May 29, 2019
Volume 9, No. 40
Welcome the Newly Ordained!

The Rev. DeWayne Cope was ordained to the Sacred Order of Priests on Wednesday, May 22 at St. Matthew's Church, Savannah. At left, the diocese's newest priest processes ahead of the Very Rev. Yvette Owens, Archdeacon, and the Rt. Rev. Scott Anson Benhase. At right he stands with the two readers during his ordination, Margaret Anne Pearson, left, and Clemontine Washington.
At left, Bradley Varnell, Kyle Carswell and Brad Bates were ordained to the Sacred Order of Deacons on Saturday at the Collegiate Church of St. Paul the Apostle.
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This Sunday's Lections
Acts 16:16-34
Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 
John 17 20-26
Psalm 97
Go  here for the full text.

Nominations and applications for the 11th Bishop of Georgia close at 5 PM, Friday, June 7--in nine days. If you intend to nominate someone, please do so as soon as possible, to give the nominee more time to complete and submit the materials we are requesting. If you intend to apply, please have the materials ready to submit with your application. We request the following from all nominees/applicants:
Cover letter and CV/Resumé
Current OTM Profile
Answers to the following questions in a total of four to six pages: 
What moments or events in your discernment have persuaded you that you might have a vocation to the episcopate?

What specifically draws you towards that vocation now in the Diocese of Georgia?

What does it mean for you to walk in the way of the cross?

These materials may be submitted to Nomination and application forms are available here.

The slate of candidates will be announced on September 1. Please keep praying for all of us involved in this process.

The Search Committee
Reserve Hotel Rooms for Convention Now!

If you haven't already reserved hotel rooms for the 198th Convention of the Diocese of Georgia we encourage you to do so now.

We have partnered with the SpringHill Suites by Marriott in Statesboro for a block of rooms. The rate is slightly higher than at the other hotels, but as it is a football weekend, rooms are becoming less available.

At the Comfort Inn, there are only a few rooms left in our block. Call 912-681-2400 to make reservations there. For accommodations at SpringHill Suites, call 912-489-0000.
 Individuals or groups interested in learning more about Sacred Ground: a film-based dialogue series on race and faith are invited to an introductory webinar hosted by Katrina Browne, Sacred Ground curriculum developer, and producer/director of the acclaimed documentary Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North, and the Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers, canon to the Presiding Bishop for evangelism, reconciliation, and creation care.

Built around a curriculum of powerful documentary films, videos, and readings, Sacred Ground is a 10-part series that considers some of the major chapters of the United States of America's history of race and racism. It focuses on Indigenous, Black, Latino, and Asian American histories as they intersect with European American histories. It also invites participants to weave in the threads of personal and family story, economic class, and political and regional identity.

In this webinar, Spellers and Browne share the "why and how" of the Sacred Ground series, including an overview of all of the elements of this resource. They will take participants through the online Sacred Ground curriculum and resources, including the password-protected pages. There will be time for questions.

This free one-hour webinar is offered on Tuesday June 11 at 1 PM.  Registration is required, do so by going here.

"More than a teaching tool, Sacred Ground calls us into intentional, sustained circles in which we can pray, watch, share our own stories, reflect, wonder, reckon, heal, and commit to action. Think of it as a pilgrimage in place," notes Spellers.

Click here to begin to explore the Sacred Ground webpages, and to sign up to receive additional resources. The press release for the series is here.

For questions, please contact Katrina Browne.

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

At the spring program at St. Thomas' Day School, Thomasville, the Rev. Dwayne Varas, Rector of St. Thomas' presented a donation of $650 to Amanda Redker, Director of Children's Programs at the Thomas County Public Library. Each year the proceeds the church's annual spaghetti dinner support a local agency which provides direct benefits to children. 
Parishioners at King of Peace, Kingsland renovated an outside space, turning it into the King's Garden.

