From the Field
News & Events of the Church in Georgia
January 1, 2013Volume 3, Number 19
In This Issue
Diocesan Office Update
Diocesan Community Update
Knitter's Retreat
The Loose Canon
Christmas Photos
Race for Wounded Warriors
Epiphany Concert
Vocare
Web Links
 
 
 
January 6 Readings
The Epiphany
 
1Book1Diocese
Read the Bible this Year

 Bishop Benhase will read the Bible through this year and has challenged the Diocese of Georgia to join him. The reading plan is from the Bible Challenge, created by an Episcopal priest. In no more than 20 minutes a day, you can read through the Bible this year and it's not too late to start now.   

  

Print out the reading plan here: Read the Bible in One Year  which call for three chapters from the Old Testament, one Psalm and one chapter from the New Testament on Monday through Saturday. On Sunday, you just listen to the scripture read in church and use that day to catch up if you have fallen behind during the week.

  

Find the readings fast at 1Book1Diocese

To make finding and keeping up with each day's readings simpler, we are posting links to the daily scriptures from the NRSV at http://1book1diocese.georgiaepiscopal.org/
 

Diocesan Office Update

 This Friday, Bishop Benhase will ordain Deacon Lyde Andrews, an Army Chaplain serving at Ft. Stewart, to the Sacred Order of Priests at St. Philip's, Hinesville, at 6 p.m. Clergy wear cassock, surplice, red stoles.

 

This Sunday, Bishop Benhase will make his visitations to St. Richard of Chichester on Jekyll Island and Holy Nativity on St. Simons Island.

 

Canon Logue will preside and preach at Christ Church, Augusta, this Sunday. It is the first Sunday following the Rev. Bob Polglase stepping down as Vicar of that congregation.

Diocesan Community Update

 

 The Rev. George Muir has accepted call as Interim Rector of St. Paul's, Augusta. He and his wife Susan will be moving to Augusta in January and his first Sunday in the pulpit will be February 3. Most recently, Muir has served as interim rector at All Saints Church, Richmond and Trinity Church, Asheville. Prior to his work in transitional ministry, he was rector of Grace Church, Hinsdale, Illinois for nine years and held a number of clergy positions after graduating from Virginia Theological Seminary. He and Susan are both North Carolina natives.

 

This Saturday, the Rt. Rev. Dabney Smith will, on behalf of Bishop Benhase, ordain Deacon Kelsey Hutto to the Sacred Order of Priests at 4 p.m. in St. Hilary's Church, Ft. Myers, Florida. Clergy: cassock, surplice, and red stole.

Charles Todd Ordained to Priesthood December 30

Bishop Benhase ordained the Rev. Charles Todd to the Sacred Order of Priests at St. Paul the Apostle, Savannah on the evening of December 30. The bi-lingual liturgy included participation from the parishioners of the Spanish language service, which Todd served originally under charge from Bishop Louttit who named him a Hispanic Missioner. He was the founding Abbott of the Society of Saint Aelred of Rievaulx is a Benedictine neo-monastic society in the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia. Todd is a bi-vocational priest who works for the Chatham County Board of Education as a Spanish teacher and the Coordinator for the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program. He has been assigned to continue his work at St. Paul the Apostle as a Curate, continuing to build the Spanish Mass, oversee the Sunday Evening Mass and other duties.

 

 

Knitting Retreat Planned for Honey Creek

The 2nd Annual Knitter's Retreat will be hosted at Honey Creek on January 23-25, 2013. Full information is in a PDF flyer available online here: 2nd Annual Knitter's Retreat.

  

The costs include a lodge room for two nights (single or double) and 6 full meals. Double $150.54 Single $216.52 Call Conference Center to make your reservation by Jan 11, 2013 space is limited to 40. Honey Creek (912) 265-9218. Email Julia [email protected] or Sue [email protected] for questions and more information on supplies needed.

The Loose Canon
Knocking on Doors to Invite the Neighbors
On December 18, Bishop Benhase and I met the Rev. Joshua Varner at St. Patrick's, Pooler. We each took a stack of door hangers inviting folks to the Christmas worship services and the Epiphany Burning of the Greens. I took a neighborhood across the road from the church, the other two went to a neighborhood on land adjacent to the east side of the church's 10 acres.
 
In an hour and a half of knocking on doors, we found people home in about a quarter of the house, and touched base with close to 150 homes. For those with no answer, we left the door hanger on the front door knob. For the others, I said, "Hi, I'm Frank and I don't want to bother you, but I just want to share Christmas service times with people who don't have a church home." More than half said they did have a church home, but all but three house asked to take the flyer (pictured below) anyway. If someone said they didn't have a church, I borrowed a line I learned from Christ Church Frederica's Interim Rector, the Rev. Stephen McWhorter, "Why would a nice, together person like yourself not be in church on Sunday?"
 
