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January 16 , 2019

The ECW 2019 Tour of Homes is looking for Corporate Sponsorships and Benefactors to help defray our expenses and give MORE back to those in real need in our community. If you would like to be a benefactor for this year's tour, please contact Bob Brown at, as soon as possible!

The 2019 SGHS Bridge Run is on February 16 and Christ Church has a team AND a new memorial shirt this year!  Get more information about the run, the shirt, and how you can add the name of a loved one  here .

Rector's Ramblings

This year I am eligible for sabbatical leave, although I won't be taking it yet. The Church is one of the last places that still honors the sabbatical tradition, but there are some organizations bringing the practice back.  Sabbaticals are related to sabbath, the Fourth Commandment, although sabbatical is not a part of the commandment itself. It is, though, the concept of rest on a seven-unit cycle that ties them together. Sabbath is stopping work every seventh day, while sabbatical is stopping work every seventh year. 
In the Diocese of Georgia, per the standard Letter of Agreement between parishes and clergy, clergy are eligible for sabbatical leave of two weeks per year of service in the congregation, after three years, accumulating no more than 12 weeks, total. This is fairly standard throughout the church. Most clergy take leave all at once after six years, which is my intent. Except I am going to wait until after my seventh year, as a result of the large projects we anticipate being involved in this year.


Weekly Worship at Christ Church
We are back to our complete schedule of weekly worship services for the new year at Christ Church! Join us for Holy Eucharist on Saturday at 5:30 pm at St. Ignatius Chapel on Demere Road and on Sunday at 8:00, 9:15 and 11:15 am at Christ Church. There are communion services in both historic Christ Church and the Parish Hall at 9:15 am, along with Kidurgy, our Liturgy of the Word for younger children. On Wednesdays at Christ Church, the Healing Service takes place at 12:00 pm and X Church begins at 6:30 pm. All are welcome!
Special Music on February 17
Mark your calendars for Sunday, February 17, when the Christ Church Hand Bells will be presenting special music at the 9:15 am service in the Christ Church Parish Hall.


Adult Sunday Morning Class
The adult Sunday morning class has begun discussing James Moore's God Was Here, and I Was Out to Lunch. The class meets each Sunday 10:30 - 11:15 am in the parish hall classroom next to the choir room. 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 currently watching Bishop Scott Benhase's series on Romans. For more information, please contact Te Turner at

Thursday Afternoon Book Study
The Thursday Book Study is back and is meeting 1:00 pm each week. We will be reading Lamb, The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal

"The birth of Jesus has been well chronicled, as have his glorious teachings, acts, and divine sacrifice after his thirtieth birthday. But no one knows about the early life of the Son of God, the missing years -- except Biff, the Messiah's best bud, who has been resurrected to tell the story in the divinely hilarious yet heartfelt work 'reminiscent of Vonnegut and Douglas Adams'." 
                                                    -  Philadelphia Inquirer

You can purchase your book in the church office for $13.00 or on Amazon. All are welcome. Contact Mtr. Ashton at with any questions.

EC 101 - Starting Soon
Episcopal Church  101 is a six-week study for anyone wishing to know more about the Episcopal Church, either in preparation for being confirmed, received or reaffirmed. The class will begin on Tuesday, January 22, and meet each week at 5:30 pm, in the Parish Hall Contact: Mtr. Becky at

 Children and Youth

Confirmation Class for Teens
Mother Katie will be leading our Youth Confirmation class on Thursday evenings  starting January 24th at 7:30 pm  at Wake Up Coffee House, at 3349 Cypress Mill Rd., in Brunswick, (location will may change, depending on class needs.) Classes will be structured discussion around readings from our Book of Common Prayer and the Bible. This class is intended to be for youth 16 and older who are discerning the Rite of Confirmation during or Bishop's visit  on March 10.  All High School youth are welcome to attend and dive deeper into the understanding of the church. If you are interested in joining the group, please contact Mother Katie at

First Communion
A First Communion Class will be taught by Mother Katie beginning in March. If you have a child interested in this learning opportunity, please let Mother Katie know by contacting her at by January 27.

