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April 26, 2017
Join us the during weekend of May 5-7, when Marty Haugen will be bringing transformative worship music to Christ Church in open workshops and worship services. Get all the details  here.

The Christ Church planning process for the future has begun in earnest. Many thanks to all who came out for the initial planning session with our consultants on Sunday, April 23rd. To see updates of the plans as they unfold, click here

Rector's Ramblings


Last Friday I arrived late to Relay for Life because I had accepted an invitation to offer a homily at Temple Beth Tefilloh in Brunswick. Many of you heard Rabbi Rachael Bregman when she preached at Christ Church during Advent, and she invited me to come worship with them for their regular Friday night service. This service happened to be one that included a commemoration of the Holocaust, as the service closest to Holocaust Remembrance Day. 
She extended the invitation because I had shared with her that our Lenten reading group was studying the works of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the German pastor and theologian who stood up to the Nazis and eventually gave his life as a result. (That's the quick summary.) One of the things that set Bonhoeffer apart was that he stood up for the Jews when virtually no one else in Germany was doing so. As I admitted in my homily, Bonhoeffer is still somewhat controversial, however, because he held onto some anti-Semitic theological perspectives about Jews on the whole - particularly early in his career.  


The Bishop's Annual Visitation
Please join us on Sunday, April 30, 2017, when our Bishop, the Right Reverend Scott Anson Benhase will be visiting Christ Church, Frederica. He will be leading services at 9:15 am in the Parish House and at 11:15 am in the church. Coffee hour reception with the Bishop will take place between services at 10:15 am in the Parish Hall.

Marty Haugen - Transformative Worship Through Music - May 5 - 7
St. Cecelia Series Presents-

Christ Church Frederica is hosting International composer and musician Marty Haugen  Friday, May 5- Sunday, May 7. Registration for the workshop is $75.

Friday afternoon,  May 5 from  2:00-5:00 there is an Instructional Rehearsal and Reading Session of Marty's most recent works. The instructional rehearsal will cover music for the two worship services offered over the weekend.  

Saturday Workshops for worship leaders (Clergy, Musicians, Youth Leaders, etc.) will be held  on Saturday from  9:00-4:00 with lunch provided by Christ Church.  

Topic for the morning session will be Worship Renewal (a think tank discussion that addresses the realities of our time while sharing God's vision for the world.  

Topic for the afternoon session will be Musical Leadership, Music Ensembles, and Liturgical Renewal.

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

Special Musical Worship Services

On  Friday  evening, May 5th, there will be a  7:00 pm  Eucharist service in the style of X Church, that will take place in the church, and  Sunday  morning, May 7th, at  9:15 am, there will be a  Eucharist in the Parish Hall, featuring the music of Marty Hagen. These services will  offer the worshipper diverse styles of how music transforms and lifts up Scripture. All are welcome. Please bring guests, friends and neighbors who love music!

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.

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 14th, 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 by the Christ Church Handbells. RSVP to the church office at 912-638-8683

Chalk Art Masterpieces on Earth Day

On Earth Day, Saturday, April 22nd, the inaugural Chalk Arts Festival was held at the Mary Ross Waterfront Park in Brunswick, Georgia. The Chalk Arts Festival celebrated our Earth, Youth, the Arts and Friendship. The Brunswick (GA) Chapter, The Links Inc. thanks everyone that attended! The Links Inc. (Brunswick Chapter) was granted funds from Christ Church Tour of Homes last year to offer this first Chalk Arts Festival. Click here to see more chalk art, including the work of our own talented Christ Church children! 


Sunday Morning Adult Class

The Sunday Morning Adult Class has begun 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 Outing

Sometimes it's nice to get away to a new location, for your weekly get-together. On Sunday, April 23rd, the EYC had a fun evening of fellowship
 at Mellow Mushroom!

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 May 7th.

