October 24, 2019
Volume 10, No. 9

Candidates for the XI Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia with their spouses at St. Cyprian's Church, Darien: from left: Jay Lacy and the Rev. Lonnie Lacy; Victoria Steele Logue and the Rev. Canon Frank Logue; Archdeacon Jennifer McKenzie and Ken McKenzie; the Rev. Canon C. John Thompson-Quartey and Jeri Thompson-Quartey, and the Rev. Rob Brown and Sandra Brown. Below, the wonderful people from the Diocese of Georgia who turned out for the Walkabout in Augusta. Look for lots more images from the Walkabout in next week's From the Field. For information on the remaining stops on the Walkabout, go to  georgiabishopsearch.org

Photos at Augusta by Gerald Woods. 

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This Sunday's Lections
Track 1
Joel 2:23-32
Psalm 65
2 Timothy 46-8, 16-18
Luke 18:9-14

Track 2
Sirach 35:12-17
Psalm 84:1-6
2 Timothy 4:6-8,16-18
Luke 18:9-14

Go  here for the full text.

The 198th Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia will be held at the Nessmith-Lane Building on the campus of Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, from 2 PM Thursday, November 14 through 11 AM Saturday, November 16th. This convention will serve as an electing convention for the 11th Bishop of Georgia, while also conducting the usual business of the annual meeting including approving budgets and electing persons to diocesan offices.

Presenters: Creation Care Commission, Georgia Interfaith Power & Light (GIPL), Botanic Garden at Georgia Southern University
Location: Botanic Garden at Georgia Southern University, 1503 Bland Avenue, Statesboro. The workshop will begin at 2 PM at the Heritage Pavilion and will be mostly outdoors. Arrive early to explore the gardens; admission is free! 

One of the best ways to heal and restore God's creation is to plant trees. This hands-on workshop will explore how trees heal creation and teach successful tree planting and tending techniques. Experts from the Botanic Garden will demonstrate tree planting, and participants will go home with a tree to plant on church grounds or in their community. The workshop will conclude with a brief prayer service and refreshments. Sign up for  Planting Trees to Heal Creation  here

Godly Play is one of several Montessori-based ways to approach Christian formation. Godly Play assumes as its starting point that children have their own spirituality, defined as "an initially natural capacity for the awareness of the sacred quality to life experiences" (Rebecca Nye, Children's Spirituality: What it is and Why it Matters. Church House Publishing, 2009, p. 6). The task of adults and children together, then is not to implant spirituality, but to enable that spirituality to grow and develop, in both children and adults, by learning to experience and use "classical, Christian language" (Berryman, Jerome, The Spiritual Guidance of Children. Morehouse Publishing, 2013, p. 1). Godly Play approaches this challenge through the medium of story, play, and wonder. Godly Play stories come from the Bible, from Christian history, and from our liturgical tradition. 

In this workshop, participants will hear and reflect upon a Godly Play story together and as individuals. They will then have the opportunity to discuss both the theological underpinnings of Godly Play and some practical aspects of working with Godly Play in individual contexts. Come to hear a story, to listen for the Spirit, and to find out more about this particular approach to Christian Formation.

Canon Varner has been working with Godly Play since 2006, and has attended both Core and Advanced Trainings offered by the Godly Play foundation. He has experience with Godly Play in both large and small congregations, and has had success using Godly Play stories and methodology outside of congregational settings.  Sign up for Godly Play in the Congregation by going   here.

Opportunity to learn about the structure of the Board of the Corporation and current investments through Private Bank (formally USTrust). The session will include highlights on administrative components, sub fund accounting,and the Private Bank's investment practices. 
Led by : Canon Katie Easterlin and Private Bank Representatives 

Church Communications 101
Don't let the size of your congregation prevent you from getting the message out about your church!
Often it is a matter of figuring out your audience and the best way(s) to reach them. We'll briefly cover the basics of church communication, including social media, bulletins, websites, and media outreach and help determine which tools belong in your church's toolbox. It is hoped that participants will leave inspired and enthusiastic about this important ministry!
Led by: Director of Communications Anna Iredale
Run for Office
In addition to electing the 11th Bishop of Georgia, the 198th Convention of the Diocese of Georgia is charged with electing persons to serve on the Board of the Corporation, Diocesan Council (at large), Disciplinary Board, Sewanee Trustee, Standing Committee, and delegates and alternates to the 2021 General Convention of the Episcopal Church.

