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March 6 , 2019

Remember to set your clocks up this weekend, as we "spring" forward into Daylight Savings Time at 2:00 am on Sunday.

Rector's Ramblings

At today's Noon Ash Wednesday service, we had two children with us, the grandchildren of one of our parishioners. It is not rare for children to participate in Ash Wednesday services, per se, but these stood out to me because it was their first Ash Wednesday service. As the family came to the rail, I asked the mother if she would like them to receive ashes. Honestly, she was initially taken aback, before responding in the affirmative. It was new for the kids and new for mom, too.
I remember the first time I made an ashen cross on the foreheads of my children. It got my attention. It is a mark of mortality and penitence and there is an element of anguish as your brain connects the dots that your own children will one day die. It's a painful sting, even though their lives aren't in any particular danger in the moment. Just thinking about it is enough to worry a parent.  


Bishop's Visitation
The Rt. Rev. Scott Anson Benhase will visit Christ Church on Sunday, March 10 and preside during the Great Litany in the Parish Hall service at 9:15 am and at the Confirmation service in historic Christ Church at 11:15 am. All are invited join the Bishop as we welcome our new confirmands at a reception in the Parish Hall, immediately after the 11:15 am service.

Birthday and Anniversary Blessings
This month, we will be celebrating birthdays and anniversaries in our 9:15 and 11:15 am worship services, on the third Sunday (March 17), instead of the usual second Sunday. Please join us then for this special time of blessing.

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.

Cantors, Trebles and Choristers Honored
This past Sunday, March 3, at the 9:15 service in Christ Church, we honored our children and youth who have been a valuable part of our music program. During the service, Music Director, Kathleen Turner, asked the congregation how many of them have ever sung in a church choir two thirds of the hands went up! When asked how many grew up singing in a choir, most all the Choir and Clergy members' hands were raised. Many of our children and youth in choir have offered their gifts for over 5 years, which is equivalent to half their lifetime, or better, for many of these children. This is very special. So we honored them by initiating the Royal School of Church Music Medal System, which tracks their history in Choir, promotes singers when they are ready to achieve a higher level, and celebrates their accomplishments. None of this can be accomplished without the support of their parents and guardians. So we thank you parents. But it is the children who walk (some RUN) into the choir room to learn and share liturgy and music! 

Cantors (Loyal Service Medal)
Maggie Jenkins
Eva Purdy
Senior Trebles (Chorister Medal)
Georgia Carter  
Anson Galland  
Jimmy McQuade
Johnny McQuade
Calleigh Purdy  
Jack Taylor  
Elizabeth Temple  
Abigail Williston
Junior Trebles (Jr. Chorister Medal)
Hadley Kneller
William Temple
Choristers (Vestment)
Caroline Temple 

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.
For too long Lent has been thought of as a season of self-sacrifice and discipline that sounds to many Christians like a list of spiritual chores. Lenten disciplines become the spiritual equivalent of New Year's resolutions to lose weight, be healthier, or practice better money management. These promises are easily made and often quickly broken, leaving us feeling like we do not measure up to what we should be. 
In his letter to the Philippians, the apostle Paul joyfully turns to spiritual practices that draw him closer to God amid persecution and imprisonment. These practices keep Paul connected to a sense of God's power and presence. Joy flows from Paul and becomes a vital part of his relationship with the Philippians. 
Because of This I Rejoice: Reading Philippians during Lent  is a 6-week study of Philippians that explores what Paul teaches about joyfully practicing spiritual disciplines. The intent of these disciplines is to help us focus less on ourselves and more on God. 
This Lenten study invites us to engage in the same spiritual practices as a way to grow closer to God and allow joy to flow through our lives. 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 will lead 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
Starting Sunday, March 10, we will begin our Lenten/Star Wars meetings, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm, in the youth room. We will be 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. We will have popcorn and cookies and refreshments, watch a part of a Star Wars movie and have discussion and 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 weekend takes participants through a discovery about ourselves, our friends, our families, our faith, and how to live out our faith in our daily lives. 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 .  

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 meet next on Friday, March 8, at 10:30 am in the Parish Hall. Whether you already know how to crochet or knit or not, you are welcome to come. There are many talented teachers in the group who will be happy to show you how to get started. For more information, please contact Gay Barron at

Backpack Buddies

The Backpack Buddies will be packing twice in March, on Wednesday, March 13 at 10:00 am, and 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 Tour of Homes Needs YOU!
The Tour of Homes is less than two weeks away! We still need car parkers, several house docents and Parish Hall helpers! If you can help, please contact the committee chairs listed below or you can volunteer online by going to Just click Tour Information, then hit Volunteer!

Tour of Homes tickets are available online at locations around the island and at
Remind all your friends to get their tickets today! 

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
Parish Hall Chair: Sarah Kreimborg 912-222-6960
Bus Docent Chair:  Christine Plank 540-270-1215

Post-Tour of Homes Celebration


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!

