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July 31 , 2019

The Icon Writing Group will NOT be meeting on Friday, August 2 and Saturday, August 3, but will resume meeting on Friday, August 9.

School starts next week and Christ Church is collecting school supplies to help the children of struggling families in Glynn County. If you'd like to help, please check the list here to see what items are most urgently needed, purchase them, and drop them off to the church office.

Rector's Ramblings

I write a lot. I knew writing was a part of ministry, but I don't think I realized just how much writing I'd be doing when I went off to seminary. It's one of those things "they" don't tell you, and you figure out along the way. Granted, I suspect I write more than many of my colleagues, if for no other reason than I write these ramblings week after week. Even so, ministry means putting pen to paper, or these days, finger to keyboard. What's interesting is that I now have a nerdy set of statistics on my writing.

Back in February, I downloaded a piece of software called Grammarly. It's a web-based spelling and grammar tool, not unlike what word processing software uses to do the same. Grammarly has a bit more power when it comes to grammar and making recommendations about word choice or phrasing. It's much smarter than Microsoft Word's built-in checker by comparison. Since I do most of my writing in a hurry, having some help with punctuation, spelling, and grammar is beneficial. The software automatically scans my emails, anything I type on the web, text messages I send from my computer, and any documents I cut and paste into the desktop module. I also get periodic reports on my usage.  


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. On September 8, the 9:15 am Parish Hall service will return to the Sunday line-up of worship services.

Kidurgy 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 
The Adult  Sunday  Class is currently engaged in a study based on  Pray Like Jesus , by Don Underwood, which will conclude on August 28. The class will take a break for Labor Day Weekend, September 1, then on September 8, will begin a study entitled  The Gospel According to Leviticus . Read more about these books here . All are invited to join us. For more information, contact Bob Brown at .
Women's Book Study 
The women's study group meets on Thursdays at 1:00 pm in the parish hall.  On August 1, they will begin a study of An Altar in the World: A Geography of Faith . In this book, author Barbara Brown Taylor reveals meaningful ways to discover the sacred in the small things we do and see, from simple practices such as walking, working, and prayer. 

On September 5, the group will begin a study of  Learning to Walk in the Dark,  by Barbara Brown Taylor.  In this book,  Taylor asks us to put aside our fears and anxieties and to explore all that God has to teach us "in the dark". Through darkness we find courage, we understand the world in new ways, and we feel God's presence around us, guiding us through things seen and unseen. Often, it is while we are in the dark that we grow the most. With her characteristic charm and literary wisdom, Taylor is our guide through a spirituality of the nighttime, teaching us how to find our footing in times of uncertainty and giving us strength and hope to face all of life's challenging moments. Books are available in the bookstore for $11.00.  Contact: Mtr. Ashton Williston 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 . For more information, please contact Te Turner at .
Wednesday Night Bible Study
The Wednesday Night Fall 2019 Bible Study  will begin on August 21 and end on September 25. The study, A Quick Journey Through The Bible, will re-group books/contents of the Bible to bring out key principles, visions, teachings, etc. in each group. Attendees, who previously in their Christian journey have read through the whole or considerable sections of the Bible, will find the study and discussions particularly interesting and thought provoking. The classes will begin at 5:30 pm and end at 6:25 pm. The study will be held in the Vestry Room of the Parish House. You have an open invitation to attend! Contact: Godfrey Draviam 912-638-8747 or
Wednesday Afternoon Book Study
Formed In Love Study  - 4 Wednesdays in September, with a simple lunch and one-hour discussion 

Beginning on Wednesday, September 4, at 1:00 pm, Fr. Tom will lead a four-week discussion of Scott Bader-Saye's volume from the New Church Teaching Series,  Formed by Love . Bader-Saye examines the moral life through the lens of the Episcopal Church and its traditions. Topics include creation, incarnation, holiness, sacrament, scripture, and "via media." The author also tackles the big moral questions: Who am I? Why am I here? What are good and evil? What are right and wrong? - and examines how an Episcopal approach might shape a typical day by examining Morning Prayer and Compline as moral formation, in between discussing work,  eating, and playing. Books are $13 and available in the bookstore. Contact: Fr. Tom at
 Children and Youth

Teacher Training and Safeguarding Class
Training for all adults who work with Children and Youth  will take place on Saturday, August 3, beginning at 10:00 am in the Parish Hall. Nursery care will be available. Contact: Mtr. Katie at
Safeguarding Training will be provided to all who still need it on Saturday, August 3, at 12:30 pm, in the Parish Hall. Mother Katie will lead this training session. Please sign up by calling the church office at 912-638-8683.
Sunday School News 
The 2019-2020 Sunday School Season begins on Sunday, August 11, with the Blessing of the Backpacks at the 9:15 am worship service, followed by the annual Sunday School Open House at 10:15 am, in the Parish Hall. Children will get the opportunity to meet their teachers and visit their classrooms, while parents register them for classes. 

