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May 2, 2018
It's the first of the month, so please remember to bring your non-perishable food donations for the St. Athanasius Feed My Sheep Food Pantry this weekend.

Please join us this Saturday, May 5th, for a fascinating FREE lecture series, Care for Creation, Care for the Soul, with Dr. Matthew and Nancy Sleeth. Find out more about the Sleeths and register for tickets here.

Rector's Ramblings

I have this problem whenever I try to exercise on a regular basis:  I injure myself. The problem is two-fold. One, I'm not in very good shape. Sure, I don't weigh 250 lbs., but let's just say my weight isn't muscle, either. So, when I exercise I tend to overestimate my physical abilities and hurt myself. This was a factor in my tennis elbow diagnosis, and it's the reason I've stopped most of my other workout routines. The other part of the problem is closely related, but also different: I don't know how to pace myself, or to take it easy, which means I do too much. 
What does this look like in practice? It means that when I dust off the weights, I convince myself I can do the twenty pounders, when I should probably be using the tens (surely not the fives!). It also means that after months of not running, I might be better off doing an easy mile, and yet I grind out three instead, pleased with myself that I can still do a 5k. I got lucky earlier this year when I ran the bridge with no training. I was expecting to walk the bridge; that's what I thought my youngest wanted to do. Once we were there, however, she wanted to run. So we ran. I didn't have my calf compression socks or anything (I do try to use technology to help when I can!). Luckily, I did not have a heart attack, and I did not pull anything, but luck is all it was.  


Bishop Benhase to Visit
Our bishop, the  Right Reverend Scott Anson Benhase,  will visit Christ Church, Frederica and St. Ignatius Chapel this weekend, on May 5th and 6th. A reception for confirmands and the bishop will follow the 5:30 pm service at St. Ignatius on Saturday, May 5th and another reception will be held immediately after the 11:15 am service, on Sunday, May 6th, in the Christ Church Parish Hall. 

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 will conclude for the season this Sunday, May 6th. Kidurgy will continue to take place on Sundays, at 9:15 am, throughout the summer.

Kreimborg Cross
On Sunday, May 13th, the Kreimborg Cross and Scholarship will be presented at the 11:15 am worship service. The cross is given by Tony and Sarah Kreimborg in honor and memory of their son, Evan, who faithfully served as an acolyte at Christ Church.  
Graduating Seniors
On May 20th, we will recognize all graduating high school seniors during the worship services. If you have a child or grandchild who is graduating and will be joining us on that day, please let the office team know which service they will be attending. Also, please make sure to send the name of the student, as well as the name of the school he or she attended, and any information he or she would like to share about future plans to for inclusion in the News You Can Use and wrappers.


Special Classes on May 6, 2018
On Sunday, May 6,  guest speakers Dr. Matthew and Nancy Sleeth  will teach Sabbath classes during the coffee hour at 10:30 am. All are welcome!

The 2018 Louchery Lecture Series:
Care for Creation, Care for the SoulCareforCreation

We are very excited to have Dr. Matthew and Nancy Sleeth join us at Christ Church on Saturday, May 5th , to lead a series of lectures that explore how scriptural lessons of personal responsibility, simplicity, and stewardship can be applied to modern life. Those who have been fortunate enough to hear Dr. Sleeth's presentations in the past have found his talks to be both riveting and inspirational. Join us this Saturday!

9:00 - 10:30 am: Reforesting Faith
10:45 am - Noon: Living 24/6 in a 24/7 World
1:00 - 2:15 pm: Creation Care Made SIMPLE
Matthew Sleeth, MD, a former emergency room physician and chief of the hospital medical staff, resigned from his position to teach, preach, and write about the biblical call to be good stewards of the earth. A highly sought after speaker, Dr. Sleeth has spoken at more than 1,000 churches, campuses, and events, including serving as the monthly guest preacher at The Washington National Cathedral for a year. Recognized by Newsweek as one of the nation's most influential evangelical leaders, Dr. Sleeth is a graduate of George Washington University School of Medicine and has two postdoctoral fellowships. Dr. Sleeth is the executive director of  Blessed Earth and author of Serving God, Saving the Planet; 24/6; the Introduction to The Green Bible, as well as numerous creation care books and articles. Dr. Sleeth lives in Lexington, KY, with Nancy, his wife of nearly 40 years.  Their son and daughter-in-law serve as medical missionaries in Kenya, and daughter and son-in-law (a pastor) serve in ministry.
For tickets to this FREE event, click here or call the church office at 912-638-8683 to be added to the list. All are welcome! Lunch is available for $10. Contact Fr. Tom at for more information.

