October 10, 2018
Volume 9, Number 6

A prayer from Episcopal Relief and Development as Hurricane Michael comes to Georgia
In This Issue
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This Sunday's Lections
21st Sunday
After Pentecost
Job 23:1-9, 16-17
Psalm 22: 1-15
Hebrews 4:12-16
Mark 10::17-31
Amos 5:6-7, 10-15
Psalm 90:12-17
Hebrews 4: 12-16
Mark 10:17-31

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In Advance of the 197th Convention
Convocation Meetings Scheduled

3 PM Sunday, October 28
Christ Church, Cordele

4 PM, Sunday, October 28
St. Alban's Augusta

3 PM, Sunday, October 14
Annunciation, Vidalia

3 PM Sunday, October 21
Collegiate Church of St. Paul the Apostle, Savannah

2 PM, Sunday, October 21
St. Athanasius, Brunswick

3 PM, Sunday, October 21
Christ the King, Valdosta
Administrator's Corner
Hurricane Preparedness is the Key
NASA image of Hurricane Michael, 10 a.m. this morning 
With Hurricane Michael heading to southwest Georgia,  the Diocese continues to track its trajectory. With the lessons of Hurricanes Matthew and Irma behind us, the Diocese strongly encourages each of our congregations to review the Disaster Preparedness Plans they have in place. It is particularly important to determine how each of our congregations would stay connected with the most vulnerable people in our communities should a hurricane occur. 

The Diocese is using the AlertMedia system to remain in touch with parish leaders. Clergy should always keep the Diocese up to date on email and phone numbers. If you haven't completed  the form  for Wardens and Vestry please do so now as it will permit us to add the Junior and Senior Warden to the contacts for that system.
In addition to the suggestions below, the  Church Pension Group  has compiled a Hurricane Preparedness checklist that can be found 

In the event of a hurricane, here are some high-level recommendations for congregations:
  1. Secure important records high off the ground in dry and fireproof locations 
  2. Structure a call list through vestry members 
  3. Back up IT and files on the cloud or in safe locations 
  4. Move as many valuables off ground levels as is possible 
  5. Secure all doors, windows, and entryways to minimize wind damage
  6. Identify insurance POCs to make calls post storm for claims adjustors
For more detailed resources on Disaster Preparedness for your congregation please visit our website  here.
Here are the recommendations for those in the path of a storm.  
  1. Monitor evacuation announcements and establish plans to evacuate as necessary. Many counties and organization have apps to send push notifications to your phone- consider downloading them
  2. Communicate your evacuation plans with another individual 
  3. Secure and travel with all important documents (i.e. health records, social security card, passport and other critical files)
  4. Video and photograph the contents of property and rooms in your dwelling 
  5. Back up IT equipment and travel with small and manageable valuables
  6. Travel with food, water, medication, and back up chargers for your phones
  7. If evacuations are not called, secure 3-4 days' worth of food that does not require cooking and water. Ensure you have an emergency hand-crank or battery operated radio to hear updates and announcements in the event of loss of power 
  8. Review Ready.gov for more best tips on disaster preparedness https://www.ready.gov 
Online Resources
In the event of a hurricane, the Diocese will provide communications and updates through social media and on our Diocesan website at www.gaepiscopal.org

The Disaster Prepardness manual is located at the bottom of our resource library page,  here.

Diocesan Disaster Preparedness Coordinator
The Rev. Charles Todd,  frcharles@stpaulsavannah.org, our Diocesan Disaster Preparedness Coordinator, is ready to assist you with any questions you may have. 

Katie Willoughby
Canon for Administration

New Beginnings #53 Coming Soon!

New Beginnings, a retreat for youth in Grades 7-9, takes place in just over a month! Participants in grades 7-9 are invited to come together from across the Diocese to pray, play, listen, and talk about God's unconditional love in their lives on November 16-18. Youth who are on staff, mostly in high school, give talks on different aspects of their life with God and with each other.

Sarah Bianco, from St. Thomas, Isle of Hope, is the Lead Teen for New Beginnings #53, and will lead the staff retreat this coming weekend at Annunciation, Vidalia. Please keep the staff in your prayers as they prepare for an amazing weekend in November!

Register here:  http://bit.ly/NB53SignUp
Camping with the Creation Care Commission
Most retreats don't involve machetes and loppers, but the first annual Creation CareCommission's (CCC) Camp out at Reed Bingham State Park in Adel provided unique opportunities for contemplation and action. 

