17 April 2013  

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IN GREENSBORO. Bishop Rob Wright greets a member of the Church of the Redeemer, Greensboro, during a Palm Sunday visit. Photo: Bill Monk

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+ Bishop Rob Wright met Tuesday with the clergy of the Northeast Metro Convocation. He has scheduled similar gatherings with the nine other convocations as well.


+ Bishop Wright will lead the celebration of a new ministry honoring Rector Ben Wells and the people of St. Francis', Macon, at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 20, on the church lawn. A barbecue and picnic will follow. All are welcome.


+ Bishop Wright will visit Grace Church, Gainesville, on Sunday, April 21. He will preside at worship services at 8:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. and will confirm, receive and reaffirm 30 members. He'll also lead a bishop's forum at 9:30 a.m. Following a reception, he'll have lunch with the vestry. The Rev. Dean Taylor is interim rector. All are welcome.


+ Assistant Bishop Keith Whitmore will visit St. Barnabas', Trion, on Sunday, April 21. Worship begins at 10:30 a.m. A covered-dish luncheon follows. All are welcome.


+ Bishop Wright will participate in a ground-breaking for a new medical clinic in Jasper at 10 a.m. Monday, April 22. Called the Matthew Project, the effort to build a permanent structure for Good Samaritan Health & Wellness Center  is supported by Episcopal Charities Foundation. ECF will coordinate volunteer worker teams from throughout the diocese when construction begins. The clinic is currently housed in trailers.  











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BLESSING NEW SOLAR PANELS. After inviting conference goers to join him, Bishop Rob Wright blesses solar panels at St. Gregory the Great Episcopal Church in Athens. He holds a copy of the Book of Common Prayer, which was the focus of his opening remarks at the April 13 gathering.  Photo: Bill Monk  For more photos, click here.
Prayer book is one of church's treasures, bishop tells
Athens ministry fair-goers representing 20 parishes 

By Nan Ross

Suggesting "Episcopalians tend to sing too slow and pray too fast," Bishop Rob Wright cheerfully encouraged about 100 church leaders April 13 in Athens to sing often and remember the Book of Common Prayer as one of the treasures of a wonderful faith tradition.
     Wright opened the "Sowing Seeds for Ministry" fair, the first regional ministry fair outside Atlanta, hosted by St. Gregory the Great Episcopal Church and attracting people from some 20 parishes and the diocesan staff. The event, organized by Catherine Drewry of Athens, placed a special emphasis on Christian faith formation. more

A Gift for You: 
Easter Meditations from the Chattahoochee Valley


Meditations for Easter are a traditional offering of the Chattahoochee Valley Episcopal Ministry. To read the entire series, including the introductory essay by Bishop Wright, click  here.

Attend or give to Emmaus House April 28 Gala

The 2013 Emmaus House Gala and Silent Auction is coming up Sunday, April 28. The fun begins at 5 p.m. at the Foundry at Puritan Mill, Atlanta. Purchase your tickets now or make a donation if you can't make it; your gift will be doubled. Click here>

Stewardship workshop May 4 for clergy, lay leaders


A workshop for clergy and lay leaders organizing the stewardship efforts in their parishes will be Saturday, May 4, at the Cathedral of St. Philip. The event (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) is sponsored by the Diocese of Atlanta Stewardship Commission. There is no charge, but registration is required. For more information and to register click here.


Jesse & Betty Collins 

+ Elizabeth "Betty" Collins, who with her late husband, Jesse Collins, led restoration efforts at Zion Episcopal Church, Talbotton, died April 8 in Perry. Dr. Collins, a native of Rome, served as a classroom teacher, principal and consultant for Fulton County Schools. To read an obituary from the Atlanta Journal Constitution, click here.


Greg Cole + Greg Cole has been named development director for Emmaus House, the Diocese of Atlanta outreach ministry in Peoplestown. A former Episcopal priest with a master's from Harvard Divinity School, he was development director for Habitat for Humanity in Jacksonville, Fla. He joined the Emmaus House team this week.


The Rev. Daniel Dice  

+ The Rev. Daniel S. Dice has been called as priest in charge at St. Timothy's, Decatur. Dice is a graduate of Miami University with degrees in history and business administration. He has a juris doctor degree from University of Dayton School of Law and a master of divinity from General Theological Seminary. Ordained a priest last year, he has served as curate at Church of Our Saviour, Atlanta.