Elisabeth Emory Ansley-Lick was baptized at Christ Church on Sunday, March 3, at the 11:15 am service. Emory comes from a long line of faithful Christ Church members. Great-grandfather Urquhart Ansley served on the vestry and great-grandmother Frances Ansley was an active member of the Altar Guild and the Charles Wesley Guild. Great-grandmother Marta Torrey acted as co-chairman of the Tour of Homes. Uncle Henry Ansley has served on the vestry and as a teller.  He and his wife Diane also take their turn as greeters. Aunt Frankie Ansley is a member of the Susannah Wesley Guild and the Altar Guild as well as part of the docent team.


Pancakes at the Pier
The Christ Church Second Annual Pancakes at the Pier/Shrove Tuesday Celebration brought some wonderful sounds and tantalizing smells to the St. Simons Village on Tuesday night. Amazing local jazz artist, Michael Hulett, led festive musical parades, while piles of delicious pancakes and piping hot sausages were served up to all who joined the cheerful throng. Many thanks to all who worked so hard to make this community happen! To see more photos of all the fun and excitement, click here .

(Many thanks to our own Gay Barron for helping with the photography during the early hours of this event!)
Daughters of the King
The Daughters of the King will be meeting next on Tuesday, March 12, at 5:45 pm. For more information, please contact Mother Ashton at
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 here and will be available for purchase beginning this Sunday, March 3, during coffee hour. For the month of March, 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: $5000 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! $1600 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. 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

Frederica Road Is Moving
Frederica Road will be shifting in the near future. At last week's Glynn County Commission meeting, our Commissioners voted on two items that will facilitate the shifting of Frederica Road. First, they unanimously approved the receipt of FLAP program funds to cover the project, and second, they unanimously voted to approve the land swap between Christ Church and the County. The County can now proceed with final engineering on the project. Construction will likely begin by the end of the year and conclude in the first half of 2020 if everything goes well.  

It took many, many hours and many hands, but it was all worth it for what will go down as a historic achievement in the history of Christ Church. This has been a project the congregation has overwhelmingly supported since the initial Master Plan and we are very pleased with this outcome.  Read more about the road project in the Brunswick News  here .
Listening Sessions
Listening Sessions are currently being conducted across the state, as part of the 11th Bishop of Georgia Search . Please consider attending the session on Sunday, March 10, at 2:30 pm at St. Mark's in Brunswick.
Click here to see the complete list of Listening Sessions.

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
Allen Bowen
Gene Broadwell
June Brown
Nelda Burke
Beverly Burns
Josh Calhoun
Barbara Canady
Greg Canady
Andy Cheshire
Adgate Cole
Dena Davis
Jackie Davis
Mary Lou Detwiler
Terry Doster
Tom Finn
Patricia Friedel
Matthew Ganserite
Walter Graham
Angie Hansen
Burgess Hartsell
Carol Hoffine
Lise Hofmann
Lois Irvin
Bill Littleton
Dot Marler
Rachael Moore

Richard Quinelly
Scott Reynolds
Terry Hall Robbins
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
Paul Salter - Chalice Bearer

Sunday, March 10, 2019 8:00 AM (CCF)
Carl Baumgardner - Chalice Bearer
Carl Baumgardner - Lector 
Paul Ploeger - Usher
Anna Belle McCaskill - Altar Guild

9:15 AM (Parish Hall - Christ Church, Frederica)  
Vivian Parks - Acolyte C
William Temple - Acolyte - TB
Abigail Williston - Acolyte - TB
Eva Purdy - Acolyte PW
Paul Salter - Chalice Bearer
Robert Brown - Chancel Master 
Margie Dorsey - Lector - First Lesson 
Bud Dorsey - Lector - Second Lesson 
Rip Graham- Greeter
Charlotte Graham - Greeter
Susan Imhoff - Usher
Zaida Clay Harris - Usher
Oscar Covington - Usher
Bascom Murrah - Usher
Tony Kreimborg - Kidurgy Shepherd
Sarah Kreimborg - Kidurgy Shepherd
Nancy Zell - Altar Guild

11:15 AM (Christ Church, Frederica)
Paul Salter - Chalice Bearer 
Lynne Fox - Lector - First Lesson
Lynne Fox - Lector - Second Lesson
Ben Slade - Usher
Frankie Ansley - Altar Guild
Pat Collins - Altar Guild

Weds., March 13, 2019 Healing Service 12:00 PM
Ethel Horton - Altar Guild


Friday, March 8, 2019
10:30 am - Christ Church Comforters
12:00 pm - Icon Writing Group

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

Sunday, March 10, 2019
Bishop's Visitation
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 - Reception for the Bishop
6:30 pm - EYC Star Wars/Lenten Study

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

Tuesday, March 12, 2019
2:00 pm - Hand Bell Practice
4:30 pm - Choristers 
5:30 pm - Trebles

Wednesday, March 13, 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 14, 2019
1:00 pm - Lenten Spiritual Practices

Friday, March 15, 2019
12:00 pm - Icon Writing Group

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

Save the Date

April 14, 2019
Palm Sunday

April 21, 2019
Easter Sunday

May 19, 2019
Parish Picnic

June 10-14, 2019
VBS 2019