January 11, 2017
Volume 7, Number 19
In This Issue

This Sunday's Lections
Second Sunday After
Isaiah 49:1-7
I Corinthians 1:1-9
John I:29-42
Psalm 40:1-2 
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Dates, locations and registration details have been finalized for the series of trainings to be held throughout the Diocese in the coming months. Please register for the training nearest you by clicking on the appropriate link below!

Trainings for Vestries, Administrators and Communicators
Canons Frank Logue and Katie Willoughby will lead Vestry and Administrators' Training in Albany, Augusta, Savannah, and the Southeast Convocation. 
Sunday, March 12, 2-5 pm at St. Patrick's, Albany 
To sign up for the Communicators' Roundtable, send an email to Anna Iredale, airedale@gaepiscopal.org and indicate which session you'll attend.
Project Resource Stewardship Training
Created by the College of Bishops, Project Resource gathers the best wisdom in our church on annual stewardship, major gifts, and planned giving campaigns. We will hold one training a month from February through April. 

Youth News

Presenting the Staff of Happening #98 February 17-19,2017. They met last weekend at St. Peter's Savannah, the home church of Happening #98's Rector, Charlotte Moffett. To sign up for Happening #98, go here.

Participants from Savannah, Valdosta, Albany, Rincon, Pooler and adults from Albany, Thomasville and Augusta have signed up for the Winter Youth Retreat: Gather Around the Fire, January 20-22 at Honey Creek Retreat Center. There's still room for more! This retreat is designed for students in grades six through 12 with some programming specific to the different age levels but also with plenty of time to play, talk, work and pray together. To register, go here.
Registration for EYE 2017 (the Episcopal Youth Event), July 8-18 in Oklahoma, an energizing, fun, life-changing event for teens has been extended until tomorrow. Go here to register. If you have questions, please contact the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia's Missioner for Youth, the Rev. Joshua Varner at jvarner@gaepiscopal.org.
The Administrator's Corner
Why I will Join the Women's March in Washington, D.C.

On January 21st, Anna Iredale and I will be joining the Women's March in Washington. For this week's Administrator's Corner, I am taking personal privilege to explain why I am marching for women's equal rights.

Last Sunday, we renewed our baptismal covenant. As part of that covenant, we were asked by the celebrant, "Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?" The response, "I will, with God's help." With God's help, I feel called to follow into that covenant and strive for the equal justice and dignity of women in our nation and communities.

I grew up surrounded by strong women leaders and mentors, from home, the pews, to the workplace. I learned from their stories of pushing against sexism in the workplace, demanding pay equity, struggling to attain leadership roles, learning that one in five women are assaulted, and the challenges of obtaining affordable and safe health care. Several male leaders also served as role models, demonstrating what it means to be an ally and support the rights of women. All of my mentors taught me this: when women succeed, we all succeed.

As a woman lay leader in the Episcopal Church, I have the honor at this march to stand up for justice for all. God gave his only begotten Son to save the world so that we might be one, bound together in the love of Christ. That message of love is a call for unity among our sisters and brothers and to spread love. Let us not forget that Jesus served all, including the suffering, the friendless, and the needy. I will not pretend that this is an easy task, but as Christians we are called to do so.

I ask for your prayers in the coming weeks as we prepare for the march. I particularly ask for you to consider the following prayer found in the Book of Common Prayer:

Prayer for Social Justice
Almighty God, who created us in your own image: Grant us grace fearlessly to contend against evil and to make no peace with oppression; and, that we may reverently use our freedom, help us to employ it in the maintenance of justice in our communities and among the nations, to the glory of your holy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. (BCP pg. 260)

I pray that we may come to employ our gifts and spread his message of love and grace throughout our communities. That requires us to find opportunities, such as this, to have the courage and will to stand up and make our voices heard. The organizers of the March state, "We will not rest until women have parity and equity at all levels of leadership in society. We will work peacefully while recognizing there is no true peace without justice and equity for all." I will not rest in my support of that mission. May God grant us all the grace and will to have a discerning heart to do something about it.

Why do I march? --- For God, for love, for our communities, for equality, for women, for children, for men, for our future.

Katie Willoughby
Canon for Administration 
Lead, Grow and Share
Thank you!
Thank you to all who have contributed to the Campaign for Congregational Development. As you can see by the word cloud above, created using the first names of those who have contributed since the campaign's inception, many have made this a success. We encourage those who have yet to make a contribution to do so and ensure that our Diocese can continue to strengthen leaders, grow the capacity of our congregations and share the love and grace of Jesus with others. 

To make your donation online, go here; text to give EDOG at 73256 or by mailing your donation to the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia, 611 E. Bay Street, Savannah, GA 31404.  

The Canon for Administration, Katie Willoughby, is happy to help those who need assistance setting up a recurring donation either through an online tutorial found here or by a personal phone call, 912-236-4279.
Diocesan Office Update and News     
Bishop Benhase' next visitations will be to Grace Church, Sandersville at 11 AM January 15 and to Good Shepherd, Swainsboro at 4 PM the same day. For the Bishop's complete visitation schedule, go  here.

Canon Logue will be presiding and preaching at Trinity, Statesboro. 
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St. Athanasius' Church held their annual Feast of Lights Celebration on January 6, 2017.
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 8-14
In our diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for our congregations in Albany-St. John & 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 Apóstol) in Angelin.

January 15-21
Week 3-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).
From Atlanta to Savannah!

The Treble Choir of St. Bartholomew's Church in Atlanta will offer the Evening Office of Choral Evensong, singing music of Dyson, Mendelssohn and Handel at the Collegiate Church of St. Paul the Apostle on Sunday, January 15 at 5:30 PM.
Savannah's Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade, January 16
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Church Development Institute (CDI), January 20-21; March 17-18
Honey Creek
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Winter Retreat for Youth, January 20-22
Honey Creek
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Integrity Georgia Meeting, January 28
12 Noon to 2 PM
Christ Church, Savannah
For more information, go here. 

Diocesan Council
, February 3-4
St. Francis' Church, Savannah

Happening #98, February 17
Honey Creek
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Cursillo #122, March 2-4
Honey Creek
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Clergy Spouses Retreat, March 10-12
Honey Creek
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New Beginnings #50, March 24-26
Honey Creek
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