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September 11 , 2019

Make plans to join us for the All Parish Picnic this coming Sunday, after the 11:15 am service at Christ Church. Get all the details here. If you've got a pop-up tent we can borrow for the event, please drop it by the Parish House on Friday, September 13. For more information, please contact Glenn Queener at

Rector's Ramblings

I've shared these thoughts before, most recently on the 15th anniversary of the September 11th attacks. Back then, it was a Sunday, and I shaped my thoughts for that particular sermon. These stories of those who died on September 11 is how I live my pledge to "never forget". I wrote the original version about ten years ago, and I reread it periodically to remind myself that it was not a generic tragedy. I still get emotional when I read it. It's long, I warn you, yet I don't apologize for its length.  
Let us not forget the events of September 11, nor the outpouring of love that followed, and certainly not the sustaining presence and guidance of the God of love who works to bring the peaceable kingdom to bear on this side of heaven.  


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.
Music Corner
The Choristers are happy to be singing again!

Choirs have launched for the 2019-2020 Season!  As always, there is open enrollment and new members are embraced. 

The next two months will incorporate parts of the Frederica Setting of the service music in the 9:15 am and 11:15 am liturgies, in the historic church. By living our responsibility to care for our earth's resources, only the text of the Gloria and Sanctus will be printed in the service bulletins. To help familiarize people with the music, here are the links to the Frederica Setting of the Gloria (listen here) and the Sanctus (listen here)

The Kyrie and Agnus Dei will be utilized during Advent and Lent. In February the settings for Choral Evensong will be introduced. 

Cum laude digma (with joyful voice),
Kathleen Turner
Organist and Choirmaster


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 is discussing  Learning to Walk in the Dark,  by Barbara Brown Taylor.  In this book,  Taylor asks us to put aside our fears and anxieties and to explore all that God has to teach us "in the dark". Through darkness we find courage, we understand the world in new ways, and we feel God's presence around us, guiding us through things seen and unseen. Often, it is while we are in the dark that we grow the most. With her characteristic charm and literary wisdom, Taylor is our guide through a spirituality of the nighttime, teaching us how to find our footing in times of uncertainty and giving us strength and hope to face all of life's challenging moments. Books are available in the bookstore for $11.00.  Contact: Mtr. Ashton Williston 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
Formed In Love Study  - Wednesdays in September, with a simple lunch and one-hour discussion 

On Wednesdays, at 1:00 pm, Fr. Tom is leading a four-week discussion of Scott Bader-Saye's volume from the New Church Teaching Series,  Formed by Love . Bader-Saye examines the moral life through the lens of the Episcopal Church and its traditions. Topics include creation, incarnation, holiness, sacrament, scripture, and "via media." The author also tackles the big moral questions: Who am I? Why am I here? What are good and evil? What are right and wrong? - and examines how an Episcopal approach might shape a typical day by examining Morning Prayer and Compline as moral formation, in between discussing work,  eating, and playing. Books are $13 and available in the bookstore. Contact: Fr. Tom at
 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. Contact: Mother Katie at
Our third through fifth graders meet once a month for fun activities and trips, giving the children and their parents opportunities to spend time together building relationships and getting them excited about participating in Youth Group when they are older. For more information, please contact Mtr. Katie at
New Beginnings
Picture taken at New Beginnings #55 closing service, 
of Christ Church parishioners.
New Beginnings is a Diocesan Youth event for middle school youth, put on by high school youth. Christ Church had the pleasure of hosting the staff weekend August 17th-18th. It was a successful weekend at Honey Creek and Waverly Brown, a senior at Frederica Academy was the lead youth! For more information about New Beginnings and Happenings, please contact Mtr. 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 !



Helping Our Neighbors Near and Far
Helping our neighbors, whoever they are and wherever they are, is what we're called to do. You can help those affected by Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas and Carolinas, by donating to Episcopal Relief and Development at or by check to Christ Church, noting Hurricane Relief in the memo line. 

To help those locally who may be suffering hardship due to jobs suspended by the recent hurricane evacuation and the closure of the port, please consider a donation to the Christ Church Door Ministry emergency financial aid fund. Write Door Ministry in the memo line of your check. 

