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June 28, 2017
Please help restock the St. Anathanasius Food Pantry by bringing non-perishable food items to church this weekend. Click here for a list of the most urgently needed foods.

Help needed in the office! Click here for more information about how you can get involved.

Rector's Ramblings


Fr. Tom and family are away for three weeks so Deacon Ashton and I will be bringing you the weekly ramblings. Becky +

A group I recently shared some time with enjoyed a long meandering conversation as we worked together. One of the rabbit trails we wandered down was THAT ROOM in our houses.  We all have one - the bedroom or office or garage - the place where we all throw things that we might someday need, or can't figure out where to put, or plan to give them away, since they are too good to toss out.   


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.

Icon Writing Workshop in August
Icon  writing is much more than learning to paint an  icon; a painting depicting Jesus, Mary, angels or saints. Orthodox Christians consider making  icons more a form of prayer than art, and believe the writer's hand is guided by God as s/he writes in paint. Each brush stroke is a meditative act. Those who have painted  icons describe the experience as deeply spiritual and faith-enhancing.
Our instructor is Fr. David Holland, who has been teaching icon writing for  24  years. No previous artistic ability is needed. Fr.  David  has never had anyone not finish an  icon . We will  write  the  icons  shown above.
Our icon writing workshop August 20th-26th is limited to 16 people, so please register soon. We will meet in the Christ Church Parish Hall from 5:00 to 8:00 pm on Sunday - Thursday, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm on Friday and 8:30 am - 12:00 pm on Saturday.
The only thing you need to bring is a willing spirit, as Fr. David will furnish all materials and instruction. On Sunday, August 27, our icons will be blessed during Sunday morning services. The cost for the workshop is $425. To register, call the church office at 912-638-8683. For more information, contact Mtr. Becky at or give her a call.

Goats, Gospel and New Approaches

By John La Boone
"Behold, the former things have come to pass, and new things I now declare; before they spring forth I tell you of them." - Isaiah 42:9
One of the greatest challenges for congregations, as well as for individual human beings is looking at new ways to do things. Too often our lives are ruled by the dreaded Eight Deadly Words, which are: "But we've never done it that way before!" Opportunities great and small can go by unnoticed because of a too-strong attraction to the familiar and its attendant desire for the illusion of security.
But it doesn't have to be that way. Take the example of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in West Valley City, Utah. They recently found themselves with the task of clearing a vacant acre-and-a-half plot of overgrown, weed-choked church land. They could have hired someone with a lot of expensive heavy equipment or they could have possibly just rented some equipment themselves and attempted the job with volunteers. Those ideas were considered. But when a member of the congregation suggested that they rent goats from a local farm instead, they opted to employ a herd of goats. 


Summer Reading Club
Beginning Thursday, July 20 at 11:00 am, Barbara Sullivan will lead a summer reading club. In addition to the July meeting, the group will also meet on August 17 and September 21. The book for this month is The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker. Plan to join Barbara in the Vestry room at 11:00 am on July 20th to discuss this great read.

EYC Summer Activities

We've got a lot planned for our children and youth this summer! For a list of the rest of the summer's events, please check out the schedule below. Contact Brad Hamil at for more information.
EYC Summer Schedule
July 16th - EYC at St. Mark's Towers
July 18th - EYC at Magnolia Manor
July 24th - EYC at Manna House
August 13th - EYC Back to School Drop-In at the Parker's

A Big Thank-You to all the Superheroes Who Helped with VBS Hero Central at Christ Church!

We'd like to express our sincerest appreciation to all the helpers and volunteers who made VBS such a wonderful experience this year! We continually hear from parents that their children love our VBS and can't wait to come each day! All week we watched kids mix science experiments, sing and dance, learn about God, bounce in the bounce house, create works of art, and have a wonderful week within the doors of Christ Church.

A special thank you to the following people: 
Beth Smith, Ashton Williston, Father Tom, Donna Purdy, Kim Chitty, Laura Brown, Louise Bartlett, Paige Peck, Kathy Foster, Mardi Johnston, Harry Branch, Rowland Bradford, Debbie Dolivera, Brad Hamil, George Ingram, Bootie Wood, Julianne Temple,  Kathleen Chitty, Trevor Moores, Ladd Rector, Liam Kolkemeyer, Robert Wray, Mitchell Peck, Oscar Blair, Kerrigan Hamil, Jackson Hamil, Eva Purdy, Evan Graham, Emma Williams, Maidee Brown, McKenzie Brown and Elizabeth Temple.

We are so grateful for all the help! - Jody and Kelly

Click here to see more of the fun and faces of VBS week!

Camp Kanuga - A Fun Time for All!

Camp Kanuga sizzled with excitement for five days at Christ Church last week! Campers from ages 5 through 11 enjoyed games, songs, dances, sports, arts and crafts and every kind of camp activity imaginable under the direction of the great young staff from Kanuga. Many thanks to all who supported this week of camp ministry and to those who treated the the camp staff a swim party and low country boil. To see more photos from Camp Kanuga, click here.
Honey Creek Summer CampsHoneyCreekCamps

Honey Creek camps in July are filling up quickly! Go to to register for one or more of the remaining 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 Restock the St. Athanasius Food PantryFoodBank
Please remember to bring in your non-perishable  food items for the St. Athanasius  Feed My Sheep Food Pantry Ministry. Pasta, rice, dried pinto beans, macaroni and cheese, peanut butter, canned fruits, vegetables (particularly canned tomatoes), meats, and soups are especially needed now.
Books Are Still Needed for the GEM Summer Reading Program!

