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January 24, 2018
Christ Church Vestry elections are this weekend, January 27th and 28th. Read about the candidates and voting procedure here.

If you are planning to participate in the 2018 SGHS Bridge Run and would like to add a name of a loved one affected by cancer to the Christ Church memorial T-shirt, please contact with your names by January 24th. Get more information about the run/walk  here.

Rector's Ramblings

I finally had the chance to watch the film, All Saints this past weekend. All Saints tells the story of an Episcopal parish in Tennessee that was planning on closing down, but found new life instead. The parish had dwindled to small numbers and the diocese sent a priest to help the parish go through the equivalent of an ecclesiastical Hospice period. Instead, however, some Karen refugees from Burma showed up and the Church found itself in the middle of a resurrection story instead. The Karen refugees had been Anglicans, a persecuted minority, so they naturally found the closest Episcopal Church once they resettled.
The Karen refugees who had been resettled in the area were poor, so they could not do much to support the congregation's finances, but they did have skills as farmers. The Church turned its land into a working farm, which allowed the Church to feed the refugees and also support the church's budget, allowing the church to stay open; it remains open to this day, ten years later. It is a great story - a true story - about how the Gospel can accomplish amazing things when it is lived out.  


Revival: Fearless Faith, Boundless Love

It was wonderful that parishioners from all over the Diocese were able to experience what they did this past weekend at Good Shepherd Church and Honeycreek. The Fearless Faith, Boundless Love Revival for the Diocese of Georgia, was a time of spiritual awakening and renewal for students and adults alike. All were inspired and moved by Bishop Curry's time with the students on Friday  evening, his sermons, the video conveying the amazing witness of Deaconess Alexander, and the awesome musical offerings. Members of Christ Church stayed well into the  afternoon experiencing a variety of activities that allowed them to reflect upon and process the experience of the revival, giving much needed peace to go and serve the Lord with selfless love for all!

To see videos from the day, go to the Diocesan Facebook page here.


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

Men's Study Group
The Christ Church Men's Group recently began a study on the book  Technology and Religion: Remaining Human in a Co-Created World  by Noreen Herzfeld. The first chapter led to an interesting discussion. The group meets each Wednesday  morning at 10:30 am  in the teen room in the Parish Hall. (Books are available through book sellers online.)
Women's Study Group

The Women's Study Group is now meeting at 11:30 am each week. The group is currently focusing on a new book, Brene Brown's  Braving the Wilderness - The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone . Books are available for $17 in the Church Office. All women in the parish are invited to join us for this study! For more information, contact Mtr. Ashton: .

Wednesday Night Bible Study
Godfrey Draviam is leading a four week Bible study, "Being with the Father" that will conclude on February 7th. The group meets in the Vestry Room, from 5:30 to 6:25 pm. All are welcome! For more information, please contact Godfrey at
Daughters of the King
Save the Date for Sunday, February 11th , at 12:30 pm for an informational lunch. Angel Bernier is the President of The Order of the Daughters of the King for the Diocese of Georgia.  She we will be coming to discuss Christ Church's St. Elizabeth of Hungary Chapter. If you are interested in becoming a Daughter, being reinstated as a Daughter, or are an active Daughter, come and help us discern the mission of this Chapter at Christ Church. To learn more about the  order visit  . If you have any questions please contact Ashton at 

EYC and Pathfinders Activities
Youth at the Revival

The activities planned for the youth participating in the Fearless Faith, Boundless Love Revival this past weekend were exciting and engaging, and were well received by all who came to experience the revival weekend!

EYC Ski Retreat Weekend

Save the date for the EYC Ski Retreat! 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. Contact Youth Missioner Brad Hamil at to get more details about the trip.

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 .

Enneagram Workshop - This WeekendEnneagramWorkshop
On January 26 - 27, Christ Church, Frederica presents the Rev. Dr. Paul Hanneman's introduction to the Enneagram. Join Dr. Hanneman for this workshop as he explores this ancient spiritual tool... the wisdom of the Fourth Century Desert Fathers, the first Christian monastics...deep, universal and life-changing. The Enneagram is about people - how we are the same, how we are different, what makes us tick and how we get in our own way. It describes nine fundamental personality styles. It helps explain why we behave the way we do. It offers specific directions for personal growth.

