February 25, 2014Volume 4, Number 26
In This Issue
Diocesan Office Update
Larson's Ordination
Bishop's Visitation
Diocesan Community Update
Confirmation Retreat
Basil's Kitchen
Clergy Spouse Retreat
Lenten Learning Day
Summer Camp
Seafarer's Center
New Beginnings
Deacons' Beacon
Columba House
St. Margaret's
Social Media Connections
Web Links

This Sunday's Lections:
7th Sunday after the Epiphany
Leviticus 19:1-2,9-18
Psalm 119:33-40
1 Corinthians 3:10-11,16-23
Matthew 5:38-48
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Diocesan Finances Remain Healthy 

With the year 2013 finances closed, the picture revealed in the reports is one of financial health for both the Diocese and its camp and conference center. The year end financial reports are now posted online:


Profit and Loss Report 

The current month and year to date comparisons of income and expenses to budget for diocesan operations.


Honey Creek Profit and Loss Report 

The current month and year to date comparisons of income and expenses to budget for Honey Creek. 


Pledge Report 

Detail of pledges paid year to date by congregation.  


Designated and General Fund Balances 

A report of the balances of the designated and temporarily restricted funds. 


Balance Sheet Detail 

A detailed consolidated balance sheet of the current assets and liabilities for diocesan operations and Honey Creek  


Quarterly Endowment Fund Report


For comparison, the Budget for 2013 as approved by Diocesan Convention is online as are the Annotations to Budget for 2013 which provide explanation for the line items. Here is the Honey Creek Budget for 2013
Diocesan Office Update  

Today, the Rev. Tom Brackett will be at Diocesan House to meet with Canon Logue and Rudy Reyes. Brackett is The Episcopal Church's Officer for Church Planting and Ministry Redevelopment.


This Sunday, the bishop will make his visitation to Christ Church, Cordele, in the morning and Calvary, Americus, in the afternoon.


Canon Logue will preach this Sunday at St. John and St. Mark, Albany, and then lead a parish meeting going through the results of a recent Church Assessment Tool survey which is part of that congregation's transition as they search for a rector to follow the Very Rev. Bill Stewart who retires this summer.


Tomorrow, Program Manager Rudy Reyes will preach at the University of Georgia Episcopal Center and talk with the students about Columba House. 

Steve Larson Ordained to Sacred Order of Priests

Bishop Benhase ordained the Rev. Steve Larson to the Sacred Order of Priests on Friday at St. Paul's Jesup. Presenters were the Rev. Curtis Johnson and Roger Peebles representing Good Shepherd Swainsboro where Larson has been serving as an intern during his time as a transitional diaconate, and the Rev. Dee Shaffer and John B. Johnson of St. Paul's, Jesup, where Larson has been a long time active member and lay leader. Vesters were his wife Dianne and members of their families. The Rev. Marcia McRae preached. 


Bishop's Visitation


Christ Church, Frederica 

Bishop Benhase, The Rev. Tom Purdy, The Rev. Leigh Hall, and The Rev. Dcn. Becky Rowell with confirmands. 




Pictured above is Dale Jones - Lay Eucharist Minister, The Rev. Joy Fisher, The Rev. Vernon Wiggins, Bishop Benhase, The Rev. George Porter, and The Rev. Dcn. George Scott.    


St. John's, Bainbridge






The photo at left of St. John's Bainbridge shows the Rev. Marcia McRae, Priest-in-Charge and Treasurer Sally Miller handing off to Bishop Benhase the full diocesan tithe for 2014. Paying their tithe during the bishop's visitation was done to give to highlight the joy in giving to the mission and ministry of the Diocese. The parish expressed thanksgiving for the more than 100 years of assistance from the Diocese when St. John's was a mission.


Community Update 


The sympathy of the diocesan community goes out to the family of the Rev. Edward "Bo" Chapman, who passed away unexpectedly while serving his congregation in Cumberland, MD on Sunday February 16. Born in New Rochelle, N.Y in 1948, Chapman graduated Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va. and from the Episcopal Theological School (now Episcopal Divinity School) in Cambridge, MA.  The seventh Bishop of Georgia, the Rt. Rev. Paul Reeves, ordained Chapman to the Sacred Order of Priests on January 25, 1974. Chapman served as as curate and priest in charge of Christ Church Frederica from 1973-1978. He later served Christ Church Marion in the Diocese of Southwestern Virginia. In 1985 he was called to be the Rector of Emmanuel Parish in Cumberland, Maryland, where he served until his death.  