No EYC on January 27
There will be no EYC on January 27th, but youth are encouraged to attend the annual meeting at 6:00 pm. Mother Katie will have an engaging activity for all youth who are present - with prizes! There will also be activities for our children during the annual meeting, led by Laura Ann Harrell and Tori Wolfe. Contact: Mother Katie at

Souper Bowl Sunday
The "Souper Bowl Sunday" soup fundraiser is coming up again and will "kick-off" on Sunday, February 3rd . 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 or baked goods for the youth to sell, please contact Mtr. Katie at .

Pathfinders - Grades 3 - 5
Save the date for these exciting adventures for our young Pathfinders! More information will be coming soon from Mtr. Katie. Contact: Mtr. Katie at

February 10 - Strike Zone Bowling in Brunswick

March 17 - Adventure Landing in Jacksonville

Happening #101
Friday, February 1, at 7:00 pm, to Sunday, February 3, 2019, at 5:00 pm, at Honey Creek. 

Happening is a Christian experience presented by teenagers for teenagers. 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, which can be a reassuring discovery. A teenager who acts as "rector" leads the weekend with the help of a staff consisting mostly of young people. This year's rector is Ashley Walker. Together, the staff and participants share in an exploration of the impact of Christian faith in their daily lives. Happeners who attend a weekend for their first time are called "Candidates." To be a Candidate, one must: Have completed the 9th grade and have not begun college.  Cost: $110. Click HERE to register.  If you would like to apply for a scholarship to attend Happening #101, please  contact Jody Grant with your request at . For more information about Happening #101, contact Mtr. Katie at
Youth Trip to Cumberland Island

Mark your calendars for a day of adventure on Sunday, February 24. That's when we're planning a youth trip to Cumberland Island! More details to come. Contact: Mtr. 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 !



From Our Friends at St. Athanasius
Dear Caring Friends,
As always, we would like to say a big "Thank you" for your support of the "Feed My Sheep" Food Bank Ministry this year. We have "Come This Far by Faith" for almost 14 years because of caring friends like you.
With your generous and unselfish support this year, we were able to provide groceries to over 2000 families. We distributed books, Bibles, and other personal care needs such as heaters, fans and bicycles to approximately 575 individuals. Prayer and individual counseling was also provided by Rev. Magoola and Mrs. Deborah Craig when requested.
This Outreach Ministry could not have been sustained all these years without the fervent support of 15 energetic and dedicated volunteers. These volunteers come not only from St. "A", but also from Christ Church, Frederica, St. Mark's, Holy Nativity, St. Ignatius and several other churches in our community.
Again, we say thank you and may Almighty God continue to bless each of you abundantly with daily reminders of His love.
In His name,

The Rev. Dr. Robert J. Magoola
Priest in Charge
Velma Crosby
Food Bank Chairperson

Backpack Buddies
Glynn County students are back in school and the Backpack Buddies are back in action! Please join us next on Wednesday, January 23, at 10:00 am, in the Christ Church Parish Hall,  to help assemble weekend food bags for the children we serve in the various schools throughout the county. It's a fun and fast way to help a lot of great kids!

If you'd like to help, but can't make the packing date, please consider sponsoring weekend food for a child for an entire school year for $100, or for one semester for $50. Checks may be made payable to Christ Church, Frederica, with "Backpack Buddies" in the memo line. 

