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December 13, 2017
If you chose an Angel from the Angel Tree in the Parish Hall, PLEASE bring in your wrapped gift with the angel on top, by this Friday, December 15th. Thank you! 

Please note that there will be only one morning worship service, at 10:00 am, on Sunday, December 24th. Christmas Eve services, later that day, will be at 4:00, 6:00, 8:00 and 11:00 pm. Click here for full details.

Rector's Ramblings

Few things are as sacred in our liturgy as the Lord's Prayer. For the vast majority of us, it is the first prayer we learn as children. Every worship service we participate in includes the Lord's Prayer. The language of it reaches deep into our hearts and souls, without much conscious effort.  I have been with Alzheimer's patients who don't speak or communicate, and yet still find the words of the Lord's Prayer spilling out over their lips as we pray together. In my last parish, despite the modern prayers the teenagers wrote for their monthly liturgy, they insisted in the "old" language version of the Lord's Prayer. They simply couldn't bear to hear or speak the "new" version. 
I imagine most Christians have similarly strong feelings about and experiences of the Lord's Prayer. For this reason, the Pope's suggestion that a rewording of the Lord's Prayer was in order got some attention this past week. Although that may (and did) sound shocking to some, the issue the Pope raises is certainly not a new one. His biggest concern is around the way we pray to God about temptation. We've all learned the version that prays that God would not, "lead us into temptation," and yet the Pope suggests that's not the best interpretation of the words Jesus said.  


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 WorshipChristmasWorshipTimes

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.

Poinsettias - Deadline: TODAY - December 13th

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.  
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.


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
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

This coming Sunday, December 17th, at 12:30 pm, all youth are invited to help with the Christmas card and cookie decorating project! Cards and cookies will be decorated for Christ Church members living at Magnolia Manor and Marshes Edge, and will delivered that afternoon. Later, at 6:00 pm, the EYC will have their annual Christmas party and service project, which will be organizing food contributions for the Christmas Basket outreach.

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

Read the Entire Bible in One Year
Me? Read Through the Bible in a Year?

If you've wanted to read through the Bible but thought it an impossible goal, here's your opportunity to succeed! If the Bible seems confusing or you have questions about life, God has the answers!

The One Year Bible , New International Version (NIV), is divided into 365 days with each day having an Old Testament, New Testament, Psalms and Proverbs reading. Start January 1 and with just 10-15 minutes a day you'll discover how enjoyable reading the Bible can be, get answers to your questions and feel good at your accomplishment. Even if you have a Bible, this one is laid out perfectly so you don't get lost or behind.

We'll meet in early January for a brief overview of the Bible to put people and places in context for what you'll be reading. The One Year Bible is available in the church office for $15. For questions, contact Sharon at or 912-638-8683. Don't let 2018 go by without reading the greatest story ever told!


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.


Christmas Food Baskets

Our annual collection of food for  Christmas food baskets for needy families in our community continues through December 19. Bring non-perishable food items for Christmas dinners to either church or the parish hall. You may also donate monetary gifts. Please mark checks for Christmas baskets.  On December 20 volunteers are needed from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm to  help assemble and distribute the Christmas baskets.   Contact:  Jeannie Wade 912-638-6462 or

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, as soon as possible, to sign up your children for this event. We need to know how many children to expect!

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. 
Help Needed with Annual SGHS Bridge Run

For several years,  Christ Church has fielded a team for the SGHS Bridge Run. This year's run is February 17, 2018,  and we need someone to captain the CCF team and organize our participation. You don't have to be a runner, just someone with organizational skills. Contact: Sharon Joy at  or 912-638-8683.

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!

Twelfth Night

Hearken One and All: Come ye to yon Parish Hall on Friday, January 5th at 6:00 to join with the Kings, Queens, Princesses, Princes, Wenches, Troubadours, Knaves, Minstrel, Trolls*, and the like for a...
Magical Evening of fun and delight;
To Celebrate our own Twelfth Night!!!
Every age will have a place to create,
Laugh, sing, and learn...
While our own Yule Log will cease to burn.
Out with the Old; in with the New -
It will not happen without YOU!!!!!!
Please RSVP by January 4th. Call the Church Office to reserve your spot at 912-638-8683

*Costumes are encouraged but not required!!

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.

St. Ignatius Organ Finds New Home
With space at a premium at St. Ignatius Chapel, the hard decision to find a new home for the reed organ came to fruition. My staunch promise was to find a home for the instrument where it would be cared for, appreciated, and played. Reed organs have a unique sound, but perhaps not the best sound that enhances congregational singing.  

Thanks to the help of Assist Organist and Choirmaster, George Ingram, our organ is in the caring hands of a family in Warrington, North Carolina, a beautiful historic town close to the Virginia border.

- Kathleen

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

Revival at Honey Creek
On Saturday, January 20, 2018, the Diocese of Georgia will offer a revival based on Fearless Faith and Boundless Love. Join us for a day of renewal and to celebrate the life and legacy of a Saint in Georgia, Deaconess Anna Alexander. The revival worship will use the propers for Deaconess Anna Alexander of Georgia (1865-1947) and displays, handouts, and a video will tell the story of this saint of Georgia. 

The day begins with a service at Good Shepherd, Pennick where Deaconess Anna Alexander served. At 1:00 pm, parishioners from all over the diocese of Georgia will gather under a large tent on the grounds of Honey Creek Retreat Center to hear the Most Rev. Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, as he shares his message of love and renewal. Please save January 20th, as it will be a day to celebrate our faith together and to share it with others. For more information and to register online, click here

Because parking at Honey Creek is very limited, we have arranged for two buses to drive round trip from Christ Church to Honey Creek on the day of the revival. The buses leave Christ Church at 10:00 am and depart Honeycreek at 3:00 pm. The cost per person is $28. You may pay for a bus seat by check made out to Christ Church, Frederica. Write "Bus" in the memo line. Mail checks to the church office or put them in the offering plate.

