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October 25, 2017
The next few weeks at Christ Church are packed with special events like  Souper Sunday, the All Hallows' Eve Family Fun Fest and the All Souls' Day Celebration and Evensong. Mark your calendar for these events and invite friends and family to join us at Christ Church!

Rector's Ramblings

I am so pleased that X Church has started back up.  We take the summers off (with a little extra on each end) because of temperature and light. The candle-lit atmosphere, or lack there of, when the sun stays up later, has a negative impact on the ambience of the service. Similarly, running the air conditioning prevents us from using real candles in the candelabras or using incense; neither works well with our industrial strength blowers. So, now that it has cooled off and is darker in the evenings, the service is back in full swing. 
Because of the slower pace, the intentional silences, and the whole ethos of X Church, I find it to be the service I can most readily worship in as a presider. That may not make sense to some, but those of us who preside in worship often find it hard to participate fully in the worship itself for a host of reasons. Leading and participating are two different spiritual acts, and the latter is vitally important for a healthy spiritual life. As such, I find that participating in X Church feeds my soul more consistently than Sunday mornings - which can also feed my soul, but not as easily or as well, on average.  


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.

All Saints' Sunday - November 5, 2017
We are collecting names for the All Saints Book of Remembrance. The book will be available at each of the services between now and November 5th. If you would like to have the name of someone who has passed away since last year's All Saints' Day services read during this year's services, please be sure to add his or her name to the book. 

Be Our Light in the Darkness

By John La Boone
 "Then Jesus rebuked the demon and it came out of him, and the boy was healed that very hour."
                                                          - Matthew 17:18

As Episcopalians we are familiar with the orders of bishops, priests and deacons, which historically have been called the major orders or holy orders. But for most of our church history there were also these minor orders (in descending order): acolyte, lector, exorcist and porter. Originally, if you wanted to become a priest you would start at the bottom and work your way up through the minor orders first. When the English Church was reformed in the 16th century, the minor orders were officially done away with as ordained ministries, but they have been an important part of our religious and cultural heritage for most of the time that Christianity has existed.
The minor orders did not really go away for good in Anglicanism. Today we see modern versions of these important jobs in various lay ministries. Every Sunday we see acolytes functioning in our church services by carrying the cross and torches, administering the chalice and assisting the clergy in other ways. We have lay readers and lectors reading our Bible lessons and the prayers of the people, or leading the Daily Office. Porters evolved into sextons and thank goodness we still have them performing a multitude of important duties. But what about exorcists - what are they and do we still have them? Yes, we do.


EYC and Pathfinders Activities

The "Souper Sunday" soup fundraiser is back! Sunday, October 29th, after all services we will be selling homemade soup in pints ($5) and quarts ($10) to raise money for our youth programs. Parents, students, and parishioners will provide the soup so this is a very profitable fundraiser! Soup will be available at the church and the parish house.

If you would like to make some homemade soup for this fundraiser please contact Brad at 912-223-7276 or

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

Youth Lock-In Scheduled for Annual Convention

Join us November 10-11 in Valdosta, Georgia! Youth in grades 6-12 are encouraged to come and be part of the 196th Annual Convention of the Diocese of Georgia! Youth can arrive either on Friday morning, November 10th, and work with the Convention throughout the day, or arrive for the Convention Eucharist on Friday afternoon. Friday night there will be a lock-in hosted by Christ Church, Valdosta, and the youth will lead worship on Saturday morning at Convention!

Cost for those who are working the Convention on Friday is $10! Cost for those who come for the Eucharist and Lock-In only is $30 per person.
Please contact the Rev. Joshua Varner, Canon Missioner for Children and Youth, with questions about the Youth Presence at Convention at
Register for the Full Convention  here
Register for the Lock-in Only here.

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!

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
The Wednesday night Bible study, taught by Godfrey Draviam, will be winding down the fall session next week, on Wednesday, November 1st. Please look for more information about further Bible studies in the coming weeks.

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.
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.


