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September 23, 2015Volume 6, Number 4
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This Sunday's Lections
Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
 
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Youth Programs in Convocations  
While Diocesan Youth Programs continue with the usual calendar of events, not all youth events take place at the parish or diocesan levels. Some great work is underway in the six regions of the Diocese of Georgia known as convocations. This week, we highlight the work in Savannah and Albany. We will share convocation youth events in other convocations in a future issue of From the Field.

Savannah Convocation Youth Event (SCYE)
Adults working with youth in Savannah banded together to form SCYE, a once a month meeting that moves around the congregations of the convocation. Twelve parishes have hosted a SCYE meeting so far with 40-55 participants at a typical event. Each meeting is like a mini retreat at Honey Creek in terms of the formatting which includes music, games, dinner, more games, with a program. 

Prior to this fall, the hosting parish was responsible for a 10-15 minute message.  The messages ranged from the lectionary's Gospel to Jewish Passover to preventing and addressing bullying.  Now, youth are presenting the message and leading small group discussion.  Last month, youth that attended the Dominic Republic mission trip this summer gave a presentation and encouraged others to consider doing mission work in the future. 

Another change is that youth now lead the games and this fall have become part of the planning team that is working on the program and making suggestions on music and worship. SCYE next meets this coming Sunday, September 27 at St. Thomas Isle of Hope from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Stay informed with the  SCYE Facebook Page.

Albany Convocation Youth Lock-in
The Albany Convocation will get together this weekend for a youth event-Doing Good in the Good Life City: a Mission-focused Lock-in for 6th - 12th graders. The Lock-In will meet at St. Paul's at 212 N. Jefferson St. in Albany with a drop off at 1 pm on Saturday, September 26 and a pick up at 11:30am on Sunday. The registration fee is just $30 (Checks payable to St. Paul's Episcopal Church with "Lock-in" and participant's name in the memo line).

St. Paul's, Albany and St. Anne's, Tifton have been working together to plan this mission-focused event intended to help us prepare for Hometown Missions, a diocesan event that will take place at St. Paul's April 22 - 24, 2016. 

Participants can expect to have fun while building community; to learn about the importance of mission and outreach as these concepts are explained in scripture; and to participate in a mini-mission project at Second Harvest, a food bank here in Albany. For your
convenience, you may also register online using the following link: Online Registration. Those registering
online will need to pay at the door of the event.
Diocesan Office Update    

Canon Logue will be at the Clergy Conference Sunday through Tuesday.

Canon Willoughby is attending the Episcopal Business Administrators Conference through Friday, September 25.
St. Paul's, Jesup
Bishop's Visitation 
 
Sunday, September 20th marked the Bishop's visit to St. Paul with over one hundred in attendance.  Darion Carter and Harley Souza were Confirmed.  Stacy Harris and Marcie Sellers were Received and David Harris Reaffirmed his faith.
Diocesan Community Update
The vestry of Annunication, Vidalia, is pleased to announce the Rev. Denise Vaughn has accepted a call to serve as their rector beginning November 1. She graduated from the University of South Florida in 1976 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science. In 1994, she entered the Deacons' Training in the Diocese of Southwest Florida. Ordained a vocational deacon in 1997, Vaughn served three congregations in Charlotte County, Florida until 2005. As a deacon her ministry included recruiting and leading groups to cook and serve at the local Homeless Coalition, and to lead youth groups to participate in Guadalupe Center in Immokalee. She also received training and lead groups in a bereavement care ministry called 'Walking the Mourners Path.' As a deacon, Vaughn coordinated, recruited, and lead 50 short-term missionary teams to the Dominican Republic. She served her Diocese in many ways including as a member of the Commission on Liturgy and Music and as Chair of the Companion Diocese Commission. In 2008, Vaughn received an M.Div. from The Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas. On graduation, she was ordained to the priesthood and accepted a call as priest in charge of outreach and pastoral care for the more than 1000-member Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Austin, Texas. From 2010 to the present, she served as the Rector of Grace Episcopal Church in Chillicothe, Missouri. Denise has a brother in Savannah and a daughter and four grandchildren in South Carolina.

