November 22, 2017
Volume 8, Number 12
 Historical Marker Honors Malcolm Maclean
Illustration courtesy of Hunter Maclean

On Monday, November 27 at 2 PM the Georgia Historical Society, the Waters Foundation Inc., and Hunter Maclean will dedicate an historical marker in honor of the late Malcolm Maclean, who during his lifetime was Mayor of Savannah and credited with guiding the city during the early years of the Civil Rights Era; Chancellor of the Diocese of Georgia under Bishop Shipps, and faithful communicant of Christ Church. Frances Maclean still attends when she is able. 

The marker's location is 45th Street and Atlantic Avenue (near his residence) and will read as follows: 

Malcolm R. Maclean
Malcolm R. Maclean served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and the Korean War, rising to the rank of commander. After Harvard Law, Maclean entered Savannah politics. His fellow aldermen selected Maclean as mayor in 1960 to fill an unexpired term. Elected with bi-racial support in 1962, Maclean sought to avoid the violence surrounding the Civil Rights movement that occurred elsewhere. He responded with moderation to protests and a boycott of segregated businesses. Maclean negotiated with business and Civil Rights leaders, including W. W. Law and Eugene Gadsden, to accomplish the largely peaceful desegregation of Savannah before the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Voters rejected Maclean's reelection bid in 1966. Maclean also helped establish Memorial Health hospital and recruit Gulfstream Aerospace. Maclean lived nearby on E. 45th Street and is buried in Bonaventure Cemetery.
Erected by the Georgia Historical Society, Waters Foundation, Inc., and Hunter Maclean
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This Sunday's Lections
Last Sunday after Pentecost
Christ the King
Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24
Psalm 100
Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24
Psalm 95:1-7a
Ephesians 1:15-23
Matthew 25:31-36

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New Beginnings Staff Ready to Lead
The staff at the Commissioning held during the Sunday service at St. Anne's Tifton and led by the Rev. Lonnie Lacy.
The New Beginnings #51 Staff met this past weekend at St. Anne's Episcopal Church in Tifton in order to prepare for the upcoming weekend (December 8-10) at Honey Creek! Lead Teen, Madi Cook, of St. Thomas', Thomasville, led the group of more than 20 high school students throughout the retreat. They prayed for the participants in the upcoming December weekend, sang together, went over the weekend schedule, and prepared for their individual and group roles. On Sunday morning, the staff attended the 9 AM service at St. Anne's, during which they were commissioned for the upcoming weekend.

Registration is still open for New Beginnings #51 for students in grades 7-9. Sign up now at or visit for more information. Email our Canon Missioner for Children and Youth, the Rev. Joshua Varner at with your questions or for assistance.
Clergy Spouse/Partner Retreat

Clergy Spouses and Partners are invited to the annual retreat held at Honey Creek February 9-11, 2018. To register for this weekend of fellowship, fun and reflection, go here.    The photo above was taken at the 2015 retreat.
Administrator's Corner
Successful Event Planning

A lot goes into planning an event for 300+ attendees at our annual Diocesan Convention. Each year, we identify lessons learned to support our annual planning. I love to make lists, therefore, here are my top 5 recommendations when planning an event for your congregation:

1)  Clearly define the event and identify a theme 
A strong vision and theme for your event enables strong marketing, effective communications, and provides clear expectations for your attendees. It is helpful to create a logo and color theme to provide consistency and "cues" people to important messages related to your event.

2)  Establish a core planning team A core planning team is essential to track all key activities and communications associated with your event. The core planning team won't execute every detail, but they will plan, set timelines, and help guide activities to completion. Having main points of contact for key pieces of your event is very helpful when troubleshooting attendee questions and concerns.

3)      Set a timeline
Depending on the size and scope of your event, have the core planning team set a timeline, list of necessary activities, and owners of each activity. The timeline can be adjusted over the course of planning, but can help multiple people supporting the event stay on the same page and reduce the risk of tasks not being accomplished.

4)      Communicate
There is no such thing as over communicating when planning an event. Diversify methods of communication and provide ways to communicate key information online, through social media, by mail, and other method throughout your planning process up to the event. For large events, a separate webpage or website is a valuable tool.

5)      Feedback and Thanksgiving
Document feedback and ideas throughout the planning process to adapt for your current and future events. After your event, conduct an after-action report with the core planning team to identify areas of improvement and success. Consider developing a feedback survey for large events for attendees to participate in. And most importantly, give thanks to everyone who supported, planned, and attended your event.

In support of my 5 th recommendation, THANK YOU to everyone who attended and helped create another successful annual Diocesan Convention.

