April 22, 2014Volume 4, Number 34
In This Issue
Diocesan Office Update
Bishop's Visitation
Celebrate Earth Day
ECW Annual Meeting
Youth Programs Brochure
Savannah Convocation Family Day
Simulcasting the Eucharist
Georgia Priest Wins Golden Halo
Holy Week and Easter in Photos
Spring Rally
Spring Clergy Conference
Summer Camp
Pachal Homily
Sabbath Rest
Social Media Connections
Web Links

This Sunday's Lections:
Second Sunday of Easter 
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Alleluia! Christ Is Risen.
"O God, who by the glorious resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ destroyed death and brought life and immortality to light: Grant that we, who have been raised with him, may abide in his presence and rejoice in the hope of eternal glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be dominion and praise for ever and ever. Amen."

The Rev. Lonnie Lacy asperges the congregation following Easter Vigil baptisms at St. Anne's Tifton, the altar at the Church of the Good Shepherd Augusta and Deacon Carlene Taylor and the Rev. Al Crumpton in an Easter baptism at King of Peace, Kingsland.
Diocesan Office Update  

Tonight, Bishop Benhase will make his visitation to the Episcopal Campus Ministry at Georgia Southern University. On Sunday, Bishop Benhase will visit St. Paul's, Augusta, in the morning and St. Mary Magdalene, Louisville (pictured at right), in the afternoon. 


Canon Logue meets tonight with the vestry of St. Luke's, Hawkinsville. This weekend, he will serve as the spiritual director for Spring Rally at Honey Creek.


Convocational Confirmation in Eastertide 

Southeastern | May 3rd | St. Mark's | Brunswick | 4 p.m. 

Albany | May 10th | St. Paul's | Albany | 4 p.m. 

Savannah | May 29th | St. Francis' of the Islands | Savannah | 7 p.m. 
Bishop's Visitation
Bishop Benhase confirms and preaches on Easter at St. Paul the Apostle, Savannah.

Celebrate Earth Day this Evening

Celebrate Earth Day today with the Episcopal Development Agency of Thomasville (EDAT) at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church on Tuesday, April 22 from 5-7 pm. There will be activities and games for all, including a hot dog cookout. Good Shepherd is at 515 Oak Street in Thomasville.

Register for the 2014 Annual ECW Meeting

Registration is open for the 2014 Annual ECW Meeting on May 16-17, 2014 at Honey Creek.


Registration is $25.00 and should be sent to Karen West at 218 Earlwood Dr. Dublin, GA 31021.  Meals and hotel will go through Honey Creek - meals for Friday dinner/Saturday breakfast, lunch is $36.00. 


Room cost are as follows:

$80.00 for single occupancy lodge room

$40.00 for double occupancy lodge room

$20.00 day for Hunt/Chapin Cottage

$100.00 day for Jonnard Cottage


Please call Carolyn Middleton at Honey Creek at (912) 265-9218 for meals and lodging. 


If additional information is needed please contact

Cristy Jordan 912-659-0287 [email protected]

or Norma Akins 478-984-8872 / [email protected]

A Printable Brochure on 
Youth Programs for 2014-2015
Click the image or the link below for a brochure on all of our youth events from now through May of 2015, then print away.  Please put the brochure in the church narthexes. And for youth ministers, participants and their families, you can start marking your calendars for the coming year.

Savannah Convocation Youth Family Day

The Savannah Convocation Youth Events is hosting a Family Day at St. Patrick's, Pooler, on May 10 from 10 am to 2 p.m. Get your moms, dads, sisters, brothers, friends and bring them all. Bring something pot luck to share.....there will be games, water activities, singing, and more. The event is not limited to Episcopal congregations in the Savannah Convocation alone. For more information contact Misty Graham at (352) 281-6805 or [email protected] 

Simulcasting the Eucharist in Brunswick

The Episcopal Church is taking multi-site worship to a whole new level in Brunswick with the Eucharist in multiple locations. This past fall St. Mark's, Brunswick installed inexpensive web-capable DVD players, one at the Benton House assisted living facility and the other at St. Mark's Towers, a HUD facility. They also installed an inexpensive camera system at the church using "live stream" in the sanctuary. Then, they recruited a team of dedicated lay Eucharistic visitors. When the opening hymn starts on Sunday morning at 10:15 a.m. the lay Eucharistic visitor/Usher/worship leaders in the remote locations direct communicants' participation. They welcome them at the beginning of each service from St. Mark's and then at the "Fraction," communion is served from the Holy Table. At Benton House, six church members typically attend this service along with approximately five guests each week. St. Mark's Towers has a dozen church members who live in the facility and attend the service. About six guests on average also attend.


