A new Executive Director has been hired for the Episcopal Camp and Conference Center. Bishop Benhase has hired Dade Brantley to take the helm of Honey Creek, bringing the position on as a part of the Diocesan Staff. This move was unanimously approved by the Honey Creek Commission at a meeting in Savannah earlier this week. In announcing the new director Bishop Benhase said, “Hamp was the perfect person for these most recent years. His financial gifts helped us identify the problems and to get the Bond Sale approved and underway to save the camp.” He went on to say, “Now Dade brings the right mix of gifts for the turnaround of the operations.”
Brantley has experience marketing and brings a background in food service and banking. He came into The Episcopal Church through a Happening weekend at Honey Creek. Dade is a member of St. Mark’s, Brunswick. Together with his wife, Lydia, and children, Maggie and Noah, the Brantley family have been active supporters of Honey Creek for many years. With this passion for the place, Dade combines a clear sense of vision to return Honey Creek to its prime focus of supporting the mission and ministry of the Diocese of Georgia. His charge is to bring expenses in line with revenue while working to better serve the congregations of the Diocese.
This change comes as Hamp Stevens leaves his position as Executive Director. Charlie Hough, the Chair of the Honey Creek Commission, said, “One of my personal pleasures in working with Honey Creek has been my association with Hamp. He has many skills and impeccable integrity. He has a real love for Honey Creek and will leave his mark on many corners of our Camp and Conference Center.” He went on to say, “We all wish him God’s speed in his future endeavors.”
The Georgia Episcopal Camp and Conference Center, Honey Creek, is located on 100 acres alongside the tidal creek for which it is named. The camp was created by the Diocese of Georgia in the late 1950s to replace Camp Reese on St. Simon’s Island. The center hosts a variety of adult and youth activities for the Diocese including clergy and lay leader conferences, Cursillo retreats, the youth programs of the Diocese and more. Full information on Honey Creek is found at its website www.honeycreek.org
A rubber shoe sole makes a hinge for a gate at a church construction site in Santo Domingo.
This journal for the current exploration trip to explore potential mission sites in the Dominican Republic is being maintained by Julius Ariail, the team photographer. Photographs are posted in this online album. This album will be updated as conditions permit during the trip. Note: names of people and places in this journal may not be accurate, and will be corrected at a later date. Please send notes on needed corrections here.
April 5, 2011 11:00 a.m.
I’m thinking my work on this trip journal is completed. I’ve corrected a few errors in the text and in links to photos this morning. The trip report is completed and is available here. The online photo album is also completed and is available here. However, if anyone spots an error, please let me know by sending an email message here.
March 1, 2011 12:45 p.m.
I’ll be refining this journal in the next few days and adding about 600 photos to the linked online photo album here. Eventually, we’ll compose a trip report to summarize our trip and our thoughts about what to do next, but that will take a week or so to put together and post. The trip journal will remain online as a supplement to that trip report, as will the online photo album. Photos in the online album may be downloaded for use in Episcopal congregations and others engaged in mission work in the Dominican Republic directly from that album.
March 1, 2011 1:00 a.m.
My wife, Julia, met us at the Orlando airport and drove Tar+ and me back to Georgia. Since Julia and I live in Lake Park, about 13 miles south of Valdosta, Tar+’s husband, Jim, came to Lake Park to meet us and was waiting in the parking lot of the Waffle House when we arrived. At the time we left the airport, the other team members were also planning to drive directly to their homes, with the option to stop and spend the night along the way if they were too tired to continue safely.
[We did have an unexpected security inspection in the Orlando airport that caught most of us off guard. After we got off the plane and passed through US immigration and customs, we were directed into another security inspection line where we had to pour out liquids in our drinking bottles, pass all carry-on baggage, shoes, and jackets through a scanning machine and step through a metal detector ourselves using exactly the same procedure as if we were going to a departing flight. I haven't ever had to do that to *enter* an airport before, but learned from other experienced travelers later that this practice is not uncommon and is used at unpredictable times for reasons known only to US Homeland Security. In any case, we were happy to be safety-certified twice! and back on US soil again.]
February 28, 2011 8:15 p.m.
Safe landing in Orlando!
The path of JetBlue Flight 1718 from Santo Domingo to Orlando.
February 28, 2011 6:00 p.m. AST
Boarding in progress, all systems go for takeoff. Shutting down in seat 12B. Have switched my watch back to GA time, 5:00 p.m. Orlando here we come!
February 28, 2011 5:00 p.m.
All ten of us are through airport security with our passports and boarding passes in hand, waiting for the airplane for JetBlue flight 1718 to arrive at the gate. Looks like takeoff will be about 40 minutes late. Will try to update again after we all get on board, but might have to shut down before then. Will definitely update from the Orlando airport.
February 26, 2011 1:00 p.m.
10 km to airport.
February 28, 2011 12:56 p.m.
In Santo Domingo. Misty rain. We can see the Caribbean Sea. The highway from Santo Domingo to the airport runs right along the coast.
February 28, 2011 10:40 a.m.
On the way to the Santo Domingo airport, three hours away. Flight leaves at 5:20 p.m. We had better make it, because I’m out of clean clothes and about out of international cell phone data package megabytes. Allowance is 200 MB in the package I bought, and I’m at 190 now.
Children in an Episcopal day care shelter in San Francisco, a city in the Dominican Republic
At the Episcopal shelter for homeless and street children (those left on the streets to fend for themselves while their parents work at day labor jobs).
February 28, 2011 10:27 a.m.
Just leaving a children’s shelter in San Francisco run by an Episcopal priest and his wife. In addition to “regular” day care children, the shelter takes care of some street children who either are homeless or are locked out of their homes for the day when their parents go to work.
February 28, 2011 9:30 a.m.
Left camp on time at 8:30, now getting close to church and children’s shelter in San Francisco. Lots of rice fields in this area.
February 28, 2011 5:30 a.m.
Allison Clarkson distributing presents to the schoolchildren.
Our last morning at the Episcopal diocesan camp, on the Discovery Trip, and in the Dominican Republic. If all runs according to plan today, we’ll take a 5:20 p.m. flight from Santo Domingo to Orlando, and from there by car to our homes. Some of us will drive on from Orlando this evening, and others will overnight in Orlando and head home Tuesday morning.
But first we need to pack up, have a quick breakfast at the camp, board our bus at 8 (will it be here on time? Stay tuned….), and visit a church and children’s shelter about an hour away before getting on the major highway that runs from here through Santo Domingo and then to the airport.
The Rev. Sam Buice with an attentive group of schoolchildren.
The Rev. Tar Drazdowski
Once I get back home, I’ll tidy up this journal and the linked photo album, then add in about 600 more photos to that album. This should take about 10 days to complete. Eventually, there will be a trip report composed by team members posted online as part of the Companion Diocese Commission web pages, and this journal will be a supplement to that report.
But first, let’s see if there’s some coffee ready in the dining room.
February 27, 2011 10:17 p.m.
About 30 new photos from today have been edited and uploaded to the linked Picasa album. Because of the Internet limitations at the camp, some of the photos uploaded in the wrong order and I can’t correct that easily. Will be able to straighten them out next week from home.
Walking around town, with children
February 27, 2011 5:00 p.m.
What a day! Breakfast at 8, church at 9, a combination school children’s party & tribute to The Rev. Tar for the mission teams she has brought to this community at 11, lunch at 12, walk through the village at 1, during which we bought several dozen scarves and other handmade goods to bring home to sell to support mission work, a group meeting of knitters to learn their preferences for the June 2011 mission team here, some quiet time / hiking to the waterfall time / updating the journal time – and that last task is in the works.
Padre Carlos' First Eucharist
As I mentioned earlier, today was Padre Carlos’ first time to celebrate the Eucharist after his ordination a week ago, and The Rev. Tar+ assisted during the service by setting the altar, blessing the children, and giving the benediction. The children’s party was a wild affair with a hundred or so children in school uniforms in the camp dining room where they received refreshments and toys. The mission team members helped to distribute those. Padre Carlos paid tribute to Tar+, and she answered by saying that her work here was not about herself but about building community between our churches and our two dioceses.
After lunch we walked through the town with several Episcopal young people as our guides. We visited one house site where the 2010 mission team had worked, and sadly that site is still uninhabitable and not much further along than it was when we left. We were able to buy several sacks of knitted items to bring home (if we can find room in our suitcases….)
Pablo shows Tar+ the living room in his house that the June 2010 mission team helped to construct.
The knitting meeting discussed several projects, and basically the knitters here are interested in additional variants on the purse project of 2010 plus some new projects such as knitted jewelry and cords made of white cotton string. Cursillo items are also a possibility since the Dominican Cursillo meets here.
After supper tonight we hope to spend some time as a group talking about our impressions of the week and perhaps some initial thoughts on specific mission trip projects that might come out of what we have seen.
Hope to be able to upload 10 or so photos late tonight. Early departure from the camp on Monday, 8 am or so. We are scheduled to see one or two more potential sites in San Franciscio before we head to the airport for our 5:20 pm flight to Orlando.
February 27, 2011 6:00 a.m.
After trying several different methods, I’ve uploaded several high-resolution photos from Saturday into the linked online photo album. More remain to be uploaded later. Since I couldn’t upload all of them, I have left the low-resolution iPhone photos in place for now.
Given the unexpected difficulties of updating from the camp, I’ll probably shut down the journal and photo updating process during today and will try again tonight.
