February 17, 2015Volume 5, Number 25
In This Issue


This Sunday's Lections
First Sunday in Lent
Join Our Mailing List

Companion Diocese

Ariails Co-Chair DR Commission

Bishop Benhase has appointed Julia and Julius Ariail of Christ Church, Valdosta, as co-chairs of the Diocese of Georgia's Companion Diocese Commission, succeeding the Rev. Tar Drazdowski who was called to a new ministry in the Diocese of Nebraska in November, 2014. 


As co-chairs of the Commission, Julia and Julius will use their experience since 2010 on several mission trips and other visits to the Dominican Republic to represent Bishop Benhase on the board of the Dominican Development Group (DDG), a coordinating agency within The Episcopal Church of the several Companion Dioceses who support the programs and development of the Episcopal Diocese of the Dominican Republic. They will maintain information about all of the Diocese of Georgia's work in the Dominican Republic on the Companion Diocese webpage, and will work closely with the Mission Team Support Office of the Diocese of the Dominican Republic to coordinate the logistics for the five or more mission teams from the Diocese of Georgia that travel each year to work alongside our friends in the Dominican Republic.


 Julia and Julius are currently in the Dominican Republic attending the annual convention of the Dominican diocese and the semi-annual board meeting of the DDG. In this photo from that board meeting, they are on the far right of the back row. The Rev. Tar Drazdowski our previous chair and The Rev. David Somerville, a priest of this Diocese who also serves as an at-large DDG Board Member, are also pictured above.


After the DDG meeting, Julia and Julius travel to El Pedregal, the mission work site for the annual teams from Christ Church, Valdosta, to continue planning for that church's June 2015 mission team. They will be sharing information they gathered from the Dominican convention and the DDG meeting that affects the mission team program with the leaders of all of the mission teams in Georgia after they return home on February 23.

Diocesan Office Update    
Canon Logue met this past weekend in retreat with the vestry of St. Anne's, Tifton, and Sunday presided and preached and held parish meetings at St. Peter's, Savannah. This weekend he will be back at Honey Creek working on videos with the retreat center's Executive Director, Dade Brantley.

This Sunday, Bishop Benhase makes his visitation to St. Thomas, Thomasville. 

Rudy Reyes will participate in the Clergy Spouse Retreat weekend at Honey Creek.
Christ Church, Frederica
Bishop's Visitation

Bishop Benhase is pictured here with the Christ Church Fredrica clergy and this past Sundays group of those being confirmed and received.


Your Congregation's Parochial Report is Due Now
This reminder is for priests and wardens. Your 2014 Parochial Report is due now. With your register of services, the parish register, and the year-end financial reports you have the information you need to complete the report. The document is then to be approved by the vestry and filed online. All of the forms and instructions are found online here: 2014 Parochial Report Information
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to be in touch with Canon Logue at (912) 236-4279 or [email protected]
General Convention Documents Now Online
The next General Convention of The Episcopal Church meets this summer in Salt Lake City. Tour deputation is preparing now for its work. We will soon be announcing a series of meetings where your deputation can here from you. The documents for key legislation are now online. These include:

The Georgia Deputation
Your 2015 Deputation is chaired by the Rev. Canon Frank Logue with the lay deputies being Canon Mary Willoughby, Jody Grant, Molly Stevenson, and A.L. Addington, with Carolyn Baker, Bill Steinhauser, Kay Riggle and Bill Jones as the alternates. The remaining clergy deputies are The Revs. Ted Clarkson, Sierra Wilkinson Reyes, and William Willoughby III. The clergy alternates are the Revs. Joe Bowden, Jim Shumard, Walter Hobgood, and Tom Purdy. 
You may contact the entire deputation about any matters to come before the convention using the email address [email protected].

The Loose Canon

There is the story in my wife's family told the story of how her grandfather was elected to the vestry and what followed. As a business law professor and lifelong Episcopalian, he was sought out for the position. He came home from his first vestry meeting fuming mad. No stories to tell. He just couldn't stand how the group functioned (or didn't). The next month he came home from the meeting having resigned. He never entered any church again. Church work can take its toll on the faith of the otherwise faithful.

There is much work in the church that, while essential to the functioning of the body, is not likely to make one's heart sing. Certainly, there can be a great feeling of satisfaction in good budget work, or crafting endowment policies, but the meetings that go into getting to that end result can be demanding. This is why lay people need to be able to stay connected to what interested them in the church even while serving in otherwise demanding and thankless tasks. Likewise, deacons and priests must stay grounded in those actions that bring life and give energy.

I hope you will allow a digression into my own ministry as an example before turning to the broader issue. I have been thinking about this recently as I seek ways to keep myself grounded in being a priest even as I serve as a Canon to the Ordinary (which is an official title for an assistant to the bishop, often, as here, alongside a Canon for Administration). There is no question that I am a priest and am to continue to live into that calling which the church affirmed and for which I was ordained. The priesthood is more than performing the functions of a priest.


