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November 22, 2017
Wishing all a very blessed Thanksgiving!

Mark your calendar for December 2nd, for Breakfast with St. Nicholas! Read more here.

Rector's Ramblings

Fr. Tom's Thanksgiving Survival Enjoyment Guide

1.     Give thanks!  It sounds odd, right? Isn't Thanksgiving about giving thanks? Yes, it is! But, I'm surprised at how many people are decidedly less than thankful in this season. Maybe it's the prospect of cooking for a huge group. Or, gathering the family is not your idea of a good time for one reason or another. Or, it's a difficult holiday because a beloved family member isn't going to be with you this year. There are lots of reasons we feel less than thankful on Thanksgiving. But don't limit your thanks to the grace before you cut the turkey. Practice making this a week of Thanksgiving, noting all the things you can recognize as blessing, even when they are mixed up with some elements that feel like less than blessing. Every day should start with a prayer of thanksgiving when we open our eyes; I hope we're grateful for another day to walk the earth. Remember to be thankful for everything you can recognize, and it will be a meaningful holiday.


2.     Talk about religion and politics. No, really. One of the things that is tearing this country apart is our inability to talk to one another about the really important things. If we can't have calm, loving conversations with those in our own families, then what hope do we have when it comes to strangers and neighbors? I know, I know, some families are the worst setting for such talk, but at the end of the day, we need to understand where others are coming from, to truly hear what they feel and think, and acknowledge it for what it is. You don't have to let others change your mind, but at least listen to them.  Likewise, you can share your thoughts without needing to change their minds. Understanding is the key, not winning. God will move in and through us when we can discuss and debate with open minds and loving hearts. And besides, there's plenty to talk about since last Thanksgiving. The conversation should be lively!


Giving Thanks for Thanksgiving Music

The Community Thanksgiving service that took place at Christ  Church  on Sunday, November 19th, at 4:00 pm, was time of great fellowship, rich with musical and spiritual blessings. Our music director, Kathleen Turner offers her thanks to all who made this worship service so memorable.
"Thank you A Patrice Butts, Misty Renard, Trina Meade, Rhonda Helton Hambright, Gregory Canady, George Ingram; Brooke Bartlett and Rich Wagner (on trumpet); and members representing choirs of St. Simon's Presbyterian Church, Emmanuel Baptist Church, Wesley UMC, Christ Church Frederica Adult Choir and Handbell Choir for your special musical offerings at our island community Thanksgiving service. Your gifts of music are a blessing! To God be the Glory!"

EYC Rooted and Relevant Advent Eucharist

Please join us on Sunday evening, December 3rd, at 6:00 pm, when our EYC will celebrate Holy Eucharist with an Advent Rooted and Relevant service in the Parish Hall. All are invited to this unique time of worship, which will include special music.


Remember a loved one at Christmas and help beautify our worship spaces with a memorial poinsettia. Please send the name, along with a check for $30, to Ethel Horton, 402 Palm Court, St. Simons Island, GA 31522. Checks should be made payable to Christ Church Altar Guild and received no later than Wednesday, December 13. If you have any questions, please call Ethel Horton at 912-634-8327.  


Sunday School Schedule for Children and Youth
Due to the holiday weekend, Sunday School will not meet on Sunday, November 26th, Thanksgiving Weekend.
There will be classes for children and youth on December 3rd and 10th and then Sunday school will be on break for December 17th, 24th, and 31st. We will resume the regular Sunday schedule, with classes each week, on January 7th.

EYC and Pathfinders Activities

Our EYC was busy this past Sunday evening sorting and staging non-perishable food donations for the Thanksgiving baskets that were assembled on Monday morning. They are grateful to help with this important outreach to the community and they did a terrific job!

EYC Thanksgiving Holiday
We will not be having our weekly gathering on Sunday, November 26th, so that our youth can spend time with their families. Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Rooted and Relevant - December 3, 2017
Please join us on Sunday, December 3rd at 6:00 pm for a special Advent service that will include some awesome seasonal music selections. This is a great way to begin the beautiful season of Advent!

New Beginnings #51
New Beginnings #51 will take place December 8-10 at Honey Creek. It is for youth in g rades 7-9 - cost $115 (scholarship available).  New Beginnings #51 is a retreat led by youth for youth in grades 7-9. The team consists of a lead teen and lead adult with support from other youth, lay adults, and clergy. The weekend takes participants through a discovery about ourselves, our friends, our families, our faith, and how to live out our faith in our daily lives. We share a lot about LOVE; love of self, love of friends & family, and most importantly, love of God.
To register you may pay either the full cost of the event (recommended) or the deposit cost of $40. Scholarships are available upon request, and usually divide the cost evenly between the participant's family, the participant's home congregation, and the Diocese of Georgia. If you wish to apply for a scholarship, please register and pay the deposit (1/3 of full cost). Then contact the Rev. Joshua Varner, Diocesan Missioner for Youth at or at  912-236-4279 for additional information.

