April 6, 2016
Volume 6, Number 32
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This Sunday's Lections
Third Sunday of Easter
Acts 9:1-6, (7-20)
Psalm 30
Revelation 5:11-14

John 21:1-19


 
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Hometown Missions
One Mission, Two Locations
Youth from across the Diocese are encourage to gather in Albany or Darien for a weekend of service from April 22-24. Both groups will keep mission local as they build community while serving in one of the communities of the diocese.

Hometown Missions is a diocesan youth event for 5th - 12th graders.  Participants at Hometown Missions undertake small-scale mission projects within their local community.
St. Paul's Church will host the Albany team which will partner with Flint River Habitat for Humanity on a project. St. Andrew's & St. Cyprian's Churches will host the Darien team which will work in a historic cemetery.

Complete information on each of the unique mission opportunities is found below. If you have any questions, please contact our Interim Mission for Youth, Rebekah Stewart.
Diocesan Office Update    

On Sunday, Bishop Benhase makes his visitation to Christ Church, Savannah. On Tuesday, Bishop Benhase makes his visitation to Episcopal Campus Ministry at Georgia Southern

Canon Logue will officiate at the wedding of Spencer Cantrell this weekend and then will be away from April 11-22 for a Credo II Conference in Prescott, Arizona, followed by a brief vacation to visit his daughter who lives in Mesa, Arizona.
Diocesan Community Update    

The Rev. Deacon Eddie Adkins is fully retiring as a deacon. Bishop Henry Louttit ordained Adkins to the Sacred Order of Deacons on January 11, 1997. Having retired from serving out of All Saints Tybee Island when she reached the mandatory retirement age of 72, she has since 2009 served on a year to year agreement at St. Luke's Rincon. 

The Rev. Jay Weldon has accepted the call of the Vestry of the Church of the Good Shepherd in Waban, Massachusetts to serve as their next Rector. Bishop Louttit ordained Weldon to the priesthood in 2009 as he was completing a Master's of Sacred Theology at the General Theological Seminary. Weldon served as a Lay Curate at King of Peace Kingsland prior to studying at General. Since 2009, he has been the Rector of St. Patrick's, Albany. In that time, the congregation paid off its debt on what become the Parish Hall going on to raise more funds and build a new church building. The Lutheran Church of Our Savior moved in with St. Patrick's in 2012, with the early service on Sunday following the Lutheran liturgy, but open to all.
All Saints', Thomasville
Bishop's Visitation and Ordination
Bishop Benhase ordained Luke Wetzel to the Sacred Order of Deacons at All Saints', Thomasville on Sunday. Bishop Benhase officiated and preached.  


Bishop Benhase, Deacon Luke Wetzle, and clergy. 


Bishop Benhase, The Rev. Paul Hancock, and confirmands. 
Hometown Missions
Albany  Team- Caring for God's Creation
St. Paul's will host Hometown Missions: Albany, a diocesan youth event for 6th - 12th graders April 22-24 with assistance from St. John's and St. Mark's and St. Patrick's. Partnering with Flint River Habitat for Humanity, we will install a garden on a vacant lot in a community of Habitat houses that were constructed following the flood of 1994. This area, adjacent to Monroe High School, is a residential community comprised of many elderly African American women. "They can't wait to have the garden," said Jennifer Vanston, Executive Director of Flint River Habitat for Humanity and St. Paul's parishioner. 

"We're excited to partner with St. Paul's and the diocese to bring a garden to this area. We want to work with local churches more here in Albany in the future," Vanston added.

Participants will arrive at St. Paul's on Friday at 7 pm. Volunteers from Calvary, Americus will provide an evening snack, and Deacons Johnny Tuttle and Leeann Culbreath will assist with evening worship. Deacon Leeann will also provide education on eco-theology as part of her ministry as founder and leader of the diocese's Creation Care Commission. Deacon Leeann is also the Outreach Coordinator for Georgia Interfaith Power & Light (GIPL), Georgia's only faith-based nonprofit environmental organization, so she has special expertise in this area. 

