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November 29, 2017
Join us for the annual Breakfast with St. Nicholas this coming Saturday, December 2nd, at 9:00 am, in the Parish Hall! Get all the details  here!

Don't forget to bring your non-perishable food contributions this weekend for the St. Athanasius Feed My Sheep For Pantry.

Rector's Ramblings

I recently finished up a five-wedding streak; five weddings, five Saturdays in a row. I did the premarital counseling for all five couples, one of my favorite parts of doing weddings, which meant that over the last few months, I've spent hours and hours talking with young, energetic couples who are madly in love with each other. Let me tell you, it's a great way to spend some time. I find that sessions with couples preparing for marriage is one of the forms of ministry that feeds me while I do it. So much of what we do takes energy away for one reason or another, so I relish the things that energize me at the same time I'm engaging in them. 
There's a simple reason for this, I've decided. Couples who are getting married are undeniably hopeful and positive. There have been few exceptions to that over the years. Sitting down with two people who are focused on their future - their long-term future, full of hope and idealism about their marriage and their lives, is a lot of fun. The cynic reading this would say young couples are naïve, and point out that perhaps life just hasn't set in yet. And that may be true; weren't we all a bit naïve when we were young? Weren't we all a little idealistic about marriage back at the start? Of course we were, and there's nothing wrong with that. If we only thought about the challenges and the failures that might be on the horizon, we wouldn't do much of anything. Instead, marriage is about capitalizing on the love and the positive moments, in order to traverse through the hard times more easily.


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.  
Christmas Pageant

The Pageant is coming....The Pageant is coming!!!!!
Mark your calendars for the annual Christmas Eve pageant, December 24th at 4:00 pm. If you will be in town and will be available to participate, please come join us! We will be having rehearsals on Sundays, December 3rd, 10th, 17th, after the 11:15 service.  Lunch will be served. We plan to have a final dress rehearsal Friday, December 22nd during Parents Day Out. If you have any questions, please contact Ashton or Kathleen at the church office at 912-638-8683.

Altar Guild Meeting

On Thursday, December 14 there will be an  important meeting of the Altar Guild at 10:00 am, in the parish hall. All altar guild members are urged to attend. We will be planning for  Christmas  services. Please contact Nancy Zell at or 912-265-3221 if you need more information.

Lenten Meditation Series - Writers Needed
For four years, during 2011 - 2014, the parishioners of Christ Church produced our own collections of daily meditations for Lent based on the daily office lectionary Bible readings. Our publication was closely modeled on the  Forward Day by Day devotional booklets that have been so popular in The Episcopal Church since 1935. After a few years' hiatus, we are going to revive that ministry for Lent 2018. There will be some modifications but the concept is still the same. Each day a parishioner will offer a short, original reflection based on one of the assigned Bible readings for that day. The meditations will be delivered to all parishioners by daily emails. For anyone not using email, written copies can be provided on request. Using this devotional resource, we can all take a journey through Lent together as a parish family.


Adult Sunday Morning Class

The Adult Sunday morning Class  WILL  resume its study of the New Testament this Sunday, as Dr. Brown will be back to lead it during the Sunday School hour. We'll look at the gospel of Matthew this week (December 3),then the gospel of Luke on December 10, and the gospel of John on December 17. We'll take a "holiday break" on the Sundays of December 24 and December 31 and then pick up again on January 7, 2018. All adults are welcome.

Sunday School Schedule for Children and Youth
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

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!

Happening #100 Training Lock-In
Christ Church to host Happening #100 staff training lock-in this Saturday - Sunday. Please pray for all of the staff as they plan the Happening #100. Our very own Graham Hummel is serving as the Rector and will no doubt do an amazing job, so lift him up in your prayers as well. The youth and adult leaders will assist Brad with music in our 9:15 am Parish Hall service with a sermon provided by Fr. Joshua Varner, Diocesan Youth Missioner.

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 .

Save the Date!!
EYC Ski Retreat - On Friday, February 16th, the Christ Church EYC will head to Lake Junaluska and the Cataloochee Ski Area for a weekend of fun and fellowship. Contact Youth Missioner Brad Hamil at to get more details about the trip.

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

Christmas Service Project! Calling all Families!!
On Sunday, December 17th, the youth and the children will be making Christmas Cards, decorating cookies, and delivering them to Marshes Edge and Magnolia Manor.  Lunch will be served after the service. We will have sections designated for cookies and cards. We need adult help to pull this service project off. If you can help drive, decorate, or just be an extra hand, please contact Ashton or Brad at the church office - 912-638-8683. May we spread the joy of Christmas to Christ Church parishioners! 

