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December 19 , 2018

This year, Christmas Eve worship will take place at 4:00, 6:00, 8:00 and 11:00 pm at Christ Church. All are welcome! On Christmas Day, join us at St. Ignatius at 10:30 am and celebrate the birth of our Lord! Click here for more details.

Rector's Ramblings

Earlier this year, Mother Ashton introduced the staff to a website and app called  Pray as You Go (PAYG). It has been a real gift for me to include this in my daily routine almost every day since. PAYG is a ministry coming out of the Jesuit order in Britain. Each day, they offer a meditation that runs from nine to thirteen minutes. Each meditation contains music, scripture, invitations to mediation, and prayer. They are simple and typically very beautiful. PAYG has been one of the best sources of stillness and reflection for me in this season, in part because they are focusing on Advent themes.  
Jesuit spirituality is based on that of St. Ignatius of Loyola (not OUR St. Ignatius, but still a good guy). Ignatius wanted people to experience God in such a way that God would become central to their lives. One of his frequent tools for encountering and experiencing God is to invite persons to imagine themselves in the midst of biblical stories and events. Placing ourselves deep into these experiences is one of the best ways we can encounter God. There is a name for this holy kind of remembering: anamnesis. Anamnesis is at work every time we celebrate the Eucharist. It's why we echo the words of scripture, which, in turn, echo the words of Jesus at the Last Supper. When we do that, placing ourselves in that place, time and space collapse on one another as the Spirit moves among us. We find that we ARE there, and that Christ is HERE, too.


Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Worship Service ScheduleChristmasSchedule

Christmas Eve - December 24
4:00 pm Christmas Pageant in the Parish Hall
This energetic Eucharistic liturgy centers around our Christmas Pageant where sheep, angels, shepherds, Joseph, Mary and more come to life as we celebrate the birth of the Christ Child. 
6:00 & 8:00 pm Holy Eucharist Services 
These liturgies will offer festive Christmas selections from our Christ Church Choir of Men and Women, Christ Church Trebles, harp, organ, and brass.
11:00 pm Holy Eucharist Service
This traditional midnight liturgy offers harp, organ, and soloists.  Christmas Carols abound!
(Nursery care for infants to children age four will be available at 4:00 and 6:00 pm on Christmas Eve.)
Christmas Day - December 25

10:30 am Holy Eucharist Service at St. Ignatius 
Join us for this morning of rejoicing and praise!

Help Create Wreaths for our Churches Tomorrow at 9:00 am!
All those who are interested in learning how to make a wreath or would like to make a wreath for Christmas to adorn the walls of one of our worship spaces are welcome to come join the Altar Guild and Flower Guild in the Parish House on Thursday, December 20 at 9:00 am. The only things you need to bring are clippers and your gloves, we will provide cedar and wreath forms. Or just come have a cup coffee and enjoy the fellowship. For more information, please contact Anna Belle McCaskill at


Sunday School for Children and Youth
Sunday school classes for children and youth will NOT meet on Sunday, December 23 and 30. We will resume meeting on Sunday, January 6, 2019. Merry Christmas!
Adult Sunday Morning Class
The Adult Sunday morning class is enjoying an Advent study based on the book,  The Redemption of Scrooge. All are welcome! The class meets in the Parish House every Sunday from 10:30 to 11:15 am and the Rev. Dr. Robert W. (Bob) Brown is the leader. For more information, please contact Bob at
The Adult Sunday morning class will NOT meet on December 30, but will resume on January 6.

Men's Study Group
The Men's Discussion Group , which meets on Wednesdays at 10:30 am, in the Youth Room,  will be watching Bishop Benhase's series on Romans starting on January 9. For more information, please contact Te Turner at

 Children and Youth

Christmas and Advent Song CD
A lively collection of the traditional carols of Advent and Christmas, sung by our own Choristers, Trebles, Youth, and Young Adults has been recorded onto a CD! You'll definitely want to add this to your holiday music collection, so pick up your copy in the church office now!

As the value of children's voices singing of Christ's birth is priceless, donations are welcomed and will support the St. Cecelia Series. (If donating by check, please write "St. Cecelia Series" in the memo line.)

Christmas Pageant 2018

The final Christmas Pageant Rehearsal will take place on December 23,  following the 11:15 am service in the Parish Hall. This will be the final dress rehearsal and we need everybody to be there! For more information contact Mother Katie at

Mother Katie's Top Picks for Children's and Youth Bibles
Thinking of gifting a Bible to your young one this season?

For your elementary age and younger consider 
The Jesus Storybook Bible, by Sally Lloyd-Jones. With wonderful pictures and stories that carry you through the Bible, this is a great first Bible for your young one. It is great to read before bed or naps or to review our own lectionary stories with your children at home. 

