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November 28 , 2018

Join us for Breakfast with St. Nick this Saturday, December 1, at 9:00 am. Get all the details here.

Advent Choral Evensong will take place on Sunday, December 2, at 5:00 pm, in Christ Church. Join us for this wonderful musical beginning to the Advent season.

Please remember to bring your non-perishable food donations for the St. Athanasius food pantry this weekend. See the list of needed items here.

Rector's Ramblings

I consider myself to be fairly technologically-able. In the days before I had a Mac and my windows-based computers needed regular maintenance and tweaking to keep running smooth, I did all my own work. I never had a virus or other major software glitch. I did have a motherboard die once, which required outside help. When a previous laptop screen died though, I was able to repair it myself. I even do my own networking. I like that devices have become more and more "plug and play". It's fairly easy to get things set up and connected most of the time.
Which is probably why I was terribly frustrated this week to struggle mightily with the innocuous-looking Google Home mini. It's one of those smart speaker devices that allows you to simply talk to the speaker and get it to do things for you. It came as a free bonus gift with a recent purchase. I've had an Amazon Alexa at home for a year now. She was easy to set up and although we don't ask her to do much heavy lifting, she does control the living room lights. Each light can be controlled separately (named for the closest artwork or landmark furniture near each lamp) or all at once. I love it.  


Advent Begins on a Musical Note

We begin this year's Advent season with special music this coming 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.

Special Altar Guild Meeting
Calling all Altar Guild members! Please mark your calendars for a very important meeting of the Altar Guild on Thursday, December 13, at 10:00 am, in the Parish Hall. Your attendance is critical! For more information, please contact Nancy Zell at


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 Siegel 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 via text 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

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. Join us this month at:
December 2 - Wake Up Coffee (Brunswick) - 7:00 pm
December 16 - Starbucks (St. Simons Island) - 7:00 pm

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 !



St. Athanasius Food PantryFoodPantry

Please remember to bring your non-perishable food donations for the St. Athanasius Feed My Sheep Food Pantry to St. Ignatius and Christ Church this weekend. As the holidays approach, the pantry will be in particular need of canned tomatoes, fruits, vegetables, beans and dinners like Spaghettios. Full-size boxes of cereal are also needed. Monetary donations are always appreciated, too!
Backpack Buddies

Backpack Buddies will be packing next on Tuesday, December 11, at 1:30 pm, 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

Christ Church Comforters Meeting
The next meeting of the Christ Church Comforters will take place on Friday, December 14, at 10:30 am. For more information, please contact Gay Barron at .

Breakfast with St. NicholasStNickBreakfast
Gather your children and grandchildren and invite your friends and neighbors, because Breakfast with St. Nicholas is this Saturday!  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

Susanna Wesley Guild Christmas Luncheon
The Susanna Wesley Guild will meet one week earlier on Tuesday, December 11 for a festive holiday luncheon at the Cloister. Members will gather at the church at 11:30 a.m. and car pool to Sea Island. Guild members decided to direct their Christmas project to hurricane relief in Port Saint Joe, Florida, specifically to the Discretionary Fund of Father Tommy Dwyer, rector of St. James Episcopal Church there. Please make check payable to Christ Church with Susanna Wesley Guild on the memo line. Cash is acceptable. The gifts will be combined and sent to Father Dwyer. A suggested amount is $20. Please RSVP by December 7 to Ethel Horton at 634-8327 or e-mail .
Frederick Cousins Guild Christmas Gathering
The Frederick Cousins Guild will have their annual Christmas gathering at Linda & Phil Allen's home, at 208 Stevens Road, on Tuesday, December 18,  at 5:30 pm.  Spouses and significant others are invited as well. Please bring an appetizer or dish (or dessert) to share and come join the holiday fun at Phil and Linda's beautiful home. For more information, please contact Louise  Bartlett  at


ECW Cookies, Cheese Wafers and Cookbooks 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. There are plenty of cookbooks and n ew aprons, too, so get your lists ready!
ECW Scholarship
Looking for a special gift this year? This Christmas give the gift that "keeps on giving"- a donation to the new ECW Scholarship fund for young women. A donation to this newly established fund enables a young lady from one of our area Episcopal churches to further her post secondary education. This is truly a gift that will last a lifetime!! Make checks payable to ECW Scholarship Fund and mail to PO Box 20292, St. Simons Island or send it to the church address.
Stay Informed

Vestry Nominations
'Tis the season for Vestry Nominations! Nominations are open for the 2019 vestry election. This year's nominating committee is comprised of the outgoing vestry members: Beryl Blatchford, Tony Kreimborg, Slade Turner, Ralph Wade and two recent former senior wardens of the parish: Susan Shipman and Ed Turner. Along with Fr. Tom, these six individuals will put together the slate of nominees for election at the annual meeting on January 27, 2019. Nominations may be made to any member of the committee between now and December 27th.

