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September 2, 2015Volume 6, Number 1
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This Sunday's Lections
Fifthteenth Sunday after Pentecost
 
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Leadership Development Initiatives
In the past five years, four initiatives began in the Diocese to equip lay and ordained leaders with the additional tools and resources they need for ministry. Together, the Diocese of Georgia's Peer Coaching, Church Development Institute (CDI), Conflict Management, and Emotional Intelligence (EQHR) workshops strengthen bonds across the Diocese while providing the highest level of training for our church leaders. 

What is the impact of these programs?
You can see how these programs are making a positive impact on the Diocese through the many projects initiated by CDI teams. Between the eight sessions when CDI meets at Honey Creek during the two-year program, the participants have projects they complete as part of their experiential learning. The Very Rev. Denise Ronn is pictured at left leading a group exercise during CDI.
  
Recently, a CDI participant at St. Michael's, Waynesboro, had the idea to invite Pat Terry, a noted contemporary Christian singer to the church to sing. They then invited roughly 80 people from the community to join parishioners for the limited seating concert. They served cake and refreshments as well as tea and coffee. Senior Warden Ashton Blunt said, "To say Pat Terry was a hit is an understatement. More than seventy community members attended, many visiting St. Michael's for the first time for the event. " 

Projects like this one are taking place regularly across the diocese as CDI teams are challenged to engage the congregation in improving or implementing ministries in their communities and to help the congregation grow numerically and spiritually. The team members then go back to CDI to reflect on the project following the model of "do-reflect-do."

Beyond this, clergy report the effectiveness of peer coaching and the two five-day workshops in building their skills while creating a stronger bond among clergy. The Rev. Lonnie Lacey said, "I've noticed a palpable change in the level of relationship among our clergy. Priests and deacons come together and there is a sort of joy and a friendship there that seems renewed." As a sense of isolation can be a significant stress for clergy, these connections are a benefit beyond lay and ordained leaders gaining additional tools for their ministries.
 
Progress to Date
These leadership initiatives are key strategies identified through the Campaign for Congregational Development. Participants have been lay and ordained persons from all six convocations in congregations large and small.
  • Our seven trained coaches are coaching 39 persons. 
  • 62 lay and ordained leaders participated in CDI, with 55 graduated from the two-year training. 
  • 40 persons completed the five day intensive conflict management workshop, with 11 of those graduating in the past year).
  • 38 persons completed the five-day EQHR workshop with 12 of those trained in the past year.
Diocesan Office Update    

On Sunday, Bishop Benhase will make his visitation St. John's, Bainbridge.
  
Canon Logue is on vacation through September 9.

Canon Willoughby is preparing the 2016 Budget and will review/present financial reports for Q2 during the upcoming Finance Committee (September 16) and Diocesan Council (September 18) meetings. 

Diocesan House is closed on Monday September 7 in observance of Labor Day. 
Diocesan Community Update
The Rev. Liam Collins has accepted a call to serve part time at Christ Church, Savannah, as an Assistant for Pastoral Care and Spiritual Life. Collins has been serving as the Interim Rector of St. Matthew's, Savannah.
Celebrate Deaconess Alexander the Week of  September 24

The Episcopal Church has added Deaconess Alexander of Georgia to its commemorations through an upcoming revision of Holy Women, Holy Men. Acknowledged as a Saint of Georgia since 1998, she has been honored by deacons of the Episcopal Church since 2000. Her feast may be celebrated at any service during the week of September 24. The biography and propers approved by the General Convention of the Episcopal Church are as follows:

Deaconess Anna Ellison Butler Alexander
The only Black deaconess in the Episcopal Church, teacher and minister in southern Georgia. Anna Ellison Butler Alexander (1865-1947) was born to recently emancipated slaves on Butler Plantation in MacIntosh County, Georgia. She was the first African- American set aside as a deaconess in the Episcopal Church in 1907. She founded Good Shepherd Church in rural Glynn County's Pennick community where she taught children to read-by tradition, from the Book of Common Prayer and the Bible-in a one-room schoolhouse. The school was later expanded to two rooms with a loft where Anna lived. She ministered in Pennick for 53 years, leaving a legacy of love and devotion still felt in Glynn County. She also taught at and had oversight of the school at St. Cyprian's, in Darien. Deaconess Alexander served in difficult times, however. The diocese segregated her congregations in 1907 and African-American congregations were not invited to another diocesan convention until 1947. Similarly, it was only in the 1950s that a woman set aside as a deaconess was recognized as being in deacon's orders. However, her witness- wearing the distinctive dress of a deaconess, traveling by foot from Brunswick through Darien to Pennick, showing care and love for all whom she met-represents the best in Christian witness.

