion of the dedication of new altar frontals, pulpit hangings, and other altar linens for use in Christ Episcopal Church, Valdosta, Georgia. The text of these remarks is also available on this page in the website for Fr. Ingeman’s collection of sermons.

For an album of photographs from this event, click here.

Happy Ingeman, Laura Paine, and the Rev. Peter L. Ingeman arrange a frontal on the altar railing to display it for the congregation. Click this image to see more photographs from this event.

These frontals and the pulpit hanging add color and beauty to the altar and the pulpit, but they are more than that.

Our Episcopal Church cycles through a series of seasons every year. Centuries ago, before calendars were common, many, perhaps most, people were agricultural. They lived out their lives according to the seasons. In the colors displayed in the church, they could see a witness to the passing of the year, season by season.

Laura Paine holds the new purple pulpit hanging. Click this image to see more photographs from this event.

These purple hangings will be used at Advent and at Lent, two seasons when we are called to quiet reflection and preparation. The color is dark – like a seed germinating in the soil. The seed is the knowledge of God’s grace that we have in Jesus Christ.

Then at the Christmas season and at Easter the hangings are white or tapestry, celebrating Jesus’ Incarnation and Resurrection, the festive seasons of the church. It’s as though the seed breaks into life and light, God’s grace present with us as the seed that has been planted grows and matures through the presence and teaching of Our Lord, Jesus Christ. We hear lessons that remind us of Jesus’ words and healings.

Both the new green and purple altar frontals are visible in this photograph.

The seasons are repeated every year because they are a never-ending reminder that all we do here is to the greater glory of God.

I would love to claim credit for these beautiful hangings but I cannot. I am only a consultant. We need to thank Laura Paine and Steph Johnson for it all. And we must thank Fr. Dave, and of course, our Vestry for their support.

The location of the village of El Pedregal (red marker), the site of our 2017 mission trip. 2017 will mark the sixteenth year our team has worked at this site.

Planning For Our 2017 Mission Trip

This page has been established as a central online site for planning information about the 2017 mission trip to the Dominican Republic sponsored by Christ Episcopal Church in Valdosta, GA. This page was last updated on June 4, 2017.

PLEASE NOTE: THE CDC HAS ISSUED A TRAVEL ALERT FOR THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC AND OTHER AREAS IN SOUTH AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN RELATED TO THE MOSQUITO-BORNE ZIKA VIRUS. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THIS ALERT, click here.

Sign Up for Email Updates for the 2017 Trip
Click here to sign up to receive general updates about the 2017 trip.

Confirmed team members (as of March 12, 2017):
1. Julia Ariail (Lake Park/Valdosta, GA)
2. Julius Ariail (Lake Park/Valdosta, GA)
3. The Reverend Deacon Leeann Culbreath (Tifton, GA)
4. Bonnie Hanson (Valdosta, GA)
5. Caroline Hiers (Thomasville, GA)
6. Meg Hiers (Marietta, GA)
7. Phyllis Hiers (Valdosta, GA)
8. The Reverend Dave Johnson (Valdosta, GA)
9. Paul Johnson (Valdosta, GA)
10. Grady Lacy (Woodstock, GA)
11. Bill Querin (Valdosta, GA)
12. Fred Richter (Statesboro, GA)
13. Paul Stevenson (Valdosta, GA)
14. Erin Twomey (Adel, GA)

Destination: the village of El Pedregal (near the city of Jarabacoa – map).

Team Leaders: Julia Ariail, (229 563-0074; juliacariail@gmail.com) and Julius Ariail, (229 563-0209; julius.ariail@gmail.com.

Trip Dates: June 12-19, 2017.

Leidy and her son, Emanuel.

Projects: Our major projects for 2017 will be to build a house for Leidy Rosario, her fiancé Jesús Rosado, and their son Emanuel; to conduct Vacation Bible School and a “splash party” for the children of the village; to rebuild the basketball backboards and goals; and to conduct a veterinary clinic. We may add other small maintenance tasks at the Episcopal Campamento and service projects in the village depending on their feasibility and the amount of funds that we have for projects.

These projects have been approved by Padre Daniel Samuel, the priest in charge of the Campamento, and by the Rt. Rev. Julio C. Holguín, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of the Dominican Republic. The logistics of our trip and the work on these projects are being coordinated by the Dominican Development Group, a coordinating agency for the 50+ mission team from the US that work in the DR each year.