To support the mission of our local Seafarers' Center, which has been instrumental in aiding the crew members of the capsized cargo ship, Golden Ray, go to , or you may send a check made out to the International Seafarers' Center at 3017 Newcastle Street Brunswick, GA 31520.
Help for Food Service Workers

The Episcopal Church in South Carolina (ECSC), the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia (EDG) and Giving Kitchen (GK) are proud to announce a partnership bringing aid to food service workers experiencing hardship in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian in Coastal Georgia and Coastal South Carolina. Funded through a grant from Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD), will provide grocery gift cards to food service workers impacted by the slow moving but devastating storm. 

Food service workers in Glynn County evacuation zones who experienced loss of wages or evacuation costs as a result of Hurricane Dorian may apply for relief from Giving Kitchen through a partnership with the Episcopal Church. Two local congregations will be distribution sites for assistance. This applies to food service workers only. For complete information, click here
Backpack Buddies - Next Packing on Sept. 18
This dedicated crew packed 850 bags in 40 minutes on Sept. 11, 2019.

School has begun and Christ Church is once again feeding hungry students on the weekends through the Backpack Buddies program. This year, we will be feeding 500+ students and need all the help we can get on packing days! The schedule for September and October is:

September 18, at 10:00 am and October 2, 16 & 30, also at 10:00 am, in the Parish Hall. Please join us!

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

International Seafarers Center Night Out
The International Seafarers Center is hosting its 19th annual International Night Out on Friday, September 27, at 6:00 pm. This year's event will take place at the Sea Palms Resort and Conference Center, and will feature fine international cuisines and beers and wine from around the world. Tickets are $110 and all proceeds go to support the ministry of the Seafarers Center in Brunswick. Please contact Sherry, at 912-267-0631, to order tickets, or you may order online at
The International Seafarers' Center has recently been in the news, as they received and took care of the crew members of the Golden Ray cargo ship, which capsized in the St. Simons Sound early this past Sunday morning. Crew members were given hot meals, new clothing, access to the internet, Bibles to keep and transportation to local stores and hotels. This is not unusual! It's the same type of hospitality that is shown regularly to the thousands of mariners that visit the Port of Brunswick each year!
If you'd like to be part of this ministry and help folks from all around the world, consider becoming a volunteer at the International Seafarers' Center. Meet the men and women from 70 different nations, who visit our ports yearly in Brunswick. Go aboard the big ships, visit with our seafaring friends through hospitality or be a driver. For more information call 912-267-0631.  


ECW 2019 Fall Brunch - September 21, 2019
We've heard her dreams, followed her struggles to get it open and now her dream is a reality. HOUSE of HOPE is up and running and full of young ladies. Darcelle Burandt wants to share her story with us about her challenges and victories in this ministry to young victims of sex traļ¬ƒcking. Come hear her compelling story and share in her successes!
Save the date for the ECW Brunch with speaker, Darcelle Burandt, Saturday September 21, from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.  Brunch is no charge but please let us know you are coming. Call 912-638-8683.
We will also complete the transition to our new ECW board, so please plan to come.
Eight Months Until Tour Day!
Tour Day, March 21, 2020, will be here before you know it!  We've got a great team started, but still need an Assistant House Chair, Kickoff Celebration Planner, Private Bus Organizer, Signage Manager, and a Recruiting Volunteer. Plus we will need EVERYBODY's help to make this the best Tour of Homes yet!  If you'd like to help with this most worthwhile project, please contact the chairs, Susie Henning at  or Tami Black at
tblack@vangardventures.comRead more about this year's tour in the most recent Tour of Homes newsletter  here .

