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May 16, 2018
Please bring in your congratulations cards for the Street Beat graduates by 12:00 NOON on Thursday. Get more information about the students  here.

Join us this Sunday for a special Bluegrass Eucharist at Honey Creek, beginning at 11:30 am with the church picnic immediately after the service. If you're not able to come, regular Eucharist services will be held on Saturday at St. Ignatius, at 5:30 pm; on Sunday at Christ Church at 8:00 and 9:15 am; and Morning Prayer will be offered at 11:15 am.

Rector's Ramblings

Many of you will remember a couple of years ago when I helped organize a celebration for Ernie Andrus, the nonagenarian who completed his cross-country run on St. Simons. As he ran the final miles, he was surrounded by a cheering crowd, and the jubilation on the beach was an amazing spectacle. Ernie represented something that most of us would call heroic, from his service in WWII to his perseverance along his journey. It is an event I will always remember, I'm quite sure.
This weekend our beach saw different kind of heroes; heroes who ended a journey, but not with fanfare and celebration. Instead it is a story of heroic tragedy. On Mother's Day, many of us learned, within hours, that a woman had drowned off Massengale Beach and that a man was missing after trying to help rescue stranded swimmers. In the days since, as the story has unfolded, we now know that both Gregory Grant and Aleisha Rankin died while successfully helping children, a toddler, in particular, make it safely to shore after getting caught in a strong tide. Rankin died at the hospital, despite the valiant efforts of a pair of nurses who happened to be on the beach.  Grant's body remained in the water overnight until it was finally discovered on Monday morning after the search resumed.  


Worship Schedule for the Summer

Summer is rapidly approaching and with it comes the summer worship schedule. Regular weekend worship services will take place on Saturdays at 5:30 pm, at St. Ignatius and on Sundays at 8:00 am, 9:15 am and 11:15 am, at Christ Church. The 9:15 am Parish Hall service has concluded for the season. Kidurgy will continue to take place on Sundays, at 9:15 am, throughout the summer.

May Birthdays in Church


Many May birthdays were celebrated this past Sunday, May 13th, at Christ Church, including the birthday of our own Father Tom, who turned 40 on that very day. He endured some good-natured ribbing and a special birthday song penned by Te Turner. Happy Birthday Fr. Tom!
It's Tom's Birthday
(Sung to Alleluia, sing to Jesus)

Alleluia, sing to Thomas,
Thirty-something never more.

Alleluia, it's his birthday,
Travelled 'round the sun once more.

Let's not praise him, let's just tease him-
Lest he get a swollen head.

We'll just offer this song while singing
Happy Birthday to him instead...

Bishop Curry to Deliver Sermon at Royal Wedding

If you happen to be up bright and early this coming Saturday, May 19, 2018, you may wish to tune in to the royal wedding of Great Britain's Prince Harry and American Meghan Markle, at 6:00 am, to hear the Bishop of the Episcopal Church of the United States, the Most Rev. Michael Bruce Curry, delivering the homily during the ceremony.   Live coverage will be available on CBS, streamed on CBSN, The Today Show (NBC), PBS, BBC America, and  FOX News. Read more here.


Adult Sunday Morning Class
The Adult Sunday morning class is studying 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 and will continue to meet over the summer.  For more information, contact Bob at .

Men's Study Group
The Wednesday morning Men's Study Group has started a new book this month, A Nation of Nations: A Great American Immigration Story, by Tom Gjelten. A Nation of Nations is  "an incisive look at immigration, assimilation, and national identity" ( Kirkus Reviews ) and the landmark immigration law that transformed the face of the nation more than fifty years ago, as told through the stories of immigrant families in one suburban county in Virginia. Books are available in the church office for $13. For  more information, please contact Fr. Tom at .
Sunday School Sundae Party

Sunday school classes for our children and youth have concluded for the season, but not before a sweet ice cream send-off last Sunday morning. Cheers to our students, teachers and parents for another great Sunday school year! We look forward to seeing you at Kidurgy and VBS this summer.
Send-Off for Youth Missioner Brad Hamil

Please join us for the Church Picnic at Honey Creek on Sunday, May 20th,  when we will honor Brad Hamil for his four years of service at Christ Church. Later that day, he will celebrate with the youth group at their final meeting of the season. We give thanks for the years that Brad has shared his gifts and talents with our parish.

