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October 11, 2017
Parents: Mark your calendars for Friday, October 27th, when Parents' Night Out has been rescheduled to take place. Read more here.

Rector's Ramblings

The men's discussion group is currently working (and it is labor, albeit a labor of Christian love) through Drew Hart's book, "Trouble I've Seen: Changing the Way the Church Views Racism." (We chose the book before the NFL controversy. We meet at 10:30 on Wednesday mornings if you'd like to join us.)  I say it's a labor of love because while the book is not long, it is challenging, nonetheless. Hart, a theologian, author, and blogger, wrote this book to help Christians understand their role in society as it relates to ongoing racial struggles.  Christian churches do not have a spotless record when it comes to racism. Hearing a minority voice express heartache and experience that differs so greatly from our own, can be difficult. While Hart is not directly accusatory, it is hard for white men in the dominant culture to read it and not struggle with defensiveness, or at least it is for this white man.
The chapter we read for this week expressed the need those of us in the majority have to listen, truly listen, to the voices of those who are different. He peppers the chapter with examples through history when the white-dominated culture tended to think things were better for minorities than they really were. At every stage of history, it seems, white folks have been able to say, in the majority, that racial issues weren't that bad. As time passes, we then look back and admit they weren't good after all. White leaders, despite the voices of black persons decrying the injustice, for example, largely favored decisions around slavery and segregation at the time.  Many decades later we realize that the minority voices were right all along. Which raises the issue that continues today when majority voices want to discount the validity of the experiences of the minority and their attempts to express them, if there is even a willingness to listen in the first place. 


Sabbatical Music This Week at Christ Church
The Sunday morning Prelude and Postlude that will be performed at the 9:15 and 11:15 am services this week are compositions by our Organist and Choirmaster Kathleen Turner, that she created while on her sabbatical this summer.

Prelude and Chaccone on Shepherd Me, O God is based on the anthem  Shepherd Me, O God  by Marty Haugen that you will hear choir sing during the Offertory.  

The Prelude  is meditative at the start, building to an intensity highlighted by a reed chorus, and finishing in contemplation.  

The Chaccone is a type of musical composition popular in the baroque  era when it was much used as a vehicle for variation  on a repeated short harmonic progression, often involving a fairly short repetitive bass-line in the pedal  which offers a compositional outline for variation, decoration, figuration and melodic invention. 

Fall Worship Schedule 

Join us this fall for one of the many worship opportunities we're offering at Christ Church! On Saturdays, at 5:30 pm, we offer the Rite II Eucharist service at St. Ignatius Chapel on Demere Road. On Sundays, we start the morning in the historic church with the 8:00 am, 1928 Book of Common Prayer service, followed by two 9:15 am Eucharist services (usually Rite II) in the church and in the Parish Hall. At 9:15 am, we also offer Kidurgy, our Liturgy of the Word for our younger children. At 11:15 am, Rite I Eucharistic worship takes place in the church. On Wednesdays, the Healing Service is held at 12:00 pm in Christ Church.

X Church has resumed for the season. Please join us on Wednesdays, at 6:30 pm, for this wonderful time of pause and reflection in the middle of the week. There are also special worship services planned throughout the season, that you won't want to miss. To see the schedule for fall worship and read about all the programs and activities happening at Christ Church, click here.

Therefore with Angels and Archangels and with All the Company of Heaven
By John La Boone

"Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders."                                                                                                  - Revelation 5:11

Angels are popular in America these days. According to a recent AP-GfK poll, 77 percent of adults in the United States say they believe in angels. That number rises to 88 percent of Christians, 97 percent of Evangelical Christians and 94 percent of people who attend weekly religious services. Even a majority of non-Christian Americans say they believe in angels, and 40 percent of people who never attend religious services believe in them. Women are more likely than men to believe in angels, especially women over the age of 30. By comparison, only 34 percent of respondents said they believe in ghosts or UFOs, so angels are doing pretty good when it comes to believability. 


EYC and Pathfinders Activities

EYC Sunday gatherings are a blast!! Come join us for our regular EYC gatherings (6:00-7:30 pm middle school and 7:00-8:30 pm for high school), outreach opportunities and our awesome monthly Rooted and Relevant service! Check out the calendar for the fall schedule.
The children and youth had a blast on Sunday evening during the Pig Pickin'. We played a game of pin the tail on the pig, younger ones watched a movie and the older kids and EYC sorted through our props and decorations for All Hallows Eve. We heard some really cool ideas for the haunted hallway from the students, and we can't wait to help make it a scary success!

