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January 30 , 2019

Please bring your non-perishable food donations for the St. Athanasius Food Pantry this weekend. Click here to see what is needed most.

Results of this year's Vestry Election can be found here.

Rector's Ramblings

I have long known that the justice system isn't as swift or just for poor people, and this week I got to deal with that reality firsthand. I'll tell the story, and I'll try not to divulge who the persons involved are, however, I know that they won't mind the story being shared in a general way. It was eye-opening for all of us. Some of this story is just bad luck, while some of it is indicative of the challenges of enforcing black and white laws in a world of gray. Regardless, it highlighted for me the shortcomings and the inequality of a system that responds so readily to who you know and how much money you have.
So here's how the story starts. A husband and wife are stopped for a "routine" reason, an expired tag on a truck. I know this is routine, because it happened to us about a month ago. As a quick sidebar, our situation was related to a mistake at the local tax office when registering our new car - a mistake we knew nothing about until Donna was pulled over. She was threatened with arrest, despite presenting an insurance card and registration for our car. It was a unique anomaly that the officer, his supervisor, our insurance agent, our insurance company, and the dealer who registered our car, had never come across. It turned out ok, and no one got arrested, but my lovely wife almost went to jail (literally) for something she could not have prevented. I am aware the officers were doing their job, and while they were gruff and skeptical early on, they eventually became nicer (I won't say nice) and acted reasonably, despite the letter of the law. At the end of that long day, after a host of phone calls, faxes, and emails, things were fine, but I had a glimpse then of how people who haven't knowingly done anything wrong can get in some real trouble.


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 morning class has begun discussing James Moore's God Was Here, and I Was Out to Lunch. They're only on chapter three, so this Sunday would be a great time to join the group. 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 - Tuesdays at 5:30 pm
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 meets each week on Tuesday, 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 
We have begun our confirmation class for those youth who are 16 and older discerning taking the next step in their membership of the Episcopal church. We meet on Thursday evenings from 7:30-8:30 pm. All High School students are welcome to join. We will have discussion about readings for class.

Readings for Jan 31st:
Acts 2:37-42
Romans 6:3-11
1 Corinthians 12:4-27

Book of Common Prayer
Catechism pp. 858-59
"Holy Baptism" pp. 298-314
The Liturgy for Baptism pp. 854-856
"The Church"

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  

EYC in February
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 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
St. Athanasius Feed My Sheep Food PantryFoodPantry
The St. Athanasius Feed My Sheep  food bank needs your help! They are running low on 15 ounce size cans of green beans and canned corn and need to stock up. Please bring your canned and packaged non-perishable foods for this important feeding mission to the Parish Hall this weekend. They will be delivered to Brunswick during the first week of the month. Thank you for your help!

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


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 at 912-638-8683.

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!
Anson Galland
Congratulations to Anson Galland, January's winner of the Golden Rule Character Award at Oglethorpe Point Elementary School! During the six months of September through November and January through March, a Golden Rule Character Student of the Month is recognized in each of the Glynn County and McIntosh County Public Schools. All monthly winners receive a $50 gift certificate, a t-shirt, a bumper sticker, and a certificate of accomplishment.


Annual Meeting, Chili Cook-Off and Baking BattleAnnualMeeting
The Annual Meeting on Sunday, January 27th, got off to a delicious start with our yearly Chili Cook-Off Contest and Second Annual Youth and Children's Baking Battle. It might've been damp and dark outside, but the Parish Hall was ablaze with the laughter, warmth, and good fellowship. After the good-spirited contests, many bowls of chili and other yummy treats, Father Tom and Vestry Wardens Tony Kreimborg and Beryl Blatchford led all who were assembled through the Annual Meeting. Many thanks to all who worked so hard to make this evening a great success! To see more pictures of all the fun click here.

