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March 21, 2018
Easter is just around the corner! We still need filled plastic eggs for the annual Easter egg hunt, so please drop off your donations at the church office by Thursday, March 29th. ++ Please get your Easter lily orders in to Ethel Horton by 10:00 am, on March 28th, so your memorials can be listed in the Easter bulletin. ++ Make a note to bring your flowers (and cameras) for the Flowering of the Cross on Easter Sunday!

Rector's Ramblings

One downside to a calendar as active as ours is that sometimes things get lost. I don't mean they get lost as in not happening, but lost in the sense that people don't always know all the things going on, because it's a lot to keep straight. That's what I realize may have happened with our Jesus Christ Superstar Mass this Sunday evening. It's Palm Sunday, and it's just before we are off and running with our dozens of Holy Week Liturgies, so it makes sense that some have been expressing surprise when we name it. So if that's you, know that we're offering a Jesus Christ Superstar (JCSS) Mass on Sunday evening in the Parish Hall; 5:30, to be exact.
What is a JCSS Mass, you ask? Well, it's a Eucharist for Palm Sunday that includes music from the rock opera. Most of the music, but not all, comes during the reading of the Passion Narrative, as we go back and forth from narrator to music. The pieces will be sung by soloists in our choir and the congregation. We did a service like this four years ago on Palm Sunday morning, and decided to offer it the evening this time, for those who might like to come from other communities. If it sounds interesting to you, please come, and please invite folks to join you. It will be different and fun, while also being powerful and moving. We have streamlined the service a bit so that it doesn't run too long, so it shouldn't be a two-hour endeavor!


Palm Sunday
On Palm Sunday evening, a traditional Eucharistic service featuring the music from Jesus Christ Superstar will take place at 5:30 pm in the Parish Hall. Please join us for this dramatic musical presentation of the last days of Jesus' life on earth. Michael Hulett will join the X Choir of Christ Church Frederica for this evening's special service.

Holy Week and Easter Worship Schedule

Holy Week
March 26 - Monday
9:00 am Holy Eucharist
March 27 - Tuesday 
9:00 am - Holy Eucharist
March 28 - Wednesday 
9:00 am - Holy Eucharist
12:00 pm - Healing Service,  6:30 pm - X Church
March 29 - Maundy Thursday 
9:00 am - Holy Eucharist
12:00 pm and 6:30 pm -  Maundy Thursday Liturgy 
with footwashing
March 30 - Good Friday
12:00 pm - Three Hours Devotion
(at First Presbyterian Church)
4:00 pm - Stations of the Cross
(at St. Ignatius Chapel)
6:30 pm - Good Friday Liturgy  with Veneration of the Cross
Easter Services
March 31 - Holy Saturday
6:30 pm - Great Vigil of Easter
(at St. Ignatius Chapel)
April 1 - Easter Sunday 
8:00 am - Holy Eucharist  in Christ Church
9:15 am - Holy Eucharist in Christ Church
9:15 am - Holy Eucharist in the Parish Hall
(10:30 am - Easter Egg Hunt on the lawn)
11:15 am - Holy Eucharist in Christ Church

Holy Week Worship Music
From Kathleen Turner, Organist and Choirmaster

There are some pieces of music that warrant repetition. En Priere, a poem written by Stéphan Bordèse and set to music by French composer Gabrielle Faure, is one of them. The piece is from a collection of 30 Songs for Voice and Piano.

