November 29, 2017
Volume 8, Number 13
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This Sunday's Lections
First Sunday of Advent
Isaiah 64:1-9
I Corinthians 1:3-9
Mark 13:24-37
Psalm 80:1-7, 16-18

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 Maclean Marker Dedicated
On Monday, the Georgia Historical Society dedicated a marker was dedicated in honor of Malcolm  Maclean. As Mayor of Savannah from 1960-66, Maclean led the city through the early Civil Rights era. He was remembered with speeches from Savannah Mayor Eddie Deloach, former mayor Otis Johnson, and several other dignataries. Maclean was also a lifelong member of Christ Church Savannah. Each of the speakers also acknowledged Christ Church's and the Episcopal Church's leadership role in the Civil Rights Movement. Maclean's wife Frances attends Christ Church and his brother John, who was killed in World War II, is included on the memorial plaque which hangs on the south wall of the church.
The Rev. Michael White, Rector of Christ Church, Savannah, Bishop Scott Benhase and the Rev. Stephen Williams, Senior Pastor at First Presbyterian Church, Savannah.

(Photos provided by Mills Fleming.)
The Loose Canon
Celebrating Advent in the Home
Daily devotions practiced at home are the best way for parents to teach children to value our faith in Jesus. To recapture the season of Advent as a time for preparing for the second coming of Christ even as we prepare to celebrate his birth in Bethlehem, an Advent Wreath can help.  

To assist in these devotions, I created a booklet with a brief liturgy based on a Service of Light in the Prayer Book:   Celebrating Advent in the Home 

These daily devotions are a way to incorporate liturgy into your daily life. The liturgy takes five minutes or less, yet permits a family to bring the Christian year into the home with a tangible reminder of the new church year, which starts this coming Sunday. The season of Advent has been set aside as a time of preparation for Christmas since at least the last half of the 6th century, though Advent Wreaths date to German Pietists in the 1800s. 

Grow Christians
If you want to use this Advent devotion to launch you or your family into more daily practices of faith, I suggest the website for resources for families. Started by two friends of mine, the website has grown into a helpful resource with honest discussions of the challenges and joys of bringing faith home. I subscribe to the feed, so that I get the articles via email. 

Celebrating Fourth Advent and Christmas
I have been more than a little dismayed to hear of churches (not Episcopal ones) cancelling their Sunday morning worship on December 24 as they will hold Christmas Eve services that night. While getting to church on a Sunday morning is always a challenge for young families, I just note that nothing can show how much we value Sunday morning worship like attending both morning and evening liturgies that day as the anticipation of Advent builds to the coming of Christ.

The Rev. Canon Frank Logue, Canon to the Ordinary
 Bishop Visitations
Bishop Benhase speaks to the gathered Episcopal Day School community during his visitation.
Bishop Benhase and the Rev. David Lemburg stand with Thomas and Emily Morrison, their daughter Eleanor, who was baptized during the bishop's visitation on Sunday, and extended family members.
Register for New Beginnings by Monday
The last day to register for New Beginnings #51 is Monday, December 4th. Be sure to secure a spot at this youth retreat led by youth for those in grades 7-9. This year's Lead Teen is Madi Cook from St. Thomas' Thomasville with Garrett Shoemaker from St. Paul's Savannah as the Shadow. It's a weekend when youth talk about family, friends, God's love, and more. Go here to register:

For scholarship info, contact the Canon Missioner for Children and Youth, the Rev. Joshua Varner,
It's beginning to look a lot like...Advent

Advent wreath making at St. Philip's, Hinesville.
The congregation gathers by candlelight for a tree lighting service on the lawn at the Church of the Good Shepherd, Augusta.
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 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).

December 3-9
In our diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for our congregation in Waynesboro, St. Michael's. We also pray for our ecumenical partners in Waynesboro, especially Sacred Heart Catholic Church and our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church in Sylvania. In our companion diocese of the Dominican Republic, we pray for the congregations in Santo Domingo, especially Santa Margarita (St. Margaret).
Diocesan Office Update and News  
Bishop Benhase will officiate and preach at the ordination of the Rev. Deacon Thomas Barron at St. Andrew's Darien at 7 PM, Thursday, November 30. On December 2 he will attend the ordination of the Rev. Brian Cole as Bishop of East Tennessee at the Church of the Ascension, Knoxville. On December 3 the bishop will make his annual visitation to St. Elizabeth's Richmond Hill and December 6-8 he will attend the Province IV Bishops and Spouses Gathering at Camp McDowell, Alabama. The Bishop's full schedule is available  here.

The Rev. Canon Joshua Varner  will be at Christ Church Frederica this weekend with the Happening #100 staff retreat. 

The Rev. David Lemburg, Priest-in-Charge at St. Patrick's Pooler, will officiate at the noon service in St. George's Chapel at Diocesan House tomorrow.
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Ordination of the Rev. Dcn. Thomas Barron to the Priesthood
Thursday, November 30, 7 PM
St. Andrew's Church, Darien

A Contemplative Prayer Retreat 
December 8-9
Honey Creek
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New Beginnings #51
December 8-10
Honey Creek
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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
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Clergy Spouse Retreat
February 9-11
Honey Creek 
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Stewardship Training with Bishop Benhase
February 17, 9:30 AM to noon
St. Mark's, Brunswick 
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Crowns for Everyone!

Every one, from new twins to the choir, received a crown when St. Mark's Brunswick celebrated Christ the King Sunday. Children in the Sunday School decorated more than 100 crowns in all.
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