I have sought ways to stay grounded to that core part of ministry. One way is through spiritual disciplines such as the daily office and its scripture readings, and other practices in my Rule of Life. Certainly, I celebrate and preach in congregations most every week, and often more than once a week. But beyond these, I also seek ways to not simply serve as a Canon, but to continue to be a priest while I continue with this job to which I feel very much called and which I am not tempted in the least to leave. 


What Makes Your Heart Sing?
What about you? Whether you are a committed Christian taxed by volunteering for your church or a priest trying to juggle being pastor and wife and mother, the dilemma of balance is the same. How can those of you who risk losing your religion in doing the work of the church? What about when vestry meetings go far too long or budget discussions that turn into battles that are carried out in ways that do not speak well of the faith that is in us? My personal answer is to balance the work of the business of the church with staying grounded in spiritual disciplines and making sure I am involved in sharing the Gospel in meaningful ways. I have also kept up a continual flow of efforts that immerse me more fully in my call such as serving with Kairos, or at Happening, or with Project Smile in Belize, or my upcoming trip to East Africa with Episcopal Migration Ministries. These are not add-ons to what I do as Canon, but essential to staying grounded in the call God has for me. What might you do to balance your church work with something that makes your heart sing?

-The Rev. Canon Frank Logue, Canon to the Ordinary
Kamp PHUN Issues Parish Challenge

Kamp PHUN needs your help! Kamp PHUN is a camp for children who have a parent who is or has been incarcerated. It is a ministry of the Diocese of Georgia and provides a "Honey Creek" experience for qualified children each summer. This year's camp will be held from Sunday, July 26 through Friday, July 30 for children ages 9-11. The camp has been offered for seven summers and serves approximately 15 children each summer. The camp is offered at no cost to the child's family and transportation to and from Honey Creek is provided free of charge.


How can your parish help this critical ministry? We are currently looking for campers, raising money, and doing program and staff planning for July 2015. Can your parish identify children that might qualify for the camp? Can you donate monies for the camp? Can you provide experienced adults who can help work with the campers?


Join the Kamp PHUN Challenge! St. Margaret of Scotland in Moultrie is currently looking for several children. Please contact Deacon Cathy Henderson ([email protected]) or Cindy Coward ([email protected], 912-355-0398) with your response

The Rev. John Anderson buries the Alleluia in the photo above from All Saints, Tybee Island. Anderson is a Lutheran pastor serving Episcopal congregations through the Called to Common Mission agreement our denomination has with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Around the Diocese of Georgia in Photos

Here is a round up from the Facebook pages of churches in the Diocese of Georgia as we head into Lent.

St. Anne's Got Talent raised funds for St. Anne's Tifton's mission work in our Companion Diocese of the Dominican Republic. Above is the Barbershop Quartet with the biretta-wearing Rector, the Rev. Lonnie Lacy, at the piano. A full album of photos of the event is online here: St. Annes Got Talent Photos.

The Rev. Al Crumpton, Gillian Butler and Val Crumpton were part of King of Peace Episcopal Church and Day School's participation in Camden County's Mardi Gras parade.

The Rev. Sierra Wilkinson Reyes is pictured with some of the Episcopal Campus Ministry group at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro during her visit with that group last week.

For the ninth year Christ Church, Cordele, organized a wine and cheese party open to all women in the community for a small admission charge which raises funds for Relay for Life. Included in the festivities is a silent and a live auction. This year's theme was Sassy Safari. The event raised $8,262. 

Church of the Atonement, Augusta's St. Martha's Willing Workers held their annual St. Valentine's "Love One Another" celebration on Sunday. Parishioners brought in a variety of ethnic foods to delight the most distinguished palate. Pictured are, left to right: Mary Fields, Cynthia Day, Debbie Brassell, Pamela Brinson and Joyce Reid.


At left, part of the Church Church, Frederica, group for the Bridge run and at right, almost half (think about that for a second) of the Christ Church Bridge Run team for a Sunday morning celebration photo.

Logan Miller and Emma Huennekens worshiping this past Sunday in colonial church attire at Christ Church, Savannah, in celebration of Georgia Day, the founding of the colony and so the parish. The preacher was Dr. David Tribble, President of Bethesda Academy. Founded in 1740 by then Christ Church Rector, the Rev. George Whitefield, Bethesda Academy celebrates its 275th year this year. It is a private boarding and day school for young men in grades six through twelve with a student body that is socio-economically, academically, and racially diverse by design. Founded as a part of the founding of the Colony of Georgia, Christ Church is the Mother Church of Georgia.
Young Adults: Last Chance to Register for Vocare 
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. 