On Sunday, August 18, at 10:15 am, all children and youth are invited to come to Sunday school for the first day of classes. We'll also be saying a special prayer for our teachers, during worship that morning, so all are encouraged to attend. For more details, please contact Mtr. Katie at
Acolyte Training and Commissioning
Acolyte   Training   will take place on Sunday, August 11, from 12:30 to 2:30 pm in the church. Children and youth in grades 3 - 12 are invited to attend. Acolytes are an important part of our worship services at Christ Church, serving regularly as crucifers, torch bearers, and priest walkers, and sometimes as thurifers and banner-bearers, as well. Come learn about each type of server and the duties they perform and join the acolyte team.  We will be commissioning our acolytes for 2019-2020 on Sunday, August 18, at morning worship.  Contact: Mtr. Katie at .
Youth Group Kick-Off on August 18
Beginning August 18, our youth (grades 6 - 12) will meet from 6:30 - 8:00 pm every week in the parish hall, for fun and fellowship. They'll have a meal together, play indoor/outdoor games, participate in creative/artistic activities, worship and study the Bible. Contact Mtr. Katie at for more information. 
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
Starting on August 25, our third through fifth graders will meet once a month for fun activities and trips, giving the children and their parents opportunities to spend time together building relationships and getting them excited about participating in Youth Group when they are older. For more information, please contact Mtr. Katie 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 !



School Supplies NeededSchoolSupplies
The start of a new school year is next week! There are many families in the area that struggle to provide the needed school supplies for their children. In the past few years, Christ Church has worked with GEM (Glynn Episcopal Ministries) to make sure area students have the materials they need for a successful school year. If you'd like to contribute, please see the following list and help our area students by purchasing these school supplies and leaving them in the church office by Sunday, August 4. Items Needed: Backpacks, #2 pencils, Colored pencils, Pencil boxes and pouches, Pencil sharpener, Pencil top erasers, Pink erasers, Glue sticks, Crayons (16 and 24 packs), Large crayons (8 pack), Scissors - Fiskars for the lower grades, Wide rule composition notebooks, Single subject spiral notebooks, Primary paper, Loose leaf notebook paper, 2-pocket folders, Pocket folders with prongs, Black or blue pens, 3-ring binders, Markers, Highlighters, Composition books with grid paper, Cleaning wipes, Hand Sanitizer (large refill size)
Contact: Donna Purdy at
Backpack Buddies

School will be starting next week and so will the need for weekend food bags for children here in Glynn County. You can help by sponsoring a child for $100 for the school year, $50 for half the year, or by helping the Backpack Buddies fill bags for monthly food distribution. Please join us on on packing days on the following Wednesdays at 10:00 am:  August 14, August 28, September 11 and September 25. If you'd like to sponsor a child in  the Backpack Buddies program, please contact Susan Shipman at

St. Athanasius Feed My Sheep Food PantryFoodPantry
The St. Athanasius Feed My Sheep Food Pantry needs your non-perishable food donations for August. Please bring them to  St. Ignatius and the Christ Church Parish Hall this coming weekend, August 3-4, or drop off donations in the grocery cart, during regular business hours, at the church office in the Parish Hall. Items that are always needed include canned soups, vegetables, fruits and meals like Spaghettios. Thank you for your continued support of this ministry! 


Eight Months Until Tour Day!
Tour Day, March 21, 2020, will be here before you know it!  We've got a great team started, but still need an Assistant House Chair, Kickoff Celebration Planner, Private Bus Organizer, Signage Manager, and a Recruiting Volunteer. Plus we will need EVERYBODY's help to make this the best Tour of Homes yet!  If you'd like to help with this most worthwhile project, please contact the chairs, Susie Henning at  or Tami Black at
tblack@vangardventures.comRead more about this year's tour in the most recent Tour of Homes newsletter  here .

Christ Church Comforters & OMGs!

The Christ Church Comforters will have their next meeting on Friday, August 2, at 10:30 am, in the Christ Church Parish Hall. Please bring your yarn, needles, hooks and any shawls you've been working on recently.

Afterwards, all are invited to stay for lunch with the O(utrageously) M(ature) G(roup) at 11:30 am. This will be great time to socialize, relax, and catch up. Following lunch, the OMGs will be playing games and Comforters members are welcome to join them to play or just stay for more conversation and fun. 

