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September  19, 2018

Make sure to join us this Sunday, September 23, at 12:30 pm, for the Christ Church picnic on the lawn! We'll be welcoming Mother Katie, congratulating Mother Becky, eating some delicious food, and having a great time! Get more details here.

The Healing Service for Wednesday, September 26, at noon is cancelled, as all of the clergy staff will be away at the Diocesan Clergy Conference. Please join us for Healing on Wednesday, October 3.

Rector's Ramblings

Father Tom's Ramblings will be coming tomorrow. Stay tuned!


Blessing of the Animals

Join us  Sunday, October 4, 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


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 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 - 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 .

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.

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

EYCS Awards Scholarships to 48 Students
The Episcopal Youth and Children's Services (EYCS) has awarded $84,300 in scholarships to 48 students from the Diocese of Georgia for the academic year 2018-2019. For a list of the students (including Christ Church's own Graham Hummel) who received awards, their schools and their attendant parishes, please go 
here . In addition, the EYCS made a contribution of $11,000 to Honey Creek to provide scholarships for campers.
The EYCS will begin accepting applications for 2019-2020 scholarships after January 1, 2019. The application form and more information will be made available closer to that date. 
Congratulations to all of the students and many thanks to the Board!

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.


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! 

Next month, 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 9:00 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.


Mom's Night Out
This Friday, September 21, at 6:00 pm, we will be having our Mom's Night Out monthly dinner at Ember. Their focus is on fresh, local, and regional ingredients. The menu is written daily and highlights ingredients sourced from local farmers and fishermen. Farm to Table! Please let Mother Ashton know if you will be attending, so she can include you in the reservation. This will be a great evening for relaxing and catching up with one another! Please contact Mtr. Ashton by Thursday, September 20, at or call 912-638-8683.

Church-Wide Picnic on the LawnChurchPicnic

Join us on Sunday, September 23, 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, both on the lawn and in the Winn building, 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 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.)

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

Workshops (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!
SOAR Reception
The many members of the Christ Church ECW, Adult Choir, Hand Bell Choir and all who have been active supporters of SOAR, (Social Opportunities & Active Recreation), are cordially invited to a reception in Brunswick, on Monday October 1, at 4:30 pm, at the Hampton Inn and Suites at 128 Venture Drive. 

Social Opportunities & Active Recreation, Inc. (SOAR) promotes a community of inclusiveness by linking local partners to their neighbors with developmental disabilities. SOAR's primary role is to facilitate social, athletic and recreational opportunities for community members with developmental disabilities.  Learn more about the mission of SOAR and how you can get involved  here .

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 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
Mary Frances Gould
Brad Graham
Burgess Hartsell
Ellen Iannuzzi
Lois Irvin
Misty Johns
Russell Lewis
Bill Littleton
Larry MacDonald
Dot Marler
Tom Martin
Rachael Moore
Erin Jones O
Margaret Payne
Mike Peck
Richard Quinelly
Samantha 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
Putsie Worthy
Mell Wray

This  Week

Serving This Weekend

Susan Shipman - Chalice Bearer
Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018 8:00 AM (CCF)
David Boland - Chalice Bearer
David Boland - Lector 
Peg McBride - Usher
Anna Belle McCaskill - Altar Guild
Dorriann Branch - Altar Guild

9:15 AM (Christ Church, Frederica)  
Paul Salter - Crucifer
Eva Purdy - Acolyte TB
Calleigh Purdy - Acolyte TB
McKenzie Brown - Acolyte PW
Donna Purdy - Chalice Bearer
Paul Salter - Chancel Master
Angie Burns - Lector - First Lesson 
Margie Dorsey - Lector - Second Lesson
Rip Graham - Greeter
Charlotte Graham - Greeter
Fred Collins - Usher
Joe Wilkerson - Usher
Ed Turner - Kidurgy Shepherd
Sandy Rice - Altar Guild
Sandt Storino - Altar Guild

9:15 AM Parish Hall (CCF)
Isabella Williston - Acolyte C
Hugh Brown - Chalice Bearer
Doree Avera - Lector - First Lesson
Hugh Brown - Lector - Second Lesson
UNFILLED - Greeter
UNFILLED - Greeter
Oscar Covington - Usher
Bascom Murrah - Usher
Lynne Turner - Kidurgy Shepherd
Nancy Zell - Altar Guild

11:15 AM (Christ Church, Frederica)
Isabel Parker - Acolyte C
Susan Shipman - Chalice Bearer
Lynne Fox - Lector - First Lesson
Susan Shipman - Lector - Second Lesson
Dana Parker - Greeter
Patrick Parker - Greeter
Royce Wood - Usher
Nancy Zell - Altar Guild

Weds., Sept. 26, 2018 NOON Healing Service (CCF)
(There is no Healing Service this week.)


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
6:00 pm - Mom's Night Out at Ember
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

Monday, September 24, 2018
9:30 am - Manna House
11:00 am - Yoga

Tuesday, September 25, 2018
2:00 pm - Christ Church Hand Bells
4:30 pm - Choristers
5:00 pm - Trebles
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
9:30 am - Backpack Buddies
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 28, 2018
12:00 pm - Icon Writing Group
Saturday, September 29, 2018
10:00 am - Icon Writing Group
5:30 pm - Worship at St. Ignatius
Sunday, September 30, 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

Save the Date

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