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A Letter from Bishop Benhase

Dear Friends in Christ:

Our 78th General Convention was a momentous one in many ways. We elected an exciting new Presiding Bishop in Michael Curry and restructured the Church for new mission opportunities (and actually funded those opportunities) to make disciples and to make a difference in our communities. We also significantly changed our Church’s marriage process making it possible for same sex marriage in the Church. With these changes, we’ve actually made things less clear, having the marriage canons in conflict with the Book of Common Prayer (including the Catechism), and more diffuse, ceding to individual bishops the authority for local option. While such a compromise for local option protected the consciences of a minority, it has created less “common prayer’ throughout our Church. This may have unintended consequences in the future that stretch beyond the marriage issue.

So what does this mean for the Diocese of Georgia? The applicable changes go into effect on Advent 1, 2015. I plan to take my time to pray and to listen to many leaders in the Diocese. On July 22, I am gathering the Standing Committee, the Chancellor, my Canons, and other diocesan leaders to hear what they have to say. A month later, I will meet again with the Standing Committee after they have had time to reflect so they might advise me further. At its regular meeting in September, Diocesan Council, leaders elected to represent the Diocese, will have an opportunity to share their thoughts with me and with one another. And then, at the end of September, the clergy of the Diocese, gathered for our Fall Clergy Conference, will weigh in.

I want to be clear: the enabling resolutions of General Convention make this my decision, even though I continue to disagree that such authority should be left solely to any one diocesan bishop. My hope is that I will reach a decision that is reflective of the grace and mercy we receive in Jesus and of the Church’s good order. Please pray for me.

Scott's Signature
The Right Reverend Scott Anson Benhase
Bishop, Diocese of Georgia

 

The Rev. Anna Martin Henderson (1942-2015)


The Rev. Anna M. Henderson is pictured seated with her walker above in the center of the clergy of the Diocese in a photo from the Fall 2014 Clergy Conference.

The Diocese of Georgia mourns the loss of the Rev. Anna Martin Henderson who died on May 5. Anna was a retired priest, licensed to officiate and serving as she was able at St. Matthew’s, Savannah.

Born in 1942 to the Rev. Thaddeus and Eleanora Martin, she grew up at St. Athanasius’, Brunswick, where her father was the longtime rector. A 1964 graduate of St. Augustine’s College in Raleigh, North Carolina. In 1966, she married Enoch Henderson. She earned a Masters from Rutgers in 1973. In response to a long felt call to the priesthood, Anna attended the General Theological Seminary in New York City where she graduated in 1991. Ordained to the diaconate in 1991 and the priesthood in 1992, she served with the Bayshore Cluster Ministry of Congregation in New Jersey from 1991-1995. She next served as the Vicar of St. Anselm’s in Nashville, Tennessee from 1996-2001. And at the time of her retirement in 2005, she had served for four years as the Assistant Rector of St. Edmund’s in Chicago.

St. Matthew’s, Savannah, will hold the requiem Eucharist at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 11. Clergy wear cassock, surplice, and white stoles and also please RSVP to the Rev. Liam Collins.

 

Report on the Capital Campaign Survey at Convention

During our Diocesan Convention and at the Fall Clergy Conference, we asked everyone to weigh in on our Congregational Development priorities that we developed from the listening sessions held over three years ago. About 250 people took the survey and we were very glad to see that over 80% of the respondents considered our stated priorities important for our future. Many comments stated an appreciation for the strong support the Diocese offers our congregations and clergy.

Overall, it was very clear how much the people of our Diocese want to reach out to youth with the Good News of Jesus; get outside our parish walls and into our communities; foster training and support for current and future leaders; collaborate with one another in mission; and above all, grow our part of Christ’s mission field!

Naturally, some of the Campaign objectives received more enthusiastic responses than others, but every priority enjoyed a clear majority of support. The objectives that received the most support were: growing mission congregations that are ready, youth initiatives, signature ministries, teaching parishes, and improvements at Honey Creek.

We are happy to report results from one of the objectives that enjoyed the most support: Growing mission congregations that are ready. Last year, $500,000 was committed to St Luke’s in Rincon and we’re already seeing the first fruits of that missionary investment. Christ Church, Cordele is next in line for a similar grant, as soon as the funds are available. We have been able to seed growth there in the meantime with a new vicar, which has resulted in nearly 30% growth in average attendance in just a few months.

The Bishop and Diocesan leadership remain fully committed to helping our congregations be more than what they could be on their own. Through these strategic investments as well as through mutual accountability, we are working toward our common mission.

We would like to listen to everyone’s hopes and dreams for God’s mission through the Diocese of Georgia. If you did not attend Diocesan Convention last November, we welcome you to contribute your thoughts by taking the survey, at this link: Click here to take the survey

If you would like to see the actual response figures to date, please go to: https://www.surveymonkey.com/results/SM-5P97P2SV/

 

Coaching Initiative Awarded UTO Grant

Marcie Cherau is pictured above presenting Bishop Benhase with acertificate showing that the United Thank Offering of The Episcopal Church donated $20,000 to the Campaign for Congregational Development for the Peer Coaching Initiative in the Diocese of Georgia. The work on coaching began at the Spring Clergy Conference where the training was well received by the priests and deacons in attendance. The second level of training will take place later this year. Peer Coaching is one of the strategies in our Campaign for Congregational Development to target the goal of Clergy and Lay Leader Development. The Diocese is applying for grants as an additional means of raising the funding to support some of the areas of the campaign.

 

From the Field

Every time you walk out your church doors, you enter the Mission Field – fields ripe for the harvest. From the Field is a weekly update from the Diocese of Georgia, which will help us keep one another aware of what is happening in the field here in central and south Georgia. The email goes out each Wednesday (with the very occasional special edition in between).

