October 25, 2017
Volume 8, Number 9
St. John's Lends a Hand after Hurricane
St. John's Church in Savannah lost its roof to a hurricane--but that was in 1854, one year after this historic house of worship was dedicated. Since then, like much of Savannah, it has been spared, most recently in September when Irma's track shifted westward from earlier projections that had aimed at the Georgia coast.  "We were grateful for our deliverance," said the Rector, the Rev. Gavin Dunbar," and we wanted to show it, not just in words, but in actions, by helping those who were hard hit."  With the help of parishioner Martin Sullivan, that gratitude brought them into contact with Trinity Church by the Cove in Naples, Florida, and its outreach to the community of Parkside Elementary School, a mainly Latino neighborhood of blue-collar service workers and their families, hard hit by Irma. Among the damage, the school's library had been destroyed. 

St. John's parishioners donated hundreds of books, many school supplies, and  $17,000. "I was stunned by the response," said Dunbar, "I had hoped we could raise a few thousand dollars." Martin and Martha Sullivan, the coordinators of the effort, brought the donations, including 1,000 books, to the school in Florida last week.

St. John's is still accepting donations.  Checks can be sent to St. John's Church, 1 West Macon Street, Savannah, GA 31401 marked "Irma" in the memo line, or donated online at www.stjohnssav.org (click on "special collection" under "online giving").  To donate school supplies or children's books in good condition, contact Martha Sullivan at (912) 663-6221 or email msullivan73@comcast.net

St. John's parishioners Martin and Martha Sullivan (first and third from left, back row) with Tom Gemmer, (second from left, back row) the school counselor who is coordinating disaster relief with Trinity Church by the Cove, and students from Parkside Elementary who helped unload some of the 1,000 books the Sullivans brought to their school in Naples, Fla.
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This Sunday's Lections
Twenty first Sunday after Pentecost
Deuteronomy 34:1-12
Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17
Leviticus 19:1-2, 15-18
Psalm 1
1 Thessalonians 2:1-8
Matthew  22:34-46

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Convocation Meetings
Three convocations have their meetings this weekend: 

Saturday October 28
12:30 PM
St. Paul's Albany

Sunday, October 29
2 PM
St. Mark's, Brunswick
Sunday, October 29
3 PM
St. Margaret's Moultrie
Nominations/Nominees Due!
The 196th Convention of the Diocese of Georgia is charged with electing persons to serve on the Board of the Corporation, Diocesan Council (at large), Disciplinary Board, Sewanee Trustee, and Standing Committee. 
While nominations for all offices remain open, by the canons of the Diocese, until the floor of convention, submitting a nomination prior to this Friday, October 27  will assist the Diocese in publicizing the nominees in advance of the meeting and included in the Convention booklet. 

For more information about the positions that are open and the forms necessary to nominate, go
Submit Diocesan Reports!
If you haven't already, please submit your diocesan report to Anna Iredale. 

 Bishop Visitations
From left: the Rev. Ted Clarkson, Mary Stimmel, Bishop Behase, Jean Tinnin and the Rev. Dcn. Karulynn Koelliker at the Bishop's visitation to St. Andrew's Darien.

Gathered after the Bishop's visitation to Holy Comforter, Martinez: front row, from left: the Halterman family: Lily, Reed, Mallory and baby son Finn with Finn's godparents standing behind them. The Hahn family: Steve with his arms around Katherine and Michael with Elizabeth holding Liam who was baptized with Katherine and Michael. Next to Elizabeth is her daughter Abbey Brooks who was also confirmed. In the back row are godparents, Bishop Benhase, the Rev. Archdeacon Sandra Turner and the Rev. Cynthia Taylor, Rector of Holy Comforter.
Administrator's Corner
The Top 6 Points about Open Enrollment

I understand that many questions may arise regarding Open Enrollment so I have distilled the top six points regarding this period below. To read all about Open Enrollment, please go here.

The Top Six
1. If you have no changes to your insurance needs, your plan will roll over to the near year with no action required. 

2. Curious about what your plan will cost in 2018? Please review the chart here.

3. The current PPO plans (75/50-80/60-90/70) will be cancelled in 2019. If you are interested in making the switch early, review the new PPO plans on CPG's website  here. 
4. Want to look at the plan arrays? Visit this page

5. The Diocese offers Medicare Secondary Plans, if you are 65 or nearing 65, please contact Canon Willoughby for more information.

6. During open enrollment, you can make changes through the online tool and you are not required to process them through the Canon Administrator.

Here's a reminder about the Diocese' policy on health insurance: 

Episcopal Diocese of Georgia Health Insurance Policy
In order to comply with the diocesan clergy minimum compensation standard, a congregation with a priest working at least 30 hours per week is required to assure insurance coverage. For those who do not otherwise have medical insurance provided through a spouse or an existing plan such as Tri-care, this means selecting at least the lowest cost option from the plans above.

For those in a High Deductible Plan with a Health Savings Account, the Diocese expects the employer will pay $200 per month or $2400 per year into the HSA for those electing the single HDHP and $400 or $4800 per for the plus one or family plan in the first year of coverage and to continue to pay $150 per month for Single HDHP and $300 per month for plus one, and $400 for family plans in subsequent years.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me at kwilloughby@gaepiscopal.org.

