March 31, 2021
Volume 11, No. 30
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The Diocese will be offering online services for Holy Week and Easter, beginning with Palm Sunday at 10:00am. You can find all of the services streamed from the Diocesan Facebook and YouTube pages.

The Rev. Forrest E. Ethridge (1923-2021)

The Rev. Forrest E. Ethridge, 97, of Fort Payne, Alabama, passed away Thursday, March 25, 2021. He was born May 13, 1923 to the late Eugene Wright Ethridge and Addie Lee Echols Ethridge. 

"Forrest was a great gift to the Diocese of Georgia with his love of serving in our county seat towns," Bishop Frank Logue said. "He brought one congregation to parish status, served when two buildings were built, and helped found a congregation."

Ethridge was a graduate of Georgia Tech and Nashota House Seminary in Wisconsin. He was ordained a deacon on June 10, 1967 and a priest on January 25, 1968, both times by Bishop Albert Rhett Stuart. Ethridge dedicated over 52 years to serving his ministry in numerous Episcopal churches including St. Philip's, Hinesville (1968-1969), which he served when the present church building was built. He brought St. Michael's, Waynesboro to parish status when he served there from 1969-1983. He next served at Holy Cross, Thomson and Trinity, Harlem (1983-91), before becoming one of the founders of St. Mary Magdalene in Louisville. Ethridge assisted with The Church in Georgia and also served on Diocesan Council. After his retirement, he continued to serve as Priest Associate at St. Philips in Fort Payne, Alabama, the town where his son-in-law edited the local newspaper. 

Funeral services were held on March 27th at St. Philips with graveside services following at Westview Cemetery in Atlanta. He is survived by his daughter Cheryl Ethridge Whittle and grandson Chris Stehle. He was preceded in death by his wife Evelyn Cruze Ethridge, his parents, brother James Merritt Ethridge, and son-in-law Jerry Whittle. 

Easter Greetings from our Companion Diocese

Como miembros de la Iglesia Episcopal, la Semana Santa nos une como hermanos cristianos en anticipacion de una feliz Pascua. El clero y la gente de la Diócesis de la República Dominicana están venerando junto con todos ustedes en la Diócesis de Georgia durante este momento especial. 

Yo los saludo, deseándoles una santa Pascua de Resurrección y les agradezco a  ustedes por el compañerismo de nuestras dos diócesis que tanto han logrado juntas durante los últimos veinte años. Deseamos a todos ustedes que continúen gozando de buena salud y los volveremos a saludar con los brazos abiertos cuando los viajes internacionales sean nuevamente posibles. 

¡Ustedes seran siempre bienvenidos!
Rvdmo. Moisés Quezada Mota, Obispo Diocesano
 
As members of The Episcopal Church, Holy Week brings us together as fellow Christians in anticipation of a joyous Easter. The clergy and people of the Diocese of the Dominican Republic are worshiping together with all of you in the Diocese of Georgia during this special time.

I greet you, wishing you a Blessed Easter and thank you for the companionship of our two dioceses that has accomplished so much together over the past twenty years. May all of you continue in good health and we will greet you with open arms when international travel is possible again. 

You are always welcome!
The Rt. Rev. Moisés Quezada Mota, Diocesan Bishop


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

The 2021 Deacon's Retreat, scheduled June 4, 5, 6th 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: yvetteowens63@gmail.com.

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!

Roger Speer to offer art during Holy Week

To register, visit www.rogerspeer.com.

Resources for Lent and Eastertide

The Diocese's daily reflections during Lent, written by both clergy and laity throughout the Diocese is well underway online and a print copy of the devotions is now available as well. The reflections began on Ash Wednesday and carry through to Easter Sunday. These reflections continue with the theme for this past November's Diocesan Convention: "Thriving in the Vine." Jesus gave this image of himself as the vine and us as the branches to his followers on the night before he died, as he knew they would face tremendous hardships and he wanted them to see how life-giving connection to him is for each of us.

The Diocese of Georgia's social media pages (FacebookInstagram, and Twitter) will post a piece of each day's reflection, along with a link to the PDF with the full reflection. 

To view and download the reflections, click here.

Lent devotions available as a book
A few people have said that they would like to have these devotions as a book, and we now offer that option for $3.60 each plus shipping. You can order copies from the print on demand website Lulu.com by following this link: Purchase a book

Beginning Monday in Easter week, the Diocese of Georgia will offer a 1Book1Diocese read of Presiding BishopMichael Curry's Love Is the Way: Holding on to Hope in Troubling Times. While you may enjoy reading the book yourself, the audio book version is read by Bishop Curry is an enjoyable way to hear experiences from his  life to challenging us to make the ethic of love a guiding principle for our lives. 

Book Discussion Guide Now Available
A book discussion guide for the Diocese of Georgia's 1Book1Diocese read of Love is the Way is now online here: Discussion Guide PDF

Bishop Curry to meet with us online
We will offer a discussion guide for groups that want to meet online for a discussion at the congregation level. Individuals may also read the book and then join us for online meeting with Bishop Curry to discuss the book. 

Look for more news on this study in upcoming issues of From the Field and at the Diocese of Georgia's Facebook page.

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.


Across the Diocese

St. John's Little Food Pantry Coordinator Cathy Stevens (right) and Pantry Organizer Janice Pearce (left) stand with the donations from a community-wide food drive. The donations will fill three Free Little Pantry sites and an 
additional service program.

Volunteers at Church of our Savior in Martinez put up newly painted doors to the sanctuary in preparation for 
Holy Week and Easter.
 


 King of Peace, Kingsland on Palm Sunday.


Members of Holy Nativity, St. Simons Island decorated their homes with palms for Palm Sunday.

 
The Rev. Galen Mirate and the Venerable Archdeacon Yvette Owens celebrate Palm Sunday at Christ the King in Valdosta.

 
St. Luke's, Hawkinsville (left) and St. George's, Savannah (right) on Palm Sunday.

 
St. Michael's, Waynesboro (left) and Christ Church, Dublin (right).

Worship with the Diocese of Georgia in Augusta on Sunday

On Sunday we will stream Holy Eucharist at 
10 a.m. from Christ Church in Augusta with Bishop Logue as celebrant and preacher, and readers Amie Swearingen and the Rev. Sandy Turner, 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 4 - 10
In our diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for our congregation in Douglas, St. Andrew's and for our ecumenical partners in Douglas, especially St. Paul's Catholic Church. In our companion diocese of the Dominican Republic, we pray for The Ascension (La Ascensión) in El Seibo.

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 Tomás) in Gautier. 

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

The Diocesan Office will be closed on Friday in observance of Good Friday.

This week, Bishop Logue, Canon Varner, and Canon Lasch will officiate and preach for Holy Week services. To view the services, visit the Diocese of Georgia Facebook Page or the Diocese of Georgia YouTube page. 

Daniel Garrick will be out of the office beginning on Wednesday. He will return on Monday.
 
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!

Have spray, will kill weeds
Who knew that killing weeds would be so much fun?! The Rev. Aimee Baxter and daughter Isabel get ready to spray the weeds at St. Thomas Isle of Hope in preparation for Holy Week.

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