Backpack Buddies - November 1st

The Backpack Buddies will be packing again at 10:00 am on November 1st  in the parish house. If you have an hour or so, come join the assembly line. Everyone is welcome! For more information, please contact Susan Shipman at 912-222-9206 or at

Martha's Guild
Martha's Guild is looking for some new members. Many of our long time members who have served so well are unable to do so now.  The members of Martha's Guild prepare and serve food at receptions for the bereaved families and friends of those whose funerals are held at Christ Church.   It is a gift of love and not a difficult task.  Please call 912-638-2717 if you would like to be a part of this ministry.  Angie Burns will be happy to supply details. 
Parents' Night OutParentsNightOut

Parents, mark your calendars for this 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.
Thanksgiving Food Baskets

We will be collecting non-perishable foods for Thanksgiving food baskets for 23 needy families in our community on Saturday, Nov. 11; Sunday, Nov. 12; Saturday, Nov. 18 and Sunday, Nov. 19 at St. Ignatius Chapel and Christ Church, Frederica. Monetary donations are welcome, too. On Monday, November 20th, all are invited to help assemble the food baskets in the Parish Hall. Contact Jeannie Wade at or at 912- 638-6462   for more information.
Grace House Second Annual Charity Golf Tournament

Join us for a day of fun and golf at the Sea Island Retreat Golf Course, on Saturday, December 2nd  at 9:00 am! This four-person scramble, best ball is open to everyone and will create a truly spectacular golf experience. It will also present the opportunity to meet, support and change the lives of women at the Grace House. The cost is $100 per person and $400 per team and this includes: 18 Holes of golf with cart, a bag lunch delivered during the event and many prizes. This will be a fund raiser with prizes, silent auction and good times! Golfers will play a "Scramble" and can sign up individually or to a specific three or foursome. For more information, contact the Rev. Tommy Townsend at 770-616-4791.

Christmas at Sea
It's hard to believe, but Christmas is less than 10 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. 

500th Anniversary of the Reformation - October 29, 0217
The Rev. Bonnie Lanyi and The Rev. Kay Yates
This year Lutherans celebrate the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation, spurred by Martin Luther's nailing of the 95 theses to the cathedral doors in Wittenberg. (Read more here.)
 To help commemorate and celebrate this milestone, the congregations of Lord of Life and St. James Lutheran Churches will come together on Sunday, October 29, 2017, for a joint worship service and celebration at 7:00 pm, at Lord of Life, on St. Simons Island. The community is invited to join in their Reformation 500 celebration, which will feature special music with a combined choir and guest musicians. The evening will end with dessert and coffee in the Fellowship Hall. Lord of Life Lutheran Church is located at 2801 Frederica Road.

All Hallows' Eve Family Fun FestAllHallowsEve
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*AllSouls

Our Choristers and Trebles work hard decorating Sugar Skull decorations for Dia de los Muertos

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, activities for families and children, Evensong, (featuring the Christ Church Choir and Trebles) and a special performance by organist Jillian Gardner.  (Read more about Jillian here .) 

4:30-5:30 Parish Hall
Bring a photo of a deceased loved one (human or not human) that you'd like to display on our Day of the Dead Altar** in the Parish Hall. The altar in the Parish House will be decorated in Day of the Dead fashion with candles, sugar skull faces, flowers, and more. Munch on goodies from Tia Taco and enjoy inter-generational fellowship!

5:30 Choral Evensong and Organ Recital in Christ Church
The Christ Church Choir and Trebles will offer Choral Evensong (including a choral setting of the  Phos Hilaron  and  Anglican Chant ), followed by a fun organ recital by Jillian Garner, a fabulous young artist voted one of the top talents in the country.

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.

** Everything on an altar has special meaning:
- Dogs were believed to guide the ancestral spirits to their final resting place in the afterlife. Candles represent fire and are a light guiding them back to visit the land of the living.
- Sugar skulls represent death and the sweetness of life.
- Delicately decorated tissue paper represents wind and the fragility of life.
- Monarch butterflies, which migrate to Mexico each fall, were believed to be the spirits of the ancestors coming to visit.

