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April 10 , 2019

Easter will be here in 10 days! If you would like to buy an Easter lily to honor or remember a loved one, please contact Ethel Horton no later than Monday, April 15. Get more information here.

We still need filled plastic Easter eggs for the annual egg hunt on Easter morning! Get the d etails here .

Rector's Ramblings

The last two Ramblings call for a follow-up. Things don't always work out the way you expect them to, or the way they are painted in a Rambling! While my stories about a butterfly and a struggling baseball team noted that, they have both continued to prove the point!  
Our butterfly friend never did fly. I did some research and learned that once the wings dry crooked, they don't straighten out. The advice on a website devoted to raising butterflies suggested the options were to euthanize the butterfly or keep it as a pet. We kept it, of course. The butterfly continued to have some issues holding on to branches and plants, however. The fall that led to the bent wings was repeated many, many times. That also meant the butterfly wasn't able to eat very efficiently. I learned how to hold the butterfly safely above a mixture of honey and water, and then how to gently extend its curled proboscis into the liquid until it began to eat.


Palm Sunday
Each of our Palm Sunday services will begin with the Procession of the Palms into our worship spaces. If you will be attending the 5:30 pm service at St. Ignatius, please meet at the front steps. On Sunday, those attending the 8:00 am service at Christ Church are asked to assemble at the entrance of the church. For both 9:15 am services and 11:15 am worship, we ask that all parishioners please gather at the Lychgate in front of Christ Church. Hosanna!
Palm Sunday Music
On the first Sunday of Lent, the opening Hymn was  Forty Day and Forty Nights . As we enter Holy week, the hymn tune will bookend the Lenten Season in a different way. Theme and Variations on the hymn tune will be offered on the piano by Jimmy McQuade. The arrangement is his own creation. He will offer his piece at St. Ignatius and in the 9:15 am Great Hall Liturgy on Sunday.

The Offertory Anthem in the historic church is  A Passiontide Carol  by English composer Philip Ledger. The Great Hall Liturgy will meditate during Steal Away to Jesus.

The services will end in silence.

Holy Week and Easter Worship Schedule

Make plans to join us for worship during Holy Week and Easter this year. A complete list of services may be found here.
Order Easter Lilies Today!EasterLilies
Easter Sunday is only a week and a half away, so make sure to get in your order for Easter lilies as soon as possible. Please send the name(s) and a check for $30 for each memorial to Ethel Horton, 402 Palm Court, SSI, 31522. Checks should be made payable to "Christ Church Flower Guild." Please make your order by Monday, April 15. Contact Ethel Horton at for more information. 


Adult Sunday Morning Class
The Sunday Morning Adult Class, led by Rev. Dr. Robert W. (Bob) Brown is currently engaged in a Lenten study based on the book by Max O. Vincent entitled  Because of This I Rejoice:  Reading Philippians during Lent The Adult Class meets in the room next to the choir room in the Parish Hall and everyone is welcome.

The Adult Sunday Morning Class  will NOT meet on Easter Sunday but, on April 28, will resume its study of James Moore's book, God Was Here, and I Was Out to Lunch, which explores how it is possible to miss God's opportunities of grace because we are sometimes too caught up with the "business" of our lives.  For more information, please contact Bob at  

Wednesday Lenten Study 
Fr. Tom is leading a study of Samuel Wells' Hanging by a Thread on Wednesdays during Lent. This series of theological reflections from an internationally known scholar and Anglican cleric focuses on the challenges of our understanding of Christ's crucifixion that arise today. The book study begins at 1:00 pm and there will be lunch at 12:30 pm for those who can attend. All are encouraged to join the Healing Service that precedes the book study, at noon in the historical church. Contact: Fr. Tom at

Lenten Movies at Christ Church
Wednesday, April 17, 11:00 am, Parish Hall - As an addendum to the Wednesday discussion of the book,  Hanging by a Thread , Fr. Tom encourages all to come see The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, a 2008 film based on a John Boyne novel. Bruno is the young son of a German soldier who serves as commandant of a WWII concentration camp. He befriends a boy on the inside of the camp fence, although his innocence about the purpose of the camp and his father's work doesn't last.  

