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July 10 , 2019

Serving Our Neighbors for youth and teens begins on Monday, August 15. For more information about the camp and to register, click here.

Rector's Ramblings

I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh fro m the  Lord , which made heaven and earth.     - Psalm 121:1-2

Fr. Tom is away this week, enjoying the fresh mountain air, but will be back next week, revived, refreshed and ready to go!


Summer Worship Schedule
The summer worship schedule is now in effect. Regular weekend worship services take place on Saturdays at 5:30 pm at St. Ignatius Chapel, on Demere Road, and on Sundays at 8:00 am, 9:15 am and 11:15 am at Christ Church, Frederica. 

Kidurgy WILL take place all summer!
Kidurgy, our Liturgy of the Word for younger children, takes place during the 9:15 am worship service. Children have their own service in the Kidurgy room of the Parish Hall, with singing, scripture and prayer, then return to receive Communion with their families. Contact: Mtr. Katie at


Adult Sunday Morning Class 
On July 21, the Adult  Sunday  Class will begin a study entitled  Pray Like Jesus which will run through August 28. There will be another break for Labor Day Weekend, September 1, then on September 8, the class will begin a study entitled  The Gospel According to Leviticus . Read more about these books here . For more information, contact Bob Brown at .
Men's Study Group - Taking a Summer Break
The Men's Discussion Group, which meets on Wednesday mornings at 10:30 am, is currently on hiatus until late July . For more information, please contact Te Turner at .
Women's Book Study 
The women's study group meets Thursdays at 1:00 pm in the Parish Hall. They are currently reading, Leaving Church: A Memoir of Faith, by Barbara Brown Taylor. The book is  "...a beautifully crafted memoir . . . . There is a refreshing honesty . . . a slice of courage in a world that too often refuses to admit its vulnerability. . . . Leaving Church does not bash the church. It is a love story about letting go and learning to live with the mystery of what may happen next." -  San Diego Tribune   
Contact: Mtr. Ashton Williston at
Icon Writing Workshop - August 26-30IconWorkshop
The fourth annual icon writing workshop will be held August 26-30 in the Christ Church parish hall. The instructor this year is Kara Nelson. Icon writing is much more than learning to paint an icon, a painting depicting Jesus, Mary, angels or saints. Orthodox Christians consider making icons more a form of prayer than art and believe the writer's hand is guided by God as s/he writes in paint. The group will work from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm daily, but you may work more or less as your eyes, body and soul are so inclined. Each day will begin with a brief worship and Eucharist filled with instruction about icons. The cost is $375. No previous experience is needed and all materials will be furnished. Just bring a lunch and a willingness to learn. Contact: Mtr. Becky at .
Icon Writing Group - On Holiday
Please note that the Icon Writing Group that meets on Fridays at 12:00 pm and Saturdays at 10:00 am is taking a break for the month of July. They will resume meeting on Friday, August 2. For more information, please contact David Blatchford at
 Children and Youth

Youth Summer Outreach CampServingOurNeighbors

This summer, our youth will have the opportunity to give back to the community with Serving Our Neighbors, a week-long outreach camp, from July 15-19. All youth from rising 5th graders through high school-aged youth are welcome. This is an all day, week-long camp that focuses on outreach in our community. 

Because the group will be taking our lunches with us during the day, we would like to borrow a couple two coolers to keep them from spoiling in the heat and one drink cooler with a spigot for cold water. If you've got coolers or a drink cooler you can lend, please contact Mtr. Katie at

Register your children here for this great week of serving and fellowship. For more information, please c ontact: Mtr. Katie at
Acolyte Festival - August 24, 2019
The annual Diocesan Acolyte Festival will take place in Augusta this year, on the weekend of August 24-25, at the Church of the Good Shepherd. All acolytes from grades 3-12 are invited to participate. For more information, please contact Mtr. Katie at or Canon Joshua Varner at
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 !



This summer, we are collecting children's books for youngsters living in Glynn County. Many thanks to all who have already donated! The books that were distributed were enthusiastically received by the children, but we still need more!

Please bring new or gently used children's book for ages Pre-K through 6th Grade to the church office in the Parish Hall, during regular business hours on weekdays, or on Sundays, from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm. For more information, please contact Susan Shipman at .
Backpack Buddies
The Backpack Buddies are turning over the assembly line to our youth in July, during their community outreach week, Serving Our Neighbors, but we'll be back in full-swing in August and need all hands on deck! 

