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November 7 , 2018

Find out what's happening with the Christ Church Master Plan with the Town Hall Update here.

Rector's Ramblings

More than a year ago, President Trump made some controversial remarks about the protests and counter-protests in Charlottesville, VA. (I'm not using the comments to bash the President, but as a jumping off point for the sake of this reflection.) The comments have come  back into my consciousness lately with the Tree of Life Synagogue shooting and as we prepare to commemorate the 80 th  anniversary of Kristallnacht. Many of us remember the torch-wielding white supremacists that marched through the community shouting anti-Semitic slogans, and later congregated with weapons, shields, and helmets for a daytime march. There were also scores of counter-protestors. Amongst those counter-protestors were members of a group known as Antifa, the first time many of us were introduced to the far-left.  Although there is still debate about who is to blame and for what in some circles, I have relied on two friends and colleagues who are serving parishes in Charlottesville. My college chaplain is now serving a UCC parish in that city, and a priest raised up from my home congregation serves an Episcopal parish there. I know from their first-hand accounts that most of the counter protesters were non-violent, many motivated by their Christian beliefs. 


All Saints Services


At our All Saints Services this past weekend, we celebrated the lives of those we love, both living and dead with liturgies that included the renewal of our Baptismal vows, the Baptism of the three Jordan children, reading the names of the Departed and beautiful music, sung by our adult and children's choirs. It was a poignant time of reflection and renewal. 
Community Thanksgiving Worship Service

The annual Thanksgiving Community Worship service will take place the coming Sunday, November 11, at 4:00 pm, at First Baptist Church St. Simons Island. This special time of worship includes hymns, prayers, Old and New Testament readings and an outreach offering in addition to a sermon, which will be given by the Rev. Tom Jones, from St. Simons United Methodist Church. The Christian faith community on St. Simons gathers together just a few times for worship, which makes this a special Thanksgiving tradition.


The singular emphasis on love of God and neighbor provides the foundation for RenewalWorks, a ministry in the Episcopal Church that focuses on spiritual growth by deepening love of God and neighbor in the lives of congregations, in the lives of ministries that animate those congregations, and in the lives of the individuals who bring life to those ministries.

We are using the RenewalWorks to evaluate our members and our congregation and make plans for the future.  The first step in this process is the congregational survey. Please take a few minutes out of your schedule to use the link below and answer questions about your spiritual life and your life at Christ Church. We will use this information with a team of parishioners to determine strategies and plans to improve our spiritual vitality. The link can be found here .  Each person in a household over the age of 16 is encouraged to take the survey. If this work sounds interesting to you, and you'd like to be a part of the parish RenewalWorks team, please email Father Tom at


Adult Sunday Morning Class

The Adult Sunday morning class is continuing the study  of Adam Hamilton's book  Unafraid . All are welcome!  At the completion of the book, there will be an Advent Study and beginning 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. 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 Wednesday Bible Study is continuing the theme of Spiritual Growth this fall. The group is meeting in the Parish House at 5:30 pm, so that anyone wishing to attend X Church in Christ Church at 6:30 pm may do so. The subject of study and discussion will be "Spiritual Discipleship". All are warmly welcome. Please contact Godfrey Draviam at 912-638-8747 if you would like more information.

 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 11 - 12:30 pm - Rebounderz Trip
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


November 11 - 12:30 - 6:00 pm
We will load cars for Jacksonville following the 11:15 am service. We hope to shove off from Christ Church by 12:30 pm arriving at Rebounderz at 2:00 pm. Our plan will be to play until 4:00 pm and return between 5:30 and 6:00 pm back at Christ Church. The cost is $20 per person which will help cover the cost of activity fees and transportation. Our youth are encouraged to bring friends, and we ask that a parent be chaperone if your child plans to bring a friend. Please feed your youth lunch before event.

Christmas Lights on Jekyll Island
December 9 - 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Save the date! We will take a trip to Jekyll Island to see Christmas Lights! More details to be determined.

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.

Choristers and Trebles
We would like to express our thanks and joy for the wonderful performances of the Choristers and Trebles this past weekend in the All Saints worship services. They worked hard and gave their all to enhance the worship experiences of all who heard them! Thanks, too, for the performances of our older voices, including Maggie Jenkins, who sang a beautiful rendition of, "Going Home". You can hear this beautiful song in the 11:15 worship service found here.
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 !



Jazz Concert in Cuba
Please keep Christ Church musicians, Kathleen and Te Turner, Mary Helen Moses and Misty Renard-Laskowski in your prayers this weekend, as they venture to Cuba for the Choral Jazz Eucharist in Havana. Many thanks to all who have given your support for this trip! 
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 on Friday, November 16, at 10:30 am. They have been busy creating comfort objects for a lot of folks, including our most recently baptized children at Christ Church and the young women in the House of Hope, in Brunswick.

Another project the group is working on is making 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. 


Susanna Wesley Guild
The Susanna Wesley Guild will meet one week earlier in November to avoid conflicting with members' Thanksgiving holiday plans. The meeting date is Tuesday, November 13, at 10:30 am,  in the Parish House. Mother Katie, the new associate rector at Christ Church, will be the speaker, giving guild members an opportunity to become acquainted with her. A Christmas project will be discussed as well as a festive Christmas luncheon. For more information, please contact Ethel Horton at
Frederick Cousins Guild
This month, the Frederick Cousins Guild will meet on the second Tuesday, November 13, at 5:30 pm, at Weezie Campbell's home, 13 Tanglewood Drive, in Black Banks.  Mtr. Katie will be our guest and will share her wonderful plans for our young people at Christ Church. For more information, please contact Louise Bartlett at

OMG Trip to White Oak
Members of the Outrageously Mature Group who have made plans to go to White Oak will be gathering at 9:15 am  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
Next OMG Meeting - December 7, 2018

The next meeting of the O(utrageously) M(ature) G(roup) will be Friday, December 7, from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm, in the Parish House. To reserve your lunch, please call the church office with your order, at 912-638-8683, by Wednesday December 5. Lunch is $10.Contact Mother Ashton at for more information. 


