February 22, 2017
Volume 7, Number 25
Happening Continues an Upswing with #98

The Rev. Sierra Wilkinson-Reyes preaches to a packed Chapel of Our Savior for the Happening Closing Eucharist.

The Senior High Retreat led by teens for teens known as Happening is seeing a continuing renewal. This past weekend, more than 120 people took part in the retreat or the lock-in. Charlotte Moffett of St. Peter's, Savannah served as the Rector. The Revs. Sierra Wilkinson-Reyes and Alan Akridge were Spiritual Directors and youth from across the Diocese staffed the team. 

Jay White of Christ Church Savannah gives the Faith talk during the retreat.
Most young people have serious questions about Jesus and the Church. Happening is designed to address these questions. During a  Happening weekend, participants experience the love of Christ as shown through prayer, worship, and the ministry of peers, clergy, and lay adults. The Happeners are encouraged to make their renewed faith a part of their everyday lives. Happening shows how Christianity can keep pace with the many changes in our lives and our world.

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Campaign Ends February 28
Thank you to all who have contributed to the Campaign for Congregational Development. Bishop Benhase has committed to end the Campaign on Shrove Tuesday this year when we hope to have raised $3 million dollars to continue to strengthen leaders, grow the capacity of our congregations and share the love and grace of Jesus with others. For complete information, go to campaign.georgiaepiscopal.org

To make your donation online, go here ; text to give EDOG at 73256 or by mailing your donation to the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia, 611 E. Bay Street, Savannah, GA 31404.

If you are holding a Shrove Tuesday Dinner in your parish, please send some photos to newsandevents@gaepiscopal.org so that we may feature them in next week's From the Field. Thank you!
Project Resource
Register for March 4 in Tifton and April 8 in Savannah
Project Resource Training at Good Shepherd, Augusta held in February. 
Created by the College for Bishops, Project Resource gathers the best wisdom in our church on annual stewardship, major gifts, and planned giving campaigns. Canons Katie Willoughby and Frank Logue are bringing this training to the Diocese and there are two more dates this spring. Click on one of the dates below to register for 
your  stewardship training. There is no cost for this training.

March 4 from 9 am-12 noon

April 8 from 9 am to 12 noon
Update Your Info; Check Out a Great App 
The Diocese of Georgia uses a database from ACS to keep current on leaders across the Diocese. This database is the backbone for not only our system of contacts, but also for event registration. The video linked at right gives a step by step process for setting up your login. To create a database login go to this web page.

We also suggest you check the database yearly to ensure that your information is up to date.

Do you Know About the Nifty Church Life App?
Clergy and other leaders can get the free Church Life App from ACS for use on a smart phone. Load the app, and use your login and password to login. ACS will show you any databases for which permissions are set to give you access. This means for congregations with ACS, leaders can see both contact information for your congregation and for others around the Diocese.

Tech Support
Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call (912) 236-4279 and speak to someone on on the diocesan staff. 
Christ Church Frederica Hosts Marty Haugen
Liturgical composer, workshop presenter, performing and recording artist, and author Marty Haugen of Eagan, Minnesota will present a workshop May 5-7, Transformative Worship Through Music, at Christ Church Frederica on St. Simons Island. 

With more than 40 recording and more than 400 printed editions available through GIA Publications, Haugen has served as an editor or consultant to a number of hymnals, including the Anglican Church of Canada, the Church of England, the Church of Scotland, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, Canada, and others.

