May 10, 2017
Volume 7, Number 37
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Get Ready for a Revival!
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Are you ready for fearless faith and boundless love? The revival coming to Georgia this fall is a revival with a difference. Rather than leaning in to fear, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry preaches a fearless faith in the boundless love of God as found in Jesus Christ. To prepare the diocese, some of the top Evangelists in the Episcopal Church are coming to Georgia in June to lead workshops focused on Evangelism. 

The brief video above features the Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers and Carrie Boren Headington teaching together at the Evangelism Matters conference last fall--a taste of the very Episcopal approach they will bring to the workshops in Savannah and Tifton.

Discover an array of ways, all true to our Episcopal way of being, in which we can share our faith with those we already know both in person and on social media. The same 3-hour workshop will be repeated in June on the east and west sides of the Diocese, so that we can provide workshops within two hours of every Episcopalian in the Diocese. Register at no-cost using the links below.

Saturday, June 24 from 1-4 pm
St. Peter's Episcopal Church
3 West Ridge Road, Savannah, GA 31411

Sunday, June 25 from 1-4 pm
St. Anne's Episcopal Church
2411 Central Ave. N., Tifton, GA 31794
Diocesan Community Update
The Diocese mourns the loss of  Emily Bancroft Cody, of Brunswick, who passed away Saturday, May 6th at the Hospice of the Golden Isles, at the age 91. She is the widow of the Rev. Arthur Cody, former Rector of St. Michael and All Angels, Savannah. The graveside service was scheduled for 12:30 PM today at Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah, with the Rev. Liam Collins officiating.
Around the Diocese

St. Luke's Hawkinsville was recognized by the Hawkinsville Chamber of Commerce as a business of the month for May.
Congratulations to recent graduates of the Education for Ministry (EFM) program at Church of the Good Shepherd. From left: Tom Smyth, Katie Jones, Dudley Guitton, Anne Floyd and Bob Wright.

Christ Church Valdosta held its annual Youth Missions Dinner to support the youth of the parish in their summer mission trip to Albany. 
Last Call for Comments on Updates to Canons
T he proposed changes to the Canons of the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia are out for comment until tomorrow, Thursday, May 11th. At its meeting on Friday,  Diocesan Council will consider feedback and amend the proposed changes as needed. Have you provided feedback yet? Please go here to do so.

For an Executive Summary of the proposed changes, the full canons with the proposed changes shown in color, and a chart showing the current delegates to convention compared to the proposed representation, go here.

The Administrator's Corner
Dispatch from the Benefits Partnership Conference
I am currently attending the Church Pension Group's Benefits Partnership Conference at Camp Allen in Navasota, Texas. They are quite literally forcing me to disconnect with a busy schedule and very spotty internet connection that's given me a newfound appreciation for Honey Creek's wifi! However, I am learning about lots of new upcoming resources available for benefits administration that I look forward to sharing with you all soon. Future Administrator Corners will focus on the following topics:

* Clergy Pension Changes
* Future Online CPG tools
* Open Enrollment and Changes to Health Care plan arrays

Please be on the lookout for those communications and details. If you have any questions in the meantime, please feel free to email me and I will return your email upon my return to the office next week. Additionally, remember if you are navigating a CPG issue or question, you can call client services at:
CPG Medical (800) 480-9967
CPG Pension (866) 395-7794
Health Advocate (866) 695-8622
EAP (866) 395-7794

Katie Willoughby
Canon for Administration
Bishop's Visitations
At St. Luke's Rincon this past Sunday.

 Gathered following the service Sunday at St. Luke's Rincon: front row - Maria Moffat (rec.), Mandy Koederitz (conf.), Michelle Koederitz (rec.), Nicholas Koederitz (conf.), Bishop Benhase, Jackie Daniel (rec.), and Johnnie Daniel (rec.); back row from left: back row - Fr. David Rose, Cary Westerfield, Deacon Sue Gahagan, and Allan Van Houtan.

