November 25, 2014Volume 5, Number 13
In This Issue
Diocesan Office Update
EYCS Offering
Church Development Institute
Videos of Convention Eucharist and Concert
A Call for Blog Links
Wood-Miles Named Provincial Coordinator
Register for Vocare #24
Women's Retreat
Pray for Vestry
An Advent Activity
Honey Creek Thanksgiving
Christmas Parade
Social Media Connections
Web Links


This Sunday's Lections
First Sunday of Advent
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Make Us Faithful Stewards

Almighty and gracious Father, we give you thanks for the fruits of the earth in their season and for the labors of those who harvest them. Make us, we pray, faithful stewards of your great bounty, for the provision of our necessities and the relief of all who are in need, to the glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.


The top photo shows the altar at Christ Church, Frederica, and the bottom photo shows the preschoolers at St. Thomas, Thomasville.

Diocesan Office Update    

This morning, Bishop Benhase make his visitation Episcopal Day School in Augusta. On Sunday, Bishop Benhase will make a visitation to St. George's, Savannah. 

Episcopal Youth and Children Services
Ingathering for Our Scholarship Fund

This is a reminder that November 16th was set by Episcopal Youth & Children's Services as its designated Ingathering, yet there is still time to take part. For over 50 years, the EYCS has worked to help provide need-based college scholarships for undergraduates and financial assistance for children and students in the Diocese of Georgia who might otherwise not be able to go to Summer Camp at Honey Creek, the Episcopal Camp & Conference Center of the Diocese of Georgia.   


The Canon of the Diocese of Georgia regarding EYCS says, "At the regular service, or on the Sunday immediately preceding or following Thanksgiving Day, an offering shall be taken for the EYCS."  Flexibility is also present in the option--  "A congregation may elect to place in its budget an item for the support if lieu of taking the special offering."  For much of the time, gold envelopes have served as a reminder of the day of ingathering.


"Streamlining the Ingathering process by writing a single check and using a budget option really makes sense for some parishes," board member, Erica Scales said.  She added, "Plus, Cuffy Sullivan, our board president has been instrumental in setting up paperless giving provided by safe online donations on the website." 


While some churches find that they prefer the ease of planning a budget line for EYCS and writing single check rather than using a gold envelope bulletin insert, others still like to use the gold envelopes for the ingathering.  Really, it is not an "either-or" proposition.  A parish can elect to do both budgetary giving and collect ingathering using envelops.  The Diocese of Georgia's office has them available. Sunday, November 16th is the Ingathering Day for EYCS, whether you use a gold envelope or not. Your giving impacts the ability to fund scholarships to students in your parish!  


Watch our YouTube video to learn about how EYCS makes a difference in the lives of the youth of our Diocese:

Episcopal Youth and Children Services (EYCS)
Episcopal Youth and Children Services (EYCS)

Checks should be made out to the EYCS and mailed to 611 East Bay Street, Savannah, GA 31401-1296. Links to safe and secure online giving can be found at

Church Development Institute,
Slots Still Open for CDI Starting in December
There is still space available for Diocese of Georgia's Church Development Institute, which begins in December. As all of the graduates agree that the benefit is multiplied when a team from a congregation takes part together, preference is given to congregation teams and individuals must have the permission of the diocesan staff to register as an individual.

CDI's aim is to equip leaders to facilitate a process of transformation, and to build up the capacities and skills of leaders through self awareness of one's personal impact on others and the organization; to increase knowledge of theories, methods and processes as a way to assess and understand the behavior and development of the congregation; and to give a safe learning environment where one can practice skills in facilitation, feedback, listening and presenting.


Each program consists of two cycles and each cycle consists of 4 weekend training sessions - A total of 8 weekend training sessions. See the dates for the next 2 cycles



December 5-6, 2014
January 16-17, 2015
March 6-7, 2015
May 22-23, 2015



December 4-5, 2015
January 15-16, 2016
March 4-5, 2016
May 20-21, 2016

Church Development Institute is the program for clergy and lay leaders who desire to make their congregations stronger, healthier, more deeply rooted in our tradition, more responsive to God, and more effective in their communities.

For more information on Church Development Institute contact The Rev. Walter Hobgood at [email protected] and check out the CDI page on the diocesan website here
193rd Diocesan Convention Eucharist
193rd Diocesan Convention Eucharist
Convention 2014
Epic Honey Creek Event Captured in 4 minutes
Columba House Intern Gabriella Caballero created two short videos which capture the joy of both the Eucharist for the diocesan convention and the Charlie and the Foxtrots concert which followed. If you were there, you may well find yourself in the videos. If you couldn't be with us, in less than two minutes you can enjoy seeing the Eucharist and in about the same time you can get a feel for the high energy fun that followed.
193rd Diocesan Convention Concert
193rd Diocesan Convention Concert
David Somerville Offers Weekly Look Ahead
The Rev. David Somerville has long shared his reflections with the Diocese of Georgia, first through the Church in Georgia and now occasionally through this From the Field email. As a gift to the Diocese, David is now working ahead on the scripture for the coming week and offering his reflections at a web log, or blog devoted to the scripture of the Revised Common Lectionary. Called, Somerville's reflections offer a prayerful look at the intersection of the biblical text and our daily lives. For example, you can find today his Advent I reflection-Our Calling to Wakeful Awareness. This and each week's writing will be posted at:

