September 11, 2019
Volume 10, No. 3
Funded by an Episcopal Relief and Development (ER&D) grant of $50,000, the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia, Savannah; the Episcopal Church in South Carolina, Charleston, and Giving Kitchen of Atlanta have partnered to create the Hurricane Dorian Relief Fund and offer financial assistance to food service workers experiencing hardship due to Hurricane Dorian in Coastal Georgia and Coastal South Carolina.

Membership or participation in the Episcopal Church is not a precursor for support and administration of the 2019 Hurricane Dorian Relief Fund. Applicants will not be discriminated on any basis, including race, creed, religion or faith.

How it Works
Giving Kitchen's online application requires food service workers impacted by Hurricane Dorian to provide proof of current employment in the commercial food service industry as well as financial need in order to qualify for the Hurricane Dorian Relief Fund. Approved applicants will receive grocery store gift cards in amounts ranging from $50 to $500 based on current need.
Giving Kitchen will process online applications for food service workers to receive support from the Hurricane Dorian Relief Fund. EDG and ECSC will provide gift cards at pre-approved pickup locations in the communities of Charleston, Pawley's Island, Myrtle Beach, Savannah, St. Simons Island and Brunswick. Specific pick-up locations will be provided to approved applicants.

One-time funds are provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Food service workers may apply for assistance from the Hurricane Dorian Relief Fund from now through September 30, 2019. To access the Hurricane Dorian Hurricane Relief Fund application, go here:
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This Sunday's Lections
Track 1
Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28
Psalm 14
1 Timothy 1:12-17
Luke 15:1-10

Track 2
Exodus 32:7-14
Psalm 51:1-11
1 Timothy 1:12-17
Luke 15:1-10

Go  here for the full text.

The deadline for nominees to the slate through petition ended at 5 PM today with no nominees submitted. The Timeline has been updated accordingly.

If you haven't done so already, find out about the five candidates nominated by the Search Committee and mark your calendar to attend a session of the Walkabout. Information on all can be found here

To download an updated PDF version of the timeline suitable for posting, go  here.
It's hoped that Episcopalians and other followers of Jesus will fill this space on May 31, 2020!
Presiding Bishop to Preach
in Forsyth Park, Savannah

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry will preach in an open air Eucharist in Savannah's Forsyth Park on Sunday, May 31, 2020. The Diocese reserved the band shell in the park for the liturgy. The newly consecrated 11th Bishop of Georgia will officiate. 

The Eucharist will take place at 11 AM on the Sunday morning following the consecration of the bishop. Put the date on your calendars now! More information will be forthcoming after November's Diocesan Convention.

Administrator's Corner
Presentation Skills: Speaking from Experience

At 23, I started my professional career as a management consultant. What is a management consultant? Think of it like a game of MadLibs:

T he job required public speaking to diverse clients and audiences. At the beginning, like for most people, the thought of standing in front of a large audience and presenting scared me. After a couple of years working, I realized that I was no longer scared of presenting information to a small or large crowd. Reflecting on my current comfort level, I can't help but remember my first big presentation and how much has changed. 

There was an internal competition in the organization to make a pitch to a senior leadership team on an innovative idea for our clients. A junior-level consultant was paired with a manager and together you built a presentation for this high-level executive team. We developed the presentation for weeks, wrote a script, and practiced in front of our peers. I went so far as to memorize my entire script. At the presentation, all that memorization went out the window. It was like that recurring nightmare (I'm sure some of you have had it) where you are at a piano recital in front of a crowd and you realize you don't know how to play the piano or read music. I stood there frozen in fear. My manager thankfully took the lead and prompted me with some questions, and I was able to lean heavily on my notes and speed my way through the presentation. When it came time for questions, my heart was still racing but I was calm enough to answer the questions from the leadership team. Overall, I knew that it was a terrible presentation and didn't highlight all the hard work that we had done to get to that 15 minutes. I was crestfallen and couldn't help but run through all the things I could have done better. But here's the thing -- it was low stakes. Just because I bombed the presentation, didn't mean I was going to lose my job. The competition was designed for several reasons and one of them was to give junior staff the opportunity to practice their presentation skills.

The next day, I scheduled some time with my manager to discuss feedback and determine a plan for improving. Instead of saying to myself, I'm a bad presenter and I will let other people take the lead, I wanted to learn how I could become more comfortable and effective. To this day, I can't remember what it was we were presenting on, but I remember the feeling and wanting to change my confidence level. The following are a few best practices I've learned over the years:

Do your homework: Confident and strong presenters become "experts" on their topics. Prepare a strong outline or agenda for your presentation. Ask yourself the following questions: What is the goal of the presentation? What types of questions could be asked? Are you going to have visuals? What does the room look like physically or are you virtual? How much time do you have?

