August 10, 2016
Volume 6, Number 50
In This Issue

This Sunday's Lections
Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost
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Come and See Future Leaders
In the Episcopal Church 
Kyrsha Allen

Do you ever wonder where the church is headed? Do you ever wonder who will be in our next generation of leaders? 'Come and see' on August 24th when Kyrsha Allen and Matthew Yochum are commissioned as the 201
6-17 interns by Bishop Scott Benhase and Columba House Missioners the Revs. Guillermo Arboleda 
and Kelly Steele.

The commissioning service begins at 6:30 PM
Matthew Yochum
at the Collegiate Church of St. Paul the Apostle (across the street from Columba House at 1802 Abercorn) with a pot luck supper in the church's Parish Hall, but the newly painted (courtesy of St. Paul's parishioners) Columba House will be open for informal tours and most of all, time to talk with the Missioners and hear about Kyrsha and Matthew's journeys--in the Episcopal Church and to Columba House.

"We at Columba House are following through with our diocesan commitment to foster young adults in the Episcopal Church and we're inviting Kyrsha and Matthew to become the next generation of leaders," said Steele, "they represent the future of the Church."

Over the past year the team at Columba House has been streamlining their programs and focusing on leadership development, creating a leadership training program that they will be piloting with Kyrsha and Matthew and eventually offer to the diocese and the wider community. The program begins with an introduction to conflict management. Starting in September they will also be offering Education for Ministry (EFM) for the interns and the local community. 
"It's an exciting time to be at Columba House," said Steele, "we want to encourage everyone in the diocese to join us on August 24th and hear Kyrsha and Matthew's stories. They really love the Episcopal Church and want to find a way to contribute as young people."

Please share the flyer for the event found here with your parishes. 

Columba House received a new coat of paint thanks to the parishioners of St. Paul's.
Convention 2016
Learn the Essentials of Invite, Welcome, Connect
We created the short video above with our Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and Mary Parmer of the Diocese of Texas sharing about Invite-Welcome-Connect. These three essentials must all be present for your congregation to grow in numbers in attendance. This November 10-12, Mary will be with us to teach those gathered in convention to share learnings and resources from congregations doing this work well, including churches in this diocese. For complete convention information, visit the convention 2016 website here.
Diocesan Office Update     
Bishop Benhase is on sabbatical through August 23. 

The Rev. Joshua Varner, Diocesan Missioner for Youth, will be working with the Acolyte Festival this weekend alongside Misty Graham of St. Thomas' Isle of Hope, Savannah, who is hosting the event. Approximately 90 kids and adults will take part in the event.

Canon Logue is in the office this week enjoying that all of the parochial reports are done for the Diocese, the tithe letters have gone out to churches, and he can dig through some of the items that had been waiting for attention.
Diocesan Community Update

The Rev. Adrianna Shaw has accepted a call to serve as Associate Rector of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Burke, Virginia.  She served here in Georgia as an assisting priest and then Priest in Charge of St. Philip's, Hinesville. She moved to northern Virginia this summer as her husband Scott received Army orders to work at the Pentagon.
The Rev. Jonathan Tuttle Ordained to Priesthood
The Sunday prior to Saturday's ordination liturgy, the air conditioning was out at St. John and St. Mark's, Albany. As the day neared for the Rev. Jonathan Tuttle's ordination, the problem was tracked down to a warranty replacement that would take 3-5 days to ship as temperatures in the church ranged in the low 80s without the expected large turnout for the ordination. But the side of the angels prevailed and a cool nave greeted the warm hearts gathering for sacred ceremony. The Rev. Kelly Steele, who studied with Tuttle at Duke Divinity School, preached the sermon. The large group of gathered priests joined Bishop Benhase in laying on hands and in prayer. The Rev. Jonathan Tuttle became the newest priest in Christ's One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church. 

Episcopal Campus Ministry at Georgia Southern
Our  Episcopal Campus Ministry at Georgia Southern will hold a Kick Off Celebration on Tuesday, August 16th with a Eucharist at 6:30 PM followed by a cookout and time to get acquainted at the EpiCenter, 101 Marvin Avenue in Statesboro.

