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January 23 , 2019

Vestry voting will take place this weekend at St. Ignatius Chapel and Christ Church. The results of the election will be announced at the Annual Meeting and Chili Cook-Off on Sunday, January 27, at 6:00 pm, in the Christ Church Parish Hall. All parishioners are encouraged to attend this meeting! M ore details about the Annual Meeting and Vestry elections can be found here and here. Read the Annual Report here.

There will be no Parish Hall service at 9:15 am on January 27. Please join us in the church!

Rector's Ramblings

This was an interesting week. We celebrated MLK Jr. Day this week at the same time all the headlines were breathlessly reporting about the ongoing government shutdown. There's an interesting juxtaposition there, and also some similarities. It's interesting to think about national movements and passions around Civil Rights then, and some of the things that we're arguing about now. The two fights just don't seem morally equivalent, not that anyone has suggested they are. There is certainly plenty of passion to go around these days, regardless.


Daughters of the King
The Daughters of the King will gather for their monthly meeting on Tuesday, February 12, at 5:30 pm in the Christ Church Parish Hall. We'll start with a time of conversation and sharing before getting to the business at hand. For more information, please contact Mtr. Ashton at
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 CLASS WILL NOT MEET ON JANUARY 27, BUT WILL RESUME MEETING THE FOLLOWING SUNDAY.  The class has begun discussing James Moore's God Was Here, and I Was Out to Lunch. We're only on chapter three, so February 3 will be a great time to join us! The class meets each Sunday 10:30 - 11:15 am in the parish hall classroom next to the choir room. All are welcome!  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 This Thursday
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

Clarion Call Workshop - March 2, 2019
Terrorism, war, political polarization, climate change, the depletion of oil, economic upheaval, social inequality and injustice, mass extinction... Today's challenges can feel overwhelming. In this daylong workshop, participants will learn how to transform pessimism to optimism, powerlessness to power, paralysis to action and concern to calling. Together, we'll participate in a creative process to identify specific ways to affect positive change in the world. 
Save the date for the Clarion Call Workshop, which will be led by author, trainer and Christ Church parishioner Randy Siegel, on Saturday, March 2, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, in the Christ Church Parish House. The cost is $25, which includes lunch and all materials. This fast-paced, fun, and interactive workshop will include guided meditations, journaling, poetry and music, movement, group discussion and will conclude with a commissioning ceremony. You can register by contacting the church office at 912-638-8683. For more information, please contact Mtr. Becky at

 Children and Youth

Safeguarding God's Children - February 26 & March 3
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 sessions either on February 26, from 6:00 - 7:30 pm or 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.

Confirmation Class for Teens Begins on Jan. 24
We will start our confirmation class for those youth who are 16 and older discerning taking the next step in their membership of the Episcopal church. We will meet Thursday evenings from 7:30-8:30pm. Our first meeting will be Jan 24 at Wake Up Coffee Shop in Brunswick. All High School students are welcome to join. We will have discussion about readings for class.

Readings for Jan 24th:
Luke 24:1-35
Acts 2:1-4, 14, 22-24, 32-36
1 Corinthians 15:1-20, 35-37, 43-44
John 11:17-27
Romans 8:18-25
Book of Common Prayer
pp. 848-49 "Sin and Redemption"
861-62 "Christian Hope"
Contact: Mother Katie at

First Communion
We will be offering classes on 1st Communion. These will be opportunities for our children to learn about the holy sacrament of the Eucharist. We will explore the sacrament through several different approaches using our senses. We will be offering these classes in place of Sunday school on Feb 17 and March 31. On both Sundays, we will be talking about the Eucharist- just exploring it in different ways at each session.

February 17 - Historical Christ Church @10:20
March 31 - Parish Hall @10:20

Mother Katie is available if you desire further exploration for your child in preparation for consuming their first communion. Please contact her at  

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.

We continue to meet for youth group on Sundays following the 11:15 service. We meet from 12:30-2:30. We eat lunch together, play games, talk about the Bible or current events, and we pray at the end. We try and go for an outing once a month. EYC is for our youth in 6th-12th grade and their friends!

February Schedule:
Feb 3 - 12:30-2:30 EYC Parish House - Service Project
Feb 10 - 12:30-2:30 EYC Parish House
Feb 17 - 12:30-2:30 EYC Parish House
Feb 24 - 10AM-7PM EYC to Cumberland Island Field Trip
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 .

