A Game Changing Summer Camp Season

For 89 years the Diocese of Georgia has sustained a summer camp program as a decidedly Episcopal camp experience. Honey Creek has been a place where campers have come to develop lifelong friendships, explore nature, and just be together, but worship also forms the core of the camp sessions with daily morning and evening prayer times as well as priests, deacons, and lay persons teaching about our faith in Jesus as a part of the camp day.

Summer Camp Director Thomas Greneker said, “This summer was a phenomenal success.” Getting at the difference, he added, “I have worked on a lot of staffs in different capacities, but I have never worked with a unit that works so cohesively. I attribute all of that success to the spiritual formation that brought the camp staff together before the summer began.”

During the staff training week prior to the first session, the Rev. Lonnie Lacy worked with the counselors to help them understand the spiritual work of serving on the camp staff.

Honey Creek Executive Director Dade Brantley also noticed the impact of that spiritual grounding, “We added the Rev. Lonnie Lacy as a Spiritual Director for the camp staff and that was a game changer. He worked with them for a week in advance of the season and checked back in during the year. The staff focused in each of their team meetings on where they had seen Christ during the day.” Photo above, the Rev. Michael Chaney working with campers.

This summer, 204 campers enjoyed a week of Honey Creek Summer Camp. Five parents and six children also took part in the parent and child camp which runs from Sunday to Tuesday the week of the camp for 3-5 graders. The feedback from campers and parents has been consistently positive this year.

Brantley added, “I don’t like to talk in absolutes, but in every aspect this has been the best Summer Camp during my tenure.”

 

  
At left, the Rev. Lonnie Lacy and the camp staff are pictured at the dock during their liturgy blessing the camp grounds and the dorms. At right, is the camp staff.

 

Register for Vicki Schuster’s Retirement Party

For 17 years, Vicki Schuster has been the first voice you hear from the Diocese of Georgia and the face that greets visitors to the office. on August 31, 2017, Vicki will retire. On September 1 from 4:30-7 PM, Bishop Benhase and the diocesan staff will host a retirement party at The Charles H. Morris Center, 10 E Broad St, Savannah, GA 31401. Click here to register, so that we have a head count for the event.

“Vicki has been the heart and soul of the Diocesan office for 17 years,” said Bishop Scott Benhase. “Although her job title said ‘Staff Secretary and Diocesan Registrar’ she has served in some many intangible ways.”

“Beyond her other work, Vicki has shepherded every deacon and priest ordained during her tenure on the staff,” said Canon to the Ordinary Frank Logue, “She tracks the paperwork for the ordination process and prays faithfully for those in her care. She will readily say ‘I love my Holy Orders people’ and that love shows.”

“For years Vicki’s voice on the other end of the phone–‘Diocese of Georgia, this is Vicki!’–has been such a source of comfort, kindness, and counsel to me,” said the Rev. Lonnie Lacy. “That was especially so back when she looked after me through the many stages of the ordination process, and it continues to be true today.”

A true native of the Hostess City, Vicki is a Telfair Baby, born in the historic hospital. Baptized in the Presbyterian Church, her family moved its membership early in her life. Bishop Albert Rhett Stuart confirmed her at the age of 12 in St. Thomas Isle of Hope in Savannah. A graduate of Jenkins High School, she married Ernest Schuster in a wedding ceremony at St. Thomas with a reception at St. John’s Savannah. Ernest was a lifelong Episcopalian who grew up at St. John’s and attended the school at St. Michael and All Angels. The Schusters had three children-Allison, Meredith, and Ernie, and have three grandchildren Clair (10), Palmer (9), and Turner (7).

Vicki transferred her membership to St. Francis of the Islands on Savannah’s Wilmington Island in 1972 as the Diocese founded that new congregation. She started working for the church in the mid 1980s and continued as parish secretary through 2000 when she started working for the Diocese as staff secretary. Vicki said, “It has been a very rewarding and enlightening experience to work for the church these 30 something years. I felt like I got to the top when I started working for the Diocese.”

Bishop Benhase said, “If something needed doing, Vicki just did it and always with the most generous and unassuming spirit.” Lonnie Lacy added, “Her warmth and generous spirit have been a true gift.”

