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Volume 13, Number 1


January/February 2015


A Message from the Dean Dear Cathedral Family, Our New Year here at Christ Church Cathedral has gotten off to a big start. On Saturday, January 10, we celebrated the ordination of our “Deacon Dan” Wagner to the priesthood, rolling out Cathedral-style hospitality for family, friends, and clergy gathered for that special day in the life of the Church. I am thankful for the many loving and gifted volunteers who worked to make the day both beautiful and joyous. That same weekend saw the beginning of Christ Church Cathedral’s new Epiphany Concert Series, the brainchild of our talented and energetic organist/choir master, Christopher Powell. Attendance has been encouraging, and the programs of the highest quality, as well as being reflective, peaceful, and meditative. Bishop Search “Walkabouts” occupied ARISH EETING the week of January 18-22, with bishop AND ESTRY candidates visiting Christ Church Cathedral NSTALLATION on January 21, for a Wednesday afternoon Eucharist, followed by a historical Sunday, January 25 presentation about Mobile and Christ Church. That evening our convention following the service. delegates and clergy attended the Walkabout information sessions at St. Paul’s, Daphne. OE AIN AY Your finance committee and vestry completed and approved the 2015 budget ASSES for presentation of the parish meeting on Sunday, February 15 Sunday, January 25. We also welcomed in January two new part-time staff members: Passes for attending church on Corinne Betbeze will be here on Sundays to








Joe Cain Day, Sunday, February 15, are on the ministry table and included in this issue of The Messenger. This year they are purple. You will not be allowed to pass the downtown police barricades that morning without a pass.

coordinate our programs for children from nursery-age through second grade. She will be working with our nursery staff and Christian Education teachers to ensure our children have the best experience here at their church home. Sarah Bolt will be working with Canon Wagner, Christian Education teachers, parents, and youth to plan activities for our older children. Please offer them your support and keep them and our children in your prayers—all this in January! February also promises to be a period of exciting activity as our youth make plans for their annual Mardi Gras event on Sunday, February 8, for the evening parade, fun starts happening here on Parade Route A! We are already planning our worship for Ash Wednesday, February 18, when Bishop Duncan will be with us at noon; yours truly will celebrate and preach at the 5:30 p.m. service that day. Our Lenten concert series will begin on Wednesday, February 25 at noon with Holy Eucharist preceding it at 11:30 a.m. in the Chapel. This year we will also offer a special adult Christian Formation group meeting on Sundays after worship: A Journey with Matthew will be led by Banks Ladd and George Inge. It will meet in the library. More information on the book for this group is on page 7. Our diocesan convention will begin the day after Ash Wednesday, on February 19 at Trinity Church, Mobile. That Saturday, February 21, lay and clergy delegates will continued on next page

ASH WEDNESDAY—FEBRUARY 18 HOLY EUCHARIST, RITE II AND IMPOSITION OF ASHES 12:00 p.m. The Right Reverend Philip M. Duncan, II, Officiant in the Church The Very Reverend Beverly F. Gibson, Preacher 5:30 p.m. The Very Reverend Beverly F. Gibson, in the Church Officiant and Preacher

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John Stephenson McClelland, Jr. Senior Warden

Robert Willis Israel Charles Stephen McKay Junior Wardens


Robert Willis Israel Senior Warden

Hetty Cunningham Newell Charles Stephen McKay

elect our next bishop. Please keep the candidates and their families in your prayers—also pray for delegates to be open to the work of the Holy Spirit. Once our new bishop is elected, we will begin planning for his consecration here at Christ Church Cathedral on July 25, 2015. During this busy time, I have found grounding and focus in my daily reading as part of the Bible Challenge. If you would like to join me in reading a part or all of the Bible this year, you will find more information on page 7.

2015 promises to be a “break-out” year in the life of Christ Church Cathedral. We will all need to “show up” and offer our gifts and labors for the glory of God and the life of the Church. What a joy and privilege.!

Faithfully, The Very Reverend Beverly F. Gibson, Ph.D., Dean

Junior Wardens

William Kennon Drew Treasurer

Harwell Ellis Coale, Jr. Chancellor

Ronald A. Snider Clerk

Class of 2014 Robert D. Forster Tray W. Hamil Ann H. Luce John S. McClelland, Jr. Elissa E. Watkins Wythe L. Whiting Class of 2015 John D. Davidson Mary Esther T. Elliott Banks C. Ladd Alison S. Mitchell Lucy F. Moore Henry R. Seawell IV Class of 2016 Sage M. Bolt Lewis H. Golden George B. Inge Robert W. Israel Charles S. McKay Hetty C. Newell Class of 2017 V. Lyn Bennett Cartledge W. Blackwell III Steven B. Hall Barbara L. Mitchell Margaret M. Thigpen Thomas B. Van Antwerp Chapter Members Mendy Henderson, 2016 St. Agatha’s, deFuniak Springs