This is the site for the house we will build for Leidy and her family. To see an online album with a satellite map of the house site in the village and photos showing the progress on clearing this site and constructing the house, click here.

Specific Skills Desired

  • For all: A servant’s heart
  • Optional: Ability to do light construction work (concrete blocks, wooden roof rafters, metal roofing sheets, painting) under the direction of a Dominican supervisor
  • Optional: A love of working with children in a Vacation Bible School setting
  • Optional: Ability to speak Spanish (not required, but any Spanish proficiency level would be very helpful)

Joining the Team DEADLINE PASSED
If you are interested in information about our 2017 trip or in joining the team, contact either of the team leaders (contact information above) before December 6, 2016. A $200 nonrefundable deposit is required by December 6, 2016.

DEADLINES

December 6, 2016 DEADLINE PASSED
–Sign up for this trip with payment of a $200 nonrefundable deposit applicable to the cost of the flight.
–Send photocopy or PDF scan of passport ID pages to Julia. If you have gone before and nothing has changed, Julia can use the passport information she has on file for you.

February 1, 2017 DEADLINE PASSED
–Personal information form (click for Word file) | (click for PDF file)
–Medical information form (click for Word file) | (click for PDF file)

March 1, 2017 DEADLINE PASSED
–Deadline to pay the remainder of $740.86 for flight tickets for Valdosta travelers, payable by check to Christ Episcopal Church with notation “DR Mission Fund.” Mail or hand-deliver check to Christ Church, 1521 North Patterson Street, Valdosta GA 31602. For Atlanta travelers, flights have been scheduled and paid for as individual tickets through Debi Saeger at South Georgia Travel (229-244-2324).

April 1, 2017 DEADLINE PASSED
–Deadline to pay the mission team fee of $650.00. (See below)

Team Fee: In addition to paying for the airline ticket, there will be a team fee, payable by check to Christ Episcopal Church (mail check to Christ Church, 1521 North Patterson Street, Valdosta GA 31602). This team fee pays for in-country transportation, our room and board at the camp, the “splash party” for the children, some of the costs of our projects including the house construction, basketball goal repair, and Vacation Bible School supplies, plus the one-night stay in the hotel in Santo Domingo. You will need to bring funds to pay for lunch and dinner on Sunday in Santo Domingo, plus any items you might want to buy in El Pedregal or in Santo Domingo. As usual, Julius will have Dominican pesos to loan to team members anytime during the trip, with repayments in US dollars not due until after we return home on June 19.

Information about our flights (updated as of November 17, 2016)

We are adopting a new flight plan for 2017. We are not flying from Orlando. Most of us will fly on Delta from Valdosta (VLD) to Atlanta (ATL) and then on to Santo Domingo (SDQ). Some of us who live closer to Atlanta will meet the Valdosta group at the departure gate for the Santo Domingo flight. The Valdosta group will be on a group ticket arranged through Debi Saeger at South Georgia Travel (229-244-2324 OR 800-248-2324) in Valdosta. Debi will also arrange for individual tickets for the three Atlanta missioners. Debi is a longtime member of Christ Church, has much experience in the travel industry, and is a “home team” supporter of our DR mission work. South Georgia Travel offers travel insurance with Travel Insurance International. Costs of the travel insurance are based on age and medical condition. If you are interested, contact Debi (229-244-2324) after December 6.

The overall flight schedule (times revised as of 04/12/2017):

June 12, 2017 Delta 5501 VLD 5:40 a.m. –> ATL 6:46 a.m.
June 12, 2017 Delta 686 ATL 9:57 a.m. –> SDQ 1:19 p.m.

June 19, 2017 Delta 324 SDQ 2:29 p.m. –> ATL 6:03 p.m.
June 19, 2017 Delta 5611 ATL 8:55 p.m. –> VLD 10:00 p.m.

Date of our annual DR Mission Trip auction and dinner to raise funds for our trip expenses and scholarships for the Episcopal school in El Pedregal: February 23, 2017. Location: Cotton Corner event space in downtown Valdosta (101 North Ashley Street, 229-242-3157).

Other useful information documents (Note – these will be updated for the 2017 trip, but most of the information will be the same as for the 2016 trip):

VBS booklet for younger children 2017 content.

VBS booklet for older children 2017 content.

