March 8, 2017
Volume 7, Number 28
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This Sunday's Lections
Second Sunday in Lent
Register now for New Beginnings #50
Staff for New Beginnings #50 posed for a serious photo and a fun one. Guess which one this is! 

New Beginnings #50 is just around the corner! Youth who are currently in grades seven to nine are encouraged to come to Honey Creek March 24-26 for an amazing retreat weekend led by youth for youth. 

The Lead Teen for New Beginnings #50 is Graham Hummel, from Christ Church, Frederica. The New Beginnings Coordinator is Maggie Bloodworth, from Hawkinsville.

Throughout the weekend participants reflect together on their lives, friends, family, and faith. Most of all, participants will have a chance to experience and reflect on the love that God has for each of us, how we see that love in Jesus and in the world around us, and how we respond to that love in our daily lives. Participants play games, sing songs, and worship together throughout the whole weekend! Parents and friends are invited to the closing Eucharist on Sunday afternoon.

The event begins after supper on Friday evening and ends Sunday afternoon. The cost is $115. Financial aid is available by contacting the Rev. Joshua Varner at jvarner@gaepiscopal.org .

To register for New Beginnings, please click here.
Call for Holy Week Service Information
We will be promoting Holy Week services held throughout the Diocese on social media this year. Please send the schedule for your church to newsandevents@gaepiscopal.org by March 31st to be included! 
Furnishings Needed for Ecology Center at Honey Creek

Help the Creation Care Commission furnish a "retreat room" at Honey Creek's Ecology Center! The Ecology Center is the former "Dock Study" building adjacent to the dock, and it includes a screened porch overlooking the marsh and two interior rooms.

The Commission has been working this past year to renovate the building for use year-round for all Honey Creek guests. One room will primarily be used for educational programming and supply storage. The retreat room will offer a quiet, comfortable space for prayer, reading, journaling, art, small-group retreats, or relaxing with cup of hot coffee or tea. It has recently been re-painted and some furniture has been graciously provided by Hello, Goodbuy in Brunswick. A futon couch (or sleeper sofa), a large earth-toned area rug, and bookshelves are still needed. The commission also seeks donations of nature-related books for all ages. Please contact Dcn. Leeann Culbreath at 
deaconleeann@gmail.com  if you have questions or items to donate. 
The Loose Canon
Your Holy Week and Easter Welcome Checklist
With Lent underway, now is the time to look ahead to Holy Week and Easter. As you know, Easter is the best time to invite newcomers to church as many spiritual seekers are most receptive to an invitation at this time of year. Many persons with a past connection to a liturgical church also are receptive to a Holy Week invitation to a Maundy Thursday or Good Friday liturgy. 

Here are seven ways you can prepare to welcome more people this Easter and then to follow up with them after the Holy Day:
  • Put your Holy Week and Easter schedule at your website and on your answering machine message now. Send the schedule to newsandevents@gaepiscopal.org as we will be promoting Easter schedules for churches in the Diocese of Georgia on social media.
  • Create business cards or flyers with the schedule and encourage the congregation to share them with friends, family and co-workers. This can also be a PDF file emailed to the congregation, which they can forward to others adding a personal note.
  • Consider a joint ad in the local newspaper with other Episcopal Churches (if there are any in your area). Combined ads with several churches announcing their schedules together makes a powerful statement of unity which has the practical aspect of making a larger ad less expensive for each congregation.
  • It's not too late to order a custom banner giving worship times. This is a low cost way to attract the attention of those who drive by your church.
  • Encourage the members of the church who are healthy and can easily walk to take the furthest possible spaces from the church on Easter to make room for newcomers. This should happen every week, but is especially important at Easter.
  • Have the latest newsletter, a church brochure, or some other easy to take away item for newcomers on Easter. Get the ushers to place this in the hands of visitors so that they will know of upcoming opportunities for Christian Education as well as your regular service schedules.
  • Plan now how you will follow up in the week after Easter with all persons newly signed in the visitor's book with at least a letter. A quick visit from two members of the welcome committee offering a church mug, or fresh-baked bread is also offered by some of our congregations.
Looking for more ways to prepare for newcomers? Now is also a great time to work through the Welcome Checklist from Invite-Welcome-Connect.

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Canon to the Ordinary
Diocesan Office Update and News     
This Sunday, Bishop Benhase will officiate at the Celebration of New Ministry for the Rev. Jim Said at St. Augustine's, Augusta this evening at 6 PM. He will attend the House of Bishop's Spring Meeting at Kanuga, N.C. from March 10-14. The Bishop's full schedule is available here.

Canon Logue is at the Dayspring Conference Center in Parrish, Florida speaking to the Retired Clergy and Spouse Lunch. He spoke to the  College of Presbyters of the Diocese of Southwest Florida yesterday.

On Sunday morning Canon Logue will preach at Christ Church, Cordele, and then lead a parish meeting on their upcoming search for a new Vicar as the Rev. Larry Williams is set to retire from that position.

Canons Willoughby and Logue will teach a Church Admin 101 class for vestry and parish administrators at St. Patrick's, Albany this Sunday afternoon from 2-5 pm. At the same time, Director of Communications Anna Iredale will lead a Communicators' Roundtable.

The Rev.  Charles Todd of the Collegiate Church of St. Paul the Apostle, Savannah will be officiating at the noonday service Thursday in St. George's Chapel at Diocesan House. 
Around the Diocese    
Shrove Tuesday Pancake fun at St. Athanasius Church, Brunswick (above and below).
 
The 2017 Pilgrims at Church of the Good Shepherd, Augusta volunteered at the 3 Bridges 5K.