To quote tenor, Matthew Todd, " Bordese's prayer of the 12-year-old Jesus is one of heartbreaking simplicity and Fauré sets it accordingly with tripleted arpeggios (depicting the Trinity), always ascending in supplication to Heaven. The chanson is not without its passionate moments as the music crescendos and the boy declares:
'auguste Roi des rois, Ô Lumière!' (great King of kings, oh light!)
Religious significance aside, few could fail to be moved when the triplets finally cease and the child's prayer concludes:
'Reveal Yourself to me, Lord, in whom I believe 
And hope:
For you I would suffer and die on the Cross, 
On Calvary!'"
Throughout Holy Week this piece will be offered as a musical focus on our journey to Calvary. The piece is sung in French. Here is the translation:

If the voice of a child can reach you, O my Father,
Listen to the prayer of Jesus on His knees before You.
If You have chosen me to teach Your laws On the earth,
I will know how to serve You, holy King of Kings, O Light!
Place on my lips, O Lord, the salutary truth,
So that whoever doubts should serve You with humility!
Do not abandon me, give me the necessary gentleness,
To alleviate pains, to relieve the suffering, the misery!
Reveal Yourself to me, Lord, in Whom I have faith, and I hope,
To suffer for You and die on the cross at Calvary!

Youth Choirs Are Flourishing at Christ Church
By John La Boone
"I will sing of your love and justice; to you, LORD, I will sing praise."                                               - Psalm 101:1  

null We are very fortunate at Christ Church to have a thriving music program. The boost our music gives to worship is a treasure, plus the music at funerals, weddings, concerts and fellowship gatherings always comforts, inspires and uplifts us. Our music is one of our greatest assets for evangelism and outreach, too. We have a lot of wonderful music to be thankful for, including the music provided by our youth choirs that Music Director Kathleen Turner has nurtured so carefully over the years.
Christ Church Lenten and Easter Schedule
A myriad of classes, studies, worship opportunities and activities continue at Christ Church as we conclude the Lenten Season. You will find details about these offerings, as well as the worship schedule for Holy Week and Easter in the  comprehensive Lenten and Easter guide  here. This Lenten and Easter brochure is also available on the Christ Church website homepage, here.
Easter LiliesEasterLilies
Remember a loved one at Easter when you order a lily to decorate the altar on Easter morning. Send the name(s) and a check for $30 per lily to Ethel Horton, 402 Palm Court, SSI, 31522. Make checks payable to "Christ Church Altar Guild." Please make your order by Wednesday, March 28th, at 10:00 am. (We need the names of those you wish to honor by then, in order for them to be included in the Easter bulletins.)

Flowering of the CrossFlowerCross
The flowering of the cross has become an Easter Day tradition at Christ Church. David Lowe and Chris Triplett begin the process by bedecking the cross outside the church entrance with spring flowers and invite the entire parish to bring blooms that they have purchased or cut in their yards to Easter Day services.  (Mr. MacGregor - aka David - will be there to assist, and he might even take a picture of you and your family as you celebrate this joyous day.) Don't forget your flower and your camera on Easter morning!

Daughters of the King
The Daughters of the King will next meet on Tuesday, April 10th, at 5:45 pm, in the Parish House. Please contact Mtr. Ashton at  if you are interested in becoming part of this  organization or if you would like more information about them.


Episcopal Church 101 is a six-week study for anyone wishing to know more about the Episcopal Church, either in preparation for being confirmed, received or reaffirmed (wonder what the difference is among those?) or simply to answer those "why do we" questions. The class meets on Wednesdays, at 5:45 pm in the Parish Hall. If you are interested in joining this group or would like to know more, please contact Mtr. Becky at or call the church office at 912-638-8683.

Adult Sunday Morning Class
Dr. Bob Brown's  adult Sunday morning class  will not meet on Easter Sunday but plan to finish up their New Testament study in April. On May 6 the class begins a study of Adam Hamilton's new book  Unafraid: Living with Courage and Hope in Troubled Times . Everyone is welcome. Classes are in the parish house from 10:30 until 11:15 am.  For more information, contact Bob at .

Final Chapters

Our clergy is leading Final Chapters, a five week course centered on end of life preparation. On March 22nd, at 2:00 pm, Father Tom will lead a conversation about heaven and hell and the the afterlife.  Please contact Mtr. Becky at, for more information.

