From the Field
News & Events of the Church in Georgia
March 5, 2013Volume 3, Number 28
In This Issue
Diocesan Office Update
Diocesan Community Update
EYCS Scholarships
Loose Canon
ECW Annual Meeting
Upcoming events for adults
Upcoming events for youth
Columba House
Web Links
 
 
 
March 10 Readings
Fourth Sunday in Lent
Another Great New Beginnings

Teens from across the Diocese gathered for a highly successful Middle School Retreat this past weekend at Honey Creek. Sixty-seven youth and adults gathered for the three-day retreat for 7-9 graders with Holly Querin of Christ Church Valdosta (pictured at right) serving as the Lead Teen. The weekend takes participants through a discovery: about themselves, their friends, family, faith in Jesus Christ, and how to live out that faith in their daily lives.

   

A highpoint this weekend, as with earlier retreats, is the very meaningful "sin burning" service on Saturday evening (pictured below) with an opportunity to repent of past wrongs together with a time for healing prayers. Spiritual directors were the Rev. Sonia Clifton and Canon Frank Logue who worked together with New Beginnings Coordinator Jason Peaslee to provide the support to the teen leadership of the retreat.

 

Diocesan Office Update 

Bishop Benhase will be attending the Spring House of Bishop's Meet at Kanuga from March 7-14.  

 

Canon Logue will lead the Deep Springs Lenten reteat at Honey Creek this weekend together with his wife, Victoria. He is pictured at right working with teens on a video during this past weekend's New Beginnings Retreat.

 

Program Manager Rudy Reyes is attending a Vocare Steering Committee meeting this Saturday at St. Paul's, Macon. Vocare in Georgia is an Episcopal young adult ministry serving both the Diocese of Georgia and the Diocese of Atlanta (http://vocareingeorgia.org/). 

Diocesan Community Update  

 

Please hold the Rev. Jim Bullion in your prayers as he travels this week to the Cleveland Clinic for surgery.

 

Also pray for the continued recovery of the Rev. Lee Domenick, Rector of St. Paul's Jesup, who had angioplasty and a stint put in this past week following a mild heart attack. He is home and recovering well.

EYCS Scholarship Applications Being Accepted

It's EYCS scholarship time again! Diocese of Georgia Episcopalians in college or a senior in high school this year, please encourage them to go to our new website, to find out about the Episcopal Youth & Children's Services college scholarship:

 

www.eycs.georgiaepiscopal.org

 

The scholarship may be used for undergraduate (not graduate) studies, and all applicants must be an Episcopalian, 22 years of age or under, and legal residents of and members in good standing within the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia.

 

The application process is not onerous, and scholarships are typically in the $500 - $2,000 range, based on available funds and family need, but the deadline for applications is May 15. Scholarship funds are made possible by the annual Thanksgiving Ingathering (the Gold Envelopes). 

-Cuffy Sullivan, EYCS President

"No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket.
Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand,
where it gives light to everyone in the house."
-Jesus (Matthew 5:15)
 
The Loose Canon
Email Newsletters Easy to Create and Free for Most

As a subscriber to From the Field, you know how effective an email newsletter can be in sharing church news. A number of the 70 congregations of the Diocese of Georgia are making the move to email for their primary parish communications. While not right for every church, email services are worth considering to decide if now is the time to make the move.

  

Two Services to Consider

Two email services to consider are Constant Contact and MailChimp. With more than 2,200+ subscribers and the need to offer event registration as well as email newsletters, industry-leading Constant Contact was a good fit for the Diocese of Georgia. At just $15 a month for up to 500 subscribers receiving an unlimited number of emails, the service could also be right for your church. For an eye-catching, highly readable example of a church newsletter using Constant Contact see the archives of St. Anne Tifton's The Open Door.

 

For most congregations, the free service offered by MailChimp is sufficient. This service is free for up to 2,000 subscribers and 12,000 emails a month. The free service does have some limitations and you'll want to check out the fine print, but these are minor considerations as the only ad in the email is for MailChimp. To see an excellent example of a newsletter using MailChimp visit the archives of St. Patrick's Happenings from our mission in Pooler.

  

Limitations

Not everyone routinely (or ever) uses email. The percentage of this group varies from congregation to congregation. In making the move to an email newsletter, you will need to offer to print copies for those who will not use email. The per copy cost is much higher than for traditional print newsletters, though as the number is far fewer, this is still a cost savings for most congregations. The vestry will need to do some research to decide what is right in your context.

  

The Benefits

Users can subscribe and unsubscribe themselves and using this feature can change their email addresses which saves staff or volunteer time from this time-consuming shore. It is also far easier for a team to create the newsletter with each person logging in to add their items to the newsletter before you hit send. This is how the diocesan staff works together each week to create From the Field with no one responsible for the whole newsletter.

