August 30, 2017
Volume 8, Number 1
EYCS Awards Record Number of Scholarships
You'll be seeing these familiar envelopes at Convention.
The Episcopal Youth and Children's Services (ECYS) has awarded $80,400 in scholarships to 53 students from the Diocese of Georgia for the academic year 2017-2018. This year saw an increase in the number of applications (from 31 in 2016 to 53 this year) as well as the distribution of awards over last year. For a list of the students who received awards and their attendant parishes, please go here . 

The ECYS will begin accepting applications for 2018-2019 scholarships after January 1, 2018. The form and more information will be published in
From the Field closer to that date.

EYCS Board members include: Elizabeth DuBose, Collegiate Church of St. Paul's, Savannah; Pat Glover, St. Patrick's Pooler; Kathleen Heck, St. Peter's Savannah; Sherry Holtzclaw and Clayton Kennedy, St. John's, Savannah; Sarah Jones, Christ Church, Savannah; Georgeanne Inglis and Anne Salley of St. Michael's and All Angels; Beth Johnson and Carol Woodcroft of  St. Francis of the Islands; Cam Mathis and Sheila Meredith of St. George's, and Sally Minis of St. Thomas' Isle of Hope.

Congratulations to all of the students and many thanks to the Board!
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This Sunday's Lections
Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Exodus 3: 1-15
Psalm 105: 1-6, 23-26, 45c
Jeremiah 15:15-21
Psalm 26:1-8
Romans 12:9-21
Matthew  16:21-28

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for the full text.
A Prayer on the Occasion of a Disaster
Compassionate God, Draw near to us and the people of Texas in this time of sorrow and anguish, comfort those who mourn, strengthen those who are weary, encourage those in despair, and lead us all to fullness of life; through the same Jesus Christ, our Savior and Redeemer, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever. Amen.
          Holy Women, Holy Men: Celebrating the Saints 

Please pray for all those affected by Hurricane Harvey. 

According to Robert Radtke, President of Episcopal Relief and Development, "Now is the time to offer financial support. Gifts ensure that we have enough resources to support the work of our church partners as they serve the most vulnerable in their communities. They are best positioned to assess needs and timing for response efforts."

Go here  to donate to ER&D as they minister to those affected by Hurricane Harvey.
Parish Audits Due September 1st
If you have not submitted yours, please contact the Canon for Administration, Katie Willoughby. 
New Clergy Appointment
The Vestry of Christ Church Cordele announces the Rev. Edna Jean "Tar" Drazdowski has accepted their call to serve as Priest in Charge. She has since 2014 served the congregation of Christ Church in Sidney as the Priest-in-Charge and while serving the Diocese of Nebraska as Vicar for Mission. Drazdowski is a graduate of the Vancouver School of Theology (M.Div) where she was immersed in native culture and theology. Prior to the move to Nebraska, she served Christ Church Valdosta as Assistant Rector for six years. Drazdowski has been married to Jim for almost 38 years. Both the Drazdowski's worked in education: Jim was a math teacher for 34 years; Tar taught special education, and worked as a guidance counselor and behavior Intervention Specialist. Drazdowski is pictured in the Dominican Republic above with her husband Jim and below with Presiding Bishop Michael Curry.

Drazdowski previously served the Diocese of Georgia as Chair of the Companion Diocese Commission, leading numerous trips to the Diocese of the Dominican Republic. She has continued the connection to the DR while serving in Nebraska. Drazdowski says, "mission work is about building relationships with our partners so that when the work is done and we are long gone, there still remains a spirit of love and tenderness that proclaims through love of Jesus, that we care." She believes that in all of our mission efforts we should be striving to see Jesus.  Drazdowski will begin work December 1. She follows the Rev. Dr. Larry Williams who worked with the lay leaders to see the mission congregation through a period of unprecedented numeric and spiritual growth which made this call of a full-time priest possible.
Diocesan Youth Events Scheduled
Dates have been set for Youth Events this fall with registration already open for several, not all. We want to make sure that you've saved the dates on your calendar. Check out the Diocese of Georgia's Youth Facebook page or the website for more information about these events as the dates get closer. Scholarships are available for all events, just contact the Missioner for Youth, the Rev. Joshua Varner at

