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September 16, 2015Volume 6, Number 3
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This Sunday's Lections
Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
 
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Convention 2015
A Focus on Evangelism 
When the 194th Convention of the Diocese of Georgia meets in Savannah this November, the theme will focus on evangelism. During the convention, we will learn ways to share our faith in a way that fits our Episcopal tradition. Just as each of us is happy to share a good book, a new restaurant, or an exceptional recipe, we can also share how God has made a difference in our lives without being overbearing or resorting to handing out tracts or preaching on a street corner. Come open to learning from those who have shared their faith and those whose lives have been transformed by others being open to talking about Jesus. You will leave with some new tools and a challenge to talk with family, friends, and co-workers about not just your church, but also your experience of working to put your faith into practice.

The convention logo, shown above, was created by Chris Westgate. Chris grew up at St. Francis of the Islands, Savannah, and took an active part in diocesan youth programs. Now as a graphic designer, he put his skills to work for his diocesan community.
Diocesan Office Update    

On Thursday, Bishop Benhase will celebrate the new ministry of The Rev. Iané Sastre at St. Athanasius', Brunswick.

On Friday and Saturday, Bishop Benhase, Canons Logue and Willoughby will meet with the Diocesan Council at St. Paul's, Jesup. 

On Sunday, Bishop Benhase will make his visitation St. Paul's, Jesup. 

Canon Logue will preside and preach this Sunday at St. Philip's, Hinesville.

On Sunday, Program Manager Rudy Reyes will visit Canterbury Club at Valdosta State University. 

Canon Willoughby will attend the Episcopal Business Administrators Conference September 20-25.
St. Margaret's, Moultrie 
Bishop's Visitation 

Bishop Benhase, The Rev. Walter Hobgood, and Deacon Sally Shovar Byers with confirmands. 
The Rev. Deacon Barbara Crampton (1925-2015)
The Diocese of Georgia mourns the death of Deacon Barbara Crampton, a retired deacon and parishioner of St. Michael and All Angels' Savannah. The congregation hosted a Requiem Eucharist this Wednesday, September 16 with a Committal following in the garden. Bishop Scott Anson Benhase presided and the Rev. Kevin Kelly preached.

Born in 1925 in South Fallsburg, New York, she grew up in Scotia in Schenectady County, New York. A herniated disk cut short her training as a registered nurse and she worked as a secretary first at American Locomotive Company and later for General Electric. She married Gordon Crampton in 1948. After raising two children, Kelsey Anne and David Bruce Crampton, she graduated from the College of St. Rose in Albany, New York. She then became a secretary and administrative assistant to the Chief of Medical Services and nursing staff at the New York State Oswald D. Heck Development Center. 

In 1980, Crampton began the Deacon Training Program of the Diocese of New York and was ordained to the diaconate in 1983. She served her home parish of St. Andrew's in Scotia working ecumenically with other clergy to provide religious training for the mentally retarded and developmentally disabled. Following her husband's retirement in 1984 the Cramptons moved to Maine and Barbara transferred to the Diocese of Maine. She coordinated meetings of the deacons of the diocese and established a diocesan diaconate newsletter. She volunteered at Maine State Prison in Thomaston, founded a food pantry, and was a founding member of Mid-Coast Hospitality House, which served family members visiting prisoners as well as an emergency shelter.

In 1998, she moved her canonical residency to the Diocese of Georgia and served St. Michael and All Angels, Savannah, for more than a decade. She is predeceased by her husband and daughter.

The Rev. James P. Crowther, Jr. (1933-2015)
The Diocese of Georgia mourns the loss of the Rev. James P. Crowther, Jr., a retired priest of the Diocese who lived in Saluda, NC. Born in New York City on February 12, 1933, Crowther attended St. Andrew's School in Sewanee, Tennessee from 1944-1950. After earning a degree in History from Florida State University in 1954, he returned to Sewanee and graduated with an M.Div. in 1957. Ordained to the diaconate by Bishop Albert Rhett Stuart in 1957, Crowther served in West Africa at the Liberian Mission of the Order of the Holy Cross from 1958-1960, teaching theology and history to high school students.
  

On his return from Africa, Crowther served as a Curate at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Augusta. While there, Bishop Stuart ordained him to the priesthood in 1961. He served congregations in Georgia, Massachusetts, and South Carolina until his retirement in 1986. He subsequently moved to Saluda, North Carolina, where he was a communicant at the Church of the Transfiguration. A Requiem Eucharist will be held at Transfiguration.

Convention 2015 Hotel Accommodations 
The 194th Convention of the Diocese of Georgia meets November 12-14, 2015 at the 
Coastal Georgia Center in downtown Savannah. The Diocese has secured blocks of rooms at the following hotels. Once these hotel blocks are booked, those attending convention will have to find alternative accommodations. 