Know your audience: The people in the room set the tone for your presentation. Who is in the room? Is this a formal or casual presentation? What do you want your audience to take away? Let some of these questions guide the content and format of your presentation.

Stay calm and do not rush: That's not to say a little tension in your stomach isn't important before presenting to a large crowd. It demonstrates that you are aware of the importance of the task and permits the adrenaline to carry you through a successful presentation. However, using deep breaths and pauses during a presentation are important. Rushing through a presentation loses the audience's attention and impact.

Take chances and volunteer: Find diverse opportunities to practice. Lead a small group meeting and set the agenda. Join a club where you might have the chance to present on a hobby or topic of your choice. Find ways to build up your exposure to different audiences, topics, styles, and environments for presentations. Find a colleague or friend you admire as a presenter and ask them for their tips and tricks. 

Request feedback: Just because you had a bad experience doesn't make you a bad presenter. Find ways to request feedback from your colleagues, friends, and management. It is important to learn what is working well as much as what needs improvement.

Identify your voice: What works for you? Opening with a joke? Telling a story? Do you like to jump straight to the heart of the issue? While there are best practices to creating a strong presentation, it is important to place your own imprint and style to engage the audience. Feedback often helps to identify your unique style.

Not everyone is going to be a TED talk presenter. However, for more insightful tips and tricks, please take a look at this article .

Katie Easterlin
Canon for Administration
Maggie Lyons to Serve as Intake Officer for Clergy Disciplinary Matters
Bishop Benhase announces that Maggie Lyons will join Canon Frank Logue in serving as an Intake Officer for matters of clergy discipline in the Diocese of Georgia. Any person with a weighty concern about a deacon or priest of the Diocese, that may merit the attention of the Church Disciplinary Board as provided in the Canons, may call (912-236-4279) or email ( or to make a complaint. While many concerns are appropriate for discussion and action within the parish, rarely do concerns rise to the level of diocesan involvement. For any person seeking complete information on the applicable canons, the Episcopal Church provides a resource at, named for the canonical section for clergy discipline.

The 198th Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia will be held at Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, from 2 PM Thursday, November 14 through 11 AM Saturday, November 16th. This convention will serve as an electing convention for the 11th Bishop of Georgia, while also conducting the usual business of the annual meeting including approving budgets and electing persons to diocesan offices.

Register for Convention
Early registration ended on August 15, the cost to register now is $85 until October 31 after which registration is $95. The registration fee covers the cost of audio-visual and print production; excellent coffee along with breakfast on Friday and Saturday morning; a catered lunch on Friday, and more. Go here to register:
Attendees are also encouraged to car pool to GSU from hotels or area churches.

Apply for an Exhibit
The exhibit area is a popular destination for convention-goers each year. Are you planning to have an exhibit at the 198th Convention? Fill out this  form and send it in to the Diocesan Offices before October 25th.

Run for Office
In addition to electing the 11th Bishop of Georgia, the 198th Convention of the Diocese of Georgia is charged with electing persons to serve on the Board of the Corporation, Diocesan Council (at large), Disciplinary Board, Sewanee Trustee, Standing Committee, and delegates and alternates to the 2021 General Convention of the Episcopal Church.

Liz Williams of All Saints Thomasville is the Nominations Chair and will oversee the nominations for the offices up for election other than diocesan bishop.

While nominations for all offices other than bishop remain open, by the canons of the Diocese, until the floor of convention, submitting a nomination as soon as possible will assist the Diocese in publicizing the nominees in advance of the meeting. Go here to see what specific offices are open and to submit a nominee or nominator's form.

Find a Hotel
There are 14 rooms for Thursday night at Springhill Suites remaining of the three blocks of rooms the Diocese of Georgia reserved. Registration opened earlier than usual this year to encourage those who require hotel accommodations to make reservations as soon as possible, as several other events are being held on the college's campus, including a home football game. 
New Beginnings #55 Survives Storm Warnings
Due to the uncertain path of Hurricane Dorian last week, it wasn't certain that New Beginning #55 would take place.  While it was hoped that the storm would stay far enough off shore to allow Honey Creek to come through without damage, we could not know whether New Beginnings #55 would be held until it had actually passed over. On Thursday afternoon staff received word that New Beginnings was ON, sprang into action, and made it a great weekend for the 25 participants led by Waverly Brown of Christ Church, Frederica. The Rev. Katie Knoll-Lenon, of Christ Church, Frederica, and the Rev. Yvette Owens, Archdeacon of the Diocese, served as the Spiritual Directors. 

