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October 3 , 2018

Please remember to bring your non-perishable food donations for the St. Athanasius Feed My Sheep Food Pantry this weekend. Click here for a list of specific foods needed.

The Blessing of the Animals will take place this coming Sunday, at 4:00 pm, in front of the Parish House. Get more details below.

Rector's Ramblings

The Honorable Brett Kavanaugh. Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. These two individuals have become the poster children of the brokenness of our political system. Both have been called victims in recent weeks, and both have been accused of lying. Both have been said to have been credible, and both have also been described in terms of how this confirmation process has potentially ruined their lives. What we call them, how we refer to them, and how we interpret the events of the last two weeks is often determined by what political tribe we belong to. Each side clearly sees what's going on, who's manipulating, grandstanding, and trying to use the process for their own gain. Each side assumes that everyone on the other side is ignoring the real facts for their own benefit. Truth and justice are so relative these days that it's unclear what we're left fighting for, except the one thing we've always fought for: power.  
Winning elections is more about holding onto power than addressing the common good these days. Perhaps that's always been the case, but it's more obvious and damaging now than at any time in decades. We are short-sighted in so many ways, including in the political arena. We've chosen to tinker under the hood of our democratic republic so that we could get the results we wanted, often at the expense of how things would play out over the long term. Gerrymandering, for example, is largely to blame for the reality that our elected leaders don't work together to solve problems in bi-partisan ways like they did once upon a time. There's a reason that Senators and Representatives with the most leverage are those who have either announced their retirement or come from districts that are swing districts.


Blessing of the Animals - October 7, 2018AnimalBlessing

Join us this Sunday, October 7, at 4:00 pm, when Christ Church will celebrate the blessing of our animals. Please bring the important animals in your life, whether they're dogs, cats, horses, goats, chickens, rabbits, hamsters, 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 friends and neighbors!
X Church
X Church will return to the weekly line-up of Holy Eucharist worship services on Wednesday, October 17, at 6:30 pm, in the historic church. X Church is a service of quiet contemplation, reverence and praise that takes place every week. Join us for this time of peace and reflection in the middle of your busy week.

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 will be on hiatus for the next few weeks. Please keep class leader Bob Brown in your prayers as he recovers from surgery. Please contact the office at 912-638-8683 if you would like more information.

Men's Study Group
The Men's Discussion Group, which meets on Wednesdays at 10:30 am in the Youth Room is currently reading  Our Towns: a 100,000 Mile Journey into the Heart of America , by James and Deborah Fallows.  " A vivid, surprising portrait of the civic and economic reinvention taking place in America, town by town and generally out of view of the national media. A realistically positive and provocative view of the country between its coasts.  Books are available in the church office for $21. Please contact Father Tom at , for more information.

Conflict Training - Beginning October 11

While the majority of us prefer a congenial approach to a day's activities and generally do not seek out quarrels, conflict seems to be a fundamental element in our lives. Everyone is experienced in conflict management, whether we seek it out, simply respond to it when we encounter it, or actively try to avoid it. But just because we encounter conflict does not mean we are trained in how to handle it. Using scripture as a model for conflict transformation, we will explore how Jesus and  the apostles chose to address it. The core message of the scriptures is reconciliation and that is the goal of Christian conflict transformation and the theme of our learning.
Join the group to learn your preferred conflict response style and explore other ways to handle the inevitable bumps in the road. Get hands on, practical training in how to live in peace. The group will meet on Thursdays at 11:00 am, in the Parish Hall for five weeks beginning October 11. For more information, contact Mother Becky at .

Wednesday Evening Bible Study Begins on October 17
Continuing on the theme of Spiritual Growth, the Fall Bible Study begins on Wednesday, October 17. The group will meet 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

EYC Lunch This Sunday, October 7
We will be having Youth Group this coming Sunday, October 7, from 12:30 to 2:30 pm. There will be lunch, games, and a closer look at the Word (Bible Study). All Christ Church 6th-12th graders are invited to come and encouraged to bring friends. We hope to see you there. Let Mother Katie know if you can be there to help us get enough food. Contact Mother Katie at for more information.
New Beginnings #53 - November 16-18
Youth in grades 7-9 are invited to New Beginnings #53, November 16-18, 2018 at Honey Creek. The total cost for the weekend is $115, and Regular Registration is now open! Late Registration begins on November 1, and costs $125. Scholarship is available. New Beginnings is a weekend retreat for teenagers led by a team of mostly teenagers, with a few adults, and two clergy who serve as spiritual directors. The weekend takes participants through a discovery about ourselves, our friends, our families, our faith, and how to live out our faith in our daily lives. All youth in grades 7-9 are encouraged to register with friends from your church! Financial Aid is available. For information about financial aid, please contact our Canon Missioner for Children & Youth, the Rev. Joshua Varner at . For all other questions, please contact New Beginnings Coordinator Allen Lamb at . Click here to register.


