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February 14, 2018
The Lenten Prayer Retreat will take place this Saturday, February 17th. You can still sign up for this day of prayer and reflection. Get all the details you need here.

Rector's Ramblings

Art is incredibly powerful, or it can be, at its best. Art of all kinds transports us to places and feelings beyond whatever the medium itself may be. This past summer we had the chance to spend a couple of days in Paris and took the girls to the Louvre. They were able to see master works like the Mona Lisa, Venus di Milo, and the Winged Victory of Samothrace. They saw the works of masters known and others most of us can't name. They took in ancient Egyptian art, which can seem almost alien to us in our modern culture. They also noticed the frequency with which religious themes and biblical stories are represented in the works on display.
The Church was, for a long time, the chief source of visual artistic support. Paintings and sculptures were commissioned to capture moments in biblical teachings and portray heroes of the faith. Many adorned worship spaces, while others were used for personal devotion in homes. It was the inspiration and patronage of the Church that kept some artists going and encouraged others. There has long been a relationship between artists and churches, although that has largely waned, apart from musical arts, which are still foundational to modern church communities.     


Daily Lenten Prayers
Father Tom will be offering daily text prayers in Lent, through Easter week. Those who would like to receive a daily text message prayer should email their names and cell phone numbers to him at

Christ Church Lenten and Easter Brochure
There will be a myriad of classes, studies, worship opportunities and activities available at Christ Church during the Lenten Season. You will find details about these offerings, as well as the worship schedule for Holy Week and Easter in the  comprehensive Lenten and Easter guide  here. This Lenten and Easter brochure is also available on the Christ Church website homepage, here.
Easter Lilies
Remember a loved one at Easter when you order a lily to decorate the altar on Easter morning. Send the name(s) and a check for $30 per lily to Ethel Horton, 402 Palm Court, SSI, 31522. Make checks payable to "Christ Church Altar Guild." Please make your order by March 28.



Adult Sunday Morning Class
Dr. Bob Brown's  adult Sunday morning class continues  its discussion of study of the New Testament using The Great Courses lecture series. Everyone is welcome! Classes take place in the Parish House each Sunday from 10:30 until 11:15 am. For more information, contact Bob at

Wednesday Bible Study

The Wednesday Bible Study has concluded its four week study, "Being with the Father". Godfrey Draviam and the class thoroughly enjoyed digging deep into the Bible in the weeks they read and studied together.
A Day of Prayer - Lenten RetreatLentenPrayerRetreat
Dr. Anna Wright will lead a Day of Prayer at Christ Church on Saturday, February 17 beginning at 9:30 am. Do you struggle to stay focused in prayer? Are you looking for new ways to pray? Are you longing for a bit of quiet space in your frenetic world? Dress casually, wear comfy shoes and come with open minds and curious spirits to explore different ways to pray. The day-long retreat includes lunch and the cost is $25 per person. To register for the Day of Prayer, please contact Mtr. Becky at

Final Chapters

Beginning on Thursday, February 22, at 2:00 pm, our clergy will lead Final Chapters, a five week course centered on end of life preparation. The topic for the first week will be, "Dying with Dignity", led by Dr. John Shaner, Chief Medical Officer of Hospice of the Golden Isles. Please contact Mtr. Becky at, if you are interested in joining this group.

The Art of Lent

A weekly art talk and reflection featuring guest artists will take place throughout Lent. Father Tom will host. Come to the parish hall each Wednesday at 1:00 pm. A simple lunch will be served. The first session is February 21 and features the work of parishioner Randy Siegel. If you are willing to share some sacred art for display or if you are an artist who has created works of your own, please contact Fr. Tom at or 912-638-2439

Lenten Labyrinth Walk
Thursday, February 22: Join us at 6:00 pm to walk the Labyrinth in the Parish Hall, reflecting on the religious art of Randy Siegel. The Rev. Jann Briscoe will lead the meditation and walk.

Starting on Wednesday, March 7th, at 5:30 pm, 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. 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.

EYC and Pathfinders Activities

EYC Ski Retreat Weekend
On Friday, February 16th, the Christ Church EYC will head to Lake Junaluska and the Cataloochee Ski Area for a weekend of fun and fellowship. Please keep them in your prayers during their journey. 

There is so much going on with our youth at Christ Church! Click here for the 2018 Winter/Spring schedule of activities. 

