October 4, 2017
Volume 8, Number 6
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This Sunday's Lections
Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20
Psalm 19
Isaiah 5:1-7
Psalm 80: 7-14
Philippians 3: 4b-14
Matthew  21: 33-46

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Discounted Room Rates Close October 9!
All those who are attending the 196th Convention of the Diocese of Georgia November 9-11 are encouraged to make their room reservations now to receive the discounted rate. Go here to do so now.

Convocation Meetings
Each Convocation in the Diocese of Georgia will be holding Council Meetings prior to Convention. These meetings are to include the Convocation's clergy, delegates and alternates to the Convention. Attendance at these meetings is important as they are the venue for

* Discussion of the 2018 budget
* Introduction of nominees for diocesan offices
* Proposed amendment to the Canons


Sunday, October 22, 2017
4 PM
St. Alban's, Augusta
Sunday, October 15
3:30 PM
Location TBD
Sunday October 15
3 PM
St. Paul's, Savannah
Sunday, October 29
2 PM
St. Mark's, Brunswick

Sunday, October 29, 3 PM
St. Margaret's Moultrie
Nominations/Nominees Due!
The 196th Convention of the Diocese of Georgia is charged with electing persons to serve on the Board of the Corporation, Diocesan Council (at large), Disciplinary Board, Sewanee Trustee, and Standing Committee. 

While nominations for all offices remain open, by the canons of the Diocese, until the floor of convention, 
submitting a nomination prior to this Friday, October 6  will assist the Diocese in publicizing the nominees in advance of the meeting and included in the Convention booklet. 

For more information about the positions that are open and the forms necessary to nominate, go here. 

Submit Diocesan Reports!
As with the nominations, submission of diocesan reports will ensure that they are included in the Convention booklet. Please send yours to Anna Iredale today!
Common Grounds Enters Third Year of Ministry
The Rev. Michael Chaney (right) and the Rev. Kevin Veitinger (UMC) are in their third year of working collaboratively to create community with Savannah's college students and residential families at The Foundery Coffee Pub on Habersham Street. They host a roster of dynamic events including a Free Range Family Potluck Eucharist that meets on the first and third Sunday of the month and the popular Common Grounds discussion series that meets Wednesdays at 8 PM. 
Free Range Family Potluck Eucharist is an "experimental liturgical worship opportunity for the entire family," said Chaney. 
Common Grounds is an actual face-to-face discussion with guidelines for civil engagement that brings all perspectives to the table to address topics and challenges we face as community.Tonight's discussion will be "Make it Stop: Gun Violence."
Around the Diocese
Members of the Collegiate Church of St. Paul the Apostle surprised their Rector, the Very Rev. Dr. William Willoughby III by turning the parish's annual oyster roast into a celebration of the 30 years that he has served in their parish. Mary and William Willoughby at the roast on Friday evening.
John Hayes, Ph.D., a member of St. Augustine of Canterbury Church and professor of history at Augusta University just had his first book published:
Hard, Hard Religion: Interracial Faith in the Poor South .
Sunday was the Rev. Nick Roosevelt's first Sunday at St. Patrick's Albany. Following the service the Shamrocks entertained at the luncheon reception.

Georgia Southern's Campus Youth Ministry celebrated a member's birthday at their gathering this week.

Members of the Community of St. Joseph Savannah gather after Sunday's Eucharist which marked the congregation's second year.
18 young people prepared for confirmation last weekend at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Augusta. Education, Confession, walking the labyrinth and gathering for a meal were part of their preparations.
All Saints' Tybee held a fundraiser for victims of the recent flood. 

Members of the Jr. EYC (6th-8th grade) at St. Anne's Tifton began painting their room in the Ministry Center this week!

For the first time in more than 20 years, Trinity Statesboro, held a Stewardship Kick-off Dinner to get this year's annual campaign underway. With a great Italian dinner prepared by Chef Elaine Stone (a Trinity member), those assembled explored the campaign's theme of WOW. The Rev. Joan Kilian, Trinity's Rector, led an interactive discussion that encouraged the group to consider how the congregation embodies Christ, asking, "Here at Trinity, what would make Jesus say, "WOW"?
Bishop's Visitations

At St. George's Savannah for Bishop Scott Benhase' annual visitation: from left: Cam Mathis, Senior Warden and Lay Minister; the Rev. Jim Parker; Debby Thomas, Lay Minister; Bishop Benhase, and Rob Thomas, Lay Minister. 

This past Sunday Bishop Benhase made his annual visitation to St. Michael's and All Angels Savannah. Front row from left, Charlean Smith, Taylor Horan, Bishop Benhase, Miranda Buck, and Victoria Blair; back row, the Rev. Kevin Kelly and Deacon Sue Gahagan. This and the photos below are by David Tanner. 

Submit Your Parish Audit!
Audits were due on September 1st. If you have not submitted yours, please contact Canon Logue. 
Blessings of the Animals

People and pets fill the lawn at All Saints Tybee Island for their blessing of the animals.

The Rev. Cynthia Taylor holds a dog during the blessing of the animals at Holy Comforter Martinez and the Rev. Dwayne Varas blesses a dog at St. Thomas Thomasville.

