March 13, 2019
Volume 9, No. 29
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Second Sunday in Lent
Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18 
Philippians 3:17-4:1
Luke 13:31-35
Psalm 27

Go  here for the full text.
Update on Search for XI Bishop 
Transition Committee Named
The Standing Committee voted to approve members of the Transition Committee at their meeting last weekend. The group is charged with overseeing the transition between the X and XI Bishops of Georgia, including the consecration ceremony.
Julie Carico 
All Saints, Thomasville

The Rev. Terri Degenhardt
St. Mary Magdalene, Louisville

The Rev. Walter Hobgood
Christ Church, Valdosta

The Rev. Dave Johnson
Christ Church, Valdosta

The Rev. Geri Nelson, Deacon
St. Francis of the Islands, Savannah

The Rev. Tom Purdy
Christ Church Frederica, St. Simon's Island

The Rev. Jim Said
St. Augustine's, Augusta

Molly Stevenson
Christ Church, Valdosta

The Very Rev. William Willoughby III, Chairperson
The Collegiate Church of St. Paul the Apostle, Savannah

The next meeting of the Search Committee for the XI Bishop of the Diocese of Georgia will be Saturday, March 16 at 10 AM at Trinity, Statesboro.

To contact members of the Search Committee, send an email to
Have You Taken the Survey?
The Search Committee has designed a survey for the XI Bishop Search that includes the questions that are also asked at the Diocesan Listening Sessions. See the times, dates and locations of upcoming sessions in the Events section below. 

Whether or not you attend a Listening Session, please take the time to complete this brief survey. Go  here  to get started! 
Registration Opens for Spring Clergy Conference
Registration has opened for the  Spring Clergy Conference to be held April 29-May 1 at Honey Creek. Dr. Catherine Meeks of the Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing in the Diocese of Atlanta will lead the conference. This event is required of all priests in a full-time call and encouraged for those serving part time as well as the deacons of the Diocese. 

A sought-after teacher and workshop leader, Dr. Meeks brings four decades of experience to the work of transforming the dismantling racism work in Atlanta. The core of her work has been with people who have been marginalized because of economic status, race, gender or physical ability as they pursue liberation, justice and access to resources that can help lead them to health, wellness and a more abundant life. 

Leading a study of  Just Mercy in Lent is the best way to prepare for her presentation. A study guide for the book can be found here. 

To register for the Clergy Conference, go here.
The Bishop Knocks on the Door
St. Patrick's Pooler
On March 18, 1888, James Symons invited the children of Pooler into his Rogers Street home for Sunday School. Eventually Episcopalians were welcomed to share their faith with the Symons family. Money was soon raised to build a small wooden chapel on the Symons Street lot behind the family's two-story home.

The first service in the new building was held on July 14, 1889. On March 18, 1890 Bishop John W. Beckwith consecrated the church as a mission of St. John's Church in Savannah. At that time, summer Bible School was shared with the Methodist and Baptist churches in Pooler.

At the Bishop's Visitation this year: Senior Warden Thomas Morrison, the Bishop, and current Priest-in-Charge, the Rev. William Bruggeman
In 1980, St. James merged with All Souls Mission of Garden City and became Holy Angels Episcopal Church. The building, owned by the Diocese, was relocated from its original location on family-owned property to Pine Barren Road, approximately six miles away. When a descendent of James Symons passed away in February 2008, the small chapel could not accommodate her funeral. The Diocese requested that engineers, architects and students at Savannah College of Art and Design assist in a study of the original chapel. It was determined that due to termite damage and architectural change from the move, the structure could not be saved. The original altar, lectern and baptismal font are in use in the sanctuary today.

In August 2009 completion of the education building allowed the congregation to move services into the temporary sanctuary and the original St. James Chapel was de-constructed. A new name was voted on by the congregation: St. Patrick's Episcopal Church.

Architectural plans for a new church have been made, but monetary constraints have meant limited progress.

"One hundred percent of our congregation participates in some outreach in the community," said Laura Chan Wood, a parishioner of the parish since the early 1980's. "We are a small but consistent congregation," she added.

Outreach by the parishioners include support of the food pantry, Loaves and Fishes; collecting clothes for the Community of St. Joseph; sponsoring a Girl Scout Troop and until Christmas, sharing their space with the local Catholic Church. "And our First Sunday Brunch...well, I challenge any church, I'll say it's the best in the diocese!"
St. Patrick's held a Boston Butt Sale to raise funds for repairs to the driveway.

Around the Diocese
Youth at Trinity Statesboro begin priming classrooms.
Volunteers from St. Paul's Augusta at the Three Bridges Run

St. Luke's Rincon's Soul Sisters post painting excursion.

Clergy from the Southeastern Convocation gathered together for an Ash Wednesday service.

Evensong at St. Paul's Augusta.

The Episcopal Day School and the Church of the Good Shepherd in Augusta break ground this Friday for the Flowing Wells Campus. See a video and read more about the nature-focused campus in an article in the Augusta Chronicle.
St. Augustine of Canterbury member Bill Macuch, CEO of Macuch Steel in Augusta was named Augusta's Small Manufacturer of the Year. With Macuch are Cheney Thomasson, existing industry coordinator for the Augusta Economic Development Authority and Georgia Power's Matt Forshee. To read more about the award and event, go here.  
Area Organists to Share Augusta Music Program
The Rev. Dr. William Dolen, left and Kenneth Courtney, right, of St. Paul's Augusta and James Nord, center, from Good Shepherd Augusta, are among seven members of the Augusta Chapter of the American Guild of Organists who will present a free public concert at 8 PM on Monday, March 18 at the Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church, 2261 Walton Way.

