May 6, 2015Volume 5, Number 36
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This Sunday's Lections
Fifth Sunday of Easter
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Diocesan Staff Change
Elizabeth Burns, our Missioner for Youth, will be stepping down from her position and moving from the Diocese of Georgia to new adventures in North Carolina. Elizabeth will continue her role through the end of Summer Camp and continue to cover all matter related to youth programs and guidance of Safeguarding God's Children training.

Elizabeth provided the following letter of farewell to the Diocese: 


I first started as summer camp director four years ago, and since then it has been my great pleasure to watch it grow year after year. Not only have we expanded in numbers and in session offerings, but I have had the wonderful opportunity to watch your youth grow and develop. We have shared in so many adventures together, and I can only hope they have enjoyed the time as much as I have. Serving as the Missioner for Youth has given me the chance to meet and work with so many youth across the Diocese and the people that help guide them.

It has been a great blessing to me to serve the greater community of the Diocese of Georgia. I will treasure these times and experiences with you all as I look to move on to my next call. This will be my last year with you as summer camp director, so please come and let's add to the great memories we have already made together. I am excited and trust that in this new adventure God will help me to grow and to love as much as He has here. I also know that you all will be in good hands. Thank you all for this experience. -Elizabeth

While the Diocesan staff and community are sad to loose such a bright and wonderful member of the team, we wish her all the best on the next phase in her ministry and work. For  information or questions, please contact Canon Frank Logue [email protected]
Diocesan Office Update    

Canon Katie Willoughby remains at the Church Pension Group's Benefits Partnership Conference meeting at Camp Allen, Texas, through Friday.

This weekend, Bishop Benhase is in New York for his daughter, Mary Grace's, graduation from Syracuse University.

On Sunday, Canon Logue will preside and preach at St. Mary Magdalene, Louisville.
Bishop's Visitations

St. Athanasius, Brunswick

Bishop Benhase is pictured above with those baptized, confirmed, and received at St. Athanasius', Brunswick on Sunday.

St. Mark's, Brunswick
Bishop Benhase is pictured above with those baptized, confirmed, and received at St. Mark's, Brunswick on Sunday.

Bishop Benhase speaks to the first of five conversations around the Diocese in preparation for this summer's General Convention of the Episcopal Church.


General Convention

Next General Convention Conversation on May 16

The Bishop and Deputies held the first of five conversations around the Diocese in advance of the General Convention at St. Mark's, Brunswick, this past Saturday. Twenty-one persons took part in the wide-ranging discussion considering the matters to be considered at the convention. 


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 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

A listing of the Georgia deputation with information on the legislation to be considered by the General Convention is online here: Georgia Deputation website

Spring Rally Draws Youth from across the Diocese
Several dozen youth gathered at Honey Creek this past weekend for the superhero-themed look at the how to live out our faith in daily life. Bishop Benhase joined Roger Speer of St. Luke's Rincon, Father Lonnie Lacy of St. Anne's, Tifton, Caroline Johnson of St. Luke's, Hawkinsville, and Elizabeth Burns, our Missioner for Youth, in putting together a fun and memorable weekend. Youth learned about the Hero's Code, which is The Beatitudes. The Bishop gave the group a way to SHOW their Christian faith through being a Servant, Humble, Open, and Weird. And in the Talent Show, we learned how far we had come already in being weird. The group finished out the weekend by making plans for next year's Youth Programs' events. A full album of photos is online here: Spring Rally Photos

Aaron Brewer Ordained to the Sacred Order of Priests
Bishop Benhase ordained Aaron Brewer to the Sacred Order of Deacons at St. Paul's, Jesup, on Friday May 1. In addition to clergy of the Diocese and members of Aaron's home church of St. Paul's, Jesup, members of St. Andrew's and St. Cyprian's, Darien (where Aaron served as an intern during seminary), and St. Luke's, Hawkinsville (where he has been called), filled out the congregation. 

Brewer moved to south Georgia at the age of 18 months when his father completed military service and returned home to Hinesville. Brewer attended Brewton Parker College and also enrolled in the Air National Guard while a freshman. He met his future wife, Kristi, while in college. On graduation with an education degree, he took a job as a Systems Analyst at the pulp mill in Jesup. To assist with that job, Brewer completed a second undergraduate degree, this one from St. Leo University, in Business Administration concentrating in Computer Information Systems. Brewer went on to earn a Masters in Business Administration from Webster University. After 13 years at the mill, he moved to a small tech company selling software to industrial sites around the world. 
Brewer married Kristi in 1996. Their two children are Caroline (15) and Adam (13). In 2005, the Brewers found St. Paul's, Jesup, and soon became very active in the church. In 2009, he began to explore the long-felt call to ordained ministry which resulted in his current path. Aaron graduates from the Candler School of Theology later this month. St. Luke's, Hawkinsville, called Brewer to serve. The parish intends that he become the second Rector when he is ordained to the priesthood.      