VBS information in English for mission teams 2017 content.

Missioner Faces and Names 2017 content.

Things to know for June 18-19

Tentative schedule, day by day

Prayer Booklet (English and Spanish) 2017 trip content.

Daily Readings (English) 2017 trip content.

Daily Readings (Spanish). 2017 trip content.

Suggested packing list 2017 trip content.

Lessons Learned Updated for our 2017 trip.

Team Roster and Prayer Partners Updated for our 2017 trip.

Communication plan while in the Dominican Republic. 2017 trip content.

Information about smartphones and laptops on the mission trip 2017 trip content.

Location of online photos during the trip. 2017 trip content.

Mission team members contact information (note: not online publicly. If you need a copy, contact Julia Ariail.

Things to know for Monday, June 12, 2017

Summary of 2017 projects

Medical Information for Travelers to the Dominican Republic
For medical advice for travelers to the Dominican Republic, consult your personal physician or go to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s site here: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/dominican-republic

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Links to more information about our mission work in the Dominican Republic:

The summary report from our 2016 mission team with links to online photos.

Overview of Christ Church’s mission work in the Dominican Republic

Overview of the Diocese of Georgia’s mission work in the Dominican Republic

Daughters of the King Install 4 New Members

Daughters of the King Install 4 New Members
By Julia Ariail
Posted September 20, 2016

Daughters of the King at the September 18th installation. Click this image to see more photographs from this event.

Celebrating 29 years at Christ Episcopal Church, the Saint Nino Chapter of the Daughters of the King (DOK) installed Kathy Armstrong, Sandra Fletcher, Sally Honeycutt, and Dottie Pitts, on Sunday, September 18, 2016. The order was formally commissioned at Christ Church, Valdosta, on July 14, 1987. The original chapter consisted of 14 Daughters from the parish. The DOK serves Christ Church through a strong and faithful ministry of prayer.

The Christ Church Daughters of the King order currently has 48 members and meets twice a year. Patricia Bezona currently serves as president and treasurer, Julie Jackson as vice president, and Helen Tucker as secretary.

“Our sole purpose is prayer, evangelism, and service to the church accomplishing whatever Fr. Dave would have us to do,” said Pat Bezona. “We also follow the national guidelines and attend the diocesan meetings when they are held.”

On the website: <http://www.doknational.org/>, the national organization of the DOK publishes the following vision statement: Empowered by the Holy Spirit, our vision as Daughters of the King is to know Jesus Christ, to make Him known to others, and to become reflections of God’s love throughout the world.

The DOK emblem.

The Order of the Daughters of the King (DOK) is a spiritual sisterhood of women dedicated to a life of prayer, service, and evangelism. They have made a commitment to Jesus as Savior, and follow Him as Lord of their lives. They are an Order for women who are commun­icants of the Episcopal Church, churches in communion with it, or churches in the historic episcopate. Today the membership includes women in the Anglican, Episcopal, Lutheran (ELCA) and Roman Catholic churches.

The Daughters of the King describe themselves as an order, not an organization. An order is a community under a religious rule; especially one requiring members to take solemn vows. They don’t just enroll as members and attend meetings; they take life-long vows to follow the Rule of Prayer and Rule of Service.

What is a rule? A rule is a pre­scribed guide for conduct or action by laws or regulations pre­scribed by the founder of a religious order for observance by its members.

The Order of the Daughters of the King was founded in 1885 by Margaret J. Franklin at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in New York City. Members of the order undertake a Rule of Life, incorporating the Rule of Prayer and Service.

The emblem of the Order is in the form of a modified Greek fleury cross inscribed in Latin, “Magnanimiter Crucem Sustine,” the watchword of the Order, meaning “With heart, mind and spirit uphold and bear the cross.” At the base of the cross are the letters “FHS”, initials that stand for the Motto of the Order: “For His Sake.”

Contact Pat Bezona about registering for the new DOK class and information on becoming a prayer partner at 229-242-8289 or pbezona@bellsouth.net.

2016 Dominican Republic Mission Trip

The 2016 Dominican Republic Mission
By Julia Ariail
Posted September 8, 2016

An initial set of over 500 trip photographs from one missioner’s camera is posted online here. Photographs from other missioners’ cameras will be added to this album soon.

The 2016 mission team members in El Pedregal. Click this image to see more photographs from this trip.

