March 24, 2015Volume 5, Number 30
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General Convention

Deputies to Hold Conversations

The General Convention, which meets in Salt Lake City from June 24th - July 3rd, 2015, is the governing body of The Episcopal Church that meets every three years. Deputies and bishops representing each of 109 dioceses carry out the work of the Church at each Convention. If you wish to converse with our Bishop & Deputies about issues facing this Convention, then they will be available on the following dates in these locations:


Meeting Dates and Times
May 2 at 4 p.m. - St. Mark's, Brunswick
May 16 at 4 p.m. - Holy Comforter, Martinez
May 30 at 10 a.m. - Christ Church, Savannah
June 6 at 4 p.m. - St. Paul's, Albany
June 13 at 2 p.m. - Trinity, Cochran

Reports & Proposed Legislation
Reports to the Convention which are important include the Report of the Task Force on the Study of Marriage and the Report of the Task Force for Reimagining the Church. Reports to General Convention are assembled in what is called the Blue Book. Reports filed to date may be viewed here: Blue Book Reports 


The work of the Convention will also include the passage of a church-wide budget for 2015-2018 as well as the House of Bishops' election of a new Presiding Bishop. The Report from the Standing Committee on Liturgy and Music calls the convention to authorize "The Witnessing and Blessing of a Marriage," "The Celebration and Blessing of a Marriage 2," and "The Form of Solemnization of Matrimony" from "Liturgical Resources I: I Will Bless You and You Will Be a Blessing, Revised and Expanded 2015," beginning the First Sunday of Advent 2015, under the direction of the bishop exercising ecclesiastical authority.   


A list of the Deputies and Alternates, together with the information above is at the Deputation's web page: 


Diocesan Office Update    

This Thursday, Bishop Benhase will officiate together with the Rev. George Muir at the Requiem Mass for the Rev. Dcn. Mary-Kathleen Blanchard. See below for more information.

This Friday and Saturday, Canon Logue will be a presenter for Duke Divinity School's All Things New, a conference of ideas and conversations about new ways of doing and being church. He will lead two sessions on Relational Evangelism and Church Planting.

This Palm Sunday, Bishop Benhase will make his visitation to Christ the King, Valdosta.

Canon Logue will serve this Holy Week at the Episcopal Church in Okatie, SC.
The Rev. Dcn. Mary-Kathleen Blanchard, Ph.D. (1948-2015)  
The Diocese of Georgia mourns the sudden loss of the Rev. Deacon Mary-Kathleen Blanchard, who died on March 19. A memorial service will be held at Saint Paul's Church on Thursday, March 26 at 4 p.m.


Bishop Benhase said, "Mary-Kathleen epitomized the heart of the diaconate. She was passionate in her concern for those hurting and marginalized in our culture. She was not only passionately concerned. She also actively engaged in service to them. We will sorely miss her witness, but we rest assured that she now lives in that place where there is no grief but life eternal."

Mary-Kathleen was born in Michigan in 1948. She had Cerebral Palsy, and among her earliest memories was learning to walk with her parents patiently providing physical therapy on her father's desk top. Baptized as an infant in the Presbyterian Church, she remembered her home being filled with sacred music as a child. Blanchard graduated Magna Cum Laude from Western Michigan University in 1970 with a BA in French. Her graduate work in French included study at the University of Paris and Middlebury College in Vermont.   
She moved to Augusta in 1971 to teach at Augusta State. She joined the choir at Good Shepherd and was confirmed there by Bishop Paul Reeves in 1977. She married her husband, Paul, in 1979 gaining a family with his children-Paul, Carolyn, and Denny. She received her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill the same year. 
Paul died in 1992 following emergency bypass surgery. M-K would later write of her initial anger at his death being met by "a great sense of peace, contentment, and faith" in his requiem mass. In the midst of loss, God gave her peace beyond understanding. When she returned to church, it was to St. Paul's in 1993. 
A professor of French Language and Literature, she became a full professor in 2000 at what is now Georgia Regents University. That year when Bishop Henry Louttit made his visitation to St. Paul's, she reaffirmed her faith. She wrote that her childhood view of "God is way up there in heaven" had changed to "God is in me, beside me, all around me." The following year she began serving as a Hospice volunteer and an Education for Ministry (EfM) Mentor. She also worked with the church's Manna Truck and headed up their Pastoral Care Team.
Responding to her call to servant ministry, Blanchard entered discernment in the Diocese of Georgia and became a Postulant in 2002. She was ordained to the Sacred Order of Deacons by Bishop Louttit at St. Paul's on August 19, 2004. As a deacon, Blanchard enjoyed serving together with her shih tzu, Hope, a trained pet therapy dog. Starting in 2007, she made numerous trips to Our Little Roses in Honduras, a residential home and model ministry for abandoned and abused girls. Speaking of the ministry there, she said, "I feel as though I step into the kingdom of God when I go there." 
Deacon Blanchard's own experiences of God's presence in the midst of loss fueled her passion for a ministry to others in need both here and in Central America. 
Cursillo 119
Another Successful Short Course in Christianity 

