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May 17, 2017
Seasonal Residents - if you will not be here in June and would like to offer your house for our new Curate Ashton Williston and her family to stay in, please contact Sharon in the church office as soon as possible to discuss details. 912-638-8683 

Mark your calendar for June 11th and make plans to join us for the church-wide picnic on the lawn! Get all the details here.

Rector's Ramblings


In the midst of this season of graduations, I had one of my own. I officially graduated from physical therapy after seven weeks of therapy for tennis elbow! There wasn't a ceremony, nor were there any caps or tassels in sight, but I did get a t-shirt. ...And the therapist called it "graduating," so that must mean I did, right?
Actually, I'm quite pleased to have graduated and that the elbow is feeling better. I don't play tennis, but a combination of overworking the arm muscles while paddling and a sharp crack on the elbow last year, led to a year of pain and permanent damage. If you noticed a weakening of my hand-shaking grip on Sunday mornings over the last year, that was the reason. The before and after strength tests of my grip are pretty dramatic. Shaking hands on Sundays was one of the most painful parts of the whole ordeal. I avoided using my right arm for most things, but shaking hands with the left wasn't going to work.  


Music Weekend With Marty Haugen

May began on a high note when liturgical composer Marty Haugen came to Christ Church for the weekend of May 5-7. From the X Church style worship service on Friday, through the Saturday discussions and workshops, to the Sunday morning worship services in the Parish Hall and Church, moving, thoughtful and evocative music was presented and enjoyed by all who heard it. Photos from the weekend may be found 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
Jane Rives, Terry Doster, Charlotte Raymond and Frances Ansley

On Mother's Day at Christ Church, we celebrated the birthdays of all our ladies who are in their 90s and beyond, along with those who are reaching 90 this year. The event took place in the Christ Church Parish House, during Coffee Hour. Special music, cake and refreshments were enjoyed by all who came to celebrate and honor the ladies. We are truly blessed to have these remarkable women at Christ Church, Frederica! To see additional photos of the event, click here.


Sunday School Ice Cream Sundae Party
Children's and Youth Sunday school will meet for the last class of the season this Sunday, 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 Sunday evening, May 21st. We will have a picnic and putt putt at Neptune Park again this year. We'll also share 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: Wil Brown, Maggie Holt, Jack Parker 
and Sam Thomas

This coming Sunday, May 21st, we will recognize our 2017 graduating High School Seniors during morning worship services. Congratulations to Wil Brown, Maggie Holt, Jack Parker and Sam Thomas! Wil, Maggie and Sam will be graduating from Frederica Academy and Jack will be graduating from Woodberry Forest School! 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.


Help Us Recognize the Street Beat Graduates of 2017
This year there are nine graduates from Safe Harbor's Street Beat program! Street Beat is an outreach and support program for teens living on the streets in which the y oung people receive help completing their education, planning for careers and maintaining housing. Street Beat's mission is to increase young people's safety, well-being and self-sufficiency and to help them build permanent connections with caring adults with the goal of getting off the streets.

Anyone wanting to help celebrate these kids can do so by giving them graduation cards. Some of them are going to college, others into the military and one to technical school. The best route for a gift for them is a gift card, if anyone wants to include a little something in the graduation cards.  Gift cards from Walmart or Target would be most useful.

Safe Harbor is having their graduation party on Thursday, May 18th at  6:00 pm. We  will deliver the cards that we collect between now and then to the party organizers. Any cards that come in after the party will be delivered to them in the weeks to come. You may drop off graduation cards to the church office in the Parish House.
Here is the list of this year's graduates:

Brendon Tate (boy)- College of Coastal Georgia
Raneisha Beard (girl) - College of Coastal Georgia Nursing Program
Mykeria Williams(girl) - Armstrong State University
Akia McCall (girl) - College of Coastal Georgia
Ra'Nesha Pinkney (girl) - College of Coastal Georgia
Tradeja Johnson (girl) - Cosmetology School
Quiana Johnson (girl) - College of Coastal Georgia
Tamara Howard (girl) - Military
Jada Houston (girl) - Military

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!! 