Included in the workshop will be a choral reading session, two worship opportunities and an exploration of Our Life in Worship - Our Life in the World, Musical Leadership, Musical Ensembles, and Worship Renewal. More information is available on the flyer found here and by contacting Kathleen Turner, Organist and Choirmaster at Christ Church, kathleen@ccfssi.org; 912-638-8683.
Season Starting for Saluda Clergy Cottage

The two-story 1920's era cottage is nestled in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina in  Saluda, a lovely historic town close to Kanuga, Asheville, and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Use it as your pied-à-terre for sightseeing or for simply relaxing in a rocking chair on the wrap-around porch...or both! More information is available here and a photo album of the cottage is online here. It opens May 1st, 2017. For registration and availability please contact Vicki Schuster at the Diocese. 912-236-4279 or via email vschuster@gaepiscopal.org.
Lenten Prayer Retreat
Discovering the Two Silences of God
Even before God speaks to our hearts, God knows each of us fully and loves us, so the silence of God is in the words of author John Main, "pregnant with love, pregnant with power." Main, who died in 1982, was a Benedictine monk who called Christians to a practice of meditation, now often referred to as Centering Prayer. He wrote in The Way of Unknowing of the silence in which we are known by God and of the "magisterial silence" of absence and loss in which God is also present, which pulls us to go deeper in faith.

The Rev. Liam Collins is teaming up again with Canon Frank and Victoria Logue to offer a Lenten Retreat at Honey Creek. The 2017 Lenten Retreat will work from the writings of John Main to explore these silences of God and the way of praying that taps into a deeper foundation for our faith. As the teaching is the practice, there will be significant amounts of time given to the practice as well as the teaching about Christian meditation. If you want to experience God more fully in prayer, this retreat will give you the tools and the experience to take that journey. The retreat will meet March 24 at 5 p.m. and conclude by 2 p.m. on the 25th. 

The rates for the conference including three meals are: Lodge 1 Single $144, Lodge 1 Double $99.50, Lodge 2 Single $133, Lodge 2 Double $94, Cottage $90, and Campers and Commuters $64. Click this link to: register for the conference online.
The Loose Canon
Helping Neighbors Find Their Place in the Church
Rachel Held Evans
(Canon Logue was a keynote speaker at the Church Leadership Conference held at Kanuga. Here's his report from the field.)
How are you helping people find their way into your church? This key question gave focus to the Church Leadership Conference hosted this past weekend by the Episcopal Church Foundation and Kanuga Conferences. Speaking from her experience finding her way out of an evangelical upbringing and into the Episcopal Church, author Rachel Held Evans warned the gathering on Friday evening, "If you've found your place, don't get too comfortable. God has this annoying habit of taking you to new places." She read from her book Searching for Sunday and then pushed forward movingly with the sacraments of Communion and Baptism and how they speak to helping people find their place in the church. The many workshops offered tools for encouraging this work of the Holy Spirit in changing lives. 

Leadership that can change a church
Deacon Larry Jesion from Holy Comforter, Martinez reads the Gospel at the Conference Eucharist.
How can leaders effect change in their church? As I addressed this in my Saturday morning keynote, I told the gathered leaders, "Be the church you want to see." Then I gave some examples: Want a welcoming church, then let others see you spending time in welcoming others, showing newcomers the ropes with prayer book worship and introducing them to others. Want to raise up new leaders, then ask someone new to run for election, offer to mentor them and let others know you will not stand for election as it is time for new voices. In this way elected leaders on the vestry and others who are leaders within a congregation can move a church by changing their own behavior. This is real leadership which can turn your church into a place of pilgrimage in which newcomers likewise find themselves challenged to grow.

Our diocese was well-represented at the conference: leaders from Holy Comforter, Martinez; Holy Nativity, St. Simons Island; St. Mark's Brunswick; and St. Thomas, Savannah, took part in the three-day meeting. Kanuga will offer the Church Leadership Conference next year March 2-4. 

The Rev. Canon Frank Logue, Canon to the Ordinary
Savannah Convocation Lenten Series Launches

Tuesday, March 7: THE MUSIC OF LENT
Mr. Timothy Hall
Christ Church Savannah, Organist & Choirmaster

The Very Reverend William Willoughby, III
Dean of Savannah
Rector of The Collegiate Church of St. Paul the Apostle

The Reverend Kelly Steele,
Missioner for Columba House & the Community of Epiphany

The Reverend Gavin Dunbar,
Rector of St. John's Church

The Reverend Michael Chaney
Professor of Film & Television, The Savannah College of Art & Design
Associate Priest, The Collegiate Church of St. Paul the Apostle   
Diocesan Office Update and News     
Bishop Benhase will meet with the Albany Clericus this Saturday. On Sunday, he will make his visitation to St. Anne's, Tifton. The Bishop's full schedule is available here.

