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April 5, 2017
Important Information

First Communion Class - For families who would like their children to receive First Communion on Easter Sunday, there will be a short class immediately after the 11:15 am service in the church, on Palm Sunday, April 9th. Those who are unable to attend the class may call the church office for an appointment to learn about Communion during Holy Week. Call  912-638-8683 

Rector's Ramblings


Last week I had to miss the Community Seder in order to attend Middle School Orientation with Eva. We didn't get notice until Monday of that week that orientation was being offered, but once the notice came, I knew that's where I needed to be. Middle School is a big deal. For rising fifth graders, and also for their parents. I honestly don't know who is more apprehensive about Middle School. Eva or me. This is on par with the start of kindergarten; the first time you let them go all day to big kid school and recognize they are growing up. Middle School is the next level, although admittedly not the last.
Part of my apprehension is that Middle School was the worst part of my educational experience. My growth spurt didn't hit until the end of Middle School/beginning of High School, and I was bullied a bit during that time. It was Middle School that introduced me to a group of boys who were not the most healthy peers for me to count as friends. And then there is all the hormonal stuff that goes on in both boys and girls as they mature physically. I know Eva is not me, and yet I have had to work to keep my lingering feelings about my own pre-teen years from coloring how I help her journey through hers.    


Holy Week and Easter Worship Services

Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday this coming weekend and worship services will continue throughout the week at both Christ Church and St. Ignatius, until Easter Sunday, on April 16th. Please join us as we journey towards the cross in the days ahead. You may find a complete list of worship services here.
Last Call for Easter Lilies

Remember a loved one at Easter with a memorial Easter lily. Send the name(s) and a check for $25 per lily to Ethel Horton, 402 Palm Court, SSI, 31522. Make checks payable to "Christ Church Altar Guild." Please make your order by April 9th.

Busy Bags Are Here!
Busy bags are now available for your young children to enjoy during our Sunday services. Just pick up a bag from the basket in the church, let your children explore the contents and return the bag at the end of the service.
Flower Guild Newcomer Classes
Our second week's class members, Deborah Jaehning, Sherry Bowen, Donna Purdy, Ania McQuade, Julie Beimler, and Nancy Zell worked hard to create gorgeous arrangements this past week.

In support of our new Parish Hall Services, the Christ Church, Frederica Flower Guild is training new members to design the flowers for our new worship space. Flower Guild members must be willing to fully commit to service to the glory of God and the Church once every 6 to 8 weeks. We are excited to be adding a new generation of flower designers to build up our existing Flower Guild, who beautify our worship spaces on Sundays and major feast days such as Christmas, Easter and Pentecost.
These new members are being taught in class with hands-on training for five weeks during Lent and Eastertide, with each class taught on Saturday mornings in the Parish House. The classes are being taught by David Lowe, a member of the Flower Guild and professional designer for 41 years.
The designs that are produced in each class are being used to beautify the Parish Hall for the 9:15 service on the following Sunday. There is no charge for the class and the flowers will be provided and underwritten by memorial gifts in memory of Merritt Levitan. Click here to see more photos.
Class Schedule
April 8 - for Palm Sunday
April 15 - Easter (we have a plan for this)
April 29th - To be announced at class
Those who would like to join these classes and become part of the Flower Guild should contact David Lowe at or call (c) 404-822-9484 or (w) 912-638-7323


The Reverend Deacon Ashton Williston to Join the Christ Church Clergy StaffAshtonWilliston
The Rev. Ashton Williston has accepted our invitation to join the staff at Christ Church as a Curate. Ashton is a senior seminarian at the School of Theology at Sewanee and will be graduating in May. She will be a fourth generation Episcopal priest in her family. Ashton will move to St. Simons after graduation along with her husband, Joe, and their two daughters, Isabella (9) and Abigail (8). We anticipate that she will begin her ministry in earnest in early June.  (Read more about Rev. Ashton Williston here.)


An Open Letter to Christ Church from the ECW President, Jane Watson
To see more photos from Tour Day, click here.

Dear Christ Church family,

Well, you've done it again!! For the 64th time you have shown the best of our church community, our islands and our hospitality. Because of your tireless efforts and countless hours of dedication and service, we welcomed thousands of visitors to our island and our church home.  Of course, our community neighbors also once again joined the effort so eagerly and have become an invaluable part of this annual effort...  A huge THANK YOU goes out to our homeowners who so graciously allowed over a thousand folks to traipse through their lovely homes, all for such a wonderful cause...


