April 7, 2015Volume 5, Number 32
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The Rev. Jay Weldon with one of several Easter baptisms at St. Patrick's, Albany.


Alleluia! Christ Is Risen. 
"O God, who by the glorious resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ destroyed death and brought life and immortality to light: Grant that we, who have been raised with him, may abide in his presence and rejoice in the hope of eternal glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be dominion and praise for ever and ever. Amen."

 The Rev. R. Kevin Kelly with one of several Easter Vigil baptisms at St. Michael & All Angels and above the flowered cross at Grace, Waycross.

Diocesan Office Update    

On Sunday, Bishop Benhase will visit St. Matthew's, Savannah. 

Canon Logue will preside and preach this Sunday at St. Luke's, Hawkinsville, where he will also meet with the vestry.

Bishop's Holy Week Visitations

Bishop Benhase made his annual visitation to Christ Church, Savannah, on Easter Sunday. The Bishop baptized Sloan Bailey and confirmed 17 persons.


 Bishop Benhase with confirmands, teen mentors, and adult leaders of the Confirmation Class at Christ Church, Savannah.


 Bishop Benhase with the confirmands and those being received at the Great Easter Vigil at St. Thomas Isle of Hope, Savannah.


 Bishop Benhase with the person those baptized and confirmed on Maundy Thursday at St. Alban's, Augusta.

The Rev. Dwayne Varas marks as Christ's own forever one of eleven persons baptized at the Easter Vigil at St. Thomas, Thomasville.

Holy Week and Easter in Photos 

The full Holy Week album with 215 photos from 38 congregations of the Diocese (at the time this email is being sent) is online here: 2015 Holy Week and Easter Photo Album  



Acolytes at St. Paul's, Albany and one of several Easter Vigil baptisms at St. Anne's, Tifton.



The Rev. Al Crumpton is pictured above with the seven persons baptized on Easter at King of Peace, Kingsland, together with their sponsors.



An Easter baptism at St. Andrew's, Darien, and the butterfly release at Our Savior, Martinez.



Children participate in telling the story at St. Matthew's, Savannah.



Families stayed after worship for Easter egg hunts at St. Patrick's, Pooler, (which also offered a bounce house) and at St. George's, Savannah.



Kids follow the liturgy from the floor at St. Cyrpian's, Darien, and enjoy the Easter egg hunt at Christ Church, Cordele.


The Rev. Marcia McRae reads to children during the Easter liturgy at St. John's, Bainbridge.



The flowered cross at Christ Church Frederica on St. Simons Island and the altar of St. John's, Savannah, on Easter morning.



All Saints, Tybee Island, offered a labyrinth for prayer in Holy Week, and at right, children flower a cross at Trinity, Cochran.



Deacon Yvette Owens with the servers and acolytes on Easter at Christ the King, Valdosta.



Easter brunch at St. Augustine's, Augusta, and St. Mark's, Brunswick.



Additional musicians added to the liturgies at Christ Church, Valdosta, and St. Paul's, Augusta.



The Rev. Jim Elliott greets worshipers at the door of St. James', Quitman, following the Easter liturgy and at right, the Rev. Adrianna Shaw presides at the Eucharist at St. Philip's, Hinesville with Deacon Chad Chaffee and the Rev. Daniel Lee. 



The outdoor altar used at the Easter Vigil above at St. Barnabas, Valdosta, was a gift to the congregation from Christ the King, Valdosta.



Deacon Alex Moreschi and the rev. Richard Nelson build the cross during the Good Friday liturgy at St. Thomas Isle of Hope, Savannah, and at right the altar of Good Shepherd, Augusta, at the conclusion of the Maundy Thursday liturgy.


Maggie Bloodworth washes her son, Daniel's, feet on Maundy Thursday at St. Luke's, Hwkinsville, and at right the Rev. Walter Hobgood washes the feet of a parishioner at St. Margaret of Scotland, Moultrie.

Register Now for October Retreat 
Cursillo 120 is scheduled for October 7-11, 2015. Cursillo has been described as a short course in Christian life and this retreat will begin on Thursday afternoon and will conclude on Sunday afternoon. The weekend will feature a rich schedule of fellowship, study, self- reflection, worship, singing, fun, and the great experience of Honey Creek.

Applications are now available on the Diocesan website. Sponsors and Interested applicants should see their Parish priest for more information.  

The Cursillo experience is intended to lay the ground work for a revival of connected faith communities with frequent reunions helping to guide participants in  living out every day in Christian community, accountability, and action. If you have attended a Cursillo here or in any other Diocese, please sign up for Cursillo newsletter: http://eepurl.com/be0bPj 

For more information visit Cursillo's website at http://cursillo.georgiaepiscopal.org/. 
Register for the 2015 Spring Clergy Conference 

Registration is now open for the April 26-28 Clergy Conference at Honey Creek. Our main presenter will be the Rev. Chuck DeGroat whose latest book is Toughest People to Love. DeGroat is an Associate Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling at Western Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids Michigan and a Senior Fellow at the Newbigin House of Studies. While the book does focus on caring for the most difficult people clergy leaders encounter in the parish, a central point is to recognize that sometimes those most difficult people happen to be us. A good part of the work will then be on our own self care, for we can't care for the difficult people we encounter without first caring for ourselves. You are encouraged to read the book prior to the conference: Toughest People to Love at Amazon


Cost for the meeting including the conference presentations, room and board are Lodge Room Double for $158, Lodge Room Single for $240, Shared cottage (or Dorm) for $118 and Tent Camping and Commuters for $100. 


Click here to Register online for the Conference 

 Then call Honey Creek at 912-265-9218 at your convenience

to confirm your rooming preferences.

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. Because ordinary people can change the world by doing extraordinary things through the love of God as found in Jesus. During this retreat, 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.
$117 for Participants 

The team for this event are Roger Speer of St. Luke's Rincon, the Rev. 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 visit with the youth during the weekend. If you are interested in helping with this event, please contact Elizabeth Burns.

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    

The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!

The group from children's church during the Easter liturgy at Christ Church, Savannah, show their Alleluia penants.

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