Breakfast is at 8, with church at 9. The roosters, however, have been awake and crowing since about 4 a.m.
February 26, 2011 11:00 p.m.
I’ve run into some Internet connectivity issues with my laptop, and can’t connect it to the Internet to upload photos and add text and photos to this journal. I’m trying a workaround to upload photos to the linked photo album via an iPad, and to update the journal minimally through an iPhone. Because of some hardware limitations on the iPhone and iPad, this means that I can’t insert photos into the journal text or rearrange photos in the linked photo album. That will have to wait until I get home.
But working in the Dominican Republic is always a challenge, so we’ll take this setback as just another challenge and move on.
Presenting a photo from this summer
We did have a grand visit with several families who had worked closely with the Christ Church Valdosta team earlier, and as we walked around more and more children joined us.
After being present at a choir rehearsal for Sunday, we got a tour of the school from Padre Carlos. We then had supper in the camp dining hall, and afterwards had a planning session with Padre Carlos to learn more about his priorities for mission team work in the camp and in the community.
Sunday morning we will attend church at 9, and will be happy to be present at Padre Carlos’ first celebration of the Holy Eucharist. Then we understand that the children of El Pedregal will give The Rev. Tar a gift in recognition of her hard work in this village. Ater lunch, there will be a meeting of knitters at the camp at 3 pm to talk about local preferences for knitting projects when the Christ Church Valdosta mission team returns here in June 2011.
Walking through the village of El Pedregal. The woman in blue jeans is Sharyn Branson, a Canadian medical missionary who operates a clinic in El Pedregal with her husband, Paul (in background on right, in black t-shirt). Both are long-term residents here. Paul works building Habitat-type houses both here and in Haiti.
February 26, 2011 6:24 p.m.
Glorious reunion with many of the people the Christ Church Valdosta team has worked with here for several years. We walked through part of the village of El Pedregal and got hugs and cheers everywhere. For those who have been here before, all these people are ok: Inez, Ana Maria, Tomasina, Elizabeth, Josephina, Pablo, Estephan, Euclides, Fela. Life is good. Plus 3G connection in village and camp! [Alas, 3G signal was spurious -- actual speed was in the "E" category, sometimes "O." But with the exception of a few instances, a data signal was always detected by my iPhone and iPad. Could not manage to connect my laptop, however.]
February 26, 2011 4:45 p.m.
On the grounds of the camp. Getting set up in our rooms. We’re staying in the small motel-type units, not the dorms. Padre Carlos greeted us, along with four teenagers, members of his EYC group who work at the camp. Village very quiet when we passed through, but Tar+ saw a few children she remembered from previous visits here.
February 26, 2011 4:20 p.m.
Arrival in Jarabacoa. Stopped to buy Dominican coffee and vanilla to take home. For those who like strong coffee, The Dominican “Santo Domingo” brand is excellent. The vanilla here is apparently a high-quality extract that uses real alcohol, not synthetic vanilla flavoring that does not use alcohol. I’ll leave it to the cooking experts in our group to explain more about the difference between “vanilla extract” and “synthetic vanilla.” Now about 15 minutes from the camp. WooHoo! (as the young people would say)
February 26, 2011 3:55 p.m.
On a steep hill about five miles from Jarabacoa, 10 miles from the camp. Bus struggling on the inclines but keeps moving forward.
February 26, 2011 2:57 p.m.
Excellent lunch at Padre Vincente’s house, served by his wife and the senior warden of his church. Now on the way to El Pedregal. Should arrive around 4:30.
Walking through a vacant lot in Bonao where an Episcopal church will be constructed someday. An open air shelter that is currently being used for worship services is at the far left of this photograph.
February 26, 2011 1:41 p.m.
At Padre Vincente’s house for lunch. His wife and two daughters greeted us. A third daughter was away, so we didn’t get to meet her. We are currently sitting on a veranda enjoying the breeze while lunch is prepared. We came from seeing a church site with a vacant lot and a small open air shelter where services are now being held. Next to the shelter there is an apartment building for sale, and Padre Vincente wants to buy it for a day care center. This guy is amazing, with a project in every pocket and the enthusiasm to accomplish them all.
February 26, 2011 12:10 p.m.
Have seen fire station with donated fire truck from US church group and a plot of land in an outlying residential area that is available for a new church. Now on to Padre Vincente’s church and school in urban Bonao.
February 26, 2011 11:18 a.m.
Padre Vicente met us on the side of the highway and told us about the land donation. After he looked at our bus, he decided that it would be unwise to try to drive to the site because he thought our bus would have difficulty negotiating the dirt road there. Now on the way to see a donated fire truck from an Episcopal group in the US. Then lunch at Padre Vincente’s house.
February 26, 2011 11:00 a.m.
We’re parked on the side of the highway about 10 miles south of Bonao, waiting for Padre Vincente to meet us and lead us to a site where he has been offered land to develop a church and perhaps a neighborhood of houses.
February 26, 2011 9:45 a.m.
We are on the road north of Santo Domingo to Bonao, where we will visit several sites with Padre Vincente and have lunch at his house. Should take about 90 minutes to get there.
February 26, 2011 9:00 a.m.
We’ve checked out of our hotel and are riding to the diocesan cathedral and seminary for a brief visit before heading north to Bonao.
February 26, 2011 7:00 a.m.
We’re packing up this morning to leave Santo Domingo for the four-hour ride to El Pedregal with two stops along the way. I’ll try to update this journal and the online photo album from the camp in El Pedregal if Internet access is sufficient. When I was there in June 2010, I could get a faint but steady cell phone data signal almost everywhere in the camp and surrounding village. In February 2011 — we’ll see if the signal is still present, and if so, is strong enough to connect my laptop. However, if I’m not able to update from the camp, the team will be back in Santo Domingo Monday afternoon on the way to the airport and I should be able to post brief updates then. Don’t worry if you don’t hear from me until then. We’ll be in good hands.
February 25, 2011 11:00 p.m.
No doubt about it: there’s a street party going on outside the hotel. Loud band, lots of cheering, walls of the hotel shaking. But I haven’t signed on to journal or photograph a street party, so will resist the temptation to go downstairs with my camera. Saturday: we head north to El Pedregal where on Sunday we will be present during the first celebration of the Holy Eucharist by Padre Carlos Santana, the priest at the camp who was ordained at the diocesan convention this past Sunday morning. And that same Sunday is also the official Independence Day in the Dominican Republic. Did anyone say street party?
February 25, 2011 5:00 p.m.
Back at hotel, and the team is gathering at 7 for supper. The streets outside the hotel seem noisier than usual, probably due to the weekend and also to the national Independence Day celebrations on Sunday.
February 25, 2011 4:00 p.m.
We weren’t sure we would be able to work out a second visit with Bishop Holguín, but he was able to see us when we arrived at Diocesan House where he had been in a lengthy meeting with his clergy. We asked him to give us his priorities for action in the sites we had visited for the past three days. At the conclusion of the meeting, Deacon Bob and Ellen Snow gave us rides back to the hotel in their vehicles since our leased bus service had to return to the bus depot at 4 p.m.
February 25, 2011 3:15 p.m.
The principal of the school in Haina
We just left Haina where we visited San Marcos, the diocese’s largest school, with over 900 students in grades K-12. The church on the site has three stories, with a parish hall on the top floor. This church and school are self-supporting. The school is unique in that it has a free-standing kindergarten building. The school staff served us refreshments in the kindergarten building, where we admired classroom window decorations made of crepe paper.
The room that will eventually be the nave and sanctuary of the Episcopal church in Donana
February 25, 2011 2:07 p.m.
Leaving Donana, where we saw an unfinished church where a pig had been tied up in the room that was eventually designated to be the nave and sanctuary when the church was finished. Our guide Frederico, the son of an Episcopal priest who founded the San Matias church and school, said that it was his dream to play the piano in the church when it was completed. Frederico has spent a good deal of time in the United States and spoke excellent English.
February 25, 2011 1:45 p.m.
After lunch, we went to see a government-operated camp in the area that might be a housing option for mission teams in Santana.
Our lunch buffet at San Mathias in Santana
February 25, 2011 1:00 p.m.
Back at stop #1 of the day, San Mathias church and school in Santana, where the residents prepared lunch for us. We are eating in the school open-air pavilion. The meal included pasta, plantains, chicken, and two kinds of rice with little brown peas, regular and crusty (Tar+’s favorite!) The crusty rice is actually the rice that sticks to the bottom of the pan and has to be scraped off. This was not our original plan for lunch, but the people here were so hospitable that we were very pleased to accept their kind offer. They prepared the lunch while we were in Carreton.
Children outside a house next to the Episcopal church in Carreton
San Antonio de Padua in Carreton
February 25, 2011 12:15 p.m.
The Rev. Tar in the unfinished high school
Visited a small church, San Antonio de Padua, and its high school building under construction in Carreton. The church is a community center with beautiful murals on the walls. The two-story high school was located here by the bishop because no local public high school is in the area. Unfortunately, the two-story building is about half done but needs further work to start holding classes. We met a local family who sold the land for the high school to the diocese very inexpensively to support the concept of a high school in their area. When their own house burned down in an accident, the diocese paid for a new house for them to be constructed. As with the high school, some work remains before they can move into that house.
The Episcopal School and Church of the Transfiguration in Bani
February 25, 2011 11:00 a.m.
