November 4, 2020
Volume 10, No. 61
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A Season of Prayer:  For an Election
Almighty God our heavenly Father, you declare your glory and show forth your handiwork in the heavens and in the earth: Deliver us in our various occupations from the service of self alone, that we may do the work you give us to do in truth and beauty and for the common good; for the sake of him who came among us as one who serves, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

On Sunday, November 2, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry participated in Holding on to Hope: A National Service for Healing and Wholeness. In addition to Bishop Curry's sermon, the service included reflections from Father James Martin, a noted Roman Catholic commentator on American life and values, and Valarie Kaur, an inspiring Sikh author, filmmaker, and civil rights attorney. The gathering was officiated by Washington's Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde, Cathedral Dean Randy Hollerith, and the Reverend Stephanie Spellers, Canon to the Presiding Bishop.

In his sermon, Bishop Curry reminded us, "The preamble to the Constitution wisely reminds us that each generation must continue the evolving works of forming 'a more perfect union.' No, our democracy is not perfect, but it offers the best hope yet devised for government that fosters human freedom, equal justice under the law, the dignity and equality of every human being made, as the Bible says, in the image of God." He continued saying, "Love God, your neighbor, yourself. Love! This is the way, the way to the promised land. When you live something like this, when you look something like this, when we love like this, then we are on our way to the promised land."

To view the sermon in its entirety, click the video below.

November 1, 2020: Holding On To Hope Sermon by The Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry
November 1, 2020: Holding On To Hope Sermon by The Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry

To view the full service, click here.

Thriving in the Vine is only days away! 
We're only a couple days away from Thriving in the Vine: Convention 2020! Your Diocesan Staff is excited about virtual convention and look forward to sharing the business of the Diocese with you. 

To our clergy, delegates, and guests: to be fully prepared for the first session on Friday evening, please make sure you have logged into Hopin and begun to look at the event platform. For assistance on where to go and what to do, visit our Diocesan YouTube page for a full list of "How-to" videos. If you are a clergy person, delegate, or guest who has not received an email with detailed instructions on how to log in to Hopin, email Liz Williams at

To view the full Thriving in the Vine: Convention 2020 booklet, click here.

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


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!

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)
Bill Bruce
Phillip Davies

The Rev. David Lemburg

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

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

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 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 8, Canon Joshua Varner will tell the story of The Exile and Return. This story will be shared on Sunday on the Diocesan Facebook Page .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 video will be placed be on the Diocese of Georgia Facebook Page on Sunday morning. Please contact Canon Varner at with your questions.

Disc Golf Fundraiser for Honey Creek
Spots are beginning to fill up for the Honey Creek Open for December 12, 2020! Honey Creek joined forces with Innova and Camden Disc Golf to provide an excellent event that will also serve as a fundraiser for Honey Creek and Camber Disc Golf's club. To kick off the event, on Friday, December 11, you'll get to enjoy Glow Disc Golf! 

For more information about the event and how to participate, contact Executive Director Dade Brantley at If you'd like lodging information, contact Georgeanne Younger at

For the event flyer, click here.

Thriving in the Vine 2020: A Sneak Peek
Your Diocesan staff has been hard at work testing out new techniques for online meetings, using all the outlets in the walls, and making sure that Convention 2020 will go off without a hitch. Enjoy some behind the scenes looks at what it takes to run a virtual convention.

Bishop Logue doing a dress rehearsal for the Saturday Eucharist from the St. Anna Alexander Chapel at the Diocesan House with assistance from Assistant Administrator, aka Diocesan Tech Superstar, Daniel Garrick (left), while Executive Assistant to the Bishop Maggie Lyons makes sure to document the whole event (right). 


Bishop Logue and Daniel Garrick practice the set up for Saturday's Convention Eucharist.

Canon for Administration Katie Easterlin using best practices for online meetings with good lighting (left), and Daniel Garrick makes sure the set up is good to go (right).

Canon for Youth Joshua Varner and Canon to the Ordinary Loren Lasch rehearse the music and liturgy 
to be used Saturday morning.

Worship with the Diocese of Georgia in Pennick on Sunday

This Sunday, we will stream Holy Eucharist at 10 a.m. from Good Shepherd, Pennick with Bishop Logue officiating and preaching.

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

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

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 Andrés).

November 8 - 14
In our diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for our congregations in Valdosta, Christ Church, Christ the King, and St. Barnabas. We also pray for our ecumenical partners in Valdosta, especially St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. In our companion diocese of the Dominican Republic, we pray for the congregations in Santo Domingo, especially St. Philip the Apostle (
San Felipe Apóstol).

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 Good Shepherd, Pennick 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 We want to hear from you!

For All the Saints
For All the Saints - A Diocese of Georgia Virtual Choir
Thank you to all who participated! It was a joy to produce and share with the Diocese for the 
Feast of All Saints.

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