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June 5 , 2019


Rector's Ramblings

Today marks the end of our Holy Land tour. About half our number is continuing on for a three-day extension to visit Petra, in Jordan. In some ways, this has been a long trip, and in other ways, it has passed in the blink of an eye. It feels like our first day in Jerusalem, visiting the Western Wall, was a lifetime ago. It also feels, as we leave Israel, that we just got here. It is a beautiful and multi-faceted country, full of history and complexity, to be sure.  

That complexity is one of the standouts for me, but I'll come back to that. I want to start today with a story from my time in seminary, an event that was in my mind as I prepared for this trip and has returned to my thoughts over and over again. One of my favorite professors at Sewanee was a great storyteller and preacher. Many of us took as many of his Greek and Pastoral Care electives as we could, in the hopes that we might absorb just a bit of his wisdom.


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, our Liturgy of the Word for younger children, is celebrated on Sundays at 9:15 am. 
Whether it's raising their voices in song or their prayers to the heavens, the children in Kidurgy are an active part of worship throughout the year at Christ Church, including the summer months. Kidurgy takes place every Sunday during the 9:15 am service and all children ages three and up are welcome. The children gather in the Parish Hall to sing, read scripture and pray from their own bulletins. There is even a short homily. Then they return to their families to receive communion with them. For more information about Kidurgy, please contact Mtr. Katie at


Adult Sunday Morning Class
The Adult Class is continuing to meet over the summer. The current study of, God Was Here and I Was Out to Lunch will end on July 14. Then the class will take a break on Sunday, June 30 and Sunday, July 7. On July 21, the group 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, please contact Bob Brown at
Men's Study Group
The Men's Discussion Group meets on Wednesday mornings at 10:30 am . For the month of June, they will be meeting at Gordon Zeese's home, at 1 Tee Lane, on St. Simons Island. They will begin a discussion of American Nations: A History of the 11 Rival Regional Cultures of North America, by Colin Woodard, at the beginning of the month.  The group will continue to meet during the summer and newcomers are always welcome.  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 will start their next book, Leaving Church: A Memoir of Faith, by Barbara Brown Taylor on Thursday, June 20. 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
 Children and Youth

Vacation Bible School 2019
Vacation Bible School for children in PreK - Grade 5 will take place the week of June 10-14, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm each day. This year's theme is ROAR! Life is Wild - God is Good!  This epic African adventure engages the whole herd, as  kids explore God's goodness and celebrate  a ferocious faith that powers them through this wild life. Every day will be an adventure! On Friday, there will be a lunch celebration at Noon with the Bouncy House! To register click here. For more information, please contact Mtr. Katie at
Camp Kanuga - June 17 - 21, 2019

Camp Kanuga returns to Christ Church this summer. This full day camp provides some of the same educational and growth activities enjoyed at Camp Kanuga's parent site in Hendersonville, NC. Campers will participate in archery, morning jam and devotionals, nature hikes, team building activities, arts and crafts, and a variety of sports. Register online at
Dates: June 17 - June 21 Time: 9 am to 4 pm 
Monday - Thursday, 9 am to 1 pm Friday 
Tiered pricing:  Level 1: $225  Level 2: $200  Level 3: $175 Ages: 5-11
Summer Day Camp for Middle School

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. 

We will spend our mornings traveling around Brunswick to different outreach opportunities like The Well, St. Athanasius, Second Harvest, MAP International and back home to Christ Church for Back-Pack Buddies! In the afternoons, we'll have engaging activities like Neptune Park mini golf, bowling, a movie, and on Friday, we will go to Summer Waves Water Park in celebration of a hard work week!  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 !