At our second stop, The Church of the Transfiguration in Bani, we first visited the school building and then heard about the school programs in the church from the wife of the local priest and the director of the pre-school program. The priest’s wife also serves as the school’s principal. Two groups of school children entertained us in the church with Mardi Gras and patriotic songs.
Unfortunately, we weren’t able to meet any priests as we visited locations today because they had all been called to a conference with the bishop about new labor laws in the Dominican Republic. The church schools in the diocese employ a large number of people, and national employment policies must be followed.
Episcopal school children parading in celebration of the Dominican Republic's Independence Day
An unedited YouTube video of the parade
February 25, 2011 9:56 a.m.
We arrived just in time to see the Episcopal and the public school children marching in an Independence Day parade. The actual Independence Day is Sunday, February 27, but the school communities celebrated today. We met a teacher at the school and also Frederico, the son of the Episcopal priest who founded the church and school. They invited us to come back to the church for lunch today, prepared by the kitchen staff of the school, and we gladly agreed.
February 25, 2011 8:30 a.m.
On the way to our first stop west of Santo Domingo, San Matias church and school in Santana. On Wednesday we visited sites in Santo Domingo; on Thursday, sites east of Santo Domingo; and today, sites west of Santo Domingo. On Saturday, after a brief stop at the Cathedral and seminary, we head north.
February 24, 2011 4:00 p.m.
Arrival at our hotel. Some of the team members walked a block to the Roman Catholic cathedral, the oldest in the Americas, to visit the bookstore. Others went to rest in their hotel rooms before we all gathered together again at 7:00 p.m. for supper.
Michael Dohn, an American missionary doctor, gave us a tour of his clinic
February 24, 2011 2:50 p.m.
Dr. Dohn gave us a tour of the medical clinic across the street from the Kellogg Center. During the tour, we met a Dominican doctor who worked at the clinic as a teenager and then went on to medical school. She is now the medical director of the HIV AIDS clinic.
February 24, 2011 2:00 p.m.
Michael Dohn, an American missionary doctor who works at a local clinic, is now describing his work to the team. The real mission of the clinic is to serve the poor, but that leads to a constant need for external resources. Episcopal Relief and Development has been a big supporter of his work. The doctor said that he is constantly working on an “exit strategy” for his medical ministry — moving the community to medical self-sufficiency so that he could shift to another area to begin again. He is proud of developing methods to encourage local residents to “spread the word” about common techniques such as using clean water in the household to prevent diarrhea in children and to recognize the signs of acute respiratory infections instead of thinking that a child just had a bad cold.
February 24, 2011 1:30 p.m.
After lunch, the team heard the personal religious testimonies of Padre Alvarez and his wife, Angelina. Angelina described him as “the other half of her orange,” a Spanish term of endearment. Although only Padre Alvarez is ordained, Angelina believes that she also has a religious calling and shares his ministry whenever and wherever she can. When they were previously stationed in Azua, they were known among the people as Padre and Madre Alvarez, and usually walked to their church so they could knock on doors and greet passersby on the way.
The Episcopal school here has severe financial difficulties because of low enrollment, and may close in 2012. The Diocese sends scholarship funds to the school, but the building is large and there is not enough scholarship money to assist more parents in sending their children here. Pastor Alvarez is negotiating with the Dominican government to get more government-funded teachers assigned to this school. Such government-funded teachers are common at Roman Catholic schools in this country, but rarely at Episcopal schools.
Lunch at the Kellogg Center
February 24, 2011 1:00 p.m.
At the Bishop Kellogg Center, the diocesan conference center. Lunch was prepared by Padre Alvarez’s wife: rice, red beans, chicken, corn fritters, eggplant patties, pineapple and mango cubes, Diet Coke! with ice! and water to drink. Mission teams often work out of this center since it has an excellent, air-conditioned dormitory and kitchen support, and is located in an urban area with several potential mission work sites nearby. Super wireless network, by the way.
The American Sisters of the Transfiguration at Buen Pastor
February 24, 2011 12:30 p.m.
A student at Buen Pastor
Leaving Buen Pastor, a church, clinic, and school staffed by two elderly American members of the Sisters of the Transfiguration. Their expenses are about $6,000/monthly and they currently have only $10,000 in their bank account. Their greatest need is for financial sponsors to support their work. Over the years, they have built an amazing complex of buildings to support this neighborhood.
February 24, 2011 11:00 a.m.
A high school basketball player.
Visited Santa Cruz, an elementary and high school and church in Santa Fe, with active community ministry. At the high school we just visited, there were several very athletic basketball players on the playground during recess. The pastor at Santa Cruz, Padre Felix, told us about several of his innovative social ministries, including the practice of supplying free t-shirts with the name and address of the church to local motorbike “taxi” drivers who zip all around the city carrying passengers. He also has programs to send food baskets to families in need and holds a worship service every day to bring members of the community into the church building so that he can learn more about their needs.
A school classroom in Angelina.
February 24, 2011 10:00 a.m.
The principal in Angelina
On road after visiting St. Thomas and Angelina, two small but active churches in small rural communities. Both have extensive social ministries, and Angelina has a church in addition to a school. Angelina is in a sugar cane production area where a cane processing plant closed several years ago, but the local residents refused to move away. The Dominican Episcopal diocese increased its support for the church and school as a way to support the entire community here.
February 24, 2011 7:30 a.m.
Bob Stevens, executive director of the DDG.
Leaving the hotel now for another day of visiting churches and schools. We were joined today by a group of five members of another exploration team who wanted to go to the same sites that we did. Also with them was Bob Stevens, the executive director of the Dominican Development Group, a US-based foundation that raises funds to support the Dominican church.
February 23, 2011 5:00 p.m.
Back at the hotel to rest before gathering for supper at 7:00 p.m. I took the opportunity to walk down the block from the hotel to a well-stocked grocery store to get three gallon jugs of purified water. We’re doing our best not to drink the local tap water, even at the hotel. That water is probably OK, but given the full schedule of our trip we don’t have any “down time” available to recover from intestinal upsets.
A large indoor crafts bazaar. This is a good location in Santo Domingo to buy local crafts to sell back home as part of fundraising efforts for mission teams.
February 23, 2011 4:00 p.m.
We arrived at an indoor crafts market so Tar+ could show us one source for craft items if anyone wanted to buy something like that to sell at a church gift shop or other outlet. One of the stalls in this market was run by Episcopalians who knew the members of the diocesan staff, and we saw some of their photographs on display there.
The interior of San Andreas.
February 23, 2011 3:00 p.m.
At San Andreas, we were met by the school principal who gave us a tour not only of the school but also of another building on the school campus that is being prepared as a dormitory for mission teams. Then she took us into the large church, also on the school campus, that was the site of the concluding service of the recent Dominican convention with the ordination of five priests, one of whom, Padre Carlos Santana, serves the congregation at the diocesan camp in El Pedregal.
February 23, 2011 2:20 p.m.
After lunch, we’re now headed to San Andreas, a large church and school. The recent Dominican diocesan convention was held there. During lunch, I uploaded several cell phone photos to the linked photo album here. These low-resolution photos will be replaced bu higher-resolution ones when I have a chance to edit the photo files from my big camera.
St. Peter & St. Paul, under construction.
February 23, 2011 12:50 p.m.
Stopped for lunch at an open air restaurant after St. Peter & St. Paul, a three-story church under construction on a hill next to a low-income area that is frequently flooded. The church building has been designed as a shelter for those residents when the nearby river floods. We were met by the construction foreman, who is also a member of the church and the caretaker of the church grounds. He proudly showed us his pepper plants, almost ready to harvest.
February 23, 2011 11:00 a.m.
At Sagrada Familia, a church and school in a lower-income neighborhood, we were greeted by Doña Emma, the first member of the church and now a revered matriarch, and by the school principal. School was in session, and we saw one classroom full of kindergarten-age children. The church matriarch gave us a brief history of the church and its several locations, and said that although she was disappointed that burglars continually break into the church and its buildings and steal equipment, still “we aren’t going to let robbers stop us.”
Our meeting with Bishop Holguin.
February 23, 2011 10:30 a.m.
We had a tour of the diocesan headquarters led by The Rev. Deacon Bob Snow, another American missionary who is on the diocesan staff here to coordinate the work of mission teams. His wife is Ellen, who met us at the airport yesterday. After the tour, we met with Bishop Holguín for about an hour. He talked about his priorities for the development of the Dominican diocese, and we were able to ask him questions. One particular item of interest was a set of plans for 100 houses that the Diocese of the Dominican Republic would like to construct for Haitians in an area near the border between the two countries. The Dominicans would donate the construction materials, and the Haitians would do the construction labor. The Bishop hopes to build the 100 houses in four neighborhoods of 25 houses each. After the meeting, we had a group photograph with the Bishop and then left for Sagrada Familia church and school.
The lobby of the Hotel Mercure. Our breakfasts were included in our room rate and were served buffet-style in the restaurant in the center background of this photograph.
February 23, 2011 8 a.m.
Breakfast at the hotel this morning (a buffet of several varieties of bread, scrambled eggs and bacon, sliced cheese, fruit and yogurt, plus some really fine Dominican coffee!). At 8:30 our bus arrives to take us to the Diocesan House to meet The Rt. Rev. Julio C. Holguín, Bishop of the Diocese of the Dominican Republic. Then we’ll be off visiting several sites around Santo Domingo. I’ll try for brief text and cell phone photo updates during the day, with better photos and a more complete text update tonight.
