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January 10, 2018
Register for the Fearless Faith, Boundless Love Revival at Honey Creek, on January 20th today! Get all the details here.

Sign up now for the Enneagram Workshop taking place on January 26-27. Find out more about this exciting program  here.

Rector's Ramblings

We're not so sure about anything anymore.  Our trust issues extend into every area I can name. I realized one more this past week while watching the Georgia-Alabama game and listening to some of the commentary afterwards. For example, it was clear that the officials missed some important things that led to some un-assessed penalties on Alabama. I don't think any of them were intentional, mind you, but they were important in the outcome of the game. Was it the false start by an Alabama player that led to the movement of a GA player, the player the official saw on third down? Or was it the missed facemask call that would have resulted in a large penalty and could have boosted the drive to a touchdown? We will never know, and Georgia also has to own its own mistakes and miscues, all of which would also have changed the outcome of the game. 
One radio commentator pointed out that our technology around sports like football has made it more difficult to get excited about the game. Catches, touchdowns, out-of-bounds are all subject to replay from almost every angle. Officials make mistakes, but their rulings were part of the trust in the way the game worked. This season the NFL has taken heat for its new definition of a catch, and the realization that catches that looked good weren't, and vice versa.  I'm not saying instant replay is all bad; it helps teams as much as it hurts them. But, it all adds up to a greater distrust of the authority on the field - the experts in the room - and it strips away some of the magic of a moment. Commentators are measured in their calls, knowing that a challenge is likely. 


Epiphany, John the Baptist and Jesus

By John La Boone
"There came a man who was sent from God. His name was John."
- John 1:6
It is the Season of Epiphany at last - hallelujah! I love Epiphany. It is my favorite liturgical season by far. I find meaning in all of the seasons in our liturgical calendar but I enjoy Epiphany more than all the others put together. That's largely a personality thing. I'm just very much at home with having a full season of study, exploration, reflection and quiet contemplation. Traditionally, the church celebrates the Feast of Epiphany to commemorate Jesus being baptized by John the Baptist, and we see that event as the beginning of Jesus' public ministry. It is a time of wonder and of searching for the light of new understanding.

X Church
X Church resumes tonight, January 10th, at 6:30 pm, in historic Christ Church. This is a  time of contemplation and quiet introspection, that is enhanced by candlelight, incense, beautiful music. All are welcome to this intimate weekly Holy Eucharist service which is designed to be an island of calm in the middle of a busy week. 
Revival at Honey CreekRevival
On Saturday, January 20, 2018, the Diocese of Georgia will offer a revival based on Fearless Faith and Boundless Love. Join us for a day of renewal and to celebrate the life and legacy of a Saint in Georgia, Deaconess Anna Alexander. The revival worship will use the propers for Deaconess Anna Alexander of Georgia (1865-1947) and displays, handouts, and a video will tell the story of this saint of Georgia. 

The day begins with a service at Good Shepherd, Pennick where Deaconess Anna Alexander served. At 1:00 pm, parishioners from all over the diocese of Georgia will gather under a large tent on the grounds of Honey Creek Retreat Center to hear the Most Rev. Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, as he shares his message of love and renewal. Please save January 20th, as it will be a day to celebrate our faith together and to share it with others. For more information and to register online, click here

Because parking at Honey Creek is very limited, we have arranged for two buses to drive round trip from Christ Church to Honey Creek on the day of the revival. The buses leave Christ Church at 10:00 am and depart Honeycreek at 3:00 pm. The cost per person is $28. You may pay for a bus seat by check made out to Christ Church, Frederica. Write "Bus" in the memo line. Mail checks to the church office or put them in the offering plate.