For more information about all the youth programs and activities at Christ Church, please contact Brad Hamil at .

Children and Youth

Parents! Summer will be here  before  you know it, so mark you calendars for this year's summer programs at Christ Church. Vacation Bible School will take place from June 11-15 and Camp Kanuga returns for the week of June 18-22. More information will be available in weeks to come, but now is the time to save these dates!


The 2018 ECW Tour of Homes Is Only Four Weeks Away!

Preparations continue unabated for for Tour Day 2018! W e still need parkers, house docents and more baked goods. Even if you have already volunteered for a job, we will need LOTS of baked goods for our Parish House visitors. Please consider baking something from our CCF Cookbook and making a recipe card to label your contribution.  

It's still not too late to become a benefactor! Check out all things TOH on

Save the Date for the Homeowners'  Celebration Party, on Sunday, March 18th, at  Musgrove.

For more information or to get involved with the Tour of Homes, contact:  Beth Smith  912-506-7577 or 
Charlotte Graham  912-506-3431


Backpack Buddies

The Backpack Buddies shared some love with their buddies with a Valentine's Day packing on Wednesday and will be packing again on Tuesday, February 27th, at 1:00 pm. Join the assembly line and feel the love!
Help Welcome Visitors to Christ Church

Have you ever visited a historic site or beautiful landmark and found it closed? It's supposed to be open but on the day you come it's closed! Sadly, visitors to Christ Church are traveling long distances to experience our beautiful history only to find our doors closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays because we don't have volunteers to welcome them. We need friendly parishioners on a short-term basis Tuesdays or Wednesdays 2:00 to 5:00 pm,  to greet visitors until we are able to recruit and train docents. Call Sharon in the church office, 912-638-8683, if you would like to volunteer short-term or need more information.

2018 SGHS Bridge Run
The 2018 Southeast Georgia Health System Annual Bridge Run is Saturday, February 17th and Christ Church has a team! 

If you ordered a CCF shirt for the Bridge Run, please pick it up on Thursday, February 15 or Friday, February 16 at the Church Library between 1:00 -3:00 pm.
Reminder: Those running or walking - we are meeting at 8:00 am near the registration table on Saturday, Feb. 17th for pictures. Harry will be holding the church banner. There will be additional photo opportunities later in the morning, as well. The schedule for the runs and races is as follows: 
Half Marathon: 7:00 am
First Responders Challenge: 8:30 am
5K Runner Start: 9:30 am
5K Walker Start: 10:30 am
If you have any questions, contact Diane Sheehan at .


Frederick Cousins Oyster Roast 

The turn-out was tremendous for the Frederick Cousins Oyster Roast last Friday, February 9th. The River Rats roasted bushel after bushel of delicious Texas oysters for the hungry crowd, who also enjoyed pots of delicious Brunswick stew cooked up by the members of the Frederick Cousins Guild. Many thanks to all who attended this important fundraiser and to all the guild members and their families who worked so hard to make the evening happen. Proceeds from the Oyster Roast  will go to the Compass Rose Society, which supports the programs and ministries of the Archbishop of Canterbury, and to various local charities. To see more pictures from the Oyster Roast, click here.

Pancakes at the Pier

As the sounds of spritely jazz reverberated through the St. Simons Village and the aroma of sizzling pancakes and sausages filled the air, the members and friends of Christ Church gathered at the Casino for a lively salute to Shrove Tuesday, New Orleans-style! Neither fog nor drizzle dampened the spirits of all who paraded through Neptune Park, ate delicious pancakes and even ran relay races. Many thanks to all who devoted their time and talents to make this Shrove Tuesday a night to remember! (More photos to come next week!)
Susanna Wesley Guild Meeting

The Susanna Wesley Guild will meet Tuesday, February 20 at 10:30 am in the parish hall. Their speaker is longtime Glynn County resident Hal Hart, owner of the island's Ace Hardware store. He will share his memories of life on St. Simons through the years. Contact: Frankie Ansley at 912-638-8974.

Cross Collection on Display at Epworth
The Arthur J. Moore Methodist Museum at Epworth-by-the-Sea Conference and Retreat Center, is happy to announce a special exhibition in the Atrium of the Museum which will be on display from Ash Wednesday  to Easter Sunday , the whole season of Lent.  

