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July 19, 2017
Make plans to attend the upcoming church-wide, covered dish lunch and planning presentation this coming Sunday, July 23, 2017. Get all the details here.

The school season is nearly here and Sunday school at Christ Church will be starting on August 20th. Teachers, please plan to attend a brief Sunday school meeting on Sunday, August 13th, in the Vestry Room, immediately following the 9:15 service. Thank you! 

Rector's Ramblings

"Hey, Father Tom! Welcome Back! How was your trip?" "It was wonderful, thanks for asking." "I can't wait to read about it." Am I that predictable? Of course I am! How can one take a walking pilgrimage through the countryside and hills of Scotland and not reflect on it, especially when one's vocation gives multiple, regular opportunities for doing so? So yes, of course I am going to write about it, and you'll probably hear bits and pieces in sermons now and then, too. But you won't hear everything. I have thoughts about a book based on the trip, but we'll see how that pans out. In the meantime, I do think there are some things that lend themselves to Ramblings and sermons, so bear with me. It should be slightly more enjoyable than a captive after-dinner slide show of vacation photos. But I'm aware of the comparison!
For those of you who don't know, our family went on a spiritual pilgrimage along a Scottish walk called The Way of St. Cuthbert. When I first starting thinking about taking this trip, I thought Donna might be able to join me, and as it went along, it turned into a full family spiritual adventure - and I'm glad it did. St. Cuthbert's Way covers 65ish miles from Melrose, Scotland to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, off the coast of northern England. A tour company arranged the bed and breakfasts along the way and shuttled the bulk of the luggage from place to place each day while we walked. There were nine of us total on this walk; four Episcopal priests, with spouses and families (we were the only ones with kids at home and kids on the trip).  


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.
Blessing of the Backpacks and Commissioning of the Sunday School Teachers
On Sunday, August 13th at the 9:15 service, we will be blessing the children's backpacks and commissioning our Sunday school teachers. Please come, if you are student, no matter your age, and bring your backpack so we can bless you as you begin a new school year! 

Christian Formation is an important ministry at Christ Church. The Sunday school teachers volunteer their time and efforts to deepen the faith and understanding of the Gospel for our children and adults. If you are a Sunday school teacher, please join us at the 9:15 service as we commission you to start a new program year!  

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

Our EYC entertained and served dessert for residents at St. Mark's Towers on Sunday, July 16th.

Our EYC has been busy this summer with fellowship and outreach projects. Next up, the EYC serves lunch at Manna House on July 24th. On August 13th, the youth are invited to the EYC Back to School Drop-In at the Parker's! For more information, contact Brad Hamil at

Fall Programs Kick-Off Cookout - Chillin' and Grillin'!

Please join us on Sunday, August 20th, immediately after the 11:15 service, when we will be Chillin' and Grillin' on the lawn! The church will provide hamburgers, hotdogs, buns, condiments, iced tea, lemonade and paper products - you bring your FAVORITE SUMMER COOKOUT SIDES, SALADS, and DESSERTS! Tables and chairs will be set up, but please feel free to bring your own lawn chairs and 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 kick off the new program year! Feel free to invite guests and neighbors to join us!
One of the activities will include snowballs!  Come and see a snowball fight at Christ Church!
AND NOW...for the main event...THE TANK!
Want to make a splash and make a difference at the same time? Here's Your Chance!

Starting now we are auctioning off our clergy and staff to take a swim in a dunk tank. The highest bidder will get to throw the first pitch at the person of your choosing. Call the office today at 912-638-8683 to place your bid...we will let you know if you have been out bid!  The money collected from the dunk tank auction will support our children, youth, and family ministries. For questions please contact Ashton at or Brad at Don't miss an opportunity to submerge our clergy and staff!


School Supplies Needed
Bring your donations to the church office.
The start of a new school year is just a few weeks away! There are many families in the area that struggle to provide the needed school supplies for their children. In the past few years, Christ Church has worked with GEM (Glynn Episcopal Ministries) to make sure area students have the materials they need for a successful school year. Your generous donations in previous years have gone to help six area schools! Please see the following list and consider helping our area students by donating these school supplies and leaving them in the church office by August 13th. 

Items Needed: Backpacks, #2 pencils, Colored pencils, Pencil boxes and pouches, Pencil sharpener, Pencil top erasers, Pink erasers, Glue sticks, Crayons (16 and 24 packs), Large crayons (8 pack), Scissors - Fiskars for the lower grades, Wide rule composition notebooks, Single subject spiral notebooks, Primary paper, Loose leaf notebook paper, 2-pocket folders, Pocket folders with prongs, Black or blue pens, 3-ring binders, Markers, Highlighters, Composition books with grid paper

Backpack Buddies Packing Again on July 26th
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.


Celebrating Hospice Volunteer Charlotte Raymond
Christ Church member Charlotte Raymond has been a dedicated volunteer at Hospice of the Golden Isles for thirty five years, first serving as a member of the board and then by spending years visiting patients, creating scrapbooks for them, knitting prayers shawls and so much more. This year, her faithful service is being honored at the  "Cocktails With Charlotte" fundraiser party at 6:00 pm on August 3, 2017, in the Sea Palms Clubhouse on St. Simons Island. Admission is $25 per person. The event will feature heavy hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar, a silent auction and a live auction that will feature a number of Raymond's prayer shawls and many other items. If you would like more information about the event, please visit If you would like to read more about Charlotte in the recent Coastal Illustrated article about her, click 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 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 22, 2017 5:30 PM (St. Ignatius Chapel)
Ralph Wade - Chalice Bearer
Sunday, July 23, 2017 8:00 AM (CCF)
Carl Baumgardner - Chalice Bearer
Carl Baumgardner - Lector 
Peg McBride - Usher
Sherry Bowen - Altar Guild

9:15 AM (Christ Church, Frederica)
David Boland - Acolyte C
McKenzie Brown - Acolyte - PW
Catherine Holt - Chalice Bearer
David Boland - Chancel Master
David Boland - Lector - First Lesson
Catherine Holt - Lector - Second Lesson
      Laura Brown - Greeter
Greer Brown - Greeter
      Bernie Keele - Usher
Zaida Harris - Usher
Julianne Temple - Kidurgy Shepherd
Sandy Rice - Altar Guild
Fran Hilsman - Altar Guild

11:15 AM (Christ Church, Frederica)
NOT FILLED - Acolyte C
Janice Thomas - Chalice Bearer
Janice Thomas - Lector - First Lesson
Janice Thomas - Lector - Second Lesson
Bootie Wood - Greeter
UNFILLED - Greeter
Royce Wood - Usher
Jennie Doyle - 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 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

Monday, July 24, 2017
9:30 am - Manna House

Wednesday, July 26, 2017
9:30 am - Manna House
10:00 am - Backpack Buddies
10:30 am - Men's Study Group
12:00 pm - Healing Service
Friday, July 28, 2017
12:00 pm - Icon Writing Group
Saturday, July 29, 2017
10:00 am - Icon Writing Group
5:30 pm - Worship at St. Ignatius
Sunday, July 30, 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

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

August 13, 2017
Sunday School Teachers' Meeting

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

August 20-26, 2017
Icon Writing Workshop

September 17, 2017
Fearless Faith and Boundless Love Revival at Honey Creek