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. 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
Tom Finn
Betsy Fitzgerald
Richard Fox
Patricia Friedel
Travis Gay
Joe Goff
Mary Frances Gould
Brad Graham
Angie Hansen
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
Paul Salter - Chalice Bearer

Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018 8:00 AM (CCF)
Carl Baumgardner - Chalice Bearer
Carl Baumgardner - Lector 
Lee Dyson - Usher
Sherry Bowen - Altar Guild

9:15 AM (Christ Church, Frederica)  
Paul Salter - Crucifer
Anson Galland - Acolyte TB
Calleigh Purdy - Acolyte TB
William Temple - Acolyte PW
Donna Purdy - Chalice Bearer
Slade Turner - Chancel Master
Barbara Sullivan - Lector - First Lesson 
Barbara Abbate - Lector - Second Lesson
Brooke Sumerford - Greeter
Rees Sumerford - Greeter
Susan Imhoff - Usher
Charlie Daniel - Usher
Ed Turner - Kidurgy Shepherd
Weezie Campbell - Altar Guild

9:15 AM (Parish Hall, Christ Church, Frederica)
Jimmy McQuade - Acolyte C
Beth Smith - Chalice Bearer
Beth Smith - Lector - First Lesson
Jody Bradford - Lector - Second Lesson
Charlotte Graham - Greeter
Rip Graham - Greeter
Oscar Covington - Usher
Bascom Murrah - Usher
Lynne Turner - Kidurgy Shepherd
Nancy Zell - Altar Guild

11:15 AM (Christ Church, Frederica)
Kathleen Chitty - Acolyte C
Mary Helen Moses - Lector - First Lesson
Mary Helen Moses - Lector - Second Lesson
Diane Ansley - Greeter
Henry Ansley - Greeter
John Killgallon - Usher
Jennie Doyle - Altar Guild

Weds., Dec. 5, 2018 NOON Healing Service (CCF)
Janis Boland - Altar Guild


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

Friday, November 30, 2018
12:00 pm - Icon Writing Group
Saturday, December 1, 2018
St. Athanasius Food Pantry
9:00 am - Breakfast with St. Nicholas
5:30 pm - Worship at St. Ignatius
Sunday, December 2, 2018
St. Athanasius Food Pantry
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 - Christmas Pageant Rehearsal
5:00 pm - Advent Choral Evensong
7:00 pm - EYC Teens Coffee

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

Thursday, December 6, 2018
1:00 pm - Advent Book Study

Friday, December 7, 2018
12:00 pm - Icon Writing Group
Saturday, December 8, 2018
10:00 am - Icon Writing Group
5:30 pm - Worship at St. Ignatius
Sunday, December 9, 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 - Christmas Pageant Rehearsal

Monday, December 10, 2018
11:00 am - Yoga

Tuesday, December 11, 2018
12:00 pm - Susanna Wesley Luncheon
1:30 pm - Backpack Buddies
2:00 pm - Christ Church Hand Bells
4:30 pm - Choristers
5:00 pm - Trebles
Wednesday, December 12, 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

Thursday, December 13, 2018
1:00 pm - Advent Book Study

Friday, December 14, 2018
12:00 pm - Icon Writing Group
Saturday, December 15, 2018
10:00 am - Icon Writing Group
5:30 pm - Worship at St. Ignatius
Sunday, December 16, 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 - Christmas Pageant Rehearsal
7:00 pm - EYC Teens Coffee

Save the Date

December 9, 2018
Youth Trip to Jekyll Island

December 11, 2018
Backpack Buddies

December 16, 2018
Lessons and Carols

December 20, 2018
Christmas Basket Packing

December 20, 2018
Wreath-making for Christmas

December 21, 2018
Parents' Day Out