Music for the Revival

Some of you have heard Trina Mead and Music Director Kathleen Turner offer a piece of music based on Mark 28:19 and John 21:17. The piece is entitled "Go" by Leon Patella and was shared in services at Christ Church in September and again at our community Thanksgiving Service in November. They will be performing this song again at the Fearless Faith, Boundless Love Revival on January 20th. 

The two other musical ensembles performing for the Revival are the Albany State University Choir and the Savannah Children's Choir. The Revival promises to be a spirit-filled Prayer Service - one that will foster a new and deeper love of Jesus Christ in all who are present. Please make plans to attend!

Enneagram Workshop
On January 26 - 27, Christ Church, Frederica presents the Rev. Dr. Paul Hanneman's introduction to the Enneagram. Join Dr. Hanneman for this workshop as he explores this ancient spiritual tool... the wisdom of the Fourth Century Desert Fathers, the first Christian monastics...deep, universal and life-changing. The Enneagram is about people - how we are the same, how we are different, what makes us tick and how we get in our own way. It describes nine fundamental personality styles. It helps explain why we behave the way we do. It offers specific directions for personal growth.

Friday January 26, 2018 - 7:00-9:00 p.m.  
Dynamics of the Nine Personality Types, Ego Structure, Soul
Saturday, January 27, 2017 - 9:00-11:30 a.m.  
You're NOT Your Personality"
(Light lunch served in Fellowship Hall.)        
1:00-4:00 p.m. 
"Who Does God See When He Looks at Us?"

Advance registration is required and registration forms can be found in the church office or downloaded here. The cost for the workshop is $40. Make checks to Christ Church, Frederica with Enneagram Workshop in the memo line. Contact: Billie Sargent at

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
Kristen Cutler
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
Christi Lambert
Davi Langston
Billie Lewellyn
Keith Lewellyn
Bill Littleton
Sam Livesay
Martha Lovett

Jerry Lowe
Cathy McCarthy
John McCarthy
Mamie Meadows
Marilyn Miller
Marge Mitchell
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
Bootie Wood
Mell Wray
Hollis Youngner
Keith Zimmerman 
Esther Zylstra

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, Dec. 16, 2017 5:30 PM (St. Ignatius Chapel)
Paul Salter - Chalice Bearer
Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017 8:00 AM (CCF)
David Boland - Chalice Bearer
David Boland - Lector 
Ed Rowley - Usher
Toni Rowley - Usher
Weezie Campbell - Altar Guild

9:15 AM (Christ Church, Frederica)
Te Turner - Acolyte C
Calleigh Purdy - Acolyte TB
Robert Wray - Acolyte TB
Daven Wray - Acolyte - PW
Catherine Holt - Chalice Bearer
Te Turner - Chancel Master
Carol Hoffine - Lector 
Barbara Abbate - Lector 
Te Turner - Lector
Bud Dorsey - Greeter
Margie Dorsey - Greeter
Dale Stoddard - Usher
      Rees Summerford - Usher
Nancy Hamilton - Kidurgy Shepherd (CCF)
Nancy Stoddard - Altar Guild

9:15 AM (Parish Hall, Frederica)
Isabella Williston - Acolyte C
Hugh Brown - Chalice Bearer
John La Boone - Lector 
Kristi Hamil - Lector
John La Boone - Lector
Jane Sanders - Greeter
Paul Sanders - Greeter
Oscar Covington - Usher
Julianne Temple - Kidurgy Shepherd (PH)
Nancy Zell - Altar Guild

11:15 AM (Christ Church, Frederica)
Ava Parker - Acolyte C
Bonnie Harris - Chalice Bearer
Lynne Fox - Lector 
Bonnie Harris - Lector 
Gene Rackley - Lector
Diane Ansley - Greeter
Henry Ansley - Greeter
Clinton Winne - Usher
Linda Wood - Altar Guild

This Week at Christ Church
Evening Prayer is held Wednesdays through Sundays at Christ Church, Frederica at 5:00 pm.
*Unless noted otherwise, all events take place at Christ Church

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
11:00 am - Women's Study Group
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 Service Project and Christmas Party

Monday, December 18, 2017
11:00 am - HartYoga
Tuesday, December 19, 2017
4:30 pm - Choristers
5:00 pm - Trebles
5:45 pm - Vestry Meeting
Wednesday, December 20, 2017
9:00 am - Christmas Basket Packing
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 21, 2017
9:00 am - Wreath Making
11:00 am - Women's Study Group
Friday, December 22, 2017
9:00 am - Parents' Day Out
12:00 pm - Icon Writing Group

Saturday, December 23, 2017
10:00 am - Icon Writing Group
5:30 pm - Worship at St. Ignatius
Sunday, December 24, 2017
Christmas Eve
10:00 am - Parish Hall Worship at CCF
4:00 pm - Christmas Pageant and Eucharist, Parish Hall
6:00 pm - Worship at Christ Church, Frederica
8:00 pm - Worship at Christ Church, Frederica
11:00 pm - Worship at Christ Church, Frederica

Save the Date

December 23, 2017
Vestry Nominations Close

December 24, 2017
Christmas Eve Services at Christ Church

December 25, 2017
Christmas Day Service at St. Ignatius

December 26&27, 2017
Office Closed

January 6, 2018
Twelfth Night

January 20, 2018
Revival at Honeycreek

January 26-27, 2018
Enneagram Workshop

January 28, 2018
Annual Meeting and Chili Cook-off