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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 Tuesday (with the very occasional special edition in between).

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  • 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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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 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).

 

Activities During 2015

The Episcopal Diocese of Georgia
Companion Diocese Commission
Annual Report
October 1, 2015

During 2015 five mission teams from the Diocese of Georgia worked alongside Episcopal congregations in five separate locations in our Companion Diocese of the Dominican Republic. These five teams had a total of 65 missioners, and each team was successful in accomplishing its goals. This companion relationship between our two dioceses extends back to the first mission trip in 2001, and remains a vibrant part of our diocesan ministries, both home and abroad.

A missioner from the Southeastern Convocation with schoolchildren in El Carretón.

The Southeastern Convocation sponsored a team of 7 missioners who worked in the village of El Carretón from January 12-20, 2015. Their primary mission was to facilitate the drilling of a well on the grounds of the local Episcopal school to provide a source of potable water for the community. Other activities included conducting classes for the schoolchildren on the cultures of other countries and replacing the roof on a villager’s house. The well was drilled, and the next step will be the installation of a solar-powered pump and filtration system. The Rev. Dee Shaffer (St. Paul’s, Jesup) was the team leader, and this trip marked the fourth consecutive year that the Southeastern Convocation team has worked in this village. For a report from this trip, click here.

A missioner on the optical mission team with patients in the clinic.

St. Peter’s (Savannah) sponsored a team of 16 missioners who conducted an optical clinic in an Episcopal medical facility, Clínica Esperanza y Caridad (Hope and Charity Clinic) in the city of San Pedro de Macorís from January 31 – February 5, 2015. They examined the vision of 790 patients and dispensed 640 pairs of prescription and non-prescription glasses. The medical staff on the team included an ophthalmologist and two optometrists, and they established a relationship with a local Dominican eye clinic for follow-up treatment for those patients with conditions that could not be addressed by the team during the trip. They left behind several valuable pieces of diagnostic equipment including an examination chair shipped before the visit, 3,000 pairs of prescription glasses and readers to be dispensed by the clinic to its patients, and several large cartons of medical supplies and medicines. The clinic is now in a position to offer diagnostic examinations and some basic eye care on its own. David Sweeterman was the team leader, and this trip marked the second consecutive year that this team has worked at this location. For a report from this trip, click here.

Missioners from St. Anne's Tifton working alongside members of the congregation in Las Carreras to mix concrete for the church floor.

St. Anne’s (Tifton) sponsored a team of 7 missioners who worked in the village of Las Carreras from March 7-14, 2015. They continued the construction of a church building for the local Episcopal congregation, a project that is a multi-year partnership with teams from St. Patrick’s (Albany) and Grace Church (Charleston, SC). The main goal of the construction activity was the pouring of the concrete floor for the church. This was accomplished successfully and the team was able to join with the local congregation for the first worship service on the new surface. Another activity was the pouring of a concrete floor for the house of a local villager. The Rev. Lonnie Lacy was the team leader, and this trip marked the fourth consecutive year that this team has worked at this location. For a report from this trip, click here.

Missioners on the Christ Church Valdosta team working alongside village residents to build a house.

Christ Church (Valdosta) sponsored a team of 21 missioners who worked in the village of El Pedregal from June 15-22, 2015. Their primary activities were the construction of a concrete-block house for a village family, replacing a wooden structure; the renovation of an existing house to serve as a day care center for the local Episcopal school; and the teaching of classes in sewing, knitting, crocheting, and fabric arts. The two construction activities were carried out in partnership with the youth mission team from the Diocese of Nebraska, which worked in this location during the following week. Significant gifts to the local community included five sewing machines, acolyte vestments, altar linens, sports equipment, and 70 scholarships for students at the Episcopal school plus another scholarship for a teenager who attends a special education program in the nearby city of Jarabacoa. Fred Richter (Trinity, Statesboro) was the team leader, and this trip marked the eleventh consecutive year that this team has worked in this location. For a report from this trip, click here.

One of the VBS sessions conducted by the Diocesan Youth Team.

The Diocese of Georgia sponsored a youth team of 14 missioners, representing thirteen congregations, who worked in the town of Santana Baní from June 22-30, 2015. Their primary activity was to conduct Vacation Bible School classes for the local youth, and other activities included painting sections of the local Episcopal school. One of their VBS sessions was attended by approximately 300 people. The Rev. Joshua Varner (St. Patrick’s, Pooler) was the team leader, and this trip marked the second time in recent years that the Diocese has sponsored a youth team in the Dominican Republic. The previous trip was in 2013, when the team worked in the town of Mao. For a report from this trip, click here.

