January 22, 2020
Volume 10, No. 21
The Diocese observes the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
At right, children from Savannah Convocation congregations are ready to go at the start of that town's parade, while at left the St. Mark's, Brunswick, group walks in the parade in their town.

A group from St. Mark's, Brunswick, ready to walk in that town's MLK Day Parade.

The Savannah Convocation group in front of St. Matthew's where the parade route ends. The church hosted a youth lock-in leading up to the event and then a lunch and Eucharist after the parade.

The marchers from St. Athanasius, Brunswick, (at left) and St. Luke's, Rincon, (at right) are ready to go in the MLK Day Parades in their towns.

Marchers from Grace, Waycross blowing "Bubbles of Hope" to represent the dream for hope and healing 
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Register now for Happening in February
Happening offers high school youth a chance to consider the deep questions about God, Jesus, the Church, Faith, Prayer, Love, and more. All of this is done in a way that allows youth to learn from each other, and to experience the love of God throughout the weekend. The teen who will serve as the Rector for this Happening will be J.D. Greneker of Christ Church, Valdosta.

Grades 10-12, February 21-23, 2020
Art for bishop's ordination & consecration draws on baptism
For bishop-elect Frank Logue, ordination to the episcopate is grounded in the cross of Jesus Christ and the waters of baptism. A stunning artistic image by Rachel Greneker Deal drawing on these themes will inspire those attending the upcoming ordination and consecration of Logue as the 11th Bishop of Georgia. Deal grew up at Christ Church, Valdosta, and Honey Creek where she attended summer camp, and numerous youth events, including serving as the Rector for Happening #82. She earned her BFA at Armstrong State University. 

The crucifix in Deal's intricate paper cut overlays a watercolor of a stained glass pattern. She used the cross behind the altar at St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church in the Georgetown area of Savannah as her inspiration. That cross will be behind the altar for the ordination and consecration liturgy on May 30.  The cross comes from Tanzania, where Logue served as an intern while in seminary. 

For Logue, all four orders of ministry-lay persons, bishops, priests, and deacons-find a common call to vocation and ministry in baptism. As former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams has put it, "Those who are baptized have disappeared under the surface of Christ's love and reappeared as different people."

Baptismal renewal cannot happen without a willingness to follow Jesus to the cross. "In being ordained a bishop, I am called to die further to myself," Logue said. "As Romans 6:4 says, 'Therefore we have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.'"

Logue continues, "This ordination is not about me, but about Jesus seeking to offer healing and wholeness to a lost and hurting world, in which the proper ordering of the church has a part to play, but only to the degree that the diocese keeps Jesus at the center."
Bishop's Visitation
Good Shepherd, Thomasville

The Rev. Dennis McGill, Deacon; Ms. LaQuan Smith, Crucifer; the Rev. Will Brown, Priest in Charge; Ms. Shun Williams and Ms. Armani Miller, torchbearers; with Bishop Scott Benhase during his last visit to Good Shepherd as diocesan bishop.
Calvary in Community radio program connects Americus
Calvary Episcopal Church in Americus is on the air every Sunday morning with a half-hour long radio program.  The purpose of the program is to create a way for Calvary to support "everyone and anyone who is making a positive impact on Americus, Sumter County, and Southwest Georgia."  

The Rev. Richard Nelson begins with the Collect of the Day a reading from scripture and a meditation on Reading.  The second half of the program is an interview with someone making a positive impact on the community.  Nelson already interviewed the police chief for one show and representatives from the Mustard Seed Thrift Store (which is a Calvary ministry) for another.  

This past Sunday he aired an interview with people working with city tourism who are beginning an African American History Trolley Tour in Americus.  Nelson says the program has received a very good response from parishioners and people in community. Two private donations covered the cost of funding the broadcast for a year.  Anyone interested can tune in on Sundays at 9 AM via this link to the WISK 98.7 livestream.
Register now for Honey Creek Summer Camp
For 91 years the diocese has been hosting summer camp, with the first sessions at Camp Reese on St. Simons Island.  Since 1960, Honey Creek has been a place where campers have come to connect with God, develop lifelong friendships, explore nature, and just be together.  Our days are full with actions- swimming and rope course- singing and worshiping- group games- and more. Clergy and lay youth leaders work at each camp sessions to spend time with campers and offer a program time giving a chance to explore faith in the setting of a week-long camp.

