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November 21 , 2018

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

Rector's Ramblings

I revisited a homily I wrote a few Thanksgivings ago for X Church and decided I can't ramble about anything better than this today, so enjoy this "classic" reflection and have a blessed Thanksgiving with your families!


Advent Begins on a Musical Note
We begin this year's Advent season with special music on Sunday, December 2.  Choral Eucharist will be offered at the 9:15 and 11:15 am liturgies with Advent musical offerings by the Christ Church Choir.  At 5:00 pm, a special Advent Choral Evensong will take place in historic Christ Church. All are invited to attend.
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 will being an Advent study in December based on the book,  The Redemption of Scrooge. In this book, the class will discover how the teachings of Jesus can be found in Dickens' Christmas classic. From the ghosts of Christmas past, to the life of the present and the resurrection of Christmas future, this Advent study will "bless us everyone" and reinvigorate our spiritual journeys as we look at this familiar story through the lens of faith. Join the Sunday morning Adult Class as they go from "Bah, Humbug!" to a blessed Advent and a Merry Christmas. Everyone is welcome. The Class meets in the Parish House every Sunday from 10:30 to 11:15 am and the Rev. Dr. Robert W. (Bob) Brown is the leader. For more information, please contact Bob at .

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.

Thursday Afternoon Book Study
The focus of this Advent book study will be The First Christmas: What the Gospels Really Teach About Jesus's Birth by Marcus Borg and John Crossan. In this book, the authors help us to see this well-known narrative afresh by answering the question, "What do these stories mean?" in the context of both the first century and the twenty-first century. They successfully show that the Christmas story, read in its original context, is far richer and more challenging than people imagine. The study will begin on Thursday, November 29, at 1:00 pm, in the Vestry room and will meet weekly throughout Advent. The book may be purchased on Amazon for $15.75. Contact Mother Ashton at for more information. 

Sacred Music of Advent
Father Tom Purdy, Kathleen Turner and Randy Seigel will host a music-themed series for Advent. Join us for lunch at 12:30 pm, following the Healing Service. The programs will take place on Wednesdays, at 1:00 pm, in the Parish Hall.

Week 1 - December 5 - Compare and Contrast Settings of Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus. Father Tom's creative use of posing questions and engaging discussion will structure the program. 
Advent Devotional
Living Well Through Advent 2018: Practicing Generosity with All Your Heart, Soul, Strength, and Mind is the Advent meditation booklet from Living Compass this year. Copies are available in the church office, or download a copy at

Daily Advent Prayers
Father Tom will send out daily prayers during Advent to all who would like to receive them. If you'd like to be added to the contact list, please contact Fr. Tom at
 Children and Youth


EYC and Pathfinders Service Project

Our youth and Pathfinders had a great time this past Sunday when they combined forces to assemble and sort all the non-perishable foods donated for Thanksgiving baskets. That gave the basket packing team on Monday a great head-start for putting together baskets for twenty-three families quickly so they could be delivered that day.

November 25 - No EYC meeting at Christ Church 


Christmas Lights on Jekyll Island
December 9 - 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Save the date and make plans to join us! 

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 

Christmas Pageant 2018

Christmas Pageant Rehearsals will take place December 2, 9, 16 and 23,  following the 11:15 am service in the Parish Hall. On Dec. 2 there will be tryouts for speaking roles, Dec. 9 will be rehearsal for speaking roles only, Dec. 16 will be rehearsal for all roles and Dec. 23 will be the final dress rehearsal. For more information contact Mother 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

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
Christmas and Advent Song CD
A collection of traditional carols of Advent and Christmas, sung by our Choristers, Trebles, Youth, and Young Adults will be available on CD, on Sunday, December 9. As the value of children's voices singing of Christ's birth is priceless, donations are welcomed and will support the St. Cecelia Series. (If donating by check, please write "St. Cecelia Series" in the memo line.)

