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August 9, 2017
Sunday school teachers, please plan to attend a brief Sunday school meeting this Sunday, August 13th, in the Vestry Room, immediately following the 9:15 am service.  Sunday school and fall programs at Christ Church will be kicking off on August 20th! (Click here for more information.) 

Rector's Ramblings

I've been spending a lot of time thinking about bicycles lately. I purchased a new bike for Donna as an anniversary present and in the process, as is my slightly OCD way, I read up on all sorts of things regarding bicycles. As she will tell you, I tend to research things thoroughly before I make a purchase or plan a trip. In this case, I haven't purchased a new bicycle in nearly twenty years, so I had a lot to catch up on. 
One of the things that I looked into was helmets. Rule of thumb, although the rule may be influenced by manufacturers, says that that helmets should be replaced every five years or so. We're at least twice that on Donna's helmet, so I got her a new one of those, too. Matching colors of course. We have always worn helmets to ride our bikes, and make our children wear them, too. I learned a long time ago, the hard way, how important they are. 


Ordination of The Reverend Ashton Williston

We are happy to announce that The Rev. Ashton Williston was ordained into the Episcopal priesthood on Saturday, August 5, 2017, here at Christ Church, Frederica! She is a fourth generation Episcopal priest in her family. Present at her ordination were both the Right Reverend Scott A. Benhase, 10th Bishop of Georgia and the Right Reverend Dabney T. Smith, 5th Bishop of Southwest Florida, who is also Ashton's father. Ashton brings a wealth of parish ministry experience to Christ Church, where she has already jumped into her work in pastoral care and family ministries. We are happy that Mtr. Ashton, her husband Joseph and her two daughters, Isabella and Abigail have become a part of the Christ Church family! To see all the photos from the day, click here.

Many Thanks to All!
It has been a long journey toward this priesthood ordination. And the day was absolutely amazing! Thank you, Christ Church, for welcoming me and my family into your community. I feel extremely blessed to be a part of this parish. I am sincerely grateful for the many hands that came together to make this ordination possible. August 5th was glorious and a day that I will always hold dear in my heart. I look forward to my ministry here with great excitement. It was an honor to be ordained at Christ Church and I will continue to tell you that this community has truly blessed me!  Thank you and God bless!
In Christ's Love,

Blessing of the Backpacks and Commissioning of the Sunday School Teachers on August 13th
This coming 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.

Music Rehearsals Resume in September

September 5th - Rehearsals for Hand Bell Choir, Choristers and Trebles

We're excited to begin our musical season at Christ Church with rehearsals on Tuesday, September 5, 2017. The Christ Church Hand Bell Choir will gather for rehearsal in the Parish House at 2:15 pm, our young Choristers will start practice at 4:30 pm and our older Trebles will rehearse at 5:00 pm.

September 7th - Christ Church Adult Choir Rehearsal (New Rehearsal Day)

This fall, Adult Choir rehearsal will move from Wednesday to Thursday and the first meeting will take place on September 7, 2017. The time for rehearsal is changing, too, and will now be held from 6:00 - 7:30 pm. We're looking forward to a spiritually enriching season of music ministry at Christ Church! 
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.

Revival: Fearless Faith, Boundless Love

The Presiding Bishop, Michael Curry, is traveling throughout the country this year offering a series of revivals. On Sunday, September 17th, the  Diocese of Georgia will offer a revival based on Fearless Faith and Boundless Love. Join us for a day of renewal and to celebrate the life and legacy of a Saint in Georgia, Deaconess Anna Alexander. The revival worship will use the propers for Deaconess Anna Alexander of Georgia (1865-1947) and displays, handouts, and a video will tell the story of this saint of Georgia.

The day begins with a service at Good Shepherd, Pennick where Deaconess Anna Alexander served.  At 2:00 pm, parishioners from all over the diocese of Georgia will gather under a large tent on the grounds of Honey Creek Retreat Center to hear the Most Rev. Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, as he shares his message of love and renewal. Please save September 17, as it will be a day to celebrate our faith together and to share it with others. For more information and to register online, click here

Bus Transportation to Honey Creek on Sept.17

Because parking at Honey Creek is extremely limited, the diocese is asking attendees use group transportation. We have arranged for two busses to drive the round trip from Christ Church to Honey Creek and back on the day of the revival. The busses will be leaving from Christ Church at 11:30 am and departing from Honeycreek for the return trip at 4:00 pm. The cost per person is $28. To reserve and purchase a seat on the bus, click here.

