June 13, 2018
Volume 8, Number 42
Members of the Georgia delegation to General Convention at the Province IV gathering: from left: the Rev. Ted Clarksen, Clergy Deputy; the Rt. Rev. Scott Benhase, Mary Willoughby, Lay Deputy; the Rev. William Willoughby, Clergy Alternate; Archdeacon Sandy Turner, Clergy Alternate; Jody Grant, Lay Deputy; the Rev. Kelly Steele, Clergy Deputy; the Rev. Tom Purdy, Clergy Alternate; Molly Stephenson, Lay Deputy; the Rev. Canon Frank Logue, Clergy Deputy and Chair, and Clemontine Washington, Lay Deputy. 

Province IV Gathering Readies Delegates for Convention
With one month to go until General Convention, the Bishop, Deputies and Alternates to the General Convention gathered with fellow members of Province IV at Kanuga in Hendersonville, N.C. to prepare for the General Convention July 5-13th in Austin, Texas.

Attendees were given an orientation and preview of General Convention by the Most Rev. Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop; the Rev. Gay Jennings, President of the House of Deputies, and the Rev. Michael Barlowe, Executive Secretary of the General Convention.

New Province IV officers elected during the gathering were Canon Kathryn W. McCormick, President; the Rt. Rev. Scott Benhase, Vice President; Mark Smith, secretary, Tess Judge, treasurer, and Alice Freeman, lay representative to Executive Council. The Rev. Canon Frank Logue will continue his term as clergy representative to Executive Council.

Among the reports given was one by Michael Wood-Miles of Trinity, Statesboro, (at left) on Province IV Campus Ministries. Wood-Miles is stepping down after five years from serving as the Coordinator for Campus Ministries in the Province.

The Province IV bishops met in advance of the Synod. During that meeting a working group of bishops crafted a resolution calling on the General Convention to authorize and direct its Executive Council to fix a per diem compensation for the President of the House of Deputies when the President vice-presides at Executive Council, consults with the Presiding Bishop in mak ing appointments required by canon, and when doing official work related to General Convention. The resolution asked General Convention to direct the 
Presiding Bishop and the President of the House of Deputies to appoint four deputies and four bishops to comprise a special task force to review and make recommendations to the 80th General Convention for potential amendments to the Church's governing documents that will clarify and enumerate the comprehensive role of the President of the House of Deputies. Bishop Benhase presented the resolution on behalf of the Province IV House of Bishops. The resolution passed and will go forward to the General Convention as a resolution from the Province.

Updates on General Convention for the Diocese of Georgia can be found here: 

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This Sunday's Lections
I Samuel 3:1-10(11-20)
Psalm 139:1-5, 12-17
2 Corinthians 4:5-12
Mark 2:23-3:6
Deuteronomy 5:12-15
Psalm 81:1-10
2 Corinthians 4:5-12
Mark 2:23-3:6

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Exploring Theology at St. Augustine's

The Rev. Jim Said, Julianna Lindsey, Meg Macuch, David Black (with back to camera) and Dylan Richardson.

Four high school and college students, David Black and Dylan Richardson from St. Bartholomew's North Augusta S. C., Julianna Lindsey from St Paul's, Augusta, and Meg Macuch, of St Augustine's Augusta are serving as interns part in the Forum for Theological Exploration program are at St. Augustine's this summer, learning more about the Church. The interns take part in the program four hours a day. Parishioners Pat Burau, Adelaide Vaughn, Eddie Covington, and Glenn Todd are serving as mentors for the interns.

Pat Burau said of her mentor experience, "I have learned how special these young people are and have had my faith in the future of God's church confirmed. The word and actions of God are so clearly spoken through and by the interns."

St. Augustine's Rector Jim Said added, "We are going to give these four young Christians an opportunity that very few people get at their age, a chance to discern right now where God is calling them to use their gifts."

Burau noted, "The opportunities to learn and grown have been well planned and thought out and will expose the interns to aspects of the church that can easily be taken for granted."

This first week, the interns focused on all of the preparation that goes into Sunday morning worship. They learned the roles of the altar guild, the greeters and ushers, how the inclusion minister works with newcomers, and discovered more about what goes into creating a sermon. Then on Sunday, the interns assisted in an instructed Eucharist.

The Rector noted, "They are going to get pastoral exposure to all the ministries that we offer in and outside the church and even create some themselves!"

Since its founding in 1954, the Forum for Theological Exploration has provided resources, events, networks, grants and fellowships to cultivate tomorrow's leaders, pastors and theological educators. FTE provides a forum through which gifted, purposeful students, young adults and partners explore their passion, purpose and call.
The Rev. Canon Frank Logue

Parishioners from St. Matthew's gather at the marker following the dedication: from left: Anthony Watts, Idella Jones, Evadne Roberts, Fr. Guillermo Arboleda, and General Cope.

St. Matthew's Louis B. Toomer Honored
On June 7, 2018, the Georgia Historical Society and Carver State Bank unveiled and dedicate a historical marker in Chatham Square, Savannah, in honor of Louis B. Toomer (1897-1961), founder of Carver State Bank. According to the Savannah Herald, this is "the first historical marker in the Historic District of Savannah honoring an African American." Carver State Bank is "one of only 22 African-American-owned commercial banks in the United States."

In addition to his prominent work in banking, real estate, and politics, Mr. Toomer was a lifelong Episcopalian. Toomer's grandfather (also named Louis B.) was a founding member of St. Stephen's, Savannah, in the 1850s. 
Toomer himself grew up in St. Stephen's Church, which was later re-named St. Matthew's, Savannah, after merging with St. Augustine's Church in 1943. In 1954, Toomer donated a plot of land to St. Matthew's, upon which the church would later build its parish hall, aptly named the Toomer-Walker Hall.
The Rev. Guillermo A. Arboleda,  Priest-in-Charge
St. Matthew's Savannah

Historical references came from the text Saints Stephen, Augustine and Matthew: 150 Years of Struggle, Hardship and Success by the Rev. Charles L. Hoskins.