Church Picnic on the LawnChurchPicnic

Please join us on the lawn at Christ Church, on Sunday, June 11th, immediately after the 11:15 am service, for a church-wide picnic to welcome our new Curate, Ashton Williston and her family. The church will provide the fried and baked chicken, iced tea, lemonade, and paper products - you bring the side dishes, salads and desserts. Tables and chairs will be set up, but please feel free to bring your own lawn chairs and picnic blankets. There will be games and activities for children and a good time for everyone!
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.

Stay Informed

Planning for the Future at Christ Church
The Christ Church planning process for the future has begun in earnest. To see updates of the plans as they unfold, click  here . The next planning meeting will take on May 23rd, at 5:00 pm. 

Special Presentation: African American Life and Culture on St. Simons Island, Georgia

On Saturday, May 20, 2017, at 1:00 pm, a program of digital stories focusing on the history of African American cemeteries on St. Simons Island will be presented at Glynn Visual Arts, at 106 Island Drive. The stories are based on interviews conducted by Mercer University students in collaboration with the St. Simons African American Heritage Coalition. Dr. Stephen Berry, Gregory Professor of the Civil War Era and Co-Director, Center for Virtual History, University of Georgia and Dr. Christopher Lawton, Executive Director, Georgia Virtual History will be the guest speakers.

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
Parker Covington
Mary Lou De Bisschop
Mary Lou Detwiler
Charlene Dickinson
Robbie Dickinson
Charlotte Doster
Anna Doxey
Andy Doyle
Doris Essig
Betsy 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
Edith Parker
Margaret Payne
Vivian Peterson
Nancy Phelan
Kari Powell
Chris Prater
Rajika Reed
Jack Riner
Mark Robinson
Gerry Rowell
Phyllis Sartin
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
Sam Scarboro

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 20, 2017 5:30 PM (St. Ignatius Chapel)
Ralph Wade - Chalice Bearer
Sunday, May 21, 2017 8:00 AM (CCF)
David Boland - Chalice Bearer
David Boland - Lector 
Gill Morgan - Usher
Bonney Shuman - Altar Guild

9:15 AM (Christ Church, Frederica)
Slade Turner - Acolyte - C
      Emma Williams - Acolyte - TB
Daven Wray - Acolyte - TB
David Boland - Chalice Bearer
Paul Salter - Chancel Master
Barbara Sullivan - Lector - First Lesson
Bud Dorsey - Lector - Second Lesson
      Brooke Sumerford - Greeter
Rees Sumerford - Greeter
      Doug Lane - Usher
Cliff Jones - Usher
Paige Peck - Kidurgy Shepherd
Frankie Ansley - Altar Guild
Peggy Goad - Altar Guild

11:15 AM (Christ Church, Frederica)
Ava Parker - Acolyte C
Alice Barlow - Chalice Bearer
Elizabeth Killgallon - Lector - First Lesson
Elizabeth Killgallon - Lector - Second Lesson
Dana Parker - Greeter
Patrick Parker - Greeter
Clint Winne - Usher
Pat Collins - Altar Guild
Ethel Horton - 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 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
6:00 pm - Frederick Cousins Guild at Linda Allen's

Monday, May 22, 2017
9:30 am - Manna House

Tuesday, May 23, 2017
5:00 pm - Master Plan Conceptual Phase Presentation

Wednesday, May 24, 2017
9:30 am - Manna House
10:30 am - Men's Study
12:00 pm - Healing Service

Friday, May 26, 2017
12:00 pm - Icon Writing Group

Saturday, May 27, 2017
10:00 am - Icon Writing Group
5:30 pm - Worship at St. Ignatius
Sunday, May 28, 2017
Memorial Day Recognition
8:00 am - Worship at Christ Church, Frederica 
9:15 am - Worship at Christ Church, Frederica
9:15 am - Kidurgy at Christ Church, Frederica 
11:15 am - Worship at Christ Church, Frederica

Save the Date

Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Master Plan Conceptual Phase Presentation

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

Sunday, June 11, 2017
Church Picnic on the Lawn
Welcome Ashton Williston