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September 18 , 2019

Make plans to join us for a major benefit concert for Bahamas relief on Sunday, September 29, at the the St. Simons Lighthouse. Get all the details here.

Rector's Ramblings

You can't plan for everything, but you can plan for a lot! That's what I keep telling myself, anyway. Donna jokes that I have a knack for thinking of all the things that might go wrong. And I do. Not in a pessimistic way, mind you, just in an analytical way. I don't anticipate everything, but I do tend to think several steps down the road. This is why I think I have been a good team player with our hurricane planning.  Our small group (Alice and Fred Barlow, Glenn Queener, and I) is pretty good about running down a list of what-ifs, as we learned recently when we put our brand new plan to the test for Dorian.


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.
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 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
Pathfinders is a group for third through fifth graders which meets once a month for fun activities and trips. Their next trip will be on September 29, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm to the Pinball Palace.  For more information, 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 !



Island to Island: Benefit for the BahamasBahamasBenefit

Christ Church and Holy Nativity are sponsoring a hurricane relief concert, Island to Island: Benefit for the Bahamas on Sunday, September 29, beginning at 4:00 pm, on the SSI Lighthouse Lawn in St. Simons Village. Tickets are $15 for teens and adults and all proceeds will go to relief efforts in the Bahamas. Featured performers will be The Sensational Sounds of Motown, The Island Kings and Roy Gentry & Hired Guns. Delicious food and beverages from Porch, Fuse, the Halyard's Group and various food trucks will be available for purchase, with all proceeds going to Bahamas relief, as well. We will need a lot of folks to help make this concert a success with set-up, ticket taking and clean-up. If you're available to lend a hand, please contact Glenn Queener at 912-638-8683 or All registered volunteers are eligible for a staff discount on Christ Church logo wear in the Gift Store in the Parish House. See Gift Store staff for details.
Helping Our Neighbors in the Bahamas
Can't make it to the concert?You can still help those affected by Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas by donating to Episcopal Relief and Development here or by check to Christ Church. Please note Hurricane Relief in the memo line. 
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. The deadline to receive help is September 30.  For complete information,  click here
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
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.
Backpack Buddies - Next Packing on Oct. 2
Rain? What rain? Like the US Postal Service, "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these Backpack Buddies from the swift completion of their bag packing!"

School is well under way and Christ Church is once again feeding hungry students on the weekends through the Backpack Buddies program. This year, we are feeding 500+ students and need all the help we can get on packing days! The schedule for October is: October 2, 16 & 30, 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

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


ECW Fall Brunch - Join us this Saturday, September 21, and hear guest speaker Darcelle Burandt describe her ministry working with young victims of sex trafficking.
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.
Six Months Until Tour Day!
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

Parish Picnic

The threat of rain and the very real presence of lots of biting insects may have moved our parish picnic indoors, but the spirit of fun and fellowship was not diminished in the least! From the delicious meal of hamburgers, hot dogs and tasty sides, to dessert accompanied by a staff musical performance and Father Tom's corny jokes, a good time was had by all! Many thanks to all who worked so hard to make this such an enjoyable event. See all the fun pictures  here!
Mom's Night Out
  Hey moms - need a break from all the back-to-school and hurricane evacuation craziness? You are cordially invited to join us for a relaxing dinner at Ember, in the Retreat Shopping Center, on Friday, September 20, at 6:00 pm. Please contact Mother Ashton, at, by Thursday, September 19, so she can make reservations.
Christ Church Comforters and OMGs -  Meeting Next on 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 Wednesday, October 2, at noon. For more information, please contact Mtr. Ashton at
Blessing of the Animals

Join us  Sunday, October 6, at 4:30 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.
Stay Informed

Historic St. Athanasius to Receive Sign

Please join us at St. Athanasius on Friday, September 27, at 5:00 pm, to celebrate the installation of a beautiful historic "Signature Squares" style sign. All are welcome! Location: 1321 Albany Street at Monck Street, in Brunswick, Georgia.

Special thanks to City Commissioner Julie Martin, Signature Squares, Inc. and Leslie Faulkenberry, Faulkenberry Certain Advertising.
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
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,
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, the Christ Church history book, and even local honey from Susan Shipman's bees! We're adding new and seasonal items each week, like beautiful candle holders and blessed altar candles, 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
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

This  Week

Serving This Weekend

Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019 5:30 PM (St. Ignatius Chapel)
Ralph Wade - Chalice Bearer
Tisa O'Cain - Altar Guild

Sunday, September 22, 2019 8:00 AM (CCF)
Carl Baumgardner - Chalice Bearer
Carl Baumgardner - Lector 
Peg McBride - Usher
Dorriann Branch - Altar Guild

9:15 AM (Christ Church, Frederica) 
Abigail Williston - Acolyte C
Anson Galland - Acolyte TB
Vivian Parks - Acolyte TB
William Temple - Acolyte CW
Te Turner - Chalice Bearer
Slade Turner - Chancel Master
Barbara Sullivan - Lector - First Lesson
Angie Burns - Lector - Second Lesson
Fred Collins - Greeter
Rip Graham - Greeter
Fred Collins - Usher
Joe Wilkinson - Usher
Nancy Butler - Kidurgy Shepherd
Ethel Horton - Altar Guild

9:15 AM (Parish Hall, CCF) 
Robert Bland - Acolyte C
Hugh Brown - Lector - First Lesson
Hugh Brown - Lector - Second Lesson
Oscar Covington - Usher
Bascom Murrah - Usher
Elise Meeks - Kidurgy Shepherd
Kay Brown - Altar Guild

11:15 AM (Christ Church, Frederica) 
Paul Salter - Acolyte C
George Steelman - Chalice Bearer
Jane Watson - Lector - First Lesson
Jane Watson - Lector - Second Lesson
Diane Ansley - Greeter
Henry Ansley - Greeter
Frankie Ansley - Altar Guild
Pat Collins - Altar Guild

Weds. Sept. 25, 2019 NOON Healing Service
Ethel Horton - Altar Guild

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
2:00 pm - Pathfinders Trip to Pinball Palace
6:30 pm - Youth Group

Monday, September 23 , 2019
9:30 am - Manna House
11:00 am - Yoga

Tuesday, September 24, 2019
2:00 pm - Hand Bells Rehearsal
4:30 pm - Choristers Rehearsal
5:00 pm - Trebles Rehearsal
Wednesday, September 25, 2019
10:30 am - Men's Book Study
12:00 pm - Healing Service
1:00 pm - Book Study
5:00 pm - Adult Choir

Thursday, September 26, 2019
1:00 pm - Women's Book Study

Friday, September 27, 2019
12:00 pm - Icon Writing Group
Saturday, September 28, 2019
10:00 am - Icon Writing Group
5:30 pm - Worship at St. Ignatius
Sunday, September 29, 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 - 9:00 pm - Benefit for the Bahamas
Save the Date

October 3, 2019
TOH Committee Meeting

October 6, 2019
Blessing of the Animals

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