For more information about the B ackpack Buddies program, please contact Susan Shipman at


Tour of Homes 2019
WOW, it's our 66th Tour! We are in the big countdown to March 16 now! Visit the Christ Church Tour of Homes website to see a glimpse of why we are so thrilled about 2019! Our Tour Selection Team has chosen 7 completely amazing homes. We have 4 Sea Island properties and 3 St Simons properties. We have brand new buses and more of them! We have secured local Corporate Sponsorships, and every day, we receive more benefactor money. The Corporate Sponsorships and our gracious Benefactors help defray our expenses and give MORE back to those in real need in our community. If you would like to be a benefactor for this year's tour, please contact Bob Brown at, as soon as possible!
We are on track for another successful year, but, as always, we still need help! Our largest need for volunteers remains in the areas of house docents and parking docents. We need good help to keep our tour safe and enjoyable for all our attendees. 

Speaking of attendees, you can buy tickets NOW online...remind all your friends to get their tickets, and be an active part of our success! Feel free to contact any of us for assistance.
Tour Chair: Charlotte Graham 912-506-3431
Tour Co-Chair: Susie Henning 912-571-1674
House Chair: Beth Smith 912-506-7577
Parking Chair: Van Black 678-427-9735
Benefactor Chair:  Bob Brown 770-584-4840
ECW Tour of Homes Kick-Off Party
Mark your calendars! The 2019 Tour of Homes Kick Off Party will be held on Thursday, February 7, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm, at the home of Anne and Darryl Peck, 154 Shore Rush Dr.  Valet parking will be provided. Please RSVP by February 1  to Beth Thrift 404-218-3809 or . Come meet the Chairs and learn more about our 66th  Annual Tour of Homes. Be sure to visit  to see a glimpse of what is in store!

Annual Meeting, Chili Cook-Off and Baking Battle
Make plans to join us for the Annual Meeting, Chili Cook-Off and Children's Baking Battle, which will take place on January 27, at 6:00 pm, in the Parish Hall. 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, or bring a salad, sandwiches, bread, cornbread, chips or a dessert. 

Attention kids!! Please bring six of your best homemade cookies to the Parish Hall between 5:45 and 6:00 pm, on Jan. 27th, to be part of the competition. The results of the Vestry election will be announced during the Annual Meeting.

Frederick Cousins Oyster Roast
The Frederick Cousins Guild Oyster Roast and Barbecue will take place on Friday, February 8, 2019, beginning at 6:00 pm, in the parish hall and on the church grounds. Oysters, barbecue, Brunswick stew, dessert and complimentary libations will be served. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door for adults and $5 for children. They are now on sale at the church office and will be available during coffee hour in the parish hall on Sundays preceding the event. All proceeds will go to support local and international charities. Contact: Louise Bartlett at

SGHS Bridge Run 2019BridgeRun
The 2019 Southeast Georgia Health System Annual Bridge Run is Saturday, February 16, 2019 and Christ Church has a team!   To sign up for the team, click here, or you may pick up a registration form in the church office.  To register online, follow these steps:
* Click on Team Member (10 or more people) Runners and Walkers pay $28 on or before January 31.    
* 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 2019 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.)
The Official Christ Church Memorial T-Shirt  
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 and are available to all who wish to buy them, whether you participate in the run or not! (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 28th. To purchase a shirt, please contact Julie at with the sizes and amounts you'd like to order. All orders and payments must be in by January 30th.  Proceeds from shirt sales will 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 14-15. Contact Diane Sheehan at or Judy Douglas at for more information.

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 .

Stay Informed

Vestry Nominees for 2019

The Christ Church Vestry Nominating Committee is proud to share the 2019 nominees for election to the Vestry. They are David Blatchford, Eric Igel, Chris Jordan, Troy Meeks, Bascom Murrah, Tisa O'Cain, Christine Plank and Julianne Temple. Information about each candidate can be found here

Voting  will take place at all services on January 26-27, 2019 ahead of the January 27 Annual Meeting. Please keep these nominees in your prayers as we all prepare for the Annual Meeting.