To see the  EYC Spring Schedule of activities, click  here.

Mission Trip to the Dominican Republic

The Diocese of Georgia will sponsor a trip for youth to Iglesia Episcopal San José in Boca Chica from June 23-30, 2018. The missioners on this team will conduct Vacation Bible School classes at two nearby Episcopal churches, Santo Tomás in Gautier and Monte de Sión in the Altagracia barrio of Boca Chica. Christ Church EYC members Kat Chitty and Waverly Brown will be part of the mission team. If you would like to help sponsor this trip, please send checks to the Diocesan Office (18 E. 34th Street, Savannah GA 31401) marked Attn: Joshua Varner and noted with "Youth Mission Trip Supplies". If you prefer to donate physical items, here are some suggestions: Markers (Crayons are heavier and therefore not preferred), Popsicle Sticks (wide are better than narrow), Pipe Cleaners (also called chenille sticks in this day and age), Deflated Kickballs with a hand air pump and needles to use once we arrive, Frisbees, Tissue Paper (can be used to make paper flowers), Construction Paper (not lots of this, because it is also heavy), Craft Scissors, Stickers, Slap Bracelets (make sure there are enough for several hundred kids), Bubbles, Scratch Art Paper (black, when you scratch it color is revealed), Elmer's Glue (or equivalent), Glue sticks.  Contact: Josh Varner at

Summer ProgramsVBS2018

Parents! Summer break is nearly here , so make plans for your children to join the fun and fellowship in Vacation Bible School at Christ Church! This year, VBS will take place from June 11-15. To register your children or to volunteer to help, click here. Please contact Mtr. Ashton at for more information and ways you can get involved!

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. Register your children and get more information about Kanuga summer camps here.

Mother's Day CelebrationMothersDay

Sunday's beautiful ECW celebration of Mother' Day included special recognition of our most venerable and treasured ladies, those who have reached the age of 90 and more. We were happy to honor them with cake, songs and blessings! More photos from Sunday can be found here.
ECW Announces Grants for 2018BigCheck

It is with tremendous excitement that the Christ Church ECW announces a very generous gift of $85,000 to nearly 40 local and regional charities! All who applied for grants were accepted! These gifts come from the combined proceeds of the 65th 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!


Susan Shipman and Mtr. Ashton are hoping we can increase our good wishes for the Street Beat graduates by tomorrow at noon!
Glynn Episcopal Ministries is collecting notes and cards of encouragement and support for this year's Street Beat graduates, Janie Crump, Valena George, Delexius King, and Jamiliah Webb. Notes of support, gift cards or contributions towards group gift cards can be dropped off at the Christ Church Parish by NOON on Thursday, May 17th, so they can be delivered at the graduation 
party  that evening. (So far, Holy Nativity has got us beat for showing support for these young folks, so please bring in your cards by tomorrow at noon!) For more information, please c ontact Susan Shipman at

Clean-Up Day at Christ Church
Don't leave Junior Warden Beryl Blatchford on her own! Sign up today to help!!
Saturday, June 16 is Clean-Up Day at Christ Church.
Please join us from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm on the parish grounds to help spruce up our campus. Clean-up day items include: painting the church exterior, cleaning the church interior, painting the Winn Building interior, weeding the church exterior, and weeding the Parish House exterior. There's a job for everyone! A lunch of grilled hot dogs and hamburgers will be served to all the hard workers, courtesy of Tony Kreimborg. So mark your calendars for clean-up day and let us know you're coming, by calling the church office at 912-638-8683. If you've got your own supplies to use and share, please let us know what you'll be bringing. We need: paint brushes, paint buckets, ladders, scrapers, sand paper, rags, drop cloths and rubber gloves. See you on June 16!

