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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 6, #23 (2/3/16)
    Headlines: 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)
    Headlines: 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)
    Headlines: 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)
    Headlines: 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)
    Headlines: 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)
    Headlines:Light Shines in the Darkness, Christmas Around the Diocese, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 6, #17 (12/23/15)
    Headlines: 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.
  • From the Field Volume 4, #21 (1/21/14)
    Headlines: Info on New Wardens and Vestry, Diocesan Community Update, Holy Comforter, Martinez, Large Episcopal Group Takes Part in MLK Parade, The Role of Flowers and Greenery in Worship, Sara Lowery Featured in Episcopal Church Video, Barney’s Run Supports K9s for Wounded Warriors, Savannah Youth Convocation Events Begin, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 4, #20(1/14/14)
    Headlines: Sandy Turner Appointed Archdeacon, Updated Prayer Cycles Online, The Deacons’ Beacon on Ri Lamb’s work, Masonic Centennial at St. Matthew’s Savannah, St. Anne’s Got Talent, Second Summit Reviews Youth Programs, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 4, #19(1/7/14)
    Headlines: Special Offering for Haiti’s Cathedral, Michael Chaney Ordained to the Priesthood, Youth Programs Brochures Available, St. Thomas Isle of Hope Renovations, Blessing Chalk on Epiphany, Golden Isles Offering Shelter from the Cold, Christmastide and Epiphany in Photos, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 4, #18(12/31/13)
    Headlines: Christmas Mass for the Homeless, Critical Cursillo Deadline, Augustan Stitching for National Cathedral, Trainity Statesboro Madrigal, St. Patrick’s Albany Garden, Knitter’s Retreat, Organ Concert in Tifton, Christmas Photos, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 4, #17(12/24/13)
    Headlines: Dioceses Sponsor Lessons and Carols, Norris called to St. Andrew’s Douglas, Icon Written for St. Paul the Apostle Savannah, St. Mark’s Brunswick’s Thrift Store Distributes Grants, Chaney Ordination on January 3, St. John’s Bainbridge, Second Youth Summit Registration, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 4, #16(12/17/13)
    Headlines: EDAT Receives Episcopal Grant, Second Youth Summit Planned for January, All Saints, Thomasville, Diocesan Community Update, Live Intentionally, Serve Passionately, High School Art Club Creates Church Labyrinth, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 4, #15(12/10/13)
    Headlines: Please Take Part in Online Survey, Grace, Sandersville, Taking Part in the Christmas Parade, St. Nicholas Block Party in Radium Springs, Second Ecumenical Advent Service, Nelson Mandela: An Advent Life, Church-wide Youth Event This Summer, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 4, #14(12/3/13)
    Headlines: Starting the Church Year Renewed, Preschool Earns National Accreditation, Gifts to ERD Go Twice As Far this Week, Congregation Celebrates Thanksgiving Together, Advent in Photos, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 4,#13(11/26/13)
    Headlines: Make Us Faithful Stewards, Diocesan Community Update, Monthly Email Launched for Youth Programs, Good Shepherd, Augusta,EDAT holds Work Day in Thomasville, The Parkers Take on Representative Role, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 4, #12 (11/19/13)
    Headlines: Budgets Approved, Deputies Elected, Eight Deputies and Eight Alternates Elected, Budgets Approved for Diocese, Honey Creek, Convention Videos Highlight Programs, Groundbreaking for new church building, Diocesan Community Update, Deacon Geri Nelson: Becoming an Abolitionist, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 4, #11 (11/12/13)
    Headlines: Special Convention This Saturday, Episcopal Response to the Typhoon in the Philippines, EYCS Ingathering This Sunday, 9-12 Grade Trip to Tennessee Planned for Summer, Volunteers’ Sacrifice Leads to Lifelong Impact, Become a Veteran-Friendly Church, Acolyte Festival Connects Young Leaders, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 4, #10 (11/5/13)
    Headlines: Council Meets Friday in Pooler, Diocesan Community Update, Graveside Funeral for Seminary Professor Dr. Carpenter, The Deacon’s Beacon, All Saints in Photos, Fall Festivals in Photos, Clergy Spouses Conference, Register for Vocare #23, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 4, #9 (10/29/13)
    Headlines: EYCS Board Provides Funds for Our Youth, St. Barnabas, Valdosta, Cursillo is a Lifetime Investment, Deadline for Acolyte Festival Approaching, Still Time to Register for New Beginnings, Register for Convention, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 4, #8 (10/22/13)
    Headlines: 2014 Medical Insurance Rates, Christ Church, Valdosta, Double the Impact of Your Gift of Relief, Outdoor Altar Dedication, Honey Creek Thanksgiving, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 4, #7 (10/15/13)
    Headlines: Register Now for Convention, Community Update, Deacon Mollie Roberts Published in STR, Register for Acolyte Festival, Apple Time, Daughters of the King Fall Convocational Meetings, Cursillo is God’s Grace, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 4, #6 (10/8/13)
    Headlines:The Appreciative Way, St. Elizabeth, Richmond Hill, Fehrs Ordained to the Priesthood, Lecture to Examine Role of Women in Early Christianity, Guice Hall Dedicated, Save the Date for Vocare #23, Blessing of the Animals Across the Diocese, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 4, #5 (10/1/13)
    Headlines: Register Now for Acolyte Festival, King of Peace, Kingsland, Nominees for the 2015 General Convention, Affordable Care Act Notification, City-wide Youth Ministry Kicks off Tomorrow, Medical Mission to the Dominican Republic Seeks a Volunteer Opthomologist or Optometrist, How Cursillo Changed My Life, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 4, #4 (9/24/13)
    Headlines: How the Turnaround Happened, Fall Gathering Explored “Mission: Impossible”, Hand Me Down-Lift Me Up, Register for Special Convention, Youth Task Force, 2013 Honey Creek Summer Camp in Photos, Youth and Children’s Minister Sought, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 4, #3 (9/17/13)
    Headlines: Focusing on Making Disciples, Diocesan Community Update, St. Anne’s, Tifton, Guice Hall Dedication Planned at Honey Creek, Culbreath Ordained to Sacred Order of Deacons, Diocesan Council Receives Audit, Approves Grant, Bishop of Jerusalem to Visit Augusta, Church “Program Year” Kicks Off, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 4, #2 (9/10/13)
    Headlines: Diocesan Audit Now Online, Diocesan Community Update, Diocesan Council meets this week in Tifton, Jeremy Bergstrom Ordained a Deacon, Culbreath Ordination this Saturday, A Planned Giving Program In Every Parish, An Object Lesson from a Potter, Emotional Intelligence Workshop, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 4, #1 (9/3/13)
    Headlines: Highsmith Named Senior Saint, Community Update, St. Luke’s, Hawkinsville, November Cursillo Moved to March 21-23, Building Skills through Church Development Institute, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 3, #52 (8/27/13)
    Headlines: St. Augustine’s Augusta Hosts Event, Community Update, Columba House Open House & House Blessing, Workshop on Resolving Grief and Resentment, Clergy Spouse Conference October 25-27, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 3, #51 (8/20/13)
    Headline: Three Thomasville Parishes Receive Campaign Funds through UTO Grant, St. Andrew’s and St. Cyprian’s Receive Campaign Funds for Signature Outreach Ministry, St. Matthew’s, Fitzgerald, Willoughby Nominated for Bishop of Fond du Lac, Register Now Online for Fall Youth Events, Rob Voyle to Lead Clergy Gathering October 6-9, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 3, #50 (8/13/13)
    Headlines: Nominations Open Online, Another Year : How Are We Doing, Shared Community (ECM at GSU), Pastoral Study Project Grants, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 3, #49 (8/6/13)
    Headlines: Wardens/Treasurers Workshop in Augusta, Nominations for General Convention, Open House & House Blessing, New EFM Curriculum, Save the Date for New Beginnings, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 3, #48 (7/23/13)
    Headlines: Columba House Prepared, Diocesan Community Update, Prayer Shawls Comfort Mind, Body and Spirit, Welcoming a Boys and Girls Club Field Trip, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 3, #47 (7/16/13)
    Headlines: 2013 Priest Salary Survey, Diocesan Community Update, Special Convention to Meet in Dublin, Hospitality Beyond and Within the Church, Birthing a New Future, Diocese Represented on Province Youth Trip, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 3, #46 (7/9/13)
    Headlines: Diocesan Youth Mission Trip, Diocesan Community Update, A Candid Look at a Religious Vocation, EYCS Receives a Generous Grant, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 3, #45 (7/2/13)
    Headlines: Deacon Purks Honored in Albany, Diocesan Community Update, A Celebration of Mutual Ministry, Education for Ministry Mentors Trained, Youth Mission Trip Back Home from the DR, Taking Care of Kids in Need in Summer, Part-Time Music Director Sought, Summer Camp Takes a Week Off, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 3, #44 (6/25/13)
    Headlines: Want to Learn the Value of a Coach?, All Saint’s, Tybee, Four Deacons Ordained on June 22, Supporting Ministry to Those in Need, Diocese Forming Young Adult Council, Albany Priest’s Daughter Gives Year to Missions, Youth Mission Trip in the DR Now, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 3, #43 (6/18/2013)
    Headlines: Short Term Mission Trips, Diocesan Community Update, High School Summer Camp Going On Now, Mission Team in the DR, Pray for our Youth Headed to the DR, Home Works Assists Augusta Homeowners, Mission Trip to Peru Underway Now, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 3, #42 (6/11/2013)
    Headlines: Cyber Café in the News, Diocesan Community Update, Abundance Multiplies as Saint Athanasius’, Brunswick divides Loaves, Fishes, and Honeynut Cheerios, Confraternity of the Blessed Sacrament Meets in Savannah, Lutheran Confirmation at Episcopal Church, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 3, #41 (6/4/2013)
    Headline:Summer Camp Update, Diocesan Community Update, Four Deacons to be Ordained on June 22, Bishop Visits International Seafarers’ Center, Cursillos, Hometown Missions, Happening #91, The Brotherhood of St. Andrew, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 3, #40(5/28/2013)
    Headlines: Special One Day Convention, Diocesan Community News, St. Andrew’s, Douglas, Columba House, Vacation Choir Camp, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 3, #39 (5/21/2013)
    Headlines:The Rev. Willard Carter, Diocesan Community News, Bishop’s Visitation, Welcoming Your Graduates, Columba House Application Deadline May 31st, CO-EXIST, Pentecost Sunday Around the Diocese, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 3, #38 (5/14/2013)
    Headlines: Scholarship Deadline Tomorrow, St. Paul’s Albany Hosted Area Confirmations, Internship Application Deadline Nears, Diocesan Council to Set 2013-2014 Goals, Blessing of the Fleet, Good Shepherd, Augusta, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 3, #37 (5/7/2013)
    Headline: Clergy Consider the Challenge of Welcome, Diocese Purchases Campus Ministry House,Bainbridge Episcopalians Share Liturgy in Ecumenical Gathering at The Still Waters Shelter, Episcopalians take part in Bible Reading Marathon, College Scholarship Applications Due May 15, Young Adult Internship Opportunity, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 3, #36 (4/30/2013)
    Headlines: Laughter and Joy at Annual ECW Meeting, Bishop’s Visitation at GSU, “Bring a Brick to Church” Benefits Restoration, Giving Away Books on World Book Night, Race Supports Interfaith Hospitality Network, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 3, #35 (4/23/2013)
    Headlines: The Rev. Gary Jackson Ordained Priest, Thrift Store distributes funds at St. Mark’s Brunswick, High-end boutique gives grants at St. Peter’s Savannah, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 3, #34 (4/16/2013)