While nominations for all offices remain open, by the canons of the Diocese, until the floor of convention, the deadline to be included in the official printed book was Tuesday, October 8. Bios and photos will be still available on the website after that date, but not in the book.

Liz Williams of All Saints Thomasville is the Nominations Chair and will oversee the nominations for the offices up for election other than diocesan bishop.

Nominations so far include: 
For Board of the Corporation
Edward Field, St. Peter's, Savannah
Mary Willoughby, Collegiate Church of St. Paul the Apostle, Savannah

For the Disciplinary Board
The Rev. Dr. Donald Hands, St. Peter's, Savannah
The Rev. Becky Rowell, Christ Church, St. Simons

For Diocesan Council at Large, Lay Person, Priest or Deacon
The Rev. Ashton Williston, Christ Church, St. Simons Island

For Sewanee Trustee, Lay Person

Ned Murray, Good Shepherd, Augusta
Isabella Stuart Reeves, Christ Church, Savannah

For General Convention Deputy, Lay Person
Cissy Bowden, Good Shepherd, Augusta
Dade Brantley, St. Mark's, Brunswick
Katie Easterlin, Collegiate Church of St. Paul the Apostle, Savannah
Jody Grant, Our Savior, Martinez
Molly Stevenson, Christ Church, Valdosta
Elizabeth Williams, St. Thomas', Thomasville

For General Convention Deputy, Deacon or Priest
The Rev. Ted Clarkson,  St. Andrew's and St. Cyprian's, Darien
The Rev. Tom Purdy, 
Christ Church, St. Simons
The Rev. Nicholas Roosevelt,  St. Patrick's, Albany
The Rev. David Rose,  St. Luke's, Rincon
The Rev. Dee Shaffer,  St. Paul's, Jesup
The Rev. Kelly Steele,  St. Peter's, Savannah
The Rev. Cynthia Taylor, Holy Comforter, Martinez
The Very Rev. William Willoughby III, Collegiate Church of St. Paul the Apostle, Savannah 

For Standing Committee, Priest
The Very Rev. Tar Drazdowski Christ Church, Cordele
The Rev. David Lemburg, St. George's, Savannah
The Rev. David Rose, St. Luke's, Rincon
The Rev. Jim Said, St. Augustine's of Canterbury, Augusta
The Rev. Kelly Steele
, St. Peter's, Savannah

For Standing Committee, Lay Person
Pat Leslie,  St. George's, Savannah
Hughes Threlkeid,  Annunciation, Vidalia

While nominations for all offices other than bishop remain open, by the canons of the Diocese, until the floor of convention, submitting a nomination as soon as possible will assist the Diocese in publicizing the nominees in advance of the meeting. Go  here  to read more about specific offices and to submit a nominee or nominator's form. Go here to see current rosters for offices.

Register for Convention
Early registration ended on August 15, the cost to register now is $85 until October 31 after which registration is $95. The registration fee covers the cost of audio-visual and print production; excellent coffee along with breakfast on Friday and Saturday morning; a catered lunch on Friday, and more. Go here to register: 

Apply for an Exhibit
The exhibit area is a popular destination for convention-goers each year. Are you planning to have an exhibit at the 198th Convention? Fill out this form and send it in to the Diocesan Offices before October 25th.

It's in the Details
Attendees are encouraged to car pool to GSU from hotels or area churches.

Creation Care Commission suggests you bring your own water bottle and mug. Put your name on it!
 Around the Diocese
Members of the Creation Care Commission attended the Coastal Green Team Summit on Oct. 19 in Savannah, sponsored by GIPL (Georgia Interfaith Power & Light). They are pictured here with Kim Ribbens (right), who was a member of the Diocese of Georgia's peace and environment committee three decades ago. She shared "In Communion with Creation," a creation care guidebook that the committee distributed across the diocese in 1991, commissioned by Bishop Shipps.
The Lemburg family gathers after the installation of the Rev. David Lemburg as Rector of St. George's Savannah: the Rev. Melanie Lemburg, Rector of St. Thomas' Isle of Hope, Mary Margaret, and Jack.
The youth confirmation class at St. Anne's Tifton assisted Sheila O'Neal and Linda Moore with packing "emergency food bags."St.  Anne's is able to offer these bags of easy-to-prepare groceries free of charge to those who come knocking at the church's door in search of food.

