May 15, 2019
Volume 9, No. 38
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This Sunday's Lections
Acts 11:1-18
Revelation 21:1-6
John 13:31-35
Psalm 148
Go  here for the full text.

The Search for the 11th Bishop of Georgia has moved into the nomination and application phase. 

From this point until the release of the slate of candidates on September 1, most of the search committee's work is absolutely confidential. We aren't able to talk about whose or even how many names we have received. 

Meanwhile, we will continue to receive names until June 7. If you intend to nominate someone, we suggest that you first review our diocesan profile. If after reading the profile, you believe you know someone who may be a good fit for our diocese, please talk to that person before you nominate. Ask them if you may proceed and please make sure to obtain an accurate email address for that person, so that the committee can follow up once the nomination is received.

Updates on the process, when available, will be shared in From the Field, the website for the search and through the search committee's Facebook page

Please keep the committee in your prayers during this time of discernment.

The Search Committee 
The Search Committee will be meeting from 10 AM to 5 PM, Monday, May 20 at the Church of the Annunciation, Vidalia.
Charles Todd to Serve at Trinity, Statesboro
The Rev. Charles Todd has been called as Interim Rector at Trinity, Statesboro. He  will begin at Trinity this Sunday, May 19th, and serve as Interim through April 19, 2020.

A native of southern Indiana, Todd graduated from Indiana University - Bloomington with a BA in Spanish and Religious Studies and a minor in English. While an undergraduate at IU, he also studied at the University of Seville, Spain. 

He studied for his first Master's at Seabury-Westen Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois, and studied for his second Master's in Spanish Language and Literature through the University of Salamanca, Spain.  For many years he worked as a Spanish Language and Literature teacher

Ordained to the priesthood just over six years ago, Todd has been serving at St. Paul's, Savannah as the Vicar for Hispanic/Latino Ministries and the Parish Administrator. He is also in his third year serving as priest for the Episcopal Campus Ministry at Georgia Southern University. 
Parish Communicators Meeting
A conversation on Liturgy/Bulletin, Bulletin Announcements, & Worship Copyright, presented by Episcopal Communicators at 1 PM Monday, June 10, is geared for parish communicators and volunteers who want to talk about the best ways to more easily put together church bulletin, announcements, and learn the basics of copyright in regards to your bulletins. Share what works, what doesn't, ask any questions, and more. Sarah Martinez, Communications Manager for Trinity Episcopal Church in Fort Worth, Texas will be the call facilitator.

To join the Zoom Meeting:; to dial by location
+1 646 876 9923 (US); Meeting ID: 816 848 452
The Bishop Knocks on the Door
St. Matthew's Church, Savannah
St. Matthew's collaborated with the Community of St. Joseph (COSJ) to support the Diocese's ministry with the homeless: from left, Kevin Veitinger, COSJ; Terry Newton and Jayda Newton, clothing drive organizers and the Rev. Guillermo Arboleda, Rector at St. Matthew's
St. Matthew's mission statement, "Life Around the Table: Worship, Fellowship and Service," came to life when it gathered with members of the Community of St. Joseph for a joint worship service and shared meal on April 4th. It was the culmination of a clothing drive held during Lent. "We'll be doing that again," said the Rev. Guillermo Arboleda, current and sixth Rector of St. Matthew's, "People prayed, ate, and met each other across the table, transcending the socio-economic and racial boundaries that are so powerful in this society. That's how Jesus did ministry and that's what we're trying to imitate."

St. Matthew's was founded on September 24, 1943 (shortly after the Feast of St. Matthew) through the merger of St. Stephen's (founded in 1855) and St. Augustine's (founded in 1872). The Rev. Gustave H. Caution was the first rector of St. Matthew's and served the congregation for 22 years.

From 1968 to 1974, the Rev. Harry Nevels, a former altar boy at St. Matthew's, was the second rector of the parish. Under his leadership, the parish established the St. Matthew's Day Care and Learning Center in 1971. His wife, Loma M. Nevels, was the Center's first director. "From its inception, the Center has been a part of St. Matthew's Church, not a separate entity, although it functions semi-autonomously," said Arboleda. The Center, which serves 50 children age two to five, has the reputation of equipping children to succeed at school. "Through the years they've been able to keep the pricing affordable, below market value, and there is always a waitlist; the school is always running at full capacity," said Arboleda.

The current Director, Cynthia Stevens, has taught at the Center since 1979. "She taught a lot of the parents of current students and the annual Moving Up Ceremony [this year scheduled for Thursday, May 16th] has the feel of a family reunion with multiple generations in attendance," said Arboleda.

St. Matthew's holds periodic service days at Emmaus House, providing breakfast to our neediest neighbors. From left: the Rev. Steve, Emmaus House; St. Matthew's members Evalena Hoskins, Margaret Pearson and Idella Jones; Chef Frieda Payne, Gary Robinson, Emmaus House and the Rev. Guillermo Arboleda. 
A longtime outreach ministry of St. Matthew's is its Bread Ministry: once a week volunteers pick up bread donated by Panera and bring it to St. Paul's CME and other food pantries. This simple ministry had been going on for years. Although St. Matthew's has consistently had members serve on Emmaus House's Board of Directors, a newer outreach effort is a monthly service day in collaboration with Emmaus House and the Community of St. Joseph. Recently the congregation has begun renting the parish hall to community arts groups like Front Porch Improv and Savannah Stage Company, which uses the space for rehearsals. Savannah Stage Company also hosted a Spring Break "Improv Camp" for children in grades three through eight at St. Matthew's.