    Headlines: Register for Summer Camp, ECW Annual Meeting, Coaching Initiative Graduates, Liberty County Homeless Coalition honors St. Philip’s Hinesville, Georgia represented at Dominican Republic meeting, Parish Weekends at Honey Creek, Wilkinson-Reyes Wedding, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 3, #33 (4/9/2013)
    Headlines: Emotional Intelligence Workshop, St. Patrick’s Albany’s Food for a Thousand, Director of Children and Youth in Savannah Sought, Honey Creek Armudillos, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 3, #32 (4/2/2013)
    Headlines: Diocesan Office Update, Holy Week and Easter in Photos, Mentoring in Martinez, Toil & Sweat, Director of Youth and Children’s Ministries Sought, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 3, #31 (3/26/2013)
    Headlines: Council Approves Grant to Rincon, Bishop’s Visitation, Diocesan Community Update, Have You Seen My Lord, Holy Week Across the Diocese, Bishop Benhase Consecrates Pauper’s Cemetery, Drive the Snakes Out of Savannah, and more
  • From the Field Volume 3, #30 (3/19/2013)
    Headlines: Council meets this week in Americus,Spring Clergy Conference, Diocesan Ultreya Reinvigorates Cursillo, Feedback from Convention Participants, Writing in the walls of St. Peter’s New Building, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 3, #29 (3/12/2013)
    Headlines: Rooms Updated at Honey Creek, Life Profession at the Order of Saint Helena, Be apart of a Team to the Dominican Republic, Retreat Gleaned from the Wisdom of the Desert, EYCS Scholarship Applications Due by May 15, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 3, #28 (3/5/2013)
    Headlines: Another Great New Beginnings, EYCS Scholarships available, Upcoming events for adults, Upcoming events for youth, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 3, #27 (2/26/2013)
    Headlines: Columba House Application Deadline, Updated Prayer Cycle, Register for ECW Annual Meeting, Absalom Jones Liturgy in Augusta, Parish histories needed, Saluda Clergy Cottage Open, Video Stations of Cross, Lenten Meditation, upcoming adult events, upcoming youth events, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 3, #26 (2/19/2013)
    Headlines: The Hundred for Honey Creek, Lutheran Congregation worshiping with St. Patrick’s Albany, Chrism Mass Planned, Dominican Development Group Board Meeting, 1Book1Diocese and the Bible Reading Challenge, 2013 Canons online, Ash Wednesday and Lent photos, upcoming adult events, upcoming youth events, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 3, #25 (2/12/2013)
    Headlines:A Challenge to Re-Imagine Our Church, Diocesan Community Update, Convention Actions, Convention Awards, Green Convention, Convention Photos and Videos,Toil & Sweat, New Beginnings, Summer Camp, Absolom Jones, Confirmation Retreat, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 3, #24 (2/05/2013)
    Headline: 192nd Convention Starts Thursday, Trinity, Statesboro, Convention Lock-In, Confirmation Retreat Set for February 22-24, Diocesan Youth Missionaries Invite You to Take Part, Kamp PHUN and more.
  • From the Field Volume 3, #23 (1/29/2013)
    Headlines: Burns Called as Youth Missioner, Register for Convention Lock-In, Nominations for Diocesan Offices Posted, Diocesan Youth Missionaries Invite You to Take Part, Take Time for Retreat at Honey Creek in Lent, The Loose Canon, CDI Project Leads to Changes in Church, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 3, #22 (1/23/2013)
    Headlines: Diocesan Office Update, Holy Comforter, Martinez, Cursillo Sponsors Workshops, Ministry of Vergers, Summer Camp, DR Mission Trip, Convention Schedule, The Loose Canon, Position Openings, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 3, #21 (1/15/2013)
    Headlines: Convention Workshops, Diocesan Community Update, SE Convocation Team in the DR, The Loose Canon, King of Peace, Kingsland, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 3, #20 (1/08/2013)
    Headlines: Diocese Launches First Program, Diocesan Community Update, Andrews’ Ordination, Race for Wounded Warriors, Epiphany Devotions, MLK Parade Plans, The Loose Canon, Epiphany Photos, Vocare Deadline, Knitter’s Retreat, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 3, #19 (1/1/2013)
    Headlines: Bible Challenge plans, The Rev. Charles Todd ordained to the priesthood, Knitting Retreat planned, Knocking on doors to invite neighbors, Christmas photos from across the Diocese, Benefit run for Wounded Warriors in Albany, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 3, #18 (12/18/2012)
    Headlines: Canonical Changes Proposed for Convention 2013, St. Paul’s Christmas Party for Malone Towers, the Rev. Jim Shumard judges parade, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 3, #17 (12/11/2012)
    Headlines:Still Time for Nominations, St. Patrick’s, Albany, Campaign Overview Video, Deacons’ Retreat, Thrift Shop, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 3, #16 (12/04/2012)
    Headlines: Take the Bible Challenge in 2013, Community News, Bishop’s Visitation, Koelliker Ordination, Campaign Priority Video,Daughter’s of the King, New Advent Tradition, Mission Trip Deadline, Christmas Parade,The Loose Canon, Youth Minister Sought,Vocare, Back in Print, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 3, #15 (11/27/2012)
    Headlines: Register Now for Summer Camp, Campaign Youth and Young Adult Leadership video, Diocesan Community News, Interfaith Thanksgiving services, Plans set for diocesan youth mission trip to the DR, St. Barnabas, Christ Church St. Marys, First Thanksgiving at Honey Creek a hit, Ralston Listening Room at Sewanee, Sewanee Trustee Expectations, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 3, #14 (11/20/2012)
    Headlines: Countdown to Convention 2013, Teaching Parishes, God’s Superheroes (Winterblast 2012), Convocation Councils, Christ Church Frederica Thanksgiving video, Grace Waycross Chamber Rise and Shine, An update from the Cooper Family in Peru, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 3, #13 (11/13/2012)
    Headlines: Bishops’ Visitations, Peer Coaching, Mortgage Burning, Diocesan Council, Compensation Increases, Christ the King, Legacy Society, Companion Diocese, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 3, #12 (11/06/2012)
    Headlines: Election Day Prayer and Worship, St. Barnabas, Valdosta, Campaign Priority Video, Clergy Spouses Conference, Tri-Faith Thanksgiving, Empty Bowl Event, All Saints’ Sunday, Fall Festivals, Trunk or Treat, Hurricane Sandy Reflection, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 3, #11 (10/30/2012)
    Headlines: Register for Convention Now & Save, Hurricane Sandy Prayer, Campaign Priority Video, Winterblast Youth Event, DoK Falll Assembly, Two Books by Bishop Elliott’s Daughter, EYCS, Clergy Spouse Conference, Advent Retreat, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 3, #10 (10/23/2012)
    Headlines: EYCS Board Provides Funds for Our Youth, Building Clergy and Lay Leaders through CDI, Thanksgiving at Honey Creek, Youth Wash Cars for Upcoming Diocesan Youth Events, Register Now for Vocare #22, Scouting for DR Mission Trip Underway Now, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 3, #9 (10/16/2012)
    Headlines:Renewing Cursillo in Georgia, Changing Roles for Priests and Deacons, Bishop’s Visitation, St. Simons and Savannah Legacy Society Seminars this Week, Blessings of the Animals across the Diocese, Nursery Attendant Sought, Augusta and Savannah Community Concerts, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 3, #8 (10/9/2012) Headlines: Diocese to Host Bishops & Chancellors, St. Patrick’s Albany Lutheran Partnership, All Saints’ Tybee Compline on the Beach, UTO Grant Applications, Conflict Management Workshops, Blessing of the Animals, St. Paul’s Albany Advertising, Daughters of the King Sharing Day, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 3, #7 (10/2/2012)
    Headlines: 2013 Medical Insurance Rates, Holy Nativity’s Ice Cream Social, Legacy Society Seminars on St. Simons Island and in Savannah, Willoughby’s 25th Anniversary at St. Paul’s Savannah, Call for Blessing of the Animals Photos, St. Anne’s Got Talent, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 3, #6 (9/25/2012)
    Headlines: Clergy Register Now for CAST II, St. Athanasius, Brunswick, Fall Gathering, Dominican Republic Mission Trip, Christ the King, Valdosta, New Beginnings, Vestry Workshop this Saturday, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 3, #5 (9/18/2012)
    Headlines: A Field Guide to the Diocese, St. Anne’s Tifton, High School Mission Trip to the Dominican Republic, Deacons Seek Nominations for Lay Servants, The Loose Canon, New Expanasion to Altar Dedicated, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 3, #4, (9/11/2012)
    Headlines:Diocesan Council, St. Luke’s, Hawkinsville, Vestry Workshop in Darien, Fall Gathering, The Loose Canon, Come Sing with Us, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 3, #3 (9/4/2012)
    Headlines: Welcome Back to School Event, Fall Gathering, The Loose Canon, Fall Clergy Conference, Fall Clergy Conference, Augusta Music Event, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 3, #2 (8/28/2012)
    Headlines: Convocation starts EDS school year, Clergy updates, Diocesan financial reports, Fall Clergy Conference announced, Questioning Your Faith Retreat announced, Healing Ministry Seminar, Histories requested, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 3, #1 (8/21/2012)
    Headlines: Coaching Initiative Awarded UTO Grant, Nine Years of Worship on Lake Blackshear, Education for Ministry Kicking off for Fall, Vestry Workshop in Albany on Saturday, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 2, #52 (8/14/2012)
    Headline: Another Year : How Are We Doing?, New Acolytes, Making Connections -An event for Adults who work with Youth, Pastoral Study Project Grants, Fall Clergy Spouse Conference, Claiming the Episcopal Future, Two Part-Time Openings, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 2, #51 (8/7/2012)
    Headlines: Georgia Team Visits Missionaries in Peru, Another Year : How Are We Doing?, Diocesan Community News, Summer Camp, Happening #89 Hugely Successful, Claiming the Episcopal Future, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 2, #50 (7/31/2012)
    Headlines: Hispanic/Latino Preaching Mission held at St. Paul’s, Savannah, St. John’s, Moultrie, Awards 4 Scholarships, The Rev. Peter Ingeman Retires, 3rd Annual Feast Day & Ice Cream Churn-Off, Fall Gathering, Named ‘Gold Team’ at Local Relay for Life, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 2, #49 (7/24/2012)
    Headlines: 2012 Priest Salary Survey, Happening, Outgrowing Evil, Juggling Priest in the News, An Evening of Irish Folk Music, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 2, #48 (7/17/2012)
    Headlines: General Convention 2012 wrap up including letters from Bishop Benhase and the Deputation, also included are Summer Camp concludes, VBS photos and more.
  • From the Field Volume 2, #47 (7/10/2012)
    Headlines: Canon Logue Nominated for President of the House of Deputies, Convention Working Hard on Resolutions, Deaconess Alexander Resolution, Georgia Night, Blessing Youth with Scholarship Grants and more.
  • From the Field Volume 2, #46 (7/3/2012)
    Headlines: Campaign Grant Process, Keeping Up with News of the Convention, Bishop Benhase’s Sermon for Ordinations, Six Deacons Ordained on June 30, The Episcopal Church of Our Savior, Martinez calls new Youth Director, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 2, #45 (6/26/2012)
    Headlines: Campaign for Congregational Development Receives Lead Gift, St. Andrew’s, Douglas, Six Deacons to be Ordained on June 30, CDI Registration Now Open for 2012-2013, Summer Music Program, Saturday Sacks at Our Savior Martinez, Youth Raise Money for Local Non-Profit, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 2, #44 (6/19/2012)
    Headlines: Two teams in the DR, One in Honduras, St. John’s Moultrie ECW, Loneliness Reflection, Our Savior Martinez’ Saturday Sacks, Legacy builing at Trinity Statesboro, VBS, Digital intern on Facebook Fan pages, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 2, #43 (6/12/2012)
    Headlines: Deputies Concerned After Synod, Report from the Listening Sessions, Improvements Continue at our Camp, Joy Davis Ordained Deacon, Youth Lead the Worship for Feast Day, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 2, #42 (6/5/2012)
