December 30, 2020
Volume 11, No. 17
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Redeeming our every days
Houses now filled with the pine scent of Christmas trees and the glitter of lights and decorations garlands and wreaths that set this time aside as special, will soon seem bare. Yet as we pack away the tinsel, we do knowing that God never wanted our Christmas Day (not that alone), but our every days, the plain days with no celebration.
 
The Logue Family tree was given by St. George's, Savannah, Christmas Tree sale.
In 2020, we have had so much more layered on us. Every decision is more complicated, as we chose from an array of less than ideal options. Yet, God did not send Jesus to redeem merely a stable in Bethlehem, or even all of First Century Palestine. God became human in Jesus of Nazareth in order to pitch his tent in our day-to-day existence.
 
2020 and 2021 are just numbers. Nothing will change just because the ball somehow drops in Times Square without a crowd present in person. But the pandemic that arrived in 2020 did offer opportunities to show the love of God in new ways. And in 2021, letting God into not just feasts like Christmas, but into your everyday will change everything.
 
Fortunately, in lives that are all the busier and more demanding in pandemic, Jesus is not another item on your To Do List. The love of God that shines through Jesus can take root in your soul and redeem all the times of your life if you just remain aware of God's abiding presence in the coming year. That's it. God has already done all that needs to be done in Jesus. We merely need to be aware that Emmanuel-God with us-is not just in church, but in our everyday life. This means that we are never beyond the love of God, for between God and us, there is no in between.
 
+Frank
The Rt. Rev. Frank S. Logue, Bishop of Georgia

The Very Rev. Stanley J. White (1962-2020)
The Very Rev. Stanley J. White
The people of the Diocese of Georgia mourn the loss of the Very Rev. Stan White, who passed away on December 20. He was born May 9, 1962, in Dothan, Alabama and lived in Florida, Arizona, and California before settling with his parents in Valdosta when he was six years old.

He has been an Episcopal Priest and Rector of Christ the King Episcopal Church in Valdosta for thirty years. Before that, he served as a non-denominational and Assemblies of God pastor. Stan and the congregation's journey into the Episcopal Church have been featured in Christianity Today, The Living Church, a PBS documentary on religion in America entitled "Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory," and A History of the Episcopal Church by Robert W. Prichard. 

The son of Assemblies of God pastors, Stan's passage into a new denomination was fueled by his vision of all people - of every sexual orientation and race - as God's well-loved children. That vision helped to transform his family; his brother, Michael, and sister-in-law, Helen, are Rector and Assistant for Christian Formation and Children's Ministries, respectively, of Christ Church, Savannah. And that vision ultimately touched every corner of our Diocese; Archdeacon Yvette Owens was raised up a Deacon from Christ the King, and continues to serve the diocese while based there. Christ the King's former parishioner, the Very Rev. Denise Ronn, became the first woman to serve as dean in the Diocese of Georgia. The Very Rev. Galen Mirate also raised up from Christ the King is now Dean of the Albany Convocation.

His parishioners will remember his love for them, as well as his passion for spirituality, racial reconciliation, eclectic styles of music, his incredible musical talents, and his preaching, which always celebrated love, diversity, justice, and compassion. The unique expression of God's love and grace which his church embodied moved many within Stan's congregation to seek Holy Orders. Stan was always justifiably proud of the many men and women whom Christ the King sponsored for ordination, and those clergy - as well as the countless laity whose lives Stan touched - continue to carry the indelible imprimatur of Divine love that Stan's life and work always radiated.

In reflecting back on his spiritual journey six years ago, Stan wrote of his move into the Episcopal Church, "I was a young man filled with optimism and hope. A lot of things have not worked out as I imagined they would over the last 24 years. However, several things have been constants - grace, compassion, inclusion, diversity, community, ecumenism, mysticism, love, joy, to name a few - and for these I am very thankful."

Bishop Frank Logue said, "All of us fall short of the glory of God, but some, like Stan, find ways to point to that ideal and draw others toward it. Stan had a vision 'where the whole universe is our Cathedral, where every day is Sunday, where every creature is the Word of God, where every human being is the Beloved' and he shared that ideal of the reign of God in a way that was compelling and winsome. He is fiercely missed."

Stan died at home on Hospice Care on the evening of December 20. Bishop Logue will officiate a service on the Historical Courthouse lawn in Downtown Valdosta on Saturday, January 2nd at 2 p.m. Masks are required and social distancing will be observed. 