Youth Sunday at St. Paul's in Alban
Flowers from the altar at St. John's, Savannah to be distributed after Sunday's service, above. At right, Congregants from St. Michael's Waynesboro, arrived by boat to Cursillo #126. 

Know Your Delegate Count for 198th Convention
Here's a handy two-page chart which lists the number of delegates each congregation has for the 198th Convention. Click here  for a full size PDF. 

The Bishop Knocks on the Door
Christ Church, Valdosta
  Christ Church, Valdosta began in the 1860's as Episcopalians began worshipping together either in private homes or the Lowndes County courthouse before the initial church buildings were constructed downtown in 1885.  After World War II Christ Church built the current sanctuary and office buildings on N. Patterson St. where the first service was held February 20, 1949.  Christ Church was a mission of the diocese from 1885 to 1954, when it was granted parish status.  The Gabbard Building, home to the Christ Church Preschool and Youth and Children's Ministries, was completed and dedicated in 2 012.  The longest tenured rector of Christ Church was the Rt. Rev. Henry Louttit (1967-1994) who later served as the IXth Bishop of Georgia. The Rev. Peter Ingeman served as rector from 2000 to 2012. The current Rector, the Rev. Dr. Dave Johnson, began at Christ Church in June 2014. 
The vision at Christ Church is "to receive God's grace in Jesus Christ and share that grace with one another and the world," said the Rev. Johnson, "The primary ways we receive God's grace are in Word and Sacrament, and we seek to share that grace with people of all ages, from newborns and toddlers in the nursery, to young children in the Christ Church Preschool, toteenagers in EYC, to college students, to adults of all ages, all the way to those who desire to have their cremains interred in the Christ Church Memorial Garden."  Christ Church has also been very active on the diocesan level with Cursillo, Happening, New Beginnings, Summer Camps at Honey Creek, and with representatives on various diocesan committees, councils  and commissions On the first and third Saturdays Christ Church prepares and delivers  100-150 bags  lunches for children living in Section 8 housing (left, above). Nearly 600-700 students frequent Grace Café during the week and 150-200 students attend Thursday Dinners where they hear the Gospel and share dinner together (left, below).  Grace Café  has ten college student interns who live on property: five women in the Tomberlin House and five men in Louttit Hall. They also help run the college ministry. 
Diocesan Office Update and News
T he Rt. Rev. Scott Anson Benhase,  10th Bishop of the Diocese of Georgia, will make his annual visitation to Calvary in Americus at 10 AM, Sunday, October 27th. To see the Bishop's complete visitation schedule, go here. 

The Rev. Canon Frank Logue
will be out of the office this week on the Bishop Candidates' Walkabout.

The Rev. Hunt Priest, rector of St. Peter's Savannah, officiated at the Thursday, noon service this week 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. 

October 20-26
In our diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for our congregation in Thomson, Holy Cross, and for our ecumenical partners in Thomson, especially Zion Lutheran Church in Guyton and Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Lakeland. In our companion diocese of the Dominican Republic, we pray for the congregations in Santo Domingo, especially the Cathedral of the Epiphany ( La Catedral de la Epifanía).

October 27-November 2
In our diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for our congregation in Tifton, St. Anne's. We also pray for our ecumenical partners in Tifton, especially Our Divine Saviour Catholic Church and for Holy Family Catholic Church in Willacoochee. In our companion diocese of the Dominican Republic, we pray for the congregations in Santo Domingo, especially Holy Family ( Sagrada Familia).

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 .
Open Door
Open door at King of Peace in Kingsland

Walkabout with Candidates for the XI Bishop 
6 PM Thursday, October 24: Christ Church, Valdosta
6 PM Friday, October 25: Calvary, Americus  (child care available)

198th Convention of the Diocese of Georgia
November 14-16
Georgia Southern University
To register, go here.

Diocesan Convention Youth Presence (for grades 6 to 12)
November 15 (all day) through November 16
Hosted by Trinity Church, Statesboro
Register here.

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.
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
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