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  • From the Field Volume 8, #7 (10/11/2017)
    An Invitation to Convention for Youth; Convention Reminders; Administrator’s Corner: Open Enrollment Begins October 23; Submit Your Parish Audit; Blessings of the Animals, Part II; Readying the Pumpkins
  • From the Field Volume 8, #6 (10/04/2017)
    Update on Convention 196; Common Grounds Enters Third Year of Ministry; Reminder to Submit Parish Audit; Blessings of the Animals; Registration Opens for ECF Leadership Conference; Reina Gathering Up the Crumbs
  • From the Field Volume 8, #5 (09/27/2017)
    ELCA Approves Funding for Grovetown Mission; 10 Question Convention Quiz; Happening #99; Leadership Development Schedule 2017-2019; Acolyte Festival Coming Up; Travels with Our Bishop, Alaska; The Loose Canon: Keep Connected to What Makes Your Heart Sing; Around the Diocese, Celebrating the receipt of $37,000 from the UTO
  • From the Field Volume 8, #4 (09/20/2017)
    Announcement of 196th Convention of the Diocese of Georgia; Welcome New Admin MJ Harris; Nominations Sought for Diocesan Elections;
    What Help Looks Like After a Hurricane; Social Media Sunday; Farewell and Welcome at St. Patrick’s Pooler
  • From the Field Volume 8, #3 (09/13/2017)
    Revival Postponed Until January 20, 2018; Irma’s Impact; Help Out at Honey Creek; Happening #99 Still Happening; Loose Canon: Maintenance Reserve Study Avoids Surprises.
  • From the Field Volume 8, #2 (09/06/2017)
    Plan a Revival Watch Party; the Rev. Fleming Rutledge to preach at Reformation Commemoration;  Prayer in anticipation of the Hurricane; Administrator’s Corner: Prepare for the Hurricane; Terri Dagenhardt to St. Mary Magdalene Louisville; Farewells to Galen Mirate and Vicki Schuster; St. Seersucker.
  • From the Field Volume 8, #1 (08/30/2017)
    EYCS Awards Record Number of Scholarships; Prayer offered during Hurricane Harvey; Parish Audits Due September 1; Rev. Edna Jean “Tar” Drazdowski called to Christ Church Cordele; Upcoming Youth Events; The Loose Canon: Looking ahead to the Good Book Club in Lent; Diocese Seeks Office Administrator;
  • From the Field Volume 7, #52 (08/23/2017)
    More than 700 registered for Revival; Diocese on Instagram; the Rev. David Wesley Lemburg new Priest in Charge at St. Patrick’s Pooler; UTO Celebrates Julia Chester Emery
  • From the Field Volume 7, #51 (08/16/2017)
    Youth Event at the Revival; The Rev. Deacon Thomas Barron church planter in Grovetown; the Rev. Becky Rowell new Chair of Honey Creek Commission; Stewardship Training in Every Convocation; Diocese Seeks Office Administrator; Georgia Southern University’s Ministry Center Remodeled; St. Mark and St. John’s holds services post Charlottesville; The Loose Canon: St. Luke’s Rincon Creates Cardboard Testimonials
  • From the Field Volume 7 #50 (08/09/2017)
    Revival registrations pass 500, Register now for Happening, Diocese seeks office Administrator, A Game Changing Summer Camp Season, The Rev. Ashton Williston Ordained to Priesthood, Congregations Aid the Back to School Transition, Loose Canon: Invite to worship people who meet at your church, and Diocesan Office update.
  • From the Field Volume 7 #49 (08/02/2017)
    Priest raises awareness and money with 111-mile journey, Register for Revival Youth Event, Revival Update: hotel information, Register for Vicki Schuster’s September 1 Retirement Party, Project resource: Hints on choosing a stewardship team, St. John’s and St. Mark’s Albany Hosts Annual Teacher’s Breakfast, The Loose Canon: Thank you all does not begin to cover it, and Diocese Seeks Office Administrator.
  • From the Field Volume 7 #48 (07/26/2017)
    2017 Full-time Priests Salary Survey; Joshua Varner called as Canon Missioner for Children and Youth; Youth home from Episcopal Youth Event (EYE); the Rev. Nicholas Roosevelt called to St. Patrick’s Albany; the Rev. Melanie Lemburg called to St. Thomas Isle of Hope in Savannah; Update on Revival; Around the Diocese; Administrator’s Corner: Congregational Tithes; Icon Writing Workshop at Christ Church Frederica; the Revs. Paschal Mingledorff and Douglas Renegar Retiring; Diocese Seeks Office Administrator; and Deacon Lynn Anderson Fund for Deacon Formation
  • From the Field Volume 7 #47 (07/19/2017)
    Vicki Schuster to Retire from Diocesan Staff; Deaconess Anna Alexander Study Guide Available; Revival Update!; Around the Diocese; Ordination planned for Deacon Ashton Williston; CDI Concludes for the Year; The Loose Canon: No fail, time-tested methods; and Parish Positions Open
  • From the Field Volume 7 #46 (07/12/2017)
    Camp Hope Matters; Spread the Word on the Revival!; Around the Diocese; Have You Made Your Cursillo Yet?; Funeral Plans for the Reverend Daniel Ki Chul Lee and the Rev. Deacon Lynn Anderson; Parish Positions Open; and Administrator’s Corner: Protect our Congregations from Cyber-attacks
  • From the Field Volume 7 #45 (07/05/2017)
    Episcopal Youth Event (EYE) Set for Next Week; Weather Hits Honey Creek’s Technology; and Order of St. Helena (OSH) holds life profession
  • From the Field Volume 7 #44 (06/28/2017)
    Celebrating Deaconess Anna Alexander; Stellar Evangelism Training Held; Project Resource: Planning is Your Parish’s Secret to Fundraising Success; The Episcopal College Fellowship at Valdosta State University; The Loose Canon: Rediscover the Celtic Way of Evangelism;
  • From the Field Volume 7 #43 (06/21/2017)
    High School Camp at Honey Creek Wraps Up; Dominican Republic Missioners Return Home; Evangelism Training This Weekend; Update on Revival; Around the Diocese; Administrator’s Corner: It’s Audit Season and We’re in This Together; Bishop’s Visitations to All Saints’ Thomasville and St. James Quitman
  • From the Field Volume 7 #42 (06/14/2017)
    Video: Are You Ready for Boundless Love?; Revival Website Launches; Christ Church Valdosta Mission Team to DR; Report from Province IV Synod; Education for Ministry; The Loose Canon: How Your Congregation Can Satisfy Spiritual Hunger; Integrity Chapter to Meet; Openings at Saluda
  • From the Field Volume 7 #41 (06/07/2017)
    Photos from parishes for Pentecost; Hometown Missions Conclude in Albany; Creation Care Commission Heads Down to the River; Get Ready for Realm
  • From the Field Volume 7 #40 (05/31/2017)
    Video for Pentecost; ordinations of the Rev. Deacon Lawrence Jesion and the Rev. Deacon Terri Ann Degenhardt; All Saints’ Tybee holding compline on the beach; eFormation learning community; New Ministry Developer Intensive Training in Paradise Valley, Arizona; Loose Canon: Prepare to Welcome Summer Visitors; Hometown Missions Summer 2017; Down to the River to Pray on Ebenezer Creek.
  • From the Field Volume 7 #38 (05/24/2017)
    Thomas Lemuel Barron and Leslie Ann Dellenbarger to be ordained to transitional dioaconate; Honey Creek’s Wish List; Around the Diocese: the Wilkinson-Reyes family moving to Colorado; St. Philip’s Hinesville celebrates third anniversary of Daughters of the King; Loud for the Lord Pants Day at Grace Church, Waycross; CDI Graduates; Silent Retreats at St. Helena’s Convent; Project Resource 2.0: Thank You Still the Magic Word; Bishop’s Visitations to Trinity Statesboro, and St. Richard of Chichester; Lending a Hand.
  • From the Field Volume 7 #37 (05/17/2017)
    Bishop Benhase to lead Stewardship Trainings; the Rev. William Thomas Fitzgerald, 1927-2017; Around the Diocese: St. Patrick’s-Lutheran Church of Our Saviour Blesses Garden; All Saints’ Tybee Compline on the Beach starting June 1; Creation Care Commission Digs into Projects; The Loose Canon: Measuring Faithfulness Beyond the ABC’s; Down to the River to Pray in Savannah; Visitations to St. Alban’s Augusta; St. Michael’s Waynesboro; College Scholarships from the Diocese.
  • From the Field Volume 7 #36 (05/10/2017)
    Evangelism Training to be Held in Diocese; Emily Bancroft Cody, widow of the Rev. Arthur Cody, passes; Around the Diocese: St. Luke’s Hawkinsville, EfM graduates at Good Shepherd, Augusta, Christ Church Valdosta holds Youth Missions Dinner; EfM starts in Fall; Bishop Benhases Visits St. Luke’s Rincon and St. Peter’s Savannah; Dancing for Mission
  • From the Field Volume 7 #35 (05/03/2017)
    Spring Clergy Conference; ECW/Daughters of the King Gather in Bainbridge; Diocese Mourns the Loss of Dr. Luther Rice Mills; Amy Bradley called as lay curate to St. Augustine of Canterbury Augusta, UTO Ingathering, Hometown Missions! Scholarships through Diocese, Creation Care Committee Work Weekend at Honey Creek, The Loose Canon: Bold Liturgies
  • From the Field Volume 7 #34 (04/26/17)
    Matthew Yochum Tells His Columba House Intern Story; the Rev. Daniel Doster (1934-2017); the Rev. Deacon Terri Degenhardt and the Rev. Deacon Lawrence Jesion to be Ordained; The Rev. Richard and the Rev. Dcn. Geri Nelson Retire; Around the Diocese: Down to the River to Pray, St. John’s Furnishings Returned after 125 Years; Bishop Louttit Celebrates ordination anniversary; Evangelism Workshops Planned; College Scholarships.
  • From the Field Volume 7 #33 (04/19/17)
    The Easter Week edition with photos from Holy Week and Easter; Episcopal Evangelism Training Coming June 24-25; The Rev. Leigh Hall Accepts Rector Call in New York; Register for Honey Creek Summer Camp; Honey Creek Benefits from Eagle Scout Projects; and Easter Week Follow Through with Visitors
  • From the Field Volume 7 #32 (04/12/17)
    The Holy Week edition with photos from Palm Sunday; Sign up Today for Hometown Missions Outreach Weekend; Georgia Interfaith Power and Light: Energy Audits and Grants Save Money for Ministry; A Note from the the Cursillo Commission; Columba House Savannah Seeks Interns; Chrism Masses in Tifton and Savannah; Two Videos Share How to Invite and Welcome; Honey Creek Camp Increases Its Fleet; and SUMMA Debate Camp at Sewanee
  • From the Field Volume 7 #31 (04/05/17)
    Spring Clergy Conference: Peer Coach Training Network Expands; Columba House Savannah Seeks Interns; St. Peter’s Hosts La Reverenda Milquella Mendoza from the Diocese of the Dominican republic; Diocesan Youth programs Plan Summer Hometown Missions in Albany; Bishop’s Visitations to Holy Nativity, St. Simons Island and the Community of St. Joseph, Savannah; Episcopal Church Women’s Annual Retreat Planned; and Administrator’s Corner: Major Gifts Campaigns: Step 5 “The Ask “
  • From the Field Volume 7 #30 (03/29/17)
    Invite Welcome Connect, The Movie; Celebrate Earth Day with Paddle Trip on the Little River at Reed Bingham State Park; St. Anne’s Tifton: Team Home from the Dominican Republic; New Beginnings #50; Bishop’s Visitations to Calvary Americus and the Episcopal Campus Ministry at Georgia Souther University; Education for Ministry Mentor Training; Your FREE Easter Invitation Animation; Order of St. Helena: Experience Monastic Tradition for Triduum and Easter; and Honey Creek Camp Filling Quickly
  • From the Field Volume 7 #29 (03/22/17)
    Clergy Spouse Weekend of Wonder at Honey Creek; Register Now for Various Leadership Programs; St. Anne’s Tifton: Meeting Old Friends in the Dominican Republic; King of Peace Dedicates New Building; and Enneagram Conference at Church of the Good Shepherd Augusta.
  • From the Field Volume 7 #29 (03/15/17)
    Deacon Culbreath Speaks for Voiceless Immigrants; Ashton Williston Called to Christ Church Frederica; Junkanoo returns to All Saints; Register Now for Lenten Prayer Retreat at Honey Creek; The Administrator’s Corner: It is tax season!; St. Patrick’s Albany’s Annual 5K Lap a Leprechaun; St. Luke’s Hawkinsville participates in Peaches to Beaches; Holy Land Pilgrimage; Saluda Clergy Cottage Available for Rent; Two Chrism Masses Planned.
  • From the Field Volume 7 #28 (03/08/17)
    Register for New Beginning’s #50; Furnishings Needed for Ecology Center at Honey Creek; Your Holy Week and Easter Welcome Checklist; Bishop’s Visitation to St. Philip’s, Hinesville; Register for Down to the River to Pray canoe trip; and Register for April 8 Project Resource Training at St. Peter’s, Savannah.
  • From the Field Volume 7 #27 (03/01/17)
    It’s Ash Wednesday; The Rev. Ellen Richardson Publishes Holy Dying; Campaign Concludes; Collect for Ash Wednesday; File Your Congregation’s Parochial Report; Administrator’s Corner: Writing a Thank You Note with Help from Project Resource; Shrove Tuesday photos from St. Patrick’s Pooler, Trinity Statesboro, St. Anne’s Tifton, St. Luke’s Rincon, St. Paul’s Albany, Christ Church Savannah, King of Peace Kingsland, Good Shepherd, Augusta and St. Luke’s Hawkinsville; Bishop’s Visitation to St. Anne’s Tifton; Down to the River to Pray March 18; Evensong at St. Paul’s Augusta; Chrism Masses for Clergy; Episcopal Church Scholarship Applications Available; Kanuga Retreats; the Rev. Dr. Cynthia Taylor and the Je-Di warriors; Enneagram Workshop offered by Good Shepherd, Augusta; Savannah Convocation Lenten Series; Two Trainings, Four Locations Offered by Diocese of Georgia
  • From the Field Volume 7 #26 (02/22/17)
    Happening #98; Campaign Ends February 28; Send us your Shrove Tuesday photos; Register for Project Resource March 4 in Tifton and April 8 in Savannah; Update Your Info on ACS; Christ Church Frederica Hosts Marty Haugen; Saluda Clergy Cottage Opens for Season; Lenten Prayer Retreat; The Loose Canon: Helping Neighbors Find Their Church; Savannah Convocation Hosts Lenten Series; Bishop Visits Christ Church, Valdosta; St. Luke’s Hawkinsville, and St. Barnabas’ Valdosta; Revised Customary; ECW Retreat Scheduled; the Rev. Ellen Richardson leads Quiet Day at St. Paul’s, Savannah; Retreats at the Order of Saint Helena; the Rev. Gavin Dunbar becomes U.S. Citizen
  • From the Field Volume 7 #25 (02/15/17)
    Input to Canons Sought; Report on Deacons’ Retreat; Register for New Beginnings #50; Lead Grow Share nears completion; Southeastern Convocation Mission Team Returns from Dominican Republic; Loose Canon: Checklist and Resources for Invite-Welcome-Connect; New free Lenten video; Community of St. Joseph’s Lenten Program; More than $40,000 raised for Albany; Clergy Spouse Retreat March 10-12
  • From the Field Volume 7 #24 (02/08/17)
    The Rev. Tommy Townsend called to Holy Nativity, St. Simons Island; photos of Scout Sunday at King of Peace, Kingsland; Saturday Lunch Team at St. Thomas’ Thomasville; lunch served on Saturday at Christ Church, Augusta; Stitchers of Love at Christ Church Valdosta; Registration Closes Sunday for Happening #98; Trinity Statesboro receives energy grant; Register to be a camper or apply to be a counselor at Honey Creek; Administrator’s Corner: Tell me your story and help me say yes; the labyrinth at St. John and St. Mark’s cleared by post tornado work crew and more!
  • From the Field Volume 7 #22 (02/01/17)
    Mission Team from Southeastern Convocation Heads to Dominican Republic; Video: Top Five Reasons to Give to Lead, Grow, Share; Episcopal Showdown for the Super Bowl; St. Peter’s Savannah new chapel dedication; Obituary for the Rev. Deacon Janet Rohrbach Robinson; Living into God’s Dream book for Lent; Sign of Grace in Tornado’s Debris; Invite, Welcome, Connect in Spanish, and more!
  • From the Field Volume 7 #21 (01/25/17)
    Tornado Hits Albany; animation for Lead, Grow, Share; Deacon Jim Keyes Aton Jr. dies; June Johnson called to All Saints’ Tybee; Team from St. Peter’s Savannah heads to Dominican Republic; Register for Cursillo, and more!
  • From the Field Volume 7 #20 (01/18/17)