Gary Moore, 2017 St. Paul’s, Daphne

The Rev. Aaron Smith, 2018 St. Paul’s, Magnolia Springs

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A M e s s a g e f r o m t h e C a n o n Pa s t o r Thank you, Cathedral Family! Thank you for being the place where I was ordained a priest and where I get to work in a corner of God’s vineyard. You all were very welcoming to my family and friends who traveled from various areas in the southeast to be a part of the service on January 10. One thing I have learned about Christ Church is that our parishioners understand what it means to be the Cathedral. You “get it” about hosting ordinations and having a special relationship with the bishop and diocese. But you all also understand how to roll up your sleeves and work on special events, like my ordination, and I want to say “thank you” one more time for making the day a very meaningful and joyful event. In reflecting about being ordained a priest, I am reminded of two things, one what my friend and classmate Alex talked about in his sermon at my ordination, and the other what Dean Gibson mentioned in her sermon that Sunday. In Alex’s sermon, he talked about priests being set apart. He said they were not better than others, but set apart for service as “doulos,” that is, as slaves. He reminded me that in all of the work I do for the church, the ministry is not mine, but it is Christ’s. Last Sunday, the Dean said of me in her sermon, it is not about what I do at the altar when celebrating the Eucharist. That Sunday was going to be my first time celebrating. Instead, it is what the Holy

Spirit will do with our Sacraments. In other words, the “pressure” was off of me and placed squarely where it should be— on God. We had a similar conversation during the week, but her sermon was good reinforcement for me and a teaching moment for us all. Alex’s and Dean Gibson’s words spoke to me in that all I that I do, the ministry is God’s and I am His. I am to work joyfully in His vineyard, wherever he sends me. And it is the Holy Spirit who will do the “heavy lifting” when it comes to our Sacraments and ministry in general. I am excited to be here in Mobile at Christ Church Cathedral. You all are helping me to be formed as a priest. Y’all have done this from the very first time I came to visit last spring. Through our working together with Christian formation, youth, worship, pastoral care, and outreach, we are getting our hands dirty for Christ and ministry is done for God’s glory. Thank you all for an awesome ordination and for being a wonderful parish. I am blessed and I will see you all at church!


The Reverend Canon Daniel A. Wagner Canon Pastor

The Reverend Canon Daniel Andrew Wagner Ordination Ladd; The Reverend David Keith Green, Holy Spirit, Gulf Shores, Alabama; Ministers of Communion: The Reverend Nancee Ann Cekuta, St. Matthew’s, Snellville, Georgia; The Reverend Bonnie Gordy Underwood, St. David’s, Roswell, Georgia;

The Reverend Canon Daniel Andrew Wagner was ordained to the Sacred Order of Priests on Saturday, January 10, 2015. Many thanks to all who made this day so special! Preacher: The Reverend Alexander Andujar, Priest Assistant, Christ Church, Bradenton, Florida; Presenters: Robert Willis Israel, Hetty Cunningham Newell, Dr. John Waldorf Wagner, Bobbie Baker Wagner; Litanists: The Reverend Brian Wallace Cannaday, Assistant Rector, St. Helena’s, Boerne, Texas; The Reverend Bonnie Mixon McCrickard, Associate Rector, Church of the Nativity, Huntsville, Alabama; Preface to the Ordination Rites: The Reverend Elizabeth Sharon Yale, Curate and Chaplain, Holy Spirit, Houston, Texas; Lectors: Alison Stafford Mitchell, Banks Christian

Oblationers: Dr. Benjamin Baker Wagner, Dr. Christy Marshall Wagner; Crucifer: John Phillips Wagner; Acolytes: Janie Alexis Chow, Jordan Allison Chow, Hannah Grace Wagner; Music: Christopher William Powell, Katherine Elaine Powell, The Christ

MacPherson Watkins; Flower Guild: Perrin Bacon Drew, Julia Screven Henson, Ann Hayden Hawkins Luce, Homer Leon McClure; Ushers: Robison Clarendon McClure, Jr., Chair, Alton Rives Brown III, John Dawkins Davidson, Jex Ransom Luce, Jr., John Stephenson McClelland, Jr., Homer Leon McClure; V olunteers: Julie

McClelland, Elizabeth Harrison, Lynne Davis, Betty Reniewicz, Jamie Davidson, Lucy Lyons, Jill Showers Chow, Lyn Bennett, Mark Weeks, Barry Weeks, Yvonne Holladay, Gene Moree, Louise McClure, and many, many more!

Church Cathedral Choir; A ltar Guild: Katherine Moody Thurber, Robbie Lynn Dunn Irvine, Leslie Patrick Ladd, Lucy Radcliff Lyons, Hetty Cunningham Newell, Paula

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Music Ministry Dear Friends, Merry Christmas and happy New Year! January is another time of transition during the liturgical year. Until the fourth day of this month, we were still in the Christmas season, and then we celebrated the Epiphany of our Lord. For the remaining weeks, we observe Sundays after Epiphany as they eventually transition to Ash Wednesday and Lent on February 18. During this Epiphany season, we heard of Christ’s visitation by the Magi, his baptism, miracles, and his calling of the disciples. Epiphany is a time of “aha” moments – a time of revelation. The music ministry invites you to jump right in to this exciting season. Epiphany is a time of growth, and we are growing indeed! We celebrate some new choir members, as well as, new challenges. Even though we are already preparing for Easter, the unique nature of this season can’t be overlooked. This season gives us the opportunity to relax for a bit after Christmas, but not to turn off our hearts and minds. Music has the special ability to transmit a message without coloring it too specifically. This quality enables a person to hear a “happy” or “sad” piece while still having room to attribute a personal meaning to it. Perhaps this is one way in which the Holy Spirit works through art and music to help us heal, rejoice, or discern a path in our lives. Rather than disconnecting ourselves from this power during the “aha” season, I hope many of us will listen with renewed vigor to what God may be saying through our services and concerts. Music has the power to create a mood that