Rooted and Relevant - Coming This Sunday -October 15th

Please come join us this Sunday for the perfect way to recharge your spirit through a worship experience that is not your typical contemporary worship or youth service. While these services will be largely led and sponsored by our EYC, everyone is invited! We will have several students and adults that will play a variety of parts to make this a meaningful worship experience for all. You don't want to miss out so we hope to see you there!!  Middle school and high school will meet after the service until 8:00 pm with dinner provided.

To see the calendar of fall activities for EYC, click here .

To see the calendar of Pathfinders activities, click here.

For more information about all the youth programs and activities at Christ Church, please contact Brad Hamil at

Adult Sunday Class - The New Testament
The Adult Sunday morning Class is currently doing a 24-week series from The Great Courses lectures on the New Testament. The Class meets from 10:30 to 11:15 am each week in the Parish Hall and the Rev. Dr. Robert W. (Bob) Brown is the facilitator and teacher for the Class. The New Testament course promises to be an inspiring and educational event.  Everyone is welcome! (Class will definitely be meeting this coming Sunday, October 15th -- Bob)

Women's Book Study Moves to Thursday
The Women's Book Study has moved to Thursdays at 11:00 am. The group meets in the vestry room, and in addition to the book study, they will also be using this time for fellowship and other discussions. Participants are encouraged to bring their lunches or something to munch on. If you would like to know more information or have any questions, please contact Ashton at .

Convictions Book Study
The eleven week study based on the book,  Convictions - How I Learned What Mattered Most , by Marcus Borg, continues in October on Wednesdays at 1:00 pm. Marcus Borg contends that Christians in America are at their best when they focus on hope and transformation, and return to what really matters most - bringing to earth the kingdom of God Jesus talked about and transforming our relationships with one another. The class is being  led by the Christ Church clergy team.
Wednesday Men's Group
The Wednesday morning Men's Study Group has begun exploring, Trouble I've Seen - Changing the Way the Church Views Racism, by well-known theologian and blogger Drew Hart. "A h ard-hitting analysis of racial injustice in the twenty-first century, this book p rovides a call to action for Christians committed to racial justice and creative proposals for antiracist practices for churches." -  Amazon

Wednesday Night Bible Study
Spiritual Growth is the theme of the Wednesday Night Bible Study. The group will explore, discuss and study a glossary of themes and topics like the Holy Spirit, Attributes of God, etc. - all with reference to the Bible and their application in our own Christian life and journey. Active participation will be encouraged. The study will be held at the Vestry room in the Parish House. It will begin at 5:30 pm and end at 6:25 pm to allow participants to attend X-Church at 6:30 pm in the Church.  All are welcome. For further details contact Godfrey Draviam at 912-638-8747 or at 
Susanna Wesley Guild
The Susanna Wesley Guild will be meeting on Tuesday, October 17th, at 10:30 am, in the Parish House. Their guest speaker will be Rev. Ashton and all ladies are invited to join them.  Contact: Frankie Ansley at 912-638-8974

Frederick Cousins Guild
On October 24 the ladies of the  Frederick Cousins Guild
will meet at 6:30 at the home of Louise Bartlett, 232 Five Pounds Rd. Mtr. Ashton will be the speaker. Contact: Louise Bartlett at 912-638-3303 or


ECW Fall General Meeting and Brunch 
In this photo (right to left) are: Karen Larson, Darcelle Durant (speaker) and Shelley Hendrix.

Saturday October 7th was an inspiring morning for the ladies of Christ Church ECW. We enjoyed a lovely brunch provided by Purple Sage catering and beautifully planned by Beth Thrift and Dianne Abernethy.
Our speaker, Darcelle Burandt, MA, LPC, told her story of a ten year walk when she began sensing God's call in establishing a local home for young girls who have been victims of sexual exploitation and trafficking. The role that social media and and other online outlets play in the recruitment of these young girls into this unfortunate, heartbreaking life is becoming increasingly critical and difficult for law enforcement to prevent or control.
With careful guidance from God inching her toward the completion of the project, Darcelle is convinced that God was not laying an overwhelming task out in front of her at any one time but rather guided her step by step over the entire project.
She is hopeful that "House of Hope" will open in early January, 2018. There are still many ways to help through volunteerism or financial assistance to help make this dream of hers a reality.
Existing ways to partner with House of Hope include donations of the following items: a security fence, a passenger van, security system, vacuum cleaner. A GoFundMe site has been set up to collect donations. Visit
In His Service,
Jane Watson