    Headlines: Medal of Freedom for GA Episcopalian, St. Thomas Aquinas Baxley, Trinity Art at St. Patrick’s Pooler, Behind the Scenes at Christ Church Augusta, Companion Diocese Upcoming Trips, St. Peter’s Distributes Grants, VBS and Pentecost Photos, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 2, #41 (5/29/2012)
    Headlines: Pentecost Sunday Around the Diocese, Rogation Sunday, Register for August Happening, Upcoming OSH Convent events, Kamp Phun Applications due Thursday, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 2, #40 (5/22/2012)
    Headlines: Haddox Earns Ph.D. from Drew, St. Thomas Thrift Store Celebrates 15th Anniversary, Savannah Church Seeking Verger, August Happening Applications Due, MedBank Partners with Church to Bring Medications to Uninsured, Bainbridge Day of Prayer, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 2, #39 (5/15/2012)
    Headline: First Class to Graduate 2-Year Program, St. Paul’s, Jesup, Register for Summer Camp, Following God to Unexpected Places, Wardens/Treasurers Workshop for May 26 Postponed, Friends, Family and the Fourth at Honey Creek, Last Listening Session in Dublin, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 2, #38 (5/8/2012)
    Headline: Remaining Legal Issues Resolved, Bishop’s Visitation, Seven Ordinations in Two Services in June, Spring Clergy Conference, Abbott name Dean of Central Convocation, The Rev. Rick Buechner Retires, Listening Sessions Continue, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 2, #37 (5/1/2012)
    Headlines: Focusing on Latino Ministry, Hometown Missions Rescheduled, Sally Shovar Byers Ordained Deacon, St. Peter’s, Savannah’s Parish Weekend, President Gerald Ford Kneeler, The Parsonage Bookstore to Close, Next Legacy Seminar in Albany May 22, Kamp Phun, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 2, #36 (4/24/2012)
    Headlines: Listening Sessions Continue, Bishop’s Visitation, Clergy Update, Hometown Missions 2012, Convention 2013 – Trailer, Wardens/Treasurers Workshop Saturday, Recognize a Saint of Georgia April 25, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 2, #35 (4/17/2012)
    Headlines: Honey Creek in the Black Six Months Straight, Acolyte & Youth Leadership Festival a Huge Success, Register Now for Summer Camp, Recognize a Saint of Georgia April 25, A Low Sunday High, Wardens/Treasurers Workshop April 28, OSH Convent, Augusta, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 2, #34 (4/10/2012)
    Headlines: Bishop’s Easter Sermon, Alleluia! Christ Is Risen, Deaconess Byllesby Will be Declared a Saint of Georgia, 1st Annual Legacy Seminar Series, Holy Week and Easter in Photos, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 2, #33 (4/3/2012)
    Headlines: Blessed Holy Week, Bishop Benhase’s Statement on Calvary, Americus, Bishop’s Visitation, Clergy Update, Wardens and Treasurers Workshops, Palm Sunday Photos, Hometown Missions 2012, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 2, #32 (3/27/2012)
    Headlines: Age Lowered for Acolyte Festival Participation, Christ Church, Cordele, Recieving Names for Next Rector, Six Listening Sessions Scheduled,Blessing of the Crops, Junkanoo, Marriage Retreat Weekend at Honey Creek, Music Director Search, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 2, #31 (3/20/2012)
    Headlines: Acolyte & Youth Leadership Festival, Diocesan Office Update, Clergy Update, Six Listening Sessions Scheduled, Inconsistencies in Holy Week Liturgies, Spring Clergy Conference, and more.
  • From the Field Voulme 2, #30 (3/13/2012)
    Headlines: The Rev. Canon H. Neal Phelps (1937-2012), A Chance to Have Your Voice Heard, Clergy Update, Tree Turned from Threat into Treasure, The Archbishop of Canterbury Responds to Letter from St. Michael’s Kids, Spring Clergy Conference, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 2, #29 (3/6/2012)
    Headlines:Honey Creek Improvements Continue, Pray for Our Clergy Spouses, Our Savior, Martinez, Register for the ECW Annual Meeting, Confirmation Retreat, Seeking A Minister for Children and Youth, Social Media Webinar, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 2, #28 (2/28/2012)
    Headlines: Feedback from Convention 2012, St. Luke’s, Rincon, 1820s and 1830s Journals Now Online, Ashes to Go, Reflections from El Hogar, Shrove Tuesday Pancake Eating Contest, 20 Random Ways to Practice Sabbath During Lent, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 2, #27 (2/21/2012)
    Headlines: Diocesan Resources for Lent, Exploratory Trip Returns This Evening, Seeking Minister for Children and Youth, Sierra Wilkinson Ordained Priest,The Rev. Joshua Varner Named Vicar, Youth & Young Adults Upcoming Events, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 2, #26 (2/14/2012)
    Headlines: The Hundred For Honey Creek, Forgiveness Retreat at Honey Creek, Clergy Updates, Dominican Republic’s Convention, Lenten School of Religion, Annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake & Gumbo Supper Celebration, Upcoming Lecture, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 2, #25 (2/9/2012)
    Headlines: Thrift Store Gives $20,000 in Grants, Confirmation Retreat Set for March 23 – 25, Dominican Republic Trip Underway, Forgiveness Retreat, Youth & Young Adults Upcoming Events, and more.
  • From the Field -Special Convention Issue (2/7/2012)
    Headlines: Convention Focused on Mission, Campaign for Congregational Development, Convention Awards, Youth Commission Members Honored, Honey Creek in the Black for 4th Qtr., Delegates Share Views on Blessings, Convention Elections, A Thank You to St. Paul’s, Augusta, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 2, #23 (1/31/2012)
    Headlines: Convention 2012 Starts Thursday,Two Groups Home from Mission Trips, Convention Lock-in, EYCS Board 2012, Worshipping in the Parish Hall for Now, LEM Training, Mardi-Gras Fundraiser February 17, Trunk Show & Plant Sale, Confirmation Retreat Set for March 23 – 25, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 2, #22 (1/24/2012)
    Headlines: Pre-Convention Workshops, Special Events at Convention 2012, Camp Nurses Needed, Convention Lock-in, Feasts of Lights at Grace, Waycross, Yarn Needed for DR Trip, Calling All Vergers, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 2, #21 (1/17/2012)
    Headlines:St. John’s Moultrie Centennial Anniversary Kick-Off, Episcopal Churches Come Together for Parade, Convention Lock-in, Jason Peaslee Named as Diocesan New Beginnings Coordinator, Miles of Pennies Grant Given to St. Alban’s, Augusta, Alternative Accommodations for Convention, Upcoming ECW Events, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 2, #20 (1/10/2012)
    Headline:Join Us for MLK Day in Savannah, St. Matthew’s Hosts Interfaith Service, Convention Lock-in, Clergy Updates, Forgiving Life, Epiphany in Words and Photos, New Daughters of the King Chapters, Upcoming Music Events, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 2, #19 (1/3/2012)
    Headline: Bishop Announces New Staff Position, Clergy Updates, Important Parochial Report Information, Christmas in Photos, Generations of Worshippers Gathered, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 2, #18 (12/27/2011)
    Headline: Convention Resolution, Bishop Benhase’s Christmas Meditation video, Convention 2012 Schedule, Apply for Honey Creek Summer Camp Staff, Christmas in Photos, Atonement Augusta’s food ministry, the Real St. Nichaolas in Hawkinsville, Mardi Gras Dinner & Dance Tickets, How Bishop Elliott lost his fortune, Auden on the time after Christmas, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 2, #17 (12/20/2011)
    Headline:First Sunday Back on Johnson Square, St. Anne’s, Tifton, Give Summer Camp for Christmas, Special Olympics Scarf Project, David Rose Ordained to the Priesthood, Deacon Harrison’s Daughter on Mourning, Gifts for Children in SAFE Shelter, Send Christmas Photos to From the Field, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 2, #16 (12/13/2011)
    Headline: Nominations Deadline Extended for Convention 2012, Register Now for Summer Camp, All Saint’s, Thomasville, Diocesan Clergy Update, Upcoming Ordinations, Church Property Changes Hands, Gaudete Sunday, Living Advent Wreath, Evangelism Gift Wrapped in Darien, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 2, #15 (12/6/2011)
    Headlines:Nominations and Committee Reports Due for Convention 2012, Diocesan Office Update, 2012 Summer Camp Director Named, 1Book1Diocese Active in Advent,Diocesan Family News, St. Thomas, Thomasville, “Living in Thanksgiving,” Property to Transfer December 12, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 2, #14 (11/29/2011)
    Headlines:Bond Sale Ends December 31, Advent 1Book1Diocese Underway, Open Enrollment Closes December 4th, Holy Cross, Thomson and Episcopal Day School,A Soap-Making Monk in Our Diocese, Vocare Registration Now Open,Upcoming Music Event, Alternative Accommodations for Convention, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 2, #13 (11/22/2011)
    Headlines: Georgia Supreme Court Decision, Advent 1Book1Diocese Starts Sunday, Tri-Faith Thanksgiving Service, EFM Coordinators Meet, Episcopal Service Corps, St. John’s Festival, Thrift Store Holiday Sale, Winterblast Registrations, MLK 2012 Parade Plans, Youth Commission Meeting, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 2, #12 (11/15/2011)
    Headlines: EYCS Ingathering this Sunday,Diocesan Family News, “Food, Fun and Fellowship” from CDI, Upcoming Discovery Trip to the Dominican Republic, “An Isle of Hope Christmas,” Men’s Club Annual Christmas Tree Lot, Being Church Better,Grace Waycross hosts Rise and Shine, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 2, #11 (11/8/2011)
    Headlines: Diocesan Family News,Deacons’ Retreat, Clergy Spouse Conference, Food Insecurity Rising in the Augusta Area, St. Thomas Thrift Store Holiday Sale, Concert Series at St. Peter’s, St. Paul’s Augusta Upcoming Music Event, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 2, #10 (11/1/2011)
    Headlines: The Rev. Sanford Ulmer (1930-2011), Honey Creek Annual Appeal Underway, St. Barnabas, Valdosta, Evensong in Thomasville, Nov. 6th, Clergy Spouses Invited to Retreat, Reading for Hope, Holy Ghost Weenie Roast, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 2, #9 (10/25/2011)
    Headlines: Medical Insurance Rates for 2012, St. James, Quitman, Diocese Hosting Dominican Development Group Fall Meeting, Daughters of the King Fall Assembly, Empty Bowl, Cursillo Input, Quiet Day and Mini-Retreat, Blessing Photos, and more
  • From the Field Volume 2, #8 (10/18/2011)
    Headlines:Resources for Churches Online, St. Philip’s Hinesville, Diocesan Family News,EYCS Offering,Toilets in the Yard, St. Barnabas’ First Youth Event, Animal Blessings Around the Diocese, and more
  • From the Field Volume – 2012 Convention (10/14/2011)
    Headlines: Register Now Online and Save, St. Paul’s Church to Host Convention, Nominations Open Now and Deacons Seek Nominations for Lay Servants.
  • From the Field Volume 2, #7 (10/11/2011)
    Headlines: Every congregation is on the web, Diocesan Family News, Easter Vigil, Diocese of Atlanta Bishop Search, MDA’s Most Wanted Citizen!:The Rev. Justin Yawn, The Benefits of a Photo Minister, Animal Blessings in Photos and more.
  • From the Field Volume 2, #6 (10/4/2011)
    Headlines: Pledge Time for Diocese and Churches, Clergy Updates, Help Us Keep Our Directory Current, Integrity Georgia 10th Anniversary, Welcoming Visitors to Worship, Feasting on Gratitude, 2011-2012 Concert Series at St. Peter’s, Svetlana and Milana Strezeva to Perform at St. Paul’s, Augusta, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 2, #5 (9/27/2011)
    Headlines: No Cost Background Checks, Crib Recall, Cursillo Update, Constitution signer honored at St. Paul’s, Augusta, Two perspectives on diocesan statistics, Hospitality Check Up, Christ Church Autumn Gathering, Archives adds videos, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 2, #4 (9/20/2011)
    Headlines: Convention 2012 Plans Underway, Stewart Named Dean of Albany Convocation, VIMM Legacy Seen Across Diocese, Spencer Cantrell Returns from Year-Long Pilgrimage, A Pet Burial Idea Worth Considering, Spiritual Choral Group Coming to Augusta, VBS at St. Philip’s Hinesville, St. James’ Quitman at Skillet Day, Blessing Crosses, Why DoGs Should Cheer Boise State, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 2, #3 (9/13/2011)
    Headlines: Diocesan Council Sets Priorites Approves Direction, Senior Wardens/Teresurers/Youth and Young Adult Workers Worskhop, 1Book1Diocese for Advent, New Beginnings Coordinator, Christ Church Valdosta Groundbreaking, DOK Presidents’ Retreat, Knitters’ Retreat, Young Adult Steering Committee, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 2, #2 (9/6/2011)
