join us on Facebook  follow us on twitter
September 5, 2017
Hurricane Irma Updates in the Rector's Rambling below.

If you were unable to attend our Master Planning Presentation in July and would like to share your ideas for the future of Christ Church, please plan to attend one of the Town Hall meetings scheduled this weekend, Saturday, September 9th and Sunday, September 10th, at St. Ignatius and Christ Church. Click here for more details.

We encourage everyone to sign up for the Revival coming to Honey Creek on September 17th! To do so, you must register for the Revival on the diocesan website found here. To reserve a seat on the bus through Christ Church, go to the Pushpay page here and choose Revival "Bus" Honey Creek .

Rector's Ramblings

It would be an answer to millions of prayers if Irma would suddenly dissipate and go away.  But such things don't happen.  One of the largest storms ever recorded in the Atlantic is bearing down on the Leeward Islands and has F lorida i her sigh ts.  We don't know exactly where she'll go over the next few days, but the models are starting to converge around a devastating blow to Florida, one way or another.  A number of the models also put southeast Georgia in her crosshairs, or at least close enough that we could see worse results than last year's Matthew.
Now is not the time to panic - hurricanes move blessedly  slowly.  We'll know more in the coming days about what to expect.  But, Irma does present us with an opportunity to reflect, spiritually and practically, as we watch the weather reports.  On the spiritual side, Matthew taught us a good lesson on what is important.  We learned that a sense of peace about our earthly possessions can set in after we recognize that people and pets who are safe are more important than just about anything else.  We also had a dress rehearsal for a worse storm in that Matthew could have been much worse.  Now we know what we learned just last fall and can put into play this year, lessons like what else needs to get in the car, and how soon to start getting ready and leaving.
And that leads us to the practical side of things.  NOW is the time to get that plan together if we don't have one.  Make sure you knowwhere you want to go if we have to evacuate.  Make sure you have water and food on hand in case it's not bad enough to evacuate, but bad enough that we lose power for days or weeks.   There are a lot of resources online to help us prepare for hurricanes, and the time to prepare, should we be looking at even a glancing blow, is now.  The National Hurricane Center has a great website with links to FEMA and other organizations to help with planning.  In addition, here is information you may need to know about life at Christ Church as another hurricane threatens our region:
  1. Weekend Services:  We will hold services as long as weather is not dangerous and there is not any kind of evacuation.  If we are under Tropical Storm conditions by Sunday (possible but not yet predicted) we will not hold services out of an abundance of caution.  We will stream something online for people to participate in wherever you may be.  Should there be a voluntary evacuation at any time, all activities and worship services will be cancelled and the office will close.  We will secure parish buildings and important items and the staff will lead by example by evacuating.  We will also do as we did last year and help verify that parishioners are safe.
  2. Share your plan:  It would be very helpful if you would email or call us to tell us ahead of time where you will go and how we can get in touch with you if there is indeed an evacuation.  You can email me ( or Mother Becky (, or you may call the office.  Make sure we have your cell phone numbers and the location of your destination.  As we did with Matthew we will attempt to reach as many people as possible to check in during and after a storm.
  3. Ask for help and help others:  Please, please let us know sooner rather than later if you need help preparing or evacuating.  We have learned that St. Paul's Jesup will open as a shelter again, if needed, and we will explore other options within the state of GA as well.  Also, check in with your fellow parishioners and neighbors, especially senior citizens or those with health problems and see if you can help them or make us aware of needs.  The sooner we know about something, the more likely it is we can help.
  4. Lend a hand preparing Christ Church:  If it looks as though we will see a dangerous swipe or direct hit from Irma we will board up the stained glass windows on the church for some added protection.  It's something we wished we had done before leaving for Matthew, and we were lucky that nothing struck the church. We have the supplies, but Harry and I could use some hands to accomplish this, should it be needed, and will do it as soon as it seems we are in a predicted danger zone.  Those who have some time to help us do that before evacuating are welcome to pitch in, just let me know now so we can reach out to share details if the need arises. 
As always, keep the faith.  We are always less afraid when we remember God's promise to be with us through all things.  We can also be kind to one another.  We proved last year what can happen when neighbors care for and watch out for one another.  This time around will be no different.  We don't panic, but we do prepare.  We will keep you posted on developments that affect Christ Church, and we are here to help where we can.  In the meantime, keep those in Irma's path in your prayers.  There are a lot of people who will be affected by this storm, and some will undoubtedly lose their lives and their homes.  God is with us, and God is good, no matter where Irma goes. 


