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March 13 , 2019

There's still time to get tickets for the annual ECW Christ Church Tour of Homes, on Saturday, March 16! Get all the information you need here.

Rector's Ramblings

A few Christmases ago, I rented a trailer to haul a family heirloom home. Donna's uncle, who lives in his parents' restored farmhouse on the family farm, also has the original barn. He and her cousin were beginning to clear the barn out, in the hopes that it could be used as an event venue. In the process, they came across the old wood-burning stove that Donna had gotten at the estate auction after her grandparents had both died. The stove had sentimental value; she had stood at that stove with her grandmother for countless hours and had watched her grandmotherly magic worked on that stove for much of her childhood.
After the auction, the enameled wood stove, with six burners, an oven, and hot water reservoir, was put into the garage. Donna didn't have a place to put it as a kid, and hey, that's what barns are for, right? So we went over to the farm and inspected the stove. It was pretty much worn out. The years of use and high heat of the stove had virtually burned up much of the interior.  All the exposed cast iron had rusted over the years, and the enamel had been chipped in places. Donna was still in love with it, so I rented a U-Haul trailer and brought it back from Pennsylvania.  READ MORE HERE


Lenten Choral Evensong on March 19
 Please join us for a Lenten Choral Evensong, featuring our Christ Church Choristers, Trebles and Cantors that will take place on Tuesday, March 19, at 5:30 pm, in historic Christ Church. Our youth will help lead this traditional Evensong worship service, serving as lectors and ushers. All are welcome.

Centering Prelude During Lent
Preparing for worship is an important part of the experience for any worship service. So is greeting those we know and love. Our hope is that we can find a way to balance the two. As a general rule, we would like to invite all worshippers to prepare for worship with some silent prayer and reflection, perhaps reviewing the lectionary commentary in the wrapper, or simply in silent prayer. To aid parishioners who choose to do this, we also ask that in the moments before a service begins we keep talking to a minimum, or at least at a low volume out of respect for those who may be praying.  

During the Season of Lent, the Preludes at the 9:15 am and 11:15 am services will include the use of the Singing Bowls we use at X Church. They serve as a call to worship without words, along with an organ or piano prelude without a known melody. The sound is meant to draw us in, to offer a calming invitation to reflection, and to allow our focus to begin to center on God and what God has to say to us today.  

When you hear the Singing Bowls at the start of services during Lent, hear them as an invitation to be still and meet God.

Honor Your Loved Ones with Easter Lilies
Orders for Easter lilies are being taken now. Please send the name(s) and a check for $30 for each memorial to Ethel Horton, 402 Palm Court, SSI, 31522. Checks should be made payable to "Christ Church Flower Guild." Please make your order by Monday, April 15. Contact Ethel Horton at for more information. 


Adult Sunday Morning Class
During the season of Lent, the Sunday Morning Adult Class, led by Rev. Dr. Robert W. (Bob) Brown will take a six week break from their current study to participate in a Lenten study based on the book by Max O. Vincent entitled 
Because of This I Rejoice:  Reading Philippians during Lent. The study will run on Sundays from March 10 to April 14.  The Adult Class meets in the room next to the choir room in the Parish Hall and everyone is welcome. For more information, please contact Bob at  

Wednesday Lenten Study 
Fr. Tom is leading a study of Samuel Wells' Hanging by a Thread on Wednesdays during Lent. This series of theological reflections from an internationally known scholar and Anglican cleric focuses on the challenges of our understanding of Christ's crucifixion that arise today. Beginning on March 13, the book study is at 1 pm and there will be lunch at 12:30 pm for those who can attend. All are encouraged to join the Healing Service that precedes the book study, at noon in the historical church. Contact: Fr. Tom at

Men's Study Group
The Men's Discussion Group has begun reading the book Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson. In this coming of age memoir, Stevenson recounts his early career and the cases that led him to found the Equal Justice Initiative. The book is available in paperback and as an audiobook, read by the author. For more information, please contact Te Turner at .