Bishop Benhase and Canon Willoughby meet with the Board of the Corporation next Tuesday at Diocesan House in Savannah.

Canon Logue is working on recruiting clergy for several congregations seeking a rector or vicar and others seeking an assistant. St. Thomas Isle of Hope in Savannah is currently receiving names for candidates. For more information see the parish profile online here . 

The Rev. Guillermo Arboleda, Vicar at St. Matthew's Savannah, will be officiating at the noonday service Thursday in St. George's Chapel at Diocesan House. 
Bishop's Visitations
Confirmation at Christ Church, Valdosta: (front from left to right) George Tidmore, Josie Tidmore, Alexandra Peeples, KJ, John Nelson, Hayden Coggins, Cassidy Honeycutt. (Second row) Janda Turner, Sims Turner, Rev. Dave Johnson, Bishop Benhase, Susan Johnson, Niki Brooks, Leigh Long, David Blevins, Alex Alvarez, Emily Young. (Third row) Alex Honeycutt, Tripp Kirkland, Bobby Yarbrough, Yvette Owens, Tyler Brooks, Bryant Alonso, John Killgallon (from Christ Church, St. Simon's), and Chris Young.

Gathered in front of the altar following the Bishop's Visitation to St. Luke's Hawkinsville, from left: the Rev. Deacon Burt Derrick, Gracie Johnson, Bishop Benhase, Caroline Brewer, The Rev. Aaron Brewer, and Jim Strickland.  

Confirmands gather with the Rt. Rev. Scott Benhase during his Visitation to St. Barnabas' Valdosta. Fromt row, from left: confirmands Benjamin Norris, Jacob Diamond, Kendra Lee, and Ashton Banas. Standing behind them from left: the Rev. Stephen Norris, Vicar; Frank Lee, Bishop Benhase, the Rev. Dcn. Leeann Culbreath, and Carolyn Selby.
Everything You Need to Know to Prepare for the Bishop's Visitation

Bishop Benhase has revised the Customary for his Visitation to parishes. It includes all the details needed to make the Bishop's Visitation to your parish run as smoothly as possible. It can be found here.  (Christ Church Valdosta shown above.)
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so we can feature them in upcoming issues of From the Field. Deadline for submissions each week is Monday at 4:30 PM.  
Episcopal Church Women's Annual Retreat Scheduled
Nourishing our minds, bodies, and spirits with food, fellowship, and fun!
The Diocesan Board of the Episcopal Church Women invites all the women of the Diocese of Georgia to join the Annual Retreat at St. John's, Bainbridge, April 20-22.

Joining with The Order of the Daughters of the King® for the retreat, the keynote speakers will be Julius and Julia Ariail from the Companion Diocese Commission. Bishop Scott Benhase will be attending the Friday night banquet as well as worship on Saturday.

Hotel accommodations are discounted at the Hampton Inn of Bainbridge ($109.00) if you call ahead and ask for a room with the ECW. Registration is due by April 7th; the form is available here. More information is available on the website; www.ecw.georgiaepiscopal.org or www.facebook.com/edogecw or by contacting Morgan Keel, SW Convocation Coordinator: morgankeel13@gmail.com
Ellen Richardson Leads Quiet Day at St. Paul's, Savannah

The Rev. Dr. Ellen Richardson, Assistant Rector at St. Anne's Tifton, will lead a Quiet Day, Groaning in the Tent: Meditation on Death and Life at the Collegiate Church of St. Paul the Apostle, 34th and Abercorn, Savannah on Saturday, February 25th from 8:30 AM to 1 PM. The event, Groaning in the Tent: Meditation on Death and Life, is sponsored by Our Lady of Walsingham Chapter the Order of Daughters of the King and is free and open to both men and women. For more information and to register call Deanna Cross at 912-232-0398 or email- deanna.cross@comcast.net
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. 