Happening #100
Save the date for Happening #100, taking place January 12 -14, 2018, at Honey Creek. Plans are underway to celebrate this milestone in the Diocese of Georgia. Mark your calendars & make plans join us during the weekend!

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

Classes and Studies
Wednesday Advent Study at 1:00 pm
Beginning on Wednesday, December 6th, please join us after the Wednesday Healing service, for a discussion of Advent with Evelyn Underhill. In this book, Anglican author and editor Christopher Webber has carefully selected inspirational passages from Underhill's most significant works, providing readings for every day of Advent and Christmas, and sharing the timeless treasure of Underhill's spiritual vision. Books will be available in the church office for $12.
Men's Study Group
The 10:30 am Wednesday morning Men's Study Group is discussing Trouble I've Seen: Changing the Way the Church Views Racism by well-known theologian and blogger Drew Hart. Contact: Fr. Tom Purdy at
Women's Book Study
The Women's Book Study is held Thursdays at 11:00 am. The group meets in the vestry room for study and fellowship. Contact: Mtr. Ashton at


Join the ECW Tour of Homes Team!

The 2018 Tour of Homes is developing very nicely!
We have 4 gorgeous homes on Sea Island/Ocean Forest, 4 beautiful homes on St. Simons and 2 new historical locations! We also have opportunities for 400+ volunteers, and financial donations to offset administrative costs. Letters will be coming out this week offering benefactor and volunteer opportunities. Looking forward to hearing from all of you! This is going to be a BIG Tour of Homes experience!!!
Tour Day: March 17th, 2018 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Contact Beth Smith at 912-506-7577 or
Charlotte Graham at 912-506-3431or  

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.

ECW Scholarships
In this season of Thanksgiving and remembrance, don't forget that the ECW scholarship fund is a great way to give thanks or memorialize someone special and still pass the gift on into the future. The scholarship fund is growing and you can be a part of it by making a donation as a expression of thanks or as a memorial. Some young person in the future will benefit from your generosity and will thank you for it. Call Jane Watson, 912-638-7285 , for more information.


Thanksgiving Food Basket Outreach
A dedicated team of volunteers gathered in the Christ Church Parish Hall on Monday, November 21st and rapidly assembled Thanksgiving food baskets for twenty-three families in our community. Many thanks to those who donated the non-perishable  food items for the baskets, funds to buy turkeys, the Monday packers and the youth who organized the foodstuffs on Sunday! Information about Christmas food baskets and how you can help will be coming soon.

Angel Tree for Morningstar Children
The Angel Tree will be back this year and will soon be set up in the Parish Hall. Simply stop by and choose an angel! This year we are helping the children of Morningstar feel the spirit of Christmas by gifting them with one wish from their Christmas list. Please return wrapped gifts with the angel affixed to the outside, to the Parish Hall by Friday, December 15. Contact Donna Purdy at for more information.

Parents' Day Out - Friday, December 22nd

Christ Church is offering a Parents' Day Out on Friday, Dec. 22nd, from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, so parents of children 12 and under have an opportunity for last minute Christmas errands. Parents may spend time with their children at the church during this event as well. The day will include lunch, snacks, games, and more! Please contact the church office at 912-638-8683 to sign up your children for this event. 

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. 

Donate Clothing to the STAR Foundation
As you change over to your winter clothing, think about bringing any gently used women's clothing or accessories which you are no longer using to the box in the parish hall marked "Donation Box ECW." The ECW will donate the clothes to the STAR Foundation of Brunswick. In keeping with the ECW's focus on women and children, STAR teaches computer skills, financial literacy and life skills training to disadvantaged women. The donated clothing helps students present a professional image during job interviews and in their workplaces. Contact Klara Faulk at for more information.

Christmas at Sea
We live in a seaport district and Christ Church actively collaborates with the local 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. 

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Join us for breakfast with St. Nicholas on Saturday, December 2nd, from 9:00 to 11:30 am in the Christ Church Parish Hall! This is an event for all ages, but particularly special for families with children. A hot breakfast is served beginning at 9:00 am. Activities and games especially geared towards families follow breakfast. If you'd like to help with this very special community event, please contact Kathleen Turner at She'll be delighted to hear from you!

Frederick Cousins Guild

The Frederick Cousins Guild will have their monthly meeting on Tuesday, November 28th,  at 6:30 pm. The Rev. Ashton Willston will be the guest speaker! The meeting will take place at Jane Watson's home at 1065 Sea Palms West. 