The ECW Tour of Homes Needs YOU!
Are you looking for some fun? Do you want to meet new people? Want to get to know others from different services? Are you looking to join in on a fun project?
The 65th Annual Tour of Homes needs you!
We need folks for:
* New ideas/new people
* Administrative tasks
* Parking Cars
* Entertaining Tour Patrons on the buses
* Planning a Kick Off event
* Showcasing  beautiful homes
* Photographing fantastic places
* Bring your talent to us and we will find you a spot
 We look forward to hearing from you through email, phone, texts, you choose!  Just Contact us soon!
This is a great way to get to know others, and enjoy all Christ Church has to offer.
Contact Beth Smith at 912-506-7577 or
Charlotte Graham at 912-506-3431or  


Please prayerfully consider being a benefactor by donating money. Tour expenses have risen, especially the buses which we MUST have to access the homes on Sea Island. Letters will be coming to you soon with more information. The more donations we receive to offset Tour expenses, the more we can give to the charities.
Morning Docents Needed
We are looking for a few good men and women to help fill out the ranks of the Christ Church docents on weekday mornings. This is a wonderful opportunity to reach out to the public and share the history of the church and its missions. If you're interested in becoming a morning docent, please contact Jane Watson at

The Perfect Gifts from the ECW
Looking for a special gift? How about a  Christ Church commemorative tin  filled with either delicious cheddar cheese wafers or Key lime cookies? They make the perfect Christmas gift or anytime gift, and are only $15 per tin! The ECW has a fresh supply of each available now in the church office. Beautiful Christ Church cookbooks are also available for $20 each.


Help those affected by the recent Hurricanes

If you would like help people in our community and beyond who have been affected by the recent hurricanes, please consider making a donation to the Rector's Discretionary Fund by check, or to Episcopal Relief and Development, either by check or by making a donation on their website here:
Christ Church Comforters Meet October 12th
Please join the Christ Church Comforters for our next meeting on Thursday, October 12th, at 2:00 pm in the Parish House. Even if you don't knit or crochet, please stop by and visit. (We've got plenty of talented yarnsmiths who will be glad to give you lessons!) If you have any questions, please contact Gay Barron at 770-366-5091 or by email at
Backpack Buddies Pack on October 17th
The Christ Church Backpack Buddies will be back in action packing food bags for their young buddies on Tuesday, October 17th, at 1:00 pm, in the Christ Church Parish Hall. Please join them for this lively outreach project!
Parents' Night OutParentsNightOut

Parents, mark your calendars for Friday, October 27th, for ParentsNight Out! Enjoy an evening out, while we entertain the kids from 5:30-9:30 pm in the Christ Church Parish Hall. Cost: FREE! Dinner, snacks, movie, games, bouncy house, and crafts will be provided. Child care is for children 12 and under only. Reservations are required. You may call, text or e-mail Kathleen at 512-750-9299 or at , to reserve a space.
Christmas at Sea

It's hard to believe, but Christmas is less than 11 weeks away! As much as we hate to rush the season, it's important to start thinking of those who need help and support during the holidays.

One group with whom Christ Church actively collaborates, is the International Seafarers Center, which ministers to seafarers from all over the planet. Most of us are blessed with family and friends during the holidays, but Christmas can be a lonely time for seafarers. Every year during the season of Christmas, the International Seafarers' Center spreads the love of Christ through their Christmas at Sea program. About 1500 seafarers travel through the port of Brunswick from Thanksgiving to January 7th and the Center hopes to give every seafarer a Christmas present. 
If you'd like to be part of this ministry, it's as easy as filling a shoebox with 12 - 15 item from the list found here, wrapping the box in holiday paper and bringing it to either the church office in the Parish Hall, or to the International Seafarers Center, at 307 Newcastle Street in Brunswick. 

Pig Pickin'PigPickin

Despite the soggy weather outside, the annual Christ Church Pig Pickin' this past Sunday, October 8th, was a great night of fellowship, fun and delicious food. Marsh grass provided the bluegrass beat that kept everybody smiling, laughing and eating heartily, throughout the evening! Many thanks to all who contributed to make this night so special. To s ee more pictures of all the fun, click  here

All Hallows' Eve Family Fun Fest
On October 30th, from 4:00 to 6:00 pm, Christ Church will host the annual  All Hallows' Eve Family Fun Fest! This is  a great, family-friendly evening of fun and excitement. There will be activities in the parish hall and outside for all ages, including: 
  * hay rides  
  * the haunted hallway
   * magic with Doc  Thornton
    Wizard of the South
  * Letz Face It face painting
  * carnival room for our
    littlest trick-or-treaters
  * crafts for all ages
  *bouncy house fun
  * hot dog bar
  * music  and MORE!!