Please mark your calendars and join us on the following Wednesdays at 10:00 am:  August 14, August 28, September 11 and September 25.

For more information about the Backpack Buddies program, please contact Susan Shipman at


Tour of Homes 2020 Is Ramping Up!
Many hands make light the work...
As the planning begins for the March 21, 2020 Tour of Homes, there are openings for committee chairpersons. We are looking for men and women to share their talents in the following areas: benefactors, marketing, tour buses, ToH kick-off party, celebration party assistant, and signage. We're happy that so many folks have already stepped up to chair various committees and look forward to filling the rest of these vital positions with more talented volunteers!

If you'd like to help with this most worthwhile project, please contact the chairs, Susie Henning and Tami Black.

Parish People

Holy Land Trip
In late May, an intrepid group of travelers from the Golden Isles, including a contingent from Christ Church, ventured forth on a special interfaith trip to the Holy Lands. The tour, entitled, The  Interfaith Journey to the Holy Lands: Relationship, Understanding, and Community Harmony by Mejdi Tours, was organized by the Rev. Alan Dyer of Saint Simons Presbyterian Church, Rabbi Rachael Bregman of Temple Beth Tefilloh and the Rev. Tom Purdy of Christ Church Frederica. Participants have described the journey as both thought-provoking and transforming. Read more about the trip in this excellent article written by one of the participants, Bethany Leggett, for the Brunswick News.
Mother Becky Visits Germany
Mother Becky and her husband, Uli Keller, were finally able to get away for a highly-anticipated trip to Europe in June. There they spent time in Germany, visiting with Uli's family and taking in the sights in Heidelberg and Berlin. Mother Becky was thrilled to visit so many beautiful churches and cathedrals, but misses her church family at Christ Church!
Wilcox Gallery
Next time you visit the Ritz Theatre in Brunswick, Georgia, please take time to enjoy the art displayed in the beautiful lobby, which was recently renamed the Wilcox Gallery, in honor of Christ Church member and arts supporter, Millie Wilcox. The gallery's new name was revealed at a reception on Friday, July 5, 2019. Congratulations, Millie!

Susanna Wesley Guild Luncheon

The Susanna Wesley Guild will meet for their next luncheon on Tuesday, July 16, 2019, at 11:30 noon, at the King and Prince Hotel. (Bring a sweater, in case the AC is too chilly!) For more information, contact Ethel Horton at

OMG Meeting This Friday, July 12
The OMGs  are meeting this Friday, July 12, at 11:30 am, for fun, food and fellowship! If you'd like to order lunch from HoneyBaked Ham for $10, please call the office at 912-638-8683 with your order by noon, on July 11.
Stay Informed

Christ Church Gift Shop - Open Sundays!

The Christ Church Gift Shop, (inside the Parish House, across from the reception area), is now open on Sundays, from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm. Come browse the assortment of unique items available, including hand-made prayer beads, wooden crosses, Moravian stars and the Christ Church history book. We're adding new and seasonal items each week, so come by and check out the inventory. If you would like to make a purchase, cash, checks and credit cards are acceptable.  If you're interested in helping with the shop, please contact Ellen Kuehm at 912-996-3392 or at

Historical Find Made with Help from Christ Church Documents
St. Simons Island is notable for its historic ruins, from the middens created by Native Americans 3,000 to 4,200 years ago, to the archeological remnants of early 18th century Ft. Frederica and the more recent remains of tabby antebellum structures. There are also thousands of graves of the generations of people who inhabited the island - some well marked and others, obscured by time.

Fort Frederica's Michael Seibert has been researching a burial site at the fort since 2015 and recently released information about the archeological excavation work done there that supports the theory that this was the burial site of Thomas Abbott, father or Robert S. Abbott, who went on to publish the Chicago Defender daily newspaper and become one of America's first black millionaires.  Helping him make this discovery was documentation found in the Christ Church archives by parishioner Cindy Rackley. Read more about this exciting discovery in a recent Brunswick News story  here .
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 pay portal. 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.

Pastoral Care and Prayer List

Pastoral Care 

Your pastoral care team is here for you! If you have a pastoral concern, a blessing you'd like to share, want to arrange a hospital or home visit, and/or receive Holy Communion, please contact Mother Ashton Williston at 912-638-8683 or

Prayer List

To amend our prayer list or to update the church on the condition of your loved one, please email Mtr. Ashton Williston at  or call the church office at 912-638-8683.

