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November 23, 2016
Volume 7, Number 12
In This Issue
 
 




This Sunday's Lections
First Sunday of
Advent 
Isaiah 2:1-5
Romans 13:11-14
Matthew 24:36-44
Psalm 122 
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Remembering Bishop Shipps
The Requiem Mass for the Rt. Rev. Harry W. Shipps, Eighth Bishop of the Diocese of Georgia, was held Tuesday morning at the Collegiate Church of St. Paul the Apostle in Savannah.


Here is an excerpt from the sermon Bishop Benhase preached: 

"[Bishop Shipps] loved his Lord, he loved his Louise and his children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and he loved the Church, which the Book of Common Prayer calls a 'wonderful and sacred mystery.' And he loved his country and served proudly to protect her. But he never lost sight of the One True Light and never confused the darkness for the light. Never was this more vivid than with his commitment to combat America's peculiar 'Original Sin' of racism. He boldly confronted both the culture's and the church's explicit and implicit practice of this sin...

"For all of us
, our lives were richer because of Harry. So, we can do no other than commend him to God, a shepherd who was led by the Great Shepherd, Jesus Christ, the Light of the world. And the darkness will never overcome the Light of Jesus."

Among those in attendance was the Most Rev. J. Kevin Boland, Bishop Emeritus, Catholic Diocese of Savannah and Bishop Shipps' counterpart during his tenure.

Maybe you recognize them from the back, Jan and the Rt. Rev. Henry Louttit Jr.

Episcopal Day School
An Advent Calendar from Fifth Grade Students    
Inspired by Bishop Benhase during his recent visit to Episcopal Day School, Augusta, when he spoke to the students on transformation by kindness, Fifth Graders created an Advent Calendar, which they offer to their diocesan community. Click the image below to download the PDF file for you to print and use in this season of preparation:

The Administrator's Corner
Year End Close-out Fast Approaching!
The year is rapidly coming to a close.  The end of November  is the time to start getting your "ducks in a row." This week's Administrator Corner is a short check-list to consider for major year end close out activities for our parishes. 
  1. Make sure all bank statements and financial activities are fully reconciled.
  2. Begin compiling information to complete W-2s and 1099s for staff and contractors;
    a.) A good checklist from ADP can be found here;
  3. Ensure staff are up to date on revised or new policies and insurance changes (if any)
    a.) Please visit www.cpg.org for details;
  4. Finalize and review next year's 2017 budget to prepare for record keeping in the new year;
  5. Prepare as many checks and bills for payments for the fiscal 2016 year before December 31st;
  6. Identify and gather records for any assets or capital investment;
  7. Prepare and finalize any policies or procedures in review with the Vestry;
  8. Develop draft year-end close reports in January for review by the Vestry.
These are just a few quick steps to consider for a financial close-out of year end.

I hope everyone has a joyous and wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.

Katie Willoughby
Canon for Administration
Diocesan Office Update     
The office will be closed Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of this week.

Bishop Benhase makes his visitation to Christ Church, Dublin, this Sunday. For the Bishop's complete visitation schedule, go here. 

Canon Logue will preside and preach at the Community of St. Joseph, Savannah this Sunday.

Canon Willoughby and Bishop Benhase meet with the Board of the Corporation on Tuesday.
Bishop Benhase' Visitation     

Church of the Good Shepherd, Augusta presented 30 people to Bishop Benhase at his Visitation on Sunday: 22 persons for Confirmation, seven for Reception and one for Reaffirmation of Baptismal vows.
Three Ordinations in One Week!     
Ray Whiting was ordained to the Sacred Order of Priests at St. Alban's Church, Augusta. on Sunday, November 20.
Donald K. Holland and Thomas P. Townsend III were ordained to The Sacred Order of Priests at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Brunswick GA.
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. 
 
Prayers for November 20 to 26
In our diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for our congregation in Vidalia, the Church of the Annunciation. We also pray for our ecumenical partners in Vidalia, especially Sacred Heart Catholic Church and for St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church in Reidsville. In our companion diocese of the Dominican Republic, we pray for the congregations in Santo Domingo, especially San Pedro y San Pablo (St. Peter and St. Paul).
 
Prayers for November 27 to December 3
In our diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for our congregations in Waycross, Grace Church. We also pray for our ecumenical partners in Waycross, especially St. Joseph's Catholic Church. In our companion diocese of the Dominican Republic, we pray for the congregations in Santo Domingo, especially Santa Ana ( St. Ann's).
 
St. Luke's Joins the Parade

St. Luke's Episcopal Church had a float in the 2016 Rincon Parade!
Memorial Service for the Rev. Reginald Gunn, 11 AM, Saturday, December 3
Calvary Episcopal Church, Americus

New Beginnings #49, December 2-4
Retreat led by youth for youth in grades seven to nine. Go here to register. 
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Diocesan Staff                             
Episcopal Diocese of Georgia