Youth at the Revival!
The Youth weekend structured around the Revival: Fearless Faith, Boundless Love is still open for additional registrants. This event, which is intended for youth in Grades 6-12, will begin on Friday, January 19, and conclude on Sunday, January 21. Friday night includes time with the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, the Most Rev. Michael Curry, while Saturday includes participation in the Saturday Eucharist at Good Shepherd, Pennick and participation in and support of the Revival at Honey Creek on Saturday afternoon!
If youth registered for this weekend in the fall, their registration was automatically rolled over to this coming weekend. However, there are additional spots available, so go ahead and sign up, and invite a friend! You do not have to be an Episcopalian to participate in the weekend or the Revival on Saturday.
The total cost for the weekend is $150, due to the additional expenses involved with transportation. Scholarships are always available. Register here. Contact the Rev. Joshua Varner, Canon Missioner for Children and Youth, at with your questions!


Adult Sunday Morning Class
Dr. Bob Brown's  adult Sunday morning class continues  its discussion of study of the New Testament using The Great Courses lecture series. Everyone is welcome! Classes take place in the Parish House each Sunday from 10:30 until 11:15 am. For more information, contact Bob at

Women's Study Group
Starting on Thursday, January 11, 2018, the Women's Study Group will begin meeting at 11:30 am each week. The group will be focusing on a new book, Brene Brown's
Braving the Wilderness - The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone. Books will be available for $17 in the Church Office. All women in the parish are invited to join us for this study! For more information, please contact Mtr. Ashton at

EYC and Pathfinders Activities

Happening #100

Our very own Graham Hummel will serve as the Rector at Happening #100 this coming weekend!! Please keep Graham and all of the staff and participants in your prayers, and contact me at or 912-223-7276 to learn of other ways you can support these students and adults.  This weekend is an experience of God's love in action, presented by teenagers and for teenagers in grades ten to twelve, and sponsored by the Episcopal Church. During the weekend the participants experience God's love through worship, prayer, and the ministry of peers and adults, both lay and clergy.

Save the Date!!
EYC Ski Retreat - On Friday, February 16th, the Christ Church EYC will head to Lake Junaluska and the Cataloochee Ski Area for a weekend of fun and fellowship. Contact Youth Missioner Brad Hamil at to get more details about the trip.

For more information about all the youth programs and activities at Christ Church, please contact Brad Hamil at .

Read the Entire Bible in One Year
Whether you've already broken your New Year's Resolution or never make them, here's a life-impacting idea for 2018 -- Read the Bible through in a year! It takes only 15 minutes a day with each day having an Old Testament, New Testament, Psalm and Proverbs portion. Reading the Bible is good for your heart and keeps your mind engaged! Pick yours up in the church office today for only $15. Questions? Contact .
Wednesday Night Bible Study
Beginning on Wednesday, January 17, 2018, Godfrey Draviam will lead a four week Bible study. The group will meet in the Vestry Room, from 5:30 to 6:25 pm. "Being with the Father" is the topic for this study and all are welcome. For more information, please contact Godfrey at
Lenten Meditation Deadline
Attention, Lenten Writers! The deadline for turning in your completed reflections for the Christ Church 2018 Lenten meditation series is midnight on Wednesday, January 17th. Email them to John La Boone at . Remember that the deadline is fixed and cannot be extended for any reason. Thou shalt not be late!

Enneagram WorkshopEnneagramWorkshop
On January 26 - 27, Christ Church, Frederica presents the Rev. Dr. Paul Hanneman's introduction to the Enneagram. Join Dr. Hanneman for this workshop as he explores this ancient spiritual tool... the wisdom of the Fourth Century Desert Fathers, the first Christian monastics...deep, universal and life-changing. The Enneagram is about people - how we are the same, how we are different, what makes us tick and how we get in our own way. It describes nine fundamental personality styles. It helps explain why we behave the way we do. It offers specific directions for personal growth.

Friday January 26, 2018 - 7:00-9:00 p.m.  
Dynamics of the Nine Personality Types, Ego Structure, Soul
Saturday, January 27, 2017 - 9:00-11:30 a.m.  
You're NOT Your Personality"
(Light lunch served in Fellowship Hall.)        
1:00-4:00 p.m. 
"Who Does God See When He Looks at Us?"

