July 12, 2017
Volume 7, Number 46
Camp Hope Matters
Arthur L. Jones III, Seminarian

Camp Hope  matters. It has since its inception three years ago - and it will continue to matter in the months, years, and perhaps in the decades to come. That declarative statement isn't just my own not-so-humble opinion; but rather a fact.

 But before I continue, please allow me to tell you precisely what Camp Hope is. Camp Hope is a summer enrichment camp held locally every summer by the combined efforts of all three Episcopal churches here in Thomasville: All Saints', Good Shepherd, and St. Thomas. The summer camp was meticulously planned, staffed, and executed by the Oak Street Episcopal Mission (formerly known as the Episcopal Development Agency of Thomasville, or simply EDAT). Camp Hope's continuous focus is the identification and honing of leadership traits within each of its summer camp participants.

This summer, Camp Hope was blessed to host the following leaders: Audrey Atkins, Ante'Asia Barber, Aubrey Bowden, Jayuan Bowden, Danyelle Curry, Devin Herring, Shemaurnia Hudson, Lemariah Johnson, Nyesha Maxwell, Tatyanna Mitchell, Zya Outlaw, Damieon Smith, Quadash'a Vall, and Kelvin Williams. Every one of these young people possesses leadership traits. Every one of them has God-given gifts. Every one of them has an exceedingly bright future. I know these things well because I had the distinct honor of serving as Camp Hope's Director this summer.

I also had the distinct privilege of working alongside Hannah Deaver - who served as Camp Hope's Counselor. Ms. Deaver is as brilliant, talented, energetic, and patient a teacher as I've seen in some time. Her guidance of and affection for the Camp Hope participants - affectionately called the "Hopers" - was on full display every second of every minute of every day. She clearly matters, therefore Camp Hope clearly matters.

Camp Hope matters because the full resources of the Episcopal Church were made available to affirm and confirm that. I cite the Right Reverend Scott Anson Benhase - the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia - for his unwavering support. I cite the Reverend Canon Frank Logue for his steadfast prayers and support. Locally, I thank Father Dwayne Varas - the Rector of St. Thomas Episcopal Church - and Father Paul Hancock - the Rector of All Saints' Episcopal Church - along with their Vestries and congregations for their countless contributions.

Without the generous contributions of more than 50 individuals and businesses. Camp Hope matters because of these individuals, their love of God, and their love for God's people.

Camp Hope matters because a veritable army of teen volunteers from Scholars' Academy, Brookwood School, Thomas County Central High School, All Saints' Episcopal Church, and St. Thomas Episcopal Church renewed old friendships and established new friendships with the "Hopers".

Leaders bloomed at Camp Hope this summer. Camp Hope traveled to different cities in different states in order to try different things. The mantra of "good choices, good behavior, and great attitude" was reinforced every week day by the Director and Counselor with plenty of love, peace, and joy. For the rest of their lives, the "Hopers" will carry these summer camp memories with them.

For all these reasons and more, Camp Hope matters.
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Spread the Word on the Revival!

Almost 200 people have registered for Revival: Fearless Faith, Boundless Love! Have you? Go here to find out all about it and to register: 

We've created a flyer (shown above) that can be downloaded  hereprinted and posted. There is also a similar bulletin insert that can be downloaded here.   Let's get the word out on this amazing event in the Diocese of Georgia!
Around the Diocese
At St. Luke's Hawkinsville, the Rev. Aaron Brewer commissions the youth before they head out to EYE2017. For more information on their trip, go to the Diocese of Georgia's Youth Facebook page:  http://bit.ly/EDoGeorgiaYouthonFacebook

The Rev. Walter Hobgood commissions Liz Williams and Jason Stockstill at St. Thomas' Thomasville prior to their departure for EYE2017.

The folks at King of Peace Kingsland said a special prayer for parishioners wearing braces!
Have You Made Your Cursillo Yet?
"But grace was given to each of us according to the measure of Christ's gift. And His gifts were that some should be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ." Ephesians 4:7, 11-12

Have you made your Cursillo yet? Registration for Cursillo #123, October 12-15, 2017, is happening now! 

