April 7, 2021
Volume 11, No. 31
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An Easter Message from the Presiding Bishop

"Our work goes on. Our labor for love continues," Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael B. Curry said in his Easter 2021 Message, "We will not cease, and we will not give up until this world reflects less our nightmare and more God's dream where there's plenty good room for all God's children. Hallelujah anyhow."

Presiding Bishop Curry Easter Message 2021
Presiding Bishop Curry Easter Message 2021

The Presiding Bishop will be joining us the week before Pentecost for a Zoom Q&A session centered on his book, Love is the Way. Keep an eye out in future From the Fields for more details and how you can participate.

1Book1Diocese Underway - Read the Introduction and First Chapter

This week the Diocese of Georgia begins a 1Book1Diocese read of Presiding Bishop Michael Curry's Love Is the Way: Holding on to Hope in Troubling Times. We are currently reading the Introduction and First Chapter for discussions this week. 

A book discussion guide for the Diocese of Georgia's 1Book1Diocese read of Love is the Way is now online here: Discussion Guide PDF. Some congregations are holding discussions of the book on Zoom, but you can create your own group as well by asking a friend or two to discuss the book with you each week. 

Discussion Questions for this week:
Think back to your own family history. How did your family of origin fit into the larger movements in our country's history-for better or for worse?

If a hunger for love is universal, what barriers prevent the ethic of love from changing the world? 

Josie Robbins embodied the love this book is about in her care for the Curry Family after Mrs. Curry's illness. Who has made sacrificial, self-giving love real to you? 

Love's great, but how does it apply to real world decisions? Where have you seen love as an intentional action, and not just a sentiment, make a difference?

The Rev. Kelly Steele named Priest-in-Charge of St. Peter's, Savannah
The Rev. Hunt Priest, Rector at St. Peter's, Savannah, since 2016, has resigned to become the founding Executive Director of a non-profit working at the intersection of mental health, spiritual growth, and Christianity. Before coming to St. Peter's he was a participant in a research study at John Hopkins University involving religious leaders and the relationship between mystical experiences and improvements in mental health. The primary mission of the soon-to-be-created non-profit is bringing the findings of the study to the Christian church and the general public. "It was a very difficult decision as my time at St. Peter's has been a blessing beyond anything I could have imagined. It is a wonderful church community of gifted and generous people." Details of the study will be released later this year. Hunt and his wife Lisa plan to remain in Savannah and Hunt will eventually be available as a supply priest. 

The Rev. Kelly Steele has been unanimously chosen by the Vestry of St. Peter's as a Priest-In-Charge. She is overjoyed at the honor and privilege of working with such a gifted congregation in this new capacity, helping to bring the strategic plan to fruitfulness. The strategic plan focuses on "shared leadership" development, better aligning ministry to mission, and streamlining administrative processes. "I'm excited to better use the tools we've cultivated from parishioner experience, Kaleidoscope Institute and the Church Development Institute to imagine anew what mission God has in store for the Episcopalians looking to help others on and beyond Skidaway Island," Steele says. She begins this new role on April 12, 2021.

Middle School New Beginnings Event Online
April 26-27, 6-8 p.m. on Zoom. Register Now

We are all looking forward to gathering together in person as soon as we can do so safely! In the meantime, some of our high school youth have come together to offer youth in grades 6-9 a small taste of one of our favorite middle school events!

This event, led by high school youth for middle school youth, will take place on Monday and Tuesday evenings, April 26 and 27. Our high schoolers will offer some thoughts on Friends, Changes, the Church and Me, and Sharing our Gifts. As they prepare, they are thinking back to their own middle school years and what they wish someone had said to them.

During each night, we will also have music, small groups, games, and a chance to worship together. Register now by clicking this link: New Beginnings Online!

ECW Online Event in April

Please join us in your Pearls & Pyjamas: A Celebration of Women's Ministries. We will be meeting virtually via Zoom on April 24th. The Order of the Daughters of the King will have a meeting using the link at 10:00 AM. There will also be a craft card session at 11:00 AM. 

At Noon we will have an hour of social time. Bishop Logue will join us at 1:30 PM for remarks and worship. Officers will be commissioned for both Diocesan Boards; Episcopal Church Women and The Order of the Daughters of the King. 

Our keynote speaker, the Reverend Kelly Steele will join us at 2:00, followed by a brief business meeting at 3:00. The event will end with prayer at 4:30. 

Many surprises are in the works, so we hope you can join us!