EYC Service Project on February 3
Calling all youth! After we wrap up our Souper Sunday fundraiser on February 3, we'll be meeting in the Parish Hall at 12:30 pm, to help pack weekend food bags for the Backpack Buddies program. This is a great way to help other kids in our community and packing is fast and fun, so make plans to join us! For more information, 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

Youth Trip to Cumberland Island - Feb. 24
We will be taking an adventure to the nearby wilderness of Cumberland Island. We plan a fun day of travel, a ferry ride, lunch and exploration of the island, dinner and fellowship. Please sign up with Mother Katie by Feb 10. The cost is $20 for travel and dinner, please bring a sack lunch.

10:00 am - Leave Christ Church, SSI
11:30 am - Arrive at St. Marys/Depart for Island
12:30 pm - Arrive on Cumberland/ Have picnic lunch
4:30 pm - Depart Cumberland
5:30 pm - Dinner in St Mary's
7:00 pm - Arrive at Christ Church for youth pick up.

Cumberland needs us to reserve our spots on the ferry, so the sooner you let Mother Katie your coming the better. I will need a permission/release form on file to attend. You are encouraged to invite a friend.
 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 !



Christ Church Comforters
The Christ Church Comforters will be meeting next on Friday, February 8, at 10:30 am, in the Parish Hall. Come join them and find out what projects they'll be taking on next! You say you don't know how to knit or crochet? No worries! They'll be glad to teach you! For more information, please contact Gay Barron at
Backpack Buddies in February
Winter packings continue as the Backpack Buddies transition into February! Please join us on Wednesday, February 13, at 9:30 am (*NOTE: this is earlier than usual!) and/or Wednesday, February 27, at 10:00 am, to help pack weekend food bags for our young buddies in Glynn County. It's fun and fast on the assembly line and all are welcome to join the group. For more information about the Backpack Buddies program, please contact Susan Shipman at
St. Athanasius Feed My Sheep Food Pantry
The St. Athanasius Feed My Sheep  food bank needs your help. Please bring canned and packaged non-perishable foods for this important feeding mission to the Parish Hall this week. They are delivered to Brunswick during the first week of the month.

Nursery Needs DVDs
Our nursery needs age appropriate DVDs  for our youngest children. If you have any you can donate, please drop them off in the church office in the Parish Hall and mark them to the attention of Glenn Queener. Contact Glenn at for more information. 


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!
ECW Winter Brunch

Your Christ Church ECW will host a catered brunch and a speaker on Saturday, February 16th, beginning at 10:00 am. We will also have a very short business meeting. We will conclude by noon. 
Our speaker is Caroline Kittle, the executive director of Grace House in Brunswick. This is a Christian based home for women struggling with addiction; they are provided with a safe place where they encounter Jesus and freedom found through recovery and the 12 steps. Caroline is bringing exciting results to this new ministry for women and we are anxious to hear her story and what she is hoping for their future. Come join other Christ Church ladies for a Saturday morning of inspiration and fellowship!, 
There is, as always, no charge for this delicious meal, but we ask for you to call the church office and let us know you are coming so that we may plan accordingly.
Please RSVP by Wednesday, February 13th to the church office; 638-8683.

Get to Know Your ECW
Who is ECW? Every lady of Christ Church is member of ECW!! We have a variety of guilds we sponsor and encourage you to find one that suits your interests. We have groups that arrange flowers, provide meals for the sick or families with newborns, altar service, reception planning, welcoming visitors into the church... just about anything that needs to be done around the church. Come join us and bring your energy!
Last May your ECW gave away  $85, area charities blessing women and children. Where does this come from??? Our annual Tour of Homes generated  half  of that amount and the year-long sale of the cookbook generated the other  half.  The TOH is a big  one day  event which takes nearly a year and 400 volunteers to plan and execute. The cookbook sales happen quietly  all year long  by another dedicated group of volunteers, who greet our visitors to the church or make the cookbook available in our local stores. All of our volunteers are valued and we thank you all for your many hours of service. COME JOIN US!!
The 66th Tour of Homes is March 16th. Find place to volunteer and help us make a difference in lives!

Parish People

Celebrating Our Friends At Christ Church!
Charlotte Raymond
Charlotte Raymond, one of our celebrated women over 90 years young, has relocated to Pennsylvania to be near family.  We will miss her dazzling eyewear and good spirits.  Fr. Tom offered a special blessing after her last service with us.  We wish her well and send her with our prayers!