Members and visitors at the DDG Board meeting in Santo Domingo on February 16, 2015. Front row, from left: The Rt. Rev. Dabney Smith (Southwest Florida), The Rt. Rev. Wendell Gibbs (Michigan), The Rt. Rev. Julio Holguín (Dominican Republic - First Vice-President); Virginia Norman (Dominican Republic - Treasurer), The Rt. Rev. William Skilton (Dominican Republic), The Rt. Rev. Todd Ousley (Eastern Michigan), Bill Kunkle (Executive Director). Back row: The Rev. Deacon Alexander Romero (Dominican Republic), David Morrow (President), Sally Thompson (Southwest Florida), Karen Carroll (Dominican Republic), the Rev. Tar Drazdowski (Nebraska), the Rev. Deacon Bob Snow (Nebraska), The Rev. David Somerville (Georgia), the Rev. Emily Griffin (Virginia), Joy Holl (South Carolina), Elizabeth Welch (Central Gulf Coast), the Rev. Deacon Beth Drew (Western Michigan - Secretary), Julia Ariail (Georgia), Julius Ariail (Georgia.

In January 2015, the Rt. Rev. Scott A. Benhase appointed Julia and Julius Ariail (Christ Church, Valdosta) as co-chairs of the Companion Diocese Commission, replacing the Rev. Tar Drazdowski who had moved to the Diocese of Nebraska in November 2014. 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, Julia and Julius attended the board meetings of the DDG in Santo Domingo (February 16) and plan to attend the next meeting in Lake Charles, LA (October 26). They also participated in the mission trip sponsored by Christ Church (Valdosta). Julius made three additional trips to the Dominican Republic in April for an exploration trip sponsored by the DDG; in July for the dedication of a church built by mission teams from the Companion Dioceses of Eastern Michigan, Michigan and Western Michigan and to observe the election of the Bishop Coadjutor; and in December (planned) for the dedication of a church built by mission teams from the Companion Diocese of Southwest Florida. For the website of the Dominican Development Group, click here.

Our diocesan budget allocates $12,000 annually to support the work of the Dominican Development Group, which in turn supports the development of the facilities and the programs of the Diocese of the Dominican Republic and also coordinates the work of the approximately 50 mission teams that come from the United States each year to work alongside Episcopal congregations in the Dominican Republic.

For a PDF copy of this annual report without photographs, click here.

For more information on the work of the Companion Diocese Commission, click here for our webpage.

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Summary Report from the SE Convocation Mission Team
January 12-20, 2015

An article about this mission trip was in From the Field on January 20, 2015. To access that issue, click here.

The members of the Southeastern Convocation's mission team.

Seven missioners from the Southeastern Convocation of the Diocese of Georgia worked in the village of El Carretón in the Dominican Republic from January 12-20, 2015. The Rev. Dee Shaffer of St. Paul’s Jesup was the team leader. This trip marked the fourth consecutive year that this team has worked at this location. Their main activity was to drill a well on the grounds of the local Episcopal school to provide safe water for the community, but they also conducted classes on world cultures for the schoolchildren and replaced the roof on a local resident’s house.

A detailed report of the activities of the Southeastern Convocation’s mission team in the Dominican Republic from January 12-20, 2015, is contained in the blog post by the Rev. David Somerville, copied below. To see this blog post as a separate document, click here.

The Episcopal school in the village of El Carretón.

The Rev. David Somerville painting metal roofing panels.

When Life seems to be Working God comes in and fixes it
Posted on January 19, 2015 by summerdave
A Reflection on Mark 1:14-20,
the Gospel for January 25th,
The Third Sunday after Epiphany

by David Somerville+

The Call to discipleship is a very strange thing. While blindly following the Call makes no logical sense because we do not know where it will take us, it nevertheless cannot be refused as the creator of our being is in charge, using the call for our soul’s development to be integral parts of the Church, the earthly continuation of Christ in the world.

American poet, short story writer, and wise cracking critic, Dorothy Parker (1892-1967) was best known for her wit, and eye for modern, urban foibles. She was of the opinion that “They sicken of the calm, who knew the storm”.