Fall Worship Schedule 

Join us this fall for one of the many worship opportunities we're offering at Christ Church! On Saturdays, at 5:30 pm, we offer the Rite II Eucharist service at St. Ignatius Chapel on Demere Road. On Sundays, we start the morning in the historic church with the 8:00 am, 1928 Book of Common Prayer service, followed by two 9:15 am Eucharist services (usually Rite II) in the church and in the Parish Hall. At 9:15 am, we also offer Kidurgy, our Liturgy of the Word for our younger children. At 11:15 am, Rite I Eucharistic worship takes place in the church. On Wednesdays, the Healing Service is held at 12:00 pm in Christ Church.

On September 10th, our monthly 6:00 pm Sunday evening EYC Rooted and Relevant services resume, and on October 11th, X Church begins again, at 6:30 pm, every Wednesday. There are also special worship services planned throughout the fall season, like the Blessing of the Animals, that you don't want to miss! To see the schedule for fall worship and read about all the programs and activities happening at Christ Church, click here.

Revival: Fearless Faith, Boundless Love

The Presiding Bishop, Michael Curry, is traveling throughout the country this year offering a series of revivals. On Sunday, September 17th, 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 2:00 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 September 17, as it will be a day to celebrate our faith together and to share it with others. For more information and to register for the revival through the diocese online, click here

Bus Transportation to Honey Creek on Sept.17

Because parking at Honey Creek is extremely limited, the diocese is asking attendees use group transportation. We have arranged for two buses to drive the round trip from Christ Church to Honey Creek and back on the day of the revival. The buses will be leaving from Christ Church at 11:30 am and departing from Honeycreek for the return trip at 4:00 pm. The cost per person is $28. To reserve and purchase a seat on the bus, click here to go to the Christ Church Pushpay payment page. (To ride the bus, you must reserve and pay for your seat in advance.)

Special note: After you've clicked the button to reserve and pay for your seat, please make sure to choose Revival "Bus" Honeycreek from the options listed.

You may also pay for a bus seat by check, made out to Christ Church, Frederica, for $28. Please write "Bus" in the memo line. Checks can be mailed to the church office or put in the offering plate.


EYC and Pathfinders Activities

We are ready and excited to begin a great year as we have lots of fun together and have opportunities to worship together in our Rooted and Relevant services. These ministries are a vibrant and important part woven in the life of our whole church family at Christ Church!

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

Happening is Happening Again!
Registration is open for Happening, a Christian experience presented by teenagers for teenagers. Designed for youth in grades 10 - 12, Happening is a cornerstone of diocesan youth programs and an experience not to miss. Ben Sandbach is the teen serving as Rector for Happening #99, which meets Friday, September 22-24 at Honey Creek.

Most young people have serious questions about Jesus and the Church. Happening is designed to address these questions. During a  Happening weekend, participants experience the love of Christ as shown through prayer, worship, and the ministry of peers, clergy, and lay adults. The Happeners are encouraged to make their renewed faith a part of their everyday lives. Happening shows how Christianity can keep pace with the many changes in our lives and our world.

For more information, and to register, go to

Adult Sunday Class - The New Testament
The Adult Sunday morning Class is currently doing a 24-week series from The Great Courses lectures on the New Testament. The Class meets from 10:30 to 11:15 am each week in the Parish Hall and the Rev. Dr. Robert W. (Bob) Brown is the facilitator and teacher for the Class. The New Testament course promises to be an inspiring and educational event.  Everyone is welcome! 

Sunday Morning Book Study - Boundaries
If you're interested in learning about boundaries in your life, please join the Rev. Ashton Williston, as she leads this study on Sunday mornings. The class meets in the vestry room at 10:30. 

Click here to read a review of Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No - To Take Control of Your Life If you would like to know more information or have any questions, please contact Ashton at

Convictions Book Study
All are invited to participate in an eleven week study based on the book, Convictions - How I Learned What Mattered Most , by Marcus Borg, which takes place on Wednesdays at 1:00 pm. Marcus Borg contends that Christians in America are at their best when they focus on hope and transformation, and return to what really matters most - bringing to earth the kingdom of God Jesus talked about and transforming our relationships with one another. The class will be  led by the Christ Church clergy team.

Living Compass - Seeking Direction and Balance in Your Life
Outfitting individuals with tools and training for the journey toward wellness and wholeness.

