April 11, 2018
Volume 8, Number 33
Spring Clergy Conference Speaker Set
This May 6-8, the bishop, deacons, and priests of the Diocese of Georgia will meet at Honey Creek Retreat Center for the Spring Clergy Conference. Our presenter will be Dr. Matthew Sleeth, a former ER physician, Dr. Sleeth is a graduate of George Washington University School of Medicine and has two post-doctoral fellowships. He is the author of Serve God, Save the Planet: A Christian Call to Action, the introduction to the Green Bible, and 24/6: A Prescription for a Healthier, Happier Life. Creation careis his main theological passion, and he is an engaging speaker on keeping the sabbath. His website is at  http://matthewsleethmd.com
Lodge 1 single - $262
Lodge 1 double - $171
Lodge 2 single - $240
Lodge 2 double - $160
Cottage - $154
Camping/Commuting - $98
Register for the conference now by going here.  
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This Sunday's Lections
Third Sunday of Easter
Acts 3:12-19
I John 3:1-7
Luke 24:36b-48
Psalm 4

Go  here for the full text.
Ask the Bishop Livestream 
The next Ask the Bishop Livestream with Bishop Scott Anson Benhase will be Friday, May 4th at 11 AM.

Send questions for the Bishop to newsandevents@gaepiscopal.org and include "Ask the Bishop" in the heading. It will also be possible to submit questions during the Livestream.  

To watch the Friday, April 6th Livestream, go here
Help Wanted

The Diocese of Georgia seeks volunteers to work part-time as receptionists at Diocesan House. For more information and a position description, contact Katie Willoughby.

Part-time Children's Minister
St. Peter's Skidaway Island sees a part-time Children's Minister (pre-K through 5th grade.) Details  
Communicator's Corner
Take a Look at the New Asset Map
What does your church's asset page look like? Episcopal Relief and Development has launched a new version of its Asset Map, a website that collects information about institutions of The Episcopal Church with the goal of empowering Episcopalians, at all levels of The Church, to share information about their Episcopal Communities.

The site collects information on ministries, worship times, contact information and stories (videos and news/blogs) about these Episcopal Communities. The site is organized around Dioceses and Networks. Anyone can add information to the site but once added it goes through an approval process before it's published. Once again, go here to check out the map:  https://www.episcopalassetmap.org/

All of the churches in the Diocese of Georgia are listed. Please check and see what your church's listing looks like by going here:  www.episcopalassetmap.org.  Make sure that the name, address, services and general information are current and add additional information about what resources you may have. 

There are several reasons why this is a valuable tool. 

During Disasters
With disaster preparedness and resources listed and up-to-date, it is easy to locate what's needed to help others.

Reaching Out
With a robust search engine optimization for the site, it comes up high in Google's rankings for those who are searching for a church. 

Sharing Information
See what other churches are doing, their ministries, their stories and be sure to share yours!

If you need any assistance with updates or access to the site, please feel free to reach out to me. 

Anna Iredale
Director of Communications
Go Down to the River to Pray
Explore St. Simons Tidal Creeks in this Retreat

Explore the tidal creeks in the marsh behind St. Simons Island during a half-day "creek retreat" on Saturday, April 21. This is a relaxed paddle with several stops for prayer and readings along the way as we celebrate the beauty of God's Creation on Earth Day weekend.

The trip will leave from the Village Creek landing for SouthEast Adventure Outfitters and will finish with Eucharist and optional potluck supper at Christ Church, Frederica. Participants will meet at 1 PM and the paddle should last around 2.5 hours. Cost is $49 per person (with boat rental) or $20 per person for those providing their own boat(s). The group size is limited so early registration is recommended.

This is the first of several planned "Down to the River to Pray" events across the diocese this spring, sponsored by the Creation Care Commission in partnership with GIPL (Georgia Interfaith Power & Light). Register by going here. If you are interested and would like to receive an email with registration details, please email creationcarecommission@gmail.com.