As I write this, I am on a trip with some wonderful friends that I have been growing to appreciate while serving as a “volunteer chaplain” for a mission group to the Dominican Republic. For several reasons the trip’s original objectives were modified due to things not being in place upon our arrival at El Colegio Episcopal, the Caribani neighborhood school, where the southeast convocation of our diocese has had a steady relationship for several years. We had planned to assist in drilling a much needed well for fresh water. But instead of the well driller, paint was delivered instead! So what then? A delightful couple of seasoned world travelers, Jacob and Mary Jo Nickodem, brought with them a wonderfully entertaining program of “Other Countries and Cultures”. They kept us busy, introducing the Republic’s beautiful elementary school-aged children, to the ways of foreign places. They challenged the kids by giving each a pair of chopsticks to use as an alternative to the more familiar fork and spoon. They also handed out pictures to color. They were of German volksmarchers in their native lederhosen. They introduced the kids to several other countries in a style that was as non pedantic as it was entertaining.

Classes with the school children.

Classes with the school children.

Eventually a well driller was procured for the fresh water project, but its progress was interrupted when its drill hit rock. There would be a delay of an unknown number of days before the rock-worthy drill bit could be put into the machine. All this led to our coping with the fact that our original plans were going to be impossible to carry out, so we found different things to do. It all turned out to be fun, but I had some misgivings at the onset – Were we really being useful? My penchant for orderly predictability made me feel a little restless.

The well-drilling rig.

The Rev. Dee Shaffer, interim priest-in-charge at St. Paul’s Church in Jesup, is our trip leader. She has a wonderful gift of the spirit: the ability to see an administrative or logistical snafu as a challenging new opportunity to learn! I am growing with Dee. Too often I, under circumstances like the paint mix-up, tend to throw up my hands and murmur something that does not bear repeating, and then write it all off as a failure that is somebody else’s fault.

We were not idled for long to wallow in our frustrations. Luz Mercedes Carbona, the school’s principal took us on a walking tour through her draught-stressed neighborhood of plain, cinder block three, or four room dwellings, only a few of which were equipped with indoor plumbing. Others had smelly, corrugated metal outhouses in their yards. We saw children playing in the nearly empty canal while their mothers, with tubs in hand, did laundry, The canal ditch had only the depth of a foot to eighteen inches of water and was littered with trash and raw sewage. I commented that the children splashing in the brownish green water seemed to look healthy. Charlie Nakash, our on-sight missionary guide, a communicant of Christ Church, Tom’ River New Jersey, said “Yes, they do look healthy – from a distance.”

The polluted canal that currently serves as the village's main source of water.

Luz proudly invited us into her home. The rooms were small, but her furnishings were arranged to make good use of the limited space. It had a cozy feel, but nothing about the house was cramped. The roof (no ceiling) was corrugated steel. It was riddled with a constellation of holes with the sun shining through giving it the appearance of a starry sky. But this was a roof intended to keep the rain out! Luz explained that when it rains at night, she and her husband have to move to the living room sofa. What’s more the fragile, drift wood rafters that had been tied together in place for the corrugated roof, and then wrapped with newspaper, were a cause of a respiratory problem. Dry rot dust was getting into her lungs.

Working to replace the roof on a house in the village.

Working to replace the house in the village.

We asked what it would cost to replace the roof. The answer was about $650 USD worth of Dominican pesos. Before the sun set that day, we all dipped into our pockets for this non-budgeted expense, and bought the pesos at a local bank. Within the next few months we expect to see this little house made rain free, and Luz’s health begin to improve. It is easy to come up with a few hundred dollars because we know that a beautiful face like Luz’s, will smile in joyful gratitude. Her happiness, as she continues to serve her teachers and pupils so well, will be engraved into our memories.

Then the bit for the well driller arrived, and enough of a water source to produce just five gallons per minute eventually was the result. Disappointing, but at least a beginning.

At about half way through our seven-day mission, I am certain that we will return home with wonderful thoughts of how what looks to us like abject poverty is spiritual wealth in disguise. These kinds of experiences are the product of changed circumstances that ended up probably better than the fruit of our original plans! The great lesson we are learning once again is that committed discipleship involves living with uncertainty.

A missioner with children in the school.

It seems to me that the gospel for the first day of any given week is read through the lens of the reader’s experiences of the week before. So I beheld Mark 1:14-20. What did I see? Something that made no logical sense, but, fortunately, not all things invaluable are things logical.