More than fifty participants and team members gathered Thursday through Sunday for a Cursillo weekend at Honey Creek. Led by their rector, Don Lamb of St. John and St. Mark, Albany, the group came together to learn more about their Christian faith and to prepare for the Fourth Day, which is the life of faith that follows the weekend's focus on Piety, Action, and Study. 


Molly Stevenson of Christ Church, Valdosta, will serve as the Rector for Cursillo #120, which will meet at Honey Creek from September 23-27. Information on serving on team or attending as a participant will be posted here in From the Field and shared at the Cursillo in the Diocese of Georgia website. If you have attended a Cursillo here or in any other Diocese, please sign up for Cursillo newsletter:

Episcopal Development Agency of Thomasville
Community Garden Named Garden of the Month

The EDAT Community Garden on the grounds of Good Shepherd, Thomasville, has been named a Garden of the Month by The Rambler Rose Garden Club. The club is one of seven established by the Thomasville Garden Club in 1948, with a total of nine clubs now under its umbrella. The Thomasville Garden Club organized in 1914 "to cultivate flowers, to create civic pride; to add to the beauty that nature has already so bountifully given us; to make Thomasville a more lovely place in which to live, and to foster in our children a love of the beautiful." As a part of that mission, the Rambler Rose Garden Club recognizes gardens of merit in the community.

The community garden is one of the focal points for the Episcopal Development Agency of Thomasville whose overall goal is the social, physical, cultural, and spiritual revitalization of the area of town that surrounds Good Shepherd Episcopal Church. The garden is used both as an educational tool and to assist in feeding the neighborhood. 


Since its founding in 2013 by the three Episcopal Churches in Thomasville--St. Thomas, All Saints, and Good Shepherd--EDAT has partnered with local agencies dedicated to the revitalization of the built environment along with those dedicated to health, education, culture and employment. EDAT is governed by a duly constituted, volunteer, local Board of Directors which represents the three churches and the community. Pictured above are EDAT's Garden Supervisor Abby Barber with the Agency's Executive Director Keith Jenkins.

Honey Creek Summer Camp Registrations Going Fast

More than 100 campers have already registered for Summer Camp, with 21 of these being new campers. 11 of the 20 slots available for the Parent and Child sessions have also been filled. Last year, only one of the summer camp sessions filled to capacity and had to turn away campers. This year the registration is going faster. If you want to register a camper for this summer, there is no time like the present.


Camp sessions
June 14-20 High School Completed Grades 9-12
June 21-27 St. Joseph & Mary I Completed Grades 3-5
July 5-11 St. Peter I Completed Grades 6-8
July 12-18 St. Joseph & Mary II Completed Grade 3-5
July 19-25 St. Peter II Completed Grades 6-8


Tuition for regular session is $430 per camper.
For more information visit


Click here to register


New Camp for Children in grades K-2!
June 21-23 Parent & Child I Completed Grades K-2 + Adult
July 12- 14 Parent & Child II Completed Grades K-2 + Adult


The Parent & Child sessions run during the Camp St. Joseph & Mary sessions (Sunday through Tuesday). They serve as an introduction to camp culture for both the parent and the child (k-2nd grade). Parent and child are invited to participate fully in all camp activities as much (or as little) as they are comfortable. Tuition for each session Parent & Child session is $320 for one parent and one child ($85 for each additional child). Tuition covers room and board in a private lodge room, special activities, art supplies, camp photo and camp t-shirt.

