January 10, 2018
Volume 8, Number 19

More than 1,000 people have registered to attend Fearless Faith, Boundless Love: Revival on Saturday, January 20th at Honey Creek! It promises to be a joy-filled day with lots of fellowship, food, music, and outstanding preaching by the Presiding Bishop, the Most Rev. Michael Curry.

Have you registered yet? Go hereNeed more info? Go here. 

Reminder: General parking is at Risley Elementary School in Brunswick. Shuttle service will be provided to and from Honey Creek. Due to limited parking at Honey Creek, if you do not have a Clergy, Handicapped, VIP or Volunteer Parking Pass and you drive to Honey Creek, you will be redirected to Risley Elementary School. More information can be found here.  We strongly urge you to get there early!
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This Sunday's Lections
Second Sunday
After the Epiphany
I Samuel 3:1-10 (11-20)
I Corinthians 6:12-20
John 1:43-51
Psalm 139:1-5, 12-17

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Bishop's Book Launched!

The Diocese of Georgia is proud to announce that the Church Publishing Company has published Bishop Scott Anson Benhase' book, Done and Left Undone, Grace in the Meantime of Parish Ministry. 

In a post-Christian culture, church leaders can find themselves at a loss, ill-equipped to deal with a reality for which they are not prepared. As a result, churches can seem to flounder from one "program" to the next or get enamored with secular self-help strategies. To learn to lead well in this new context, church leaders need to refocus on what both works and is true to our Anglican tradition and theology.

To do that, Bishop Benhase's book, Done and Left Undone, proposes an ascetical theology of leadership based in the Promise of Stability, Obedience, and Conversion of Life found in St. Benedict's Rule of Life. The Promise helps church leaders move forward from their inward identity to their outward askesis (practice), their inner life experience of resting in the mercy of God's grace in harmony with their outward role as church leaders. Bishop Benhase believes church leaders can lead faithfully and well without following a program or leadership style that does not fit them. Leading from ascetical grace does not require church leaders to be something they are not. It invites them, rather, to a way of being, an askesis, that will help them be both faithful and effective in their leadership.

Reviewers of Bishop Benhase's book write:
The deep wisdom of Done and Left Undone is refreshing, penetrating, and, most importantly, useful in the everyday challenges of being an ordained church leader. This book is a celebration of our God-given capacity to embrace an impossible mission with humble and thankful hearts.
-The Right Reverend Anne E. Hodges-Copple, Bishop Suffragan, Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina

Bishop Benhase summons clergy to our foundations: to become, again, teachers of the "Great Narrative of Redemption" and the sacramental and ascetical practices that daily immerse us in it. Only then can mission move organically and passionately from the "inside-out." His call to Christian formation under the gospel of grace could scarcely be more urgent.
-The Reverend Dr. Julia Gatta, The Bishop Frank A. Juhan Professor of Pastoral Theology, School of Theology, University of the South

To order your copy, go  here.
Join the Diocese and March on MLK Day!

Join the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia and St. Matthew's Savannah and march with our float in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance Day Parade in Savannah on Monday, January 15. The Diocese has participated since the event's inception in 1985. Following the march a service of Holy Eucharist will be held at St. Matthew's Church followed by reception with a light lunch and speaker in St. Matthew's Parish Hall. All are welcome to participate in these events.
 
The parade begins promptly at 10 AM from East Broad Street and East Liberty Street. The Diocese of Georgia's float and marchers will be somewhere in the vicinity of the East Broad Street Elementary School (400 E Broad St., Savannah, GA 31401) in the "middle of the pack." Our float will have signs on it and, weather permitting, live musicians from the "Savannah Beer & Hymns" crew to lead us in song while we march. For a detailed map of the parade route, click
 
Try to gather there no later than 9:30 AM. Dress appropriately for the weather since the march takes at least one hour. It is difficult to park near the starting point so plan to walk or arrange to be dropped off.
 
The parade concludes in front of St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, 1401 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd, Savannah, GA 31415. Proceed directly into the church to begin a service of Holy Eucharist. The liturgy should begin between 11:00 and 11:30 (depending on our position in the parade). Those who are unable to join us for the march are still welcome to come to worship and the reception. 
 
For up to date information, see the Facebook event here.  D irect any further questions to Fr. Guillermo at FrGAA@StMattSav.org.

Administrator's Corner


It is a new year! The Diocese of Georgia is getting ready for the upcoming Revival on January 20th at Honey Creek. We hope to see each of you there to share in the joy and teachings of our Presiding Bishop. While the start of the year can be a busy time for most of our congregations, it is also important to pause and reflect on goals and plans.

