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January 2 , 2019

We'll be having all of our worship services this weekend on Saturday at 5:30 pm, at St. Ignatius, and at 8:00, 9:15, 9:15 (Parish Hall) and 11:15 am on Sunday at Christ Church. Sunday school for all ages resumes on Sunday, too! 

If you use pledge envelopes or requested them for 2019, please pick them up in the Parish Hall as soon as possible.  2019 is here! 

Rector's Ramblings

Father Tom is away for a few days, but will be back with his Ramblings soon!


Join us this coming weekend, for the Feast of Epiphany, when we celebrate the manifestation of Christ to the peoples of earth. Early Christians chose this day to celebrate the various manifestations, or "epiphanies," of Jesus' divinity. These showings of his divinity included his birth, the coming of the Magi, his baptism, and the Wedding at Cana, where he miraculously changed water to wine. Worship services with Holy Eucharist will take place at St. Ignatius Chapel on Saturday, January 5, at 5:30 pm and at Christ Church, on Sunday, January 6, at 8:00, 9:15 and 11:15 am.

(If you would like to see the complete album of photos of Christ Church during the Christmas season, click here.) 


Icon Writing Group Meets Again on January 5
The  icon writing group  meets every Friday at 12:00 pm and on Saturday at 10:00 am. Orthodox Christians consider making icons more a form of prayer than art and believe the writer's hand is guided by God as s/he writes in paint. No previous artistic ability is needed. Next meeting is Saturday, January 5, 2019.  Contact: Mtr. Becky Rowell at

Adult Sunday Morning Class
The adult Sunday morning class will begin discussing James Moore's God Was Here, and I Was Out to Lunch on January 6. 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  

Daughters of the King
The Daughters of the Kings  are having their first meeting of the year on Tuesday, January 8, at 5:45 pm. We will meet for prayer, study and to plan the projects for the year. If you have any questions regarding Daughters of the King please contact Mtr. Ashton at

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

Thursday Afternoon Book Study
The Thursday Book Study  begins again on January 10, at 1:00 pm. 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
Confirmation Class for Upper High School for youth 16 and older, who would like to be confirmed on March 10, during the Bishop's visit, will start in mid-January. Mother Katie will lead the classes. If you would like to join the confirmation 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.

EYC Meets Again on January 6
Youth Group for our 6th-12th graders meets every Sunday from 12:30-2:30pm in the parish house. We have lunch, play games, and engage in scripture, tradition, and discussion. Our next meeting will be on Sunday, January 6. 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 !



St. Athanasius Food Pantry

The St. Athanasius Feed My Sheep Food Pantry needs your non-perishable food donations to help restock the shelves after Christmas. Please bring your packaged and canned food items to St. Ignatius and to the Christ Church Parish Hall this coming weekend and throughout the month.

Christmas at Sea Program Lasts Until January 7
 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
The Christ Church Comforters gather the second Friday of each month, at 10:30 am, in the parish hall. Prayer shawls and watch caps are blessed and given to those experiencing challenges as a symbol of the church's love and concern for them. Next meeting is January 11, 2019. Contact: Gay Barron at or (770) 366-5091.


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 .

Outrageously Mature Group 

The OMGs meets next on Friday, January 4, from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm, in the parish hall. Even if you're not into games, come for the fun, fellowship and good food. If you would like to purchase lunch for $10, please contact the church office at 912-638-8683 or by Thursday, January 3.
Moms' Night Out
The Moms' Night Out group will meet next on Friday, January 4 at 6:00 pm at the Sapelo Crow. Please contact Mtr. Ashton at by January 3, to make a reservation.
Live Poets Society
Live Poets Society meetings give those with a literary bent an opportunity to discuss their efforts with others who share their talents and interests. Join them for their next meeting on Tuesday, January 8 at 4:00 pm in the Parish Hall. For more information, please contact: Angie Burns at 912-638-2717.

Save the Date 

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 will be on sale at the church office and at 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 2019
The annual Southeast Georgia Health System Bridge Run will take place on Saturday, February 16, 2019 and Christ Church has a team! Go to to sign up . More details will be coming soon! Contact: Diane Sheehan at

A Conversation with Matthew Fox
Georgia Interfaith Power and Light (GIPL) will host Theologian Matthew Fox on January 17, 2019 from 10 AM - 12:30 PM at St. Simons Presbyterian Church, 205 Kings Way, St. Simons Island, GA 31522. 

