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November 14 , 2018

All those who have made plans to go on the Thursday, November 15, trip to White Oak Conservation Center, should meet at the Parish Hall no later than 9:15 am that morning. Get more details here.

Sunday School classes for children and youth will NOT be meeting on Sunday, November 25. Happy Thanksgiving!

Rector's Ramblings

I recently listened to a podcast that asked the question, what does it mean to be a Christian? It's an interesting question, and one that we probably think we can answer relatively easily. Our answers would probably be nuanced, and there's a good chance that as we begin to answer, we will think of a series of answers to the question, all of which are probably part of the overall reality. So, what does it mean to be a Christian?
Does it mean we go to church somewhere? Does it mean we are baptized? Does it mean we believe in the creeds? All of the creedal statements? Does it mean we read the Bible? Do we believe what the Bible says? All of it? Does it mean we're a "disciple"? (Do we know what a disciple is?) Is a person who wears a cross a Christian? Is a person a Christian because they say they are a Christian? Is a person seeking a relationship with Jesus a Christian? Can a person of another faith also be a Christian? Is a person still a Christian if they fail at being a Christian? Can we fail at being a Christian?


Jazz Eucharist in Cuba
Our Christ Church music team has returned from an exciting and spiritually enlightening trip to Cuba, where they joined with other US and Cuban musicians for a lively Jazz Eucharist at the Episcopal Cathedral in Havana. They will be sharing more details with us about this unique experience in the weeks to come. Welcome home!

Christmas Poinsettias
Beautiful poinsettias may now be ordered to honor a loved one and decorate our worship spaces at Christmas. The cost is $30 per poinsettia and checks should be made payable to the Christ Church Altar Guild. Please send checks and the names of those you wish to honor to Ethel Horton at 402 Palm Court St. Simons Island, 31522 by Sunday, December 16.


Adult Sunday Morning Class

The Adult Sunday morning class is concluding their study  of Adam Hamilton's book  Unafraid . Next, t here will be an Advent Study focusing on the book, The Redemption of Scrooge, by Matt Rawle. Then beginning at the first of the New Year, the class will work with James Moore's book,  God was here, and I was out to lunch, which deals with missed opportunities to experience God's grace.  The Class meets in the Parish Hall, 10:30 - 11:15 am. The Adult Classroom is next to the Choir Room. All are welcome! Please contact Bob Brown at for more information.

Men's Study Group
The Men's Discussion Group, which meets on Wednesdays at 10:30 am, in the Youth Room, is reading    Islam In Context, Past, Present, and Future, by Peter Riddell and Peter Cotterell. 
Please contact Father Tom at for more information.

One Nation Under God Indivisible:
Living Out Our Faith in a Divided World
Wishing you knew how to talk to family and friends about political happenings without you or them becoming angry? Loving our neighbor can be challenging  in our tumultuous times. Father Tom and Mother Becky are teaching a four week series on how we can live as children of God in a deeply divided country. Sessions will include Civility in an Uncivil World, Managing Anxiety in Anxious Times, the PItfalls of Tribalism, and Overcoming Fake News. The discussions began on Wednesday, October 31 and will continue through November 21 from 1:00 -2:00 pm in the Parish Hall. Consider attending the Healing Service at noon on Wednesdays prior to the group discussions, to pray for the healing of our country.  For more information, contact Mother Becky at  or Father Tom at .

Wednesday Evening Bible Study 
The members of the Wednesday Bible Study have completed their fall study of Spiritual Growth. Wishing all a happy Thanksgiving and a blessed Holiday season!
 Children and Youth

Our youth and children have a lot in store for them this fall! Check out the schedule and activities below. Have questions? Please contact Mtr. Katie at


November 18 - 12:30 - 2:30 pm, Meeting with Mission Project
November 25 - No EYC meeting at Christ Church - teens will meet for coffee at Wake Up


Christmas Lights on Jekyll Island
December 9 - 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Save the date! 

Coffee and Conversation
For our high school students we are offering a chance to meet at a coffee shop twice a month for fellowship and teaching. This is an opportunity for our youth to come together and chat.
November 25 - 7:00 - 8:00 pm at Wake Up Coffee 

Our 3rd, 4th and 5th graders are invited to their own time at church for fun and fellowship. This month we will gather at the Parish House on November 18, 12:30 - 2:30 pm to complete a mission project together. There will be lunch, games and the project to do together.

New Beginnings #53
Please keep Waverly Brown in your prayers this weekend as she serves on the staff for New Beginnings #53 at Honey Creek.  Waverly will also be giving the Homily at the Sunday closing service.

