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December 20, 2017
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. Christmas Day worship will take place at St. Ignatius Chapel at 10:30 am. Click here for full details.

Parents' Day Out is this Friday from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm. Find out how to get your children registered for this great day of fun here!

Rector's Ramblings

As I get older, my body puts up with me less and less. When I was younger, I could push the limits in terms of workload, sleep, eating whatever I wanted. But now, I experience moments where my body makes decisions for me. Last week, staying up late, stress, lack of exercise, and long hours caught up with me. In the same day that I woke up with my back out, I also got the crud that's going around. I don't get sick much anymore, thanks to having older children and a healthier lifestyle, but I still get one good one a year. This year, my body simply told me to knock it off, slow down, and take it easy. Actually, my body probably told me that in a warning that I missed, and so it forced the issue. The only good thing is that it happened last week and not this week!
This was also the week I had an annual checkup and learned that I probably need to add a medication to my routine, to make up for genetic shortcomings that I can't control. Nonetheless, the alternative isn't great for the long term, so off the pharmacy it is. That's not all bad either. I'm grateful for pharmacological science and all it offers the world. There really are some miracle drugs these days with new improvements on a regular basis. We can't eliminate the need to eat healthy foods, get enough sleep, and exercise, but there are ways to help the overall outcome in our favor.  


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.


Sunday Morning Classes
The Adult Sunday morning class and classes for children and youth  will take a "holiday break" on the Sundays of December 24 and December 31 and then resume on January 7, 2018. Merry Christmas!

Adult Sunday Morning Class
Beginning January 7 Dr. Bob Brown's  adult Sunday morning class  will renew its discussion of study of the New Testament using The Great Courses lecture series. Everyone is welcome! Classes take place in the Parish House each Sunday from 10:30 until 11:15 am. For more information, contact Bob at

Women's Study Group
Starting on Thursday, January 11, 2018, the Women's Study Group will begin meeting at 11:30 am each week. The group will be focusing on a new book, Brene Brown's
Braving the Wilderness - The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone. For more information, please contact Mtr. Ashton at

EYC and Pathfinders Activities

On Sunday our Christ Church children, youth and families had a wonderful time celebrating the spirit of the season by decorating cookie and creating Christmas cards. Following that activity, we delivered plates of cookies and the beautiful cards to several of our parishioners at Marshes Edge, Magnolia Manor and a few homes while traveling by trolley. We also delivered some Christmas cheer as we sang carols with them!

Later that evening our EYC helped with the Christmas basket outreach by sorting all of the food for those who would be packing and delivering during the week. We topped it all off with our annual Christmas gift exchange! A great time was had by all!!

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 .

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!

Wednesday Night Bible Study
Beginning on Wednesday, January 17, 2018, Godfrey Draviam will lead a four week Bible study. The group will meet in the Vestry Room, from 5:30 to 6:25 pm. For more information, please contact Godfrey at

ECW Tour of Homes Needs You!
The annual ECW Tour of Homes is a great way to get involved at Christ Church,  meet new people and help serve Christ by serving our Community! There are countless ways you can help with this time-honored fundraiser. Just b
ring your talent to us and we will find you a spot.  We look forward to hearing from you through email, phone, texts - you choose! C ontact us soon!
Please prayerfully consider being a benefactor by donating money. Tour expenses  have risen, especially the buses which we MUST have to access the homes on Sea Island.
Check out our website at: , and find us on Facebook and Instagram pages.

Save the date for the Tour of Homes "Wine Opener" Season Kick-Off on February 1st, from 5:00 - 7:00 pm. More details to come!

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
Still 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.


Parents' Day Out - Friday, December 22ndParentsDayOut

Christ Church is offering Parents' Day Out this 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!

Angel Tree

Many thanks to all who participated in the Angel Tree outreach project this year. Nearly 150 gifts were collected for the children and youth at Morningstar, to help make Christmas a little brighter for them! Christ Church supports the mission of Morningstar Children and Families Services, Inc. which provides quality programming in a caring, supportive and safe environment to promote positive behavioral changes in the young people and families served.
Backpack Buddies
Special Backpack Buddy packing day at Oglethorpe Point Elementary School
Backpack Buddies will host the first packing session of the new year on January 3 at 10:00 am, in the Christ Church Parish Hall. This semester Christ Church Backpack Buddies have provided 2,880 bags of food to elementary children and homeless teens for the weekends.That totals 12,645 pounds of food! Willing hands are always welcome on the packing assembly line!  For more information, please contact Susan Shipman at
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.