Cursillo is an opportunity to grow in faith and in spirituality; gain a deeper understanding of the teachings of Jesus and how we can serve Him; experience living and sharing with others in a loving and caring Christian community and realizing that this can be taken back home with us; and a continuing community that gives support and encouragement to help Christians carry out their Baptismal Vows. Did I mention all of this takes place at our beloved Honey Creek?

The Weekend
Cursillo includes a three-day weekend that begins on Thursday evening and concludes on Sunday. The Cursillo weekend is not a retreat, but an opportunity to meet clergy and laity seeking to strengthen their faith. It provides an environment to experience the reality of the gift of God's love through shared prayer, individual meditation, worship, study, fellowship, laughter, tears, and unconditional love.

What's expected of participants?
* To be open and willing to respond to what you experience, to share your feelings with others, and allow them to share theirs with you.
* To make a genuine effort to discover where you are and where or how you can grow in your Christian life.
* To feel secure in the knowledge that you are accepted where you are and as you are, and to know that a specific response is not expected of you.
There's no better time or place to meet folks from around the diocese and grow in spiritual maturity than in the welcoming, loving, and music-filled experience of Cursillo at Honey Creek!

For more information or questions, reach out to Misty Graham (misty.mcintyre.graham@gmail.com or 352-281-6805). De Colores, my friends!

Last year's Cursillo group.
The Reverend Daniel Ki Chul Lee
April 27, 1951 - June 30, 2017

A funeral service for the Reverend Daniel Ki Chul Lee was held Monday, July 3 at St. Philip's Episcopal Church. The service was officiated by the Rt. Rev. Scott A. Benhase, the Rev. Denise M. Ronn, and the Rev. Dcn. Cathy Henderson. A reception for the family and friends was held in the St. Philip's Parish Hall. Memorial gifts can be made to St. Philip's Building Fund.

Mr. Lee was born in 
Buchun city, Kyongkido, South Korea and received his master's degree from  Chong Shin Theological Seminary, Seoul, South Korea in 1980. He began his Korean ministry in Seoul in 1973 and served there until he moved to Montgomery Alabama in 1986 until 1991. He served at the Korean Presbyterian Church in Hinesville from 1991 to 1996 and at St. James Korean Episcopal Church until this year.

He leaves a wife, two sons, one daughter, four grandchildren (Korea) and his youngest son, daughter in law, and one granddaughter live in Atlanta.

The committal will take place in his birthplace, South Korea. 
Rev. Deacon Lynn Anderson

The Rev. Deacon Lynn Anderson entered into eternal rest on June 29th at home. Originally from Chicago, she had lived in Augusta since 1974.

She began working for Brown Radiology in 1975. In 1981, she formed Medical Computer Billing Services (MCBS) and ran that company until she retired in 1999. She served as president of the CSRA Medical Managers Association, as well as the Georgia and national branches of the Radiology Business Managers Association (RBMA). 

Ordained a deacon in 2002, she served at St. Paul's Augusta for many years, continuing her ministry at St. Augustine's Church and the Church of the Holy Comforter.

She is survived by a son, David Anderson (Julie), daughter Kristin Alford (Don), daughter Kathrin Edmiston (David) and grandchildren, Mathew, Joshua and Rebekah Breithaupt, Owen and Katie Anderson; her brothers, Robert and Charles Kinsey, and sister, Jill Brown.

A service was held this morning at 10:30 AM at St. Paul's Church. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Pastoral Care at the Church of the Holy Comforter, 473 Furys Ferry Road, Martinez, Georgia, 30907.

To read a sermon preached in honor of Rev. Dcn. Anderson by the Rev. Larry Jesion, go here. 
Parish Positions Open 
Youth Minister
St. Elizabeth's, Richmond Hill
We are looking for an individual who has a heart for Jesus and a desire to make Him known to high school and middle school students. We are looking for an individual with a desire and ability to disciple students; to teach God's word and lead Bible studies; to organize and plan mission trips and events; and to organize and co-ordinate schedules and volunteers.

The package will include salary and is subject to negotiation based on experience.  Please contact The Rev. C. Clark Hubbard @ hubcc@aol.com  

Parish Administrator/Office Manager
St. Peter's, Skidaway Island
We seek a Parish Administrator who will enjoy working with us as we engage God's mission in our community and beyond. 30-32 hours per week with a half day on Friday. Competitive salary and benefits package. Job posting and details may be found on their website: stpeterssavannah.org
The deadline for resumes is July 18.
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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. 