Courtyard by Marriott Historic District
415 West Liberty Street, Savannah, GA 31401
(912) 790-8287

Rooms Available As of 09/15/2015:
5/Each Thursday, Nov. 12th, 2015
4/Each Friday, Nov. 13th, 2015
 
Hampton Inn Savannah Historic District
201 East Bay Street, Savannah, GA 31401
(912) 231-9700

To reserve a room, dial the hotel's Front Desk Agents directly at (912) 231-9700 and refer to the groups block code (EDC), Group Name: Episcopal Diocese Convention, to ensure proper room rates. You may also register online here: Register for Hampton Inn with the convention rate.

The last day to secure a reservation at the quoted discounted room rates is 10/12/15, or when the block of rooms is booked.

Rooms Available As of 09/15/2015:
0/Each Thursday, Nov. 12th, 2015
0/Each Friday, Nov. 13th, 2015
 
Holiday Inn Express Savannah Historic District
199 East Bay Street, Savannah, GA 31401
(912) 231-9000

To reserve a room, dial the hotel's Front Desk Agents directly at (912) 231-9000 and refer to the group block code (EPI), Group Name: Episcopal Diocese Convention, to ensure proper room rates. You may also register online here: Register for Holiday Inn Express with the convention rate.

The last day to secure a reservation at the quoted discounted room rates is 10/12/15, or when the block of rooms is booked.

Rooms Available As of 09/15/2015:
9/Each Thursday, Nov. 12th, 2015
9/Each Friday, Nov. 13th, 2015
 
SpringHill Suites Savannah Downtown/Historic District
150 Montgomery Street, Savannah, GA 31401
(912) 629-5300

To reserve a room, dial the hotel's Front Desk Agents directly at (912) 629-5300 and refer to the group name: Episcopal Diocese of Georgia Convention, to ensure proper room rates. 

The last day to secure a reservation at the quoted discounted room rates is 10/13/15, or when the block of rooms is booked.

Rooms Available As of 09/15/2015:
18/Each Thursday, Nov. 12th, 2015
18/Each Friday, Nov. 13th, 2015


Join in Diocesan-Wide Studies this Advent and Lent
1Book1Diocese
This Advent, you are encouraged to join with Episcopalians across the Diocese in reading Rowan William's Being ChristianThis work, written by former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams is based on talks given at Canterbury Cathedral as part of a series of open lectures in 2013. In it he shares insights into baptism, Eucharist, reading the Bible, and praying. While the work is brief, the view Williams' offers is deeply Anglican, immanently accessible, and bracingly profound. 

How to Take Part
While congregations are encouraged to form study groups to share their thoughts face to face each week in Advent, you can also participate with the rest of the Diocese online. First, each week in Advent read the selected portion of the 96-page book or listen to the corresponding part of the 2 hour and 25 minute audio version. Then each Sunday in Advent, we will add a reflection on the section for the week to the website 1book1diocese.georgiaepiscopal.org where you can also take part by adding your comments on that reflection as well as your thoughts on the questions Williams poses at the end of the chapter. Selections to read will be shared at the 1Book1Diocese website, here in From the Field, and at the diocesan Facebook page.

Plan Now for Lent 2016
For Lent 2016, we will offer a similar study using Rachael Held Evans' thoughtful Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church. In this memoir of the messiness of community and the power of grace, the New York Times bestselling author centers her memoir of leaving the church and returning again around the seven sacraments. By turns funny and heartbreaking and always honest, Searching for Sunday is about overcoming cynicism to find hope and, somewhere in between, Church. This book is also available both as a 288-page paperback from Thomas Nelson Publishers and a 7 hour, 28 minute audio book, which is read by the author. 
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 September 13-19
In our diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for our congregations in Savannah, especially St. Thomas Isle of Hope and St. Matthew's. We also pray for our ecumenical partners in Savannah, especially Holy Spirit Lutheran Church and St. Benedict the Moor Catholic Church. In our companion diocese of the Dominican Republic, we pray for the congregations in Sanchez especially Christ the King (Cristo Rey) and St. Simon the Apostol (San Simón Apóstol).

Prayers for September 20-26
In our diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for our congregations in Savannah, especially St. Peter's. We also pray for our ecumenical partners in Savannah, especially Messiah Lutheran Church and St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church. In our companion diocese of the Dominican Republic, we pray for Holy Cross (Santa Cruz) in Santa Fe.
Summer's End

Worship on the Water, a summer ministry of Christ Church, Cordele, enjoyed and end of the summer party this past weekend to mark the completion of another season of offering worship on the dock at Lake Blackshear.
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The Episcopal Diocese of Georgia