For more information, visit Vocare in Georgia's website or contact Program Manager Rudy Reyes at [email protected] 
Hometown Missions

Youth to Serve in Thomasville & Augusta

Hometown Mission's 2015 will be hosted on April 17-19, 2015.  This year we will host one event taking place in two locations, with one in Augusta and one in Thomasville.  The work will take place at Christ Church in Augusta and Good Shepherd in Thomasville. Participant's will engage in projects including gardening, painting, food ministry, working in both Churches and in the local community.  The cost for the week is $50, all inclusive.  Financial Aid Available.  This is a weekend the teens will never forget!


Register Here

For more information go online to youth.georgiaepiscopal.org. You will also find a bulletin insert for your congregation online here: Hometown Missions Bulletin    

Barnwell Served as Bishop in Idaho and Georgia

In the previous seven editions of From the Field, we shared brief histories of some of the Bishops of Georgia. The series continues with the Fifth Bishop of Georgia.

Before serving as our bishop, Bishop Middleton Stuart Barnwell was for 10 years (1925-1935) the Missionary Bishop of Idaho. During this time in the late 1920s and early 30s, as Bishop of that Diocese, Barnwell ran St. Margaret's School, a secondary girls academy in Boise, Idaho. With the Depression, more girls began to attend public school. Bishop Barnwell advocated that the academy become a junior college so that local high school graduates could begin their college education without out-of-state costs. 


In February, 1932, he began working to form a junior college out of St. Margaret's. While he found no local support, Barnwell did secure funding from The Episcopal Church. September 6, 1932, Boise Junior College opened its doors to about 75 students and fourteen faculty members (eight of whom were full-time). Bishop Barnwell served as the college's president from 1932 until 1934. At that time he recommended that Boise Junior College become a public institution. That junior college grew to become Boise State University.


The election of a successor to Bishop F.F. Reese (who was then 80 years old) was a difficult one, taking two conventions to be decided. On August 30, 1934, a special convention was held at Grace Church, Waycross and failed in twelve ballots to elect a new bishop. A second session met January 15, 1935 at St. Paul's, Augusta and took nine more ballots to elect the Bishop Barnwell, great nephew of Bishop Stephen Elliott, our diocese's first bishop.


At the time of his 1935 election as Bishop of Georgia, there were 16 parishes, 21 organized missions, 13 unorganized missions, five mission stations and one parochial mission. The still segregated church records noted 6,420 communicants. During his tenure as bishop, which lasted until 1954 the Diocese grew 27% to 8,156 total communicants with two more churches becoming parishes and four additional missions created.  

Bishop Stuart on a Sermon of Bishop Barnwell

Bishop Albert Rhett Stuart said in his 1957 Address to Convention, "On October 14, 1928 in Washington, D.C., as a Junior Seminarian, I heard one of the great sermons of my life. It was preached by the then Missionary Bishop of Idaho to a great assembly of the General Convention of the Church. The preacher declared-'There is no such thing as a foreign mission. A mission is foreign only as our love doesn't reach to it. The neighbor across the street may be foreign to us if our heart doesn't reach to him. Jesus Christ came into flesh not for Nordics or Anglo-Saxons but for all the world.' Bishop Barnwell brought this sermon in his life, not just in words, to Georgia where it characterized his leadership for 19 years."

 Bishop Barnwell on the Life of a Bishop

Bishop Barnwell told the 1953 convention his own assessment of serving as bishop as they prepared to elect his successor, "And furthermore, do not think that you are giving a man a nice easy and exalted job when you make him a bishop. I think that a bishop should be either a celibate, or a man who is very unhappily married, for if he does his job in a diocese such as this, he is going to live on the highway. He goes to his office when he can. He fills the relentless week-ends with five hundred mile trips to Thomasville, Albany, Blakely, Bainbridge, Americus, Moultrie, Quitman, Valdosta and a score of other places, and in between he tries to make friends with his wife and others who live in his own home town."

He died in Savannah on May 6, 1957. Bishop Barnwell and his wife Maggie had no children. He died in Savannah on May 6, 1957.  She died in 1960. The couple is buried at Savannah's Bonaventure cemetery. Bishop Stuart said of his predecessor, that he was "A humble and patient man of God."

All 19 of Bishop Barnwell's Addresses to Convention are found in the  Diocese of Georgia's Online Archives

Preparing the Way

The Rev. Jay Weldon is pictured with the kids taking parting in St. Patrick's, Albany's Stuck in the Middle a youth activity for those not yet old enough for youth group. The kids got their hands dirty preparing for and learning about Ash Wednesday.
Like Us on Facebook

Keep up with us on Facebook at our page Episcopal Diocese of Georgia on Facebook  


Follow Us on Twitter

Follow Us on Twitter

The Diocese of Georgia also shares news 140 characters at a time through Twitter@GA_Episcopal

Subscribe to our YouTube Channel

 View our videos on YouTubeThe Diocese of Georgia also has a YouTube Channel where you can watch past videos and subscribe to get updates when new videos are posted.

Send your news and events to [email protected],
so we can feature them in upcoming issues of From the Field.


Diocesan Staff                             
The Episcopal Diocese of Georgia