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April 3 , 2019

Please remember to bring your food donations for the St. Athanasius Food Pantry this weekend. Find out what's needed here .

Join Fr. Tom on Thursday, April 11, at 1:00 pm, at Christ Church, to make Passover kugel. Get all the details here.

Rector's Ramblings

I have liked the Baltimore Orioles since I was a kid. I've been to Camden Yards a number of times, although every time I've seen them play in person, they've lost. They've done that a lot in my lifetime. The American League East has some great teams, notably our nemesis, the New York Yankees, so it's never been an easy effort to get on or stay on top. Last year was particularly difficult, and it's safe to say that this year is considered a rebuilding year, with a new coach and a number of new players starting. Since opening day, we've also seen a shakeup in positions and pitching rosters too.
If you saw the movie,  Moneyball , a few years ago, you know how much statistics and computer models influence the game now. Smart owners employ as much data as possible to run the odds on a player, a team, and many other things. They can tweak things here and there, based on probabilities to put together the ideal team, at least on paper. But for all that such technology is useful, it is not a perfect science, and sometimes odds are made just to be beaten. 


Special Music During Lent and Easter
The opening Voluntary this week is an organ Chorale Prelude set by Helmut Walcha based on O Holy Jesus. Helmut Walcha (1907-1991) was a blind German organist who is known for his recordings of the complete organ works of J. S. Bach.  The Offertory Anthem in the Historic Church liturgies this week is Dear Lord and Father of Mankind composed by C. Hurbert H. Parry (1848-1918), a well known English composer, teacher, and historian of music. This hymn arrangement is based on Hymn 653 in the 1982 Hymnal if you'd like to follow the text.
It's the first Sunday of the month which means the Trebles and Choristers lead the communion music at the 9:15 service in the Historic Church. (They sing in the Parish Hall most 3rd Sundays). The next time you will hear them is Easter Sunday, April 21. 
Our Parish Hall liturgy will offer The Servant Song authored by Richard Gillard (b. 1953) and How Can We Be Silent, a moving anthem by Michael Mahler (b. 1981) with a powerful call to mission and ministry.
The choirs are hard at work preparing for Holy Week and Easter. There will be Brass and Timpani in both 9:15 Easter Sunday Services. In addition to this there will be Harpist and the Christ Church Handbell Choir offering their gifts in the Parish Hall Service.

Holy Week and Easter Worship Schedule

Makes plans to join us for worship during Holy Week and Easter this year. A complete list of services may be found here.
Important Altar Guild Meeting

The Altar Guild will meet on Thursday, April 4, at 10:00 am, in the Parish Hall. This is our important planning session for Holy Week and Easter and it is crucial that all members of the Altar Guild be present. If you have any questions, please contact Nancy Zell at
Order Easter Lilies Today!
Easter Sunday is only two and a half weeks 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
Note: The Adult Sunday Morning Class will NOT meet on April 7, but will resume the Lenten study on April 14. 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 study will run on Sundays from March 10 to April 14.  The Adult Class meets in the room next to the choir room in the Parish Hall and everyone is welcome. 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
As an addendum to Fr. Tom's Wednesday discussion of the book,  Hanging by a Thread , he will show two movies in the coming weeks. On Wednesday, April 10, at 11:00 am, he will show Me and Earl, and the Dying Girl, a 2015 film based on the 2012 Jesse Andrews novel. The film won the Grand Jury Prize for drama at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and tells the story of 17-year-old Greg, whose life is changed after he befriends a school classmate with cancer.

On Wednesday, April 17, at 11:00 am, Fr. Tom will show, 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.  

Both films are referenced in the final chapters of  Hanging by a Thread. All are welcome to view the movies independently of participation in the book discussion group. The Wednesday group will meet at 1:00 pm as scheduled both days. 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
Want to grow spiritually but don't want another practice or discipline you'll feel guilty about not doing? Join Mother Ashton and Mother Becky to explore spirituality as a way of being engaged in our relationship to God through other people, the world around us and ourselves. We'll look at spirituality as our ongoing, evolving relationship to God and how we can live daily in an awake, holistic, and faithful way. The group meets on Thursdays at 1:00 pm from March 14 - April 11. The text is  Strength for the Journey: A Guide to Spiritual Practice  by Renee Miller and is available from Amazon in Kindle edition for $14. Hard copies will be available in the church office for $16. For more information, contact Mtr. Becky at

 Children and Youth

Eggs Needed for the Annual Easter Egg Hunt
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
Acolyte Training
Acolyte Training  will be this Sunday, April 7, from 2:30 to 4:30 pm in the church. Children and youth in grades 3 - 12 are invited to attend. Acolytes are an important part of our worship services at Christ Church, serving regularly as crucifers, torch bearers, and priest walkers, and sometimes as thurifers and banner-bearers, as well. Come learn about each type of server and the duties they perform and join the acolyte team. After training, we'll enjoy an ice cream sundae party. Contact: Mtr. Katie at

Safeguarding Training
Thank you to all who attended the February and March sessions of Safeguarding God's Children. Training is still available for those who were unable to attend either of these classes. Please contact Mtr. Katie to make arrangements. In addition to class training, online training may be found at here. Please c ontact Mtr. Katie at for more information.