Annabel West, left, and Waverly Brown
New Beginnings, for youth in grades 7-9, like Happening, is run according to an established structure each time, with some room for flexibility. The structure allows youth to step into leadership roles in order to make the event happen. New Beginnings offers high school students a chance to serve on staff and mentor middle school participants. Many participants attend New Beginnings multiple times, and then apply to serve on staff once they reach high school.

New Beginnings #56 will take place March 27-29, 2020 and the Lead Teen will be Annabel West, of Good Shepherd, Augusta.

Around the Diocese
The Rev. Catherine Henderson, Deacon, left, has created the booklet, Aging Wisely, to assist senior citizens in Liberty County in living life more fully. The booklet is available at St. Philip's Hinesville and other churches in the county. At right, members of Grace Church Waycross on Loud Pants for the Lord Sunday. 

The fourth annual Christ Church Icon Writing Workshop, led by instructor, Kara Nelson, provided a spiritually enriching learning experience for this year's participants. The group worked diligently each day to create their beautiful and highly detailed icons. If you are interested in learning how to make exquisite religious iconography, consider joining the regular Icon Writing Group, that meets in the Parish Hall at Christ Church. Newcomers are always welcome. For more information, please contact David Blatchford at

Education for Ministry (EfM) participants from Holy Comforter and Our Savior after the commissioning Eucharist. 

Georgia Interfaith Power & Light's Second Annual  Coastal Green Team Summit will be held at  St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Savannah, 8 AM to 2 PM Saturday, October 19. All Creation Care champions and environmental stewards from congregations across the state are invited to join GIPL for this interfaith celebration featuring  inspiring keynote address, educational workshops, and a sustainably-sourced lunch.
Eco-Activist Dr. Matthew Sleeth Speaker
The keynote speaker this year is  Dr. Matthew Sleeth , a former atheist and chief of hospital medical staff, turned eco-activist.  Together with his wife and two children, he began to bring his lifestyle in line with his values, cutting back on their fossil fuel by two thirds and electricity use by nine tenths. Following a new calling, Dr. Sleeth resigned from his position as chief of the medical staff and director of the ER to teach, preach, and write about faith and the environment throughout the country.
Dr. Sleeth is the executive director of  Blessed Earth. Recognized by  Newsweek as one of the nation's most influential evangelical leaders, he has spoken about the biblical call to be good stewards of the earth at more than one thousand events, campuses, and churches, including the Washington National Cathedral.  He is the acclaimed author of  Serve God, Save the Planet and the introduction to  The Green Bible.  Dr. Sleeth will talk about his research, work, and his latest book,  Reforesting Faith: What Trees Teach Us About The Nature of God And His Love For Us .
This will be a great opportunity to network with other people of faith committed to the shared work of caring for the Earth. You'll walk away with best practices for engaging your congregation back home too!
Join with people of faith engaging in bold acts of stewardship and sustainability for all of Creation!
Tickets are $25 for an individual and $75 for a Green Team (of up to 4 people).  GIPL encourages you to bring your whole Creation Care/Green Team!
Roanridge Trust Grants Available for Leadership Development 

Applications due December 13, 2019

[September 5, 2019] Applications are now being accepted for the 2020 Roanridge Trust Grant Awards. Dioceses, congregations and Episcopal Church related organizations and institutions are invited to apply.

Offered annually, Roanridge Trust Grants are used for the "training of town and country ministry and rural Christian workers" of The Episcopal Church. They support creative models of leadership development and training of the laity and clergy in small towns and rural communities across The Episcopal Church. Awards generally range from $5,000 to $20,000.

These awards affirm the rich gifts and unique witness at work in rural communities. They are a key piece of the Jesus Movement in building leaders who sustain hope, health and creativity in often overlooked or under resourced localities. Roanridge Trust Grant recipients annually represent the great potential, diversity, and Jesus-rooted resilience in rural communities and small towns.

More information, application and instructions are in English and Spanish here ( and here (

Although previous recipients are eligible to apply, and one renewal of a grant is permitted, priority is given to new applicants. Only one grant request per diocese should be submitted. Contact Canon Frank Logue if you intend to apply (

Application deadline is December 13, 2019.

The Roanridge Trust was established by the Cochel family, who originally gave a working farm in Missouri called Roanridge to The Episcopal Church. Income from the Trust generates the grant funds.

Questions about the Roanridge Trust and the application process can be addressed to the Rev. Dr. Molly James, deputy executive officer of General Convention,, or Mr. George Wing,, chair of the Roanridge Trust Grant Review Committee.