Sunday Morning Adult Class

Beginning April 23, the Sunday Morning Adult Class will begin a discussion of James Moore's book Attitude Is Your Paintbrush: It Colors Every Situation. Everyone is welcome. Classes take place in the parish house each Sunday from 10:30 until 11:15. Contact:  

Spiritual Practices Series - Examen
In our Ash Wednesday service, we, the people of God, "are invited in the name of the Church, to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God's holy Word." (Book of Common Prayer, 265) The Spiritual Practices series has been exploring each of these practices during the five Thursdays in Lent. The final session of the series will take place on Thursday, April 6th, at 10:30 am. During this workshop, we will use the Daily Examen to help us focus on what God is telling us and make a prayerful reflection on our day.  The  Examen  is an ancient practice in the Church that can help us see God's hand at work in our whole experience.

EYC Activities

EYC Outreach - St. Mark's Towers

On Thursday, March 30th, our EYC, Junior EYC, their parents and other volunteers went to St. Mark's Towers in Brunswick to help serve the monthly birthday dinner. They also provided entertainment for the residents there, which included music by Ladd Rector and Brad Hamil, who led an out-fashioned sing-along. It was a great time of fellowship for all generations! Many thanks to all of the students and adult volunteers who made the outreach at St. Mark's Towers such a special evening. Click here to see photos of all the fun!

Rooted and Relevant
This EYC sponsored worship service takes place on the second Sunday of each month at 6:00 pm. Led by students, adults and clergy, this service is open to any who wish to attend and includes creative liturgy and music that is sometimes softly meditative and other times more upbeat.  Our next EYC Rooted and Relevant service will take place on Palm Sunday, April 9th.

EYC Calendar
There's a lot going on for the youth at Christ Church with worship, fellowship, outreach and more! To see the EYC Activities Calendar for winter and spring, click here.
VBS 2017 - June 12th - 16th
Attention Christ Church! VBS needs large boxes to create a 3-D city for our Hero City theme! If you have any large boxes or appliance-type boxes, please bring to the church office. 

We are still in need of volunteers for this year's VBS! Even if you can't be there the whole week we can use whatever time you can give! Please contact:
Kelly Galland  (912) 577-9485 
or Jody Bradford,  (912) 222-4304
To register your children for VBS or to sign up to help, click here.

Camp Kanuga 2017 - June 19 - 23

Kanuga is returning to Christ Church this summer with camps for ages 5 - 11 and ages 12 - 15.  Camp Kanuga Local Day Camps are a great way to introduce children to the summer camp experience. The camps offer creative and educational activities that allow campers to engage with their community and make new friends. Camp Kanuga is specifically designed for campers ages 5-11 and all activities are conducted on-site. Adventure Day Camp is for older children and offers a number of exciting activities from rafting and zip lining to sea kayaking and standup paddle boards. Ages 12-15. To register for either camp, click here.


Relay for Life - Coming soon!
Relay for Life is fast approaching. Come walk with us on Friday, April 21, 2017, starting at 6:00 pm until midnight. You can stay and walk as little or as long as you like. We will be providing Grandy's chicken and water/sodas to all our participants, so plan to stay for dinner. We would appreciate it if participants would bring a side dish, fruit, snacks, etc. to round out our meal.

If you are a survivor, the Survivor's Lap is held first at about 6:30 pm, so plan to come early for that. You are the reason we have the relay.

There will be a Cookies and Cupcakes for a Cure Bake Sale this coming Sunday, April 9, 2017 in the parish hall between the 9:15 and 11:15 services. We need donated baked goods to be delivered on Saturday morning, April 8th, so they can be packaged for the sale.

This Sunday is the last call for ordering our bright yellow tee shirts for Relay for Life. The shirts are $15 cash or check, made payable to Christ Church. You may order any size,  youth through 3X. We will be taking orders at the Bake Sale this Sunday and then placing the order early next week so they arrive in time for the event.

Thank you everyone who participated in our Dine Out for a Cure at Chick-fil-A last Thursday. We received a check for $90.56 to add to our current donations of approximately $2600.00. Let's keep the momentum going so we can reach our goal of $7000. If you need a donation/luminary form, want to register to walk in the Survivor's lap or have any questions, please call Sally Essig at 912-223-5353 or


Coffee Hour Hosts NeededCoffeeHour
Have you enjoyed Coffee Hour visiting with clergy, meeting new people and relaxing with friends?   We need volunteers for two-person teams who are willing to bring light refreshments once every four months.  If you would like to make Sundays even more meaningful, call Christine at 540-270-1215 or email for more information.