All of a sudden a stranger appears by the shore of Galilee. He commanded without explanation, “Follow Me” to Simon and Andrew, who were doing the logical thing of their occupational world–mending their nets. Then they illogically drop their work on the beach, and go! It may well have been that this happened not too far along the shore from Mr. Zebedee’s location to see his neighbors, suddenly departing. I wonder what the father of James and John thought as the stranger approached his party of workers – “Will this man come with an offer that cannot be refused? He certainly got something into Simon and Andrew’s heads…. What was it? An irresistibly attractive job offer? Will my sons react the same way? Not to worry” he may have reassured himself. “Opportunities are very scarce in the sleepy north. Certainly nothing that could beat the prosperous security of the family business here – like this dependable source of income we have been doing for generations.” Mr. Zebedee must have been fairly confident, as he continued with getting the boat ready to go out for another, no doubt, successful catch.

Then without hesitation, the Zebedee boys drop everything and go — just like Simon and Andrew! So what did their father then wonder to himself? “Hey, if life ain’t broke, don’t fix it! What is the matter with you kids? Are you nuts? You are throwing away your secured future.” James and John, their wives, and their children were destined to inherit the business, which it took years for the senior Zebedee to build up!

In the work of discipleship, Dietrich Bonhoeffer taught, we are called to count its cost, and if it is cheap, then what we are doing is not discipleship. It involves risk. It involves surprises, most of which will not be of our own choosing. It involves the death of egocentric agendas, and personal ambitiousness – things which in the last analysis tend to be of limited value anyway. It involves the prospect of stormy weather, and sometimes it will break our connections with everything comfortably familiar, including our families of origin.

I really did not like Dorothy Parker’s observation when I first checked it out. But I could not let it go either. Her poetic assertion was weirdly enigmatic. I was not sure that I could agree with it whole-heartedly. Words like They sicken of the calm, who knew the storm seems too much like a death wish.
Whenever I go out to sea, I must remember that I am prone to motion sickness, and need to take the medication two hours before disembarkation. Motion sickness is a miserable experience. I have had it. So the first time I read Parker’s assertion, I was convinced that the statement was nonsense. But having experienced a little of the adventure of discipleship, and the growth in Christian stature that comes with it, I am convinced that without some turbulence, life can become like a stagnant puddle. So even with those occasional bouts of spiritual motion sickness (anxiety), God has better things for us to become than to continue always doing what we have always done.

Pursuing an honest trade like a fishing business is fine – if, like any other line of work it is done for the glory of God. But if the pursuit of worldly security is its only purpose, then one could be left anchored in the stagnant puddle of an unchallenged existence — where the mosquitos of discontent tend to be bred.

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MISSION REPORT ON THE VISION CLINIC IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
January 30 – February 7, 2015
By David Sweeterman

Articles about this mission trip appeared in these issues of From the Field: February 2 | February 9

Mission Team:

David Sweeterman, leader, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Savannah GA
Judy Sweeterman, St. Peter’s
Jim Toedtman, St. Peter’s
Haydee Toedtman, St. Peter’s
David Howell, St. Peter’s
Cindy Howell, St. Peter’s
Adrienne Williams, St. Peter’s
Cissy Brennan, St. Peter’s
Jurgen Dinger, Skidaway Island
Ximena Dinger, Skidaway Island
Dr. Alan Peaslee, Optometrist, South Georgia/North Florida Eye Partners, Mission Medical Director. Member and Sr. Warden, St. Anne’s, Tifton, Ga.
Jason Peaslee, Optician, South Georgia/North Florida Eye Partners, St. Anne’s, Tifton, Ga.
Dr. Henry Croci, Ophthalmologist, Skidaway Island, Ga.
Suzanne Croci, M.S. nursing, Skidaway Island, Ga.
Dr. Sally Freeman, Optometrist, Effingham Eye Care, Rincon, Ga., St. Lukes Episcopal
Gina Overstreet, optical technician, Effingham Eye Care, Rincon, Ga.

The optical doctors on this team, from left: Dr. Alan Peaslee, Optometrist; Dr. Henry Croci, Ophthalmologist; Dr. Sally Freeman, Optometrist.

