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May 31, 2017
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. You may RSVP  here.

Vacation Bible School starts on Monday, June 12th, at 9:00 am! Find out how to register your children here.

Rector's Ramblings


As we do every year, we traveled to Pennsylvania this weekend for Memorial Day. It was wonderful to see my family and camp with my in-laws, despite the rain.  It rained most of the weekend, in fact, and ended up creating quite a muddy mess by the time we packed up on Monday. Fortunately, we camp in campers, not in tents. We avoided the worst of it because we had places to go to get out of the rain.
It's apparently been raining a lot in Lancaster, unlike Saint Simons. We saw a statistic while we were there that there have only been eleven days that were sunny or mostly sunny so far this year. This whole year, which is nearly half over. That's a lot of cloudiness and gray! It's also abnormal, but it can happen. The grayness of the northeast in the winter is one of the things we don't miss since we moved further south.  


Bluegrass Eucharist

Join us on Sunday, June 11 as we welcome our new curate, the Rev. Deacon Ashton Williston, to Christ Church. In addition to the regular Sunday services, there will be a special Bluegrass Eucharist at 11:15, with guest musicians, Marshgrass. Following the service, there will be a church-wide picnic on the lawn. (Click here for more details about the picnic.) Invite your friends and neighbors for this wonderful day of worship and fellowship!

Kidurgy All Summer

This year, we will have Kidurgy for our young children throughout the summer. Kidurgy is a child-friendly liturgy of the Word which takes place during the 9:15 service on Sunday. The children gather in the Parish Hall to sing, read scripture and pray from their own bulletins. There is even a short homily. Then they return to the church to receive communion with their families. 

Flower Donations

If you would like to glorify the altar at Christ Church by donating flowers in honor or in memory of a loved one or friend, please contact Ethel Horton at 912-634-8327.

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.

ECW Makes Grants to Local Charities: 
A Note from ECW President, Jane Watson

Dear Christ Church and The Golden Isles Community,
It with great excitement that your ECW announces a very generous gift of over $60,000 to more than 25 local and regional charities! These gifts come from combined proceeds of the 64th annual Tour of Homes this past March, as well as the year-long sales of the Christ Church cookbook. 
What a joy it is to be able to grant such a large amount to so many deserving charities in our area that benefit women and children. This is a gift from our entire community because of the community-wide support of our two large projects each year. It takes more than 400 volunteers to to put on a huge project like the Tour of Homes and we send out a huge THANK YOU to the many community volunteers who help us with both projects each year. We want the community to know that this is their gift as well. Lives will be touched thanks to your time and efforts.
Congratulations, and well done...for the many hours of volunteering, planning and dedication...our community is the winner.
In His Service,
Jane Watson
ECW President


EYC Summer Activities

The EYC had a blast as we splashed into summer on Sunday evening, May 28th, at Neptune Park! This is just one of many of the fellowship opportunities we have for the coming weeks. We will have a summer of service and fun. Check out our schedule of activities here!

VBS 2017 Starts on Monday, June 12thVBS2017
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 exciting 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 and we're excited that they will be going on to college, the military and technical school!  Anyone wanting to help celebrate these kids can do so by giving them graduation cards. If you'd like to  include a little something in the graduation cards, g ift cards from Walmart or Target would be most useful.  You may drop off graduation cards at 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) - CCGA 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

To those of you who have already brought in graduation cards and/or contributed for the Street Beat high school graduates, THANK YOU!! Gift certificates for all were purchased at Walmart so they can get some of the things they need for college, the military, or technical school. And the parish's generosity enabled us to get gift certificates for all eight girls at Ulta Beauty, and a gift card from Dick's Sporting Goods for the young man, who plays Coastal Outreach Soccer. They appreciate your kindness more than you will ever know!

Books Needed for Summer Reading Program
GEM (Glynn Episcopal Ministries) needs your help with our weekly summer reading and  meal pack program at St. Athanasius. We are collecting new and gently used books for the children who visit to read and take home, along with the food packs we provide. Right now, the supply of books is extremely low, so we're asking all who can, to please donate any new or gently used children's books to help build our library. Books may be dropped off at the church office in the Parish House at Christ Church.  For questions and information about signing up to help with this outreach, please contact Becky Matthews at 912-268-2689.

Maggie Holt to be Honored at Tribute to Women Leaders
The Y's Tribute To Women Leaders is celebrating its 19th class of exceptional women in our community - women from small businesses and corporations, the arts, education, non-profit organizations, the faith community,  government and public service.  Christ Church's very own Maggie Holt is being honored at this year's June 13th Tribute luncheon at the Jekyll Island Convention Center.  Tickets are $60 ($30 is deductible) and can be purchased by contacting Mary Beth Wester by text or phone 912-602-8330 no later than May 30th, or by calling the YMCA at 912-265-4100. Tickets can also be purchased online. Text 51555 and enter Tribute17   in the message box.   Click on the link in the response text to complete application for online tickets.  