The Flower Cross

The Flowering of the cross has become an Easter tradition at Christ Church. David Lowe and Chris Triplett begin the process by embellishing 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 services on Easter Day. (Mr. MacGregor - aka David - will be there to assist, and might even take a picture of you and your family as you celebrate this joyous day) Don't forget your flowers and camera on Easter Morning!

Easter Egg Hunt
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 16). We are asking all who are willing and able to please donate 50 or more FILLED eggs. Please fill eggs with: individually wrapped candies, 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.

Susanna Wesley Guild April Guest Speaker

The April 18th meeting of the Susanna Wesley Guild will feature a presentation by Dana Haza about the Gathering Place, in Brunswick, Georgia. The mission of the Gathering Place is to reach students with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, to equip them to be effective Christian leaders, and to send them to impact their local schools, churches and communities. Please join the members of the Susanna Wesley Guild at 10:30 am on Tuesday, April 18th, to learn more about this local, ecumenical program for youth.

Save the Date

Marty Haugen - Transformative Worship Through Music - May 5 - 7
The St. Cecelia Series presents a worship music workshop with liturgical composer and recording artist Marty Haugen on May 5th - 7th at Christ Church.
Early-bird Registration now through April 15,  only $75 per person;  April 16th - May 1st, $100 per person
(Click here for more information and to register.)
Marty Haugen is a liturgical composer, workshop presenter, performing and recording artist & author from Eagan, Minnesota. For the past 30 years, Marty has presented workshops and concerts across North and Central America, Europe, Asia and the Pacific Rim. He has over 40 recordings and more than 400 separate printed editions available through GIA Publications.

To register or for more information, contact
Kathleen Turner, Organist & Choirmaster (912) 638-8683

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
Joe Allen
George Almasi
Kurt Anderson
Sherri Applebee
Malicia Atkinson
Kris Barkley   
Ella Bothwell
Chris Bradley
Harry Branch
Doug Brantley
Gene Broadwell
Barbara Canaday
Paddy Carley
Anne Chubb
Mary Lou De Bisschop
Mary Lou Detwiler
Charlene Dickinson
Robbie Dickinson
Charlotte Doster
Anna Doxey
Andy Doyle
Doris Essig
Betsy Fitzgerald
Tom Fitzgerald
John Floyd
Stephen Freedman
Ewell Gay
Travis Gay
Louise Gentile
Mary Jean Giobino
Ben Grace
Stephen Gregory
Kristi Hamil
Bob Hamji
Burgess Hartsell
Kay Harvey
William David Herndon
Mike Herrin
Christopher Hewetson
Cheryl Hieatt
Bill Higginbotham
Jane Higginbotham
Brenda Hollis
Greg Hollis
Alexander Hutcheson
Ellen Hunter
Clif Jones
Carlin Kenny
Christi Lambert
Billie Lewellyn
Keith Lewellyn
Bill Littleton
Sam Livesay
Martha Lovett

Claudia Malone
Cathy McCarthy
Mamie Meadows
Liz O'Meara
Gene Palmer
Kathy Palmer
Mary Elizabeth Paris
Margaret Payne
Vivian Peterson
Kari Powell
Chris Prater
Rajika Reed
Jack Riner
Mark Robinson
Phyllis Sartin
Angie Schrum
Willou Smith
Joyce Lowe Snell
Richard Stamper
James St. Clair
Samantha Lee Stevens
Joel Stewart
Sarah Taylor
Bill Torrey
Beth Varn
John Waite
Bryan Welch
Bryson Welch
Shannon Lawing Welch
Sydney Welch
Carah Wheeler
Summer Wheeler
Hollis Youngner
Keith Zimmerman
Mary Ann    

The Departed
Nancy Torbett
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.

New Ways to Give
Now you can make gifts and offerings to Christ Church by using your phone. Please text ccfssi to 77977,  enter your details, choose your payment method, and give. You may also go to the Christ Church website at, click on the Donation tab at the top and give there.