The exhibition is the cross collection of one of our own, the Rev. Dr. Robert W. (Bob) Brown. The crosses represent a collection gathered over a 40-year ministerial career and come from all over the world. They are made of a huge variety of materials and reflect many different interpretations of one of our most sacred symbols.  Though more than 90% of the crosses have been gifts, no cross has ever been repeated and never has the entire collection been on display at one time.  Dr. Brown is particularly pleased to offer this exhibition for the enjoyment of the members of Christ Church, Frederica.  May the cross, as a symbol, remind us of sacrifice and commitment and, especially, of the power of love. 

Mardi Gras Party for SOAR at Christ Church

by John La Boone
"Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you..." - Romans 15:7a

On February 12, Christ Church hosted a Mardi Gras party for the club members of SOAR (Social Opportunities and Active Recreation). SOAR is a local v501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation founded in 2015 that is run by volunteers to partner with businesses, churches and civic clubs to provide recreational and socialization opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities. The event featured festive decorations, hats, beads, masks and fun foods. About 35 people plus caregivers participated. Christ Church Music Director Kathleen Turner gave the group a demonstration of how handbells are used to make music. The club members accompanied Kathleen on the hymn "Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee." The celebration ended with a rousing Mardi Gras Parade around the parish hall, singing "When the Saints Go Marching In."

Adults with developmental disabilities historically have not had a lot of access to opportunities to socialize and engage in fun activities, something every human being needs. With the help of SOAR, local clients now have a lot more possibilities to get those needs met. They have been on a fishing expedition, gone bowling, had pizza parties and enjoyed put-put golf outings. Christina's Dance World sponsors regular dance sessions for them. Altama Presbyterian Church sponsors craft-making sessions and other opportunities on a weekly basis. Leaders of SOAR say that all this is making a huge difference in the lives of the club members.
For more information on SOAR call (912) 434-3484 or email .  To view a short video of the Mardi Gras party, click on this link.

Coffee HourCoffeeHour
Coffee Hour hosts are needed to help provide refreshments between our 9:15 am and 11:15 am worship services on Sundays, in the Parish Hall. Please contact Christine Plank at to sign up to help.
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.

Ushers Needed
Can you volunteer to usher occasionally at weekly worship? Your service would provide vital assistance to both the congregation and the clergy. Please contact Sharon Joy at  or 912-638-8683 .

Save the Date

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

Join Rabbi Rachel Bregman, Rev. Alan Dyer, and Rev. Tom Purdy 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    
Harry Branch
Doug Brantley
Gene Broadwell
Bob Brown
Terry Burns
Barbara Canaday
Marilyn Canady
Paddy Carley
Mary Lou De Bisschop
Mary Lou Detwiler
Robbie Dickinson
Andy Doyle
Betsy Fitzgerald
Stephen Freedman
Ewell Gay
Travis Gay
Max Germaine
Mary Jean Giobino
Rosalind Griffin
Kevin Hancock
Burgess Hartsell
Kevin Heeny
William David Herndon
Mike Herrin
Cheryl Hieatt
Jane Higginbotham
Brenda Hollis
Greg Hollis
Alexander Hutcheson
Eileen Hutcheson
Ellen Hunter
Lois Irvin
Erin Jones
Glenn Jones
Carlin Kenny
Christi Lambert
Billie Lewellyn
Keith Lewellyn
Bill Littleton
Sam Livesay
Martha Lovett
Jerry Lowe
Teddy Lynch
Larry MacDonald
Cathy McCarthy
Mamie Meadows
Marilyn Miller
Marge Mitchell
Mary Elizabeth Paris
Margaret Payne
Vivian Peterson
Kari Powell
Chris Prater
Joetta Principato
Rajika Reed
Jack Riner
Mark Robinson
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
John Waite
Janice Walker
Carah Wheeler
Summer Wheeler
Martin Worthy
Mell Wray
Bo Yates
Betty Young
Hollis Youngner
Keith Zimmerman 
Esther Zylstra

Louise Gentile
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

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Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018 5:30 PM (St. Ignatius Chapel)
Paul Salter - Chalice Bearer
Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018 8:00 AM (CCF)
David Boland - Chalice Bearer
David Boland - Lector 
Ed Rowley - Usher
Tony Rowley - Altar Guild
Bonney Shuman - Altar Guild