Hosted by the diocese's Creation Care Commission, the camping retreat held September 28-30 included group camping, a service project, outdoor worship, paddling, hiking, wildlife observation, the commission's annual meeting, and discussion of environmental concerns in the diocese. Over a dozen adults and youth attended from across the diocese, from Augusta to Bainbridge. 

The CCC and friends partnered with Friends of Reed Bingham State   to observe Your State Parks Day with a half-day trail maintenance project to cut back encroaching vegetation. The Rev. Dee Shafer celebrated an outdoor Eucharist on Saturday following the CCC's annual meeting, at which officers were elected: Rev. Deacon Leeann Culbreath, Chair (Tifton); Kimberly Roberts, Vice-Chair (Savannah), and Bill Querin, Treasurer (Valdosta). Laura Evans of Darien was appointed secretary.  Park

The Creation Care Commission seeks additional members to help grow environmental stewardship ministry in the diocese through education, inspiration, and conservation initiatives. Those interested in serving as a CCC member, on a committee, or for special events are encouraged to complete  an online interest form or contact Deacon Culbreath at
Blessing All Creatures Great and Small
The Revs. Katie Knoll Lenon, Ashton Williston, Tom Purdy, and Becky Rowell at the Christ Church Frederica Blessing of the Animals on St. Simons Island.

The Rev. June Johnson at All Saints Tybee.
Good Shepherd, Augusta

St. Andrew's Douglas
The Rev. Lonnie Lacy blesses a kitten at St. Anne's Tifton, left and the Rev. Dcn. Sally Shovar Byers and the Rev. Stan Christian are pictured at the pet blessing at St. Margaret's Moultrie, right.

The Rev. Galen Mirate blesses a dog at St. Paul's Albany.

The Rev. John Jenkins blesses a tiny pet at St. Paul's Augusta.
Choir members hold their pets as they sing at Trinity Statesboro.

The Rev. David Rose blesses a Guinea Pig at St. Luke's Rincon, while the Rev. Nick Roosevelt blesses a dog at St. Patrick's Albany, right.
Bishop's Visitation
Bishop Scott Anson Benhase made his annual visitation to Christ Church Savannah, this past Sunday.

Youth confirmands were Harris Lawton Brown, James Ryan Chandler V, John Fulmer Chandler, Memary Adair Garrett, Eloise Haldon Logan, Sidney Wells Logan, Estella Stewart Oelschig, Rachel Heidi Reineri, Michael Henry Slatinsky and Ella Clemewell Stone.

Hannah Gentle Marsh was baptized; Joseph Cole Eberle, Alexander Steele Messinger and Eleanor Allan Twiford reaffirmed their commitment to Christian service; and  the following 17 adults were received into the Episcopal Church by the bishop: Lindsey Melissa Welch-Bragg, Shawn Christopher Bragg, Jamie Marie Cartright, Lindsey Ann Eberle, Hope Dooley Gruver, Joseph L. Herring, Katherine McSwain Messinger, Michael Paul Perkins, Katie Freeman Perkins, Palma Elizabeth Sigmon Reed, Paul Martin Reed, Dennis Martin Reed, Alejandro A. Santana, Molly Carrott Taylor and Geoffrey Sanders Taylor.

Bishop Benhase with the confirmands and those who were received into the Episcopal Church at Christ Church, Savannah. Not shown: Alexandro Santana and Geoff Taylor

Reflections on Honey Creek and CreekFEST
Shirley and Mark Forssell at CreekFEST 
By Mark Forssell
My first exposure to Honey Creek was in 1988. I was overwhelmed by the wonderful setting for our Diocese to enjoy all the pines and azaleas nestled among the lodge rooms, dormitories, dining hall, swimming pool and office; but most importantly the sacred chapel with the view of Honey Creek flowing by with the never ending marshes. 

I soon experienced Cursillo weekends and parish weekends, and learned about the youth weekends for New Beginnings and Happenings for teenagers, and the summer camps for all ages. Putting all these activities together has led many persons to give their lives to Christ through their sacred experiences at Honey Creek. Our church at St. Peter's Savannah has been blessed by several assistant priests who have told me that they would never have committed to the priesthood without the nurturing and development that they encountered at Honey Creek.