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

Backpack Buddies will be packing next on Wednesday, November 28, at 10:00 am, in the Parish Hall. Please come out and join the fun on the assembly line! For more information about Backpack Buddies, please contact Susan Shipman at
Thanksgiving Food Baskets

The annual collection of food for Thanksgiving food baskets for twenty-three needy families in our community begins November 10-11 and will continue through November 17-18. The final date for food collection is November 19, by 9:00 am. Chair Jeannie Wade asks that you bring non-perishable food items to services at St. Ignatius and Christ Church. Monetary donations are welcome, too, as they will help to purchase a turkey for each basket. Make your check to Christ Church, Frederica and note that it is for Thanksgiving baskets. Checks may be placed in the collection at each service. Food items may also be brought to the Parish Hall on weekdays. On Monday, November 19, at 9:00 am, you are invited to help assemble the food baskets in the Parish Hall. Contact Jeannie Wade at to get more information or to volunteer to help collect, assemble or deliver the food baskets. 
Christ Church Comforters 
The Christ Church Comforters will meet next this Friday, November 16, at 10:30 am. In addition to their many other projects, they have been creating beautiful knit caps in various sizes. If you are planning to make a box for the International Seafarers Center - Christmas at Sea program, (see article below), knit caps in adults sizes, made by the Comforters, will be available for you to add to your box. For more information, please contact Gay Barron at
Christmas at Sea
It's hard to believe, but Christmas is less than 8 weeks away! As much as we hate to rush the season, it's important to start thinking of those who need help and support during the holidays.

One group with whom Christ Church actively collaborates, is the International Seafarers Center, which ministers to seafarers from all over the planet. Most of us are blessed with family and friends during the holidays, but Christmas can be a lonely time for seafarers. Every year during the season of Christmas, the International Seafarers' Center spreads the love of Christ through their Christmas at Sea program. About 1500 seafarers travel through the port of Brunswick from Thanksgiving to January 7th and the Center hopes to give every seafarer a Christmas present. 
If you'd like to be part of this ministry, it's as easy as filling a shoebox with 12 - 15 item from the list found  here, wrapping the box in holiday paper and bringing it to either the church office in the Parish Hall, or to the International Seafarers Center, at 307 Newcastle Street in Brunswick. 


OMG Trip to White Oak - November 15WhiteOakTrip
Members of the Outrageously Mature Group who have made plans to go to White Oak should gather no later than 9:15 am  on Thursday, at the parish house. We will leave at 9:30 am  at the very latest and will return by 4:00 pm.  Please bring a refillable water bottle and wear closed-toe, comfortable shoes. You are welcome to bring cameras to take pictures. We look forward to seeing you on the 15th! For more information, please contact Mtr. Ashton at
Breakfast with St. Nicholas
Mark your calendars and invite your friends and neighbors, because Breakfast with St. Nicholas is in two and a half weeks!  This exciting annual community event will take place on Saturday, December 1, from 9:00 to 11:30 am, in the Christ Church Parish Hall. This is an event for all ages, but particularly special for families with children. A hot breakfast is served beginning at 9:00 am. Activities and games especially geared towards families follow breakfast and St. Nicholas will read a very special story to all.



ECW Cookies and Cheese Wafers are here!
ECW announces brand new cookie tins are in and ready for your holiday shopping!! A fresh supply of 'cheese wafers' and 'key lime coolers' are waiting for you and yours and  they make fabulous Christmas gifts at only $15.00 per tin.  New aprons are coming soon, so get your lists ready.
Stay Informed

Town Hall Meetings - UpdateTownHallUpdate

The recent Town Hall meetings were a success as the Vestry and Building Committee unveiled the proposed plans to be considered as next steps in our Master Plan Process. Links to the presentation and further details on the major parts of the plan can be found below.  Everyone will be invited to participate in a feasibility survey from Sinclair Townes and Co., the consultants the Vestry has retained to investigate what we can reasonably afford as we look to the future.  

The Vestry encourages everyone to familiarize themselves with the plans and prayerful in their discernment.  As we shift into 2019 with a feasibility study report in hand, the Vestry will be determining next steps.  

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.

Thank You!

Father David Somerville wishes to convey his deep gratitude to the many participants in pastoral outreach, both lay and ordained during his continuing recovering from spinal stenosis surgery. Through the excellent coordination of ministers, which could only happen through the leadership and management skills of our gifted rector, Fr. Tom Purdy, a steady stream of prayer, and encouragement via Word and Sacrament was maintained without interruption. His experience has demonstrated that through the church's informed and coordinated mission in the present, this historic parish has continued its grounding in a realistic vision of a significant future role in our increasingly complex society. Fr. David and Sherry will find ways to deepen their stewardship of Time, Talent and Treasure to the corporate journey of this wonderful branch of Christ's body.