    Plan a parish event to support Lead, Grow, Share; Update on UTO; Episcopalians Join in Albany Clean-up from early January storm; photos from Martin Luther King Jr. Day marches, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 7 #19 (01/11/17)
    Registration to be a counselor or camper at Honey Creek has opened; Diocese offers trainings for vestries, administrators and communicators as well as for Project Resource Stewardship Training; photo of staff for Happening #98; Why I’ll Join the March by Canon Willoughby, and more!
  • From the Field Volume 7 #18 (01/04/17)
    Diocese to march in MLK Jr. Day parade; Diocese launches series of trainings for administrators, vestry and communicators; build pathways into your church; Lead, Grow, Share at 70% of the goal; carolers from Oak Street Episcopal Mission were behind the banner.
  • From the Field Volume 7 #17 (12/28/16)
    Images from Christmas preparations and pageants; information on Youth Events such as the winter retreat and the Episcopal Youth Event/Mission Trip; Canon Willoughby on Lead, Grow, Share; tutorial on how to make a recurring donation to the Campaign for Congregational Development.
  • From the Field Volume 7 #16 (12/21/16)
    Presiding Bishop to Preach at Deaconess Alexander Event September 17th; Carols for a Cause held at Christ Church Savannah; Diocese of Georgia partners with Diocese of Atlanta to present radio broadcast of Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols; Youth Minister Roger Speer draws on his talents; stewardship resources; Loose Canon on Free Course to Foster Faithful Questioning; St. John’s youth caroling in Madison Square.
  • From the Field Volume 7 #15 (12/14/16)
    Church of St. John and St. Mark hold St. Nicholas party; Lead-Grow-Share Our Young Adult Ministry; Project Resource, two stewardship tools; Loose Canon on Invite Welcome Connect ideas for Christmas; CDI Dates for 2017; St. George’s offers night out for parents; Christ Church St. Simons Island welcomes St. Nicholas; Christ Church Savannah’s children’s choir debuts.
  • From the Field Volume 7, #14 (12/07/16)
    Church Development Institute adds Augusta program; campaign tops 2 million; sign up for HSA Health Equity Portal; parishes selling Christmas trees; New Beginnings #49, register for EYE17, Winter Youth Retreat, dates set for Happening#98 and New Beginnings#50; thank you for #GivingTuesday, holiday parades.
  • From the Field Volume 7, #13 (11/30/16)
    Lead, Grow and Share, some examples of events to hold: Project Resource, Year Round Work on Annual Stewardship and Year Round Giving, Community Building; Two ideas from Evangelism Matters; From Visitor to Member in 12 Months; Advent Wreath Making; UTO Ingathering reminder; St. Thomas’ Church wins first place in the holiday parade.
  • From the Field Volume 7, #12 (11/23/16)
    Remembering the Rt. Rev. Harry W. Shipps; a Thanksgiving Prayer; Advent Calendar created by students at Episcopal Day School, Augusta; Reminder to Administrators about year-end closing; Ray Whiting, Tommy Townsend and Donald Holland all ordained to Sacred Order of Priesthood; St. Luke’s in the Holiday Parade, Rincon.
  • From the Field Volume 7, #11 (11/16/16)
    Diocese gathers in Augusta for 195th Convention; Take a survey on the Convention; How to implement Invite-Welcome-Connect; Donald Holland and Tommy Townsend to be ordained; Honey Creek Thanksgiving; Video on Episcopal Day School students interpreting Lead, Grow and Share.
  • From the Field Volume 7, #10 (11/09/16)
    All Convention; Faith Communities and Government Promoting Unity and Dismantling Xenophophobia; New Beginnings’ Circle of Prayer.
  • From the Field Volume 7, #9 (11/02/15)
    Episcopal Youth Event to be held in Oklahoma this summer; Convention Countdown; James T. Said called to St. Augustine’s Augusta; Good Shepherd, Pennick Celebrates Deaconess Alexander; Loose Canon: How to Welcome Different Types of People; Trunk or Treat; the Rev. Luke Wetzel Ordained; Last photo: Children’s Choir at Valdosta
  • From the Field Volume 7, #8 (10/26/16)
    CreekFEST!; Countdown to Convention including Presiding Bishop’s video; 50th Anniversary of Anglican Centre in Rome; What the Youth will be Doing at Convention; New Beginnings Dec. 2-4; Administrator’s Corner: Open Enrollment 2017; Kanuga Leadership Conference; Last photo: Mother/Daughter at Christ Church
  • From the Field Volume 7, #7 (10/19/16)
    Diocese Receives $100,000 to Establish New Ministry in Savannah; Thanks to contributors to St. Joseph’s Fund post-Hurricane Matthew; Countdown to Convention; CreekFEST Days Away; Transition and Discernment Handbooks Updated; Loose Canon: Data from Parish Annual Reports; Blessing of the Animals; Cynthia Taylor Featured on Day 1; LGBT Integrity Retreat; Hurricane Matthew Clean-up; Last Photo: EYC Group from St. Anne’s Tifton.
  • From the Field Volume 7, #6 (10/12/16)
    Hurricane Matthew Update; Help Savannah’s Homeless Recover from Hurricane Matthew; St. Paul’s Jesup Hosts Evacuees; Volunteer Opportunities post Hurricane Matthew; Project Resource Training; St. Anne’s Tifton Hosted Health Care Personnel; Convention Countdown; Blessing of the Animals; Women’s Retreat at Honey Creek; Administrator’s Corner: Submitting Claims Post Hurricane; Last Photo: Hurricane Matthew Won’t Stop CreekFEST
  • From the Field Volume 7, #5 (10/05/16)
    Hurricane Matthew Update; Report from Diocesan Council; the Rev. Galen MIrate called as interim rector at St. Patrick’s Albany; the Rev. Dcn. Luke Wetzel to be ordained; Countdown to Convention; Community of St. Joseph Celebrates One Year Anniversary; Daughters of the King at Christ Church Valdosta; Blessing of the Animals; St. Paul’s Augusta and Ironman Weekend; Loose Canon: Pastoral Side of Dealing with a Disaster; Registration Opens for Down to the River to Pray; Last Photo: St. Patrick’s hosted a service project and icon painting in honor of Deaconess Alexander
  • From the Field Volume 7, #4 (09/28/16)
    Clergy Conference Features Bishop Anne Hodges-Copple; Tithe Appeals Due Friday; Announcement of 195th Convention: Lead, Grow, Share; the Rev. Reginald Gunn (1940-2016); Social Media Sunday; Three Weeks to CreekFEST; St. Thomas’ Isle of Hope Holy Crab! Festival; Down to the River to Pray; Last Photo: Oak Street Mission’s After School Program Remembered First Responders on 09/11
  • From the Field Volume 7, #3 (09/21/16)
    Convention Update; Happening #97; It’s time to share your church life on Social Media; the Rt. Rev. Michael Curry with Bishop Benhase at the House of Bishops; Loose Canon: Use Facebook as an entry to your church; Photo of Canon to the Ordinary’s Counterparts Meeting in Savannah; Atonement, Augusta Builds a ramp; Last Photo: Newest member of the body of Christ
  • From the Field Volume 7, #2 (09/14/16)
    Registration Opens for Convention; Diocesan Office Off-line on Monday (new photos and internet); video from Columba House; Parish Tithes and Reports Due Tomorrow; Deaconess Alexander Celebration; Disaster Preparedness Plans Due 10/1; Bishop’s Visitation to Holy Comforter, Martinez; Roger Speer joins Good Shepherd, Augusta’s staff as Director of Student Ministries; the Rev. David Perkins called as Priest in Charger at Our Savior, Martinez; Fall Prayer Retreat; Health Savings Account Funding to Health Equity to Change; Reports Due for Convention; Flyer for CreekFEST!; Last Photo: Scouts from King of Peace, Kingsland retired more than 150 flags.
  • From the Field Volume 7, #1 (09/07/16)
    Celebrating Latino/Hispanic Ministries; Clergy Conference September 25-27; Parish Tithes and Reports Due September 15; Happening September 16-18; Invitation to CreekFEST; Bishop Visits St. Michael’s and All Angels; Inaugural Elnora B. Martin Award
  • From the Field Volume 6, #52 (08/31/16)
    RIP: the Rev. George Maxwell; Administrator’s Corner: Open Enrollment Coming Soon; Beautiful Authority Gathering; Christ Church Valdosta transforms Sunday School and Pre-School; Storm Watch; Flood Relief Team Returns from Louisiana; Columba House Interns Commissioned; UTO Plaque Presentation; Energy Audits; Cost of Discipleship: Not Comfort Food, An Acquired Taste; Last Photo: Get Ready for CreekFEST!
  • From the Field Volume 6, #51 (08/24/16)
    Bishop Benhase Returns from Sabbatical; Responding to Louisiana Floods; Columba House Commissioned and to-be Commissioned; CreekFEST is Coming; Consider Young Members as Diocesan Convention Delegates; The Loose Canon: St. Swithin’s Can Moo, Can You?; Good Comes Up; Bad Goes Down; Last Photo/Video: Acolytes with Brave Hearts
  • From the Field Volume 6 #50 (08/17/16)
    2016 Diocesan Acolyte Festival; The Episcopal Church Responds to Flooding in Louisiana; the Rev. Luke Wetzel called as Curate to All Saints, Thomasville; Tithe Letters Sent; Administrator’s Corner: Lay Defined Contribution Plan; David Somerville: Facelifting an Ugly Orthodoxy; Last Photo: Transformative Crafting
  • From the Field Volume 6, #50 (08/10/2016)
    Come and See Future Leaders in the Episcopal Church; Preview of Convention 2016, Invite, Welcome, Connect; the Rev. Jonathan Tuttle Ordained to Priesthood; Episcopal Campus Ministry at Georgia Southern; Loose Canon: Prepare to Receive Newcomers; Upcoming Gospel: To Craft an Artistic Revolution; Last Photo: Resting in God’s Presence
  • From the Field Volume 6, #49 (8/3/16)
    Mourning the losses of Carolyn Baker and Carolyn Humphries, Philip Ryan hired by Christ Church Valdosta and Josh McMains at Trinity Statesboro, Acolyte Festival Registration Closes Monday, Upcoming Retreats at Honey Creek, National Church Seeks Delegates for UN Commission, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 6, #48 (7/27/16)
    Register now for CreekFEST, Tuttle ordination planned for August 6, Disaster Preparedness, Women’s Retreat at Honey Creek November 4-6, The Proven Way to Get Closer to Jesus, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 6, #47 (7/20/16)
    Learning to Invite-Welcome-Connect at the diocesan convention, A One-Day Retreat for Women on August 13, Save the Dates for the Fall Clergy Conference, CreekFEST is coming to Honey Creek October 21-23, Administrator’s Corner, Final Summer Camp Session of 2016 Underway, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 6, #46 (7/13/16)
    2016 Full-Time Priest Salary Survey, New Rector called to St. Peter’s, Savannah, Bishop’s Visitation Schedule, Register for Education for Ministry, Georgia Well Represented at National Happening, Godly Play Training in Augusta on July 29-31, Pokemon Go presents unique opportunity for churches, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 6, #45 (7/6/16)
    Register for the Acolyte Festival in August, Connect to God at the Fall Prayer Retreat, St. Athanasius’ Celebrates 131st Anniversary, Integrity Georgia Fall Retreat Meets October 28-29, Explore a Possible Monastic Vocation at the Convent, Register for the Remaining Summer Camp Sessions, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 6, #44 (6/29/16)
    Anna Iredale named Diocesan Director of Communications, The Rev. Denise Ronn Called to Hinesville, A Message from our Diocesan Disaster Coordinators, Youth Mission Team is back from Nebraska, Christ Church Frederica ECW distributes more than $70,000 in grants, Christ Church Valdosta Mission Team Home, VBS photos, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 6, #43 (6/22/16)
    Deacon Culbreath honored for servanthood, Youth mission team now in Nebraska, Save the date for August 13-14 Acolyte Festival, Register for Happening, Apply for New Beginnings Team, VBS photos, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 6, #42 (6/15/16)
    Honey Creek Awarded UTO Grant for Ecology Center, Pray for those killed in Orlando, Camp Hope Now Underway in Thomasville, St. Margaret’s Moultrie cares for health care volunteers, High School Summer Camp Underway, Vacation Bible School photos from across the Diocese, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 6, #41 (6/8/16)
    CreekFEST plans, St. Peter’s Savannah passes $1 million mark in donations to charities, Boy Scouts build ramp for Oak Street Episcopal Mission, Creation Care Commission serves Honey Creek with Toil and Sweat, Vacation Bible School photos from across the Diocese, OSH Convent open for retreats and meetings, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 6, #40 (6/1/16)
    Nominations open for diocesan elections, St. Paul’s Augusta celebrates school partnership, Compline on Tybee Beach through Labor Day, Summer intern at Columba House Savannah, Former Savannah Rector Named National Cathedral Dean, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 6, #39 (5/25/16)
    Three Ordained Priests on May 21, Bruce Fehr Deposed from the Priesthood, St. Elizabeth of Hungary, Richmond Hill, Rudy Reyes Leaving Diocesan Staff, Glynn Episcopal Ministries (GEM), CDI Graduates a Fifth Class, Save the Date for CreekFEST, Youth Missioner on the Road, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 6, #38 (5/18/16)
    Four Deacons Ordained on May 14, St. Alban’s, Augusta, Community Update, Creation Care Volunteer Opportunities, Christ Church Team Returns from the DR, Pentecost Around the Diocese in Photos, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 6, #37 (5/11/16)
    Headlines: Plans for Bishop’s Sabbatical, Bishop’s Visitations, Community Update, Bank Offers Ongoing Building Use at No Charge, Christ Church Mission Team Arrival, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 6, #36 (5/4/16)
    Upcoming diocesan election information, EYCS College Scholarship Deadline, Summer Camp registration, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 6, #35 (4/27/16)
    450+ Hours of Service Completed!, Community Update, Seven Ordinations Set for May, Earth Day Celebrated, Young Adult Internship Priority Deadline is Today, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 6, #34 (4/20/16)
    Honey Creek Receives Award for Excellence in Creation Care Education, St. Paul’s, Augusta, Upcoming Survey, Responding to Needs Ecuador and Japan, Earth Day Resources, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 6, #33 (4/13/16)
    Register for Summer Camp, Bishop’s Visitation, St. Anne’s Mission Team Home from the DR, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 6, #32 (4/06/16)
    One Mission, Two Locations (Hometown Missions), Diocesan Community Update, Bishop’s Visitation and Ordination, St. Anne’s Team Arrives in the Dominican Republic, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 6, #31 (3/30/16)
    Easter Photos, Wetzel Ordination to the Diaconate, Denominational Coalition Opposed Property Bill, Hometown Mission in Albany & Darien, Mary Grace Benhase Writes from YASC in Hong Kong, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 6, #30 (3/23/16)
    Have a Blessed Holy Week, Diocesan Community Update, Calvary, Americu, Making the Case for Our Campaign, Clergy Spouse Retreat 2016, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 6, #29 (3/16/16)
    Keeping Up with Diocesan News , Explore a Connection to the Dominican Republic, Upcoming Youth Ministry Retreat, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 6, #28 (3/9/16)
    Campaign Discernment Study, 1Book1Diocese considers confirmation, EfM Training, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 6, #27 (3/2/16)
    Seven Ordinations Set for May, 1Book1Diocese studies Eucharist, Register for May Clergy Conference, A Lecture on the Beaufort Revival of 1831, Gunn Marks 50th Ordination Anniversary, St. John’s Bainbridge Recycling, Connecting Young People to Campus Ministries, Confirmation Retreat, Free Easter Invitation video, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 6, #26 (2/24/16)