Hurricane Preparation Meeting
Christ Church Frederica is hosting a Hurricane Preparedness Town Hall Meeting for our parishioners and the community on Monday, June 17, at 5:00 pm, in the Christ Church Parish Hall, at 6329 Frederica Road. Featured experts will include Jay Wiggins, Director of Glynn County Emergency Management; Homer Bryson, Commissioner of Georgia Emergency Management Agency, and Al Sandrick from the National Weather Service, Jacksonville Office. Attendees will receive storm preparation tips for your personal property and pets, and important information about state and federal response and assistance with post storm recovery. National Weather Service representative Al Sandrick will present a wealth of information pertaining to tropical storms and hurricanes in our local area, including a riveting presentation about historical hurricanes that have struck the Golden Isles over the years. Make plans to join us for this important information session. Please call the church office at 912-638-8683 and let us know you'll be coming. For more information, contact Susan Shipman at
Children's Books Needed
This summer, we are collecting children's books for youngsters living in Glynn County. 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 .
Help for Burroughs Molette
There is an ongoing need to support Burroughs Molette Elementary School (BMES) in Brunswick. Most of the school's students live in poverty, and this carries over to their academic performance. For several years Glynn Episcopal Ministries (GEM) has sponsored mentors and tutors at the school. In the coming school year, they plan to implement a reward program for individual student's successes and gains. If you are interested in helping to create and/or facilitate such an undertaking, please come to a brainstorming session with Fr. Tom in the parish hall at 12:30 pm on Sunday, June 23. Contact: Fr. Tom at
Backpack Buddies

The Backpack Buddies will be packing next on Wednesday, June 26, at 10:00 am. They ' ll be delivering 60 bags to McIntyre Boys and Girls Club each Friday for children who attend St. Simons and Burroughs Molette Elementary and weekend bags to Goodyear Elementary, the host site for a summer school, to children who receive food from the Backpack Buddies program throughout the school year. The Buddies may also serve the summer school program at Altama Elementary. All are welcome to join the line and feed our children in need, in Glynn County. Contact: Susan Shipman at


EWC 2019 Tour of Homes Grants Awarded

It is with tremendous excitement that the Christ Church ECW announces a very generous gift of $70,000 to local and regional charities! These gifts come from the combined proceeds of the annual Tour of Homes this past March, as well as the year-long sales of the Christ Church cookbook. Many, many thanks to our Christ Church family and the many dedicated community volunteers who helped us with both projects this year. Lives will be touched thanks to your time and efforts! To see the list of this year's beneficiaries, go to
ECW Scholarship Awarded
Back Row: L-R Paul White (Coastal Foundation of Georgia), Sherry Bowen;  Middle Row: L-R Mary Hulett, Beryl Blatchford, Mtr. Katie Knoll Lenon, Kathryn Saunders; Front Row: L-R Ma'Kayla Hulett, Carol Davis, 
 Christine Plank
The Christ Church ECW is happy to announce the winner of this year's ECW Scholarship, Ma'Kayla Hulett. Ma'Kayla graduated with honors from Glynn Academy in 2018 and is currently attending Georgia Southern University, where she is majoring in Logistics and Intermodal Transportation. Ma'Kayla has continued her hard work and dedication to learning in college, making the Dean's List twice already. When she's home, she's a faithful member of St. Athanasius Episcopal Church in Brunswick, where she serves as an usher, a lector and is active in the youth program. Ma'Kayla says that her faith guides her and influences her choices in life. No matter the challenges she faces, Ma'kayla remembers that, "God is beside me and everything is going to be all right." We salute this fine young lady and wish her all the best in her academic pursuits and in her life!

OMG Meeting on Friday, June 7
Our O(utrageously) M(ature) G(roup) will be meeting next on Friday, June 7, at 11:30 am in the Parish Hall for food, fellowship and games. Hosting this month's meeting will be sweet sisters, Isabella and Abigail Williston, while their mom, Mother Ashton is away in the Holy Lands. You don't want to miss this Friday of fun! If you'd like to buy lunch from HoneyBaked Hams for $10, please call the church office at 912-638-8683, by Thursday, June 5 and let us know.
Susanna Wesley Guild
The Susanna Wesley Guild will be meeting next for their summer luncheon on Tuesday, June 18, at 11:30 am, at Coastal Kitchen, at the Golden Isles Marina. For more information, please contact Ethel Horton

Stay Informed

Christ Church Gift Shop - Now Open!

