August 23, 2017
Volume 7, Number 52
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This Sunday's Lections
Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost
Exodus 1:8-2;10
Psalm 124
Isaiah 51:1-6
Psalm 138

Romans 12:1-8
Matthew  16:13-20

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for the full text.

More than 700 people have registered for Fearless Faith, Boundless Love the Revival on September 17th at Honey Creek. If you have not registered for this day of renewal and fellowship, go here:

Here are some updates that you should know:

Check in at a hotel... The Hampton Inn and Suites Brunswick has a special rate for Revival attendees. Go  here  to book.

Carpool, carpool, carpool! There will be parking for the event close to the exit off I-95 and we will be shuttling people to the grounds of Honey Creek. 

Bring your church banners! They will be on display inside the tent. 

If you have a bus...we ask that bus leaders contact Canon for Administration Katie Willoughby
and provide contact information and number of riders.

Most Importantly
The most important step now is to pray. Please hold the Revival in your daily prayer. Pray for our Presiding Bishop. Pray for those who will attend. Pray for someone you can ask to join you that you have yet to invite. Pray for the Holy Spirit to move among us in a mighty way. Pray.
The Diocese is now on Instagram
The Diocese of Georgia is now on the Instagram with the user name EpiscopalGeorgia. We are routinely sharing photos of our churches and events as well as using the #TBT to share historic photos on Throw Back Thursday. Those of you who use the photo sharing social media site are encouraged to follow the Diocese. We will use the site to share social media photos from our congregations as well as sharing diocesan events as they happen.
New Clergy Appointment
The Vestry of St. Patrick's Pooler announces that the Rev. David Wesley Lemburg has accepted a call to serve as their Priest in Charge. He will begin work at St. Patrick's on September 11. Lemburg has been an active member in the Episcopal church since he was three years old. He served St. Paul's, Fayetteville as a choir member, acolyte, verger, altar guild, Eucharistic visitor, lector, and Eucharistic minister, before receiving ordination to the diaconate in 2004 and priesthood in 2005.

Lemburg was born in Houston, Texas and raised in Fayetteville, Arkansas. He is a U.S. Navy Veteran, serving the USS BOXER LHD-4 in the mid-90's, doing Intelligence work. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. He has a Master's in Divinity from The General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church, NYC. Lemburg comes to St. Patrick's from the Episcopal Church of the Mediator-Redeemer in Magnolia, Mississippi where he served as Rector.  He has also served as a Chaplain for retired military, and served in churches in New York, Western Louisiana and Hawai'i. He is married to the Rev. Melanie Lemburg, who began her call as the Rector of St. Thomas Isle of Hope in Savannah earlier this month. They have two children - Mary Margaret (13) and Jack (9).
Diocese Seeks Office Administrator
Click on this link and turn up the sound to see a a few good reasons to apply.

The Diocese of Georgia seeks a motivated individual to serve as its office administrator. This position requires a courteous and competent individual with strong communication skills, experience managing office and IT operations, events, and databases, and the ability to thrive in a self-directed environment.

Located on Bay Street in Savannah, the Diocese supports over 68 congregations and ministries across the state. Given the fast-paced nature of our work, the Diocese is looking for an individual that can help continue to advance and improve our work and ministry to our community. 

For a full job description, please go  here.

Please direct any questions or applications to 
Canon Katie Willoughby at   
United Thank Offering Celebrates Founder
The United Thank Offering is extending an invitation for the Episcopal Church to join in a special celebration honoring the life and work of Julia Chester Emery for her 40 years promoting and establishing the United Thank Offering.

September 25 marks the 165th birthday of Julia Chester Emery. Starting as a young adult leader in the Episcopal Church, she is best known for dedicating 40 years to leadership and promotion of the spiritual discipline of gratitude and for tirelessly supporting mission and ministry all while championing the role of women's work in the church.

"For this reason, we want to invite you to spend September focused on the importance of gratitude and grit, as exemplified in the life of Julia Chester Emery, culminating in a birthday party on Sunday, September 24," explained Sandra Squires, United Thank Offering Board President. "Julia's life was focused on showing her gratitude by collecting funds and supporting missionaries and congregations both in the West and abroad. She was a pioneer in organizing and supporting women sharing God's message. So we invite you to take up a special UTO offering during September in gratitude for Julia Chester Emery and her legacy."

Every penny collected and all other 2017 Ingathering funds will be granted in 2018.

The United Thank Offering is a gratitude ministry of the Episcopal Church to support innovative mission and ministry in the whole Church. Known worldwide as UTO, the United Thank Offering awards grants for new projects and programs that address innovative approaches to ministries within their communities that meet the stated focus for the year.


Congregations, dioceses, groups and organizations can sponsor a birthday party for Julia on Sunday, September 24 complete with downloadable photo booth props, with a special thank offering to support the annual Ingathering for United Thank Offering.
The following are resources, available here for your celebration:
  • Two Children's Sermons
  • Faith Formation Lessons for Preschool, Elementary, Middle and High Schoolers, Adults and an Intergenerational activity for the whole parish
  • Sermons that Work for September 24
  • Sample Newsletter Article and weekly bulletin inserts for September
  • Downloadable Resources and Decorations here
  • Pinterest Board to help you find other ideas for decorations, games and party ideas to use.
Each Tuesday in September the United Thank Offering Board will release a special video and letter to encourage participation. These videos will be available on the resource page and sent directly to those subscribed to the UTO E-Newsletter. See here to receive the videos.