Katie Willoughby
Canon for Administration
 Bishop Visitations

Gathered following the bishop's annual visitation to Church of the Good Shepherd, Augusta, front row, from left: the Rector, Rev. Robert Fain, Fred Theilke, Madison Smith, Susan Theilke, Victoria Pidcock, Cayla Long, Curry Jones, Sophis Pidcock, Bishop Benhase, Lila Pidcock, Virginia Chew, Rev. Sandy Turner, Rev. Lynn Prather, and the Rev. Joe Bowden. Second row, from left: Dean Evans, David Shuler, Clayton Brown, Abbey Melvin, Molly Melvin, Waters Jordan, Daniel Baird, Benji Howard, and Shaw Baird. Back row, from left: Jack Means, Patrick Wilds, Lorick Howard, Henry Anderson, Will Norris, Stephen Smith, and Noah Enoch Not Pictured: Kim Pidcock, Scott Pidcock, Mary Bitting.
Fred and Susan Theilke, Cayla Long, Kim Pidcock, Scott Pidcock, and Mary bitting were received, the rest of the non-clerical photo subjects were confirmed.,

Thanksgiving at Honey Creek
Enjoy tranquil scenes like this at Honey Creek for Thanksgiving.

Honey Creek will host Thanksgiving lunch at noon on Thursday,November 23rd in Reese Dining Hall. Mealtime is almost a sacrament at Honey Creek, so let us serve your family and friends this year. We'll do the cooking and cleaning, you do the quality time together. Go to to book your reservation! #HCthanksgiving #takemebacktothecreek  
Around the Diocese
Last Saturday, St. Paul's Albany held its Annual Fundraiser, Barney's  benefiting K9's For Warriors, an organization where rescue dogs are engaged in intensive specialized training and matched with a warrior suffering from PTSD and other conditions. On the day of the event, St. Paul's volunteers registered runners, handed out t-shirts, distributed awards, cheered runners, participated in the races, provided directions, handed out water, took photos and provided information on K9's for Warriors--not to mention planning for this event which began the day after last year's event.
And they are off! Races included a one mile fun run/walk, 5K, 10K, 13.1 half marathon and 26.2 full marathon.

St. Paul's was honored to have three warriors and their service dogs in attendance.



This past Sunday evening, St. Barnabas, Valdosta, hosted a vigil for Transgender Day of Remembrance. Officially observed on November 20, this is a day set aside to honor the lives of transgender persons lost in acts of anti-transgender violence. Vigil participants offered prayers and lit candles to memorialize transgender persons murdered this year in the United States alone. However, as the service noted, many more violent deaths remain unknown, and the list does not include deaths by suicide. Community partners included Integrity Georgia and South Georgia Pride. Two help lines are available for transgender persons in crisis: Trans Lifeline at 877-565-8860 and The Trevor Project at 866-488-7386.
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. 

November 19-November 25
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).

November 26-December 2
In our diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for our congregation 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).
Diocesan Office Update and News  
Bishop Benhase will make his annual visitation to St. Patrick's Pooler at 10 AM Sunday, November 26. He will officiate and preach at the ordination of the Rev. Deacon Thomas Barron at St. Andrew's Darien at 7 PM, Thursday, November 30. 
The Bishop's full schedule is available  here.

The Rev. Canon Frank Logue will be presiding and preaching at St. Anne's Tifton this Sunday.

The Rev. Canon Joshua Varner  will be preaching at St. Michael and All Angels Savannah this Sunday.

The diocesan offices will be closed from Wednesday, November 22 through 24 for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Contemplative Prayer Retreat December 8-9
This prayer retreat will introduce participants to contemplative spirituality through the practices of silent centering prayer, chanting and singing, praying with icons, Anglican prayer beads, Lectio Divina and the Daily Office. We will practice each of those spiritual disciplines as a group, discuss our experience, and encourage each other in our spiritual journey. 

Each discipline will be bookended by the ancient liturgies of our tradition. Participants will discover practices that will enrich their life with God in the season of Advent and beyond.  

The rates for the conference including three meals are: Lodge 1 Single $144, Lodge 1 Double $99.50, Lodge 2 Single $133, Lodge 2 Double $94, Campers and Commuters $64. Click here to register online with Honey Creek. 
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Happy Thanksgiving!

A Contemplative Prayer Retreat 
December 8-9
Honey Creek
To register, go here

New Beginnings #51
December 8-10
Honey Creek
For information and to register, go  here. 

Revival: Boundless Love Fearless Faith
January 20
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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 
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