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July 12, 2017
Mark your calendar for the upcoming church-wide, covered dish lunch and planning presentation on Sunday, July 23, 2017. Get all the details here.

Rector's Ramblings


I'm back again this week for the final NOT The Rector's Ramblings.  Fr. Tom will be back to rambling next week.  Becky+

Several of you have asked if I got THAT ROOM - the office cleaned up. YES I DID! I will admit that the clean-up took far longer than the three thirty minute sessions I had estimated. It was more like two days, but the office hasn't looked this good in years.

As I was sorting through all that paper and stuff, I realized that not only could I now work in the office, I had room to set up an area to work on my icons at home. (I am one of the people who took the icon class last August and found this to be a meaningful spiritual practice.) A call to a fellow icon writer provided a drawing table and another friend was getting rid of a stool. An on-line order to the art supply store for paint and a trip into Brunswick for brushes and I was set up and ready to go, all for less than $75. I was amazed at how, in a matter of only a few hours, I had everything I needed. I had wanted to work on my icons at home, but was convinced I had nowhere to work and that it would be very expensive to get what I needed. My assumptions were wrong, all of them.


Ordination of The Rev. Deacon Ashton Williston
Please join us at Christ Church, Frederica on Saturday, August 5th, at 10:30 am, for the ordination to the priesthood of our Curate, Ashton Williston. Following the service, there will be a reception in the Parish Hall. All are invited.
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.

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.


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

Honey Creek Summer CampsHoneyCreekCamps

Looking for a great camp experience for your children this summer? There are still spots available at beautiful Honey Creek in Camp St. Joseph and Mary II (July 16-22). And if you'd like to enjoy the fully immersive camp experience along with your child(ren), there's Parent & Child Camp - Session II (July 16-18). Go to for complete information about the camps and how to register. 


If you didn't get a chance to read this great story about the St. Athanasius Food Bank last week, here's your opportunity to learn more about this important program.

St. Athanasius food bank chairperson Velma Crosby (left) and Christ Church volunteer Penny Szwast are shown in the food pantry  of 
Feed My Sheep.

St. Athanasius Feed My Sheep Food Bank:
The Hands, Feet and Voice of ChristStAthanasiusFoodBank
By John La Boone
"For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in..."        - Matthew 25:35
A few weeks ago I wrote about supporting Heifer International as a way to help feed the world's hungry people. I still think that's a wonderful  program and I encourage you to consider periodic donations (visit ). But it's good to remember that we don't have to leave Glynn County to find hungry people who need our help. There is a local faith-based charity that we can support that is working hard to look after our own poor by providing food, clothing, prayer, encouragement, acceptance, smiles and lots of hugs.

Feeding Local Children In Need
This summer the Backpack Buddies are packing 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!

Christ Church will soon launch our seventh year of providing weekend food bags to disadvantaged children in the Glynn County area. But first we'd like to look back and celebrate the school year that just ended. We provided 7,265 weekend food bags, totaling 32,640 pounds of food to our young Backpack Buddies. Many thanks to all who have supported this important mission through their gifts, time and talent!

The Backpack Buddies continue to be active this summer, providing weekend food backs for the Street Beat teens, kids at Children In Action Sports Club, and youngsters attending the GEM Friday Fun program at St. Athanasius Parish Hall. We will be packing again on Wednesday, July 26th, at 10:00 am. Please join us!

With the onset of the new 2017-18 school year, we hope to again serve children attending St. Simons Elementary, Oglethorpe Elementary, Burroughs-Molette Elementary, Golden Isles Elementary, and Safe Harbor's Street Beat teenagers. 

This is where we need our Christ Church parishioners' help . We can feed a child for $10.00 a month, $50.00 for a half year or $100 for the full 10 month/38 week 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, and extra snacks for extended school vacations. Please prayerfully consider donating to help feed these children in need by sponsoring a child for a month, half the year or for a full year.  For more information, please contact Susan Shipman at or (912) 222-9206.


Susanna Wesley Guild Summer Fun Lunch

The Susanna Wesley Guild will be enjoying their monthly summer lunch get-together on Tuesday, July 18th, at  12:00 pm,  at Sea Palms. All are welcome to join this time of fellowship and no reservations are required. The guild meets every third Tuesday of each month and newcomers are welcome! Contact Ethel Horton at for more information.
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 ChurchPlanningPresentation
Please join us in the Parish Hall, on Sunday, July 23rd, at 12:30 pm, for the Parish Master Plan Presentation, accompanied by a covered dish lunch. At that time, our planning consultants, Marquis, Latimer + Halback, will present the master plan on which they having been working for the past few months.
The church will be providing the drinks and paper products for the luncheon and ask that you please bring your favorite casserole, salad or dessert to share.

To see updates of the Master Plan online, click 

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
Margaret Payne
Vivian Peterson
Nancy Phelan
Kari Powell
Chris Prater
Gene Rackley
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
Grayson Strickland
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 15, 2017 5:30 PM (St. Ignatius Chapel)
Paul Salter - Chalice Bearer
Sunday, July 16, 2017 8:00 AM (CCF)
David Boland - Chalice Bearer
David Boland - Lector 
Ed Rowley - Usher
Toni Rowley - Usher

9:15 AM (Christ Church, Frederica)
Slade Turner - Acolyte C
Daven Wray - Acolyte - PW
Chalice Bearer - Chalice Bearer
Paul Salter - Chancel Master
Bud Dorsey - Lector - First Lesson
Barbara Sullivan - Lector - Second Lesson
      Ann Harrell - Greeter
Wallace Harrell - Greeter
      Clif Jones - Usher
Douglas Lane - Usher
Mindy Martin - Kidurgy Shepherd
Peggy Goad - Altar Guild
Frankie Ansley - Altar Guild

11:15 AM (Christ Church, Frederica)
Ava Parker - Acolyte C
Paul Salter - Chalice Bearer
Lynne Fox - Lector - First Lesson
Lynne Fox - Lector - Second Lesson
Jeff Poulos - Greeter
Tracy Poulos - Greeter
Clinton Winne - Usher
Ethel Horton - Altar Guild
Pat Collins - 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, July 12, 2017
10:30 am - Men's Study Group
12:00 pm - Healing Service
Friday, July 14, 2017
12:00 pm - Icon Writing Group
Saturday, July 15, 2017
10:00 am - Icon Writing Group
5:30 pm - Worship at St. Ignatius
Sunday, July 16, 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

Tuesday, July 18, 2017
12:00 pm - Susanna Wesley Guild Lunch at Sea Palms
5:45 pm - Vestry Meeting

Wednesday, July 19, 2017
10:30 am - Men's Study Group
12:00 pm - Healing Service

Thursday, July 20, 2017
12:30 pm - Finance Committee Meeting
Friday, July 21, 2017
12:00 pm - Icon Writing Group
Saturday, July 22, 2017
10:00 am - Icon Writing Group
5:30 pm - Worship at St. Ignatius
Sunday, July 23, 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
12:30 pm - Parish Master Plan Presentation & Lunch

Save the Date

July 23, 2017
Parish Master Plan Presentation

August 5, 2017
Ordination of The Rev. Deacon Ashton Williston

August 20, 2017
Sunday School Starts
9:15 Parish Hall Services Resume
Fall Programs Kick-off Cookout

August 20-26, 2017
Icon Writing Workshop