  

The Guiding Principle

Jesus told us not to hide our light under a bushel basket. This includes sharing what is going on in your church. You need to consistently communicate your congregation's news and events. This is not up for debate. The question is which means is right for your parishioners. An email newsletter will not be right for every church, but it is easy and can be free and so this option is worth the time to consider.

 

The Rev. Frank Logue

Canon to the Ordinary

 

The Loose Canon columns are archived online at http://loosecanon.georgiaepiscopal.org

Episcopal Church Women (ECW)

Register Now for ECW Annual Meeting 

ECW The 2013 ECW Annual Meeting is being held April 26th and 27th at St. Paul's, Augusta. The theme of this year's annual meeting is taken from Job 8:2:"He will once again fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy."

 

The keynote speaker will be Judy Woodruff. As a broadcast journalist Woodruff has covered politics and other news for more than three decades at CNN, NBC and PBS. After returning to the NewsHour in 2007 as a senior correspondent, she now regularly co-anchors the newly redesigned PBS NewsHour.

 

Register online here. 

Upcoming Event for Adults

 

Still Room at Lenten Retreat This Weekend

Registration has gone very well for the Deep SpringsLenten Retreat being offered March 8-9 at Honey Creek, but there is still room for a few last minute registrants. The retreat is created for those who long for time and space set apart to be with God during this season of preparation for Easter. First and foremost, the brief overnight retreat offers quiet from the noise of day to day life to listen to God. Full information is online here: Lenten Retreat Brochure The all-inclusive cost for this retreat is $96.99 per person (based on double room occupancy) and $68.99 for commuters. Single rooms are available for $136.99. This includes the retreat, lodging, and all meals. To register, contact Honey Creek by Wednesday afternoon at 5 p.m. at (912) 265-9218 or carolyn@honeycreek.org

 

 

Calling All Cursillistas! Diocesan Ultreya March 15-16

Cursillo transparent backgroundThe Diocese Commission of Cursillo is holding a Diocesan Ultreya for all of our cursillistas, March 15-16, at Honey Creek. There will be workshops, information on the upcoming November 2013 Cursillo, special guests as well as other activities. Full particulars are in the Diocesan Ultreya Brochure now online. For an update on Cursillo in the Diocese of Georgia, also watch the 5-minute Cursillo Commission Video for Convention 2013. To register and to make reservations please contact Carolyn Middleton, Office Manager at Honey Creek. Her e-mail is carolyn@honeycreek.org, or call 912-265-9218. This will be a time of renewal, fellowship and education. Please make every effort to come and enjoy this experience.

Upcoming Events for Youth 

  

Toil & Sweat High School Retreat March 15-17

 We've all gotten a little dirty and definitely sweaty while at Honey Creek, but now we're doing it on purpose! Come to Toil & Sweat, a youth work weekend for high school students, will give us the opportunity to give back to the Honey Creek we all know and love. We'll work on projects around the property, but also get to enjoy all that Honey Creek has to offer. We'll also explore what it means when life gets dirty. What do we do when things don't go our way?

Come get dirty and have a great time with us! Questions? Send an email to the coordinator for Toil and Sweat, Elizabeth Williams, at lizmaywilliams@gmail.com 

    

Save the Date for Hometown Mission-July 19-21
Youth interested in a local mission trip are encouraged to plan now to take part in a Hometown Mission Trip to Midtown Savannah. The group will do the work to finish getting Columba House ready for the young adults who will live in community and take the church out into Savannah. The Hometown Mission coordinator is Elizabeth Williams. Youth Ministers are encouraged to be in contact with Liz about this event at lizmaywilliams@gmail.com

Columba House Deadline March 15 

Columba House The first round deadline for 2013-2014 Columba House internships is March 15th and quickly approaching. There are two priority deadlines for 2013-2014 Columba House internships: March 15th and May 1st. Those who make the March 15th deadline will know of their acceptance into the program by April 30th. Applications will remain open until all positions are filled.

 

Columba House is a young adult residential internship program of the Diocese of Georgia. Columba House will be a great opportunity for those young adults interested in spending a year in ministry. This program will enable young adults to be apart of a community of service and will provide them with an opportunity to develop their leadership skills, discern their baptismal vocation, and deepen their spiritual life while sharing their spiritual journey with others.

 

Applications are available at http://columbahouse.org

Morning Glory

St. John's, Savannah

This photo of St. John's, Savannah was taken by Deacon Paul Wheatley from Dallas attending the twelfth annual Elliott House of Studies clergy seminar at St. John's. 

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