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February 27 , 2019

Please bring your non-perishable food donations for the St. Athanasius Food Pantry this weekend. See which foods are needed here.

Safeguarding God's Children training will take place this coming Sunday at 12:30 pm, in the Parish Hall. More information can be found here.

Pancakes at the Pier is next week! Join us on Shrove Tuesday, March 5 at the Casino in Neptune Park! Get all the details here.

Rector's Ramblings

A while back I wrote about one aspect of an ongoing interest of mine: understanding how the world fell into the despair of WWII.  The element I was reflecting on was a specific part of the overall complexity of such things. While nations make decisions and take actions that are much easier for historians to log and study, countless little things take place on the microscopic level that are lost to us when we measure the big picture. We don't see how individual attitudes are shaped and changed over time within each person's mind and in every community. Looking at what allows people to do horrible things, which is what that rambling addressed, after I discovered a series of holocaust camp officer's photos online, is one way to evaluate the impact that many small movements in the larger whole can have.  


Ash Wednesday
The Season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, March 6, 2019. Please join us for the Imposition of Ashes with Holy Communion at 7:00 am at St. Ignatius Chapel, at 12:00 pm at Christ Church, Frederica, and for the Convocation service at 6:00 pm at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, in Brunswick.

Bishop's Visitation
The Rt. Rev. Scott Anson Benhase will visit Christ Church on Sunday, March 10 and preside during the Great Litany in the Parish Hall service at 9:15 am and at the Confirmation service in historic Christ Church at 11:15 am.

Christ Church to Honor Cantors, Trebles and Choristers
This Sunday, March 3, at the 9:15 service, Christ Church will honor the children and youth who have been a valuable part of our music program. The ceremony will take place in the historic church. Some of our faithful members have been active for over 5 years, some joined us this year, and I've been a witness to the baptism of one of our youth.
We are initiating this honor through the Royal School of Church Music, an organization with a valuable history in the Anglican Tradition. Cantors, Senior Trebles and Junior Trebles will be presented with a medal to be worn in Liturgies they offer their service through music.
Cantors (Loyal Service Medal)
Maggie Jenkins
Eva Purdy
Senior Trebles (Chorister Medal)
Georgia Carter  
Anson Galland  
Jimmy McQuade
Johnny McQuade
Calleigh Purdy  
Jack Taylor  
Elizabeth Temple  
Abigail Williston
Junior Trebles (Jr. Chorister Medal)
Hadley Kneller
William Temple
Choristers (Vestment)
Caroline Temple 
(Miss Kathleen will be recruiting . . .)

We are very proud of our children! Please seek them out and thank them for their service.

In faith,
Miss Kathleen


Clarion Call Workshop - March 2, 2019ClarionCall
Are you concerned about the state of affairs in the world and want to make a positive difference, but are unsure where to start? Then join us for Clarion Call, on Saturday, March 2, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Facilitated by Christ Church parishioner Randy Siegel, this fast, interactive workshop will employ group discussion, journaling, guided meditations, music, poetry, and ritual. The fee of $25 includes lunch and materials. Register by Wednesday, February 27, by calling the church office at 912 638-8683. Contact Mtr. Becky at  for more information.

Adult Sunday Morning Class
During the season of Lent, the Sunday Morning Adult Class, led by Rev. Dr. Robert W. (Bob) Brown will take a six week break from their current study to participate 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.
For too long Lent has been thought of as a season of self-sacrifice and discipline that sounds to many Christians like a list of spiritual chores. Lenten disciplines become the spiritual equivalent of New Year's resolutions to lose weight, be healthier, or practice better money management. These promises are easily made and often quickly broken, leaving us feeling like we do not measure up to what we should be. 
In his letter to the Philippians, the apostle Paul joyfully turns to spiritual practices that draw him closer to God amid persecution and imprisonment. These practices keep Paul connected to a sense of God's power and presence. Joy flows from Paul and becomes a vital part of his relationship with the Philippians. 
Because of This I Rejoice: Reading Philippians during Lent  is a 6-week study of Philippians that explores what Paul teaches about joyfully practicing spiritual disciplines. The intent of these disciplines is to help us focus less on ourselves and more on God. 
This Lenten study invites us to engage in the same spiritual practices as a way to grow closer to God and allow joy to flow through our lives. 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 will lead 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. Beginning on March 13, the book study is at 1 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