View of a plaza at night in the Colonial District of Santo Domingo from the a rooftop restaurant.
February 22, 2011 10 p.m.
We celebrated our safe arrival in the Dominican Republic with a festive meal on the upper level of a restaurant overlooking a plaza in Santo Domingo named for the son of Christopher Columbus, one of the first Spanish governors. Our team consists of ten people: 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); Dave and Judy Sweeterman, St. Peter’s (Savannah).
Hotel Mercure in the Colonial District of Santo Domingo.
We’re staying in the Hotel Mercure in the Colonial District, a comfortable hotel that is often used by the Diocese of the Dominican Republic for visiting groups in the capital city of the Dominican Republic. It has air conditioning, a solid wireless network and a restaurant.
View of the colonial district of Santo Domingo from the Hotel Mercure.
February 22, 2011 5:30 p.m.
The team has checked into the Hotel Mercure and will reassemble at 7 p.m. for supper at a nearby restaurant.
February 22, 2011 5:00 p.m.
The Rev. Tar Drazdowski meets us at the airport.
We were met at the airport by The Rev. Tar Drazdowski and Mrs. Ellen Snow, one of the American missionaries who work on the staff of the Diocese of the Dominican Republic and who coordinate the work of the mission teams in the Dominican Republic. Now on a bus to the Hotel Mercure in Santo Domingo, about 20 minutes away.
February 22, 2011 4:15 p.m. AST
Safe landing at Las Americas Airport, Santo Domingo. Smooth flight all the way. AST = Atlantic Standard Time, one hour later than Eastern Daylight Time. I’ll use AST time from now on for this journal until we get back to Orlando next week.
February 22, 2011 12:45 p.m.
Boarding has begun. Shutting down here soon, will attempt update when we land.
February 22, 2011 12:09 p.m.
Savannah team members are at gate. The team is all here.
February 22, 2011 11:57 a.m.
Team members from Darien, Statesboro and Valdosta are at gate.
February 22, 2011 10:30 a.m.
Smooth shuttle from hotel this morning, quick check-in at JetBlue terminal, and zipped through security. Close call with my checked bag, however – maximum weight of bag was 50 pounds, and my bag came in at 46.5 pounds. Now waiting at Gate 4 for the team members to assemble.
February 21, 2011 9:30 p.m.
Met the other team members from Darien tonight and we enjoyed supper together at a nearby restaurant. Tomorrow morning we use the hotel shuttle services to go to the airport, about a ten-minute ride away. Once we check in and get through security, we’ll look for the team members from Statesboro and Savannah at the flight’s departure gate.
February 21, 2011 8:05 a.m.
I’m currently in Orlando, in a hotel near the airport awaiting the arrival of the other exploration team members later today. I’ll spend the day sorting out my gear, charging camera batteries and deciding what will go in my carry-on backpack and what will go in the one checked suitcase I’ll have on the trip. During mission trips, the team members usually have one carry-on bag, one checked suitcase for personal items and one checked duffle bag that is full of mission supplies such as knitting yarn and needles, Vacation Bible School material, or construction tools. On this trip, however, I’m not bringing a second checked bag and will go with just the main suitcase plus the on-board backpack.
The Rev. Tar Drazdowski (back row, center) and Mrs. Elizabeth Welch (middle row, to right of Tar+, in a black-and-white striped shirt) at the 2011 Dominican diocesan convention. Elizabeth Welch represented the Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast at this convention.
February 20, 2011
I received this message from Tar+ in Santo Domingo, reporting on the recently-concluded convention of the Diocese of the Dominican Republic:
February 20, 2011
The Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of the Dominican Republic on February 18-19, 2011, was full of energy, the Holy Spirit was present, and the family of God came together to engage the mission of the church. The Dominican church was very gracious and made all of their guests feel welcome and at home. Much like our convention of the Diocese of Georgia last week, reports were given, elections were held and ordinations were done at the closing Eucharist.
Prior to the closing Eucharist, there was a parade of seminarians, Dominican clergy, visiting clergy and bishops followed by the representatives of most of the congregations. The parade was lead by a band that played “Onward Christian Soldiers” and “We Come with Joy to Our Lord.” Once we arrived at the church we all processed into a packed church with standing room only and people standing outside the exits. There were at least five hundred people in the church and outside in the church yard. It was a great day in the life of the Dominican Church, as there are now five more priests to labor in the fields of the Lord.
What an awesome day!
The Rev. Tar Drazdowski
Chair, Companion Diocese Commission
The Diocese of Georgia
February 17, 2011
The Rev. Tar Drazdowski, the chair of the Companion Diocese Commission, arrived in Santo Domingo yesterday to represent Bishop Benhase at the annual convention of the Diocese of the Dominican Republic and to attend a meeting of the Dominican Development Group following the convention. She will remain in the Dominican Republic to meet the arriving discovery team members on February 22nd and accompany them during the next week as they visit potential mission sites.
The route of JetBlue Flight 1717 between Orlando and Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic
February 15, 2011
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In cooperation with the Diocese of the Dominican Republic, the Companion Diocese Commission of the Diocese of Georgia has organized a discovery trip to explore potential mission sites from February 22-28, 2011. The tentative itinerary for the trip is as follows:
Tuesday, February 22
4:30 p.m. JetBlue Flight 1717 arrives from Orlando to Santo Domingo
5:45 p.m. Arrive at Hotel Mercure for Check-in
Wednesday, February 23
8:30 a.m. Leave Hotel
9:00 a.m. Diocesan Orientation – Meeting with Bishop
10:45 am Sagrada Familia
1145 a.m. San Pedro, San Pablo, San Felipe
1:15 p.m. Lunch
2:30 p.m. San Andres Church and School
4:30 p.m. Arrive at Hotel
Thursday, February 24
7:30 a.m. Leave Hotel
9:00 a.m. Santa Fe – Santa Cruz School and Church
10:15 a.m. Sisters of Transfiguración Church and School,
11:15 a.m. Clinic Esperanza, St. Stephens School
1:15 p.m. Lunch –
2:45 p.m. San Jose Seniors’ Home, Church and School
4:30 p.m. Arrive at Hotel
Friday, February 25
7:45 a.m. Leave the Hotel
9:30 a.m. San Matias Church and School
10:45 a.m. Visit Carreton Church and School
11:45 a.m. Arrive in Bani – Church and school
12:45 p.m. Lunch
2:15 p.m. San Marcos Church and School in Haina
4 30 p.m. Arrive at Hotel
8:45 a.m. Leave Hotel
9:00 a.m. Epiphany Cathedral and Seminary
11:15 a.m. Bonao
1:30 p.m. Lunch Typical Bonao
3:45 p.m. Arrive at Camp at El Pedregal (near Jarabacoa)
Sunday, February 27
Attend Church and Spend day at camp
Monday, February 28
7:30 a.m. Breakfast at Camp
8:15 p.m. Leave Camp
10:15 p.m. San Francisco Children’s Shelter – Jesus Nazareno Church and School
12:00 noon Leave San Francisco
3:00 p.m. Arrive at Airport in Santo Domingo
5:20 p.m. Plane Departs for Orlando, JetBlue flight 1718
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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 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 #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 #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 (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.
The Diocese of Georgia mourns the loss of the Rev. Ron Southerland who died, of complications from pulmonary fibrosis, at the Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon on October 8. A funeral mass is being planned for the Church of the Annunciation in Vidalia, October 16 at 3 p.m. (clergy vest in cassock, surplice and white stoles).
Born in Palatka, Florida in 1942, Ron spent his childhood in Macon. He was graduated from the University of Georgia in 1965 with a BS in Forestry, with a specialty in wildlife management. He worked as a an assistant county agent and a Forester with the US Forest Service. While working in Copperhill, Tennessee as a Safety Engineer for Mines, Ron responded to a call to ordained ministry in The Episcopal Church. In 1972, he graduated in the top 5 percent of his class in the St. Luke’s School of Theology at the University of the South in Sewanee, TN. He also received the Woods Leadership Award, which is the highest honor given by the school.
On graduation, he worked as priest in charge of two small congregations in Tennessee, before becoming the Rector of Trinity Church, Winchester, TN. While there, he became actively involved in the camp ministry of the Diocese of East Tennessee. The Bishop of East Tennessee at that time was the Rt. Rev. Bill Sanders who described Ron as, “bright, hard-working, imaginative—simply a very fine priest.” Ron left Tennessee to serve as the Executive Director of Day Spring Conference Center in Ellenton, Florida.
Family commitments led to Ron’s return to Georgia in 1986, where he worked as Director of Social Services at Baldwin County Hospital. At that time, Ron served as a bi-vocational priest, working during the week and serving three congregations St. Mary Magdalene, Louisville; Grace Church, Sandersville and Good Shepherd, Swainsboro; which formed The Congregation of the Holy Trinity with a single vestry. Louise Abbot recalls, “Years later when he only came to us on Thursday afternoon for a service and a gathering in our parish house, those of us who were regular attendants were small in number, but we formed a close tie to Ron and our meetings were full of trust and affection. I think he loved us; I know we loved him.”
