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October 4, 2017
Join us at Christ Church this coming Sunday, October 8th, at 6:00 pm, for the annual Pig Pickin'! Get all the delicious details here.

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

Rector's Ramblings

Again our hearts are rent by horrific news, this time of the worst mass shooting in our nation's history. As I write this, the Las Vegas Police are reporting nearly sixty dead and more than five hundred wounded. I can barely conceive of a number that high in terms of casualties. The numbers are staggering in and of themselves, and yet as we consider how an individual could do such a thing we realize that understanding is even harder to grasp.
In the coming hours and days, we will learn more, perhaps more than we ever want to, about the shooter, his motivations, his victims, and a host of other details that news outlets are already scrounging for. In our fear and anger we will all look to lay blame somewhere, be it on gun laws, mental health laws, international terrorism, or a host of other factors. All of our attempts to lay blame come from a desire to understand the how's and the why's, and hopefully prevent another similar event in the future. It is a completely normal and expected response, and yet none of it will undo this terrible evil that has been done. 


Blessing of the Animals on Sunday, October 1st

It was a truly warm and fuzzy kind of afternoon at Christ Church, Frederica, on Sunday, October 1st, as we celebrated the annual Blessing of the Animals, in front of the Parish House, at 5:30 pm. Many beloved pets, including dogs, cats and bunnies, as well as a wild banana spider and even a tiny snail, were on hand for this special time of blessing. Animals everywhere were remembered in prayer and song, with thanks to God for giving us their wonderful companionship. Christ Church Rector, Fr. Tom Purdy and Mtr. Ashton Williston, Curate of Christ Church, presided at this service, which was open to all in the community. 

To see more photos of the Blessing of the Animals, click here.
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.

Next Wednesday, October 11th, X Church begins again, at 6:30 pm, so make sure to join us 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.

Revival Rescheduled

Due to the impact of Hurricane Irma, the Diocese has postponed the Fearless Faith, Boundless Love Revival until Saturday, January 20, 2018. Click here for more details.

Honeycreek Revival BUS - If you signed up to ride the bus from Christ Church to Honeycreek, Christ Church will refund via check your $28/person. In January, you will have to sign up again to ride the bus and make payment.  If you do not receive your refund check yet,  please contact Sharon in the church office at 912-638-8683. 


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. 

This week, come join the Trilogy of Terror, Kathleen, Ashton, and Brad, for a special EYC evening during the Pig Pickin'. Middle and high school will join forces in order to help us get ready for All Hallows Eve, Monday, Oct 30th . We will come up with a plan to design and produce the haunted hallway!

Rooted and Relevant - October 15th

Rooted and Relevant is back!! We were so excited to kick off a new season of these wonderful services in September, but Irma had other plans, so our new start date for these services is October 15 th . Please come join us for the perfect way to recharge your spirit through a worship experience that is not your typical contemporary worship or youth service. While they will be largely led and sponsored by our EYC, everyone is invited! Ladd Rector will be providing the homily, as well as blessing us with his piano skills. We will also have several other student and adults that will play a variety of parts to make this a meaningful worship experience for all!!

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! 

Women's Book Study Moves to Thursday
The Women's Book Study has moved to Thursdays at 11:00 am. This study is based on the book  Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No - To Take Control of Your Life . 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

Enneagram Workshop To Be Rescheduled

The Enneagram workshop has been rescheduled for January 26-27, 2018. Registration details will be coming soon. If you were signed up for the September workshop, Christ Church will send you a refund check of your $40 fee. If you have not received your refund check, please contact Sharon in the church office  at 912-638-8683. 
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 
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 12, 2017, 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. Our own Charlotte Raymond, a veteran of many Cursillo retreats, highly recommends these spiritual encounters, and will be on staff for this particular session. 

If you are interested in learning more about Cursillo, please call Rose Wilson at 912-506-9799 or Rita Spalding at 912-270-2725. To register for the October 12-15 Cursillo, click here. Teams may register here.


ECW Fall General Meeting and Brunch - This Coming Saturday
On Saturday  morning,  October 7, 2017, at 10:00 am, the Christ Church ECW will have their annual fall general meeting and brunch . The speaker for the morning will be Darcelle Burandt, who is beginning a wonderful new ministry in our area called "House of Hope". It is an outreach to young victims of human trafficking. She has renovated a house* in Brunswick where these victims can be safely housed and receive the counseling and treatment they might need. (Read more here.) All women from Christ Church are invited to attend the meeting and to come hear about this important mission in our community. 
Please contact the church office to let us know if you'll be attending, so that we may give the caterer an accurate headcount for the FREE brunch. 912-638-8683
Nursery care will be provided for children up to age 4.