Special note: After you've clicked the button to reserve and pay for your seat, please make sure to choose Revival "Bus" Honeycreek from the options listed.

You may also pay for a bus seat by check, made out to Christ Church, Frederica, for $28. Please write "Bus" in the memo line. Checks can be mailed to the church office or put in the offering plate.


Summer Reading Club
On  Thursday, August 17th, at 11:00 am, the summer reading group will discuss the book  "When Breath Becomes Air" by Paul Kalanithi. This is an excellent book which is sure to generate deep discussions.


EYC Upcoming Activities

EYC drop in at the Parker's house!

Join us this  Sunday, August 13 from 6:00-8:00 pm, for our final splash of the summer for some swimming, grilling and a whole lot of fun and fellowship! All EYC students and their families are encouraged to be there.  We know it is already a school night for many of you, but you don't want to miss out! Bring your friends!!!

Open House

On August 27th we will have an Open House for EYC (middle school and high school) from 7:00-8:00 pm, as well as our Pathfinders (3-5th graders), from 6:00-7:00 pm. This kicks off our new year of EYC and Pathfinders gatherings and activities. Please join us as we welcome our new 3rd graders for Pathfinders and our 6th graders to middle school EYC! Come discover what we have in store for the upcoming year!! For more information, contact Brad Hamil at .

Happening is Happening Again!

Registration is open for Happening, a Christian experience presented by teenagers for teenagers. Designed for youth in grades 10 - 12, Happening is a cornerstone of diocesan youth programs and an experience not to miss. Ben Sandbach is the teen serving as Rector for Happening #99, which meets Friday, September 22-24 at Honey Creek.

Most young people have serious questions about Jesus and the Church. Happening is designed to address these questions. During a  Happening weekend, participants experience the love of Christ as shown through prayer, worship, and the ministry of peers, clergy, and lay adults. The Happeners are encouraged to make their renewed faith a part of their everyday lives. Happening shows how Christianity can keep pace with the many changes in our lives and our world.

For more information, go to

Sunday School Starts on August 20th!SundaySchoolStarts
August 20th will be the first day of Sunday school for children and youth! Teachers and students will meet in their rooms with their classes for a short time to get acquainted. No lesson this day, just a time to introduce everybody and share. There will be a picnic on the lawn immediately following the 11:15 service (see article below). Please encourage friends and neighbors to come and join in the fun! We will also have Kidurgy during both the 9:15 and 11:15 services.

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!

In addition to all of the other fun activities, we will be auctioning off our Clergy, Staff, and our Senior Warden to sit in a dunk tank. The highest bidder will get to throw the first pitch at the person of your choosing. 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, out of love, of course, and for a good cause!

Adult Sunday Class - The New Testament
The Adult Sunday morning Class will resume on August 20th. The class will be doing a 24-week series from The Great Courses lectures on the New Testament. The Class meets from 10:30 to 11:15 am each week in the Parish Hall and the Rev. Dr. Robert W. (Bob) Brown is the facilitator and teacher for the Class. The New Testament course promises to be an inspiring and educational event. 
The New Testament is undoubtedly the single most important book in the history of Western civilization, whether seen as a religious book of faith or as a cultural artifact. The 24 lessons of this course will approach the New Testament from a historical perspective, bracketing questions of belief and theological truth to acquire a historically rich grounding for our understanding of these foundational documents. 

The course will begin with four lessons on the historical context in which the New Testament was written, considering both the world of Greco-Roman pagan cults and the world of early Judaism.
In the second four lessons, we will examine the New Testament Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. These are our principal sources for knowing about the life and teachings of Jesus; they are also major literary works in their own right, each with its own perspective on who Jesus was and why his life and death matter.  Come join us for these lessons and be enriched in your understanding of the New Testament.  Everyone is welcome. 