Christmas Across the Diocese
Christmas came early in Rincon this year as St. Luke's moved its Christmas Eve liturgy to December 23 to avoid the expected storm on Christmas Eve.
   
At left, Communications Manager Liz Williams captured this moment with her niece in Thomasville watching a staff quartet sing Silent Night as the Holy Eucharist from Honey Creek went out to the Diocese on Christmas Eve.
At right, Epiphany, Savannah, collected Christmas cards, cookies, and gift certificates for the residents of the camp at the homeless Community of St. Joseph in Savannah. They distributed well over 50 gifts and continued to do so throughout the week


The Rev. Canon Joshua Varner celebrates the Holy Eucharist in the Chapel of Our Savior at Honey Creek, in a liturgy that included a diocesan Nativity Pageant. Here he is on the television via YouTube in the Henke Family's home.
No clergy trained for this and yet deacons and priests across the Diocese have found varied ways right for their community to keep the Feast. At left, St. Thomas, Isle of Hope, Savannah, worships outdoors. At right, are the Revs. Samantha McKean and Helen White at Christ Church, Savannah.

 
Lights, camera, ACTION! The Rev. Katie Knoll Lennon encourages a young angel in Christ Church, Frederica's Nativity production (left), and St. Thomas, Thomasville left no poinsetta behind when decorating for 
Christmas Eve (right). 


The Venerable Yvette Owens, Archdeacon, reads the Gospel for the Candlelight Mass at Honey Creek.

 
At left, Elias and Ezra Lasch enjoy having pizza as they participate in the online worship of the Diocese on Christmas Eve. At right, St. Augustine's, Augusta teamed up with the Kairos Prison Ministry's local affiliate, Sons of Consolation, and other Kairos ministry teams to provide and distribute cookies to inmates at the Augusta Medical Prison. The goal was to provide 4,800 cookies for 1,200 inmates during this holiday season. All in all, 15,000 cookies were donated and given out. Every inmate received cookies as well as the prison guards, staff, and medical team.


At left, the Rev. Terri Degenhardt celebrates the Eucharist at Trinity, Statesboro, with assistance from Lay Eucharistic Minister Marianna Voiselle. At right, Mary Grace Lacy records her part in a virtual choir for Lessons and Carols at St. Anne's, Tifton.


George Sullivan is shown her with the baptismal font in the historic chapel at St. Thomas Isle of Hope, Savannah, where he was baptize by his "Grammy," the Rev. 
Sonia Sullivan Clifton. His father, 
Chris' family has attended the for decades and has the stained glass window dedicated to his great grandmother.

Worship with the Diocese of Georgia in Augusta on Sunday

On Sunday we will stream Holy Eucharist at 
10 a.m. from St. Augustine of Canterbury in Augusta 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 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 2021 one year prayer cycle is online here: 2021 Prayer Cycle

January 3 - 9
In our diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for our congregations in Albany
-St. John & St. Mark's , St. Patrick's, and St. Paul's. We also pray for the Lutheran Church of Our Savior and and for our other ecumenical partner in Albany, St. Teresa Catholic Church. In our companion diocese of the Dominican Republic, we pray for St. James the Apostle (Santiago ApoĢstol) in Angelina.

January 10 - 16
In our diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for our congregation in Americus, Calvary, and for our ecumenical part
ners in Americus especially St. Mary's Catholic Church and for St. Andrew's Lutheran Church in Plains. In our companion diocese of the Dominican Republic, we pray for the congregations in Azua-Reconciliation (La ReconciliacioĢnand St. George (San Jorge).

Additional Prayer Cycles (Updated on December 17, 2020)
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 Sunday, Bishop Logue will officiate and preach the Rev. Stan White's funeral on Saturday. On Sunday, he will celebrate and preach the Holy Eucharist online at 10 a.m from St. Augustine of Canterbury, Augusta. To view the service, visit the Diocese of Georgia Facebook Page or the Diocese of Georgia YouTube page

The Rev. Canon Joshua Varner will be leading music for the Rev. Stan White's funeral on Saturday and officiating Holy Comforter, Martinez's livestream worship on Sunday.

The Diocesan House will be closed January 30-1. 
 
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!

Christmas Eve Snuggles

The furriest member of Trinity, Statesboro enjoys an outdoor Christmas Eve service with the best seat in the house.

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