The ‘Go Team’ and the ‘Home Team’ combine to make up the Christ Episcopal Church Valdosta mission to the Dominican Republic. A very successful DR Dinner and Auction held at the Cotton Corner in downtown Valdosta on April 8 raised $12,000. After a commissioning by Fr. Dave Johnson at the 10 a.m. service on May 8, the eight-member ‘Go Team’ made up of Julius and Julia Ariail, Deacon Leeann Culbreath, Phyllis Hiers, Meg Hiers, Bill Querin, Fred Richter, and Paul Stevenson left for Orlando. The commissioning also included the blessing of some gifts for the church in El Pedregal including a Spanish lectionary for the lectern and an embroidered fair linen made by Julia Ariail.

The team gathered for dinner Sunday night at an Orlando restaurant. Team leaders Julius and Julia Ariail held a team meeting at the hotel distributing the red team t-shirts and discussing the schedule. Deacon Leeann Culbreath led the team in a worship service in preparation for the upcoming trip. At 2 p.m. on Monday, May 9, the team flew to Santo Domingo on JetBlue Airlines. Karen Carroll, the DR diocesan mission team coordinator, met the group at the airport and delivered “take out” supper supplies of empanadas and cold water as we boarded the chartered bus to El Pedregal.

Padre Daniel Samuel and his wife Deacon Aurianne greeted us warmly when we arrived at the Campamento Monte de la Transfiguración in El Pedregal around 10 p.m. Monday night. The team moved into the second story of the dormitory. We gathered at 8:30 Tuesday morning for prayer in our dormitory’s common room with an altar set up by Padre Daniel and Aurianne compete with a lectern and flowers. After breakfast and a reunion with Thomasina, the cook, and Leidy, our interpreter, the team set to work on various projects. Continue reading

Planning Page for Our 2016 Mission Trip

The location of the village of El Pedregal (red marker), the site of our 2016 mission trip. 2016 will mark the fifteenth year our team has worked at this site.

Planning For Our 2016 Mission Trip

This page has been established as a central online site for planning information about the 2016 mission trip to the Dominican Republic sponsored by Christ Episcopal Church in Valdosta, GA. This page was last updated on March 12, 2017.

PLEASE NOTE: THE CDC HAS ISSUED A TRAVEL ALERT FOR THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC AND OTHER AREAS IN SOUTH AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN RELATED TO THE MOSQUITO-BORNE ZIKA VIRUS. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THIS ALERT, click here.

Sign Up for Email Updates for the 2016 Trip
Click here to sign up to receive general updates about the 2016 trip (and other email messages from Christ Church, if you select that option also). Note: confirmed 2016 mission team members will be automatically added to this general update list, as well as another list for specific details about the 2016 trip.

Confirmed team members (as of March 12, 2017):

Julia Ariail (Christ Episcopal Church, Valdosta GA)
Julius Ariail (Christ Episcopal Church, Valdosta GA)
The Rev. Deacon Leeann Culbreath (Diocese of Georgia)
Meg Hiers (Marietta, GA)
Phyllis Hiers (Christ Episcopal Church, Valdosta GA)
Bill Querin (Christ Episcopal Church, Valdosta GA)
Fred Richter (Trinity Episcopal Church, Statesboro GA)
Paul Stevenson (Christ Episcopal Church, Valdosta GA)

Destination: the village of El Pedregal (near the city of Jarabacoa – map).

Team Leaders: Julia Ariail, (229 563-0074; juliacariail@gmail.com) and Julius Ariail, (229 563-0209; julius.ariail@gmail.com.

Dates: May 9-16, 2016. Continue reading

DR 2015 Mission Trip Report

2015 Dominican Republic Mission Trip Report
Christ Episcopal Church, Valdosta, Georgia
By Julia and Julius Ariail
Posted on September 23, 2015

The 2015 mission team members. Click this image to see more photographs from this trip.

Photographs from this mission trip are available here.