    Headlines: Honey Creek—Continued Bond Sales Needed, Volunteers for Safeguarding God’s Children, Clergy and Lay Leader Updates, 1Book1Diocese for Advent and Lent, Fall Gathering for Youth Registrations Open, Faith Sharing Workshop in Albany, and more.
  • From the Field Volume 2, #1 (8/30/2011)
    Headlines: Diocesan Audit Now Online, From the Field Revisited, Honey Creek Moves to Aramark, Campus Ministry Starts the Year Right, “red Summer” Author at St. Alban’s, Alabama Tornado Relief Trip Planned, St. Luke’s Hawkinsville Foundation, St. Matthew’s Savannah Revival, VBS in Cochran, and more.
  • From the Field #52 (8/23/2011)
    Headlines: From the Field One Year Later, Energy Audit Leads to Grant & Savings, Convent Retreat Schedule, Deacons Seek Lay Servant Nominations, Resources for September 11 Liturgies, Slone Ordination Photos, and more.
  • From the Field #51 (8/16/2011)
    Headlines: Georgia Serving as Episcopal Missionaries in Peru, Diocese Hires Administrative Intern, Honey Creek Commission Sets Course, Fall Clergy Conference Planned, Clergy Spouse Retreat in November, Upcoming College and Young Adult Retreat, The Rev. Bill Hesse Called as King of Peace’s Rector, Integrity Georgia 10th Anniversary, 62nd Church Music Conference, Spirituality Retreat Planned, and more.
  • From the Field #50 (8/9/2011)
    Headlines: Attendance Up from 2009 to 2010, This Week at Honey Creek, Grounded in God Spirituality Conference, Upcoming Youth and Young Adult Retreat, Al Jackson Named EfM Coordinator, VBS photos, Juggling Deacon, and more.
  • From the Field #49 (8/2/2011)
    Headlines: Deacon School for Ministry, Pray for those studying for ordination to the priesthood, Cursillo Commission announcement, St. Patrick’s Albany Work Day, St. Anne’s Tifton Ice Cream Contest, VBS Photos, Happening follow up, and more.
  • From the Field #48 (7/26/2011)
    Headlines: First Bond Interest Payments Mailed Out, The Rev. Canon Mary Michael Simpson, OSH (1925-2011), Faith-based group helps cut energy costs, 75 years of bishops’ addresses online, VBS Photos, Summer Camp Photos, and more.
  • From the Field – Capital Campiagn Priorities and Framework (7/26/2011)
    (7/22/2011)
    In this special Friday edition of From the Field, Bishop Benhase announces the priorities and framework for the capital campaign.
  • From the Field #47 (7/19/2011)
    Headlines: Succesful Summer Camp Coming to a Close, Diocese of Georgia Salary Survey, OSH Purchases Land for New Convent, and more.
  • From the Field #46 (7/12/2011)
    Headlines: Lock-In recruits for Happening, Honey Creek in the black for 2nd Quarter, Deacon David Rose joins clergy team in Tifton, Upcoming ordinations, Good Shepherd Augusta at YSOP, VBS Photos and more.
  • From the Field #45 (7/05/2011)
    Headlines: Provincial Youth Event, New Canons in Effect, St. Paul’s Augusta Choir Tour, St. Peter’s Savannah Mission Trip to Honduras, Trinity Statesboro Celebrates Feast Day, VBS Photos and more.
  • From the Field – Special Announcement (7/01/2011)
    Headlines: Dade Brantley Named New Executive Director of Honey Creek and Bond Sale Update.
  • From the Field #44 (6/28/2011)
    Headlines: GA Tax Credit Supports Episcopal School Scholarships, Diocesan Family News, Mission Team Home from the D.R., Parish Histories Requested, Summer Camp, Missional Church, Episcopal Youth Event, VBS Photos, and more.
  • From the Field #43 (6/21/2011)
    Headlines: Bond Pays Off Line of Credit, Mission Team Live Journaling from D.R., Hurricane Season, Baptisms, Summer Camp Photos, VBS Photos, and more.
  • From the Field #42 (6/14/2011)
    Headlines: Taylor Sabbatical Goes to the Dogs, Safeguarding God’s Children training online, Bond Sale Update, Diocesan Family News, Grants for Pastors, Nets for Life, Pentecost Photos, VBS Photos, and more.
  • From the Field #41 (6/7/2011)
    Headlines: Diocesan Council Approves Changes, Clergy Updates, Feast of Saint Seersucker, St. Thomas’ Thrift Store Opening, Bishop F.F. Reese, and more.
  • From the Field #40 (5/31/2011)
    Headlines: Creation Care Sunday in Augusta, We Need to Talk…, Slone and Wilkinson Are Graduated, Neo-Monasticism at St. Paul’s Savannah, Vacation Bible Schools in Photos, and more.
  • From the Field #39 (5/24/2011)
    Headlines: Register for Summer Camp, A Hymn for Honey Creek, Harry Jenkins Ordained Deacon, Hubbard Awarded Doctorate, VBS Photos Sought, and more.
  • From the Field #38 (5/17/2011)
    Headlines: Supreme Court Oral Arguments Online, Five Graduate from Sewanee, Barry Crow Ordained, St. Thomas’ Thrift Stroe Opening Scheduled, Serenity Garden Dedicated, and more.
  • From the Field #37 (5/10/2011)
    Headlines: Taking Aid to Storm-Torn Alabama, Supreme Court Heard Case, Junk 2 Funk Fashion Show a Success, EYCS deadline, Upcoming ordinations, Around the Diocese in photos, and more.
  • From the Field #36 (5/3/2011)
    Headlines: Honey Creek Bond Sale Video, Paul Zahl on Preaching Grace, Responding to Recent Tornadoes, Resources for a Parish History, and more.
  • From the Field #35 (4/26/2011)
    Headlines: Holy Week and Easter Photos, EYCS Scholarship Deadline, Fashion Show for Honey Creek, Spring Clergy Conference, Honey Creek Bond Sale update, and more.
  • From the Field #34 (4/19/2011)
    Headlines: Holy Week, EYCS Scholarship Deadline, Fashion Show to Raise money for Honey Creek, Spring Clergy Conference, Summer Camp, St. Patrick’s Pooler Fundraiser, St. Thomas Thrift Store Moving, Free website and training, Honey Creek Bond Sale update, and more.
  • From the Field #33 (4/12/2011)
    Headlines: CDI Georgia, Upcoming ordinations, Daughters of the King Retreat, New rector for Our Savior Martinez, Faith sharing workshop a success, Walls tumble in Americus, and more.
  • From the Field #32 (4/5/2011)
    Headlines: Safeguarding God’s Children Offered Online, GA Surpeme Court date, upcoming ordination dates, Convent schedule, Lenten study raises $500, Care for the Troops, and more.
  • From the Field #31 (3/29/2011)
    Headlines: Latest Church in Georgia now online, Vocare photos, Acolyte Festival photos, and more.
  • From the Field #30 (3/22/2011)
    Headlines: Honey Creek Bond Sale, Family News, ERD Responds to Tsunami, Clergy Day Photos, and more.
  • From the Field #29 (3/15/2011)
    Headlines: Jim Purks honored, Faith Sharing Workshop, Annual Audits, Ordination Photos, and more.
  • From the Field #28 (3/8/2011)
    Headlines: 1Book1Diocese, Financial Data Online, Feedback from Convention 2011, and more.
  • From the Field #27 (3/1/2011)
    Headlines: Anglican Covenant Study Guide, Dominican Republic Discovery Trip, Spring Clergy Conference, Blankets for Soldiers, Clergy Day of Preparation, and more.
  • From the Field #26 (2/22/2011)
    Headlines: Funeral Plans for Deacon Susan Delany, Dominican Republic Discovery Trip, Parochial Reports Due, Integrity Quilt, Clergy Day of Preparation, and more.
  • From the Field #25 (2/15/2011)
    Headlines: Post convention follow up including election results, a summary of convention actions including election results, links to convention videos, convention award winners listed, and more.
  • From the Field #24 (2/8/2011)
    Headlines: Pre convention issue with a link to the convention booklet, plus ECW Annual Meeting and Langston Hughes event announcements, and more.
  • From the Field #23 (2/1/2011)
    Headlines: Yarn donations for the DR, Mardi Gras plans in Augusta, 1Book1Diocese to benefit seminarians, Diocese offers background checks, Winter Glitz and Glam in Statesboro, Cake idea from Tybee, and more.
  • From the Field #22 (1/25/2011)
    Headlines: Room deadline for convention, Buechner 30th ordination anniversary, Iané Sastre ordained priest, Clergy connection groups meeting at convention, and more.
  • From the Field #21 (1/18/2011)
    Headlines: First all digital Church in Georgia online, GA Supreme Court to hear Christ Church case, Savannah MLK march, Cursillo, and more.
  • From the Field #20 (1/11/2011)
    Headlines: Convention nominations online, Ted Clarkson appointed dean, introducing Stephen McWhorter as interim at Christ Church Frederica, Christmas and Epiphany photos, and more.
  • From the Field #19 (1/4/2011)
    Headlines: Dave Tonge to Retire, Frazier Green to serve as St> Athanasius Rector, Congregations in Transition, Parochial Reports Due, Input Needed for New Hymnal, and more.
  • From the Field #18 (12/28/2010)
    Headlines: Plan Now for Summer Camp, Convention 2011 early registration deadline, New documents in  the online archives, Christmas in photos, and more.
  • From the Field #17 (12/21/2010)
    Headlines: Our savior Martinez feeding the hungry, Care for the Troops, Library dedicated at St. Paul’s Albany, Knitting at Christ Church Valdosta, Advent Photos, 1Book1Diocese, Christmas card, and more.
  • From the Field #16 (12/14/2010)
    Headlines: Snow Day in Kingsland, Robbie Crook and Michael Lucas funeral plans, Photo project, Deacins Conference, and more.
  • From the Field #15 correction (12/7/2010)
    Headlines: Corrected Convention 2011 dates.
  • From the Field #15 (12/7/2010)
    Headlines: Convention 2011 schedule, Nomination deadline, Advent video from Bishop Benhase, OSH celebrates 65 years, Augusta youth lock-in, St. Anne’s in Tifton Parade, Women’s retreat in Augusta, and more.
  • From the Field #14 (11/30/2010)
    Headlines: Dressing as saints at All Saints’ Tybee, Asset Mapping at St. Barnabas’ Valdosta, Nominations/Resolutions deadlines for Convention 2011, Advent events, news from St. George’s Savannah and Trinity Statesboro, and more.
  • From the Field #13 (11/23/2010)
    Headlines: EYCS Thanksgiving Appeal, St. George’s Savannah Christmas Trees, Thanksgiving in Valdosta, Rediscover the Diocese of Georgia in 1945, and more.
  • From the Field #12 (11/16/2010)
    Headlines: Diocesan Council Sets Budget and Priest Compensation Minimums, St. Albans Thanks Its Rector, Happening, Vocare, Winterblast, Thoughts on Young Adulthood, and more.
  • From the Field #11 (11/9/2010)
    Headlines: Diocesan Council Meets in Albany, ECM Supports Backpack Buddies, A Teen’s Perspective on New Beginnings, and more.
  • From the Field #10 (11/2/2010)
    Headlines: Register Now for Convention 2011, Deacon Purk’s Story of Stewardship, Godly Play Core Training Comes tp Georgia, St. Patrick’s Albany in the DR, Fall Events in Photos, and More.
  • From the Field #9 (10/26/2010)
    Headlines: 25th Anniversary of Building in Tifton, Dream Day in St. Marys, Health Insurance Rates Reduced 10%, and more.
  • From the Field #8 (10/19/2010)
    Headlines: Connecting Mission in the Dominican Republic, Talking Faith and Politics in Savannah, Health Fair at St. James’ Quitman, A Christian Education Website for the Diocese, Christ Church Augusta’s Ministries, and more.
  • From the Field #7 (10/12/2010)
    Headlines: Funeral Plans for The Rev. Ron Southerland, Episcopal Pioneer Martha Wilson Dies, Sorting and Folding at St. John’s Bainbridge, Meadows-Immel Wed, Health Ministries Network Formed, Fall Clergy Conference Planted Seeds, and more.
  • From the Field #6 (10/5/2010)
    Headlines: Episcopalians Feeding Statesboro, Musicians Network Formed, Louise Shipps Gallery Dedicated, Photographing Every Church in the Diocese of Georgia, Introducing The Rev. Jason Haddox, Deacons Ministries, Blessing of the Animals Photos, and more.
  • From the Field #5 (9/28/2010)
    Headlines: Celebrating Communion in Thomasville, Feasibility Study Phase 2, Canterbury Fellowship at the Medical College of Georgia, St. Luke’s Network, Tending Toward Growth Clergy Conference Plans, and more.
  • From the Field #4 (9/21/2010)
    Headlines: Harvest Blessing in Quitman, Darien Churches Named Non-Profit of the Year, 1Book1Diocese Announced, The Rev. Stephen McWhorter Introduced, Congregations in Transition, and more.
  • From the Field #3 (9/14/2010)
    Headlines: Diocesan Council Meeting Report, Nancy Sartin Ordained Deacon, Episcopal Relief and Development, Tax Credit for Episcopal School Donations, and more.
  • From the Field #2 (9/7/2010)
    Headlines: Dominican Republic Trip Planned for October, Prepare Your Church for Hurricane Season, Safeguardig God’s Children, Fall Clergy Conference Plans, and more.
  • From the Field #1 (8/31/2010)
    Headlines: About this new publication, Diocesan Council Meeting Announcement, Fundraiser in Pooler, Clergy Updates, Congregations in Transition, and more.
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    St. John’s, Savannah, hosted Evensong for the diocesan convention. Click this picture to see the album of photos.

