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August 22, 2018
There are still just a few spots open in next week's Icon Writing Workshop. Find out how you can join the class here.

Rector's Ramblings

Father Tom offers his rambling today in video form. You may view it here.


Icon Writing 3.0 at Christ ChurchIconWriting

Fr. David Holland returns for the third consecutive year for our annual workshop. Fr. David Holland has been teaching icon writing for over 25 years and has never had anyone not finish an icon. No previous artistic ability is needed. Participants may choose one of the two icons to work on during the week.

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.
Icon Writing 3.0 is Sunday, Aug 26 through Friday, Aug 31 and there are a few places still open. We will meet from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm daily in the Parish Hall. The only thing you need to bring is a willing spirit and a snack, if you would like. Fr. David furnishes all materials and instruction. On Sunday, August 26, our icons will be blessed during the 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.


Growing in Our Understanding of Holy Eucharist

Worship is at the heart of all we do in the Episcopal Church. We gather to be renewed in our faith and formed in our life. We take great care with worship, seeking to make it our most excellent offering. But what is it we do when we celebrate the Holy Eucharist and how does it contribute to our spiritual growth? The Eucharist is one of the key catalysts helping people to move into deeper relationship with God and neighbor. We are fed and we grow. Join Father Tom on Wednesday, September 5, 12, 19 and 26, at 5:30 pm in the church to explore this mysterious, holy meal and how we receive strength for the spiritual journey. Please contact Father Tom at for more information.

Adult Sunday Morning Class
The Adult Sunday morning class is studying Adam Hamilton's new book Unafraid: Living with Courage and Hope in Troubled Times.  Everyone is welcome. Classes are in the parish house from 10:30 until 11:15 am and will continue to meet over the summer.  For more information, contact Bob at .

Men's Study Group
The Men's Discussion Group, which meets on Wednesdays at 10:30 am in the Youth Room will be reading  Our Towns: a 100,000 Mile Journey into the Heart of America , by James and Deborah Fallows.  " A vivid, surprising portrait of the civic and economic reinvention taking place in America, town by town and generally out of view of the national media. A realistically positive and provocative view of the country between its coasts. 

For the last five years, James and Deborah Fallows have been traveling across America in a single-engine prop airplane. Visiting dozens of towns, they have met hundreds of civic leaders, workers, immigrants, educators, environmentalists, artists, public servants, librarians, business people, city planners, students, and entrepreneurs to take the pulse and understand the prospects of places that usually draw notice only after a disaster or during a political campaign. Our Towns is the story of their journey-and an account of a country busy remaking itself."
Books will be available in the church office for $21. Please contact Father Tom at, for more information.

Cursillo at Honey Creek

Cursillo is a Spanish word which means "a short course in Christianity." Twice each year, the Diocese of Georgia holds a Cursillo at Honey Creek. Beginning on Thursday evening, October 11, 2018, you can experience a weekend of resting in God's reassuring love and peace which passes all understanding. You will hear talks from clergy and lay people in the diocese, attend services in the beautiful chapel at Honey Creek, and enjoy fellowship and meaningful conversations with other participants throughout the diocese. 

If you are interested in attending the October 11-14 Cursillo at Honey Creek, please contact Mtr. Ashton at or at 912-638-8683. If you would like to be part of the Cursillo team, please call Rita Spalding at 912-270-2725. More information about Cursillo and the registration forms for both participants and team members can be found here.

Education for Ministry Classes Beginning

Education for Ministry, a theological education course for lay ministers, will begin meeting at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Brunswick, on Wednesday, September 5. The class will meet every week at 5:30 pm and is open to all who are eighteen years old and older. Mentors for the program are Rita Spalding and Maggie Watkins.

Education for Ministry (EfM) is a unique four-year distance learning certificate program in theological education based upon small-group study and practice. Since its founding in 1975, this international program has assisted more than 80,000 participants in discovering and nurturing their call to Christian service. EfM helps the faithful encounter the breadth and depth of the Christian tradition and bring it into conversation with their experiences of the world as they study, worship, and engage in theological reflection together. Get more information about EfM here.