This film is referenced in the final chapters of  Hanging by a Thread . All are welcome to view the movie independently of participation in the book discussion group. The Wednesday group will meet at 1:00 pm as normally scheduled. For more information, contact Fr. Tom at

Men's Study Group
The Men's Discussion Group is currently reading Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others. Author Barbara Brown Taylor recounts her moving discoveries of finding the sacred in unexpected places, while teaching the world's religions to undergraduates in rural Georgia, revealing how God delights in confounding our expectations. For more information, please contact Te Turner at .

Thursday Lenten Spiritual Practices
Join Mother Ashton and Mother Becky this Thursday for the final session of Spiritual Practices during this Lenten season. The group meets at 1:00 pm and all are welcome! Copies of  Strength for the Journey: A Guide to Spiritual Practice  by Renee Miller are still available in the church office for $16. For more information, contact Mtr. Becky at

 Children and Youth

Eggs Needed for the Annual Easter Egg HuntEggsNeeded
The Christ Church Annual Easter Egg Hunt will take place on the front lawn of Christ Church after the 9:15 am Easter Sunday services (April 21). We are asking all who are willing and able to please donate 50 or more FILLED plastic eggs. Please fill eggs with: jelly beans, stickers, temporary tattoos, bubble gum, jaw breakers, mints and tootsie rolls, etc. Donations of filled plastic eggs may be left in the Parish Hall office. If you have any questions, please contact Mtr. Katie at
Stations of the Cross in the Parish House
The Stations of the Cross have been installed by our youth in the Christ Church Parish House for the season of Lent. They can be found in the education wing, beginning near the kitchen door. Booklets explaining the stations are available at the first station. This self-guided meditation will be available during regular business hours from now through Holy Week.

EYC Lenten Study

The final Lenten/Star Wars study will be this Sunday, April 14, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm, in the youth room. We are observing Holy Lent by pairing our Holy Scriptures with scenes from Star Wars and the struggle with the Force and not being tempted by the Dark Side. Join us for popcorn, cookies and refreshments, as we watch a part of a Star Wars movie and have discussion and other activities.  Contact Mtr. Katie at for more information.

Vacation Bible School 2019
Vacation Bible School for children in PreK - Grade 5 will take place the week of June 10-14, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm each day. This year's theme is ROAR! Life is Wild - God is Good!  This epic African adventure engages the whole herd, as  kids explore God's goodness and celebrate  a ferocious faith that powers them through this wild life. Every day will be an adventure! On Friday, there will be a lunch celebration at Noon with the Bouncy House! To register click here. For more information, please contact Mtr. Katie at

Christ Church Families on Facebook
Families! Please join the Christ Church Families Facebook group to keep up with all the latest events and activities. Find us on Facebook here !



Calling All Cooks Tomorrow!KugelMakers
Christ Church will be supplying Kugel for this year's Community Passover Seder meal on April 11. Fr. Tom is looking for cooks to help make Kugel for the event - 200 servings worth! Rabbi Rachael has supplied a recipe, and it is not a difficult process, but it is a lot of work and a lot of baking, nonetheless. Join Fr. Tom on the afternoon of April 11 to make the Kugels in the Christ Church kitchen. If you'd like to help, please email him at .
Spring Cleaning This Saturday - April 13
Spring is here and now it's time to spruce up Christ Church! Join us on Saturday, April 13, at 9:00 am, and help us paint the exterior of the church and clean the interior. No special skills are required -- though we'd love to have some folks who don't mind climbing, to help paint the upper parts of the church exterior. Just come with a willing spirit, your paintbrushes, tarps, buckets, ladders, rags for cleaning and step-stools! For more information, please contact Alice Barlow at
Backpack Buddies