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
Terry Burns
Josh Calhoun
Barbara Canady
Andy Cheshire
Dena Davis
Jackie Davis
Lonita Davis
Mary Lou Detwiler
Robbie Dickinson
Kristen Erin
Beth Evans
Betsy Fitzgerald
Richard Fox
Patricia Friedel
Travis Gay
Joe Goff
Mary Frances Gould
Brad Graham
Burgess Hartsell
Lise Hofmann
Lois Irvin
Misty Johns
Bill Littleton
Larry MacDonald
Dot Marler
Tom Martin
Rachael Moore
Erin Jones O
Mike Peck

Heath Powers
Richard Quinelly
Jane Rives
Samantha Rowell
Bob Saunders
Clyde Smith
Willou Smith
David Somerville
James St. Clair
Grayson Strickland
Edith Tayloe
Sarah Taylor
Timothy Tindall
Mary Triplett-Key
John Waite
Janice Walker
Brennon Waller
Carah Wheeler
Summer Wheeler
Laura Whitney
Martin Worthy
Putsie Worthy
Mell Wray

This  Week

Serving This Weekend
Paul Salter - Chalice Bearer

Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018 8:00 AM (CCF)
David Boland - Chalice Bearer
David Boland - Lector 
Ed Rowley - Usher
Toni Rowley - Usher
Anna Belle McCaskill - Altar Guild

9:15 AM (Christ Church, Frederica)  
Slade Turner - Crucifer
Isabella Williston - Acolyte TB
Eva Purdy - Acolyte TB
David Boland - Chalice Bearer
Slade Turner - Chancel Master
Slade Turner - Lector - First Lesson 
Sally Essig - Lector - Second Lesson
Dale Stoddard - Greeter
Nancy Stoddard - Greeter
Clif Jones - Usher
Douglas Lane - Usher
Julianne Temple - Kidurgy Shepherd
Sandy Rice - Altar Guild
Sandy Storino - Altar Guild

9:15 AM Parish Hall (CCF)
Maggie Jenkins - Acolyte C
Doree Avera - Chalice Bearer
Hugh Brown - Lector - First Lesson
Brooke Bartlett-Kneller - Lector - Second Lesson
Amy Jenkins - Greeter
Andy Jenkins - Greeter
Oscar Covington - Usher
Bascom Murrah - Usher
Elise Meeks - Kidurgy Shepherd
Nancy Zell - Altar Guild

11:15 AM (Christ Church, Frederica)
Kathleen Chitty - Acolyte C
Bonnie Harris - Chalice Bearer
Lynne Fox - Lector - First Lesson
Lynne Fox - Lector - Second Lesson
Diane Ansley - Greeter
Henry Ansley - Greeter
Gene Rackley - Usher
Nancy Zell - Altar Guild

Weds., Nov. 21, 2018 NOON Healing Service (CCF)
Jeannie Wade - Altar Guild


Thursday, November 15, 2018
9:15 m - OMG Trip to White Oak

Friday, November 16, 2018
10:30 am - Christ Church Comforters
12:00 pm -  Icon Writing Group
Saturday, November 17, 2018
10:00 am - Icon Writing Group
5:30 pm - Worship at St. Ignatius
Sunday, November 18, 2018
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 & Pathfinders

Monday, November 19, 2018
9:00 am - Thanksgiving Basket Packing
11:00 am - Yoga

Tuesday, November 20, 2018
2:00 pm - Christ Church Hand Bells
Wednesday, November 21, 2018
10:30 am - Men's Study Group
12:00 pm - Healing Service
1:00 pm - Faith & Division Discussion Group
6:30 pm - X Church

Thursday, November 22, 2018
Thanksgiving Day - Office Closed

Friday, November 23, 2018
Office Closed
Saturday, November 24, 2018
5:30 pm - Worship at St. Ignatius
Sunday, November 25, 2018
8:00 am - Worship at Christ Church 
9:15 am - Worship at Christ Church
9:15 am - Kidurgy at Christ Church
10:20 am - Sunday School for Adult Class ONLY
10:30 am - Coffee Hour
11:15 am - Worship at Christ Church
7:00 pm - HS Students Coffee at Wake Up

Monday, November 26, 2018
9:30 am - Manna House
11:00 am - Yoga

Tuesday, November 27, 2018
2:00 pm - Christ Church Hand Bells
4:30 pm - Choristers
5:00 pm - Trebles
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
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

Save the Date

November 19, 2018
Thanksgiving Basket Packing

November 22, 2018
Thanksgiving - Office Closed

November 23, 2018
Office Closed

December 1, 2018
Breakfast with St. Nick

December 2, 2018
Advent Evensong