If you are interested in joining this study program, please contact Mtr. Ashton at or at 912-638-8683.

Icon Writing Group
The weekly Icon Writing Group will take a break for the final two weeks of August. There will be no meetings on August 24, 25, 31 and September 1. The group will resume regular meetings of September 7.
 Children and Youth

Acolyte Training
On Sunday, September 9, immediately after the 9:15 am service, there will be a training session for Acolytes. All those who are interested, from grade 1 though high school, are invited to meet in the church that morning, at 10:20 am. Please contact Mother Ashton at for more information.
Youth Activities this Fall

On August 31, our EYC will take a trip to Jacksonville to see a Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp baseball game. The crew will meet in the Harris-Teeter parking lot at 5:30 pm and carpool down. The tickets are free, but bring money for snacks. Please contact Laura Ann Harrell at to RSVP.

On September 9, Sunday, immediately after the 11:15 am service, children and youth from grades 3 - 12 will gather for lunch in the Parish Hall. After lunch, we'll head over to the Pinball Palace in Brunswick, for an afternoon of old-fashioned fun! Christ Church will pay for admission. Just bring money for snacks. RSVP to Laura Ann at

Happening #101 - A Life-Changing Weekend for Grades 10-12

Led by teens for teens, Happening is a weekend of discovery. The next Happening will be #101 at Honey Creek September 14-16, 2018, and is open to those in grades 10 - 12. Katie Grant from Good Shepherd, Augusta, is the Rector for the upcoming weekend. During a Happening weekend, participants worship, play, sing, and talk about God's place in their lives. They make new friends who share similar concerns and questions - a reassuring discovery. A teenager who acts as "rector" leads the weekend with the help of a staff consisting mostly of young people. Some staff members give challenging talks, after which there's time for discussion and activity. Together, the staff and participants share in an exploration of the impact of Christian faith in their daily lives. Happening costs $101 to attend, and financial assistance is available. To register, click here.   For more information, please contact Jody Grant at .


ECW - 2019 Tour of Homes Planning Kick-Off
On Tuesday, September 11, at 11:00 am, the Chairs and Co-Chairs of 2019 Tour of Homes will meet in the Christ Church Parish Hall to begin planning the 66th Annual Tour, which will take place on March 16, 2019. 
We are excited about the upcoming tour and know it will be the best one yet, especially if we ALL get involved! Everybody is invited to participate and no gift of time, talent or treasure you can share is too small!  Please contact Charlotte Graham at  to find out how you can get involved.

Hands of Hope Pack-A-Thon

On Thursday, September 13, 2018, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, the College of Coastal Georgia will host the Hands of Hope Pack-a-thon, at the Student Activity Center, at 1 College Drive, in Brunswick. All who would like to help pack backpack kits for children are welcome to join the assembly line! For more information, please contact Kalista Morton at or at 912-816-8689.
Thank You for ALL the Back-to-School Supplies!
Our sorting team had their hands full with all the supplies collected!

Christ Church thanks our parishioners and friends for the many and varied school supplies you selected for our area school children who are in need. We will be delivering backpacks plus lots of supplies to both Island elementary schools, Burroughs Molette, Glyndale Elementary, Glynn Middle School, and Safe Harbor's Street Beat teens. We appreciate the care and support you continue to show our young community neighbors. You are putting smiles on the faces of children throughout the county!

Backpack Buddies Already Busy This Year at Christ Church!

The Backpack Buddies are off to a great start this school year, having already packed hundreds of bags in August to be distributed to children in schools throughout the county. The next packing dates are Wednesday, September 12, at 10:00 am and Wednesday, September 26, at 9:30 am. Please mark your calendars and make plans to join the packing team. All are welcome!  For questions about the Backpack Buddy program and information about how you can involved with packing and more, please contact Susan Shipman at . Thank you for making this the best Backpack Buddies season we've ever had!