On Saturday morning, volunteers from St. Patrick's will provide and cook breakfast at St. Paul's. Participants will travel in the worksite in the church van from St. Anne's, Tifton. While onsite, Sonny's Barbecue will cater the lunch provided by Habitat. The Mission Team will wrap up by 3 pm to go to the YMCA to shower and then out for a fun evening activity. On Sunday morning, the group will eat breakfast at St. Paul's, worship together at the 10 am service of Holy Eucharist, and depart from St. Paul's afterward. For more information on attending or helping, please contact Mtr. Leigh at leigh.hall@stpaulsalbany.org.



Darien Team- Let Justice Roll Down Like a River
St. Andrew's & St. Cyprian's Episcopal Churches will host Hometown Missions: Darien, a diocesan youth event for 5th - 12th graders April 22-24. The Darien Mission Team will work in Butler Cemetery, a historical landmark beside GA 99 less than a mile from the heart of the City of Darien.  A majority of the property is covered with palmettos, scrub oaks, and weeds, overtaking many of the headstones and plots.  Our mission will include clearing the brush and picking up any garbage that has collected over the years.  Adjacent to the cemetery lies the grave of Liverpool Hazzard, the last freed slave in the state of Georgia.  A memorial plaque marks his grave with a narrow walkway leading up to his headstone.  This walkway consists of an old dilapidated tarp that will be removed and replaced with 12x12 red brick pavers.  Work in both historical sites will take place simultaneously during most of the day on Saturday.  

Both Butler Cemetery and Hazzard's memorial represent the rich history of African American culture and influence in the state of Georgia.  Many of the people buried in Butler Cemetery were also long standing and influential members of St. Cyprian's Episcopal Church, dating back as far as 1876 when the church was first dedicated. Liverpool Hazzard's memorial marks a turning point in the history of Georgia where justice prevailed and slavery was abolished. 
  
Participants will arrive on Friday evening between 6-7 pm at the YMCA in Darien. We ask that you come having already had dinner.  We will begin our time together with team building activities followed by a message from the Rev. Joshua Varner, Diocesan Missioner of Youth.  In the morning following breakfast, participants will be transported over to the worksite where they will hear a brief history on the mission and begin clearing the cemetery and laying pavers.  Students will break for lunch and water based fun and games at the church parish house, located just a mile from Butler Cemetery.  After lunch, we will continue working on the mission until time to break for dinner.  Volunteers from the Daughters of the King and the Episcopal Church Women will serve dinner in the parish house.  After dinner, participants will return to the YMCA for showers and a movie.  Following breakfast on Sunday morning, the mission team will be transported to St. Cyprian's where the weekend will close with the Holy Eucharist. Parents will be able to pick up their children in the parish house between 10-10:30 am Sunday morning.       

Good Shepherd Augusta to Host Convention 2016

The 195th Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia will meet November 10-12 at the Church of the Good Shepherd, Augusta. Our convention hotels will be The Partridge Inn on Walton Way and the downtown Holiday Inn Express. Information on Convention 2016 will stay current at the convention website:

Presiding Bishop's update on independent investigation
Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry addressed the staff of The Episcopal Church this week and provided an update about the independent investigation he called for after placing three members of senior management on administrative leave in December. You can read that update online here.
Companion Diocese 
St. Anne's Team Arrives in the Dominican Republic
The missioners from St. Anne's Episcopal Church (Tifton) arrived safely in Santo Domingo on April 2, and attended a worship service at the Episcopal Cathedral of the Epiphany on April 3. They are now staying in a hotel in the town of Azua and working in the nearby village of Las Carreras, painting the building for the Church of the Holy Spirit that they have been working on for several years in cooperation with teams from St. Patrick's (Albany) and Grace Cathedral (Charleston, SC). They are scheduled to return home on April 9. For information about the Diocese of Georgia's 2016 mission teams in the Diocese of the Dominican Republic, go here: http://georgia.anglican.org/?page_id=19
Emotional Intelligence Webinar This Thursday

Leveraging Your Emotions in Challenging Situations
Led by: Ann V. Deaton, PhD, PCC
Thursday, April 7, 2016,
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Eastern Time)



This is a great opportunity for those who have already completed or will complete the Emotional Intelligence Workshop and would like to continue learning about EQ. 

