November 28, 2019
Volume 10, No. 14
Creation Care Commission
Dig In! Campaign Launched to Plant 222 Trees by 2022

At the 198th Diocesan Convention, the Creation Care Commission launched a campaign to encourage tree plantings across the diocese, on parish grounds and in the community. Inspired by the vision set forth in Revelations 22:2 ("On either side of the river is the tree of life ... and the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations."), they set a goal of 222 trees by 2022 for the Grow Healing campaign. 

"Planting trees is one way we can participate with God in the healing and restoration of all Creation. Trees capture carbon from the atmosphere, provide habitat for creatures great and small, remove pollutants from the air we breath, and provide food, beauty, and shade. Recently in our diocese, we have lost thousands of trees in hurricanes and tornadoes as well as interstate deforestation projects, so we feel this is an important time to focus on the ministry of planting trees," said the Rev. Leeann Culbreath, Deacon, the Creation Care Commission Chair.

The first four trees of the campaign were planted at a pre-convention workshop held at the Georgia Southern University Botanic Garden, with assistance from arborists on the Botanic Garden staff. Workshop participants learned how to plant and tend trees to assure survival, and they assisted with the planting or two red oaks and two fruit trees. The group celebrated the plantings with a brief worship service and tree blessing.

The planting season for trees in south Georgia is December through February, so the CCC encourages congregations to make plans now for planting events in 2020. Contact the CCC for information on types of trees to plant and sources for low-cost trees by emailing Updates on progress toward the goal of 222 trees will be shared in From the Field and on social media.

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This Sunday's Lections
Track 1
Isaiah 2:1-5
Romans 13:11-14
Matthew 24:36-44
Psalm 122

Go  here for the full text.

Be sure to reserve the dates: May 30 for the Consecration of the Rev. Canon Frank Logue as XI Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia at the Johnny Mercer Theater, Savannah;  and May 31 for Eucharist with the Presiding Bishop, Michael Curry in Forsyth Park, Savannah.
Giving Thanks for Summer Camp
 As we gather this week, many of us take time to remember the things for which we are thankful, including friends, family, time together, good food, opportunities for growth, and more. And all of these things can come together in summer camp at Honey Creek! At camp our young people get the chance to come together, to meet new friends, to try new opportunities, to enjoy good food, and to live in a community that takes on many of the aspects of family in one short week.
Summer camp is a chance to get away from the constant push to achieve, to accomplish, to make the next grade, or get the next gold star. At camp, campers can just be themselves, free from expectations, or obligations. Life in human community is never perfect, but at camp, it's a little bit easier to feel the love of God in everything we do.

As with all programs, it costs money to make camp happen. Registration fees cover approximately two thirds of the camp's operating costs. In addition, many of our campers request scholarship assistance with their fees. Because some of our sources of Diocesan support are decreasing for summer 2020, we are asking each congregation to consider offering as much assistance as possible. I am always happy to help spread the word about Summer Camp, to come to congregations and work on fundraising events, and to consult by phone or email!

As you gather together this weekend, go ahead and register for summer camp 2020! Camp dates are below and registration opens on Thanksgiving Day!

High School Camp: June 7-13, 2020
Camp St. Joseph & Mary I (Completed grades 3-5): June 14-20, 2020
Camp St. Peter I (Completed grades 6-8): June 21-27, 2020
Camp St. Joseph & Mary II: July 5-11, 2020
Honey Creek Commission 
More than $4,200 Raised for Honey Creek Through Silent Auction
The Honey Creek Commission has done it again! The silent auction at the 198th Convention was a huge success thanks to all those who donated this year.  Our "signature event" raised over $4,200 to benefit the Future Fund for Honey Creek.  The silent auction had over 26 items which included beautiful framed Honey Creek photos, Weekend Boat Cruises, amazing works of art and so much more!  Thank you to all who participated and congratulations to our highest bidders! The Summer Camp Drawing also raised over $100 to send a lucky camper to Honey Creek Camp 2020!!