Parish Picnic - September 15Picnic
Mark your calendar for Sunday, September 15, and plan to join us, immediately after the 11:15 am worship service, for a church-wide picnic on the lawn. The church will provide hot dogs, hamburgers, buns, iced tea, lemonade and paper products - you bring your favorite side dishes, salads or desserts. Tables and chairs will be set up, but please feel free to bring your own lawn chairs and picnic blankets. We're planning to put on a lighthearted circus-themed musical performance and all are invited to join the show! If you'd like to be part of the cast, please contact Kathleen Turner at kathleen@ccfssi.og. We also encourage you to invite guests and neighbors to join us for the picnic. (Please call the office at 912-638-8683 and let us know you're coming, so we can get an accurate head count for purchasing food and supplies.)
Susanna Wesley Guild
The Susanna Wesley Guild will have their last summer lunch of the year at Palmer's, in the St. Simons Village, on Tuesday, September 17, at 11:30 am. All ladies of Christ Church are invited to join the group for fellowship and a delicious meal. For more information, please contact Ethel Horton at
Parish People

Celebrating Our Friends at Christ Church
Maggie Jenkins ran onto the playground and into the choir when she was a second grader at Oglethorpe Elementary School. The Jenkins family, Mom, Amy, and Dad, Andy, have since joined Christ Church. (Father Tom baptized Maggie!) Now a sophomore at Glynn Academy, Maggie is a
member of the Adult Choir, an Acolyte and can be counted on to help with any major activity at Christ Church, from Vacation Bible School, to the ECW Tour of Homes. In addition to her beautiful singing, Maggie, like many of our children and youth, has another amazing talent resulting from years of study and discipline.
Maggie trains at The Brick, aka the Golden Isles Martial Arts Academy. She started at age 7 and has been at it for 8 years. She will be heading to the World Games in London (October 20-28) as a member of the US Martial Arts Team. She recently won a grand championship in traditional kata at the Survivor tournament on Jekyll and also won a grand championship at the Dixieland tournament in Augusta, where she won a $500 scholarship fund. The grand championship was for traditional weapons kata. 
We're very excited for our multi-talented Maggie and wish her all the best at the World Games this fall!

Stay Informed

Your Emergency Contact Information NeededEmergencyContacts
We are in the process of adding emergency contact information for parishioners into the Christ Church Realm database. When you log into your Realm profile, you may enter the information yourself. If you need help with Realm, please contact Glenn at . If you prefer not to use computers, call Mother Ashton at the church office, at 912-638-8683, and she will happily take your information and enter it into the database.  
Church Office Volunteers Needed
The office volunteers keep the Christ Church office running! Each volunteer gives four or five hours per week (some a little more) to serve as receptionist, greeter, bulletin stuffer, and occasionally, as a mailing helper. We are always in need of substitutes, too. If you would like to serve on this team, please email Glenn,
Nominations Open for Convention Delegates
Nominations are open for Delegates to Diocesan Convention. Christ Church will elect delegates to the upcoming Diocese of Georgia Annual Convention in accordance with Diocesan Canons. In the past we have appointed delegates, keeping with parish tradition. With the election of the next Bishop of Georgia scheduled for this upcoming convention, and with the new allocation of delegates which gives Christ Church four (4) delegates, it is time to get up to speed on our procedures.

The convention will be held in Statesboro, Georgia on November 15 and 16. Our delegation gathers for dinner the night before convention, on November 14. You may nominate yourself or anyone else by providing the name(s) to the Rector or one of the Wardens by September 13.  Elections will be held by ballot on October 12/13. All Communicants in Good Standing are eligible for nomination and able to vote. We will elect delegates to the 2020 convention at our next Annual Meeting in January, at the same time we elect for Vestry. Questions can be directed to the Rector for more information You may contact him at or 912-638-8683.  
Bishop Search - Candidate Walk Abouts

The search for a new bishop for the Diocese of Georgia continues with "walk about" meetings in October. During these sessions, parishioners are invited to meet and talk with the candidates. Dates and locations are as follows:

Tuesday, Oct. 22, 6:00 pm - Good Shepherd, Augusta

Wednesday, Oct. 23, 6:00 pm - St. Thomas, Isle of Hope
(Simultaneous Spanish Interpretation)

Thursday, Oct. 24, 11:00 am - Christ Church, Frederica
                              6:00 pm - Christ Church, Valdosta

Friday, Oct. 25, 6:00 pm - Calvary, Americus


The Bishop Search Committee, after careful and prayerful discernment, recommended these candidates to the Standing Committee, who have formally approved the slate.