The Rev. Alan Akridge, Rector of St. Mark's said, "This is not hard or complex." He went on to describe how what started as a way for those who are homebound to still be a part of the worship service prior to the arrival of the reserved Sacrament to their homes on Sunday afternoon has become something much, much bigger.  He adds, "We also have folks who log in to watch worship as far south as southern Florida and as far north as New England!  We even had someone recently log in from London."


Akridge suggests that this could easily be done in every nursing home or assisted living facility or anywhere else where Episcopalians are unable to physically get to worship. 

Christ Church Frederica Founder Wins the Golden Halo
Lent Madness 2014 has ended and Charles Wesley is the winner of the Golden Halo. This is a fun, educational event sponsored each Lent by Forward Movement, publishers of Forward Day by Day. The bracket below shows how the voting went this year. Charles Wesley squeaked by Seminole Indian missionary Harriet Bedell in the final ballot with 51 percent of the vote in the final round. Charles Wesley served as the secretary to General James Edward Ogelthorpe, the founder of the Colony of Georgia.  He thus was a "bi-vocational" or non-paid priest in the 18th century. Accompanying General Oglethorpe to Fort 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, which continues as a thriving church today. Charles is a well known hymn writer, having composed 6,000 of them including such favorites as Hark the Herald Angels Sing and the final verse to a song you likely just sang on Easter, Jesus Christ Is Risen Today!
As the Lent Madness site notes, "It's no secret that this mission of Charles Wesley often led him right up to the edge of trouble. With his brother, Charles received disapproval from church authorities when, casting aside long-standing practice, he went out into the fields to preach the gospel to people who otherwise never would have had an opportunity to step into a church. And preach he did--to thousands upon thousands." 

The altar at Christ Church Frederica on St. Simons Island.

Holy Week and Easter in Photos 

This issue of From the Field includes photos from all 30 congregations from whom we received pictures taken Tuesday through Sunday in Holy Week. The full Holy Week album with 178 photos (at the time this email is being sent) is online here: 2014 Holy Week Album        


Easter Sunday at Christ Church, Valdosta.     


Deacon Yvette Owens processes with the gospel at Christ the Valdosta and Deacon Larry Jesion with his wife, Pam, at Christ Church, Augusta.    

The Rev. Joshua Varner preaches the Easter Sermon at St. Patrick's, Pooler.    


The Rev. Joan Kilian preaches the Easter sermon at Trinity, Statesboro.    


The Revs. Cynthia Taylor and Joe Bowden with one of the baptisms at Holy Comforter, Martinez, on Easter.    


Flowering the cross and Easter egg hunting at Trinity, Cochran.     

Easter egg hunters at All Saints, Tybee Island.    


At left, the two new acolytes who served the first time on Easter at St. Patrick's Albany, Bob Baranko and Jase White. Jase (right) was baptized Saturday night at the Easter Vigil. In the photo at right in the sermon in the children's service on Easter at St. Margaret of Scotland, Moultrie.    

The Rev. Dwayne Varas with children during the Easter liturgy at St. Thomas, Thomasville.    


Children flower and then process with the cross at Annunciation, Vidalia.     

The offertory anthem at St. Paul's, Jesup.      


A butterfly release followed the Easter liturgy at Our Savior, Martinez.      

St. Michael's, Waynesboro, on Holy Saturday.     

The Good Friday liturgy at Christ Church, Savannah.       


The Altar of Repose at St. Augustine's, Augusta, and the veneration of the cross at St. Paul's, Albany.     


 The Altar of Repose at St. George's, Savannah.     


Maundy Thursday foot washing at St. Luke's, Rincon.     


