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September 25 , 2019

Be sure to join us this coming Sunday, September 29, at the the St. Simons Lighthouse for the Island to Island Benefit for the Bahamas! Tickets are $15 for age 13 and up and available at the gate. Get all the details here.

October is nearly hear and that means it's time to Bless our Animals! Get more information here.

Rector's Ramblings

I updated a few things on my iPhone a couple of days ago, inadvertently turning on notifications for breaking news. Boy, what a time to have turned that on! I have already disabled it. The constant (or at least it felt constant yesterday) interruption of breaking news was not helpful. It literally interrupted my train of thought several times, which is why I turned such notifications off a long time ago and have done so again. I really don't absorb any live news coverage from any source, but instead read articles or listen to podcasts, which I have found gives me a better understanding of issues. Live news coverage these days is so sensational I find little value in or use for it.  


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.
Blessing of the AnimalsAnimalBlessing

Mark your calendar for Sunday, October 6, at 4:30 pm, and join us at Christ Church as we celebrate the blessing of our animals. Please bring the important animals in your life, whether they're dogs, cats, horses, goats, chickens, rabbits, hamsters, mice, 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 two-legged friends and neighbors, too!
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 will begin a new book on October 3, The Scarlet Cord: Conversations With God's Chosen Women . The book tells the story of biblical women in a new way, drawing the reader further down her spiritual path and closer to Christ. Books are available in the bookstore for $21. For more information, please contact  Mtr. Ashton 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
Love Your Enemies Study  - Wednesdays in October, with a simple lunch and one-hour discussion 

Beginning in October and led by Fr. Tom Purdy, the group will discuss Love Your Enemies over five sessions at 1:00 pm in the parish hall. They start with a simple lunch and then one-hour discussion. In Love Your Enemies , the New York Times bestselling author and social scientist Arthur C. Brooks shows that abuse and outrage are not the right formula for lasting success, that, instead, happiness comes when we choose to love one another, despite our differences. Books are available in the bookstore for $27.  Contact: Fr. Tom at
Cursillo 126
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 17, 2019, you can experience a weekend of resting in God's reassuring love and peace which passes all understanding. You will hear talks from clergy and lay people in the diocese, attend services in the beautiful chapel at Honey Creek, and enjoy fellowship and meaningful conversations with other participants throughout the diocese. If you are interested in attending Cursillo or being on the Cursillo team for the weekend of October 17-20, 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 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

if you can't make the event, you can still support the mission of our local Seafarers' Center, (which was instrumental in aiding the crew members of the capsized cargo ship, Golden Ray), by donating at , 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

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 & 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 Brunch

On Saturday, September 21, the Christ Church ECW hosted their annual fall brunch, featuring guest speaker Darcelle Burandt, founder of House of Hope, in Brunswick, Georgia . House of Hope is a faith-based safe house for girls and young women who have been victims of sex trafficking. It is one of only three safe houses in the entire state of Georgia, where domestic minor sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation of children are rampant. At House of Hope, the girls and young ladies are provided with refuge, support and counseling aimed to help them move from the horror of their abuse, to the peaceful, productive lives they deserve.

The women of Christ Church are deeply committed to the mission of the House of Hope and have made generous donations to help the work there continue. Currently, Darcelle is hoping to purchase a second house in Brunswick, in order to shelter an additional 10 girls. If you'd like to know more about this ministry and how you can help, go to the House of Hope website here.
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
ECW Board Meeting
The ECW will have a Board Meeting on Monday, September 30, at 1:30 pm in the Parish House.

Christ Church Comforters and OMGs -  Meeting next 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
Icon Writing Group Fall Break
The Icon Writing Group will be on fall break the weekends of October 11-12 and 18-19, but will be back in action the weekend of October 25-26. Newcomers are always welcome. If you're interested in joining the group or would like more information about icon writing, please contact David Blatchford and
Stay Informed

Newcomers Guides Are Here
Extra! Extra! Read All About It! Introducing Christ Church, Frederica's Newcomers Guide. Whether you're a newcomer or an old timer, you can find out about all the programs and activities happening at Christ Church in this convenient brochure. Pick up a copy in the church office, at Christ Church or St. Ignatius. Or you can download it here. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Mother Ashton at
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
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
Beautiful and practical Christ Church mugs
are now available at the Gift Shop for only $8.00.
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
Jessica Hope
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
Bob Zell

This  Week

Serving This Weekend

Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019 5:30 PM (St. Ignatius Chapel)
Susan Shipman - Chalice Bearer
Gay Barron - Altar Guild

Sunday, September 29, 2019 8:00 AM (CCF)
David Boland - Chalice Bearer
David Boland - Lector 
Sherry Bowen - Altar Guild

9:15 AM (Christ Church, Frederica) 
Robert Wray - Acolyte C
Calleigh Purdy - Acolyte TB
Daven Wray - Acolyte TB
Gavin Williams - Acolyte CW
Slade Turner - Chalice Bearer
Paul Salter - Chancel Master
Margie Dorsey - Lector - First Lesson
Bud Dorsey - Lector - Second Lesson
Wallace Harrell - Greeter
Jeannie Wade - Usher
Ralph Wade - Usher
Mary Hardee - Kidurgy Shepherd
Weezie Campbell - Altar Guild

9:15 AM (Parish Hall, CCF) 
Elizabeth Temple - Acolyte C
Doree Avera - Chalice Bearer
Jody Bradford - Lector - First Lesson
Jody Bradford - Lector - Second Lesson
Oscar Covington - Usher
Bascom Murrah - Usher
Beth Varn - Kidurgy Shepherd
Nancy Zell - Altar Guild

11:15 AM (Christ Church, Frederica) 
Dutch Heidsieck - Acolyte C
Dutch Heidsieck - Chalice Bearer
Dutch Heidsieck - Lector - First Lesson
Dutch Heidsieck - Lector - Second Lesson
Clif Jones - Greeter
Penny Jones - Greeter
Jennie Doyle - Altar Guild

Weds. Oct. 1, 2019 NOON Healing Service
Janis Boland - Altar Guild

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

Friday, September 27, 2019
12:00 pm - Icon Writing Group
5:00 pm - St. Athanasius Sign Ceremony
6:00 pm - Seafarers' Center International Night
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
2:00 pm - Pathfinders Trip
4:00 - 9:00 pm - Benefit for the Bahamas

Monday, September 30 , 2019
11:00 am - Yoga
1:30 pm - ECW Board Meeting

Tuesday, October 1, 2019
2:00 pm - Hand Bells Rehearsal
4:00 pm - Live Poets Society
4:30 pm - Choristers Rehearsal
5:00 pm - Trebles Rehearsal
Wednesday, October 2, 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, October 3, 2019
11:00 am - Tour of Homes Meeting
1:00 pm - Women's Book Study

Friday, October 4, 2019
10:30 am - Christ Church Comforters
11:30 am - OMG Meeting
12:00 pm - Icon Writing Group
Saturday, October 5, 2019
St. Athanasius Food Bank
10:00 am - Icon Writing Group
5:30 pm - Worship at St. Ignatius
Sunday, October 6, 2019
St. Athanasius Food Bank
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
4:30 pm - Blessing of the Animals
6:30 pm - Youth Group
Save the Date

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