Ash Wednesday 2020
Volume 11, No. 26

A Holy Lent
" I invite you, therefore, in the name of the Church, to the  observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance;  by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and  meditating on God's holy Word."
-from the Ash Wednesday liturgy

The Collect for Ash Wednesday
Almighty and everlasting God, you hate nothing you have made and forgive the sins of all who are penitent: Create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we, worthily lamenting our sins and acknowledging our wretchedness, may obtain of you, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Photo of this morning's Ash Wednesday liturgy at St. Paul the Apostle, Savannah.
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Save the Date! 
Hometown Missions in Savannah
Grades 6-8, May 26-29, 2020
Overnight Location: St. Thomas' Episcopal Church, Isle of Hope
Cost: $200 before May 5, $225 after May 5

This year's Hometown Missions event brings mission work to Savannah during the week before the Ordination of the XI Bishop of Georgia! At this event, intended for current middle school youth, we will be working at various locations in the Savannah area. In the evenings we will gather together, relax, talk about the day, and worship and play together!

Hometown Missions ends on Friday, May 29 at lunch time, but youth have the option of staying on with their high school counterparts for the Ordination & Consecration Lock-In, also held at St. Thomas ( see the separate announcement below).
Bishop's Visitation to St. Paul's, Augusta

Bishop Scott Benhase made his last visitation to St. Paul's, Augusta, as 10th Bishop of Georgia and in the process found himself amidst a House of Bishops with children in impressive miters greeting him after worship. He also confirmed and received a large group pictured below.

Fewer than 30 tickets Remain for Friday Ordination Dinner
On Friday, May 29, the Diocese of Georgia will host a dinner and you are invited to take part, but with registration limited by the venue size to 200, the tickets are almost gone. The dinner at the Charles H. Morris Center in Savannah offers an opportunity for the people of the Diocese of Georgia to gather on the night before the ordination and consecration on Saturday.

Chef John Benhase, eldest son of Bishop Scott and Kelly Benhase, will cater the dinner, which costs $45 per person. Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and bishops from across the Episcopal Church in town for the liturgy will also be in attendance. Thanks to a generous donation from St. Augustine of Canterbury, Augusta, we can provide the dinner for those guests. We have a maximum capacity of 200 persons for this event. Any Diocese of Georgia persons wanting to be a part of the festivities may  click this link to purchase tickets.

Information on the weekend is at the webpage for the
Youth Lock-In Before Bishop's Ordination

On Friday afternoon, May 29, youth are invited to come to the pre-Ordination Lock-In! Youth will gather in the early afternoon at St. Thomas' Episcopal Church, Isle of Hope. They will then attend the Ordination Rehearsal at the Johnny Mercer Theater, so that all youth who have liturgical roles will be able to learn their duties. Presiding Bishop Michael Curry intends to spend some time with this group of youth as well!

On Saturday, the youth will attend the Ordination and will sit together, apart from those who are serving liturgically. After the worship service, parents will pick up their children at a pre-arranged location, and will go to the cars to collect their belongings.

Middle school youth can attend this event in conjunction with the Hometown Missions event which takes place Tuesday, May 26 through Friday, May 29, but attending both events is not required.  Registration will go live in early March.
Around the Diocese

On a rainy Shrove Tuesday, the Episcopal Churches on St. Simons Island - Holy Nativity and Christ Church Frederica - joined to host the Third Annual Pancakes at the Pier. They reached hundreds of persons despite the weather.

This past Sunday was a full one for St. Matthew's, Savannah, as the congregation celebrated Black History in the morning and hosted a Mass Meeting for NAACP Savannah Branch in the afternoon.

Parishioners of Christ Church, Savannah, gather for a photo during their Mardi Gras Party
on the night before Ash Wednesday.

  King of Peace, Kingsland, took part in the Mardi Gras Parade in St. Marys with a float and lots of beads for the crowd.

In these two photos of our congregations in Martinez, the Rev. Cynthia Taylor of Holy Comforter (at left) and the Rev. Al Crumpton of Our Savior pray as the Palm Sunday palms burn to make the ashes for today's Fast Day of the Church.

Ready to serve at St. Luke's, Rincon.

The Deacon and the Rector help parishioners distinguish between the nutty King Cake and the no nuts version with the Revs. Aimee Baxter and Melanie Lemburg at St. Thomas Isle of Hope, Savannah; while at right, 2020 Mardi Gras Queen & King Estelle Dicks and Bill Macuch reign over the Mardi Gras Party at St. Augustine of Canterbury, Augusta.