The candidates, in alphabetical order, are:
The Rev. Rob Brown
The Rev. Lonnie Lacy
The Rev. Canon Frank Logue
The Venerable Jennifer McKenzie
The Rev. Canon John Thompson-Quartey
Read more about each candidate here.

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. Come browse the assortment of unique items available, including hand-made prayer beads, wooden crosses, Moravian stars and the Christ Church history book. We've even got local honey from Susan Shipman's bees! We're adding new and seasonal items each week, so come by and check out the inventory.  If you would like to make a purchase, cash, checks and credit cards are acceptable.  If you're interested in helping with the shop, please contact Ellen Kuehm at 912-996-3392 or 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
Ned Hieatt
Carol Hoffine
Lise Hofmann
Angela Holland
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

Laura Herndon

This  Week

Serving This Weekend

Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019 5:30 PM (St. Ignatius Chapel)
Susan Shipman - Chalice Bearer
Susan Shipman - Altar Guild

Sunday, September 15, 2019 8:00 AM (CCF)
David Boland - Chalice Bearer
David Boland - Lector 
Ed Rowley - Usher
Toni Rowley - Usher
Anna Belle McCaskill - Altar Guild

9:15 AM (Christ Church, Frederica) 
Isabella Williston - Acolyte C
Calleigh Purdy - Acolyte TB
Eva Purdy - Acolyte TB
Johnny McQuade - Acolyte CW
Donna Purdy - Chalice Bearer
Paul Salter - Chancel Master
Sally Essig - Lector - First Lesson
Catherine Holt - Lector - Second Lesson
Steve Holt - Greeter
Catherine Holt - Greeter
Clif Jones - Usher
Douglas Lane - Usher
Mindy Martin - Kidurgy Shepherd
Sandy Rice - Altar Guild
Sandy Storino - Altar Guild

9:15 AM (Parish Hall, CCF) 
Bruce Bland - Acolyte C
Mary Helen Moses - Chalice Bearer
Jody Bradford - Lector - First Lesson
Jody Bradford - Lector - Second Lesson
Fred Collins - Greeter
Amy Jenkins - Greeter
Oscar Covington - Usher
Bascom Murrah - Usher
Elise Meeks - Kidurgy Shepherd
Nancy Zell - Altar Guild

11:15 AM (Christ Church, Frederica) 
Dutch Heidsieck - Chalice Bearer
Dutch Heidsieck - Lector - First Lesson
Dutch Heidsieck - Lector - Second Lesson
David Butler - Usher
Nancy Zell  - Altar Guild
Alice Barlow - Altar Guild

Weds. Sept. 18, 2019 NOON Healing Service
Jeannie Wade - Altar Guild

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

Friday, September 13, 2019
12:00 pm - Icon Writing Group
Saturday, September 14, 2019
10:00 am - Icon Writing Group
5:30 pm - Worship at St. Ignatius
Sunday, September 15, 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
12:30 pm - Parish Picnic
6:30 pm - Youth Group

Monday, September 16 , 2019
11:00 am - Yoga

Tuesday, September 17, 2019
2:00 pm - Hand Bells Rehearsal
4:30 pm - Choristers Rehearsal
5:00 pm - Trebles Rehearsal
5:45 pm - Vestry Meeting
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
10:00 am - Backpack Buddies
10:30 am - Men's Book Study
12:00 pm - Healing Service
1:00 pm - Book Study
5:00 pm - Adult Choir

Thursday, September 19, 2019
1:00 pm - Women's Book Study

Friday, September 20, 2019
12:00 pm - Icon Writing Group
6:00 pm - Moms' Night Out - Ember
Saturday, September 21, 2019
10:00 am - ECW Fall Meeting
10:00 am - Icon Writing Group
5:30 pm - Worship at St. Ignatius
Sunday, September 22, 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
6:30 pm - Youth Group
Save the Date

September 20, 2019
Mom's Night Out

October 6, 2019
Blessing of the Animals

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