    Bishops Denounce Campus Carry Bill, Bringing the Church to the Community, Lent Discussion Considers Holy Orders this Week, The Episcopal Church’s Good Friday Offering, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 6, #25 (2/17/16)
    Feed My Sheep Cares for Brunswick, Diocesan Staff Announcement, Diocesan Community Update, St. Thomas, Thomasville,Deacon Retreat Reflections, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 6, #24 (2/10/16)
    Building Bridges with Youth, St. Patrick’s, Pooler, Lent Discussion Considers Baptism this Week, Try a Fast for Creation this Lent, Photos of Congregations Moving into Lent, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 6, #23 (2/3/16)
    An Update from the Oak Street Mission, Convention 2016 Plans, Application Out for Columba House Internships, Mission Teams on the Ground in the DR and Belize, Chrism Masses Planned for March 18 and 22, Try Advertising Your Congregation on Facebook, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 6, #22 (1/27/16)
    Thinking Outside the Box at Christ Church Frederica, Southeast Convocation Report on DR Mission Trip, Create a Custom Ash Wednesday Invitation Video , Apply for Summer Camp Staff, Celebration in Americus, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 6, #21 (1/20/16)
    Primates’ Vote Draws Media Interest, Evangelism video from Bishop Benhase, Southeast Convocation Team Working in the Dominican Republic, Youth Mission Trip to Nebraska Open to Sign Up, Lenten Retreat Opens a Door to Lasting Change, Diocese of Georgia Marched in MLK Parades, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 6, #20 (1/13/16)
    King of Peace – Discovering the Parish’s Identity, February 23 Event for Retired Priests and Spouses, A Planned Giving Program for Every Church, Four Teams Headed to Dominican Republic, Apply Now for Summer Camp Staff, Still Time to Register for Young Adult Retreat, Lenten Retreat Opens a Door to Lasting Change, Cursillo Weekend Strengthens Your Faith, Walk with the Diocese in MLK Parade, Integrity Georgia Meets January 30 in Waycross, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 6, #19 (1/6/16)
    CDI Enhances Lay Leadership, New Canons for the Diocese of Georgia, Parochial Reports, Notice to Those with our Health Savings Accounts, Register for Young Adult Winter Retreat, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 6, #18 (12/30/15)
    Light Shines in the Darkness, Christmas Around the Diocese, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 6, #17 (12/23/15)
    Varner to Serve as Youth Missioner, St. Anne’s, Tifton, Advent Discussion Concludes with Prayer, Two Georgia Dioceses Sponsor Radio Broadcast, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 6, #16 (12/16/15)
    Headlines: Youth & Young Adult Event, King of Peace, Kingsland, Advent Around the Diocese, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 6, #15 (12/9/15)
    Headlines: Church Development Institute Offers a Common Framework, Pray for Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, Advent in Photos, Register for Winter Young Adult Retreat, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 6, #13 (11/25/15)
    Headlines: Happy Thanksgiving, John Jenkins Ordained to the Priesthood, Call For a New Diocesan Missioner for Youth, Deadline for Registering for Advent Retreat, EYCS Scholarship Program Changes Lives, 1Book1Diocese Starts November 29, New Beginnings Retreat Draws Large Participation, Deacon Geri Nelson Reflects on Ministry of Servanthood, Presiding Bishop’s Primatial Staff has a Louttit Connection, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 6, #12 (11/18/15)
    Headlines: Convention Inspires Sharing the Good News, Arboleda and Steele Ordained Deacons, Gathering Raises $10,000 in support of Homeless Ministry, The Actions of the 194th Convention, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 6, #11 (11/11/15)
    Headlines: 194th Convention Starts Tomorrow, Dale Jones Ordained to the Sacred Order of Deacons, Honey Creek, Registration for New Beginnings Closes Today, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 6, #10 (11/4/15)
    Headlines: Coaches Maximize Clergy Potential, Installation of the 27th Presiding Bishop, Convention Workshops, Deadline Friday for Convention Registration, Upcoming ordinations, Proposed Resolutions and Canonical Changes, Savannah Beer and Hymns, All Saints Weekend Photos, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 6, #9 (10/28/15)
    Headlines: Bishop Benhase on Evangelism, All Saints’, Tybee, Register for November New Beginnings, Service to Mentally Challenged Persons Honored, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 6, #8 (10/21/15)
    Headlines: Same Sex Marriage Policy, Open enrollment for health insurance, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 6, #7 (10/15/15)
    Headlines: Worship in a homeless camp, the Rev. George Porter retires, Six ordinations in six weeks, Blessing of the Animals photos, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 6, #6 (10/7/15)
    Headlines: An update on the growth at Christ Church Cordele, How to Assist in South Carolina Flood Response, Convention 2015, Blessing of the Animals photos, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 6, #5 (9/30/15)
    Headlines: Register for diocesan convention, the OSH Convent has moved, convention lock-in, Fall Clergy Conference and and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 6, #4 (9/23/15)
    Headlines: Youth Events in Convocations, Two new rectors called, Nomimations open for diocesan elections, Celebrate Deaconess Alexander this week, Lutheran magazine highlights Georgia Connections, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 6, #3 (9/16/15)
    Headlines: A focus on evangelism at the diocesan convention, Deacon Barbara Crampton (1925-2015), The Rev. James P. Crowther, Jr. (1933-2015), 1Book1Diocese for Advent and Lent, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 6, #2 (9/9/15)
    Headlines:Congregational Development, St. John’s, Bainbridge, Columba House Augusta calls a Missioner,Still Time to Register for Fall Gathering, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 6, #1 (9/2/15)
    Headlines:Leadership Development Initiatives, Celebrate Deaconess Alexander the Week of September 24, Are you an emotionally intelligent leader?, CDI (Congregational Development Institute), Fall Programs Getting Underway, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 5, #52 (8/26/15)
    Headlines: Giving Hope with 1700 Hours of Service, The Rev. George Franklin Bowers (1935-2015), New Ministry to Savannah’s Homeless Receives Grant, More than 100 gather for 2015 Acolyte Festival, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 5 #51 (8/19/15)
    Headlines:Community Begins Third Year, Diocesan Community Update, Join in Diocesan-Wide Studies this Advent and Lent, The Deacon’s Beacon and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 5, #50 (8/12/15)
    Headlines: Working Together for the Community, Diocesan Community Update, The Rev. Dr. James A. Johnson (1947-2015), Acolyte Festival Registration Closes Friday, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 5, #49 (8/5/15)
    Headlines: Register for Education for Ministry, The Rev. Iane Sastre Accepts call as Rector of St. Athanasius, Mary Grace Benhase Serving a Year in Hong Kong, So you feel called to serve as a Deacon, Bishop Coadjutor Elected for our Companion Diocese, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 5, #48 (7/29/15)
    Headlines: Input Sought on Diocesan Asset Map, First Oak Street Mission Summer Camp, Campaign Bulletin Insert, Interns Sought for Columba House Augusta, Ruby White Honored by Church Women, Deacon Larry Jesion in the Deacons’ Beacon, Four Upcoming Retreats for Adults, Register for Acolyte Festival, Musician Sought for Savannah Homeless Ministry, Clergy and Spouses Register Now for Conference, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 5, #47 (7/22/15)
    Headlines: 2015 Full-Time Priest Salary Survey, Have you ever considered the diaconate?, Cursillo: An Opportunity to Know and Be Known, Women’s Retreat at Honey Creek, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 5, #46 (7/15/15)
    Headlines: Acolyte Festival in August on St. Simons Island, A Letter from Bishop Benhase about the General Convention, A Prayer Cycle for Each Sunday of the Year, Convention 2015 Hotel Accommodations, Save the Dates for Advent and Lenten Retreats, Harvard Business Review Considers Church Stats, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 5, #45 (7/8/15)
    Headlines: General Convention Wrap Up Coverage, Draft Policy on substance abuse, addiction & recovery, Clergy and Spouses Save the Date for Conference, Deacon Purks’ Service to Humanity Honored, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 5, #44 (7/1/15)
    Headlines: General Convention Concludes Friday, The Georgia Deputation on the Presiding Bishop Elect, Youth Mission Home from Trip to the DR, Blessed Deaconess Alexander Added to Calendar, Bishop Benhase’ Statement on Supreme Court Decision, Marcie Cherau Elected UTO Vice President, Deacon Marty Meuschke Retires, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 5, #43 (6/24/15)
    Headlines: General Convention Work Begins in Salt Lake City, Youth Mission Team on the Ground in the DR, Congregation Hosts Red Cross Blood Drive, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 5, #42 (6/17/15)
    Headlines: New Creation Care Initiatives, Stewart Named Interim Youth Missioner, Changes to Safeguarding God’s Children, Countdown to the General Convention, Valdosta Mission Team on the Ground in the DR, Georgians Teaching Adults About Youth Work, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 5, #41 (6/10/15)
    Headlines: Deputies Meet in Regional Synod, Final General Convention Conversation to be in Cochran, Vacation Bible School photos, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 5, #40 (6/3/15)
    Headlines: Convention 2015 in Savannah, The Road to the General Convention, Register for Green Work Weekend at Honey Creek, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 5, #39 (5/27/15)
    Headlines: Recommended for Parish Status, Bishop’s Visitations, Pentecost Around the Diocese in Photos, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 5, #38 (5/20/15)
    Headlines: Wish List Filled from Afghanistan, Honey Creek Commission News, Greneker Hired as Honey Creek Campus Coordinator, Building a Youth-Led Ministry for Youth, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 5, #37 (5/13/15)
    Headlines: Financial Oversight Is Critical, The Rev. Anna Martin Henderson (1942-2015), Diocesan Community Update, Blue Book Published, Presiding Bishop Candidates Named, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 5, #36 (5/6/15)
    Headlines: Elizabeth Burns moving on from Youth programs, General Convention Conversation, Spring Rally, Aaron Brwer Ordained to the Diaconate, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 5, #35 (4/29/15)
    Headlines: Statement on Priest’s Arrest, Rebekah Stewart Hired as Communication and Event Specialist, Becky Rowell ordained to the priesthood, Spring Clergy Conference, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 5, #34 (4/22/15)
    Headlines: Youth Engage in Service in Thomasville and Augusta, Bishop’s Visitation, Upcoming Ordinations, Education for Ministry (EfM) in the Diocese, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 5, #33 (4/14/15)
    Headlines: Emotional Intelligence Workshop at Honey Creek, From the Field Moving to Wednesdays, Rowell to be Ordained to the Sacred Order of Priests, Lodge Rooms Full for Clergy Conference, Apply for Columba House Augusta, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 5, #32 (4/7/15)
    Headlines: Holy Week and Easter in Photos, Bishop’s Holy Week Visitations, Register Now for October Cursillo, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 5, #31 (3/31/15)
    Headlines: Columba House Expands into Augusta, Holy Week Across the Diocese, Loose Canon, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 5, #30 (3/24/15)
    Headlines: Deputies to Hold Conversations, The Rev. Dcn. Mary-Kathleen Blanchard, Ph.D. (1948-2015), Another Successful Short Course in Christianity, Community Garden Named Garden of the Month, and much more.
  • From the Field Volume 5, #29 (3/17/15)
    Headlines: Chrism Mass Scheduled for Two Locations, St. Anne’s Mission Team Home from the DR, Calling all Cursillo Alumni, A Heart Opening Pilgrimage to East Africa, Book Rooms for ECW Annual Meeting by March 23, Register for Spring Clergy Conference, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 5, #28 (3/10/15)
    Headlines: Register for Spring Clergy Conference, Call for Part-Time Communication and Events Specialist, A Reflection on New Beginnings #46, Three from Georgia Learning the Struggles of Refugees in Africa, St. Anne’s Tifton in the DR, MissionInsite demographic profiles, ECW Annual Meeting, Summer Camp Nurses Needed, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 5, #27 (3/3/15)
    Headlines: Three Traveling to Africa to Share Refugee Stories, Diocesan Staff Changes, Christ Church, Dublin, Reflecting on the 2015 Clergy Spouse Conference, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 5, #26 (2/24/15)
    Headlines: Summer Camp registration is at an all-time high, New Email Newsletter for those who have attended Cursillo, Safeguarding Live Training Scheduled for Savannah, Attracting Families with Young Children, , Bishop Stephen Elliott in the diocesan archives, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 5, #25 (2/17/15)
    Headlines: Ariails to head Companion Diocese Commission, Parochial Reports Due Now, General Convention Documents Online, Keeping Connected to the Core of Your Faith, Kamp PHUN Issues Parish Challenge, Bishop Barnwell in the diocesan archives, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 5, #24 (2/09/15)
    Headlines: Draffin Named Diocesan Treasurer, Three from Georgia will Share Refugee Journeys, Save the Date for Closing Service of Cursillo, Optical Mission Team Home from Dominican Republic, A Maintenance Reserve Study Avoids Surprises, Bishop Beckwith in the Diocesan Archives, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 5, #23 (2/02/15)
    Headlines: Happening Connects Teen to God, The Very Rev. Joan Kilian named Dean of Central Convocation, Two Bishops Consecrated New Church Building for St. Patrick’s Albany, Eye Care Mission Team Working Now in Dominican Republic, Camellia Garden Dedicated at Christ Church Valdosta, Register for Clergy Spouses’ Conference, A Brief How to Guide on Welcoming Visitors, Bishop Reese in the Diocesan Archives, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 5, #22 (1/27/15)
    Headlines: Deacons Pray with paintbrushes, The Rev. Jack Dyer (1927-2015), Clergy Save the Date for Conferences and Chrism Mass, Two Bishops to Consecrate New Church in Albany, The Rev. Jamie Maury Ordained to Priesthood, Support Mission through the United Thank Offering, Save the Date for ECW Annual Meeting in April in Savannah, Resources for new vestry members, Bishop Nelson in the Archives, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 5, #21 (1/20/15)