Beginning on Tuesday, September 12th, Fr. Tom will facilitate a series of Living Compass workshops at Christ Church. Living Compass is a seven-week journey that gives participants a chance to evaluate their lives and see health and wholeness in a myriad of ways. Living Compass is a wonderful tool for a happier, healthier life. Sessions are practical and spiritually engaging at the same time. The class runs from September 12 through October 24 and the meeting time is flexible, so please contact Fr. Tom at and let him know what time works best for your schedule.

Enneagram Workshop Coming in September
On September 15-16, 2017, 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. 

You can read much more about this upcoming study in the recent story in the Brunswick News found here

Everyone is welcome!  Join us September 15-16, 2017, in the Christ Church, Frederica Parish Hall for this higher- spiritual-learning course.  

Friday September 15, 2017 - 7:00-9:00 p.m. 
"Dynamics of the Nine Personality Types, Ego Structure, Soul"
Saturday, September 16th - 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. The cost for the workshop is $40 and checks may be made to Christ Church, Frederica. Please write Enneagram Workshop in the memo line. For more information, please contact Billie Sargent at

Wednesday Night Bible Study
The Wednesday Night Bible Study will begin on Wednesday September 27th and end on November 1st, 2017. We will continue on the theme of Spiritual Growth. The group will explore, discuss and study a glossary of themes and topics like the Holy Spirit, Attributes of God, etc. - all with reference to the Bible and their application in our own Christian life and journey. Active participation will be encouraged. The study will be held at the Vestry room in the Parish House. It will begin at 5:30 pm and end at 6:25 pm to allow participants to attend X-Church at 6:30 pm in the Church.  All are welcome. For further details contact Godfrey Draviam at 912-638-8747 or at 
ECW Fall General Meeting and Brunch
On Saturday  morning,  October 7, 2017, at 10:00 am, the Christ Church ECW will have their annual fall general meeting and brunch . The speaker for the morning will be Darcelle Burandt, who is beginning a wonderful new ministry in our area called "House of Hope". It is an outreach to young victims of human trafficking. She has renovated a house in Brunswick where these victims can be safely housed and receive the counseling and treatment they might need. (Read more here.) All women from Christ Church are invited to attend the meeting and to come hear about this important mission in our community. 
Please contact the church office to let us know if you'll be attending, so that we may give the caterer an accurate headcount for the free brunch. 912-638-8683


Helping Those Affected by Hurricane Harvey 

"What can I do to help?" 

When we see images of people suffering, we want to do something. That's understandable. As Christians, we are called to seek and serve Christ in all people and never more so than in times of crisis. T he tricky part is responding in a way that is timely and appropriate .

Now is the time to offer financial support.  Contributing to Episcopal Relief & Development will ensure that we have enough resources to support the work of our church partners as they serve the most vulnerable in their communities. They are best positioned to assess needs and timing for response efforts. If you would like to support the work of the Episcopal Relief teams in Houston and the surrounding areas, click here to make a donation. Or you may write a check, payable to Christ Church, Frederica and write Episcopal Relief - Hurricane Harvey in the memo line. 

St. Athansius Food Bank
Please remember to bring your non-perishable food donations for the St. Athanasius Feed My Sheep Food Ministry, this weekend. You may leave your food items at St. Ignatius Chapel on Saturday or in the shopping cart located in the Christ Church Parish House on Sunday.

Help the Backpack Buddies This Week 
The Backpack Buddies will be packing tomorrow, Thursday, September 7th, at 1:00 pm in the Parish Hall. Please join them! 

You can also adopt a child into the Backpack Buddies program. This outreach provides weekend food bags to disadvantaged children in Glynn County. You can feed a child for $10.00 a month, $50.00 for a half year or $100 for the full 10 month/38 week school year. Please prayerfully consider donating to help feed these children in need by sponsoring a child for a month, half the year or for a full year. You may make your check to Christ Church, Frederica with Backpack Buddies in the memo line and send it to the church, drop it in the offering or at the church office.  Contact Susan Shipman at or 912-222-9206.

