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September  12, 2018


Rector's Ramblings

Very soon we will be announcing a town hall meeting to share what our architect has presented to the Vestry as a follow-up to our master plan. As this date nears, I thought it would be a good idea to remind us all how we got here. As the months have gone on, I am aware that many of us have forgotten why the Vestry went down this road in the first place, or weren't a part of the congregation when we started. In order to make sure we all have the same basic foundation for interpreting this upcoming presentation, I thought it would be helpful to recap the process that got us here and some of the data that pointed the way.
It was more than two and a half years ago when the Vestry decided to address crowding at the Sunday 9:15 am and Saturday 5:30 pm services. We held town hall meetings in March 2016 to share our concerns and brainstorm solutions. We followed up the town hall meetings with a parish survey that generated almost 300 responses, after which we held another round of town hall meetings. That survey helped us focus on a short-term solution to the problem: adding another service to our schedule. It was the following January that we launched the parish hall service as our fourth Sunday morning service. It was designed to reduce the overcrowding at 9:15, which it has done.  READ MORE HERE.

Watch a video HERE for a more detailed discussion of some of the data included in this week's Rambling.


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


Growing in Our Understanding of Holy Eucharist

Worship is at the heart of all we do in the Episcopal Church. We gather to be renewed in our faith and formed in our life. We take great care with worship, seeking to make it our most excellent offering. But what is it we do when we celebrate the Holy Eucharist and how does it contribute to our spiritual growth? The Eucharist is one of the key catalysts helping people to move into deeper relationship with God and neighbor. We are fed and we grow. Join Father Tom on Wednesday, September 12, 19 and 26, at 5:30 pm in the church to explore this mysterious, holy meal and how we receive strength for the spiritual journey. Please contact Father Tom at for more information.

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

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 .

Cursillo at Honey Creek

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 11, 2018, you can experience a weekend of resting in God's reassuring love and peace which passes all understanding. 

If you are interested in attending the October 11-14 Cursillo at Honey Creek, please contact Mtr. Ashton at or at 912-638-8683. If you would like to be part of the Cursillo team, 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 Activities 

On Sunday, September 9, our children and youth took an exciting trip to Brunswick to explore the Pinball Palace. They had the opportunity to play with a lot of great vintage pinball machines while getting to know each other better. To learn more about the programs for children and youth at Christ Church, contact Laura Ann Harrell at To see more photos from the pinball excursion, click here.

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.


Hands of Hope Pack-A-Thon 

On Thursday, September 13, 2018, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, the College of Coastal Georgia will host the Hands of Hope Pack-a-thon, at the Student Activity Center, at 1 College Drive, in Brunswick. All who would like to help pack backpack kits for children are welcome to join the assembly line! For more information, please contact Kalista Morton at or at 912-816-8689.
Backpack Buddies

The Backpack Buddies will be packing next on Wednesday, September 26, at 9:30 am. Please mark your calendars and make plans to join the packing team. All are welcome!  For questions about the Backpack Buddy program and information about how you can involved with packing and more, please contact Susan Shipman at . Thank you for making this the best Backpack Buddies season we've ever had!

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.


Susanna Wesley Guild

Susanna Wesley Guild will meet Tuesday, September 18, at 12:00 noon at Echo, the restaurant at the King and Prince Beach Resort, for their last summer lunch. A project to help the children at Morningstar Children and Family Services has been planned, providing helmets for the bike riders there. Please bring a donation for the cause - $16 for one helmet, or more or less will be greatly appreciated. Contact Ethel Horton at for more information.

Frederick Cousins Guild

The Frederick Cousins Guild will meet on Tuesday, September 18th at 6:00 pm at Louise Bartlett's home, at 232 Five Pounds Rd. John Hartland, the yoga instructor who teaches at Christ Church on Monday mornings will be the guest presenter. He will lead a gentle yoga session centered on de-stressing and breathing properly.(Don't worry - guild members will be allowed to remain in their chairs!) There are many interesting speakers lined up this year, and lots to discuss and plan. Please bring a friend and/or a SMALL appetizer and come join the fun! Contact Louise Bartlett at for more information.

Mom's Time Out
It's almost time for another Mom's Time Out! Whether you're a mom or already a grandmom, please join us at Ember, (in the Winn Dixie shopping center,) on Friday, September 21, at 6:00 pm for a relaxing dinner and a time to chat. Please contact Mother Ashton at by Wednesday, September 19, to let her know you're coming, so she can make reservations.