Friday January 26, 2018 - 7:00-9:00 p.m.  
Dynamics of the Nine Personality Types, Ego Structure, Soul
Saturday, January 27, 2017 - 9:00-11:30 a.m.  
You're NOT Your Personality"
(Light lunch served in Fellowship Hall.)        
1:00-4:00 p.m. 
"Who Does God See When He Looks at Us?"

Advance registration is required and registration forms can be found in the church office or downloaded here. The cost for the workshop is $40. Make checks to Christ Church, Frederica with Enneagram Workshop in the memo line. DEADLINE for registration is Thursday, January 25th, at 5:00 pm. 


65th Annual Tour of Homes Really Needs You!
The Tour of Homes' committees are busy bees! Come and join us! We are looking for 3-4 more bus docents, several house docents and several parkers. We will need lots of baked goods for Parish House treats. This is a great opportunity to get involved and make new friends!

We thank you for being such a generous and loving church family. Currently we have 56 Benefactors. If you haven't pledged yet, there's still time but to get your name listed in the program we need to have them by Monday, January 29th.

Charlotte Graham, Beth Smith, Zoann Covington and Angie Burns are excited to be part of this year's Tour of Homes! To see the 2018 Tour of Homes promotional video, "Touring Through the Ages: Early Days and Modern Ways" click here.

We "Open" Tour Season with a Wine Opener at the lovely home of Beth Thrift. Please view invitation below and PLEASE RSVP by January 26th  Contact: Beth Smith  912-506-7577 or  Charlotte Graham  912-506-3431

Tour of Homes Wine Opener



Church Docents Needed!

As Christians, we are enjoined to share our treasure with others. Christ Church Frederica is itself a treasure --historical and spiritual. It is one of the most visited sites on St. Simons Island, drawing travelers from many parts all year around. The church is kept open to them thanks to our docents.

We are currently seeking volunteers to serve as docents once a month on a weekday or weekend afternoon, in a 2:00 -5:00 pm shift. A brief training session is offered. 
This is an enjoyable and rewarding opportunity to share the remarkable story of our church and to introduce it  to many others. If you are interested in joining our corps of Christ Church ambassadors, please contact Fred Collins at  912-222-2643.

Foods Needed for St. Athanasius Food Pantry

Please remember to bring your food donations for the St. Athanasius Feed My Sheep Food Pantry on the first weekend in February. One of the main food items that is especially needed now is cereal in regular sized boxes. It is in short supply. The p antry could also use canned pasta with meat, like ravioli, spaghetti-o's, etc. Thank you for your generosity!

Backpack Buddies

The Backpack Buddies will be packing again on Wednesday, January 31st, at 10:00 am.All are welcome to join the packing line!  For more information about Backpack Buddies, contact Susan Shipman at .

Souper Bowl Sunday - February 4th

The "Souper Bowl Sunday" soup fundraiser is coming up again and will "kick-off" on Sunday, February 4th . After all services we will be selling homemade soup in pints ($5) and quarts ($10) to raise money for our youth programs. Parents, students, and parishioners will provide the soup so this is a very profitable fundraiser! Soup will be available at the church and the parish house.
If you would like to make some homemade soup for this fundraiser or baked goods for the youth to sell, please contact Brad at 912-223-7276 or

Dinnertime in the Kingdom of God
By John La Boone
"Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke them. Then he gave them to the disciples to distribute to the people. They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over."
                                                                 - Luke 9: 16-17
How does an Episcopal church become a church? For that matter, what makes anything a kind of church? Is it the building? Stained glass, pews, a steeple, a bell tower, a pulpit with a carved eagle attached to it? Does a building with a baptismal font, prayer books and hymnals become a church once it is blessed by a diocesan bishop? Interesting questions, but not ones that most people ask out loud. We just sort of know what's a church and what isn't... don't we?