Advance registration is required and registration forms can be found in the church office or downloaded here. The cost for the workshop is $40. Make checks to Christ Church, Frederica with Enneagram Workshop in the memo line. Contact: Billie Sargent at


65th Annual Tour of Homes

Thank you Christ Church Parishioners!

We have received 50 Benefactor, and 63 Volunteer cards. But, it's not too late to become a Benefactor and/or Volunteer. Remember all proceeds from this Tour are for charities who primarily help women and children. It's going to be a fantastic Tour. Please send in your cards or contact us:
Beth Smith  912- 506-7577 or
Charlotte Graham 912-506-3431 
Don't forget to check out our website: , and find us on Facebook and Instagram pages.

2018 Tour of Homes Wine Opener
We will officially "Open" up TOH season February 1, 5:00-7:00 pm at the home of Beth Thrift. Light refreshments, libations, entertainment, and opportunities will be provided. Thank you for reserving your spot by contacting  Beth Smith at 912-506-7577 or
Charlotte Graham at 912-506-3431or  

TOUR DAY: March 17th, 2018 10:00 am - 5:00 pm


Christ Church Comforters Meeting on Friday
  The Christ Church Comforters will be meeting this Friday, January 12th, at 10:30 am in the Parish Hall. All who are interested in knitting or crocheting blankets, shawls, caps, scarves and other comfort objects are welcome to join the group! Contact Gay Barron at for more information.
Backpack Buddies

The Backpack Buddies will be packing again next Wednesday, January 17th, at 1:30 pm and then again on Wednesday, January 31st, at 10:00 am.All are welcome to join the packing line!

A special thank you to our faithful crew who braved the falling ice and the chill in the Parish Hall to pack bags last Thursday. The teachers,  counselors, and especially our young buddies were thrilled to see the food bags arrive  on Friday . Your efforts were certainly appreciated!!

For more information about Backpack Buddies, contact Susan Shipman at
Souper Bowl Sunday - February 4th

The "Souper Bowl Sunday" soup fundraiser is coming up again and will "kick-off" on Sunday, February 4th . After all services we will be selling homemade soup in pints ($5) and quarts ($10) to raise money for our youth programs. Parents, students, and parishioners will provide the soup so this is a very profitable fundraiser! Soup will be available at the church and the parish house.
If you would like to make some homemade soup for this fundraiser please contact Brad at 912-223-7276 or

2018 SGHS Bridge Run

The 2018 Southeast Georgia Health System Annual Bridge Run is Saturday, February 17th and Christ Church will field a team!  Official registration on the Active SGHS website closes at 11:59 pm on Tuesday, February 13th, 2017. You will save some money if you register by Tuesday, January 30 th .
To sign up for the team, go to Once you are there, register by the following steps:
* Click on Team Member (10 or more people) Runners and Walkers pay $28 on or before Jan. 30 th  Half Marathon is $58 before Jan 30
* Hit Continue
* Enter email address
* Fill in name, date of birth, phone number, address, etc.
* Choose shirt size: This is for THEIR T-shirt-NOT OURS!!*
* Scroll down and choose team Christ Church, Frederica
* Check agreement to waivers
* Fill in the electronic signature
* Choose event insurance or not
* Fill in payment information
* Click NO THANKS to Active Membership (unless you really want to pay for it)
* Your electronic receipt will appear, which you may print
That's it and we'll be notified once you've registered!
(*Registration qualifies you to receive an official SGHS 2018 Bridge Run T-shirt. We, as a team, are not attending the Friday Pasta Night event, but you are free to sign up and go on your own.)
Although the cost of your entry includes a Bridge Run shirt, please consider purchasing an official Christ Church T-shirt to wear the day of the run. They may be purchased separately for $15. (NOTE: Names of loved ones affected by cancer, who you would like to remember or honor, may be added to the shirt by sending the names to Julie Hancock at by January 24th.) 