The Backpack Buddies will be packing again on Wednesday, April 24, at 10:00 am. All are invited to help assemble food bags for children in our community. Contact: Susan Shipman at


ECW Scholarship - Applications Available Now
The Christ Church ECW announces that applications are now open for the brand new ECW Scholarship for young  women . This scholarship is available to graduating seniors or those who have graduated from high school and want to further their education. The applicant must be from Glynn or McIntosh County and be an active Episcopalian. The application deadline is April 21, 2019.  For more information, click here

Community Seder
Please join us on Thursday, April 11, at 6:00 pm, for the Golden Isles Annual  Community Passover Seder . The Seder will take place at St. Francis Catholic Church Parish Hall, 1120 Newcastle St., in Brunswick. All proceeds go to help feed the hungry in our community.

Suggested Donation: $10 per person/$25 per family
RSVP Phone: 912-261-8512 ext. 444 

Mom's Night Out
Hey moms! Mark your calendars for Friday, April 12 and make plans to join us for dinner at 6:00 pm, at the Porch, 549 Ocean Blvd., in St. Simons Village. We'll relax, visit and enjoy some tasty chicken and sides together! Please contact Mtr. Ashton at, by Wednesday, April 10 and let her know if you'll be there.
Susanna Wesley Guild

The Susanna Wesley Guild will meet Tuesday, April 16th at 10:30 am in the Parish House. A representative from the recently organized Friends of Fort Frederica will relate plans already implemented, for new activities at the historic site including the services of an archaeologist. All are welcome. Contact: Ethel Horton at

Frederick Cousins Guild

The Frederick Cousins Guild will be meeting on Tuesday, April 16, at 5:30 pm, at Louise Bartlett's home in Shaw's Bounty. On the agenda will be the discussion of how to disperse the funds raised at the  annual  Oyster Roast. Please make plans to attend this important meeting! For more information, contact Louise Bartlett at

Stay Informed

Christ Church Gift Shop - Now Open!

Our new Christ Church Gift Shop, (inside the Parish House, across from the reception area), is now open on Sundays, from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm. Come browse the assortment of unique items available, including hand-made prayer beads and our new history book. We'll also be adding new and seasonal items each week, so come by and check out the inventory. If you would like to make a purchase, cash, checks and credit cards are acceptable.
Our goal is to eventually have the shop open on a regular basis on weekdays, as well as Sundays, so we're looking for volunteers to serve as shopkeepers. Training will be provided. If you're interested in helping with the shop, please contact Ellen Kuehm at 912-996-3392 or at

St. Anna Alexander Inspires New Church Name
One of the lighter sides of the Season of Lent is the annual Lent Madness contest, created by Episcopal priest, Fr. Tim Scheneck, which pits saints against one another, to see who will win the "Golden Halo". It's a fun way to learn about these inspirational people and last year's "Golden Halo" winner was Glynn County's own St. Anna Alexander! A recently merged congregation in California was so inspired by the life of this humble woman, that they have named their new church in her honor. Read more here.

Memorial Gifts
From time to time we are asked if there are things the Church can use that might be given as a memorial for a loved one or in thanksgiving for a blessing. Below is a list of opportunities for giving memorials and who you might contact about them. This is a sort of wish list; things that would be nice to have, but aren't in the budget. If you would like to make a memorial gift, please speak with the listed contact so that they know to expect the gift and can instruct you how the gift can be made. Partial gifts towards an item are possible as well.  