Course Description:
Emotions are a central aspect of being human. Emotions offer clues about our most challenging dilemmas, and the energy to take action. Unfortunately, emotions aren't always easy to manage effectively, much less to leverage for power and impact.  As a faith community leader, how aware are you of your own emotions? How effectively do you respond to the emotions of others? And how do you grow your own and your congregants' awareness around emotions? Becoming more skilled in understanding and leveraging emotions will empower you to use the energy of emotions while at the same time minimizing the destructive impact of an emotion poorly expressed.

This 1.5 hour session is designed for faith community leaders who want to develop their understanding of emotions in the context of their leadership and ministry. Participants will experience ways to notice, capture, and channel your emotions instead of your emotions having a hold on you. You will walk away with a new appreciation for the richness and power of emotions, and greater confidence in communicating effectively and moving forward constructively when emotions run high.
Learning Objectives:
  • Develop a richer vocabulary and understanding of the myriad of emotions that occur in the life and work of a faith community leader
  • Practice two distinctions for evaluating the value and strength of emotions
  • Identify the gifts and shadows of several frequently occurring emotions
  • Commit to applying your learning to at least one challenging situation after the session to enable yourself, your congregants or your colleagues to gain greater value from emotions
Young Adult and Campus Ministry 
Connecting Young People to Campus Ministries 
The diocese would like to connect graduating high school seniors and those already attending college with a campus ministry.

Please fill out the 2016 Campus Connector form. The purpose of this form is only to connect young people with a campus ministry.


Who can fill out the form:
  • Graduating high school seniors and/or their parent/guarding
  • College students attending a college or university
  • Youth Missioner/Minister 
  • Rector/Vicar/Priest-in-Charge

For more information, please contact Program Manager Rudy Reyes at rreyes@gaepiscopal.orgor at 912-236-4279.
Saluda Clergy Cottage Open for Reservations  
The two-storied cottage, nestled in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina has three bedrooms, one and half baths. The downstairs bedroom has one queen bed. Upstairs, one bedroom has two double beds and the other has one double bed and one single bed. A photo album of the house is online here: Clergy Cottage Photo Album

Saluda is a lovely historic town close to Kanuga, Asheville, and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Use it as your pied--terre for sightseeing or for simply relaxing in a rocking chair on the wrap-around porch...or both!

$150 per week - Available May through October. Check the Saluda Clergy Cottage website calendar for availability. Contact vschuster@gaepiscopal.org to book.
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 April 3-9
In our diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for our congregations in Darien, St. Andrew's and St. Cyprian's. We also pray for our ecumenical partners in Darien, especially Nativity of Our Lady Catholic Church. In our companion diocese of the Dominican Republic, we pray for St. Michael's (San Miguel) in Doa Ana.

Prayers for April 10-16
In our diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for our congregation in Douglas, St. Andrew's and for our ecumenical partners in Douglas, especially St. Paul's Catholic Church. In our companion diocese of the Dominican Republic, we pray for St. Thomas' (Santo Toms) in Gautier.
50th Ordination Anniversary

The Rev. Reginald Gunn (at center with black cap) presides at the Holy Eucharist at St. James' in Clayton, Georgia, on Sunday, April 3rd at which he marked a
 Golden Jubilee celebration of ordained ministry. 
The Rev. Jay Weldon plans for Gunn's former parish, St Patrick's Albany, to have a celebration in the southwest area of the state.  That celebration will be Sunday, May 1, 2016 in St Patrick's Church, Albany.

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The Episcopal Diocese of Georgia