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May 22 , 2019

The church office will be closed on Monday, May 27, 2019, for Memorial Day.

Rector's Ramblings

[Photo Credit:  The Brunswick News]
This past Sunday I preached about the ongoing need to support Burroughs-Mollette Elementary  School (BMES) in Brunswick. BMES is still the poorest school in Glynn County, and actually for several counties around (based on the percentage of students who qualify for free and reduced lunches). When compared with all the elementary schools in Glynn, Brantley, McIntosh, and Camden Counties, Burroughs Mollette is the poorest by this measure. And, as research has shown over and over again, poor schools, where the majority of students are poor, have worse outcomes academically. It's not so much that children in poverty can't learn and can't excel, but rather that when a school is predominantly poor, there is a strong negative correlation between that widespread poverty and performance on standardized measures. 


Bluegrass Eucharist and Church Picnic

As the old folk song says, we "went down to the river to pray..." this past Sunday, in the chapel at Honey Creek, at the Georgia Episcopal Retreat Center, on the shores of the Satilla River. A gentle breeze kept the deer flies at bay (for the most part), while Bluegrass music, provided by local favorite band, Marshgrass, kept toes tapping and voices raised in song. The baptism of little Gaellyn O'Neil Bartlett, and the renewal of Baptismal Vows completed this invigorating waterside worship service. Afterwards, all gathered for a delicious meal in the dining hall. To see more photos from this day of retreat and renewal, click here.


Adult Sunday Morning Class
The Adult Sunday Morning Class has  resumed its study of James Moore's book, God Was Here, and I Was Out to Lunch, which explores how it is possible to miss God's opportunities of grace because we are sometimes too caught up with the "business" of our lives.   For more information, please contact Bob at  

Men's Study Group
The Men's Discussion Group meets on Wednesday mornings at 10:30 am  in the youth room of the Parish Hall. They have just begun discussing Eric Hoffer's The True Believer: Thoughts of the Nature of Mass Movements. The group meets during the summer and newcomers are always welcome.  For more information, please contact Te Turner at .

Women's Book Study
The women's study group meets Thursdays at 1:00 pm in the Parish Hall. They will start their next book, Leaving Church: A Memoir of Faith, by Barbara Brown Taylor on Thursday, June 20. The book is  "...a beautifully crafted memoir . . . . There is a refreshing honesty . . . a slice of courage in a world that too often refuses to admit its vulnerability. . . . Leaving Church does not bash the church. It is a love story about letting go and learning to live with the mystery of what may happen next." -  San Diego Tribune   
Contact: Mtr. Ashton Williston at
 Children and Youth

Safeguarding God's Children Training
Safeguarding God's Children Training will be available on Saturday, June 1, from 12:30 until 2:00 pm. This program is being offered to those who will be volunteering with VBS, but is available to all who need it for access to the church. Please RSVP to Mother Katie at by Thursday, May 30.
Vacation Bible School 2019
Vacation Bible School for children in PreK - Grade 5 will take place the week of June 10-14, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm each day. This year's theme is ROAR! Life is Wild - God is Good!  This epic African adventure engages the whole herd, as  kids explore God's goodness and celebrate  a ferocious faith that powers them through this wild life. Every day will be an adventure! On Friday, there will be a lunch celebration at Noon with the Bouncy House! To register click here. For more information, please contact Mtr. Katie at

Vacation Bible School Needs
We're very excited about this year's Vacation Bible School program and are looking for volunteers to help make it an enriching, spiritually uplifting, and just plain fun experience for all who will be participating. If you can help in any way, please contact Mtr. Katie at and she'll find the perfect place for you!

We also need some specific items this year for Vacation Bible School and would like to borrow: woven area rugs (5), potted plants - real or fake (we will water them for you!), wooden crates, woven baskets, and any African art!

Things we need donated: snacks and beverages for our volunteers (cookies, chips, crackers, pretzels, cuties, grapes, soda), carpet squares, and any discarded fabric!

Please label your items on loan and all VBS items can be put in Sunday School classroom behind kitchen. 

Camp Kanuga - June 17 - 21, 2019

Camp Kanuga returns to Christ Church this summer. This full day camp provides some of the same educational and growth activities enjoyed at Camp Kanuga's parent site in Hendersonville, NC. Campers will participate in archery, morning jam and devotionals, nature hikes, team building activities, arts and crafts, and a variety of sports. Register online at
Dates: June 17 - June 21 Time: 9 am to 4 pm 
Monday - Thursday, 9 am to 1 pm Friday 
Tiered pricing:  Level 1: $225  Level 2: $200  Level 3: $175 Ages: 5-11
Summer Day Camp for Middle School

This summer, our youth will have the opportunity to give back to the community with Serving Our Neighbors, a week-long outreach camp, from  July 15-19. All youth from rising 5th graders through high school-aged youth are welcome. This is an all day, week-long camp that focuses on outreach in our community. 

