The Rev. Bill Combs spent his early life growing up in eastern and central Kentucky. He attended Emory University for his undergraduate education, where he met Jennifer Waddell. He graduated from Emory in 1983, and married his college love, Jennifer, two years later. After college, Bill attended Harvard’s medical and dental schools, graduating in 1988. From there, he and Jennifer moved to Dallas, Texas, where Bill was trained as an oral and maxillofacial surgeon at Parkland hospital. He and Jennifer always wanted to return to Georgia when the training was completed, and they did so in 1992. He practiced surgery in Duluth and Cumming with a wonderful group of people and a very talented senior surgeon until 2000.
In the late 1990’s, Bill began to experience what he can only describe as “a call from God into something very different.” He went through the two-year discernment process offered by the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta for those who are thus afflicted, the outcome of which was a recommendation to ordained ministry. In the fall of 2000, he enrolled at Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria. He graduated from there in 2003, becoming an associate rector at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Columbus, Georgia. There, he worked primarily with the Children and Youth programs. In 2007, Bill was called to be the rector of St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church in Oakwood, Georgia. He served there for eight wonderful years. In January of 2016, Bill began his life as the rector of Redeemer, which he has enjoyed tremendously.
Bill’s time away from the church is spent largely with his family. Bill and Jennifer have two children: Emily, 20, who attends the Tisch School at New York University, and Sam, 17, who is a senior at Johnson High School. They have two Labradors: Hoodie, who is still a very energetic 15 year-old, and Mac, who is 3.
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The word acolyte means “follower” or “attendant.” Acolytes are worship leaders, and even though they usually don’t have speaking assignments during the liturgy, theirs is a ministry of proclamation and celebration.
At Redeemer, both youths and adults participate as acolytes. All volunteers wishing to participate in this ministry are welcome. Acolytes assist the priest in carrying out the sacraments of the Church. They perform various roles within the service and process certain liturgical items such as crosses and the Gospel book. Acolytes are also servers, assisting the priest in setting the table for Holy Communion and helping at the offertory.
Training is required and is provided prior to serving. There is also a training document to assist new volunteers. Various commitment levels are welcomed.
An acolyte schedule is prepared by the head acolyte each quarter.
The Altar Guild is the organization of parishioners who care for and prepare the sanctuary for the services of the Church. There are currently fifteen members of the Altar Guild, and new volunteers are always welcome. The Altar Guild performs its duties under the direction of the priest. There is an Altar Guild training manual, and training is provided for new volunteers.
The Altar Guild is responsible for the sanctuary altar. This involves care of the communion silver and other vessels as well as the altar linens and those used in the communion service. The sacristy where these items and supplies are stored and maintained is also where preparations are made for each service. The Guild manages the supplies used for worship, including the wine, wafers, and candles.
The members of the Altar Guild are organized into four teams of three or four persons. Each team serves for one week each month of the year, and each team also has one month during the year in which that team serves for two weeks. The service period begins on the Sunday of that team’s assigned week and continues through the Saturday of that week. An annual schedule for the Altar Guild is prepared by the head of Altar Guild.
The ministry of the lay reader is an important part of our Sunday liturgies. Lay readers read the scripture lessons, lead the Prayers of the People, and assist at communion as chalice bearers. No experience is necessary to become a lay reader – just a desire to serve at the altar and to be able to read aloud in church.
Greet parishioners and hand out bulletins prior to the service. Record attendance for priest. Present the offering, Collect the bulletins after the service, and take to the recycle bin.
Help with social events involving The Parish: coffee hours, funeral receptions, and meals during an illness or injury. Meal Train
Sends notes and cards when folks are sick or injured, or celebrating a birthday/anniversary, or just need a pick-me-up.
Beautiful altar flowers are a part of the services of Redeemer thanks to the effort of the Altar Flower Guild. It only takes 3 EASY STEPS to participate in this program.
Step 1: Sign up for the date on which you would like to place flowers in the church. The sign-up sheet is located on the poster on the wall in the Activities Center.
Step 2: You may do your own arrangement with flowers from your garden, do natural arrangements with greens from your bushes or trees, or you are welcome to use any florist. You may make one call to Joel McRay, a member of Redeemer and the owner of Greensboro Florist & Gift Shop. Click on Phone number to call. (706-453-7534), and everything will be taken care of for you.
Step 3: Contact the church office and give the information you would like printed in the bulletins for that Sunday. Some examples of verbiage which may be used are: “in honor of”, “in celebration of”, “in thanksgiving for”, “in memory of”.
After the flowers have graced the altar of Redeemer, you are welcome to do with them as you wish. Many find their way to people in assisted living facilities, at the homes of those who are ill, or to anyone who needs their spirits lifted with the beauty of the flowers and a surprise visit.
Foyers…. Parishioners gather in groups for dinner or social activity on a quarterly basis.
Episcopal Church Women (ECW)…. Open to all women in our Parish. Meetings are held quarterly in the homes of our members. A great opportunity to meet socially to get to know each other and support our Outreach missions when needed.
Redeemer Men’s Group (RMG)…. Open to all men in our Parish. Spread your “outreach wings” and have fun while doing so. Meetings are quarterly. Join Meals on Wheels, weekly volunteers delivering food to shut-ins and help serve Spaghetti Supper to Boys and Girls Club two to three times a year.