    Headlines: Episcopal Group in MLK Parade, Gary Abbott to Retire, Register for Clergy Spouse Conference, Southeast Mission Team Returning from the DR, Bishop Louttit in the Archives, The Jesus Prayer, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 5, #20 (1/13/15)
    Headlines: Hometown Missions, Date and place set for Convention 2015, Apply for a UTO Grant, Columba House Intern/Fellow Deadline Approaching, Bishop Shipps in Archives, How to Go from Church Member to Disciple, Lenten Retreat at Honey Creek, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 5, #19 (1/6/15)
    Headlines: Katie Willoughby named Canon for Administration, Results from Campaign Survey at Convention, March in Savannah’s MLK Parade, Bishop Reeves in the archives, Lenten Confirmation Retreat, Rewiring your brain with common prayer, Christmastide Photos from Across the Diocese, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 5, #18 (12/30/14)
    Headline: Praying from Christmas to Lent, Diocesan Community Update, Holy Nativity, St. Simons Island , Christmas Photos from Across the Diocese, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 5, #17 (12/23/14)
    Headlines: Dioceses Sponsor Radio Broadcast of Kings College Lessons and Carols, The Rev. Loren and Ian Lasch have a son, Brockenborough ordained to priesthood, Final TREC Report, Mission Trip to Ecuador, Advent Around the Diocese in Photos, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 5, #16 (12/16/14)
    Headlines: First Sunday in the New Building, Bishop’s Visitation , New Columba House Fellow, Register for Cursillo, What in the world is a “Signature Ministry”, Around the Diocese in Photos, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 5, #15 (12/9/14)
    Headlines: Register Now for March Cursillo, St. Patrick’s, Pooler, Teens Participate in Province IV Event, New Parish Hall Building Dedicated, Lunch Bunch and Stitchers of Love, Loose Canon, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 5, #14 (12/2/14)
    Headline: Columba House Internship Applications, Giving Tuesday, Think Outside the Manger Devotions, Convent Construction, Dominican Republic Youth Mission Trip, Register for Vocare and Happening, the Power of Polite, Persistent Invitation, Advent Photos, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 5, #13 (11/25/14)
    Headline: EYCS Ingathering, CDI Openings for December, Wood-Miles Named Province IV Campus Ministry Coordinator, Videos of Honey Creek hosting Convention 2014 Eucharist and Concert, Sommerville reflections on blog, Vestry service, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 5, #12 (11/18/14)
    Headline: Revised Diocesan Canons, Burt Derrick Ordained Deacon, Holy Comforter Martinez 15th Anniversary, Vestry Basics, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 5, #11 (11/11/14)
    Headline: Convention Brings Diocese Together, Bishop’s Address, The Actions of the 193rd Convention, Election Results for the 193rd Convention, Convention Photos Online for All to Share, The Loose Canon, Deacon’s Beacon and more.
  • From the Field Volume 5, #10 (11/04/14)
    Headline: 193rd Convention Starts Thursday, Legacy Ministry, National Cathedral Director of Preservation to Speak in Savannah, The Loose Canon, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 5, #9 (10/28/14)
    Headline: proposed Canonical Changes, St. Patrick’s Albany receives grant for Food for a Thousand and dedicates building cornerstone, Photos of Fall Events Around the Diocese, Convention Volunteers still needed, The Loose Canon, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 5, #8 (10/21/14)
    Headline: Prepare for EYCS Ingathering, Honey Creek’s Lodge Receives Gifts for Five Room Renovations, Unseen Guest Ministry Serves Tens of Thousands, New Youth Director in Waynesboro, Join Youth Mission Trip to the Dominican Republic, New Beginnings Follow Up, The Loose Canon, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 5, #7 (10/14/14)
    Headline: Two weeks to register for convention, Nominees Announced, Convention Lock In, Green Summit and Upcoming Green Workshop, Honey Creek Thanksgiving, More Pet Blessings, The Loose Canon on Time-Tested Ways to Shrink Your Church, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 5, #6 (10/7/14)
    Headline: Willoughby Stepping Down, Diocesan Youth Mission Trip to Dominican Republic, Blessing of the Animals Across the Diocese, An Update on Reimaging the Episcopal Church, The Loose Canon, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 5, #5 (9/30/14)
    Headline: Still Time for Nominations, Fall Clergy Conference Wrapping Up, Bishop’s Visitation, St. Michael’s, Waynesboro Celebrates 125 Years, The Rev. Dr. Reed Freeman Serving in Transition, Register for October New Beginnings, Youth Presence Adult Teams Training, The Loose Canon, Marked as Christ’s Own, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 5, #4 (9/24/14)
    Headlines: Honey Creek Chapel Laser Cut Art, Braving the Showers for an Epic Fall Gathering, Celebration for the Refreshed Parish Hall, Purpose Filled Women Retreat at Honey Creek, The Loose Canon, Part-Time Parish Administrator Sought, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 5, #3 (9/16/14)
    Headlines: Good News for 2015 Insurance Rates, Bishop’s Visitations, Green Summit and Upcoming Green Workshops, Convention Website, The Loose Canon, Columba House, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 5, #2 (9/9/14)
    Headlines: Deaconess Alexander Resolution for Convention, Registration Closing for Fall Gathering, Brushes with Fate at St. Luke’s in Rincon, Hear the Gospel of Matthew in Albany, The Loose Canon, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 5, #1 (9/2/14)
    Headlines: Register for the Bishop’s Bash, EDAT Hires First Executive Director, Third Intern Arrives at Columba House, Common Song Workshop Coming to Kingsland, Convention Nominations Open, Resolution Deadline September 7, The Loose Canon, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 4, #52 (8/26/14)
    Headlines: Diocesan Audit Now Online, EQ-HR Workshop Strengthens Emotional Intelligence, Green Church Workshops Continue, Bible Reading Marathon Proves Transformative, The Rev. Larry Williams Begins as Vicar, The Loose Canon, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 4, #51 (8/19/14)
    Headlines: Focusing on Congregational Vitality, Acolyte Festival Draws Youth from Across the Diocese, Columba House Welcome New Interns, Information for Convention Exhibitors – Please take note!, Updated Prayer Cycles Posted Online, The Loose Canon, Register Now for Fall Gathering, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 4, #50 (8/12/14)
    Headlines: Visit Convention 2014 Website, Green Workshops Continue, Farewell Luncheon for the Rev. Tom Arledge, Live Presentation of the Gospel of Matthew Planned for Albany, Blessing of the Backpacks Photos, Subscribe to Youth Programs eNewsletter, Plan Now for Pet Blessings in October, Register for Fall Gathering, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 4, #49 (8/5/14)
    Headlines: Register for Convention 2014, Nominate Persons for Elections, Registration Closes Sunday for Acolyte Festival, The Blessing of the Backpacks, Register for Fall Gathering on Divergent Theme, St. Patrick’s Albany grows and gives more than 1,000 pounds of vegetables, Presiding Bishop’s Sermon, Register for Youth Presence Adult Teams Training, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 4, #48 (7/29/14)
    Headlines: Priest Salary Survey, Convention Workshops and Elections Announced, Update on Gaza and the Al Ahli Hospital, A Team Approach to Youth Ministry in Kingsland, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 4, #47 (7/22/14)
    Headlines:Presiding Bishop’s Visit, Money Held in Trust Helps Fund Dream, Green Church Workshop Series, The Adventure of Your Life!, ACS Database Training, Register Now for Three Upcoming Events,and more.
  • From the Field Volume 4, #46 (7/15/14)
    Headlines: Register Now for the Acolyte Festival, Georgians Participate in National Youth Event, Georgia Represented at National Happening, Congregation Active in Community Events, Registration Open for Fall Gathering and “Bish Bash”, Places Available for Final Summer Camp Week, VBS, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 4, #45 (7/8/14)
    Headlines: Green Church Workshop Series, The Rev. Addison Dawson Teague, Jr., Crisis Creates Opportunity, Deacons Seek Nominations for Lay Servants, New Youth Missioner on St. Simons Island, A Full Camp During the “Off Week” of Summer Camp, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 4, #44 (7/1/14)
    Headlines: Convention 2014 this November, Bishop’s Visitation to Worship on the Water, Mission Team Home from Sewanee Pilgrimage, Social Media Sunday Around the Diocese, Distributing Food to Families with Second Harvest, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 4, #43 (6/24/14)
    Headlines: Agency Takes Root in Thomasville, Christ Church, Augusta, Community Update, Diocesan Youth Mission Trip Underway, Vocare Reunion, Deacon’s Beacon, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 4, #42 (6/17/14)
    Headline: Darien Ministry Awarded UTO Grant, St. Matthew’s, Fitzgerald, Presiding Bishop to Preside and Preach in July, Summer Camp Parent and Child Program for K-2, Mission Team Home from the Dominican Republic, Celebrating 50 Years, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 4,#41 (6/11/14)
    Headline: Georgia Facilitates Discussion, All Saints, Tybee Island, Summer Camp Parent and Child Program for K-2, Breaking Ground for Ministry Center, Mission Team at Work Now in Dominican Republic, Series of Visioning Meetings Concluded in Savannah, Pentecost Around the Diocese in Photos, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 4, #40 (6/3/14)
    Headline: Rogation Days Celebrated,Bishop’s Visitation, Thank You to our Diocesan Photo Ministers, List of Spiritual Directors Compiled for the Diocese, Four Deacons Ordained on May 31, Last Visioning Meeting in Savannah this Week, Serve the Helpless as if Serving Christ Himself, Sharing the Sounds of Faith in Interfaith Event, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 4, #39 (5/27/14)
    Headlines: Two Unique Summer Liturgies, Rest in Peace Anne Wright Morris Berlin, Meetings Upcoming in Augusta and Savannah, Welcomes Summer Interns, CDI Graduates a Third Class, Christus Rex Dedication, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 4, #38 (5/20/14)
    Headline: Energy Audits Save Churches Money, Community Update, Bishop’s Visitation, Meetings Upcoming in Savannah and Augusta, ECW Annual Meeting at Honey Creek a Success, A Sisterhood of Prayer, Service and Evangelism, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 4, #37 (5/13/14)
    Headlines: Still Time to Register for the Last Happening of 2014, St. Margaret, Moultrie, Albany Convocation Confirmation, Lowery Named Dean of Albany Convocation, Opportunity Knocks, Four Deacons to be Ordained on May 31,and more.
  • From the Field Volume 4, #36 (5/6/14)
    Headlines: Save the Date for Convention 2014, Spring Clergy Conference Wrapping Up, Blessing of the Crops Prayer Breakfast, Can You Share A Selfless Selfie?, Positions Open in Thomasville and on St. Simons Island, Two priests walk into a bar…, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 4, #35 (4/29/14)
    Headlines: Send data for new Field Guide, Earth Day in Thomasville and Bainbridge, Christ Church Frederica seeking Youth Minister, Spring Rally, Preparing for a Tornado, Summer Camp T-shirt Design Contest, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 4, #34 (4/22/14)
    Headlines: Easter, Bishop’s Visitation, Earth Day plans in Thomasville, Register for ECW Annual meeting, Printable Youth Programs brochure, Savannah Convocation Family Day planned, Simulcasting the Eucharist in Brunswick, Wesley wins Golden Halo, Holy Week and Easter Across the Diocese, Spring Rally, Paschal Homily, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 4, #33 (4/15/14)
    Headlines: Blessed Holy Week, Bishop’s Visitation, Episcopal Campus Ministry at Relay for Life, Holy Week Across the Diocese, Spring Rally, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 4, #32 (4/8/14)
    Headlines: Chrism Mass: April 15 in Statesboro, Community Update, Bishop’s Visitation, Parish Enjoys Weekend at Honey Creek, Mission Team Works on Church Construction, A Deacon’s Role with the Uninsured, A Brush with God in Icon Writing Workshop, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 4, #31 (4/1/14)
    Headlines: Hot Sauce Heresy, Community Update, Habitat for Humanity Works with Thomasville Churches, Why Coaching May Be Right for You, St. Patrick’s Albany is Now at Work in the D.R., Workshop Draws from Across the Diocese, EQ-HR, New Beginnings, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 4, #30 (3/25/14)
    Headlines: Cursillo Comes Back Strong, Community Update, MyCPG Website Goes Live, Dr. Jeremy Bergstrom Ordained to the Priesthood, Food for Thought Drawing a Large Lunchtime Group, A Refection on the Young Adult Retreat Weekend, Around the Diocese in Photos, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 4, #29 (3/18/14)
    Headlines: Youth Presence Workshops, Deacons’ Retreat Works on Finding Balance and Peace, Joyous Worship with Junkanoo Band, Subscribe to Diocesan Youth Newsletter, Showing the Flag, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 4, #28 (3/11/14)
    Headlines: Review Your Information, Community Update, Bergstrom Ordination Next Tuesday Evening, Ash Wednesday Around the Diocese, Albany Herald Features Lenten Program, Episcopal Spelling Bee Winners, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 4, #27 (3/4/14)
    Headlines: Planned Giving Sample Documents, Community Update, Launching Youth Presence in Georgia, Preparing for Lent around the Diocese, Georgia Bishops of the Episcopal Church Statement on House Bill 875, Teaching Children To Worship Deeply: A Lenten Learning Day, Food for Thought this Lent, Doing a Jig for Summer Camp, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 4, #26 (2/25/14)
    Headlines: Diocesan Finances Remain Healthy, Steve Larson Ordained to Sacred Order of Priests, Bishop’s Visitation, Community Update, A Successful Diocesan Confirmation Retreat, Dinner Liturgy Starts in Savannah, Clergy Spouses Lenten Retreat, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 4, #24 (2/11/14)
    Headlines: Bond Sale Funded Improvements, Bishop’s Visitation, EDAT Receives United Thank Offering Grant, Diocesan “Green Team”: Call for a Gathering, Ordinations,Living the Story Retreat Deadline this Monday, Spring Clergy Conference, Priority Deadline for Summer Camp Staff This Saturday, Companion Diocese, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 4, #23 (2/4/14)
    Headlines: One Trip Returns, Another at Work Now, St. Thomas, Savannah, Diocesan Community Update, Vocare #23 a Hugely Successful Retreat, The Order of the Daughters of the King® Spring Assembly, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 4, #22 (1/28/14)
    Headlines: Columba House Deadline, Mission Trips this week in the Dominican Republic, Summer Camp Staff Applications, St. Paul’s Augusta’s mobile app, EYCS year round appeal, Mollie Roberts’ Ordination Set, Cursillo #118, Sewanee Mission Trip and Pilgrimage, Church Flower Arranging Workshop Offered, Martin Luther King Day Events Around the Diocese, Remembering a Saint of the Diocese: F. Bland Tucker , and more.
 