Christ Church Comforters Pick Up Their Knitting Needles and Crochet Hooks for the Season on September 14th
Do you enjoy knitting or crocheting? Then please join the Christ Church Comforters as they gather once a month to make prayer shawls for those who need warmth and comfort.  Some of the members also make watch caps which are distributed to the International Seafarers.  It's an excellent time of sharing and putting your skills to good use. Even if you don't knit or crochet, please plan to stop by and visit with us at our next meeting - Thursday, September 14th at 2:00 pm. (We've got plenty of talented yarnsmiths who will be glad to give you lessons!)  If you have any questions, please call Gay Barron at  770-366-5091 or by email to

Coffee Hour Hosts NeededCoffeeHour
Have you enjoyed Coffee Hour visiting with clergy, meeting new people and relaxing with friends?   We need volunteers for two-person teams who are willing to bring light refreshments once every four months.  If you would like to make Sundays even more meaningful, call Christine at 540-270-1215 or email for more information.

Stay Informed

NEW Town Hall Meetings - September 9&10
On September 9th and 10th, there will be town hall meetings held after the 5:30 pm Saturday service at St. Ignatius and again after the 11:15 Sunday service at Christ Church to discuss and seek opinions on the suggestions of the master plan for the parish which were presented several weeks ago. Your input matters, so please make plans to attend.

(If you would like to review the current Master Plan documents, click here.) 

Faithworks' Annual Celebration

The location for FaithWorks' annual celebration, "Faith Moves Mountains" has been changed to Gruber Aviation, located at 70 Gruber Lane #120.

Date:  Thursday, September 7
Time: Silent Auction starts at  5:30 p.m.  
Dinner served at  6:30 p.m.

We are grateful to Gruber Aviation Inc. for offering their facility on St Simons to host us. We hope you will find the new venue more convenient. We are also thankful to Dave Snyder of Halyard's Catering for supporting the event.
Because FaithWorks' annual celebration is underwritten by generous individual and corporate sponsors, we are able to offer this evening celebration at no cost to you. 
Come fly with us  September 7.  Spread the news to friends and family! (Dress is casual.) 

Please take a moment to  visit our registration  page and reserve your seat if you have not already done so. Last year more than 600 of our neighbors joined the celebration and became more involved in helping our neighbors. 

The evening dinner program will feature the Golden Isles Strummers, video testimony, and a silent auction featuring a one-week stay at an Italian villa, works from area artists, jewelry and gift certificates for local restaurants and shops.

International Seafarers Center - 
17th Annual International Night Out

Join us at the Morgan Center on Jekyll Island,  on September 22, 2017,  from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, for International Night Out!

Come and enjoy an evening with fabulous food from Scandinavia, Greece, and the USA. Wonderful wine pairings and international beers will also be served. Don't miss our crepes table, along with many other delicious international desserts.

Michael Hulett, along with Stan Walker and the Coastal Empire Orchestra will provide music for the evening, so put on your dancing shoes! You can also win unique gifts from our incredible silent uuction and NEW this year a LIVE AUCTION!

Tickets are available at $100 per person with limited availability. Please call Diane at 912-267-0631 to reserve your ticket today.

The mission of the ISC is to provide seafarers a safe harbor that they can call home. Our services aim to meet the spiritual, emotional, physical and material needs of thousands of seafarers who visit the Port of Brunswick, Georgia USA, annually. Proceeds from the International Night Out help fund this mission.

Returning to Epworth By The Sea - The Laycock Bible Study Series!

This year's theme "Creating A Symphony"
October 9 - 12, 2017

UMC Bishop James E. Swanson, Sr. and Bishop Richard C. Looney will present a beautiful symphony of word, study and thought for this year's Evelyn Laycock Bible Study.  Please join with us for this memorable event.  Special instrumental and vocal music will add to the study experience.  Schedule times and registration available online or call 638-8688.  $15/person/session or $100 for entire program.

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.
Nancy Acree
George Almasi
Kurt Anderson
Sherri Applebee
Malicia Atkinson
Kris Barkley    
Harry Branch
Doug Brantley
Gene Broadwell
Barbara Canaday
Greg Canady
Marilyn Canady
Paddy Carley
Anne Chubb
Mary Lou De Bisschop
Mary Lou Detwiler
Charlene Dickinson
Robbie Dickinson
Charlotte Doster
Anna Doxey
Andy Doyle
Doris Essig
Betsy Fitzgerald
Stephen Freedman
Ewell Gay
Travis Gay
Louise Gentile
Max Germaine
Mary Jean Giobino
Ben Grace
Stephen Gregory
Rosalind Griffin
Burgess Hartsell
Kay Harvey
William David Herndon
Mike Herrin
Christopher Hewetson
Cheryl Hieatt
Jane Higginbotham
Carol Hoffine
Brenda Hollis
Greg Hollis
Alexander Hutcheson
Ellen Hunter
Lois Irvin
Glenn Jones
Carlin Kenny
Christi Lambert
Billie Lewellyn
Keith Lewellyn
Bill Littleton
Sam Livesay
Martha Lovett