In 1989, Ron accepted a call as rector of the Church of the Annunciation in Vidalia. He continued as the priest of that congregation through 2007. During that time, he led the church through a building campaign, establishing a new church building on the grounds. He also worked on an innovative approach to encouraging newcomers to the church, which he called Visitors Expected. Ron also served as the Dean of his Convocation, having some oversight responsibilities for the Diocese of Georgia. The Rt. Rev. Harry Shipps, who was Bishop of Georgia at the time Ron came into this Diocese said, “Fr. Ron was an old friend and I was so pleased when he accepted our call to serve in the Diocese of Georgia. The lovely church building in Vidalia is a monument to his ministry in Toombs County.”
Since his 2007 retirement, Ron has served as the priest in charge of Good Shepherd, Swainsboro. The loss of this gifted priest and humble servant of God is felt throughout his Diocese of Georgia family and beyond. The Rt. Rev. Scott Benhase, 10th Bishop of Georgia remembers Ron as ”a gentle, loving soul.” He said, “Ron was a faithful and loving pastor who served his Lord and church with great dignity and care.”
He is survived by his son, Will, and daughter-in-law, Stephanie, and his cherished grandsons, Jackson and Andrew Southerland of Bradenton, Florida; his brother and sister-in-law, Dick and Sandra Southerland of Macon; his nephew Chris (Cindy) Southerland of Locust Grove, Georgia; his niece Sandy (Kerry) Keeton of Macon; and great-nieces Brittany, Kirsten, and Katie.
Those who wish may make memorial contributions to Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, 621 W. Main Street, Swainsboro, Georgia 30401, the Church of the Annunciation, 1512 Meadows Lane, Vidalia 30474, or to the Episcopal Church of St. Mary Magdalene, 321 W. 7th Street, Louisville, Georgia 30434
The Rev. Liam Collins coming back from watching the sun rise over Honey Creek.
The Clergy Conference took up the theme of “Tending toward Growth” as the clergy entered into thoughtful discussion about how images of tending gardens and sheep from scripture illumine the task of being the Body of Christ.
The Rev. Canon Leigh Hall leads a session on Youth and Young Adult Ministries.
The Rev. Tony Powell adds to a discussion.
A working group considers how to support newly ordained clergy.
Bishop Benhase speaking with a group of priests about his hopes for placing newly ordained clergy in curacies with mentoring clergy.
A hawk behind Bishop’s Hall during the conference.
Priest and Deacons are encouraged to attend the upcoming Clergy Conference devoted to congregational development. Called, “Tending Toward Growth,” the conference will work from scripture of plants and sheep to discover how those tended by good gardeners and good shepherds tend to grow and thrive. In terms of congregational development, the assumption is not numeric growth in terms of attendance, as in some settings faithful tending will result in spiritual growth within the congregation rather than growth in numbers attendance.
During the conference, clergy will learn how to use the Percept demographic data that can now be accessed at no charge to the parish through a Diocese of Georgia account. The demographic data is one important way to get to know the soil in which the growth of our congregations will occur. In and of itself, knowing your community’s demographics can be meaningless. But if getting to know your community leads to mission significant to that community, then it serves its purpose. The conference will therefore not simply show how to access the data, but how to use the information as a part of forging a common vision for ministry in your town. Clergy will leave with login information giving access to the account and the skill to create and use the reports available.
Follow Up From The Spring
At the spring clergy conference, a number of strategies and ideas were shared that could be taken back to congregations including asset mapping, appreciative inquiry, and even such basics as a different format for vestry meetings. All who have field tested these ideas in their congregations will also be asked to share those experiences.
Clergy Helping Clergy We will use an hour and a half on Thursday to break those attending up into groups including: new rectors, interim ministry, small town ministry and others and will have some focused work to allow us to begin to network across the diocese more effectively.
The Clergy Conference begins Wednesday, October 6 at 2 p.m. with the Bishop’s time with clergy to answer questions and share from his perspective in his travels around the diocese. Priests and deacons will also be able to share their concerns with Bishop Benhase. The conference will continue until 3 p.m. Thursday, October 7, leaving plenty of time for all who will be traveling to Savannah to take part in the Planning for Tomorrow Conference being put on there by the Church Pension Fund. There will be a reception at St. Paul the Apostle on the corner of Abercorn and 34th at which Canon Mary Willoughby will go over insurance issues with interested clergy. This will begin at 6 p.m. on Thursday.
The conference itself is free, though clergy must register with Honey Creek and pay the center for the cost of the rooms and meals. Contact Honey Creek now to reserve your room for this Clergy Conference (912) 265-9218.
This conference will help active and retired clergy, and their spouses develop the life and financial planning skills they need to meet financial and other goals while they are working and in retirement. At a planning conference you can both hear presentations on pensions, Social Security, Medicare and personal financial concerns and meet privately with Senior members of the Church Pension Group staff to discuss your individual circumstances.
The conference follows immediately after our fall clergy conference at Honey Creek. CPG helps to underwrite the cost of attending conferces and will reimburse up to half of your cost for lodging and meals. There are no registration fees.
Some of the participants in the Christmas Pageant at St. Philip’s, Hinesville, are pictured above. Click this image for other photographs of Advent and Christmas 2014 from across the Diocese.
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. Updated photograph files may be sent as attachments to this address: <gaepiscopalphotos[at]gmail[dot]com>. For more information on this project, contact the Rev. Canon Frank Logue.
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.
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.
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.
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.
October 2011: The Ordination of a Priest
This album contains photographs from the ordination of The Reverend Al Crumpton on October 1, 2011, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Brunswick, GA, by The Rt. Rev. Scott Anson Benhase, Bishop of Georgia.
September 2011: The Ordination of a Priest
This album contains photographs from the ordination of The Reverend Walter Palmer Hobgood, Jr., on September 24, 2011, at Christ Episcopal Church in Valdosta, GA, by The Rt. Rev. Scott Anson Benhase, Bishop of Georgia.
September 2011: The Ordination of a Priest
This album contains photographs from the ordination of The Reverend Abigail White Moon on September 6, 2011, at St. John’s Episcoal Church in Tallahassee, FL, by The Right Reverend Samuel Johnson Howard, Bishop of Florida, on behalf of The Rt. Rev. Scott Anson Benhase, Bishop of Georgia.
August 2011: The Ordination of a Priest
This album contains photographs from the ordination of The Reverend Remington Slone on August 20, 2011, at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Savannah by The Rt. Rev. Scott Anson Benhase, Bishop of Georgia.
July 2011: Happening #87
Photographs from Happening #87, a diocesan youth event at Honey Creek during the weekend of July 29-31, 2011.
Summer Camps 2011
This album contains photos from all four camp sessions during June and July, 2011. These camp sessions are represented in this album in a sequence that tells the story of camp life and activities from arrival to departure. An extensive set of photographs from each day of every camp session is available in this Facebook set, accessible to anyone (you do not have to be a member of Facebook to see these photos): https://www.facebook.com/pages/Honey-Creek-Camp-2011/234089203274011
Vacation Bible Schools
The season for Vacation Bible Schools has begun. This album contains an initial set of VBS photographs from the summer of 2010, and new 2011 VBS photographs from Episcopal churches throughout the diocese are being added. Clergy and other responsible individuals may contribute photographs to be considered for use in this album by sending them as e-mail attachments to this address: <gaepiscopalphotos[at]gmail[dot]com>. For more information on this project, contact the Rev. Canon Frank Logue.
May 2011: The Ordination of a Deacon
This album contains photographs from the ordination of The Reverend Deacon Harry Jenkins on May 21st at St. Francis of the Islands Episcopal Church in Savannah by The Rt. Rev. Scott Anson Benhase, Bishop of Georgia.
May 2011: The Ordination of a Deacon
This album contains photographs from the ordination of The Reverend Deacon Barry Crow on May 14th at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Albany by The Rt. Rev. Scott Anson Benhase, Bishop of Georgia.
April 2011: Holy Week and Easter
This album contains photographs from several churches in the Diocese of Georgia taken during Holy Week and Easter, 2011. Additional photographs are being added periodically. To submit one or more photographs for consideration as additions to this album, please email the photograph files as attachments here.
April 2011: The Ordination of a Priest
This album contains a set of photographs from the ordination of The Reverend Marcia McRae on April 16th at Christ Episcopal Church in Valdosta by The Rt. Rev. Scott Anson Benhase, Bishop of Georgia.
April 2011: 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.
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 Iané Sastre on January 15th at King of Peace Episcopal Church in Kingsland by The Rt. Rev. Scott Anson Benhase, Bishop of Georgia.
September 2010: The Ordination of a Deacon
This album contains photographs from the ordination of The Reverend Deacon Nancy A. Sartin on September 11th at Christ Episcopal Church in Valdosta by The Rt. Rev. Scott Anson Benhase, Bishop of Georgia.
August 2010: Ordinations of Deacons and Priests
This album contains photographs from the ordinations of three deacons on August 20th and four priests on August 21st at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Savannah by The Rt. Rev. Scott Anson Benhase, Bishop of Georgia.
June 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.
Originally compiled by the Right Reverend Henry I. Louttit, 9th Bishop of Georgia First edition, June 1998, Revised: June 1999, January 2004
Deaconess Byllesby added by Bishop Scott Anson Benhase April 2012
Note: Two calendar days in Lesser Feasts and Fasts are of particular importance in the history of the Diocese of Georgia. They are the Feast of John and Charles Wesley, and the Feast of Thomas Bray. Both of those tend to fall in Lent, not a good time for a major celebration in the parish.