Photos

Singing VBS songs at Christ Church Frederica. Click this picture to see the album of photos being assembled now of Vacation Bibles Schools across the Diocese of Georgia.

The Diocesan Photo Albums
The Diocese of Georgia maintains an online set of photo albums on Picasa, one of the Google services. The images in these albums may be used without further permission by the churches of the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia, or diocesan congregations publicizing their mission and ministries. For all other usages, please submit a request to the diocesan office stating the desired usage. For more information on these albums, contact The Rev. Canon Frank Logue.

Churches in the Diocese of Georgia
This album contains photographs of the sixty-seven churches, three chapels, and one convent in the Diocese of Georgia. Clergy or others in charge of local churches are invited to submit photographs to substitute for those in this album to the e-mail address listed below. Requests for assistance from volunteer photographers to take replacement photographs may also be submitted to this address. Photographs posted as of December 31, 2010, were used to create a printed poster for distribution at the Convention in February, 2011. Additional copies of that poster are available from the diocesan office. This album will remain online as a visual resource for the Diocese, and new photographs may be added from time to time as circumstances warrant. For more information on this project, or to submit updated photos, contact the Rev. Canon Frank Logue.

Bishops of the Diocese of Georgia
Historic paintings and photographs of the Bishops of Georgia.

Honey Creek
Photographs of our diocesan camp and conference center at Honey Creek, located on the Georgia coast south of Brunswick.

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January 31, 2017 | Southeastern Convocation DR Mission Team

January 21, 2017 | St. Peter’s Savannah DR Mission Team
The mission team sponsored by St. Peter’s Savannah conducted an optical clinic in the Dominican Republic from January 21-28, 2017.

Summer 2016: Vacation Bible Schools
Photographs of Vacation Bible School from congregations around the Diocese of Georgia.

May 15, 2016: Pentecost
An album of photos of Pentecost around the Diocese of Georgia.

February and March 2016: Lent through Easter
An album of photos of Lent through Holy Week and Easter around the Diocese of Georgia.

December 2015: Advent and Christmas
Photos of Advent and Christmas across the Diocese of Georgia.

November 24, 2015: Jenkins Ordination
Photos of the Rev. John Jenkins’ ordination to the Sacred Order of Priests at St. Paul’s, Augusta.

November 14, 2015: Aroboleda and Steele Ordinations
Photos of Deacon Guillermo Arboleda and Kelly Steele’s ordination to the Sacred Order of Deacons at St. Paul the Apostle, Savannah.

November 12-14, 2015: Convention 2015
Photos of the 194th Convention of the Diocese of Georgia which met in Savannah November 12-14, 2015.

September 27-29, 2015: Fall Clergy Conference
Photos of the Fall Clergy Conference at Honey Creek.

October 4, 2015: Blessing of the Animals
Photos of Blessing of the Animals liturgies held around the Diocese of Georgia in the fall of 2015.

November 7, 2015: Brewer Ordination
Photos of the Rev. Aaron Brewer’s Ordination to the Sacred Order of Priests at St. Luke’s, Hawkinsville, on November 7, 2015.

August 22-23, 2015: Acolyte and Youth Leadership Festival Photos of the 2015 Acolyte Festival hosted by Christ Church Frederica on St. Simons Island.

June-July 2015: General Convention
Photos of the Diocese of Georgia Deputation at the 78th General Convention of the Episcopal Church in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Summer 2015: Vacation Bible Schools
Photographs of Vacation Bible School from congregations around the Diocese of Georgia.

April 2015: Spring Clergy Conference
Photographs from the Spring Clergy Conference at Honey Creek with presenter Chuck DeGroat.

April 2015: Holy Week and Easter
Photographs from churches around the Diocese of Georgia from Holy Week and Easter, 2015.

February 1, 2015: Consecration of St. Patrick’s, Albany
Bishop Julian Gordy of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America joined Bishop Benhase in consecrating a new church for St. Patrick’s, Albany, where the Lutheran Church of Our Savior also meets.

January 24, 2015: Jamie Maury’s Ordination
Ordination photos of the Rev. Jamie Maury’s ordination to the Sacred Order of Priests held at St. Paul the Apostle, Savannah.

January 19, 2015: The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Parade in Savannah
Photographs of the Diocese of Georgia’s delegation in the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Parade in Savannah.

December 2014: Christmas across the Diocese
Photographs of Christmas events in churches across the Diocese.

November 14, 2014: Burt Derrick’s Ordination
Ordination photos of the Rev. Dcn. Burt Derrick’s ordination to the Sacred Order of Deacons held at the Church of the Annunciation, Vidalia.

November 6-8, 2014: 193rd Convention of the Diocese of Georgia
Photographs of the annual convention which met at the Jekyll Island Convention Center and Honey Creek.

October 2014: Pet Blessings
Photographs from congregations across the Diocese of Georgia of their Blessing of the Animals liturgies.

September 19-21, 2014: Fall Gathering
Photographs of the Divergent themed Fall Gathering held at Honey Creek for 6-12 graders.

August 16-17, 2014: Acolyte Festival
Photographs from the Acolyte Festival held at St. Paul’s, Albany

July 20, 2014: Presiding Bishop’s Visit to Christ Church, Savannah
The Most Reverend Katharine Jefferts Schori was the guest preacher at Christ Church Savannah on July 20, 2014.

Summer 2014: Vacation Bible School
Photographs of Vacation Bible School from congregations around the Diocese of Georgia.

April 2014: Holy Week and Easter
Photographs from churches around the Diocese of Georgia from Holy Week and Easter, 2014.

January 2014: The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Parade in Savannah
Photographs of the Diocese of Georgia’s delegation in the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Parade in Savannah.

December 2013: Christmas Day Eucharist for the Homeless
Photographs from a celebration of the Eucharist on Christmas Day for a homeless community in Savannah.

December 2013: Christmas across the Diocese
Photographs of Christmas events in churches across the Diocese.

November 2013: Special Convention
The Diocese of Georgia held a special convention in Dublin on November 16, 2013.

November 2013: Acolyte Festival
Photographs from the diocesan acolyte festival hosted by St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Savannah on November 9-10, 2013.

October 2013: Clergy Conference
Photographs from the clergy conference held at Honey Creek from October 6-8, 2013.

September 2013: Ordination
Photographs from the ordination of the Rev. Deacon Leeann Drabenstott Culbreath at St. Anne’s, Tifton, on September 14, 2013, by the Rt. rev. Scott Anson Benhase.

August 2013: Summer Camps
A compilation of photographs from the 2013 summer camp season at Honey Creek.

June 2013: Ordinations
Photographs from the ordination of four deacons at St. Paul’s, Savannah, on June 22, 2013, by the Rt. Rev. Scott Anson Benhase.

June 2013: Vacation Bible Schools
Photographs from Vacation Bible Schools held in churches across the Diocese of Georgia.

March 2013: Holy Week and Easter
Photographs from churches around the Diocese of Georgia from Holy Week and Easter, 2013.

February 2013: Convention
Photographs from the 192nd Convention of the Diocese of Georgia in Tifton, hosted by St. Anne’s Episcopal Church.

December 2012: Ordination
Photographs from the ordination of the Rev. Charles Todd to the priesthood at St. Paul’s, Savannah, on December 30, 2012, by the Rt. Rev. Scott Anson Benhase.

December 2012: Lessons and Carols
Photographs from a service of Lessons and Carols in Darien on December 23, 2012.

November 2012: Ordination
Photographs from the ordination of the Rev. Deacon Karulynn Koelliker at St. Andrew’s, Darien, on November 28, 2012 by The Rt. Rev. Scott Anson Benhase.

October 2012: Pet Blessings
Photographs from pet blessing services from across the Diocese of Georgia.

September 2012: Fall Gathering
Photographs from the Fall Gathering event at Honey Creek over the weekend of September 14-16, 2012.

July 2012: Summer Camp at Honey Creek
A compilation of photographs from all four summer camp sessions at Honey Creek during June and July, 2012.

July 2012: General Convention
Photographs from the General Convention of the Episcopal Church, meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana, during July 5-12, 2012.

June 2012: Ordinations
Photographs from the ordination of The Rev. Deacon Lyle Andrews, The Rev. Deacon Cathy Henderson, The Rev. Deacon Kelsy Hutto, The Rev. Deacon Gary Jon Jackson, The Rev. Deacon Steve Larson, and The Rev. Deacon Charles Todd at Christ Episcopal Church, Savannah, GA, by The Rt. Rev. Scott Anson Benhase on June 30, 2012.

June 2012: Vacation Bible Schools
Photographs from VBS sessions from across the diocese are being gathered in this album.

May 2012: Savannah Convocation Confirmation Service
Photographs from the joint confirmation service of the Savannah Convocation at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Savannah on May 12, 2012.

April 2012: Ordination
Photographs from the ordination of The Rev. Deacon Sally Shovar Byers to the Diaconate at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church in Moultrie on April 29, 2012, by The Rt. Rev. Scott Anson Benhase, Bishop of Georgia.

April 2012: SW Convocation Confirmation Service
Photographs from the joint confirmation service of the Southwestern Convocation at St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church in Thomasville on April 21, 2012.

April 2012: Acolyte Festival
Photographs from the diocesan acolyte festival held at St. Anne’s, Tifton, on April 14-15, 2012.

April 2012: Holy Week and Easter
Photographs of worship services and other events in churches across the Diocese of Georgia during Holy Week and Easter, April 1-8, 2012.

March 2012: New Beginnings #40
Photographs from New Beginnings #40, a youth event held at Honey Creek on March 9-12, 2012.

February 2012: Ordination
Photographs from the ordination of The Rev. Sierra Wilkinson to the Priesthood at Christ Church, Savannah Ga, on February 18, 2012, by The Rt. Rev. Scott Anson Benhase, Bishop of Georgia.

February 2012: Exploration Trip
Photographs from an exploration trip to the Dominican Republic from February 8-21, 2012, to check out possible sites for mission trips. A journal of this trip is available here.

February 2012: Convention
Photographs from the 191st Convention of the Episocopal Diocese of Georgia on February 2-4, 2012, in Augusta, GA.

January 2012: MLK Day Parade
This album contains photographs from the Diocese of Georgia’s participation in the annual parade in Savannah on January 16, 2012, in memory of The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

December 2011: Ordination
This album contains photographs from the ordination of The Rev. David Rose to the Priesthood at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, Tifton, GA, on December 18, 2011, by The Rt. Rev. Scott Anson Benhase, Bishop of Georgia.

December 2011: Christ Church (Episcopal) in Savannah
This album contains photographs from the services held by Christ Church (Episcopal) in the historic building on Johnson Square in Savannah on December 18, 2011.

October 2011: “Grounded in God” Spirituality Retreat at Honey Creek
This album contains photos from the “Grounded in God” spirituality retreat held at Honey Creek during October 28-29, 2011.

October 2011: Pet Blessings
This album contains photographs from several pet blessing services at churches across the diocese.

