December 18, 2019
Volume 10, No. 17

199th Convention to meet on Jekyll Island
Save the dates November 5-7 for the 199th Convention of the Diocese of Georgia at the Jekyll Island Convention Center.  The Southeast Convocation will host the  convention, which last met at this conference center in 2014. Since then more hotels have opened in the area.  Canon Katie Easterlin and Ms. Maggie Lyons are working on hotel contracts and will later release blocks of rooms.   Many more plans will be coming together and announced here in From the Field . For now, we wanted to get the dates and location on the calendars of our clergy, lay leaders, and congregations.
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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

Go  here for the full text.

Give the Gift of Summer Camp 
Do you have a grandchild or Godchild who would enjoy a week of Honey Creek Summer Camp. Consider the gift that will offer memories for lifetime. Camp gives youth 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. And spiritual directors at each session give campers a chance to enter more fully into the love God has for them in a setting away from their family and church home.

The registration fee of $495 covers all expenses for a week of age-appropriate fun at Honey Creek. The dates for this summer are:
  • 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
  • Camp St. Peter II (Completed grades 6-8): July 12-18, 2020

For complete information or to register online, go to
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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.
St. Matthew's invites Episcopalians to join Savannah MLK Parade
The Savannah Convocation, and any other congregations that would like to join in, are invited to participate in the Savannah MLK Parade on January 20. The Episcopal Diocese of Georgia has a walking group and a trolley for those who prefer to ride. The Parade begins promptly at 10 AM, so please come to St. Matthew's between 9-9:30 that morning to park your vehicle, and a shuttle will drop you off at the starting location near East Broad Street Elementary School. After the Parade, St. Matthew's will host a service of Holy Eucharist at approximately 11:30 AM. They are partnering with their neighbors at Greater Gaines AME Church and featuring their Pastor, the Rev. Kimberly McMichael, as guest preacher. The offering during worship will benefit the newly formed Savannah Area Interfaith Justice Ministry. A lunch reception at St. Matthew's will follow the service.

Youth Invited to MLK weekend Lock-in
Savannah Convo is organizing a youth Lock-in for all students in grades 6-12 from 6 PM on January 19 to 1:30 PM on January 20, 2020. This event (shared on Facebook here) is coordinated with the Savannah Martin Luther King Jr. Observance Day Parade on January 20. Please register your young people on or before January 12, 2020 online here: Register for the Lock-in online

The Lock-In will begin at 6 PM on Sunday, January 19, 2020, at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, 1401 Martin Luther King, Jr., Blvd, Savannah, GA 31415. The congregation will provide dinner on Sunday and breakfast and lunch on Monday. Be sure to bring a sleeping bag, pillow, pajamas, toiletries (no showers), a change of clothes, weather-appropriate outerwear, and comfortable walking shoes. Feel free to bring snacks to share and appropriate games to play. The group will have breakfast at St. Matthew's on the morning of January 20th, then head to the parade's starting point at 9 AM. The parade begins at 10 AM. We will follow the parade route back to St. Matthew's Church. All parade participants are invited to take part in a celebration of Holy Eucharist, followed by lunch at St. Matthew's, beginning at approximately 11:30 AM (watch out for closed streets due to the parade!). Please pick up your youth from St. Matthew's no later than 1:30 PM on Monday, January 20, 2020.

The parade and the lock-in is free for all participants, but St. Matthew's Rector, the Rev. Guillermo Arboleda, requests participating parishes help St. Matthew's offset the cost of parade registration and the lunch reception, which is intended to benefit the whole Diocese/Convocation. Please consider sending a donation to St. Matthew's between $100-$150 with "MLK Parade" in the memo line. 
Winter Youth Event: Going Slow
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.

January 10-12, 2020
Grades 6-12
Cost: $115 (after January 3, $125)
Register now at
Around the Diocese

King of Peace, Kingsland, put together a moving crew to get John Wieters moved into his new home. His home was lost during Hurricane Irma. It has been a long painful process for John as he went through the long wait to restore funds to purchase another home. King of Peace was with him from day one. 

The Advent Wreath at left is lit at All Saints Tybee Island for Gaudete Sunday. At right, the Rev. Tom Purdy assists in lighting the candles at Christ Church Frederica. Historically the pink or rose candle is called the Gaudete candle, from the Latin word meaning "rejoice." 
St. Michael's, Waynesboro, had a hippie youth float in their town's Christmas parade. 

   While visiting St. Luke's, Rincon, the Rev.  Kevin Veitinger, the Deacon who serves our ministry for homeless persons in Savannah, received knitted hats for the Community of St. Joseph's clothes closet made by several ladies from the church. Pictured above at left with Kevin is Judi Brown, who made many of the hats. At right , youth from St. Luke's are shown after they decorated the Chrismon Tree this past Sunday evening.

Jim Ord leads Advent Lessons and Carols at the Church of the Good Shepherd, Augusta, this past Sunday evening.

Participants in the Angel Tree Celebration at St. Paul's, Augusta, make cuddly pillows at left and at right listen to live music by the Augusta Choral Society.

A Boy Scout (at left) serves residents of Malone Towers at a Christmas luncheon at St. Paul's, Albany. Malone Towers offers public housing apartments near the church, which hosts the residents each year at Christmas.
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 22, at 10 AM to St. Matthew's, Fitzgerald. To see the Bishop's complete visitation schedule, go here: Visitations Calendar

This Thursday, December 19, the Rev. Guillermo Arboleda, 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 2020 one year prayer cycle is now online here: 2020 Prayer Cycle

December 15-21
In our diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for Diocesan Youth Programs and our Episcopal Campus Ministries at Augusta University, 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.

December 22-28
In our diocesan prayer cycle, we pray for Honey Creek for the Order of St. Helena and all religious order in the Episcopal Church. We also pray for our ecumenical partners, especially the Catholic congregations of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Sandhill, San José in Twin Lakes, Holy Redeemer in McRae, and Holy Cross in Pembroke. In our companion diocese of the Dominican Republic, we pray for Diocese of the Dominican Republic Parochial Schools.

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 .
A Ringer in the Kingdom

This past Sunday, children at King of Peace, Kingsland, enjoyed a Kids in the Kingdom Sunday, staying after church for a meal, crafts, a Bible story, and games including the reindeer-themed ring toss shown above.
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

Spring Clergy Conference
5:30 PM, Monday, May 4 to 1 PM, Wednesday, May 6
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

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