ECW Fall Meeting

The ECW fall meeting and brunch took place this past Saturday November 3. Darcelle Burandt, founder and director of "House of Hope" was the featured speaker.
House of Hope is a faith-based therapeutic safe house with a 12-month program - a place of refuge and recovery - for girls ages 12-18 who have been traumatized by sex trafficking. The m ission statement of the House of Hope is t o rescue, restore and rehabilitate minor females rescued out of domestic sex trafficking and to fight the factors that encourage  trafficking to thrive. The Christ Church ECW supports this critical program through funds raised by the annual Tour of Homes  and  sales of Christ Church cookbooks and cookie tins. If you would like more information about the House of Hope, click here. If you'd like to see more photos from the brunch, click here.

Tour of Homes Meeting
The next Tour of Homes Chair Meeting will take place on Thursday, November 8, 11:00 am in the Parish Hall.  We still have room for more volunteers for the 2019 Tour of Homes!  Please contact Charlotte Graham at  
or Susie Henning at
Or visit our website:
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

Thank You to Our Office Volunteers!
On Thursday, November 1, our hardworking office volunteers got a short break from their labors, as we celebrated them with a luncheon at the Public House, in Sea Palms Resort. These dedicated folks work tirelessly to keep the office running smoothly at Christ Church, by answering phones, assisting tourists, taking messages, helping with mailings and endlessly stuffing bulletins. We are so grateful for each and every volunteer! Thank you!
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.

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
Allen Bowen
Doug Brantley
Gene Broadwell
June Brown
Beverly Burns
Terry Burns
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
John Waite
Janice Walker
Brennon Waller
Carah Wheeler
Summer Wheeler
Martin Worthy
Putsie Worthy
Mell Wray

This  Week

Serving This Weekend
Ralph Wade - Chalice Bearer

Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018 8:00 AM (CCF)
Carl Baumgardner - Chalice Bearer
Call Baumgardner - Lector 
Paul Ploeger - Usher
Dorriann Branch - Altar Guild

9:15 AM (Christ Church, Frederica)  
Robert Wray - Crucifer
Elizabeth Temple - Acolyte TB
Vivian Parks - Acolyte TB
Daven Wray - Acolyte PW
Slade Turner - Chalice Bearer
David Boland - Chancel Master
Bud Dorsey - Lector - First Lesson 
Margie Dorsey - Lector - Second Lesson
Ann Harrell - Greeter
Wallace Harrell - Greeter
Susan Imhoff - Usher
Zaida Clay Harris - Usher
Ed Turner - Kidurgy Shepherd
Bonnie Chandler - Altar Guild

9:15 AM Parish Hall (CCF)
Abigail Williston - Acolyte C
Peggy Goad - Chalice Bearer
Jody Bradford - Lector - First Lesson
Fred Collins - 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)
Ava Parker - Acolyte C
Paul Salter - Chalice Bearer
Paul Salter - Lector - First Lesson
Elizabeth Killgallon - Lector - Second Lesson
Dana Parker - Greeter
Patrick Parker - Greeter
Ben Slade - Usher
Linda Wood - Altar Guild
Dale Pierson - Altar Guild

Weds., Nov. 14, 2018 NOON Healing Service (CCF)
Bonita Wright - Altar Guild


Thursday, November 8, 2018
11:00 am - Tour of Homes Chair Meeting
12:30 pm - Finance Committee Meeting

Friday, November 9, 2018
12:00 pm -  Icon Writing Group
Saturday, November 10, 2018
10:00 am - Icon Writing Group
5:30 pm - Worship at St. Ignatius
Sunday, November 11, 2018
Veterans Day
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
4:00 pm - Thanksgiving Worship at First Baptist

Monday, November 12, 2018
11:00 am - Yoga

Tuesday, November 13, 2018
10:30 am - Susanna Wesley Guild
2:00 pm - Christ Church Hand Bells
4:30 pm - Choristers
5:00 pm - Trebles
5:30 pm - Frederick Cousins Guild
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
10:30 am - Men's Study Group
12:00 pm - Healing Service
1:00 pm - Faith & Division Discussion Group
5:00 pm - Adult Choir Practice
5:30 pm - Spiritual Discipleship Bible Study
6:30 pm - X Church

Thursday, November 15, 2018
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
11:00 am - Yoga

Tuesday, November 20, 2018
2:00 pm - Christ Church Hand Bells
4:30 pm - Choristers
5:00 pm - Trebles
5:45 pm - Vestry Meeting
Wednesday, November 21, 2018
10:30 am - Men's Study Group
12:00 pm - Healing Service
1:00 pm - Faith & Division Discussion Group
5:00 pm - Adult Choir Practice
5:30 pm - Spiritual Discipleship Bible Study
6:30 pm - X Church

Thursday, November 22, 2018
Thanksgiving Day - Office Closed

Save the Date

November 11, 2018
Community Thanksgiving Service 
at First Baptist St. Simons

November 15, 2018
OMG Trip to White Oak

November 19, 2018
Thanksgiving Basket Packing

November 22, 2018
Thanksgiving - Office Closed

November 23, 2018
Office Closed