“The light of the Diocese will be dimmer without the radiance of Vicki’s energy and presence,” said Canon Katie Willoughby. “I am, and I know many others are, extremely fortunate to have worked with such an incredible and passionate Episcopalian.”

Reflecting on her work for the Diocese, Vicki said, “I think of the Episcopal Church as a flock scattered in a hundred places. We take care of that flock.” She paused and added, “It has been a true blessing and one that I will treasure.”

 

Register Now for Evangelism Training!


In advance of the Presiding Bishop’s Revival coming to Honey Creek September 17th, some of the top people in the Episcopal Church who teach how to share our faith are coming to the Diocese of Georgia June 24-25. The same 3-hour workshop will be repeated  on the east and west sides of the Diocese, seeking to offer the workshops within 2 hours of every Episcopalian in the Diocese.

Saturday, June 24 from 1-4 pm
St. Peter’s Episcopal Church
3 West Ridge Road, Savannah, GA 31411
Register here. 
Sunday, June 25 from 1-4 pm
St. Anne’s Episcopal Church
2411 Central Ave. N., Tifton, GA 31794
Register here. 

The Team
The Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers is the Presiding Bishop’s Canon for Evangelism and Reconciliation. Also from the Episcopal Church staff will be Carrie Boren Headington, a Missioner Evangelist, and Jeremy Tackett , Digital Evangelist. They have developed engaging materials to challenge all of us, depending on the gifts God has given us, to respond to a call we all share to spread the Good News of Jesus in a variety of ways.

The training will cover an array of ways, all true to our Episcopal way of being, in which we can share our faith with those we already know both in person and on social media. Think this training isn’t for you? Then you may be exactly who the trainers want to talk to as they provide insights into how people without a gift for evangelism can still listen differently to those they love.

 

Hometown Missions More Than a Weekend

Hometown Missions, our usual diocesan outreach weekend expands beyond just a weekend this year! Hometown Missions will take place Sunday, June 4 through Wednesday June 7 in Albany, Georgia. Diocesan Youth will come together with adults from the Albany Congregations to offer a Vacation-Bible-School-themed event for the children in the area around St. John’s and St. Mark’s, Albany. This area was one of the hardest hit in the tornados of the winter and spring, and there are very few activities for area children this summer since resources have had to be diverted to the clean-up and rebuilding efforts.
Youth who are currently in Grades 8-12 are encouraged to come to Albany to help work with these children, and to make a difference in their lives! Youth will lead children throughout each day’s activities, will spend parts of each evening preparing for the next day, and of course will take time to play and sing and spend time together!
Youth are asked to arrive in the afternoon on Sunday, June 4, and will need to be picked up on Wednesday, June 7, also in the afternoon. We will be sleeping at St. John’s and St. Mark’s, so youth will need to bring sleeping bags, pillows, and sleeping pads (optional) in addition to their usual packing.
The total cost for this four day event is just $90. Scholarships are available upon request. If you will be seeking a scholarship, please register and pay the deposit only and then contact Joshua Varner at jvarner@gaepiscopal.org To register, go here.
 

UTO Spring Ingathering May 21/28

The Spring In-Gathering for the United Thank Offering (UTO) is collected around Ascension each year; in 2017 those Sundays are May 21 and May 28. Please consider prayerfully your donations to UTO this year.  Send in-gatherings by June 15th to Suzanne Harrow 2508 Sheraton Drive, Augusta, GA 30906.
“The Diocese has applied for another grant this year and we are waiting to hear the results of the grant committee,” said Mrs. Harrow. “The Honey Creek grant is going well and the Creation Care Committee is pleased with what has been accomplished to this point.”
 

Canon Frank Logue Nominee for Bishop of East Tennessee

The Diocese of East Tennessee announced today that the Rev. Canon Frank Logue is one of five nominees for their fifth bishop. A Search and Nominating Committee selected the nominees in a lengthy process which began in June, 2016 with listening sessions around the Diocese. This led to the development of a Bishop Search Profile and then receiving names and interviewing potential nominees to arrive at this slate.

“None of us are surprised that the Diocese of East Tennessee has selected Frank to be a candidate for their next bishop,” said Bishop Scott Anson Benhase. “He is both gifted and enormously qualified for that office. We will all pray for their mutual discernment in the election on July 28.”

Logue has served as the Canon to the Ordinary for the Diocese of Georgia since 2010. He previously served as the founding rector of King of Peace, Kingsland and served that parish ten years. Logue also serves the broader church as a member of the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church.