For St. Patrick's newsletter, Joshua wrote the next day, "In reflecting on yesterday's adventures, I particularly remember one person. This person was on her way out the door, and our conversation was brief, but it quickly came around to the fact that she and the others in her household do not go to any church. I asked why that was, and she responded, 'it's just not something we do.' But her tone of voice was not offended or dismissive, but reflective, as if perhaps she was thinking more deeply about the question than I could see."
 
"My own thought is that perhaps this household does not go to church because no one has ever invited them. Too often we get some impression of what 'church' is and if we think we don't fit in with that group, we are reluctant to risk being rejected, and so we never show up. But once invited, things may change, including our perceptions of what 'church' is anyway. The invitation, however, is the first, and most important step in that process."
 
I spent years at King of Peace sowing these door hanger seeds on houses near the church in the week leading up to Christmas and Easter. I have found it easy to do with everyone being very polite and at least not seeming to mind the low key approach. While I some people did show up at King of Peace after meeting me at their door, this was admittedly rare and it never occured on the Christmas or Easter after I met them. Mostly these are brief encounters, with the occasional longer conversation. In Pooler this time, a recent immigrant from Vietnam invited me in to sit down and to meet his wife and granddaughter. He was thankful to have a guest. With his poor English and my lack of Vietnamese, I didn't stay long, but he seemed delighted.
  
I have found that if knocking on doors is combined with other methods of getting the word out, including advertising, but most importantly invitations from parishioners to their friends, co-workers and family, it is a low-cost way to raise awareness about your church. Everyone I spoke to knew right where St. Patrick's is located as one entrance to the neighborhood hits the main road across the street from the church, but not one person I spoke with knew anything about the church.
  
Whether they come to the church or not, they now know that they are invited to worship, and as Joshua notes above, that is no small thing to accomplish. We marked a map to keep up with the houses we contacted this time. We'll take up the work again later. I look forward to going out with Joshua again just ahead of Easter.
  
The Rev. Canon Frank Logue
Canon to the Ordinary
  
Click on the door hanger image above to see the item for sale at theOutreach Marketing website alongside other relatively inexpensive designs. The Loose Canon columns are archived online at loosecanon.georgiaepiscopal.org
 
Lining up for the procession into the church for the first service of Christmas Eve at Christ Church, Valdosta.
 
Christmas Photos from across the Diocese

 
The Christmas Pageant at the Church of Our Savior, Martinez.

 

 The Christmas pageant at Christ Church, Savannah.

 
Altar flowers at St. Augustine's, Augusta.

 

The choir sings an anthem at King of Peace, Kingsland. 

  

The altar at Good Shepherd, Augusta is pictured on the left, with the altar of St. Paul the Apostle, Savannah on the right.

The altar at St. Alban's, Augusta.

  

The Christmas Tree in the Christ Church, Frederica, Parish Hall is shown at left and a close up of one of the ECW-made ornaments is on the right. 

 

The altar of the Convent of Saint Helena, Augusta, is shown above in an overall and  close-up of the creche.

 

 

Children at Holy Comforter, Martinez, with donations made during their Baby Shower for Jesus which collected items and raised over $1000 for a local women's shelter, Safe Homes.

 

At left, St. Nicholas visits St. Peter's, Savannah, and at right, a photo from that congregation sharing Christmas with children of the St. Mary's Community Center.

St. Paul's, Albany
Benefit Run-K9s for Warriors
 This Christmastide, St. Paul's (Barney's Fund), Deerfield-Windsor School (Cross Country), and the Marine Corp Logistics Base-have a common wish. They are co-hosting the K9s for Warriors 5K Charity Run on Saturday, January 5, at 9 a.m., at the Marine Base, Albany. The proceeds will purchase a service dog for a local warrior with Post Traumatic Stress. The local warrior has been identified. The race will be held at the Albany Marine Logistics Base, 14 Radford Blvd Albany.
St. Peter's, Savannah
Epiphany Concert Presents Menotti's Opera
St. Peter's Episcopal Church presents Gian Carlo Menotti's opera Amahl And The Night Visitors on Sunday, January 6 at 6 p.m.  There is no admission charge.  The church is at 3 West Ridge Road, Skidaway Island 31411.  For information contact Tim McKee at 912-598-7242 or [email protected]
Calling all Young Adults: Register for Vocare!

  Vocare is an Episcopal ministry that enables young adults (ages 18 -30) to gather in community for an intentional weekend and explore their God-given vocations in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. The Vocare weekend finds its heart in a series of talks that each focus on a unique aspect of the Christian faith and life, connecting to the overall theme of God's call to us, here and now. Talks may be followed by discussion, contemplation, worship, or any number of activities, but the weekend's ultimate theme is found in the intentional consideration of calling and vocation.

The next Vocare weekend will be held January 25 - 27, 2013 at Camp Mikell in Toccoa, Georgia. The participant registration deadline is January 14, 2013. To learn more and to register, please visit www.vocareingeorgia.org or contact Tony Morris, lay rector of the next Vocare weekend, at [email protected].

Making oneself at home in church

  
The first Sunday after Christmas at Christ Church, Savannah.

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