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January 9 , 2019

If you use pledge envelopes or requested them for 2019, they are available for pick-up in the Parish Hall.

Rector's Ramblings

Epiphany is one of my favorite seasons in the church year, likely because of the focus on light in the darkness and the hopefulness captured by the start of Jesus' ministry as we work our way through the liturgical year. We started the season with the arrival of the Magi at the manger this past Sunday. I am sharing my homily from this Sunday, or as close as I can get to it, since I didn't preach from the full text. I look forward to encountering Jesus again and again, and I hope you do, too.

Epiphany Sermon
Christ Church, Frederica
January 6, 2019
I don't know about you, but if I didn't have Google Maps, I wouldn't get anywhere. I seem to remember some kind of map that was printed on this thin material that you would have to fold up somehow...  And the other wonderful thing about online directions is that you can click one button and have return directions printed out for you - it is difficult to remember to reverse all of the turns and directions when you try to get back from some place. It is my reliance upon these new technologies and conveniences that makes the story of the Magi a bit more astounding for me.


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!


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  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 on Sunday, January 13
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 13. Contact: Mother Katie at

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 !

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. 


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
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.

 Thank You!

Christmas Basket Ministry 
Many thanks to all who donated generously to make the 2018 Christmas Basket Ministry a success! Through your food and monetary contributions, Christ Church was able to feed twenty-three local families during the Christmas holidays. A great big thank-you, too, to all who volunteered to help pack and deliver the baskets to our neighbors!

Angel Tree

A sincere thank-you to everyone who adopted an angel from the MorningStar Angel Tree this year. Thanks to you, we were able to deliver  warm jackets and coats to 50 children in the MorningStar program on Christmas Eve!


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, by January 14, so that you can be included in the tour program.

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 January 30  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!

Susanna Wesley Guild
The Susanna Wesley Guild will meet Tuesday, January 15 at 10:30 am in the Parish House. Mary Helen Moses will recount her experiences in Havana, Cuba, when she went there in November with three other members of the Christ Church music team to participate in a choral jazz pilgrimage. Guests are welcome! Contact: Ethel Horton at
Frederick Cousins Guild

The Frederick Cousins Guild will meet Tuesday, January 15 at 5:30 pm at Jeannie Wade's home at 167 Butler Lake Drive to make final plans for the Christ Church Oyster Roast that the guild sponsors each year. It's always such a fun event, but requires lots of help. Please come if you are able to help plan for one of the Christ Church's most anticipated events! Contact Louise Bartlett at for more information.
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.

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 .

Save the Date

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 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 24th. 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 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.  
Music Together
Music Together, a music and movement program for toddlers and their parents, begins again on Thursday, January 24. The class will meet in the Parish House for 10 weeks and end the last Thursday of March. Class is from 10:30-11:30. Contact Brooke Bartlett at for more information.
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

This  Week

Serving This Weekend
Susan Shipman - Chalice Bearer

Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019 8:00 AM (CCF)
Carl Baumgardner - Chalice Bearer
Carl Baumgardner - Lector 
Paul Ploeger - Usher
Dorriann Branch - Altar Guild

9:15 AM (Christ Church, Frederica)  
Paul Salter - Acolyte C
Elizabeth Temple - Acolyte - TB
Daven Wray - Acolyte - TB
Levi Parks - Acolyte PW
Paul Salter - Chalice Bearer
Robert Brown - Chancel Master 
Barbara Abbate - Lector - First Lesson 
Barbara Abbate - Lector - Second Lesson 
Margue Dorsey - Greeter
Bud Dorsey - Greeter
Susan Imhoff - Usher
Zaida Clay Harris - Usher
Sarah Kreimborg - Kidurgy Shepherd
Peggy Goad - Altar Guild

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

11:15 AM (Christ Church, Frederica)
Paul Salter - Acolyte - C
Te Turner - Chalice Bearer
Jane Watson - Lector - First Lesson
Jane Watson - Lector - Second Lesson
Frankie Ansley - Altar Guild
Pat Collins - Altar Guild

Weds., Jan. 16, 2019 Healing Service 12:00 PM
Ethel Horton - Altar Guild


Wednesday, January 9, 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 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

Monday, January 14 , 2019
11:00 am - Yoga

Tuesday, January 15, 2019
10:30 am - Susanna Wesley Guild
2:00 pm - Hand Bell Practice
4:30 pm - Choristers Practice
5:00 pm - Trebles Practice
5:30 pm - Frederick Cousins Guild
5:45 pm - Vestry Meeting

Wednesday, January 16, 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 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

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