March 11, 2014Volume 4, Number 28
In This Issue
Diocesan Office Update
Diocesan Community Update
Bergstrom Ordination
Ash Wednesday
Toxic Charity Seminar
Episcopal Youth Event
Albany Lenten Program
Teaching Children
Spelling Bee
Social Media Connections
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The diocesan staff  has recently converted to a new ACS database system to track information on lay leaders and clergy.  During the conversion, contact information was transferred from an old system and in many cases there multiple records were consolidated. Since there was no way for the system to know which was correct, current contact information very well could have been overwritten by outdated information. In order to avoid the possibility of missing future correspondence sent by the diocesan office, it is helpful for as many lay leaders as possible (wardens, vestry, members of diocesan committees, parishioners, etc.) to log onto the new system and check and update information. 


Here is a step-by-step video that will walk you through the process of creating a login and checking/updating your data: 

Diocese of Georgia Database Tutorial
Diocese of Georgia Database Tutorial

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Diocesan Office Update  

Canon Logue will preach this Sunday at St. Luke's, Rincon. 


Bishop Benhase is on vacation through March 16. 


Diocesan House will be closed on Monday March 17 as Diocesan House is along the parade route and so the parking lot is inaccessible on St. Patrick's Day.

Community Update 


The vestry of St. Michael & All Angel's, Savannah, has called the Rev. Kevin Kelly as rector. Kelly grew up at Christ Church, Valdosta, where he was active in diocesan youth programs. A graduate of Valdosta State University, he served both St. Luke's Hawkinsville and Trinity Cochran on his 1994 graduation from Virginia Theological Seminary. Since leaving that cure, he has served congregations in the Dioceses of Atlanta, West Virginia and Louisiana. He married Christine in December 1993. They have three children, Jack (13), Sam (11), and Kate (7). Kelly begins work at St. Michael's on April 1.

Bergstrom Ordination Next Tuesday Evening

God willing and the people consenting, the Rt. Rev. Edward S. Little II will ordained Dr. Jeremy Bergstrom to the Sacred Order of Priests at St. John's Savannah on March 18 at 6 p.m.   

A 1999 graduate of Purdue University, Bergstrom earned a Master in Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, a Masters in Theology from St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary, an Anglican Studies Certificate from Nashotah House Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Historical Theology/Patristics from the University of Durham in Durham, England. 
He married Jacqueline (Jackie) in June 2001. They have three children-Nathanael (6), William (3) and Colman Elias (16 days). As is customary, Dr. Bergstrom remains canonically resident in the Diocese of Northern Indiana through his ordination to the priesthood, as that is the diocese that supported his call to ordination. He will continue to serve at St. John's, Savannah, where he has worked since August 2012. 

The Rev. Michael Chaney and The Rev. Kevin Veitinger (United Methodist) offered Ashes to Go in front of The Sentient Bean coffee shop in downtown Savannah.

Ash Wednesday Around the Diocese 

Several congregations in Glynn County offered a joint Ash Wednesday service. (Congregations represented were Christ Church, SSI , Good Shepherd, Pennick, Holy Nativity, SSI, St. Athanasius, Brunswick , and St. Mark's, Brunswick.)

On the right, The Rev. Dwayne Varas distribute ashes at St. Thomas, Thomasville  and on left, The Rev. Kelsey Hutto of Saint Paul, Augusta applies ashes to go on Broad Street.

St. Michael, Savannah and residents of a homeless camp in West Savannah observed Ash Wednesday. Pictured is the Rev. Jim Morrow (United Methodist) imposing ashes on a police officer. Canon Logue presided and preached at the service held near where two homeless persons had drowned earlier in the week.

The Rev. Jim Shumard of St. Michael, Waynesboro distribute Ashes to Go in Waynesboro.

Imposition of Ashes at St. Anne, Tifton.  

The Rev. Buck Lea of St. Philip's, Hinesville distribute ashes at El Loco's Mexican Restaurant in Hinesville. 
Holy Comforter, Martinez 

Learn How Churches Can Help Instead of Hurt

How does the church help those it most means to help? Find out this Saturday at The Toxic Charity seminar hosted by Holy Comforter, Martinez. Bob Lupton, author of Toxic Charity: How Churches and Charities Hurt those they Help and How to Reverse It, presents a seminar on his best selling book at Holy Comforter starting at 9:30 a.m. Bob argues that our current charitable practices do more harm than good and proposes "compassionate service that actually empowers the poor." There are still spaces available! Call the church today to register (706) 210-1133. Cost is $20 per person and includes lunch.
For more information on Lupton's book, see
Deadline to Register for Episcopal Youth Event this Friday at Noon

The Diocese of Georgia is going to the Episcopal Youth Event (EYE) in Philadelphia, PA! EYE is the single largest gathering of young people in our church and it happens every three years, don't miss out. Those attending from the Diocese of Georgia will take part in both the national event and a regional one on the same trip.


After careful consideration of high schooler busy schedules and financial situation.  The Diocesan trip to EYE has been scaled back.  The trip will take place on July 8-13, 2014.   The Diocese will cover the cost of registration.  The group will fly up to PA.  Participants will be responsible for their cost of transportation.   (No more than $450.)


Click Here to Register 


Elizabeth Burns needs to have all registrations into the larger Episcopal Church  by March 15.  Therefore you must register by March 14 at NOON, no exception.

Albany Herald Features Lenten Program 

A Lenten program jointly offered by the three Episcopal churches in Albany was featured this past week in the Albany Herald. Food for Thought will offer speakers from St. Paul's, St. John's & St. Mark's, and St. Patrick's Episcopal Churches giving meditations from 12:10 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. on successive Wednesdays at St. Paul's through April 9. As the Rev. Lee Lowery told the Herald, "It's the perfect service for 'downtown' churches where a lot of people are working. They're going to be taking an hour for lunch anyway, so why not come where they can feed their bodies and have some time for reflection?" The article remains online here:

Savannah Convocation 

Teaching Children To Worship Deeply

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. 


The Rev. 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. 


Workshops include: 


Becoming Disciples Through Prayer (for children of all ages)
Misty L. Graham, Director of Christian Education at St. Thomas', Savannah 

Kids Say the Darndest Things: Preaching To & With Children
The Rev. Jeff Jackson, Rector of St. Nicholas', Hamilton

Teach them well: When Sunday School no longer works
The Rev. Canon Frank Logue

The Bible isn't boring and Hymns rock:
Teaching Children to Worship Deeply through Scripture and Song
The Rev. Helen White, Vicar of All Saints, Tybee Island  



Episcopal Spelling Bee Winners
Above is pictured the All Saints Tybee Island team that earned second place in the Tybee Island Spelling Bee benefiting the Tybee Island Maritime Academy.
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