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May 29 , 2019

Please remember to bring in your non-perishable food donations for the St. Athanasius Food Pantry to St. Ignatius and the Christ Church Parish House this weekend. See a list of the most needed items here.

Rector's Ramblings

I don't have a lot to reflect on after 48 hours in Jerusalem. Actually, that is inaccurate. I have very much to reflect on, yet I have not had a lot of downtime for that reflection. Our first two days of this pilgrimage to the Holy Land have been a whirlwind. At 6:30 am local time yesterday, we set off to begin our trip by visiting the West Wall and the tunnels beneath it. We spent the entire day in the Old City, exploring the area, and just a small amount of the historical and religious richness it holds.
We were able to walk the Via Dolorosa, which we know as The Way of the Cross, the historic route that pilgrims have walked for centuries, that Jesus is believed to have walked from his trial to his crucifixion; the same route that marks the 14 Stations of the Cross we still pray each Good Friday. Within a couple of hours, we went from the holiest of sites in Judaism to the holiest of sites in Christianity, as we visited the church of the Holy Sepulcher, which contains within its walls both the traditional site of Christ's crucifixion and Christ's burial. There are chapels built over both sites within the larger church and simply to be in the vicinity is awe-inspiring.


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. 
Bluegrass Eucharist and Church Picnic

Due to technical issues with the site that hosts Christ Church photo albums, the pictures from the annual picnic were unavailable for a period of time last week. If you'd like to see them now, click here.


Adult Sunday Morning Class
The Adult Sunday Morning Class has  resumed its study of James Moore's book, God Was Here, and I Was Out to Lunch, which explores how it is possible to miss God's opportunities of grace because we are sometimes too caught up with the "business" of our lives.   For more information, please contact Bob 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

Safeguarding God's Children Training
Safeguarding God's Children Training will be available this Saturday, June 1, from 12:30 until 2:00 pm. This program is being offered to those who will be volunteering with VBS, but is available to all who need it for access to the church. Please RSVP to Mother Katie at by Thursday, May 30.
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

Vacation Bible School Needs
We're very excited about this year's Vacation Bible School program and will be meeting with VBS volunteers on Saturday, June 1, beginning at 9:00 am, to help make it an enriching, spiritually uplifting, and just plain fun experience for all who will be participating. If you want to help, please contact Mtr. Katie at and she'll find the perfect place for you!

We also need some specific items this year for Vacation Bible School and would like to borrow: woven area rugs (5), potted plants - real or fake (we will water them for you!), wooden crates, woven baskets, and any African art!

Things we need donated: snacks and beverages for our volunteers (cookies, chips, crackers, pretzels, cuties, grapes, soda), carpet squares, and any discarded fabric!

Please label your items on loan and all VBS items can be put in Sunday School classroom behind kitchen. 

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 !



St. Athanasius Food PantryFoodPantry
Please bring your shelf-stable food donations for the St. Athanasius Feed My Sheep Food Pantry to St. Ignatius and Christ Church this weekend or deliver them to the grocery cart in the Parish Hall throughout the week. The pantry especially needs canned corn, canned diced tomatoes and canned fruit. Full size boxes of cereal are always welcome, too. 
Backpack Buddies
The Backpack Buddies will be packing again on Wednesday, June 5, at 1:00 pm. All are welcome to join the line for this special summer packing session. For more information about how you can get involved with the Backpack Buddies program, please contact Susan Shipman at To give to the Backpack Buddies online, go to the link here and scroll down to Backpack Program.
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 .


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!
Tour of Homes - Time to Unwind from 2019 and Gear Up for 2020!
Tour of Homes Volunteers, it's time to unwind from 2019 and gear up for 2020! Please join us on Tuesday, June 4, from 5:30 to 7:00 pm in the Christ Church Parish Hall, for libations and light appetizers. We will be sharing thoughts on the Tour of Homes past and looking for ideas for the next decade. Nursery will be available. Please RSVP to Susie Hodges at or 912-571-1674.

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.
Live Poets Society
The Christ Church Live Poets meet on the first Tuesday of every month at 4:00 pm and will be meeting next on June 4, in the Parish Hall. All who enjoy poetry and like to pen their own poems are welcome to come share! Please call Angie Burns at 912-638-2717 to get more information about the group. Below is a recent poem by Ann Delea.

Overcome By Grace

When all the easy words are said,
and maudlin musings have run their race,
I sit right here beside my bed,
filled with joy and shocked by grace.

How could this God I thought I knew so well
send me so many gifts and special sounds?
Rains that fall and strike like a bell?
The love and care of others all around?

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
Carol Hoffine
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
Clyde Smith
Willou Smith
David Somerville
Sam Spak
James St. Clair
Grayson Strickland
Edith Tayloe
Sarah Taylor
Mary Triplett-Key
Pat Vinton
John Waite
Janice Walker
Carah Wheeler
Summer Wheeler
Sarah Whitman
Clint Winne
Martin Worthy
Putsie Worthy
Mell Wray
Hollis Youngner

This  Week

Serving This Weekend
Susan Shipman - Chalice Bearer

Sunday, June 2, 2019 8:00 AM (CCF)
David Boland - Chalice Bearer
David Boland - Lector 
Lee Dyson - Usher
Weezie Campbell - Altar Guild

9:15 AM (Christ Church, Frederica)
Robert Bland - Acolyte C  
Robert Wray - Acolyte TB
Daven Wray - Acolyte TB
Hadley Hart - Acolyte CW
Te Turner - Chalice Bearer
Bob Brown - Chancel Master
Carol Hoffine - Lector - First Lesson
Barbara Sullivan - Lector - Second Lesson
Brenda Davis - Greeter
Susan Imhoff - Usher
Lynne Turner - Kidurgy Shepherd 
Ed Turner - Kidurgy Shepherd 
Peggy Goad - Altar Guild
Susie Henning - Altar Guild

11:15 AM (Christ Church, Frederica)
Isabel Parker - Acolyte C  
Susan Shipman - Chalice Bearer
Beryl Blatchford - Lector - First Lesson
Beryl Blatchford - Lector - Second Lesson
Dana Parker - Greeter
Patrick Parker - Greeter
John Killgallon - Usher
David Blatchford - Usher
Frankie Ansley - Altar Guild
Pat Collins - Altar Guild

Weds., June 5, 2019 NOON Healing Service CCF
Ethel Horton - Altar Guild


Friday, May 31, 2019
12:00 pm - Icon Writing Group

Saturday, June 1, 2019
St. Athanasius Food Pantry
9:00 am - VBS Training
10:00 am - Icon Writing Group
12:30 pm - Safeguarding Training
5:30 pm - Worship at St. Ignatius

Sunday, June 2, 2019
St. Athanasius Food Pantry
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 3, 2019
11:00 am - Yoga

Tuesday, June 4, 2019
4:00 pm - Live Poets Society
5:30 pm - TOH Unwind/Gear Up Meeting

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
Save the Date

June 10-14, 2019
VBS 2019

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 3, 2019
Hand Bell Choir, Choristers and Trebles Rehearsals Start

September 4, 2019
Adult Choir Rehearsals Start