The Art of LentLentenArt

The weekly Lenten art talks series, featuring guest artists and artwork, will conclude on Wednesday, March 28th. Come to the Parish Hall next Wednesday, at 1:00 pm, for a simple lunch, follow by a discussion, led by Fr. Tom. This final session will concentrate on art depicting the Stations of the Cross, created by our children, juxtaposed with traditional images of the Stations of the Cross. Please contact Fr. Tom at if you would like to have your children's artwork displayed.

Women's Study Group
Join the Women's Study Group on Tuesdays, at 11:30 am, for their study of 24/6, written by Matthew Sleeth. The book is centered on "Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy." In today's 24/7 lifestyle, remembering to rest can be difficult. During this season of Lent we will focus on centering our lives on Christ and taking our Sabbath intentionally. Contact Mtr. Ashton at if you are interested in joining the group.

EYC and Pathfinders Activities

Our EYC recently enjoyed some fun fellowship at the Strike Zone!

The weather is heating up and so is the schedule for our youth! Check out the the rest of the  activities happening this spring here.

There is so much going on with our youth at Christ Church! P lease contact Brad Hamil at to get the latest information and updates!

Christ Church Annual Easter Egg HuntEggHunt

The Christ Church Annual Easter Egg Hunt will take place on the front lawn of Christ Church after the 9:15 am Easter Sunday services (April 1). We are asking all who are willing and able to please donate 50 or more FILLED plastic eggs. Please fill eggs with: jelly beans, stickers, temporary tattoos, bubble gum, jaw breakers, mints and tootsie rolls, etc. Donations of filled plastic eggs may be left in the Parish Hall office. If you have any questions, please contact Mtr. Ashton at

Summer Programs

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. Please contact Ashton at if you can help.

Camp Kanuga returns for the week of June 18-22.  Camp Kanuga Local Day Camps are a great way to introduce children to the summer camp experience. We offer creative and educational activities that allow campers to engage with their community and make new friends. All activities are designed specifically for campers ages 5-11 and conducted on-site. Adventure Day camps offer a number of exciting activities from rafting and zip lining to sea kayaking and standup paddle boards. Ages 12-14. Registration information will be available in the weeks to come. Get more information about Kanuga summer camps here.

The 2018 ECW Tour of Homes was a Great Success! A Huge Thank-you to All Involved!

Wow! What a fabulous 65th  Annual Tour of Homes it was!  Record breaking ticket sales! Gorgeous weather! New buses! Eight breathtaking homes and six thought-provoking historical stops! Seventy-one generous benefactors and 400+ hard-working and happy volunteers! We would like to personally thank each and every person who had anything to do with this Tour. It's inspiring to see all of our church family and friends working together to welcome approximately 1300 guests from all over the country and Canada! The ECW is now busy counting monies and paying bills. Once we get it all settled, we will be extremely proud to announce how much money this Tour, along with ECW sales of cookbooks, etc. will award to primarily local charities, benefitting women and children. We sincerely hope the continued support from all of our church family and friends will bring 65 more years for this time-honored annual event. Organizations may apply for grants on our website: We will have a wrap-up meeting to discuss all of it soon, once we all recover! Keep an eye open for this upcoming event.  
Again, many, many thanks to all!
Charlotte and Beth

ECW Scholarship
A newly established scholarship fund created by the Christ Church Frederica Episcopal Church Women is being inaugurated this year. Annually, the Christ Church Frederica ECW Scholarship Fund for Women will provide $2,500 to a female high school graduate pursuing a degree through an academic or technical college or university. The student must be of the Episcopal faith and hale from Glynn or McIntosh County. 
"Many of our Christ Church women have, over the last fifteen years, donated to this wonderful effort to establish a scholarship program for our young ladies. The fruit of our gifts will now benefit many young women with their future educational goals. In establishing this scholarship we honor those who came before us and saw this as just a dream... but now it is a reality and we could not be more pleased," noted Jane Watson, President, Episcopal Church Women.
Applications may be accessed via the Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation website here  and are due no later than April 21, 2018. Candidates will be screened and interviewed by a scholarship committee and the award will be made in May.


