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September  5, 2018

The church office will be closed on Thursday, September 6, from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm, while the staff is away for an offsite meeting. Please feel free to leave messages in the church voicemail and they will be returned immediately upon the office reopening. Thank you!

The Monday morning 11:00 am yoga class will not be meeting on September 10, but will resume meeting on Monday, September 17.

Rector's Ramblings

Father Tom reflects on a stingingly memorable adventure from this past Labor Day weekend. Click here to see his video rambling.


Learning About Worship

This coming Sunday, September 9, the children and youth in grades 1- 12 will meet in the church for Sunday school at the conclusion of the 9:15 am worship service (approximately 10:20 am). This will be a special time in which they will learn about the liturgy and music that make up a worship service and the roles that acolytes, clergy, choirs and musicians play in making worship a meaningful experience for all in attendance.


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 5, 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 will be 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. 

For the last five years, James and Deborah Fallows have been traveling across America in a single-engine prop airplane. Visiting dozens of towns, they have met hundreds of civic leaders, workers, immigrants, educators, environmentalists, artists, public servants, librarians, business people, city planners, students, and entrepreneurs to take the pulse and understand the prospects of places that usually draw notice only after a disaster or during a political campaign. Our Towns is the story of their journey-and an account of a country busy remaking itself."
Books will be available in the church office for $21. Please contact Father Tom at, for more information.

Daughters of the King
The Daughters of the King will meet next on Tuesday, September 11, 2018, at 5:45 pm, in the Parish House. For more information, please contact Mother Ashton 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. 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 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.

Christ Church Trip to the Holy Lands 2019

Christ Church's 2019 trip to the Holy Lands was featured in a Brunswick News article recently.  The trip is now at full capacity, but there is an opportunity to add your name to a waitlist and you will be contacted if one of the currently scheduled travelers changes their plans. The wait list will be contacted on a first come, first served basis. Click here if you would like to be added to this list.

You may read the Brunswick News article about the Holy Lands trip  here

 Children and Youth

Acolyte Training
On Sunday, September 9, immediately after the 9:15 am service, there will be a training session for Acolytes. All those who are interested, from grade 1 though high school, are invited to meet in the church that morning, at 10:20 am. Please contact Mother Ashton at for more information.
Youth Activities this Fall

On September 9, Sunday, immediately after the 11:15 am service, children and youth from grades 3 - 12 will gather for lunch in the Parish Hall. After lunch, we'll head over to the Pinball Palace in Brunswick, for an afternoon of old-fashioned fun! Christ Church will pay for admission. Just bring money for snacks. Pick-up will be at 3:30 pm at the Parish House. RSVP to Laura Ann at


ECW - 2019 Tour of Homes Planning Kick-Off
On Tuesday, September 11, at 11:00 am, the Chairs and Co-Chairs of 2019 Tour of Homes will meet in the Christ Church Parish Hall to begin planning the 66th Annual Tour, which will take place on March 16, 2019. 
We are excited about the upcoming tour and know it will be the best one yet, especially if we ALL get involved! Everybody is invited to participate and 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 get involved. 

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 twice in September, next Wednesday, September 12, at 10:00 am and 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!

Volunteers Needed at the International Seafarers' Center
Have you ever thought about being a missionary but do not want to leave the Country? LIVE LOCAL - REACH NATIONS by becoming a volunteer at the International Seafarers' Center. Reach men and women from 70 different nations that visit our ports yearly, without ever leaving Brunswick! Go aboard the big ships, visit with our seafaring friends through hospitality or be a driver. For more information about how you can get involved, please call 912 267-0631. 


OMG - It's Time for Fun in September!
The next meeting of the O(utrageously) M(ature) G(roup) will be this Friday, September 7, from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm, in the Parish House. Even if you're not into games, come for the fun, fellowship and good food and invite your friends. If you would like to purchase lunch for $10, please contact the church office at 912-638-8683 or as soon as possible. Lunch choices include ham and cheese, chicken salad or turkey and cheese. Hope to see you on September 7th!