Christmas at Sea
Christ Church actively supports the International Seafarers Center, a group that 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. If you'd like to include a warm knit cap, made by our Christ Church Comforters in your box, please contact Gay Barron at


OMG Trip to White Oak
White Oak promotes endeavors in conservation through innovative science, education, training, and collaborations. We are committed to providing conservation options for the species that need them the most. We invite you to explore our over 16,000-acre haven for people, animals, and ideas and join in our effort to save species.
On November 15th, 21 members from Christ Church loaded into vans and took a trip to the White Oak Conservation center. We had wonderful conversations in the vans. Upon arriving at White Oak, we had a tour of the famous Gilman Hall, where we saw dinosaur artifacts, the Baryshnikov ballet studio, art that was collected from China, and they even had a room with a bowling ally! After our tour, we enjoyed a delicious lunch before embarking on our two hour tour around the conservation area. We got to pet a rhino, see giraffes, meet the dog and cheetah who live together, a dingo and much more! The group had such a great time that discussion has already begun about our next adventure! Learn more about the conservation center here and click here to enjoy the pictures from our trip!
 Faithfully, Mother Ashton

Breakfast with St. Nicholas
Mark your calendars and invite your friends and neighbors, because Breakfast with St. Nicholas is in less than two 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. For more information, please contact Mtr. Katie at


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

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!


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
Pat Vinton
John Waite
Janice Walker
Brennon Waller
Carah Wheeler
Summer Wheeler
Laura Whitney
Martin Worthy
Putsie Worthy
Mell Wray

This  Week

Serving This Weekend
Ralph Wade - Chalice Bearer

Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018 8:00 AM (CCF)
David Boland - Chalice Bearer
David Boland - Lector 
Peg McBride - Usher
Dorriann Branch - Altar Guild

9:15 AM (Christ Church, Frederica)  
Robert Wray - Crucifer
Abigail Williston - Acolyte TB
Daven Wray - Acolyte TB
Johnny McQuade - Acolyte PW
Peggy Goad - Chalice Bearer
David Boland - Chancel Master
Barbara Sullivan - Lector - First Lesson 
Barbara Sullivan - Lector - Second Lesson
Laura Brown - Greeter
Greer Brown - Greeter
Fred Collins - Usher
Susan Imhoff - Usher
Tony Kreimborg - Kidurgy Shepherd
Sarah Kreimborg - Kidurgy Shepherd
Mary Hardee - Kidurgy Shepherd
Peggy Goad - Altar Guild
Susie Hodges - Altar Guild

11:15 AM (Christ Church, Frederica)
Isabel Parker - Acolyte C
Jane Watson - Lector - First Lesson
Elizabeth Killgallon - Lector - Second Lesson
Dana Parker - Greeter
Patrick Parker - Greeter
Royce Wood - Usher
Frankie Ansley - Altar Guild
Ethel Horton - Altar Guild

Weds., Nov. 28, 2018 NOON Healing Service (CCF)
Ethel Horton - Altar Guild


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

Thursday, November 29, 2018
1:00 pm - Advent Book Study

Friday, November 30, 2018
12:00 pm - Icon Writing Group
Saturday, December 1, 2018
9:00 am - Breakfast with St. Nicholas
5:30 pm - Worship at St. Ignatius
Sunday, December 2, 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 All Ages
10:30 am - Coffee Hour
11:15 am - Worship at Christ Church
12:30 pm - Christmas Pageant Rehearsal
5:00 pm - Advent Choral Evensong

Monday, December 3, 2018
11:00 am - Yoga

Tuesday, December 4, 2018
2:00 pm - Christ Church Hand Bells
4:00 pm - Live Poets Society
4:30 pm - Choristers
5:00 pm - Trebles
Wednesday, December 5, 2018
10:30 am - Men's Study Group
12:00 pm - Healing Service
1:00 pm - Sacred Music of Advent 
5:00 pm - Adult Choir Practice
6:30 pm - X Church

Save the Date

November 22, 2018
Thanksgiving - Office Closed

November 23, 2018
Office Closed

December 1, 2018
Breakfast with St. Nick

December 2, 2018
Advent Choral Evensong

December 16, 2018
Lessons and Carols