Docents and Greeters Needed in Christ Church!

Christ Church needs docents and greeters! As the team of volunteer docents has diminished over the last few months, due to illness and retirements, so have the number of days we are able to keep the church open to visitors.  Currently, we have a skeleton crew of volunteers to man the church Tuesday through Sunday in the afternoons. After March, we will definitely need some additional folks to help. You can assist by volunteering to docent once a month from 2 to 5 pm. There is a training session before docents embark on this wonderful opportunity to share the remarkable story of our church. Contact: Fred Collins at to become a docent.

Backpack Buddies
The Backpack Buddies will be packing again on Tuesday, March 27th, at 9:30 am, in the Parish Hall. (Please note the earlier than usual time!) If you've never had the opportunity to partake in this rewarding activity, you are most welcome to join them on the assembly line! For more information about the Backpack Buddies program, please contact Susan Shipman at

Golden Isles Band -TOMORROW!

Saint Simons Island
2018 Community Holy Week Services

12:00 PM  |  Service and Lunch ($3)
Please remember to come early on Monday and Friday!
Monday, March 26 - Day of Authority
At St. Simons United Methodist Church
Come at 11:30 for Glynn Academy Chorus
Preacher - Rev. Tony Lankford
First Baptist Church, St. Simons
Tuesday, March 27 - Day of Conflict
At St. Simons First Baptist Church
Preacher -- Rev. Gary Cumby,
Glynn Haven Baptist Church
Wednesday, March 28 - Day of Withdrawal
At Wesley United Methodist Church
Preacher - Rev. Tom Purdy,
Christ Church Episcopal
Thursday, March 29 - Day of Intimacy
Services at individual churches
Friday, March 30 - Day of Sacrifice
At Saint Simons Presbyterian Church
Lunch served from 11:30 am until 12:15 pm
Good Friday Vigil from 12:30 - 3:30 pm
Worshipers may leave at 1:00 pm or stay.
Sunday, April 1, at 6:30 AM at the Village Pier
Preacher - Rev. Bob Brearley
An Offering Will Be Received
Bring lawn chairs, bug spray, warm faith!

Live Poets Society
The Live Poets Society will be gathering for their monthly session for April on Tuesday, April 3rd, at 4:00 pm. The Live Poets Society meetings give those with a literary bent an opportunity to discuss their efforts with others who share their talents and interests. Contact Angie Burns at for more information.

Cross Collection on Display at Epworth
The Arthur J. Moore Methodist Museum at Epworth-by-the-Sea Conference and Retreat Center, is happy to announce a special exhibition in the Atrium of the Museum which will be on display from Ash Wednesday  to Easter Sunday , the whole season of Lent.  

The exhibition is the cross collection of one of our own, the Rev. Dr. Robert W. (Bob) Brown. The crosses represent a collection gathered over a 40-year ministerial career and come from all over the world. They are made of a huge variety of materials and reflect many different interpretations of one of our most sacred symbols.  Though more than 90% of the crosses have been gifts, no cross has ever been repeated and never has the entire collection been on display at one time.  Dr. Brown is particularly pleased to offer this exhibition for the enjoyment of the members of Christ Church, Frederica.  May the cross, as a symbol, remind us of sacrifice and commitment and, especially, of the power of love. 

Up with People!
Up with People is coming to Glynn County, March 26 to April 2, 2018. Up with People was founded on the principle of using music as a means to communicate with and inspire people. In each city we visit, Up with People cast members perform a vibrant and inspiring musical stage show that brings the community together to enjoy a night of entertainment while sparking people to take action in meeting the needs of their communities, countries and the world. It's fun for the whole family and an experience you'll never forget!

The Advance Team is looking for host families for the cast members. Host families provide a place to sleep, limited transportation and some meals. While the cast is in town they will be getting involved volunteering in the local community. You can learn more about the 100 member cast from 20 different countries  here. If you have any questions, please contact Ashton at about her experience while traveling with Up with People.  