If you'd like lunch for $10 from Honeybaked Ham, please call the church office at 912-638-8683 with your order by Wednesday, July 31, at noon. For more information, please contact Mtr. Ashton at
Stay Informed

Kitchen and Pantry Clean-Up

A major kitchen and pantry cleaning is planned for August. Over the years we've accumulated an over supply of utensils clogging the cabinets and drawers. Some of the counters are covered with containers left from previous potluck dinners. 
The plan is to take surplus items to Hello Goodbye for resale. If there's anything of importance to you that you want to retrieve, please check the kitchen as soon as convenient. We would like all items reclaimed by Sunday, August 18. For more information, please contact Junior Warden Alice Barlow at

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
We have 24 book titles on sale for 
20% off in the Gift Shop.
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

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.

Nancy Acree
Bob Altenbach
Eric Andreae
Kurt Anderson
Kris Barkley
Kelly Benhase
Harry Branch
Gene Broadwell
Beverly Burns
Jackie Byrne
Josh Calhoun
Greg Canady
Dena Davis
Jackie Davis
Mary Lou Detwiler
Tom Finn
Patricia Friedel
Dave Geiszler
Ann Graham
Walter Graham
Angie Hansen
Burgess Hartsell
Carol Hoffine
Lise Hofmann
Lois Irvin
Johnny Justice
Bill Littleton
Dorothy Lowery
Dot Marler
Tom Martin

Rebecca Murdy
Sandy Nyenhuis
Frank Owenby
Richard Quinelly
Johnny Riddle
Julia Riddle
Terry Hall Robbins
Rob Rushin
Skip Slocum
Clyde Smith
Willou Smith
David Somerville
Sam Spak
James St. Clair
Edith Tayloe
Sara Taylor
Jamie Thomas
Mary Triplett-Key
Pat Vinton
Janice Walker
Sarah Whitman
Clint Winne
Martin Worthy
Mell Wray

This  Week

Serving This Weekend
Paul Salter - Chalice Bearer

Sunday, August 4, 2019 8:00 AM (CCF)
David Boland - Chalice Bearer
David Boland - Lector 
Lee Dyson - Usher
Sherry Bowen - Altar Guild

9:15 AM (Christ Church, Frederica)  
Robert Wray - Acolyte C
Anson Galland - Acolyte TB
Vivian Parks - Acolyte TB
Levi Parks - Acolyte CW
Doree Avera - Chalice Bearer
Te Turner - Chancel Master
Ralph Wade - Lector - First Lesson
Angie Burns - Lector - Second Lesson
Jeannie Wade - Greeter
Ralph Wade - Greeter
Susan Imhoff - Usher
Weezie Campbell - Altar Guild

11:15 AM (Christ Church, Frederica)
Ava Parker - Acolyte C
Paul Salter - Chalice Bearer
Bonnie Harris - First Lesson
Bonnie Harris - Second Lesson
Diane Ansley - Greeter
Henry Ansley - Greeter
John Killgallon - Usher
Jennie Doyle - Altar Guild

Weds., August 7, 2019 Noon Healing Service (CCF) 
Janis Boland - Altar Guild

Thursday, August 1, 2019
1:00 pm - Women's Book Study

Friday, August 2, 2019
10:30 am - Christ Church Comforters
11:30 am - OMG Meeting
Saturday, August 3, 2019
St. Athanasius Food Pantry
10:00 am - Teacher Training
12:30 pm - Safeguarding Training
5:30 pm - Worship at St. Ignatius
Sunday, August 4, 2019
St. Athanasius Food Pantry
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, August 5, 2019
11:00 am - Yoga

Tuesday, August 6, 2019
4:00 pm - Live Poets Society
Wednesday, August 7, 2019
12:00 pm - Healing Service
Thursday, August 8, 2019
1:00 pm - Women's Book Study

Friday, August 9, 2019
12:00 pm - Icon Writing Group
Saturday, August 10, 2019
10:00 am - Icon Writing Group
5:30 pm - Worship at St. Ignatius
Sunday, August 11, 2019
8:00 am - Worship at Christ Church 
9:15 am - Worship at Christ Church
9:15 am - Kidurgy
10:15 am - Coffee Hour
10:15 - Sunday School Open House
10:30 am - Adult Sunday Class
11:15 am - Worship at Christ Church
12:30 pm - Acolyte Training
Save the Date

August 18, 2019
Sunday School Starts
Blessing the Teachers
Acolyte Commissioning
Youth Group First Meeting

August 25-30, 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

September 8, 2019
9:15 am Parish Hall Worship Begins

September 15, 2019
Parish Picnic