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

Our Lenten/Star Wars study is meeting each Sunday, 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
Parents! Summer will be here  before  you know it, so mark you calendars for Vacation Bible School, which will take place the week of June 10 -14. More information will be available in weeks to come, but now is the time to save the date!
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 !



Help Stock the St. Athanasius Food PantryFoodPantry
Please bring your non-perishable food donations to St. Ignatius and Christ Church this weekend. Canned fruits, tomatoes and canned meals like spaghettios, raviolios and stews would be particularly welcome. For more information, please contact Susan Shipman at

Backpack Buddies

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

Calling All Cooks!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 Christ Church - 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


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

OMG Meeting
Our O(utrageously) M(ature) G(roup) will be meeting next this Friday, April 5, at 11:30 am, in the Parish Hall. ALL are welcome to come for lunch, games and good times! If you'd like to order lunch for $10 from Honeybaked Ham, please call the office at 912-638-8683 or contact Mtr. Ashton at
Daughters of the King
The Daughters of the King will meet next on Tuesday, April 9, at 5:30 pm, in the Parish Hall. We will gather for social time at 5:30 and will move onto business at 5:45 pm. For more information, please contact Mtr. Ashton at
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.

Suggested Donation: $10 per person/$25 per family

RSVP Phone: 912-261-8512 ext. 444 
(RSVP soon - this event fills up quickly!)

Mom's Night Out
Hey moms! Mark your calendars for Friday, April 12 and make plans to join us for dinner at 6:30 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.

Parish People

Celebrating Our Friends at Christ Church!
Parishioner and Brunswick High School principal, Slade Turner, recently won a rodeo contest after going up against the principal of Glynn Academy on a mechanical bull at the Brunswick Rodeo. Slade won $500 for his school and this magnificent trophy, which he gets to display for the next year. Congratulations Slade!
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, which is available to parishioners through the month of March, for only $10. 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

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
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
Susan Shipman - Chalice Bearer

Sunday, April 7, 2019 8:00 AM (CCF)
David Boland - Chalice Bearer
David Boland - Lector 
Lee Dyson - Usher
Bonney Shuman - Altar Guild

9:15 AM (Christ Church)
Eva Purdy - Acolyte C
Johnny McQuade - Acolyte TB
Jimmy McQuade - Acolyte TB
William Temple - Acolyte PW
Beth Smith - Chalice Bearer
Te Turner - Chancel Master
Susan Garrett - Lector - First Lesson
Barbara Sullivan - Lector - Second Lesson
Fred Collins - Greeter
Brenda Davis - Greeter
Susan Imhoff - Usher
Ed Turner - Kidurgy Shepherd
Susie Henning Hodges - Altar Guild

9:15 AM (Parish Hall)  
Abigail Williston - Acolyte C
Hugh Brown - Chalice Bearer
Doree Avera - Lector - First Lesson 
Doree Avera - Lector - Second Lesson 
Oscar Covington - Usher
Bascom Murrah - Usher
Lynne Turner - Kidurgy Shepherd
Nancy Zell - Altar Guild

11:15 AM (Christ Church, Frederica)
Kathleen Chitty - Acolyte C
Bonnie Harris - Chalice Bearer 
Bonnie Harris - Lector - First Lesson
Bonnie Harris - Lector - Second Lesson
Penny Jones - Greeter
Clif Jones - Greeter
John Killgallon - Usher
Frankie Ansley - Altar Guild
Pat Collins - Altar Guild

Weds., April 10, 2019 Healing Service 12:00 PM
Ethel Horton - Altar Guild


Wednesday, April 3, 2019
10:30 am - Men's Study Group
12:00 pm - Healing Service
1:00 pm - Lenten Study
5:00 pm - Adult Choir
6:30 pm - X Church

Thursday, April 4, 2019
10:00 am - Altar Guild Meeting
1:00 pm - Lenten Spiritual Practices

Friday, April 5, 2019
11:30 am - OMG Meeting

Saturday, April 6, 2019
St. Athanasius Food Pantry
10:00 am - Icon Writing Group
5:30 pm - Worship at St. Ignatius

Sunday, April 7, 2019
St. Athanasius Food Pantry
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 8 , 2019
11:00 am - Yoga

Tuesday, April 9, 2019
2:00 pm - Hand Bell Practice
4:30 pm - Choristers 
5:30 pm - Trebles
5:30 pm - Daughters of the King

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

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

Save the Date

April 14, 2019
Palm Sunday

April 21, 2019
Easter Sunday

May 19, 2019
Parish Picnic

June 10-14, 2019
VBS 2019