June 20, 2018
Volume 8, Number 43
Transitions Around the Diocese
Community o f St. Joseph, Savannah
   Kevin Veitinge r h as acce pted a call to serve as the Lay Pastoral Leader of the Community of St. J oseph, the diocese's ministry with and for homeless persons in Savannah. Veitinger has been serving in full time ministry for 20 years. This included serving in youth and college ministry at St. David's Episcopal Church in Lakeland, Florida. His time in ministry included many years in youth and college ministry in the United Methodist Church. He graduated in 2005 with a Masters from Asbury Theological Seminary and became a licensed local pastor and then provisional elder. During that time he was a senior pastor for three Methodist churches in the Savannah area. He started The Foundery, a coffee pub ministry in Savannah, while serving a local church. The South Georgia Conference accepted his voluntary withdrawal so that he could be confirmed and enter the discernment process toward possible ordination in the Episcopal Church. Kevin and his wife, Ginger, have two children, Jordan, 21, and Sydney, 19. He follows the founder, the Rev. Jamie Maury, who is retiring. Veitinger started working with the Community on June 10.

All Saints' Thomasville
The Rev. George Willcox Brown III has accepted a call to serve as Associate Rector at All Saints' Thomasville. For the past 12 years Brown has served as Rector at Church of the Holy Cross in Dallas. Born in Griffin, Georgia, and raised as a member of St. George's Episcopal Church, he discerned a vocation to the priesthood while an undergraduate at Sewanee. After college, he spent a year living with Christian religious communities around the world, including several months with the Melanesian Brotherhood in the Solomon Islands. He earned an MDiv and an STM at Yale Divinity School, and enjoys studying philosophy and ascetical theology, and reading modern poetry. An avid and life-long outdoorsman, he also has a passion for ecology and wildlife conservation, and serves as a consultant in the area of marine fisheries conservation. He recently married Katherine Tucker Waters, a native Bermudian and they have an eight-year-old Vizsla named Jeb. He will start his ministry at All Saints' on September 1.

Church of the Atonement, Augusta
The Rev. Larry Jesion has accepted a call to serve as Priest in Charge of Atonement Augusta. A native of Detroit, he worked in multi-unit retail sales management and came into the Episcopal Church at Holy Comforter Martinez. Jesion was ordained a deacon in 2013 serving the elderly and dying in Hospice and as Chaplain to the Georgia War Veterans Nursing Home. Following his Clinical Pastoral Care internship, he prepared for the priesthood through study in our bi-vocational ministry training in partnership with the University of the South (Sewanee). Since 2014, he has worked as a Chaplain in the Augusta University Health System. Jesion was ordained to the priesthood in 2017 and has served at Christ Church and Holy Comforter. Larry is married to Pam.  Together they have two sons, two daughters, and grandson. They also have two "bonus" sons currently living with them. He follows the Rev. Kurt Miller, who is retiring. Jesion begins the new call on July 2.  

St. Peter's Savannah
The Rev. Kelly Steele has accepted a call to serve as Associate Rector of St. Peter's Savannah. She is a native of Pittsburgh and a 2012 graduate of Duquesne University where she majored in Theology and minored in Women's Studies and Music. Steele went on to earn a Master of Divinity degree (summa cum laude) from Duke University Divinity School in 2015 with a certificate in Anglican Studies. She fell in love with the Episcopal Church in Durham as in St. Joseph's where professors, students and homeless people prayed the Daily Office and ate together on weekdays. She is married to the Rev. Guillermo Arboleda, the priest in charge of St. Matthew's Savannah. She came to the Diocese of Georgia in 2014 and worked for St. Michael's Episcopal Church as a curate and served  as Missio ner for Columba House. In 2016 she founded Epiphany, an experimental community seeking to serve Savannah newcomers and young creatives. As she wrote to the congregation of Epiphany on making this move, "Through careful discernment with my clergy coach, my advisors, mentors, spouse, and others, I came to realize that I needed to consider a shift in my ministry. With a heavy heart, I have come to realize that the shift would mean a move away from Epiphany.... I have come to see that God is calling me to something else. I believe that I will not feel peace until I answer that call." Steele begins this new call on August 1.

Epiphany Savannah
The Rev.  Michael Chaney has accepted a call to serve as the priest in charge for Epiphany Savannah. Chaney is a bi-vocational priest that has been working 
as missioner to area university and college students through The Collegiate Church of St. Paul the Apostle. He is also professor of Film and Television at SCAD. His work as clergy, artist, and educator focuses on building relationships across boundaries and finding common ground while honoring and celebrating diversity. He co-founded Common Grounds, a weekly discussion and Eucharistic community at the Foundery Coffee Pub. He has lived in Savannah for over 20 years. He is married to Nicole Koplik and they have three sons. In accepting this call the Rev. Chaney said, "There are many of us on the edges of mainstream culture that are thirsty for an enriching and lo ving experience with God. I am honored to come on board with a Church that opens its arms to all who seek. I am grateful for the work the Rev. Kelly Steele has done  in establishing this mission. I look forward to continuing the journey with you." Chaney will begin this new call on August 15.
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This Sunday's Lections
I Samuel 17:
(1a, 4-11, 19-23), 32-49
Psalm 9: 9-20
I Samuel 17:57-18:5, 10-16
Psalm 133

2 Corinthians 6:1-13
Mark 3:35-41

Job 38:1-11
Psalm 107:1-3, 23-32

2 Corinthians 6:1-13
Mark 3:35-41

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Thank You Carolyn Middleton!
Nine years ago, Carolyn Middleton arrive at Honey Creek knowing very little about our sacred space and how it operated. In short order she became a critical part of what makes Honey Creek special. 