Contest Results:

Youth and Children's Baking Battle
1st Place Overall  - Otto Igle
2nd Place Overall  - William Temple
3rd Place Overall - Eva Marie Bonnafous 

Sweetest Cookie - Laura Meeks
Extreme Chocolate Cookie - Hadley Kneller
Most Colorful Cookie - Thomas Bland
Most Gigantic Cookie - Georgia Carter 
Best Decorated - Elizabeth Temple
Most Kookie  Cookie - Caroline Temple
Most Yummy Cookie - Eva Purdy

Chili Cook-Off Contest

Judges Awards:
1st Place - Heath Kneller
2nd Place Tie - Harry Branch
                        Slade Turner
3rd Place - Jane Thau

People's Choice Awards:
1st Place - Jan Stallworth
2nd Place - Ed Turner
3rd Place - Jane Thau

Red Hot Chili Award -  Heath Kneller
Most Creative Chili - Calleigh Purdy

Annual Meeting - Vestry ElectionNewVestryMembers
Congratulations to our newly elected members of the Christ Church Vestry team,  David Blatchford, Chris Jordan, Bascom Murrah and Christine Plank. They were part of a highly qualified slate of candidates this year and we wish to thank all who agree to be part of the Vestry election. Wallace Harrell will serve as Senior Warden and Alice Barlow will serve as Junior Warden in the year to come.

If you missed the annual meeting and would like a copy of the annual report, you may pick one up at the church office or click on the link here.

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 Thursday January 31, 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

Susanna Wesley Guild
The Susanna Wesley Guild will meet Tuesday, February 19 at 10:30 a.m. in the Parish Hall. Tori Harvey will discuss the practice of visualization and mind's eye.  All are welcome. For more information, please contact Ethel Horton 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 22, 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 20 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. The deadline to save on registration is TONIGHT, January 30.

On race day, February 16, participants are asked to gather at 9:00 am for a team picture. You will meet at the foot of the Lanier Bridge near the number pickup table . Look for the Christ Church banner. Contact: Diane Sheehan at  

The Official Christ Church Memorial T-Shirt  
If you have ordered a Christ Church Memorial T-Shirt, you may pick it up in the Parish House on February 14 or 15, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Contact Diane Sheehan at  or Judy Douglas at  for more information.

Stay Informed

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
Kathleen Bishop
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
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

Larry Rowell

This  Week

Serving This Weekend
Susan Shipman - Chalice Bearer

Sunday, Feb. 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)  
Slade Turner - Acolyte C
Isabella Williston - Acolyte - TB
Johnny McQuade - Acolyte PW
Peggy Goad - Chalice Bearer
Slade Turner - Chancel Master 
Carol Hoffine - Lector - First Lesson 
Barbara Abbate - Lector - Second Lesson 
Jeannie Wade - Greeter
Ralph Wade - Greeter
Susan Imhoff - Usher
Julianne Temple - Kidurgy Shepherd
Sandy Rice - Altar Guild
Sandy Storino - Altar Guild

9:15 AM Parish Hall (CCF) 
Jack Taylor - Acolyte C
Mary Helen Moses - Chalice Bearer
Doree Avera - Lector - First Lesson 
Doree Avera - Lector - Second Lesson 
Oscar Covington - Usher
Bascom Murrah - Usher
Tony Kreimborg - Kidurgy Shepherd
Sarah Kreimborg - Kidurgy Shepherd
Nancy Zell - Altar Guild

11:15 AM (Christ Church, Frederica)
Kathleen Chitty - Acolyte C
Jane Watson - Lector - First Lesson
Jane Watson - Lector - Second Lesson
John Killgallon - Usher
Wallace Harrell - Greeter
Ann Harrell - Greeter
Nancy Zell - Altar Guild

Weds., Feb. 6, 2019 Healing Service 12:00 PM
Jeannie Wade - Altar Guild


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

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

Tuesday, February 5, 2019
2:00 pm - Hand Bell Practice
4:00 pm - Live Poets Society
4:30 pm - Choristers Practice
5:00 pm - Trebles Practice
5:30 pm - EC 101

Wednesday, February 6, 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, February 7, 2019
1:00 pm - Thursday Afternoon Book Study
5:00 pm - ECW ToH Kick-Off Party

Friday, February 8, 2019
12:00 pm - Icon Writing Group
6:00 pm - Frederick Cousins Oyster Roast

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

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