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April 24 , 2019


Rector's Ramblings

Below is an updated Rambling I wrote way back in 2013, as I reflected on a suicide bombing in Pakistan. I was not up to speed on the details of this weekend's attack Sunday morning with the hectic schedule at Christ Church for Easter Sunday. The Easter attacks in Sri Lanka were equally as shocking and disturbing as I began to learn about them. I hope that you will join me in praying for the victims and their families, for those whose hearts are filled with hatred, and for all those who are persecuted and martyred for their faith. Even in the face of horror and death (and perhaps because of) we raise our Easter Alleluias!  Along with our resurrection faith, we pray for peace and God's mercy. Tom+

"Are you willing to be drug out into the forest and shot for your faith in Jesus Christ?" Get your attention? Yeah, it got mine too. This was a question asked of the congregation assembled in our chapel one day when I was in seminary at Sewanee. We had occasional "scholars in residence" who would attend classes and participate liturgically in the life of the community. We bright-eyed, eager seminarians were not used to thinking about such things, so yes, the question got our attention. You could see people who tend to tune out during sermons (yes, clergy do it too) sit up straight in their seats to find out what in the world was going on.  READ MORE HERE



Alleluia! Christ is Risen! Alleluia! Worship began on Holy Saturday, as the fire was lit at sunset for the Easter Vigil at St. Ignatius. On Easter Sunday, the morning dawned with a beautiful sunrise, ushering in a glorious, cool day for celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Worshippers gathered in the churches and even at home, via live stream, to hear the Good News that Jesus is alive! Many thanks to all who worked so hard this year to make the Easter celebration so joyous, for so many. You may see many more photos from Easter here.
Holy Humor
Join us for Holy Humor this weekend and rejoice in the Good News of the Easter season! Worship times are 5:30 pm at St. Ignatius Chapel on Saturday, and 8:00, 9:15 and 11:15 am at Christ Church, Frederica on Sunday. (There is only one 9:15 am service this week in the church.)


Adult Sunday Morning Class
The Adult Sunday Morning Class  will meet this Sunday, April 28, and will resume its study of James Moore's book, God Was Here, and I Was Out to Lunch, which explores how it is possible to miss God's opportunities of grace because we are sometimes too caught up with the "business" of our lives.   For more information, please contact Bob at 

Men's Study Group
The Men's Discussion Group meets on Wednesday mornings at 10:30 am. They are currently reading Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others. Author Barbara Brown Taylor recounts her moving discoveries of finding the sacred in unexpected places, while teaching the world's religions to undergraduates in rural Georgia, revealing how God delights in confounding our expectations. For more information, please contact Te Turner at .

 Children and Youth

Sunday School News
This coming Sunday, April 28, Sunday school for children and youth will take place at the regular time, 10:20 am, in the Parish House. On Sunday, May 12, we will conclude our classes for the season, with the traditional Ice Cream Sundae Celebration! Join us!

Graduate Recognition Sunday
On Sunday, May 5, we will be recognizing our graduating high school seniors at the 11:15 am service at Christ Church. If your child or grandchild will be a 2019 graduate, please contact Glenn Queener at  with the name of your graduate and information about where he or she went to high school, how he or she was involved in school and at church, and any post-graduation plans. We would also like a photo of your graduate, to share with the parish. Please send in your information to Glenn by Tuesday, April 30.
Vacation Bible School 2019
Vacation Bible School for children in PreK - Grade 5 will take place the week of June 10-14, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm each day. This year's theme is ROAR! Life is Wild - God is Good!  This epic African adventure engages the whole herd, as  kids explore God's goodness and celebrate  a ferocious faith that powers them through this wild life. Every day will be an adventure! On Friday, there will be a lunch celebration at Noon with the Bouncy House! To register click here. For more information, please contact Mtr. Katie at

Camp Kanuga - June 17 - 21, 2019

Camp Kanuga returns to Christ Church this summer. This full day camp provides some of the same educational and growth activities enjoyed at Camp Kanuga's parent site in Hendersonville, NC. Campers will participate in archery, morning jam and devotionals, nature hikes, team building activities, arts and crafts, and a variety of sports. Register online at
Dates: June 17 - June 21 Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday - Thursday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday Tiered pricing:  Level 1: $225  Level 2: $200  Level 3: $175 Ages: 5-11

Summer Day Camp for Middle School

This summer, our Middle School youth will have the opportunity to give back to the community with Serving Our Neighbors, a week-long camp, from  July 15-19. All youth going into 6th-8th grades in 2019 are welcome. This is an all day, week-long camp that focuses on outreach in our community. More details to come! Contact: Mtr. Katie at

Christ Church Families on Facebook
Families! Please join the Christ Church Families Facebook group to keep up with all the latest events and activities. Find us on Facebook here !



