August 1, 2018
Volume 8, Number 49
2018 Full-Time Priest Salary Survey
A survey of the compensation for priests serving in full-time positions his now online as a working document for vestries to have in hand as we enter the time of year to plan congregation budgets. This is the eighth year that the salary survey has been published by the Diocese.  For the fourth year, the survey breaks out the compensation for priests working full time, by whatever title or duties, who are not in charge of a congregation.

The 38 priests on the two charts are only a portion of those serving our 70 congregations. This reflects the many congregations served by part-time priests, who are often bi-vocational or retired. For comparison purposes, the archived surveys from 2011-2017 each remain online in  the Reference Library at the diocesan website.
A Note on Priest's Compensation
The compensation data in the chart reflects the combined total of salary, housing, and an offset for SECA (the self-employment version of FICA or Social Security). Priests must pay this 15% tax out of the listed compensation. For clergy in a rectory or vicarage, the value of that provided housing is included in the compensation figure. To assist in setting salaries, the diocesan staff works with vestries in a new call to consider salaries in neighboring dioceses, around the Diocese of Georgia. We also consider other salaries in the town by comparing to salaries in the school system (available at Depending on the complexity of the congregation, the salaries of teachers, assistant principals, and principals with a masters degree is instructive as these are local salaries with similar benefits.
A Note on Benefits
A large factor in determining a congregation's ability to pay a full-time priest is the cost of health insurance and other benefits. The clergy salary survey does not reflect the great range from a priest whose insurance is covered fully by the spouse's employer to those receiving full family coverage through the congregation. The Diocese moved to a standard of a high deductible insurance plan with a Health Savings Account to contain costs as much as possible.
Here are the charts showing this year's survey:
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This Sunday's Lections
11th Sunday
After Pentecost
2 Samuel 11: 26-12; 13a
Psalm 51; 1-13
Ephesians 4: 1-16
John 6: 24-35

Exodus 16:2-4, 9-15
Psalm 78: 23-29
Ephesians 4: 1-16
John 6: 24-35

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Three Days to Deepen Your Faith
Cursillo is a short course in Christianity which equips Christians for leadership  and service to change the world for Christ through:
  • an opportunity to grow in faith and spirituality
  • a deeper understanding of the teachings of Jesus and how we can serve Him and experience of living and sharing with others in a loving and caring Christian community and realizing that this can be extended into our own environment
  • a continuing community that gives support and encouragement to help Christians carry out their Baptismal Vows.
Cursillo includes a three-day weekend that begins on Thursday evening and concludes on Sunday. The Cursillo weekend is not a retreat, but an opportunity to meet clergy and laity seeking to strengthen our faith. It provides an environment to experience the reality of the gift of God's love through shared prayer, individual meditation, worship, study, fellowship, laughter, tears, and unconditional love.  

For those who have attended Cursillo
You know how much someone can learn and grow during a relatively brief retreat. Please prayerfully consider who the Holy Spirit is leading you to sponsor for this October weekend.

Find our More
The Next Cursillo Weekend is October 11-14 at Honey Creek Conference Center. More information and a registration form are found online at:

For more information, you may also contact Misty Graham, Cursillo Registrar with questions about registering (352-281-6805) or Rita Spalding, Cursillo #125 Lay Rector ( or 912-270-2725) about the weekend itself.
An Update on Presiding Bishop Michael Curry
The Episcopal Church's Presiding Bishop, Michael Bruce Curry, underwent surgery on July 13 for Prostate Cancer.  The presiding bishop's family and his medical team reported later that day that the surgery went well, as had been expected. Bishop Curry is resting, and a full recovery continues to be anticipated.
On July 25, Bishop Curry shared  news that he had recently been diagnosed with prostate cancer and would be having surgery to remove the prostate gland. An Episcopal News Services release stated, " Curry and his family are touched by the outpouring of prayers and well wishes. In their thankfulness, they ask for privacy during his recovery."

Register Today and Save on the Acolyte Festival
Acolytes in grades 3-12 will gather in Tifton for the Acolyte Festival at St. Anne's Episcopal Church on August 11-12. The time will be framed by worship, music, and play. B ring your vestments for Sunday and a congregational banner for Sunday's festival procession. Come prepared to sleep on the floor Saturday night by bringing a camp mattress or an inflatable mattress, sleeping bag, toiletries, and clothes to change into for Sunday morning. 
We will be offering multiple different training opportunities for Acolytes of every age from Grade 3-12. Those breakout sessions will take place during Saturday morning and early afternoon. They will include instructions on how to swing a thurible, how to serve at the Altar, what all the different vestments are and mean, and lots more! Saturday late afternoon will be a fun activity, and we will join in St. Anne's Sunday worship service on Sunday, August 12.
Congregations who send a group of Acolytes also register and send adults who are willing to engage with the activities and with the Acolytes throughout the weekend!  Please contact Canon Joshua Varner at  with your questions, or to request Scholarship. 
Click this link to register now at
Cost: $50 per person before August 1 ($60 per person after August 1)
A Life-Changing Weekend for Grades 10-12
Led by teens for teens, Happening is a weekend of discovery. The next Happening will be #101 at Honey Creek September 14-16, 2018, and is open to those in grades 10 - 12.  Katie Grant from Good Shepherd, Augusta, is the Rector for the upcoming weekend.
During a Happening weekend, participants worship, play, sing, and talk about God's place in their lives. They make new friends who share similar concerns and questions - a reassuring discovery. A teenager who acts as "rector" leads the weekend with the help of a staff consisting mostly of young people. Some staff members give challenging talks, after which there's time for discussion and activity. Together, the staff and participants share in an exploration of the impact of Christian faith in their daily lives. Happeners who attend a weekend for their first time are called "Candidates." To be a Candidate, one must:
  • Have completed the 9th grade and have not begun college.
  • Fill out the application:
Happening costs $101 to attend, and financial assistance is available. For more information, please  visit the Georgia Happening website.

