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January 31, 2018
Brooke Bartlett, Rip Graham, Casey Lavin and Jane Thau have been elected to the Vestry in this year's election. Read more here.

St. Athanasius is in need of food donations this month, with particular foods in short supply. Find out what is needed here.

Rector's Ramblings

This week I am sharing the sermon from this past Sunday.  It was a sermon about legacy that apparently touched many of you. Since it served as my "state of the parish" sermon, geared towards the heart of the parish as we gathered for our Annual Meeting, I'll share it here for those who couldn't be with us. 
Some of you have noticed that I have been experimenting with preaching with no notes. That means that although I wrote the sermon out in its entirety beforehand, what was actually preached doesn't match the manuscript exactly. I am including both the original manuscript and I am including a link to the audio of the sermon, which would be the preferred way to review the sermon. You can do that here.  


Rooted and Relevant - February 11th
On February 11 at 6:00 pm, the EYC will host their Rooted and Relevant worship service in the Parish Hall.  This will be led by students, adults and clergy and open to any who wish to attend. It includes creative liturgy and music that is sometimes softly meditative and other times loud and upbeat. Contact Brad Hamil at if you would like more information.

Ash Wednesday - February 14th
Ash Wednesday is February 14th. Services will be held at 7:00 am at St. Ignatius, at 12:00 noon in the historic church at Christ Church, Frederica, and at 6:30 pm, the Convocation Service will take place in the Christ Church Parish Hall. Each service includes the imposition of ashes and Holy Eucharist. 


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 

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
EYC and Pathfinders Activities
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 .

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!


65th Annual Tour of Homes Is Nearly Here!
The 65th ANNUAL Christ Church Tour of Homes is Saturday, March 17th, 2018, 10 am - 5 pm. Are you on board? We have 8 incredible homes on Tour and 6 Historic Stops! 

Visit to buy tickets, volunteer, GIVE, and get a sneak preview of our fabulous 2018 Tour! Our Committee Chairs still need a few great volunteers. Join the fun... meet new friends... make your mark on our success!

For more information or to get involved, contact: Beth Smith  912-506-7577 or  Charlotte Graham  912-506-3431


Church Docents Needed!

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 PantryFoodPantry

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!

Souper Bowl Sunday - February 4th

The EYC "Souper Bowl Sunday" soup fundraiser is this 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.
We are in need of more soups and stews to sell, so please consider making any extra pint or quart to donate to our fundraiser! You may leave your soup in the kitchen refrigerator, any time before Sunday at 9:00 am. Please contact Brad at 912-223-7276 or  for 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!  Official registration on the Active SGHS website closes at 11:59 pm on Tuesday, February 13th, 2017.  
To sign up for the team, go to

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 on the day of the run. This year, they're purple dri-fit shirts and may be purchased separately for $15. Just  contact Julie at with the sizes and amounts you'd like to order. 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.  Pick up your CCF shirt at the church office on February 15-16. Contact Diane Sheehan at  for more information.


Annual Meeting - Master Plan Update
At our Annual Meeting on January 28, Fr. Tom provided a brief update on Master Plan progress. A Building Committee is being formed under the chairmanship of Rip Graham, recently elected to the Vestry. The Building Committee will identify an architectural firm to take the concepts from the Master Plan and create specific plans so that timing and funding can be assessed. The Building Committee will have its first meeting in February. There will also be a Capital Campaign Committee forming to assess the feasibility of the fundraising necessary to take action on the Master Plan's suggestions. This Committee has not yet been formed. 

Chili Cook-Off and Baking Battle

Despite the soggy weather on Sunday night, the turn-out was exceptional for the 2018 Annual Meeting, plus Chili Cook-Off and Baking Battle. The evening started with fun and lively chili and cookie tastings, as our adult chili chefs and young baking battle contestants vied for recognition and awards. (Click here to see photos from the evening.)