Popular items at this year's auction included a YETI cooler with fish flip-flops, the camp raffle and some succulent arrangements.
The Bishop Knocks on the Door
King of Peace, Kingsland

In May of 2000, Bishop Henry Loutitt charged Rev. Frank Logue with planting a new Episcopal Church in Kingsland, Georgia. It was to be a church that would focus on the people of the community; a church where people could come to ask questions. 
Logue asked the people to whom he spoke to help decide the name of this new church. He had a list of several prospective names; when the first 25 people he asked all chose King of Peace, he knew he had the right name. How fitting that the name played off the city of Kingsland! 

Bishop Benhase during a recent visitation to King of Peace.
On November 1, 2000 King of Peace purchased seven acres of land with a house which was used as the church. The first service held there was a Baptism. Weekly worship began on December 3 with the first public worship service held on Christmas Eve 2000. Only two years later, in November of 2002, the congregation broke ground for the new building which was dedicated on May 20, 2004 by Bishop Loutitt. From the generosity of our parishioners a new, fully funded, addition was added to the church and finished in 2017. 

King of Peace continued to thrive and on December 7th, 2008 the congregation voted by acclamation to petition the 186th Convention of the Diocese of Georgia to move the church from Mission to Parish status. 

In 2019, King of Peace continues to be a community of faith, welcoming all who wish to share in our spiritual journey. 

"I have only been at King of Peace for a few months," said the Rev. Aaron Brewer, Rector, "this parish has shown me a commitment to true gospel hospitality and bringing the kingdom closer for everyone. The folks at King of Peace are go-getters. They see a challenge and are ready to step up to the plate! I look forward to being their partner in ministry!"

Bishop Scott Anson Benhase recently visited St. Thomas' and confirmed: Caroline Hiers (front row, fourth from left), Cruz Pozo (fifth from left), Evan Ariail (in front of Bishop); and r eceived Amy and Andy Martin (eighth and ninth from left).
The Bishop Knocks on the Door
St. Thomas, Thomasville

Founded in 1868, St. Thomas Episcopal Church has been a beacon of the light of Jesus the Christ and an anchor of faith for all who pass through the Church's "red doors" and for all to whom the ministry of Jesus reaches in Thomasville, Georgia. From its beginning as a community which met in a family living room to its present church family, worship in the rich Anglican and Episcopal tradition has strengthened St. Thomas' Church members to be sent out to serve. This discipline bears fruit through St. Thomas' commitment to beautiful liturgical worship, excellent sacred music, early childhood education, reasoned study of Holy Scripture, compassionate feeding of the hungry, and inclusive hospitality.

"St. Thomas is gifted in extending authentic hospitality", said St. Thomas' Rector, the Rev. Dwayne Varas, "Through hospitality, the folks at St. Thomas share the best news in the world: God is with us and God loves us and deeply desires for us to love one another. In doing so we are privileged to be a part of the church's mission to reconcile all people to God and to each other through Jesus" (see Book of Common Prayer, 855).

A ministry of welcoming all to worship and serve is lived out in public and private ways from hosting and participating in an ecumenical collaboration serving free lunches, to providing support space for the local domestic violence shelter. St. Thomas operates a monthly clothing closet where persons in need are assisted by name with "shopping" in an atmosphere which conveys respect. St. Thomas Episcopal Day School, founded in 1958, welcomes approximately 75 children each weekday into a highly respected program. At St. Thomas' liturgical ministries work in tandem with traditional Christian education for adults, teens and children providing opportunities for lifelong faith formation.

Varas, the Vestry and St. Thomas' members are now looking forward to its next 150+ years by exploring contemporary expressions and viable options for being church and sharing the best news in the world.

Bishop Scott Anson Benhase recently visited St. Thomas' and confirmed: Caroline Hiers (front row, fourth from left), Cruz Pozo (fifth from left), Evan Ariail (in front of Bishop); and r eceived Amy and Andy Martin (eighth and ninth from left).
Episcopal Youth Event, July 2020
The University of Maryland, College Park Maryland

Every three years, in accordance with General Convention Resolution, the Episcopal Church convenes an international youth event so "that the energy of the youth of the Episcopal Church can continue to be utilized in active ministry as members of the Body of Christ."