2018 SGHS Bridge Run

The 2018 Southeast Georgia Health System Annual Bridge Run is Saturday, February 17th and Christ Church will field a team!  Official registration on the Active SGHS website closes at 11:59 pm on Tuesday, February 13th, 2017. You will save some money if you register by Tuesday, January 30 th .
To sign up for the team, go to Once you are there, register by the following steps:
* Click on Team Member (10 or more people) Runners and Walkers pay $28 on or before Jan. 30 th  Half Marathon is $58 before Jan 30
* Hit Continue
* Enter email address
* Fill in name, date of birth, phone number, address, etc.
* Choose shirt size: This is for THEIR T-shirt-NOT OURS!!*
* Scroll down and choose team Christ Church, Frederica
* Check agreement to waivers
* Fill in the electronic signature
* Choose event insurance or not
* Fill in payment information
* Click NO THANKS to Active Membership (unless you really want to pay for it)
* Your electronic receipt will appear, which you may print
That's it and we'll be notified once you've registered!
(*Registration qualifies you to receive an official SGHS 2018 Bridge Run T-shirt. We, as a team, are not attending the Friday Pasta Night event, but you are free to sign up and go on your own.)

The Official Christ Church Memorial T-ShirtBridgeRunTShirt 

Although the cost of your entry includes a Bridge Run shirt, please consider purchasing an official Christ Church T-shirt to wear the day of the run. They may be purchased separately for $15. (NOTE: Names of loved ones affected by cancer, who you would like to remember or honor, may be added to the shirt by sending the names to Julie Hancock at by January 26th. To see the list of current names, as of 1-24-2018, click here.) To purchase a shirt, please contact Julie at with the sizes and amounts you'd like to order. All orders and payments must be in by February 1st.  Proceeds from shirt sales will go to the cancer programs at the hospital. Make checks payable to Christ Church, Frederica and write Bridge Run in the memo line. Checks may be mailed to Christ Church, Frederica 6329 Frederica Road, St. Simons Island, GA 31522, or they may be dropped off at the church office. Please write ATTN: Bridge Run on your envelope.   Pick up your CCF shirt at the church office on February 15-16. Contact Diane Sheehan at  for more information.


Frederick Cousins Oyster Roast - February 9th
Get ready for the Frederick Cousins Oyster Roast on Friday, February 9th at 6:00 pm! Beginning January 26, tickets for the Oyster Roast will be available from guild members or through the church office (please pay by check or cash). They are limited and sell out quickly! The price is $25 advance or $30 at the door. Proceeds will go to the Compass Rose Society, which supports the programs and ministries of the Archbishop of Canterbury, and to various local charities.   Contact: church office at 912-638-8683.

Coffee HourCoffeeHour
Coffee Hour hosts are urgently needed to help provide refreshments between our 9:15 am and 11:15 am worship services on Sundays, in the Christ Church Parish Hall. Please contact Christine Plank at to sign up to help.
Christ Church Moms
A new group, the  Christ Church Moms , will begin meeting for fun and fellowship, at a different time and location each month. The next gathering will take place on Friday, January 26th, at 6:30 pm, at Gnat's Landing. For more information, please contact Mtr. Ashton at

Chili Cook-off and Annual Meeting - January 28

We will once again have a Chili Cook-off in conjunction with the Annual Meeting on Sunday, January 28th. If you would like to enter in the Chili Cook-off, please bring your entry, heated and ready to eat, by 5:45 pm in a crock-pot. There will be plenty of extension cords so you can plug your pot in to keep your chili hot. If you are not planning on bringing chili, please try to bring a salad, sandwiches, bread/cornbread, chips or a dessert. 

Attention kids!! We will also be holding the very first Baking Battle cookie contest for children and youth this year. Please bring six of your best homemade cookies to the Parish Hall between 5:45 and 6:00 pm, on Jan. 28th, to be part of the competition. Cookies will be judged on taste, appearance, and creativity.
The results of the Vestry election will be announced at the Chili Cook-off and Annual Meeting at Christ Church.

Looking to the Heavens Above

Priest Associate, Fr. David Somerville, may have been reading the Eighth Psalm more frequently than for his own good. He has developed an interest in all the sky beholds to the naked eye. So he bought a pair of binoculars. The result: An interest in finding a fellowship of folks who would like to explore the cosmos once or twice per month with something more substantial than a pair of binocs. He is currently in conversation with the natural science department at the Costal Community College for a leader, whose first task would be to help Fr. David choose an affordable, but good quality telescope. The leader's second task would be to discuss with our group the remarkable beauty and diversity of planets in our solar system, the constellations of our sky through which the planets wander, and the structure of the Milky Way Galaxy. If you are interested in this kind of back yard astronomy, which provides wonderful quality time, for mothers and sons, fathers and daughters,  send an email note to Fr. David at We would probably do well to have at least between six and twelve individuals committed and involved.