Young Adult Sunday Morning Study
If you're interested in learning about boundaries in your life, please join our soon-to-be-ordained Curate, Ashton Williston, as she leads this study on Sunday mornings. The class will meet in the vestry room for Sunday school beginning on August 20th at 10:30. 

The first morning will be an essential meet and greet, with the passing out of the book, Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No - To Take Control of Your Life. Click here to read a review of this fascinating book. 

If you would like to know more information or have any questions, please contact Ashton at

Enneagram Workshop Coming in September
On September 15-16, 2017, Christ Church, Frederica presents the Rev. Dr. Paul Hanneman's introduction to The Enneagram. Join Dr. Hanneman for this workshop as he explores this ancient spiritual tool... the wisdom of the Fourth Century Desert Fathers, the first Christian monastics...deep, universal and life-changing. 

The Enneagram is about people - how we are the same, how we are different, what makes us tick and how we get in our own way. The Enneagram offers an accurate description of the inner geography of our minds. It describes nine fundamental personality styles. It helps explain why we behave the way we do. It offers specific directions for personal growth.
Rev. Dr. Paul Hanneman, a graduate of Richard Rohr's The Living School, is a certified Enneagram trainer, has studied extensively with Don Riso and Russ Hudson, Thomas Condon, and Helen Palmer. He has taught The Enneagram for over 20 years. He retired after pastoring four congregations over 25 years and serving 15 years as Program Director/Community Educator for the Urban Ministry Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. He now teaches spiritual formation (including the Enneagram) throughout the area, and offers spiritual direction and counseling from his office at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in uptown Charlotte.
Everyone is welcome!  Join us September 15-16, 2017, in the Christ Church, Frederica Parish Hall for this higher- spiritual-learning course.  
Friday September 15, 2017 - 7:00-9:00 p.m. 
"Dynamics of the Nine Personality Types, Ego Structure, Soul"
Saturday, September 16th - 9:00-11:30 a.m. 
"You're NOT Your Personality"
(Light lunch served in Fellowship Hall.)        
1:00-4:00 p.m. 
"Who Does God See When He Looks at Us?"
Advance registration is required and registration forms can be found in the church office. The cost for the workshop is $40 and checks may be made to Christ Church, Frederica. Please write Enneagram Workshop in the memo line. For more information, please contact Billie Sargent at

Wednesday Night Bible Study
The Wednesday Night Bible Study will begin on Wednesday September 27th and end on November 1st, 2017. We will continue on the theme of Spiritual Growth. The group will explore, discuss and study a glossary of themes and topics like the Holy Spirit, Attributes of God, etc. - all with reference to the Bible and their application in our own Christian life and journey. Active participation will be encouraged. The study will be held at the Vestry room in the Parish House. It will begin at 5:30 pm and end at 6:25 pm to allow participants to attend X-Church at 6:30 pm in the Church.  All are welcome. For further details contact Godfrey Draviam at 912-638-8747 or at 


School Supplies Needed

Many thanks to all for the school supplies that have been donated to Glynn Episcopal Ministries! The students who have received them have been so grateful! We will continue to collect supplies for a little while longer, so please consider donating any of the items on the following list: Backpacks, #2 pencils, colored pencils, pencil boxes and pouches, sharpeners, 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 and composition books with gridded paper. All supplies may be left in the church office.


Susanna Wesley Guild Lunch at Sea Palms

The Susanna Wesley Guild will be enjoying their monthly summer lunch get-together this coming Tuesday, August 15th, 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
The Parish Master Plan Presentation took place on Sunday, July 23, 2017. If you were unable to attend,  the final Master Plan documents and presentation are available to review online  here

Returning to Epworth By The Sea - The Laycock Bible Study Series!

This year's theme "Creating A Symphony"
October 9 - 12, 2017

UMC Bishop James E. Swanson, Sr. and Bishop Richard C. Looney will present a beautiful symphony of word, study and thought for this year's Evelyn Laycock Bible Study.  Please join with us for this memorable event.  Special instrumental and vocal music will add to the study experience.  Schedule times and registration available online or call 638-8688.  $15/person/session or $100 for entire program.

