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April 25, 2018
Join us on Saturday, May 5th for a fascinating FREE lecture series, Care for Creation, Care for the Soul, with Dr. Matthew and Nancy Sleeth. Find out more about the Sleeths and register for tickets here.

Rector's Ramblings

I had a midday ice cream earlier this week. Yes, that's worth rambling about, because it's incredibly rare. It didn't occur to me, until it occurred to me, that I don't eat ice cream in the middle of the day, and now I am wondering why! And when I say it's rare to eat ice cream in the middle of the day, I can't remember the last time (when I wasn't on vacation) that I saw an ice cream stand and got some ice cream out of the blue. On days off and weekends, I've been known to have a beer with lunch, yet that's still a rare occurrence. Eating midday ice cream is, for whatever reason, even more rare. 
So what happened this time? Well, another unusual event happened, which set up the opportunity for ice cream. Because of the virus I was fighting last week, I had to reschedule the haircut that is always scheduled for every third Friday morning, my day off. I had to take what was open when I rescheduled, which meant midday, on a weekday. As I sat there in the village getting my hair cut, I looked across the street and it registered that I was looking at my favorite ice cream spot, Moo Cow. I like Moo Cow because they have two good no-sugar-added offerings that they rotate between; they always have either almond amaretto, or a raspberry swirl. Maybe it was some sort of post stomach bug craving, but I thought, "I'm going to get some ice cream after my haircut," and I did. (It was the almond amaretto this time...)


Bishop Benhase to Visit
Our bishop, the  Right Reverend Scott Anson Benhase,  will visit Christ Church, Frederica and St. Ignatius Chapel on May 5th and 6th. A reception for confirmands and the bishop will follow the 5:30 pm service at St. Ignatius on Saturday, May 5th and another reception will be held immediately after the 11:15 am service, on Sunday, May 6th, in the Christ Church Parish Hall. 

Worship Schedule for the Summer

Summer is rapidly approaching and with it comes the summer worship schedule. Regular weekend worship services will take place on Saturdays at 5:30 pm, at St. Ignatius and on Sundays at 8:00 am, 9:15 am and 11:15 am, at Christ Church. The 9:15 am Parish Hall service will conclude for the season on May 13th. Kidurgy will continue to take place on Sundays, at 9:15 am, throughout the summer.

Graduating Seniors
On May 20th, we will recognize all graduating high school seniors during the worship services. If you have a child or grandchild who is graduating and will be joining us on that day, please let the office team know which service they will be attending. Also, please make sure to send the name of the student, as well as the name of the school he or she attended, and any information he or she would like to share about future plans to for inclusion in the News You Can Use and wrappers.

Kreimborg Cross
On Sunday, May 20th, the Kreimborg Cross and Scholarship will be presented at the 9:15 am worship service. The cross is given by Tony and Sarah Kreimborg in honor and memory of their son, Evan, who faithfully served as an acolyte at Christ Church.  


Special Classes on May 6, 2018
On Sunday, May 6,  guest speakers Dr. Matthew and Nancy Sleeth  will teach Sabbath classes during the coffee hour at 10:30 am. All are welcome.

Sunday School for Children and Youth
Sunday school classes for children and youth will conclude for the season on Sunday, May 13th. On that day, the students and teachers will celebrate with the traditional Ice Cream Sundae Social, held during the regular Sunday school hour beginning at 10:20 am.
Adult Sunday Morning Class
The Adult Sunday morning class will finish up their examination of the New Testament this week and Dr. Bob Brown will introduce the next topic for study, Adam Hamilton's new book Unafraid: Living with Courage and Hope in Troubled Times.  Everyone is welcome. Classes are in the parish house from 10:30 until 11:15 am and will continue to meet over the summer.  For more information, contact Bob at .

Women's Study Group
The Women's Study Group will conclude their study of Eugenia Price's autobiography, The Burden is Light on Thursday, April 26th. The group will then take a break for the rest of the season. Look for announcements about future women's studies in the fall. Thanks to all who have participated over the last few months!

The 2018 Louchery Lecture Series:
Care for Creation, Care for the SoulCareforCreation

Join us on Saturday, May 5th , as Dr. Matthew and Nancy Sleeth lead a series of lectures that explore how scriptural lessons of personal responsibility, simplicity, and stewardship can be applied to modern life.