Register for Camp at Honey Creek!
  Go here to register for the best summer of your life: camp at Honey Creek Retreat Center. Make lifelong friendships, have fun, swim, fish and just be yourself at Honey Creek!

Summer Camp 2018 Wish List:
Footballs, beads, games, soccer balls and a rubber chicken. Camp essentials make up the Wish List for Honey Creek. Want to contribute to the life of the camp? Go
Around the Diocese
The start of the Easter vigil service at Epiphany Savannah included their first baptism, at left, and Trinity Church Statesboro shared samples and sold cookbooks during First Friday in downtown Statesboro.

And they're off! Participants at the starting line for St. Thomas' Thomasville's annual Trike-a-thon!
Easter services at the Tybee Island pier with the Rev. June Johnson of All Saints' Tybee preaching (left) and the winners of the Chili Cook-off from St. Luke's Hawkinsville, above.

Go Down to the River to Pray
Second Retreat Set for April 28th in the 'West'

The Creation Care Commission is offering a second "Down to the River to Pray" event, this time in southwest Georgia on Kinchafoonee Creek near Albany on Saturday, April 28, 9 AM to 1 PM. This morning paddle will wind through several miles of a gentle backwater creek under the shade of cypress canopies and along white sand bars and limestone banks with small waterfalls. Frequent "prayer pauses" make this more than just a beautiful paddle, though; it's a chance to deeply enjoy God's Creation and pray for it.

The group will gather at a private residence on Creekside Drive to be shuttled to the put-in at the 32 Bridge by Kayak Attack Adventures. Cost is $25/person in kayaks and $50/canoe (can accommodate 2-3 people). A few double kayaks are available. Those bringing their own boat(s) can arrange their own shuttle or pay $10 for Kayak Attack for shuttle service. Payment will be made on the day of the event. An optional potluck picnic and outdoor worship service will follow. For more information, contact creationcarecommission@gmail.com. To register, click

Bishop's Visitation
Gathered with family and friends after being received into the Episcopal Church during Bishop Benhase' annual visitation to St. Peter's Skidaway Island, are George Heck (center at left) and Stephen Langston, center at right. 
Bishop Benhase with students from Georgia Southern University during his Visitation to the campus ministry last night. Caitlin Smith (center in black top) was received into the Episcopal Church. 
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 52 weekly prayers are available in one document  found here. 

April 8-14
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 St. Thomas' (Santo Tom├ís) in Gautier.

April 15-21
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 the Church of Divine Providence (Divina Providencia) in Guerra.
Diocesan Office Update and News  
Bishop Scott Anson Benhase will make his annual visitation to Christ Church Valdosta at 10 AM Sunday, April 15th.  The Bishop will be on treat through April 20th. His full schedule is available  here. 

The Rev. Canon Frank Logue and Victoria Steele Logue are on a pilgrimage to Israel through April 18th.

The Rev. Guillermo Arboleda, Priest in Charge at St. Matthew's Savannah will be officiating at the Thursday noon service in St. George's Chapel at Diocesan House.
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Toil 'N Sweat Work Weekend for youth in grades 6-12
April 13-15
Honey Creek Retreat Center
Register here.

Episcopal Church Women/Daughters of the King Retreat
April 27-28
St. Patrick's Albany
For information on accommodations, go here
To register and pay online, go here.
To download the registration form and pay by mail, go here.
To download the event schedule, go here.

Diocesan Offices Move
April 30th

Spring Clergy Conference

May 6-8
Honey Creek Retreat Center
Register by going here

Diocesan Council Meeting
May 11

Hometown Missions
 June 1-3
Augusta, Georgia
For more information go here.
Holy Humor Sunday

The organ processional began with the theme from Jaws and the sermon featured humor as it has for the ten years that the Rev. Tom Purdy has called the Sunday after Easter Day Holy Humor Sunday. With Purdy above are Organist and Choirmaster Kathleen Turner (left) and Curate, the Rev. Ashton Williston.
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