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is personal to each listener and yet universal in certain ways. Let’s explore the above concept a bit more. The American composer, Charles Ives (18741954), was an interesting person. Even though much of his music has become an accepted part of the repertoire nowadays, Ives was groundbreaking for his time. As a child, he would sit in a church tower of his hometown, Danbury, Connecticut, and listen as marching bands on different streets play different tunes in different keys. This, of course, would have created a very discordant and jarring effect for most people. However, Ives grew to appreciate sounds that were different from the usual. He once famously remarked that the ear is like a muscle; it will gain strength and breadth with increased attentive listening. This is very interesting when applied to sacred music. What is an underlying personal message or “take away” in the music on a given day? If we use our ears deliberately, we may be surprised at what we hear! The Epiphany season calls us to attentiveness and new life, to vibrancy and curiosity. What will be your “aha” moment this year? I would suggest finding out by coming to Christ Church and attending one of our Sunday services, concerts, Wednesday Eucharist, or a social event. You may be surprised by what God says when we actively, deliberately, and deeply listen. Finally, we will come into the season of Lent in sobering fashion on Ash Wednesday. I would strongly encourage everyone to attend one of our services on that

day—noon and 5:30 p.m. Just as Jesus left the Jordan river to fast and pray after hearing the voice of God, “This is my beloved Son,” we also should take some time to reflect on what we have heard. After listening for the new and unexpected during Epiphany, we reflect during Lent. Marked by ashes on Ash Wednesday, a sign of our mortality, we begin a long journey toward Easter, the Resurrection, when we celebrate being “marked as Christ’s own for ever” in by Holy Baptism. We journey from ashes toward the living water of life everlasting. During our journey, we encounter different events and characters along the way that invite us to test ourselves and ponder our call more deeply. In the wilderness, Christ was tempted and tested as he was shown the ways in which he could use the immense power given to him as God’s Son. We also possess great power in the knowledge of our calling as God’s own people. Our worship will change during Lent. Our liturgical surroundings of word and music will perhaps appear more stark, more like a wilderness. This is designed to help us focus on our heritage, our journey, and our hope. We will use Rite One for our celebration of the Holy Eucharist, and its older language at once connects us with our past even as it draws us deeper into what our corporate worship gives us. The organ will be quieter, but only that we might better hear the sound of God’s people singing around us and that we might meditate more deeply on the hymn texts. We will offer an extensive Lenten concert series on Wednesdays at noon. This series invites us to continue our pursuit of

God’s voice in art that we might better understand our epiphanies. While not every piece on our series is religious or even Lenten-themed, there is something there to sustain us on our way through the wilderness. Join us on our pilgrimage. This Cathedral Church is a gateway to a world where time and place fade away into the eternal life of God played out in the story of salvation.

Blessings and Peace, Christopher W. Powell Organist and Choir Master

E PIPHANY C ONCERT ď ś Sunday, January 25 at 4:00 p.m.

CATHEDRAL POPS: SACRED FAVORITES If you enjoy all time sacred favorites, this concert is for you, featuring music that has stood the test of time and endures from year to year as favorites in churches far and wide. The musicians of the Cathedral will be featured in this informal and fun variety concert.



Music is a vital ministry of Christ Church Cathedral and is made possible by the generous pledges of members and friends of the Cathedral to its annual operating budget. Additional funding through Friends of Cathedral Music allows us to sustain a broader artistic and spiritual outreach to the greater Mobile community. We are thankful for these gifts that go above and beyond other support given to Christ Church.

D ONORS Mr. and Mrs. Preston Bolt Alton R. Brown III Mary and Johnny Cook Carl Cunningham, Jr. Joel Thomas Daves IV John and Jamie Davidson Robert and Joy Dean Bill and Perrin Drew Dr. and Mrs. B. H. Eichold, II Tom and Susan Garth The Very Rev. Beverly F. Gibson James M. Gibson Mrs. Harold S. Grehan, Jr. Paul and Shelia Harriman Tim and Yvonne Holladay Chris and Noreen Hume Marolyn Y. Kruse

Leslie and Edward Ladd Lucy R. Lyons Mr. and Mrs. John S. McClelland, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. R. C. McClure, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Richard Mitchell Martha Middleton Gene and Donna Moree Craig S. and Janet Rich Pittman Mr. and Mrs. J. Schley Rutherford Barney Shrader Ron Snider Brenda Stanton Nance Stephens Thomas B. Van Antwerp Dr. and Mrs. Horace C. Watkins The Rev. and Mrs. A. Ellis Wilkins Lucy Rouse Wright

I N H ONOR OF Christ Church Cathedral Choir and Past Choir Members Toni G. Brown Sophie Harriman


Ester Allen Brown H. V. and Irma Carlman Juanita Brannon Carter Julie and Aaron Goodwin Christopher G. Hume, Sr. Susan Pharr Hume William Allen Kruse David K. Kruse J. Clarendon McClure Mr. and Mrs. Haerel D. Minshew Thomas Jerome Minshew William Alexander Lewis Mitchell Elmer E. Moree, Sr.