    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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    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: Mission Trip to El Pedregal
    Photographs from a mission trip to El Pedregal in the Dominican Republic sponsored by Christ Church, Valdosta, from June 15-22, 2013.

    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: Mission trip to El Carreton
    This album contains photographs from the mission trip to El Carreton (near Bani) in the Dominican Republic from January 23-30, 2012, sponsored by the Southeastern Convocation.

    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.

    January 2012: Mission trip to Azua, Dominican Republic
    This album contains photographs from the mission trip to Azua in the Dominican Republic from January 15-20, 2012, sponsored by St. Patrick’s, Albany.

    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.

    June 2011: Mission Trip to El Pedregal, Dominican Republic
    This album contains a summary set of 400 photos from a mission trip to El Pedregal in the Dominican Republic sponsored by Christ Church, Valdosta, from June 18-25, 2011. For additional photos of this trip in greater detail, go here (set 1 of 2) and here (set 2 of 2).

    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: Exploration Trip to the Dominican Republic
    The Rev. Jay Weldon (St. Patrick’s, Albany) and The Rev. Lonnie Lacy (St. Anne’s, Tifton) made a brief trip to Azua in the Dominican Republic from April 5-7, 2011, to update information for future mission work in that area. A summary report from this trip is available here.

    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.

    October 2010: Mission Trip To Azua, Dominican Republic
    This album contains photographs from a mission trip organized by St. Patrick’s, Albany, to the city of Azua in the Dominican Republic. A summary report from this mission trip is available here.

    September 2010: Mission Trip To Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
    This album contains photographs from a mission trip organized by St. Paul’s, Savannah, to the Episcopal seminary in Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic.

    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: Mission Trip to El Pedregal, Dominican Republic
    The Rev. Tar Drazdowski and Christ Episcopal Church, Valdosta, led the ninth mission trip from the Diocese of Georgia to El Pedregal, a village near the city of Jarabacoa, home of the Episcopal Camp for our companion Diocese of the Dominican Republic. In addition to the album linked above, more detailed photograph collections documenting this mission trip are available here and here. A summary report from this mission trip is available here.

    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.

     

    Visitations Calendar

    February 2016 – May 2016

    Revised: Wednesday February 3, 2016

    FEBRUARY

    6 10:00 a.m. Dean’s Meeting & Diocesan Council New Members Meeting, Trinity, Statesboro

    11:30am Diocesan Council Meeting, Trinity, Statesboro

    7 10:00 a.m. St. Patrick’s Pooler (Last Epiphany)

    10 Ash Wednesday

    14 10:00 a.m. St. Thomas, Thomasville (Lent 1)

    15 Holiday – President’s Day Observed

    21 10:00 a.m. St. Michael’s, Waynesboro (Lent 2)

    26        12:00   p.m.     Examining Chaplains Meeting, St. Francis’, Savannah

    26-27  TBA     p.m.     COM & SC Meeting, St. Francis’, Savannah

    28 10:00 a.m. St. Luke’s Rincon (Lent 3)

    MARCH

    6 10:00 a.m. St. Peter’s, Savannah (Lent 4)

    9-16 TBA HOB’s Spring Meeting, Camp Allen, TX

    18 11:00 a.m. Chrism Mass, Christ Church, Cordele

    20 10:00 a.m. Calvary, Americus (Palm Sunday)

    22 11:00 a.m. Chrism Mass, St. George’s, Savannah

    25 Holiday – Good Friday Observed

    26 7:00 p.m. St. Thomas’, Savannah (Easter Vigil)

    27 10:00 a.m. Trinity, Statesboro (Easter)

    28 Holiday – Easter Monday Observed

    APRIL

    3 10:30 a.m. All Saints’, Thomasville (Easter 2)

    10 10:30 a.m. Christ Church, Savannah (Easter 3)

    17 11:00 a.m. St. Paul’s, Augusta (Easter 4)

    18-22 TBA Bishop Benhase on OA Retreat

    24 10:00a.m. Our Savior, Martinez (Easter 5)

    29-30 TBA ECW Annual Conference, TBA, SE Convocation

    MAY

    1 9:00 a.m. Christ Church, St. Simons Island (Easter 6)

    11:00 a.m. Christ Church, St. Simons Island (Easter 6)

    6:00 p.m. Bishop’s Dinner with Clergy, Honey Creek

    7:00 p.m. Bishop’s Time at Clergy Conference, Honey Creek

    2-3 TBA Spring Clergy Conference, Honey Creek

    5 7:00 p.m. St. Paul’s, Savannah (Ascension Day)

    6 12:00 p.m. Dean’s Lunch Meeting, Annunciation, Vidalia

    2:00 p.m. Diocesan Council Meeting, Annunciation, Vidalia

    7  9:00 a.m. Diocesan Council Meeting, Annunciation, Vidalia

    8 10:00a.m. Annunciation, Vidalia (Easter 7)

    4:00 p.m. St. Thomas Aquinas’, Baxley

    Mother’s Day

    15 10:00a.m. St. Alban’s, Augusta (Pentecost)

    18 10:00 a.m. Ordination, TBA, Savannah (Tentative)

    22 10:00a.m. St. Elizabeth’s, Richmond Hill (Trinity Sunday)

    23 Bishop Benhase on Sabbatical begins and concludes August 22

    30 Holiday – Memorial Day Observed

    JUNE

    19 Father’s Day

     

    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 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…)

     

    Activities During 2012

    This is an archive page for the mission activities of the Diocese of Georgia in the Dominican Republic during 2012.

    Companion Diocese Commission
    Annual Report for 2012

    DR Diocesan seal

    The seal of the Episcopal Diocese of the Dominican Republic

    Once again, this year has proven to be a productive year of partnership with our Dominican brothers and sisters. Collectively we have experienced an increase in our efforts to help build relationship, infrastructure, and to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the Dominican Republic. In 2010, there were five mission or exploration trip events in the partnership between the Diocese of Georgia and the Diocese of the Dominican Republic; in 2011, there were six such events; and in 2012, there were nine of these events. In 2012, we also saw the growth of multi-year relationships between specific churches or convocations in the Diocese of Georgia and specific locations in the Diocese of the Dominican Republic. Christ Church, Valdosta, is into its second decade of working in the village of El Pedregal; St. Patrick’s, Albany, and St. Anne’s, Tifton, are into their third year of working with several congregations in Azua; St. Paul’s, Savannah, has completed its second cooperative event with the Episcopal seminary in Santo Domingo; and by the time of our 2013 Convention, the SE Convocation will have completed its second mission trip to El Carreton. The steady growth in numbers of events, along with this increase in long-term relationships between several of our churches or convocations and several communities of the Dominican Episcopal Church, testify that our work is bearing fruit in both the Diocese of Georgia and the Diocese of the Dominican Republic.

    The following is a summary of our activities for 2012 and planned activities for 2013 (as of 01/02/2013).

    LIST OF 2012 EVENTS IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER:

    1. Mission trip to Azua (St. Patrick’s, Albany; January 15-20)

    2. Mission trip to El Carreton (SE Convocation; January 23-30)

    3. Representation at the DR Diocesan Convention based in El Pedregal, DDG meeting and exploration trip based in Santo Domingo, (Diocesan team; February 8-21)

    4. Mission trip to El Pedregal (Christ Church, Valdosta; June 16-23)

    5. Mission trip to San Francisco de Macorís (Trinity, Statesboro, June 19-26)

    6. Preaching mission in Savannah (St. Paul’s, Savannah, and representatives of the Episcopal Seminary in Santo Domingo, July 22-27)

    7. Dominican Development Group meeting based in Michigan (The Rev. Tar Drazdowski, October 18-19)

    8. Exploration trip based in Santo Domingo (The Rev. Joshua Varner, October 22-26)

    9. Mission trip to Azua (St. Patrick’s, Albany and St. Anne’s, Tifton, October 27 – November 2)

    SCHEDULED 2013 EVENTS IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER (as of 01/02/2013):

    1. Mission trip to El Carreton (SE Convocation, January 14-21, 2013)

    2. Dominican Development Group meeting in Santo Domingo, exploration trip in El Pedregal (The Rev. Tar Drazdowski and Christ Church team, February 10-16)

    3. Encounter in Mission in Santo Domingo (April 12-14)

    4. Mission trip to El Pedregal (Christ Church, Valdosta, June 15-22)

    5. Mission trip to Santiago De Los Caballeros (The Rev. Joshua Varner with diocesan youth, June 24-July 1)

    For more detailed information, please check out the Companion Diocese webpage at http://georgia.anglican.org/?page_id=19. You will find a wealth of information about mission opportunities, travel diaries, and photographs of most of the events mentioned above. For more information, contact the Rev. Tar Drazdowski, Chair of the Companion Diocese Commission and Assistant Rector, Christ Episcopal Church, Valdosta Georgia; or the Rev. Canon Frank Logue, Canon to the Ordinary, Diocese of Georgia.

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    Mission trip to Azua (St. Patrick’s, Albany; January 15-20)

    The members of the mission team from St. Patrick's, Albany, with the local construction chief and Fr. Jesús Mosquea in Azua, January 2012. Click this image to see other photographs from this mission trip.

    The Diocese of Georgia conducted a mission trip to Azua during January 15-20, 2012. This mission trip was organized by St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church in Albany, GA, and led by St. Patrick’s rector, The Rev. Jay Weldon. Five people from St. Patrick’s, including Fr. Weldon, participated in this trip. The team flew from Atlanta to Santo Domingo on January 15th and stayed overnight in a hotel in Santo Domingo. While in the city, they met with The Rt. Rev. Julio C. Holguín, Bishop of the Diocese of the Dominican Republic. After traveling in a rented vehicle to Azua, they stayed in the Hotel San Ramon and ate most meals in the home of the local priest, Padre Jesús Mosquea. Padre Mosquea is the vicar in charge of three congregations in the Azua area: San Jorge, Espíritu Santo, and La Reconciliación. The team’s meals were prepared by two local parishioners.

    The team’s primary activities included concrete-block construction work on a house and detached bathroom facilities.

    On January 20th the team drove from Azua to Las Américas International Airport east of Santo Domingo and flew back to Atlanta.

    An album of photographs from this mission trip is available here.

    For more information on this mission trip, contact The Rev. Jay Weldon.