Please note the following for dioceses of The Episcopal Church: Applicant understands that should its local diocese fail to pay its assessment in full or to apply for and receive a waiver, the diocese and the applicant shall be ineligible to receive grants or loans from the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society unless approved by Executive Council. In accordance with Canon I.4.6, (select the applicable response): The diocese pays its full assessment; The diocese has been granted a waiver for years (list); The diocese has made application for a waiver but has not been advised regarding a determination.
St. Alban's Hosts American Guild of Organists
The Augusta Chapter of the American Guild of Organists opens its new season with a dinner and program on Monday, September 16, 2019 at 7 PM at St. Alban's Episcopal Church, 2321 Lumpkin Road, Augusta. The dinner is being hosted by Judith Ruffin, the church's Director of Music, and the program following will be given by the Very Rev. Billy Alford, Rector of St. Alban's and President of the Augusta Choral Society.

The American Guild of Organists is a 25,000 member educational organization fostering the development and support of church music in synagogues, temples, and churches. The Augusta Chapter is one of the largest interdenominational groups in the CSRA and its membership presently includes these churches and their musicians. For complete information on this event and to make a dinner reservation please contact the Dean of the Augusta Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, Keith Shafer, or 706.724.2485 x 215. 
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
T he Rt. Rev. Scott Anson Benhase,  10th Bishop of the Diocese of Georgia, will be with the Diocesan Council at St. Peter's Savannah on September 13-14 and will make his annual visitation to St. Peter's at 10 AM, Sunday, September 15. The Bishop's full schedule can be found  here. 

The Rev. Canon Joshua Varner is attending a CREDO Conference, at the Barbara C. Harris Conference Center in Greenfield, NH, through next Monday, September 16. CREDO is an offering of the Church Pension Group that allows clergy time away to reflect, learn, and be refreshed. The four primary areas on which participants focus are Spiritual, Financial, Vocational, and Physical/Psychological Health. A CREDO Conference "helps clergy examine their health, replenish their spirit, and rediscover [and deepen] the passion that first animated their call to ministry." 

The Rev. Canon Frank Logue, Canon Katie Easterlin and Director of Communications Anna Iredale will also be attending Diocesan Council at St. Peter's Savannah.

The Rev. Guillermo Arboleda, Rector of St. Matthew's, Savannah, will officiate at the Thursday, noon service at Saint Anna Alexander Chapel, Diocesan House.
Daughters of the King (DOK) Assembly Set for September

The DOK Fall Assembly, a gathering of celebration and prayer, will be held Sept 20-21, 2019 at Honey Creek. Diocesan Chaplain Amy Bradley will be the guest speaker. 

The Assembly is open to all daughters, with organizers hoping that as many chapters in the Diocese of Georgia can be represented. For an agenda, go 
To register, download this form .  
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. 

September 8-14
In our diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for our congregations in Savannah, especially St. Thomas Isle of Hope and St. Matthew's. We also pray for our ecumenical partners in Savannah, especially Holy Spirit Lutheran Church and St. Benedict the Moor Catholic Church. In our companion diocese of the Dominican Republic, we pray for the congregations in San Pedro de Marorís, especially El Buen Pastor (The Good Shepherd), San Esteban (St. Stephen), and Santa Cruz (Holy Cross).

September 15-21
In our diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for our congregations in Savannah, especially St. Peter's. We also pray for our ecumenical partners in Savannah, especially Messiah Lutheran Church and St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church. In our companion diocese of the Dominican Republic, we pray for St. Matthew (San Matías) in Santana.

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 .
Good Friends
Remember when you were a child and had a best friend at church? Two young girls at Holy Comforter, Martinez do!
Diocesan Council
September 13-14
St. Peter's, Savannah

The DOK Fall Assembly
Sept 20-21
Honey Creek Retreat Center 
For an agenda, go  here.
To register, download this  form .
Fall Clergy Conference 
Monday, September 30 to Wednesday October 2
Honey Creek Retreat Center
Register here.

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

Walkabout with Candidates for the XI Bishop 
6 PM Tuesday, October 22: Good Shepherd, Augusta
6 PM Wednesday, October 23: St. Thomas, Isle of Hope (with live Spanish interpretation)
11 AM Thursday, October 24: Christ Church, Frederica
6 PM Thursday, October 24: Christ Church, Valdosta
6 PM Friday, October 25: Calvary, Americus

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

Diocesan Convention Youth Presence (for grades 6 to 12)
November 15 (all day) through November 16
Hosted by Trinity Church, Statesboro

Winter Youth Retreat
January 10-12, 2020
Honey Creek
For students in grades 6 to 12

Happening #103
Thursday, February 20 (for staff, participants arrive Friday) to Sunday, February 23, 2020
Honey Creek 
For students in grades 10 to 12

Consecration of the XI Bishop, Diocese of Georgia
11 AM Saturday, May 30
Johnny Mercer Theater
Savannah, Georgia

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry Preaches in Forsyth Park
11 AM Sunday, May 30
The Bandshell, Forsyth Park
Savannah, Georgia
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