Vivian Parks
Vivian Parks, one of our active young persons at Christ Church, was recently sworn in as the President of the Student Council at Oglethorpe Point Elementary.  Congratulations, Vivian!


Annual Meeting, Chili Cook-Off and Baking BattleAnnualMeeting
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.

OMG Meeting

The O(utrageously) M(ature) G(roup) will meet next on Friday, February 1, at 11:30 am in the Parish Hall. All are invited to come play games and enjoy fellowship and fun! Even if you're not a gamer, you are cordially invited to join this lively crowd for conversation and camaraderie! Please call the church office at 912-638-8683 or contact Mtr. Ashton at by Wednesday January 30, if you'd like to order lunch for $10.

Frederick Cousins Oyster Roast - Tickets Are Available NOW!
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

Moms' Night Out
Hey Moms! It's time to get together, catch up and just relax! This month we'll be meeting on Friday, February 15, at 6:00 pm, at the all new Chili Peppers Authentic Mexican Food Restaurant in Retreat Village. Please contact Mtr. Ashton at, by Wednesday, February 13 and let her know you're coming!
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. (This year they are navy blue.)  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 see the current list of names that will be printed on the shirt, click here. If you have an addition or correction, please contact Julie as soon as possible.)

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.

Stay Informed

Vestry Nominees for 2019VestryNominees

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.

Christ Church 2018 Annual Report
The Christ Church 2018 Annual Report is now ready and available to read here. If you would like a printed copy of the report, please contact the church office at 912-638-8683 and a copy will be made for you, that you may pick up at your convenience. Paper copies will also be provided at the Annual Meeting on Sunday, January 27, at 6:00 pm, in the Christ Church Parish Hall.
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

This  Week

Serving This Weekend
Susan Shipman - Chalice Bearer

Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019 8:00 AM (CCF)
Carl Baumgardner - Chalice Bearer
Carl Baumgardner - Lector 
Peg McBride - Usher
Dorriann Branch - Altar Guild

9:15 AM (Christ Church, Frederica)  
Daven Wray - Acolyte C
Vivian Parks - Acolyte - TB
William Temple - Acolyte - TB
Robert Wray - Acolyte PW
Catherine Holt - Chalice Bearer
Slade Turner - Chancel Master 
Bud Dorsey - Lector - First Lesson 
Margie Dorsey - Lector - Second Lesson 
Rip Graham - Greeter
Charlotte Graham - Greeter
Fred Collins - Usher
Zaida Clay Harris - Usher
Nancy Hamilton - Kidurgy Shepherd
Nancy Stoddard - Altar Guild

11:15 AM (Christ Church, Frederica)
Te Turner - Chalice Bearer
Elizabeth Killgallon - Lector - First Lesson
Susan Shipman - Lector - Second Lesson
Royce Wood - Usher
Linda Wood - Altar Guild
Dale Pierson - Altar Guild

Weds., Jan. 30, 2019 Healing Service 12:00 PM
Nancy Butler - Altar Guild


Wednesday, January 23, 2019
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
7:30 pm - Confirmation Class at Wake Up Coffee

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 Youth and Children
10:20 am - NO Adult Sunday Class
10:30 am - Coffee Hour
11:15 am - Worship at Christ Church
6:00 pm - Annual Meeting and Chili Cook-Off

Monday, January 28 , 2019
9:30 am - Manna House
11:00 am - Yoga

Tuesday, January 29, 2019
2:00 pm - Hand Bell Practice
4:30 pm - Choristers Practice
5:00 pm - Trebles Practice
5:30 pm - EC 101

Wednesday, January 30, 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 31, 2019
1:00 pm - Thursday Afternoon Book Study

Friday, February 1, 2019
11:30 am - OMG Meeting

Saturday, February 2, 2019
St. Athanasius Food Bank
10:00 am - Icon Writing Group
5:30 pm - Worship at St. Ignatius
Sunday, February 3, 2019
St. Athanasius Food Bank
EYC Souper Sunday
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 Service Project

Save the Date

February 3, 2019
EYC Souper Sunday Fundraiser

February 7, 2019
ECW Tour of Homes Kick-Off Party

February 8, 2019
Frederick Cousins Oyster Roast

February 16, 2019
SGHS Bridge Run

February 16, 2019
ECW Winter Brunch

February 24, 2019
EYC Trip to Cumberland Island

March 2, 2019
Clarion Call Saturday Workshop

March 5, 2019
Pancakes at the Pier

March 6, 2017
Ash Wednesday