The Rev. Melanie Lemburg blesses pets at St. Thomas Isle of Hope.

The Rev. Helen White blesses stuffed animals at Christ Church Savannah. The blessed toys are provided to law enforcement officers who can then share them with children as the need arises during their work.
The Rev. Tom Purdy and the Rev. Ashton Williston (above) blessed pets at Christ Church Frederica that included dogs, cats, bunnie s, a wild banana spider (at right, with Williston) and even a tiny snail.

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. 

October 1-7
In our diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for our congregation in Swainsboro, Good Shepherd. We also pray for our ecumenical partners in Swainsboro, especially Holy Trinity Catholic Church. In our companion diocese of the Dominican Republic, we pray for the congregations in Santiago, especially Cristo Salvador, ( Christ the Savior), and Emmanuel.

October 8-14
In our diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for our congregation in Statesboro, Trinity. We also pray for our ecumenical partners in Statesboro, especially St. Matthew's Catholic Church. In our companion diocese of the Dominican Republic, we pray for  San Lucas ( St. Luke) in Santiago.
Diocesan Office Update and News  

Bishop Benhase is attending the Board of Trustees meeting for Sewanee/University of the South through Friday of this week. His full schedule is available  here.

The Rev. Canon Frank Logue is in New York City for the Church Pension Group's Episcopal Business Administrator's Conference, although he remains available by phone and email. He returns Thursday. This Sunday, he will preside and preach at Calvary Americus. On Monday, he will travel to Baltimore for an Episcopal Church meeting on Church Planting.

The Rev. Joshua Varner, Canon Missioner for Children and Youth, will be preaching Sunday at Holy Nativity Church, St. Simons Island.

Canon Katie Willoughby is out of the country on vacation until Monday and not reachable by phone. Contact Canon Frank Logue if necessary.
The Rev. David Rose, Rector of St. Luke's Rincon, will officiate at the noon service in the Chapel of St. George at Diocesan House this week.
Registration Opens for ECF Leadership Conference
Registration has opened for the Church Leadership Conference, an annual gathering of vestry members and other congregational leaders for practical learning, reflection and formation, will be held March 2-4, 2018. Designed in partnership by the Episcopal Church Foundation  and Kanuga, the focus is to strengthen, equip and re-energize church leaders for church leadership and ministry.

Each year the conference gathers expert speakers and workshop leaders from around the Episcopal Church, to teach, inspire, and share practical tools, ideas and resources. The theme for 2018 is: Equipped for Every Good Work: Practical Tools for Tough Times.

In 2018, there will be four specialized workshop tracks for participants to dig deeper into specific areas of interest: strategic leadership, financial planning, creative communications and a Spanish language track.

Participants will have access throughout the conference to all speakers, workshop presenters, and ECF staff for meetings, questions, or conversation on issues relevant to their church community.

For more information and to register, click here
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Gathering Up the Crumbs

The congregation changes week to week at the Thursday noon service at St. George's Chapel at the Diocesan House. Last week the Rev. Hunt Priest  from St. Peter's Savannah led the service, the Rev. David Lemburg s erved as acolyte and included in the congregation was Reina, who belongs to the Revs. Guillermo Arboleda and Kelly Steele. 

Cursillo #123
October 12-15
Honey Creek Retreat Center
For more information, go here.

Savannah Convocation Council Meeting
Sunday, October 15, 3 PM
Collegiate Church of St. Paul the Apostle

Central Convocation Meeting
October 15, 3:30 PM

Diocesan Council
October 20
Christ Episcopal Church, Dublin

Stewardship Training with Bishop Benhase
October 21, 9:30 AM to noon
Holy Comforter Martinez
Register  here.

Acolyte Festival
October 21-22, St. Anne's Tifton
Register here.

Augusta Convocation Council Meeting
Sunday, October 22 at 4 PM
St. Alban's Augusta

Stewardship Training with Bishop Benhase
October 28, 9:30 AM to noon
St. Paul's, Albany

Southeast Convocation Council Meeting
Sunday, October 29, 2 PM
St. Mark's Brunswick

Southwest Convocation Council Meeting
Sunday, October 29, 3 PM
St. Margaret's Moultrie

Commission on Ministry and Standing Committee Meeting
3:30 PM Friday, November 3 until noon Saturday, November 4
Trinity Church, Statesboro

Diocesan Convention
November 9-11
Christ the King Church, Valdosta

Youth Presence at Diocesan Convention
November 10-11
Register information coming.

New Beginnings #51
December 8-10
Honey Creek
Registration information coming.

Revival: Boundless Love Fearless Faith
January 20
For more information, go here:  www.EpiscopalRevivalinGeorgia2017.org

Stewardship Training with Bishop Benhase
January 27, 9:30 AM to noon
St. George's Savannah
Stewardship Training with Bishop Benhase
February 3, 9:30 AM to noon
St. James' Quitman
Register here.

Stewardship Training with Bishop Benhase
February 17, 9:30 AM to noon
St. Mark's, Brunswick 
Register  here .
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