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October 31 , 2018

Daylight Savings Time ends this coming Saturday, at 2:00 am. Set your clock to "fall" back to Eastern Standard Time!

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

Rector's Ramblings

I recently had occasion to research the word legacy a bit and the opening screen from Google was disappointing. The two definitions suggested by the logarithm Google used reflect the understanding that money or property handed down is a legacy, and the more modern usage of the word to describe computer hardware or software that is so out of date it is hard to replace or find support for. Both definitions seem so bleak and lacking, given that my understanding of legacy is a rich concept of what we pass on to others, much of which is intangible.

When I expanded the screen to see a wider definition, things didn't improve. It merely stated, "a thing handed down by a predecessor." The example usage was also less than uplifting: "the legacy of centuries of neglect". When did legacy become such a bleak concept, so transactional and leaden? If we look at the Old English, Old French, and Latin roots of our word legacy, we can rediscover the sense that it was a person who served as an ambassador, or a messenger; one who is delegated to fulfill the important task of passing on important ideas, instructions, and beliefs. It seems that meaning is falling by the wayside in favor of how we describe Aunt Edna's doily collection and Windows 95.


All Saints' Sunday - November 4, 2018

All Saints Sunday is a time of reflection and celebration, as we remember those who have died. Please join us for services this weekend at St. Ignatius and Christ Church, when we will honor their lives by reading their names aloud.

Community Thanksgiving Worship Service

The annual Thanksgiving Community Worship service will take place on 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. 
The first class, Civility in an Uncivil World, was a great session with about thirty in attendance. If you attended or if you missed it, below are some links to information on the topic of civility and public discourse for further reading and study. The last two links in particular, one from the National Institute for Civil Discourse and the other from Open Mind, have practical resources for learning how you can do better at effective and civil discourse. Join us next Wednesday as we tackle how to manage anxiety in anxious times.

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

All Hallows' Eve Family Fun Fest!AllHallows

The annual All Hallows Eve Family Fun Fest was a great time of fun and excitement for our children and their families. We wish to thank all those who worked so hard to make this a special event for all who attended! To see more photos from the event, click here.

Parents of Youth Survey and Meeting

Parents of our youth at Christ Church! We would appreciate if you could take a few moments to fill out the following survey to help us better understand and serve you and your family. The information we gather from these surveys will help us shape the youth program at Christ Church. Survey will be live until Saturday, November 3rd at 5pm. We plan on sharing the results of the survey with you on at our Parents meeting, Sunday, November 4th at 12:30 in the Parish House. Contact Mother Katie with any questions at  You can  link to the survey is here.

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 4 - 12:30 - 2:30 pm, EYC meeting going on during Parent Meeting
November 11 - 12:30 pm - Rebounderz Trip
November 18 - 12:30 - 2:30 pm, Meeting with Mission Project
November 25 - No EYC meeting


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 will be $20 per person which will help cover the cost of activity fees and transportation. Permission slips will be available in the youth room November 4 or Mother Katie will email them to you. Our youth are encouraged to bring friends, 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 4 - 7:00 - 8:00 pm at Starbucks
November 18 - 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.


St. Athanasius Food Pantry
Please remember to bring your non-perishable food donations for the St. Athanasius Feed My Sheep Food Pantry this weekend, to either St. Ignatius Chapel, or to the Christ Church Parish Hall. Canned tomatoes, fruits, ravioli and boxes of dry cereal are always welcome!
Backpack Buddies

Backpack Buddies will be packing next on Wednesday, November 7, 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
"St. Jazz" Choral Jazz Pilgrimage 2018

Dear Christ Church family,
Four members of the Christ Church music team, Kathleen Turner, Mary Helen Moses, Misty Renard-Laskowski and I, will be in Havana, Cuba November 8-12 participating in a choral jazz pilgrimage. We will be part of a group of 22 singers-musicians from Episcopal Churches in six states and DC. Organized by St. John's Church, Lafayette Square in Washington, DC, our group, in combination with local Cuban musicians, will be performing a Jazz Mass and additional musical offerings at the Episcopal Cathedral in Havana that Sunday morning in celebration of the  re-admission of the Episcopal Church of Cuba as a diocese of The Episcopal Church.
As an adjunct to our trip, we are each being asked to bring an additional suitcase containing much needed supplies such as candles for liturgies, soap, towels and vitamins. The Diocese of Cuba has specifically asked the team from the US to bring enough water filters to purify over two million gallons of water. I am attaching a write-up here which describes the efforts of the Episcopal Church to provide drinking water in Cuba and the request from the Bishop. To see a video explaining the water purification project click here.
We are each paying our own expenses for the trip but would welcome monetary contributions to help purchase additional water purification systems and other supplies. Anyone wishing to help may do so by writing a check to Christ Church with Cuba on the memo line.  We thank you in advance for any assistance you can provide.
Yours in Christ,
Te Turner

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 9, at 10:30 am. One of the projects 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. 


Next OMG Meeting - November 2, 2018

The next meeting of the O(utrageously) M(ature) G(roup) will be Friday, November 2, from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm, in the Parish House. In addition to playing games and having lunch, the OMGs will be finalizing plans for the day trip on Thursday, November 15, to White Oak Conservation center. All are invited, but the limit for this trip is 25 people. 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. Please call the church office at 912-638-8683 by Friday, October 26, to make your reservation. Payment of $130 is due by Monday, October 29. Contact Mother Ashton at for more information. 