Katie Willoughby
Canon for Administration
Around the Diocese
The Rev. Dr. Ellen Richardson (left) accepted a call to be Priest in Charge at Church of the Advent in Williamston, NC in the Episcopal Diocese of East Carolina beginning December 2017. Richardson was ordained a Transitional Deacon in February 2008, and to the priesthood in September 2008 at St. Francis of the Islands, her sponsoring parish. She worked bi-vocationally as a full time physician and part time priest in the Savannah area until August 2009 and for the following five years in Northern Virginia.  She served as Associate Priest and then as Interim Priest in Charge at St. Paul's on the Hill in Winchester, VA from 2010 -2013. She retired from practicing medicine and was called as full time Assistant to the Rector for St. Anne's in Tifton from June 2014-October 2017. 

Members of Trinity Statesboro who traveled to Scotland early in October at their farewell to Scotland dinner. They made a pilgrimage to the island of Iona where St. Columba established a monastery in AD 563.  Travelers included Jim and Janet Bastarache, Loretta Brandon, Laura Campbell, Ann Hamilton, Lynda Hamilton, The Very Rev. Joan Kilian, Dahlia Newton, Jack Orman, and Dick and Patricia Price from Trinity. Additional travelers included Edna Levernier, Ruth MacKinnon, and Lisa Smith. On Iona they were joined by Trinity members Donna Sanders, Karen Sanders, and Max Eshbaugh.

Bishop Benhase at the stewardship training held at Holy Comforter Martinez this past Saturday. More trainings will be held throughout the diocese and can be found in Events below.

Parishioners at Annunciation Valdosta held an Oktoberfest Celebration!

On Sunday, a celebration of the ministry of the Rev. Larry Williams was held at Christ Church Cordele. Above, Susan Leger-Boike and Senior Warden Alex Stripling present Williams with a gift commemorating his ministry to Christ Church and what it means to the membership. 
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 22-28
In our diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for our congregation in Thomson, Holy Cross, and for our ecumenical partners in Thomson, especially Zion Lutheran Church in Guyton and Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Lakeland. In our companion diocese of the Dominican Republic, we pray for the congregations in Santo Domingo, especially La Catedral de la Epifanía (the Cathedral of the Epiphany).

October 29-November 4
In our diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for our congregation in Tifton, St. Anne's. We also pray for our ecumenical partners in Tifton, especially Our Divine Saviour Catholic Church and for Holy Family Catholic Church in Willacoochee. In our companion diocese of the Dominican Republic, we pray for the congregations in Santo Domingo, especially Holy Family Church (Sagrada Familia).
Diocesan Office Update and News  

Bishop Benhase will preside at the celebration of new ministry for the Rev. Melanie Lemberg and St. Thomas' Savannah tonight at 6 PM. He will lead a stewardship workshop at St. Paul's Albany on Saturday, October 28 from 9:30 AM to noon. On Sunday, October 29 he will make his annual visitation to St. Paul's Albany at 10 AM and to St. John and St. Mark's Albany at 4 PM. The Bishop's full schedule is available  here.

The Rev. Canon Frank Logue is in Martinez to meet with Wayne Fell, Director of Mission for the Evangelical Lutheran Church's Southeastern Synod and the Rev. Thomas Barron, Missioner for the Grovetown Episcopal-Lutheran Mission. On Sunday, Canon Logue will preside and preach at Christ Church, Cordele.

The Rev. Canon Joshua Varner, Missioner for Children and Youth, will be preaching at Christ Church Savannah this Sunday and also leading their Adult Forum.

The Rev. Melanie Lemberg, Rector of St. Thomas' Isle of Hope, will officiate at the noon service in the Chapel of St. George at Diocesan House this week.
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A Celebration in New York Y'all!

The Diocese of Georgia was well represented at the Rev. Leigh Hall's celebration of new ministry at St. Nicholas on the Hudson, Hamburg, New York. From left: Liz Williams, the Rev. Jonathan Tuttle, Hall, and the Rev. Lonnie Lacy.
Stewardship Training with Bishop Benhase
October 28, 9:30 AM to noon
St. Paul's, Albany

Southeast Convocation Council Meeting
Sunday, October 29, 2 PM
St. Mark's Brunswick

Southwest Convocation Council Meeting
Sunday, October 29, 3 PM
St. Margaret's Moultrie

Board of the Corporation Meeting
Tuesday, October 31, 1-3 PM
Diocesan House

Commission on Ministry and Standing Committee Meeting
3:30 PM Friday, November 3 until noon Saturday, November 4
St. Augustine, Augusta

Diocesan Convention
November 9-11
Christ the King Church, Valdosta

Youth Presence at Diocesan Convention
November 10-11
To register for lock-in only go here.
To register for Convention go  here.

A Contemplative Prayer Retreat will be held at Honey Creek Retreat Center from 5 PM Friday, December 8 until 2 PM Saturday, December 9.

New Beginnings #51
December 8-10
Honey Creek
For information and to register, go  here. 
Revival: Boundless Love Fearless Faith
January 20
For more information, go here:  www.EpiscopalRevivalinGeorgia2017.org

Stewardship Training with Bishop Benhase
January 27, 9:30 AM to noon
St. George's Savannah
Stewardship Training with Bishop Benhase
February 3, 9:30 AM to noon
St. James' Quitman
Register here.

Stewardship Training with Bishop Benhase
February 17, 9:30 AM to noon
St. Mark's, Brunswick 
Register  here .
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