Men's Study Group
The Men's Discussion Group has begun reading the book Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson. In this coming of age memoir, Stevenson recounts his early career and the cases that led him to found the Equal Justice Initiative. The book is available in paperback and as an audiobook, read by the author. 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 will meet 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. Please call the church office to sign-up as the first session will kick-off with a special treat! For more information, contact Mtr. Becky at

 Children and Youth

Safeguarding God's Children - March 3Safeguarding
The Episcopal Church is committed to providing a safe and loving environment for our children and youth to come and explore their faith and spirituality. One of the ways we do our best to accomplish this is training our children and youth workers, as well as our church leaders in the prevention of sexual abuse happening with any children trusted in our care. Mother Katie will be leading training on what this looks like at Christ Church. We encourage our parents to take the time to look at the training the Episcopal church offers its church leaders called Safeguarding God's Children (click here), as well as come to our training session on March 3, from 12:30 - 2:00 pm. This will help you understand how we can keep our children safe while they are at their church.

This is difficult material to be absorbed and hard to face. Unfortunately, the abuse of the more vulnerable happens regularly. The Episcopal church chooses to face these difficult truths for the health and wholeness of all those who seek the benefits found in being a member of the body of Christ. Please feel free to contact Christ Church clergy if you are in need of pastoral care - we are here for you. Contact Mtr. Katie at for more information.

Youth Activities in March 

On Sunday, February 24, our youth, along with Mother Katie and Youth Associate, Laura Anne Harrell, ventured down to Cumberland Island, for a great day in the wilderness. Many thanks to all the folks who helped make this trip happen!

EYC will be meeting at our regular time on Sunday, March 3, from 12:30 to 2:30 pm in the Parish Hall. 

EYC Lenten Study
Starting Sunday, March 10, we will begin our Lenten/Star Wars meetings, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm, in the youth room. We will be 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. We will have popcorn and cookies and refreshments, watch a part of a Star Wars movie and have discussion and activities.Contact Mtr. Katie at for more information.
New Beginnings #54 - March 22-24 -  at Honey Creek
New Beginnings is a weekend retreat for teenagers in grades 7-9 led by a team of mostly teenagers, with a few adults, and two clergy who serve as spiritual directors. The weekend takes participants through a discovery about ourselves, our friends, our families, our faith, and how to live out our faith in our daily lives. All youth in grades 7-9 are encouraged to register with friends from your church! Financial Aid is available. For information about financial aid, please contact our Canon Missioner for Children & Youth, the Rev. Joshua Varner at For all other questions, please contact New Beginnings Coordinator Allen Lamb at

Our Pathfinders will head to Adventure Landing in Jacksonville, on April 17, for a day of fun. We will leave after the 11:15 am service, returning at 6:00 pm.  $20 per person plus money for refreshments at park. Contact: Mtr. Katie at

Confirmation Class for Teens 
The next confirmation class for teens will  take  place on Thursday, February 28,  from 7:30 to 8:30 pm, at Wake-Up Coffee, at 3349 Cypress Mill Road, in Brunswick, Georgia.
Contact: Mother Katie at

First Communion
The second class for children who would like to receive their 1st Communion will take place on Sunday, March 31, at 10:20 am, in the Parish Hall. We will be talking about the Eucharist and exploring different ways it is celebrated during this session.  Mother Katie is available if you desire further exploration for your child in preparation for consuming their first communion. Please contact her 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 !