Sharing the program will be Andrew Barnick (St. Mary on the Hill Roman Catholic Church), Robin Jenkins Ericksen (Aldersgate United Methodist Church), Christopher Nash (St. John's United Methodist Church, Aiken), and Kathleen Cartledge (St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Aiken).
The American Guild of Organists is an educational and professional organization representing musicians serving in Christian and Jewish faith traditions as well as colleges and universities throughout the country. Keith Shafer (Saint Paul's Church, Augusta) is the Dean of the local chapter and can provide further information (; 706.724.2485 x 215).

Register for New Beginnings March 22-24!
New Beginnings for youth in grades 7-9 will be held March 22-24 at Honey Creek. Young people from across the Diocese will gather at Honey Creek for a time of worship, reflection, joy, and laughter. New Beginnings is primarily led by high school youth whose experiences at New Beginnings, at Happening, and at other youth events have led them to want to offer their experiences of unconditional love to younger teenagers.

The Lead Teen for New Beginnings #54 is Sera Davidson,  (at right)  and the Shadow, who will be the Lead Teen for New Beginnings #55 in the fall, is Waverly Brown .

Registration remains open until Monday, March 18. Online registration is available at .
Get Ready for Some Visitors

The visitors are coming, the visitors are coming, we hope they'll be here sooner but they'll definitely be here by Easter.

Are you ready?

First, invite them.
Either verbally or better yet, with postcards that have service information on one side and a great photo of your church on the other. It's easier for the shy among us to hand out invitations. And the week before Holy Week gather a group of volunteers to put the postcards in the mailboxes of houses neighboring the church.

Update the website and Facebook page.
Let's not dwell on the fact that Christmas photos are still up. Take them down and share some current photos. Post your Holy Week schedule early and often.

Make it easy for visitors to find Holy Week service information.
Easter and all the days of Holy Week should be on the main page of your website, and if not, have a link to them prominently displayed.

We're in Lent, does your social media reflect that? 
We may think that newcomers would like to skip Lent and just show up for Easter, but this Letter of Recommendation in the New York Times belies that.

When they arrive, greet them like the brothers and sisters in Christ that they are.

Anna Iredale
Director of Communications
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. 

March 10-16
In our diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for our congregation in Cochran, Trinity and for our ecumenical partners, especially St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Cairo.  In our companion diocese of the Dominican Republic, we pray for St. Gabriel ( San Gabriel) in Consuelo.

March 17-23
In our diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for our congregation in Cordele, Christ Church and for our ecumenical partners in Cordele, especially St. Theresa Catholic Church. In our companion diocese of the Dominican Republic, we pray for the congregations in Dajabon, especially Holy Spirit the Comforter ( EspĂ­ritu Consolador) and Holy Word ( Verbo Divina).

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
Bishop Scott Anson Benhase will make his annual visitation to St. Paul's Albany on Sunday, March 17.  The Bishop's full schedule is available  here. 

The Rev. Canon Frank Logue 
will be presiding and preaching at St. Anne's Tifton.

The Rev.  Richard Nelson will serve at the noon, Thursday Eucharist at Diocesan House this week.
Barabbas and His Tribe
Members of Barabbas and his Tribe, a musical group from the Bahamas returned to All Saints' Tybee for their tenth annual visit around St. Patrick's Day. The band led the congregation to church and after the service led them to the mission hall for a pot luck dinner.
Search Committee Meeting
10 AM, March 16
Trinity Statesboro

New Beginnings #54
For Youth in Grades 7-9 
March 22-24
Honey Creek
To register, go here. 

Listening Session for XI Bishop Search, Youth
Time TBA, Saturday, March 23
Honey Creek Conference Center

Listening Session for XI Bishop Search, Albany Convocation
3 PM, Sunday, March 24
St. Patrick's Albany

Listening Session for XI Bishop Search, Clergy
10 AM Tuesday, March 26
St. Anne's Tifton 

Clergy Spouses Retreat
March 29-31
Honey Creek
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A Listening Session for XI Bishop Search led by the Search Committee for clergy spouses will be scheduled during the retreat.

Listening Session for XI Bishop Search, Savannah Convocation
3 PM, Sunday, March 31
St. Paul's Savannah

Weekend Retreat for Youth Summer Mission Trip
April 5-7
Honey Creek Retreat Center
Parish Hall Dedication
St. Cyprian's and St. Andrew's Darien
5 PM, Saturday, April 13

Holy Week Chrism Mass
11 AM Monday, April 15
Christ Church Valdosta

Holy Week Chrism Mass
11 AM Tuesday, April 16
Trinity Statesboro

Diocese of Georgia Episcopal Church Women Annual Retreat
Daughters of the King Spring Assembly
April 26-27
St. Augustine's  and  the Church of Our Savior, Augusta
To register, click here. 

Spring Clergy Conference
April 29 at 5:30 PM to May 1 at 1 PM
Honey Creek
Register here.

Dedication of Saint Anna Alexander Chapel
11 AM, Friday, May 3
Diocesan House
18 E. 34th Street, Savannah

Toil 'N Sweat
May 3-5
Honey Creek
Register by going here:

Diocesan Council
May 17-18

Nominations for XI Bishop Close
Friday, May 31

Diocesan Youth Mission Trip
July 13-20
To register: 
Thursday, August 2 through Sunday, August 4; staff arrives August 1
Honey Creek Retreat Center

Diocesan Council
September 13-14
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