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December 6, 2017
The Angel Tree is up in the Parish Hall and many angels need sponsors! Click here for more information on how you can help.

The holidays are upon us and we have many guests and visitors at Christ Church during the Advent season. Help welcome them by hosting Coffee Hour between the 9:15 am and 11:15 am worship services at Christ Church. Christine Plank will be delighted to have you join the Coffee Hour team! Click here for more details.

Rector's Ramblings

I swear it didn't look that big when it was outside standing next to the others. We said we wanted a nine-foot tree, and he showed us the "nine to ten" foot trees. We didn't like the price, so we decided to look for something smaller. We found a tree that looked good. It was tall, and it was full. So we chose that one. My first clue should have been when the three men went to load it onto our car and they groaned under the weight. "You got a neighbor who can help you with that?", he asked. "I've got her," was my response, indicating Donna. How bad could it be, I thought?
Well, we got it off the car. Dropped it off the car, rolling it over me in the process, is the more precise description. Then we managed to get it up the front steps. We couldn't really carry it, so we dragged it behind us, using both hands and all of our leg muscles in the process. We stood it up in the stand, but Donna couldn't hold it up long enough for me to tighten the screws, so I held it and she tightened the screws. It had three and a half inches of clearance to the ceiling. But the width! Nearly seven feet across. We set a new family record - biggest Christmas tree ever, er, biggest Advent bush ever. Sorry, my mistake; it won't be a Christmas tree for a few more weeks.


Lessons and Carols

Make plans to join us on Sunday, December 17th for our annual Lessons and Carols worship services. The 9:15 and 11:15 Liturgies will offer a grand variety of music including our Adult Choir, Christ Church Trebles, X Choir, and violin, oboe, English horn, trumpet, and organ.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Worship

Plan to join us for one of our Christmas Eve services as we celebrate the birth of Jesus. The Christmas pageant is at 4:00 pm in the parish hall, followed by services in the church at 6:00, 8:00 and 11:00 pm. This year we will also have a 6:00 pm service in the parish hall. Because the church is usually filled to overflowing, if you would be comfortable sitting in the parish hall, please feel free to go there. Holy Communion will be served in the parish hall. Please know that if you plan to sit in the church, ushers will not allow seats to be saved. In order to be hospitable to all our guests, seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Please plan to arrive early accordingly. 
Christmas Day worship will take place at 10:30 am at St. Ignatius.


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 has   resumed its study of the New Testament and they'll be looking at the gospel of Luke on December 10, and the gospel of John on December 17. They will 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
The EYC Rooted and Relevant Holy Eucharist on Sunday, December 3rd marked the beginning of the Advent season for our youth. Many thanks to all who participated in this special worship service! EYC will continue with their regular Sunday evening meetings throughout December, including the annual Christmas party and service project on December 17th.  To see the calendar of upcoming activities for EYC,  click here .

New Beginnings #51
Registration is closed for New beginnings this upcoming weekend. Please keep all of the participants and staff in your prayers.

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!

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.

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
Please join us after the Healing service each Wednesday during Advent, 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


ECW Tour of Homes Team Update!
by Beth Smith

I joined Christ Church eleven years ago and knew a handful of people. I quickly volunteered to work on the Tour of Homes being a docent at homes, a Co-Chair of a home and then on to Chair the entire TOH - twice now! Through this glorious event, I have met and engaged with most people in our church. I thank my good Lord for giving to me a church family and I give great credit to The Tour of Homes for this priceless treasure. I encourage you to become part of our team and get to know all these wonderful people. We've been hosting this event for 65 years - and it's still providing lots of hope to those in our community less fortunate than we are. The people currently on the TOH committee are generous, welcoming, and FUN! You will receive great rewards when you become part of the team that grants $60,000, $70,000, or more, to our local charities primarily benefiting women and children.  
I encourage you to join us in any way you can! Recently, Charlotte, our very wonderful team of volunteers, and I sent out letters to all of you providing opportunities to become Volunteers and/or Benefactors. I am proud to announce that as of date we have received 16 Benefactor checks and 33 Volunteer Cards. As we told you last week, we have 4 houses on Sea Island/Ocean Forest, 4 houses on St. Simons and two new historical sights - Harrington School House and the Tabby Slave Cabins. Again Musgrove Retreat and Conference Center has agreed to both be on the Tour and to host our Celebration Party the next night, March 18. 
So when you get a chance this busy Christmas season, please prayerfully consider the ECW's Tour of Homes' team! You may send in the cards provided, or contact one of us. I encourage you to check out our website:, and find us on facebook and instagram pages.
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.


