May 13, 2014Volume 4, Number 37
In This Issue
Diocesan Office Update
Bishop's Visitation
Convocation Confirmation
Lowery Named Dean of Albany Convocation
Opportunity Knocks
Four Deacons to be Ordained
YP Ministries
Summer Camp
ECW Annual Meeting
Keep Your Eyes Open!
Social Media Connections
Web Links

This Sunday's Lections:
Fifth Sunday of Easter 
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Still Time to Register for the Last Happening of 2014 

Happening #93 will be held at Honey Creek May 30-Jun 1, 2014, and is open to those in grades 10 - 12. This will be the last Happening of 2014. 


Katie Wisenbaker from Christ Church, Valdosta will serve as Rector and Rachel Robinson from St. Paul's, Savannah will serve as Observing Rector. During a Happening weekend, participants worship, play, sing, and talk about God's place in their lives. They make new friends who share similar concerns and questions - a reassuring discovery. A teenager who serves as
"rector" leads the weekend with the help of a staff consisting mostly of young people. Some staff members give challenging talks, after which there's time for discussion and activity. Together, the staff and participants share in an exploration of the impact of Christian faith in their daily lives. Happeners who attend a weekend for their first time are called "Candidates." To be a Candidate, one must:

  • Have completed the 9th grade and have not begun college.
  • Fill out the application:
    Candidate Application for Happening #93

The fee for this Happening is $95, and financial assistance is available. For more information, please visit the Georgia Happening website. 


Happening #93 Participant Application 

Diocesan Office Update   

Bishop Benhase will make his visitations this Sunday to St. Paul's, Jesup, in the morning, and Grace Church, Waycross, in the afternoon. 


Canon Logue is on vacation, hiking in the mountains of Tennessee from May 6-17.


Missioner for Youth Elizabeth Burns is taking first responders training and on Saturday will be at St. Anne's, Tifton for the first Youth Presence Ministries workshop. 


This Saturday Program Manager Rudy Reyes will attend the Vocare Steering Committee at St. Paul's, Macon.   


Convocational Confirmation in Eastertide 
Savannah | May 29th | St. Francis' of the Islands | Savannah | 7 p.m.  
St. Margaret, Moultrie 
Bishop's Visitation 

Bishop Benhase, The Rev. Walter Hobgood, and The Rev. Deacon Sally Shovar Byers with confirmands.
Albany Convocation Confirmation

The congregation of St. Paul's, Albany, hosted the Albany Convocation Confirmation. Pictured above are Bishop Benhase with the confirmands and clergy from St. Anne's Tifton, St. Patrick's Albany, and St. Paul's Albany.
Lowery Named Dean of Albany Convocation

Bishop Benhase announced Saturday at the Albany Convocation Confirmation that he has named The Rev. Lee Lowery to follow The Very Rev. Bill Stewart as Dean of the Albany Convocation. In making the announcement Bishop Benhase gave thanks for Stewart's good and faithful work as Dean. Stewart is retiring this summer and Lowery will take over as Dean on July 1. Pictured right is Lowery, Stewart, and Bishop Benhase.


Lowery is the rector of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Albany. He grew up in Repton, Alabama. In 1977, he graduated from Troy State University in Troy, Alabama with a bachelor's in Speech and Drama. He received his Master of Divinity from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee in 1990. Lowery grew up Methodist, but later joined the Episcopal Church.


Lowery began his ministry at St. Paul's in Mobile, Alabama. While in the Diocese of Central Gulf Coast, he was involved in Diocesan Youth Committee, the Committee on Aging, Cursillo, Happening, and Kairos. Next Lowery served at The Episcopal Church of the Resurrection in Centerville,Utah. In the Diocese of Utah, he served as president of the Standing Committee, chair of the diocesan Property Committee, and chair of the Commission on Ministry, and helped create the Evangelism and Congregational Development committees.


Then Lowery moved to Alabama where he served as a church planter for the Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit in Alabaster, Alabama. He started the church in a storefront and today they have their own building on their own land. In early 2013 Lowery began serving as rector of St. Paul's, Albany. 

St. Margaret's, Moultrie
Opportunity Knocks

St. Margaret of Scotland Episcopal Church is located in the heart of rural South Georgia and was founded as a mission of the Diocese of Georgia in 1991.  The original founders were individuals, most from St. John's, seeking a more theologically progressive spiritual home.  This small group met for informal suppers to formulate ideas on what they could do to establish a new worship group. 