The registration fee of $495 covers all expenses for a week of age-appropriate fun at Honey Creek.  Tuition covers room and board, special activities, art supplies, camp photo and camp t-shirt. Scholarships are available to defray the costs of participating in camp. For kids active in the churches, cost should never be a barrier to taking part in Honey Creek Summer Camp.
The Parent & Child sessions run during the Camp St. Joseph & Mary sessions (Sunday through Tuesday).  They serve as an introduction to camp culture for both the parent and the child (K-2).  Parent and child are invited to participate fully in all camp activities as much (or as little) as they are comfortable.

The dates for this summer are:

  • High School Camp (Completed grades 9-12): June 7-13, 2020
  • Camp St. Joseph & Mary I (Completed grades 3-5): June 14-20, 2020
  • Parent & Child session I (Completed K-2):  June 14 - June 16, 2020
  • Camp St. Peter I (Completed grades 6-8): June 21-27, 2020
  • Camp St. Joseph & Mary II (Completed grades 3-5): July 5-11, 2020
  • Parent & Child session II (Completed K-2): July 5-July 7, 2020
  • Camp St. Peter II (Completed grades 6-8): July 12-18, 2020
For complete information or to register online, go to
Around the Diocese

Will Priest carries the University of the South banner leading the procession during the Winter Convocation at Sewanee when new members are inducted into the Order of the Gown. Charlotte Moffett received her gown, a sign of high academic achievement as attested by the student's grade point average. Both Will and Charlotte are parishioners of St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Savannah. The Diocese of Georgia is an owning diocese of Sewanee, which was founded by the First Bishop of Georgia with other bishops from the southeast US. Beginning with the class that enters this fall, Sewanee will meet 100 percent of a student's demonstrated financial need. 
At left, the Rev. Leeann Culbreath, Deacon who is a candidate for ordination to the priesthood, took time to teach even as she is learning in the Alternate Clergy Training program at Sewanee. She is shown here leading a Community Forum last week on her work as Co-Chair of the South Georgia Immigrant Support Network. Her presentation included a brief background and reading letters from women and men in detention in Georgia. 
At right, K9's for Warriors selected Buddy from among the dogs available for adoption at the Albany Humane Society. Funds raised by St. Paul's, Albany, will send Buddy to Ponte Vedra for training to become a service dog for a veteran suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury, and/or Military Sexual Trauma as a result of military service post-9/11.

Parishioners pack boxes for Saint Paul's Manna Pantry. The Augusta congregation provided food for 146 households.

Parishioners of St. John's, Savannah, served a dinner to their Urban Hope families with Independent Presbyterian hosting the event.

Parishioners volunteer at the Ladles of Love Soup Kitchen at St. Paul's, Albany. 

The canons of the Diocese of Georgia require that annual meetings fall between the first Sunday of Advent and January 31, with most taking place in the last two weeks of January. At left, St. Luke's, Rincon, and at right, St. Augustine of Canterbury, Augusta, hold their annual meetings. 
An Update on the Consent Process for our Bishop Election
As previously reported in From the Field, the election of Canon Frank Logue to serve as the 11th Bishop of Georgia requires the consent of the other dioceses of the Episcopal Church. The process to permit the majority of the dioceses of the Episcopal Church to consent to the election of the Rev. Canon Frank Logue as 11th Bishop of Georgia began December 19, 2019. On that day, the Episcopal Church's Office of Pastoral Development reported to the President of our Standing Committee, the Very Rev. Ted Clarkson, that with the required reports in hand, we could send packets out to the other 110 diocesan standing committees. On the same day, the General Convention Office staff contacted the bishops with jurisdiction in the 111 dioceses of the Episcopal Church via email to likewise request their consent. 

Voting for the 11th Bishop of Georgia
As of January 21, we have received formal consents from 35 Standing Committees with 21 more needed to have a simple majority. The pace of consents arriving to the Diocese is picking up speed with ten arriving in the first two days of this week. The Diocese does not track the bishop consents, but those usually go faster as they require the vote of an individual diocesan bishop rather than a committee that must meet, deliberate, and vote. The Presiding Bishop's staff will notify us when they have received the consents of more than half of the bishops with jurisdiction.