Backpack Buddies

The Backpack Buddies will be packing again  on May 1 and 15 (both Wednesdays) and all are invited to join the assembly line. To contribute financially or help in other ways contact Susan Shipman at

Recognizing Street Beat Graduates
Street Beat  is a Safe Harbor program that supports homeless teens in Glynn County. Christ Church ministers to these youth through our hunger outreach program.  We are now collecting cards and donations for gift cards for three Street Beat graduates, Jaylen Singleton, Jodarius Demery and Azavian Evans, who will soon graduate from high school. You may congratulate these young men by bringing signed graduation cards and contributions towards gift cards to the church office before May 20, for their graduation party on May 21.  Contact: Tony Kreimborg at


Celebrating Our 90+ Ladies of the Church
Christ Church is having a Party for Our Ladies! Please join us as we celebrate all who will reach their 90th (or greater) birthday this year, in the Christ Church Parish Hall, on Sunday, May 12, Mother's Day, between the 9:15 and 11:15 am services. Come join our celebration of our very special ladies. RSVP: Please call the church office to let us know you are coming, at 912-638-8683.



O(utrageously) M(ature) (G)roup Meets in May

The Outrageously Mature Group will meet on Friday, May 3, at 11:30 am, in the Parish Hall. ALL are welcome to come for lunch, games and good times! We'll also be planning our next excursion. If you'd like to order lunch for $10 from Honeybaked Ham, please call the office at 912-638-8683 or contact Mtr. Ashton at

Christ Church Comforters - May 10
The Christ Church Comforters gather to knit and crochet on the second Friday of each month at 10:30 am in the parish hall. Prayer shawls and watch caps are blessed and given to those experiencing challenges, as symbols of the church's love and concern for them. The next meeting is Friday, May 10, at 10:30 am. Contact: Gay Barron at or 770-366-5091.

Daughters of the King
The Daughters of the King  will meet next on Tuesday, May 14, at 5:30 pm, in the Parish Hall. We will gather for social time at 5:30 and will move on to discussing our service project at 5:45 pm. For more information, please contact Mtr. Ashton at

Bluegrass Eucharist and Church Picnic
Mark your calendar for the annual Christ Church picnic, which will take place on Sunday, May 19, at Honey Creek. We'll have a traditional Bluegrass Eucharist, featuring Marshgrass in the chapel,
followed by lunch on the grounds. This is a wonderful day of revival and renewal and all are encouraged to come! 
The cost of lunch has been generously underwritten by a parish family, but you must still register, so that we can have an accurate head count. Call the church at 912-638-8683 to register or click here. Once your name is on the list, you are eligible for a 20% discount on any Christ Church logo wear in the gift shop. Wear it to the picnic!
Contact: Glenn Queener at

Parish People

Celebrating Our Friends at Christ Church
The Easter bunny arrived a little early last week, when James Mills Turner was born on Monday, April 15, at 8:01 am. Mills is the son of James and Mary Kathryn Turner and the first grandson of Ed and Lynn Turner. The family has had plenty to rejoice in this Easter! Little Mills and his parents even enjoyed Easter worship with us on Sunday morning, as they watched the 9:15 am service on Facebook.
Welcome to the world, Mills!

Stay Informed

Wish to Share Some Information?
If you have information you wish to share with the parish in the News You Can Use or the weekly wrappers, please contact Glenn Queener at He will be overseeing church communications until May 12. After that date, you may resume sending your articles and information to Julie Hancock at Thank you very much!