A Collect for Deaconess Alexander
O God, you called Anna Alexander as a deaconess in your Church, and sent her as teacher and evangelist to the people of Georgia: Grant us the humility to go wherever you send, and the wisdom to teach the word of Christ to whomever we meet, that all may come to the enlightenment which you intend for your people; through Jesus Christ, our Teacher and Savior. Amen.

Psalm 78:1-7
Deuteronomy 6:4-9, 20-25
2 Timothy 3:14-4:5
Matthew 11:25-30
Are you an emotionally intelligent leader?
Emotional Intelligence is the key to improving leadership effectiveness for faith-based leaders. Past participants have described this assessment and the EQ-HR workshop as a life-changing event. The Center for Emotional Intelligence and Human Relations Skills, in conjunction with the Diocese of Georgia, is pleased to offer the Core EQ-HR workshop as part of the Diocese's Leadership Development initiative.
 
The primary emphasis of this workshop is leadership development. As part of this core event, workshop participants will receive a detailed, confidential report of their own Emotional Intelligence strengths and development needs based on a comprehensive self-assessment and assessment with whom they know and work.  
 
The Core EQ-HR Center workshop is an intensive 5-day session designed to enable participants to learn about, build, and practice emotional intelligence skills in a small-group setting. Skilled facilitators provide tools and feedback to enable participants to learn about themselves and to immediately practice emerging skills. As group life unfolds, participants give and receive feedback regarding the impact they have on others in the group.
 
EQ-HR 5-day Workshop Outcomes
  • Improve awareness of the concepts of emotional intelligence and the impact of emotional intelligence on the participant and all with whom he or she interacts
  • Enhance ability to identify, articulate, and reflect on various aspects of working and living in a faith community
  • Strengthen understanding of how one is impacted by others in a group and one's own impact on the group
  • Increase skills in pastoral leadership for lay and clergy
  • Heighten awareness of the importance of constructive behavioral information about self and others as leaders
  • Enhance awareness of the presence of God's Spirit in group life and ability to identify and reflect on that presence
The workshop will be offered at Honey Creek beginning with registration at 1 pm on October 12th and ends after lunch on October 15th.
 
Cost
  • Tuition:  $595 (Paid by the Diocese for qualified participants)
  • ESCI 360 Survey: $200
  • Room and Board: single - $492, double - $328, cottage (min. 5 persons) - $244, dorm (min. 10 persons) - $244, or tent/commuter - $212.
Who should attend?
  • Ordained priests and deacons
  • Those in a paid ministry position (e.g. Youth Minister)
  • Those in process to become ordained clergy
  • Participation in a workshop is limited to one per parish/mission
  • If you and your spouse want to participate we encourage one of you to wait for the next workshop
Visit the EQ-HR web site for more information: www.eq-hrcenter.org
 
Contact the Rev. Walter Hobgood for more information.  229-630-6444 or [email protected]
Deacons Seek Nominations for Lay Servant Award
At the 2015 Diocese of Georgia Convention the deacons of the Diocese will award a layperson their Excellence in Servanthood Award for the sixth year in a row. This award is funded and sponsored by the Deacons of the Diocese of Georgia. Please know that:
  • This award is to be conferred upon a member of the laity;
  • You must obtain the permission of the layperson you wish to nominate;
  • Nominations must be postmarked between July 1 and September 1, and must include all of the requirements listed above;
  • The Selection Committee, comprised of members of The Deacon's Formation Council, will not consider any application postmarked later than October 1, 2015 or which does not contain all required paperwork.
Please prayerfully consider the lay people you know to decide whose service as a servant to others the deacons should consider when making their selection. Pictured above is 2014 honoree Bill Bruce with his wife Rita and the Very Rev. Ted Clarkson.
  
The full application is online here: Nomination Form for Lay Servant Award
CDI (Congregational Development Institute)
The Congregational Development Institute consists of eight Friday and Saturday sessions over two years. Each session has a combination of lecture and experiential learning. Between sessions, the participants have projects they complete as part of their experiential learning.

The eight sessions are divided into two cycles: one on systems and one on culture. The program is designed to provide participants with opportunities to learn and practice leadership skills that can be used in their parishes to engage the congregation in improving and/or implementing ministries in their communities and to help the congregation grow spiritually.

Our currently certified coaches are the Rev. Walter Hobgood, the Very Rev. Denise Ronn, and Cheryl Ferguson, while the following persons are interning: the Rev. Lonnie Lacy, the Rev. June Jones, and Rudy Reyes.

Several congregations are already seeing the impact of CDI skills and training on its leaders. If you are interested in learning more, please contact: the Rev. Lonnie Lacy at St. Ann's in Tifton, the Rev. Al Crumpton at King of Peace in Kingsland, the Rev. David Rose at St. Luke's in Rincon , or the Rev. Dr. Larry Williams at Christ Church in Cordele to learn how CDI is assisting in their congregations.