A Successful Diocesan Confirmation Retreat 

Eleven confirmands from seven congregations gathered at Honey Creek this past weekend for the Living the Story Retreat. For the third year in a row, this retreat was led by Maggie Bloodworth, the Minister of youth and children at StLuke's, Hawkinsville. She was assisted by Al Armstrong of St. Patrick's, Albany and Canon Frank Logue and Elizabeth Burns on the Diocesan Staff. Bishop Benhase came on Saturday to teach an Instructed Eucharist and to answer questions the participants had been placing in box for Stump the Bishop Questions. The participants learned about Holy Scripture, Church History, the Prayer Book, Sacraments, the Creeds, and more. Al Armstrong also led a session on vocation and how all the various professions can all be lived into in response to God's call on our lives. The Sunday Eucharist was celebrated together with the vestry of St. Anne's Tifton who were on retreat this past weekend at Honey Creek. The Rev. Lonnie Lacy presided and Canon Logue preached to the combined group. An album of pictures is online here: Confirmation Retreat Photos



Bishop Benhase leads the participants through an Instructed Eucharist



Dinner Liturgy Starts in Savannah 

This past Thursday was the first Dinner Liturgy of Basil's Kitchen. Basil's Kitchen is led by a team of faithful young adult Episcopalians seeking authentic Christian worship & community in downtown Savannah. We are a dinner church, worship takes place at the table around a soulful meal prepared by the community. Communion is made as we share food and ourselves by exploring scripture, music & prayer together. We meet on the third Thursday of each month with our next dinner scheduled for March 20, 2014 at 6:30pm in the Christ Church Savannah undercroft (28 Bull Street, Savannah). For more information or to RSVP; please visit https://www.facebook.com/basilskitchensav.



Clergy Spouses Lenten Retreat
April 4-6 - "Remember, you are a child of God!"


Being a clergy spouse in 2014 is a unique role.  The overlap between work, faith, and family creates a rich and complex life!  On this Lenten retreat, we will take intentional time to reflect on the various threads of our lives.  Before coming, we invite you to read, "Does this Church Make Me Look Fat" by Rhoda Janzen.  This humorous, thoughtful, and intentionally un-Episcopalian book will serve as a springboard for discussions, reflection and worship led by the Rev. Helen White with assistance from the spouses. Most of all, we will seek to take a short break from our various roles and remember who we really are:  children of God.   This is a wonderful opportunity for clergy spouses to listen, learn, ask questions; make new acquaintances, friends; and network. This is our only retreat scheduled for 2014, and it won't be the same if you're not there!  


Honey Creek prices for the retreat are as follows:

Lodge Rooms   $220.00 single rate with 6 meals

Lodge Rooms  $148.00 double rate with 6 meals

Dormitory  $118.00  includes 6 meals

Commuter Rate:  $100.00 with 6 meals


Click here to register for Clergy Spouse Retreat


Bishop Benhase is again offering scholarships to any clergy spouse who needs financial assistance to attend. Please contact the Bishop directly to inquire about the scholarship.  


If you have any questions about our retreat for this year please let get in touch with any of our Clergy Spouses' Planning Committee members:

Jay Lacy                [email protected]

Cissy Bowden       [email protected]

Geri Nelson           [email protected]

Kelly Benhase       [email protected]

Leslie Parker         [email protected]

Savannah Convocation 

Teaching Children To Worship Deeply:
A Lenten Learning Day

The Savannah Convocation is sponsoring a Teaching Children To Worship Deeply: A Lenten Learning Day on Saturday, March 29th 2014 from 9am-1pm at Christ Church, Savannah. 


At baptism, we promise to raise children in the Christian faith and life, yet every church struggles with how to engage children in worship. How can the church compete with television, movies, video games, and sports? How can we teach them when they hardly sit still? During this year's Lenten Learning Day, we will find that the best tools for deepening our own practice of worship lie in two obvious places: our children and our liturgy. Join us as we hear from one priest and congregation who are engaging children in worship, that we might consider how our congregations may continue to raise faithful children.


The Reverend Jeff Jackson, rector of St. Nicholas Episcopal Church in Hamilton, Georgia, will speak on engaging children worship, including Sunday worship and family devotions. Father Jeff is the father of four children, and has done children and youth ministry for almost 20 years. The day will include workshops led by dynamic church leaders in our convocation. Child care will be offered. 

Honey Creek 
Early Registration for Summer Camp Ends This Friday

Procrastination is fine when we're talking about chores, but this is about cold hard cash. Reserve your spot at camp by FRIDAY (2/28) and save some dough! Register at honeycreek.org




Southeast Convocation 
Clergy Tour International Seafarer's Center 

The Southeast Episcopal Convocation met at the International Seafarers' Center in Brunswick on February 11, 2014 for their monthly clericus meeting. The Center's Executive Director, Valerie Crumpton, wife of Rev. Al Crumpton, gave a brief presentation on the Center's ministry to seafarers.


Picture was taken at Salty's Chapel at the Center that was dedicated in honor of Rev. Dr. Jan Saltzgaber, a deacon at Christ Church Frederica who played an instrumental role in furthering the ministry into the classrooms of middle schoolers in Glynn County.


This lovely photo was misidentified in last week's From the Field. The picture from St. Thomas, Thomasville, shows Miss Anna in the atrium teaching children about baptism as a part of that congregation's Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. This is a Montessori-based program of religious education for 3-5 year olds and 6-9 year olds. The method was begun by Sofia Cavaletti about 60 years ago. The word "Atrium" referes to a space where children are prepared to enter into the liturgy and the life of the Church. The catechist focuses on helping children listen to God and His Word and respond with joy. To learn more about the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, visit www.cgsusa.org. Apologies to St. Thomas' Church for identifying the photo with another parish.