I would like to suggest that the following days might be celebrated on a regular basis in your parish at a mid-week service, if you already have one scheduled. You may, therefore, observe the feast on the given day if you wish, or you may move it to any day in the week in which the feast falls when you already have the people gathered.
Sir Thomas Bray – April 14th transferred
Deaconess Ruth Byllesby – April 25th
John and Charles Wesley- May 13th transferred
Anson Dodge – June 18th
Albert Rhett Stuart – July 8th
Brother Jimmy Lawrence – September 3rd
Deaconess Alexander – September 24th
Bartholomew Zouberbuhler – October 22
Bland Tucker – November 19th
If I were trying to encourage people to have some sense of the Communion of Saints, I would suggest using these dates plus a selection chosen from those in the Prayer Book calendar, so that perhaps twice a month you had a Eucharist focused around a special person, followed by a meal. For instance, you might observe April 25th, the Feast of St. Mark, not only as St. Mark’s Day but remembering all the evangelists.
Celebrate the Feast of the Ascension, May 21st (or its eve). Celebrate the Nativity of St. John the Baptist on June 24th, on which you could observe not only John but also all the Old Testament forbearers of the faith. In July, it seems right to do a major celebration in thanksgiving for our country in relationship to July 4th. In August, it’s the Feast of St. Mary. September, you could choose either Holy Cross Day or the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels. In October, the Feast of St. Francis seems widely observed. November, of course, you have the Feast of All Saints, which the Prayer Book expects to be observed on its day as well as on the following Sunday. Naturally, one would want to adapt this list to the interest in the local community, certainly including the feast of the title or patron saint.
Few parishes are going to be able to use all the entries in the Prayer Book calendar and the propers for Lesser Feasts and Fasts. On the other hand, for people almost to have no sense of the glorious company of saints from all ages and peoples, and with a great diversity of gifts, is to impoverish them. I believe most communities could work towards at least one celebration a month on a festal day. This would normally mean a meal, but it can be a very simple meal of soup and sandwiches. This is also an opportunity if you have younger people in the congregation to involve them in doing or taking part in liturgy in a way that is particularly age appropriate.
SIR THOMAS BRAY
(Propers: Lesser Feasts and Fasts)
Book of Common Prayer, February 15th (Lent is not a good time for parish observance)
Diocese of Georgia Calendar, April 22, or closest weekday service
Sir Thomas Bray is in our Prayer Book calendar because he was the most imaginative developer of support in England for the struggling congregations of Anglicans in the British Colonies.
The Rev. Thomas Bray (icon written by Louise Shipps)
For most of his life, he was rector of St. Botolph-Without-the-Walls, in London. The Bishop of London, who was responsible for the colonies, sent him to Maryland as his commissary (ambassador or representative). In his two-and-a-half month tour, Thomas Bray encouraged priests and lay folk alike, but he saw the terrible shortage of pastors and books—Bibles and Prayer Books. On his return to England, he founded the SPG, the Society for the Proclamation of the Gospel, to provide priests with stipends for churches in the colonies. The SPG provided clergy for Christ Church, Savannah, and St. Paul’s, Augusta. The society also provided a great Jewish convert, Joseph Ottolenghe, as a catechist to work with African slaves. He then founded the Society for the Propagation of Christian Knowledge (SPCK), to provide books. The SPCK is still the largest producer of theological books in the English language, though they are not sold in the United States. Today, there is a branch of the SPCK in the U.S. that works to provide Christian books in Lakota and Spanish, and provides books for seminary libraries throughout the world.
Thomas Bray was one of those great parish priests, who was faithful, not only in the ministry of his parish where he was very creative in social ministries and in preaching the Gospel, but also to God’s ministry to the whole world.
Among concerns of Thomas Bray was work to relieve people in prison, particularly debtors, who had ended up in jail. He developed a group of friends who ministered with beef and beer meals in the prisons on Sundays. A young James Oglethorpe joined him in this work. Sir Thomas Bray suggested the idea of a colony where people could have a new chance at life. This was the germ of the idea of General Oglethorpe’s Georgia. It is important to note that, though Thomas Bray died before Georgia was founded, the charter reflects his Christian utopian vision held by tolerant Anglicans of the 18th century. The Puritans were not the only committed Christians involved in founding colonies to better anticipate and work for the coming kingdom of Christ. Georgia was founded as a place where there would be no slaves, lawyers, and no accumulation of land (wealth) beyond 150 acres per family. The charter, as originally designed, also tolerated Christians of all churches and in the first year of the life of the colony they were wise to include tolerance of our forebears of the faith, as Jewish settlers arrived founding the second synagogue in the colonies. Christian idealism in the original charter was lost when Georgia became a royal colony.
Sir Thomas Bray, a parish priest who only left his parish for a two-and-a-half month tour of Maryland, provided a support system that was used by God, not only to plant the Episcopal Church in the United States of America but to build our communion as the second most widespread family of Christians in the world.
Give thanks for those supporting the founding of churches in our state. Pray that our Lord will be served by us, both in imaginative work for those in trouble in our communities and in our support for ministry in his name in other parts of the world.
DEACONESS RUTH BYLLESBY
Collect: Almighty God, who chose your servant Ruth Ellis Byllesby to serve the poor, feed the hungry, and clothe your children: give us the grace to pattern our lives after the shining example of Blessed Ruth, that we may spread the Gospel by helping those in need, with humility and the heart of a servant, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Epistle: Phillippians 2:1-7 (8-10)
Gospel: Matthew 25:31-46
Deaconess Ruth Byllesby (icon written by Sr. Ellen Francis, OSH)
Deaconess Ruth Byllesby served Christ Church from 1927 to 1943. Born in 1865 in Erie, Pennsylvania, one of six children and the daughter of an Episcopal priest, she found her calling in the Deaconess Movement of the Episcopal Church. At the time, Deaconesses were “set apart,” for work in the church including education, serving the poor, and caring for the sick. Trained at St. Faith’s School for Deaconesses in New York, she had worked at various churches in the North for 25 years before coming to Augusta.
Deaconess Byllesby had visited Augusta several times with her family during the winter months, which was a common practice at the time among residents of the Northern states who would vacation in Augusta to escape harsh winters. During those visits she became acquainted with the Harrisburg neighborhood and Christ Church. Two of her cousins were interested in outreach ministries and endowed a fund for outreach (known then as “settlement work”) with their cousin, Ruth Byllesby in charge. The Deaconess was to choose where she would serve, and she chose Christ Church.
Deaconess Byllesby was so concerned with the conditions in the mill village of Harrisburg that she chose to spend the rest of her career at Christ Church to better the conditions among the residents there. Shortly after coming to Christ Church the Great Depression hit Augusta and the demand for her services grew. Harrisburg had always been a poor neighborhood dependent on the local textile mills, and the Depression did not make things easier. The Deaconess moved into the Christ Church rectory, which adjoined the church, and quickly renamed it as “Neighborhood House.” Residents of the Harrisburg neighborhood came to know the Neighborhood House as the place you went to for help.
The Deaconess helped many a family through the Depression. She provided coal, food, and milk money for neighborhood children. She supervised Sunday School at Christ Church to over 200 children every Sunday. She started a young mothers club, and was particularly concerned that girls receive a strong education. She was also a relentless advocate for child labor legislation to protect the children of Harrisburg. Her services were available to anyone. Her only requirement for receiving aid was that you join and/or become active in a church of your choice.
The Reverend Harry Maloney, Rector of Christ Church in 1978, wrote the following:
“I am amazed how she changed people and became a lasting influence in their lives. I am told she shared all she had of material wealth whatever that amounted to, with the people she ministered to but also she gave of herself so willingly and with so much love. It was this great love and compassion for people that caused her to be remembered.”
Her legacy of helping the poor, hungry and the lost is a shining example to all who came after her, bringing the consolation of the Gospel and the work of the Holy Spirit to Harrisburg and Augusta.
John and Charles Wesley
(Propers: Lesser Feasts and Fasts)
BCP Calendar, March 3rd (Lent is not a good time for parish observance)
Diocese of Georgia Calendar, week of May 13th
The Revs. John and Charles Wesley
John’s father was a priest in Epworth, Lincolnshire, England. At Oxford, John, as an undergraduate, became convinced the Book of Common Prayer contained the discipline necessary to nurture a Christian into holiness. He gathered other students around him and they followed directions of the Prayer Book about daily Morning and Evening Prayer, fasting on Fridays, and making their communion weekly. John’s group was derisively called “Methodist” because they were so methodical following the rules or method of the Book of Common Prayer. John read theology at university and was ordained in the Church of England.
Seeking a position from which he could preach to non-Christians, he obtained appointment by the Society For the Proclamation of the Gospel to be a priest in the Colony of Georgia. He intended to be a missionary to Native Americans, but when he arrived in Savannah there was no priest or English-speaking pastor in the colony. Thus, the people of Savannah (and the SPG?) saw him as the rector of Christ Church. In Savannah, he preached in German to the Salzburgers, befriended the Jewish community, regularly led worship in German, Italian, and French for various groups of settlers, and worked hard to build up the parish church. At Christ Church on Sunday, he expected everybody to be present three times, following the design of the Book of Common Prayer. He scheduled Morning Prayer at 5 a.m., Ante-Communion (or, when the people would agree, Communion) and the Litany at 11 a.m., and Evening Prayer and the Catechism at 3 p.m.