St. Athanasius Food PantryStAthanasius
Please remember to bring in your non-perishable food donations this weekend for the St. Athanasius Feed My Sheep Food Pantry. The items that are particularly needed now include canned ravioli, pinto beans and canned fruits. Monetary contributions are welcome, as well!
Christ Church Comforters
The Christ Church Comforters will meet next on Friday, March 8, at 10:30 am in the Parish Hall. Whether you already know how to crochet or knit or not, you are welcome to come. There are many talented teachers in the group who will be happy to show you how to get started. For more information, please contact Gay Barron at

Backpack Buddies

The Backpack Buddies will be packing twice in March, on Wednesday, March 13 at 10:00 am, and on Wednesday, March 27, at 10:00 am, in the Parish Hall. We cordially invite you to join us on the assembly line! If you'd like more information about the Backpack Buddies program, please contact Susan Shipman at


The Tour of Homes Needs YOU!
There's still plenty of room for folks to get involved in this year's Tour. We particularly need 12 more car parkers, several house docents and Parish Hall helpers! If you can help, please contact the committee chairs listed below or you can volunteer online by going to Just click Tour Information, then hit Volunteer!

Tour of Homes tickets are available online at locations around the island and at
Remind all your friends to get their tickets today! 
Tour Co-Chair : Susie Henning 912-571-1674
House Chair : Beth Smith 912-506-7577 
Parking Chair : Van Black 678-427-9735
Parish Hall Chair: Sarah Kreimborg 912-222-6960
Bus Docent Chair:  Christine Plank 540-270-1215

Post-Tour of Homes Celebration

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

Parish People

Celebrating Our Friends At Christ Church!

George Paul Tobler wa s baptized at Christ Church on Sunday, February 24, 2019. We rejoice with the Tobler family! George's dad, Paul, works for the Department of Natural Resources and his m om, Carly, appraises and brokers veterinary practices in Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, and North Carolina. She works with her father at Simmons & Associates which he cofounded 40 years ago.


Pancakes at the Pier on Shrove TuesdayPancakesatthePier 
Mark your calendars for Pancakes at the Pier, on Shrove Tuesday, March 5, 2019, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, at Neptune Park, in the St. Simons Village. There will be pancakes at the Casino and parades through the park led by local musicians. Come for the games, pancake relays and fun for all ages and bring your friends and neighbors! Contact: Mtr. Katie at

Daughters of the King
The Daughters of the King will be meeting next on Tuesday, March 12, at 5:45 pm. For more information, please contact Mother Ashton at
Stay Informed

Christ Church History Books
The Christ Church history books are here and will be available for purchase beginning this Sunday, March 3, during coffee hour. For the month of March, parishioners may buy them for the reduced price of $10. The price will go up to $15 at the beginning of April.
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: $5000 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! $1600 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. 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

Frederica Road Is Moving
Frederica Road will be shifting in the near future. At last week's Glynn County Commission meeting, our Commissioners voted on two items that will facilitate the shifting of Frederica Road. First, they unanimously approved the receipt of FLAP program funds to cover the project, and second, they unanimously voted to approve the land swap between Christ Church and the County. The County can now proceed with final engineering on the project. Construction will likely begin by the end of the year and conclude in the first half of 2020 if everything goes well.  

It took many, many hours and many hands, but it was all worth it for what will go down as a historic achievement in the history of Christ Church. This has been a project the congregation has overwhelmingly supported since the initial Master Plan and we are very pleased with this outcome.  Read more about the road project in the Brunswick News  here .
Listening Sessions
Listening Sessions are currently being conducted across the state, as part of the 11th Bishop of Georgia Search . Please consider attending the session on Sunday, March 10, at 2:30 pm at St. Mark's in Brunswick.
Click here to see the complete list of Listening Sessions.