Fall Youth Event: Growing in Faith and Love

September 15-17, Honey Creek

This weekend is for all youth in grades 6-12 who want to worship, sing, play, rest, and learn about their own story and the story of faith. We will use the lens of the life of Deaconess Anna Alexander, the first black woman to be ordained as a Deaconess in the Episcopal Church to help us reflect on our stories. On Saturday night we will be joined by the Most Rev. Michael Curry, the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, and on Sunday we will travel to Good Shepherd, Pennick for the Eucharist in honor of Deaconess Alexander at which the Presiding Bishop will preach. We will then return to Honey Creek to help with and be part of the Revival: Fearless Faith, Boundless Love. Grades 6-12, Cost $150 To register for the Fall Youth Event, follow this link.

Happening #99

September 22-24, Honey Creek

Happening is an experience of God's love in action, presented by teenagers and for teenagers, and sponsored by the Episcopal Church. During the weekend the participants experience God's love through worship, prayer, and the ministry of peers and adults, both lay and clergy. Grades 10-12, Cost: $100  

Acolyte Festival

October 21-22, St. Anne's Tifton

The October 21-22 Acolyte Festival is open to 3rd through 12th graders. During the Acolyte Festival, participants will enjoy an Acolyte Olympics and can also expect to participate in acolyting and church leadership workshops facilitated by experienced practitioners; to meet other young acolytes and church leaders from across the diocese; to learn about other liturgical practices; to share their own church experience; and to have fun!

Participants should bring their own vestments (marked with a church name or participant's name) and their home church's banner if available, which will be processed during the Sunday morning Eucharist at St. Anne's, Tifton, where the festival will be held.  Grades 3-12, Cost $40.  More information and registration will be available soon!

Diocesan Convention Youth Presence

November 10-11, Valdosta

The Youth Presence at Diocesan Convention begins on Friday morning, November 10, and continues through the end of Diocesan Convention on Saturday, November 11. Youth will be an active part of convention, including serving as pages, providing tech support, and as assistants to the Bishop and other Diocesan leaders. Friday night will include reflection on the full day of Convention. Saturday morning will begin with the youth leading worship. Grades 6-12.  More information and registration will be available soon!

New Beginnings #51
December 8-10,  Honey Creek

New Beginnings #51 is a retreat led by youth for youth in grades 7-9. The team consists of a lead teen and lead adult with support from other youth, lay adults, and clergy. The weekend takes participants through a discovery about ourselves, our friends, our families, our faith, and how to live out our faith in our daily lives. We share a lot about LOVE; love of self, love of friends & family, and most importantly, love of God. More information and registration will be available soon!

With the Revival a little more than two weeks away, you are encouraged to register as soon as possible. To do so, go here:

Here are some updates that you should know about:

Bulletin inserts created by the Communications Office of the Episcopal Church for Deaconess Alexander to be used on September 10th can be found      

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! Share some fellowship before and after the Revival with fellow attendees. With limited parking available we strongly suggest that attendees carpool. 

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.

Continue 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 Loose Canon
Looking ahead to The Good Book Club in Lent
Nothing is more effective at building followers of Jesus than reading the Bible. The Reformers who gave us our Book of Common Prayer gave their lives to give lay people the liturgy and the scripture in English so everyone could hear and understand for themselves. Forward Movement and a host of partners are creating a way for Episcopalians to build the habit of daily scripture reading this Lent and Easter and Bishop Benhase is naming this the diocesan Lenten program for 2018. No one has to take part, of course, but participation is encouraged.

How this works
This Lent and Easter, the Episcopal Church is encouraging Episcopalians to read Luke and Acts together in a series of daily readings, which will take us through the Gospel in Lent and immediately continue with the story of the early church in Easter. A host of resources will go along with The Good Book Club and you can decide what is the best way for you and your congregation to engage with it. There is no cost for taking part. Though some materials will be available for purchase through Forward Movement and other partners, the essentials are all free including a downloadable discussion guide for groups, so cost need not be a barrier to taking part. You can find out more at and watch this video from our Presiding Bishop about The Good Book Club:  Presiding Bishop Curry's Video

Why take part?
Encounter the amazing story of Jesus
and the early church for yourself.
Building habits begins creating a new habit loop as one gets accustomed to a change in their routine. Research through Renewal Works reveals what I know through my own experience - the greatest catalyst for spiritual growth is reading the Bible. More than half a million respondents to surveys agree. This is the exercise that best strengthens one's faith. We also know that it is easier to build a new habit if we don't go it alone. By committing to others in your congregation, you build in accountability for one another. 

