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October 2 , 2019

The annual Blessing of the Animals, is this coming Sunday, October 6, at 4:30 pm! Get complete information here.

Make sure to bring your non-perishable food donations for the St. Athanasius Food Pantry this weekend. See what's needed here.

Rector's Ramblings

Father Tom has been away at Fall Clergy Conference for the last few days and will not be rambling this week. He does wish to take this opportunity to express his deepest gratitude to all who worked so hard, and donated so generously, to make the Island to Island Benefit Concert such an unualified success this past weekend. More than $40,000 was raised to go directly to the hardest-hit areas in the Bahamas. THANK YOU! (Read more here.)


Worship Schedule
Join us for weekly worship at Christ Church. Regular weekend worship services take place on Saturdays at 5:30 pm at St. Ignatius Chapel, on Demere Road, and on Sundays at 8:00 am, 9:15 am (church), 9:15 am (parish hall) and 11:15 am at Christ Church, Frederica.  Kidurgy, our Liturgy of the Word for younger children, takes place during the 9:15 am worship service at Christ Church. On Wednesdays, at 12:00 pm, a Healing service is held at Christ Church.  

Beginning Wednesday, October 16, X Church returns to the worship line-up, at 6:30 pm.
Blessing of the AnimalsAnimalBlessing
This coming Sunday, October 6, at 4:30 pm, we will be Blessing our Animals at Christ Church. Please bring the important animals in your life, whether they're dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters, mice, guinea pigs, reptiles or even bees, and come to this wonderful celebration started by St. Francis many centuries ago. We will gather outside of the Parish House for this special and joyful service and encourage you to bring your two-legged friends and neighbors, too!
Choral Evensong

A Choral Evensong, lead by our Choristers and Trebles, will take place on Tuesday, October 15, at 5:30 pm, in Christ Church. Please join us for this beautiful musical worship service.


Adult Sunday Morning Class 
The Adult  Sunday  Class  has begun a new study entitled  The Gospel According to Leviticus . Read more about this book  here . All are invited to join us. The class meets in the Adult Sunday classroom in the Parish House. For more information, contact Bob Brown at .
Women's Book Study 

The  women's study group meets on Thursdays at 1:00 pm in the parish hall. The group will begin a new book on October 3, The Scarlet Cord: Conversations With God's Chosen Women . The book tells the story of biblical women in a new way, drawing the reader further down her spiritual path and closer to Christ. Books are available in the bookstore for $21. For more information, please contact  Mtr. Ashton at .
Men's Study Group
The Men's Discussion Group, which meets on Wednesday mornings at 10:30 am, has resumed meeti ng for the fall. For more information, please contact Te Turner at .
Wednesday Afternoon Book Study

The Wednesday afternoon book study, led by Fr. Tom Purdy, is discussing Love Your Enemies over five sessions at 1:00 pm in the parish hall. Join them for a simple lunch and then one-hour discussion. In Love Your Enemies , the New York Times bestselling author and social scientist Arthur C. Brooks shows that abuse and outrage are not the right formula for lasting success, that, instead, happiness comes when we choose to love one another, despite our differences.  Books are available in the bookstore for $27.  Contact: Fr. Tom at
Daughters of the King
The  Daughters  of the  King  will have their monthly meeting on Tuesday, October 8, in the Christ Church Parish House. All will gather at 5:30 pm for fellowship and sharing and the formal meeting will begin at 5:45 pm. The Daughters meet on the second Tuesday of each month in the Parish Hall. For more information, please contact Mtr. Ashton at
Susanna Wesley Guild
On Tuesday, October 15, at 10:30 am in the Parish House, the Susanna Wesley Guild will welcome Beth VanDerbeck, CEO of Morningstar Children and Family Services. She will relate recent events on campus where transformative teaching and healing are the goals of serving the 55 resident youths with developmental challenges and mental health issues. Visitors are welcome. For more information, please contact Ethel Horton at
Cursillo 126
Cursillo is a Spanish word which means "a short course in Christianity." Twice each year, the Diocese of Georgia holds a Cursillo at Honey Creek. Beginning on Thursday evening, October 17, 2019, you can experience a weekend of resting in God's reassuring love and peace which passes all understanding. You will hear talks from clergy and lay people in the diocese, attend services in the beautiful chapel at Honey Creek, and enjoy fellowship and meaningful conversations with other participants throughout the diocese. If you are interested in attending Cursillo or being on the Cursillo team for the weekend of October 17-20, please call Rita Spalding at 912-270-2725. More information about Cursillo and the registration forms for both participants and team members can be found here:
 Children and Youth

Youth Group
Christ Church Youth Group for our youth in 6th-12th grade meets every Sunday from 6:30-8:00 pm in the parish house. We have a meal, play games, and engage in scripture, tradition, discussion and outreach.