Dade Brantley, Executive Director at Honey Creek said, "She's the warm voice that answers the phone, and the bright smile that greets you when you walk through the door."

Carolyn is no stranger to church work. A member of Under His Wings Christian Fellowship, Church of God in Brantley County where her son Chad is the Pastor she said, "We are a small congregation but we still have the operational needs of a larger church." Carolyn keeps the books and leads the children's ministry. 

A proud grandmother, Carolyn enjoys every moment she can with her grandchildren, and is thankful that they all live nearby. Carolyn and her husband, Jerry love camping and traveling to enjoy the mountains.

After prayerful discernment, Carolyn will leave her role at Honey Creek at the conclusion of the summer camp season. She said, "I am going to miss seeing and talking with everyone...they really have become family." Along with more time with her grandchildren, Carolyn will begin a new ministry of visiting the sick and homebound at her home church. 
Prepare for the 197th Convention 
The 197th Convention of the Diocese of Georgia, The Way Forward, will be held November 8-10 at Albany State University, Building C (Student Center and Health Center), Darton Lane, Albany, GA 31707. 

More details will be shared in the coming weeks. Discounted accommodations can be found at the following hotels listed below: 

Hilton Garden Inn
101 Front Street
Albany, GA 31701
Double = $129.00/night
Single = $129.00/night
Cancellation of any room reservation must be made 72 hours prior to arrival or the one night deposit will be forfeited.

Merry Acres Inn
1500 Dawson Road
Albany, GA 31707
Single-king = $92.00/night
Double 2 queen = $92.00/night
Apartment suite = $225.00/night
Cancellations must be made 24 hours prior to arrival to avoid being charged for one night stay.

Hampton Inn
2628 Dawson Road
Albany, GA 31707
Single -king = $109.00/night
Double 2 queen = $119.00/night
King studio suite = $139.00/night
Cancellation of any room reservation must be made 72 hours prior to arrival to avoid being charged for one night stay.

Bishop's Visitation

Following Bishop Benhase' Annual Visitation to St. Francis of the Islands, the confirmands gathered with the Rector, the Rev. Lauren Byrd, Bishop Benhase and the Rev. Deacon Geri Nelson. Front row, Catherine Clair Harden, Palmer Jones, Drew Beasley, Taylor Beasley , Anna Stennis, and Rowan Carter
Travels include Europe? Visit an Episcopal Church

As summer approaches, Episcopalians around the country are looking forward to vacation.  Many will travel to Europe.  The Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe welcomes all visitors, but especially hope to see fellow Episcopalians. 
Enjoy Sunday worship in Paris, Clermont-Ferrand, France; Rome or Florence, Italy; Waterloo, Belgium; Geneva, Switzerland; Frankfurt, Munich or Wiesbaden, Germany. There are also several mission congregations that offer services.
The Convocation website has information about all these churches and how to find them, even driving instructions.  Go here  http://www.tec-europe.org/ for more information.
Around the Diocese

The Rev. Jim Said of Priest in Charge at St. Augustine's baptizes his granddaughter Elita.

Styling for Father's Day at Grace Waycross.
Vacation Bible School at St. Francis of the Islands.

Vacation Bible School at Good Shepherd, Augusta.
Happening at Honey Creek

Great news about the bell at Honey Creek! Work commenced earlier this week and according to Executive Director Dade Brantley, it will be finished by the end of this week with a dedication set for the Fall! The team working on the bell include Greg Crosby, Jackie and Chuck Myrick and Josh Crosby. Thank you!

Fun at camp this week included "Find My Chicken" above, and Bingo, below. For more information about signing up for camp this summer, go to honeycreek.org/camps
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 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 MarĂ­a Virgen) in Montellano.

June 24-30
In our diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for our congregation in Quitman, St. James. We also pray for our ecumenical partners, especially St. Jude Catholic Church in Glennville. In our companion diocese of the Dominican Republic, we pray for the church of the Divine Grace ( Divina Gracia) in Mozovi.
Diocesan Office Update and News
Bishop Scott Anson Benhase will make his annual visitation to All Saints' Thomasville this Sunday at 10:30 AM. He will attend the 150th Anniversary of the Founding of St. Thomas' Thomasville at 4 PM. The bishop's full schedule is available  here.

The Rev. Canon Frank Logue  will preside and preach at St. George's Savannah on Sunday.

Canon Katie Willoughby is working with the auditors this week. She will leave Saturday for the Dominican Republic Mission Trip.

The Rev. Canon Joshua Varner  is leading the Dominican Republic Mission Trip.

The Rev. Guillermo Arboleda, Priest in Charge at St. Matthew's Savannah, will officiate at the 12 noon service on Thursday at Diocesan House.
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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:


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

Open House and Blessing
Diocesan House
4 PM, Thursday, August 23
18 E. 34th Street

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
The Heart of Vacation Bible School!
Two attendees at Peace Labs, the Vacation Bible School run by St. Paul's Albany.
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