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 is starting 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 for Children and Youth
Sunday school classes for children and youth will conclude for the season on Sunday, May 13th. On that day, the students and teachers will celebrate with the traditional Ice Cream Sundae Social, held during the regular Sunday school hour beginning at 10:20 am.
EYC Activities

The EYC is Really Cookin' Now!

This past Sunday evening, April 29th, our youth gathered in the Parish House kitchen to cook meals for members of the parish who are homebound. Thanks to all who shared their culinary skills to make the delicious dinners! Up next for our youth - on Sunday, May 6th, at 6:00 pm, they are invited to dinner and a movie at the home of Jeff and Tracy Poulos. Contact Brad Hamil at for more information.

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.

Hometown Missions 2018: Do Justice, Love Mercy, Walk Humbly
For Grades 6-12 (plus dedicated adults!)
June 1-3, 2018, 2018
Hosted by the Augusta Convocation
Cost: $115 before May 15, $125 after May 15
(Register before May 15 and save $10!)
During Hometown Missions, youth in the diocese reach out in love and service to the world. Some of the work will take place on an international level, and some will happen on a local level. The June 1-3 weekend includes a meal-packing event in partnership with Rise Against Hunger, an international hunger relief organization. During that event 15,000 meals will be packed, at a cost of only 29 cents per meal! Then on Saturday, participants will divide into small groups to take on local projects in the Augusta area. On Saturday night, all will take time to play, relax, and worship together, while also processing the experiences of the past two days. Then on Sunday, the group will worship at Good Shepherd before finishing with lunch and dismissal into the world. Register online at . The cost is $115 before May 15, and $125 after that date. Sign up early and save $10! Please contact Canon Joshua Varner at with any questions or to discuss scholarship opportunities.

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

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

Summer ProgramsVBS2018

Parents! Summer will be here  before  you know it, 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 Celebration
On Mother's Day Christ Church will hold a party for our ladies. We will celebrate the birthdays of all who are in their 90s and beyond, along with those who are just reaching 90 this year. The event will take place in the Christ Church Parish House on Sunday, May 13th, between the 9:15 am and 11:15 am services. Come join the celebration of our very special ladies and enjoy cake, birthday flowers and beautiful music from our music team. RSVP to the church office at 912-638-8683.
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.


Parents' Night Out

Parents, make plans for an evening out on Friday, May 11, at 6:00 pm, when Christ Church hosts  Parents' Night Out
for children up to age 12 (6:00 - 9:00 pm). Please contact Kathleen Turner at to sign up.

Backpack Buddies May Packing Dates
The Backpack Buddies will be packing on Wednesday, May 16th, at 10:00 am. Please join them on the assembly line in the Parish Hall!

School dismisses on May 25th, after which the Buddies will go into their summer packing schedule which is less often. Regular packing sessions will resume in August. For more information about the Backpack Buddies program, please contact Susan Shipman at

Street Beat Graduates
Street Beat is a ministry in Brunswick to homeless teenagers. Glynn Episcopal Ministries is collecting notes and cards of encouragement and support for this year's graduates, Janie Crump (graduating from Brunswick High and going to CCGA), Valena George (graduating from Glynn Academy and going to CCGA), Delexius King (graduating from Glynn Academy and going into the Air Force), and Jamiliah Webb (graduating from Brunswick High and going to Fisk College). These are kids who don't have families to celebrate their graduation and support their entry into college, tech school or military service. Notes of support, gift cards or contributions towards group gift cards can be dropped off at the Christ Church Parish Office. Thank you for supporting these young people who have overcome hardship and obstacles. They are an inspiration! For more information about how you can help, contact Susan Shipman at

Tom Sawyer Day at Christ Church

Saturday, June 16, 2018 - 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Come to the parish grounds to see how well Tom (Tony Kreimborg) can entice the Huck Finns in the congregation with hamburgers and hot dogs to help spruce up our campus on "parish cleanup day". 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. The church grounds enjoy a good spring cleaning too! 