* The house was slated to open before Hurricane Irma struck Glynn County. Unfortunately, a tree fell through the roof and now the roof and ceiling need repairs. If you'd like to help with this work, click here to make a donation.

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  


Helping those affected by Hurricane Irma

Nearly everyone in the Christ Church family was affected by Hurricane Irma, some more dramatically than others. If you would like help others in our community and beyond, please consider making a donation to the Rector's  Discretionary Fund by check, or to Episcopal Relief and Development, either by check or making a donation on their website here: Contributions made to Episcopal Relief may also be designated to help those affected by the more recent Hurricane Maria.
Christ Church Comforters Pick Up Their Knitting Needles and Crochet Hooks for the Season on October 12th
Do you enjoy knitting or crocheting? Then please join the Christ Church Comforters as they gather once a month to make prayer shawls for those who need warmth and comfort.  Some of the members also make watch caps which are distributed to the International Seafarers.  It's an excellent time of sharing and putting your skills to good use. Even if you don't knit or crochet, please plan to stop by and visit with us at our next meeting - Thursday, October 12th at 2:00 pm. (We've got plenty of talented yarnsmiths who will be glad to give you lessons!)  If you have any questions, please call Gay Barron at  770-366-5091 or by email to
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 12 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

Please plan to join us this coming Sunday, October 8, 2017, at 6:00 pm, in the Parish Hall, for this year's Pig Pickin' and Annual Campaign Kick-Off! Justin Hollington will once again be cooking delicious barbecue and tasty sides, while Marshgrass will keep our toes tapping with some great bluegrass music. This is a fun, family-oriented get-together, (which includes special activities just for youth and children), so join us at Christ Church for a great evening!

HartYoga has come to Christ Church!

John Hartland of HartYoga is offering a weekly class at Christ Church on Mondays at  11:00 am , starting  Monday, October 2 . The class will meet 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.  HartYoga  partners with local non-profit organizations to further the mission of yoga and taking care of the mind, body and soul of those in need in our community.   
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
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

Serving This WeekendServersNeeded

Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017 5:30 PM (St. Ignatius Chapel)
Susan Shipman - Chalice Bearer
Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017 8:00 AM (CCF)
Robert Brown - Chalice Bearer
Robert Brown - Lector 
Paul Ploeger - Usher
Bonita Wright - Altar Guild
Doriann Branch - Altar Guild

9:15 AM (Christ Church, Frederica)
Seiler Thompson - Acolyte C
Maidee Brown - Acolyte TB
McKenzie Brown - Acolyte TB
Kerrigan Hamil - Acolyte - PW
Te Turner - Chalice Bearer
Robert Brown - Chancel Master
Barbara Sullivan - Lector - First Lesson
Barbara Sullivan - Lector - Second Lesson
      Greer Brown - Greeter
Laura Brown - Greeter
      Margie Dorsey - Usher
Lynne Turner  - Kidurgy Shepherd
Peggy Goad - Altar Guild
Frankie Ansley - Altar Guild

9:15 AM (Parish Hall, Frederica)
Isabella Williston - Acolyte C
Beth Smith - Chalice Bearer
Fred Collins - First Lesson
Doree Avera - Lector - Second Lesson
Rip Graham - Greeter
Charlotte Graham - Greeter
Oscar Covington - Usher
Kay Brown - Altar Guild
Nancy Zell - Altar Guild

11:15 AM (Christ Church, Frederica)
Ava Parker - Acolyte C
Lynne Fox - Lector - First Lesson
Lynne Fox - Lector - Second Lesson
Dana Parker - Greeter
Patrick Parker - Greeter
Ben Slade - Usher
Pat Collins - Altar Guild
Bonita Wright - 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 5, 2017
11:00 am - Women's Group
6:00 pm - Adult Choir Practice

Friday, October 6, 2017
12:00 pm - Icon Writing Group
Saturday, October 7, 2017
10:00 am - ECW Fall Meeting
10:00 am - Icon Writing Group
5:30 pm - Worship at St. Ignatius
Sunday, October 8, 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 - Pig Pickin' Dinner

Monday, October 9, 2017
11:00 am - HartYoga

Tuesday, October 10, 2017
2:00 pm - Hand Bell Choir Practice
4:30 pm - Choristers
5:00 pm - Trebles

Wednesday, October 11, 2017
10:30 am - Men's Study Group
12:00 pm - Healing Service 
1:00 pm - Convictions Book Study
5:30 pm - Bible Study
6:30 pm - X Church

Thursday, October 12, 2017
11:00 am - Women's Group
2:00 pm - Christ Church Comforters
6:00 pm - Adult Choir Practice

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

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