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May 10, 2017
The Christ Church planning process for the future has begun in earnest. To see updates of the plans as they unfold, click here

Make sure to join us this Sunday, as we honor all our ladies who have reached 90 and beyond, at a beautiful reception in the Parish Hall at 10:30 am.
Rector's Ramblings


Apparently we need to talk about my hair. I had no idea that growing my hair out a bit would be cause for conversation, and yet it keeps coming up. People have wondered what was different about me. I have been asked if I am dyeing my hair (I'm not). I've been asked if I lost weight (I wish). And I've heard an ongoing debate about whether longer hair makes me look older or younger (younger is winning out). I've also had people randomly reach out and touch my hair, which is a new experience for me. I had no idea.
So let me explain what led to this. I had to grow my hair out to portray Bob Hope at the Symphony Society Cabaret fundraiser back in February. Hope had long locks that he slicked back, which is the look I was going for. That meant I had to forgo a couple of my routine haircuts that typically come every three weeks. Then, after the fundraiser when it was time to go get my hair cut, I was sick and had to cancel the appointment. I decided to let it go and see what would happen. That's it. There was no plan. I think I ended up going nearly four months without a haircut, which is probably the longest I've gone without a haircut. Ever.  


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.

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

Sunday School Ice Cream Sundae Party
Children's and Youth Sunday school will meet for the last class of the season on May 21st, at 10:30 am and will celebrate with an ice cream party. Please make sure your children are present to join the fun!

EYC Activities
The final EYC of the season will be on May 21st. We will have a picnic and putt putt at Neptune Park again this year. It will be a pot-luck style dinner with the church providing the meat. It was a blast last year, so please make plans to come!!!

Graduate Recognition Sunday

From left to right: Will Brown, Maggie Holt and Sam Thomas

On Sunday, May 21st, we will recognize our 2017 graduating High School Seniors during the worship services. Congratulations to Wil Brown, Maggie Holt and Sam Thomas, who will all be graduating from Frederica Academy! Read more about these bright young people here.

Children and Youth 

VBS 2017 - June 12th - 16th
Vacation Bible School is accepting registrations for kids age 3 to grade 5. The dates and times are June 12-16, from 9:00 to 11:45 am. This year's theme is Hero Central. To register your children for VBS or to sign up to help, click here .
For more information, please contact Kelly Galland at 912-577-9485, email - or Jody Bradford at 912-222-4304, e-mail -

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.


Be a Buddy - A Backpack Buddy! 
The Backpack Buddies will be packing weekend meals for local children again on Wednesday, May 17th, at 10:00 am, in the Parish Hall. Please join them for this very important outreach project. All are welcome!

Lend a Hand at Manna House

Our Manna House team will be serving hot meals at Manna House in Brunswick starting at 9:30 am on Monday, May 22 and Wednesday, May 24th. If you would like to help, please call the church office at 912-638-8683 to sign up or get more information about this outreach program.

Help Wanted - And Needed
GEM (Glynn Episcopal Ministries) needs your help with our summer reading and  meal pack program at St. Athanasius. Each Friday, beginning on June 2, GEM will host  an afternoon of fun, food, and reading for children in the St. Athanasius neighborhood.  In addition to a meal pack similar to those distributed each week-end at schools,  children will receive a light supper, and will be able to select free books to take home.  Many of these children have no books in their homes. It is thrilling to see their excitement about the books that they can chose. So - GEM needs books - gently used or new. Please bring them to the Christ Church Parish Hall. And - GEM needs YOU.  Please consider volunteering to help with activities for one Friday or for many. Time for worker bees is from 4 to 6 pm. Blessings and fun will be unlimited. For questions and to sign up to help, please contact Becky Matthews at 912-268-2689.

Handmade for the Hungry

Glynn Visual Arts supports our local food bank, America's Second Harvest, through their pottery program in which they offer classes for students to come in & make a bowl then donate it to the Handmade for the Hungry/Empty Bowl Project. America's Second Harvest is instrumental in providing food for the Backpack Buddies program.*
After the bowls are made and donated, the project culminates with a soup dinner at GVA on October 17th, 2017 in which individuals may come in & buy a hand made bowl to take home & receive a soup dinner & all the fixin's. All proceeds for sales of the bowls & dinner are donated to America's Second Harvest.
All classes are on a Tuesday evenings,  6:00 - 7:30 pm, June 13th or 20th,  July 11th or 18th and
Aug 15th or 22nd.

Cost:  $25 per person and all  materials are included.
To pre-register for classes, click here.

*Since May 2015, the Christ Church Backpack Buddies have placed 154 orders totaling 139,292 pounds of food!  We obviously could not operate this program without Second Harvest!! 

Feed My Sheep.
(John La Boone discusses Heifer International)

The third time he said to him, "Simon son of John, do you love me?" Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, "Do you love me?" He said, "Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you." Jesus said, "Feed my sheep. - John 21:17
When I read scripture I like to look for metaphors and analogies, but sometimes I get the feeling that Jesus was speaking literally. Maybe feeding people with actual food was exactly what he had in mind. It must have been important because he said it three times in a row. So, let me tell you about Heifer International, one of the most efficient and amazing ways to get more food to more hungry people and to promote human dignity and self-reliance while doing it.