Angel Tree for Morningstar ChildrenAngelTree
The Angel Tree is back this year and set up in the Parish Hall. Please stop by and choose an angel. There are so many still available! 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. For more information, please contact Donna Purdy at

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 Kathleen Turner at or call 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. 

Coffee HourCoffeeHour
Coffee Hour hosts are urgently needed to help provide refreshments between our 9:15 am and 11:15 am worship services on Sundays, in the Christ Church Parish Hall. Please contact Christine Plank at to sign up to help.
Breakfast with St. Nicholas

Breakfast with St. Nicholas, on Saturday, December 2nd, was a fun-filled morning for children and parents alike. We were happy to see so many Christ Church families and welcome so many guests! After a hearty pancake breakfast, all were treated to the real story of Christmas, followed by exciting games, activities and Christmas craft-making. 

Many thanks to all who made this annual event the terrific family experience that it was! We'd especially like to thank Donna Purdy, Fr. Tom Purdy, Tony Kreimborg, Sarah Kreimborg, Jeff Poulos, Tracy Poulos, Bernie Keele, Joan Keele, George Ingram, Ed Turner, Lynne Turner, Barbara Abbate, Sarah Sheffield, Beth Smith, Esther Zylstra, Liz Omeara, Leigh Lane, Marilyn Canady, Greg Canady, Eva Purdy, Emma Williams, Mitchell Peck, Mindy Martin, Dave Davis, Peg McBride, Peter McCall, Charlie Daniel and Christine Plank for all their hard work!

Click here to see photos of all the fun!

Susanna Wesley Guild
The Susanna Wesley Guild will be meeting on Tuesday, December 12th, at 10:30 am.  There will be a program with a special speaker that morning, who will be presenting a historical portrait of Christmas on St. Simons Island. A Guild member has been instrumental in creating this fascinating presentation. Visitors are welcome! The Guild  will also be collecting 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 may be purchased for $5 each, and members may give as many as they wish. (Please bring cash to make purchasing more easy!)
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 

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. 9, 2017 5:30 PM (St. Ignatius Chapel)
Ralph Wade - Chalice Bearer
Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017 8:00 AM (CCF)
Paul Salter - Chalice Bearer
Paul Salter - Lector 
Paul Ploeger - Usher
Dorriann Branch - Altar Guild

9:15 AM (Christ Church, Frederica)
Paul Salter - Acolyte C
Maidee Brown - Acolyte TB
McKenzie Brown - Acolyte TB
Eva Purdy - Acolyte - PW
Paul Salter - Chalice Bearer
Paul Salter - Chancel Master
Sally Essig - Lector - First Lesson
Brooke Bartlett - Lector - Second Lesson
Greer Brown - Greeter
Laura Brown - Greeter
Bud Dorsey - Usher
      Margie Dorsey - Usher
Mary Hardee - Kidurgy Shepherd (CCF)
Weezie Campbell - Altar Guild

9:15 AM (Parish Hall, Frederica)
Abigail Williston - Acolyte C
Te Turner - Chalice Bearer
Fred Collins - Lector - First Lesson
Fred Collins - Lector - Second Lesson
Ann Harrell - Greeter
Wallace Harrell - Greeter
Oscar Covington - Usher
Tony and Sarah Kreimborg - Kidurgy Shepherd (PH)
Nancy Zell - Altar Guild

11:15 AM (Christ Church, Frederica)
Isabel Parker - Acolyte C
Alice Barlow - Chalice Bearer
Lynne Fox - Lector - First Lesson
Lynne Fox - Lector - Second Lesson
Dana Parker - Greeter
Dana Parker - Greeter
Ben Slade - Usher
Jennie Doyle - 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, December 6, 2017
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
10:30 am - Christ Church Comforters
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
12:30 am - Christmas Pageant Rehearsal
6:00 pm - EYC 

Monday, December 11, 2017
11:00 am - HartYoga
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
2:00 pm - Hand Bell Choir Practice
4:30 pm - Choristers
5:00 pm - Trebles
Wednesday, December 13, 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 14, 2017
12:30 pm - Finance Committee Meeting
Friday, December 15, 2017
12:00 pm - Icon Writing Group

Saturday, December 16, 2017
10:00 am - Icon Writing Group
5:30 pm - Worship at St. Ignatius
Sunday, December 17, 2017
Lessons and Carols
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 - Adult Sunday Morning Class
10:20 am - Christmas Pageant Rehearsal
11:15 am - Worship at Christ Church, Frederica
12:30 pm - Youth and Children Christmas Service Project
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