Christ Church and Realm
We're happy to announce that the church has recently completed the transition to a new database, called Realm. Realm is more than a database. It's a comprehensive online ministry tool designed for real time connection. It helps Christ Church connect with you and you connect with us. It also allows you to manage your personal information, (and who is allowed to see it), control your giving,  and keep in touch with the groups that matter to you. On Monday, April 29, we will send out an invitation to connect with Realm. For more information, please contact Glenn Queener at

Christ Church Gift Shop - Now Open!

Our new Christ Church Gift Shop, (inside the Parish House, across from the reception area), is now open on Sundays, from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm. Come browse the assortment of unique items available, including hand-made prayer beads and our new history book. We'll also be adding new and seasonal items each week, so come by and check out the inventory. If you would like to make a purchase, cash, checks and credit cards are acceptable.
Our goal is to eventually have the shop open on a regular basis on weekdays, as well as Sundays, so we're looking for volunteers to serve as shopkeepers. Training will be provided. If you're interested in helping with the shop, please contact Ellen Kuehm at 912-996-3392 or at

Memorial Gifts
From time to time we are asked if there are things the Church can use that might be given as a memorial for a loved one or in thanksgiving for a blessing. Below is a list of opportunities for giving memorials and who you might contact about them. This is a sort of wish list; things that would be nice to have, but aren't in the budget. If you would like to make a memorial gift, please speak with the listed contact so that they know to expect the gift and can instruct you how the gift can be made. Partial gifts towards an item are possible as well.  

Current Memorial Opportunities:

Timpani Drum Set:  $4000 We would like a pair of timpani drums to bolster our music program and be available for regular use in our music program. Contact: Kathleen Turner at

Acolyte Robes: $1750 We are updating our acolyte ministry and their wardrobe. Each robe costs approximately $75 each. We need various sizes/lengths.  Contact: Mtr. Katie at

Sanctuary Chairs:  3 CHAIRS GIFTED - THANK YOU! We would like to add additional folding chairs in Christ Church in the choir area to replace the metal chairs.  Chairs are $200 each and are the same style used at the altar, dark wood with red pads. We hope to get 8, total. Contact: Kathleen Turner at

Giving Made Easy

You may use the CCF website to make pledges, donations and payments for some activities. Just select "Giving" at the top of the CCF homepage. This brings you to the pay portal. The process is fast and easy and allows you to pay by credit or debit card or by electronic bank transfer. You may change or add new payment methods at any time. Contact: Stan Kyker, CCF financial administrator at 912-638-8683.

Pastoral Care and Prayer List

Pastoral Care 

Your pastoral care team is here for you! If you have a pastoral concern, a blessing you'd like to share, want to arrange a hospital or home visit, and/or receive Holy Communion, please contact Mother Ashton Williston at 912-638-8683 or

Prayer List

To amend our prayer list or to update the church on the condition of your loved one, please email Mtr. Ashton Williston at  or call the church office at 912-638-8683.

Carl Alexander
Kris Barkley
John Barnes
Kathy Bee
Kelly Benhase
Gene Broadwell
Bob Brown
Beverly Burns
Jackie Byrne
Josh Calhoun
Barbara Canady
Greg Canady
Andy Cheshire
Dena Davis
Jackie Davis
Mary Lou Detwiler
Terry Doster
Page Faulk
Tom Finn
Patricia Friedel
Matthew Ganserite
Walter Graham
Angie Hansen
Burgess Hartsell
Carol Hoffine
Lise Hofmann
Lois Irvin
Jim Langston
Bill Littleton
Dorothy Lowery
Dot Marler
Tom Martin
Rachael Moore
Rebecca Murdy
Sandy Nyenhuis

Richard Quinelly
Terry Hall Robbins
Rob Rushin
Sam Spak
Clyde Smith
Willou Smith
James St. Clair
Grayson Strickland
Edith Tayloe
Sarah Taylor
Mary Triplett-Key
John Waite
Janice Walker
Carah Wheeler
Summer Wheeler
Jennifer Willingham
Joseph Williston
Mary Jane Williston
Clint Winne
Martin Worthy
Putsie Worthy
Mell Wray
Hollis Youngner