Rebecca Rose Moree Gladys Moss Troy Middleton, Jr. Frank Parker Lee and E. B. Peebles, Jr. Sam Power Jeannie Bowen Price Alfred Ramsey, Jr. Dorothy Wood Ramsey Lucy Horst Rouse Victor P. Stanton Samuel R. Stephenson

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A s h We d n e s d ay a n d L e n t e n C o n c e r t S e r i e s Wednesday, February 18 at Noon and 5:30 p.m.

ASH WEDNESDAY EUCHARIST Join us for two beautiful Ash Wednesday services featuring a soloist at Noon and the Cathedral Choir at 5:00 p.m. The Right Reverend Philip M. Duncan II will preside at noon. The Very Reverend Beverly F. Gibson will preach and preside at 5:30 p.m..

LENTEN MUSIC AT NOON Lenten noon-day concerts are 30 minutes, followed by a luncheon in the Chapter House. 11:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II, in the Chapel 12:00 p.m. Meditation and Music in the Church 12:30 p.m. Luncheon in Chapter House ($8 donation suggested)

Wednesday, February 25 Dr. Lynne A. Lauderdale and Charles W. York This concert features performances by Dr. Lynne A. Lauderdale, professor of organ at the University of West Florida (UWF) and her son, Charles W. York, a baritone vocalist in the studio of Professor Howard Reddy of UWF.

Wednesday, March 4

The Archduke Trio We are pleased to welcome again Mobile’s own chamber ensemble, The Archduke Trio, featuring masterful artists from the Mobile Symphony Orchestra, Enen Yu, violinist, Guo-Sheng Huang, violoncellist, and Bob Holm, pianist.

Wednesday, March 11

Douglas Abbruzzese and Kendall Register From the studio of Professor Howard Reddy of the University of West Florida, this tenor and baritone duo will offer a beautiful noonday program featuring a wide variety of music. The Archduke Trio, April 2014

Wednesday, March 18

Bella Voce Women’s Chorus Again this season, we welcome Bella Voce, the ever-popular “premier” women’s chorus of Mobile. Engaging and innovative, this group of ladies is sure to delight and inspire.

Wednesday, March 25

Brian R. Brown, violinist and violist Principal violist of the Pensacola and Niceville Symphony Orchestras, Music Director of the Northwest Florida Youth Orchestra, and Director of Music Ministry at St. Paul Catholic Church in Pensacola, Florida, Brian R. Brown will present a program of incredible beauty.

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Adult Christian Formation in Lent A Journey with Matthew   

Facilitated by Banks Ladd and George Inge Meets in the Library during Christian Education time following Sunday Worship. Copies of text available in Christ Church Cathedral office and online at

T h e B i bl e C h a l l e n g e : R e a d t h e B i bl e i n a Ye a r by Marek P. Zabriskie

L e nt e n D evo t i o n a l M at e r i a l s A Wondrous Love, Daily Lenten Meditations and Prayers, written by Henri J. M. Nouwen and C. S. Lewis, is included in this issue of The Messenger. The children’s activities include Look A round Jerusalem devotions and stickers and The Journey through Lent calendar, to be used as a guide to a daily family reflection. Both are available on the sideboard in the Chapter House.

Daily Self-Examination Guide for Lent We have not loved you with our whole heart, and mind, and strength. We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We have not forgiven others, as we have been forgiven. We have been deaf to your call to serve, as Christ served us. We have not been true to the mind of Christ. We have grieved your Holy Spirit. We confess to you, Lord, all our past unfaithfulness: the pride, hypocrisy, and impatience of our lives, Our self-indulgent appetites and ways, and our exploitation of other people, Our anger at our own frustration, and our envy of those more fortunate than ourselves, Our intemperate love of worldly goods and comforts, and our dishonesty in daily life and work, Our negligence in prayer and worship, and our failure to commend the faith that is in us, Accept our repentance, Lord, for the wrongs we have done: for our blindness to human need and suffering, and our indifference to injustice and cruelty, For all false judgments, for uncharitable thoughts toward our neighbors, and for our prejudice and contempt toward those who differ from us, For our waste and pollution of your creation, and our lack of concern for those who come after us. ~taken from the “Litany of Penitence” BCP 267

The Center for Biblical Studies (CBS) has designed a one year reading schedule to help those who commit as individuals or as members of a church to read successfully through the entire Bible in a year’s time. Devotional materials are available free of charge on the CBS website: An accompanying devotional to the above reading schedule, The Bible Challenge: Read the Bible in a Year, by Episcopal priest, The Rev. Marek P. Zabriskie, is available in the Cathedral office for $15.