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.


Backpack Buddies Packing in December
On Tuesday, December 5th, at 1:00 pm, the Backpack Buddies will be back in action in the Parish Hall, filling bags for their young buddies and helping bring some cheer to their holidays! Please join them on the assembly line! For more information, contact Susan Shipman at
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. 

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. 

Frederick Cousins Guild Christmas Party
The Frederick Cousins Guild will hold its annual Christmas party on Sunday, December 3rd, at 6:30 pm.  Beth Thrift has graciously agreed to host the event at her home in the Island Club. Contact Louise Bartlett for more information at
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.

Stay Informed

Vestry Nominations
Nominations are open for the 2018 vestry election. This year's nominating committee is comprised of the outgoing vestry members: Nancy Stoddard, Susan Shipman, Gene Rackley, Scott McQuade and two previous senior wardens of the parish: Clif Jones and Ed Turner. Along with Fr. Tom, these six individuals will put together the slate of nominees for election at the annual meeting on January 28, 2018. Nominations may be made to any member of the committee between now and December 23rd.

Library Volunteer Needed
Fr. Tom is looking for a volunteer to help catalog and organize his library. The process involves using a piece of software (provided) and a smart phone (can be a personal phone or Fr. Tom's). The individual who helps must be comfortable with computers and smart phones; library experience is a plus, but not required. If you think you have the time and interest to help with this project, please contact Fr. Tom at  to discuss the particulars. 
Ushers Needed
Can you volunteer to usher occasionally at weekly worship? Your service would provide vital assistance to both the congregation and the clergy. Please contact Sharon Joy at  or 912-638-8683 .

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 

Jim Williston
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, Dec. 2, 2017 5:30 PM (St. Ignatius Chapel)
Susan Shipman - Chalice Bearer
Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017 8:00 AM (CCF)
David Boland - Chalice Bearer
David Boland - Lector 
Lee Dyson - Usher
Bonney Shuman - Altar Guild
Doriann Branch - Altar Guild

9:15 AM (Christ Church, Frederica)
David Boland - Acolyte C
Daven Wray - Acolyte TB
Seiler Thompson - Acolyte TB
Robert Wray - Acolyte - PW
David Boland - Chalice Bearer
David Boland - Chancel Master
Barbara Sullivan - Lector - First Lesson
Lynne Fox - Lector - Second Lesson
Bernie Keele - Greeter
Joan Keele - Greeter
Godfrey Draviam - Usher
      Douglas Lane - Usher
Alice Barlow - Kidurgy Shepherd (CCF)
Peggy Goad - Altar Guild
Susie Hodges - Altar Guild
Bonita Wright - Altar Guild

9:15 AM (Parish Hall, Frederica)
Kerrigan Hamil - Acolyte C
Hugh Brown - Chalice Bearer
Hugh Brown - Lector - First Lesson
Hugh Brown - Lector - Second Lesson
Charlotte Graham - Greeter
Rip Graham - Greeter
Oscar Covington - Greeter
Mindy Martin - Kidurgy Shepherd (PH)
Nancy Zell - Altar Guild

11:15 AM (Christ Church, Frederica)
Ava Parker - Acolyte C
Bonnie Harris - Chalice Bearer
Jane Watson - Lector - First Lesson
Jane Watson - Lector - Second Lesson
Dana Parker - Greeter
Patrick Parker - Greeter
John Killgallon - Usher
Ethel Horton - Altar Guild
Pat Collins - Altar Guild
Frances Ansley - 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 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
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 
6:30 pm - Frederick Cousins Guild Christmas Party

Monday, December 4, 2017
11:00 am - HartYoga
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
2:00 pm - Hand Bell Choir Practice
4:30 pm - Choristers
5:00 pm - Trebles
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
10:30 am - Men's Study Group
12:00 pm - Healing Service 
1:00 pm - Advent Book Study
5:00 pm - Adult Choir Practice
6:30 pm - X Church
Thursday, December 7, 2017
11:00 am - Jim Williston Funeral
Friday, December 8, 2017
12:00 pm - Icon Writing Group

Saturday, December 9, 2017
10:00 am - Icon Writing Group
5:30 pm - Worship at St. Ignatius
Sunday, December 10, 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

December 6, 2017
Advent Book Study Begins

December 14, 2017
Altar Guild Meeting

December 17, 2017
Lessons and Carols

December 24, 2017
Christmas Eve Services

December 25, 2017
Christmas Day Service at St. Ignatius

January 6, 2018
Twelfth Night

January 20, 2018
Revival at Honeycreek

January 26-27, 2018
Enneagram Workshop