Thursday Lenten Spiritual Practices
Want to grow spiritually but don't want another practice or discipline you'll feel guilty about not doing? Join Mother Ashton and Mother Becky to explore spirituality as a way of being engaged in our relationship to God through other people, the world around us and ourselves. We'll look at spirituality as our ongoing, evolving relationship to God and how we can live daily in an awake, holistic, and faithful way. The group will meet on Thursdays at 1:00 pm from March 14 - April 11. The text is  Strength for the Journey: A Guide to Spiritual Practice  by Renee Miller and is available from Amazon in Kindle edition for $14. Hard copies will be available in the church office for $16. Please call the church office to sign-up as the first session will kick-off with a special treat! For more information, contact Mtr. Becky at

 Children and Youth

Safeguarding Training
Thank you to all who attended the February and March sessions of Safeguarding God's Children. Training is still available for those who were unable to attend either of these classes. Please contact Mtr. Katie to make arrangements. In addition to class training, online training may be found at here. Please c ontact Mtr. Katie at for more information.

Stations of the Cross in the Parish House
The Stations of the Cross have been installed by our youth in the Christ Church Parish House for the season of Lent. They can be found in the education wing, beginning near the kitchen door. Booklets explaining the stations are available at the first station. This self-guided meditation will be available during regular business hours from now through Holy Week.

Youth Activities in March 

EYC Lenten Study
Our Lenten/Star Wars study is meeting each Sunday, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm, in the youth room. We are observing Holy Lent by pairing our Holy Scriptures with scenes from Star Wars and the struggle with the Force and not being tempted by the Dark Side. Join us for popcorn, cookies and refreshments, as we watch a part of a Star Wars movie and have discussion and other activities.  Contact Mtr. Katie at for more information.
New Beginnings #54 - March 22-24 -  at Honey Creek
New Beginnings is a weekend retreat for teenagers in grades 7-9 led by a team of mostly teenagers, with a few adults, and two clergy who serve as spiritual directors. The Lead Teen for New Beginnings #54 will be Sera Davidson  and the Shadow, (who will be the Lead Teen for New Beginnings #55 in the fall), will be Waverly Brown. 

All youth in grades 7-9 are encouraged to register with friends from your church! Financial Aid is available. For information about financial aid, please contact our Canon Missioner for Children & Youth, the Rev. Joshua Varner at . For all other questions, please contact New Beginnings Coordinator Allen Lamb at .

Our Pathfinders will head to Adventure Landing in Jacksonville, on April 17, for a day of fun. We will leave after the 11:15 am service, returning at 6:00 pm.  $20 per person plus money for refreshments at park. Contact: Mtr. Katie at

First Communion
The second class for children who would like to receive their 1st Communion will take place on Sunday, March 31, at 10:20 am, in the Parish Hall. We will be talking about the Eucharist and exploring different ways it is celebrated during this session.  Mother Katie is available if you desire further exploration for your child in preparation for consuming their first communion. Please contact her at .  

Eggs Needed for the Annual Easter Egg Hunt
The Christ Church Annual Easter Egg Hunt will take place on the front lawn of Christ Church after the 9:15 am Easter Sunday services (April 21). We are asking all who are willing and able to please donate 50 or more FILLED plastic eggs. Please fill eggs with: jelly beans, stickers, temporary tattoos, bubble gum, jaw breakers, mints and tootsie rolls, etc. Donations of filled plastic eggs may be left in the Parish Hall office. If you have any questions, please 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 !



Backpack Buddies

The Backpack Buddies will be packing next on Wednesday, March 27, at 10:00 am, in the Parish Hall. We cordially invite you to join us on the assembly line! If you'd like more information about the Backpack Buddies program, please contact Susan Shipman at


The ECW Tour of Homes is this Saturday!TourofHomes
The annual ECW Christ Church Tour of Homes is in three days! Read all about this year's exciting tour in the most recent Brunswick News article here.
We're eager to make it a terrific day for all of our guests and visitors, a large number of whom will be dropping by the Parish Hall for refreshments. Right now, we still need more baked goods. If you love to bake and can make a batch of cookies, snack bars, or savory finger foods, please bring your contributions to the Parish Hall kitchen during normal business hours, on Thursday or Friday (March 14 and 15). Please mark your treats for the Tour of Homes. If you have questions, please contact Sarah Kreimborg at 912-222-6960 or at