Youth Programs
Register Now for a Super Spring Rally
Have you ever wanted to be a hero?  I mean, have you ever wanted to fly or ever dreamed of being a firefighter?  Many of us have.  Come explore what it takes to be a hero at Spring Rally.

During the weekend, we will talk about what it takes to be a hero, what is our hero's code for following Christ, how to start a movement, and so much more. Participants will also get input into next year's youth programs.

Spring Rally will be held May 1-3, 2015 at Honey Creek. 
It is open to those in 6th-12th grade.

This will be an awesome event. On the design team for this event are Roger Speer of St. Luke's Rincon, Father Lonnie Lacy of St. Anne's, Tifton, serving as Spiritual Director, and Caroline Johnson of St. Luke's, Hawkinsville, serving as head of music, and Bishop Benhase will also be stopping by for part of the weekend. If you are interested in helping with this event, please contact Elizabeth Burns.

The Loose Canon
My Resources for Congregations Online 
As Palm Sunday nears, you may be wanting to know How to Tie Palm Crosses. Directions on how to do this, together with step by step photos, are found at my web page: Resources for Churches along with other materials I have created over the years to assist congregations. 
You will also find a Stations of the Cross liturgy which I wrote with my wife, Victoria, and an Instructed Eucharist together with an Annotated Eucharist, which can be given to those new to the Episcopal liturgy when an Instructed Eucharist will not be offered soon.   
Congregations may also want to make available the Making Room for Children brochure which assists parents in the liturgy. A text version of this resource is also available for those who wish to share the material in another format. Permission is freely given for you to use these resources in any way that is helpful to your congregation.

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

The Rev. Robert Fain, Rector of the Church of the Good Shepherd, Augusta, stands with the five children who first received the Sacrament of Solemn Communion on Sunday.

Photos of this Lent from Across the Diocese

Almighty God, you alone can bring into order the unruly wills and affections of sinners: Grant your people grace to love what you command and desire what you promise; that, among the swift and varied changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.



At left, on March 17, St. John's, Savannah, followed the Holy Eucharist at 9:30 am with a Children's Talk for St. Patrick, followed by the collection and expulsion of snakes from the parish garden. Here "St. Patrick" exchanges plastic snakes for a prize. At right, a clean up crew gathered this past Saturday to work on the grounds at All Saints, Tybee island.



The Youth of King of Peace, Kingsland, learned about the needs and concerns homeless persons in a lock in at the church.


Above are pictured just some of the energized parishioners in a kick ball game held this weekend at Christ Church, Cordele.


The Rev. Sierra Wilkinson Reyes prays with children at Christ Church, Savannah, during Sunday's children's church in the undercroft.


The congregation of St. Patrick's, Pooler, sent the photo above (taken after the Eucharist) in a text to their Vicar, the Rev. Joshua Varner, who was at Honey Creek this past weekend leading a retreat (see below).

 Youth from across the Diocese who are taking part in this summer's Mission Trip to the Dominican Republic gathered this past weekend at Honey Creek to prepare for that journey. Photos of a team building exercise and the Eucharist on Saturday evening are shown above. the group is pictured below.


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 You will also find a bulletin insert for your congregation online here: Hometown Missions Bulletin    

Built on Bedrock

St. Luke's, Rincon, continued its support of Family Promise of Effinghamn as they held the second annual Bed Race. St. Luke's had two entries. A Flintstones' themed youth bed named, "Built on Bedrock" won first place in the youth division for most creative design. The adult bed, Priest Lightning, placed second in the Faster Pastor division.


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