Christ Church, Dublin, filled their Parish Hall for a Pancake Supper last night.

Shrove Tuesday at All Saints, Tybee Island, (at left) with the Rev. June Johnson and Julia Pearce;
and at right, the servers for the Pancake Supper at St. Anne's, Tifton.

The Very Rev. William Willoughby III prepares to bury the Alleluia in the church yard at the
Collegiate Church of St. Paul the Apostle, Savannah, on the Last Sunday after the Epiphany.

Mardi Gras Parties at St. Patrick's, Albany, and the menu for the pancake supper at St. Mark's, Brunswick.
Diocesan Office Update and News
T he Rt. Rev. Scott Anson Benhase,  10th Bishop of the Diocese of Georgia, will make his visitation to  St. Barnabas, Valdosta, this Sunday at 10 A.M. To see the Bishop's complete visitation schedule, go here:  Visitations Calendar

Canon Frank Logue will preach this Saturday evening and Sunday morning at Christ Church Frederica, St. Simons Island.

Canon Joshua Varner will be in Athens this weekend attending a Dismantling Racism training offered by the Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing.

Gayle Dawson is on short-term disability leave until her upcoming knee surgery. Daniel Garrick is monitoring her e-mail, so please send normal inquiries made to her to
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 2020 one year prayer cycle is now online here:  2020 Prayer Cycle

February 23 - February 29 
In our diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for our congregation in Blakely, Holy Trinity, and for our ecumenical partners in Blakely, especially Holy Family Catholic Church. In our companion diocese of the Dominican Republic, we pray for St. Cornelius ( San Cornelio) in Cabarete. 

March 1 - 7 
In our diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for our congregations in Brunswick, Good Shepherd, St. Athanasius', and St. Mark's. We also pray for our ecumenical partners in Brunswick, especially St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church and St. James Lutheran Church. In our companion diocese of the Dominican Republic, we pray for Church of the Holy Name ( El Santo Nombre) in Catalina. 

Additional Prayer Cycles
We also offer 30-day prayer cycles for those who wish to pray daily for the clergy and clergy spouses:  Diocesan Prayer Cycle and  Clergy Spouses Prayer Cycle .
Burning Palms
Palms from the previous Palm Sunday burn at the Church of the Good Shepherd, Augusta,
as the congregation prepared for Lent this past Sunday.

Clergy Spouse Retreat
March 13 to March 15, 2020
Honey Creek
Register here.

New Beginnings #56
March 27 to March 29, 2020
Honey Creek
For students in grades 7 to 9

Chrism Mass in Tifton
Monday, April 6
St. Anne's, Tifton
11 a.m. with lunch following. 

Chrism Mass in Statesboro
Tuesday April 7
Trinity, Statesboro
11 a.m. with lunch following. 

Toil 'N Sweat: Caring for Honey Creek
April 24 to April 26, 2020
Honey Creek
For students in grades 6 to 12
Register here or at 

EQHR for Clergy Only
April 27 to May 1
Honey Creek

Spring Clergy Conference
5:30 PM, Monday, May 4 to 1 PM, Wednesday, May 6, 2020
Honey Creek
11 AM Saturday, May 30
Johnny Mercer Theater
Savannah, Georgia

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry preaches at Eucharist in Forsyth Park
11 AM Sunday, May 31
The Bandshell, Forsyth Park
Savannah, Georgia

High School Camp at Honey Creek
June 7-13, 2020
Register  here.

Camp St. Joseph & Mary I at Honey Creek
June 14-20, 2020
For those who have completed grades 3-5

Parent & Child session I at Honey Creek
June 14 - June 16, 2020
For those who have completed Kindergarten thru 2nd grade
Register here .

Camp St. Peter I 
June 21-27, 2020
For those who have completed grades 6-8

Camp St. Joseph & Mary II
July 5-11, 2020
For those who have completed grades 3-5
Register  here.

Parent & Child session II at Honey Creek
July 5-7, 2020
For those who have completed Kindergarten thru 2nd grade
Register  here .

Camp St. Peter II
July 12-18, 2020
For those who have completed grades 6-8
Register here .

Episcopal Youth Event
July 6-14, 2020
University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland
Participants must be in grades 9-12
Register by going here:

Happening #104
Thursday, July 30 (for staff, participants arrive Friday) to Sunday, August 2, 2020
Honey Creek
For students rising into Grade 10 through Grade 12

Conflict Transformation, Clergy Only
October 19-23
Honey Creek 

199th Convention of the Diocese of Georgia
November 5-7
Jekyll Island Convention Center
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