Help Decorate Christ Church for Christmas
Pick up your pruning shears, a pair of gardening gloves and join us tomorrow morning, December 21st, in the Christ Church Parish Hall at 9:00 am, to help make the wreaths and live green decorations to adorn the church for Christmas. It's a lot of fun and a beautiful way to get into the spirit of the Season!
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.
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!!

Christ Church Moms
A new group, the  Christ Church Moms , will begin meeting for fun and fellowship, at a different time and location each month. The next gathering will take place on Friday, January 26th, at 6:30 pm, at Gnat's Landing. For more information, please contact Mtr. Ashton at

Christ Church Families on Facebook
Families! Please join the Christ Church Families Facebook group to keep up with all the latest events and activities. Find us on Facebook here !

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.

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 Hartnell
Kevin Heeny
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
David Somerville
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

Serving This WeekendServersNeeded

Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017 5:30 PM (St. Ignatius Chapel)
Ralph Wade - Chalice Bearer
Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017 10:00 AM (CCF)
Isabella Williston - Acolyte C
Hugh Brown - Chalice Bearer
Fred Collins - Lector 
Fred Collins - Lector 
Oscar Covington - Usher
      Bascom Murrah - Usher
Amy Jenkins - Altar Guild

4:00 PM Pageant (Parish Hall, Frederica)
Maggie Holt - Acolyte C
Catherine Holt - Chalice Bearer
Slade Turner - Chalice Bearer
Te Turner - Chalice Bearer
Dale Stoddard - Greeter
Nancy Stoddard - Greeter
Dargan Cole - Usher
John Killgallon - Usher
Sherry Bowen - Altar Guild
Janis Boland - Altar Guild
Bonnie Chandler - Altar Guild

6:00 pm (Christ Church, Frederica)
Kerrigan Hamil - Acolyte C
Calleigh Purdy - Acolyte TB
Eva Purdy - Acolyte TB 
Alice Barlow - Chalice Bearer
Paul Salter - Chalice Bearer
Barbara Abbate - Lector - First Lesson
Te Turner - Lector - Second Lesson
Ed Turner - Greeter
Lynne Turner - Greeter
Toni Rowley - Usher
Susan Imhoff - Usher
Ed Rowley - Usher
Ethel Horton - Altar Guild
Frankie Ansley - Altar Guild

6:00 pm (Parish Hall, CCF)
Abigail Williston - Acolyte C
Hugh Brown - Lector - First Lesson
Hugh Brown - Lector - Second Lesson
Bascom Murrah - Usher
Sandy Rice - Altar Guild

8:00 pm (Christ Church, Frederica)
Jack Parker - Acolyte C
Ava Parker - Acolyte TB
Isabel Parker - Acolyte TB
Te Turner - Chalice Bearer
Sally Essig - Lector - First Lesson
Barbara Abbate - Lector - Second Lesson 
Diane Ansley - Greeter
Henry Ansley - Greeter
Patrick Parker - Usher
Douglas Lane - Usher
Fred Collins - Usher
Dorriann Branch - Altar Guild
Susan Shipman - Altar Guild

11:00 pm (Christ Church, Frederica)
Bonnie Harris - Crucifer
David Boland - Chalice Bearer
Bonnie Harris - Chalice Bearer
David Boland - Lector - First Lesson
David Boland - Lector - Second Lesson 
Bernie Keele - Greeter
Joan Keele - Greeter
Fred Collins - Usher
Joe Wilkinson - Usher
Dorriann Branch - Altar Guild
Frankie Ansley - Altar Guild

Mon, Dec. 25, 2017 10:30 AM (St. Ignatius Chapel)

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
Thursday, December 21, 2017
9:00 am - Wreath Making
Friday, December 22, 2017
9:00 am - Parents' Day Out

Saturday, December 23, 2017
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

Monday, December 25, 2017
10:30 am - Worship at St. Ignatius Chapel
Office Closed

Tuesday, December 26, 2017
Office Closed
Wednesday, December 27, 2017
Office Closed
9:30 am - Manna House

Saturday, December 30, 2017
5:30 pm - Worship at St. Ignatius
Sunday, December 31, 2017
New Year's Eve
8:00 am - Worship at Christ Church, Frederica
9:15 am - Worship at Christ Church, Frederica
9:15 am - Worship in Parish Hall (CCF)
9:15 am - Kidurgy at Christ Church, Frederica
11:15 am - 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