On Sunday, October 13, at 4:00 pm, the youth be taking a trip to the Epworth Ropes Course for an afternoon of fun and team-building. For more information about the trip, please contact Mother Katie at

Below are the dates for some upcoming Diocesan youth events. For more information, please contact Mtr. Katie at

Diocesan Convention Youth Presence 
Friday, November 15 (all Day)- Saturday November 16th
Statesboro, GA Grades 6-12
Winter Youth Retreat
Honey Creek, Grades 6-12
Happening #103
Honey Creek, Grades 10-12
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 !



Island to Island: Benefit for the BahamasBahamasBenefit

The Island to Island Benefit for the Bahamas Concert, which took place at the SSI Lighthouse this past Sunday, September 29, was a tremendous success and raised over $40,000 for relief efforts in the Bahamas! We sold more than 825 tickets to a host of generous patrons who partied with a purpose! Many, many thanks to these guests and everyone who participated in this benevolent event, including the bands, Roy Gentry and Hired Guns, The Island Kings and The Sensational Sounds of Motown; our fabulous food, drink and event sponsors; and all the wonderful, hard-working volunteers! It took teamwork on an island scale to make this happen! (See more photos of all the fun, here.) 

The funds raised by the concert will be going to the following groups: 
PERC, Inc. is a not-for-profit U.S. corporation created in 1998 to support the philanthropic work of charitable and community organizations in Abaco, Bahamas (specifically, Hope Town, Man O' War and Marsh Harbour). PERC stands for Preservation, Environment, Recreation, Community. 501c3, vetted by locals who have worked with them for 20 years.
Episcopal Diocese of Southeast Florida - direct assistance through the Anglican Diocese of The Bahamas, The Turks, & The Caicos Islands.  They will ensure money gets where it needs to go via the Anglican Church connections in hard-hit areas.
World Central Kitchen - Jose Andres' charity - they are using helicopters to fly food to places unreachable otherwise. They have served hundreds of thousands of meals in the Bahamas since the hurricane.
Abaco-Winding Bay Relief Fund - Pending 501c3 - This community has local St. Simons/Sea Island residents who live there and they are giving funds directly to people affected by the storm, many of whom stayed, but lost everything. A local member checked them out and vouches for them.

St. Athanasius Food PantryFoodPantry
The StAthanasius Feed My Sheep Food Pantry  needs your non-perishable food donations for October. Please bring them to St. Ignatius and the Christ Church Parish House this weekend or drop off donations in the grocery cart, during regular business hours, at the church office in the Parish House. In addition to regular items that are always needed, like canned vegetables, fruits and meals like Spaghettios, the pantry could use some canned soups for the cool weather that will be coming (eventually!). Thank you for your continued support of this ministry! 
Backpack Buddies - Next Packing on Oct. 30

The Christ Church Backpack Buddy team is once again feeding hungry students in Glynn County on the weekends throughout the school year. This year, we are feeding 500+ students and need all the help we can get on packing days! Please join us on the line on October 30, at 10:00 am, in the Parish Hall and help us get all the bags packed!

You can also help by sponsoring a child for $100 for the school year or $50 for half the year.  Just make your check payable to Christ Church, Frederica , and write Backpack Buddies in the memo line. For more information, please contact Susan Shipman at

Jacket and Sweatshirt Drive
The mission committee has become aware of a great need for sweatshirts and light jackets for the students of Burroughs Molette Elementary School. If you would like to help these children stay warm this winter, we are collecting these items to help them feel comfortable and ready to learn. The sizes needed range from child small (5/6) to child extra large (14/16). Please bring new or slightly used items to the church office by Monday, October 14. For more information, please contact Donna Purdy at