St. Athanasius Feed My Sheep Food PantryFoodPantry

Help keep the St. Athanasius Food Pantry stocked this fall by bringing non-perishable food donations to St. Ignatius and the Christ Church Parish Hall this weekend. Specific pantry needs include canned corn, canned diced tomatoes, canned fruit, and canned dinners, like Spaghettio's and ravioli. Boxes of cereal are always appreciated, too! For more information, please contact Susan Shipman at

Backpack Buddies - Guest Packers in October

Next week, there is a change to the regular packing date of Wednesday, October 10 . On that day, a team of students from Frederica Academy have been invited to prep and pack that morning, so if you'd like a day off, this is your chance! If you'd like to assist the students with unloading food, arranging it on tables, removing that pesky  packaging, and packing the food bags, please join us that day at 9:30 am  in the Parish Hall.

For questions about the Backpack Buddy program and information about how you can involved with packing and more, please contact Susan Shipman at .

Christ Church Comforters
The Christ Church Comforters kick-off meeting for this program year is Friday, October 12th, at 10:30 am, in the Parish Hall. Christ Church's Prayer Shawls extend beyond our congregation. Prayer Shawls are delivered each year to Safe Harbor, House of Hope, Grace House, Heather House, Hospice of the Golden Isles, and the International Seafarers. All who are interested in knitting or crocheting blankets, shawls, caps, scarves and other comfort objects are welcome to join the group! Contact Gay Barron at for more information.


Next OMG Meeting - October 5, 2018

The next meeting of the O(utrageously) M(ature) G(roup) will be this Friday, October 5, from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm, in the Parish House. In addition to playing games and having lunch, the OMGs will be discussing plans for a day trip on Thursday, November 15, to White Oak Conservation center. The trip will include a picnic lunch and admission to White Oak for $130. Christ Church will provide the transportation. Click here for more information about White Oak. Call the church office by Friday, November 1, at 912-638-8683, to make your reservation. Payment of $130 is due by Monday, November 5.
If you would like to purchase lunch from HoneyBaked Ham for $10 for the October 5, meeting, please contact the church office at 912-638-8683 or by Thursday, October 4. (To see the HoneyBaked Ham menu, click here. Please select from the Boxed Lunches menu.)

Susanna Wesley Guild

The Susanna Wesley Guild will meet Tuesday, October 16 at 10:30 a.m. in the Parish Hall. Sandy Jensen, Director for Education for the Coastal Georgia Historical Society, will speak about the soon-to-be-opened World War II Home Front Museum, revealing how it came to be, what it will feature, and much more.  Visitors are welcome to come and hear the story of local efforts, with assistance from citizens statewide and beyond, which contributed to winning the war. Contact: Ethel Horton at

Frederick Cousins Guild
Frederick Cousins Guild will meet on Tuesday, October 16, at 5:30 pm at Beth Thrift's home at 116 Seminole. The guest speaker for the evening will be Frances Zwenig, who was the Chief of Staff for former US Ambassador Madeleine Albright. Join us to hear this special speaker and for a great evening of fellowship. Invite a friend! Please contact Louise Bartlett at for more information.

Coastal Green Team Summit

Georgia Interfaith Power and Light's First Annual Coastal Green Team Summit  will be held at First Baptist Church St. Simons Island on Saturday, October 20, from 9:00 am to 2:30 pm . All Creation Care champions and environmental stewards from congregations across the state are invited to join us for this interfaith celebration featuring  inspiring keynote address, educational workshops, and a farm-to-table lunch.  This will be a great opportunity to network with other people of faith committed to our shared work of caring for the Earth. You'll walk away with best practices for engaging your congregation back home too!

Schedule of Events
(subject to change):

9:00 AM: Earth Café: Registration, Networking, Coffee
9:45 - 10:45 AM:  Keynote Presentation, "Profoundly Located: Cultivating a Sense of Place" by Dr. Jennifer Ayers
11:00-12:00 PM:   Workshop #1
12:00 - 1:00 PM:  Lunch/Interfaith Panel
1:00 - 2:00 PM:    Workshop #2
2:00 - 2:30 PM:    Final Gathering/Communal Blessing

(you pick 2!):

Green Team Training 101 - Rev. Kate McGregor Mosley, Georgia Interfaith Power & Light (GIPL)
Sustainable Sanctuaries - Shane Totten, Southface Energy Institute
Faithful Eco-Advocacy 101 - One Hundred Miles
Contemplative Activism: The Power of Prayer for Creation Care - Rev. Mary Beene

Join with people of faith engaging in bold acts of stewardship and sustainability for all of Creation!  More details and the schedule of events are coming soon. Register here now! Registration  is only $15/person, so we encourage you to bring your whole Creation Care/Green Team!

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 !