In other words, every three years there is an incredible gathering of hundreds of Episcopal youth from all over the world...and you have a chance to go this summer! Approximately 1000 people will come together for worship, play, workshops, small group discussions, and presentations designed to help young people claim their call to leadership in the Episcopal Church.

This year, the Diocese of Georgia delegation will be making a pilgrimage and mission experience part of our EYE experience. Our trip will take place July 6-14, and will include EYE itself, which takes place July 7-11. After EYE we will stay in D.C. and engage in mission work before returning to Georgia on July 14.

Here are the details:
● Dates: July 6 - July 14, 2020
● Cost: Approximately $1,000. Payable in one sum, or in three payments of $350, $350, and $300. Financial Aid is available on an as-needed basis.
● Location: University of Maryland, College Park, MD
● Participant Grades: Must be currently in Grades 9-12

Registration Instructions: This is a two step process. First, register by submitting your information at Then follow the link to in order to pay the deposit. Both of these steps must be completed in order to be fully registered with the Diocese of Georgia! Once youth are registered, the Rev. Canon Joshua Varner will register the group with the National Church.

EYCS Annual Offering This Month
Click here to download a bulletin insert for the EYCS annual Thanksgiving appeal.

November is the time of the Diocese-wide annual offering for Episcopal Youth and Children's Services.  Under diocesan canon law, each church in the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia conducts an annual Thanksgiving appeal on the Sunday before or after Thanksgiving. 

100% of EYCS donations are given directly back to active youth members in the Diocese of Georgia in the form of scholarships for college or camp. Children and youth from every part of the Diocese have benefited from the funds. We have developed a bulletin insert to encourage donations on the Sunday your congregation sets aside for this collection.

The funds raised in November cover approximately half of what is disbursed. Other donations come from trusts, Parish & Mission organizations such as the ECW & Men's Club, and memorials. To date, the EYCS has provided more than $1,000,000 in scholarships for more than 1,000 youth.

Information on how to donate, some compelling testimonials from scholarship recipients, and fast facts about the EYCS are included in the insert.

We hope that you find it helpful!

Cathy Baxter
President, EYCS

Diocesan Office Update and News
T he Rt. Rev. Scott Anson Benhase,  10th Bishop of the Diocese of Georgia, will travel to Cochran for his annual visitation with Trinity Cochran at 11 AM Sunday, December 1. To see the Bishop's complete visitation schedule, go here. 

The Rev. Canon Frank Logue will be preaching this Sunday at St. Patrick's, Albany.

Diocesan Offices are closed Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, November 27, 28 and 29 this week in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. 
There will not be a noon service at Saint Anna Alexander Chapel, Diocesan House on Thursday.

On Thursday, December 5, the Rev. Melanie Lemburg , Rector of St. Thomas Isle of Hope, is scheduled to celebrate the Eucharist at the Thursday, noon service at Saint Anna Alexander Chapel, Diocesan House. 
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 24-30
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 St. Ann's ( Santa Ana).

December 1-7
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 St. Margaret ( Santa Margarita).

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 .
Did you forget about something?
Winter Youth Retreat
January 10-12, 2020
Honey Creek
For students in grades 6 to 12
Register  here.

Happening #103

Thursday, February 20 (for staff, participants arrive Friday) to Sunday, February 23, 2020
Honey Creek 
For students in grades 10 to 12
Register  here.

EQHR for Clergy Only
April 27 through May 1
Honey Creek

Consecration of the XI Bishop, Diocese of Georgia
11 AM Saturday, May 30
Johnny Mercer Theater
Savannah, Georgia

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

Conflict Transformation, Clergy Only
October 19-23
Honey Creek 
Contact: the Rev. Walter Hobgood
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