The Mission Team of 16, with approximately 1000 pounds of baggage, arrived in Santo Domingo, Saturday, Jan.31, 2015. After attending a rousing 2 hour service at St. Esteban’s Episcopal Church on Sunday in the city of San Pedro de Macoris, the team went to work setting up furniture and equipment for the 5 day eye clinic. La Clinica de Esperanza y Caridad, adjacent to San Esteban’s was our work site, and we lodged and took our meals at the Kellogg Center, which is also on church property across the street from the clinic. The Kellogg Center is named for Bishop Paul Kellogg, past Bishop of the D.R. It serves as a retreat house and conference center for the Diocese of the Dominican Republic. Bishop Julio Holguin, who paid us a visit during our stay, has presided over remarkable growth of the diocese over the past 24 years. He has led the expansion from about 20 congregations, 16 clergy, 10 churches and 7 schools in 1992, to 70 congregations, 47 clergy, 30 churches, 24 schools and 3 clinics today. In recent years, a Seminary has been established in Santo Domingo.

Dominicans on a bus on the way to the optical clinic.

With 3 doctors’ examination rooms, an optical shop, station for fitting reading glasses, nursing station for administering eye drops, visual acuity testing station (eye charts), admitting station, and crowd control (led by clinic staff), we established a pretty efficient work flow.

In addition to our team of Georgians, we also had four paid local translators. Rector Ramon Canela; Clinic Director Esther Baez and her staff; and Karen Carroll, Mission Coordinator for Bishop Holguin, played major roles in bringing in patients, managing the crowds, providing transportation and many other organizational tasks necessary to a successful mission. The vision mission was successful by any measure:

Admitted: 790, 158/day
Normal vision: 115 (15%)
Doctor’s exam: 427 (54%)
Readers: 463 (59%)
Rx glasses dispensed: 177 (22%)
Rx glasses referred: 93 (12%)
Rx glasses ordered: 20

Dr. Henry Croci was able to establish a relationship with a Dominican Clinic, El Centro Cristiano de Servicios Medicos, with five branches, which will provide free followup care to patients needing surgeries, treatment for glaucoma, or other procedures that we were not able to provide. This represents a major step forward, as we had no such help last year.

In addition to the diagnostic equipment that we took with us, we had sent 4,000 pairs of donated glasses, as well as hundreds of pounds of equipment, medical supplies and medicines in the weeks prior to our departure. The value of the equipment, medical supplies, medicines and other items needed to conduct the clinic, would normally cost several thousand dollars. The great majority of these were donated, without which the clinic could not be held. As you can imagine, it was a significant organizational and logistical challenge.

Some of the optical examination equipment donated to the clinic.

We left some very valuable pieces of diagnostic equipment as a donation to La Clinica de Esperanza y Caridad. We also left 3,000 pairs of prescription glasses and readers to be prescribed by the clinic to its patients, as well as several large cartons of medical supplies and medicines. The Clinic is now in a position to offer diagnostic examinations and some basic eye care on its own.

The optical examination waiting room.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS, DONOR’S LIST, AND SPECIAL ASSISTANCE GENEROUSLY GIVEN:

St. Peter’s Outreach Committee $13,000 est. Final figures are still being calculated. About 50% was prepaid – 2014.

Lion’s Club, Valdosta, Ga. through Dr. Alan Peaslee $1,000

Lion’s Club, State of Delaware through Jim Toedtman 3,000 pairs of Rx glasses and readers

Jim and Haydee for sourcing, sorting, packing and shipping the glasses

Dr. and Mrs. Henry Croci Charitable Gift Acct. $1,000 to be used to purchase Rx glasses for prescriptions that could not be filled in Dominican Republic

South Ga./North Fl. Eye Partners, Valdosta, Ga., (Dr. Alan and Jason Peaslee) donations of equipment, medical supplies, medicines

Effingham Eye Care, Rincon, Ga. (Dr. Sally Freeman, Gina Overstreet) Donations of equipment, medical supplies, medicines.

One Sight, Mason, Ohio (charitable outreach arm of Luxottica Corp.) Donation of 1000 pr. readers, through Dr. Croci

George and Diane Young through Jurgen and Ximena Dinger $100

All the members of St. Peter’s and Skidaway Island residents who donated Rx eye glasses and readers

There may be other contributors of who we are not aware. We thank you all.

Respectfully submitted,
David A. Sweeterman

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Report on St. Anne’s Mission Trip in the Dominican Republic
March 7-14, 2015

Articles about this trip were in these issues of From the Field: March 10 | March 17

Mixing the concrete for the church floor.