9:00 - 10:30 am: Reforesting Faith
10:45 am - Noon: Living 24/6 in a 24/7 World
1:00 - 2:15 pm: Creation Care Made SIMPLE
Matthew Sleeth, MD, a former emergency room physician and chief of the hospital medical staff, resigned from his position to teach, preach, and write about the biblical call to be good stewards of the earth. A highly sought after speaker, Dr. Sleeth has spoken at more than 1,000 churches, campuses, and events, including serving as the monthly guest preacher at The Washington National Cathedral for a year. Recognized by Newsweek as one of the nation's most influential evangelical leaders, Dr. Sleeth is a graduate of George Washington University School of Medicine and has two postdoctoral fellowships. Dr. Sleeth is the executive director of  Blessed Earth and author of Serving God, Saving the Planet; 24/6; the Introduction to The Green Bible, as well as numerous creation care books and articles. Dr. Sleeth lives in Lexington, KY, with Nancy, his wife of nearly 40 years.  Their son and daughter-in-law serve as medical missionaries in Kenya, and daughter and son-in-law (a pastor) serve in ministry.
For tickets to this FREE event, click here. All are welcome. Lunch is available for $10. Contact Fr. Tom at for more information.

EYC Activities

EYC Rooted and Relevant

Youth and adults alike experienced a moving and spirit-filled time of worship this past Sunday, at the EYC Rooted and Relevant service in the Parish Hall. Waverly Brown served as the Lector and Kat Chitty read the Gospel. Beautiful music played by Ladd Rector on piano, Brad Hamil on guitar and lead by vocalist Trina Meade, accompanied the service. The homily, entitled The Good Shepherd, was delivered by Mtr. Ashton Williston.

Mission Trip to the Dominican Republic

The Diocese of Georgia will sponsor a trip for youth to Iglesia Episcopal San José in Boca Chica from June 23-30, 2018. The missioners on this team will conduct Vacation Bible School classes at two nearby Episcopal churches, Santo Tomás in Gautier and Monte de Sión in the Altagracia barrio of Boca Chica. Christ Church EYC members Kat Chitty and Waverly Brown will be part of the mission team. If you would like to help sponsor this trip, please send checks to the Diocesan Office (611 East Bay Street, Savannah GA 31401) marked Attn: Joshua Varner and noted with "Youth Mission Trip Supplies". If you prefer to donate physical items, here are some suggestions: Markers (Crayons are heavier and therefore not preferred), Popsicle Sticks (wide are better than narrow), Pipe Cleaners (also called chenille sticks in this day and age), Deflated Kickballs with a hand air pump and needles to use once we arrive, Frisbees, Tissue Paper (can be used to make paper flowers), Construction Paper (not lots of this, because it is also heavy), Craft Scissors, Stickers, Slap Bracelets (make sure there are enough for several hundred kids), Bubbles, Scratch Art Paper (black, when you scratch it color is revealed), Elmer's Glue (or equivalent), Glue sticks.  Contact: Josh Varner at

Send-Off for Youth Missioner Brad Hamil

Please join us for the Church Picnic at Honey Creek on Sunday, May 20th,  when we will honor Brad Hamil for his four years of service at Christ Church. Later that day, he will celebrate with the youth group at their final meeting of the season. We give thanks for the years that Brad has shared his gifts and talents with our parish.

To see the EYC Spring Schedule of activities, click  here.

Summer ProgramsVBS2018

Parents! Summer will be here  before  you know it, so make plans for your children to join the fun and fellowship in Vacation Bible School at Christ Church! This year, VBS will take place from June 11-15. To register your children or to volunteer to help, click here. Please contact Mtr. Ashton at for more information and ways you can get involved!

Camp Kanuga returns for the week of June 18-22.  Camp Kanuga Local Day Camps are a great way to introduce children to the summer camp experience. We offer creative and educational activities that allow campers to engage with their community and make new friends. All activities are designed specifically for campers ages 5-11 and conducted on-site. Adventure Day camps offer a number of exciting activities from rafting and zip lining to sea kayaking and standup paddle boards. Ages 12-14. Registration information will be available in the weeks to come. Register your children and get more information about Kanuga summer camps here.

ECW Scholarship
A newly established scholarship fund created by the Christ Church Frederica Episcopal Church Women is being inaugurated this year. Annually, the Christ Church Frederica ECW Scholarship Fund for Women will provide $2,500 to a female high school graduate pursuing a degree through an academic or technical college or university. The student must be of the Episcopal faith and hale from Glynn or McIntosh County. 
"Many of our Christ Church women have, over the last fifteen years, donated to this wonderful effort to establish a scholarship program for our young ladies. The fruit of our gifts will now benefit many young women with their future educational goals. In establishing this scholarship we honor those who came before us and saw this as just a dream... but now it is a reality and we could not be more pleased," noted Jane Watson, President, Episcopal Church Women.
Applications may be accessed via the Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation website here  and are due no later than April 21, 2018. Candidates will be screened and interviewed by a scholarship committee and the award will be made in May.


Backpack Buddies May Packing Dates
The Backpack Buddies will be packing on the following dates and times in May: Wednesday May 2nd, at 10:00 am and Wednesday May 16th, at 10:00 am. Please join them on the assembly line in the Parish Hall!