A Day at the Beach with GEM

The Burroughs Mollette Kindergarten class enjoyed a beach outing this past week, chaperoned by friends from Glynn Episcopal Ministries.  The children tasted pickle weed, caught blue crabs in lift nets, learned about bees and saw them building comb in an observation hive.  They tasted different kinds of honey, went to beach and learned how sand dunes were formed.  Lastly, they had a pizza picnic at East Beach. If you'd like to get involved with Glynn  Episcopal  Ministries, please contact Susan Shipman at

Shavuot Celebration
Join Fr. Tom and our brothers and sisters at Temple Beth Tefilloh on Saturday, May 19 for a Shavuot celebration.  Beginning at 7:30 pm , there will be Shabbot (Sabbath) prayers, with reflections on the giving of the law from Rabbi Rachael Bregman, Fr. Tom, and Pastor Todd Rhodes of Shiloh Baptist church. Following the service and sharing Temple Beth Tefilloh will host a traditional Shavuot fair in their hall. Expect some delicious traditional dairy treats at the fair! Join us for this unique opportunity to share our faith stories and our traditions!
Picnic at Honey Creek - May 20th

The annual  Christ Church picnic  at Honey Creek camp and conference center will take place on Sunday, May 20th. All in the Christ Church family are encouraged to join in this time of reflection, reconnection and recreation. At 11:30 am we will have our Bluegrass Eucharist in the chapel, featuring  Marshgrass , followed by lunch. A generous benefactor has made a donation that will pay for lunch for all, so there will be no cost to attend the picnic. However, you must still register to come, so that we can have an accurate head count for meal preparation. (Donations are welcome, too.) After lunch, we hope to offer some fun and games, including softball, egg roulette, a peanut scramble, and more. If you would be willing to put together an activity or game, please let Fr. Tom know! This will be a wonderful opportunity for fun as a parish family!  

(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.) 

To register to come to the church picnic, click here or call the office at 912-638-8683 to be added to the list.

Fundraiser for X Choir

You are invited to a party at the TreeBar at Bennie's Red Barn from 5:00 until 8:00 pm on Friday, June 15. We're celebrating because our own X Choir has been asked to sing at worship services and events at 2018 the General Convention of the Episcopal Church which takes place in Austin, TX July 5-13. In addition, CCF organist and choirmaster Kathleen Turner is serving on the music committee for this important conclave. While this a great honor for our church and for the X Choir, the group could use some assistance with travel and lodging expenses. The party will give you a chance to enjoy a BBQ buffet, a cash bar and to hear Michael Hulett, Trina Meade and the X Choir. There will also be a silent auction. If you have something to donate, contact George Ingram at Tickets for the party go on sale after each service this week. The cost is $25. Don't miss this!

Beach Time!

Christ Church is heading to the beach this summer.  Join us at the Coast Guard Station beach access each Sunday in June after 12:30 pm. We'll hang out and enjoy the beauty of our island home together.

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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

Icon Writing Workshop
The icon writing workshop led by Fr. Dave Holland returns to Christ Church  August 26-31 . When the CCF icon writers shared some of their work with the congregation during Lent, everyone was impressed with the serenity and beauty of each piece. 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. Each brush stroke is a meditative act. Those who have painted icons describe the experience as deeply spiritual and faith-enhancing. Contact Mtr. Becky at

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.
Carl Alexander
George Almasi
Kurt Anderson
Malicia Atkinson
Kris Barkley
Alice Barlow
Kathy Bee
Craig Bolint
Harry Branch
Doug Brantley
Gene Broadwell
Terry Burns
Barbara Canaday
Bonnie Chandler
Andy Cheshire
Jackie Davis
Mary Lou De Bisschop
Mary Lou Detwiler
Robbie Dickinson
Anna Doxey
Andy Doyle
Beth Evans
Betsy Fitzgerald
Stephen Freedman