As you look towards setting those goals, please consider the resources available to you through the Diocese of Georgia:

  • Trainings and EducationIn 2017, the Diocese of Georgia introduced several new programs and resources for our congregations through Invite, Welcome, Connect and Project Resource. Training and communications will continue into 2018. Review From the Field for upcoming events and registrations.
  • OnlineThe Diocesan website is full of useful documents and reports. Please visit gaepiscopal.org and look at the Reference Library. You can find documents like the Diocese of Georgia Prayer Cycle, Constitutions and Canons, and financial reports.
  • ConsultationIs your vestry navigating an upcoming change? Please consider reaching out to the Canons of the Diocese:
    o Frank Logue, Canon to the Ordinary flogue@gaepiscopal.orgo Joshua Varner, Canon Missioner for Children and Youth jvarner@gaepiscopal.orgo Katie Willoughby, Canon for Administration kwilloughby@gaepiscopal.org
* Communications Support
Developing a new communications strategy or website this year? Reach out to Anna Iredale the Communications Director and schedule a session on social media, website content, and strategic communications.

These are just a few items to consider as you navigate planning for 2018. 

See you at the Revival!

Katie Willoughby
Canon for Administration
Around the Diocese

Lesa Moser (left) graduated from the Education for Ministry Program at St. Thomas' Thomasville on Sunday, January 7th. She's shown with her mentor, Susan Gage.
Sara Zevallas, the newest Deacon in the Diocese of Georgia, processes following her ordination last Saturday at the Collegiate Church of St. Paul the Apostle, Savannah.













Cursillo #124 to be held March 1-4!
"But grace was given to each of us according to the measure of Christ's gift. And His gifts were that some should be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ." Ephesians 4:7, 11-12

Have you made your Cursillo yet? Registration for Cursillo #124, March 1-4, 2018, is happening now! Go here to get started!
Cursillo is an opportunity to grow in faith and in spirituality; gain a deeper understanding of the teachings of Jesus and how we can serve Him; experience living and sharing with others in a loving and caring Christian community and--realizing that this can be taken back home with us--a continuing community that gives support and encouragement to help Christians carry out their Baptismal Vows. And all of this takes place at Honey Creek!

The Weekend:
Cursillo includes a three-day weekend that begins on Thursday evening and concludes on Sunday. It is not a retreat, but an opportunity to meet clergy and laity seeking to strengthen their faith. It provides an environment to experience the reality of the gift of God's love through shared prayer, individual meditation, worship, study, fellowship, laughter, tears, and unconditional love.

What's expected of participants?
* To be open and willing to respond to the experience, to share feelings with others, and allow others to share their feelings.
* To make a genuine effort to discover where you are and where or how you can grow in your Christian life.
* To feel secure in the knowledge that you are accepted where you are and as you are, and to know that a specific response is not expected of you.
There's no better time or place to meet folks from around the diocese and grow in spiritual maturity than in the welcoming, loving, and music-filled experience of Cursillo at Honey Creek!
For more information or questions, reach out to Misty Graham ( misty.mcintyre.graham@gmail.com or 352-281-6805). 
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. 

January 7-13
In our diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for our congregations in Albany-St. John and St. Mark's , St. Patrick's, and St. Paul's. We also pray for our ecumenical partners in Albany, the Lutheran Church of Our Savior and St. Teresa Catholic Church. In our companion diocese of the Dominican Republic, we pray for St. James the Apostle (Santiago Ap√≥stol) in Angelin. 

January 14-20
In our diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for our congregation in Americus, Calvary, and for our ecumenical partners in Americus especially St. Mary's Catholic Church and for St. Andrew's Lutheran Church in Plains. In our companion diocese of the Dominican Republic, we pray for the congregations in Azua Reconciliation (La Reconciliación) and St. George (San Jorge).
Diocesan Office Update and News  
Bishop Scott Anson Benhase  will officiate at the diaconal ordination of DeWayne Cope, Arthur Jones, and Bunny Williams at St. Matthew's, Savannah on Saturday, January 13th at 10:30 AM. On Sunday, January 14th he will make his annual visitation to St. Matthew's Savannah at 9 AM. He will attend Happening #100 at 2 PM, also on Sunday. The Bishop's full schedule is available  here. 

T he Rev. Canon Joshua Warner will be serving on the staff of Happening #100  this weekend.

The Rev. Canon Frank Logue will officiate at the 12 noon service in St. George's Chapel at Diocesan House on Thursday.
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Events 
Happening #100
Friday, January 12-14
Honey Creek Retreat Center

Ordination of DeWayne Cope, Arthur Jones, and Bunny Williams
10:30 AM Saturday, January 13
St. Matthew's Savannah

Martin Luther King Jr. Parade
9 AM Monday, January 15
For information, go here

Diocesan Youth Retreat at the Revival
January 19-21
For more information, go here

Revival: Fearless Faith Boundless Love 
January 20
For more information, go here:  www.EpiscopalRevivalinGeorgia2018.com

Stewardship Training with Bishop Benhase
January 27, 9:30 AM to noon
St. George's Savannah
Register 
Diocesan Council
February 2
St. Barnabas' Valdosta

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

Clergy Spouse Retreat
February 9-11
Honey Creek 
Register here. 

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

Creekfest
February 23-25
Honey Creek Retreat Center
Register here.

Cursillo #124
March 1-4
Honey Creek Retreat Center
For Team Registration, go
here.  For Participant Registration, go here.
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