February 12-18
In our diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for our congregation in Bainbridge, St. John's. We also pray for our ecumenical partners in Bainbridge, especially St. Joseph's Catholic Church. In our companion diocese of the Dominican Republic, we pray for the congregation in Bonao, especially Boca de Yuboa and   Pentecostes ( Pentecost).

February 19-25 
In our diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for our congregation in Baxley, St. Thomas Aquinas and for our ecumenical partners in Baxley at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church. In our companion diocese of the Dominican Republic, we pray for the congregations in Bonao, especially San José de Arimatea (St. Joseph of Arimathea), San Juan Bautista (St. John the Baptist), and San Nicodemo (St. Nicodemus). 
Retreat Schedule at the Order of Saint Helena
Many of us recognize that daily life can easily shift from healthy fullness to overwhelming imbalance. Time and space for the Holy reinvigorate us all. Consider a visit to the convent, a place of peace.

Feeling isolated, exhausted, overwhelmed? Need spiritual companionship, rest, relief (and great food)? The Saint Helena sisters (Episcopal) are here to journey with you. In a recently conducted survey, the number one retreat request was for a silent weekend with spiritual direction but no program. Accordingly, Silent Retreat Weekends have been scheduled for March 3-5; June 2-4; Oct 6-8 and Dec 1-3.

Retreats start on Friday evening at Vespers (5 pm) and end with Sunday lunch (1 pm). Silence begins after Compline on Friday and ends after Eucharist on Sunday. A spiritual direction session is included on Saturday. The cost is $160, all inclusive. Go here to register and for more information. It is also possible to schedule a personal retreat.

The Mission of the Order of Saint Helena is to show forth Christ through a life of monastic prayer, hospitality and service. They are located in North Augusta, South Carolina.
Our Newest Citizen

Following Sunday's 10:30 AM service at St. John's Church, Savannah, the Hon. William T. Moore, Jr. administered the Naturalization Oath of Allegiance to the United States of America to the Rev. Gavin G. Dunbar on the steps of the Green-Meldrim House.  
Behind the Banner

The completion of the Stations of the Cross service Saturday at Happening #98: participants gather around the altar where lit candles from each station were placed. 
Cursillo #122 , March 2-4
Honey Creek
Go here for more information.

Project Resource Stewardship Training, March 4
St. Anne's, Tifton
Go here to register.

Clergy Spouses Retreat, March 10-12
Honey Creek
here for more information.

Trainings for Vestries, Administrators and Communicators, March 12
2-5 PM
St. Patrick's Albany
Register here

Church Development Institute
 (CDI) March 17-18
Honey Creek
Go   here for more information.

Church Development Institute (CDI) Augusta  March 17-18
Our Savior, Martinez
Go   here for more information.

Lenten Prayer Retreat, March 24-25
Led by the Rev. Liam Collins, the Rev. Canon Frank Logue and Victoria Logue
Honey Creek
Go here for more information

Trainings for Vestries, Administrators and Communicators, 
March 26
2-5 PM
St. Michael and All Angels, Savannah
Register here

New Beginnings #50
, March 24-26
Honey Creek
Go here for more information.

Project Resource Stewardship Training, April 8
St. Peter's Savannah 
Go here for more information. 

Episcopal Church Women/Daughters of the King Annual Retreat, April 20-22
St. John's Bainbridge
For more information go here.

Missional Voices National Gathering
, April 21-22
Virginia Seminary
Leading thinkers from around The Episcopal Church will discuss innovative ministries, missional communities, and how to participate in the mission of God in our neighborhoods. 
More details are available at www.missionalvoices.com.

Trainings for Vestries, Administrators and Communicators, April 23
2-5 PM
Grace Church, Waycross
Register here

Trainings for Vestries, Administrators and Communicators,  May 14
2-5 PM
Our Savior, Martinez
Register here

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