We will spend our mornings traveling around Brunswick to different outreach opportunities like The Well, St. Athanasius, Second Harvest, MAP International and back home to Christ Church for Back-Pack Buddies! In the afternoons, we'll have engaging activities like Neptune Park mini golf, bowling, a movie, and on Friday, we will go to Summer Waves Water Park in celebration of a hard work week!  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 !



Snowbirds Flying ... Buses Arriving
With the arrival of Spring, our Afternoon Docent Team ranks are beginning to thin as some of our members fly north for the summer and others enjoy travel plans. At the same time, busloads of visitors are arriving in the afternoons, eager to learn about our historic church. We could use some help!

On Friday, May 24,  a docent orientation session, led by Susan Garrett and Glenn Queener, will be held at the church from 11 am-1 pm. Lunch will be provided. You will meet some of our current docent team and learn how we enjoy sharing the Christ Church story with visitors from around the world. Attendees will receive a packet of information on the church building, history and docent duties to review, and be assigned someone to "shadow" during one or more shifts before flying solo. While some of our team enjoy working several days a month,  one day of docent duty a month is all that is asked of our docents.
We are also looking for "greeters" to provide a second pair of hands on busy afternoons - typically mid-week. The docent on hand would provide the history and answer questions; your job would be to direct traffic and help with cookbook and history pamphlet sales. If this job is of interest to you, we can put you to work immediately.
Please contact Susan Garrett by email: or phone: (912) 434-9351 with any questions and to RSVP for the lunch on May 24. We hope you will join us to find out more about this rewarding ministry where we often receive more than we give!
Fr. Tom Visits Burroughs Molette Elementary
On Tuesday, May 21, Fr. Tom spoke to the students at Burroughs Molette Elementary School as a part of a year-end assembly to recognize behavior and academic achievement. He shared a story about his own childhood and also shared the daily practice of sending his girls into school with the reminder: "Be strong, be kind, help where you can, and have fun!" Learn more about Burroughs Molette and how Christ Church is involved with the school in a Rambling by Fr. Tom here.


Tour of Homes - Time to Unwind from 2019 and Gear Up for 2020!
Tour of Homes Volunteers, it's time to unwind from 2019 and gear up for 2020! Please join us on Tuesday, June 4, from 5:30 to 7:00 pm in the Christ Church Parish Hall, for libations and light appetizers. We will be sharing thoughts on the Tour of Homes past and looking for ideas for the next decade. Nursery will be available. Please RSVP to Susie Hodges at or 912-571-1674.

Chi Rho A Capella Performance

Last Wednesday the Parish Hall was filled with beautiful hymns and spirituals exquisitely performed by Chi Rho, an award winning a capella men's ensemble from Wake Forest University. This performance was their last for the academic year, which meant it was also the last for several graduating Seniors. 

Their selections highlighted solo voices and intricate harmonies. If you weren't looking, you'd think there was a percussionist in the ensemble, when indeed all the sounds listeners heard were made solely from the young men and their voices. 

Many thanks to George Ingram, Assistant Organist and Choirmaster, for extending a warm welcome to these young men at Saturday's Liturgy at St. Ignatius and to both George and Glenn Queener for organizing a delicious lunch for our large audience on Wednesday. 

Cum laude digma (with joyful voice),
Kathleen Turner 
Organist and Choirmaster 
Frederick Cousins Guild Party

The Frederick Cousins Guild enjoyed a delightful evening at the home and new barn of Phil and Linda Allen on Thursday, May 16. The weather was perfect, there was a great turn-out, and the barbecue dinner supplied by Tony & Sara Kreimborg was beyond delicious. The highlight of the evening was the blessing of the Allen's new barn, by Mother Ashton and Mother Katie. After that, Fr. Tom was talked into climbing up into the saddle by telling him he was probably the only one even capable of doing so!

Afterwards, all went back to Phil and Linda's house and celebrated another successful year. From the funds raised from the oyster roast, the guild was able to make donations to the Compass Rose Society, Grace House of Brunswick, Very Special Arts Glynn County, and the Farm at Oatlands!
OMG Meeting on Friday, June 7
Our O(utrageously) M(ature) G(roup) will be meeting next on Friday, June 7, at 11:30 am in the Parish Hall for food, fellowship and games. Hosting this month's meeting will be sweet sisters, Isabella and Abigail Williston, while their mom, Mother Ashton is away in the Holy Lands. You don't want to miss this Friday of fun! If you'd like to buy lunch from HoneyBaked Hams for $10, please call the church office at 912-638-8683, by Thursday, June 5 and let us know.