WAGS-Wednesday at Good Shepherd got underway last week in Augusta.

Fall Programs Getting Underway
With school back in session, congregations across the diocese have started up anew a number of activities and programs that operate during the school year. Here are some photos found on the Facebook pages of our congregations.

  
Youth at st. Anne's, Tifton, created a prayer board for the Youth Room and one to take home.

St. Augustine's offered an "in-house" acolyte training on Saturday August 22nd, and commissioned acolytes for their ministry on Sunday August 23rd. Some of those trained are pictured above.
 
Messy games help Christ Church Frederica on St. Simons Island kick off the year for EYC.
Take a Pilgrimage to Reformation England in 2016
The Rev. Jim and Leslie Parker are leading a pilgrimage in June of 2016 that will illumine the people and places associated with the English Reformation. Pilgrims will visit the towns, cathedrals and Holy places that were witness to the English Reformation and to the Tudors who played such an influential role in establishing the English Church. The group will visit many famous landmarks, worshipping in great cathedrals, abbeys and chapels, along with stops at some of the best kept secrets of the English experience.
  
Pilgrims begin in London as the group tours Westminster Abbey before participating in the liturgy of Evensong. During our stay in London the pilgrimage will visit Windsor Castle, the Tower of London, Saint George's chapel, and Hampton Court, to name a few. Then the group will travel to the Heart of the English Church, Canterbury Cathedral with a special opportunity to worship together in a private candlelight service in the Cathedral. Other points of interest on our pilgrimage will include Hever Castle, Winchester Cathedral, Oxford, Leicester Cathedral, and the great York Minster.
  
Those who wish may extend their stay, along with the Parkers, to visit the medieval city of Durham and Durham Cathedral, burial place of the Venerable Bede and Shrine of Saint Cuthbert. Those extending the trip will also visit the Holy Isle, Lindisfarne, founded by Saint Aidan before completing the extended pilgrimage in Edinburgh. An experienced English guide will accompany the pilgrims throughout the journey.

Call Leslie (912-596-6107) or Jim+ (912-604-4330) or Kathryn at Connoisseurs Tours 800-856-1045 for a full brochure and itinerary details.
"Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all."-Jesus

Youth Programs
Fall Gathering for High School: Servant of All 
Fall Gathering 2015 registration is now open to all 9th through 12th graders. This event will be held at Honey Creek September 18-20th.The cost is just $100 to attend, which includes meals, snacks and a t-shirt. Participants will discuss the value of serving each other. Youth and Adult Leaders from around the Diocese will share about ways they serve their communities and how you can get involved too!
  
During Fall Gathering participants can expect to participate in fun team building games, to meet other young youth and adult leaders from across the diocese; to discuss the true meaning of servitude, humility and grace; to share their own servant experience; and to have fun! The weekend schedule will be a mix of structured programming and free time to forge new friendships. Invite some one from home to come with you!
 
Note: Though in recent years, our fall event was open for 6-12 grade. With large participation from middle school students at the Acolyte Festival and a New Beginnings, but no Happening, scheduled for this fall, Fall Gathering this year will be a 9-12 grade event.

Youth Programs
Apply for New Beginnings Team
The New Beginnings leadership are now accepting Team Applications for New Beginnings #47, which will be held November 20-22 at Honey Creek. Team is open to all who have been to Happening or New Beginnings at least once. Applying does not guarantee a spot on Team. All team members must attend the staff lock-in at St. Anne's in Tifton October 24-25 from 12:30 pm Saturday until after church on Sunday. 
Prayers for Weekly Liturgies
Our one-year prayer cycle combines prayers for every congregation in the Diocese of Georgia with prayers for our ecumenical partners and for our Companion Diocese of The Dominican Republic. The 52 weekly prayers are available in one document: http://gaepiscopal.org/docs/oneyearprayercycle.pdf 

Prayers for August 30-September 5
In our diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for our congregations in Savannah, especially St. Francis of the Islands and St. John's. We also pray for our ecumenical partners, especially the Lutheran congregations of Redeemer and St. Luke's. In our companion diocese of the Dominican Republic, we pray for the congregations in San Francisco de Macorís, especially The Good Shepherd (El Buen Pastor).

Prayers for September 6-12
In our diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for our congregations in Savannah, St. George's and St. Michael and All Angels. We also pray for our ecumenical partners in Savannah, especially the Catholic congregations of Blessed Sacrament, Resurrection of our Lord, Sacred Heart, and St. James. In our companion diocese of the Dominican Republic, we pray for the congregations in San Francisco de Macorís, especially St. Stephen (San Esteban) and St. Matthew (San Mateo).

Parishioners from the Church of the Good Shepherd, Augusta, are pictured serving food at the Christ Church, Augusta, Soup Kitchen this past Saturday. 
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Sincerely,                                       
            
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The Episcopal Diocese of Georgia