For more information about this fabulous, fun family event, contact Miss Kathleen at

All Souls' Day Celebration*

Please join us on Thursday, November 2nd, at Christ Church, as we celebrate All Souls' Day in the Mexican tradition, complete with food from Tio Taco, games, and activities for families and children. The fun family time starts at 4:30 pm, and a Choral Evensong follows at 5:30. The celebration winds up with a light-hearted organ recital by Ms. Jillian Gardner. (Read more about Jillian here.) The evening will conclude by 7:00 pm. It is a FREE event, but donations will be gladly accepted. For more information about this event, please contact Kathleen Turner at

*In Mexico, celebrations for el Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, take place on our All Souls' Day, when families visit cemeteries to honor their ancestors. Since we are surrounded by a cemetery, it is most fitting to celebrate this day at Christ Church, Frederica.

HartYoga has come to Christ Church!

John Hartland of HartYoga is offering a weekly class at Christ Church on Mondays at  11:00 am . The class meets in the Parish Hall. John offers several classes around the island and is excellent.  Donations are accepted. (For example, when he offers his classes at Holy Nativity folks give a $10 donation).

HartYoga is the unique hybrid brand and style of yoga created by John Hartland. It combines Kundalini, Restorative, Chakra and Vinyasa styles of yoga. The mission is to make yoga accessible to everyone. Classes typically include breath work, meditation, poses and some chanting to music. For more information, contact Kathleen Turner at
Coffee Hour Hosts NeededCoffeeHour
Have you enjoyed Coffee Hour visiting with clergy, meeting new people and relaxing with friends?   We need volunteers for two-person teams who are willing to bring light refreshments once every four months.  If you would like to make Sundays even more meaningful, call Christine at 540-270-1215 or email for more information.

Stay Informed

Christ Church Master Plan - Input NeededMasterPlanSurvey

Your Vestry is eager to get feedback from the congregation about the Christ Church Master Plan. Our Town Hall meetings scheduled for September were preempted by Hurricane Irma, but we think we can learn a lot from a simple survey.  

If you are not familiar with the Master Plan, you will want to familiarize yourself with it before responding to the survey. You can see an executive summary of the plan by clicking   here

Please take time, as soon as possible, to fill out our brief survey by clicking on the link below:

A few people have had difficulties logging in to the survey.  If you can't get the page to load, try cutting and pasting the website from the email into your browser's address bar.  Also, if you find that it isn't saving your answers as you take the quiz, try clicking "ok" when it pops up after each question before scrolling down. It may also be a cookie setting on your browser. You might try using another browser. If all else fails, come to the office for a paper copy! Please get survey responses in as soon as possible.

Christ Church Featured on Travel Website

A recent  article on the Confetti Travel Cafe website, featured St. Simons and included historic Christ Church as a must-see destination.  Click here to read the article.

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.
Nancy Acree
George Almasi
Kurt Anderson
Malicia Atkinson
Kris Barkley    
Harry Branch
Doug Brantley
Gene Broadwell
Barbara Canaday
Greg Canady
Marilyn Canady
Paddy Carley
Mary Lou De Bisschop
Mary Lou Detwiler
Robbie Dickinson
Charlotte Doster
Anna Doxey
Andy Doyle
Doris Essig
Betsy Fitzgerald
Penny Flickinger
Stephen Freedman
Ewell Gay
Travis Gay
Louise Gentile
Max Germaine
Mary Jean Giobino
Rosalind Griffin
Burgess Hartsell
William David Herndon
Mike Herrin
Christopher Hewetson
Cheryl Hieatt
Jane Higginbotham
Carol Hoffine
Brenda Hollis
Greg Hollis
Alexander Hutcheson
Ellen Hunter
Lois Irvin
Glenn Jones
Carlin Kenny
Christi Lambert
Billie Lewellyn
Keith Lewellyn
Bill Littleton
Sam Livesay
Martha Lovett

Jerry Lowe
Cathy McCarthy
John McCarthy
Mamie Meadows
Gene Palmer
Mary Elizabeth Paris
Margaret Payne
Vivian Peterson
Kari Powell
Chris Prater
Joetta Principato
Rajika Reed
Jack Riner
Mark Robinson
Gerry Rowell
Julie Sargent
Phyllis Sartin
Angie Schrum
Willou Smith
Richard Stamper
James St. Clair
Samantha Lee Stevens
Joel Stewart
Grayson Strickland
Edith Tayloe
Sarah Taylor
Bill Torrey
Beth Varn
John Waite
Janice Walker
Carah Wheeler
Summer Wheeler
Ed Whittle
Hollis Youngner
Keith Zimmerman 

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.