When CreekFEST came along two years ago, I wondered how this event would merge with all of the other experiences at Honey Creek. I soon learned that fun, competitions and comradery with many new Episcopalians can be immersed with the sacredness of Honey Creek with games, dances, music and of course time for soaking in the wonders of nature and spirituality of prayers and a closing Eucharist on Sunday.

I'm looking forward to the 2019 CreekFEST, and hope to see a lot of new folks there also - February 15-17, 2019 at Honey Creek.
Change of Address
We are still receiving mail from parishes at our old address. As the forwarding order has expired, we ask you to please ensure that you are sending mail to the Diocesan House at 18 E. 34th Street, Savannah, GA 31401-7433. Thank you!
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. 

October 7-13
In our diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for our congregation in Statesboro, Trinity. We also pray for our ecumenical partners in Statesboro, especially St. Matthew's Catholic Church. In our companion diocese of the Dominican Republic, we pray for St. Luke ( San Lucas) in Santiago. 

October 14-20
In our diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for our congregations in Thomasville, All Saints, Good Shepherd, and St. Thomas and for their work at the Oak Street Episcopal Mission. We also pray for our ecumenical partners in Thomasville, especially St. Augustine's Catholic Church. In our companion diocese of the Dominican Republic, we pray for the Chapel of St. John the Evangelist ( Capilla San Juan Evangelista) in Santo Domingo.
Diocesan Office Update and News
Bishop Scott Anson Benhase will make his annual visitation to St. Paul's Jesup at 10:30 AM Sunday, October 14.  The bishop's  full schedule is available 

The Rev. Canon Frank Logue will be in Chaska, Minnesota for a meeting of the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church this Sunday through next Thursday. He is serving a six-year term on the Council, which is the Board of Directors for our denomination. 

The Rev. Canon Joshua Varner will be at Annunciation, Vidalia for the New Beginnings Staff Retreat on Saturday and Sunday. He will also preach at the Sunday service at Annunciation.

The Rev. Clark Hubbard, Rector of St. Elizabeth's Richmond Hill, will officiate at the noon, Thursday service at Diocesan House.
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A pirate at the Blessing of the Animals, All Saints Tybee


Cursillo 125
October 11-14
Honey Creek Retreat Center
Contact Rita Spalding, 912-270-2725, for more information.

Central Convocation Meeting in Advance of the 197th Convention
3 PM, Sunday, October 14
Annunciation, Vidalia

Albany Convocation Meeting in Advance of the 197th Convention
3 PM, Sunday, October 21
Christ Church, Cordele

Southeast Convocation Meeting in Advance of the 197th Convention
2 PM, Sunday, October 21
Location: TBD

Southwest Convocation Meeting in Advance of the 197th Convention
3 PM, Sunday, October 21
Christ the King, Valdosta

Savannah Convocation Meeting in Advance of the 197th Convention
3 PM, Sunday, October 21
The Collegiate Church of St. Paul the Apostle

Project Resource Training with the Bishop
Albany Convocation
Christ Church, Cordele
Saturday, October 27
9:30 AM to noon
To register, go here:  http://bit.ly/AlbanyProjectResourceWorkshop2018

Augusta Convocation Meeting in Advance of the 197th Convention
4 PM, Sunday, October 28
St. Alban's Augusta

Project Resource Training with the Bishop

Augusta Convocation
St. Augustine's of Augusta
November 3
9:30 AM to noon
To register, go here: 
197th Convention of the Diocese of Georgia

November 8-10
Albany, Georgia

Diocesan Convention and Lock-in for Youth
November 9-10
Lock-in at St. John's and St. Mark's, Albany
For full convention: http: //bit.ly/2018ConventionYouth
For lock-in only:  http://bit.ly/2018ConventionLockIn

New Beginnings#53
November 16-18
Honey Creek
Register at  http://bit.ly/NB53SignUp

Diocesan Council 
Saturday, January 12, 2019
Annunciation, Vidalia

January 31 (for staff) through Sunday, February 3
Staff register here, candidates here
Honey Creek Retreat Center

February 15-17
Honey Creek Retreat Center
Registration Opens at Convention

Happening #102
Thursday, April 11 (for staff) through Sunday, April 14, 2019
Honey Creek Retreat Center

Diocesan Council

May 17-18

Thursday, August 22 (for staff) through Sunday, August 25
Honey Creek Retreat Center

Diocesan Council
September 13-14

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