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March 20 , 2019

The 2019 Christ Church Tour of Homes went beautifully last Saturday, March 16! Many thanks to all for their hard work! See highlights from the day here.

Rector's Ramblings

The news out of Christchurch New Zealand last week was heartbreaking. Anytime an act of terror like that takes place, it shakes us to our core. It can happen anywhere, after all. When I mentioned the shooting in this weekend's sermon, it was a quick reference, as I made the point that the protection of the "Mother Hen" in Luke's Gospel does not mean we will be free from suffering and loss. Jesus actually warns us of the opposite.

The first time and maybe the second time I preached it, I added a caveat, explaining why I was linking the shooting of Muslims in New Zealand to the protection of Jesus Christ. I did that because I know that there are persons (in and outside of this parish) who think all Muslims are evil; that they are the enemy of the United States and the enemy of Christianity. Such a mindset is not unlike that of the gunman in Christchurch, and it's not helpful. It's also not true.  


Lenten Choral Evensong

On Tuesday, March 19, our young choristers, trebles and cantors led a beautiful, contemplative Evensong through scripture and song. We are grateful for the time and talents they shared in this special Lenten worship service.
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. 

Holy Week and Easter Worship Schedule

Makes plans to join us for worship during Holy Week and Easter this year. A complete list of services may be found here.


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. The book study begins at 1:00 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 meets 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.

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 church. 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
Vacation Bible School 2019
Parents! Summer will be here  before  you know it, so mark you calendars for Vacation Bible School, which will take place the week of June 10 -14. More information will be available in weeks to come, but now is the time to save the date!
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 !



Calling All Cooks!
Christ Church will be supplying Kugel for this year's Community Passover Seder meal on April 11. Fr. Tom is looking for cooks to help make Kugel for the event - 200 servings worth! Rabbi Rachael has supplied a recipe, and it is not a difficult process, but it is a lot of work and a lot of baking, nonetheless. Join Fr. Tom on the afternoon of April 11 to make the Kugels in the Christ Church kitchen. If you'd like to help, please email him at .
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
Spring Cleaning Christ Church - April 13
Spring is here and now it's time to spruce up Christ Church! Join us on Saturday, April 13, at 9:00 am, and help us paint the exterior of the church and clean the interior. No special skills are required -- though we'd love to have some folks who don't mind climbing, to help paint the upper parts of the church exterior. Just come with a willing spirit, your paintbrushes, tarps, buckets, ladders, rags for cleaning and step-stools! For more information, please contact Alice Barlow at
Report from Cuba

We are happy to report that water purification systems provided by Christ Church have been installed in Bartle and Manati, Cuba. Our Christ Church music team made a pilgrimage to Cuba last November, with help from the financial support of donations made by some of our church members. The  Choral Pilgrimage quickly turned into a hybrid musical and relief mission. Read more about the positive outcome of the water purification system installations  here


ECW Tour of Homes 2019TOH_HighlightsPhotos

The 2019 Christ Church Tour of Homes is now in the books and what a great day it was! From one end of St. Simons Island to the other, and across to Sea Island and back, an army of dedicated volunteers, docents, drivers, traffic directors, cooks, servers, hosts and hostesses cheerfully guided approximately 1,000 guests through eleven beautiful homes and historic sites. It took a massive team effort to keep everything flowing smoothly and we are grateful to all who contributed to the success of the day!
To see highlights from Tour Day, click  here . Photos from the Tour of Homes Celebration Party may be found  here .

Tour Co-Chairman, Charlotte Graham had this to say:

Dear Friends,
Oh, I am so proud of all we accomplished together! The Christ Church Tour of Homes, again, was a huge success this year. From the feedback we've gotten, we know that our Tour Patrons really enjoyed the day! This project has a lot of moving parts. No one area is any more important than the other. The shared effort made, and countless volunteer hours spent, make our Tour of Homes a timeless Christ Church tradition. Thank you all, again, for your friendship, your hard work, and true commitment to making a difference in the lives around us who need a little extra help. Early on in the Tour planning, I ran across this quote from John Wesley on volunteerism. I think he'd be proud of our work with the Tour of Homes!
"Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as you ever can."                                               - John Wesley
I am honored to have had the opportunity to work on the Tour of Homes.  I will cherish the friendships made and the experience forever.
All my best,

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!
Elizabeth Temple and Jimmy McQuade, two of our talented Christ Church trebles, were recently cast in the Frederica Academy Fifth Grade production of Disney's Mulan Jr. Elizabeth tackled the title role as Mulan and Jimmy played Chi Fu, a Chinese Bureaucrat. The Fifth Grade play is an annual tradition at Frederica Academy and a highly anticipated event in the school year. This year's performance took place on March 14. Fifth grade teachers Melanie Howell and Sandra Smith, shared the roles of producer & director. Mrs. Smith made all of the costumes. Phoebe Shelton, the Lower School Music teacher, served as choreographer and music instructor. The students created most of the set design in Mrs. Schuyler's art class.