Tour of Homes tickets are available online at  or you may purchase them at the following locations: Antiques, Etc., Cloister Collection, H & H Lifestyles, Jekyll Realty, Maggie's Boutique, Ned Cash & Associates Jewelers, Roberta's, St. Simons Drug Store, Southern Finds, Tabby House, Two Friends, Viola's Market and the Christ Church office in the Parish House.
Remind all your friends to get their tickets today! 
Tour Chair: Charlotte Graham 912-506-3431
Tour Co-Chair: Susie Henning 912-571-1674

ECW Scholarship - Applications Available Now
The Christ Church ECW announces that applications are now open for the brand new ECW Scholarship for young  women . This scholarship is available to graduating seniors or those who have graduated from high school and want to further their education. The applicant must be from Glynn or McIntosh County and be an active Episcopalian. The application deadline is April 21, 2019.  For more information, click here

Parish People

Celebrating Our Friends At Christ Church!

On Sunday, March 10, 2019, we were happy to welcome the Rt. Rev. Scott Anson Benhase to Christ Church, as he made his annual Bishop's Visitation. We are also delighted to welcome all who were confirmed and received at the 11:15 service that morning. Our confirmands were Waverly Brown, Ava Parker, Kat Chitty, Ladd Rector and Nathan Steelman. Those who were received into the parish included Shane Ihme, Gerit Alexander, Julie Hancock, Tami Black, Van Black, Uli Keller and Kevin Hancock. Congratulations and blessings to all! To see more photos from the Bishop's Visitation, click here.

Susanna Wesley Guild
The Susanna Wesley Guild will meet on Tuesday, March 19, at 10:30 am in the Parish House. Susan Garrett will relate the story of how the newly published history book of Christ Church came to be. All are welcome! Contact: Ethel Horton at
Stay Informed

Christ Church History Books
The Christ Church history books are available for purchase during coffee hour each Sunday in March, as well as during the week in the church office. Throughout this month, parishioners may buy them for the reduced price of $10. The price will go up to $15, at the beginning of April.
Memorial Gifts
From time to time we are asked if there are things the Church can use that might be given as a memorial for a loved one or in thanksgiving for a blessing. Below is a list of opportunities for giving memorials and who you might contact about them. This is a sort of wish list; things that would be nice to have, but aren't in the budget. If you would like to make a memorial gift, please speak with the listed contact so that they know to expect the gift and can instruct you how the gift can be made. Partial gifts towards an item are possible as well.  

Current Memorial Opportunities:

Christ Church Outdoor Nativity: GIFTED - THANK YOU! We have obtained a high-quality outdoor creche scene suitable for the front lawn of Christ Church, a post-Christmas opportunity that dramatically reduced the cost for such a set. The intent is to create a simple backdrop for the figures and light them at night. Some figures stand nearly six feet tall. Contact: Fr. Tom at

Timpani Drum Set: $4000 We would like a pair of timpani drums to bolster our music program and be available for regular use in our music program. Contact: Kathleen Turner at

Outdoor Stations of the Cross: GIFTED - THANK YOU!
St. Ignatius currently has a partial set of stations in the garden for outdoor use. We would like to replace the weathered stations and expand the arrangement to include all fourteen stations. The cost includes all fourteen stations and lumber to mount the stations not already installed in the garden. Contact: Fr. Tom at

Acolyte Robes: $1750 We are updating our acolyte ministry and their wardrobe. Each robe costs approximately $75 each. We need various sizes/lengths.  Contact: Mtr. Katie at

Sanctuary Chairs:  3 CHAIRS GIFTED - THANK YOU! We would like to add additional folding chairs in Christ Church in the choir area to replace the metal chairs.  Chairs are $200 each and are the same style used at the altar, dark wood with red pads. We hope to get 8, total. Contact: Kathleen Turner at

Choir Robes: GIFTED - THANK YOU! There is a regular need to replace worn out choir robes for our adult choirs. Robes are $100 each. Contact: Kathleen Turner at

Listening Sessions
Listening Sessions are currently being conducted across the state, as part of the 11th Bishop of Georgia Search. Click here to see the complete list of Listening Sessions.

The Search Committee has designed a survey for the XI Bishop Search that includes the questions that are also asked at the Diocesan Listening Sessions.  Whether or not you attend a Listening Session, please take the time to complete this brief survey. Go  here  to get started. 