Many thanks to all who have already donated books, games and more!

GEM (Glynn Episcopal Ministries) really 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.

Backpack Buddies - How You Can Help

On Wednesday, the Backpack Buddies packed  bags for Safe Harbor teens, Glynn Episcopal Ministries Summer Fun Friday afternoon kids, and the Children in Action Sports Camp participants. Hunger doesn't take a summer break and neither do the Buddies!

Backpack Buddies is part of Christ Church, Frederica's hunger outreach mission to our local community. This program is celebrating its sixth year in our local schools and its third year of summer programming. It allows our parishioners to live our faith in Christ through food ministry to the disadvantaged. Especially vulnerable are our community's disadvantaged children. Food insecurity is pervasive in children in inner city Brunswick, Glynn County, Georgia. Sixty-three percent (approximately 3900) of area elementary school students receive free or reduced price meals during the school week. However, these children lack a reliable source of food on the weekends and during the summer months. Backpack Buddies can feed a child for about $10.00 a month, $50.00 for a half year or $100 for the full 10 month school year. This provides for the food purchase, the storage bag, and gives us a small allowance for special items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, fresh fruit. For more information about how you can get involved, please contact Susan Shipman at or (912) 222-9206.


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

Help Needed in the Church Office!OfficeHelpNeeded

Join our great group of office volunteers! Here, Pokey Sheffield and Pat Vinton help with this week's bulletins.

We are fortunate to have a wonderful group of dedicated church office volunteers at Christ Church, but are in need of a few new folks to serve as substitute front desk helpers. Our office volunteers greet visitors, direct tourists, answer the phone, help put together bulletins and mailings, and keep the office running smoothly.  

If you can help on any weekday, from either 9:00 am through 1:00 pm, or 1:00 through 5:00 pm, please contact our Office Volunteer Coordinator, Pat Vinton, for more details. 912-634-1092
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 . Please join us for a  presentation on the project on Sunday, July 23.


St. Andrew's and St. Cyprian's Fund Raiser
Our friends at St. Andrew's and St. Cyprian's Episcopal Churches in Darien are hard at work on their capital campaign to build a new parish house that both congregations will share. As part of their fund raising effort, they are raffling off a beautiful 1962 Ford Thunderbird Roadster - one of only 450 made that year. This car has won car
show ribbons and has been appraised at over $50,000. If you are interested in buying a raffle ticket to help this worthy cause (and the opportunity to win a fine automobile) please call 912-258-4619. Tickets are $100 and only a maximum of 1000 will be sold. The drawing will take place on July 4, 2017 and you need not be present to win.

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
Janet Daniel
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
Max Germaine
Mary Jean Giobino
Ben Grace
Stephen Gregory
Rosalind Griffin
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
Dot Marler
Dorothy McClain
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
Ed Ralston
Rajika Reed
Jack Riner
Mark Robinson
Gerry Rowell
Phyllis Sartin
Angie Schrum
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, July 1, 2017 5:30 PM (St. Ignatius Chapel)
Paul Salter - Chalice Bearer
Sunday, July 2, 2017 8:00 AM (CCF)
David Boland - Chalice Bearer
David Boland - Lector 
Lee Dyson - Usher
Nancy Butler - Altar Guild

9:15 AM (Christ Church, Frederica)
Slade Turner - Acolyte - C
Gavin Williams - Acolyte - PW
Catherine Holt - Chalice Bearer
Slade Turner - Chancel Master
Sally Essig - Lector - First Lesson
Bud Dorsey - Lector - Second Lesson
      Clif Jones - Greeter
Penny Jones - Greeter
      Greer Brown - Usher
Godfrey Draviam - Usher
Alice Barlow - Kidurgy Shepherd
Bonnie Chandler - Altar Guild

11:15 AM (Christ Church, Frederica)
Isabel Parker - Acolyte C
Elizabeth Killgallon - Lector - First Lesson
Elizabeth Killgallon - Lector - Second Lesson
Bootie Wood - Greeter
John Killgallon - Usher
Linda Wood - Altar Guild
Dale Pierson - 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, June 28, 2017
9:30 am - Manna House
10:30 am - Men's Study Group
12:00 pm - Healing Service

Friday, June 30, 2017
12:00 pm - Icon Writing Group

Saturday, July 1, 2017
10:00 am - Icon Writing Group
5:30 pm - Worship at St. Ignatius

Sunday, July 2, 2017
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

Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Independence Day
Office Closed
Wednesday, July 5, 2017
10:30 am - Men's Study Group
12:00 pm - Healing Service
Friday, July 7, 2017
12:00 pm - Icon Writing Group
Saturday, July 8, 2017
10:00 am - Icon Writing Group
5:30 pm - Worship at St. Ignatius
Sunday, July 9, 2017
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

July 23, 2017
Parish Master Plan Presentation

August 20, 2017
Sunday School Starts
9:15 Parish Hall Services Resume

August 20-26, 2017
Icon Writing Workshop