October 28, 2014Volume 5, Number 9
In This Issue
Diocesan Office Update
Bishop's Visitation
Nominees Updated
The Loose Canon
Convention Volunteers Needed
Convention Eucharist
Convention Lock In
Green Summit
Honey Creek Thanksgiving
Calvary, Americus
Social Media Connections
Web Links


This Sunday's Lections
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Proposed Canon Changes 

The 193rd Convention of the Diocese of Georgia will consider two proposed canonical changes when it meets November 6-8 at the Jekyll Island Convention Center. The two proposed canons are: Mission Congregation Investments and Congregations in Crisis. The full test of each resolution together explanatory notes are found at the convention website's resolutions page.


These proposed canons received input from the deans and archdeacon and the Diocesan Council and have since been reviewed once more by our Committee on Constitution and Canons. These proposed changes were also reviewed by the convocational clericus meetings, which are gatherings of clergy in the six regions of the Diocese.


Discuss Friday - Decide Saturday

The budget, and all other resolutions and canonical changes will be discussed Friday, then deferred to Saturday for final discussion and vote. This will allow the convention to consider fully all the actions of its time together on Friday, and then pause before acting.


This pattern of not deciding important matters on their first hearing is one the diocesan office has encouraged vestries to undertake. In our convention, we will model this way of doing business. It is intended to make room for thoughtful, prayerful consideration of the business of the Diocese, allowing for new ideas to come forward in informal discussion as well as on the floor. 

Diocesan Office Update    
Bishop Benhase will visit his daughter Mary Grace during the Syracuse University Parent's Weekend.
Canon Logue is in Baltimore for a three-day meeting of The Episcopal Church's Program, Budget and Finance Committee. 

Bishop's Visitations

St. Barnabas, Valdosta 

Bishop Benhase and The Very Rev. Denise Ronn with acolytes and confirmands. 

St. James, Quitman 

The Rev. Dcn. Yvette Owens, Bishop Benhase, and The Rev. Jim Elliott. 

Episcopal Development Agency of Thomasville (EDAT)

Bishop Benhase dedicates and blesses the renovated vicarage of Good Shephard, Thomasville. 
St. Patrick's, Albany 
Grant Received for Food for a Thousand
St. Patrick's Signature Ministry, "Food for a Thousand," received a grant from Thrivent Financial. On Saturday morning, members of St. Patrick's, Lutheran Church of Our Savior (LCOS), Trinity Lutheran, and community volunteers joined together to use the grant money to harvest and winterize the garden.

Cornerstone to New Church Building Dedicated
Cornerstone Dedication and New Church Preview Party on Thursday, October 23rd. About 150 people attended the Cornerstone Dedication who then were able to tour the new church and see up close the progress that has been made. The congregation also raised about $7,000 at the event and $12,000 including all giving for it. Pastor Charles Thompson dedicated the cornerstone for the Lutheran Chapel and the Rev. Jay Weldon, Rector of St. Patrick's, dedicated the St. Patrick's stone. 
Since September of 2012, St. Patrick's has been home to the Lutheran Church of Our Savior, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's presence in Albany.  Pastor Charles Thompson, who was Pastor of LCOS for many years, is the Lutheran-Pastor-in-Residence at St. Patrick's.  In this role, he assists the Rector in pastoral ministry, leads Confirmation in the Lutheran tradition, and ministers to everyone at St. Patrick's, Lutherans and Episcopalians alike.  Pastor Thompson does this as he continues serving St. Andrew's, Plains.

The Trunk or Treat at St. John and St. Mark, Albany, was bigger and better than ever.
Fall Events Around the Diocese of Georgia

Our congregations are busy with a variety of fall events and even more will crank up for this Eve of the Feast of All Saints weekend. Here are a few photos gleaned from church Facebook pages.


King of Peace's Holiday Bazaar filled the grounds and the church with vendors.


Not a special event, but the Community Cares Café at St. Andrew's and St. Cyprian Churches in Darien is an after school program that runs through the school year. Here students make volcanoes in the Parish Hall.

Convention 2014
Diocesan Election Nominee List Updated

To date, the following nominations have been received:  


The Board of the Corporation (1 Layperson to elect):

Carolyn Eager

Neil Victor


Diocesan Council (1 Lay Person, Deacon, or Priest to elect):

The Rev. Joe Bowden, MD


Disciplinary Board (2 Lay Persons & 1 Deacon or Priest to elect):  

No lay person nominations to date

The Rev. Ellen Richardson, M.D.


Sewanee Trustee (1 Priest to elect):

The Very Rev. Ted Clarkson

The Rev. Al Crumpton

The Very Rev. Lee Lowery


Standing Committee (1 lay person and 1 priest to elect):

John B. Johnson

Molly Stevenson

The Very Rev. Denise Ronn, Ph.D.