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  or call the church office at 912-638-8683.

Carl Alexander
Kris Barkley
John Barnes
Kathy Bee
Kelly Benhase
Gene Broadwell
June Brown
Beverly Burns
Josh Calhoun
Barbara Canady
Greg Canady
Andy Cheshire
Adgate Cole
Page Cole
Dena Davis
Jackie Davis
Mary Lou Detwiler
Terry Doster
Tom Finn
Patricia Friedel
Matthew Ganserite
Walter Graham
Angie Hansen
Burgess Hartsell
Lois Irvin
Bill Littleton
Dot Marler
Rachael Moore

Richard Quinelly
Scott Reynolds
Terry Hall Robbins
Rob Ruskin
Willou Smith
David Somerville
James St. Clair
Grayson Strickland
Edith Tayloe
Sarah Taylor
Mary Triplett-Key
John Waite
Brennon Waller
Janice Walker
Carah Wheeler
Summer Wheeler
Clint Winne
Martin Worthy
Putsie Worthy
Mell Wray
Hollis Youngner

This  Week

Serving This Weekend
Susan Shipman - Chalice Bearer

Sunday, March 17, 2019 8:00 AM (CCF)
David Boland - Chalice Bearer
David Boland - Lector 
Ed Rowley - Usher
Toni Rowley - Usher
Sherry Bowan - Altar Guild

9:15 AM (Christ Church)
Andrew Kaminer - Acolyte C
Daven Wray - Acolyte TB
Robert Wray - Acolyte TB
Jack Taylor - Acolyte PW
Catherine Holt - Chalice Bearer
Paul Salter - Chancel Master
Catherine Holt - Lector - First Lesson
Margie Dorsey - Lector - Second Lesson
Laura Brown - Greeter
Greer Brown - Greeter
Clif Jones - Usher
Douglas Lane - Usher
Ed Turner - Kidurgy Shepherd
Weezie Campbell - Altar Guild

9:15 AM (Parish Hall)  
Maggie Jenkins - Acolyte C
Te Turner - Chalice Bearer
Beth Smith - Lector - First Lesson 
Hugh Brown - Lector - Second Lesson 
Andy Jenkins - Greeter
Amy Jenkins - Greeter
Oscar Covington - Usher
Bascom Murrah - Usher
Lynne Turner - Kidurgy Shepherd
Nancy Zell - Altar Guild

11:15 AM (Christ Church, Frederica)
Paul Salter - Acolyte C
Mary Helen Moses - Chalice Bearer 
Paul Salter - Lector - First Lesson
Paul Salter - Lector - Second Lesson
David Butler - Usher
Jennie Doyle - Altar Guild

Weds., March 20, 2019 Healing Service 12:00 PM
Janis Boland - Altar Guild


Thursday, March 14, 2019
1:00 pm - Lenten Spiritual Practices

Saturday, March 16, 2019
9:00 am - ECW Tour of Homes
5:30 pm - Worship at St. Ignatius

Sunday, March 17, 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
6:00 pm - TOH Celebration at Musgrove
6:30 pm - EYC Star Wars/Lenten Study

Monday, March 18 , 2019
11:00 am - Yoga

Tuesday, March 19, 2019
10:30 am - Susanna Wesley Guild
2:00 pm - Hand Bell Practice
4:30 pm - Choristers 
5:30 pm - Trebles
5:45 pm - Vestry Meeting

Wednesday, March 20, 2019
10:30 am - Men's Study Group
12:00 pm - Healing Service
1:00 pm - Lenten Study
5:00 pm - Adult Choir
6:30 pm - X Church

Thursday, March 21, 2019
1:00 pm - Lenten Spiritual Practices

Friday, March 22, 2019
12:00 pm - Icon Writing Group

Saturday, March 23, 2019
10:00 am - Icon Writing Group
5:30 pm - Worship at St. Ignatius

Sunday, March 24, 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
6:30 pm - EYC Star Wars/Lenten Study

Save the Date

April 14, 2019
Palm Sunday

April 21, 2019
Easter Sunday

May 19, 2019
Parish Picnic

June 10-14, 2019
VBS 2019