Susanna Wesley Guild Switches Into Summer Gear

Beginning on May 16 th and for the summer months through September, the Susanna Wesley Guild will meet at noon, at Sea Palms, on their regular 3 rd Tuesday of each month, for lunch and visiting. Guests are are most welcome, and no reservations required. 
Frederick Cousins Spring Party and Fish Fry

The Frederick Cousins Guild will celebrate another successful year with a Spring Party at Linda and Phil Allen's beautiful home, on Sunday, May 21 st at 6:00 pm.  The River Rats will serve a delicious meal of fried fish with all the trimmings.  Please R.S.V.P to Linda (912-638-8464; or ) by May 15th so we'll know how many to plan for. The cost is $20, which you may bring on the night of the party. Friends and newcomers are welcome to attend!

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.


Senior Adult Vacation Bible School
Senior Adult Vacation Bible School is coming to Epworth By The Sea from May 22 - 25. We invite the members of Christ Church to join with us for this event. Ed Kilbourne is a very popular leader and we look forward to his unique brand of ministry. 
Over the years Ed has been recognized and acclaimed for his ability to use his gifts as a musician and communicator in concert and worship settings. Following his graduation from seminary, Ed set out on a professional career, making over 8,000 appearances during the last 40 years in every region of the country. He has over 23 recordings.  Lutheran Bishop of the South Carolina Synod, David Donges, introduces Ed as a cross between Garrison Keillor and Jimmy Buffett. 
Attached is information for the full program. Monday evening's concert, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings sessions are open to commuters. Fee for the 4 sessions is $100. Registration is required. Please call Epworth at 912-638-8688.

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
Gerry Rowell
Phyllis Sartin
Sam Scarboro
Angie Schrum
Wayne Sheffield
Willou Smith
Joyce Lowe Snell
Richard Stamper
James St. Clair
Ed Stelle
Samantha Lee Stevens
Joel Stewart
Sarah Taylor
Bill Torrey
Beth Varn
John Waite
Carah Wheeler
Summer Wheeler
Hollis Youngner
Keith Zimmerman
Mary Ann    

The Departed
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 13, 2017 5:30 PM (St. Ignatius Chapel)
Susan Shipman - Chalice Bearer
Sunday, May 14, 2017 8:00 AM (CCF)
Robert Brown - Chalice Bearer
Robert Brown - Lector 
Clay Stallworth - Usher
Anna Belle McCaskill - Altar Guild

9:15 AM (Christ Church, Frederica)
Maggie Jenkins - Acolyte - C
      Maidee Brown - Acolyte - TB
McKenzie Brown - Acolyte - TB
Slade Turner - Chalice Bearer
Robert Brown - Chancel Master
Fred Collins - Lector - First Lesson
Alice Barlow - Lector - Second Lesson
      Dale Stoddard - Greeter
Nancy Stoddard - Greeter
      Susan Imhoff - Usher
Zaida Clay Harris - Usher
Mindy Martin - Kidurgy Shepherd
Ann Graham - Altar Guild
Sandy Rice - Altar Guild

11:15 AM (Christ Church, Frederica)
Te Turner - Crucifer
Te Turner - Chalice Bearer
Susan Shipman - Lector - First Lesson
Lynn Fox - Lector - Second Lesson
Bobby Rice - Greeter
Sandy Rice - Greeter
Mark Davis - Usher
Ann Graham - Altar Guild
Nancy Zell - 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

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

Thursday, May 11, 2017
12:30 pm - Finance Committee

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
Africa Team Ministries
8:00 am - Worship at Christ Church, Frederica 
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

Tuesday, May 16, 2017
12:00 pm - Susanna Wesley Guild at Sea Palms
5:30 pm - Frederick Cousins Guild at Linda Allen's
5:45 pm - Vestry Meeting

Wednesday, May 17, 2017
10:00 am - Backpack Buddies
10:30 am - Men's Study
12:00 pm - Healing Service

Friday, May 19, 2017
12:00 pm - Icon Writing Group

Saturday, May 20, 2017
10:00 am - Icon Writing Group
5:30 pm - Worship at St. Ignatius
Sunday, May 21, 2017
Kreimborg Cross and Acolyte Recognition
Graduate Sunday
8:00 am - Worship at Christ Church, Frederica 
9:15 am - Worship at Christ Church, Frederica
9:15 am - Kidurgy at Christ Church, Frederica 
10:30 am - Sunday School Ice Cream Party
11:15 am - Worship at Christ Church, Frederica
6:00 pm - EYC

Save the Date

Sunday, May 21, 2017
Graduate Recognition Sunday
Kreimborg Cross and Acolyte Recognition

Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Master Plan Conceptual Phase Presentation

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