 Priests collect blessed oils for use throughout the year at the conclusion of the Chrism Mass held at Trinity, Statesboro on Tuesday in Holy Week. 

Spring Rally: Be Who Christ is Calling You to Be!
 Come on out to the Creek for Spring Rally!  The Spring Rally leadership team has been hard at work planning a packed weekend.  There will be singing, worship, games, small groups, large groups, prayer stations, and event a talent show!  The retreat with a leadership component. Young people not only learn more about being who Christ is calling them to be, but they are also given resources that increase their leadership skills to help them  lead both diocesan youth events and events at their home parishes.  


 Spring Rally will be held at Honey Creek April 25-27.  The retreat is for youth in grades 6-12; cost is $114.50.


That is tonight!
Spring Clergy Conference

The Spring Clergy Conference will be held at Honey Creek from May 4 to 6. The main speaker will be Lauren Winner, Assistant Professor of Christian Spirituality at Duke Divinity. Winner is the author of numerous books, including Girl Meets God and Mudhouse Sabbath. Her study A Cheerful & Comfortable Faith: Anglican Religious Practice in the Elite Households of Eighteenth-Century Virginia will be published in the fall of 2010 from Yale University Press. She has appeared on PBS's Religion & Ethics Newsweekly and has written for The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post Book World, Publishers Weekly, Books and Culture, and Christianity Today


The rates for the full conference program, meals and lodgings are $158 for lodge room (based on double occupancy), $240 for a Lodge room (single occupancy), $118 to stay in one of the cottages with other clergy, or in a dorm, and $100 for those tent camping or commuting. For those choosing double occupancy, please let Honey Creek know who you are sharing a room with. 

Click here to register for clergy conference


If you have any questions about the variety of accommodations, call Carolyn Middleton at Honey Creek at (912) 265-9218, but remember to register online rather than over the phone. 

A tire swing is the only place where it's okay to push people around.
The Paschal Homily of St. John Chrysostom

The Paschal Homily of St. John Chrysostom is read at the end of Matins on Easter universally throughout the Orthodox Church. It was composed sometime during Chrysostom's ministry in the late 4th or early 5th century and is the best known Easter sermon in Christian history.


Let all pious men and all lovers of God rejoice in the splendor of this feast; let the wise servants blissfully enter into the joy of their Lord; let those who have borne the burden of Lent now receive their pay, and those who have toiled since the first hour, let them now receive their due reward; let any who came after the third hour be grateful to join in the feast, and those who may have come after the sixth, let them not be afraid of being too late; for the Lord is gracious and He receives the last even as the first. He gives rest to him who comes on the eleventh hour as well as to him who has toiled since the first: yes, He has pity on the last and He serves the first; He rewards the one and praises the effort.


Come you all: enter into the joy of your Lord. You the first and you the last, receive alike your reward; you rich and you poor, dance together; you sober and you weaklings, celebrate the day; you who have kept the fast and you who have not, rejoice today. The table is richly loaded: enjoy its royal banquet. The calf is a fatted one: let no one go away hungry. All of you enjoy the banquet of faith; all of you receive the riches of his goodness. Let no one grieve over his poverty, for the universal kingdom has been revealed; let no one weep over his sins, for pardon has shone from the grave; let no one fear death, for the death of our Saviour has set us free: He has destroyed it by enduring it, He has despoiled Hades by going down into its kingdom, He has angered it by allowing it to taste of his flesh.


When Isaias foresaw all this, he cried out: "O Hades, you have been angered by encountering Him in the nether world." Hades is angered because frustrated, it is angered because it has been mocked, it is angered because it has been destroyed, it is angered because it has been reduced to naught, it is angered because it is now captive. It seized a body, and, lo! it encountered heaven; it seized the visible, and was overcome by the invisible.


O death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory? Christ is risen and you are abolished. Christ is risen and the demons are cast down. Christ is risen and the angels rejoice. Christ is risen and life is freed. Christ is risen and the tomb is emptied of the dead: for Christ, being risen from the dead, has become the Leader and Reviver of those who had fallen asleep. To Him be glory and power for ever and ever. Amen.

Sabbath Rest 

An exhausted acolyte catches up on sleep in a pew at St. Anne's, Tifton. 

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