Contests for congregations
The Board of the United Thank Offering is hosting contests for congregations and dioceses. The first contest invites you to take photos or videos of your celebration and tag on Instagram (@UnitedThankOffering), or post to the United Thank Offering Facebook page ( to enter to win a prize at the end of September.

The second contest is to recognize the parish and diocese that contribute the most to the UTO Ingathering during the month of September. The official rules for each contest can be found here.

For more information, contact the Rev. Heather Melton, Staff Officer for the United Thank Offering at
Stewardship Training in Every Convocation
Bishop Benhase is working with a team to bring stewardship training to all six convocations of the Diocese of Georgia. While vestries should become involved in this training, any member of the congregation may also take part in these three-hour sessions.

Once trained, members of parishes have the skills to build money, vision, and people--the three great resources of any church's mission. Success in carrying out this Project Resource 2.0 training will require each parish to have both a clear external purpose in its programs and a clear internal vision of its Christian faith. Purpose and vision, combined with increased congregational dialog and communication, will encourage success as Project Resource 2.0 is implemented.

You do not need to attend the training in your convocation if another date and location better fit your schedule. Follow the links below to register:

August 26
Central Convocation
Annunciation, Vidalia
Sign up  here. 

October 28
Albany Convocation
St. Paul's Albany
Sign up here.
September 9
Savannah Convocation
St. George's Savannah
Sign up here.
January 20
Southeast Convocation
St. Mark's Brunswick
Sign up here.

October 21
Augusta Convocation
Holy Comforter, Martinez
Sign up here.
February 3
Southwest Convocation
St. James Quitman
Sign up here.
Around the Diocese
Members of St. Gregory's Choir from Church of the Good Shepherd in Augusta had a pool party and cookout last Sunday.

At the Ministry Fair held at St. Paul's Albany last Sunday.

Members of Christ Church Valdosta held their annual kick-off party this past Sunday with snow cones, face painting, water slides, a bouncy house a lunch made with love by the parish's Men in Blue.
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. 

August 20-26
In our diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for our congregations in Savannah, especially Christ Church, the Mother Church of Georgia. We also pray for our ecumenical partners in Savannah, especially the Catholic Cathedral of St. John the Baptist and Ascension Lutheran Church. In our companion diocese of the Dominican Republic, we pray for the Church of San Pablo y San Lucas (St. Paul and St. Luke) in San Isidro. 

August 27-September 2
In our diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for our congregations in Savannah, especially St. Francis of the Islands and St. John's. We also pray for our ecumenical partners, especially the Lutheran congregations of Redeemer and St. Luke's. In our companion diocese of the Dominican Republic, we pray for the congregations in San Francisco de MacorĂ­s, especially El Buen Pastor (the Good Shepherd).
Diocesan Office Update and News  

Bishop Benhase will officiate at the celebration of new ministry for the Rev. June Johnson at All Saints' Tybee Island at 6 PM Thursday. He will lead a Stewardship Workshop at Annuniciation, Vidalia on Saturday, September 26 at 9:30 AM and on Sunday he will make his annual visitation to Annunciation, Vidalia at 10:30 AM on Sunday, September 27. His full schedule is available  here.

Canon Logue will preach this Sunday at Christ Church, Savannah.

The Rev. Doris Buchanan Johnson will officiate at the Thursday service in the Chapel of St. George at Diocesan House at noon.
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Parish Year Starts 

 Having fun at the Christ Church Frederica Fall Programs Kick-Off Cookout.

Celebration of New Ministry
The Rev. June Johnson
All Saints' Tybee Island
6:30 PM Thursday, August 25

Deacons School
3 PM Friday, August 25 to Saturday, August 26 at 1 PM
Honey Creek
Go here to register

Stewardship Training with Bishop Benhase

August 26, 9:30 AM to noon
Annunciation, Vidalia

Retirement Party for Vicki Schuster
September 1 from 4:30-7 PM
The Charles H. Morris Center, 10 E Broad St, Savannah, GA 31401
Click here to register, so that we have a head count for the event

Stewardship Training with Bishop Benhase
September 9, 9:30 AM to noon
St. George's, Savannah
Register  here.
Revival: Boundless Love Fearless Faith
September 17
10 AM Service at Good Shepherd Pennick
3 PM Revival at Honey Creek with Fellowship beginning at 2 PM
For more information, go here:
Fall Clergy Conference
September 17-19
Honey Creek Retreat Center
Cursillo #123
October 12-15
Honey Creek Retreat Center
For more information, go here.

Diocesan Council
October 20
Location TBA

Stewardship Training with Bishop Benhase
October 21, 9:30 AM to noon
Holy Comforter Martinez
Register  here.

Stewardship Training with Bishop Benhase
October 28, 9:30 AM to noon
St. Paul's, Albany

Commission on Ministry and Standing Committee Meeting
1:30 PM Friday, November 3 until noon Saturday, November 4
Trinity Church, Statesboro

Diocesan Convention
November 9-11
Christ the King Church, Valdosta

Stewardship Training with Bishop Benhase
January 20, 9:30 AM to noon
St. Mark's, Brunswick 
Register here.

Stewardship Training with Bishop Benhase
February 3, 9:30 AM to noon
Christ Church, Valdosta
Register here.
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