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April 4, 2018
The church office reopens tomorrow, Thursday, April 5th; Sunday school for all ages resumes this Sunday, April 8th; and the Healing Service and X Church return on Wednesday, April 11th.

Rector's Ramblings

Father Tom is away this week, but will be back for new Ramblings next week!



Alleluia! Christ is Risen! The Easter weekend weather was absolutely perfect for the celebration the Resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Christ Church, St. Ignatius and the Parish House were filled with music, flowers and the faithful, for this holiest of holy days. To see photos of this
joyous time, to go the Christ Church photo page here.
Lenten Meditations
 " And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him." 
- Colossians 3:17
I want to send out a big thank-you to everyone who made our 2018 Lenten meditation series a success. It involved 40 writers and musicians who put a lot of care, thought, effort and prayer into creating the daily meditations, and they all did a wonderful job. This was an outstanding creative team and I am very proud of them. I also thank our entire parish family for following the daily offerings which was a necessary part of the entire undertaking. Those contributions of encouragement, prayer and study were crucial to making our shared Lenten pilgrimage very meaningful. It is a blessing to be part of the Christ Church family.
 -  John La Boone

Colonial Worship Service - April 15th

Glynn County's 13th Annual Patriots Day Celebration is being held on St. Simons Island the weekend of April 13-15th. The  celebration  is sponsored by the Georgia Society Sons of the American Revolution; the Brunswick Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution; Fort Frederica Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution; and the Marshes of Glynn Chapter Sons of the American Revolution. The celebration culminates in the Colonial Worship Service, which is being held at Christ Church's St. Ignatius Chapel on Sunday morning, April 15th, at 9:00 am. This worship service is set in a historical context during the time-frame of the American Revolution (1775-1783).  Many worshipers are dressed in Colonial attire, and the hymns, anthem and sermon reflect the culture and sentiments of America in the 18th century. All are welcome to attend. Period attire is optional.
Where is the Kingdom of Heaven?
By John La Boone
""Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter." - Matthew 7:21
There are a number of phrases from the Bible that we encounter all the time but they are not usually explained and not explored in depth by most people. Many of them probably had an easily understood meaning to their original audiences, but that meaning has become obscure with the passing of the centuries. One of my favorites is "the kingdom of heaven."

Daughters of the King
The Daughters of the King will next meet on Tuesday, April 10th, at 5:45 pm, in the Parish House. Please contact Mtr. Ashton at  if you are interested in becoming part of this  organization or if you would like more information about them.


Episcopal Church 101 is a six-week study for anyone wishing to know more about the Episcopal Church, either in preparation for being confirmed, received or reaffirmed (wonder what the difference is among those?) or simply to answer those "why do we" questions. The class meets on Wednesdays, at 5:45 pm in the Parish Hall. If you are interested in joining this group or would like to know more, please contact Mtr. Becky at or call the church office at 912-638-8683.

Adult Sunday Morning Class
Dr. Bob Brown's adult Sunday morning class will finish up their New Testament study in April. On May 6 the class begins a study of 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. For more information, contact Bob at .

Women's Study Group
The Women's Study Group will begin reading a new book in April. The group meets on Thursdays, at 11:30 am. Please contact Mtr. Ashton at if you are interested in joining!

EYC Activities

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

Sign Up NOW for Toil 'N Sweat!

April 13-15, 2018
Grades 6-12 (plus dedicated adults!)
Cost: $115 before April 1, 
 $125 after April 1
(Register before April 1 
 and save $10!)

Honey Creek is so important to so many of us. It is the place where we gather to be refreshed, renewed, enriched. Honey Creek enables us to come closer to God and to each other.
Toil 'N Sweat is our chance to give back to this place that gives us so much! Honey Creek is alway in need of ongoing maintenance of trails, trees, buildings, and much more. The staff at the Creek do an amazing job, but they need our help! Sign up for this amazing weekend, in which we will make a tangible difference not just for the Creek itself but for all those who come after us! All youth in grades 6-12 are encouraged to register with friends from your church! Click here to register. For more information, contact  the Rev. Joshua Varner at  

Summer Programs

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
The Backpack Buddies  will be packing again on Wednesday, April 18th, at 10:00 am in the Parish Hall. If you've got the time, please join them. They're always happy to welcome new folks on the assembly line! Contact Susan Shipman at for more information.

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. After March, we will definitely need some additional folks to help. 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.


Down to the River to Pray

Save the Date!
Down to the River to Pray 
Saturday, April 21
St. Simons Island

Enjoy a peaceful, prayerful half-day "creek retreat Saturday, April 21, exploring the tidal creeks in the marsh behind Saint Simons Island. This is a relaxed paddle with several stops for prayer and readings along the way as we celebrate the beauty of God's Creation on Earth Day weekend. 

The trip will leave from the Village Creek landing for SouthEast Adventure Outfitters and will finish with Eucharist and optional potluck supper at Christ Church, Frederica. Participants will meet at 1 PM and the paddle should last around 2.5 hours. Cost is $49 per person (with boat rental) or $20 per person for those providing their own boat(s). 

