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May 9, 2018
This week, the Christ Church ECW happily announces grants for 2018, from the proceeds of the Tour of Homes and annual cookbook sales. Get the details here.

Sunday is Mother's Day and we're recognizing some special ladies at Christ Church during coffee hour. Be sure to join us! Read more here.

Rector's Ramblings

We had a great visit from Dr. Matthew and Nancy Sleeth this past weekend. Those who were able to attend the Louchery Lectures on Saturday or their classes on Sunday remarked on how helpful and insightful they found their lessons. Matthew was also the presenter for the Diocese of Georgia clergy conference on Monday and Tuesday, and received a standing ovation following his final presentation. My only regret is that there were not more people to participate in this offering. Their overall message is one we need more of in this world, and Matthew's teaching about Sabbath offers suggestions that might just be able to address some of the greatest ills in our culture.
It is Dr. Sleeth's teaching on Sabbath that first captured my attention and led to the invitation to come to Christ Church. He has rightly identified the collapse of a Sabbath culture in his lifetime; in my lifetime, for that matter. As he suggested during his talks, "the Church is experimenting with not keeping the Sabbath for the first time in 2000 years in our generation."  His wry follow up question, "How's that going for us?" indicates that somehow, the loss of Sabbath may be related to some of the problems we are experiencing.  


The Annual Bishop's Visitation

Left Photo:  (L-R) Tori Harvey, Tom Talarico, Ann Talarico, Fr. Tom Purdy, Diane Sheehan, the Rt. Rev. Scott Benhase, Sharon Morgan, Chris Dwuilt, Mary Kathryn Turner and Mtr. Becky Rowell

Right Photo: 
(L-R) Fr. Tom Purdy, Hannah Martin, Isabel Parker, the Rt. Rev. Scott Benhase (in back), Mtr. Becky Rowell, Mtr. Ashton Williston

We were happy to have the Right Reverend Scott Benhase, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia, join us for worship at St. Ignatius Chapel and Christ Church, Frederica this past weekend. The bishop presided over worship services in which nine people were confirmed. The confirmands were Chris Dwuilt, Tori Harvey, Hannah Martin, Sharon Morgan, Isabel Parker, Diane Sheehan, Carmen Talarico, Ann Talarico, and Mary Kathryn Turner. To see more photos of the bishop's visit, click here.
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.

Kreimborg Cross
This Sunday, May 13th, the Kreimborg Cross and Scholarship will be presented at the 9:15 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

L-R Pierce Doliveira, Graham Hummel, Seiler Thompson, 
Tennyson Thompson

On Sunday, May 20th, we will recognize our 2018 graduating seniors during morning worship at Honey Creek. Congratulations to Pierce Doliveira, Graham Hummel, Seiler and Tennyson Thompson! Pierce and Graham will be graduating from Glynn Academy and Seiler will graduate from Frederica Academy. Tennyson is graduating from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Read more about these bright young men  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 for Children and Youth
Sunday school classes for children and youth will conclude for the season this coming 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.
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

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
This coming Sunday, 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 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!


Parents' Night Out

Parents, make plans for an evening out this 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! 


Christ Church Comforters
The Christ Church Comforters will  have their last meeting for the year on Friday, May 10, 2018, at 10:30 am.  They are hoping to have the shawls, hats and blankets blessed at the services on June 9 and 10. All who  have blankets, shawls or hats to be blessed, are asked to please bring them to the church before June 9 For more information, please contact Gay Barron at
Susanna Wesley Guild

The Susanna Wesley Guild will begin their summer schedule of casual lunch gatherings on Tuesday, May 15th, at 12:00 noon, when they'll meet at Tramici for lunch. The location for the meetings will change every month and the luncheon schedule will continue through September. No reservations required! Contact Ethel Horton at for more information.

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!
Frederick Cousins Guild
The Frederick Cousins Guild will not have their regularly scheduled meeting in May. However, all members are encouraged to come to the church picnic at Honey Creek on Sunday, May 20th.
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.

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

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
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

Ralph Wade - Chalice Bearer
Sunday, May 13, 2018 8:00 AM (CCF)
David Boland - Chalice Bearer
David Boland - Lector 
Paul Ploeger - Usher
Bonney Shuman - Altar Guild

9:15 AM (Christ Church, Frederica)
Paul Salter - Acolyte C
Eva Purdy - Acolyte TB
Robert Wray - Acolyte TB
Daven Wray - Acolyte PW
Paul Salter - Chalice Bearer
Robert Brown - Chancel Master
Barbara Sullivan - Lector - First Lesson 
Robert Brown - Lector - Second Lesson
Steve Holt - Greeter
Catherine Holt - Greeter
Susan Imhoff - Usher
Ed Turner - Kidurgy Shepherd
Lynne Turner - Kidurgy Shepherd
Peggy Goad - Altar Guild

11:15 AM (Christ Church, Frederica)
Paul Salter - Acolyte C
Bonnie Harris - Chalice Bearer
Lynne Fox - Lector - First Lesson
Lynne Fox - Lector - Second Lesson
Penny Jones - Greeter
Cliff Jones - Greeter
Ben Slade - Usher
Pat Collins - Altar Guild
Ethel Horton - Altar Guild

Weds. May 16, 2018 12:00 PM Healing Service (CCF)
Ethel Horton - 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 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 - (Final until fall)
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 

Monday, May 14, 2018
11:00 am - Yoga
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
10:30 am - Susanna Wesley Guild Meeting
5:45 pm - Vestry Meeting
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 

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