Canons allow 120 days for this consent process, which often concludes sooner. Once the General Convention Office receives consents from more than half of the bishops and standing committees, we will move from saving the date for the ordination and consecration to making final plans and sending invitations. Pending consents, the liturgy will begin at 11 AM on May 30th at the Johnny Mercer Theater in Savannah's Civic Center.
Diocesan Office Update and News
T he Rt. Rev. Scott Anson Benhase,  10th Bishop of the Diocese of Georgia, will make his visitation to Holy Nativity St. Simons Island, this Sunday, January 26 at 11 AM. To see the Bishop's complete visitation schedule, go here:  Visitations Calendar

Bishop Benhase, Canon Katie Easterlin, and Canon Frank Logue will meet with Diocesan Council this Friday and Saturday, January 24-25 at Holy Nativity, St. Simons Island.

Canon Logue will preside and preach this Sunday at St. Matthew's, Savannah.

Canon Joshua Varner will preside and preach this Sunday at Christ Church, Cordele.
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 2020 one year prayer cycle is now online here:  2020 Prayer Cycle

January 19 - 25
In our diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for our congregations in Augusta, especially, the Church of the Atonement and Christ Church. We also pray for our ecumenical partners in Augusta, especially Advent Lutheran Church, Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church, and The Church of the Resurrection Lutheran Church. In our companion diocese of the Dominican Republic, we pray for the Church of the Transfiguration ( La Transfiguración) in Banî.

January 26 - February 1 
In our diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for our congregations in Augusta, especially, Good Shepherd and St. Alban's. We also pray for our ecumenical partners in Augusta, especially the Catholic Churches of St. Ignatius of Antioch, St. Joseph, and St. Mary on the Hill. In our companion diocese of the Dominican Republic, we pray for the congregations in Barahona - Jesus the Pilgrim ( Jesús Peregrino), Redemption ( La Redención), and Lamb of God ( Cordero de Dios).

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 .
The Body of Christ

A young parishioner, framed by the altar's angel at Christ Church, Savannah, prepares to receive the Holy Eucharist. "Whoever receives one such child like this in My name receives me" (Mark 9:36).

Happening #103
Thursday, February 20 (for staff, participants arrive Friday) to Sunday, February 23, 2020
Honey Creek 
For students in grades 10 to 12
Register  here.

EQHR for Clergy Only
April 27 through May 1
Honey Creek

Clergy Spouse Retreat
March 13-15, 2020
Honey Creek

Spring Clergy Conference
5:30 PM, Monday, May 4 to 1 PM, Wednesday, May 6
Honey Creek

Consecration of the XI Bishop, Diocese of Georgia
11 AM Saturday, May 30
Johnny Mercer Theater
Savannah, Georgia

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry preaches at Eucharist in Forsyth Park
11 AM Sunday, May 31
The Bandshell, Forsyth Park
Savannah, Georgia

High School Camp at Honey Creek
June 7-13, 2020
Register  here.

Camp St. Joseph & Mary I at Honey Creek
June 14-20, 2020
For those who have completed grades 3-5

Parent & Child session I at Honey Creek
June 14 - June 16, 2020
For those who have completed Kindergarten thru 2nd grade
Register here .

Camp St. Peter I 
June 21-27, 2020
For those who have completed grades 6-8

Camp St. Joseph & Mary II
July 5-11, 2020
For those who have completed grades 3-5
Register  here.

Parent & Child session II at Honey Creek
July 5-7, 2020
For those who have completed Kindergarten thru 2nd grade
Register  here .

Camp St. Peter II
July 12-18, 2020
For those who have completed grades 6-8
Register here

Episcopal Youth Event
July 6-14, 2020
University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland
Participants must be in grades 9-12
Register by going here:

Conflict Transformation, Clergy Only
October 19-23
Honey Creek 
Contact:  the Rev. Walter Hobgood

199th Convention of the Diocese of Georgia
November 5-7
Jekyll Island Convention Center
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