Carl Alexander
Eric Andreae
Kurt Anderson
Kris Barkley
John Barnes
Kathy Bee
Kelly Benhase
Harry Branch
Gene Broadwell
Beverly Burns
Jackie Byrne
Josh Calhoun
Barbara Canady
Greg Canady
Andy Cheshire
Dena Davis
Jackie Davis
Mary Lou Detwiler
Tom Finn
Patricia Friedel
Dave Geiszler
Ann Graham
Walter Graham
Angie Hansen
Burgess Hartsell
Harold Hicks
Lise Hofmann
Judy Howell
Lois Irvin
Bill Littleton
Dorothy Lowery
Dot Marler
Tom Martin
Kimberly Maxwell
Rachael Moore
Rebecca Murdy
Sandy Nyenhuis

Frank Owenby
Richard Quinelly
Terry Hall Robbins
Rob Rushin
Skip Slocum
Clyde Smith
Willou Smith
David Somerville
Sam Spak
James St. Clair
Grayson Strickland
Edith Tayloe
Sara Taylor
Jamie Thomas
Mary Triplett-Key
Pat Vinton
John Waite
Janice Walker
Carah Wheeler
Summer Wheeler
Sarah Whitman
Clint Winne
Martin Worthy
Mell Wray
Hollis Youngner

This  Week

Serving This Weekend
Susan Shipman - Chalice Bearer

Sunday, July 14, 2019 8:00 AM (CCF)
David Boland - Chalice Bearer
David Boland - Lector 
Paul Ploeger - Usher
Bonney Shuman - Altar Guild

9:15 AM (Christ Church, Frederica)
Andrew Kaminer - Acolyte C  
Elizabeth Temple - Acolyte TB
William Temple - Acolyte TB
Hadley Hart - Acolyte PW
Beth Smith - Chalice Bearer
Bob Brown - Chancel Master
Bud Dorsey - Lector - First Lesson
Margie Dorsey - Lector - Second Lesson
Wallace Harrell - Greeter
Ann Harrell - Greeter
Susan Imhoff - Usher
Nancy Stoddard - Altar Guild

11:15 AM (Christ Church, Frederica)
Bruce Bland - Acolyte C  
Mary Helen Moses - Chalice Bearer
Mary Helen Moses - First Lesson
Mary Helen Moses - Second Lesson
Patrick Parker - Greeter
Dana Parker - Greeter
Ben Slade - Usher
Linda Wood - Altar Guild

Weds., July 17, 2019 Noon Healing Service (CCF) 
Bonita Wright - Altar Guild

Thursday, July 11, 2019
1:00 pm - Finance Committee Meeting
1:00 pm - Women's Book Study

Friday, July 12, 2019
11:30 am - OMG Meeting

Saturday, July 13, 2019
5:30 pm - Worship at St. Ignatius

Sunday, July 14, 2019
8:00 am - Worship at Christ Church 
9:15 am - Worship at Christ Church
9:15 am - Kidurgy
10:15 am - Coffee Hour
10:30 am - Adult Sunday Class
11:15 am - Worship at Christ Church

Monday, July 15, 2019
9:00 am - Youth Helping Neighbors
11:00 am - Yoga

Tuesday, July 16, 2019
9:00 am - Youth Helping Neighbors
11:30 am - Susanna Wesley Lunch at K&P
5:45 pm - Vestry Meeting

Wednesday, July 17, 2019
9:00 am - Youth Helping Neighbors
12:00 pm - Healing Service

Thursday, July 18, 2019
9:00 am - Youth Helping Neighbors
1:00 pm - Women's Book Study

Friday, July 19, 2019
9:00 am - Youth Helping Neighbors

Saturday, July 20, 2019
5:30 pm - Worship at St. Ignatius

Sunday, July 21, 2019
8:00 am - Worship at Christ Church 
9:15 am - Worship at Christ Church
9:15 am - Kidurgy
10:15 am - Coffee Hour
10:30 am - Adult Sunday Class
11:15 am - Worship at Christ Church

Save the Date

August 3, 2019
Safeguarding Training Class

August 10, 2019
Acolyte Training

August 11, 2019
Sunday School Open House and Registration
Acolyte Commissioning
Blessing of the Backpacks

August 18, 2019
Sunday School Starts
9:15 Parish Hall Worship Resumes

August 26-31, 2019
Icon Writing Workshop

September 1, 2019
Blessing of the Icons

September 3, 2019
Hand Bell Choir, Choristers and Trebles Rehearsals Start

September 4, 2019
Adult Choir Rehearsals Start