Current Memorial Opportunities:

Christ Church Outdoor Nativity: GIFTED - THANK YOU! We have obtained a high-quality outdoor creche scene suitable for the front lawn of Christ Church, a post-Christmas opportunity that dramatically reduced the cost for such a set. The intent is to create a simple backdrop for the figures and light them at night. Some figures stand nearly six feet tall. Contact: Fr. Tom at

Timpani Drum Set: $4000 We would like a pair of timpani drums to bolster our music program and be available for regular use in our music program. Contact: Kathleen Turner at

Outdoor Stations of the Cross: GIFTED - THANK YOU!
St. Ignatius currently has a partial set of stations in the garden for outdoor use. We would like to replace the weathered stations and expand the arrangement to include all fourteen stations. The cost includes all fourteen stations and lumber to mount the stations not already installed in the garden. Contact: Fr. Tom at

Acolyte Robes: $1750 We are updating our acolyte ministry and their wardrobe. Each robe costs approximately $75 each. We need various sizes/lengths.  Contact: Mtr. Katie at

Sanctuary Chairs:  3 CHAIRS GIFTED - THANK YOU! We would like to add additional folding chairs in Christ Church in the choir area to replace the metal chairs.  Chairs are $200 each and are the same style used at the altar, dark wood with red pads. We hope to get 8, total. Contact: Kathleen Turner at

Choir Robes: GIFTED - THANK YOU! There is a regular need to replace worn out choir robes for our adult choirs. Robes are $100 each. Contact: Kathleen Turner at

Giving Made Easy

You may use the CCF website to make pledges, donations and payments for some activities. Just select "Giving" at the top of the CCF homepage. This brings you to the pay portal. The process is fast and easy and allows you to pay by credit or debit card or by electronic bank transfer. You may change or add new payment methods at any time. Contact: Stan Kyker, CCF financial administrator at 912-638-8683.

Pastoral Care and Prayer List

Pastoral Care 

Your pastoral care team is here for you! If you have a pastoral concern, a blessing you'd like to share, want to arrange a hospital or home visit, and/or receive Holy Communion, please contact Mother Ashton Williston at 912-638-8683 or

Prayer List

To amend our prayer list or to update the church on the condition of your loved one, please email Mtr. Ashton Williston at  or call the church office at 912-638-8683.

Carl Alexander
Kris Barkley
John Barnes
Kathy Bee
Kelly Benhase
Gene Broadwell
June Brown
Beverly Burns
Jackie Byrne
Josh Calhoun
Barbara Canady
Greg Canady
Andy Cheshire
Dena Davis
Jackie Davis
Mary Lou Detwiler
Terry Doster
Page Faulk
Tom Finn
Patricia Friedel
Matthew Ganserite
Walter Graham
Angie Hansen
Burgess Hartsell
Carol Hoffine
Lise Hofmann
Lois Irvin
Jim Langston
Bill Littleton
Dorothy Lowery
Dot Marler
Tom Martin
Rachael Moore
Rebecca Murdy
Sandy Nyenhuis

Richard Quinelly
Terry Hall Robbins
Rob Rushin
Francie Satterfield
Sam Spak
Clyde Smith
Willou Smith
David Somerville
James St. Clair
Grayson Strickland
Edith Tayloe
Sarah Taylor
Mary Triplett-Key
John Waite
Brennon Waller
Janice Walker
Carah Wheeler
Summer Wheeler
Jennifer Willingham
Clint Winne
Martin Worthy
Putsie Worthy
Mell Wray
Hollis Youngner

This  Week

Serving This Weekend
Ralph Wade - Chalice Bearer

Sunday, April 14, 2019 8:00 AM (CCF)
Robert Brown - Chalice Bearer
Robert Brown - Lector 
Paul Ploeger - Usher
Sherry Bowen - Altar Guild

9:15 AM (Christ Church)
Andrew Kaminer - Acolyte C
Elizabeth Temple - Acolyte TB
Anson Galland - Acolyte TB
William Temple - Acolyte CW
Peggy Goad - Chalice Bearer
Robert Brown - Chancel Master
Lynne Fox - Lector - First Lesson
Susan Garrett - Lector - Second Lesson
Jeannie Wade - Greeter
Ralph Wade - Greeter
Bud Dorsey - Usher
Margie Dorsey - Usher
Mindy Martin - Kidurgy Shepherd
Weezie Campbell - Altar Guild