School dismisses on May 25th, after which the Buddies will go into their summer packing schedule which is less often. Regular packing sessions will resume in August. For more information about the Backpack Buddies program, please contact Susan Shipman at

Street Beat Graduates
Street Beat is a ministry in Brunswick to homeless teenagers. Glynn Episcopal Ministries is collecting notes and cards of encouragement and support for this year's graduates. These are kids who don't have families to celebrate their graduation and support their entry into college, tech school or military service. Notes of support and gift cards can be dropped off at the Christ Church Parish Office. Thank you for supporting these young people who have overcome hardship and obstacles. They are an inspiration! For more information about how you can help, contact Susan Shipman at

Docents and Greeters Needed in Christ Church!

Christ Church needs docents and greeters! As the team of volunteer docents has diminished over the last few months, due to illness and retirements, so have the number of days we are able to keep the church open to visitors.  Currently, we have a skeleton crew of volunteers to man the church Tuesday through Sunday in the afternoons. You can assist by volunteering to docent once a month from 2 to 5 pm. There is a training session before docents embark on this wonderful opportunity to share the remarkable story of our church. Contact: Fred Collins at to become a docent.


Picnic at Honey Creek - May 20th

The annual  Christ Church picnic  at Honey Creek camp and conference center will take place on Sunday, May 20th. All in the Christ Church family are encouraged to join in this time of reflection, reconnection and recreation. At 11:30 am we will have our Bluegrass Eucharist in the chapel, featuring  Marshgrass , followed by lunch and family time. A generous benefactor has made a donation that will pay for lunch for all, so there will be no cost to attend the picnic. However, you must still register to come, so that we can have an accurate head count for meal preparation. (Donations are welcome, too.)  Please bring your lawn chairs, softball equipment, lawn games and coolers of cold beverages to share. (For those unable to attend the picnic, Holy Eucharist will be offered at Christ Church at 8:00 and 9:15 am, and Morning Prayer will be said at 11:15 am.) 

To register to come to the church picnic, click here or call the office at 912-638-8683 to be added to the list.

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 !


Springtime By The Sea

Senior Adult Vacation Bible School will take place from May 21 - 24 at  Epworth By The Sea. The theme of this year's program is  "Teach Me Simple Things".  Senior Adult VBS is not your children's VBS. This program is for those whose life experiences have led them to seek new and refreshing approaches to living and learning. The program will open the eyes of your heart. Join with folk-theologian, musician and storyteller Ed Kilbourne as he uses his unique gifts to explore the stories of the Gospel and the teachings of Christ through storytelling, teaching, worship and music. You can download  the program brochure and registration form here or call 912-638-8688 for more information.

Stay Informed

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 giving link. If it's your first time at this site, you'll have to create an account. 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.

Save the Date

An Interfaith Journey to the Holy Lands: Relationship, Understanding, and Community Harmony

Join Rev. Tom Purdy, Rabbi Rachel Bregman, and Rev. Alan Dyer as they lead an interfaith journey to the Holy Land with Medji Tours in June 2019. This once in a lifetime trip aims to build relationships across cultural and religious lines in our community by exploring together the shared roots of our traditions in Israel and Jordan. Additionally, this interfaith journey hopes to begin a longer-term process of continuing to form relationships, deepen understanding, and build community across other faith organizations in Glynn County, Georgia upon our return. This trip is open to any and all who would like to participate in this holy work. For more information, click here.

Pastoral Concerns

Prayer List

Please help us keep the prayer list current by notifying Mtr. Becky of any changes in the status or condition of your loved one.
Carl Alexander
George Almasi
Kurt Anderson
Malicia Atkinson
Kris Barkley
Kathy Bee
Harry Branch
Doug Brantley
Gene Broadwell
Terry Burns
Barbara Canaday
Paddy Carley
Bonnie Chandler
Andy Cheshire
Jackie Davis
Mary Lou De Bisschop
Mary Lou Detwiler
Robbie Dickinson
Anna Doxey
Andy Doyle
Beth Evans
Betsy Fitzgerald
Stephen Freedman