To reserve your lunch for the regular OMG November 2 meeting, please call the church office with your order, at 912-638-8683, by Thursday, November 1. Lunch is $10.

Mom's Night Out
Mark your calendars for Friday, November 2, at 6:00 pm moms! That evening, we'll gather  at Fancy Q Sushi Bar and Grill, in Redfern Village, for our November Mom's Night Out. We'll relax, enjoy a delicious meal and have some great conversations! Please contact Mtr. Ashton at, by Wednesday, October 31, and let her know if you're coming. Hope to see you there!
Daughters of the King - November 6 Meeting 
On Sunday, October 21, the Daughters of the King, St. Elizabeth of Hungary Chapter, was reestablished at Christ Church. New members and current members made their vows to support the church with prayer, service and evangelism, dedicated to the spread of Christ's Kingdom and to the strengthening of the spiritual life of their parish. The Order of the Daughters of the King is open to all women in the Episcopal Church. The next meeting of the Daughters of the King will be Tuesday, November 6, at 5:45 pm, in the Parish Hall. (This is a week earlier that the usual second Tuesday of each month.) For more information, please contact Mtr. Ashton at
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
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 !



ECW Fall Meeting
The ECW fall meeting and brunch will be held on Saturday November 3, beginning at 10:00 am. We will enjoy a short meeting and a catered brunch followed by our speaker, Darcelle Burandt, founder and director of "House of Hope". Darcelle spoke to us last year about establishing this refuge house for young girls and women who have been victims of sex trafficking and exploitation. She will give us an update on this vital ministry in our area and what her current needs are.

There is no charge for the brunch but we do need to know how many folks to plan for, so please call the church office
to reserve your space at 912-638-8683. PLEASE RSVP BY TUESDAY OCT 30!  We should be finished by noon or before.

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

Town Hall Meetings - UpdateTownHallUpdate

Last week's 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
Terry Burns
Barbara Canady
Andy Cheshire
Dena Davis
Jackie Davis
Lonita Davis
Mary Lou Detwiler
Robbie Dickinson
Kristen Erin
Beth Evans
Betsy Fitzgerald
Heath Fox
Richard Fox
Patricia Friedel
Travis Gay
Joe Goff
Mary Frances Gould
Brad Graham
Burgess Hartsell
Lois Irvin
Misty Johns
Bill Littleton
Larry MacDonald
Dot Marler
Tom Martin
Rachael Moore
Erin Jones O
Mike Peck

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
Carah Wheeler
Summer Wheeler
Martin Worthy
Putsie Worthy
Mell Wray

This  Week

Serving This Weekend
Susan Shipman - Chalice Bearer

Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018 8:00 AM (CCF)
Carl Baumgardner - Chalice Bearer
Carl Baumgardner - Lector 
Lee Dyson - Usher
Dorriann Branch - Altar Guild

9:15 AM (Christ Church, Frederica)  
Paul Salter - Crucifer
Maidee Brown - Acolyte TB
Isabella Williston - Acolyte TB
McKenzie Brown - Acolyte PW
Paul Salter - Chancel Master
Margie Dorsey - Lector - First Lesson 
Angie Burns - Lector - Second Lesson
Catherine Holt - Greeter
Steve Holt - Greeter
Greer Brown - Usher
Godfrey Draviam - Usher
Ed Turner - Kidurgy Shepherd
Weezie Campbell - Altar Guild

9:15 AM Parish Hall (CCF)
William Temple - Acolyte C
Peggy Goad - Chalice Bearer
Doree Avera - Lector - First Lesson
Peggy Goad - Lector - Second Lesson
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
Jane Watson - Lector - Second Lesson
Penny Jones - Greeter
Clif Jones - Greeter
Gene Rackley - Usher
Jennie Doyle - Altar Guild

Weds., Nov. 7, 2018 NOON Healing Service (CCF)
Janis Boland - Altar Guild


Friday, November 2, 2018
11:30 am - OMG Games and Lunch
12:00 pm - NO Icon Writing Group
Saturday, November 3, 2018
St. Athanasius Food Bank
10:00 am - ECW Fall Brunch
10:00 am - NO Icon Writing Group
5:30 pm - Worship at St. Ignatius
Sunday, November 4, 2018
All Saints Sunday
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 All Ages
10:30 am - Coffee Hour
11:15 am - Worship at Christ Church
12:30 pm - EYC Parents Meeting

Monday, November 5, 2018
11:00 am - Yoga

Tuesday, November 6, 2018
2:00 pm - Christ Church Hand Bells
4:00 pm - Live Poets Society
4:30 pm - Choristers
5:00 pm - Trebles
5:45 pm - Daughters of the King
Wednesday, November 7, 2018
10:00 am - Backpack Buddies
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 8, 2018
11:00 am - Tour of Homes Chair Meeting
12:30 pm - Finance Committee Meeting

Friday, November 9, 2018
10:30 am - Christ Church Comforters
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
2:00 pm - Christ Church Hand Bells
4:30 pm - Choristers
5:00 pm - Trebles
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

Save the Date

November 4, 2018
All Saints Sunday
(Daylight Savings Time Ends)

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