Coffee HourCoffeeHour
Coffee Hour hosts are needed to help provide refreshments between our 9:15 am and 11:15 am worship services on Sundays, in the Parish Hall. Please contact Christine Plank at to sign up to help.
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

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.

Save the Date

Lecture Series in May

As part of the Locherie Lecture Series, Dr. Matthew Sleeth will join us on Friday, May 4 at 7:00 pm and Saturday, May 5 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm to lead a seminar focusing on the responsibility of Christians to care for the glorious creation in which God has entrusted us. Dr. Sleeth is a graduate of George Washington University School of Medicine and has two post-doctoral fellowships. He is the author of Serve God, Save the Planet: A Christian Call to Action (Zondervan, April 2007), the introduction to the Green Bible (2008, HarperOne), and 24/6: A Prescription for a Healthier, Happier Life. More information about the lectures will be available in the weeks to come.

Picnic at Honey Creek - May 20th

Mark your calendars for Sunday, May 20, 2018, for the
Christ Church Picnic at Honey Creek . We encourage all of our Christ Church family to join us for this time of reflection, reconnection and recreation. At 11:30 am, we will have Holy Eucharist, in the chapel, followed by lunch and family time. Please bring your lawn chairs, softball equipment, lawn games and coolers of cold beverages to share. For those unable to attend the picnic, Holy Eucharist will be offered at Christ Church at 8:00 and 9:15 am, and Morning Prayer will be said at 11:15 am.

An Interfaith Journey to the Holy Lands: Relationship, Understanding, and Community Harmony

Join Rev. Tom Purdy, Rabbi Rachel Bregman, and Rev. Alan Dyer 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
Carl Alexander
George Almasi
Kurt Anderson
Malicia Atkinson
Kris Barkley    
Harry Branch
Doug Brantley
Gene Broadwell
Bob Brown
Terry Burns
Barbara Canaday
Paddy Carley
Andy Cheshire
Mary Lou De Bisschop
Mary Lou Detwiler
Robbie Dickinson
Anna Doxey
Andy Doyle
Betsy Fitzgerald
Stephen Freedman
Ewell Gay
Travis Gay
Max Germaine
Mary Jean Giobino
Brad Graham
Rosalind Griffin
Kevin Hancock
Burgess Hartsell
William David Herndon
Mike Herrin
Cheryl Hieatt
Jane Higginbotham
Brenda Hollis
Alexander Hutcheson
Eileen Hutcheson
Ellen Hunter
Lois Irvin
Glenn Jones
Carlin Kenny
Christi Lambert
Billie Lewellyn
Keith Lewellyn
Bill Littleton
Sam Livesay
Martha Lovett
Jerry Lowe
Teddy Lynch
Larry MacDonald
Dot Marler
Cathy McCarthy
Mamie Meadows
Marilyn Miller
Marge Mitchell
Erin Jones O
Mary Elizabeth Paris
Margaret Payne
Vivian Peterson
Kari Powell
Chris Prater
Joetta Principato
Rajika Reed
Jack Riner
Mark Robinson
Julie Sargent
Phyllis Sartin
Willou Smith
David Somerville
Richard Stamper
James St. Clair
Samantha Lee Stevens
Joel Stewart
Grayson Strickland
Edith Tayloe
Sarah Taylor
Timothy Tindall
Beth Varn
John Waite
Marrianne Waldron
Carah Wheeler
Summer Wheeler
Martin Worthy
Mell Wray
Betty Young
Hollis Youngner
Keith Zimmerman 
Esther Zylstra

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 Weekend

Saturday, March 24, 2018 5:30 PM (St. Ignatius Chapel)
Paul Salter - Chalice Bearer
Sunday, March 25, 2018 8:00 AM (CCF)
David Boland - Chalice Bearer
David Boland - Lector 
Paul Ploeger - Usher
Sherry Bowen - Altar Guild