Volunteers Needed at the International Seafarers' Center
Have you ever thought about being a missionary but do not want to leave the Country? LIVE LOCAL - REACH NATIONS by becoming a volunteer at the International Seafarers' Center. Reach men and women from 70 different nations that visit our ports yearly, without ever leaving Brunswick! Go aboard the big ships, visit with our seafaring friends through hospitality or be a driver. For more information about how you can get involved, please call 912 267-0631. 


Mom's Time Out
School has started and life is more hectic, so it's about time for another night out! Moms, please join us for fellowship and a delicious dinner on Friday, August 24, at 6:00 pm, at Bonefish. Just let Mother Ashton know you'll be coming with an RSVP by Wednesday, August 22, so she can make reservations. You can reach her by email at or by phone at 912-638-8683.
OMG - It's Time for Fun in September!
The next meeting of the O(utrageously) M(ature) G(roup) will be on Friday, September 7, from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm, in the Parish House. Even if you're not into games, come for the fun, fellowship and good food and invite your friends. Please contact the church office at 912-638-8683 or to RSVP by Thursday, August 30th and place your lunch. Lunch choices include ham and cheese, chicken salad or turkey and cheese. Hope to see you on September 7th!

FaithWorks Annual Celebration of Service
FaithWorks invites you to join our annual celebration of service on September 13, at 5:30 pm, at Gruber Aviation, on St. Simons. The theme this year is "Grace & Glory." Invite your friends and become part of this event! Although there is no charge for the banquet, your gifts are always appreciated. You'll hear stories of FaithWorks' success over the past year with cameos from staff, volunteers and clients. The evening has a local flair with music from Owen Plant, local food from Halyards/Dave Snyder and tons of great silent auction items including an oil painting by local artist Cathie Parmalee. Her painting, "As Above, So Down Below," to be offered at the silent auction, perfectly captures the spirit of this year's event: praying hands receiving God's grace from above that translates into glory in the here and now. To sign up, contact Melissa Stroud at 912-261-8512 x105 or email You can sign up on your own, or host a table or two for your group.

ISC International Night

The 18th Annual International Night Celebration benefitting the International Seafarers' Center will take place on Friday, September 28, 2018, at the Morgan Center, on Jekyll Island. There will be fine cuisine from around the world and a wide assortment of international wines and beers will be served. Entertainment will be provided by Stan Walker and the Coastal Empire Orchestra and live and silent auctions will take place throughout the evening. Tickets are $110 and all proceeds go to support the mission of the International Seafarers' Center in Brunswick, Georgia. To purchase tickets or get more information, please contact Sherry at 912-267-0631 or 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 !

Stay Informed

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 giving link. If it's your first time at this site, you'll have to create an account. 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.

Save the Date

An Interfaith Journey to the Holy Lands: Relationship, Understanding, and Community Harmony

Join Rev. Tom Purdy, Rabbi Rachel Bregman, and Rev. Alan Dyer as they lead an interfaith journey to the Holy Land with Medji Tours in June 2019. This once in a lifetime trip aims to build relationships across cultural and religious lines in our community by exploring together the shared roots of our traditions in Israel and Jordan. Additionally, this interfaith journey hopes to begin a longer-term process of continuing to form relationships, deepen understanding, and build community across other faith organizations in Glynn County, Georgia upon our return. This trip is open to any and all who would like to participate in this holy work. For more information, click here.

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.
Carl Alexander
Kris Barkley
John Barnes
Kathy Bee
Craig Bolint
Doug Brantley
Gene Broadwell
June Brown
Terry Burns
Barbara Canady
Andy Cheshire
Dena Davis
Jackie Davis
Mary Lou Detwiler
Robbie Dickinson
Kristen Erin
Beth Evans
Betsy Fitzgerald
Travis Gay
Brad Graham
Burgess Hartsell
Lois Irvin
Misty Johns
Russell Lewis
Bill Littleton
Larry MacDonald
Dot Marler
Tom Martin
Rachael Moore
Erin Jones O
Nancy Owenby
Margaret Payne
Jeff Rowell
Tommy Rowell
Bob Saunders
Clyde Smith
Willou Smith
David Somerville
James St. Clair
Grayson Strickland
Edith Tayloe
Sarah Taylor
Timothy Tindall
John Waite
Janice Walker
Carah Wheeler
Summer Wheeler
Martin Worthy
Mell Wray

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.