For our 5th graders on up, consider Zondervan's Student Bible in the New Revised Standard Version. This study Bible is written with the teenage brain in mind. Brief descriptions before each book and break down boxes to explain or describe the context of the word being read. Plus, enjoy the version we read in the Episcopal church.

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 !



Angel Tree for Morningstar
If you have taken an angel from the angel tree in the Parish Hall, please return your wrapped jacket with the angel affixed to the outside of the package, by Thursday, December 20 Thank you for helping to make this Christmas special for the children at Morning Star! Please contact Donna Purdy at if you have any questions.

Backpack Buddies

This school year, the Backpack Buddies program is feeding 240+ disadvantaged local children. Hunger is a persistent problem in Glynn County and affects 61%, or more than 8,000 school age children. Though students have access to two meals per day at school during the week, on the weekends and holidays, nutritious food can be scarce and even non-existent. You can honor a loved one this Christmas by sponsoring weekend food for a child for an entire school year for $100, or for one semester for $50. For more information, please contact Susan Shipman at

Christmas at Sea
Christ Church actively supports the International Seafarers Center, a group that ministers to seafarers from all over the planet. Most of us are blessed with family and friends during the holidays, but Christmas can be a lonely time for seafarers. Every year during the season of Christmas, the International Seafarers' Center spreads the love of Christ through their Christmas at Sea program. About 1500 seafarers travel through the port of Brunswick from Thanksgiving to January 7th and the Center hopes to give every seafarer a Christmas present. 
If you'd like to be part of this ministry, it's as easy as filling a shoebox with 12 - 15 item from the list found  here, wrapping the box in holiday paper and bringing it to either the church office in the Parish Hall, or to the International Seafarers Center, at 307 Newcastle Street in Brunswick. If you'd like to include a warm knit cap, made by our Christ Church Comforters in your box, please contact Gay Barron at

Parents' Day Out
On Friday, December 21, you can do your last minute Christmas errands while we entertain your children, (age 12 and under) at Christ Church! Parents' Day Out will take place in the Parish Hall from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.  Parents may spend time with their children at the church during this event, as well. The day will include lunch, snacks, games, and more! Please contact Miss Kathleen at to sign up your children for this event.


Nativity Collection at Epworth by the Sea
Christ Church parishioner June Brown is once again sharing her extensive collection of nativities at the Arthur J. Moore Methodist Museum at Epworth by the Sea. They will be on display through the month of January. Visitors can view them from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Monday to Saturday. Read more about June's nativities in the Brunswick News here .


ECW Cookies, Cheese Wafers and Cookbooks are here!
ECW announces brand new cookie tins are in and ready for your holiday shopping!! A fresh supply of 'cheese wafers' and 'key lime coolers' are waiting for you and yours and  they make fabulous Christmas gifts at only $15.00 per tin. There are plenty of cookbooks and n ew aprons, too, so get your lists ready!
ECW Scholarship
Looking for a special gift this year? This Christmas give the gift that "keeps on giving"- a donation to the new ECW Scholarship fund for young women. A donation to this newly established fund enables a young lady from one of our area Episcopal churches to further her post secondary education. This is truly a gift that will last a lifetime!! Make checks payable to ECW Scholarship Fund and mail to PO Box 20292, St. Simons Island or send it to the church address.
Stay Informed

Vestry Nominations
'Tis the season for Vestry Nominations! Nominations are open for the 2019 vestry election. This year's nominating committee is comprised of the outgoing vestry members: Beryl Blatchford, Tony Kreimborg, Slade Turner, Ralph Wade and two recent former senior wardens of the parish: Susan Shipman and Ed Turner. Along with Fr. Tom, these six individuals will put together the slate of nominees for election at the annual meeting on January 27, 2019. Nominations may be made to any member of the committee between now and December 27th.

A Note from the Christ Church Vestry Wardens
We are thankful for the blessings that have been bestowed on this congregation. As is our custom, if you would like to make a monetary contribution for the staff's hard work this year, bring or send your contribution to Christ Church with a notation for the Staff Recognition Fund in the memo line. At his request, Father Tom will not be included in the distribution of funds collected. Contact: Tony Kreimborg at or 912-222-6960

End of Year Gifts
As we approach the final days of 2018, we'd like to extend an invitation for year-end gifts that would benefit Christ Church and may benefit you if you find yourself looking for additional annual deductions. If you would like to make a gift via stock transfer, or if you have any other questions about year-end giving, please contact our Financial Administrator, Stan Kyker or our Parish Administrator, Sharon Joy. They can both be reached at 912-638-8683. If a year-end gift fits into your plans, thank you! 

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.

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. Becky Rowell at , Mtr. Ashton Williston at , or call the church office at 912-638-8683.