All proceeds go to the cancer programs at the hospital. Make checks payable to Christ Church, Frederica and write Bridge Run in the memo line. Checks may be mailed to Christ Church, Frederica 6329 Frederica Road, St. Simons Island, GA 31522, or they may be dropped off at the church office. Please write ATTN: Bridge Run on your envelope. Pick up your CCF shirt at the church office on February 15-16. Contact Diane Sheehan at for more information.


Twelfth Night - Truly a Night to Remember!

On the 12th Day of Christmas...the star shone bright in the Christ Church Parish House. The Twelfth Night celebration was a magical and joyful evening. Henry VIII's royal party filled the room and enjoyed the extravagant feast. The Wise Men appeared as they searched for the Christ Church star, while the music of the night enchanted everyone spirits. Compline completed the evening on a high note, as we celebrated the coming of the Light on the Eve of Epiphany. Thank you to the Twelfth Night Committee, the Music Team, and the behind-the-scenes crew for all your hard work. You made this a night to remember! See all the pictures of the festivities here

Susanna Wesley Guild Meeting
The Susanna Wesley Guild will meet on Tuesday, January 16th, at 10:30 am, in the Christ Church Parish Hall. We will begin with a business meeting followed by a presentation by Don Hines, of the Gideons International. We urge all members of the Guild to attend this important meeting.
Frederick Cousins Guild Meeting
The January meeting of the Frederick Cousins Guild will be at Linda Allen's home, 208 Stevens Rd. on Tuesday, January 23rd  at 6:30 pm. We'll discuss our upcoming Oyster Roast on Friday, February 9th  at 6:00 pm. Member volunteers are needed to either make  a dessert or a small pot of Brunswick stew, and/or to help set up and serve!   
We're keeping the price of the Oyster Roast the same as last year ($25 advance or $30 at the door), and proceeds will go to the Compass Rose Society, which supports the programs and ministries of the Archbishop of Canterbury, and to various local charities.

We need all Guild members who are able to please attend this important planning meeting!

Coffee HourCoffeeHour
Coffee Hour hosts are urgently needed to help provide refreshments between our 9:15 am and 11:15 am worship services on Sundays, in the Christ Church Parish Hall. Please contact Christine Plank at to sign up to help.
Christ Church Moms
A new group, the  Christ Church Moms , will begin meeting for fun and fellowship, at a different time and location each month. The next gathering will take place on Friday, January 26th, at 6:30 pm, at Gnat's Landing. For more information, please contact Mtr. Ashton at

Chili Cook-off and Annual Meeting - January 28

We will once again have a Chili Cook-off in conjunction with the Annual Meeting on Sunday, January 28th. If you would like to enter in the Chili Cook-off, please bring your entry, heated and ready to eat, by 5:45 pm in a crock-pot. There will be plenty of extension cords so you can plug your pot in to keep your chili hot. If you are not planning on bringing chili, please try to bring a salad, sandwiches, bread/cornbread, chips or a dessert. 

Attention kids!! We will also be holding a cookie contest for children and youth this year. Please bring six of your best homemade cookies to the Parish Hall between 5:45 and 6:00 pm, on Jan. 28th, to be part of the competition. Cookies will be judged on taste, appearance, and creativity.
The results of the Vestry election will be announced at the Chili Cook-off and Annual Meeting at Christ 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 !

Stay Informed

2018 Vestry Nominees Announced

The Vestry Nominating Committee, in anticipation of our 2018 Annual Meeting, scheduled for January 28, 2018, announces our slate of candidates for election to the Vestry.  The nominees, in alphabetical order, are:

Brooke Bartlett
Rip Graham
Bernie Keele
Ellen Kuehm
John La Boone
Casey Lavin
Jane Thau
Steven Williams

We will send bios and photos of the candidates in the weeks to come.  Voting will take place at all services on the weekend of January 27/28.  Please keep our nominees in your prayers in the meantime.