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. 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.


Christ Church Comforters
The Christ Church Comforters will have their monthly gathering on Friday, May 11th, at 10:30 am. Grab a pair of knitting needles or a crochet hook and let these ladies show you the "ropes" of creating shawls, blankets, caps and other comfort objects for those in need. For more information, please contact Gay Barron at
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 and family time. 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.)  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.) 

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

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

Ask the Bishop
The Diocese will be hosting another livestream on Facebook with Bishop Scott Anson Benhase this Friday, May 4th at 10:00 am. Send questions to or post in the comments section once the event is live. The event will be held at Bishop Benhase will be answering questions from his new office at 18 E. 34th Street, Savannah.

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

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
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
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

Paul Salter - Chalice Bearer
Sunday, April 6, 2018 8:00 AM (CCF)
Carl Baumgardner - Chalice Bearer
Carl Baumgardner - Lector 
Lee Dyson - Usher
Dorriann Branch - Altar Guild

9:15 AM (Parish Hall, Frederica)
Isabella Williston - Acolyte C
Daven Wray - Acolyte TB
Maidee Brown - Acolyte TB
Robert Wray - Acolyte PW
Brooke Bartlett-Kneller - Lector - First Lesson 
Brooke Bartlett-Kneller - Lector - Second Lesson
Charlotte Graham - Greeter
Rip Graham - Greeter
Oscar Covington - Usher
Godfrey Draviam - Usher
Mary Hardee - Kidurgy Shepherd
Sarah Kreimborg - Kidurgy Shepherd
Tony Kreimborg - Kidurgy Shepherd
Amy Jenkins - Altar Guild

11:15 AM (Christ Church, Frederica)
UNFILLED - Acolyte C
Brooke Bartlett-Kneller - Lector - First Lesson
Brooke Bartlett-Kneller - Lector - Second Lesson
Diane Ansley - Greeter
Henry Ansley - Greeter
John Killgallon - Usher
Ann Graham - 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  
Friday, May 4, 2018
12:00 pm - Icon Writing Group
Saturday, May 5, 2018
St. Athanasius Food Pantry
Bishop's Visitation
9:00 am - Dr. Matthew and Nancy Sleeth Lectures
5:30 pm - Worship at St. Ignatius
Sunday, May 6, 2018
St. Athanasius Food Pantry
Bishop's Visitation
8:00 am - Worship at Christ Church 
9:15 am - Parish Hall Worship at CCF (only)
9:15 am - Kidurgy at Christ Church
10:30 am - Sunday School for All Ages
10:30 am - Dr. Matthew and Nancy Sleeth Classes
11:15 am - Worship at Christ Church
12:30 pm - Reception for Confirmands and Bishop
6:00 pm - EYC Dinner and a Movie

Monday, May 7, 2018
11:00 am - Yoga
Tuesday, May 8, 2018
2:00 pm - Christ Church Hand Bell Practice
Wednesday, May 9, 2018
10:30 am - Men's Study Group
12:00 pm - Healing Service
12:30 pm - Finance Committee Meeting
5:00 pm - Adult Choir  Practice
Friday, May 11, 2018
10:30 am - Christ Church Comforters
12:00 pm - Icon Writing Group
Saturday, May 12, 2018
10:00 am - Icon Writing Group
5:30 pm - Worship at St. Ignatius
Sunday, May 13, 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 - Sunday School Ice Cream Sundae Social
10:30 am - ECW Mothers' Day Recognition
11:15 am - Worship at Christ Church
6:00 pm - No EYC 

Save the Date

May 13, 2018
Sunday School Ice Cream Sundae Social
ECW Mother's Day 90+ Recognition

May 20, 2018
Church Picnic at Honey Creek

June 11-15, 2018
Vacation Bible School

June 18-22, 2018
Camp Kanuga