9:15 AM (Parish Hall)  
Robert Bland - Acolyte C
Mary Helen Moses - Chalice Bearer
Mary Helen Moses - Lector - First Lesson 
Mary Helen Moses - Lector - Second Lesson 
Oscar Covington - Usher
Bascom Murrah - Usher
Julianne Temple - Kidurgy Shepherd
Nancy Zell - Altar Guild

11:15 AM (Christ Church, Frederica)
Isabel Parker - Acolyte C
Susan Shipman - Chalice Bearer 
Te Turner - Lector - First Lesson
Te Turner - Lector - Second Lesson
Diane Ansley - Greeter
Henry Ansley - Greeter
Ben Slade - Usher
Jennie Doyle - Altar Guild

Weds., April 17, 2019 Healing Service 12:00 PM
Janis Boland - Altar Guild


Wednesday, April 10, 2019
10:00 am - Backpack Buddies
10:30 am - Men's Study Group
11:00 am - Lenten Movies
12:00 pm - Healing Service
1:00 pm - Lenten Study
5:00 pm - Adult Choir
6:30 pm - X Church

Thursday, April 11, 2019
1:00 pm - Making Kugels
1:00 pm - Lenten Spiritual Practices
6:00 pm - Community Seder at St. Francis Xavier

Friday, April 12, 2019
12:00 pm - Icon Writing Group
6:00 pm - Mom's Night Out at Porch

Saturday, April 13, 2019
9:00 am - Parish Clean-Up Day
10:00 am - Icon Writing Group
5:30 pm - Worship at St. Ignatius

Sunday, April 14, 2019
Palm Sunday
8:00 am - Worship at Christ Church 
9:15 am - Worship at Christ Church
9:15 am - Worship in Parish Hall (CCF)
9:15 am - Kidurgy at Christ Church
10:20 am - Sunday School for All Ages
10:30 am - Coffee Hour
11:15 am - Worship at Christ Church
6:30 pm - EYC Star Wars/Lenten Study

Monday, April 15, 2019
11:00 am - Yoga
12:00 pm - Community Worship - SSUMC

Tuesday, April 16, 2019
10:30 am - Susanna Wesley Guild
12:00 pm - Community Worship - 1st Baptist SSI
2:00 pm - Hand Bell Practice
4:30 pm - Choristers 
5:30 pm - Trebles
5:30 pm - Frederick Cousins Guild

Wednesday, April 17, 2019
10:30 am - Men's Study Group
11:00 am - Lenten Movies
12:00 pm - Healing Service
12:00 pm - Community Worship - Wesley UMC
1:00 pm - Lenten Study
5:00 pm - Adult Choir
6:30 pm - X Church

Thursday, April 18, 2019
12:00 pm - Maundy Thursday Worship CCF
6:30 pm - Maundy Thursday Worship CCF

Friday, April 19, 2019
12:00 pm - 3 Hours Devotion at SS Presbyterian
4:30 pm - Stations of the Cross at St. Ignatius
6:30 pm - Good Friday Liturgy at CCF

Saturday, April 20, 2019
6:30 pm - Great Vigil of Easter at St. Ignatius

Sunday, April 21, 2019
Easter Sunday
8:00 am - Worship at Christ Church 
9:15 am - Worship at Christ Church
9:15 am - Worship in Parish Hall (CCF)
9:15 am - Kidurgy at Christ Church
10:30 am - Easter Egg Hunt
10:30 am - Coffee Hour
11:15 am - Worship at Christ Church

Monday, April 22, 2019
Easter Monday - Office Closed

Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Office Closed

Save the Date

May 12, 2019
Celebration of 90+ Ladies
Sunday School Ice Cream Sundae Celebration

May 19, 2019
Parish Picnic

June 10-14, 2019
VBS 2019