This  Week

Serving This Weekend
Paul Salter - Chalice Bearer

Sunday, April 28, 2019 8:00 AM (CCF)
Carl Baumgardner - Chalice Bearer
Carl Baumgardner - Lector 
Peg McBride - Usher
Dorriann Branch - Altar Guild
Anna Belle McCaskill - Altar Guild

9:15 AM (Christ Church)
Daven Wray - Acolyte C
Anson Galland - Acolyte TB
Robert Wray - Acolyte TB
Calleigh Purdy - Acolyte CW  
 - Chalice Bearer
Slade Turner - Chancel Master
Barbara Abbate - Lector - First Lesson
Peggy Goad - Lector - Second Lesson
Charlotte Graham - Greeter
Rip Graham - Greeter
Andy Jenkins - Usher
Mary Hardee - Kidurgy Shepherd 
Sandy Rice - Altar Guild
Sandy Storino - Altar Guild

11:15 AM (Christ Church, Frederica)
Isabel Parker - Acolyte C 
Paul Salter - Chalice Bearer 
Jane Watson - Lector - First Lesson
Jane Watson - Lector - Second Lesson
Christine Franklin - Greeter
Nancy Zell - Altar Guild

Weds., May 1, 2019 NOON Healing Service CCF
Jeannie Wade - Altar Guild


Friday, April 26, 2019
12:00 pm - Icon Writing Group

Saturday, April 27, 2019
10:00 am - Icon Writing Group
5:30 pm - Worship at St. Ignatius

Sunday, April 28, 2019
Holy Humor Sunday
8:00 am - Worship at Christ Church 
9:15 am - Worship at Christ Church
9:15 am - Kidurgy at Christ Church
10:30 am - Sunday School for All Ages
10:30 am - Coffee Hour
11:15 am - Worship at Christ Church

Monday, April 29, 2019
11:00 am - Yoga

Tuesday, April 30, 2019
2:00 pm - Handbells
4:30 pm - Choristers
5:00 pm - Trebles

Wednesday, May 1, 2019
10:00 am - Backpack Buddies
10:30 am - Men's Study Group
12:00 pm - Healing Service
5:00 pm - Adult Choir

Thursday, May 2, 2019
1:00 pm - Women's Book Study

Friday, May 3, 2019
11:30 am - OMG Meeting

Saturday, May 4, 2019
St. Athanasius Food Pantry
10:00 am - Icon Writing Group
5:30 pm - Worship at St. Ignatius

Sunday, May 5, 2019
St. Athanasius Food Pantry
8:00 am - Worship at Christ Church 
9:15 am - Worship at Christ Church
9:15 am - Worship in Parish Hall (CCF)
9:15 am - Kidurgy at Christ Church
10:30 am - Sunday School for All Ages
10:30 am - Coffee Hour
11:15 am - Worship at Christ Church
11:15 am - Graduate Recognition

Monday, May 6, 2019
11:00 am - Yoga

Tuesday, May 7, 2019
2:00 pm - Handbells
4:00 pm - Live Poets Society
4:30 pm - Choristers
5:00 pm - Trebles

Wednesday, May 8, 2019
10:30 am - Men's Study Group
12:00 pm - Healing Service
5:00 pm - Adult Choir

Thursday, May 9, 2019
1:00 pm - Women's Book Study

Friday, May 10, 2019
10:30 am - Christ Church Comforters
12:00 pm - Icon Writing Group

Saturday, May 11, 2019
10:00 am - Icon Writing Group
5:30 pm - Worship at St. Ignatius

Sunday, May 12, 2019
8:00 am - Worship at Christ Church 
9:15 am - Worship at Christ Church
9:15 am - Worship in Parish Hall (CCF)
9:15 am - Kidurgy at Christ Church
10:20 am - Sunday School Sundae Party   
10:30 am - 90+ Ladies Celebration
10:30 am - Adult Sunday Class  
11:15 am - Worship at Christ Church

Save the Date

May 12, 2019
Celebration of 90+ Ladies
Sunday School Ice Cream Sundae Celebration

May 19, 2019
Parish Picnic at Honey Creek

June 10-14, 2019
VBS 2019

June 17-21, 2019
Camp Kanuga

July 15-19, 2019
Middle School Serving Our Neighbors