December 11, 2019
Volume 10, No. 16
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This Sunday's Lections
Isaiah 35:1-10
James 5:7-10
Matthew 11:2-11
Psalm 146:4-9 
or Canticle 15

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Upcoming Youth Event
Winter Youth Event: Going Slow
January 10-12, 2020
Grades 6-12
Cost: $115 (after Ja nuary 3, $125)
Register now at

For many of us, the holiday season can be filled with busyness and stress, both within and beyond the life of the congregation. There are so many things to do! In this context, the Winter Youth Retreat, for young people in Grades 6-12, offers them a chance to "come away by yourselves and rest a while" (Mark 6:31). While the program, including large group and small group gatherings, is part of the weekend, there are also significant amounts of free time built into the schedule, so that our youth can pause and reflect. We will take an honest look at our lives, and how the cracks in them can sometimes let the light shine through. There will be opportunities for healing prayer , music, laugher, and play, all built into our time together.  And of course, our young people will have the chance to gather with one another and seek and serve Christ in each other.

The Rev. David Rose, of St. Luke's, Rincon, and the Rev. Joshua Varner, will co-coordinate this weekend. The event begins at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, January 10, 2020 and concludes at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, January 12.
J. Sierra Reyes to Preach Ordination of 11th Bishop of Georgia
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry approved the selection of the Rev. J. Sierra Reyes as the preacher for the planned May 30 ordination and consecration of the 11th Bishop of Georgia. In choosing the preacher for the event, Bishop-elect Frank Logue said the choice was an easy one. "I have known Sierra since she was 14 and heard her preach her first sermon at King of Peace, Kingsland. I served as a Spiritual Director when she was Rector for Happening #71 and then served alongside her when we were Spiritual Directors for Happening #89 years later. I enjoyed moving from being something of a mentor to serving alongside Sierra as a colleague. I know her to be a prayerful and thoughtful preacher." He also noted that he preached Sierra's ordinations as both a deacon and priest as well as her wedding. "Sierra placed trust in me to speak on these important occasions in her life," he said, "so putting that same trust in her is fitting and right."

The Revs. J. Sierra Reyes and Frank Logue are pictured above at Christ Church, Savannah, in 2012 after serving together as the Masters of Ceremonies for diocesan ordinations.
Reyes found the Episcopal Church through the lovingly supportive congregation of All Saints, Tybee Island. She is an alumna of Agnes Scott College, Harvard Divinity School, and the University of Cape Town in South Africa. She is the Rector of St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Denver, Colorado. Reyes previously served at Associate Rector of Christ Church, Savannah, 2011-2017.  She currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Episcopal Divinity School at Union Theological Seminary.  Her husband Rudy served on the Diocese of Georgia staff and is now a doctoral student at the University of Denver/Iliff School of Theology. They have a daughter, Julia Mae Reyes.

Consent Process
Please note that all plans for the event are by necessity tentative as the canons of the Episcopal Church call for a consent process which will begin shortly.  The required next steps are in process. The medical and psychological examinations have taken place and when the physicians submit their reports to the Presiding Bishop's staff, the consent process will begin. Any person elected by a diocese to serve as bishop must obtain the consent of the majority of Standing Committees of the Episcopal Church and, in a separate step, also obtain the consent of more than half of the Bishops exercising jurisdiction in the Episcopal Church. While these consents have only very rarely been withheld, the step is a critical one as this process is how the 11th Bishop of Georgia becomes a bishop for the whole church.  The consent process can take up to 120 days. When the majority of consents are in, we can move from Save the Date announcements and tentative plans to formal invitations and set plans for the May 30 consecration. 
Evening Worship Oklahoma City
Youth worship together at E.Y.E. 2017
Summer Mission Trip!
Diocese of Georgia E.Y.E. Registration Open Now!

This coming Summer, current high school students are invited to be part of the Diocese of Georgia's delegation to the Episcopal Youth Event (E.Y.E.). This gathering of youth from across The Episcopal Church takes place once every three years. E.Y.E. 2020 will take place at the University of Maryland, in College Park MD, and is hosted by the National Church and the Diocese of Washington. 