The vestry of Calvary, Americus, is pleased to announce the Rev. Jeff Wallace has accepted a call to serve as their rector beginning November 15. He is a 1979 graduate of Lenoir Rhyne College in Hickory, North Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Wallace earned an M.Div. from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, South Carolina in 1984. Ordained a Lutheran Pastor, Wallace served Lutheran churches in Anniston, Alabama; Yoakum, Texas; San Antonio, Texas; and Columbia South Carolina. From 2002 through 2014, Wallace served as Director of Chaplaincy Services for InCare Home Health and Hospice in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. In 2007, he was ordained to the Episcopal priesthood in the Diocese of South Carolina. His first ministry in The Episcopal Church was serving a parish that had begun in 2004 with 38 persons who chose to remain with the Episcopal Church after 468 voted to align with the Anglican Mission in America. These 38 leased a vacant building, transformed its appearance, and dedicated its new space and furnishings as a church. He then served as an Associate Rector of Christ the King Waccamaw Episcopal Church on Pawleys Island, South Carolina through 2012. Wallace currently serves as Pastor of St. Peter Lutheran Church, Walburg, Texas. Married to the former Stephanie Jo Stout in 1978, the two have four children ages 25-34. 


Enjoy Eating Out During Diocesan Convention
During our 194th Convention, Savannah's Food and Wine Festival will be underway. In order to open convention delegates to taking advantage of the timing of that event or to otherwise enjoy eating out in Savannah, we will not offer a catered meal on either Thursday or Friday (see www.savannahfoodandwinefest.com for more information). Delegations are to make their own arrangements for those meals. We will put the convention registration fee then toward providing excellent coffee service with some snacks on both Friday and Saturday morning in partnership with a local coffee shop.

Limited Exhibit Booth Space Available
Each Convention venue presents both opportunities and challenges. The Coastal Georgia Center in downtown Savannah will provide a great new setting for our convention, but its floor plan limits severely the ability to offer an Exhibit Area. Rather than a separate hall, exhibitors will be in the entry area to the Center. This will limit the booths to only nine tables. For this reason, only diocesan-wide ministries will be able to have a table at this convention. Diocesan-wide ministries interested in sharing their ministry with the Diocese should contact Rudy Reyes at (912) 236-4279 or [email protected]

Make Nominations Now for Diocesan Elections
The following elections will take place at the 194th Convention of the Diocese of Georgia: 

Board of Corporation - Elect One Layperson 
The Board of Officers is charged with the oversight of the investments and disbursements of those funds entrusted to it through wills, deeds, and other trust instruments. The board meets quarterly. Person elected at 2015 Diocesan Convention will serve through the Convention of 2022. 

Disciplinary Board - Elect Two Clergy and One Layperson 
Previously known as "The Ecclesiastical Trial Court," the Disciplinary Board of the Diocese of Georgia is vested with jurisdiction to hear and determine all proceedings in which a priest or deacon has been charged with one or more offense specified in the canons of the Episcopal Church. It meets only when necessary. Two clergy members and one person will be elected for a term of three year to serve through Convention 2018. 

Sewanee Trustee - Elect One Layperson 
The board meets in Sewanee, TN, early in October each year. The two laypersons and one priest who serve on the board from the Diocese of Georgia are to represent the university to the diocese. One lay person will be elected for a three-year term to serve through Convention 2018. 

Diocesan Council at Large Member - Elect One Person, Lay or Clergy 
Council's responsibilities are to carry out the policies, programs and directions of Convention; to deal with contingencies as they arise; and to assist the bishop in developing the ministry of the diocese. It carries out the duties of Convention between Conventions. Council generally has three overnight meetings a year in various parts of the diocese. The person elected at 2015 Diocesan Convention will serve through Convention of 2018. 

Standing Committee - Elect One Clergy and One Layperson 
The Standing Committee is the bishop's Council of Advice. In the absence of a bishop, the Standing Committee would act as the Ecclesiastical Authority for those purposes declared by General Convention. The Standing Committee must approve all ordinations and any financial indebtedness of parishes. It usually meets three times a year at the same time as the Commission on Ministry and in various locations throughout the diocese. As per the Diocesan Constitution, the Standing Committee members rotating off at this convention (The Very Rev. Ted Clarkson and Hughes Threlkeld) must wait at least a year before becoming eligible again for election.

Nominations Process
Our Nominations Chair, Liz Williams, of St. Anne's, Tifton, will need both Nomination Forms from the person making the nomination and the Nominee Information Form from the person nominated by October 16 to assure inclusion in advance materials for Convention. Nominations remain open until closed on the floor of the convention as business starts during the opening session on Friday morning, the first day of convention. 