The St. Anne’s mission team returned home on Saturday, March 14, after working for a week in the village of Las Carreras near the large city of Azua on the southern coast of the Dominican Republic. Their primary task was to clear the rubble from the floor of the building being constructed for the congregation of the Church of the Holy Spirit and then to pour the concrete for the new permanent floor, but they also were able to assist a needy villager by pouring a floor for that villager’s house and participating in several worship services with the vicar of the three congregations in the area, the Very Rev. Jesús Mosquea, including the first service on the new floor of the Las Carreras church. They also found time for a visit to the nearby beach and for lots of playing with the local children and visiting with the villagers.

The members of the St. Anne's mission team in Epiphany Cathedral in Santo Domingo on Sunday, March 8.

After landing on March 7 and spending the night in a hotel in Santo Domingo, the team attended Sunday morning worship services at the Episcopal Cathedral in Santo Domingo before proceeding by chartered bus to Azua for another worship service Sunday evening at the Church of the Reconciliation in Azua. They began work on Monday morning, and their first job was to remove rubble and to grade the dirt floor of the church building. After that grading is done, then the second job for the St. Anne’s team was to mix and pour the concrete for the church floor.

Preparing the church floor.

Preparing the church floor.

The first worship service on the new concrete floor of the church building.

St. Anne’s current work on the building for the Church of the Holy Spirit is part of a multi-year project in partnership with two other Episcopal churches: St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church in Albany GA, and Grace Episcopal Church in Charleston SC. Three more steps remain to complete the building: plastering the interior and exterior, installing windows and doors, and painting the interior and exterior. The Rt. Rev. Julio C. Holguin, Bishop of the Diocese of the Dominican Republic, is hoping that this building can be completed and dedicated in 2016, one of several new churches that were constructed by mission teams. Bishop Holguín’s episcopate has featured a steady expansion of the number of Episcopal churches, schools and other social welfare institutions in the Dominican Republic.

An evening meal at a sidewalk restaurant.

After returning home, the Rev. Lonnie Lacy and other members of the St. Anne's mission team discussed the results of their trip with the congregation of St. Anne's.

For an album of photographs from this trip is available on St. Anne’s Facebook page, click here.

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2015 Dominican Republic Mission Trip Report
Christ Episcopal Church, Valdosta, Georgia
By Julia and Julius Ariail
Posted on September 23, 2015

The 2015 mission team members. Click this image to see more photographs from this trip.

Photographs from this mission trip are available here.

Articles about this mission trip were included in these issues of From the Field, the weekly newsletter of the Diocese of Georgia: June 17, 2015 | June 24, 2015

SUMMARY

The mission team sponsored by Christ Episcopal Church (Valdosta, Georgia) was in the Dominican Republic from June 15-22, 2015. The missioners lived and worked at the Campamento Monte de la Transfiguración in the village of El Pedregal, just outside the city of Jarabacoa. Major activities of the team included the replacement of a wooden frame house with a concrete block house for a family in the village; renovation of an existing house on the grounds of the Episcopal school to be used as a day care center; conducting classes in knitting, crocheting, fabric arts, and sewing; and sponsoring a half-day “splash party” for the village children. The two construction projects were carried out in partnership with the Youth Mission Team from the Diocese of Nebraska, whose members were in the Dominican Republic the week following our team’s visit from June 22-29, 2015. Significant presentations included funds for 70 scholarships for use by students at the K-8 Episcopal school during the 2015-16 academic year, plus another scholarship for use by a student enrolled in a special education program at a school in Jarabacoa; 8 sets of acolyte vestments and 4 sets of altar linens; softball and basketball sports equipment; and five sewing machines. Christ Church’s mission work at the Campamento in the Diocese of the Dominican Republic began in 2001, and so this 2015 trip marked the 15th year of that missional relationship at this location.

