April 25, 2018
Volume 8, Number 35
Diocesan Offices Set to Move
Diocesan staff have been packing up the offices and are set to move on Monday, April 30th to 18 E. 34th Street. Electricians, carpenters and IT experts will be working until then, installing phone, internet, and security systems. Due to this work, phones and computers will be offline from Thursday evening through Tuesday.

Please be patient with the diocesan staff as we prepare to move to our new home. An Open House will be held to give the diocese a chance to see our new home. Stay tuned for updates!
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This Sunday's Lections
Third Sunday of Easter
Acts 8:26-40
I John 4:7-21
John 15:1-8
Psalm 22:24-30

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Education for Ministry Mentor Training
Are you interested in starting an EfM (Education for Ministry) group at your parish? On June 7-9th, 2018, EfM mentor training will be offered at Honey Creek Retreat Center for anyone who would like to become an EfM mentor. 

This four-year program was developed at Sewanee and consists of weekly meetings held during the school year. The first year, participants study the Old Testament; the second year, the New Testament; the third year, the history of Christianity, and during fourth year, theology. Through study, theological reflection and discussion, individual ministries are discerned. Participants grow in knowledge of God's word, and develop lifelong friendships within EfM groups.

To learn more about EfM, or sign up for the training, please contact Rita Spalding at 912-270-2725, rspaldinglaw@bellsouth.net. 
Honey Creek's Bell Silenced 

The bell that summons retreat-goers and campers to meals at Honey Creek has been silenced as the structure that supported it for many years was disassembled due to deterioration of the wood.

"When the funds are available, we will build it back to the original design. We're just not certain when that will be." said Dade Brantley, Executive Director of Honey Creek Camp and Retreat Center. 

Reserve Time at Saluda Clergy Cottage Today!
Ch eck the Saluda Clergy Cottage website calendar for availability.
To reserve time, please fill out and email/mail the reservation form found here.
Bishop's Visitation

Bishop Benhase made his annual Visitation to King of Peace, Kingsland this past Sunday. During his visit, Leon Burns was received from the Roman Catholic Church while Russell and Sherry Byrd and Faith Haselberger were confirmed. In the photo, from left, Christie Burns, Leon Burns, Bishop Benhase, the Rev. Al Crumpton, Faith Haselberger, Sherry Byrd, and Russell Byrd.
Around the Diocese on Earth Day
Parishioners from St. Anne's Tifton set out to clean up the highway on Earth Day.

Planting the garden at St. Patrick's, Albany.

Parishioners at Grace Waycross put the finishing touches on peanut butter/pine cone birdfeeders.

At St. Barnabas' Valdosta congregants used a liturgy for Earth Day developed by the Rev. Dcn. Leeann Culbreath.
Youth in the Diocese
Hometown Missions Seek and Serve Christ

Are you looking for a chance to reach out and serve others both locally and internationally? Then come to Hometown Missions June 1-3! This Diocesan event which moves around the Diocese each year will be held in Augusta this year. Participants will begin on Friday night by taking part in a meal packing event in partnership with Rise Against Hunger, an international organization dedicated to fighting hunger across the globe. We anticipate packing between 10,000 and 20,000 meals during our two hours on Friday night, at the cost of only 29 cents per meal! Then on Saturday participants will divide into smaller groups to go to different worksites throughout the Augusta area. Some work sites will work with individual members of local congregations and some will work with local organizations. We will be spending the night on Friday and Saturday at The Church of the Good Shepherd, Augusta, and will attend Sunday worship there, before the event concludes with lunch on Sunday.

This event will offer at least eight volunteer hours, and possibly more, for those students who need volunteer hours for school.

The cost of the event is $115 for those who sign up before May 15. After May 15, the cost increases to $125, so sign up early! We also welcome donations to help cover the cost of the meal packing event on Friday night. If you would like to make a donation to support this ministry, please contact Canon Joshua Varner at the Diocesan Office.

Additional information about specific work sites and fun activities can be found on the youth website for the diocese, which is  http://youth.georgiaepiscopal.org. Direct registration is also found at  http://bit.ly/HometownMissions2018.

Sign up now, and plan to enjoy a weekend of service, worship, and fun at Hometown Missions!
Last year's Hometown Mission in Albany.
The Loose Canon
The Problem With Saying "Never Again"
Churches have a well-documented tendency to say the seven last words for an organization, "We never did it that way before." What is less appreciated is the trouble with saying, "We tried that once and it didn't work for us." 