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

2018 Vestry Elections - January 27 & 28VestryElections

After each service this weekend, we will vote on eight candidates for the four open vestry slots. The candidates are: Brooke Bartlett, Rip Graham, Bernie Keele, Ellen Kuehm, John La Boone, Casey Lavin, Jane Thau and Steven Williams. Eligibility to vote is based on our parish rolls for "communicants in good standing." The current list will be posted at Christ Church and St. Ignatius. If you are not listed and feel that the omission is in error, please let us know. We will open voting AFTER each of our five weekend services. Voting after services (as opposed to before them) is particularly important on Sunday morning, as it allows the transition between the 8:00 and 9:15 am services to run smoothly. At all services, it also allows for a contemplative preparation for worship in the tight spaces of our church. Voting will take place at the churches only. There are no absentee ballots. The results of the election will be announced at the annual parish meeting and chili cook-off on Sunday evening at 6:00 pm.

Click here to read the biographies of each of this year's nominees.


Pledge Envelopes Ready for Pick-up

The 2018 pledge envelopes are now available for pick-up in the Parish Hall.

If you would like to use giving envelopes for your offerings but don't have any, please contact Stan Kyker at 912-638-6863 or at He will assign an envelope number for you and provide a set of un-numbered envelopes that you can use for this year. In 2019 your envelopes will be printed with your number.

Giving Made Easy

Donations to Christ Church Frederica by credit card, debit card and electronic funds transfer are welcomed and may be readily processed through the CCF website. 
* Go to (the CCF home page)  
* Click "Giving" on the green bar at the top of the page. That will take you to the sign-in page for the Church's "" giving link. 
* Select "Give One Time" or "Set Up A Recurring Gift" (weekly, every two weeks, every month, or 1st & 15th monthly).
* Select the Fund for which your gift is intended. Most gifts, whether on a pledge or not, go to the "General Fund."  Memorial gifts go to CCF's designated "Memorial Fund."
First time using PushPay? 
You will need to create an account. 
* Enter your mobile phone number
* You'll immediately receive a security "code" text on your phone
* Enter the code into PushPay. 
* Enter your name, email address and a password to create the account.
  NOTE:   You may give by credit card, debit card or by a direct electronic funds transfer (ACH) from your bank account (either checking or savings). 
To pay by credit or debit - MasterCard, Visa, American Express and Discover:
* Enter your credit or debit card information (account number, expiration date and three-digit security code on the back of the card).
To pay by direct electronic transfer from your bank - enter your bank routing number and checking or savings account number. 
You may change and/or add new payment methods at any time.
If you have any questions about this process, please contact  Stan Kyker, Financial Administrator  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
George Almasi
Kurt Anderson
Malicia Atkinson
Kris Barkley    
Harry Branch
Doug Brantley
Gene Broadwell
Bob Brown
Terry Burns
Barbara Canaday
Marilyn Canady
Paddy Carley
Kristen Cutler
Mary Lou De Bisschop
Mary Lou Detwiler
Robbie Dickinson
Anna Doxey
Andy Doyle
Betsy Fitzgerald
Penny Flickinger
Stephen Freedman
Ewell Gay
Travis Gay
Louise Gentile
Max Germaine
Mary Jean Giobino
Rosalind Griffin
Kevin Hancock
Burgess Hartnell
Kevin Heeny
William David Herndon
Mike Herrin
Christopher Hewetson
Cheryl Hieatt
Jane Higginbotham
Carol Hoffine
Brenda Hollis
Greg Hollis
Alexander Hutcheson
Eileen Hutcheson
Ellen Hunter
Lois Irvin
Glenn Jones
Carlin Kenny
Christi Lambert
Davi Langston
Billie Lewellyn
Keith Lewellyn
Bill Littleton
Sam Livesay
Martha Lovett