Planning the ECW 2019 Tour of Homes

The Chairs and Co-Chairs of ECW 2019 Tour of Homes met on Tuesday, September 12, to kick-off plans for the 66th Tour that will take place on March 16, 2019. There is great excitement  about the upcoming tour and ALL are invited to get involved! No gift of time, talent or treasure you can share is too small!  Please contact Tour of Homes Chairman Charlotte Graham at  or Co-Chair Susie Henning at  to find out how you can be part of the Tour of Homes team!
Stay Informed

Town Hall Meetings

Your Vestry invites you to join us for one of two Town Hall meetings during which our Master Plan and Building Committee team will share the proposed plans for expansion at Christ Church.   
Sunday, October 21, 2018
12:30 pm in the Parish Hall
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
6:00 pm in the Parish Hall
The content of both presentations will be identical.   Two sessions are offered to help accommodate schedules.   
The information shared and comments received will be used as we engage in a feasibility study to determine how these plans will be funded and implemented.
In attendance will be our architect, Hank Houser, our Project Manager, Jeremy Marquis, our Construction Manager, Batson Cook, and others who have been working on this project steadily over the last few years.
Don't miss these important meetings as we look to the future together.

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
Doug Brantley
Gene Broadwell
Bob Brown
June Brown
Terry Burns
Barbara Canady
Andy Cheshire
Dena Davis
Jackie Davis
Mary Lou Detwiler
Robbie Dickinson
Kristen Erin
Beth Evans
Betsy Fitzgerald
Travis Gay
Joe Goff
Mary Frances Gould
Brad Graham
Burgess Hartsell
Lois Irvin
Misty Johns
Russell Lewis
Bill Littleton
Larry MacDonald
Dot Marler
Tom Martin
Rachael Moore
Erin Jones O
Mike Peck
Richard Quinelly
Samantha Rowell

Tommy Rowell
Bob Saunders
Clyde Smith
Willou Smith
David Somerville
James St. Clair
Grayson Strickland
Edith Tayloe
Sarah Taylor
Timothy Tindall
John Waite
Janice Walker
Carah Wheeler
Summer Wheeler
Martin Worthy
Putsie Worthy
Mell Wray

Ann F. Graham

This  Week

Serving This Weekend

Paul Salter - Chalice Bearer
Sunday, Oct. 7, 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
Jimmy McQuade - Acolyte TB
Johnny McQuade - Acolyte TB
Anson Galland - Acolyte PW
Catherine Holt - Chalice Bearer
Paul Salter - Chancel Master
Barbara Sullivan - Lector - First Lesson 
Paul Salter - Lector - Second Lesson
Nancy Stoddard - Greeter
Dale Stoddard - Greeter
Susan Imhoff - Usher
Charlie Daniel - Usher
Ed Turner - Kidurgy Shepherd
Weezie Campbell - Altar Guild

9:15 AM Parish Hall (CCF)
Isabella Williston - Acolyte C
Peggy Goad - Chalice Bearer
Beth Smith - Lector - First Lesson
Beth Smith - Lector - Second Lesson
Ann Harrell - Greeter
Wallace Harrell - Greeter
Oscar Covington - Usher
Bascom Murrah - Usher
Lynne Turner - Kidurgy Shepherd
Amy Jenkins - Altar Guild

11:15 AM (Christ Church, Frederica)
Kathleen Chitty - Acolyte C
Paul Salter - Chalice Bearer
Paul Salter - Lector - First Lesson
Paul Salter - Lector - Second Lesson
Penny Jones - Greeter
Clif Jones - Greeter
John Killgallon - Usher
Jennie Doyle - Altar Guild

Weds., Oct. 10, 2018 NOON Healing Service (CCF)
Janis Boland - Altar Guild


Friday, October 5, 2018
11:30 am - OMG Games and Lunch
12:00 pm - NO Icon Writing Group
Saturday, October 6, 2018
St. Athanasius Food Bank
10:00 am - Icon Writing Group
5:30 pm - Worship at St. Ignatius
Sunday, October 7, 2018
St. Athanasius Food Bank
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 Children & Youth
10:30 am - Coffee Hour
11:15 am - Worship at Christ Church
12:30 pm - EYC
4:00 pm - Blessing of the Animals

Monday, October 8, 2018
11:00 am - Yoga

Tuesday, October 9, 2018
2:00 pm - Christ Church Hand Bells
4:30 pm - Choristers
5:00 pm - Trebles
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
9:30 am - FA Backpack Buddies
10:30 am - Men's Study Group
12:00 pm - Healing Service
5:00 pm - Adult Choir Practice
Thursday, October 11, 2018
12:30 pm - Finance Committee Meeting
Friday, October 12, 2018
10:30 am - Christ Church Comforters
12:00 pm - Icon Writing Group
Saturday, October 13, 2018
10:00 am - Icon Writing Group
5:30 pm - Worship at St. Ignatius
Sunday, October 14, 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 Children & Youth
10:30 am - Coffee Hour
11:15 am - Worship at Christ Church
6:00 pm - Annual Pig Pickin'

Save the Date

October 17, 2018
X Church Resumes

October 21, 2018
Daughters of the King Service
of Admission and Re-Dedication
Town Hall Meeting

October 23, 2018
Town Hall Meeting

October 28, 2018
All Hallows Eve Family Fun Fest