Tour Day Will Be Here Before You Know It!
Things are moving along nicely with the 2020 ECW Tour of Homes. The home selection team has secured four beautiful homes on Sea Island, two on East Beach and the Homefront Museum. We have Glynn County buses lined up for Tour Day and many folks are interested in serving as docents, too.
Committee chairs will have a brief meeting on Thursday, October 3, at 11:00 am in the Parish House. We will also meet on November 7 and December 5.
If you'd like to get involved with the 2020 Tour of Homes, please contact the chairs, Susie Henning at  or Tami Black at

Christ Church Comforters and OMGs -  Meeting this Friday, October 4
The Christ Church Comforters will meet on Friday, October 4, at 10:30 am, in the Christ Church Parish Hall. Please bring any shawls you've been working on recently. Afterwards, all are invited to stay for lunch with the O(utrageously) M(ature) G(roup) at 11:30 am. This will be great time to socialize, relax, and catch up. Following lunch, the OMGs will play games and Comforters members are welcome to join them, or just stay for more conversation and fun.  If you'd like lunch for $10 from Honeybaked Ham, please call the church office  at 912-638-8683 with your order by Thursday, October 3, at noon. For more information, please contact Mtr. Ashton at
Icon Writing Group Fall Break
The Icon Writing Group will be on fall break the weekends of October 11-12 and 18-19, but will be back in action the weekend of October 25-26. Newcomers are always welcome. If you're interested in joining the group or would like more information about icon writing, please contact David Blatchford and
All Hallows Eve Family Fun Fest

Mark your calendars and invite your friends and neighbors to join us for the annual All Hallows' Eve Family Fun Fest at Christ Church on Sunday, October 27, from 4:30 to 6:00 pm, at Christ Church! If you'd like to help with this great family event, please contact Mtr. Katie at
Stay Informed

St. Athanasius Unveils Signature Square Sign
On Friday, September 27, 2019, our sister church in Brunswick, St. Athanasius Episcopal Church, unveiled its beautiful, new Signature Square sign. The sign is to recognize the anchor of that church in the Brunswick community, not only for its importance as a religious institution but as an educational institution. The hope is that other historic churches in the downtown area will follow suit. Brunswick Mayor, Cornell Harvey; 
City Commissioner, Julie Martin; City Manager, Jim Drum; St. Athanasius Senior Warden Brandi Lyde, Father Tom Purdy and a host of other officials and friends of St. Athanasius were on hand for this momentous event. See more photos here.
Bishop Search - Candidate Walk-About Visit

Join us to meet the candidates for Bishop of Georgia, during their walk-about visit to Christ Church on  Thursday, October 24 at 11:00 am in the Parish Hall. The candidates are The Rev. Rob Brown, The Rev. Lonnie Lacy, The Rev. Canon Frank Logue, The Venerable Jennifer McKenzie and The Rev. Canon John Thompson-Quartey. The candidates will address all in a group setting, then be available for individual questions and discussion afterwards. 
Read more about each candidate here.

Help Needed for Candidates' Visit

We will need several parishioner to act as greeters and assist with hospitality for this event. If you are available to help, please contact Glenn Queener at
Christ Church Gift Shop 
The 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 and Tuesday through Friday, from 2:00 to 5:00 pm. 

We are now carrying natural bath and body products from Thistle Farms,  a nonprofit social enterprise, based in Nashville, TN, dedicated to helping women survivors recover and heal from trafficking, prostitution, and addiction. Thistle Farms provides a safe place to live, a meaningful job, and a lifelong sisterhood of support because they believe love is the most powerful force in the world. Every purchase of Thistle Farms handcrafted, natural bath and body products directly benefits the women survivors who make them.

If you have questions about these items or are interested in helping with the shop, please contact Ellen Kuehm at 912-996-3392 or at .

Newcomers Guides Are Here
Extra! Extra! Read All About It! Introducing Christ Church, Frederica's Newcomers Guide. Whether you're a newcomer or an old timer, you can find out about all the programs and activities happening at Christ Church in this convenient brochure. Pick up a copy in the church office, at Christ Church or St. Ignatius. Or you can download it here. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Mother Ashton 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.

