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December 5 , 2018

Please note that the Advent Choral Evensong has been rescheduled for Sunday, December 9, at 5:00 pm.

Rector's Ramblings

A couple of years ago I was pulled over for speeding in South Carolina. As I later discovered, I had been traveling through one of "those counties" that picks off drivers as a source of local revenue. I looked up the County Sherriff's office online and they celebrate their Route 95 unit and how many tickets they write. They even had a glamor shot of one of their special highway cruisers. Such policing is sometimes debated with regard to its motivation, whether it is truly about public safety or whether it is more accurately described as a revenue source. Either way, I had been exceeding the speed limit and I got nabbed. At that point it didn't matter if it was a purely virtuous stop or something else.  
I have been reflecting on that in this season in my role as a sworn officer of the Advent Police. Yes, it's a seasonal assignment. A special task force, as it were. Our mascot is the Grinch, or so I'm told. Each year I clip on my badge and use the training I've received over the years. It takes practice to get the "tsk, tsk" right when the neighbors put up their Christmas Tree at Thanksgiving. And the eye rolls over the displays in the stores - no one wants a repeat of the incident that put Father Andrew under the surgeon's knife because of an eye roll he hadn't properly trained for.  


Advent Choral Evensong - December 9
Due to the storm conditions and tornado watch this past Sunday, the Advent Choral Evensong was postponed until this coming Sunday, December 9, 2018. Please join us this Sunday, at 5:00 pm, in Christ Church, for this special time of reverent Advent music and worship.
Christmas Poinsettias
Beautiful poinsettias may now be ordered to honor a loved one and decorate our worship spaces at Christmas. The cost is $30 per poinsettia and checks should be made payable to the Christ Church Altar Guild. Please send checks and the names of those you wish to honor to Ethel Horton at 402 Palm Court St. Simons Island, 31522 by Sunday, December 16.

Special Altar Guild Meeting
Calling all Altar Guild members! Please mark your calendars for a very important meeting of the Altar Guild on Thursday, December 13, at 10:00 am, in the Parish Hall. Your attendance is critical! For more information, please contact Nancy Zell at
Help Create Wreaths for our Churches
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


Adult Sunday Morning Class
The Adult Sunday morning class will being an Advent study in December based on the book,  The Redemption of Scrooge. In this book, the class will discover how the teachings of Jesus can be found in Dickens' Christmas classic. From the ghosts of Christmas past, to the life of the present and the resurrection of Christmas future, this Advent study will "bless us everyone" and reinvigorate our spiritual journeys as we look at this familiar story through the lens of faith. Join the Sunday morning Adult Class as they go from "Bah, Humbug!" to a blessed Advent and a Merry Christmas. Everyone is 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 .

Men's Study Group
The Men's Discussion Group, which meets on Wednesdays at 10:30 am, in the Youth Room, is reading   The Chosen Wars: How Judaism Became an American Religion , by Steven R.Weisman. For more information, please contact Te Turner at

Thursday Afternoon Book Study
The focus of this Advent book study will be The First Christmas: What the Gospels Really Teach About Jesus's Birth by Marcus Borg and John Crossan. In this book, the authors help us to see this well-known narrative afresh by answering the question, "What do these stories mean?" in the context of both the first century and the twenty-first century. They successfully show that the Christmas story, read in its original context, is far richer and more challenging than people imagine. The study will begin on Thursday, November 29, at 1:00 pm, in the Vestry room and will meet weekly throughout Advent. The book may be purchased on Amazon for $15.75. Contact Mother Ashton at for more information. 

Sacred Music of Advent
Father Tom Purdy, Kathleen Turner and Randy Siegel are hosting a music-themed series for Advent. Join us for lunch at 12:30 pm, following the Healing Service. The programs will take place on Wednesdays, at 1:00 pm, in the Parish Hall.

Week 2 - December 12 - The  Music-O-Gram:
Explore the creation of musical road maps, based on the settings of Comfort, Comfort Ye My People, led by Kathleen Turner. The art of the Music-O-Gram will be explained in a comfortable, user friendly setting, after which participants will have the opportunity to create their own Music-O-Gram.

Advent Devotional
Living Well Through Advent 2018: Practicing Generosity with All Your Heart, Soul, Strength, and Mind is the Advent meditation booklet from Living Compass this year. Copies are available in the church office, or download a copy at

Daily Advent Prayers
Father Tom will send out daily prayers via text during Advent to all who would like to receive them. If you'd like to be added to the contact list, please contact Fr. Tom at
 Children and Youth

Christmas Lights on Jekyll Island
December 9 - 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Save the date and make plans to join us! 