October 2011: Clergy Conference
This album contains photographs from the Fall 2011 clergy conference at Honey Creek on October 2-5, 2011.

October 2011: The Ordination of a Priest
This album contains photographs from the ordination of The Reverend Al Crumpton on October 1, 2011, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Brunswick, GA, by The Rt. Rev. Scott Anson Benhase, Bishop of Georgia.

September 2011: The Ordination of a Priest
This album contains photographs from the ordination of The Reverend Walter Palmer Hobgood, Jr., on September 24, 2011, at Christ Episcopal Church in Valdosta, GA, by The Rt. Rev. Scott Anson Benhase, Bishop of Georgia.

September 2011: The Ordination of a Priest
This album contains photographs from the ordination of The Reverend Abigail White Moon on September 6, 2011, at St. John’s Episcoal Church in Tallahassee, FL, by The Right Reverend Samuel Johnson Howard, Bishop of Florida, on behalf of The Rt. Rev. Scott Anson Benhase, Bishop of Georgia.

August 2011: The Ordination of a Priest
This album contains photographs from the ordination of The Reverend Remington Slone on August 20, 2011, at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Savannah by The Rt. Rev. Scott Anson Benhase, Bishop of Georgia.

July 2011: Happening #87
Photographs from Happening #87, a diocesan youth event at Honey Creek during the weekend of July 29-31, 2011.

Summer Camps 2011
This album contains photos from all four camp sessions during June and July, 2011. These camp sessions are represented in this album in a sequence that tells the story of camp life and activities from arrival to departure. An extensive set of photographs from each day of every camp session is available in this Facebook set, accessible to anyone (you do not have to be a member of Facebook to see these photos): https://www.facebook.com/pages/Honey-Creek-Camp-2011/234089203274011

Vacation Bible Schools
The season for Vacation Bible Schools has begun. This album contains an initial set of VBS photographs from the summer of 2010, and new 2011 VBS photographs from Episcopal churches throughout the diocese are being added. Clergy and other responsible individuals may contribute photographs to be considered for use in this album by sending them as e-mail attachments to this address: <gaepiscopalphotos[at]gmail[dot]com>. For more information on this project, contact the Rev. Canon Frank Logue.

May 2011: The Ordination of a Deacon
This album contains photographs from the ordination of The Reverend Deacon Harry Jenkins on May 21st at St. Francis of the Islands Episcopal Church in Savannah by The Rt. Rev. Scott Anson Benhase, Bishop of Georgia.

May 2011: The Ordination of a Deacon
This album contains photographs from the ordination of The Reverend Deacon Barry Crow on May 14th at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Albany by The Rt. Rev. Scott Anson Benhase, Bishop of Georgia.

April 2011: Holy Week and Easter
This album contains photographs from several churches in the Diocese of Georgia taken during Holy Week and Easter, 2011. Additional photographs are being added periodically. To submit one or more photographs for consideration as additions to this album, please email the photograph files as attachments here.

April 2011: The Ordination of a Priest
This album contains a set of photographs from the ordination of The Reverend Marcia McRae on April 16th at Christ Episcopal Church in Valdosta by The Rt. Rev. Scott Anson Benhase, Bishop of Georgia.

April 2011: Home Town Mission
Photographs from a Home Town Mission activity sponsored by St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Savannah on April 2-3, 2011.

March 2011: Acolyte Festival
This album contains photographs from a diocesan acolyte festival held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Augusta during March 19-20, 2011.

March 2011: The Ordination of a Priest
This album contains photographs from the ordination of The Reverend Robert F. Polglase on March 6th at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Augusta by The Rt. Rev. Scott Anson Benhase, Bishop of Georgia.

February 2011: Vocare #20
This album contains photographs from Vocare #20, a gathering of college-age young adults at Rock Eagle Conference Center, Eatonton, GA, during February 25-27, 2011. Vocare is a joint ministry of the Diocese of Atlanta and the Diocese of Georgia.

February 2011: Exploration Trip to the Dominican Republic
This album holds a set of photographs from the sites visited by members of an exploration team exploring potential mission sites in the Dominican Republic during February 22-28, 2011. A daily journal of this trip is available here. A summary report of this trip is available here.

February 2011: Diocesan Convention
This album holds a set of photographs from the 190th Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia.

January 2011: The Ordination of a Deacon
This album contains photographs from the ordination of The Reverend Deacon Carolyn Murdoch on January 29th at Holy Savior Episcopal Church in Martinez by The Rt. Rev. Scott Anson Benhase, Bishop of Georgia.

January 2011: MLK Day March
Clergy and laity from the Diocese of Georgia marched in the annual parade in Savannah in memory of The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 2011: The Ordination of a Priest
This album contains photographs from the ordination of The Reverend Ian&#233 Sastre on January 15th at King of Peace Episcopal Church in Kingsland by The Rt. Rev. Scott Anson Benhase, Bishop of Georgia.

September 2010: The Ordination of a Deacon
This album contains photographs from the ordination of The Reverend Deacon Nancy A. Sartin on September 11th at Christ Episcopal Church in Valdosta by The Rt. Rev. Scott Anson Benhase, Bishop of Georgia.

August 2010: Ordinations of Deacons and Priests
This album contains photographs from the ordinations of three deacons on August 20th and four priests on August 21st at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Savannah by The Rt. Rev. Scott Anson Benhase, Bishop of Georgia.

June-July 2010: Summer Camps at Honey Creek
Young people came to Honey Creek to enjoy the summer camp program.

June 2010: Planning Meeting
A meeting of church representatives at All Saints, Thomasville, to help determine priorities for the development of the Diocese. This meeting was one of several led by consultant Royster Hedgepeth in various locations throughout the Diocese as part of a process that will culminate in a report to the Diocesan Convention in February, 2011.

March 2010: Lay Ministers’ Conference at Honey Creek
The Rev. Dr. James Lemler was the main presenter for this conference.

February 2010: Diocesan Convention
The Diocese of Georgia met in convention in Savannah. This was Bishop Benhase’s first diocesan convention.

January 2010: Consecration
Bishop Benhase’s consecration as the 10th Bishop of Georgia. There are also photo albums of the consecration rehearsal supper and the consecration rehearsal.

December 2009: Honey Creek
Bishop Louttit’s farewell Eucharist at Honey Creek as diocesan bishop.

December 2009: Jekyll Island
Bishop Louttit’s retirement banquet at the Conference Center on Jekyll Island.

September 2009: Diocesan Convention
The convention of the Diocese of Georgia to elect the tenth Bishop of Georgia.

August 2009: Walkabout
The nominees for the tenth Bishop of Georgia on the night of the Walkabout held at St. Paul’s Church in Albany.

February 2009: Diocesan Convention
The Diocese of Georgia met in convention in Albany. This was Bishop Louttit’s final convention as diocesan bishop.

February 2007: Diocesan Convention
The Diocese of Georgia met in convention in Valdosta.

February 2006: Diocesan Convention
The Diocese of Georgia met in convention in Savannah.

February 2005: Diocesan Convention
The Diocese of Georgia met in convention in Augusta.

Bishop Benhase consecration

Bishop Benhase with the presiding bishop and other bishops participating in his consecration.

 

Visitation Calendar

Revised: Wednesday December 2, 2016

DECEMBER
4
11:00 a.m. Trinity, Cochran
7-9
TBA Province IV Bishops & Spouses Gathering, TBA
11
10:00 a.m. St Athanasius’, Brunswick
4:00 p.m. St Thomas’ Aquinas, Baxley
18
10:00 a.m. St Andrew’s, Douglas
4:00 p.m. Good Shepherd, Brunswick
24
4:00 p.m. St. Patrick’s, Pooler

JANUARY 2017
8
11:00 a.m. St. Mary’s, Augusta
4:00 p.m. Christ Church, Augusta
15
11:00 a.m. Grace, Sandersville
4:00 p.m. Good Shepherd, Swainsboro
18
10:00 a.m. EYCS Annual Meeting, TBA
20
7:30 a.m. St. Joseph’s Community, Emmaus House, Christ Church, Savannah
22
10:30 a.m. St. John’s, Bainbridge
4:00 p.m. St. Margaret’s, Moultrie
29
10:00 a.m. Grace, Waycross
4:00 p.m. St. Paul’s, Jesup

FEBRUARY
3
12:00 p.m. Dean’s Lunch Meeting, St. Francis’, Savannah
2-8:00p.m. Diocesan Council Meeting, St. Francis’, Savannah
4
9-12:00p.m. Diocesan Council Meeting, St. Francis’, Savannah
5
8:00 a.m. St. Francis’, Savannah
10:15 a.m. St. Francis’, Savannah
12
10:00 a.m. Christ Church, Valdosta
4:00 p.m. St. Barnabas’, Valdosta
19
10:00 a.m. St. Luke’s, Hawkinsville
26
10:00 a.m. St. Anne’s, Tifton (Last Epiphany)

MARCH
1
Ash Wednesday
5
9:30 a.m. St. Philip’s, Hinesville (Lent 1)
3:00 p.m. Cursillo Closing, Honey Creek
10-14
TBA HOB’s Spring Meeting, Kanuga, NC
19
10:00 a.m. King of Peace, Kingsland (Lent 3)
4:00 p.m. St. Mark’s, Woodbine
26
10:30 a.m. Calvary, Americus (Lent 4)
31
12 -2 pm Examining Chaplain’s Meeting. Holy Nativity, SSI
2 – 8 pm SC & COM Meeting, Holy Nativity, SSI

APRIL
1
9-1:00 p.m. SC & COM Meeting, Holy Nativity, SSI
2
11:00 a.m. Holy Nativity, SSI (Lent 5)
4:00 p.m. Christ Church, St. Marys
9
10:45 a.m. St. Patrick’s, Albany (Palm Sunday)
4:00 p.m. Holy Trinity, Blakely
13
7:00 p.m. All Saints’, Tybee Island (Maundy Thursday)
16
10:00 a.m. St. Paul’s, Savannah
21-22
TBA ECW Annual Conference, St. John’s, Bainbridge
23
10:00 a.m. St. Thomas’, Thomasville (Easter 2)
24-28
OA Retreat, New Jersey
30
9:00 a.m. Christ Church, St. Simons Island (Easter 3)
4:00 p.m. St. Richard’s, Jekyll Island
6:00 p.m. Bishop’s Dinner with Clergy, Honey Creek
7:00 p.m. Bishop’s Time at Clergy Conference, Honey Creek

MAY
1-2
TBA Spring Clergy Conference, Honey Creek
7
10:00 a.m. St. Peter’s, Savannah (Easter 4)
4:00 p.m. St. Luke’s, Rincon
12
12:00 p.m. Dean’s Lunch Meeting, St. Alban’s, Augusta
2-8:00p.m. Diocesan Council Meeting, St. Alban’s, Augusta
13
9-12:00p.m. Diocesan Council Meeting, St. Alban’s, Augusta
14
10:00 a.m. St. Alban’s, Augusta (Easter 5)
4:00 p.m. St. Michael’s, Waynesboro
21
10:00 a.m. Trinity, Statesboro (Easter 6)
25
7:00 p.m. GSU, Statesboro (Ascension Day)
28
10:00 a.m. St. Thomas’, Savannah (Easter 7)

JUNE
4
10:30 a.m. Christ Church, Savannah (Pentecost)
5-7
TBA Province IV HOB’s Meeting, Kanuga Conference Center
7-9
TBA Province IV Synod Meeting, Kanuga Conference Center
11
10:00 a.m. Our Savior, Martinez (Trinity Sunday)
18
10:30 a.m. All Saints’, Thomasville
4:00 p.m. St James Quitman
25
10:00 a.m. St. Paul’s, Augusta

 

 

 

Congregational Development Links

The resources on this page are intended to assist churches who are looking at means to foster growth in their congregation (spiritual for those already present as well as numeric by adding new persons). There is no silver bullet on this page which will easily accomplish that task.

Congregational development involves discovering the gifts already existing within the congregation and the needs in the community and bringing these two together in order to more fully live into being the body of Christ. This is never easy, but neither is it optional. The resources below are offered to assist in this process.

Loose Canon Blog
This is the Rev. Canon Frank Logue’s repository of information which includes his weekly emails on congregational development, together with other items of interest.

Church Development Institute
Follow this link to full information on the Diocese of Georgia’s training for clergy and lay leaders.

Clergy Conference PowerPoint
At the Spring 2010 Clergy Conference, Randy Ferebee was our presenter. His Powerpoint presentation and notes are online here: Diocese of Georgia Conference PowerPoint 

The Church Toolbox
This is an online resource created by the Diocese of Virginia Commission on Church Development. Included are pages on:

Congregational Development from The Episcopal Church
This is the web page for congregational development within The Episcopal Church with areas on:

Congregational Resource Guide
This is an effort of the Alban Institute and the Indianapolis Center for Congregations created to help congregational leaders connect with resources to foster vitality in their communities of faith.