The twenty-one members of this team represented six Episcopal dioceses: Atlanta, Central Florida, Dominican Republic, Georgia, Nebraska, and North Carolina. The team members were Julia Ariail (Lake Park, GA); Julius Ariail (Lake Park, GA); Allison Carroll (Statesboro, GA); The Rev. Sonia Clifton (Orlando, FL); Dan Cook, (Orlando, FL); Jim Drazdowski (Sidney, NE); Emily Gibson (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic); The Rev. Dave Johnson (Valdosta, GA); Grady Lacy (Woodstock, GA); Charlie Nakash (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic); Eben Nelson (Statesboro, GA); Gavin Nelson (Statesboro, GA); Pepi Nelson (Valdosta, GA); Andrew Nutting (Orlando FL); Bert Power (Woodstock, GA); Bill Querin (Valdosta, GA); Fred Richter (Statesboro, GA); Rylan Smith (Orlando, GA); Paul Stevenson (Valdosta, GA); Mary Stowe (Chapel Hill, NC); and Debby Wunderly (Orlando, FL). Emily Gibson and Charlie Nakash were resident missionaries on the staff of the Diocese of the Dominican Republic, and joined us for this week at the Campamento. Each team member wore a missioner’s cross that was designed and hand-crafted by a former missioner from the Diocese of Alabama, Jim Ellis Fisher. The team members also received missioner lapel pins from the Diocese of the Dominican Republic in recognition of their work.

The team members gathering at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Orlando. Click this image to see more photographs from this trip.

NARRATIVE (more…)

 

Diocesan Audit Now Online

The 2013 Audit for the Diocese of Georgia, including Honey Creek, has been completed and received by the Finance Committee. The auditors gave the finances of the Diocese and its camp and conference center an unqualified opinion that reveals a substantial improvement in financial health. The keys to this positive change remain the increased financial stability of Honey Creek and the success of the Campaign for Congregational Development.

The full report is now posted online here:

2013 Diocese of Georgia Audit Report

The report is also archived at our Diocesan Financial Reports page on the website where the most recent quarters financials are maintained online together with Audits dating to 2009.

Congregation Audits Due September 1
In keeping with canons and diocesan policy, a financial review of the finances of each congregation is due to the diocesan office by September 1. For congregations with a budget of $500,000 or more this must be an independent audit by a Certified Public Accountant. In the case of congregation with smaller budgets, this report may be a review either by an internal audit committee, or by a group from a neighboring church. An internal committee is made up by two or more members of the church who are not involved in the finances other than their work on this committee. This review should consist of verifying the balance sheet for the congregation as well as completing the Financial Controls Checklist.

Together with Parochial Reports, which have been received for 2013 from every congregation, the audit or financial review must be received for the clergy of the congregation to have seat, voice and vote in the diocesan convention. This rule was traditionally waived when the convention met in February and will not be set aside with the move to a November diocesan convention. Congregations not meeting the September 1st deadline, but still completing the required financial review by the time of the convention may be granted an exception this year. If your congregation needs assistance in completing its audit, please be in touch with Canon Logue at (912) 236-4279.

 

Activities During 2013

During 2013, clergy and lay people from the Diocese of Georgia took part in three mission trips and three other activities in the Dominican Republic. Summary reports and links to online photo albums from these 2013 events are available below.

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Mission Trip Report – January 2013 (El Carreton)

Members of the mission team from the SE Convocation working in a room in the high school building in El Carreton. The team arrived in the Dominican Republic on January 14, 2013, and returned to the United States on January 21.

On January 14-21, 2013, a team of 9 people from 3 churches in the Southeastern Convocation (St. Andrews/St. Cyprians Darien, Christ Church St. Marys, Our Savior at Honeycreek) participated in a second mission trip to the village of El Carreton to assist the parish of San Antonio de Padua continue work that began last year on the parish school. In January 2012, the team traveled to El Carreton to complete work on a community high school that had been started several years prior by other churches and left unfinished. The January 2013 trip was a continuation of the work started in 2012.

The importance of a school for the village of El Carreton is paramount. Public school in the Dominican Republic only goes through the 8th grade, and the village of El Carreton has no local options for education beyond 8th grade. Without the parish school from the Episcopal Church, only those residents whose parents can afford tuition and transportation to another town would be able to have an education above middle school. This disparity of education almost assures the continuance of poverty and social injustice.

The school in El Carreton opened for the 2012/2013 year with 39 students of various ages including 1 high school class. The mission trip for 2013 was to complete a minor construction project and make a solid plan for the ongoing work that would continue over the next 5 years. The adventurous crew completed both preparations for the installation of a kitchen and a large mural for an inside hallway in the school. The mural depicted scenes typical of the rural areas of the Dominican Republic with mountains, flowers, palm trees and brightly colored housing, and scenes typical of coastal Georgia with a large oak tree, and owl, marsh, sea turtles and wading birds. Connecting the two “islands” of land was a vast deep ocean complete with whales on both sides meeting in the middle.