Youth Service Project - December 16
Calling all EYC members to help prepare for Christmas food basket packing. We'll have fun and fellowship and serve others all at the same time! Join us at 12:30 pm.

Coffee and Conversation
For our high school students we are offering a chance to meet at a coffee shop twice a month for fellowship and teaching. This is an opportunity for our youth to come together and chat. Join us this month at:

December 16 - Starbucks (St. Simons Island) - 7:00 pm

Christmas Pageant 2018

Christmas Pageant Rehearsals will take place December 9, 16 and 23,  following the 11:15 am service in the Parish Hall. On Dec. 9 there will be rehearsal for speaking roles only, Dec. 16 will be rehearsal for all roles and Dec. 23 will be the final dress rehearsal. For more information contact Mother 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 !



Angel Tree for Morningstar
Christmas is a very magical time of the year for children young and old. This year, we have been asked to purchase winter jackets for the children at Morning Star. Please stop by the Parish Hall and choose an angel from the tree. The wrapped jackets with angels affixed to the outside of the package, should be returned to the Parish Hall by Friday, 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
Backpack Buddies will be packing next on Tuesday, December 11, at 1:30 pm, in the Parish Hall. Please come out and join the fun on the assembly line!

Recently, we've had some terrific out-of-town guests, who have really lent a helping hand with our Backpack Buddies operations. These seven members of the AmeriCorps National Civilian Conservation Corps prepped all the food for the latest packing session. This NCCC team is based in Vicksburg Mississippi. They are here for 3 1/2 weeks helping with public service projects in the local area, such as trail creation and eradication of invasive species such as Chinese tallow trees. When inclement weather interferes with their outdoor service work, they help on indoor projects. In addition to stocking the shelves at Second Harvest, during recent rainy days they unloaded and organized over 2,000 pounds of food on the Christ Church Backpack Buddies packing line. 

At an earlier food bag packing in October, we had volunteers from Frederica Academy join us on the line to assemble 480 weekend food bags. Groups looking for a service project who would like hands on outreach packing weekend food bags should contact
Susan Shipman at
Christmas and Advent Song CD
A collection of traditional carols of Advent and Christmas, sung by our Choristers, Trebles, Youth, and Young Adults will be available on CD, on Sunday, December 9. 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 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

Christ Church Comforters Meeting
The next meeting of the Christ Church Comforters will take place on Friday, December 14, at 10:30 am. For more information, please contact Gay Barron at .
Parents' Day Out
Mark your calendars for Friday, December 21 and make plans to 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.


Breakfast with St. Nicholas

This past Saturday, we had a very special visitor in the Parish Hall, who brought a whole lot of holiday cheer to Christ Church! It was St. Nicholas himself, much to the delight of the children and their families who attended Breakfast with St. Nick! Mother Katie would like to extend a huge thank-you to all who helped make this wonderful event happen, especially to Tony and Sarah Kreimborg, who headed the kitchen crew that kept the pancakes coming and to Donna Purdy for her tireless devotion in working out a myriad of details to make sure that everything went off without a hitch. THANK YOU ALL! To see more photos of all the fun, c lick here !

Susanna Wesley Guild Christmas Luncheon
The Susanna Wesley Guild will meet one week earlier on Tuesday, December 11 for a festive holiday luncheon at the Cloister. Members will gather at the church at 11:30 a.m. and car pool to Sea Island. Guild members decided to direct their Christmas project to hurricane relief in Port Saint Joe, Florida, specifically to the Discretionary Fund of Father Tommy Dwyer, rector of St. James Episcopal Church there. Please make check payable to Christ Church with Susanna Wesley Guild on the memo line. Cash is acceptable. The gifts will be combined and sent to Father Dwyer. A suggested amount is $20. Please RSVP by December 7 to Ethel Horton at 634-8327 or e-mail .
Frederick Cousins Guild Christmas Gathering
The Frederick Cousins Guild will have their annual Christmas gathering at Linda & Phil Allen's home, at 208 Stevens Road, on Tuesday, December 18,  at 5:30 pm.  Spouses and significant others are invited as well. Please bring an appetizer or dish (or dessert) to share and come join the holiday fun at Phil and Linda's beautiful home. For more information, please contact Louise  Bartlett  at


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.