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
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

Jerry Lowe
Dorothy McClain
Cathy McCarthy
John McCarthy
Mamie Meadows
Gene Palmer
Kathy Palmer
Mary Elizabeth Paris
Margaret Payne
Vivian Peterson
Kari Powell
Chris Prater
Joetta Principato
Rajika Reed
Jack Riner
Mark Robinson
Gerry Rowell
Phyllis Sartin
Angie Schrum
Willou Smith
Richard Stamper
James St. Clair
Ed Stelle
Samantha Lee Stevens
Joel Stewart
Grayson Strickland
Sarah Taylor
Bill Torrey
Beth Varn
John Waite
Carah Wheeler
Summer Wheeler
Hollis Youngner
Keith Zimmerman
Mary Ann    

The Departed
Janet Daniel
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

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Saturday, August 12, 2017 5:30 PM (St. Ignatius Chapel)
Paul Salter - Chalice Bearer
Sunday, August 13, 2017 8:00 AM (CCF)
Robert Brown - Chalice Bearer
Robert Brown - Lector 
Paul Ploeger - Usher
Bonney Shuman - Usher
Doriann Branch - Altar Guild

9:15 AM (Christ Church, Frederica)
Slade Turner - Acolyte C
Calleigh Purdy - Acolyte - PW
Donna Purdy - Chalice Bearer
Robert Brown - Chancel Master
Alice Barlow - Lector - First Lesson
Alice Barlow - Lector - Second Lesson
      Jane Sanders - Greeter
Paul Sanders - Greeter
      Bud Dorsey - Usher
Margie Dorsey - Usher
Mindy Martin - Kidurgy Shepherd
Peggy Goad - Altar Guild
Frankie Ansley - Altar Guild

11:15 AM (Christ Church, Frederica)
Isabel Parker - Acolyte C
David Boland - Chalice Bearer
Elizabeth Killgallon - Lector - First Lesson
Elizabeth Killgallon - Lector - Second Lesson
Jeff Poulos - Greeter
Tracy Poulos - Greeter
Ben Slade - Usher
Ethel Horton - Altar Guild
Pat Collins - Altar Guild

Weds., August 16, 2017 Noon Healing Service (CCF)
Bonita Wright - 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
Thursday, August 10, 2017
12:30 pm - Finance Committee Meeting
Friday, August 11, 2017
12:00 pm - Icon Writing Group
Saturday, August 12, 2017
10:00 am - Icon Writing Group
5:30 pm - Worship at St. Ignatius
Sunday, August 13, 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 
10:30 am - Sunday School Teacher Meeting
11:15 am - Worship at Christ Church, Frederica
Monday, August 14, 2017
5:30 pm - Mission and Ministry Meeting
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
12:00 pm - Susanna Wesley Guild at Sea Palms
5:45 pm - Vestry Meeting
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
10:30 am - Men's Study Group
12:00 pm - Healing Service 
Friday, August 18, 2017
12:00 pm - Icon Writing Group
Saturday, August 19, 2017
10:00 am - Icon Writing Group
5:30 pm - Worship at St. Ignatius
Sunday, August 20, 2017
8:00 am - Worship at Christ Church, Frederica 
9:15 am - Worship at Christ Church, Frederica
9:15 am - Parish Hall Worship at CCF
9:15 am - Kidurgy at Christ Church, Frederica 
10:20 am - Sunday School for All Ages
11:15 am - Worship at Christ Church, Frederica
11:15 am - Kidurgy at Christ Church. Frederica
12:30 pm - Parish Fall Kick-Off Picnic
4:00 pm - Icon Writing Workshop

Save the Date

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

August 23, 2017
Manna House

August 20-26, 2017
Icon Writing Workshop

August 27, 2017
EYC Fall Open House

August 28, 2017
Manna House

August 30 - November 8, 2017
Convictions Book Study

September 5, 2017
Hand Bell, Chorister and Trebles Rehearsals Begin

September 7, 2017
Adult Choir Rehearsals Begin

September 10, 3017
EYC Rooted and Relevant Eucharist

September 12 - October 24, 2017
Living Compass

September 14, 2017
Christ Church Comforters Meeting

September 15-16, 2017
Enneagram Workshop

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

September 27, 2017
Wednesday Evening Bible Study Begins