Order of the Sacred Earth: A Conversation with Michael Fox is meant to  inspire environmental champions and people of faith in St. Simons Island and across Georgia.  

Fox will offer a lecture on the Christian, moral obligation to care for all Creation, followed by lunch and casual conversation on how to take action.

An internationally acclaimed spiritual theologian, Episcopal priest, and activist who was a member of the Dominican Order for 34 years, Matthew Fox holds a doctorate, summa cum laude, in the History and Theology of Spirituality from the Institut Catholique de Paris and has devoted 45 years to developing and teaching the tradition of Creation Spirituality, which is rooted in ancient Judeo-Christian teaching.

A schedule of events can be found  hereEarly bird tickets (through January 10) are $20 and include lunch. Online reservations available through January 15, 2019. For tickets, go  here.

For more information, e-mail or call 404.377.5552. 

Stay Informed

Vestry Nominees Announced
The Vestry Nominating Committee is proud to share the 2019 nominees for election to the Vestry.   Voting  will take place at all services on January 26-27, 2019 ahead of the January 27 Annual Meeting.  Additional information about the nominees will be sent out in the coming weeks.

In alphabetical order, the nominees are:

David Blatchford
Eric Igel
Chris Jordan
Troy Meeks
Bascom Murrah
Tisa O'Cain
Christine Plank
Julianne Temple

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
Elaine Backiel
Kris Barkley
John Barnes
Kathy Bee
Kathleen Bishop
Billy Blair
Allen Bowen
Doug Brantley
Gene Broadwell
June Brown
Beverly 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

Terry Burns

This  Week

Serving This Weekend
Paul Salter - Chalice Bearer

Sunday, Jan. 6, 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)  
Andrew Kaminer - Acolyte C
Maidee Brown - Acolyte - TB
Vivian Parks - Acolyte - TB
McKenzie Brown - Acolyte PW
Catherine Holt - Chalice Bearer
Carol Hoffine - Lector - First Lesson 
Catherine Holt - Lector - Second Lesson 
Dale Stoddard - Greeter
Nancy Stoddard - Greeter
Greer Brown - Usher
Godfrey Draviam - Usher
Ed Turner - Kidurgy Shepherd
Sandy Storino - Altar Guild
Sandy Rice - Altar Guild

9:15 AM (Parish Hall - CCF)
Johnny McQuade - Acolyte C
Beth Smith - Chalice Bearer
Jody Bradford - Lector - First Lesson
Beth Smith - Lector - Second Lesson
Oscar Covington - Usher
Bascom Murrah - Usher
Lynne Turner - Kidurgy Shepherd
Amy Jenkins - Altar Guild

11:15 AM (Christ Church, Frederica)
Isabel Parker - Acolyte - C
Te Turner - Chalice Bearer
Te Turner - Lector - First Lesson
Te Turner - Lector - Second Lesson
Dana Parker - Greeter
Patrick Parker - Greeter
John Killgallon - Usher
Nancy Zell - Altar Guild

Weds., Jan. 9, 2019 Healing Service 12:00 PM
Jeannie Wade - Altar Guild


Wednesday, January 2, 2019
NO Healing Service
NO X Church

Friday, January 4, 2019
11:30 am - OMG Meeting
6:00 pm - Moms' Night Out

Saturday, January 5, 2019
St. Athanasius Food Bank
10:00 am - Icon Writing Group
5:30 pm - Worship at St. Ignatius
Sunday, January 6, 2019
St. Athanasius Food Bank
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 7 , 2019
11:00 am - Yoga

Tuesday, January 8, 2019
2:00 pm - Hand Bell Practice
4:00 pm - Live Poet's Society
4:30 pm - Choristers Practice
5:00 pm - Trebles Practice

Wednesday, January 9, 2019
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 10, 2019
1:00 pm - Thursday Afternoon Book Study

Friday, January 11, 2019
10:30 am - Christ Church Comforters
12:00 pm - Icon Writing Group

Saturday, January 12, 2019
10:00 am - Icon Writing Group
5:30 pm - Worship at St. Ignatius
Sunday, January 13, 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

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