The Rev. Dr. Jim Shumard


The photos and biographies for these nominees are online now at the convention website's Elections Page  


Make Additional Nominations 

Nominators use the following form:  


Nominees are to provide a brief bio and photo by using this form:  

The Loose Canon
Follow the Good Shepherd Instead of Little Bo Peep

There are two larger approaches to growing a congregation:

  1. Focus primarily on the church itself and making it a more attractive place in terms of facilities and the quality of worship and more.
  2. Focus more on the community and its needs and reach out to those not part of the church.
A Better Fishing Boat & Little Bo Peep

Little Bo PeepThe first approach is to work to build such a nice fishing boat that the best fish will willingly jump right in. Any approach that focuses on getting a new building, a better music program, or a youth group, in order to grow the church is this approach. All of those things are good, and may be essential to being the congregation God has called you to be. But in and of themselves, these will do little to grow a church. If not combined with a strategy for reaching the lost and hurting people in your community who need the Gospel, this is like Little Bo Peep who lost her sheep and doesn't know where to find them. The rhyme goes on, "Leave them alone and they'll come home, dragging their tails behind them." In this view, it is up to the sheep to find their way back to the shepherd and potential newcomers are on their own to find you.


Deep Waters & The Good Shepherd

The Good ShepherdJesus sent the disciples out to deep waters to put down their nets for the catch and then sent them out two by two to go ahead of him out into new places. This is done anytime we are actively seeking to engage those outside the church, reaching out to others with the love of God, whether they choose to ever come into the church or not. All around the Diocese, this is being done in different and exciting ways. One example is the work of our Archdeacon, Sandy Turner, who has for years been the guiding force behind the Good Samaritan House, a free medical clinic in the poor, rural area around Dearing, Georgia, which is 30 miles west of Augusta. This is following the example of the Good Shepherd who would leave the 99 and go after the one lost sheep. This also works through efforts like the Revs. Michael Chaney and Charles Todd's Theology on Tap in Savannah and the Rev. David Somerville offering last year a Christmas liturgy while at sea on a cruise ship that had no worship to be offered on that Holy Day. Whether these will result in persons attending our churches or not, they are still faithful ways to follow The Good Shepherd.


A Combined Effort

Obviously, we need to combine both approaches. Of course, we need to attend to our buildings and programs. We also need to reach out to our communities in love. When these two areas are tended to properly, a congregation tends to grow. This growth may be spiritual growth as those who take part deepen their faith. It is often also numeric growth in attendance.


One Simple, Lost Cost Way to Reach Newcomers

While some of our communities have little or no growth in population, many areas in the Diocese do experience people moving into the area, even if it is a relatively small number. There are services that will provide you with new address changes for pennies on the address. Even better, real estate agents in your congregation (or known to members of your congregation) already have access to information on where new people are moving in.


Send new folks to your community a letter, preferably hand addressed, letting them know where you are, something about the church and your worship times. This direct contact with a family new to the area is one simple way you can reach out beyond the walls of your church to invite someone to find the healing and wholeness offered through Word and Sacrament within. While we receive plenty of junk mail, none of it comes hand written and that effort makes a difference. God can use such a small thing as this to get the attention of someone who needs to find their way back home now that they are in an unfamiliar community.

-The Rev. Canon Frank Logue, Canon to the Ordinary


Is your will keeping up with you? With your Christian commitments?


Please remember your church in your will.

Convention 2014 Volunteers Still Needed

The 193rd Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia will be held on November 6 through 8, 2014. The Diocese is asking for volunteers help in various roles.  The meetings, workshops, Thursday Evening Prayer, will all be held  at the Jekyll Island Convention Center.  After the meetings end on Friday, charter buses will pick up guests from the Hampton Inn and the Jekyll Island Club and take them to Honey Creek,  for the outdoor Eucharist (weather permitting) and a tented dinner. Should it rain, the Eucharist will be in the convention center and buses will head to Honey Creek for dinner and music under the tent after the service.  Charlie and the Foxtrots will entertain during dinner and after; the buses will leave Honey Creek at 8:30pm  to  return guests to the hotels on Jekyll. 

The Diocese is asking for volunteers help in various roles.  Those are listed below; volunteers can sign up for two hour or four hour blocks at the link listed below - feel free to sign up for as many as your would like to work! 


Should you have any questions, please contact Annabelle Salter from Christ Church, Frederica on 912-602-2087 or at [email protected]


Thank you for your willingness to help out- convention can't happen without you!