Jerry Lowe
Cathy McCarthy
Mamie Meadows
Marilyn Miller
Marge Mitchell
Gene Palmer
Mary Elizabeth Paris
Margaret Payne
Vivian Peterson
Dale Pierson
Kari Powell
Chris Prater
Joetta Principato
Rajika Reed
Jack Riner
Mark Robinson
Julie Sargent
Phyllis Sartin
Robert Saunders
Angie Schrum
Willou Smith
David Somerville
Richard Stamper
James St. Clair
Samantha Lee Stevens
Joel Stewart
Grayson Strickland
Edith Tayloe
Beth Varn
John Waite
Janice Walker
Carah Wheeler
Summer Wheeler
Martin Worthy
Mell Wray
Hollis Youngner
Keith Zimmerman 
Esther Zylstra

Bill Torrey

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 WeekendServersNeeded

Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 5:30 PM (St. Ignatius Chapel)
Ralph Wade - Chalice Bearer
Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018 8:00 AM (CCF)
Paul Salter - Chalice Bearer
Paul Salter - Lector 
Peg McBride - Usher
Sherry Bowen - Altar Guild

9:15 AM (Christ Church, Frederica)
Slade Turner - Acolyte C
Maidee Brown - Acolyte TB
Eva Purdy - Acolyte - TB
McKenzie Brown - Acolyte - PW
Paul Salter - Chalice Bearer
Te Turner - Chancel Master
Te Turner - Lector - First Lesson 
Catherine Holt - Lector - Second Lesson
Laura Brown - Greeter
Greer Brown - Greeter
Fred Collins - Usher
      Joe Wilkinson - Usher
Alice Barlow - Kidurgy
Weezie Campbell - Altar Guild

9:15 AM (Parish Hall, Frederica)
Kerrigan Hamil - Acolyte C
Hugh Brown - Chalice Bearer
John La Boone - Lector - First Lesson
Kristi Hamil - Lector - Second Lesson
Charlotte Graham - Greeter
Rip Graham - Greeter
Oscar Covington - Usher
Julianne Temple - Kidurgy Shepherd
Amy Jenkins - Altar Guild

11:15 AM (Christ Church, Frederica)
Isabel Parker - Acolyte C
Alice Barlow - Chalice Bearer
Susan Shipman - Lector - First Lesson
Susan Shipman - Lector - Second Lesson
Dana Parker - Greeter
Patrick Parker - Greeter
Royce Wood - Usher
Jennie Doyle - Altar Guild

Jan. 31, 2018 Healing Service 12:00 Noon
Janis Boland - 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  

Wednesday, January 24, 2018  
5:00 pm - Adult Choir Practice
5:30 pm - Bible Study
6:30 pm - X Church

Thursday, January 25, 2018
11:00 am - ToH Chairwomen Meeting
11:30 am - Women's Study Group
Friday, January 26, 2018
12:00 pm - Icon Writing Group
7:00 pm - Enneagram Workshop

Saturday, January 27, 2018
9:00 am - Enneagram Workshop
5:30 pm - Worship at St. Ignatius

Sunday, January 28, 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 - Chili Cook-Off, Annual Meeting & Baking Battle

Monday, January 29, 2018
11:00 am - Yoga

Tuesday, January 30, 2018
2:00 pm - Christ Church Hand Bell Practice
4:30 pm - Choristers
5:00 pm - Trebles 

Wednesday, January 31, 2018
10:30 am - Men's Study Group
12:00 pm - Healing Service 
5:00 pm - Adult Choir Practice
5:30 pm - Bible Study
6:30 pm - X Church

Thursday, February 1, 2018
11:30 am - Women's Study Group
 5:00 pm - Tour of Homes Wine Opener

Friday, February 2, 2018
12:00 pm - Icon Writing Group

Saturday, February 3, 2018
10:00 am - Icon Writing Group
5:30 pm - Worship at St. Ignatius

Sunday, February 4, 2018
St. Athanasius Food Bank
EYC Souper Bowl Fundraiser
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 1, 2018
ECW Tour of Homes Kick-Off

February 9, 2018
Frederick Cousins Oyster Roast

February 11, 2018
EYC Rooted and Relevant Holy Eucharist

February 13, 2018
Shrove Tuesday

February 14, 2018
Ash Wednesday

March 25-31, 2018
Holy Week

April 1, 2018
Easter Sunday

May 6, 2018 
Bishop's Visitation

June 11-15, 2018
Vacation Bible School

June 18-22, 2018
Camp Kanuga