Travis Gay
Max Germaine
Mary Jean Giobino
Ann Graham
Ann F. Graham
Brad Graham
Rosalind Griffin
Kevin Hancock
Burgess Hartsell
William David Herndon
Mike Herrin
Cheryl Hieatt
Jane Higginbotham
Brenda Hollis
Alexander Hutcheson
Ellen Hunter
Lois Irvin
Misty Johns
Glenn Jones
Carlin Kenny
Christi Lambert
Billie Lewellyn
Keith Lewellyn
Bill Littleton
Sam Livesay
Martha Lovett
Jerry Lowe
Larry MacDonald
Dot Marler
Cathy McCarthy
Mamie Meadows
Marilyn Miller
Marge Mitchell
Erin Jones O
Mary Elizabeth Paris
Margaret Payne
Vivian Peterson
Dale Pierson
Kari Powell
Chris Prater
Joetta Principato
Rajika Reed
Jack Riner
Mark Robinson
Bob Saunders
Julie Sargent
Phyllis Sartin
Willou Smith
David Somerville
Richard Stamper
James St. Clair
Samantha Lee Stevens
Joel Stewart
Grayson Strickland
Edith Tayloe
Sarah Taylor
Timothy Tindall
Beth Varn
Jeannie Wade
John Waite
Lamar Webb
Carah Wheeler
Summer Wheeler
Linda Wood
Martin Worthy
Mell Wray
Hollis Youngner
Keith Zimmerman 
Esther Zylstra

To amend our prayer list, or to update the church on the condition of your loved one, please email Mtr. Becky Rowell ( or call the church office at 912.638.8683.

This  Week

Serving This Weekend

Susan Shipman - Chalice Bearer
Sunday, April 29, 2018 8:00 AM (CCF)
David Boland - Chalice Bearer
David Boland - Lector 
Dorriann Branch - Altar Guild

9:15 AM (Christ Church, Frederica)
Seiler Thompson - Acolyte C
McKenzie Brown - Acolyte TB
Calleigh Purdy - Acolyte TB
Maidee Brown - Acolyte PW
Donna Purdy - Chalice Bearer
Slade Turner - Chancel Master
Barbara Sullivan - Lector - First Lesson 
Angie Burns - Lector - Second Lesson
Greer Brown - Greeter
Laura Brown - Greeter
John Killgallon - Usher
Ed Turner - Kidurgy Shepherd
Nancy Stoddard - Altar Guild

9:15 AM (Parish Hall, Frederica)
Isabella Williston - Acolyte C
Beth Smith - Chalice Bearer 
Doree Avera - Lector - First Lesson
Doree Avera - Lector - Second Lesson
Oscar Covington - Usher 
Lynne Turner - Kidurgy Shepherd
Kay Brown - Altar Guild

11:15 AM (Christ Church, Frederica)
Kathleen Chitty - Acolyte C
Alice Barlow - Chalice Bearer
Bonnie Harris - Lector - First Lesson
Bonnie Harris - Lector - Second Lesson
Cliff Jones - Greeter
Richard Fox - Usher
Linda Wood - Altar Guild

Weds. May 2, 2018 Healing Service NOON (CCF)
Nancy Butler - Altar Guild

This Week at Christ Church
Evening Prayer is held Thursdays through Sundays at Christ Church, Frederica at 5:00 pm.
*Unless noted otherwise, all events take place at Christ Church  

Thursday, April 26, 2018
11:30 am - Women's Study Group
Friday, April 27, 2018
12:00 pm - Icon Writing Group
Saturday, April 28, 2018
10:00 am - Icon Writing Group
5:30 pm - Worship at St. Ignatius
Sunday, April 29, 2018
8:00 am - Worship at Christ Church 
9:15 am - Worship at Christ Church
9:15 am - Parish Hall Worship at CCF
9:15 am - Kidurgy at Christ Church
10:30 am - Sunday School for All Ages
11:15 am - Worship at Christ Church
6:00 pm - EYC Cooking for Shut-Ins

Monday, April 30, 2018
11:00 am - Yoga
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
2:00 pm - Christ Church Hand Bell Practice
Wednesday, May 2, 2018
10:00 am - Backpack Buddies
10:30 am - Men's Study Group
12:00 pm - Healing Service
5:00 pm - Adult Choir  Practice
Friday, May 4, 2018
12:00 pm - Icon Writing Group
Saturday, May 5, 2018
Bishop's Visitation
9:00 am - Dr. Matthew and Nancy Sleeth Lectures
5:30 pm - Worship at St. Ignatius
Sunday, May 6, 2018
Bishop's Visitation
8:00 am - Worship at Christ Church 
9:15 am - Parish Hall Worship at CCF
9:15 am - Kidurgy at Christ Church
10:30 am - Sunday School for All Ages
10:30 am - Dr. Matthew and Nancy Sleeth Classes
11:15 am - Worship at Christ Church
12:30 pm - Reception for Confirmands and Bishop
6:00 pm - EYC Dinner and a Movie

Save the Date

May 5, 2018
Dr. Matthew and Nancy Sleeth Lectures

May 5&6, 2018 
Bishop's Visitation

May 13, 2018
Last 9:15 AM Parish Hall Service of the Season
Sunday School Ice Cream Social

May 20, 2018
Church Picnic at Honey Creek

June 11-15, 2018
Vacation Bible School

June 18-22, 2018
Camp Kanuga