Community Thanksgiving Service to be Held at Christ Church

Christ Church will be hosting the community Thanksgiving service on Sunday, November 19th, at 4:00 pm in the Christ Church Parish Hall. This is a special time of worship that includes hymns, prayers, Old and New Testament readings, a sermon and an offering that will benefit those who are hungry in our community.

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

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.

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
Terry Burns
Barbara Canaday
Greg Canady
Marilyn Canady
Paddy Carley
Mary Lou De Bisschop
Mary Lou Detwiler
Robbie Dickinson
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
Davi Langston
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
Bill Torrey
Beth Varn
John Waite
Janice Walker
Carah Wheeler
Summer Wheeler
Ed Whittle
Hollis Youngner
Keith Zimmerman 

The Departed
Dana Blair
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

Serving This WeekendServersNeeded

Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017 5:30 PM (St. Ignatius Chapel)
Susan Shipman - Chalice Bearer
Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017 8:00 AM (CCF)
Carl Baumgardner - Chalice Bearer
Carl Baumgardner - Lector 
David Ketcham - Usher
Annabelle McCaskill - Altar Guild

9:15 AM (Christ Church, Frederica)
Slade Turner - Acolyte C
McKenzie Brown - Acolyte TB
Robert Wray - Acolyte TB
Maidee Brown - Acolyte - PW
Alice Barlow - Chalice Bearer
Slade Turner - Chancel Master
Carol Hoffine - Lector - First Lesson
Carol Hoffine - Lector - Second Lesson
Clif Jones - Greeter
Penny Jones - Greeter
Susan Imhoff - Usher
      Joe Wilkinson - Usher
Lynne Turner  - Kidurgy Shepherd
Sandy Rice - Altar Guild
Sandy Storino - Altar Guild

9:15 AM (Parish Hall, Frederica)
Abigail Williston - Acolyte C
Donee Avera - Chalice Bearer
John La Boone - First Lesson
Hugh Brown - Lector - Second Lesson
Fred Collins - Greeter
Kay Brown - Altar Guild

11:15 AM (Christ Church, Frederica)
Isabel Parker - Acolyte C
Te Turner - Chalice Bearer
Lynne Fox - Lector - First Lesson
Lynne Fox - Lector - Second Lesson
Dana Parker - Greeter
Patrick Parker - Greeter
Richard Fox - Usher
Nancy Zell - Altar Guild
Ann Graham - 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

Wednesday, October 25, 2017
5:00 pm - Adult Choir Practice
5:30 pm - Bible Study
6:30 pm - X Church
Thursday, October 26, 2017
11:00 am - Women's Group
Friday, October 27, 2017
12:00 pm - Icon Writing Group
5:30 pm - Parents' Night Out
Saturday, October 28, 2017
10:00 am - Icon Writing Group
5:30 pm - Worship at St. Ignatius
Sunday, October 29, 2017
EYC Souper Fundraiser
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 

Monday, October 30, 2017
11:00 am - HartYoga
4:00 pm - All Hallows' Eve Family Fun Fest
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
2:00 pm - Hand Bell Choir Practice
4:30 pm - Choristers
5:00 pm - Trebles
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
10:00 am - Backpack Buddies
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 - All Saints X Church
Thursday, November 2, 2017
11:00 am - Women's Group
4:30 pm - Day of the Dead Celebration
Friday, November 3, 2017
12:00 pm - Icon Writing Group
Saturday, November 4, 2017
10:00 am - Icon Writing Group
5:30 pm - Worship at St. Ignatius
Sunday, November 5, 2017
St. Athanasius Food Bank
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

November 10, 2017
Christ Church Comforters

November 12, 2017
EYC Rooted and Relevant Eucharist

November 19, 2017
Community Thanksgiving Service at Christ Church

November 20, 2017
Thanksgiving Basket Packing

November 23, 2017
Thanksgiving Day - Office Closed

November 24, 2017
Office Closed