Graduating Seniors
On May 21st, we will recognize all Graduating High School Seniors during the worship services. If you have a child 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 Julie Hancock the name of the student, as well as the name of the school he or she attended for inclusion in the May News You Can Use and the Sunday wrapper. Please send this to her by Friday, April 28. Julie can be reached at
Our final EYC will be on  May 21st .  We will have a picnic and putt putt at Neptune park again this year.  We will do it pot-luck style with the church providing the meat. It was a blast last year, so please make plans to come!!!

Children and Youth 

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.
Honey Creek Summer Camps

School is almost out, which means Honey Creek Summer Camp is coming up fast. Go to to register for one or more of the camp sessions. Tuition for each session is $440. The required deposit of $75 is applied to the total camp tuition. Tuition covers room and board, special activities, art supplies, camp photo and camp t-shirt. Scholarships are available from both congregations and Episcopal Youth and Children Services to defray the costs of participating in camp.


Relay for Life
Many thanks to all who helped the Christ Church Relay team raise $6000.72 for Relay for Life! We are grateful to everyone who donated, purchased luminaries, bought baked goods, and dined out at Chick-Fil-A. Twenty five to thirty showed up to walk with the Christ Church team this past  Friday  night. It was a great night for a great cause! Click here to see more Relay photos.


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.

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
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
Burgess Hartsell
Kay Harvey
William David Herndon
Mike Herrin
Christopher Hewetson
Cheryl Hieatt
Jane Higginbotham
Brenda Hollis
Greg Hollis
Alexander Hutcheson
Ellen Hunter
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
Nancy Phelan
Kari Powell
Chris Prater
Rajika Reed
Jack Riner
Mark Robinson
Phyllis Sartin
Angie Schrum
Wayne Sheffield
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
Kate Presley
Mike Harris

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 29, 2017 5:30 PM (St. Ignatius Chapel)
Ralph Wade - Chalice Bearer
Sunday, April 30, 2017 8:00 AM (CCF)
Carl Baumgardner - Chalice Bearer
Carl Baumgardner - Lector 
David Boland - Usher
Sherry Bowen - Altar Guild

9:15 AM (Parish Hall at Christ Church, Frederica)
Maggie Holt - Acolyte - C
      Tom Purdy  - Chalice Bearer
Becky Rowell - Chancel Master
Hugh Brown - Lector - First Lesson
Janice Thomas - Lector - Second Lesson
      Jeff Poulos - Greeter
Tracy Poulos - Greeter
      Fred Freyer - Usher
Elizabeth Freyer - Usher
Paige Peck - Kidurgy Shepherd
Kristi Hamil - Altar Guild
Nancy Zell - Altar Guild

11:15 AM (Christ Church, Frederica)
Isabel Parker - Acolyte C
Tom Purdy - Chalice Bearer
Jane Watson - Lector - First Lesson
Te Turner - Lector - Second Lesson
Diane Ansley - Greeter
Henry Ansley - Usher
Jennie Doyle - Altar Guild
Richard Fox - 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 26, 2017
5:00 pm - Adult Choir
6:30 pm - X Church

Friday, April 28, 2017
12:00 pm - Icon Writing Group

Saturday, April 29, 2017
9:30 am - Newcomers' Flower Guild Workshop
10:00 am - Icon Writing Group
5:30 pm - Worship at St. Ignatius
Sunday, April 30, 2017
Annual Visitation by the Bishop
8:00 am - Worship at Christ Church, Frederica 
9:15 am - Worship in the Parish House, CCF
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

Tuesday, May 2, 2017
2:15 pm - Handbells
4:00 pm - Poetry Society
4:30 pm - Choristers
5:00 pm - Trebles

Wednesday, May 3, 2017
10:30 am - Men's Study
12:00 pm - Healing Service
1:00 pm - Backpack Buddies
5:00 pm - Adult Choir

Friday, May 5, 2017
12:00 pm - Icon Writing Group

Saturday, May 6, 2017
All Day - Marty Haugen Music Workshop
10:00 am - Icon Writing Group
5:30 pm - Worship at St. Ignatius
Sunday, May 7, 2017
St. Athanasius Food Bank
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

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