This  Week

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Saturday, April 8, 2017 5:30 PM (St. Ignatius Chapel)
Barbara Chitty - Altar Guild
Bess Thompson - Flower Guild
Ralph Wade - Chalice Bearer

Sunday, April 9, 2017 8:00 AM (CCF)
Nancy Butler - Altar Guild
Robert Brown - Chalice Bearer
Robert Brown - Lector - First Lesson
H. Clay Stallworth - Usher

9:15 AM (Christ Church, Frederica)
Seiler Thompson - Acolyte - C
      Kerrigan Hamil - Acolyte - TB
Robert Wray - Acolyte - TB
Daven Way - Acolyte - PW      
Bonnie Chandler  - Altar Guild
Nancy Stoddard - Altar Guild
Alice Barlow - Chalice Bearer
Robert Brown - Chancel Master
Barbara Sullivan - Lector - First Lesson
Te Turner - Lector - Second Lesson
      Bobby Rice - Greeter
Sandy Rice - Greeter
      Bud Dorsey - Usher
Margie Dorsey - Usher

9:15 AM (Parish Hall at Christ Church, Frederica)
Maggie Holt - Acolyte C
Beth Smith - Chalice Bearer
Doree Avera - Lector - First Lesson
John La Boone - Lector - Second Lesson
Suzanne Buckley - Greeter
Cathy McCall - Kidurgy Shepherd

11:15 AM (Christ Church, Frederica)
Sam Thomas - Acolyte - C
      Dale Pierson - Altar Guild
Linda Wood - Altar Guild
Janice Thomas - Chalice Bearer 
Lynn Fox - Lector - First Lesson
      Sally Essig - Lector - Second Lesson
Bob Butler - Greeter
Nancy Butler - Greeter

This Week at Christ Church
Evening Prayer is held Wednesdays through Sundays at Christ Church, Frederica at 5:00 p.m.
*Unless noted otherwise, all events take place at Christ Church
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
12:00 pm - Healing Service at CCF
12:45 pm - Lenten Book Study
5:00 pm - Adult Choir
6:30 pm - X Church
Thursday, April 6, 2017
10:30 am - Spiritual Practices Workshop
4:00 pm - Centering Prayer at St. Ignatius
Friday, April 7, 2017
12:00 pm - Icon Writing Group
Saturday, April 8, 2017
9:30 am - Flower Guild Workshop
10:00 am - Icon Writing Group
5:30 pm - Worship at St. Ignatius
Sunday, April 9, 2017
Palm Sunday
8:00 am - Worship at Christ Church, Frederica 
9:15 am - Worship in the Parish House, CCF
9:15 am - Worship at Christ Church, Frederica
9:15 am - Kidurgy at Christ Church, Frederica 
10:15 am - Coffee Hour 
10:30 am - Sunday School for all ages
11:15 am - Worship at Christ Church, Frederica
6:00 pm - EYC Rooted and Relevant Holy Eucharist

Monday, April 10, 2017
12:00 pm - Holy Week Eucharist

Tuesday, April 11, 2017
12:00 pm - Holy Week Eucharist
2:15 pm - Handbells
4:30 pm - Choristers
5:00 pm - Trebles

Wednesday, April 12, 2017
12:00 pm - Holy Week and Healing Service at CCF
5:00 pm - Adult Choir
6:30 pm - X Church 

Thursday, April 13, 2017
12:00 pm - Holy Week Eucharist
4:00 pm - Centering Prayer at St. Ignatius
7:00 pm - Maundy Thursday Liturgy at CCF

Friday, April 14, 2017
12:00 pm - Icon Writing Group
12:00 pm - Good Friday Three Hour Devotion at CCF
4:00 pm - Stations of the Cross at St. Ignatius
7:00 pm - Veneration of the Cross at CCF 

Saturday, April 15, 2017
9:30 am - Flower Guild Workshop
10:00 am - Icon Writing Group
7:00 pm - Great Vigil of Lent at St. Ignatius 

Sunday, April 16, 2017
Easter Sunday
8:00 am - Worship at CCF 
9:15 am - Worship in the Parish House, CCF
9:15 am - Worship at CCF
10:15 am - Easter Egg Hunt 
11:15 am - Worship at CCF

Save the Date

Monday, April 10 -Thursday April 13, 2017
12:00 pm - Holy Communion each day

Wednesday, April 12, 2017
6:30 pm - X Church

Thursday, April 13, 2017
7:00 pm - Maundy Thursday Liturgy with Footwashing

Friday, April 14, 2017
12:00 pm - Good Friday Three Hour Devotion
4:00 pm - Stations of the Cross at St. Ignatius
7:00 pm - Veneration of the Cross

Saturday, April 15, 2017
7:00 pm - Great Vigil of Lent at St. Ignatius

Sunday, April 16, 2017
8:00 am - Easter Holy Communion
9:15 am - Easter Holy Communion CCF
9:15 am - Easter Holy Communion PH
11:15 am - Easter Holy Communion CCF 

Friday, April 21, 2017
Relay for Life

Sunday, April 23, 2017
Parish Meeting

Sunday, April 30, 2017
The Bishop's Visitation

Friday, May 5 - Sunday, May 7, 2017
Marty Haugen Music Workshop