May 30, 2018
Volume 8, Number 40
Attend a Virtual Morning Prayer Service

     Mondays through Fridays it's now possible to turn on your computer or smart phone at 9 AM , log onto Facebook and join a live Morning Prayer service. 

     Since its inception a few weeks ago the service has originated out of the Collegiate Church of St. Paul the Apostle in Savannah with the Rev. Kevin Kelly of St. Michael and All Angels; the Very Rev. William Willoughby and the Rev. Charles Todd of St. Paul's; the Rev. Guillermo Arboleda of St. Matthew's Savannah, the Rev. Kelly Steele and Kyle Carswell sharing officiating duties. The group, Morning Prayer in GA, hopes to expand diocese-wide and broadcast from other churches. 

     The genesis of the group began at Clergy Conference when several priests agreed that it would be a great outreach for those in the field. "The idea is to provide a sense of community for those who can only pray by themselves," said the Rev. Kevin Kelly. "It's not intended to replace praying in community."

     It's easy to join the group, just click on this link Morning Prayer in GA and ask to join. Let us pray!
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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
OR
Deuteronomy 5:12-15
Psalm 81:1-10
2 Corinthians 4:5-12
Mark 2:23-3:6


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"Ask the Bishop" This Friday! 

The third edition of "Ask the Bishop" will air this Friday at 11 AM. Bishop Benhase will be on Facebook Live answering your questions about our life in faith. Send questions ahead of time to newsandevents@gaepiscopal.org or post them in the comments section once the event (found on facebook.com/georgiaepiscopal) goes live.
Diocesan Staff 
Please note: with summer upon us, various staff members will be taking vacation and attending conferences in the coming weeks. This means it may be best to reach staff by email. Addresses are firstinitiallastname@gaepiscopal.org except for MJ Harris whose email is MJHarris@gaepiscopal.org. Thanks for understanding. 

Also, starting this Friday through Labor Day, the office closes at noon on Friday.
Let Us Know Your 2018 Wardens and Vestry
Priests or Wardens, please answer a 4-minute survey to let us know who you 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 (see the article below), but is helpful for everyday matters as well. If you already sent this 2018 information in to the Diocesan staff, you need not also complete the survey at the link below.

The Loose Canon
Prepare Now for Hurricane Season
Hurricane Clean Up at Honey Creek
Hurricane Season starts Friday, but the first named storm of the season has already blown through. While the coast is especially vulnerable, we know tornados spawned by a storm heading up through Georgia or even western Alabama can be just as devastating. There are some critical steps you can take in the coming week that will alleviate last minute concerns. 

Update Inventory
Forms like this set Church Inventory Forms  offer a way to get down serial numbers for your more expensive office equipment and other key data that will assist if the church suffers damage. Once forms are completed, make a few hard copies to share among leaders. Best practice is also to scan the forms and place as a Google Doc, in DropBox, or another online storage site so they can be accessible from any computer once the storm has passed. In addition to these paper forms, record a smart phone video of church offices, narrating the equipment, and get photos of the church organ or other high cost items and place these at an online storage site. These will be invaluable to assist in making an insurance claim.

Identify Potentially Vulnerable Parishioners
Identify senior citizens, disabled persons, single mothers, and those living alone. Add any families living in trailers, or in low lying areas prone to flooding. Have a plan for who will contact these persons in order to insure that they are in safe areas. To the degree we can, the Diocese will assist in identifying locations in safe areas with churches and homes open to those who need assistance. Make sure everyone you assist in leaving their homes has needed medicines. 

Update AlertMedia Contacts
The Diocese will once again use the AlertMedia system to remain in touch with parish leaders. Clergy should always keep the Diocese up to date on email and phone numbers. Completing the form in the article above on Wardens and Vestry will permit us to add the Junior and Senior Warden to the contacts for that system.

Work on a Comprehensive Preparedness Plan
The above are a few minimal steps you can take now. If a storm path looks like it could impact your congregation and you don't have a plan, the Diocese of Southeast Florida has created emergency plans with their  11th Hour Checklist . But we do have time and this should serve as a reminder that every congregation needs a Disaster Preparedness Plan. To help in this process, we recommend this guide from Episcopal Relief and Development: Disaster Preparedness Planning Guide.

While Georgia may once again be spared the catastrophe we have seen elsewhere, we do know that some Episcopal churches will be hit by natural disasters each year. We owe it to one another to prepare.

The Rev. Frank Logue
Canon to the Ordinary
Bishop's Visitation to St. Paul's Savannah
Bishop Scott Benhase made his annual visitation to the Collegiate Church of St. Paul the Apostle in Savannah. Gathered after the service are, from left: Dean William Willoughby, Ana Carter (received), Robert McDowell Fogle (received), Stephen Curler (confirmed), Deacon Susan Gahagan, Bishop Benhase, Kevin Veitinger (received), Fr. Michael Chaney, Fr. Charles Todd, and Deacon Sara Zevallos. Julianne Johnson (not pictured) was also confirmed.
Around the Diocese   
In Augusta, the Saint Paul's and Canterbury Choirs sang their last service of the season on Pentecost Sunday. They return on August 12 after a well-deserved vacation.

Vacation Bible School at Christ Church, Savannah.
Trinity Sunday was also the parish picnic at Church of the Good Shepherd, Augusta.

Christ Church Valdosta held their parish retreat at Honey Creek last week.
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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 27-June 2
In our diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for our congregation in Kingsland, King of Peace. We also pray for our ecumenical partners, especially St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Folkston. In our companion diocese of the Dominican Republic, we pray for St. Martha's Church (Santa Marta) in Los Cocos.

June 3-9
In our diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for our congregation in Louisville, St. Mary Magdalene. We also pray for our ecumenical partners in Louisville, especially St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church. In our companion diocese of the Dominican Republic, we pray for St Peter's Church (San Pedro) in Los Conucos.
Diocesan Office Update and News
Bishop Scott Anson Benhase will make his annual visitation to St. Luke's Rincon at 10 AM Sunday, June 3. He will attend the Province IV Bishop Meeting at Kanuga Camp and Conference Center in North Carolina June 4-6 and the Province IV Synod Meeting June 6-8. The bishop's full schedule is available   here.

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

Canon Logue and Director of Communications Anna Iredale will also attend the Province IV Synod Meeting June 6-8. 

The Rev. Canon Joshua Varner will be leading the Hometown Mission Trip this weekend.

The Rev. David Lemburg, Priest in Charge at St. Patrick's Pooler, will officiate at the Thursday 12 noon service at Diocesan House.
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Reserve Time at Saluda Clergy Cottage Today!
Ch eck the Saluda Clergy Cottage website calendar for availability.
To reserve time, please fill out and email/mail the reservation form found here.
Events 

Hometown Missions
 June 1-3
Augusta, Georgia
For more information go here
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EfM (Education for Ministry) Mentor Training
June 7-9
Honey Creek Retreat Center
Contact Rita Spalding for more information:  912-270-2725, rspaldinglaw@bellsouth.net

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--Save the Date
Saturday and Sunday, August 11-12
St. Anne's Tifton
Grades three to 12

Fall Clergy Conference
September 24-26
Honey Creek
The family that plays together...

The Rev. Michael White sits in on drums with his sons Jay on the bass guitar and Ethan on the keyboards for their rendition of Jesus Christ Superstar for Christ Church Savannah's Journey with Jesus Vacation Bible School taking place this week.
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