Most of what we know about the parish's history was documented in a series of books written by the third rector, the Rev. Dr. Charles L. Hoskins (served 1976-1996). Since then, St. Matthew's made history by calling the first black female rector in the Diocese of Georgia, the Rev. Cheryl Parris (served 2007-2012). More recently, the parish celebrated the life and witness of St. Anna Alexander at the Revival and at the Dedication of the new Diocesan House Chapel. "We hope that by paying attention to the Great Story of our redemption in Jesus Christ and to our own local history," Arboleda said, "we will be ready to discern God's call for our parish now and in the years to come."

Sunday's Visitation: from left: Donald Jones, crucifer; the Rev. Guillermo A. Arboleda, Rector; Paul Berksteiner, confirmed; Paulette Sanders, presenter for Jaiden; Jaiden Jones, confirmed; Nolan Jones, torchbearer; Olivia Jones, torchbearer; Bishop Benhase; Joenelle Gordon, presenter for Paul


Time to make your summer plans...which means it's time to sign up for summer camp at Honey Creek. Pull up our website and go to the SUMMER CAMP tab to book your spot. Grab a friend and come to The Creek this summer!
Around the Diocese
Saint Paul's Augusta marked the 100th anniversary of its current house of worship. The original building was destroyed in the great fire of 1916.
Gayle Dawson, Executive Assistant to the Bishop (seated, third from left), attended the 2019 B+E+S+T (Bishop Executive Secretaries Together) Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico. More than 100 participants from over 75 dioceses were in attendance.
The Rev. Cynthia Taylor employed her Corgi to illustrate her sermon on Sunday.
Canon for Hospitality Jamison Willoughby Easterlin is not impressed but Director of Communications Anna Iredale received an Award of Merit at the Episcopal Communicators Conference for her marketing campaign of the Revival.

Join "Wave of Prayer" May 30 to June 9
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, is once again inviting people around the world to join "Thy Kingdom Come," a ten-day wave of prayer from Ascension Day (May 30) to Pentecost (June 9). Join Christians around the world who will be praying daily for others to come to know Jesus Christ. Learn more by watching this short video. Churches and individuals can pledge to be part of Thy Kingdom Come, and find resources, at
Know Your Delegate Count for 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
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. 

May 12-18
In our diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for our congregation in Hinesville, St. Philip's. We also pray for our ecumenical partners in Hinesville, especially St. Stephen's Catholic Church . In our companion diocese of the Dominican Republic, we pray for St. Matthew (San Mateo) in Jalonga.

May 19-25
In our diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for our congregation in Jesup, St. Paul's. We also pray for our ecumenical partners in Jesup, especially St. Joseph's Catholic Church. In our companion diocese of the Dominican Republic, we pray for Mount of the Transfiguration (Monte de la Transfiguración) in Jarabacoa.

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 .
Diocesan Office Update and News
On Sunday, May 19, Bishop Scott Anson Benhase will make his annual visitation to Christ Church Augusta at 10 AM and to St. Mary's Augusta at 4 PM. The Bishop's full schedule can be found   here.  

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

The Rev. Joshua Varner, Canon for Children and Youth, will officiate and preach at St. Luke's Hawkinsville this Sunday. 

The Rev. Lauren Byrd, Rector of St. Francis of the Islands, Savannah, will officiate at the noon Thursday Eucharist in the Chapel of Saint Anna Alexander this week.

Dr. Catherine Meeks shared news of this wellness conference at the conclusion of the Clergy Retreat last week. Although the topic will be women of color, all women are invited to attend.
Fans of the Dominican Republic

The mission team from Christ Church Valdosta provided a $600 donation through the Dominican Development Group so that the Campamento Monte de la Transfiguración, the DR equivalent of Honey Creek and the church's home base during its mission trip, could replace floor standing fans with wall mounted ones. 
Ora et Labora (Pray and Work)
with the Creation Care Commission
May 17-18
Honey Creek Retreat Center
Diocesan Council
Saturday, May 18
St. Paul's, Augusta
NEW!: Search for the XI Bishop of the Diocese of Georgia Committee Meeting
Monday, May 20
10 AM to 5 PM
Annunciation, Vidalia

Ordination to the Priesthood for the Rev. DeWayne Cope, Deacon
St. Matthew's Savannah
6:30 PM, Wednesday, May 22
Women's Mid-Life Reset Retreat
May 24-26
Honey Creek
Information and to register, go here .

Ordination to the Transitional Diaconate for Bradley Varnell, Brad Bates, and Kyle Carswell
Collegiate Church of St. Paul the Apostle, Savannah
10:30 AM, Saturday, May 25

EfM (Education for Ministry) 
3 PM Thursday, June 6 through 3 PM Saturday, June 8
Honey Creek
For more information, contact Rita Spalding, 912-270-2725 or email  
Nominations for XI Bishop Close
Friday, May 31

Ordination to the Priesthood for the Rev. Arthur Jones, Deacon

St. Thomas' Thomasville
10:30 AM Saturday, June 29

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 Samantha McKean
Christ Church, Savannah
10:30 AM, Saturday, August 17th

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

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

Diocesan Council
September 13-14

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