Our new 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 and our new history book. We'll also be 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.
Our goal is to eventually have the shop open on a regular basis on weekdays, as well as Sundays, so we're looking for volunteers to serve as shopkeepers. Training will be provided. 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.

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
Terry Doster
Tom Finn
Patricia Friedel
Matthew Ganserite
Dave Geiszler
Ann Graham
Walter Graham
Angie Hansen
Burgess Hartsell
Harold Hicks
Lise Hofmann
Lois Irvin
Jim Langston
Bill Littleton
Dorothy Lowery
Dot Marler
Tom Martin
Rachael Moore
Rebecca Murdy
Sandy Nyenhuis

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
Mary Triplett-Key
Mills Turner
Pat Vinton
John Waite
Janice Walker
Carah Wheeler
Summer Wheeler
Sarah Whitman
Clint Winne
Martin Worthy
Putsie Worthy
Mell Wray
Hollis Youngner

Belitje Bull

This  Week

Serving This Weekend
Susan Shipman - Chalice Bearer

Sunday, June 9, 2019 8:00 AM (CCF)
Carl Baumgardner - Chalice Bearer
Carl Baumgardner - Lector 
Paul Ploeger - Usher
Sherry Bowen - Altar Guild

9:15 AM (Christ Church, Frederica)
Bruce Bland (sub req.) - Acolyte C  
Johnny McQuade - Acolyte TB
Isabella Williston - Acolyte TB
Catherine Holt - Chalice Bearer
Robert Brown - Chancel Master
Ralph Wade - Lector - First Lesson
Ralph Wade - Lector - Second Lesson
Jeannie Wade - Greeter
Ralph Wade - Greeter
Bud Dorsey - Usher
Margie Dorsey - Usher
Elise Meeks - Kidurgy Shepherd 
Julianne Temple - Kidurgy Shepherd 
Weezie Campbell - Altar Guild

11:15 AM (Christ Church, Frederica)
Ava Parker - Acolyte C  
Susan Shipman - Chalice Bearer
Lynne Fox - Lector - First Lesson
Susan Shipman - Lector - Second Lesson
Dana Parker - Greeter
Patrick Parker - Greeter
Bed Slade - Usher
Jennie Doyle - Altar Guild

Weds., June 12, 2019 NOON Healing Service CCF
Janis Boland - Altar Guild


Wednesday, June 5, 2019
10:30 am - Men's Study Group
12:00 pm - Healing Service
1:00 pm - Backpack Buddies

Friday, June 7, 2019
11:30 am - OMG Meeting

Saturday, June 8, 2019
10:00 am - Icon Writing Group
5:30 pm - Worship at St. Ignatius

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

Monday, June 10, 2019
9:00 am - 12:00 pm - VBS
11:00 am - Yoga

Tuesday, June 11, 2019
9:00 am - 12:00 pm - VBS

Wednesday, June 12, 2019
9:00 am - 12:00 pm - VBS
10:30 am - Men's Study Group (off campus)
12:00 pm - Healing Service

Thursday, June 13, 2019
9:00 am - 12:00 pm - VBS

Friday, June 14, 2019
9:00 am - 12:00 pm - VBS

Saturday, June 15, 2019
10:00 am - Icon Writing Group
5:30 pm - Worship at St. Ignatius

Sunday, June 16, 2019
Father's Day
8:00 am - Worship at Christ Church 
9:15 am - Worship at Christ Church
9:15 am - Kidurgy at Christ Church
10:30 am - Adult Sunday Class
11:15 am - Worship at Christ Church

Save the Date

June 17, 2019
Hurricane Preparedness Seminar

June 17-21, 2019
Camp Kanuga

July 15-19, 2019
Middle School Serving Our Neighbors

August 11, 2019
Sunday School Open House and Registration

August 18, 2019
Sunday School Starts

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