If you are interest in participating as a part of a group here at Christ Church Cathedral, please contact Dean Gibson. “In The Bible Challenge, we encourage participants to go directly to the source of the Christian faith and see how the Bible coheres. Reading the Bible on a daily basis will inspire many people to start new ministries, and to make important decisions and significant changes in their lives. It will give them strength and comfort as they face major life challenges and allow them to feel truly alive in Christ.” ~Marek P. Zabriskie

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S e a r c h f o r t h e 4 th B i s h o p o f o u r D i o c e s e BISHOP NOMINEES THE REV. JAMES RUSSELL KENDRICK


Rector, St. Stephens Episcopal Church Birmingham, Alabama The Reverend Russell Kendrick is the Rector of St. Stephens, Birmingham, Alabama, a position he has held since 2007. In 1984 he earned Bachelors of Arts in Architecture and Marketing from Auburn University, and in 1995 a Master of Divinity from Virginia Theological Seminary. Russell is married to Robin; they have two children.

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OR Click here to view the recorded livestream from each walkabout

Dean, Cathedral Parish of St. Andrew Jackson, Mississippi The Very Reverend Edward O’Connor has been the Dean of Cathedral Parish of St Andrew, Jackson, Mississippi since March 2007. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from University of Mississippi, a Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from University of Southern Mississippi in 1993, and a Master of Divinity from University of the South earned in 2001. Edward is married to Deidra; they have three children. THE REV. CANON DR. E. DANIEL SMITH

Canon to the Ordinary, Diocese of Missouri St. Louis, Missouri The Reverend Canon Smith is currently the Canon to the Ordinary for the Diocese of Missouri, a position he has held since 2003. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida in 1978, a Master of Divinity from Nashotah House of Theological Seminary in 1981, and a Doctor of Ministry in Congregational Development from Seabury-Western Theological Seminary in 2001. Dan is married to Evelyn; they have two children. THE REV. DR. WILLIAM C. TREADWELL III

Rector, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Waco, Texas The Reverend William C. Treadwell has been the Rector of St. Paul’s in Waco, Texas since 2004. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the Georgetown College in 1982, his Master of Divinity from the School of Theology, University of the South in 1989 and his Doctor of Ministry from School of Theology, University of the South in 2014. Chuck is married to Christine; they have three children.

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THE 44TH ANNUAL CONVENTION OF THE DIOCESE OF THE CENTRAL GULF COAST The 44th Annual Convention of the Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast will be hosted by Trinity Episcopal, Mobile, from Thursday, February 19 through Saturday, February 21. The Cathedr al 2015 Convention Delegates are Harwell Coale, Carolyn Eichold, Bob Israel, and Rick Mitchell.

The 4th Bishop of the Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast will be elected on Saturday, February 21.

D i a c o n at e O r d i n at i o n

Ordination to the Diaconate for Six Seminarians from the Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast was held at Christ Church Cathedral, Mobile on Saturday, November 22.

Clergy, family and friends of the ordinands gathered together for the service. The ordinands were Linda Suzanne Cecelia Borgen, Ashley Burton Freeman, David Keith Green, Christine Danielle Hord, Jeffrey Charles Hual, Eric Nathan Mancil. The sponsoring parishes were: St. Simon’s on the Sound, Fort Walton Beach, Florida; Holy Spirit, Gulf Shores, Alabama; Christ Church Parish, Pensacola, Florida; The Episcopal Church of the Nativity, Dothan, Alabama. The new deacons will complete their degrees this spring.

Bishop Duncan was the Celebrant. He was assisted by The Very Reverend Beverly Findley Gibson, Ph.D., Dean of Christ Church Cathedral and The Reverend Daniel Andrew Wagner the Deacon at the Cathedral. The Preacher was The Right Reverend James Louis Jelinek, Eighth Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Minnesota, retired.

Many thanks to all of the Cathedral volunteers who made it such a beautiful day. We especially want to thank: ECW Chair, Julie McClelland and her team for the breakfast food and for a lovely reception; our usher team, chaired by Robby McClure; Edward Ladd for the beautiful Thanksgiving altar; and the choir under the direction of Christopher Powell.

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CHRISTIAN FORMATION JANUARY/FEBRUARY CALENDAR Sunday, January 25  Group Meeting: Outreach—All classes will gather in the church to discuss a spring outreach project for our youth.  Adults: Parish Meeting Sunday, February 1  Curriculum for all classes Sunday, February 8  Curriculum for all classes  Confirmation Class, Session 5, Seek and Serve meets in the Cathedral Office Sunday, February 15  No classes—Joe Cain Day Sunday, February 22  Curriculum for all classes

EPISCOPAL CHURCH Q AND A’S What do Episcopalians believe? Episcopalians believe in a Trinitarian God (the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit) who created us, redeems us, and never lets us go. This means that God is the source of all life, that through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, our sins are forgiven and our lives are brought into closer union with God. It also means that God’s love is present in the world and with us always. We believe in the church as the body of Christ, one that is, catholic (or universal), and apostolic, continuing the teachings of Jesus through the Apostles’ Creed, found in the Book of Common Prayer and often recited in our liturgy, outline our beliefs. More specific explanations of the beliefs of Episcopalians can be found in the catechism (or outline of faith) that is also in the Book of Common Prayer. ~The Rev. Catherine Anne Caimano

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Nursery Blessing During the fall we have been in transition on the campus. The choir has practiced temporarily in the Huger Meeting Room while the old choir room and organist/choir master’s office was updated to house the nursery. The work culminated with a blessing on Sunday, December 21. The procession from the Sunday service lead us to the nursery for a blessing. Sunday hospitality was held in the new nursery, and everyone helped move toys from the old nursery to the new. The old basement nursery will become the High School Sunday School and EYC room.