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    Mission trip to El Carreton (SE Convocation; January 23-30)

    Team member Kate Pontello with local children on the steps of the unfinished high school in El Carreton, January 2012. Click this image to see other photographs from this mission trip.

    The Diocese of Georgia conducted a mission trip to El Carreton during January 23-30, 2012. This mission trip was organized by The Southeastern Convocation and was led by the Very Rev. Ted Clarkson, rector of St. Andrew’s, Darien, and St. Cyrian’s, Darien. Sixteen persons, including Fr. Clarkson, participated in this trip. The team flew from Orlando to Santo Domingo on January 23rd and stayed in the Hotel Caribani in Bani, a small city near El Carreton. They ate their breakfast and supper meals in the restaurant of this hotel, and their lunch meals were provided by local residents at their work site.

    The team’s primary activities included working on an unfinished high school building (painting, wiring, and installing a rooftop solar hot water heater) along with crafts and play activities with the local children.

    On January 29th the team drove from El Carreton to Santo Domingo and stayed overnight in the Hotel Mercure prior to their flight back to Orlando on January 30th.

    An album of photographs from this mission trip is available here.

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

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    Representation at the DR Diocesan Convention based in El Pedregal, DDG meeting and exploration trip based in Santo Domingo, (Diocesan team; February 8-21)

    The Rev. Joan Kilian is greeted by Padre Hipólito Fernández Reyna at the entrance to El Buen Samaritano, a day care center in San Francisco de Marcorís. Mission team member Fred Richter is in the background of this photograph. Click this image to see other photographs from the February 2012 exploration trip.

    During February 8-21, 2012, the Diocese of Georgia conducted an exploration trip to the Dominican Republic to represent The Rt. Rev. Scott A. Benhase at the annual convention of the Episcopal Diocese of the Dominican Republic and to examine potential mission work sites. The exploration team included two clergy and six lay members from two congregations within the Diocese of Georgia: Companion Diocese Commission Chair, The Rev. Tar Drazdowski, Christ Church (Valdosta); The Rev. Joan Kilian, Trinity (Statesboro); Julius Ariail, Christ Church (Valdosta); Team Leader Fred Richter, Trinity (Statesboro); Josan Rivera, Episcopal Campus Ministry, Georgia Southern University/Trinity (Statesboro); Laurie Sattler, St. Paul’s (Savannah); Savannah Spivey, Christ Church (Valdosta); and Michael Wood, Trinity (Statesboro). A daily journal of their trip with a link to an online photograph album is available here.

    The two-week trip had two distinct phases. Julius and Tar+ flew from Orlando to Santo Domingo on February 8th, stayed overnight in Santo Domingo, and went on by commercial bus to the Episcopal camp in El Pedregal on February 10th for the Dominican diocesan convention. They returned to Santo Domingo on February 12th to attend the semi-annual board meeting of the Dominican Development Group. The remaining team members flew from Orlando to Santo Domingo on February 14th and were met at the Las Americas airport by Julius and Tar+. The whole team then stayed at the Mercure Hotel in Santo Domingo for the duration of the exploration trip, with the exception of the night of February 18th, which they spent in a hotel in Barahona. During the days, they rode in the Dominican diocesan van or a chartered bus to visit sites, returning to the hotel each evening. While based in Santo Domingo, they ate in commercial restaurants or in Dominican Episcopal church or school facilities. With the exception of Fred Richter, who flew from Santo Domingo to Puerto Rico on February 21st for a personal vacation, the team flew back to Orlando on February 21st.

    Sites visited were the following (in alphabetical order, city or location name first, church name and facility type second:

    Azua – La Reconciliación (church), San Jorge (church)

    Bani – La Transfiguratíon (church and school)

    Barahona – Jesús Peregrino (church and children’s shelter)

    Boca Chica – San José (church and school); Hogar Obispo Isaacs (retirement home)

    Bonao – San Juan Bautista (church and education center, along with a fire station)

    Catalina – El Santo Nombre (preaching station)

    El Carreton – San Antonio de Padua (church and school

    Haina – San Marcos (church and school)

    Jarabacoa (El Pedregal) – Campamento Monte de la Transfiguratíon (church, school, camp & conference center).

    San Francisco de Macorís – Buen Samaritano (day care center); Jesús Nazareno (church and school)

    San Pedro de Macorís – Bishop Kellogg Center (conference center and medical clinic); San Esteban (school); Buen Pastor (church, school, day care center and medical clinic); Santa Cruz (church and school)

    Santana – San Matias (church and school)

    Santo Domingo – La Epifanía (cathedral); San Andrés (church, school, clinic, mission team dormitory facility); San Pablo y San Pedro (church); San Felipe Apóstol (church)

    The team had a productive meeting with The Rt. Rev. Julio C. Holguín, Bishop of the Diocese of the Dominican Republic, and senior members of his clergy to learn about his priorities for integrating the work of mission teams in the development of the Dominican church. The team members were also greatly assisted by The Rev. Deacon Bob Snow and Ellen Snow, two missionaries who work on Bishop Holguín’s staff to coordinate the work of mission teams in the Dominican Republic, and by Patricio (Rafelito) Encarnación, the diocesan driver and mechanic who drove the diocesan van.

    The Rev. Tar Drazdowski and Fred Richter wrote this statement to summarize this trip:

    “The February 2012 Exploration Trip to the Dominican Republic was memorable for several reasons, among them the opportunity to visit sites in Azua and El Carreton where mission teams from the Diocese of Georgia had been working only a month earlier; for the overnight trip to Barahona in the southwestern corner of the Dominican Republic, where none of us had ever visited before; and for the invitation to help the clergy and staff of La Epifania, the Dominican Episcopal cathedral, to distribute a free breakfast meal and staple food supplies to the needy residents of the neighborhood. We looked at many potential mission sites to gather information on work projects and logistical support to share with congregations planning future mission trips, and two that would represent new sites for work by Georgia teams attracted our particular attention: the day care center and unfinished church in San Francisco de Macorís, and the church and school in Santana. As a result of this trip, Trinity Episcopal Church in Statesboro is currently planning a mission trip to San Francisco de Macorís in June, 2012, a location that would represent the fifth mission work site for the Diocese of Georgia in the Dominican Republic. We were deeply moved by the enthusiasm of our Dominican friends for international partnerships, and we hope to convey this enthusiasm to the congregations of the Diocese of Georgia through the future work of the Companion Diocese Commission.”

    For more information on this trip, contact Team Leader Fred Richter (Trinity, Statesboro); The Rev. Tar Drazdowski, Chair of the Companion Diocese Commission and Assistant Rector, Christ Episcopal Church, Valdosta GA; or The Rev. Canon Frank Logue, Canon for Congregational Ministries, Diocese of Georgia.

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    Mission trip to El Pedregal (Christ Church, Valdosta; June 16-23)

    The June 2012 mission team sponsored by Christ Church (Valdosta) conducted knitting classes for over 60 women in the village of El Pedregal. To see other photos from this trip, click the picture above.

    This mission trip report, along with the associated trip journal and photographs, is available at the Christ Church (Valdosta) web site, here: http://www.christchurchvaldosta.org/?page_id=4686.

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    Mission trip to San Francisco de Macorís (Trinity, Statesboro, June 19-26)

    The design on the t-shirt worn by mission team members in San Francisco de Macorís in June 2012. Click this image to see pther photographs from this mission trip.

    The Diocese of Georgia conducted a mission trip to San Francisco de Macorís during June 19-26, 2012. This twelve-member mission trip was organized by Trinity Episcopal Church in Statesboro and was led by the Rev. Joan Kilian and Dr. Fred Richter. Most of the team members were from Trinity’s EYC group. While in San Francisco de Macorís, they stayed in the church buildings of Jesús Nazareno and worked at the El Buen Samaritano day care center. Their work was supervised by Padre Hipólito Fernández Reyna, vicar of Jesús Nazareno. Their meals were provided by the staff of the church and by Padre Hipólito’s family. Their primary task at the day care center was to sand and make ready for use the pews for a new worship space and social welfare building under construction at that facility.

    At the conclusion of their work in San Francisco de Macorís, Padre Hipólito sent this email message to Trinity (Statesboro): “HI! Blessings to all!! This has been a great visit, a wonderful group!! Everything was just fine and they did a great job. They’re now in Santo Domingo. Blessings.”

    An online album of photographs from this mission trip is available on Trinity’s Facebook page here.

    For more information on this mission trip, contact the Rev. Joan Kilian or Dr. Fred Richter at Trinity Episcopal Church in Statesboro.

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    Preaching mission in Savannah (St. Paul’s, Savannah, and representatives of the Episcopal Seminary in Santo Domingo, July 22-27)

    The Rt. Rev. William Skilton (center) with other participants in this preaching mission at St. Paul's.

    For the last three years, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Savannah has worked at building a ministry with the Hispanic/Latino Community in Savannah. In order to increase their efforts in mission and evangelism with the Hispanic/Latino Community in Savannah and the surrounding areas, St. Paul’s hosted a Preaching Mission during the week of July 22 – July 27, 2012. The Preaching Mission was called “Encounter with Christ 2012: Go and make disciples.” Each evening the services focused on one part of the Baptismal promises as they explored how to live into the call of Jesus to “Go and make disciples.”

    It was very exciting to have three visitors from our Companion Diocese of the Dominican Republic come to assist St. Paul’s in the Mission. The Venerable Ramón Antonio Garcia, Archdeacon of the Northern Region of the Dominican Republic, was joined by two seminarians from the Centro de Estudios Teológicos, Luis Garcia Correa and José Martin Abreu. On Thursday evening, the Rt. Rev. Wiliam Skilton, retired Assistant Bishop of the Dominican Republic, participated in the service and gave a most enthusiastic sermon in both Spanish and English.

    For more information on this preaching mission, contact the Rev. Charles Todd at St. Paul’s.

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    Exploration trip based in Santo Domingo (The Rev. Joshua Varner, October 22-26)

    The interior of an Episcopal church in Santiago, a large city in the north of the Dominican Republic.

    During October 22-26, 2012, the Rev. Joshua Varner conducted an exploration trip in the Dominican Republic to scout potential locations for a diocesan youth mission trip in the summer of 2013. Despite Hurricane Sandy’s presence on the island, he was able to visit sites in the capital, Santo Domingo, as well as sites east, west, and north of the city, including both work sites and possible places to stay in each area.

    Photographs from the primary four days of the Rev. Varner’s trip are available at the four links below:

    First Day – Traveling to the Dominican Republic
    Second Day – Visiting sites east of Santo Domingo
    Third Day – Visiting sites west of Santo Domingo
    Fourth Day – Visiting sites near Santiago (north of Santo Domingo)

    This week-long mission experience for 9-12 grade students in the Diocese of Georgia is scheduled to take place from June 24 – July 1, 2013. For more information about this youth mission trip, contact the Rev. Joshua Varner at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church in Pooler, GA.

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    Mission trip to Azua (St. Patrick’s, Albany and St. Anne’s, Tifton, October 27 – November 2)

    The members of the mission team from St. Anne's Tifton and St. Patrick's Albany in Las Carreras. Click this image to see other photographs from this mission trip.

    From October 27 until November 2, 2012, five members of St. Anne’s Tifton teamed up with three members of St. Patrick’s Albany for a mission trip to Las Carreras, a small community near the large city of Azua on the southern coast of the Dominican Republic. The main purpose of the mission trip was to help build a church for the congregation of Espíritu Santo in Las Carreras. The Rt. Rev. Julio Holguín, Bishop of the Diocese of the Dominican Republic, visited their work site one day and blessed each member of the mission team.

    Bishop Holguín (purple shirt, back to camera) blesses the Rev. Lonnie Lacy while other team members and local residents gather around. Click this image to see other photographs from this mission trip.

    The team reported that although the construction work was important, the “greater work of building lasting relationships and friendships with our Dominican brothers and sisters ended up mattering so much more.”

    An album of photographs from this trip is available here.

    For more information on this mission trip, contact the Rev. Lonnie Lacy at St. Anne’s Tifton, or the Rev. Jay Weldon at St. Patrick’s Albany.

