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May 3, 2017
Join us this weekend, 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


Music is a powerful medium. Some of my earliest memories are songs. We sang songs quite a bit in my childhood, particularly on car trips. Those were the days when entertaining kids in the backseat was a bit harder than it is today with "screens". Many a chorus of Puff the Magic Dragon was sung in our cars. I also learned songs at church camp and in Sunday School that stick with me, like "Rise and Shine!" Such songs are engrained in my head and my soul, and I have enjoyed sharing them with my children. 
And then there are the songs that I learned as an adolescent and young adult, those songs that shaped who I was becoming, spoke to me on deep levels (deep levels, man); the anthems of my maturation, songs like Beck's, "Loser". And because I was a church nerd (and still am) there are the hymns and anthems I sang and continue to sing from the depth of my soul. There are the old favorites and new favorites alike, like "Surely it is God who saves me," the Daw setting of the First Song of Isaiah.  Sometimes, when the choir is singing an anthem, I remember that I sang it twenty years ago, still remembering phrases, both text and music. Once music gets in, it really doesn't leave.  


The Bishop's Annual Visitation

On Sunday, April 30, 2017, our Bishop, the Right Reverend Scott Anson Benhase visited Christ Church, Frederica, where he led services at 9:15 in the Parish House and at 11:15 in Christ Church. During 9:15 worship, he blessed the new furnishings and hymnals for the Parish Hall service. At the 11:15 service in the church, he blessed the icons created by the Icon Writing Group and helped Christ Church receive a new member, Skip Slocum. To see additional photos from the Bishop's visit, click here.

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 5th 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.  

On Friday evening, at 7:00 pm, there will be a choral Eucharist in the style of X Church, held in the church. ALL are welcome for this special time of worship!

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.

Sunday morning Eucharist services at 9:15 (in the Parish Hall) and at 11:15 (in Christ Church) will feature special music, which Marty Haugen will be performing along with our Christ Church music team. All are welcome. Please bring friends, guests and neighbors who love music!

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

New Flower Guild Beautifies Parish Hall
Bottom Row: Kristi Parks, Paige Peck, Janice Thomas, Nancy Zell, Julie Beimler, Deborah Jaehning
Top Row: David Lowe - instructor, Ania McQuade, and Donna Purdy
Not pictured: Laura Brown, Barry Kaminer, Dottie Clark and Sherry Bowen

The last class of the Newcomers Flower Guild for Parish Hall services met on  Saturday, April 29th. Many thanks to all who participated in the classes over the last few weeks and to David Lowe for leading them. Exquisite flower arrangements have been produced week after week by these students and their dedicated teacher. 

The classes were graciously sponsored by the Merritt Levitan Memorial Fund, which furnished the flowers and five beautiful new containers for creating arrangements. We appreciate all the work that has gone into glorifying our worship spaces by all members of the flower and altar guilds. To see more photos of the Flower Guild's work, click 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.

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 from our music team. RSVP to the church office at 912-638-8683


Sunday Morning Adult Class

The Sunday Morning Adult Class will meet as usual this coming Sunday, May 7th and then take a break for the summer. When the class resumes on September 10th, it will begin a series based on the Great Courses materials entitled "The New Testament."  It's a comprehensive series that covers the New Testament from Matthew to Revelation. All are welcome to join the class then. For more information, please contact Bob Brown at

EYC Activities
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 the coming Sunday, May 7th.

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!!!

A New Puppet Stage for Christ Church

Christ Church parishioner Bob Theobald has created a beautiful puppet stage for the children of the parish. It is his original design and he did all the work and donated it for use in our children's programs. Our EYC recented painted the new stage to help prepare it for future use.

Plans are for the stage to be used in a variety of ways which include  Sunday  School, Vacation Bible School and other camps. We are so thankful to Bob for making this beautiful stage, and we know our children will love using. Thanks, too, to the youth who helped paint it!
Click here to see more photos of the youth at work.

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.


St. Athanasius Food Collection

On Sunday, May 7, 2017, we will be collecting food for the St. Athanasius Food Bank. Please leave your shelf stable boxes, packages and cans of food in the shopping cart in the Parish House entrance hall. Thank you for your contributions!

Helping the Children in Our Community

The Backpack Buddies will be packing weekend meals for local children again on May 17th, at 10:00 am. Please join them for this very important outreach project. All are welcome!

Summer break is nearly here, so Glynn Episcopal Ministries is planning their usual summer Friday afternoon reading program and hot meal at St. Anthanasius, in Brunswick. As they depart, the kids can take books and a food bag home! Find out how you can be part of this important mission by contacting Susan Shipman at
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 on  Friday, April 21st . 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
Mike Harris
The Rev. Tom Fitzgerald

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

Serving This WeekendServersNeeded

Saturday, May 6, 2017 5:30 PM (St. Ignatius Chapel)
Paul Salter - Chalice Bearer
Sunday, May 7, 2017 8:00 AM (CCF)
Carl Baumgardner - Chalice Bearer
Carl Baumgardner - Lector 
Lee Dyson - Usher
Nancy Butler - Altar Guild

9:15 AM (Parish Hall at Christ Church, Frederica)
Maggie Holt - Acolyte - C
      Stewart Gash - Acolyte - TB
Eva Purdy - Acolyte - TB
Donna Purdy  - Chalice Bearer
Te Turner - Lector - First Lesson
Te Turner - Lector - Second Lesson
      Beth Varn - Greeter
Will Varn - Greeter
      Greer Brown - Usher
Godfrey Draviam - Usher
Alice Barlow - Kidurgy Shepherd
Nancy Zell - Altar Guild

11:15 AM (Christ Church, Frederica)
Isabel Parker - Acolyte C
Janice Thomas - Chalice Bearer
Janice Thomas - Lector - First Lesson
Lynn Fox - Lector - Second Lesson
Dana Parker - Greeter
Patrick Parker - Greeter
Alice Barlow - Usher
Dale Pierson - Altar Guild
Linda Wood - Altar Guild

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

Friday, May 5, 2017
12:00 pm - Icon Writing Group
7:00 pm - X Church Choral Eucharist

Saturday, May 6, 2017
All Day - Marty Haugen Music Workshops
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 - 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

Tuesday, May 9, 2017
2:15 pm - Handbells

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

Thursday, May 11, 2017
2:00 pm - Christ Church Comforters

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

Saturday, May 13, 2017
10:00 am - Icon Writing Group
5:30 pm - Worship at St. Ignatius
Sunday, May 14, 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 - ECW 90s+ Recognition Celebration 
10:30 am - Sunday School for Children and Youth
11:15 am - Worship at Christ Church, Frederica
6:00 pm - EYC

Save the Date

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

Sunday, May 21, 2017
Kreimborg Cross and Acolyte Recognition

Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Master Plan Conceptual Phase Presentation

Sunday, June 4 - 7, 2017
Hometown Missions - Albany