T h e E p i s c o p a l Yo u t h C o m m u n i t y ( E YC ) Are you ready for some paintball? The Youth will play paintball at XTREME PAINTBALL on Sunday, January 25. Because we are a church group, the cost per person is $28.97, but we need at least 8 people to sign up. The cost covers rental equipment, goggles, CO2, and 500 rounds. The Youth will leave right after Christian Formation and should bring some money for a snack. For more information, including completing a waiver, please contact Canon Wagner and check out Xtreme’s website, http:// There will be a MARDI GRAS PARTY for the Cathedral Youth on Sunday, February 8 at 5:30 p.m. (Neptune’s Daughter Parade). Join us for fun, food, fellowship, and the parade. Youth from St. Paul’s—Daphne and Trinity will be invited as well. We will need chaperone and cooking assistance, so please contact Canon Wagner if you would like to help! YOUTH MYSTERY VISITS On December 7, our EYC met and visited several Cathedral parishioners who have been unable to make it to church. Our youth met Alice Carwie and Billie and Peter van der Giessen. Our parishioners were given Advent wreathes made by our Sunday School children. The youth listened as our parishioners told them much about their lives including: serving in World War II, raising children, and singing professionally in New York City. In turn, our youth told their stories. Deacon Wagner ended both visits in prayer and the group finished out the day by enjoying fellowship and food at Los Rancheros.

Our youth visiting with Alice Carwie (left photo) and with Billie and Peter van der Giessen (right photo).

C hr i s t m a s Pa g e a n t 2 0 1 4 The Annual Christmas Pageant was held during the service on the fourth Sunday of Advent, December 21. We had an array for shepherds and angels who joined the Holy Family played this year by Livy Ferguson as Mary, Lawson Hamil as Joseph, and Kit Sledge as baby Jesus.

Dean Gibson spoke with the children. One memorable comment: “donkey.”

Fun Club Banks Ladd and Sarah Bolt took the FUN Club—Virginia Ladd, Julianna Ramo, Elinor Gibson, Trinity Gaillard, Kimberly Gaillard, Carson Russell, William Russell, Laney Allen—bowling at Eastern Shore Lanes on January 18.

The FUN Club will have a FLORAL PARADE PARTY on Monday, February 17, from 10:30 a.m. until. Join us as we cheer Queen Rose and King Angus! We need parental support/chaperones. Please contact Banks Ladd, if you can help.

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FIT (Family Intervention Team) Christmas Outreach We had another great year! Thank you to everyone who shopped and made donations. Thank you to the members of Morning Circle, who again made FIT their Christmas Outreach Project. Donations totaled $2504! We gave gifts and $100 Tanger Outlet gift cards to 20 children.

MORNING CIRCLE Monday, February 9 10:30 a.m. at the home of Marolyn Kruse 1051 Cross Gate Place Leader: Sara Phillips

Rachelle Reis and FIT Specialist, Iris Smith loading up the Angel Tree gifts.

For information or directions, call Carolyn Stephenson at 342-5637.

2015 FIT Angel Tree recipients

E R D S u n d ay — F e b r u a r y 2 2 The year 2015 marks the 75th anniversary of Episcopal Relief & Development’s shared ministry with Episcopalians and friends as the healing hands of Christ in the world. The first Sunday in Lent, February 22, is the day officially designated to encourage all Episcopalians to remember and support Episcopal Relief & Development’s (ERD) life-saving mission. ERD materials are available on the Ministry Table. Episcopal Relief & Development’s international programs address the root causes of poverty by improving access to supplies, training and financing for small farms and businesses. For additional information, visit

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 YOUNG ADULTS SUPPER CLUB Thursday, January 29 7:00 p.m. at the home of Adrienne and Lewis Golden 22 South Monterey Street B.Y.O.B. and a small appetizer. RSVP to Adrienne at or 581-3733.

C hi l d r e n ’s P r o g r a m C o o r d i n at o r Corinne Betbeze will be joining us in January to coordinate our younger children’s programs. She will work with nursery staff, Sunday School teachers, and Children’s Chapel leaders to ensure that all needs are met, safe practices are in place and loving care abounds for children from nursery age through the second grade. Corinne was a pre-school and kindergarten teacher at St. Luke’s Episcopal School here in Mobile for 20 years. Her daughter Morgan is a graduate of St. Luke’s and is now a sophomore at the University of South Alabama. Her son J. P. will graduate from McGill-Toolen this spring and will attend Auburn University. Please introduce yourself to her as we welcome her into the Cathedral family.

Yo u t h A c t iv i t i e s C o o r d i n at o r Sarah Bolt will be serving as coordinator for our older children’s activities beginning in January. She will work with Canon Wagner and other Sunday School and group leaders to plan and supervise opportunities for Christian formation, fun, and fellowship. A recent graduate of Millsaps College, Sarah grew up participating in Episcopal youth activities here in Mobile and in our diocese. She has also been a Kanuga counselor for many years. A member of the Cathedral family, Sarah is the daughter of Sage and Preston Bolt. Please let her know how much we appreciate her work with our youth.