Carl Alexander
Elaine Backiel
Kris Barkley
John Barnes
Kathy Bee
Kathleen Bishop
Billy Blair
Allen Bowen
Doug Brantley
Gene Broadwell
June Brown
Beverly Burns
Terry Burns
Josh Calhoun
Barbara Canady
Greg Canady
Andy Cheshire
Dena Davis
Jackie Davis
Lonita Davis
Mary Lou Detwiler
Robbie Dickinson
Kristen Erin
Beth Evans
Tom Finn
Betsy Fitzgerald
Richard Fox
Patricia Friedel
Matthew Ganserite
Travis Gay
Joe Goff
Mary Frances Gould
Brad Graham
Walter Graham
Angie Hansen
Burgess Hartsell
Carol Hoffine
Lise Hofmann
Lois Irvin
Misty Johns
Jim Langston
Bill Littleton
Larry MacDonald
Dot Marler
Tom Martin
Rachael Moore
Erin Jones O
Mike Peck

He ath Powers
Richard Quinelly
Jane Rives
Larry Rowell
Samantha Rowell
Bob Saunders
Willou Smith
David Somerville
James St. Clair
Grayson Strickland
Edith Tayloe
Sarah Taylor
Timothy Tindall
Mary Triplett-Key
Pat Vinton
John Waite
Janice Walker
Brennon Waller
Carah Wheeler
Summer Wheeler
Laura Whitney
Martin Worthy
Putsie Worthy
Mell Wray

Keith Kosirog

This  Week

Serving This Weekend
Susan Shipman - Chalice Bearer

Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018 8:00 AM (CCF)
David Boland - Chalice Bearer
David Boland - Lector 
Peg McBride - Usher
Bonney Shuman - Altar Guild

9:15 AM (Christ Church, Frederica)  
Maggie Jenkins - Crucifer
Abigail Williston - Acolyte TB
Daven Wray - Acolyte TB
Robert Wray - Acolyte PW
Slade Turner - Chalice Bearer
Robert Brown - Chancel Master
Angie Burns - Lector - First Lesson 
Slade Turner - Lector - Second Lesson 
Brenda Davis - Greeter
Susie Henning-Hodges - Greeter
Brenda Davis - Usher
Andy Jenkins - Usher
Susan Imhoff - Usher
Ed Turner - Kidurgy Shepherd
Lynne Turner - Kidurgy Shepherd
Peggy Goad - Altar Guild
Susie Henning-Hodges - Altar Guild

11:15 AM (Christ Church, Frederica)
Peggy Goad - Chalice Bearer
Elizabeth Killgallon - Lector - First Lesson
Peggy Goad - Lector - Second Lesson
Christine Franklin - Greeter
Royce Wood - Usher
Frankie Ansley - Altar Guild
Ethel Horton - Altar Guild


Thursday, December 20, 2018
9:00 am - Wreath-Making in Parish Hall
9:00 am - Christmas Basket Packing
1:00 pm - Advent Book Study

Friday, December 21, 2018
9:00 am - Parents' Day Out
Saturday, December 22, 2018
10:00 am - Icon Writing Group
5:30 pm - Worship at St. Ignatius
Sunday, December 23, 2018
8:00 am - Worship at Christ Church 
9:15 am - Worship at Christ Church
9:15 am - Kidurgy at Christ Church
10:20 am - Adult Class Sunday School 
10:20 am - NO Sunday School for Children
10:30 am - Coffee Hour
11:15 am - Worship at Christ Church
12:30 pm - Christmas Pageant Rehearsal

Monday, December 24 , 2018
9:30 am - Manna House
4:00 pm - Christmas Pageant (Parish Hall)
6:00 pm - Christmas Eve in Christ Church
8:00 pm - Christmas Eve in Christ Church
11:00 pm - Christmas Eve in Christ Church

Tuesday, December 25, 2018
10:30 am - Christmas Day at St. Ignatius
Office Closed 

Wednesday, December 26, 2018
Office Closed

Thursday, December 27, 2018
Office Closed

Friday, December 28, 2018
Office Closed

Saturday, December 29, 2018
5:30 pm - Worship at St. Ignatius
Sunday, December 30, 2018
8:00 am - Worship at Christ Church 
9:15 am - Worship at Christ Church
9:15 am - Kidurgy at Christ Church
10:20 am - NO Sunday School
10:30 am - Coffee Hour
11:15 am - Worship at Christ Church

Monday, December 31 , 2018
11:00 am - Yoga

Tuesday, January 1, 2019
New Year's Day
Office Closed 

Save the Date

January 6, 2019
No Sunday School for Children
No Parish Hall Service at 9:15 am

January 9, 2019
All Music Rehearsals Resume
Healing Service and X Church Resume

January 22, 2019
EC101 Begins

January 27, 2019
Annual Meeting, Chili Cook-Off and Baking Battle