John’s energy and dedication cannot be questioned. During his short ministry at Christ Church, the first Sunday School of any denomination was formed so that children and adults could learn to read and know the stories of the Bible. For the parish of Christ Church, John produced the first hymnal used in the Church of England (in Anglicanism). However, John, at this stage of his life, was not gifted with “people skills” and he made some serious pastoral mistakes. In the Royal Court in Charleston, the vestry brought charges against John for having people sing hymns of man’s composition—in the 18th century, most Anglicans only sang metrical psalms. Rather than face charges in court, John fled back to England.
The Revs. Charles and John Wesley (icon written by Louise Shipps)
Charles Wesley followed his brother to Oxford and also read theology. After being ordained, he obtained a position as General Oglethorpe’s clerk (secretary). He thus was a “bi-vocational” or non-stipendiary priest in the 18th century. Accompanying General Oglethorpe to Frederica on St. Simons Island, he served in his free time as chaplain to the military community, and out of his work there, grew Christ Church, Frederica. After he returned to England, his brother John, the only priest in the colony, would come down on horseback to hold services in Frederica, visiting other outlying settlements in the colony on his way.
The next part of the story is much better known. On the return voyage to England, John found support and prayer with a group of Moravian Christians. In London, as a young priest who had messed up his first position, had never had a chance to preach to the Indians, and who was a fugitive from a warrant in the Royal Court, John continued to keep the Prayer Book discipline. However, he was very discouraged. On Wednesdays, he attended a Moravian Bible study and prayer session, and it was in one of these that “his heart was strangely warmed.” At that moment he knew he was forgiven and that God could use him. Through friends, John became interested in an attempt by some church members to reach new dwellers in the rapidly growing towns caused by the Industrial Revolution. A traditionalist and conservative, it was very hard for John to change. His struggle about preaching outside of a church building and outside of the regular schedule and worship of the church is recorded in his diaries. John and Charles Wesley are important to Christian history for a number of different reasons, including being two of the great sources and creators of English hymnody. But twice in the history of the Church, the Church has lost a whole segment of the population because the culture changed. And both times, God raised up people who realized the Gospel — God’s love working for human beings—had not changed but the environment had. In such a way St. Francis and his brothers (friars) reclaimed the new town dwellers uprooted from the rural farms by the growth of crafts and commerce in the 12th century. In the 18th century, the Industrial Revolution meant that towns, which for almost a millennium had contained no more than fifty people, suddenly had a thousand people. Of course, churches were built to hold fifty and had been around for a long time—six or seven hundred years in many places. The service time had been set before anyone could remember, but now the industrialized mills were running at that time, so the new folk in town could not come. This was the world into which John and Charles were called to preach. They gave their lives to preaching the Gospel to the unchurched population produced by the Industrial Revolution. Some secular historians credit the Methodist movement with giving hope to the urban poor, thereby preventing a parallel in England to the bloody French Revolution. John organized his converts into classes (similar to Cursillo Reunion Groups), where people prayed, studied scripture, and took care of one another. He urged and directed them to go to their local (Church of England) parish church to make their communions. But the local Church of England parishes seldom arranged for the services at a time when they could come, and almost never allowed John, Charles, their friends or followers to preach within their walls. Socially, this was the beginning of a new middle class, an opportunity and encouragement for a person to work one’s way out of poverty. The Wesley—members of the Church of England—preached the Gospel outside the church walls, when the church structure could not see the harvest God had provided.
To preach to the tens of thousands of unchurched, John called on his fellow pastors of the Church of England. But few wanted to give up the security and comfort of the gracious religion of the landed gentry. At the same time, John remembered being the only English-speaking pastor in the whole colony of Georgia (there was a German-speaking pastor among the Salzburgers). He knew that the situation was similar in many of the British colonies. Both Oxford and Cambridge were founded to train priests. However, by the 18th century, Oxford and Cambridge graduates did not want to go and camp out in the greenbrier jungles in Georgia when good church jobs could be had. Few volunteered. People converted by the Wesleyan revival volunteered, but they were not “seminary” graduates! John tried all of his life to get the church to ordain people willing to serve, but our church could not hear him. Despite the stodginess of the church, which could not see the harvest God had placed on its doorstep, John remained loyal. On his deathbed, he said, “Do not leave the church. We are here to revive it, not divide it.” However, in desperation, as no bishop would ordain ministers for the colonies, John as a presbyter (following a Roman Catholic doctrine of the time) ordained converts and sent them. These folks were called “circuit riders.” One of the great missionary stories of all time, they converted the American frontier. But don’t be too hard on the Oxford graduates, the average age of death of a circuit rider was 32—it was a “killer job.”
We give thanks to the devotion of the circuit riders in the colonies, and the itinerant preachers of the Gospel throughout the British Isles, who converted through their love of the Gospel a new people for Christ and a new culture that was on the Church’s doorstep. And we give thanks to God for giving us leaders with the vision of John and Charles Wesley, who see what God is doing in his world, and *ray that God will give us the vision to see the mission he has set before us, and the strength to minister in new ways under his direction.
The Rev. Anson G.P. Dodge, Jr.
(Propers: For a Missionary II, LFF)
Diocese of Georgia Calendar, week of June 17th
The outline of Anson Dodge’s life is well portrayed in Eugenia Price’s historical novel, The Beloved Invader.
The Rev. Anson Dodge (icon written by Louise Shipps)
The young son of a wealthy New York City family, he was sent south after the civil war to see the condition of the family’s timber property on St. Simons Island. He was so horrified by the Union Army’s treatment of the building of Christ Church, St. Simons, that on his return to New York he entered General Theological Seminary from whence he returned to spend his life pastoring and rebuilding Christ Church, Frederica, as a religious community, in addition to rebuilding its building.
What is not so clear from the novel is his energy in riding out from St. Simons preaching to all he could gather, regardless of race, and forming them into congregations. His foundations clearly stand out in the old list of the Diocese of Georgia, because he was deeply affected by the Latin and Greek fathers of the early Church, (the first 4 centuries).
Thus, he dedicated his new congregations to St. Ignatius, St. Cyprian, St. Ambrose, St. Perpetua, St. Athanasius, as well as to the Messiah, Transfiguration, and St. Andrew, names still common today. He founded six chapels along the Satilla River. He worked as far inland as Waycross, founding the Church of St. Ambrose there.
His family fortune allowed him to financially underwrite a priest to serve some of these congregations and assist him in his work. He also restored life at what is now Christ Church, St. Marys, St. Andrew’s, Darien, (which had been burnt to the ground), and St. Mark’s, Brunswick.
Lovely Lane Chapel, now at Epworth, the Methodist Conference Center, is the church he built for the mill workers in St. Simon’s Village. His concern for the church led him to build a dorm still in use at General Theological Seminary in New York City, and a cathedral in India, which was destroyed in the India-Pakistan war.
Mr. Dodge was always a pastor. His concern for people in trouble was a great witness to God’s compassion. His last work was to found an orphanage in his home for boys. That work goes on as an endowment helping young men through the Episcopal Youth and Children’s Service of our diocese.
Pray for leaders in our congregations, lay and ordained, whose vision of God’s call to ministry reaches beyond the local scene and who have compassion to reach out in Jesus’ name to any person who is hurt or lost.
Albert Rhett Stuart (Propers: For the Unity of the Church, Book of Occasional Services)
Diocese of Georgia Calendar, week of July 8th
The Rt. Rev. Albert Rhett Stuart
After a distinguished ministry as a priest, as rector of the Church of the Resurrection Greenwood, South Carolina, as rector of St. Michael’s, Charleston, then as dean of Christ Church Cathedral in New Orleans, Father Albert Rhett Stuart was elected the sixth bishop of Georgia. He came to Georgia concerned about building a church gathered around God’s altar that lived its sacramental heritage from the Book of Common Prayer. He, for many, was an icon of Christ’s presence. He attracted young priests as he moved towards having a priest for every congregation. However, another issue arose before the whole church out of the Gospel, which involved the inclusion of all people in God’s church. In the early years of the twentieth century, Georgia, by law, had strictly separated black and white folk. Despite protests, the church had followed suit. For the first 110 years of the Church here in Georgia, most congregations had communicants of both races. In 1947, under the leadership of Dr. Bland Tucker of Christ Church, Savannah, African-American congregations had once again been given representation in the diocesan convention, their presence there having been suspended in 1907. Housing and meals were complicated for the convention in a legally segregated state, but now the issue of reintegration of congregations went before the church and society. I remember a very large man in cope and miter leaning against the outside of the pulpit of the small church that seated 40 people in Statesboro, Georgia, and saying, “This is a free country. You can belong to any kind of church you wish, but the Episcopal Church has never asked anyone why they were coming to the church. We are not starting asking people now. This church is open to anyone who wishes to worship.” That was before the Federal Civil Rights Act was passed. Not all of our members agreed, but Bishop Stuart stood on the Gospel. He was a leader in helping society face integration. He was often seen on the TV’s news as the only white leader publicly speaking for integration in Savannah as public facilities were integrated. For this, he took much abuse and some threats. A man of great personal conviction, he was seen by many priests and lay people of Georgia as a “Moses,” leading us to a deeper relationship with God known in Jesus Christ. He caused many people to have an understanding that the Episcopal Church was given special gifts by God to share in Christ’s name, giving us confidence that, though we were a small part of the population, we mattered in God’s ministry. He was committed to adult Christian education and built the Honey Creek Conference Center, which is a lasting memorial to his vision of an adult church at work ministering in Christ’s name. Of course, it was also a wonderful facility for our young people and children.