Jerry Lowe
Dorothy McClain
Cathy McCarthy
John McCarthy
Mamie Meadows
Gene Palmer
Kathy Palmer
Mary Elizabeth Paris
Margaret Payne
Vivian Peterson
Kari Powell
Chris Prater
Joetta Principato
Rajika Reed
Jack Riner
Mark Robinson
Gerry Rowell
Phyllis Sartin
Angie Schrum
Willou Smith
Richard Stamper
James St. Clair
Samantha Lee Stevens
Joel Stewart
Grayson Strickland
Edith Tayloe
Sarah Taylor
Bill Torrey
Beth Varn
John Waite
Carah Wheeler
Summer Wheeler
Ed Whittle
Hollis Youngner
Keith Zimmerman
Fran & Howard
Mary Ann    

The Departed
Elizabeth Freyer
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, Sept. 9, 2017 5:30 PM (St. Ignatius Chapel)
Susan Shipman - Chalice Bearer
Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017 8:00 AM (CCF)
Robert Brown - Chalice Bearer
Robert Brown - Lector 
Paul Ploeger - Usher
Bonita Wright - Altar Guild

9:15 AM (Christ Church, Frederica)
Slade Turner - Acolyte C
Emma Williams - Acolyte TB
Eva Purdy - Acolyte TB
Calleigh Purdy - Acolyte - PW
Donna Purdy - Chalice Bearer
Robert Brown - Chancel Master
Barbara Sullivan - Lector - First Lesson
Sally Essig - Lector - Second Lesson
      Ralph Wade - Greeter
Jeannie Wade - Greeter
      Bernie Keele - Usher
Zaida Clay Harris - Usher
Alice Barlow  - Kidurgy Shepherd
Mindy Martin - Kidurgy Shepherd
Peggy Goad - Altar Guild
Frankie Ansley - Altar Guild

9:15 AM (Parish Hall, Frederica)
Isabella Williston - Acolyte C
Donee Avera - Chalice Bearer
Hugh Brown - First Lesson
Fred Collins - Lector - Second Lesson
Charlotte Graham - Greeter
Rip Graham - Greeter
Kay Brown - Altar Guild
Nancy Zell - Altar Guild

11:15 AM (Christ Church, Frederica)
Isabel Parker - Acolyte C
Paul Salter - Chalice Bearer
Jane Watson - Lector - First Lesson
Jane Watson - Lector - Second Lesson
Diane Ansley - Greeter
Henry Ansley - Greeter
Ben Slade - Usher
Ethel Horton - Altar Guild
Pat Collins - 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

Thursday, September 7, 2017
1:00 pm - Backpack Buddies
6:00 pm - Adult Choir Practice
6:00 pm - Faithworks Celebration

Friday, September 8, 2017
12:00 pm - Icon Writing Group
Saturday, September 9, 2017
10:00 am - Icon Writing Group
3:00 pm - Pathfinders Strike Zone Outing
5:30 pm - Worship at St. Ignatius
6:30 pm - Town Hall Meeting at St. Ignatius
Sunday, September 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 pm - Town Hall Meeting at Christ Church, Frederica
6:00 pm - EYC Rooted and Relevant Eucharist 

Tuesday, September 12, 2017
2:15 pm - Hand Bell Choir Practice
4:30 pm - Choristers
5:00 pm - Trebles

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
10:30 am - Men's Study Group
12:00 pm - Healing Service 
1:00 pm - Convictions Book Study

Thursday, September 14, 2017
12:30 pm - Finance Committee Meeting
2:00 pm - Christ Church Comforters
6:00 pm - Adult Choir Practice

Friday, September 15, 2017
7:00 pm - Enneagram Workshop
Saturday, September 16, 2017
9:00 am - Enneagram Workshop
5:30 pm - Worship at St. Ignatius
Sunday, September 17, 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
11:30 am - Bus to Revival at Honey Creek
6:00 pm - EYC 

Save the Date

September 15-16, 2017
Enneagram Workshop

September 17, 2017
Fearless Faith and Boundless Love Revival at Honey Creek

September 27, 2017
Wednesday Evening Bible Study Begins

October 6, 2017
Parents' Night Out

October 7, 2017
ECW Fall General Meeting

October 8, 2017
Annual Pig Pickin'

October 11, 2017
X Church Resumes