September 5, 2018
Volume 9, Number 1
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This Sunday's Lections
16th Sunday
After Pentecost
Provers 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23
Psalm 125
James 2:1-10, [11-13], 14-17
Mark 7:24-37


Isaiah 35:4-7a
Psalm 146
James 2:1-10, [11-13], 14-17
Mark 7:24-37

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Bunny Simon Williams Ordained

On August 25th, the Rev. Bunny Simon Williams Ph.D. was ordained to the sacred order of priests at Church of the Good Shepherd, Augusta. The Rt. Rev. Scott Anson Benhase officiated. 
Williams with her fellow clergy from the Diocese of Georgia following the ordination.
Ready Your Reports for 197th Convention
Annual Reports for the 197th Convention  of the Diocese of Georgia, November 8-10 are due by 5 PM on Friday, October 5th. 

We collect reports from the following groups: 
  • Board of Officers of the Corporation
  • Honey Creek
  • Campus Ministry -SAV
  • Campus Ministry - GSU
  • Campus Ministry - VSU
  • Chancellor
  • Commission on Ministry
  • Companion Diocese
  • Creation Cares Commission
  • Cursillo
  • Deacon Formation Committee
  • Diocesan Council
  • Education for Ministry
  • Episcopal Church Women
  • Episcopal Relief and Development
  • Episcopal Youth and Children Services
  • Integrity GA
  • Standing Committee
  • Treasurer
  • United Thank Offering
Reports are typically two-three paragraphs in length about the prior year. When submitting reports, please include your name, position on your council , commission, or committee, the name of your predecessor (if applicable), and any financial reports (if applicable). Examples from last year may be found here:  2017 Convention Book
For more information, contact Anna Iredale
Tithes and Profiles Due
Churches who wish to apply for an appeal of their tithe must do so by September 10th. All tithes and profiles are due by September 15th. Any questions, please contact Canon Katie Willoughby at
A Life-Changing Weekend for Those in Grades 10-12
Registration Closes Friday for Happening 101

After the closing Eucharist for Happening 100, from left, Annabel West, Katie Grant (Rector of Happening 101) and Jo Simmons gather outside the Chapel.

The deadline to register for the next Happening is Friday, September 7. This Happening will be #101 at Honey Creek September 14-16, 2018, and is open to those in grades 10 - 12. Katie Grant from Good Shepherd, Augusta, is the Rector for the upcoming weekend. 

Led by teens for teens, during a Happening weekend, participants worship, play, sing, and talk about God's place in their lives. They make new friends who share similar concerns and questions - a reassuring discovery. A teenager who acts as "rector" leads the weekend with the help of a staff consisting mostly of young people. Some staff members give challenging talks, after which there's time for discussion and activity. Together, the staff and participants share in an exploration of the impact of Christian faith in their daily lives. Happeners who attend a weekend for their first time are called "Candidates." To be a Candidate, one must:
1. Have completed the 9th grade and have not begun college.
2. Fill out the application.
Happening costs $101 to attend, and financial assistance is available. For more information, please visit the Georgia Happening website.

Click here to register for Happening! 

From the Canon for Administration
Fall is here, see what's coming soon!

Diocesan 2019 Budget
Diocesan Council will be reviewing the Draft 2019 Diocesan budget at its upcoming meeting on September 14th. After review, the recommended budget will be presented at the Diocesan Convention in November for formal vote and approval.

Many of our congregations are currently developing budgets for 2019. This is a wonderful, and sometimes stressful, time to look at the mission story of a congregation. Some best practices to consider include: 

* How does your budget tell your congregation's mission story? 
Do you construct a narrative budget? Does your budget help demonstrate to the congregation the impact your congregation has on ministry? Establish a narrative during budget development to tell your budget story. It is not what it costs to keep the lights on, but what occurs because the lights are on.

* Do you have strong financial records? 
Data and past year trends can help inform estimates for budget items. Do you have strong financial records to draw those trends? Review your current financial records to determine how they can help inform developing a budget.

* Are you thinking outside your comfort zone? 
Oftentimes we hear about the challenges of balancing the budget. There are many real budget challenges facing our congregations today. However, how does the life, mission, and work of the church play into your budget planning? It's important to set "stretch" goals: to challenge your congregations to set targets and goals for itself and work together as a parish to reach those goals.

Additional tips and tricks are taught during Project Resource. Looking for more information on that training? Please visit the calendar for upcoming training events.

Health Insurance Annual Enrollment
Annual enrollment for Diocesan health insurance begins October 15th and runs through November 2nd. You will begin to receive mail communication from CPG on September 26th. The Diocese is currently in the process of plan selections and a detailed article/communication will be delivered next week about changes to the 2019 plan prices and selections. This is a very critical announcement for clergy, administrators, and plan participants to review to understand the process and potential changes to your plan in 2019. Please read next week's From the Field for more information. 

Benefits Questions for 2019
Please reach out to me for any benefits related questions. I am happy to provide information on pension, disability, health insurance, and property insurance.

Coming Soon
An online training that will go live next year for all clergy and church administrators on Church Pension Group's resources and benefits. 

Katie Willoughby
Canon for Administration
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. 

September 2-8
In our diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for our congregations in Savannah, St. George's and St. Michael and All Angels. We also pray for our ecumenical partners in Savannah, especially the Catholic congregations of Blessed Sacrament, Resurrection of our Lord, Sacred Heart, and St. James. In our companion diocese of the Dominican Republic, we pray for the congregations in San Francisco de Macorís, especially St. Stephen ( San Esteban) and St. Matthew ( San Mateo).

September 9-15
In our diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for our congregations in Savannah, especially St. Thomas Isle of Hope and St. Matthew's. We also pray for our ecumenical partners in Savannah, especially Holy Spirit Lutheran Church and St. Benedict the Moor Catholic Church. In our companion diocese of the Dominican Republic, we pray for the congregations in Sanchez especially Christ the King ( Cristo Rey) and St. Simon the Apostle ( San Simón Apóstol).
Diocesan Office Update and News
Bishop Scott Anson Benhase will make his annual visitation to Good Shepherd Thomasville at 10 AM Sunday, September 9. The bishop's  full schedule is available 

The Rev. Joshua Varner, Canon for Children and Youth, will serve at St. Peter's, Savannah, providing an introduction to Godly Play.
The Rev. Canon Frank Logue is on vacation through September 10.

The Rev. Richard Nelson will officiate at the noon, Thursday service at Diocesan House.
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.  

Reserve Time at Saluda Clergy Cottage Today!
The cottage closes at the end of October. Ch eck the Saluda Clergy Cottage website calendar for availability.  To reserve time, please fill out and email/mail the reservation form found here.
Diocesan Council
September 14-15
St. Luke's, Hawkinsville

Happening #101
September 14-16
Honey Creek
Grades 10-12
For information, go 

Project Resource Training with the Bishop
Southeast Convocation
Holy Nativity, St. Simons Island
September 22
9:30 AM to noon

Fall Clergy Conference
September 24-26
Honey Creek
Creation Care Commission Campout
September 28-30
Reed Bingham State Park
For more information:

Conflict Management
October 1-5
Honey Creek

Commission on Ministry and Standing Committee
October 5-6
St. Michael and All Angels', Savannah

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

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

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
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