July 9 - 15
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 San Juan Evangelista ( St. John the Evangelist) in Piedra Blanca. 

July 16 - 22
In our diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for our congregation in Rincon, St. Luke's. We also pray for our ecumenical partners, especially the Lutheran churches in Rincon-Jerusalem and St. John's. In our companion diocese of the Dominican Republic, we pray for San Bernabé (St. Barnabas's Church) in Pizarette.
Diocesan Office Update and News  
Bishop Benhase's full schedule is available  here. 

Canon Logue is taking part in the Walkabout for the Bishop election in the Diocese of East Tennessee through Friday evening. This Sunday, he will preside and preach at St. Thomas Isle of Hope, Savannah.

The Rev. Denise Ronn of St. Philip's Hinesville, will officiate at the 12 noon Thursday service in the Chapel of St. George at Diocesan House.
Administrator's Corner
Protect our Congregations from Cyber-attacks

Ransomware--it has been in the headlines several times in the past few months. Many of you will think, "that will never happen to me or my business." However, I'd like to take the opportunity to stress the importance of protecting yourself and your congregations from cyber-attacks. Cyber-attacks can come in many forms, they do not have to be as complicated as the famous Ransomware attacks. Common cyber risks include phishing, malware, password attacks, rogue software, and others. For a quick, high-level review of the types of cyber business attacks that can occur, please read this article provided by Quickbooks .
Regardless of the type of attack, these cyber threats put our congregations and employees at risk. We often handle financial, sensitive, and personal information. Below are a few tips to consider using daily to protect against attack:

  • Secure Passwords Regularly update and create complex passwords for your software and accounts. Password123 is unacceptable. You should also change your password every 45-60 days to reduce the risk of password algorithms determining your password.
  • Email Protection Phishing email scams are the most common form of entry for cyber-attacks. If you receive an email that has a strange subject line, content, or an attachment, DO NOT open it. Delete the email immediately. Even if the email comes from someone in your email address book, delete the email and reach out to the individual to verify it was a legitimate email. They can mask your emails addresses
  • Cloud and Security Software Consider using secure cloud based websites to store and protect your data. Two-step authenticated sites oftentimes provide the best security. Ensure your computers have security software and virus protection
  • WiFi Security Public WiFi access is unsecured. This is the easiest way for cyber-attackers to access your computer as you're browsing the web. For important bank transaction and other sensitive operation, please consider only conducting that business on a secure and private server or cloud
  • Internet Browsing Refrain from visiting "click-bate" websites that often have malware that force pop-up and potentially malware on to your computers. In the internet browser bar, there is a symbol of a lock that indicates it is a secure website
If everyone follows strong security protocols on our computers and on the web, we can altogether help reduce the risk of cyber-attacks.

Katie Willoughby
Canon for Administration
The Saints of Summer
Trinity Statesboro celebrated Sts Madras and Seersucker last Sunday.
Finance Committee Meeting
Wednesday, July 28,
10 AM
Diocesan House

Stewardship Training with Bishop Benhase

August 26, 9:30 AM to noon
Annunciation, Vidalia

Stewardship Training with Bishop Benhase
September 9, 9:30 AM to noon
St. George's, Savannah
Register  here.
Revival: Boundless Love Fearless Faith
September 17
10 AM Service at Good Shepherd Pennick
3 PM Revival at Honey Creek with Fellowship beginning at 2 PM
For more information, go here: www.EpiscopalRevivalinGeorgia2017.org
Fall Clergy Conference
September 17-19
Honey Creek Retreat Center
Cursillo #123
October 12-15
Honey Creek Retreat Center
For more information, go here.

Stewardship Training with Bishop Benhase

October 21, 9:30 AM to noon
Holy Comforter Martinez
Register  here.

Stewardship Training with Bishop Benhase
October 28, 9:30 AM to noon
St. Paul's, Albany
Register  here.

Commission on Ministry and Standing Committee Meeting
1:30 PM Friday, November 3 until noon Saturday, November 4
Trinity Church, Statesboro
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