Parish People

Celebrating Our Friends at Christ Church

Sunday's Bluegrass Eucharist at Honey Creek was made even more joyful, when the granddaughter of Bill and Louise Bartlett, Gaellyn O'Neil Bartlett, was baptized during the worship service. Gaellyn and her extended family were all on hand for this very special sacrament!
Stay Informed

Christ Church Gift Shop - Now Open!

Our new Christ Church Gift Shop, (inside the Parish House, across from the reception area), is now open on Sundays, from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm. Come browse the assortment of unique items available, including hand-made prayer beads and our new history book. We'll also be adding new and seasonal items each week, so come by and check out the inventory. If you would like to make a purchase, cash, checks and credit cards are acceptable.
Our goal is to eventually have the shop open on a regular basis on weekdays, as well as Sundays, so we're looking for volunteers to serve as shopkeepers. Training will be provided. If you're interested in helping with the shop, please contact Ellen Kuehm at 912-996-3392 or at

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 pay portal. 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
Eric Andreae
Kurt Anderson
Kris Barkley
John Barnes
Kathy Bee
Kelly Benhase
Harry Branch
Gene Broadwell
Beverly Burns
Jackie Byrne
Josh Calhoun
Barbara Canady
Greg Canady
Andy Cheshire
Dena Davis
Jackie Davis
Mary Lou Detwiler
Terry Doster
Tom Finn
Patricia Friedel
Matthew Ganserite
Dave Geiszler
Ann Graham
Walter Graham
Angie Hansen
Burgess Hartsell
Carol Hoffine
Lise Hofmann
Lois Irvin
Jim Langston
Bill Littleton
Dorothy Lowery
Dot Marler
Tom Martin
Rachael Moore
Rebecca Murdy
Sandy Nyenhuis

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

This  Week

Serving This Weekend
Ralph Wade - Chalice Bearer

Sunday, May 26, 2019 8:00 AM (CCF)
Carl Baumgardner - Chalice Bearer
Carl Baumgardner - Lector 
Peg McBride - Usher
Anna Belle McCaskill - Altar Guild

9:15 AM (Parish Hall)
Andrew Kaminer - Acolyte C  
Vivian Parks - Acolyte TB
Calleigh Purdy - Acolyte TB
Levi Parks - Acolyte CW
Doree Avera - Chalice Bearer
David Boland - Chancel Master
Leigh Lane - Lector - First Lesson
Barbara Sullivan - Lector - Second Lesson
Charlotte Graham - Greeter
Rip Graham - Greeter
Fred Collins - Usher
Joe Wilkinson - Usher
Ed Turner - Kidurgy Shepherd 
Lynne Turner - Kidurgy Shepherd 
Kay Brown - Altar Guild

11:15 AM (Christ Church, Frederica)
Robert Bland - Acolyte C  
Susan Shipman - Chalice Bearer
NOT FILLED - Lector - First Lesson
Te Turner - Lector - Second Lesson
Penny Jones - Greeter
Clif Jones - Greeter
Nancy Zell - Altar Guild

Weds., May 29, 2019 NOON Healing Service CCF
Jeannie Wade - Altar Guild


Thursday, May 23, 2019
1:00 pm - Women's Book Study

Friday, May 24, 2019
12:00 pm - Icon Writing Group

Saturday, May 25, 2019
10:00 am - Icon Writing Group
5:30 pm - Worship at St. Ignatius

Sunday, May 26, 2019
8:00 am - Worship at Christ Church 
9:15 am - Worship in Parish Hall (CCF)
9:15 am - Kidurgy at Christ Church
10:30 am - Adult Sunday Class
11:15 am - Worship at Christ Church 

Monday, May 27, 2019
Memorial Day
Church Office Closed

Wednesday, May 29, 2019
10:30 am - Men's Study Group
12:00 pm - Healing Service

Friday, May 31, 2019
12:00 pm - Icon Writing Group

Saturday, June 1, 2019
St. Athanasius Food Pantry
10:00 am - Icon Writing Group
5:30 pm - Worship at St. Ignatius

Sunday, June 2, 2019
St. Athanasius Food Pantry
8:00 am - Worship at Christ Church 
9:15 am - Worship at Christ Church
9:15 am - Kidurgy at Christ Church
10:30 am - Adult Sunday Class
11:15 am - Worship at Christ Church 
Save the Date

June 10-14, 2019
VBS 2019

June 17-21, 2019
Camp Kanuga

July 15-19, 2019
Middle School Serving Our Neighbors

August 11, 2019
Sunday School Open House and Registration

August 18, 2019
Sunday School Starts

August 26-31, 2019
Icon Writing Workshop

September 3, 2019
Hand Bell Choir, Choristers and Trebles Rehearsals Start

September 4, 2019
Adult Choir Rehearsals Start