New Ways to Give
Now you can make gifts and offerings to Christ Church by using your phone. Please text ccfssi to 77977,  enter your details, choose your payment method, and give. You may also go to the Christ Church website at, click on the Donation tab at the top and give there.

This  Week

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Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 5:30 PM (St. Ignatius Chapel)
Ralph Wade - Chalice Bearer
Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017 8:00 AM (CCF)
David Boland - Chalice Bearer
David Boland - Lector 
Ed Rowley - Usher
Toni Rowley - Usher
Sherry Bowen - Altar Guild

9:15 AM (Christ Church, Frederica)
Te Turner - Acolyte C
Kerrigan Hamil - Acolyte TB
Eva Purdy - Acolyte TB
Calleigh Purdy - Acolyte - PW
Catherine Holt - Chalice Bearer
Te Turner - Chancel Master
Leigh Lane - Lector - First Lesson
Alice Barlow - Lector - Second Lesson
      Margie Dorsey - Greeter
Dale Stoddard - Usher
      Susan Imhoff - Usher
Julianne Temple  - Kidurgy Shepherd
Weezie Campbell - Altar Guild

9:15 AM (Parish Hall, Frederica)
Abigail Williston - Acolyte C
Beth Smith - Chalice Bearer
John La Boone - First Lesson
Hugh Brown - Lector - Second Lesson
Andy Jenkins - Greeter
Amy Jenkins - Greeter
Oscar Covington - Usher
Nancy Zell - Altar Guild

11:15 AM (Christ Church, Frederica)
Isabel Parker - 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
Jennie Doyle - Altar Guild

Weds., Oct. 18, 2017 Healing Service 12:00 pm (CCF)
Janice Boland - Altar Guild

This Week at Christ Church
Evening Prayer is held Wednesdays through Sundays at Christ Church, Frederica at 5:00 p.m.
*Unless noted otherwise, all events take place at Christ Church

Thursday, October 12, 2017
11:00 am - Women's Group
2:00 pm - Christ Church Comforters

Friday, October 13, 2017
12:00 pm - Icon Writing Group
Saturday, October 14, 2017
10:00 am - Icon Writing Group
5:30 pm - Worship at St. Ignatius
Sunday, October 15, 2017
8:00 am - Worship at Christ Church, Frederica 
9:15 am - Worship at Christ Church, Frederica
9:15 am - Parish Hall Worship at CCF
9:15 am - Kidurgy at Christ Church, Frederica 
10:20 am - Sunday School for All Ages
11:15 am - Worship at Christ Church, Frederica
6:00 pm - EYC Rooted and Relevant Eucharist

Monday, October 16, 2017
11:00 am - HartYoga
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
10:30 am - Susanna Wesley Guild
2:00 pm - Hand Bell Choir Practice
4:30 pm - Choristers
5:00 pm - Trebles
5:45 pm - Vestry Meeting
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
10:30 am - Men's Study Group
12:00 pm - Healing Service 
1:00 pm - Convictions Book Study
5:00 pm - Adult Choir Practice
5:30 pm - Bible Study
6:30 pm - X Church
Thursday, October 19, 2017
11:00 am - Women's Group
2:00 pm - Christ Church Comforters
Friday, October 20, 2017
12:00 pm - Icon Writing Group
Saturday, October 21, 2017
10:00 am - Icon Writing Group
5:30 pm - Worship at St. Ignatius
Sunday, October 22, 2017
8:00 am - Worship at Christ Church, Frederica 
9:15 am - Worship at Christ Church, Frederica
9:15 am - Parish Hall Worship at CCF
9:15 am - Kidurgy at Christ Church, Frederica 
10:20 am - Sunday School for All Ages
11:15 am - Worship at Christ Church, Frederica
6:00 pm - EYC 

Save the Date

October 27, 2017
Parents' Night Out

October 29, 2017
EYC Souper Sunday Fundraiser

October 30, 2017
All Hallow's Eve Family Fun Fest

November 1, 2017
All Saints X Church Eucharist

November 2, 2017
Day of the Dead Family Activities and Evensong