Good Shepherd, Augusta

Director of Children's Ministries Sought

The Church of the Good Shepherd, Augusta, is searching for a full-time Director of Children's Ministries. The Director leads the parish in a mutual ministry of Clergy, Staff and People in fulfillment of the baptismal pledge to help children and young people grow in their life and discipleship with Jesus Christ. This work is carried out in the context of a congregation becoming aware of the opportunities and challenges presented in the new apostolic era of the 21st century. The Director of Children's Ministries is primarily responsible for the parish ministry to and of children infants through fifth grade. Applicants need apply by May 18, 2015. Contact the church for more information the Rector, the Rev. Robert Fain at [email protected]

Loose Canon
Reading in Church Should Be Authentic Proclamation
Few Celebration AugustaAs Anglicans, we stongly believe in the power of scripture and the importance of reading scripture in our worship. Our worship has a dual emphasis of both Word and Sacrament and a significant amount of sacred scripture is read each time we gather to worship. Having the scripture read so that all hear and understand is then very important to liturgy done well. (Mimi Jones is pictured reading the Epistle at Christ Church Episcopal, Savannah)


I remember being struck by how well the readings in worship were done when I first visited Virginia Theological Seminary. There was a reading from a complicated argument being put forward by St. Paul in his letter to the Romans which I heard so clearly that it was compelling in a way I had not previously encountered. I was struck then by the power of scripture itself to strike a chord before anyone comments on it. The sermon that day was not on the reading from Romans, yet I left the chapel still ruminating on the reading as well as on the Gospel on which the sermon did focus.


Olivia with Oscars

Oscar winner Olivia de Havilland (pictured here and below) has been for many years a lay reader at our Cathedral of Holy Trinity in Paris. Recently, the Rt. Rev. Pierre Whelon, Bishop in Charge of the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe, wrote an essay on his interview with her on how she prepares to read in church. She says in part that "reading the Scriptures in church has to be an authentic proclamation of the reader's faith. Preparation is essential - there are far too many last-minute readings in our churches."


Olivia de Havilland

She points out what a difference it makes for the reader to pray through the text and wrestle with its meaning before proclaiming the text in worship. The full article is well worth reading. It is online here Reading the Bible as a Statement of Faith. The award winning actress does not recommend a dramatic reading, but reading must flow out of the faith of the reader. Yet she does come around to an actor's understanding. She told Bishop Whelon "I once asked Jimmy Cagney, 'just what is acting?' He said at first, 'I dunno...' But then he said, 'All I know is that you have to mean what you say.'"


In Romans 10:14 Paul writes, "How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?" But lay readers should also know that in their public proclamation of God's Word that a congregation can also hear and so come to believe.


I know that nothing is more formational than encountering the Word of God and so nothing can be more foundational to our liturgies than scripture read well. I commend this essay to all who read scripture in our congregations.

The Rev. Canon Frank Logue, Canon to the Ordinary
Youth Programs 
Register for Happening #95

Happening #95 will be held at Honey Creek May 29-31, 2015, and is open to those in grades 10 - 12. During a Happening weekend, participants worship, play, sing, and talk about God's place in their lives. They make new friends who share similar concerns and questions - a reassuring discovery. 


A teenager who acts as "rector" leads the weekend with the help of a staff consisting mostly of young people. Melissa Smith of St. Michael and All Angels, Savannah, will serve as the Rector of Happening #95. Some staff members give challenging talks, after which there's time for discussion and activity. Together, the staff and participants share in an exploration of the impact of Christian faith in their daily lives. Happeners who attend a weekend for their first time are called "Candidates." To be a Candidate, one must:

  • Have completed the 9th grade (including those completing 9th grade this spring) and have not begun college.
  • Fill out the application:
    Candidate Application for Happening #95 (see below)

Happening costs $101 to attend, and financial assistance is available. For more information, please visit the Georgia Happening website.


Click here to register

All are welcome

The dog pictured above sits below the welcome sign outside the Parish Hall of St. Athanasius, Brunswick, where the Feed My Sheep Ministry gives food to those in need in the community. Showing that all are truly welcome, Interim Rector Canon Douglas Renegar notes that the pantry volunteers even found a treat for the dog.

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