FaithWorks Annual Celebration of Service
FaithWorks invites you to join our annual celebration of service on September 13, at 5:30 pm, at Gruber Aviation, on St. Simons. The theme this year is "Grace & Glory." Invite your friends and become part of this event! Although there is no charge for the banquet, your gifts are always appreciated. You'll hear stories of FaithWorks' success over the past year with cameos from staff, volunteers and clients. The evening has a local flair with music from Owen Plant, local food from Halyards/Dave Snyder and tons of great silent auction items including an oil painting by local artist Cathie Parmalee. Her painting, "As Above, So Down Below," to be offered at the silent auction, perfectly captures the spirit of this year's event: praying hands receiving God's grace from above that translates into glory in the here and now. To sign up, contact Melissa Stroud at 912-261-8512 x105 or email You can sign up on your own, or host a table or two for your group.

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.

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.)
ISC International Night

The 18th Annual International Night Celebration benefitting the International Seafarers' Center will take place on Friday, September 28, 2018, at the Morgan Center, on Jekyll Island. There will be fine cuisine from around the world and a wide assortment of international wines and beers will be served. Entertainment will be provided by Stan Walker and the Coastal Empire Orchestra and live and silent auctions will take place throughout the evening. Tickets are $110 and all proceeds go to support the mission of the International Seafarers' Center in Brunswick, Georgia. To purchase tickets or get more information, please contact Sherry at 912-267-0631 or 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 !

Stay Informed

Glad Tidings

We're happy to announce that the Rev. Becky Rowell and Mr. Uli Keller were joined in holy matrimony this past weekend, on Saturday, September 1st, in Hickory, North Carolina. We wish the happy couple all the best and look forward to celebrating their union on Sunday, September 23, at the church-wide picnic!
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

Prayer List

Please help us keep the prayer list current by notifying Mtr. Becky of any changes in the status or condition of your loved one.
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

To amend our prayer list, or to update the church on the condition of your loved one, please email Mtr. Becky Rowell ( or call the church office at 912.638.8683.

This  Week

Serving This Weekend

Susan Shipman - Chalice Bearer
Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018 8:00 AM (CCF)
David Boland - Chalice Bearer
David Boland - Lector 
Paul Ploeger - Usher
Sherry Bowen - Altar Guild

9:15 AM (Christ Church, Frederica)  
UNFILLED - Crucifer
Calleigh Purdy - Acolyte TB
Eva Purdy - Acolyte TB
Maidee Brown - Acolyte PW
Paul Salter - Chalice Bearer
Robert Brown - Chancel Master
Carol Hoffine - Lector - First Lesson 
Barbara Sullivan - Lector - Second Lesson
Emily Thomas - Greeter
Jamie Thomas - Greeter
Susan Imhoff - Usher
Greer Brown - Usher
Ed Turner - Kidurgy Shepherd
Bonnie Chandler - Altar Guild

9:15 AM Parish Hall (CCF)
Isabella Williston - Acolyte C
Doree Avera - Chalice Bearer
Brooke Bartlett-Kneller - Lector - First Lesson
Fred Collins - Lector - Second Lesson
Charlotte Graham - Greeter
Rip Graham - Greeter
Oscar Covington - Usher
Lynne Turner - Kidurgy Shepherd
Nancy Zell - Altar Guild

11:15 AM (Christ Church, Frederica)
Ava Parker - Acolyte C
Bonnie Harris - Chalice Bearer
Paul Salter - Lector - First Lesson
Paul Salter - Lector - Second Lesson
Ben Slade - Usher
Jennie Doyle - Altar Guild

Weds., Sept. 12, 2018 NOON Healing Service (CCF)
Janis Boland - Altar Guild


Friday, September 7, 2018
11:30 am - OMG Games and Fellowship
12:00 pm - Icon Writing Group
Saturday, September 8, 2018
10:00 am - Icon Writing Group
5:30 pm - Worship at St. Ignatius
Sunday, September 9, 2018
8:00 am - Worship at Christ Church 
9:15 am - Worship at Christ Church
9:15 am - Worship in CCF Parish Hall
9:15 am - Kidurgy at Christ Church
10:20 am - Children and Youth Meet in Church
11:15 am - Worship at Christ Church
12:30 pm - EYC and Pathfinders Lunch/Trip
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
11:00 am - ToH Committee Chairs Meeting
2:00 pm - Christ Church Hand Bells
4:30 pm - Choristers
5:00 pm - Trebles
5:45 pm - Daughters of the King
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
10:00 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
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
6:00 pm - EYC

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