     

    Activities During 2011

    This is an archive page for reports about the work of the Companion Diocese Commission in the Dominican Republic in 2011.

    Annual Report for 2011

    The Annual Report of the Companion Diocese Commission
    Prepared for the 191th Convention of the Diocese of Georgia
    February 2-4, 2012

    DR Diocesan seal

    The seal of the Episcopal Diocese of the Dominican Republic

    The Diocese of Georgia continues to be a very active mission partner with our Companion Diocese of the Dominican Republic. During February 18-20, The Reverend Tar Drazdowski, Christ Church (Valdosta), represented Bishop Benhase at the annual convention of the Diocese of the Dominican Republic held in Santo Domingo. She addressed the convention, bringing greetings from the Diocese of Georgia.

    The Exploration Trip to the Dominican Republic, February 22-28, was productive and successful. The ten team members were from the following parishes: Trinity, Statesboro; Christ Church, Valdosta; St. Andrew’s and St. Cyprian’s, Darien; and St. Peter’s, Savannah. The team traveled throughout the southern and central parts of the Dominican Republic taking in the beautiful countryside while looking for possible mission sites. In both urban and rural areas, opportunities and mission sites are plentiful, and the team members were made keenly aware of how many communities are looking to form partnerships with churches in the U.S.

    From April 5 to 7, The Rev. Jay Weldon, rector of St. Patrick’s, Albany, and The Rev. Lonnie Lacy, rector of St. Anne’s, Tifton, visited the city of Azua, where St. Patrick’s parishioners were active in 2010 to seek out potential worksites for their next mission trip. As a result of this trip, projects have been identified for a trip planned in January 2012.

    Deacon Susan Gahagan (St. Paul’s, Savannah) made her second trip to the Dominican Republic during May 28-June 7 to participate in the “Latin Experience”, a program sponsored by the Association of Episcopal Deacons and the Deacons of the Diocese of the Dominican Republic to learn about the ministry of the deacons in the Dominican Republic. While Deacon Gahagan was participating in the program, she was partnered with a Dominican counterpart. She stayed in the home of Deacon Susanna and basically shadowed her through her weekly responsibilities.

    During June 18 to 25, Christ Church (Valdosta) sent the largest team ever in the ten-year history of our work in the Dominican Republic. The team of thirty short-term missionaries represented churches from four states – Georgia, Florida, Alabama and Mississippi. Churches in our diocese whose priest or parishioners participated included: Trinity, Statesboro; Saint Anne’s, Tifton; and Christ Church, Valdosta. The team worked at the Camp of the Transfiguration in El Pedregal, near Jarabacoa. The one-week mission included daily instruction for four knitting projects with supplies included; Vacation Bible School instruction, music and crafts with supplies included; and several construction projects in the community as well as at the camp. During two of those construction projects, one new house was roofed and the aging roof on another house was replaced with new metal sheets.

    During October 22-25, the Dominican Development Group held their bi-annual meeting at Christ Church, Valdosta. Bishop Scott Benhase, Diocese of Georgia; Bishop Julio Holguín, Diocese of the Dominican Republic, and Bishop William Skilton, retired from South Carolina and now assisting Bishop in the Dominican Republic, and members of the companion dioceses met together to develop and support a plan to obtain secure funding to help build the Endowment Fund for the support of the Dominican Church. The Diocese of the Dominican Republic has been negatively affected by the budget cuts at the national Episcopal Church, and is taking measures to become more financially independent. Progress is being made in this effort. The Diocese of Georgia is helping by maintaining their full partnership with the Dominican Development Group. The line item in our Diocesan budget for $11,000.00 is used solely to support the efforts of the Dominican Development Group and the work being done in the Dominican Republic.

    Much of our work in 2011 has laid the foundation for a flurry of mission team activity in 2012, with four mission trips in various stages of planning to take place during that year. One of those trips will feature a team from the Southeastern Convocation, a new sponsor of Dominican mission work, whose trip will be to El Carreton, a Dominican community where teams from the Diocese of Georgia have never worked before. 2012 will also see another exploration trip and the presence of an official representative from the Diocese of Georgia at the annual convention of the Diocese of the Dominican Republic in February.

    For more information, please check out the Companion Diocese webpage at http://georgia.anglican.org/?page_id=19. You will find a wealth of information about mission opportunities, travel diaries, and photographs of everything mentioned above. We are grateful to Julius and Julia Ariail for their continued effort to keep this information current and available for everyone. For more information, contact The Rev. Tar Drazdowski, Chair of the Companion Diocese Commission and Assistant Rector, Christ Episcopal Church, Valdosta Georgia; or The Rev. Canon Frank Logue, Canon for Congregational Ministries, Diocese of Georgia.

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    The overarching purpose of the mission trip sponsored by Christ Church (Valdosta) to El Pedregal in June, 2011, was to establish a ministry of presence. To see other photos from this trip, click the picture above.

    Report of the Mission Trip in June, 2011

    The Diocese of Georgia conducted a mission trip to the Episcopal Camp of the Transfiguration (Campamento Episcopal Monte de la Transfiguración) from June 18-25, 2011. The Camp of the Transfiguration is located in El Pedregal, a small village about 2 miles east of the large city of Jarabacoa. This mission trip was organized by Christ Episcopal Church, Valdosta, and included 30 people from 5 dioceses of the Episcopal Church and 1 diocese of the Roman Catholic Church. This trip in 2011 marked the tenth year that a mission trip from the Diocese of Georgia has come to this location. The team flew from Orlando to Santo Domingo on June 18th and rode in a chartered bus from the airport to El Pedregal, a trip of about 4 hours. The bus transport was coordinated by the mission team support staff of the Diocese of the Dominican Republic. The team members stayed in the dormitory rooms of the Episcopal camp, and their meals were prepared by members of the camp staff and served in the camp dining room.

    On Sunday, the first full day of their mission trip in El Pedregal, they attended church in El Pedregal where the three priests on the mission team, The Rev. Tar Drazdowski (Christ Church, Valdosta), The Rev. Lonnie Lacy (St. Anne’s, Tifton) and The Rev. Justin Yawn (Trinity, Statesboro) were the co-celebrants. During the service, their mission team crosses were blessed by Padre Carlos Santana, the priest in charge of the camp, school, and church. The team members presented Padre Carlos with a ciborium to match the chalice a previous mission team from Christ Church had donated in an earlier year.

    During the week the mission team members were in El Pedregal, they completed construction projects such as excavating a site for a new electrical power substation, roofing two houses, removing a chain link fence and its foundation to prepare for the installation of a new fence and concrete block wall, cleaning and then painting a tile roof over a carport on a house in the camp property, installing three ceiling fans in the camp dining room, and installing ceilings in bathrooms in a new camp dormitory building. They also conducted knitting classes for approximately 75 knitters and Vacation Bible School classes for approximately 125 children. They attended a graduation exercise for the Episcopal school on the camp property, and helped conduct a water splash party for the village children.

    Watercolor: 'Five Palms'

    Michael Wood, an artist and a member of the mission team, created three watercolor paintings from scenes in El Pedregal. One of these paintings, “Five Palms,” was painted in El Pedregal during the mission trip, and the others were painted after Michael returned home. Prints of these paintings are for sale, and net proceeds benefit future mission work in the Dominican Republic. To see illustrations of the three works and for more information on purchasing prints, go here.

    On Thursday, June 23rd, the last full day they were in El Pedregal, the community joined them in the camp dining room in a covered dish supper with dancing afterward. The team presented team t-shirts and crosses to several members of the community and the camp staff. They also donated a large banner decorated with handprints of the VBS children to the Episcopal church in El Pedregal, and gave a stole decorated with thumbprints of the village children to Padre Carlos. The Rev. Tar Drazdowski, the mission team leader, also received one of the stoles decorated by the village children.

    On Friday, June 24th, the team left El Pedregal by bus to travel to Santo Domingo. They arrived in time to see part of the capital city and to eat supper in local restaurants. On Saturday morning, June 25th, they rode busses to the airport for their flight back to Orlando.

    For photographs from this mission trip, check here (summary set), here (part 1 of an extended set), and here (part 2 of an extended set). For a detailed daily journal from this trip, check here.

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    Deacon Susan Gahagan (at far right) with deacons from the United States and the Dominican Republic on the steps of San Esteban in San Pedro de Marcoris. To see other photos from her trip, click the picture above.


    Report of the Exploration Trip for Deacons, May 28 – June 7, 2011

    The Rev. Deacon Susan Gahagan, a member of the clergy of St. Paul’s, Savannah, participated in a cross-cultural field experience for deacons sponsored by the Association for Episcopal Deacons and the Deacons of the Episcopal Diocese of the Dominican Republic. She joined a group of 11 other deacons at the Bishop Kellogg Conference Center in San Pedro de Marcoris for several days to learn about the ministry of deacons in the Dominican Republic, and was then assigned as a partner with a Dominican deacon to work and live for several days in that deacon’s home community and to share in that local ministry. After she returned home, she wrote the report below. More information about her trip is available from the Association of Episcopal Deacons here.

    A Latin Experience

    I received an e-mail from AED (Association for Episcopal Deacons) on December 23, 2010, telling about A Latin Experience for 12 US deacons and 12 deacons from the Dominican Republic to be paired up for an immersion experience in Latin culture. Having been to the DR last September, I wanted to go back. After sending an e-mail to a member of last fall’s team who was out of town for the holiday and getting back a response, “haven’t you registered yet?” I did register on Christmas Day at 9:00 a.m. Now for those who know me, they know that I always, by the Grace of God, have my needs met, but there has never been an excess of money in my life. The fact that I had the money for registration on Christmas Day was a sign to me. I stepped out on faith that the airline ticket would somehow happen. And it did!

    I flew to Santo Domingo on Saturday, May 28th. After a missed meeting at the airport I finally found Deacon Bob Snow (somehow two people wearing collars could not find each other) and my ride to San Pedro de Macoris Retreat Center where I could relax and meet the other participants. We all turned in early that night.

    Passing the Peace in St. Stephen's. To see other photos from this trip, click the picture above.

    Sunday morning we attended mass at St Stephen’s on the grounds of the retreat center vested. The group picture was taken on the steps before the procession began. Deacon Snow had told us to bring at least an alb and stole. Dominicans like to have visiting clergy vest. Some of us did participate in the service reading the gospel both in English and Spanish and at the table. I read the gospel in English. It was also good to see one of the seminarians we had met last fall, Lorenzo, who was assigned to St Stephen’s.

    Sunday afternoon we began our introduction to the culture and ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of the Dominican Republic. The first class of deacons have been ordained about five years. They talked to us about the process and what they have and are doing in their ministry. They had some hurdles to leap because there was no process for them to follow. Deacon Snow (Neb) and Sr Priscilla (Southern Ohio) were both deacons when they went to the DR.

    The staff at the retreat center fed and cared for us well. We ate a lot of rice, beans and wonderful fresh fruit.

    The Rt. Rev. Julio Holguin, Bishop of the Diocese of the Dominican Republic.

    Monday morning we had an invasion of men in purple. One of our participants was recently retired bishop of Western NY, Michael Garrison, who has moved to Western Florida. He is an AED board member. Bishop Julio Holguin of DR, Assisting Bishop Bill Skilton, and retired DR Bishop Taliaferro Isaac were also present. Each of the Dominican Bishops added to our knowledge of Latin American Culture and the Church, Spirituality in Latin America, Evangelizing of Latins, Latino/Hispanic Ministries of the Episcopal Church and the Latin America Family. Along with the bishops we had Dean Ashton Brooks from Epiphany Cathedral and Dean Napoleon Brito from the seminary as speakers. By evening we had information whirling around in our heads trying to understand. Dean Brito had brought his guitar and we enjoyed the evening singing.

    Tuesday morning dawned with morning devotions and another wonderful meal prepared by the staff at San Pedro de Macoris Retreat Center. They fed and cared for us well. After breakfast more talks on “Understanding Latinos and their Needs,” “Roman Catholic Church Influence on Latinos” and finally “The Gringos Among Us” and “Understanding Latinos Through Mission Trips” by three of the Dominican missionaries, Deacon Bob and Ellen Snow and Karen Carroll. Tuesday afternoon our heads had absorbed all our seats could endure and we were off to see some unique and historical caves near San Pedro. The only unwelcome guests on that trip were the mosquitoes we encountered at the caves.