One personal story from our current bishop: I had begun my ministry at Trinity Church, Statesboro. After a couple of years, St. Mary’s Church in Middlesboro, Kentucky, called me as their rector. They wined and dined Jan and me and showed us all the opportunities for ministry in the area. Upon returning to Statesboro, the phone rang, I answered, and a voice said, “Henry, this is the Holy Spirit, the answer is, ‘No’,” and the phone line went dead. I knew the voice was that of the bishop, but never doubted that they were the words of the Holy Spirit. I said, “No thank you,” to the lovely people of Kentucky and continued to be blessed by God through his people in Georgia. I have often wished for such clear direction in other difficult decisions.
Bishop Stuart is still a model for me of God’s patient love reaching out to others at the same time as he patiently works for justice in society.
Pray that we may stand with integrity for justice in our world but always with compassion for sinners, including perpetrators of injustice.
Brother Jimmy Lawrence
Brother Jimmy Lawrence (Propers: For a Pastor I, LFF)
Diocese of Georgia Calendar, week of September 3rd
Doctor Lawrence came to be rector of Calvary, Americus, in 1904. He was a bachelor who had many connections in New York City. He immediately set about sharing the Gospel anywhere people would listen. He would get on the train, and go to the next stop, get off and gather people to hear the Gospel. He was a friend and image of God’s love to many who were or became active in other churches. But besides seeing significant growth in the membership at Calvary in Americus, he founded churches in Pennington (the log chapel is now in a historical reconstruction of a village at the gates to Andersonville), in Vienna (Prince of Peace Episcopal Church’s building is now a civic concert hall and auditorium standing next to the school), in Cordele (Christ Church), and in Blakely (Holy Trinity where oaks he planted have grown to an impressive size and now shade the lawn). He started congregations in Cuthbert, Dawson, and Benevolence. He served for 47 years as rector of Calvary and archdeacon for missions in the west of our diocese! Upon his retirement, he intended to be vicar of his beloved St. James’, Pennington, but God called him into his heavenly kingdom.
His kindness and concern for people are still a living memory for Sumter County.
Pray for people to offer themselves to the ordained ministry of priests to serve as pastors in our congregations.
Deaconess Anna E.B. Alexander
(Propers: For Education, OS)
Diocese of Georgia Calendar, week of Sept. 24th
Deaconess Alexander (icon written by Louise Shipps)
Born circa 1865, Deaconess Alexander was the first African-American set aside as a deacon in the Episcopal Church in 1907. She founded Good Shepherd Church in rural Glynn County’s Pennick community where she taught children to read – by tradition, from the Book of Common Prayer and the Bible—in a one-room schoolhouse. The school was later expanded to two rooms with a loft where Anna lived. She ministered in Pennick for 53 years, leaving a legacy of love and devotion still felt in Glynn County. Her love and concern for all children helped make summer camps possible for young white members of the diocese. To honor her, these youngsters built a cabin at the old diocesan camp center, Camp Reese. Deaconess Alexander served in difficult times, however. The diocese segregated her congregations in 1907 and African-American congregations were not invited to another diocesan convention until 1947. Similarly, it was only in the 1950s that a woman set aside as a deaconess was recognized as being in deacon’s orders. However, her witness – wearing the distinctive dress of a deaconess, traveling by foot from Brunswick through Darien to Pennick, showing care and love for all whom she met—represents the best in Christian witness.
Pray for those who are faithful in small things with small groups and through their love embody Christ for many. Pray for women and men to be raised up to continue Christ’s mission and outreach in Georgia.
(Propers: For a Pastor II, LFF)
(d. in 1776, buried in Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah)
Diocese of Georgia Calendar, week of October 22nd
Mr. Zouberbuhler was appointed on November 1st, (All Saints’ Day), 1745, by the SPG, to be pastor of Christ Church, Savannah. Ordained by the Bishop of London, Bartholomew was the son of a native Swiss pastor who had originally served congregations of Swiss Protestants in the colony of South Carolina and then had become pastor of an Anglican parish there. Bartholomew, believing himself called to the ministry, made the long trip across the ocean to be ordained by the Bishop of London.
The trustees of the Colony of Georgia, charged pastor Zouberbuhler to minister to the French and German inhabitants of Georgia in their own languages according to the ceremonies of the Prayer Book! In 1748, of the 613 inhabitants of Savannah, 225 were members of Christ Church and 388 were dissenters of all sorts (Presbyterians, Congregationalists, Lutheran, etc.) Of the 225 members, only 63 made their communions. In 1750, Christ Church moved, under pastor Zouberbuhler, into its first building. It had met in the courthouse until then. The Rev. Bartholomew Zouberbuhler recorded in his journal that many Negroes decently joined in our services.
Pastor Zouberbuhler was a very hard worker. He walked the streets of the community of Savannah. He led worship in outlying villages and in Frederica. He managed finally to get the promised church that had been planned when Oglethorpe laid out the colony, actually built and open for worship. He cared for those that were hurting or in trouble. His health was not good and he asked at several times during years of ministry to be replaced as the pastor in the colony. In the records of the SPG in London are letters from the vestry of Christ Church urging that he not be relieved and asking that he continue as pastor. He did not see things moving as quickly and as well as he would like, but the congregation loved him and grew under him. The roots of Episcopal worship really began to be established. They proved to be deep and able to survive some pretty tough times in the revolutionary days that followed.
Mr. Zouberbuhler’s concern was not only for Christians of other languages and church traditions who had settled in Georgia, but for all the inhabitants, including the Negro slaves from Africa. He included Negroes in the worship at Christ Church and there baptized the first African slave to be baptized in the colony.
He begged the SPG and other friends in England to provide money to employ a catechist for African slaves. Mr. Joseph Ottolenghe was appointed and came to Georgia and talked to slaves about Christianity (catechized them). Of course, this was a difficult job, because first, one had to convince their owners to give you access and time with their slaves in order that they might be taught about God’s love and the stories of his love acting for us in scripture. Ottolenghe held meetings on Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings, with prayer and scripture reading preceding the gathering, and the group learned the Lord’s Prayer, the Creed, and the Prayer Book Catechism. Many slave-masters would not give him time with their slaves, but St. Bartholomew’s, Burroughs, was built by his converts on Wild Heron Plantation in south Chatham County. The great Ogeechee Mission started from his work. It was scattered by the Civil War. Some of its dispersed converts were the nucleus of St. Cyprian’s, Darien, and St. Athanasius’, Brunswick, as well as St. Stephen’s in Savannah. When Mr. Zouberbuhler died, he left a sizable portion of his estate as a trust to be used to employ qualified teachers “to teach Anglican Christianity to Negroes.”
The Episcopal Church in Georgia was touched by the presence of three of the greatest change agents in the history of the Church. All three belonged to the Anglican Church in the 18th century. John Wesley served as rector of Christ Church, and Charles Wesley, as a non-stipendiary priest, established worship on St. Simons, and George Whitfield was rector of Christ Church. However, as much as George Whitfield changed the face of American Christianity in preaching “the great awakening,” and as much as John Wesley changed the face of American Christianity and the world with the Evangelical commitment to share the Gospel with people of other classes and colors, not one of these three was particularly effective in their ministry in Georgia. It was Bartholomew Zouberbuhler, born of German-speaking parents, who was the first great pastor in the Episcopal tradition in Georgia.
Pray that, as many people, known and unknown, have worked and stayed faithful to preserve and present the good news about Jesus in Georgia, so we may have the patience and the loving concern for others. These were the gifts from a deep commitment to Jesus that Bartholomew Zouberbuhler used in the building up of the Church in our area.
Pray for faithful, patient and outgoing pastors.
Dr. F. Bland Tucker
(Propers: For the Ministry II, OS)
Diocese of Georgia Calendar, week of November 13th
Dr. Tucker came from a distinguished family of servants to the Episcopal Church in Virginia. His oldest brother was a great Presiding Bishop of our Church, having served as a missionary in Japan. Dr. Tucker was the eleventh child. He was a great servant of Christ here in Georgia as rector of Christ Church, our mother congregation, in the very difficult time of integration. It was he who led our 1947 convention to once again admit African-American congregations as full participants.
Dr. Tucker was a gentleman whose demeanor glowed with Christ’s compassion. Not only was he a great pastor to anyone in need but a hymn writer who has blessed the whole English-speaking world. In The Hymnal 1982, only two eighteenth century hymn writers—Charles Wesley (who served us also as a priest in Georgia), and Isaac Watts, (a Congregationalist)—have more hymns.
Even in his eighties, he was a keen wordsmith, reworking many of our favorite hymns to avoid phrases that seem to some folk to exclude them—but doing it in such a way that enriched the hymn for everyone, rather than substituting mundane words, or “government-ese.”
His knowledge of English and other languages allowed him to enrich our prayer life by translating great hymns written in Greek, Latin, and German, into rich, singing English. It would be appropriate to pray in his words, using Hymn 121, 302, or 477.
Pray for poets, artists, and musicians to help the Church show forth the Gospel to the people of the third Christian millennium.
An article from Christ Church’s Columns newsletter, published at the time of his death, gives insightful glimpses into the character of F. Bland Tucker: Parish Priest Goes to Heavenly Rest.