Church Picnic on the LawnChurchPicnic

Please join us on the lawn at Christ Church, on Sunday, June 11, 2017 immediately after the 11:15 am service for a church-wide SOUTHERN PICNIC to welcome our new Curate, Ashton Williston and her family!  Marshgrass will provide the music and entertainment. The church will provide the fried and baked chicken, iced tea, lemonade and paper products - you bring your FAVORITE SOUTHERN PICNIC SIDE DISHES, SALADS OR DESSERTS! Tables and chairs will be set up, but please feel free to bring your own lawn chairs and picnic blankets. Donations will also gladly be accepted to help offset the costs. There will be games and activities for children and a good time for everyone, as we celebrate our Parish! Feel free to invite guests and neighbors to join us! Please let us know that you're coming by clicking here.

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. 

The Golden Isles at War

You are invited to a presentation of the documentary, "The Golden Isles at War" which will be shown twice on Tuesday, June 13th, 2017, at 3:00 pm and again at 7:00 pm, at Magnolia Manor, at 100 Heritage Drive, St. Simons Island. This documentary highlights the Golden Isles during World War II. Refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP by June 12th, by calling Kevin, at 912-266-8848.
Birdies and Bass Golf Tournament

Birdies and Bass is FaithWorks' inaugural golf tournament, which will be held on Friday, June 23, 2017. Come fish in the morning in the beautiful lakes of the King and Prince Golf Club at Hampton Point, for a chance to  shave points off your golf score. For more information, please contact Melissa Stroud at 912-261-8512, ext. 105 or click here.


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
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
Rhea Ward
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

Serving This WeekendServersNeeded

Saturday, June 3, 2017 5:30 PM (St. Ignatius Chapel)
David Boland - Chalice Bearer
Sunday, June 4, 2017 8:00 AM (CCF)
Carl Baumgardner - Chalice Bearer
Carl Baumgardner - Lector 
Lee Dyson - Usher
Nancy Butler - Altar Guild

9:15 AM (Christ Church, Frederica)
Slade Turner - Acolyte - C
      Maggie Holt - Acolyte - TB
Eva Purdy - Acolyte - TB
Kerrigan Hamil - Acolyte - PW
Slade Turner - Chalice Bearer
Paul Salter - Chancel Master
Carol Hoffine - Lector - First Lesson
Catherine Holt - Lector - Second Lesson
      Catherine Holt - Greeter
Steve Holt - Greeter
      Oscar Covington - Usher
Susan Imhoff - Usher
Alice Barlow - Kidurgy Shepherd
Nancy Stoddard - Altar Guild

11:15 AM (Christ Church, Frederica)
Isabel Parker - Acolyte C
Susan Shipman - Chalice Bearer
Lynn Fox - Lector - First Lesson
Susan Shipman - Lector - Second Lesson
Bob Butler - Greeter
Nancy Butler - Greeter
John Killgallon - 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
Saturday, June 3, 2017
10:00 am - Icon Writing Group
5:30 pm - Worship at St. Ignatius

June 4, 2017
Pentecost Sunday
St. Athanasius Food Bank
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

Wednesday, June 7, 2017
10:30 am - Men's Study
12:00 pm - Healing Service

Friday, June 9, 2017
12:00 pm - Icon Writing Group

Saturday, June 10, 2017
10:00 am - Icon Writing Group
5:30 pm - Worship at St. Ignatius

Sunday, June 11, 2017
Welcome Rev. Dcn. Ashton Williston
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
12:30 pm - Picnic on the Lawn

Monday, June 12, 2017
9:00 - 11:45 am - Vacation Bible School

Tuesday, June 13, 2017
9:00 - 11:45 am - Vacation Bible School

Wednesday, June 14, 2017
9:00 - 11:45 am - Vacation Bible School
10:30 am - Men's Study
12:00 pm - Healing Service

Thursday, June 15, 2017
9:00 - 11:45 am - Vacation Bible School
12:30 pm - Finance Committee Meeting

Friday, June 16, 2017
9:00 - 11:45 am - Vacation Bible School
12:00 pm - Icon Writing Group

Saturday, June 17, 2017
10:00 am - Icon Writing Group
5:30 pm - Worship at St. Ignatius

Sunday, June 18, 2017
Father's Day
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

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

Monday, June 12 - Friday, June 16, 2017
VBS at Christ Church

Monday, June 19 - Friday, June 23, 2017
Camp Kanuga at Christ Church

Friday, June 23, 2017
Master Planning Meeting at 5:00 pm