Bishop Benhase with those received into the Episcopal Church last Sunday at the 10 AM service at St. Peter's Church, Skidaway Island. From left: Jim Toedtman, Haydee Toedtman, Charlie Arraiz, Carl Kemp, Michael Ellison, Tim Donaldson, Bishop Benhase, David Neises, Jennifer Yeh and Cathy Howington. Chuck Smith was also received into the Church at the 8 AM service.

The Diocese of Georgia's Episcopal Youth and Children's Services (EYCS) awards numerous college scholarships each year. If you, or someone you know, is heading to college from the Diocese, please share information about this program. We are also asking that parishes download the bulletin insert available here and the flyer here to distribute and post. For more information, go here
Share your news in From the Field
Send your news, events and photos to  so we can feature them in upcoming issues of From the Field. Deadline for submissions each week is Monday at 4:30 PM.  
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. 

May 7-13
In our diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for our congregation in Hawkinsville, St. Luke's. We also pray for our ecumenical partners, especially St. Mark's Catholic Church in Eastman. In our companion diocese of the Dominican Republic, we pray for  the congregations in Jimaní, San Ignacio (St. Ignatius), San Pablo Apóstol (St. Peter the Apostle), and San Tito (St. Titus). 

May 14-20 
In our diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for our congregation in Hinesville, St. Philip's. We also pray for our ecumenical partners in Hinesville, especially St. Stephen's Catholic Church. In our companion diocese of the Dominican Republic, we pray for  the congregations in La Romana, La Encarnación ( The Incarnation) and Todos los Santos (All Saints).
Diocesan Office Update and News  
Bishop Benhase will ordain the Rev. Deacon Larry Jesion and the Rev. Deacon Terri Degenhardt to the priesthood at 10:30 AM Saturday, May 13 at St. Paul's Church, Augusta. Canon to the Ordinary Frank Logue will preach.

Bishop Benhase
 will make his annual visitations on Sunday, May 14 to St. Alban's Augusta at 10 AM and to St. Michael's Waynesboro at 4 PM. The Bishop's full schedule is available  here.  

Canon Willoughby is attending the Benefits Partnership Conference in Dallas, Texas through Thursday.

Bishop Benhase, Canon Logue, Canon Willoughby, Director of Communications Anna Iredale, and the Rev. Joshua Varner, Missioner for Youth will all attend the Diocesan Council Meeting Friday at St. Alban's Augusta.
Canon Logue will preside and preach this Sunday at St. Thomas Isle of Hope, Savannah.

The Rev. Helen White, Assistant for Children and Family Ministries at Christ Church, Savannah, will officiate at the noon service Thursday to be held at St. George's Chapel, Diocesan House. 
Dancing for Mission

The Midlife Crisis Dance Troupe entertains parishioners gathered for the Youth Missions Dinner at Christ Church, Valdosta. The event raised $2,157 toward the youth's trip to Albany. 
Creation Care Commission Work Weekend at Honey Creek, May 13-14
contact Deacon Leeann Culbreath at

Ordinations, May 13, 10:30 AM
The Rev. Dcn. Terri Walker Degenhardt and the Rev. Dcn. Lawrence Michael Jesion
St. Paul's Episcopal Church
Augusta, Georgia

Trainings for Vestries, Administrators and Communicators, May 14
Postponed until the Fall.
Education for Ministry, 
June 1-3
Honey Creek Conference Center
Contact Diocesan EfM Coordinator Misty Graham at 352-281-6805 or for more information here.

Hometown Missions for Youth
June 4 to June 7
St. John's and St. Mark's, Albany
For information, contact the Missioner for Youth, the Rev. Joshua Varner at Evangelism Training
Saturday, June 24 from 1-4 pm
St. Peter's Episcopal Church
3 West Ridge Road, Savannah, GA 31411 
Register  here.  

Evangelism Training
Sunday, June 25 from 1-4 pm
St. Anne's Episcopal Church
2411 Central Ave. N., Tifton, GA 31794
Register here.     
Fall Clergy Conference
September 17-19
Honey Creek Retreat Center
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