Celebrate Deaconess Alexander this Week
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 this week of September 24. The Clergy Conference will observe the feast on Monday. 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
Lutheran Magazine Highlights Georgia Connections
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America featured ecumenical work in the Diocese of Georgia in its magazine, The Lutheran. The article highlighted both All Saints, Tybee Island and St. Mark's, Woodbine, Episcopal congregations served by Lutheran pastors, the Revs. John Anderson and John Pearce. The article also described the unique, now three year old, partnership in Albany between St. Patrick's Episcopal and the Lutheran Church of Our Saviour (LCOS). St. Patrick's is home to LCOS, the ELCA Lutheran church in Albany and the Sunday 9 am service uses the Lutheran worship book led most weeks by St. Patrick's Rector, the Rev. Jay Weldon. The two congregations share more than there new church building with its Our Saviour Chapel. The two congregations also share several meals together each month, do Vacation Bible School together, and otherwise partner in ministry.

ELCA Southeastern Synod Bishop Julian Gordy told The Lutheran that in his Synod which covers all of Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee, Episcopalians outnumber Lutherans and he finds Lutherans ready to cooperate. Called to Common Mission, a declaration made by the ELCA in 1999 and approved by the Episcopal Church the next year, makes these close connections possible. Speaking to The Lutheran, Bishop Harry Shipps, the eighth Bishop of Georgia, said, "We always encouraged these things, but formerly we didn't have the opportunities for cooperation that we have now."

Bishop Benhase and Bishop Gordy are pictured at left during the consecration of St. Patrick's, Albany, and the Our Saviour Chapel.
Vocare
Registration Closes Friday for Young Adult Retreat
Vocare #25 will be held October 2-4, 2015 at Camp Mikell in Toccoa, GA. Vocare in Georgia is an Episcopal young adult ministry serving both the Diocese of Georgia and Diocese of Atlanta. Through weekend retreats and community building, Vocare in Georgia provides opportunities for self discovery and the beginnings of spiritual discernment. God is calling each one of us into deepened faithfulness and more clearly defined ministries. The weekend is filled with fun and games, serious reflection and discussion, and familiar, relaxed worship. 

The cost of the weekend is $100. Scholarships are available. The Pilgrim registration form can be accessed via the link below. 
 
 
For more information, visit Vocare in Georgia's website or contact Program Manager Rudy Reyes at r[email protected].  
Cursillo
Register Now for October 8-11 Weekend
Pronounced 'kur-see-yo', this a short course in Christianity taken from the Spanish word meaning 'little' or 'short course'. Cursillo developed after World War II with Roman Catholic men. The short course has now been given to men and women around the world and in the process has assisted generations of Christians to more faithfully follow Jesus in their daily lives. Cursillo begins on a Thursday evening and ends the following Sunday evening. During those three days the participants engage in listening to talks given by priests and lay people, and small table discussion, while worshiping and playing together. The next Cursillo weekend will be October 8-11, 2015, at Honey Creek. You can find out more and register to attend at cursillo.georgiaepiscopal.org

King of Peace, Kingsland
Youth Serve at Missions for Camden
King of Peace Youth joined the rest of the congregation in spending a recent Sunday afternoon in service to others at Missions for Camden. Several parishioners prepared and donated meat loaf, side dishes, rolls, desserts, beverages, place settings, sack lunches and PB&J sandwiches.  Twenty youth and adults representing King of Peace setup, served and interacted with hungry guests at Missions for Camden.  Pastor James Ham of Missions for Camden spoke to the youth about the need for this ministry in our local community.  The hot menu made a wonderful bounty that was very well received for several hungry guests.  The sack lunches were a blessing to those with school age children or in need of a "next day meal".  The PB&J sandwiches were given to three known homeless who planned to distribute to others in their camp. 

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 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.

Prayers for September 27 October 3
In our diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for our congregations in Savannah, especially St. Paul the Apostle and St. Bartholomew's Chapel. We also pray for our ecumenical partners in Savannah, especially the Catholic congregations of St. Frances Cabrini and Saints Peter and Paul as well as St. Paul's Lutheran Church. In our companion diocese of the Dominican Republic, we pray for St. Matthias (San Matías) in Santana.
Acolytes in Training
Acolytes-in-training surround a future deacon during training held this past week at St. Thomas Isle of Hope, Savannah.
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The Episcopal Diocese of Georgia