October 31, 2018
Volume 9, Number 8
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This Sunday's Lections
First Sunday of

Jeremiah 33:14-16
1 Thessalonians 3:9-13
Psalm 25: 1-9
Luke 21: 25-36

Go  here for the full text.

Annual Enrollment Closes Friday
For information on how to register, health advocates and more, go here. 
New News About Convention
Episcopal Recovery Ministries of the Diocese of Georgia will hold an AA meeting on Friday morning from 8-9 am in the Study Room at the Hilton Garden Inn. 

There's a list of restaurants in Albany 

Some require reservations as does Villa Gargano which is opening just for Convention goers. Go
here to make a reservation at Villa Gargano. See the list for contact information for the other restaurants.

One month away!
Have you been thinking about signing up for Honey Creek's Inaugural Disc Golf Tournament, but you think it's not for you? Well, I'm here to tell you you're wrong! This tournament is a fun Saturday event meant to serve Honey Creek's family as well as non-Episcopalians who play disc golf. This event is a low-stress and non-competitive tournament. It's meant to be fun, so please don't stress about your disc-throwing abilities! The important thing is to come enjoy the day at Honey Creek and support us.

We have 23 people signed up so far, and the vast majority of the players are not even members of our Episcopal Diocese! 

Please consider attending this tournament with your loved ones on December 1. Registration is from 7:30 to 8:15 and the afternoon round starts after lunch, at approximately 1:30. The fee includes lunch, three custom discs, and a player "swag" bag. Trophy prizes and amazing raffle prizes will be drawn throughout the day as well. To register, go here.
Savannah Young
Director of Operations and Program
Convention's Next Week, Double Check This List! 

With the Convention next week, please check this list to be sure that you are up to date:

Are you a vendor or want to have an exhibit at the Convention? Go here to download the form and return it with your check to the diocesan offices.

Have you registered yet? Go here to do so. Once there, choose a workshop to attend.

Did you choose a hotel? Go here

Have you made a reservation for dinner on Friday night? Go here for a list of restaurants in Albany.

Have you reviewed Proposed Canon 12 and the Resolution to Retire Honey Creek's Debt? Go here where you can also review the proposed 2019 budgets for Diocesan Operations and Honey Creek.   

Have you reviewed the Case Statement for Honey Creek's Future Fund? Go here

Have you nominated someone to serve on the Board of the Corporation, Diocesan Council, Disciplinary Board, as a Sewanee Trustee or the Standing Committee? Go here to do so.

If you have been nominated, have you filled out the form found here?

If you are a clergy spouse, have you let them know that you will be attending the breakfast on Saturday? Click here to do so! Did you know about the Clergy Spouse Kick-off? Information below.

See you all at Convention!
All Saints Tybee Celebrates Diamond Jubilee
On Thursday, Nov 1st at 6 pm, All Saints will celebrate its 60th Diamond Jubilee with reception to follow.  The Bishop will be the presider.  Clergy are asked to wear clericals.  
Bishop Knocks on the Door of St. Barnabas    
This begins a new feature in From the Field: each week we will focus on the church where the Bishop is making his annual visitation. This week it's St. Barnabas' Valdosta.

Legend has it that parishioner Dr. Buddy Pitts and Bishop Paul Reeves were discussing names for the new church in Valdosta, and as they strolled on the former farmland and future site for the church, they came upon the original barn. Bishop Reeves suggested St. BARNabas!

It is fitting that a recent ministry of the parish, which held its first services in 1982,
Getting ready to plant in one of the nine beds of St. Barnabas' garden.
has been a community garden begun in the spring. "It's given the parish focus and brought people together," said Clerk of the Vestry Kay Riggle. The congregation is encouraging members of the community to both prepare and enjoy the fruits of their labor and several  have taken them up on it. They have also used the garden's produce to make the Sunday lunch that occurs each week after services. "It's important that we have a communal meal at least once a week," said Riggle.

The Brotherhood of St. Barnabas maintains the property and is also available to help parishioners make small household repairs.  They cleared a walking trail behind the church that's a quarter mile long, runs along a creek and comes out near St. Barnabas' outdoor altar.

The garden is reaping benefits beyond the produce it provides by nourishing their neighbors.

At the Bishop's visitation Sunday: front row, from left: Candace Kicklighter, Renee Carter, Hal Carter, Christy Bell, Zane Withers and Tori Evans. Second row, from left: Lay Eucharistic Minister Susan Borchert ; the Rev. Stephen Norris, Priest-in-Charge; Bishop Benhase, the Rev. Leeann Culbreath, Deacon and Lay Eucharistic Minister Greg Frier.
Around the Diocese
On Saturday October 27, Grace Church in Waycross celebrated its annual "Holy Ghost Weenie Roast." Members were encouraged to come in costume and join in fun and fellowship with a hot dog cookout. Afterwards, we hosted a trunk-or treat for the children. 

Church of Our Savior, Martinez this past Sunday.

All Saints Tybee kicked off the celebration of the church's Silver Jubilee with a picnic that was open to the island community.

The Rev. Canon Joshua Varner addresses members of the Augusta Convocation on Sunday.

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 28-November 3
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).

November 4-10
In our diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for our congregation on Tybee Island, All Saints. We also pray for our ecumenical partners on the Island, especially St. Michael's Catholic Church. In our companion diocese of the Dominican Republic, we pray for the congregations in Santo Domingo, especially St. Andrew (San Andrés).
Diocesan Office Update and News
Bishop Scott Anson Benhase will preside at the Silver Jubilee of All Saints' Tybee at 6 PM, Thursday, November 1. He will preach at the dedication of the Memorial for Lynching Victims in Atlanta at 9 AM, Friday, November 2. The bishop will hold a Project Resource Training Saturday, November 3 at St. Augustine's Augusta at 9 AM. On Sunday, November 4, he will make his annual visitation to St. Paul's Augusta at 11 AM and at 2:30 bless the newly painted, roofed and refurbished sanctuary at Christ Church Augusta. The bishop's  full schedule is available 

The Rev. Canon Frank Logue will preach this Sunday at Christ Church Frederica on St. Simons Island. 

Canon Logue will officiate at the noon, Thursday service at Diocesan House.
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

  Disc Golf Tournament at Honey Creek
Saturday, December 1, 2018
7:30 to
To register, go here.

Diocesan Council 
Saturday, January 12, 2019
Annunciation, Vidalia

Happening #101
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

Happening #103
Thursday, August 22 (for staff) through Sunday, August 25
Honey Creek Retreat Center

Diocesan Council
September 13-14
Good Vs. Evil
The Revs. Lynn Prather and Joe Bowden got in on the fun at the Halloween Party for the Church of the Good Shepherd, Augusta.
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