Calling All Blogs
As blogs have become increasingly common, the format has gotten a bad name as providing a platform for dissent. But a blog is simply a tool for online publishing and as such can be used for good or for ill. If you are a lay person or clergy in the Diocese of Georgia who routinely updates a faith-focused blog, please let us know here at From the Field so that we can share that link. Send word of your bog to the diocesan staff using the [email protected].
Young Adult and Campus Ministry Programs
Wood-Miles Named Province IV Campus Ministry Coordinator
Michael Wood-Miles has been named the Province IV Campus Ministry Coordinator. As Province IV Coordinator, Wood-Miles will oversee campus ministry in the province and be a resource and an advocate for campus ministry on the provincial and church-wide level. Wood-Miles is the Campus Missioner for Episcopal Campus Ministry at Georgia Southern and has served in that capacity for the last three years. He is a tireless advocate for campus ministry and a resource for those in the diocese. Province IV is the largest of the Provinces in The Episcopal Church. Twenty dioceses in nine Southeastern states comprise Province IV. Included in the Province are dioceses located in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, North Carolina, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee, and part of Louisiana. 
Young Adult and Campus Ministry
Register for Vocare #24
Vocare #24 will be held February 27 - March 1, 2015 at Honey Creek. Vocare in Georgia is an Episcopal young adult ministry serving both the Diocese of Georgia and Diocese of Atlanta. Through weekend retreats and community building, Vocare in Georgia provides opportunities for self discovery and the beginnings of spiritual discernment. God is calling each one of us into deepened faithfulness and more clearly defined ministries. The weekend is filled with fun and games, serious reflection and discussion, and familiar, relaxed worship. 

The Pilgrim registration form can be accessed via the link below. 
The staff application can be accessed via the link below. 
For more information, visit Vocare in Georgia's website or contact Program Manager Rudy Reyes at [email protected] 

Women's Retreat
Fourth Retreat Brings Traditions Together
When St. Elizabeth's, Richmond Hill, hosted its Fourth Women's Retreat at Honey Creek on November 14-16, 2014, twenty-five women from seven different denominations came together. The group was inspired by its guest speaker, Dr. Tammy Smith of West Columbus, Ohio, and their prayer leader,  Emma Greene, LPC of Daphne, Alabama. The congregation looks forward to holding its fifth annual retreat next year.

The Loose Canon

How and Why to Pray for You Vestry

Vestry elections are coming up for all our churches between first Advent and the end of January, which is the time set aside for annual meetings of a parish. This makes this the perfect time to consider vestries, what they are for and how to support them in their work. Last week I wrote What's a Vestry to do? on the role of vestries. in The Episcopal Church. This week, I want to consider your role as a church member as concerns the vestry.


The Ministry of Lay Persons
The catechism lays out the ministry of lay persons as, "The ministry of lay persons is to represent Christ and his Church; to bear witness to him wherever they may be; and, according to the gifts given them, to carry on Christ's work of reconciliation in the world; and to take their place in the life, worship, and governance of the Church."


As a church member, you are to take your place in the governance as well as the life and worship of your church. Obviously, not every member can serve on the vestry, but that doesn't let you off the hook from discerning whether this is something God has for you and if not for you, than who should you encourage to stand for election?


Discerning Who Should Stand for Vestry Election
Every congregation needs new persons to step forward to stand for election. This is particularly true with younger members. Our canons permit vestry members to be as young as 18, but seldom does a vestry have anyone under 30, and more often the bulk of vestry are retirees. Each congregation needs a variety of people and perspectives working faithfully in leadership alongside their priest to make decisions which impact both the business and spiritual side of church life. You should prayerfully consider the mix of gifts and experience which would make your vestry most representative and productive. As a congregation will have difficulty in being better than its vestry and so who is selected matters more than first meets the eye.


Since you are a person who cares about the church (I know this because you have read this far in an article on vestries in a diocesan newsletter), you should feel accountable to God for praying about and for your church's vestry. This should include praying for who to nominate in an election, and being willing to say "yes" if that discernment leads to the fact that it is you who should stand for election. Then the election itself is not a popularity contest, but another time for prayerful discernment about the mix of people and perspectives needed for this vital role. This role of prayer also means praying for the rector, wardens and vestry in their decision making on behalf of the congregation.


The Priests and Vestry We Deserve
We get the priests and vestries we deserve in that if we pray for and support them, the priest and vestry will be better able to do the work to which they are called. If we undermine or ignore them and then complain about the results, we'll also get what we deserve. I encourage prayer and support as well as discernment about who to call, not just because it makes for a healthy congregation life, but because prayerful, encouraging people is who we are called to be as Christians. This is just how that plays itself out in the governance of our congregtations.


Bishop Benhase has offered a useful Vestry Job Description which I commend to your reading and then to your prayers and discernment. This file is also available as a Word document to be tailored by your vestry to its particular situation: vestryjobdescription.doc

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

Care for the Troops
An Advent Activity to Show Care at Christmas
An Advent activity from Care for the Troops: When filling out your Christmas cards this year, take a card, write a message of support, and send to the address below. This is also a good activity to sponsor within your congregation, such as at a Wednesday evening gathering or youth group meeting. It may help get parishioners involved and build their awareness of the need to support veterans and their families. This and other ideas are found in the Veteran Friendly Congregation information at the Care for the Troops' website:
A Recovering American Solder
c/o Walter Reed Army Medical Center
6900 Georgia Avenue
NW Washington, DC 20307-5001


 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.

Rincon Christmas Parade

St. Luke's, Rincon, parishioners are pictured above with their float in the Rincon Christmas Parade, which was last Saturday.

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