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

Carl Alexander
Kris Barkley
John Barnes
Kathy Bee
Allen Bowen
Gene Broadwell
June Brown
Nelda Burke
Beverly Burns
Josh Calhoun
Barbara Canady
Greg Canady
Andy Cheshire
Adgate Cole
Dena Davis
Jackie Davis
Mary Lou Detwiler
Terry Doster
Tom Finn
Patricia Friedel
Matthew Ganserite
Walter Graham
Angie Hansen
Burgess Hartsell
Carol Hoffine
Lise Hofmann
Lois Irvin
Bill Littleton
Dot Marler
Rachael Moore

Richard Quinelly
Scott Reynolds
Terry Hall Robbins
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
Clint Winne
Martin Worthy
Putsie Worthy
Mell Wray
Hollis Youngner

Lonita Davis

This  Week

Serving This Weekend
Ralph Wade - Chalice Bearer

Sunday, March 3, 2019 8:00 AM (CCF)
David Boland - Chalice Bearer
David Boland - Lector 
Lee Dyson - Usher
Anna Belle McCaskill - Altar Guild
Dorriann Branch - Altar Guild

9:15 AM (Christ Church, Frederica)  
Maidee Brown - Acolyte - TB
Calleigh Purdy - Acolyte - TB
McKenzie Brown - Acolyte PW
Peggy Goad - Chalice Bearer
Robert Brown - Chancel Master 
Carol Hoffine - Lector - First Lesson 
Carol Hoffine - Lector - Second Lesson 
Nancy Stoddard - Greeter
Dale Stoddard - Greeter
Greer Brown - Usher
Julianne Temple - Kidurgy Shepherd
Sandy Rice - Altar Guild
Sandy Storino - Altar Guild

9:15 AM Parish Hall (CCF) 
Anson Galland - Acolyte C
Mary Helen Moses - Chalice Bearer
Mary Helen Moses - Lector - First Lesson 
Mary Helen Moses - Lector - Second Lesson
Catherine Holt - Greeter
Bascom Murrah - Usher
Oscar Covington - Usher
Elise Meeks - Kidurgy Shepherd
Amy Jenkins - Altar Guild

11:15 AM (Christ Church, Frederica)
Kathleen Chitty - Acolyte C
Paul Salter - Chalice Bearer 
Paul Salter - Lector - First Lesson
Paul Salter - Lector - Second Lesson
Penny Jones - Greeter
Clif Jones - Greeter
John Killgallon - Usher
Nancy Zell - Altar Guild

Weds., March 6, 2019 Ash Wednesday Service 12:00 PM
Jeannie Wade - Altar Guild


Wednesday, February 27, 2019
10:00 am - Backpack Buddies
10:30 am - Men's Study Group
12:00 pm - Healing Service
5:00 pm - Adult Choir Practice
6:30 pm - X Church

Thursday, February 28, 2019
1:00 pm - Thursday Afternoon Book Study

Friday, March 1, 2019
12:00 pm - Icon Writing Group

Saturday, March 2, 2019
St. Athanasius Food Pantry
9:00 am - Clarion Call Workshop
5:30 pm - Worship at St. Ignatius

Sunday, March 3, 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
12:30 pm - Safeguarding Class
12:30 pm - EYC

Monday, March 4 , 2019
11:00 am - Yoga

Tuesday, March 5, 2019
2:00 pm - Hand Bell Practice
4:00 pm - Live Poets Society
5:30 pm - EC 101
5:30 pm - Pancakes at the Pier

Wednesday, March 6, 2019
7:00 am - Imposition of Ashes St. Ignatius
10:30 am - Men's Study Group
12:00 pm - Imposition of Ashes CCF
6:00 pm - Imposition of Ashes St. Mark's

Thursday, March 7, 2019
1:00 pm - Thursday Afternoon Book Study

Friday, March 8, 2019
10:30 am - Christ Church Comforters
12:00 pm - Icon Writing Group

Saturday, March 9, 2019
10:00 am - Icon Writing Group
5:30 pm - Worship at St. Ignatius

Sunday, March 10, 2019
Bishop's Visitation
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 - Reception for the Bishop
6:30 pm - EYC Star Wars/Lenten Study

Save the Date

March 10, 2019
Bishop's Visitation

March 16, 2019
ECW Tour of Homes Tour Day

March 17, 2019
Tour of Homes Celebration

April 14, 2019
Palm Sunday

April 21, 2019
Easter Sunday

June 10-14, 2019
VBS 2019