December 28, 2016
Volume 7, Number 17
In This Issue

This Sunday's Lections
The Holy Name
Numbers 6:22-27
Galatians 4:4-7
Phillippians 2:5-11
Luke 2:15-21
Psalm 8 
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Christmas Joy!
The pageant at St. Paul's Jesup.

Christmas Eve at St. Thomas' Thomasville
The pageant at St. John's Savannah.
The pageant at St. Patrick's Pooler.
The pageant at Holy Comforter Martinez.
Greening the Church at Good Shepherd, Augusta
Christ Church Valdosta's Lunch Bunch Ministry wrapped more than 150 gifts donated by parishioners. 
The pageant at Christ Church, Savannah.
Christ Church Frederica's Christmas Pageant
Register Now for Upcoming Youth Events
(Actual fire at Honey Creek.)
Gather Around the Fire
Students in grades six through 12 are invited to Gather Around the Fire for the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia's winter youth retreat January 20-22 at Honey Creek Retreat Center. There will be some separation of program for older and younger youth as they play, talk, work and pray together. Register for the Winter Retreat here

Episcopal Youth Event/Mission Trip
E.Y.E. (Episcopal Youth Event), a national youth conference that draws over 1,000 participants from across the U.S. and beyond, is held once every three years--and this year is the year! This summer it will take place in Edmond, Oklahoma, and our Diocese aims to be well-represented. Each diocese is allocated a limited number of spaces. Apply to participate by filling out  our online application by the end of this month. 

The Diocese of Georgia's group will be making E.Y.E. the centerpiece of a broader mission trip, traveling to Oklahoma over several days and after the Episcopal Youth Event perform some service work. During the trip our young people will get a chance to meet other young Episcopalians from across the country, to worship and play together, and to explore their Baptismal Covenant's commitment to "serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself."

The total cost for the event is $1,200, and financial aid is available. Please contact the Rev. Joshua Varner, our Diocesan Youth Missioner with questions.
Administrator's Corner
Lead, Grow and Share: A Year-end Gift
As 2016 comes to a close, I reflect on the blessings and gifts given to the Diocese and our community this past year. At our convention in November, we launched the final stage of the Campaign for Congregational Development. The ministries formed and supported by the generous donations so far have shown the love of Christ throughout--not just in our congregations but stretching out beyond the pews into our communities. It is our continued desire to find ways to Lead, Grow and Share in the Diocese of Georgia.

To reach the goal of $3M, it will take the sacrifice, generosity, and partnership of everyone in the Diocese. On any given Sunday, we have an average of 6,000 people worshipping. If each person were to commit $6 a month for three years, we would reach our goal. If you feel called to give during this Christmastide, please visit the site and follow the directions below. For more information about how the Campaign has made an impact videos can be found at 

I thank each and everyone one of you for the gifts, love, and generosity you bestow in the Diocese and your communities.

Katie Willoughby
Canon for Administration
How to Make a Recurring Donation
Canon for Administration Katie Willoughby leads viewers through the steps to sign up for a donation to Lead, Grow, Share: the Campaign for Congregational Development. Click on the image to begin.

A Gentle Reminder    
Canon Willoughby sends a gentle reminder to parishes to submit the final 2016 tithe contributions by the end of the month. If you'd like to check on the status or your tithe, please reach out to Canon Willoughby at 
Diocesan Office Update     
Bishop Benhase' next visitations will be to St. Mary's Augusta at 11 AM January 8 and to Christ Church Augusta at 4 PM the same day. For the Bishop's complete visitation schedule, go  here.

Canon Logue is on vacation from December 28-January 2, as he and Victoria visit their daughter, Griffin, in Arizona.

The Diocesan Office will be closed December 30th.
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The joy of Christmas at Christ Church in Valdosta.
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 December 25 to 31 
In our diocesan prayer cycle, we pray for Honey Creek, for the Order of St. Helena and all religious order in the Episcopal Church. We also pray for our ecumenical partners, especially the Catholic congregations of Our Lady of Guadelupe in Sandhill, San José in Twin Lakes, Holy Redeemer in McRae, and Holy Cross in Pembroke. In our companion diocese of the Dominican Republic, we pray for Diocese of the Dominican Republic Parochial Schools. 

Prayers for January 1-7
In our diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for our Bishop, Scott Benhase and our retired bishop, Henry Louttit. We pray for our ecumenical partners, especially, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Savannah and their Bishop, Gregory Hartmayer; and for the Evangelical Lutheran Church's Southeast Synod and their Bishop, Julian Gordy. In our companion diocese of the Dominican Republic, we pray for their Bishops, Julio Holguin, Moisés Quezada, and William Skilton, and retired bishop, Telésforo Isaac. 
Heading to the Manger
Two shepherds, three kings, two angels and a little lamb head to the manger at St. John's Church in Savannah on a mild Christmas Eve. 
Church Development Institute (CDI), January 20-21; March 17-18
Honey Creek
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Winter Retreat for Youth, January 20-22
Honey Creek
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Diocesan Council, February 3-4
St. Francis' Church, Savannah

Happening #98, February 17
Honey Creek
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Cursillo #122, March 2-4
Honey Creek
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Clergy Spouses Retreat, March 10-12
Honey Creek
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New Beginnings #50, March 24-26
Honey Creek
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