October 28, 2020
Volume 10, No. 60
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Send us a picture of the saints in your life
On November 2, the Diocese of Georgia will mark All Souls' Day with a service of Evening Prayer. All Souls' is an extension of All Saints' Day. While All Saints' is to remember all the saints, popular piety felt the need to distinguish between outstanding saints and those who are unknown in the wider fellowship of the church, especially family members and friends. All Souls' Day then is when we remember, for example, a beloved grandparent or a teacher or mentor who has died. 

Send a digital photo to our Communications Manager Liz Williams ( lwilliams@gaepiscopal.org) and we will print the file and place it on the altar. We want to include the faithful departed of the Diocese and those dear to our parishioners in this liturgy.

Photos are due today, Wednesday, October 28.

The Rev. Terri Degenhardt to serve at St. Augustine's 
The Rev. Terri Walker Degenhardt has accepted a call to serve as an assisting priest at St. Augustine of Canterbury, Augusta. She was ordained to the priesthood in May of 2017. Previously, the Degenhardt served as Priest-in-Charge of the Episcopal Church of St. Mary Magdalene in Louisville; served an internship at Our Savior in Martinez; and served as deacon at St. Michael's in Waynesboro. She attended the bi-vocational program at the University of the South, Sewanee for two years to prepare for ordination to the Sacred Order of Priests. Before her ordination, Degenhardt taught English for 38 years for various institutions, including Davidson Fine Arts and Augusta Technical College.

She is currently taking part in The Sewanee Ministry Collaborative, a three year program presently led by The Rev. Dr. Bill Brosend. The focus this year is "Thriving in Ministry" and offers ministers from all over the world opportunities for educational ad well as spiritual growth. Degenhardt also served as Chaplain for the Episcopal Church Women, serves on the board for a food ministry in Louisville, and is a member of Rotary.

She began her path to ministry when she attended St. Paul's, Augusta. While there, she met Walter Degenhardt. They married in 2004, and she moved to Waynesboro where she became active in ministry at St. Michael's. 

Degenhardt believes in community support. She loves being involved in the community in order to meet people, offer her assistance where needed, and share the love of Christ. In the past, she has volunteered with the Master's Table, Interfaith Hospitality, Wimberly House Ministries, One Harvest Food Ministries, and the Burke County Detention Center, ministering and teaching incarcerated women. 

She and Walter still live in Waynesboro, Georgia, where Walter continues to run his law office and oversee their farm. They have a son and a daughter and two grandsons. Degenhardt enjoys studying all aspects of scripture, and is presently auditing a course in Hebrew. She loves reading and has recently begun studying iconography. Walter is an avid outdoorsman and spends many hours hunting, fishing, and tending the farm.

Happening Virtual Reunion Group

When: Monday, November 16 & Tuesday, November 17 in the evenings on Zoom.

Who: For All Happeners from any time!

HowRegister now at http://bit.ly/GAHappening

 

Happening, for youth in grades 10-12, is one of the Diocese of Georgia's most successful and long-running youth programs. Many adults in this Diocese and beyond its borders have been deeply impacted by their experiences of Happening weekends. Often groups of youth from the same area have formed Reunion Groups for renewal, to touch base, and to support future weekends.

As with all other Diocesan youth programs this fall, Happening has had to pause in-person gatherings. While we are sad that Happening #104 will not take place in November, several of the staff of Happening #104 are coming together to offer an online Happening Reunion experience instead! The virtue of being online, in this case, is that all Happeners (i.e. - those who have attended a Happening as a Candidate), regardless of their age or physical location, are able to join! 

While there is no cost for the Happening Reunion, registration is required. This lets the staff know approximately how many participants to expect and what ages. If you register before November 1, you can order a special Happening "The Best is Yet to Come!" T-Shirt at a reduced cost! 

Registration now open at http://bit.ly/GAHappening!

A Season of Prayer Begins This Week
The 9 days of prayer starts this week! All resources are now available, including PDFs of the prayers and images suited for Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Feel free to share the images on your own page or that of your church. We are glad and grateful that you will be joining us in prayer as we lead up to the US election. 

The PDF for the prayers can be found here.
Additional resources can be found here.

Forward Movement and The Episcopal Church Office of Government Relations are calling Episcopalians and all others to join in A Season of Prayer: For an Election.

Starting October 27 and continuing through the day after the election, we invite you to pray for the election of leaders in the United States. Materials are available below in English and Spanish for use at home or to share with you congregation. These prayers, drawn from The Book of Common Prayer, can be printed out and tucked in a Bible or prayer journal.
 
The prayers will also be posted daily on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter, #seasonofprayer. You will soon be able to download the images to share on your own social media accounts. 