OMG Meeting
Our O(utrageously) M(ature) G(roup) will be meeting next on Friday, April 5, at 11:30 am, in the Parish Hall. ALL are welcome to come for lunch, games and good times! If you'd like to order lunch for $10 from Honeybaked Ham, please contact Mtr. Ashton at  
Daughters of the King
The Daughters of the King will meet next on Tuesday, April 9, at 5:30 pm, in the Parish Hall. We will gather for social time at 5:30 and will move onto business at 5:45 pm. For more information, please contact Mtr. Ashton at
Community Seder
Please join us on Thursday, April 11, at 6:00 pm, for the Golden Isles Annual  Community Passover Seder . The Seder will take place at St. Francis Catholic Church Parish Hall 1120 Newcastle St., in Brunswick.

Suggested Donation: $10 per person/$25 per family

RSVP Phone: 912-261-8512 ext. 444 
(RSVP soon - this event fills up quickly!)

Mom's Night Out
Hey moms! Mark your calendars for Friday, April 12 and make plans to join us for dinner at 6:30 pm, at the Porch, 549 Ocean Blvd., in St. Simons Village. We'll relax, visit and enjoy some tasty chicken and sides together! Please contact Mtr. Ashton at, by Wednesday, April 10 and let her know if you'll be there.
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
Dena Davis
Jackie Davis
Mary Lou Detwiler
Terry Doster
Page Faulk
Tom Finn
Patricia Friedel
Matthew Ganserite
Walter Graham
Angie Hansen
Burgess Hartsell
Lise Hofmann
Lois Irvin
Bill Littleton
Dot Marler
Tom Martin
Rachael Moore
Sandy Nyenhuis

Richard Quinelly
Scott Reynolds
Terry Hall Robbins
Rob Rushin
Frankie Scatterfield
Clyde Smith
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
Ralph Wade - Chalice Bearer

Sunday, March 24, 2019 8:00 AM (CCF)
Carl Baumgardner - Chalice Bearer
Carl Baumgardner - Lector 
Peg McBride - Usher
Dorriann Branch - Altar Guild

9:15 AM (Christ Church)
Isabella Williston - Acolyte TB
Jack Taylor - Acolyte PW
Peggy Goad - Chalice Bearer
Robert Brown - Chancel Master
Mary Helen Moses - Lector - First Lesson
Barbara Sullivan - Lector - Second Lesson
Dale Stoddard - Greeter
Nancy Stoddard - Greeter
Fred Collins - Usher
Joe Wilkinson - Usher
Mary Hardee - Kidurgy Shepherd
Nancy Stoddard - Altar Guild

9:15 AM (Parish Hall)  
Elizabeth Temple - Acolyte C
Jody Bradford - Chalice Bearer
Doree Avera - Lector - First Lesson 
Doree Avera - Lector - Second Lesson 
Clif Jones - Greeter
Penny Jones - Greeter
Oscar Covington - Usher
Bascom Murrah - Usher
Mindy Martin - Kidurgy Shepherd
Kay Brown - Altar Guild

11:15 AM (Christ Church, Frederica)
Isabel Parker - Acolyte C
Mary Helen Moses - Chalice Bearer 
Elizabeth Killgallon - Lector - First Lesson
Mary Helen Moses - Lector - Second Lesson
Dana Parker - Greeter
Partrick Parker - Greeter
Royce Wood - Usher
Linda Wood - Altar Guild
Dale Pierson - Alter Guild

Weds., March 27, 2019 Healing Service 12:00 PM
Nancy Butler - Altar Guild


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

Monday, March 25 , 2019
9:30 am - Manna House
11:00 am - Yoga

Tuesday, March 26, 2019
2:00 pm - Hand Bell Practice
4:30 pm - Choristers 
5:30 pm - Trebles

Wednesday, March 27, 2019
10:00 am - Backpack Buddies
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 28, 2019
1:00 pm - Lenten Spiritual Practices

Friday, March 29, 2019
12:00 pm - Icon Writing Group

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

Sunday, March 31, 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