9:15 AM (Christ Church, Frederica)
Seiler Thompson - Acolyte C
Maidee Brown - Acolyte TB
McKenzie Brown - Acolyte TB
Kerrigan Hamil - Acolyte - PW
Jody Bradford - Chalice Bearer
Robert Brown - Chancel Master
Barbara Sullivan - Lector - First Lesson 
Alice Barlow - Lector - Second Lesson
Jane Sanders - Greeter
Paul Sanders - Greeter
Dale Stoddard - Usher
      Rees Sumerford - Usher
Mindy Martin - Kidurgy
Peggy Goad - Altar Guild

9:15 AM (Parish Hall, Frederica)
Abigail Williston - Acolyte C
Donna Purdy - Chalice Bearer 
Doree Avera - Lector - First Lesson
Doree Avera - Lector - Second Lesson
Charlotte Graham - Greeter
Rip Graham - Greeter
Oscar Covington - Usher
Nancy Hamilton - Kidurgy Shepherd
Nancy Zell - Altar Guild

11:15 AM (Christ Church, Frederica)
Bonnie Harris - Chalice Bearer
Brooke Bartlett-Kneller - Lector - First Lesson
Elizabeth Killgallon - Lector - Second Lesson
Henry Ansley - Greeter
Diane Ansley - Greeter
Clinton Winne - Usher
Pat Collins - Altar Guild
Frankie Ansley - 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  

Monday, February 12, 2018
11:00 am - Yoga

Tuesday, February 13, 2018
2:00 pm - Christ Church Hand Bell Practice
5:30 pm - Pancakes at the Pier

Wednesday, February 14, 2018
7:00 am - Ash Wednesday at St. Ignatius
10:30 am - Men's Study Group
12:00 pm - Ash Wednesday Service at CCF  
5:00 pm - Adult Choir Practice
6:00 pm - Ash Wednesday Convocation Service PH

Thursday, February 15, 2018
11:30 am - Women's Study Group
12:30 pm - Finance Committee Meeting

Friday, February 16, 2018
EYC Ski Retreat
12:00 pm - Icon Writing Group

Saturday, February 17, 2018
8:00 am - SGHS Bridge Run
9:30 am - Lenten Quiet Day Retreat
5:30 pm - Worship at St. Ignatius

Sunday, February 18, 2018
8:00 am - Worship at Christ Church, Frederica 
9:15 am - Worship at Christ Church, Frederica
9:15 am - Parish Hall Worship at CCF
9:15 am - Kidurgy at Christ Church, Frederica 
10:20 am - Sunday School for All Ages
11:15 am - Worship at Christ Church, Frederica

Monday, February 19, 2018
Office Closed in Observance of Presidents' Day

Tuesday, February 20, 2018
2:00 pm - Christ Church Hand Bell Practice
4:30 pm - Choristers
5:00 pm - Trebles
5:45 pm - Vestry Meeting

Wednesday, February 21, 2018
10:30 am - Men's Study Group
12:00 pm - Healing Service (CCF)
1:00 pm - Art of Lent Reflection and Lunch  
5:00 pm - Adult Choir Practice
6:00 pm - X Church

Thursday, February 22, 2018
11:30 am - Women's Study Group
2:00 pm - Final Chapters Workshop
6:00 pm - Labyrinth Walk

Friday, February 23, 2018
12:00 pm - Icon Writing Group
5:00 pm - Creekfest Weekend Begins

Saturday, February 24, 2018
10:00 am - Icon Writing Group
5:30 pm - Worship at St. Ignatius

Sunday, February 25, 2018
8:00 am - Worship at Christ Church, Frederica 
9:15 am - Worship at Christ Church, Frederica
9:15 am - Parish Hall Worship at CCF
9:15 am - Kidurgy at Christ Church, Frederica 
10:20 am - Sunday School for All Ages
11:15 am - Worship at Christ Church, Frederica
6:00 pm - EYC (Middle School)
7:00 pm - EYC (High School)

Save the Date

February 22, 2018
Labyrinth Walk

February 23-25, 2018
Creekfest at Honey Creek

March 1, 2018
Community Seder

March 4, 2018
Evening Choral Evensong

March 7, 2018
EC 101 Begins

March 9, 2018
Parents' Night Out

March 10, 2018
Question of Identity Retreat

March 25-31, 2018
Holy Week

April 1, 2018
Easter Sunday

May 6, 2018 
Bishop's Visitation