9:15 AM (Christ Church, Frederica)
Slade Turner - Acolyte C
Kerrigan Hamil - Acolyte TB
Calleigh Purdy - Acolyte TB
Donna Purdy - Chalice Bearer
Slade Turner - Chancel Master
Barbara Abbate - Lector - First Lesson 
Barbara Abbate - Lector - Second Lesson
Brenda Davis - Greeter
Fred Collins - Usher
Joe Wilkinson - Usher
Ed Turner - Kidurgy Shepherd
Weezie Campbell - Altar Guild

9:15 AM (Parish Hall, Frederica)
Abigail Williston - Acolyte C
Beth Smith - Chalice Bearer 
Doree Avera - Lector - First Lesson
Brooke Bartlett-Kneller - Lector - Second Lesson
Charlotte Graham - Greeter
Rip Graham - Greeter
Oscar Covington - Usher 
Lynne Turner - Kidurgy Shepherd
Kay Brown - Altar Guild

11:15 AM (Christ Church, Frederica)
Kathleen Chitty - Acolyte C
Alice Barlow - Chalice Bearer
Lynne Fox - Lector - First Lesson
Lynne Fox - Lector - Second Lesson
Diane Ansley - Greeter
Henry Ansley - Greeter
Royce Wood - Usher
Jennie Doyle - Altar Guild

Wednesday, March 28th 12:00 PM Healing (CCF)
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, March 21, 2018
10:30 am - Men's Study Group
12:00 pm - Healing Service (CCF)
1:00 pm - Art of Lent Reflection and Lunch  
5:00 pm - Adult Choir Practice
5:45 pm - EC 101
6:30 pm - X Church

Thursday, March 22, 2018
11:30 am - Women's Study Group
2:00 pm - Final Chapters Workshop

Friday, March 23, 2018
12:00 pm - Icon Writing Group

Saturday, March 24, 2018
10:00 am - Icon Writing Group
5:30 pm - Worship at St. Ignatius

Sunday, March 25, 2018
Palm Sunday
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
5:30 pm - Jesus Christ Superstar
6:00 pm - EYC (Middle School)
7:00 pm - EYC (High School)

Monday, March 26, 2018
9:00 am - Holy Week Eucharist
9:30 am - Manna House
11:00 am - Yoga

Tuesday, March 27, 2018
9:00 am - Holy Week Eucharist
9:30 am - Backpack Buddies
2:00 pm - Christ Church Hand Bell Practice
4:30 pm - Choristers
5:00 pm - Trebles

Wednesday, March 28, 2018
9:00 am - Holy Week Eucharist
9:30 am - Manna House
10:30 am - Men's Study Group
12:00 pm - Healing Service (CCF)
1:00 pm - Art of Lent Reflection and Lunch  
5:00 pm - Adult Choir Practice
5:45 pm - EC 101
6:30 pm - X Church

Thursday, March 29, 2018
9:00 am - Holy Week Eucharist
11:30 am - Women's Study Group
12:00 pm - Maundy Thursday Liturgy with foot washing
6:30 pm - Maundy Thursday Liturgy with foot washing

Friday, March 30, 2018
12:00 pm - Three Hours Devotion at First Presbyterian
4:00 pm - Stations of the Cross at St. Ignatius
6:30 pm -Good Friday Liturgy at Christ Church

Saturday, March 31, 2018
6:30 pm - Great Vigil of Easter at St. Ignatius

Sunday, April 1, 2018
Easter Sunday
8:00 am - Easter Worship at Christ Church 
9:15 am - Easter Worship at Christ Church
9:15 am - Easter Parish Hall Worship at CCF
9:15 am - Kidurgy at Christ Church
10:30 am - Easter Egg Hunt on the Lawn
11:15 am - Easter Worship at Christ Church

Save the Date

April 2&3, 2018
Office Closed

May 4&5, 2018
Dr. Matthew Sleeth Lectures

May 5&6, 2018 
Bishop's Visitation

May 20, 2018
Church Picnic at Honey Creek