Community Cares Cafe is an Ecumenical Youth Outreach Ministry hosted by St. Andrew's and St. Cyprian's churches in Darien. This after-school program for 5th grade students meets once a week. Foundations in life lessons, help with homework, fun, and fellowship are experienced by both volunteers and students. Last week students learned how to tie a necktie
 (above). The week before they went on a field trip (below).



 Children at Church of the Holy Comforter in Martinez had a BLAST (Bible Learning Action Stations) getting dirty when they said goodbye to "alleluias" by burying them in the church's Community Garden. They also made a Resurrection Garden. 
Bishop's Visitation

Confirmation and Receptions at St. Philip's Episcopal Church, Hinesville: (front row from left) Gretchen Maher, Reza Cader (confirmed); Joan Gage (received); Kathy Maher (received); The Rev. Daniel Lee, The Rev. Dcn. Cathy Henderson; (second row from left) JoAnn Coefield; John Gage (received) The Rev. Denise Ronn; (third row from left) Hubert Anderson; The Right Rev. Scott Benhase; Michelle Ricketson; Marquise Morgan.
    
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Down to the River to Pray
Celebrate God's creation this spring on one of three half-day "floating retreats" offered by the Creation Care Commission! The first "Down to the River to Pray" event is on Cathead Creek near Darien on Saturday, March 18, 1-5 p.m. Cost is $35 per person and the paddle will last two to three hours, winding through woods to Buffalo Swamp Natural Area and along irrigation canals by abandoned rice fields. Along the way, we'll stop for spiritual reflection and prayer. Equipment will be provided by a local outfitter who will also guide the trip. Some prior experience with paddling is recommended. An optional Eucharist and potluck supper at St. Cyprian's will follow. Click here
for more information and to register. 

Stay tuned for two more Down to the River to Pray events this spring on the Little River (near Valdosta) in April and Ebenezer Creek (near Savannah) in May!
Prayers for Weekly Liturgies
Our one-year prayer cycle combines prayers for every congregation in the Diocese of Georgia with prayers for our ecumenical partners and for our Companion Diocese of The Dominican Republic. The 52 weekly prayers are available in one document  found here. 

March 5-11
In our diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for our congregations in Brunswick, Good Shepherd, St. Athanasius', and St. Mark's. We also pray for our ecumenical partners in Brunswick, especially St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church and St. James Lutheran Church. In our companion diocese of the Dominican Republic, we pray for San Antonio de Padua ( St. Anthony of Padua) in Carreton. 

March 12-18 
In our diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for our congregation in Cochran, Trinity and for our ecumenical partners, especially St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Cairo.  In our companion diocese of the Dominican Republic, we pray for  El Santo Nombre (the Church of the Holy Name) in Catalina.  
Chrism Masses for the Clergy
Two Chrism Masses are scheduled for Holy Week with one in the west on Holy Monday at 11 a.m. at St Anne's Tifton with a light lunch to follow in their parish hall and one in the east on Holy Tuesday at St Paul's Savannah, again at 11 a.m. with a light lunch to follow. 

"This gathering is more than just a chance to refill our oils and grab lunch," said Bishop Benhase. "It is a time for us to renew our ordination vows together and to reflect deeply on our shared vocations and commitments."
Project Resource
Register for April 8th at St. Peter's, Savannah

Canons Frank Logue and Katie Willoughby teach Project Resource stewardship training at St. Anne's, Tifton.
Registration is still open for the April 8th Project Resource Training from 9 AM to noon at St. Peter's Savannah. Canons Katie Willoughby and Frank Logue co-lead the training created by the College for Bishops. Project Resource gathers the best wisdom in our church on annual stewardship, major gifts, and planned giving campaigns. There is no cost for this training.  Register online for Project Resource at St. Peter's, Savannah
Shooting Lasers to the Glory of God


Two teams of youth from St.Augustine's, Augusta, are pictured just before going into battle in laser tag. We trust the Prince of Peace approves of this activity, which was all in fun and fellowship.
Behind the Banner

Cursillo #122 attemdees gather for a group photo this past weekend. The event was held at Honey Creek.

Register today for an informative and fun training with diocesan staff. Workshops run concurrently on the same day/date. To register for March 12, go
here;
for March 26, here; April 23, here and May 14, 
here
Events
Clergy Spouses Retreat, March 10-12
Honey Creek
Go 
here for more information.

Trainings for Vestries, Administrators and Communicators, March 12
2-5 PM
St. Patrick's Albany
Register here

Church Development Institute
 (CDI) March 17-18
Honey Creek
Go  here for more information.

Church Development Institute (CDI) Augusta  March 17-18
Our Savior, Martinez
Go   here for more information.

Lenten Prayer Retreat, March 24-25
Led by the Rev. Liam Collins, the Rev. Canon Frank Logue and Victoria Logue
Honey Creek
Go here for more information

Trainings for Vestries, Administrators and Communicators, 
March 26
2-5 PM
St. Michael and All Angels, Savannah
Register
New Beginnings #50
, March 24-26
Honey Creek
Go here for more information.

Project Resource Stewardship Training, April 8
St. Peter's Savannah 
Go here for more information. 

Episcopal Church Women/Daughters of the King Annual Retreat, April 20-22
St. John's Bainbridge
For more information go here.

Missional Voices National Gathering
, April 21-22
Virginia Seminary
Leading thinkers from around The Episcopal Church will discuss innovative ministries, missional communities, and how to participate in the mission of God in our neighborhoods. 
More details are available at Trainings for Vestries, Administrators and Communicators, April 23
2-5 PM
Grace Church, Waycross
Register  here
Trainings for Vestries, Administrators and Communicators,  May 14
2-5 PM
Our Savior, Martinez
Register 
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