July 15, 2014Volume 4, Number 46
In This Issue
Diocesan Office Update
Episcopal Youth Event
Trinity, Cochran
St. Margaret's, Moultrie
Register for fall youth events
Summer Camp
Lay Servant Award
VBS photos
Summer Harvest
Social Media Connections
Web Links


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Register Now for the Acolyte Festival
The Acolyte Festival is open to 3rd through 12th graders. This year's festival will be hosted by St. Paul's, Albany and will be held Saturday and Sunday, August 16 & 17. Participants process during the Sunday morning Eucharist. 

Diocesan Office Update    

Bishop Benhase will preside this Sunday at the Eucharist at Christ Church Savannah where he will be joined by the 8th and 9th Bishops of Georgia in the sanctuary. Our Presiding Bishop, the Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, will preach.


Canon Willoughby is home recovering well from surgery on a broken shoulder and Canon Logue is on vacation this week, hiking in the mountains of East Tennessee.

A group photo of all of the participants at Episcopal Youth Event held last week in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Georgians Participate in National Youth Event

Here are a few photos from the Diocese of Georgia's Bishop, youth and chaperons who attended the Episcopal Youth Event last week.



Georgia Represented at National Happening

Melissa Smith, Claire Duncan, and Rebecca Westgate represented the Diocese of Georgia at the National Happening Leadership Conference this summer. They joined Jody Grant, who is serving as the VP/Secretary for the Happening National Committee, in Oklahoma for this biennial conference. During the conference, Melissa and Claire were chosen to serve on the Happening National Committee for the next two years to plan NHLC 2016. The following was written by Claire.


The National Happening Leadership Conference is a weekend experience for youth and adults from all Happening programs around the nation to come together and share their ideas and love for God. This years NHLC was held in Oklahoma on the campus of University of Central Oklahoma. During the four days we attended workshops about songs, technology, worship, caritas, and many more key factors to a Happening weekend. We met some of the most amazing people who all shared God's love through singing, caritas making, and fun events like the talent show. It was really amazing to have the opportunity to witness how Happening still touches so many other people's lives all over the country even though they're all slightly different in their own ways. I can't wait to bring all of our new ideas back home to our diocese to make Happening even more amazing. 

Trinity, Cochran
Congregation Active in Community Events

Trinity, Cochran, plays in the Cochran/Bleckley Church Coed Softball League. The picture at right was taken after their first and only win so far. The team consists of players 12 to 76 years old. Each game begins with a prayer by the visiting team and ends with a prayer by the home team. The game is played with a softer ball similar to those used in T-Ball. The ball has a lot of bounce in it so this seems to even the playing ability of all. There must be a certain number of youth, women, and seniors that play during the game. Trinity member Kathy Jones says, "We are not a power house as far as the game goes but we have had a lot of success with developing a closer relationships and an increase in church attendance."

Trinity's Senior Warden John Pasto and his wife Suzy Pasto are shown here reading books to children at the Cochran/Bleckley Summer Reading Program. Trinity-Cochran volunteered to read each Wednesday morning during the months of July and August at the Cochran/Bleckley Public Library. The Bleckley County Retired Teachers Organization reads during the school months. Trinity decided to fill the void left during the summer months.

Christ Church, Savannah 
Presiding Bishop to Preach this Sunday

The Presiding Bishop, the Most Rev. Dr. Katharine Jefferts Schori, will preach at Christ Church Savannah on July 20. The Presiding Bishop Jefferts Schori last visited Christ Church in 2008 as a part of her visitation to the Diocese of Georgia. At that time, the congregation met on Sunday evenings at St. Michael and All Angels, Savannah.  

She is the 26th Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, serving as the chief pastor to the Episcopal Church's 2.1 million members in 17 countries and 109 dioceses, ecumenical officer, and primate, joining leaders of the other 38 Anglican Provinces in consultation for global good and reconciliation. Presiding Bishop Jefferts Schori was elected at the 75th General Convention on June 18, 2006, and invested at Washington National Cathedral on November 4, 2006.

A rainbow points to the Parish Hall under construction at St. Margaret of Scotland in Moultrie.

Youth Programs
Registration Open for Fall Gathering and "Bish Bash"
Registration is kicking off now for three upcoming youth events. To see the schedule for this school year, download the PDF: 2014-2015 Youth Events. In the meantime, the Acolyte Festival registration is found above and here are two more upcoming youth events:
Fall Gathering
September 19-12 at Honey Creek
This event for 6-12 graders kicks off youth programs at Honey Creek for a new school year. Come enjoy The Creek with singing, games, worship, and more. 
Bishop's Burger Bash
October 11 at St. Anne's, Tifton
Enjoy a fun event on October 11 at St. Anne's Tifton hosted by Bishop Benhase. This event is for 3rd through 12th graders and their families. 
What campers love about Honey Creek
Campers tell what they love about Honey Creek
Places Available for Final Summer Camp Week
Camp St. Joseph & Mary is underway at Honey Creek. Spaces remain available for the last remaining session of Summer Camp. The remaining session of summer camp is: 

July 20 - 26, 2014 / Camp St. Peter II
(completed grades 6-8) 

Deacons Seek Nominations for Lay Servants
At the 2014 Diocese of Georgia Convention at the Jekyll Island Convention Center the deacons of the Diocese will award a layperson their Excellence in Servanthood Award for the fifth year in a row. This award is funded and sponsored by the Deacons of the Diocese of Georgia. Please know that:
  • This award is to be conferred upon a member of the laity;
  • You must obtain the permission of the layperson you wish to nominate;
  • Nominations must be postmarked between July 1 and September 1, and must include all of the requirements listed above;
  • The Selection Committee, comprised of members of The Deacon's Formation Council, will not consider any application postmarked later than September 1, 2014 or which does not contain all required paperwork.

Please prayerfully consider the lay people you know to decide whose service as a servant to others the deacons should consider when making their selection.


The full application is online here: 2014 Servanthood Nominations

The above collage is from the VBS held last week at St. Thomas Isle of Hope, Savannah

Vacation Bible Schools around the Diocese

We want to share your Vacation Bible School or other camps with the Diocese in photo album collecting pictures of our kid-friendly catechesis taking place around the Diocese this summer. Send your congregation's photo to [email protected].

The photos will be added to a VBS album and used at the diocesan website. You can visit this summer's VBS album online. Some of the photos will be shared here in From the Field. If you create a Facebook or other online album, you may also just send a link to that album to the address above we will copy a selection of photos to the diocesan album.     


 VBS at Atonement, Augusta 

 Pictured above is St. Paul's, Savannah's VBS. 

Summer Harvest

Members of the Community Youth Group of St. Andrew's and St. Cyprian's Churches in Darien show off carrots grown in their garden.
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