Travis Gay
Max Germaine
Mary Jean Giobino
Ann Graham
Ann F. Graham
Brad Graham
Rosalind Griffin
Kevin Hancock
Burgess Hartsell
William David Herndon
Mike Herrin
Cheryl Hieatt
Jane Higginbotham
Brenda Hollis
Alexander Hutcheson
Ellen Hunter
Vernon Hurley
Lois Irvin
Misty Johns
Glenn Jones
Carlin Kenny
Christi Lambert
Billie Lewellyn
Keith Lewellyn
Bill Littleton
Sam Livesay
Martha Lovett
Jerry Lowe
Larry MacDonald
Dot Marler
Mamie Meadows
Marilyn Miller
Marge Mitchell
Rachael Moore
Erin Jones O
Nancy Owenby
Mary Elizabeth Paris
Margaret Payne
Vivian Peterson
Dale Pierson
Kari Powell
Chris Prater
Joetta Principato
Rajika Reed
Jack Riner
Mark Robinson
Bob Saunders
Julie Sargent
Phyllis Sartin
Clyde Smith
Willou Smith
David Somerville
Richard Stamper
James St. Clair
Samantha Lee Stevens
Joel Stewart
Grayson Strickland
Edith Tayloe
Sarah Taylor
Timothy Tindall
Beth Varn
Jeannie Wade
John Waite
Lamar Webb
Carah Wheeler
Summer Wheeler
Linda Wood
Martin Worthy
Mell Wray
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

Susan Shipman - Chalice Bearer
Sunday, May 20, 2018 8:00 AM (CCF)
David Boland - Chalice Bearer
David Boland - Lector 
Toni Rowley - Usher
Ed Rowley - Usher
Sherri Bowen - Altar Guild

9:15 AM (Christ Church, Frederica)
Slade Turner - Acolyte C
Paul Salter - Chalice Bearer
Slade Turner - Chancel Master
Carol Hoffine - Lector - First Lesson 
Carol Hoffine - Lector - Second Lesson
Dale Stoddard - Greeter
Nancy Stoddard - Greeter
Cliff Jones - Usher
Penny Jones - Usher
Julianne Temple - Kidurgy Shepherd
Weezie Campbell - Altar Guild

11:15 AM (Christ Church, Frederica)
Bonnie Harris - Lector - First Lesson
Bonnie Harris - Lector - Second Lesson
Diane Ansley - Greeter
Henry Ansley - Greeter
Clinton Winne - Usher

11:30 AM (Honey Creek
Te Turner - Acolyte C
Kerrigan Hamil - Acolyte TB
Eva Purdy - Acolyte TB
Calleigh Purdy - Acolyte PW
Te Turner - Chalice Bearer
Doree Avera - Lector - First Lesson
Doree Avera - Lector - Second Lesson
Godfrey Draviam - Usher

Weds. May 23, 2018 12:00 PM Healing Service (CCF)
Janice Boland - Altar Guild

This Week at Christ Church
Evening Prayer is held Thursdays through Sundays at Christ Church, Frederica at 5:00 pm.
*Unless noted otherwise, all events take place at Christ Church    
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
10:30 am - Men's Study Group
12:00 pm - Healing Service
Friday, May 18, 2018
12:00 pm - Icon Writing Group
Saturday, May 19, 2018
10:00 am - Icon Writing Group
5:30 pm - Worship at St. Ignatius
Sunday, May 20, 2018
8:00 am - Worship at Christ Church 
9:15 am - Worship at Christ Church
9:15 am - Kidurgy at Christ Church
11:15 am - Morning Prayer at Christ Church
11:30 am - Bluegrass Eucharist at Honey Creek
6:00 pm - EYC 

Monday, May 21, 2018
11:00 am - Yoga
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
9:30 am - Manna House
10:30 am - Men's Study Group
12:00 pm - Healing Service
Friday, May 25, 2018
12:00 pm - Icon Writing Group
Saturday, May 26, 2018
10:00 am - Icon Writing Group
5:30 pm - Worship at St. Ignatius
Sunday, May 27, 2018
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 Morning Class
11:15 am - Worship at Christ Church

Save the Date

June 11-15, 2018
Vacation Bible School

June 18-22, 2018
Camp Kanuga

August 26 - 31, 2018
Icon Writing Workshop