July 3, 2019
Volume 9, No. 45
Guest Columnist:
Pavers in Paradise: Good Shepherd Augusta Steps Up Big Time!
I've heard it said for a long time, even before I got here nine years ago: "What Honey Creek needs is a walkway to the chapel so that people won't trip on the roots."

Well, thanks to a generous gift to the Future Fund from Good Shepherd, Augusta, that path is soon to be a reality.

This was a project that time after time would yield to other projects involving power, HVAC, septic and water. Basic functional needs always demand the most attention--usually quickly--and resources.

That is exactly why the Future Fund was created. There will always be an air conditioner that needs to be replaced...when the drinking water system fails, everything must stop. These vital infrastructure elements take a massive toll on our general operating fund. The Future Fund focuses on areas of campus that typically have an extended (yet finite) lifespan so we can move forward in the ministry of Honey Creek.

The walkway to the chapel will be the Future Fund's very first project. It's estimated that it will take 10,000+ pavers to complete, which could take a while. Many bricks have been purchased that will be part of the first phase of installation. In a show of confidence and support, our diocesan family at Good Shepherd in Augusta, provided the seed money--$10,000--to begin this project ahead of schedule!

To be included in this first phase of paving with  your own imprint on a paver, go here to print an order form for one of three sizes of bricks, and send it in by July 15th. This is an exciting time for Honey Creek and the Diocese of Georgia!

Thank you,

Dade Brantley
Executive Director
Honey Creek Camp and Retreat Center
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This Sunday's Lections
Track 1
2 Kings 5:1-14
Psalm 30
Galatians 6:(1-6) 7-16
Luke 10:1-11, 16-20

Track 2
Isaiah 66: 10-14
Psalm 66:1-8
Galatians 6:(1-6) 7-16
Luke 10:1-11, 16-20

Go  here for the full text.

The timeline has been updated to reflect the October dates for the Walkabout. Go here for a downloadable copy. 

Please keep the Standing Committee, the Search Committee, the Transition Committee, the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia, and the Candidates in your prayers:
The Bishop Knocks on the Door
Grace Waycross
It's one of the gifts of being a downtown parish: sometimes what's needed is right in front of you.

Parishioners at Grace Waycross saw the long line of people standing in line at Mary Street Mission on Wednesdays, waiting to pick up nonperishable items from the food bank. "We thought we could provide them with lunch while they waited," said the Rev. Kit Brinson, Priest in Charge since 2011. "So we bag sandwiches, chips, cookies and water for 35 folks twice a month. Any unclaimed lunches are taken to our neighbor, Union Behavioral Health, where clients in the lobby enjoy 'brown bag day.'" 

There's no public transportation in Waycross. Grace Waycross created the Holy Spokes Ministry: taking old, donated bicycles to D. Ray James Prison in Folkston where the inmates refurbish the bikes. Adults needing transportation to work are often the beneficiaries of this ministry.

Lunches for people in line at Mary Street Mission distributed by, from left, David Kirby, Carol McNeary and the Rev. Kit Brinson.
"We focus on being the hands, heart and feet of Christ here at Grace and in our community," said Brinson, "We have a Sacks for Saturday ministry that prepares food for 20 children at Ruskin Elementary, who may not have food available to them over the weekend. We also provide healthy snacks for the following school days. At Christmas, we provide a Christmas dinner for the families of our 20 Sacks for Saturday children along with gifts for them and their siblings."

Episcopal services in Waycross began in 1881, with people meeting in the homes of various members. Although the building site was purchased in 1884, once the building was completed in 1904 it was only the second church in the town. There have been additions and renovations over its more than 100 year history with a bell tower added in 1999. Two rectors from Grace Church, C.C.J. Carpenter and John Walthour became bishops and four communicants of the parish have been priests.

Whether it's spiritual food or a bag lunch, Grace Waycross has served both the Diocese and the community of Waycross since 1884.

Members of Grace Waycross with the Bishop during his June Visitation: from left, first row: Jacque Wood, Sara Joyner, Debra Strickland, Janet Wood, Sandy Boyd, Steve Beverly; second row: David Wood, Nancy Joyner, Bishop Scott Anson Benhase, the Rev. Kit Brinson, Jamie Gifford; third row, Jason Hersey, Mike Osbourne, Joe Cornelius III. Not pictured but present, Gail Walker
Saluda Cottage Available to Rent
There are a few openings this summer at the Saluda Cottage, the vacation home o wn ed by the Diocese. Originally begun as a low-cost option for clergy, it is open to all with a reduced rate for clergy.