Susanna Wesley Guild
The Susanna Wesley Guild will not be meeting in November, but instead will have an early December meeting on the Tuesday, December 12th, at 10:30 am. At that time, we will collect contributions for our Christmas outreach which will be directed to the International Seafarers' Christmas-At-Sea project in the form of telephone gift cards for 1,500 seafarers who are away from home during the holidays. Cards will be purchased for $5 each, and members may give as many as they wish.


Save the Date

An Interfaith Journey to the Holy Lands: Relationship, Understanding, and Community Harmony

Join Rabbi Rachel Bregman, Rev. Alan Dyer, and Rev. Tom Purdy as they lead an interfaith journey to the Holy Land with Medji Tours in June 2019. This once in a lifetime trip aims to build relationships across cultural and religious lines in our community by exploring together the shared roots of our traditions in Israel and Jordan. Additionally, this interfaith journey hopes to begin a longer-term process of continuing to form relationships, deepen understanding, and build community across other faith organizations in Glynn County, Georgia upon our return. This trip is open to any and all who would like to participate in this holy work. For more information, click here.

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

Jerry Lowe
Cathy McCarthy
John McCarthy
Mamie Meadows
Marilyn Miller
Gene Palmer
Mary Elizabeth Paris
Margaret Payne
Vivian Peterson
Dale Pierson
Kari Powell
Chris Prater
Joetta Principato
Rajika Reed
Jack Riner
Mark Robinson
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
Mell Wray
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, Nov. 25, 2017 5:30 PM (St. Ignatius Chapel)
Ralph Wade - Chalice Bearer
Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017 8:00 AM (CCF)
David Boland - Chalice Bearer
David Boland - Lector 
Peg McBride - Usher
Anna Belle McCaskill - Altar Guild

9:15 AM (Christ Church, Frederica)
David Boland - Acolyte C
Kerrigan Hamil - Acolyte TB
Calleigh Purdy - Acolyte TB
Eva Purdy - Acolyte - PW
Donna Purdy - Chalice Bearer
David Boland - Chancel Master
Catherine Holt - Lector - First Lesson
Catherine Holt - Lector - Second Lesson
Bernie Keele - Greeter
Joan Keele - Greeter
Joe Wilkinson - Usher
      Fred Collins - Usher
Mary Hardee - Kidurgy Shepherd (CCF)
Sandy Rice - Altar Guild
Sandy Storino - Altar Guild

9:15 AM (Parish Hall, Frederica)
Abigail Williston - Acolyte C
Kristi Hamil - Chalice Bearer
Kristi Hamil - Lector - First Lesson
John La Boone - Lector - Second Lesson
Andy Jenkins - Greeter
Amy Jenkins - Greeter
Sarah and Tony Kreimborg - Kidurgy Shepherd (PH)
Nancy Zell - Altar Guild

11:15 AM (Christ Church, Frederica)
UNFILLED - Acolyte C
Bonnie Harris - Chalice Bearer
Elizabeth Killgallon - Lector - First Lesson
Elizabeth Killgallon - Lector - Second Lesson
Chris Franklin - Greeter
Royce Wood - Usher
Mimi Rogers - 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, November 22, 2017
9:30 am - Manna House
10:30 am - NO Men's Study Group
12:00 pm - Healing Service 
5:00 pm - NO Adult Choir Practice
6:30 pm - X Church
Thursday, November 23, 2017
Thanksgiving Day
Office Closed
Friday, November 24, 2017
Thanksgiving Holiday
Office Closed
Saturday, November 25, 2017
5:30 pm - Worship at St. Ignatius
Sunday, November 26, 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 - NO Sunday School today
11:15 am - Worship at Christ Church, Frederica
6:00 pm - NO EYC 

Monday, November 27, 2017
9:30 am - Manna House
11:00 am - HartYoga
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
2:00 pm - Hand Bell Choir Practice
4:30 pm - Choristers
5:00 pm - Trebles
6:30 pm - Frederick Cousins Guild Meeting
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
10:30 am - Men's Study Group
12:00 pm - Healing Service 
5:00 pm - Adult Choir Practice
6:30 pm - X Church
Thursday, November 30, 2017
11:00 am - Women's Study Group
Friday, December 1, 2017
12:00 pm - Icon Writing Group

Saturday, December 2, 2017
9:00 am - Breakfast with St. Nicholas
12:00 pm - Icon Writing Group
5:30 pm - Worship at St. Ignatius
Sunday, December 3, 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 Rooted and Relevant Eucharist 

Save the Date

November 26, 2017
Vestry Nominations Open

December 2, 2017
Breakfast with St. Nick

December 3, 2017
EYC Rooted and Relevant Eucharist Service

December 3, 2017
Frederick Cousins Guild Christmas Party

December 6, 2017
Advent Book Study Begins

December 14, 2017
Altar Guild Meeting

December 17, 2017
Lessons and Carols