Diocesan Youth Programs 
Register for New Beginnings 

New Beginnings will take place during the weekend of March 28-30, 2014 at Honey Creek. New Beginnings is a weekend retreat for teenagers in grades 7-9 led by a team of mostly teenagers, with a few adults, and two clergy spiritual directors. The weekend takes participants through a discovery about ourselves, our friends, our families, our faith, and how to live out our faith in our daily lives.


How might this discovery happen? Through making new friends and sharing with old ones, through singing, skits, talks given by teens, videos, games, worship, and conversation with each other! You are encouraged to bring friends from your church and an adult who will stay through the weekend. Everyone will take an active part in the program. You can go to New Beginnings as many times as you'd like...as long as you're in grades 7-9. We know once you go, you will want to go back. There is even an opportunity to serve on the team...you'll hear more about that at the weekend.


New Beginnings Staff Application

New Beginnings Participant Application

Comfort and Reassurance in Hospice

"Lord, guide me to give comfort where it is needed." This is the prayer that I pray silently as I enter each patient's room in my role as a volunteer chaplain at the Willson Hospice House. I visit with staff and patients there several times each week, and I never know what awaits me behind each door.


Deacon Joy Davis

I have met many families and their loved ones over the last two years. Some patients have huge families that take over all of the waiting area; some have no one. Some families have strong clergy and congregational support from their home church;  some have never set foot in a church. Some find comfort by bringing their little dogs to stay in the room with them (I was once nearly attacked by a three-pound chihuahua that was hiding under the patient's covers).


My point is that the Hospice House is a place that truly reflects life in this world. We are all different. We have all led varied lives and, in the end, we are all called to die-and it is my job as a deacon to provide comfort and reassurance so that those I serve need not fear death, because God is there. 


God is always there, no matter what the situation, and those situations can vary tremendously.  I have been called upon to hold an infant, whose mother could not be present, through its last hours.  I have spent hours in prayer with families, some close, some estranged.  In perhaps my most difficult visitation, I was confronted by an obviously pained family who told me in no uncertain terms that their loved one had given strict instructions that no clergy or anyone "religious" was to visit her or pray with her.  That day I spent the whole afternoon in the on-site chapel, lifting her and her family up in prayer.


God's presence in all these cases has given me more strength and has shown me the beauty and importance of our faith in Christ Jesus.


Deacon Joy O. Davis serves at St. Patrick's Episcopal Church, Albany, which also encompasses the members of Lutheran Church of Our Saviour.  She is in charge of Outreach Ministries there, and  also serves as a Volunteer Chaplain at Willson Hospice House, an in-patient hospice facility located in Albany. 

St. Michael's, Waynesboro 
Ice Jam 2014 

Earlier this month Waynesboro and Burke County lost power for a number of days.  The whole town looked like a war zone as frozen ice caused trees and tree limbs to come down.  It sounded like constant gunfire all night as branches broke off from trees.  This week there are tall piles of cut up wood along every street, looking much like a six-foot fence.
A whole bunch of St. Michael's parishioners gathered in the parish hall to get relief from the cold and boredom and isolation of hiding under blankets since no one had power or heat in their homes.  The Rev. Jim brought us hamburgers and hotdogs from Savannah and everyone charged up their electrical devices.  The kids played games and people caught up on Facebook and computer things.  A number of ladies washed their hair in the wonderful hot water available in the bathroom sinks.  

What a wonderful night.  WE SHOULD DO THIS EVERY TEN YEARS!  Members of St. Michael's also took chili and other foods to the armory where the homeless were surviving on military MRE's.  The vestry has already begun to brainstorm how we can be of service at the next storm, whether to the power company workers who did a fantastic job or to those who need shelter.

Columba House 
Live Intentionally, Serve Passionately

Columba House offers two residential programs for young adults who want to live intentionally and serve passionately. The first is a full-time residential internship and the second is a part-time residential fellowship. Interns and Fellows will live together intentionally in community through sharing a house, breaking bread, praying, and learning together. Interns and Fellows will support Columba House's mission to build spiritual community among young adults. There will be leadership opportunities and avenues to explore your gifts. Columba House's residential programs are 10 months from August to June with an option to extend for a 2 year.


The full-time residential internship program is well-suited for those individuals who want to immerse themselves in the life and work of faith, justice, community, and discipleship. Interns will serve in a local congregation and work in the community. The full-time Internship program strikes a balance with the needs of the congregation and the passion of the interns. This is an opportunities to purse your passions and expand your talents. Interns are given a modest stipend and provided housing, health Insurance and training.


The part-time residential fellowship program is tailored to those who wish to live intentionally and serve passionately while working or attending school. Fellows will serve a few hours each week at Columba House in a hospitality context. This is a unique opportunity to live in intentional community and put your faith into practice.


For more information, please contact Columba House Director Rudy Reyes at [email protected] or at 912-236-4279 and visit the Columba House website:



Children's Liturgy 
The children's liturgy at St. Margaret of Scotland, Moultrie. 
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