“To grow and to continue growing, it is necessary for each mainstream church
to become a vital religious institution, vibrant with the presence of God.
It must develop a clear religious identity, a compelling religious purpose,
and a coherent sense of direction that arises from that purpose”
Rerouting the Protestant Mainstream: Sources of Growth and Opportunities for Change

(C. Kirk Hadaway and David A. Roozen, Abingdon, 1995, p. 86)

 

Activities During 2017

The Episcopal Diocese of Georgia
2017 Companion Diocese Commission Annual Report

For a PDF document of the 2017 Annual Report of the Companion Diocese Commission, click here.

The 2017 work locations of the four teams from the Diocese of Georgia.

Fifty-two Missioners Shared the Love of God in the Dominican Republic This Year

For the past 17 years, the Episcopal Dioceses of Georgia and the Dominican Republic have bonded in a companion relationship sharing the love of God. This relationship between our two dioceses is a vibrant part of our diocesan ministries, both home and abroad.

During 2017, 52 people on four mission teams from the Diocese of Georgia worked alongside Episcopal congregations in four separate locations in our Companion Diocese of the Dominican Republic. This number is an increase from last year’s total of 38. The 52 people on the “Go Teams” were supported by parishioners in their home churches, family members, friends, and corporations as the “Home Teams” to finance the projects the teams accomplished.

The optical team from St. Peter’s (Savannah) in the Santo Domingo airport on January 21.

The Outreach Committee of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church (Savannah) sponsored the largest “Go Team” to conduct an optical clinic in the city of San Pedro de Macorís from January 21-28, 2017. The group of twenty included one ophthalmologist, three optometrists, and three opticians as well as 13 translators and volunteers. The final report from Dr. Alan Peaslee, one of the optometrists on the team, stated: “We admitted 964 patients. We dispensed 382 pairs of prescription glasses, 610 pairs of readers, nearly 500 pairs of sunglasses, and ordered 50 pairs of prescription glasses from home to be mailed back to the clinic to distribute. This week we referred a total of 137 for surgical care, 59 for surgical cataracts, 38 for uncontrolled glaucoma, 14 for surgical pterygia and 9 for severe or proliferative diabetic retinopathy, and the remainder for a variety of other treatable problems.” This trip marks the team’s fourth year at this location, and each year the vision clinic has grown. For more information, contact Dave Sweeterman (davesweeterman@gmail.com).

The Souteastern Convocation mission team in the Santo Domingo airport on January 31.

The Southeastern Convocation of the Diocese of Georgia sponsored a team of ten missioners working in the villages of El Carretón and Jalonga from January 31-February 8, 2017. In El Carretón they checked on their previous work on a water system for the local Episcopal school, and in Jalonga they worked to activate bakery equipment in a building owned by the local Episcopal church that could be used to bake bread to sell to a nearby public school. This trip marked the sixth consecutive year this team has worked in the Dominican Republic. For more information, contact Rita Spalding (rstetta@gmail.com).

The mission team from St. Anne’s Tifton in the Santo Domingo airport on January 31.

St. Anne’s Episcopal Church (Tifton) sponsored a trip with eight missioners to Las Carreras during March 18-27, 2017. This trip marked the fifth year that this team has worked in this community. They worked on construction projects for villagers, including pouring concrete floors for houses, and renewing friendships with people they had met on earlier trips. For more information, contact Troy Spicer (tspicer@abac.edu) or the Rev. Lonnie Lacy (Lonnie@stannestifton.com).

The missioners from Christ Church (Valdosta) in the Santo Domingo airport on June 12.

Christ Episcopal Church (Valdosta) sponsored a trip with 14 missioners to the Dominican Episcopal camp and conference center in El Pedregal from June 12-19, 2017. This team has worked in this community since 2001. The main projects for 2017 were building a house in the village for a local family, restoring the goals and nets on a basketball court, conducting a veterinary clinic, teaching Vacation Bible School for 130 school children, and sponsoring a splash party for the children. For more information, contact Julia Ariail (juliacariail@gmail.com) or Julius Ariail (julius.ariail@gmail.com).

Each of the four mission teams was featured in From the Field twice, once during the week the team was in the Dominican Republic and then again after the team returned to Georgia. These articles included photographs of each team and summaries of the work that was accomplished.

Julia and Julius Ariail (Christ Church, Valdosta) continued to serve as co-chairs of the Companion Diocese Commission. As Bishop Benhase’s representatives on the board of the Dominican Development Group (DDG), a coordinating agency for the dioceses with companion relationships with the Diocese of the Dominican Republic, they attended the board meeting of the DDG in Santo Domingo on February 15, the retirement celebration for the Rt. Rev. Julio C. Holguín as Bishop Diocesan on November 1, the seating of the Rt. Rev. Moisés Quezada as Bishop Diocesan on November 4, and the fall meeting of the DDG on November 6, all in Santo Domingo. Julia serves as secretary of the organization. Julius made an additional trip to the Dominican Republic from September 27 to October 4 to deliver supplies to the clergy and photograph churches and schools. He continues his work to assist with the development of the website and social media of the Dominican diocese and the Dominican Development Group. Both Julia and Julius also maintain the Companion Diocese Commission’s webpage as part of the Diocese of Georgia’s website at (http://georgia.anglican.org/?page_id=19). For more information, contact Julia Ariail (juliacariail@gmail.com) or Julius Ariail at (julius.ariail@gmail.com).

St. Peter’s (Savannah) | Missioners examining patients at the optical clinic in San Pedro de Macorís.

Southeastern Convocation | Baking bread at the bakery in Jalonga.

St. Anne’s (Tifton) | Pouring concrete to build bathrooms in the village of Las
Carreras.

Christ Church (Valdosta) | Missioners mixing concrete in the street to pour a floor for the
house built for the team’s translator and friend Leidy Rosario and her family in El Pedregal near Jarabacoa.

Julia and Julius Ariail
Co-Chairs, Companion Diocese Commission
October 18, 2017

 

Activities During 2016

The Episcopal Diocese of Georgia
Companion Diocese Commission Annual Report

September 21, 2016

Alison Clarkson, a veteran DR missioner from the Southeastern Convocation, at the Companion Diocese exhibit table at the diocesan convention in Savannah in November, 2015.

The four stars designate the work locations of the mission teams from the Diocese of Georgia in the Diocese of the Dominican Republic in 2016.

During 2016, four mission teams from the Diocese of Georgia worked alongside Episcopal congregations in four separate locations in our Companion Diocese of the Dominican Republic. This relationship between our two dioceses extends back to our first mission trip to the Dominican Republic in 2001, and remains a vibrant part of our diocesan ministries, both home and abroad.

For a PDF file of this 2016 annual report report with photographs, click here. For a PDF file of this 2016 annual report without photographs, click here.

The Southeastern Convocation team in the Santo Domingo airport.

The Southeastern Convocation sponsored a team of nine missioners who worked in El Carretón from January 18-26, 2016. This trip marked the fifth consecutive year the team has worked in this community. Projects included checking on the installation of a water system to provide water for the plumbing in the school, repair work in the Episcopal school building, light construction in the community, and classes for the school children about different cultures and their customs. Team members included Ava Bokker, Ann Franklin, Dr. Lela Lewis, Patsy Lloyd, Jacob Nickodem, Mary Jo Nickodem, Jim McGovern, the Rev. Dee Shaffer, and Rena Simpson.

The optical clinic team from St. Peter's (Savannah) at the Episcopal conference center in
San Pedro de Macorís.

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church (Savannah) sponsored a team of sixteen missioners who conducted an optical clinic in the city of San Pedro de Macorís from January 30 – February 6, 2016. This trip marked the third consecutive year that the team has worked in this community. The team saw 721 patients and performed 418 complete dilated eye exams. They dispensed 418 pairs of reading glasses, 222 prescription glasses and many pairs of sunglasses. When the team returned home, the team’s optician made many pairs of glasses that were shipped to the clinic to distribute to patients. They also referred 64 patients for sight saving or vision restoring surgical and medical care. Team members included Dr. Hank Croci, Suzanne Croci, Jurgen Dinger, Ximena Dinger, Dave Howell, Kate Freeman, Dr. Sally Freeman, Judy Kenney, Suella McCrimmon, John Moore, Dr. Alan Peaslee, the Rev. David Rose, Dave Sweeterman, Judy Sweeterman, Haydee Toedtman, and Jim Toedtman.

The St. Anne's missioners with members of the Las Carreras community in front of the church building under construction.

St. Anne’s Episcopal Church (Tifton) sponsored a team of five missioners who worked in Las Carreras from April 1-9, 2016, continuing construction work on the church building for the congregation of Espíritu Santo in that village. This was the fifth consecutive year that the team has worked in this community. The team plastered and painted the interior of the church building during their trip. Although the building has not yet been completed, worship services are now being held inside the structure. Team members included Stacey Beckham, Lindsey Duncan, the Rev. Lonnie Lacy, Rich McDonald, and Troy Spicer.

The missioners from Christ Church (Valdosta) with their hosts at the Episcopal camp and conference center in El Pedregal.

Christ Episcopal Church (Valdosta) sponsored a team of eight missioners who worked in the Dominican Episcopal camp and conference center in El Pedregal from May 9-16, 2016. This is the twelfth consecutive year that the team has worked in this community in a relationship that began with the first trip in 2001. The team installed sixteen ceiling fans in an Episcopal school and in one of the large meeting rooms at the conference center, taught environmental classes to middle-school students, repainted a large swing set, repainted and refurbished a volleyball court, made bookcases, held a rabies vaccination clinic for 50 dogs and cats, and sponsored a “splash party” for 150 children from the nearby village. Team members included Julius Ariail, Julia Ariail, the Rev. Deacon Leeann Culbreath, Phyllis Hiers, Dr. Meg Hiers, Dr. Bill Querin, Fred Richter, and Paul Stevenson.

Each of the four mission teams was featured in From the Field twice, once during the week of their arrival and then again during the week of their return. These articles included photographs of each team and summaries of the work accomplished.

The ordination and consecration of the Rt. Rev. Moisés Quezada Mota as Bishop Coadjutor of the Diocese of the Dominican Republic in Santo Domingo on Febrary 13, 2016. Presiding Bishop Michael Curry served as the chief consecrator.

The Rt. Rev. Moisés Quezada Mota.

Julia and Julius Ariail (Christ Church, Valdosta) continue to serve as co-chairs of the Companion Diocese Commission. As Bishop Benhase’s representatives on the board of the Dominican Development Group (DDG), a coordinating agency for the dioceses with companion relationships with the Diocese of the Dominican Republic, they attended the board meetings of the DDG in Santo Domingo (February 15) and plan to attend the next meeting in Tampa, FL (October 17). At the DDG meeting in February, Julia was elected to serve as secretary of the organization. They also participated in the ordination and consecration of the Rt. Rev. Moisés Quezada Mota as Bishop Coadjutor of the Diocese of the Dominican Republic on February 13 and were members of the mission team sponsored by Christ Church (Valdosta) from May 9-16. They attended the annual conference of the Global Episcopal Mission Network in Puerto Rico from May 17-21. Julius made one additional trip to the Dominican Republic in August to participate in the 25th anniversary celebration of the episcopate of the Rt. Rev. Julio C. Holguín, Bishop of the Diocese of the Dominican Republic, and continues his work to assist with the development of the website and social media of the Dominican diocese.

The celebration of the 25th anniversary of Bishop Holguín’s episcopate was held in Epiphany Cathedral in Santo Domingo on August 20, 2016.

The members of the Board of Directors of the Dominican Development Group and visitors at their meetingv in Santo Domingo on Febuary 15, 2016. Julius and Julia Ariail (center, 2nd and 3rd rows) represent Bishop Benhase on this board. Clergy and laity from twelve dioceses of The Episcopal Church are present in this photograph.

Our diocesan budget allocated $10,000 to support the work of the Dominican Development Group, which coordinates the work of the approximately fifty mission teams that come from the United States each year to work alongside Episcopal congregations in the Dominican Republic, supports the development of the facilities and the programs of the Diocese of the Dominican Republic, and raises funds for the endowment of the Diocese. The proceeds from this endowment will eventually lead to the Diocese’s financial independence, the first in Province IX to attain this status.

For more information on the work of the Companion Diocese Commission, check our webpage here: http://georgia.anglican.org/?page_id=19.

Southeastern Convocation
The Rev. Dee Shaffer distributes crosses to her fellow missioners after a Eucharist service in the Dominican conference center in Santana Baní.

St. Peter’s (Savannah)
Missioners David Sweeterman and Suella McCrimmon prepare to dispense reading glasses to patients at the optical clinic in San Pedro de Macorís.

St. Anne’s (Tifton)
The Rev. Lonnie Lacy leads a worship service in the building being constructed for the congregation of Iglesia Episcopal Espíritu Santo (Holy Spirit Episcopal Church) in the village of Las Carreras.

Christ Church (Valdosta)
Missioner Fred Richter, a veteran of DR mission work dating back to 2001, greets a villager in El Pedregal. In 2014 Fred and the Christ Church team, assisted by a partner team from Nebraska, built this woman’s house (seen on the left of this photograph).

 

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