This is the first of several planned "Down to the River to Pray" events across the diocese this spring, sponsored by the Creation Care Commission in partnership with GIPL (Georgia Interfaith Power & Light). Registration details are forthcoming. If you are interested and would like to receive an email with registration details, please email

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 !

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

Lecture Series in May

As part of the Louchery Lecture Series, Dr. Matthew Sleeth will join us on Friday, May 4 at 7:00 pm and Saturday, May 5 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm to lead a seminar focusing on the responsibility of Christians to care for the glorious creation in which God has entrusted us. Dr. Sleeth is a graduate of George Washington University School of Medicine and has two post-doctoral fellowships. He is the author of Serve God, Save the Planet: A Christian Call to Action (Zondervan, April 2007), the introduction to the Green Bible (2008, HarperOne), and 24/6: A Prescription for a Healthier, Happier Life. More information about the lectures will be available in the weeks to come.

Picnic at Honey Creek - May 20th

Mark your calendars for Sunday, May 20, 2018, for the
Christ Church Picnic at Honey Creek . We encourage all of our Christ Church family to join us for this time of reflection, reconnection and recreation. At 11:30 am, we will have Holy Eucharist, in the chapel, followed by lunch and family time. 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.

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.
Nancy Acree
Carl Alexander
George Almasi
Kurt Anderson
Malicia Atkinson
Kris Barkley
Kathy Bee
Harry Branch
Doug Brantley
Gene Broadwell
Bob Brown
Terry Burns
Barbara Canaday
Paddy Carley
Andy Cheshire
Jackie Davis
Mary Lou De Bisschop
Mary Lou Detwiler
Robbie Dickinson
Anna Doxey
Andy Doyle
Beth Evans
Betsy Fitzgerald
Stephen Freedman
Ewell Gay
Travis Gay
Max Germaine
Mary Jean Giobino
Ann 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
Kari Powell
Chris Prater
Joetta Principato
Rajika Reed
Jack Riner
Mark Robinson
Bob Sanders
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
Carah Wheeler
Summer Wheeler
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

Paul Salter - Chalice Bearer
Sunday, April 8, 2018 8:00 AM (CCF)
David Boland - Chalice Bearer
David Boland - Lector 
Paul Ploeger - Usher
Anna Belle McCaskill - Altar Guild

9:15 AM (Christ Church, Frederica)
Robert Wray - Acolyte C
Eva Purdy - Acolyte TB
Maidee Brown - Acolyte TB
Daven Wray - Acolyte PW
Catherine Holt - Chalice Bearer
Robert Brown - Chancel Master
Te Turner - Lector - First Lesson 
Catherine Holt - Lector - Second Lesson
Ann Harrell - Greeter
Wallace Harrell - Greeter
Bud Dorsey - Usher
Margie Dorsey- Usher
Ed Turner - Kidurgy Shepherd
Sandy Rice - Altar Guild
Sandy Storino - Altar Guild

9:15 AM (Parish Hall, Frederica)
Isabella Williston - Acolyte C
Donee Avera - Chalice Bearer 
John La Boone - Lector - First Lesson
Fred Collins - Lector - Second Lesson
Jane Sanders - Greeter
Paul Sanders - Greeter
Oscar Covington - Usher 
Lynne Turner - Kidurgy Shepherd
Nancy Zell - Altar Guild

11:15 AM (Christ Church, Frederica)
Alice Barlow - Chalice Bearer
Alice Barlow - Lector - First Lesson
Bonnie Harris - Lector - Second Lesson
Diane Ansley - Greeter
Henry Ansley - Greeter
Ben Slade - Usher
Clinton Winne - Usher
Nancy Zell - Altar Guild
Ann Graham - Altar Guild

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

Friday, April 6, 2018
12:00 pm - Icon Writing Group
Saturday, April 7, 2018
10:00 am - Icon Writing Group
5:30 pm - Worship at St. Ignatius
Sunday, April 8, 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

Monday, April 9, 2018
11:00 am - Yoga
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
2:00 pm - Christ Church Hand Bell Practice
4:30 pm - Choristers
5:00 pm - Trebles
5:30 pm - Daughters of the King
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
10:30 am - Men's Study Group
12:00 pm - Healing Service
5:00 pm - Adult Choir  Practice
5:45 pm - EC101
6:30 pm - X Church

Thursday, April 12, 2018
11:30 am - Women's Study Group
12:30 pm - Finance Committee Meeting
Friday, April 13, 2018
10:30 am - Christ Church Comforters
12:00 pm - Icon Writing Group
Saturday, April 14, 2018
10:00 am - Icon Writing Group
5:30 pm - Worship at St. Ignatius
Sunday, April 15, 2018
8:00 am - Worship at Christ Church 
9:00 am - Patriots Day Worship at St. Ignatius
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 Rooted and Relevant Holy Eucharist

Save the Date

May 4&5, 2018
Dr. Matthew Sleeth Lectures

May 5&6, 2018 
Bishop's Visitation

May 20, 2018
Church Picnic at Honey Creek