The ground breaking for St. Margaret's new church building took place on Saturday, January 1, 2000.  This new church was built with the physical labor of the congregation and local contractors.  The first service celebrated in the unfinished building was held on February 28, 2001 - Ash Wednesday.


At the Church's annual meeting in 2008, a member of the congregation and the church's nearest neighbor, offer to lease a property his owned to be use by the church until a formal parish hall could be built.  On May 2, 2009 the new space was blessed as a parish house. 


In January, 2012, St. Margaret's started a children's service to better meet the needs of young families with children.  By the summer of 2012, it was clear that this was attracting new families with children.  Each child was given a job that would engage them in some way with liturgy and teachings of the church. The growth brought a concern that the house being used for church gatherings and children's activities would limit growth beyond the level we had achieved so far.


St. Margaret's was ready to move forward with a leadership gift and proceeds from the sell of Diocesan property in late 2013.  We are very thankful for one individual that donated a large sum of money toward the construction of the parish hall and additional pledges have come from every member of the congregation, we could see our way forward.  The Bishop and Standing Committee approved the plans to begin construction on February 1, 2014.


We are excited about the future of the Episcopal Church in Moultrie. With a single vision and mission to serve the needs of population that has changed dramatically in the past 20 years, it is time for a new beginning with a future that will look different from the past. With this future clearly in mind we held a ground breaking service for the parish hall on May 11th with the Right Rev. Scott Benhase, Bishop of Georgia, celebrating.


Is this an opportunity knocking?  Is this God calling?  YES!

Four Deacons to be Ordained on May 31
Bishop Benhase will ordain Sarah Brockenbrough of Christ Church; Savannah, Susan Hill of All Saints', Tybee Island;  Alex Moreschi of St. Patrick's, Albany;  Jamie Maury of All Saints', Tybee Island; to the Sacred Order of Deacons at 11 a.m. on May 31 in St. Paul's, Savannah.

Susan Hill will become a vocational deacons with Sarah Brockenbrough, Alex Moreschi and Jamie Maury to become transitional deacons. Clergy wear cassock, surplice and tippet.

Youth Presence Ministries 

Youth ministry is different in every place and possible in every place.  Every congregation no matter how large or small, no matter how many youth you already have can benefit from this initiate.  Come journey with the Diocese and YP Ministries as we help local congregations vision, plan, and create a stronger youth presence in their church.


Participants will leave the Visioning Workshop with a:  

    • Plan for developing a youth presence in their congregation
    • List of four priorities on which to focus their efforts
    • Set of goals to accomplish in 90 days and then in 6 months


Phase One: Visioning Training Schedule 


May 16 -17 - Tifton

May 30-31 - Augusta

June 6-7 - Savannah 


Click Here for more information 


If you have not signed up, please reach out to Elizabeth Burns, Missioner for Youth.  Elizabeth can be reached at 912-236-4279 (office), or at [email protected].  She is very passionate about this partnership and would love to take time to answer questions and help you decide if this program is right for you and your church.  
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 for single occupancy lodge room, $40 for double occupancy lodge room, $20 day for Hunt/Chapin Cottage, or $100 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]



ECW Friday Night Banquet:
Girls in Jeans & Pearls!

Since we are at fabulous relaxin' casual Honey Creek, wear your favorite jeans

and your Southern Belle pearls to our Banquet!! Saturday Eucharist is a T-shirt Eucharist!!

Wear your church or ECW T-shirt as we worship together led by our Bishop.


AND.....bring any and all gently worn T-shirts cluttering up your closet...we will give these to the Clothing Shelves of St. Athanasius ECW in downtown Brunswick. Clothing is always needed and sought by families with children and working men. Have fun and bless others too!!

2014 TENS Stewardship Conference in Atlanta

Following Jesus is a lifelong journey. Stewardship is a path of discipleship.


Are you ready to take the next step in stewardship? Are you looking for ways to help your congregation and diocese discover the joyful path of generosity and giving? Join guides and meet companions who will walk along side in following the Way.


Find more information here. 

Keep Your Eyes Open!    


Turtles are nesting at Honey Creek. 
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