Church-Wide Picnic on the Lawn

Mark your calendar for Sunday, September 23, and plan to join us, immediately after the 11:15 am worship service, for a church-wide picnic on the lawn, where we'll welcome our new Associate Rector, Katie Knoll-Lenon and her family, and celebrate the marriage of Mother Becky and Uli Keller! The church will provide the fried and baked chicken, iced tea, lemonade and paper products - you bring your favorite side dishes, slides or desserts. Tables and chairs will be set up, but please feel free to bring your own lawn chairs and picnic blankets. We also encourage you to invite guests and neighbors to join us. (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.)
Next OMG Meeting - October 5, 2018
The next meeting of the O(utrageously) M(ature) G(roup) will be on 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 in November to White Oak (date to be determined). The trip will include a picnic lunch and admission to White Oak for $130. Christ Church will provide the transportation.
If you would like to purchase lunch for $10 for the October meeting, please contact the church office at 912-638-8683 or by Wednesday, October 3. 

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

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 Concerns

Pastoral Care 

If you have a pastoral concern, 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
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
Nancy Owenby
Margaret Payne
Mike Peck
Jeff Rowell
Tommy Rowell
Annabelle Salter
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
Mell Wray

Marge Mitchell

This  Week

Serving This Weekend

Ralph Wade - Chalice Bearer
Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018 8:00 AM (CCF)
David Boland - Chalice Bearer
David Boland - Lector 
Ed Rowley - Usher
Toni Rowley - Usher
Dorriann Branch - Altar Guild

9:15 AM (Christ Church, Frederica)  
Slade Turner - Crucifer
Eva Purdy - Acolyte TB
Daven Wray - Acolyte TB
Robert Wray - Acolyte PW
Slade Turner - Chalice Bearer
Paul Salter - Chancel Master
Sally Essig - Lector - First Lesson 
Sally Essig - Lector - Second Lesson
Ann Harrell - Greeter
Wallace Harrell - Greeter
Clif Jones - Usher
Douglas Lane - Usher
Nancy Nazzaro - Kidurgy Shepherd
Nancy Stoddard - Altar Guild

9:15 AM Parish Hall (CCF)
Maggie Jenkins - Acolyte C
UNFILLED - Chalice Bearer
Mary Helen Moses - Lector - First Lesson
Beth Smith - Lector - Second Lesson
Amy Jenkins - Greeter
Andy Jenkins - Greeter
Oscar Covington - Usher
Bascom Murrah - Usher
Mindy Martin - Kidurgy Shepherd
Nancy Zell - Altar Guild

11:15 AM (Christ Church, Frederica)
Paul Salter - Acolyte C
Bonnie Harris - Chalice Bearer
Elizabeth Killgallon - Lector - First Lesson
Elizabeth Killgallon - Lector - Second Lesson
Diane Ansley - Greeter
Henry Ansley - Greeter
Clinton Winne - Usher
Dale Pierson - Altar Guild

Weds., Sept. 19, 2018 NOON Healing Service (CCF)
Nancy Butler - Altar Guild


Thursday, September 13, 2018
12:30 pm - Finance Committee Meeting
Friday, September 14, 2018
12:00 pm - Icon Writing Group
Saturday, September 15, 2018
10:00 am - Icon Writing Group
5:30 pm - Worship at St. Ignatius
Sunday, September 16, 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
12:30 pm - EYC

Monday, September 17, 2018
11:00 am - Yoga

Tuesday, September 18, 2018
12:00 pm - Susanna Wesley Guild Lunch
2:00 pm - Christ Church Hand Bells
4:30 pm - Choristers
5:00 pm - Trebles
5:45 pm - Vestry Meeting
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
10:30 am - Men's Study Group
12:00 pm - Healing Service
5:00 pm - Adult Choir Practice
5:30 pm - Holy Eucharist Study
Friday, September 21, 2018
12:00 pm - Icon Writing Group
Saturday, September 22, 2018
10:00 am - Icon Writing Group
5:30 pm - Worship at St. Ignatius
Sunday, September 23, 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
12:30 pm - Parish Picnic on the Lawn

Save the Date

September 23, 2018
Church Picnic

October 7, 2018
Blessing of the Animals

October 14, 2018
Pig Picking' Dinner

October 17, 2018
X Church Resumes

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

October 28, 2018
All Hallows Eve Family Fun Fest