    School children in Buen Pastor. Click this image to see other photos from this trip.

    Wednesday morning found us going to Buen Pastor for morning devotions and visiting the church, school and clinic run by Sisters of the Transfiguration. The children sang for us in the church after our devotions. In each of the schools we visited, the children wanted to be greeted by the Americans and pose to have their picture taken. They were fascinated by the cameras that would show them their picture. We visited Angelina school and church, Consuelo church and school and then back to the retreat center for lunch. In the afternoon we visited Sante Fe Church and School. We had also visited what is to be a bakery and vocational learning experience for members of the community. They have the building and equipment, but are waiting for the power company to run the 220 voltage line for the ovens. Several members of our group expressed their feelings related to the attitude of the power company. Back on the grounds of the retreat center, we visited a health clinic and AIDS program run by an American doctor missionary and his wife.

    A computer lab in a Dominican Episcopal school. Click this image to see other photos from this trip.

    Thursday morning we left the retreat center after breakfast and traveled to the church at Santo Thomas where we celebrated the Ascension Mass along with a mission group from Charleston, SC, who were preparing to travel home. We traveled on to Boca Chica and visited San Jose Church, School and Bishop Isaac Home for Seniors. I had visited this site last fall. Since that time they have been able through generous donations to furnish the third floor at the Hogar (home) and are constructing the third floor of the school building. The Dominican government requires two things of the schools run by the church: 1) they must have a basketball court; and 2) they must have a computer lab. That evening we traveled to the dormitories at the Diocesan House and a tour of the Colonial Zone including the oldest American cathedral (Roman Catholic), museums and, of course, shops.

    Friday morning we visited Epiphany Cathedral (Episcopal) and the Diocesan Seminary. The seminarians were preparing to leave and return to their weekend assignments but it was good to see several seminarians we had met and worked with last fall. Upon returning to the Diocesan House, we were picked up by our host family for the weekend. I went back to Boca Chica where I stayed at the Hogar. The quiet evening was a welcome rest after a very busy week.

    Saturday morning I met my hostess, Susanna, at 7:30 for a bus trip to Santo Domingo and her formation classes at the seminary. The deacons in formation and the part-time seminarians attend classes at the seminary on Saturday taught by the seminary professors. There were two other US deacons accompanying their hostess to class. After class we all, deacons and hostesses, went to some shops in the colonial zone. We treated our hostesses to pizza before we returned to the bus station for the ride to our various destinations.

    After a siesta we attended a Bible Study held on the lawn of the San Jose Church. After the study everyone went inside for a time of singing together. Susanna and I did the altar guild duties for Sunday. She seemed surprised as she filled the vessels that I knew how to set the credence table. She did not understand that what she and the congregation did at San Jose was part of a much larger church that spanned not only countries but languages. After that I went back to the hogar to rest and prepare for Sunday.

    Santo Tomas.

    Fr Sanchez came for me at 7 a.m. and we were off to St Thomas with his son, Victor, driving. As we traveled we passed the winter home for the New York Mets, Florida Marlins and the Yankees. When we entered St Thomas and began vesting there were only about five or six people in church. I participated in the service as the deacon at the table. Sitting behind the altar facing the open outside door I saw people passing the church in the street stop in front of the door, bow and cross themselves, then go on down the street. How often in the US do people even pay any attention that they have passed a church on the street? By the time we got to communion there were about 40 people in the church. After the service Fr Sanchez and I unvested and the ladies brought us juice to drink. As soon as the service and attendance was recorded and the money counted, we were off again.

    Back at San Jose we vested about 9:45. There we were joined by Susanna and Ricardo, a full time dentist and part time seminarian assigned to San Jose whom I had met on the previous trip. When Latinos pass the peace it is a real social event. They do not stop until they have greeted every person in the church. It is a joyful event of laughing, hugging and even some dancing. The children, especially the little girls, wanted to be greeted by this strange deacon. Most of the time I was greeting two children at a time, one under each arm. All of the people were so warm, open and friendly. Neither of the churches I served in had communion rails. The people formed a line down the main isle receiving from the priest and then moving to me, the deacon, with the chalice. The vast majority presented the host for intinction, meaning I had poured much too much wine for the hundred people present.

    Deacon Gahagan received a certificate of participation in the 'Latin Experience' trip.

    After the service I rode the bus back to Santo Domingo with Ricardo. His son picked us up with the car and they delivered me to the Snow’s. Soon after I arrived we went to the Diocesan House to begin preparations for the dinner Sunday evening with the US guests and hosts of the diocese. In between I had time for a wonderful time of sharing with Ellen Snow. At the dinner each of the US participants was given a framed certificate from the diocese and a green stole with the Diocesan Seal on it made by one of the seminarians, who makes vestments to supplement his income while he is in seminary. I have a beautiful dalmatic and stole he made after our last trip.

    Monday we went to the market in pouring rain and flooded streets. For a minute I thought I was back in Savannah with the flooded streets from rain. We also spent some time with Deacon Snow reflecting on our experiences. It is his hope that this is just the first of such trips.

    Tuesday morning early we began to return to our various destinations; Maine, Pennsylvania, Florida, Louisiana, California, Oregon, Georgia and Vancouver, B.C., with our experiences whirling in our heads. From the e-mails that have been circulating since our return, we are still processing our experiences.

    Note: In addition to participating in this trip, Deacon Gahagan was also a member of the team from St. Paul’s Savannah that was in Santo Domingo in September, 2010, to work with Episcopal seminiarians on a service music project. She had the opportunity to visit a home for the elderly operated by the Diocese of the Dominican Republic and to distribute letters of greeting from the youth of St. Paul’s. A report of that mission trip with links to an online album with photographs is available here.

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    Report of the Exploration Trip in April 5-7, 2011

    Padre Jesús Mosquea with some of the members of his three congregations in Azua.

    During April 5-7, 2011, The Rev. Jay Weldon (St. Patrick’s, Albany) and The Rev. Lonnie Lacy (St. Anne’s, Tifton), conducted an exploration trip to examine potential mission work sites in Azua in the Diocese of the Dominican Republic. Azua has a population of 85,000 and is near the southern coast about 60 miles west of Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic. Azua had been visited by the Diocese of Georgia’s exploration team in February, 2010, and a mission team lead by Fr. Weldon worked there in October, 2010. A report and online photo album from the October 2010 mission trip is available here.

    They flew from Atlanta to Santo Domingo on Delta #599 on April 5. After landing at the Santo Domingo airport, they rented a car and drove to Azua. They stayed one night in the Hotel Ramon, the same facility used by the October 2010 mission team. While in Azua, they met with Padre Jesús Mosquea, the local Episcopal priest, and visited the three Episcopal congregations in the area to determine their needs for future mission work. They ate their meals in Padre Ramon’s house. Identified needs included continuing the construction of the unfinished building of The Church of the Reconciliation to a state where services can be held inside the building; finishing construction on the two houses that were worked on by the October 2010 mission team; constructing a house for a woman with 10 children, all of whom currently live in a shack made of flattened metal cans; and constructing outhouses to replace the flimsy outdoor bathroom facilities currently in use in some areas. An outhouse could be built for approximately US$100, and the church and house construction projects could be completed for approximately US$12,000.

    On the afternoon of April 6th, they returned to Santo Domingo and stayed one night in the Hotel Mercure before boarding their Delta #598 flight back to Atlanta on April 7th.

    An online album with photographs from this trip is available here. Videos from this trip are currently being prepared, and links to those videos will be posted here as soon as they are ready for use.

    For additional information on this trip, contact The Rev. Jay Weldon or The Rev. Lonnie Lacy.

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    Report of the Exploration Trip in February 22-28, 2011

    The unfinished high school building in Carreton, near the city of Bani west of Santo Domingo.

    During February 22-28, 2011, the Diocese of Georgia conducted an exploration trip to examine potential mission work sites in the Diocese of the Dominican Republic. The exploration team included ten clergy and lay members from five congregations within the Diocese of Georgia: The Rev. Sam Buice, St. Peter’s (Savannah); The Rev. Ted Clarkson and Allison Clarkson, St. Andrew’s and St. Cyprian’s (Darien); The Rev. Tar Drazdowski, Christ Church (Valdosta); Julius Ariail, Christ Church (Valdosta); Dorothy Cunningham, St. Cyprian’s (Darien); Karulynn Koelliker, St. Andrew’s (Darien); Fred Richter, Trinity (Statesboro); and Dave and Judy Sweeterman, St. Peter’s (Savannah). They flew from Orlando to Santo Domingo on February 22nd, and stayed four nights in the Hotel Mercure in Santo Domingo. During the day, they rode in a chartered bus to visit sites, returning to the hotel each night. At the diocesan camp, they stayed in camp lodging rooms for two nights and returned in a chartered van to the Santo Domingo airport on February 28th for their flight back to Orlando. While based in Santo Domingo, they ate in commercial restaurants or in Dominican Episcopal church or school facilities. At the diocesan camp, their meals were prepared by the camp’s kitchen staff and served in the camp’s dining hall. A daily journal of their trip with a link to an online photograph album is available here.

    Sites visited were the following (in alphabetical order, city name first, church name and facility type second, link to photographs of this location third):

    Angelina – Santiago Apostol (church and school | photos here)

    Bani – La Transfiguratíon (church and school | photos here)

    Bonao – San Juan Bautista (church and education center, along with a fire station and two prospective church sites | photos here)

    Carreton – San Antonio de Padua (church and unfinished school | photos here)

    Doñana – (unfinished church | photos here)

    Gautier – San Tomas (church, unfinished social services building | photos here)

    Haina – San Marcos (church and school | photos here)

    Jarabacoa (El Pedregal) – Campomento Monte de la Transfiguratíon (church, school, camp & conference center | photos here)

    San Francisco de Macorís – Buen Samaritano (day care center | photos here)

    San Pedro de Macorís – Bishop Kellogg Center (conference center and medical clinic | photos here); Buen Pastor (church, school and medical clinic | photos here); Santa Cruz (church and school | photos here)

    Santana – San Matias (church and school | photos here)

    Santo Domingo – Epifanía (cathedral | photos here); San Andrés (church, school, clinic, mission team dormitory facility | photos here); San Pablo y San Pedro (unfinished church | photos here); Sagrada Familia (church and school | photos here)

    The team had two productive meetings with The Rt. Rev. Julio C. Holguín, Bishop of the Diocese of the Dominican Republic, to learn about his priorities for integrating the work of mission teams in the development of the Dominican church. The team members were also greatly assisted by The Rev. Deacon Bob Snow and Ellen Snow, two missionaries who work on Bishop Holguín’s staff to coordinate the work of mission teams in the Dominican Republic. Deacon Bob Snow traveled with the team as a guide and translator for four days, and Ellen Snow for three days.

    The Rev. Tar Drazdowski, the Chair of the Companion Diocese Commision of the Diocese of Georgia and a member of this exploration team, wrote this statement to summarize this trip:

    “The February 2011 Exploration Trip to the Dominican Republic was productive and successful. The team traveled throughout the Dominican Republic taking in the beautiful countryside while looking for possible mission sites. In both urban and rural areas, opportunities and mission sites are plentiful, and the team members were made keenly aware of how much work needs to be done. One site in particular, Carreton, located in the rolling countryside west of Santo Domingo near the city of Bani, particularly interested the team members. No public high school is available in this area, and one of Bishop Holguín’s top priorities is the completion of a church-supported secondary school here so that local high school students do not have to leave their home community while completing this important part of their education. What the team observed in Carreton is an excellent example of how the churches in the Dominican Republic are looking for partners to help them build their Church with its extensive set of educational programs and social services. Successful partnerships are formed when church communities share their resources and build buildings and relationships.”

    For more information on this trip, contact The Rev. Tar Drazdowski, Chair of the Companion Diocese Commission and Assistant Rector, Christ Episcopal Church, Valdosta GA; or The Rev. Canon Frank Logue, Canon for Congregational Ministries, Diocese of Georgia.

     

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