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
Kris Barkley
John Barnes
Kathy Bee
Kathleen Bishop
Bob Boles
Allen Bowen
Gene Broadwell
June Brown
Beverly Burns
Josh Calhoun
Barbara Canady
Greg Canady
Andy Cheshire
Barbara Chitty
Jackie Davis
Mary Lou Detwiler
Tom Finn
Patricia Friedel
Matthew Ganserite
Walter Graham
Angie Hansen
Burgess Hartsell
Carol Hoffine
Lise Hofmann
Lois Irvin
Jim Langston
Bill Littleton
Dot Marler
Rachael Moore

He ath Power
Richard Quinelly
Scott Reynolds
Terry Hall Robbins
Larry Rowell
Wayne Sheffield
Clyde Smith
Willou Smith
David Somerville
James St. Clair
Grayson Strickland
Edith Tayloe
Sarah Taylor
Mary Triplett-Key
Pat Vinton
John Waite
Brennon Waller
Janice Walker
Carah Wheeler
Summer Wheeler
Martin Worthy
Putsie Worthy
Mell Wray
Hollis Youngner

Bob Saunders

This  Week

Serving This Weekend
Ralph Wade - Chalice Bearer

Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019 8:00 AM (CCF)
David Boland - Chalice Bearer
David Boland - Lector 
Ed Rowley - Usher
Toni Rowley
Sherry Bowen - Altar Guild

9:15 AM (Christ Church, Frederica)  
Abigail Williston - Acolyte C
Anson Galland - Acolyte - TB
Eva Purdy - Acolyte - TB
Jimmy McQuade - Acolyte PW
Beth Smith - Chalice Bearer
Robert Brown - Chancel Master 
Barbara Sullivan - Lector - First Lesson 
Carol Hoffine - Lector - Second Lesson 
Wallace Harrell - Greeter
Ann Harrell - Greeter
Clif Jones - Usher
Susan Imhoff - Usher
Julianne Temple - Kidurgy Shepherd
Weezie Campbell - Altar Guild

9:15 AM (Parish Hall - CCF)
Hugh Brown - Chalice Bearer
Jody Bradford - Lector - First Lesson
Jody Bradford - Lector - Second Lesson
Amy Jenkins - Greeter
Oscar Covington - Usher
Bascom Murrah - Usher
Elise Meeks - Kidurgy Shepherd
Nancy Zell - Altar Guild

11:15 AM (Christ Church, Frederica)
Isabel Parker - Acolyte - C
Susan Shipman - Chalice Bearer
Susan Shipman - Lector - First Lesson
Mary Helen Moses - Lector - Second Lesson
Dana Parker - Greeter
Patrick Parker - Greeter
David Butler - Usher
Jennie Doyle - Altar Guild

Weds., Jan. 23, 2019 Healing Service 12:00 PM
Janis Boland - Altar Guild


Wednesday, January 16, 2019
6:30 pm - X Church

Thursday, January 17, 2019
1:00 pm - Thursday Afternoon Book Study

Friday, January 18, 2019
12:00 pm - Icon Writing Group

Saturday, January 19, 2019
10:00 am - Icon Writing Group
5:30 pm - Worship at St. Ignatius
Sunday, January 20, 2019
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 - EYC

Monday, January 21 , 2019
Office Closed - MLK Day Observance

Tuesday, January 22, 2019
2:00 pm - Hand Bell Practice
4:30 pm - Choristers Practice
5:00 pm - Trebles Practice
5:30 pm - EC 101

Wednesday, January 23, 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, January 24, 2019
1:00 pm - Thursday Afternoon Book Study
6:00 pm - Newcomers Dinner

Friday, January 25, 2019
12:00 pm - Icon Writing Group

Saturday, January 26, 2019
Vestry Voting
10:00 am - Icon Writing Group
5:30 pm - Worship at St. Ignatius
Sunday, January 27, 2019
Vestry Voting
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
6:00 pm - Annual Meeting and Chili Cook-Off

Save the Date

January 22, 2019
EC101 Begins

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

February 8, 2019
Frederick Cousins Oyster Roast

February 16, 2019
SGHS Bridge Run

March 2, 2019
Clarion Call Saturday Workshop

March 5, 2019
Pancakes at the Pier