This year's Chili Cook-Off Contest winners were:
Judges' Choice: 1st Place - David Blatchford, 2nd Place - The Rev. Tom Purdy, 3rd Place - Ed Turner
People's Choice: 1st Place - Dana Parker, 2nd Place - Harry Branch, 3rd Place - David Blatchford

The Cookie Baking Battle contestants were:
Ava and Isabel Parker, Jack and Sam Taylor, Elizabeth, William and Caroline Temple, Eva and Calleigh Purdy, Kerrigan Hamil, Anson Galland and Hadley Kneller, All entered delicious and beautifully created cookies, each winning certificates of excellence!

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.

Shrove Tuesday - Pancakes at the Pier
Christ Church will be hosting the first Pancakes at the Pier
event on February 13th, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at Neptune Park in the St. Simons Village. There will be pancakes at the Casino and parades through the park led by local musicians. Come for the games, pancake relays and fun for all ages and bring your friends and neighbors! Contact Fr. Tom at for more information.

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.
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

Vestry Election ResultsVestryElections
Head Teller David Blatchford  would like to thank the members of the congregation who assisted at the polls and with the tabulation of the votes:  Paul and Annabelle Salter, David Boland, David Davis, Peg McBride, Dale Pierson, Oscar and Zoann Covington, Henry Ansley, Susan Shipman, Harry Branch and Sharon Joy. All the votes were ounted and the congregation elected Brooke Bartlett, Rip Graham, Casey Lavin and Jane Thau to three year terms on the Vestry and Bernie Keele  to serve as first alternate. Many thanks to outgoing Vestry members Susan Shipman, Gene Rackley, Scott McQuade and Nancy Stoddard for all their devotion and hard work over the last three years.


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

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
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
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
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

Bob Butler
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, Feb. 3, 2018 5:30 PM (St. Ignatius Chapel)
Paul Salter - Chalice Bearer
Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018 8:00 AM (CCF)
Carl Baumgardner - Chalice Bearer
Carl Baumgardner - Lector 
Lee Dyson - Usher
Dorriann Branch - Altar Guild

9:15 AM (Christ Church, Frederica)
Te Turner - Acolyte C
Robert Wray - Acolyte TB
Daven Wray - Acolyte - PW
Te Turner - Chalice Bearer
Slade Turner - Chancel Master
Carol Hoffine - Lector - First Lesson 
Jody Bradford - Lector - Second Lesson
Jeannie Wade - Greeter
Ralph Wade - Greeter
Charlie Daniel - Usher
      Susan Imhoff - Usher
Mary Hardee - Kidurgy
Nancy Stoddard - Altar Guild

9:15 AM (Parish Hall, Frederica)
Kerrigan Hamil - Acolyte C
Gene Rackley - Lector - First Lesson
Brooke Bartlett-Kneller - Lector - Second Lesson
Gene Rackley - Greeter
Cindy Rackley - Greeter
Sarah Kreimborg - Kidurgy Shepherd
Tony Kreimborg - Kidurgy Shepherd
Amy Jenkins - Altar Guild

11:15 AM (Christ Church, Frederica)
Kathleen Chitty - Acolyte C
Bonnie Harris - Chalice Bearer
Lynne Fox - Lector - First Lesson
Lynne Fox - Lector - Second Lesson
Jeff Poulos - Greeter
Tracy Poulos - Greeter
John Killgallon - Usher
Dalr Pierson - Altar Guild

Feb. 7, 2018 Healing Service 12:00 Noon
Nancy Butler - 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  

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

Monday, February 5, 2018
11:00 am - Yoga

Tuesday, February 6, 2018
2:00 pm - Christ Church Hand Bell Practice
4:30 pm - Choristers
5:00 pm - Trebles 

Wednesday, February 7, 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 8, 2018
11:30 am - Women's Study Group
5:00 pm - Tour of Homes Wine Opener

Friday, February 9, 2018
12:00 pm - Icon Writing Group
6:00 pm - Frederick Cousins Guild Oyster Roast

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

Sunday, February 11, 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
12:30 pm - Daughters of the King Meeting
6:00 pm - EYC Rooted and Relevant Eucharist

Save the Date

February 13, 2018
Shrove Tuesday - Pancakes at the Pier

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