D i o c e s a n N ew s 2015 SUMMER CAMP—CAMP BECKWITH It may seem a long way off, but we know many of you are already planning for next summer! You can find dates for the scheduled camp sessions which include a few new things such as Sailing Camp, Junior Counselor Camp and Family Camp! Camper fees will be published on the website: and there will be an email notification once registration opens. For any questions about camp programs, please contact James Lawrence, Diocesan Youth Coordinator and Summer Camp Director at or 616-2162. MEN’S CONFERENCE AND RETREAT March 6, 7, & 8 Beckwith Camp & Conference Center Theme: Fully Human & Fully Alive: An Exploration of Prayer and Life in Christ presented by the twenty–fifth Presiding Bishop, The Most Reverend Frank Griswold. A registration brochure is available on the Chapel hallway bulletin board. MILEAGE REIMBURSEMENT RATES The Internal Revenue Service has issued the IRS Standard Mileage Rate for business travel for 2015. Effective January 1, 2015, the standard mileage rate will be 57.5 cents for business use of an automobile, 23 cents per mile for medical or moving purposes, and 14 cents per mile for charitable purposes (note the charitable rate is set by law and remains unchanged).

 CATHEDRAL OFFICE CLOSED The Cathedral Office will be closed on Monday, February 16 and Tuesday, February 17. It will reopen under normal business hours of 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on Ash Wednesday, February 18.

 WEDNESDAY HOLY EUCHARIST Ash Wednesday, February 18 Noon & 5:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary February 25, March 4, 11, 18, 25 11:30 a.m. in the Chapel followed by Lenten music/lunch. Page 13

Co r r e s p o n d e n c e Dear Christ Church Cathedral volunteers, staff and clergy, Thank you for the generous ordination gift and for the grace filled hospitality you all extended to me and my family. The food was delicious and your spirit uplifting and joyous. Thank you for all of your hard work to make it truly a blessed day. God’s Peace, Christie Hord Dear Dean Gibson, I want to thank you for everything that you and your staff at the Cathedral did to prepare for the ordination service in November. Truly, it was a wonderful occasion, one that I will remember for years to come. Also, please thank the Cathedral Chapter on my behalf for the beautiful red stole that I received. Peace and joy during this Advent season and Merry Christmas. Sincerely, Eric Mancil Dear Friends Thank you for the casserole and sides you delivered after Mark’s mother died. This expression of comfort and care from Christ Church meant much to use. We appreciated your contribution to this ministry. Sincerely, Barry (Weeks)

JANUARY BIRTHDAYS January 1 January 2 January 4 January 5 January 6 January 8

January 9 January 10 January 12 January 14 January 16 January 17 January 19 January 20 January 21

January 22 January 23


January 24 January 25 January 26 January 27

January 28

Ultreya was held on Saturday, December 13 at Christ Church Cathedral.

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January 29 January 30 January 31

McGowin Griffith Thompson Sledge Margaret Lyons Catherine Sanders Ellis Wilkins Daly Baumhauer Lyn Bennett David Brister Danz Heggeman Kenny McElhaney Kellye Blankenship Barton Elliott Kathy Duncan Anna Frances Weeks Beth Adkins True Nicholson Emily Booth Mabel Kinard Bob Israel Mac McCafferty Mike Bjorklund Bonnie McDonald Charlie Merchant Martha Ann Stafford Nancy Newman Fred Rendfrey Annabelle Ramo Mac McGovern Don Brutkiewicz Lynn Yankie Elizabeth Harris Pat Patrick Kaylin Puryear Sarah Bolt Lucy Pryor Brady Tony Brown Tres Eichold Lanier Alves Julia Blankenship Burnley Davis Bill Hall Sam Jeffers

Ca t he d r a l P r aye r L i s t O God, the strength of the weak and the comfort of sufferers: Mercifully accept our prayers, and grant to your servants the help of your power, that their sickness may be turned into health, and our sorrow into joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Godfroy, Marian Hall, Homer Kemp, Jane Behlen, Katie Sippel, Dan Jones, Florence Tucker, Betty Larison, Kathy Brink Brinkley, John Wade Thurber, Brook Palefsky, Mike Barnett, Frankie Nick Nichols, Butch Trawick, Billie van Garner, Eleanor Taylor, Bill Hamilton, der Giessen, Peter van der Giessen, Patti Carrier Yankie, Carolyn Graham Biel, Alice Carwie, Raymond Fields, Sara Phillips, Pastoral Leader, Mary’s, Lisa Williams, Fairley Morton Coden


We Pray for: Members:

Friends & Family: Leland Moore, Sr., Deborah Beverley, Peggy Naughton, Gary Davis, Harrison Leff, Michael Cameron, Nancy & Don Cameron, Rob & Amy Archer Ellis, Dottie McCord, Joyce Lee, Davis Nelson, Michael Sumrall, Gwen Cook, Alfred Showers, Michael Daves, Michael Sumrall, Jim Elia, Anne Brown, Mark Brown, Harriett Lillich, Bonnie Orillion, Dave Carlyn Block, Rachel McClanahan, Tom Cunningham, Francis Grace Hirs, Norma Beazley, Curtis Bullock, Valerie Boatman, Ann Jones, Hank Wozniek, Lisa Thompson, Stella Phillips, James Thomas, Ted Fraiche, Mark Miles, Susan Guilian, Tot Swanson, Art Swanson, Hayden Jenkins, Maggie Jenkins, Betty Ruth Patek, Carolyn Pryor, Merle Findley, Louise Douglas, Shirley & Dunlap Peeples, Steve Harris, Johnny McLeod, Marian Macpherson Currie, Jim & Dianne McCall, Mary Lou Peake, Bill Goodloe, Kit & Roger Geil and the Geil family, Angel & Larry Torres, Kathy Boucvalt, Bill Stevens, Mancil Lee, Ginger Simpson, Karen Sentilles, Melody Williams, Lila Fisk, Kendall Stanton, Tracey Johnson, Joe Lowrey, Temple Webber, Celeste Hall, Joel Hopper, Betty Browder, David Lannie, Allan Tucker, Wyatt Ison, Curt Kennington, Kathy Sanders, Davis Sarrett, Willie Stanton, Clarise Waters, Glenn Hill, Leslie Ellis Sharbel, Cora Lemmon, Dewey Hardeman, Humphrey

Those Serving Military:



Darrien Gibson, Kelley Hood, Evan Sizemore, The Rev. Bowen Woodruff, Daniel White-Spunner Reed, Jonathan Duralde, Ron Lansong, Sam Garcia, Chris Marslender, Jerry Olin, Abby Hutchins, Tyler Gamble, Jean-Michael Lemieux, Michael Nassar, Josh Power, Ryan Anthony Thomas, Randy Johnson, Susan Reniewicz, Brian Caselton, Brian Hudson, Keith Moss, Ryan Walker, Tyler Oubre, Brian Pennell, John Snyder, Louis Coggin, Jason Norris, Conner Thigpen, Zack Miller, Parker Hollinghead, Todd & Jordana Mouthaan

Birth: Carter Harrison Drane, Jr., son of Megan and Carter Drane; Harris Stevens Rendfrey, son of Leigh and Fred Rendfrey; Emily Ann Seawell, daughter of Kristyn and Henry Seawell

Souls Departed: Resa Chappelle; Sandy Fortner, daughter of Patti Biel; William Carroll Neel, father of Yvonne Holladay; Herndon Inge, Jr., father of George Inge; Sallie Jackson; The Rev. Mark Wilson; Beverly Schubert

February 2

February 3 February 4

February 5 February 6 February 7 February 8 February 9 February 10 February 11 February 13 February 14 February 15 February 16 February 17 February 18

February 19 February 20 February 21 February 22 February 23 February 24 February 25 February 27 February 28

Patsy Seymour Alex Hoffmeyer Page Hoffmeyer Tommy Taylor Jamie Cooper T. K. Jackson Anna McClure Jason McKenzie Gracie Armbrecht Darden Cooper Joel Daves Keller Reeves Bill Stafford Jane Adams Winnie Nichols Henry Seawell John Connor Peebles Louise McClelland Sadie Leland Cart Blackwell Josh Hopper Kimberlie Gaillard Trinity Gaillard Abbie Carwie Kate Watkins Bill Rodgers Lucy Wright John Wade Thurber Emory Van Antwerp Joy Dean Nance Stephens Hamp Eichold William Russell Christopher Powell Chris Alves Ryan Patton Marianne Hall Kitty Davies Grant Zarzour John McClelland III Greg Phillips

Please contact the Cathedral Office to let us know if you would like to remove or keep the names of Friends and Family you have submitted on the prayer list. We will update this list regularly.

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CHRIST CHURCH CATHEDRAL 115 South Conception Street Mobile, Alabama 36602



CHRIST CHURCH CATHEDRAL Corner of St. Emanuel and Church Streets 115 South Conception Street, Mobile, Alabama 36602 Established 1822 The Right Reverend Philip M. Duncan, II, Bishop The Very Reverend Beverly F. Gibson, Ph.D., Dean The Reverend Canon Daniel A. Wagner, Canon Pastor Carolyn S. Jeffers, Provost Christopher W. Powell, Organist and Choir Master Brenda J. Stanton, Financial Secretary Marla J. Reis, Cathedral Secretary Polly M. Garner, Assistant to the Provost Deidre and Joe Williamson, Nursery Judy J. Jones, Housekeeping ✠Office Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday Phone 251.438.1822 Fax: 251.433.3403

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The Cathedral Mission Statement The Cathedral is the spiritual center of the Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast. The Cathedral is a dynamic and evolving church that serves as a liturgical, educational, and pastoral center for Diocesan life. It serves as a visible symbol of unity and promotes growth, hope, and a deepening trust in the Lord. The Cathedral is a place where the Gospel of Jesus Christ will be faithfully preached and responded to, and it will model new concepts and ideas for education, evangelism, and outreach to which the Gospel calls us.

THE MESSENGER Jan - Feb 2015  

THE MESSENGER is the monthly newsletter of Christ Church Cathedral, the cathedral of The Episcopal Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast. Chris...

THE MESSENGER Jan - Feb 2015  

THE MESSENGER is the monthly newsletter of Christ Church Cathedral, the cathedral of The Episcopal Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast. Chris...