This  Week

Serving This Weekend

Ralph Wade - Chalice Bearer
Sunday, August 26, 2018 8:00 AM (CCF)
Mary Helen Moses - Chalice Bearer
Mary Helen Moses - Lector 
Peg McBride - Usher
Anna Belle McCaskill - Altar Guild

9:15 AM (Christ Church, Frederica)
Slade Turner - Crucifer
Robert Wray - Acolyte TB
Daven Wray - Acolyte TB
Eva Purdy - Acolyte PW
Jody Bradford - Chalice Bearer
Slade Turner - Chancel Master
Barbara Sullivan - Lector - First Lesson 
Barbara Sullivan - Lector - Second Lesson
Godfrey Draviam - Greeter
Rose Draviam - Greeter
Andy Jenkins - Usher
Susan Imhoff - Usher
Mardee Hardee - Kidurgy Shepherd
Sandy Rice - Altar Guild
Sandy Storino - Altar Guild

9:15 AM Parish Hall (CCF)
Maggie Jenkins - Acolyte C
UNFILLED - Chalice Bearer
Jamie Thomas - First Lesson
Jamie Thomas - Second Lesson
Oscar Covington - Usher
Mindy Martin - Kidurgy Shepherd
Nancy Zell - Altar Guild

11:15 AM Christ Church, Frederica)
Ava Parker - Acolyte C
Bonnie Harris - Chalice Bearer
Lynne Fox - Lector - First Lesson
Bonnie Harris - Lector - Second Lesson
Diane Ansley - Greeter
Henry Ansley - Greeter
Royce Wood - Usher
Nancy Zell - Altar Guild

Weds., August 29, 2018 NOON Healing Service (CCF)
Jeannie Wade - Altar Guild


Friday, August 24, 2018
12:00 pm - NO Icon Writing Group
Saturday, August 25, 2018
10:00 am - NO Icon Writing Group
5:30 pm - Worship at St. Ignatius
Sunday, August 26, 2018
8:00 am - Worship at Christ Church 
9:15 am - Worship at Christ Church
9:15 am - Worship in CCF Parish Hall
9:15 am - Kidurgy at Christ Church
10:30 am - Sunday School for All Ages
11:15 am - Worship at Christ Church
6:00 pm - EYC

Monday, August 27, 2018
9:30 am - Manna House
11:00 am - Yoga
2:00 pm - Icon Writing Workshop

Tuesday, August 28, 2018
2:00 pm - Icon Writing Workshop
4:30 pm - Choristers
5:00 pm - Trebles
Wednesday, August 29, 2018
10:30 am - Men's Study Group
12:00 pm - Healing Service
2:00 pm - Icon Writing Workshop

Friday, August 31, 2018
2:00 pm - Icon Writing Workshop
Saturday, September 1, 2018
10:00 am - NO Regular Icon Writing Group
5:30 pm - Worship at St. Ignatius
Sunday, September 2, 2018
8:00 am - Worship at Christ Church 
9:15 am - Worship at Christ Church
9:15 am - Worship in CCF Parish Hall
9:15 am - Kidurgy at Christ Church
10:30 am - NO Sunday School for Youth & Children
11:15 am - Worship at Christ Church
6:00 pm - NO EYC

Save the Date

August 26 - 31, 2018
Icon Writing Workshop

September 2, 2018
Labor Day Weekend - No Sunday School

September 3, 2018
Church Office Closed for Labor Day

September 4, 2018
Hand Bell Rehearsals Resume

September 5, 2018
Adult Choir Practice Resumes

September 9, 2018
Acolyte Training

September 23, 2018
Church Picnic