Articles about this mission trip were included in these issues of From the Field, the weekly newsletter of the Diocese of Georgia: June 17, 2015 | June 24, 2015

SUMMARY

The mission team sponsored by Christ Episcopal Church (Valdosta, Georgia) was in the Dominican Republic from June 15-22, 2015. The missioners lived and worked at the Campamento Monte de la Transfiguración in the village of El Pedregal, just outside the city of Jarabacoa. Major activities of the team included the replacement of a wooden frame house with a concrete block house for a family in the village; renovation of an existing house on the grounds of the Episcopal school to be used as a day care center; conducting classes in knitting, crocheting, fabric arts, and sewing; and sponsoring a half-day “splash party” for the village children. The two construction projects were carried out in partnership with the Youth Mission Team from the Diocese of Nebraska, whose members were in the Dominican Republic the week following our team’s visit from June 22-29, 2015. Significant presentations included funds for 70 scholarships for use by students at the K-8 Episcopal school during the 2015-16 academic year, plus another scholarship for use by a student enrolled in a special education program at a school in Jarabacoa; 8 sets of acolyte vestments and 4 sets of altar linens; softball and basketball sports equipment; and five sewing machines. Christ Church’s mission work at the Campamento in the Diocese of the Dominican Republic began in 2001, and so this 2015 trip marked the 15th year of that missional relationship at this location.

The twenty-one members of this team represented six Episcopal dioceses: Atlanta, Central Florida, Dominican Republic, Georgia, Nebraska, and North Carolina. The team members were Julia Ariail (Lake Park, GA); Julius Ariail (Lake Park, GA); Allison Carroll (Statesboro, GA); The Rev. Sonia Clifton (Orlando, FL); Dan Cook, (Orlando, FL); Jim Drazdowski (Sidney, NE); Emily Gibson (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic); The Rev. Dave Johnson (Valdosta, GA); Grady Lacy (Woodstock, GA); Charlie Nakash (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic); Eben Nelson (Statesboro, GA); Gavin Nelson (Statesboro, GA); Pepi Nelson (Valdosta, GA); Andrew Nutting (Orlando FL); Bert Power (Woodstock, GA); Bill Querin (Valdosta, GA); Fred Richter (Statesboro, GA); Rylan Smith (Orlando, GA); Paul Stevenson (Valdosta, GA); Mary Stowe (Chapel Hill, NC); and Debby Wunderly (Orlando, FL). Emily Gibson and Charlie Nakash were resident missionaries on the staff of the Diocese of the Dominican Republic, and joined us for this week at the Campamento. Each team member wore a missioner’s cross that was designed and hand-crafted by a former missioner from the Diocese of Alabama, Jim Ellis Fisher. The team members also received missioner lapel pins from the Diocese of the Dominican Republic in recognition of their work.

The team members gathering at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Orlando. Click this image to see more photographs from this trip.

NARRATIVE Continue reading

Sermon: “According to the Riches of His Grace” (July 12, 2015)

Christ Episcopal Church, Valdosta
“According to the Riches of His Grace” (Ephesians 1:7)
July 12, 2015
Dave Johnson

In the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

This morning I am preaching from a verse in today’s passage from Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians in which the apostle assures us that “In (Jesus Christ) we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace” (1:7).

Last year a classic 1986 teenage comedy film was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry because it was deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” It is a film I fondly remember seeing in a packed out cinema on a clear June evening with a group of my high school friends—all of us laughing hysterically at scene after scene. The film is Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Matthew Broderick stars as Ferris Bueller, a popular senior in high school who on a perfect spring day decides to take the day off from his Chicago area high school. He convinces his best friend, Cameron (Alan Ruck) and his girlfriend Sloane (Mia Sara) to join him.

Ferris is notorious for skipping school, and Principal Ed Rooney (Jeffrey Jones) is fed-up with Ferris’ antics and determined to catch him red-handed and punish him severely, if possible with the most dreaded punishment for any high school senior—making him repeat his senior year. Principal Rooney vents to his administrative assistant, Grace (Edie McClurg): “What’s so dangerous about a kid like Ferris Bueller is that he gives good kids bad ideas. The last thing I need at this point in my career is fifteen hundred Ferris Bueller disciples running around these halls. He jeopardizes my ability to effectively govern this student body.”

Grace stands up for Ferris, “Well, he’s very popular, Ed. The sportos, the motorheads, geeks, sluts, bloods, wastoids, dweebies…they all adore him—they think he’s a righteous dude.” Principal Rooney is exasperated, “And that is why I have got to catch him this time…to show these kids that the example he sets is a first class ticket to nowhere!” “Oh Ed,” Grace replies “You sounded like Dirty Harry just then.” Principal Rooney feels encouraged, “Really?” Continue reading