Atlanta parish hosts Iris Society's show Saturday

The Georgia Iris Society presents its annual flower show from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church, Atlanta. The show is open and free to the public. For information on judging, click here.


Youth Kickball Tournament is Sunday   


A Youth Kickball Tournament begins at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 21, at D. H. Stanton Park, a few blocks from Emmaus House. Proceeds benefit Emmaus House Chapel's youth program. All young people in the diocese are invited to take part. Registration is $10 for each participant or $75 for each 10-person team. For details and to register, write to elizabethroles@emmaushouse.org


Lecture series to focus on  Christ of the Celts


Author Carl McColman of Atlanta will be a guest lecturer on at 7 p.m. Wednesdays beginning April 24 at St. Patrick's Episcopal Church, Dunwoody. McColman will lead a study of Christ of the Celts by John Philip Newell. The series will conclude May 22 with a Celtic Eucharist. A 6:15 p.m. dinner precedes each lecture, and related activities for children will be available.


Yard sale planned April 27 in Marietta


A yard sale to raise funds for outreach ministries is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at Church of the Annunciation, Marietta. All are welcome.

Learn how to provide pastoral care April 20     

COMMUNITY OF HOPE ministers provide pastoral care. Photo: James Pettit  
Learn how Community of Hope can awaken God's call in your life by helping you discover and better understand your own spiritual gifts for lay ministry on Saturday, April 20, at St. Aidan's Episcopal Church in Milton. Community of Hope is a program that trains lay people to participate in pastoral care by being "present" in a listening, compassionate, non-controlling manner to an individual or group for the purpose of consciously or unconsciously representing God to them and seeking to respond to their spiritual needs. more 
DOLLS FOR HAITI'S CHILDREN. Members of Church of the Advent, Madison, present a box full of hand-knitted dolls to Terry Franzen (right) prior to her mission trip to Haiti. With the Rev. Dann Brown are: 
Pat Wells, Susan Kurtz, Ginger Kroeber, Elaine Hodge, Carol Blow, Evelyn Rowland and Christy Fields. Photo: Church of the Advent 


Norcross Episcopalians on mission trip to Haiti 


Busy Belden and Terry Franzen, members of Christ Church Episcopal, Norcross, are in Haiti to attend the bi-annual Haiti Connection Conference in Port au Prince and then take part in a medical mission. Franzen and Dr. Dianne Pizey have been asked talk about mobile medical and dental clinics and then they were off to Leogane for eight days. The parish provided vitamins, tooth brushes and toothpaste for the patients. Women of Church of the Advent, Madison, supplied a box full of hand-knitted dolls, for children Franzen expected to encounter. 


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+ The Spiritual Practice of Money: A Workshop for Women with Maggie Kulyk, M.Div., is Saturday, April 20, 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Chrysalis Center, 1989 N. Williamsburg Drive, Suite I, Decatur 30030.  This workshop will explore our relationship to money, our early training around money, the influence of our faith on how we handle money, and the nuts and bolts of good financial management.  Kulyk believes that coming into right relationship with money is essential if we are to enjoy a full and happy life.  Register here.  For more information, contact Kimberly Broerman at 404-275-3328 or kgbroerman@yahoo.com 

+ A pilgrimage-study week in Avila, Spain, based on the life and writings of St. John of the Cross will be led Oct. 8-16 by the Rev. Isa�as Rodr�guez, the Diocese of Atlantas�s canon for Hispanic ministries. Pilgrims will be based at the Carmelite International Center of Teresian and Sanjaunistic Studies in Avila.  Visits to holy places in the lives of St. John of the Cross and St. Teresa of Avila are planned. A deposit of $150 is due by Tuesday, Aug. 20. To obtain a brochure and for more information, contact Canon Rodriguez,
irodriguez@episcopalatlanta.org or call at 404-707-1217

+ Meals On Wheels Atlanta needs some help. 

Hundreds of senior citizens in Atlanta are homebound and not able to cook for themselves. Do you have two hours a week or a month to deliver meals?  

To sign up and for further information, contact Jason Tucker at  404-351-6194 or volunteercoordinator@mealsonwheelsatlanta.org




Boston Marathon bombs rock
local Episcopalians
Reuters photo 

By Mary Frances Schjonberg

BOSTON - The seven runners from Trinity Church Copley Square who were competing in the 
Boston Marathon
 to raise money for the church's anti-violence initiative escaped injury in the two explosions that ripped through the race's finish line that is within 300 yards of the church's front porch. more 

Read the ENS Blog here >