St. Peter's Market at 3 West Ridge presented checks for $31,000, the proceeds from this year's Market, to both Family Promise of Greater Savannah and  Heads Up Guidance Services Inc. (HUGS). Shown from left are:  Wyndie Eberle, Market Co-Chair; John Malmalakis, HUGS Board Chair; Andrea Epting, HUGS founder and Managing Director; Katrina Bostick, Executive Director of Family Promise; Bob Scanlon, Board Chair of Family Promise and Beth Holmquist, Market Co-Chair.
After 48 years of ministry, the last five at Christ Church, Savannah as Assistant Rector for Pastoral Care and Spiritual Life, the Rev. Liam Collins, left, has retired. He will remain at Christ Church as Priest Associate. Shown with Collins are the Rev. Michael White, Rector of Christ Church, and Mary Collins. 

Kendra Leigh Sands shared this great graduation photo and invitation to the ceremony at Augusta University along with a thank you note to the Episcopal Youth and Children Services for the grants she received during her college years. Applications for next year's scholarships are due Friday, May 31st. To get started, go here. 
From the Canon for Children and Youth
Learning through the Summer
As May comes to a close, most of the schools in Georgia are finishing the spring semester and sending children out into the world, often with the message that they should come back to school "ready to learn" in the fall. But I think that, quite often, our children's most important learning and development comes during this time away from the tests, homework and high expectations for achievement. When we encourage our children to step back from the never-ending series of accomplishment that are expected of them, we give them a chance to explore on their own and to learn about both themselves and the world around them.

Sometimes this learning takes the form of attending camp where our young people live with others and learn, moment by moment, how to coexist with other people. By the way, there is still space in most camp sessions at Honey Creek this summer, But at other times, learning may take the form of spending unstructured time alone or just hanging out with friends, either in person or online. In all of these cases, the opportunity to explore different experiences that are not available within the structure of the academic year can bring new insight and understanding about who we are, about what we enjoy, about what our deepest challenges are. We may even gain some insight as to our callings in life, and the best ways for us to follow Jesus.

Encourage your young people to take the opportunity to learn this summer, not by studying and taking tests, but by exploring, experiencing, and reflecting. In the long run, this may be some of the most important learning they do.

Joshua Varner
Canon for Children and Youth
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
Diocesan Office Update and News
The Rt. Rev. Scott Anson Benhase,  10th Bishop of the Diocese of Georgia, will officiate and celebrate at the noon Thursday Eucharist in the Chapel of Saint Anna Alexander this week. The Bishop's full schedule can be found  here.  

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

Katie Easterlin, Canon for Administration will be out of the office Monday through Wednesday of next week so that she may attend her brother William's graduation from Princeton University.

The Rev. Joshua Varner, Canon for Children and Youth, will be at Honey Creek Retreat Center for the next two weeks, assisting with training summer camp staff and serving as a Spiritual Director at High School Camp.
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 26-June 1
In our diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for our congregation in Kingsland, King of Peace. We also pray for our ecumenical partners, especially St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Folkston. In our companion diocese of the Dominican Republic, we pray for the congregations in Jimaní, especially St. Paul the Apostle (San Pablo Apostól), St. Titus (San Tito), and St. Ignatius (San Ignacio).

June 2-8
In our diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for our congregation in Louisville, St. Mary Magdalene. We also pray for our ecumenical partners in Louisville, especially St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church. In our companion diocese of the Dominican Republic, we pray for the congregations in La Romana, especially The Encarnation (La Encarnación) and All Saints (Todos los Santos).

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 .
Too Much Fun!

The Rev. Johnny Tuttle takes his turn down the water slide at St. John and St. Mark Episcopal Church's end of year block party for students at Radium Springs Elementary School. Besides the slide there were hot dogs, popcorn, lemonade and games such as corn hole, badminton and basketball. Throughout the year parishioners host block parties for students at the school. Tuttle has answered a call to be rector of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Kingsport, Tennessee.
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, June 7

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

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

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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