June 7, 2017
Volume 7, Number 41
Seeing Red, in the Best Way!
St. Luke's Rincon

St. Michael's and All Angels, Savannah  in Daffin Park.
Holy Nativity, St. Simons Island
King of Peace, Kingsland

The Rev. Billy Alford of St. Alban's Augusta baptized Ashlynn Jay Dixon, left, and Caleb Rashad Bailey Jr., right.
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Word is Out on Honey Creek Camp!

High School Camp is full and Camp St. Peter is almost there--some spots remain available for boys, the girls section is full! Reserve a spot for your favorite camper by going here: 

Hometown Missions Concludes Today in Albany
The Rev. Joshua Varner tells the story of creation.
High School youth from across the Diocese are working together in Albany this week to provide a Vacation Bible School for kids in the Radium Springs area, which was devastated by a tornado earlier this year. This year, the event is hosted by St. John's and St. Mark's Episcopal Church, which itself suffered some damage in the tornado. The church has been working for years to connect to the local community through block parties and other events as well as partnering with their local school. 
Hometown Missions is an annual mission trip for teens working within the Diocese. In addition to the mission trips we sponsor in other countries, Hometown Missions gives our teens a way to support the communities where we worship.

Kids make crafts and enjoy singing in these VBS photos. At bottom right, the Rev. Joshua Varner, diocesan Youth Missioner, takes the song low and everyone pretends to sleep.

Creation Care Commission Heads Down to the River
Laura Walker took this photo of her dog Charlie and the rest of the participants in Down to the River to Pray held Saturday on Ebenezer Creek in Rincon.  The event was sponsored by the Diocese of Georgia's Creation Care Commission and Georgia Interfaith Power and Light.

Administrator's Corner
Getting Ready for Realm in the Diocese of Georgia
I recently returned from The Music City (Nashville) where I attended the ACSTechnologies Conference. ACSTechnologies is the company that hosts our ACS database and event registration. Through our existing partnership with ACS, they are offering an exciting opportunity for the Diocese of Georgia.

ACS has been working on developing and enhancing a new product called Realm. We will be hosting and supporting 7-10 congregations through a launch and pilot program being set up with this new product. 

What is Realm?

Realm is a community, giving, accounting, and event planning tool all in one place. The software is cloud based, allowing users and administrators to log-in any time, any where. You can use the system to set up annual pledge contributions, schedule events and payments, and even manage your accounting (fund accounting). They've developed strong security and user privileges to allow administrators, priests, volunteers, and church members access to various information securely. While at the conference, I had the chance to view several of the applications in person and was impressed with the ease and simplicity of the design.

Benefits include:
* Cloud based system
* Strong security protocol
* Integrated church administration functions
* Secure payment transaction 
* Detailed reporting and dashboards

If you are looking for a single platform to manage these components, please reach out to me for more information. I encourage you to watch the demo on their website here:

There are a few openings in the Diocese's pilot program and interested parishes can contact me for more information. Those interested in participating in the group rate for Realm in the future are invited to reach out to me also, kwilloughby@gaepiscopal.org.

Katie Willoughby
Canon for Administration
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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. 

June 4-10
In our diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for our congregation in Louisville, St. Mary Magdalene. We also pray for our ecumenical partners in Louisville, especially St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church. In our companion diocese of the Dominican Republic, we pray for San Pedro (St Peter's Church) in Los Conucos.

June 11-17
In our diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for our congregations in Martinez, Holy Comforter and Our Savior. We also pray for our ecumenical partners, especially St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church in Grovetown. In our companion diocese of the Dominican Republic, we pray for the congregations in Mao, La Anunciación,  ( The Annunciation) and Santa María Liena de Gracia (St. Mary, Full of Grace).
Diocesan Office Update and News  
Bishop Benhase will attend the Province IV House of Bishops Meeting Monday, June 5 through 7 and the Province IV Synod Meeting, June 7 to 9, both at Kanuga Conference Center in North Carolina. He will  make his annual visitation to Our Savior, Martinez at 10 AM. The Bishop's full schedule is available    here.  
Canon Logue and  Anna Iredale will travel with General Convention Deputies and first Alternates to attend the Province IV Synod Meeting at Kanuga, June 7-9. 

June 9-13, Canon Logue will take part in the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church meeting in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The Council serves as the Board of Directors for the denomination.
Happy Vacation Bible Schoolers in Pooler!

A few of the participants at St. Patrick's Pooler's Vacation Bible School where the theme was Wade in the Water.
Evangelism Training
Saturday, June 24 from 1-4 pm
St. Peter's Episcopal Church
3 West Ridge Road, Savannah, GA 31411 
Register  here.  

Evangelism Training
Sunday, June 25 from 1-4 pm
St. Anne's Episcopal Church
2411 Central Ave. N., Tifton, GA 31794
Register here.  

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, 2 PM
Fall Clergy Conference
September 17-19
Honey Creek Retreat Center

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.
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