World War II History Museum Will Open on December 8, 2018
The new World War II Home Font Museum will officially open at 1:00 pm, on Saturday, December 8, 2018, at the East Beach Coast Guard Station, on St. Simons Island. Big Band music, performed by the Jekyll Island Big Band, will fill the air from 9:45 to 11:45 am that day. Our own Stan Kyker, the Christ Church Financial Administrator, is part of this talented group, so come out and here them play, as we welcome this new museum to Glynn County. Get more information about the museum here

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
Travis Gay
Joe Goff
Mary Frances Gould
Brad Graham
Walter Graham
Angie Hansen
Burgess Hartsell
Carol Hoffine
Lise Hofmann
Lois Irvin
Misty Johns
Bill Littleton
Larry MacDonald
Dot Marler
Tom Martin
Rachael Moore
Erin Jones O
Mike Peck

Heath Powers
Richard Quinelly
Jane Rives
Samantha Rowell
Bob Saunders
Clyde Smith
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

This  Week

Serving This Weekend
Susan Shipman - Chalice Bearer

Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018 8:00 AM (CCF)
Carl Baumgardner - Chalice Bearer
Carl Baumgardner - Lector 
Paul Ploeger - Usher
Dorriann Branch - Altar Guild

9:15 AM (Christ Church, Frederica)  
Paul Salter - Crucifer
Anson Gallans - Acolyte TB
Robert Wray - Acolyte TB
Jimmy McQuade - Acolyte PW
Paul Salter - Chalice Bearer
Robert Brown - Chancel Master
Carol Hoffine - Lector - First Lesson 
Catherine Holt - Lector - Second Lesson
Jeannie Wade - Greeter
Ralph Wade - Greeter
Bud Dorsey - Usher
Margie Dorsey - Usher
Julianne Temple - Kidurgy Shepherd
Nancy Stoddard - Altar Guild

9:15 AM (Parish Hall, Christ Church, Frederica)
Johnny McQuade - Acolyte C
Mary Helen Moses - Chalice Bearer
Peggy Goad - Lector - First Lesson
Fred Collins - Lector - Second Lesson
Oscar Covington - Usher
Bascon Murrah - Usher
Elise Meeks - Kidurgy Shepherd
Amy Jenkins - Altar Guild

11:15 AM (Christ Church, Frederica)
Ava Parker - Acolyte C
Paul Salter - Chalice Bearer
Paul Salter - Lector - First Lesson
Paul Salter - Lector - Second Lesson
Dana Parker - Greeter
Patrick Parker - Greeter
Ben Slade - Usher
Linda Wood - Altar Guild
Dale Pierson - Alter Guild

Weds., Dec. 12, 2018 NOON Healing Service (CCF)
Nancy Butler - Altar Guild


Thursday, December 6, 2018
1:00 pm - Advent Book Study

Friday, December 7, 2018
12:00 pm - Icon Writing Group
Saturday, December 8, 2018
10:00 am - Icon Writing Group
5:30 pm - Worship at St. Ignatius
Sunday, December 9, 2018
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
12:30 pm - Christmas Pageant Rehearsal
5:00 pm - EYC and Pathfinders Trip to Jekyll
5:00 pm - Choral Evensong at Christ Church

Monday, December 10, 2018
11:00 am - Yoga

Tuesday, December 11, 2018
12:00 pm - Susanna Wesley Luncheon
1:30 pm - Backpack Buddies
2:00 pm - Christ Church Hand Bells
4:30 pm - Choristers
5:00 pm - Trebles
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
10:30 am - Men's Study Group
12:00 pm - Healing Service
1:00 pm - Sacred Music of Advent
5:00 pm - Adult Choir Practice
6:30 pm - X Church

Thursday, December 13, 2018
1:00 pm - Advent Book Study

Friday, December 14, 2018
10:30 am - Christ Church Comforters
12:00 pm - Icon Writing Group
Saturday, December 15, 2018
10:00 am - Icon Writing Group
5:30 pm - Worship at St. Ignatius
Sunday, December 16, 2018
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
12:30 pm - Christmas Pageant Rehearsal
7:00 pm - EYC Teens Coffee

Monday, December 17, 2018
11:00 am - Yoga

Tuesday, December 18, 2018
2:00 pm - Christ Church Hand Bells
4:30 pm - Choristers
5:00 pm - Trebles
5:30 pm - Frederick Cousins Guild
Wednesday, December 19, 2018
10:30 am - Men's Study Group
12:00 pm - Healing Service
1:00 pm - Sacred Music of Advent
5:00 pm - Adult Choir Practice
6:30 pm - X Church

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 - 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
12:30 pm - Christmas Pageant Rehearsal

Save the Date

December 16, 2018
Lessons and Carols

December 20, 2018
Christmas Basket Packing

December 20, 2018
Wreath-making for Christmas

December 21, 2018
Parents' Day Out

December 24, 2018
4:00 pm Christmas Pageant
6:00, 8:00 & 11:00 pm Christmas Eve Worship

December 25, 2018
10:30 am Christmas Day at St. Ignatius

December 25 - 28, 2018
Church Office Closed