  • Thursday afternoon at the Convention Center ("JICC") between noon and 5 pm to help with set up-vendors, etc.
  • Thursday evening from 5:30 to 7 pm to usher at the Evening Prayer Service in the Oceanfront Ben Porter Room at the Convention Center
  • Friday  between 7:30 am and 2:30 pm at the Convention Center to help attendees find their tables, help distribute materials if needed; collect ballots if needed, etc.
  • Friday from 11:45 am to 1 pm at the Convention Center  to help direct attendees to the appropriate recycling or composting can with their remaining lunch items (*GREEN TEAM*)
  • Friday afternoon from 4 to 5:45 pm at Honey Creek to usher at the outdoor Eucharist
  • Friday afternoon from 6 to 7 pm at Honey Creek to oversee the bar area (guests will pour wine themselves but an attendant is needed as some youth may be present)
  • Friday evening at the end of the Honey Creek dinner to help direct guests to the compost and recycling cans (*GREEN TEAM*)
  • Saturday am  from 8:30 to 12 at the Convention Center as a floater; from 12 to 12:30 pm to help with break-down and helping vendors load up 

Convention 2014 

Celebrate with the Diocese at Honey Creek 

Even if you are not planning to attend the Diocesan Convention on Jekyll Island, we hope you will still join us on the  Honey Creek campus for a Eucharist under the stars* followed by a tented low country boil. Charlie and the Foxtrots will provide the music and entertainment.


The Eucharist will begin at 4:30; dinner will be served from 6 pm to 7:30 pm.  The Foxtrots will play until 8:30 pm. Tickets are $35 per person; you must be registered to attend.


*In the event of inclement weather, the Eucharist will take place in room B of the Jekyll Island Convention Center followed by dinner and music under the tent at Honey Creek


PLEASE NOTE: You will not pay for your reservation upon registration. You will receive an invoice shortly after registering directly from Pay Pal.  We apologize that we can not issue refunds should there be a change of plans.


 Click here to register online 



High Schoolers Invited to Convention Lock In 
High school students across the Diocese are invited to the lock-in for the 193rd Convention of the Diocese of Georgia. The event starts at 6 pm Friday, November 7th with a low country boil and entertainment by Charlie and the Foxtrots. The event will be led by Misty Graham of St. Thomas Isle of Hope, Savannah, and Roger Speer, St. Luke's, Rincon.

On Saturday, November 8th, lock-in participants will travel to the Jekyll Island Convention Center to lead morning worship and be a part of the youth presentation. The event will conclude at  12 Noon on Saturday, November 8th.

Frequently Asked Questions:


Everyone will meet at Honey Creek on Friday night and sleep in the dorms.  On Saturday, the group will have breakfast and Honey Creek and then travel to the Jekyll Island Convention Center.  Departure home will be at 12PM from the Convention Center at 75 N. Beachview  Drive, Jekyll .

$49.  This covers the low country boil, Friday entertainment- including Charlie and the Foxtrots, lodging in the dorm at Honey Creek, and an event t-shirt.

Who are Charlie and the Foxtrots?
A melting pot of sounds, Charlie and the Foxtrots draws on its members' influences to create poppy, energetic writing intertwined with country/folk instrumentation reminiscent of Fleet Foxes and Local Natives.  Chas Wilson on vocals & guitar and Jeremy Webster  on Piano, Accordion, & jug are two members of they seven piece band.  They grew up in the Diocese of GA youth programs.

What is happening on Saturday at Convention?
On Saturday, participants will wake up, have breakfast and hit the road for the Jekyll Island Convention Center.  There they will lead morning worship for the Convention and present the youth video which they will film before the weekend and edit on Friday night.  After the presentation, the youth will get a play-by-play of what is happening at convention from Roger Speer and Misty Graham including what resolutions are being voted on and what goes into the budget that is later voted on.

Green Summit 

A diocesan Green Summit will be held on Saturday, November 8, 1 - 4 p.m. at the Jekyll Island Convention Center. The Summit will gather green-minded lay leaders and clergy for learning, listening, and visioning to guide future environmental stewardship initiatives. Plans for the summit include an overview of current green projects across the Diocese; feedback on the Green Church Workshop series; assessment of resources; and project prioritization. All are welcome. Bring ideas, a deep love for God's Creation, and a re-usable water bottle.To register, click to here.


For more information, contact Dcn. Leeann Culbreath at [email protected].

 Book your reservations for the annual Honey Creek Thanksgiving!

November 27 at noon

Let Honey Creek serve your family and friends this year. We'll do the cooking and cleaning, you do the quality time together.

Email or call Carolyn for reservations (912-265-9218 or [email protected] ), and relax this Thanksgiving.

St. Francis' Garden 


Trinity, Statesboro blessed a new St. Francis garden this past Saturday. Garden was given in memory of Claire Austin Powell, daughter of Gene and Meredith Rogers who passed away earlier this year. Her love of all animals, great and small, was profound. 
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