Nancy Acree
Bob Baker
Kris Barkley
Kelly Benhase
Gene Broadwell
Beverly Burns
Jackie Byrne
Josh Calhoun
Greg Canady
Suzanne Crankshaw
Dena Davis
Jackie Davis
Mary Lou Detwiler
Godfrey Draviam
Tom Finn
Dave Geiszler
Angie Hansen
Burgess Hartsell
Carol Hoffine
Lise Hofmann
Angela Holland
Jessica Hope
Johnny Justice
Bill Littleton
Dorothy Lowery
Tom Martin
Rebecca Murdy
Frank Owenby
Richard Quinelly
Johnny Riddle

Julia Riddle
Terry Hall Robbins
Rob Rushin
Clyde Smith
Willou Smith
David Somerville
Sam Spak
James St. Clair
Edith Tayloe
Sara Taylor
Mary Triplett-Key
Janice Walker
Sarah Whitman
Clint Winne
Mell Wray
Bob Zell

This  Week

Serving This Weekend

Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019 5:30 PM (St. Ignatius Chapel)
Paul Salter - Chalice Bearer
Sarah Kreimborg - Altar Guild

Sunday, October 6, 2019 8:00 AM (CCF)
Paul Salter - Chalice Bearer
Paul Salter - Lector 
Lee Dyson - Usher
Dorriann Branch - Altar Guild

9:15 AM (Christ Church, Frederica) 
Peggy Goad - Chalice Bearer
Angie Burns - Chancel Master
Peggy Goad - Lector - First Lesson
Angie Burns - Lector - Second Lesson
Nancy Stoddard - Greeter
Dale Stoddard - Greeter
Susan Imhoff - Usher
Nancy Stoddard - Altar Guild

9:15 AM (Parish Hall, CCF) 
Jody Bradford - Chalice Bearer
Beth Smith - Lector - First Lesson
Beth Smith - Lector - Second Lesson
Oscar Covington - Usher
Bascom Murrah - Usher
Nancy Zell - Altar Guild

11:15 AM (Christ Church, Frederica) 
Bonnie Harris - Chalice Bearer
Lynne Fox - Lector - First Lesson
Lynne Fox - Lector - Second Lesson
Dana Parker - Greeter
Patrick Parker - Greeter
Dutch Heidsieck - Usher
John Killgallon - Usher
Linda Wood - Altar Guild

Weds. Oct. 8, 2019 NOON Healing Service
Nancy Butler - Altar Guild

Thursday, October 3, 2019
11:00 am - Tour of Homes Meeting
1:00 pm - Women's Book Study

Friday, October 4, 2019
10:30 am - Christ Church Comforters
11:30 am - OMG Meeting
12:00 pm - Icon Writing Group
Saturday, October 5, 2019
St. Athanasius Food Bank
10:00 am - Icon Writing Group
5:30 pm - Worship at St. Ignatius
Sunday, October 6, 2019
St. Athanasius Food Bank
8:00 am - Worship at Christ Church 
9:15 am - Worship at Christ Church
9:15 am - Worship at Christ Church (PH)
9:15 am - Kidurgy
10:15 am - Coffee Hour
10:15 - Sunday School for All Ages
11:15 am - Worship at Christ Church
4:30 pm - Blessing of the Animals
6:30 pm - Youth Group

Monday, October 7 , 2019
11:00 am - Yoga

Tuesday, October 8, 2019
2:00 pm - Hand Bells Rehearsal
4:30 pm - Choristers Rehearsal
5:00 pm - Trebles Rehearsal
5:30 pm - Daughters of the King
Wednesday, October 9, 2019
10:30 am - Men's Book Study
12:00 pm - Healing Service
1:00 pm - Book Study
5:00 pm - Adult Choir

Thursday, October 10, 2019
12:30 pm - Finance Committee Meeting
1:00 pm - Women's Book Study

Saturday, October 12, 2019
5:30 pm - Worship at St. Ignatius
Sunday, October 13, 2019
8:00 am - Worship at Christ Church 
9:15 am - Worship at Christ Church
9:15 am - Worship at Christ Church (PH)
9:15 am - Kidurgy
10:15 am - Coffee Hour
10:15 - Sunday School for All Ages
11:15 am - Worship at Christ Church
4:00 pm - Youth Group Ropes Course Trip
Save the Date

October 15, 2019
Choral Evensong

October 16, 2019
X Church Returns

October 24, 2019
Bishop Candidates Walk About at Christ Church

October 27, 2019
All Hallow's Eve Family Fun Fest