Nominations for Diocesan Convention

The following have been nominated and are up for election at Diocesan Convention. Full biographies and photos will be in tomorrow's Thriving in the Vine newsletter.

To nominate yourself or someone else, click here.
If you have been nominated, fill out your information here.

Board of Officers of the Corporation (1 lay person)
Becky Cheatham

Church Disciplinary Board (1 clergy & 2 lay persons)
Lay:
Bill Bruce
Phillip Davies

Clergy:
The Rev. David Lemburg

Diocesan Council ( 1 lay person or clergy)
Lay:
Sarah Eubanks
Peggy Hamlin
Ted Wright

Standing Committee (1 layperson & 1 priest)
Lay:
Dave Cranford
Lee Kinnamon
John Michael Rowe

Clergy: 
The Rev. Leslie Dellenbarger
The Rev. David Lemburg
The Rev. David Rose

Trustee of the University of the South (1 priest)
The Rev. Tom Purdy


Diocesan Online Godly Play on Zoom this Sunday
Godly Play is a Montessori-based curriculum that focuses on telling stories using physical materials and allowing participants to play and work with the stories at their own level. 

This coming Sunday, November 1, Canon Joshua Varner will host a Zoom call during which children (and their associated adults) can gather to hear the story of The 10 Best Ways and reflect on it together, sharing their ideas, and wonderings. This story was first shared last Sunday on the Diocesan Facebook Page and remains available there as one of the videos, if you would like to see the story in advance! These sessions are appropriate for young people of all ages, and many adults find that the Godly Play method allows them to think about stories they have known for a long time in new and different ways.

The link to the Zoom Call is here, and will also be placed be on the Diocese of Georgia Facebook Page on Sunday morning. Please contact Canon Varner at  jvarner@gaepiscopal.org with your questions.


Disc Golf Fundraiser for Honey Creek


Across the Diocese

St. Matthew's, Savannah (left) held their ASK (Appreciation and Stewardship Kickoff) to-go dinner, and St. Paul's, Albany (right) had some high flyers working on the church building


St. Thomas, Isle of Hope held their outdoor Evening Prayer service.
 

Kenny, a parishioner from St. Augustine's of Canterbury, Augusta shows the adult forum group his choice of mugs each morning and picks the best one for the day's mood.

Marking 20 years of King of Peace on All Saints Sunday

This Sunday, we will stream Holy Eucharist at 10 a.m. from King of Peace, Kingsland with Bishop Logue officiating and preaching. The congregation held its first liturgy, a service of Holy Baptism, on All Saints Day in 2000, the same day they closed on the piece of property where the church and its preschool are located.




Find Livestream Worship 
There are a lot of options each day for Episcopalians in the Diocese of Georgia to worship online and now they are listed in one place. The Livestream Services calendar tells the time, location, and which liturgy the congregation offers for the whole Diocese. Click the image above or this link: Livestream Services Calendar

Have you adjusted your livestream schedule? Let us know! We have a running calendar that you can find here. Check to see if your schedule is correct, and if there are any changes, email Administrator Assistant Daniel Garrick at dgarrick@gaepiscopal.org.

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

October 25 - October 31
In our diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for our congregation in Tifton, St. Anne's. We also pray for our ecumenical partners in Tifton, especially Our Divine Saviour Catholic Church and for Holy Family Catholic Church in Willacoochee. In our companion diocese of the Dominican Republic, we pray for the congregations in Santo Domingo, especially Holy Family (Sagrada Familia).

November 1 - 7
In our diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for our congregation on Tybee Island, All Saints. We also pray for our ecumenical partners on the i
sland, especially St. Michael's Catholic Church. In our companion diocese of the Dominican Republic, we pray for the congregations in Santo Domingo, especially St. Andrew (San AndreĢs).

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.

Diocesan Office Update and News

Sunday, Bishop Logue will officiate and preach Holy Eucharist from King of Peace, Kingsland offered online at 10 a.m. To find the service, visit the Diocese of Georgia Facebook page Facebook page or the Diocese of Georgia YouTube page.

Throughout the remainder of 2020 Bishop Logue will continue to record Diocesan worship from different congregations across the Diocese. To see the calendar for the remainder of 2020, click here.

In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Diocesan staff are not all in the office at the same time with some working remotely. Email will be the quickest way to get in touch with the staff, although you are still welcome to call us on the phone! If we miss your call, please leave a voicemail with a detailed message. Staff e-mails can be found here.

Let Us Know!

What are you doing to keep community right now? Are you gathering for virtual coffee hours, delivering groceries to your neighbors - let us know! Send any updates or photos to our Communications Manager Liz Williams at lwilliams@gaepiscopal.org. We want to hear from you!

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