The two-story 1920's era cottage is nestled in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina in 
Saluda, a lovely historic town close to Kanuga,
 Asheville, and the Blue Ridge Parkway. It's the perfect pied-à-terre for sightseeing or for simply relaxing in a rocking chair on the wrap-around porch...or both! Great trails for hiking and climbing are nearby. More information can be found here

For registration and availability contact Gayle Dawson at gdawson@gaepiscopal.org or 

It's quiet at Honey Creek this week--the one week in the season that the staff gets a rest--but there's still spots open for the week after!Sign up by going to the Honey Creek website and go to the SUMMER CAMP tab to book a spot. Come to The Creek this summer!
Around the Diocese
The Rev. Arthur Jones (center) was ordained to the Sacred Order of Priests Saturday at St. Thomas' Thomasville.
The Rev. Kyle Carswell, Deacon (left) was honored on his last Sunday at Epiphany Savannah by the Rev. Michael Chaney. Carswell will be joining the curacy program at St. James the Apostle Church in Conroe, Texas, working on family ministries. 

Some of the pilgrims who will travel next week t northern England and Scotland from Holy Comforter, Martinez.
The Georgia Assembly of the Daughters of the King has adopted the Strategic Plan Goal #5 of reaching out into our communities. Members of the St. Agnes Chapter of the Order of the Daughters of the King from St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Brunswick joined the St. Mary the Virgin Chapter at Christ Episcopal Church in St. Marys to craft greeting cards to give to residents of assisted living facilities in each of their neighborhoods. 
Know Your Delegate Count for the 198th Convention
From the Standing Committee  Regarding Delegates to the Diocesan Convention  and Election of the XI Bishop of the Diocese of Georgia:

T his is a reminder that the new Article III, Sec. 2 of the Canons of the Diocese of Georgia will be in effect at the upcoming Convention and Bishop Election of the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia on November 14-16, 2019. This Article states that the calculation of each congregation's READ MORE
Diocesan Office Update and News
For the next six weeks there are no official visitations scheduled for the Rt. Rev. Scott Anson Benhase.

The Rev. Frank Logue, Canon to the Ordinary, is on sabbatical until Monday, July 15.

The Rev. Joshua Varner, Canon for Children and Youth, is preparing for the upcoming Diocesan Mission Trip.

Diocesan House will be closed tomorrow, Thursday, July 4th in observance of the national holiday.

There will be no noon service at Diocesan House as the office will be closed for Independence Day.
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. 

June 30-July 6
In our diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for our congregation in Pooler, St. Patrick's. We also pray for our ecumenical partners, especially Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Garden City and Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Port Wentworth. In our companion diocese of the Dominican Republic, we pray for St. Mary, Full of Grace ( Santa María Llena de Gracia) in Mao.

July 7-13
In our diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for our congregation in Richmond Hill, St. Elizabeth of Hungary. We also pray for our ecumenical partners in Richmond Hill, especially Spirit of Peace Lutheran Church and St. Anne's Catholic Church. In our companion diocese of the Dominican Republic, we pray for St. Mary the Virgin ( Santa María Virgen) in Monte Llano.

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 .
Cool Baptism
The Rev. Alan Akridge, left, of St. Mark's Brunswick, uses his cell phone to read the order for Holy Baptism for Leighton Emery in the Gulf of Mexico during the parish's Mtn2Sea Mission Trip to Port Saint Jo, Florida. 
Diocesan Office Closed
Thursday, July 4th

The office also closes at noon Fridays during the summer.

Candidate for XI Bishop Interviews Conclude;
Search Committee Meets
Saturday, July 13

Diocesan Youth Mission Trip to Tennessee with Appalachia Service Project
July 13-20
Happening #102
Thursday, August 2 through Sunday, August 4; staff arrives August 1
Honey Creek Retreat Center
Ordination to the Priesthood of the Rev. Samantha McKean, Deacon
Christ Church, Savannah
10:30 AM, Saturday, August 17th

Bishop Search Transition Committee Meeting
St. Anne's Tifton
Wednesday, August 21

Acolyte Festival
Saturday, August 24 (morning) to Sunday, Augusta 25 (after worship)
Church of the Good Shepherd, Augusta
Grades three to 12.  

New Beginnings #55
September 6-8
Honey Creek Retreat Center

Diocesan Council
September 13-14
St. Peter's, Savannah

Search for the XI Bishop Walkabout
October 22, 23 and 24

Cursillo #126
October 17-20
Honey Creek
Go  here for more information.

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