This year's Vestry Nominating Committee was made up of the four outgoing Vestry members, Scott McQuade, Gene Rackley, Susan Shipman, and Nancy Stoddard, former Sr. Wardens Cliff Jones and Edward Turner, and the Rector.

Pledge Envelopes Ready for Pick-up

The 2018 pledge envelopes are now available for pick-up in the Parish Hall.

If you would like to use giving envelopes for your offerings but don't have any, please contact Stan Kyker at 912-638-6863 or at He will assign an envelope number for you and provide a set of un-numbered envelopes that you can use for this year. In 2019 your envelopes will be printed with your number.

Ushers Needed
Can you volunteer to usher occasionally at weekly worship? Your service would provide vital assistance to both the congregation and the clergy. Please contact Sharon Joy at  or 912-638-8683 .

Save the Date

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

Join Rabbi Rachel Bregman, Rev. Alan Dyer, and Rev. Tom Purdy 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.
Nancy Acree
George Almasi
Kurt Anderson
Malicia Atkinson
Kris Barkley    
Harry Branch
Doug Brantley
Gene Broadwell
Bob Brown
Terry Burns
Barbara Canaday
Marilyn Canady
Paddy Carley
Kristen Cutler
Mary Lou De Bisschop
Mary Lou Detwiler
Robbie Dickinson
Anna Doxey
Andy Doyle
Betsy Fitzgerald
Penny Flickinger
Stephen Freedman
Ewell Gay
Travis Gay
Louise Gentile
Max Germaine
Mary Jean Giobino
Rosalind Griffin
Kevin Hancock
Burgess Hartnell
Kevin Heeny
William David Herndon
Mike Herrin
Christopher Hewetson
Cheryl Hieatt
Jane Higginbotham
Carol Hoffine
Brenda Hollis
Greg Hollis
Alexander Hutcheson
Eileen Hutcheson
Ellen Hunter
Lois Irvin
Glenn Jones
Carlin Kenny
Christi Lambert
Davi Langston
Billie Lewellyn
Keith Lewellyn
Bill Littleton
Sam Livesay
Martha Lovett

Jerry Lowe
Cathy McCarthy
Mamie Meadows
Marilyn Miller
Marge Mitchell
Gene Palmer
Mary Elizabeth Paris
Margaret Payne
Vivian Peterson
Dale Pierson
Kari Powell
Chris Prater
Joetta Principato
Rajika Reed
Jack Riner
Mark Robinson
Julie Sargent
Phyllis Sartin
Robert Saunders
Angie Schrum
Willou Smith
David Somerville
Richard Stamper
James St. Clair
Samantha Lee Stevens
Joel Stewart
Grayson Strickland
Edith Tayloe
Bill Torrey
Beth Varn
John Waite
Janice Walker
Carah Wheeler
Summer Wheeler
Martin Worthy
Mell Wray
Hollis Youngner
Keith Zimmerman 
Esther Zylstra

The Departed
Light Hollingshead-Cook

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.

New Ways to Give
Now you can make gifts and offerings to Christ Church by using your phone. Please text ccfssi to 77977,  enter your details, choose your payment method, and give. You may also go to the Christ Church website at, click on the Donation tab at the top and give there.

This  Week

Serving This WeekendServersNeeded

Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018 5:30 PM (St. Ignatius Chapel)
Ralph Wade - Chalice Bearer
Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018 8:00 AM (CCF)
David Boland - Chalice Bearer
David Boland - Lector 
Paul Ploeger - Usher
Dorriann Branch - Altar Guild
Anna Belle McCaskill - Altar Guild

9:15 AM (Christ Church, Frederica)
Seiler Thompson - Acolyte C
Calleigh Purdy - Acolyte TB
Eva Purdy - Acolyte - TB
Maidee Brown - Acolyte - PW
Jody Bradford - Chalice Bearer
Robert Brown - Chancel Master
Carol Hoffine - Lector - First Lesson 
Barbara Abbate - Lector - Second Lesson
Dale Stoddard - Greeter
Nancy Stoddard - Greeter
Susan Imhoff - Usher
      Zaida Clay Harris - Usher
Alice Barlow - Kidurgy
Sandy Rice - Altar Guild
Sandy Storino - Altar Guild