Our Diocesan journey will begin the day before E.Y.E. and will last several days afterward, as we take part in mission work with other youth from the Episcopal Dioceses in the Southeast. If you have questions about this event, please contact the Rev. Canon Joshua Varner at To register, visit

Please note that the National Church's website lists January 6 as the date registration opens. This is the earliest day that the Diocese of Georgia can register its delegation together. Diocesan Registration is currently open.
Kyle Carswell ordained to the Sacred Order of Priests

Bishop Jeff Lee of the Diocese of Texas ordained the Rev. Kyle Carswell to the Sacred Order of Priests on December 5 at St. James the Apostle Episcopal Church in Conroe, Texas. Carswell served as an intern at Columba House Savannah while working with our new church start, Epiphany, Savannah. He is a graduate of the Duke Divinity School and is currently serving a curacy in the Diocese of Texas. 
Around the Diocese

On Sunday December 8, Jim Nord, Organist and Choirmaster of the Church of the Good Shepherd, Augusta, inducted the St. Gregory junior choir into The Royal School of Church Music.

Students from Albany State University presented A Traditional Holiday Christmas at St. Paul's, Albany, where Dr. Marcia Hood is the organist/choirmaster. Dr. Hood is also the Chair of the Department of Visual & Performing Arts and the Director of Choral Activities and Conducting for Albany State.

St. Thomas Isle of Hope, Savannah, opened its doors to the Tour of Homes. At left is the chapel decorated for the event and at right is the Parish Hall welcoming those on the tour.

Above at left: Breakfast with St. Nicholas at Christ Church Frederica, St. Simons Island reminded those who attended of the greatest gift of Christmas, Jesus, and how we are all called to share the love that God shared with us in this season and always. At right: A gingerbread house replica of St. Mark's Brunswick is at the King and Prince Hotel on St. Simons Island, being auctioned with all proceeds going directly to St. Mark's Day School.  
Diocesan Office Update and News
T he Rt. Rev. Scott Anson Benhase,  10th Bishop of the Diocese of Georgia, will make his visitation this Sunday, December 15, at 10 AM to St. Andrew's, Douglas and at 4 PM to St. Thomas Aquinas', Baxley. To see the Bishop's complete visitation schedule, go here: Visitations Calendar

Canon Katie Easterlin, our Canon for Administration, and Ms. Maggie Lyons, Assistant to the Canons, are making a site visit today as your diocesan staff works on finalizing plans for the 199th Convention of the Diocese of Georgia.

The Rev. Canon Frank Logue will preside and preach this Sunday at Christ Church, Cordele. That afternoon, he and Canon Katie Easterlin will meet with the vestry of St. Thomas, Thomasville.

The Rev. Canon Joshua Varner is working on upcoming events for the Diocese, including the Winter Youth Retreat.

This Thursday, December 12, the Rev. Lauren Byrd, Assisting Priest at the Collegiate Church of St. Paul the Apostle, Savannah, will celebrate the Noon Eucharist at 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. 

December 8-14
In our diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for our congregation in Woodbine, St. Mark's. We also pray for our ecumenical partners, especially the Catholic congregations of Holy Family in Metter and St. Bernadette in Millen. In our companion diocese of the Dominican Republic, we pray for the congregations in Santo Domingo, especially Holy Trinity ( Santísma Trinidad).

December 15-21
In our diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for Diocesan Youth Programs, Columba House Savannah, and our Episcopal Campus Ministries at Valdosta State and Georgia Southern Universities. We also pray for our ecumenical partners, especially those in Springfield-St. Paul's Lutheran Church and St. Boniface Catholic Church. In our companion diocese of the Dominican Republic, we pray for Jesus the Teacher ( Jesús Maestro) in Tamboril.

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 .
It's beginning to look a lot like Advent
Parishioners were climbing all around the buildings and grounds of St. Anne's, Tifton, this week for their Greening of the Grounds.
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 Presides Over 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
Register  here.

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

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

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