Click here to register for Happening!

Georgia Episcopalian Teaching at Sewanee Retreat
Dr. Westina Matthews
On October 4, 
The Beecken Center of the School of Theology at the University of the South will host a a one-day workshop to enhance the capacity of participants (spiritual directors, laypersons, and/or clergy of any denomination or none) to discuss issues of faith and sexuality. The goal is no to convince one another to adopt any view but rather offer a safe and sacred space to share knowledge, and to engage in open and honest dialogue. 

Dr. Westina Matthews, a member of St. Peter's Savannah and Adjunct Professor at General Theological Seminary will teach the workshop together with the Rev. Dr. Tommie Watkins, Jr., the Associate Rector and Associate Chaplain at Canterbury Chapel, Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  To learn more and to register, click here   for more information.
Mark Your Calendar Now for Summer Camp 2019
Mark your calendar and make your plans for Camp Honey Creek 2019. Registration opens in November. 

High School Camp / Completed grades 9-12
June 9-15
Camp St. Peter I / Completed grades 6-8
June 16-22
Camp Joseph & Mary I /  Completed grades 3-5
June 23-29
Camp St. Peter II
July 7-13
Camp Joseph & Mary II / Completed grades 3-5 
July 14-20

If you feel called to serve, volunteer, or donate to our Summer Camp program, contact Operations and Program Director, Dr. Savannah Young at
St. John's Youth on the Road

The Rev. Craig O'Brien is pictured with youth from St. John's Savannah at the Saint Michael's Conference in Hartford, Connecticut. Found in 1960, the conference brings
 young people and leaders who come together to form a community. Through liturgy, teaching, fellowship, recreation and relaxation, they seek a clearer vision of God in the Anglican tradition. 
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. 

July 29-August 4
In our diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for our congregation on St. Simons Island, Christ Church and Holy Nativity. We also pray for our ecumenical partners on the island, especially Lord of Life Lutheran Church and St. William's Catholic Church. In our companion diocese of the Dominican Republic, we pray for The Church of the Nativity ( La Natividad) Salcedo.

August 5-11
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.
Diocesan Office Update and News
Bishop Scott Anson Benhase'  full schedule is available  here.

The Rev. Canon Frank Logue will preside and preach this Sunday at Calvary, Americus.

Anna Iredale, Director of Communications , is on vacation. Send items for  From the Field  to .

The Rev. Hunt Priest, Rector of St. Peter's, Savannah, will officiate at the Thursday noon service at Diocesan House.
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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.

Acolyte Festival 
Saturday and Sunday, August 11-12
St. Anne's Tifton
Grades three to 12
To register, go here

Quiet Day Retreat
Saturday, August 11
9 AM to 2 PM
Church of the Holy Comforter
473 Fury's Ferry Road, Martinez
Information: 706-210-1133

Open House and Blessing
Diocesan House
4 PM, Thursday, August 23
18 E. 34th Street

Ordination to the Priesthood
The Rev. Bunny Simon Williams
August 25 at 11 AM
Church of the Good Shepherd, Augusta

Diocesan Council
September 14-15
St. Luke's, Hawkinsville

Happening #101
September 14-16
Honey Creek
Grades 10-12
For information, go 

Project Resource Training with the Bishop
Southeast Convocation
Holy Nativity, St. Simons Island
September 22
9:30 AM to noon

Fall Clergy Conference
September 24-26
Honey Creek
To register, go here:

Conflict Management
October 1-5
Honey Creek

Commission on Ministry and Standing Committee
October 5-6
St. Michael and All Angels', Savannah

Project Resource Training with the Bishop
Albany Convocation
Christ Church, Cordele
Saturday, October 27
9:30 AM to noon
To register, go here:

Project Resource Training with the Bishop
Augusta Convocation
St. Augustine's of Augusta
November 3
9:30 AM to noon
To register, go here: 
197th Convention of the Diocese of Georgia

November 8-10
Albany, Georgia
Compline on the beach

All Saints Tybee Island is offering Compline On The Beach every Wednesday at 6:30 PM during the summer on the beach at the 8th St crossover. Everyone is welcome.
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