The Rev. Charles Todd is the Priest-Missioner this year. A graduate of Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, he also serves as the Vicar/Latino Missioner at St. Paul's, Savannah. To refer a student or if you are a student and would like to schedule a time to meet for coffee, feel free to contact him by email at
The Loose Canon
Prepare to Receive Newcomers
The first steps to welcoming newcomers starts long before they walk into your church. Preparing to receive visitors includes everything from updating signage, to securing qualified nursery staff, and checking to make sure the bathrooms are clean and stocked with paper products. For we are welcoming guests not to our home, but to God's house on the Lord's day. While they might be strangers to us, they are well known and loved by our Lord and so are returning home even if entering our doors for the first time.

Hospitality Checklist
To think through these basics, take a look at the Hospitality Checklist from Invite-Welcome-Connect which covers important points from your answering machine to initial follow up with those who sign in: Hospitality Checklist

Two steps to up your hospitality game
When you are ready to move beyond the basics, visit other churches with an eye toward learning from them and ask someone to test how you do in welcoming newcomers.
  1. Have greeters visit other Episcopal Churches and churches in your area of other denominations. Then have these teams return to brainstorm what was learned, seeing your own church with new eyes and incorporating good ideas from other churches.
  2. Ask a person with no church to be a "mystery worshipper" and make a report back on their experience. For examples of reports go here.
    The goal of this work is to welcome those who come to your church as if welcoming Christ. This is holy work, worthy of our time and attention to detail.

The Rev. Canon Frank Logue, Canon to the Ordinary
Upcoming Gospel
To Craft an Artistic Revolution
A Reflection on the Gospel, Luke 12:49-56

by the Rev. David Somerville

Next Sunday's gospel reading is not a serious contender for popularity! Just a second look at such words as "From now on five in one household will be divided...." should be enough to explain that.

Wouldn't we, after all, have preferred something a little nicer, more positive, perhaps? If you are inclined to feel that way, so was I when I first saw those discomforting words. But a second look at the gospel begs an important question: Did Jesus Christ, the Son of God, enter our world to feed us sweets like cake and ice cream, or is our faith in the incarnation about something more substantial?

Well, then, what is really substantial, and to be valued in our faith? It has to do with understanding our destiny in Christ by dealing with the forces in the world that work to obscure it. One way to look at clarifying our destiny is to see it as something like the "Arts and Crafts" movement. Its late nineteenth century founder, Elbert Hubbard, made the observation that "God will not look us over for medals, degrees, or diplomas". God's interests are not related to the rewards of social status, but in that part of ourselves that engages in living a life of good sacrifice, which affirms the value of the individual" in his/her uniqueness. So already there is something in this that is more substantial than cake and ice cream.

The Arts and Crafts philosophy in design and architecture flowered during the first decades of the twentieth century. Generally the movement was a mixture of traits, some of which seemed almost to contradict each other. The things of this school were simple, basic, and pragmatically functional, but somehow also sophisticated. It encompassed furniture that could be built by an ordinary carpenter, but it also spawned the designs of Frank Lloyd Wright.

Continue reading the reflection online here: Upcoming Gospel for August 14
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. 

Prayers for August 7-13
In our diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for our congregation on Jekyll Island, St. Richard of Chichester. We also pray for our ecumenical partners on the island, especially Jekyll Island Methodist Church and St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. In our companion diocese of the Dominican Republic, we pray for St. Bartholomew ( San Bartolomé) in San Cristóbal.

Prayers for August 14-21
In our diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for our congregation in Sandersville, Grace Church. We also pray for our ecumenical partners in Sandersville, especially St. William Catholic Church. In our companion diocese of the Dominican Republic, we pray for the congregations in San Francisco de Macorís, especially The Good Samartian ( El Buen Samaritano) and Jesus the Nazarene ( Jesús Nazareno).
Resting in God's Presence
Christ Church, Valdosta, shared this photo of Mason on their Facebook page noting that he is 
either taking a rest after the service or he's practicing up for holy orders by lying prostrate before the altar.
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