Starting February 11, 2018, you can read a quarter of the New Testament before Pentecost Sunday. In the process, you will meet Jesus anew in Luke and encounter truly amazing story of the early church complete with shipwrecks, betrayal, and surprise twists in the compelling story. I hope you will join me and Episcopalians across out church on the journey. As you find ways that will work for your church, let me know what you have planned, so we can share it in From the Field.

The Rev. Frank Logue, Canon to the Ordinary
Around the Diocese

The celebration of new ministry for the Rev. June Johnson at All Saints' Tybee Island was held August 24th with the Rt. Rev. Scott Benhase as celebrant and the Rev. Jamie Maury preaching.
The Rev. Denise Ronn blessed backpacks for teachers and children of St. Philip's, Hinesville who were heading back to school.

Bishop Benhase models yet another Auburn University t-shirt gifted to him by proud Auburn alumna, Jane Hall. Bishop Benhase wants to state again for the record that he holds the Auburn University football program in nothing but the highest esteem and unequivocally declares that anyone who believes otherwise is regretfully misinformed. The diocesan staff though is worried about him as he has been walking around the office this week muttering 'war eagle'.

St. Thomas Episcopal Church welcomes Dr. Iain Quinn as their new Director of Music and Organist. Dr. Quinn is Assistant Professor of 
Organ and Coordinator of Sacred Music at Florida State University. Born in Cardiff, Wales, he earned his doctorate in Historical Musicology at the Universit
y of Durham in England. He has an extensive academic and performance background and has recorded and played organ recitals throughout Europe, Russia, the Far East, Australia, as well as the United States. He's held several church music positions in England and New York City, Hartford and Albuquerque.

Members of  
Trinity-Cochran's softball team presented Coach Mike Lee (far right) with a small token of appreciation for his leadership and dedication to the team. Trinity has participated for several years in the Bleckley County Coed Softball Church League and received the Sportsmanship Trophy for this season. Trinity has been honored to receive this award three of the last four years. 
Front row: Wil Holloway, Lindsay Holloway; middle row: Ron Scarborough, Dale Jones, Mike Lee; back row: Adam Holloway, John Pasto and Kathy Jones.  Other Trinity players not pictured are Cohen Lee, Veronica Lee, and Christian Kitchens.  
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   
Stewardship Training in Savannah
More than 50 people have already registered to attend stewardship training in Savannah on September 9. We still have room for you and a team from your church. 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:

September 9
Savannah Convocation
St. George's Savannah
Sign up  here.
October 28
Albany Convocation
St. Paul's Albany
Sign up here.
October 21
Augusta Convocation
Holy Comforter, Martinez
Sign up here.
January 20
Southeast Convocation
St. Mark's Brunswick
Sign up here.

February 3
Southwest Convocation
St. James Quitman
Sign up here.
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 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).

September 3-9
In our diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for our congregations in Savannah, St. George's and St. Michael and All Angels. We also pray for our ecumenical partners in Savannah, especially the Catholic congregations of Blessed Sacrament, Resurrection of our Lord, Sacred Heart, and St. James. In our companion diocese of the Dominican Republic, we pray for the congregations in San Francisco de MacorĂ­s, especially San Esteban (St. Stephen) and San Mateo (St. Matthew).
Diocesan Office Update and News  

Bishop Benhase' full schedule is available  here.

Canon Logue is surprised and pleased to note that for the first time in his seven years on diocesan staff, no searches for priests are currently underway in the Diocese. 

The Rev. R. Kevin Kelly of St. Michael's and All Angels, Savannah will officiate at the Thursday service in the Chapel of St. George at Diocesan House at noon.
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Not forgotten

In the rack of name tags just inside the doors at Christ Church Savannah, one finds tags standing ready for two famous parishioners of the Mother Church of Georgia. Girl Scout Founder Juliette Gordon Lowe (1860-1927) and Academy Award Winning singer and songwriter Johnny Mercer (1909-1976) are not forgotten by their church.

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.

Celebration of New Ministry
Wednesday, September 13
The Rev. Melanie Dickson Lemburg
St. Thomas' Isle of Hope
6 PM

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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