9:15 AM (Parish Hall, Frederica)
Isabella Williston - Acolyte C
Hugh Brown - Chalice Bearer
John La Boone - Lector - First Lesson
John La Boone - Lector - Second Lesson
Charlotte Graham - Greeter
Rip Graham - Greeter
Mindy Martin - Kidurgy Shepherd
Nancy Zell - Altar Guild

11:15 AM (Christ Church, Frederica)
Ava Parker - Acolyte C
Alice Barlow - Chalice Bearer
Lynne Fox - Lector - First Lesson
Lynne Fox - Lector - Second Lesson
Dana Parker - Greeter
Patrick Parker - Greeter
Ben Slade - Usher
Ann Graham - Altar Guild
Nancy Zell - Altar Guild

This Week at Christ Church
Evening Prayer is held Wednesdays through Sundays at Christ Church, Frederica at 5:00 pm.
*Unless noted otherwise, all events take place at Christ Church
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
10:30 am - Men's Study Group
12:00 pm - Healing Service 
5:00 pm - Adult Choir Practice
6:30 pm - X Church

Thursday, January 11, 2018
11:30 am - Women's Study Group
12:30 pm - Finance Committee Meeting
Friday, January 12, 2018
10:30 am - Christ Church Comforters
12:00 pm - Icon Writing Group

Saturday, January 13, 2018
10:00 am - Icon Writing Group
5:30 pm - Worship at St. Ignatius
Sunday, January 14, 2018
8:00 am - Worship at Christ Church, Frederica 
9:15 am - Worship at Christ Church, Frederica
9:15 am - Parish Hall Worship at CCF
9:15 am - Kidurgy at Christ Church, Frederica 
10:20 am - Sunday School for All Ages
11:15 am - Worship at Christ Church, Frederica
6:00 pm - EYC (Middle School)
7:00 pm - EYC (High School)

Monday, January 15, 2018
Office Closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance

Tuesday, January 16, 2018
10:30 am - Susanna Wesley Guild Meeting
2:00 pm - Christ Church Hand Bell Practice
4:30 pm - Choristers
5:00 pm - Trebles 
5:45 pm - Vestry Meeting

Wednesday, January 17, 2018
10:30 am - Men's Study Group
12:00 pm - Healing Service 
1:30 pm - Backpack Buddies
5:00 pm - Adult Choir Practice
5:30 pm - Bible Study
6:30 pm - X Church

Thursday, January 18, 2018
11:30 am - Women's Study Group
Friday, January 19, 2018
10:30 am - Christ Church Comforters
12:00 pm - Icon Writing Group

Saturday, January 20, 2018
Revival at Honey Creek
10:00 am - Bus leaves for Revival at Honey Creek
10:00 am - Icon Writing Group
5:30 pm - Worship at St. Ignatius
Sunday, January 21, 2018
8:00 am - Worship at Christ Church, Frederica 
9:15 am - Worship at Christ Church, Frederica
9:15 am - Parish Hall Worship at CCF
9:15 am - Kidurgy at Christ Church, Frederica 
10:20 am - Sunday School for All Ages
11:15 am - Worship at Christ Church, Frederica
6:00 pm - EYC (Middle School)
7:00 pm - EYC (High School)

Save the Date

January 20, 2018
Revival at Honeycreek

January 26-27, 2018
Enneagram Workshop

January 28, 2018
Annual Meeting and Chili Cook-off

February 1, 2018
ECW Tour of Homes Kick-Off

February 9, 2018
Frederick Cousins Oyster Roast

February 11, 2018
EYC Rooted and Relevant Holy Eucharist

February 13, 2018
Shrove Tuesday

February 14, 2018
Ash Wednesday