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April 7, 2017
Important Information

Join us for Holy Week and Easter services at Christ Church and at St. Ignatius. Click here for the complete schedule.

Your opinions matter! Congregational involvement is critical to planning for the future at Christ Church, so please join us in the Parish Hall, at 12:30 pm, on Sunday, April 23 for an all parish planning meeting, accompanied by a delicious potluck lunch. Get all the details here.

Rector's Ramblings


This Rambling was written for Holy Week in 2014.  There is a timelessness to it so I have decided to share it again. Yesterday I was in Savannah for our diocesan Chrism Mass again, and while it's still not an ideal time to steal away for four or five hours during Holy Week, I did find it refreshing and inspiring.  I invite you to "hang in there" with this Holy Week as your schedule and energy allows. This is a powerful week with much to offer us. 
I like the annual tradition of the Chrism Mass, which involves a diocesan gathering of clergy (and a few lay folks) with the bishop to bless oil for use in the church and provide an opportunity to renew our ordination vows. I was in Statesboro this morning doing just that. But, since this is a week for confession, let me confess: I don't like doing it in Holy Week. I know it's a tradition; I know it's good to force ourselves away from the 'busy-ness' of Holy Week; I get it. But it's still annoying, and I can't help it. I have trouble letting go of my to-do list on one of the weeks with so many to-do's.


Holy Week and Easter Worship Services

Holy Week began with Palm Sunday and continues 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 remaining days of the week. You may find a complete list of worship services here.
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 third week's class members, (front) Paige Peck, Janice Thomas, (back) Julie Beimler and Deborah Jaehning learned to create unique arrangements with the palms.

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 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 15 - Easter arrangements
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 Bishop's Annual Visitation
On Sunday, April 30, 2017, our Bishop, the Right Reverend Scott Anson Benhase will be visiting Christ Church, Frederica and will lead services at both 9:15 am and 11:15 am. Coffee hour reception with the Bishop will take place between services at 10:15 am in the Parish Hall.


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:  

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 in May.

Children and Youth 

Chalk Artists Needed!

Miss Kathleen is looking for artistic children and youth (ages 4-21) to form a couple of teams for the CHALK ARTS FESTIVAL  Saturday, April 22  from  10am-3pm  at Mary Ross Waterfront Park in downtown Brunswick. Each team has 4-5 people and we are given an 8'x10' Chalk Space to design a masterpiece! Chalk is included.
The festival is offered by the Brunswick (GA) Chapter of The Links, Inc. Sign up and enjoy Drum Sessions, Story-telling, Train Rides, and a Farmer's Market, in addition to making our own creation.  Email or call Miss Kathleen to join a team at or (912)638-8683

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.


Mark Your Calendars for Relay for Life NOW!

Relay for Life is nearly here! 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.

Thank you everyone who participated in our Dine Out for a Cure at Chick-fil-A. 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 .


All Parish Planning MeetingAllParishMeeting

Please join us in the Parish Hall, at 12:30 pm, on Sunday, April 23 for an all parish planning meeting, accompanied by a delicious potluck lunch. At that time, our planning consultants, Marquis, Latimer + Halback, will facilitate a parish-wide workshop to gather feedback and insights about our needs. You input is crucial!
The church will provide fried chicken and drinks. The remainder of the meal is divided by last name: A-H - dessert, I-P - salad, Q-Z- side. Please call the church office at 912-638-8683 to let us know if you'll be attending. 

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.

Frederick Cousins Guild April Meeting
The Frederick Cousins Guild will meet on Tuesday, April 18th at 5:30 p.m. at Klara Faulk's beautiful home at 125 Hampton River Club Marina Dr.  Nancy Butler will discuss her volunteer work through Glynn Episcopal Ministries with Burroughs Molette Elementary, the poorest of the Glynn County schools.  Christ Church has partnered with GEM to help support these students, teachers and administrators and hopefully help make a difference. We'll also discuss our spring party on Sunday, May 21st. Hope all members can be present!


Jazz Concert at Ft. Frederica Presbyterian
Ft. Frederica Presbyterian Church will be the site of a special concert on  Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 7:30 pm  in the church sanctuary by The Whitefield Academy Jazz Band from Mableton, Georgia. The concert is free and open to the public. The performance will be dedicated to memory of the late Joe Justin Walters who was a valued friend and music director at Ft. Frederica Presbyterian Church. The concert will be followed by coffee and dessert in the fellowship hall.

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    

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 15, 2017 5:30 PM (St. Ignatius Chapel)
Susan Shipman - Altar Guild
Diane Cousins - Flower Guild
Susan Shipman - Chalice Bearer

Sunday, April 16, 2017 8:00 AM (CCF)
Doriann Branch - Altar Guild 
Robert Brown - Chalice Bearer
Robert Brown - Lector - First Lesson
Ed Rowley - Usher
Tina Rowley - Usher

9:15 AM (Christ Church, Frederica)
Slade Turner - Acolyte - C
      Eva Purdy - Acolyte - TB
Emma Williams - Acolyte - TB
Gavin Williams - Acolyte - PW      
Sandy Rice - Altar Guild
Sandy Storino - Altar Guild
Robert Brown - Chalice Bearer
Paul Salter - Chancel Master
Carol Hoffine - Lector - First Lesson
Barbara Sullivan - Lector - Second Lesson
      Bernie Keele - Greeter
Joan Keele - Greeter
      Dale Stoddard (sub req.) - Usher
Rees Summerford - Usher

9:15 AM (Parish Hall at Christ Church, Frederica)
Sam Thomas - Acolyte C
Donna Purdy - Chalice Bearer
Janice Thomas - Chalice Bearer
Doree Avera - Lector - First Lesson
John La Boone - Lector - Second Lesson
Rip Graham - Greeter
Charlotte Graham - Greeter
Oscar Covington - Usher

11:15 AM (Christ Church, Frederica)
Ava Parker - Acolyte - C
      Nancy Zell - Altar Guild
Ann Graham - Altar Guild
Mimi Rogers - Altar Guild
David Boland - Chalice Bearer
Paul Salter - Chalice Bearer 
Jane Watson - Lector - First Lesson
      Sally Essig - Lector - Second Lesson
Dana Parker - Greeter
Patrick Parker - Greeter
Clinton Winne - Usher

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 12, 2017
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 - 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
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

Monday, April 17, 2017
Easter Monday - Office Closed

Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Office Closed
10:30 am - Susanna Wesley Guild Meeting
1:00 pm - Backpack Buddies
5:30 pm - Frederick Cousins Guild Meeting

Wednesday, April 19, 2017
10:30 am - Men's Study Group
12:00 pm - Healing Service

Thursday, April 20, 2017
12:30 pm - Finance Committee Meeting

Friday, April 21, 2017
12:00 pm - Icon Writing Group
6:00 pm - Relay for Life

Saturday, April 22, 2017
10:00 am - Icon Writing Group
5:30 pm - Worship at St. Ignatius
Sunday, April 23, 2017
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
12:30 pm - Parish Planning Meeting with Lunch

Save the Date

Sunday, April 30, 2017
The Bishop's Visitation

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

Sunday, May 14, 2017
ECW Mother's Day Over 90 Celebration

Sunday, May 21, 2017
Kreimborg Cross and Acolyte Recognition