The Diocese of East Tennessee comprises 34 counties in the state of Tennessee and three counties in North Georgia, with the Cumberland Plateau as the western border. Within this area are 51 congregations, including 45 parishes, three college chaplaincies, and three worshiping communities.

From July 10-14, the Diocese of East Tennessee will hold what are called walkabouts, a series of gatherings in which the people of the diocese meet the nominees. The election for the fifth Bishop of East Tennessee will take place at the Cathedral of St. John in Knoxville on July 28. The bishop-elect will be consecrated December 2, 2017.

Register Now for Camp at Honey Creek!

School is almost out, which means Honey Creek Summer Camp is coming up fast. Go to honeycreek.org/camps to register for one or more of the camp sessions.

For 89 years the diocese has been hosting summer camp, with the first sessions at Camp Reese on St. Simons Island. Since 1960, Honey Creek has been a place where campers have come to connect with God, develop lifelong friendships, explore nature, and just be together. Our days are full with actions- swimming and rope course- singing and worshiping- group games- and more. Clergy and lay youth leaders work at each camp sessions to spend time with campers and offer a program time giving a chance to explore faith in the setting of a week-long camp.

Tuition for each session is $440. The required deposit of $75 is applied to the total camp tuition. Tuition covers room and board, special activities, art supplies, camp photo and camp t-shirt. Scholarships are available from both congregations and Episcopal Youth and Children Services to defray the costs of participating in camp. For kids active in the churches, cost should never be a barrier to taking part in Honey Creek Summer Camp.

The Parent & Child sessions run during the Camp St. Joseph & Mary sessions (Sunday through Tuesday). They serve as an introduction to camp culture for both the parent and the child (K-2). Parent and child are invited to participate fully in all camp activities as much (or as little) as they are comfortable.

“My daughter did not want to leave.
She keeps asking when can I go back to camp.
We will see you next year.”
-Jessica, parent

High School Camp
June 11-17
Completed Grades 9-12

Camp St. Peter I
June 18-24
Completed Grades 6-8

Camp St. Joseph and Mary I
June 25-July 1
Completed Grades 3-5

Parent & Child Session I
June 25-27
Child completed Grades K-2 Camp St. Peter II
July 9-15
Completed Grades 6-8

Camp St. Joseph and Mary II
July 16-22
Completed Grades 3-5

Parent & Child Session II
July 16-18
Child completed Grades K-2

 

Register for Evangelism Training June 24-25

In advance of the Presiding Bishop’s Revival coming to Honey Creek September 17th, some of the top people in the Episcopal Church who teach how to share our faith are coming to the Diocese of Georgia June 24-25. The same 3-hour workshop will be repeated  on the east and west sides of the Diocese, seeking to offer the workshops within 2 hours of every Episcopalian in the Diocese.

Saturday, June 24 from 1-4 pm
St. Peter’s Episcopal Church
3 West Ridge Road, Savannah, GA 31411
Register here. 
Sunday, June 25 from 1-4 pm
St. Anne’s Episcopal Church
2411 Central Ave. N., Tifton, GA 31794
Register here. 

The Team
The Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers is the Presiding Bishop’s Canon for Evangelism and Reconciliation. Also from the Episcopal Church staff will be Carrie Boren Headington, a Missioner Evangelist, and Jeremy Tackett , Digital Evangelist. They have developed engaging materials to challenge all of us, depending on the gifts God has given us, to respond to a call we all share to spread the Good News of Jesus in a variety of ways.

The training will cover an array of ways, all true to our Episcopal way of being, in which we can share our faith with those we already know both in person and on social media. Think this training isn’t for you? Then you may be exactly who the trainers want to talk to as they provide insights into how people without a gift for evangelism can still listen differently to those they love.

 

Register for the Spring Clergy Conference

The Spring Clergy Conference starts April 30 at 5 pm at Honey Creek. That evening, the Bishop will host a conversation with clergy and give updates on the diocese. The coach training will take place Monday and Tuesday and then on Tuesday after lunch, the Church Pension Group will be at Honey Creek to brief clergy on changes to the pension fund. The conference will conclude at 3 pm on Tuesday, May 2. To register online, click here:

Register for Spring Clergy Conference

 

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