If your congregation tried something that didn't work, it may well be that whatever it is is not for your group. But sometimes I hear from a congregation that they tried a second service or some outreach ministry that failed only to learn that this was 20 years ago, or that it was tried with no real leadership and little buy-in from the congregation. There can be all sorts of reasons why some great idea fails to get off the ground. And in the church we can be more than a little risk averse. Succeeding always means that there will be failures along the way. Understanding why something didn't work is an important part of the learning.  

The Need for a Postmortem 
Following any new event or months into the launch of a new program, it's time to step back from the doing of the event or program to assess how well it met objectives and why. For example, following the first Trunk or Treat at King of Peace, all of us knew the turnout wasn't what we hoped for, but it took a little work to think about why that happened and to plan for how to improve things for the next year. If we had just done the event, without stopping to reflect on what happened and why, it would have been easy to simply say that we had tried it and it didn't work for us. Nine years later, the event thrives in part because of the assessment and the changes made which more closely involved the preschool and the Scout troops and transformed the event. 

No matter whether a program or event is a clear winner or fails to work in the way you hoped, assessing what happened, how it met your objectives and what you can learn from it is vital. Here in the diocesan office, we accomplish this by surveying after events to collect data on how we did. We then use that input to shape future events. This way we have been able to improve Clergy Conferences, Diocesan Conventions and our Wardens and Treasurer's Workshop to name a few. 

Trying Old Things Anew 
Whether it's adding a worship service, a ministry or an event, any time you hear others saying, "We tried that and it didn't work for us" pay attention. It may well be that this is an idea that won't work in your context. It may also be an opportunity to spend time figuring out what went wrong last time and whether the context has changed, or any other key dynamic is different. It may well be that hidden within the things your congregation has done before is a great idea that needs nurturing rather than tossing out. In any case, you'll be better served by not just moving on, but by stopping to ask some questions, understand what happened, and discuss what you can learn from the past experience. 

The Rev. Canon Frank Logue 
Canon to the Ordinary

Information on how to apply can be found here
Down to the River to Pray
Changing Course on Last Saturday's Paddle

Paddlers pass through a "cathedral" of cypress on Cathead Creek near Darien this past Saturday. Because of the high winds on the coast, Down to the River to Pray was held on Cathead Creek instead of St. Simon's Island. 

There is still room to join the second "Down to the River to Pray" event in southwest Georgia on Kinchafoonee Creek near Albany this Saturday, April 28, 9 AM - 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. To register, go here . For more information, contact creationcarecommission@gmail.com .
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 Church Musician
Looking for a musician who can lead both choir and worship team. We're an Episcopal Church who likes blended worship in a liturgical setting. At this point we have one service at 10:30 am on Sundays. There would be two rehearsals, not to exceed an hour; one midweek and another prior to worship. We are very inclusive and an open church.

Previous experience in leading a choral and/or worship group. Ability to sing and read sheet music. Familiarity with both contemporary music and updating old, familiar hymns. Ability to be a team player with the pastor and others. Familiarity with a liturgical setting helpful; am willing to train if necessary.
Contact The Rev. Dr. Cynthia Taylor at pastor@holycomforterchurch.org with resume. No phone calls please.

Part-time Children's Minister
St. Peter's Skidaway Island sees a part-time Children's Minister (pre-K through 5th grade.) Details
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 22-28
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 St. Mark's ( San Marcos) in Haina. 

April 29-May 5
In our diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for our congregation in Harlem, Trinity, and Catholic churches in Cuthbert and Donalsonville St. Luke's and the Church of the Incarnation. In our companion diocese of the Dominican Republic, we pray for Mount of the Transfiguration Church ( Monte de la Transfiguración) in Jarabacoa.
Diocesan Office Update and News  
Bishop Scott Anson Benhase will attend the ECW Annual Conference at St. Patrick's Albany, April 27-28. This Sunday, Bishop Benhase makes his visitation to Calvary, Americus at 10:30 AM. His full schedule is available  here. 

The Rev. Canon Frank Logue will be in Greenville, SC, this Sunday through Tuesday to meet with his counterparts in the Episcopal dioceses in the Southeast United States.

The Rev. Canon Joshua Varner will be celebrating at the service at St. John's and St. Mark's, Albany this Sunday.

Due to the office move, there will be no  Thursday noon service in St. George's Chapel at Diocesan House.
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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 11-12
Honey Creek Retreat Center

Hometown Missions
 June 1-3
Augusta, Georgia
For more information go here.
Blessed Be

Students from St. Peter's Savannah Music Academy  in the sanctuary last Sunday.
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