From the Communicator
Two Conversations Beget a Listserv
Canon Frank Logue had a conversation with the Rev. Melanie Lemburg (new to the Diocese of Georgia in the last year) about differences in dioceses. "She noted several things that we do very well," he said in staff meeting this week, "but added that one thing she found helpful and missed was a listserv for clergy."

A conversation I had with the Rev. Sue Gahagan, Deacon at St. Paul's, asked for a solution to a challenge we often have in the Diocese: sharing news of illness and death with Deacons. 

The listserv, a very good idea, quickly became a reality. Frank+ set it up and sent it out to the clergy and deacons, so I am happy to share this official announcement:

We're pleased to announce the launch of a listserv for all priests and deacons in the Diocese of Georgia that will aid communication among all the clergy and provide a clear channel to share important news.

The listserv will only be used for special communications like births, marriages, deaths, prayer/healing requests, and invitations to events such as ordinations, training events, and other gatherings affecting the clergy. It will not be a discussion board. Its primary purpose is to inform fellow clergy of important news and information.

Please contact me if you have any questions about the listserv--and any ideas or challenges surrounding communications you may have.

Anna Iredale
Director of Communications
Savannah Fire Fee Due Friday, June 15th
The City of Savannah has instituted a fire fee for all properties, including houses of worship and non-profits. Non-residential buildings are charge based on the square footage of the building and this has led to hefty fees for several of our congregations in the city of Savannah. The city is offering a discount program and the application process has been extended to June 15th. You can receive up to a 20% discount on the associated fee if you meet certain criteria. 

The Diocese is working on verification of partnership with Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA.) Please submit this application as quickly as possible, if you haven't already. You can access the application here:

As an added benefit, a number of these items on the check list are beneficial for insurance and building protection. You can also access an FAQ here:         
Please reach out to Canon Willoughby (kwilloughby@gaepiscopal.org) and let her know you've submitted an application for the discount.
Around the Diocese

The Rev. Cynthia Taylor baptizes Mark Greene at Holy Comforter Martinez.

Holy Comforter and Our Savior Martinez joined forces this year and offered Vacation Bible School with the theme "Shipwrecked." 

Loving Hands, with the help of four volunteers, helped a group at Concerted Services learn how to make the dresses Trinity Statesboro will be sending to Africa.

It's the first week of Camp at Honey Creek. There's still time to sign up for camp this summer. Just go here.
Let Us Know Your 2018 Wardens and Vestry
Priests or Wardens, please answer a 4-minute survey to let us know who your wardens and vestry are for 2018. It is critically important that the Diocese know how to contact these key leaders. This is especially true in case of a disaster, but it is helpful for everyday matters as well. Thank you to the 12 congregations that have sent in your 2018 information. We ask the remaining congregation to send us the information using this survey link:

X Choir Invited to Sing at General Convention
The X Choir from Christ Church Frederica, St. Simons Island has been invited to sing at the 79th General Convention of the Episcopal Church. While this a huge honor for the church and the X Choir, the group needs assistance with travel and lodging expenses. The X Choir Goes West celebration at the Tree Bar at Bennie's Red Barn from 5 until 8 PM, Friday, June 15. Attendees will enjoy a BBQ buffet, silent auction, cash bar and entertainment by the talented members of the X Choir. Misty Renard-Laskowski will sing Broadway hits. Michael Hulett and Trina Meade will offer their incredible talents both as soloists and a duo, and there just may be a notorious parody or two by the full team. Tickets are on sale at the Christ Church office and will be available at the door on the night of the event. The cost is $25. Can't make the party? You may donate to the travel fund with a check to Christ Church St. Cecelia Series with X Choir fundraiser in the memo line.
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. 

June 10-16
In our diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for our congregations in Martinez, Holy Comforter and Our Savior. We also pray for our ecumenical partners, especially St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church in Grovetown. In our companion diocese of the Dominican Republic, we pray for the congregations in Mao, The Annunciation (La Anunciación) and St. Mary, Full of Grace (Santa María Liena de Gracia).

June 17-23
In our diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for our congregation in Moultrie, St. Margaret of Scotland. We also pray for our ecumenical partners in Moultrie, especially Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. In our companion diocese of the Dominican Republic, we pray for  St. Mary the Virgin (Santa María Virgen) in Montellano.
Diocesan Office Update and News
Bishop Scott Anson Benhase will make his annual visitation to St. Francis' of the Islands Savannah this Sunday at 10:15 AM. The bishop's full schedule is available  here.

The Rev. Canon Frank Logue  is the keynote speaker at the Invite, Welcome Connect Conference being held at Sewanee this week. On Sunday, he will preside and preach at St. George's, Savannah.

Canon Katie Willoughby will be working with the auditors next week.

The Rev. Canon Joshua Varner is the co-Chaplain at Honey Creek Camp this week. 

The Rev. Michael Chaney, Assistant at the Collegiate Church of St. Paul the Apostle, will officiate at the 12 noon service on Thursday at Diocesan House.
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General Convention of the Episcopal Church
July 3-13 in Austin, Texas
News from the Diocese of Georgia Deputation will be reported in From the Field and found online at  gc2018.georgiaepiscopal.org

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

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

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

Fall Clergy Conference
September 24-26
Honey Creek
Aye Matey, it's Vacation Bible School!
It's Savannah and we love our pirates as do these attendees at St. Thomas' Savannah's annual Vacation Bible School
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