For more information, contact Margaret Jordan at fayrelight@aol.com.

Two Upcoming Retreats for Deacons and Priests

Overnight Clergy Retreat in May
Deacons and priests of the Diocese of Georgia are invited to an overnight retreat May 17-18 at Honey Creek. There will be no speaker or program, but the clergy will worship together with the Daily Offices and Eucharist. Registration is now open at the Honey Creek website: Spring Clergy Conference registration.

Deacon's Retreat in June
"Being Changed by the Face of Christ"

The 2021 Deacon's Retreat, scheduled June 4-6 at Honey Creek, welcomes the Rev. Becky Rowell and the Rev. Terri Degenhardt to lead us through a weekend of Icon Writing, Meditations and Music. 

Bishop Frank Logue will be spending some time with us during the weekend to answer any questions, concerns, or thanksgivings we may wish to offer. 

Reservations must be made by contacting our Retreat Coordinator, Deacon Geri Nelson at GLNelson609@Gmail.com  Please RSVP as soon as possible so that we may arrange all the details for your visit. 

If financial assistance is needed please contact Archdeacon Yvette Owens: yvetteowens63@gmail.com.

Then and Now - worship at St. Paul's, Augusta, in 1916 and 2021 
St. Paul's, Augusta's church building was gutted by fire in 1916 and the congregation continued in its worship as seen in the black and white photo above. The color photo shows the Rev. Joe Bowden celebrating Easter in front of the same cross this past Sunday.

Livestream Calendar Update

  We are collecting updates for our newly organized Live Stream calendar. Please list your updated live stream services including any services throughout Lent and Holy Week. For any future updates to the Live Stream calendar, you can send them to DioGAEvents@gmail.com

To update your service schedule, click here.

Easter Across the Diocese

 Acolytes at St. Paul's, Albany wait for the Easter Sunday service to begin.

Children at Christ Church, Savannah flowered the cross (left), and children at St. John's, Savannah enjoyed an Easter egg hunt after the service (right).

   Easter Vigil at All Saints', Thomasville (left), and the Rev. Tommy Townsend watches as the Paschal Candle is lit at Holy Nativity, St. Simons Island (right).

Members of the procession at Our Savior, Martinez on Easter morning.

The Rev. Leeann Culbreath and the Rev. Jim Strickland, Deacon at St. Luke's, Hawkinsville on Easter Sunday (left), and Easter egg hunters scramble for the door at Christ Church, Dublin (right).

  Members of St. Michael's, Waynesboro volunteer for the egg hunt with Wimberly House, a local outreach organization.
Do rectors get to hunt eggs, too? The Rev. Richard Nelson gets ready with the Easter egg bunch at Calvary, Americus.

The Rev. Rick Buechner at St. Thomas, Thomasville blesses his granddaughter Elinor on Easter Sunday (left), and St. Anne's, Tifton brought out the pool noodles to pass the peace (right).

Worship with the Diocese of Georgia in Thomasville on Sunday

On Sunday we will stream Morning Prayer at 
10 a.m. from St. Thomas in Thomasville with Bishop Logue as officiant and preacher, with assistance from the Rev. Rick Buechner and the Rev. Scott Mithen, Deacon.

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

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 2021 one year prayer cycle is online here: 2021 Prayer Cycle

April 11 - 17 
In our diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for our congregation in Dublin, Christ Church, and for our ecumenical partners in Dublin, especially Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. In our companion diocese of the Dominican Republic, we pray for St. Thomas (Santo Tom├ís) in Gautier. 

April 18 - 24
In our diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for our congregation 
in Fitzgerald, St. Matthew's, and for our ecumenical partners in Fitzgerald, especially St. William's Catholic Church. In our companion diocese of the Dominican Republic, we pray for the congregations in Haina, especially St. John the Evangelist (San Juan Evangelista) and St. Mark (San Marcos).

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

This week, Bishop Logue will officiate and preach Morning Prayer from St. Thomas, Thomasville. To view the services, visit the Diocese of Georgia Facebook Page or the Diocese of Georgia YouTube page. 

This Sunday Canon Varner will be celebrating and preaching at St. Michael's and All Angels in Savannah.

This Sunday Canon Lasch will be at St. Peter's, Skidaway Island to join them in giving thanks for the Rev. Hunt Priest's ministry on his last Sunday.

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!

O Happy Day
Oh Happy Day

Need a fun afternoon pick-me-up? Jam out with the White family, Jay, Ethan, and Michael!

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