The most significant accomplishment of the trip was likely the continuance of the deepening relationship and commitment that the community feels from the consistent support provided by a returning group of missionaries. In this visit in addition to sharing meals together and we learning Spanish from them, and they English from us, we made plans for a bigger, more long term relationship. Our work plan for next year was selected and plans are already underway for the construction of a library and computer lab for 2014. Missionaries interviewed children who are on a scholarship list and in need of financial support to continue their studies at the school so that the mission team can assist is getting scholarships funded for the children who need financial support. Plans were discussed to bring a physician to the village on the next trip in 2014 because the group was saddened to find upon arrival two of the children from the previous year’s visit were no longer there, having died likely due to lack of appropriate medical care and resources.

The ongoing relationship with the village of El Carreton is one that enriches the lives and spirits of all who attend from the United States and those that receive us in the Dominican Republic. We began as strangers unable to speak the same language, and we are now friends whose limited common words do not at all hinder the shared communication we feel when together through united common goals and hearts united in Christ.

For more information on this mission trip, contact the Very Rev. Ted Clarkson.

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Exploration Trip Report – February 2013

The Rev. Tar Drazdowski (front row, black shirt), representing Bishop Benhase and the Diocese of Georgia, at the board meeting of the Dominican Development Group in Santo Domingo on February 11, 2013.

The Rev. Tar Drazdowski, along with her husband, Jim, and Julia and Julius Ariail, all from Christ Church Valdosta, were in the Dominican Republic from February 10-16, 2013, to attend a meeting of the board of the Dominican Development Group and to spend a few days at the Episcopal camp and conference center in El Pedregal to explore work options for the mission team to this location sponsored by Christ Church Valdosta from June 15-22, 2013.

The Rt. Rev. Julio Holguín presenting his report to the DDG board.

The board of the Dominican Development Group met in the office building of the Diocese of the Dominican Republic on the evening of February 10th and all day on February 11th. The members heard a report from the Rt. Rev. Julio Holguín, Bishop of the Diocese of the Dominican Republic, and also reports from the board officers and committee chairpersons. On February 12th, the Rev. Drazdowski and the others from Christ Church Valdosta traveled by public bus to Jarabacoa and then by taxi to the village of El Pedregal, the location of the camp and conference center of the Dominican diocese and the work site for the annual mission teams from Valdosta. While they were in El Pedregal, they visited several houses in various states of construction that might be the focus of the June 2013 mission team and also met with local knitters to determine the knitting projects for June 2013. Since their visit coincided with Ash Wednesday, the Rev. Drazdowski and Padre Carlos Santana, the vicar of the local Episcopal Church of the Mount of the Transfiguration, conducted two Ash Wednesday services, one for the children of the Episcopal school and the other for members of the local village community. They left by public bus on February 15th to return to Santo Domingo in preparation for their flight back to Orlando on February 16th.

Some of the children at the Episcopal school in El Pedregal on Ash Wednesday, February 13, 2013.

An album of photographs from this trip is available here. For more information on this mission trip, contact the Rev. Tar Drazdowski.

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Encounter in Mission Event Report – April 2013

A photograph from the closing service of the Encounter in Mission, attended by five bishops of the Episcopal Church. Click this image to see more photographs from this event.

An album of photographs from this event is available here.

The Encounter was the subject of two news articles posted on the Episcopal News Service and available here and here.

The Rev. Tar Drazdowski, Chair of the Companion Diocese Commission of the Diocese of Georgia and assistant rector of Christ Church (Valdosta), recently represented the Rt. Rev. Scott Anson Benhase at the first Encounter in Mission, a celebration of ministry sponsored by the Episcopal Diocese of the Dominican Republic and held in Santo Domingo from April 12-14, 2013. Julius Ariail, a member of Christ Church, also was there to photograph the event for the Dominican Development Group, a US-based organization that provides substantial financial support to the Dominican church. This event brought together representatives from the Companion Dioceses of the Dominican Republic, the Dominican Development Group, leaders of mission teams from the United States, and the clergy and lay leaders of the Dominican Episcopal church to celebrate 116 years of Anglican ministry in the Dominican Republic and 100 years of membership in the Episcopal Church. (more…)

 

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