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May 18, 2016
Volume 6, Number 38
In This Issue
 
 





This Sunday's Lections
Trinity Sunday
Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31
Psalm 8
or 
Canticle 13 
or Canticle 2
Romans 5:1-5

John 16:12-15

 
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Four Deacons Ordained on May 14

Bishop Benhase ordained four persons to the Sacred Order of Deacons this past Saturday, May 14 - Ian Lasch of St. Augustine's Augusta, Tommy Townsend of St. Mark's Brunswick, Donald Holland of Grace Church Waycross, and Ray Whiting of St. Alban's Augusta. Canon Logue preached the ordination sermon. The text of his sermon is online here: Send a tornado.
 
The Diocese thanks St. Paul the Apostle, Savannah for hosting the ordination liturgy.

Three Ordinations this Saturday
Bishop Benhase will preside and preach for the ordination to the Sacred Order of Priests of Guillermo Arboleda, Dale Jones, and Kelly Steele at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 21 in Christ Church, Savannah. Arboleda and Steele are both missioners at Columba House Savannah. Arboleda has been also serving an internship at St. George's, Savannah, while Steele served as an intern at St. Michael and All Angels, Savannah. Jones is part of the Team Ministry at Trinity, Cochran.


Diocesan Office Update    

Bishop Benhase will ordain Guillermo Arboleda, Dale Jones, and Kelly Steele to the Sacred Order of Priests at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 21 in Christ Church, Savannah. 

On Sunday, Bishop Benhase makes visitation to St. Elizabeth's, Richmond Hill. 

Bishop Benhase Sabbatical begins Monday May 23. 

Canon Logue is on vacation in Knoxville, Tennessee this weekend taking part in his sister in law's wedding.
Bishop's Visitation

St. Alban's, Augusta  

Bishop Benhase visit to St. Alban's on Pentecost Sunday.  
Community Update 

On Pentecost Sunday, the Rev. Adrianna Shaw presided over her final liturgy as Priest in Charge of St. Philip's, Hinesville. Shaw's husband has orders from the Army which take him to the Pentagon. After first serving as an assisting priest at St. Philip's, Shaw moved to Priest in Charge. She worked with the vestry and congregation on getting the rectory in shape to house a new priest and otherwise preparing the congregation for its next call. Pictured above is an April baptism at St. Philip's.
Campaign for Congregational Development
Thank you for your participation
A big thank you to everyone who participated in the Episcopal Church Foundation (ECF) electronic survey. We had a wonderful response of more than 400 submissions! Your direct feedback on the Campaign for Congregational Development will help the ECF team determine a strong path forward for the Diocese. Andi Tillman, our consultant, is currently working hard on analyzing the data you provided and we expect to see a report shortly. A few quick highlights from the survey include:
 
*             Over 50% of respondents were lay leaders in the Diocese
*             Close to 70% were aware the Diocese was conducting a campaign
*             The top priority of respondents was Diocesan focus on Youth Leadership
 
Please be on the look out for more information and next steps soon. Thank you again for your engagement and partnership in meeting the work and ministry of the Diocese of Georgia.
Creation Care Volunteer Opportunities
The diocese's Creation Care Commission is offering two new opportunities to expand creation care ministry at Honey Creek Retreat Center this summer: developing an Ecology Center for all ages, and providing "green" leadership and support during the summer camp program.  
 
An annual work weekend will be held June 4-5 to renovate a building near the dock for use year-round by youth and adults to deepen connection to God's abundant Creation. Work will include replacing porch screens, cleaning, organizing, replacing ceiling fans, light construction, and possibly painting. Volunteers will enjoy natural beauty, worship, and cook together. Complementary lodging is provided in a cottage or lodge room.
 
A new "Green Director" program for summer camp aims to provide additional leadership and support for Creation care initiatives across the campus and for nature programming. A volunteer Green Director will ideally serve for a full week of camp, overseeing composting/recycling efforts and the Ecology Center and assisting camp staff with ecological education and Creation-centered activities and worship. Green Directors need not be ecology or compost experts-just regular folk who love Creation and desire to help children love it too. Room and board provided. 

For more information about either of these opportunities, contact Deacon Leeann Culbreath by May 25.

Christ Church Team Returns from the DR
Six of the eight missioners on the team sponsored by Christ Church (Valdosta) returned from Santo Domingo to their homes on Monday, May 16, after a productive week-long mission trip to the Episcopal conference center in the village of El Pedregal operated by the Diocese of the Dominican Republic. The two other missioners, Julia and Julius Ariail, went from Santo Domingo to Ponce, Puerto Rico, to represent the Diocese of Georgia and the Dominican Development Group at the annual conference of the Global Episcopal Mission Network. Julia and Julius are the current chairs of the Diocese of Georgia's Companion Diocese Commission. For information on our Diocese's work in the DR, go here.
 
While at the Episcopal center, the missioners installed 12 ceiling fans in the classrooms of the K-8 Episcopal school on the grounds of the center and 4 fans in a large meeting room in one of the dormitory buildings. They sanded and repainted a metal swing set and benches, and installed new climbing ropes on nearby tree branches. The school's middle grade students took part in two environmental awareness classes, and decorated an altar frontal with scenes of the local landscape and wildlife that was presented to the local Episcopal Church on Pentecost Sunday. Other items presented to the church were a Spanish lectionary altar book and a handmade embroidered fair linen. The veterinarian on the team successfully vaccinated 49 village dogs and cats for rabies, with the help of local community leaders who spread the word about the event. The team had earlier raised funds for the camp to install insect screening for the open-sided dining hall, and observed local contractors installing the framework and the initial delivery of screens. This screening work will be completed in about a week. They continued this team's traditional activity of sponsoring a "splash party" for about 160 children from the school and the community with wading pools, slip and slides, and hot dogs, cookies, cake and ice cream. Finally, they presented a certificate for 50 full scholarships for children in the Episcopal school for the 2016-17 academic year. These scholarship funds (US$350/child) were donated by members of Holy Nativity, Dothan, AL; Trinity, Statesboro, GA; Christ Church, Valdosta, GA; and other friends, family, and former missioners.
 
There were repeated visits with residents in their homes in the community, at the medical clinic, and during a farewell party sponsored by the clergy and staff of the Episcopal camp. The missioners even had time for a hike to the river near the camp and later to a local waterfall about four miles away, as well as for a shopping expedition into the nearby city of Jarabacoa. On their final full day in the Dominican Republic, they enjoyed an afternoon and evening of sightseeing, shopping, and dinner in a rooftop restaurant in Santo Domingo.



The Rev. Leigh Hall welcomes children up to the altar at St. Paul's, Albany.

Pentecost Around the Diocese in Photos
Almighty God, on this day you opened the way of eternal life to every race and nation by the promised gift of your Holy Spirit: Shed abroad this gift throughout the world by the preaching of the Gospel, that it may reach to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

You can find an album with 41 photos from 22 congregations online here: Pentecost Photo Album


The Rev. Al Crumpton baptizes Kenn Hodge in Crooked River as a part of King of Peace Kingsland's Pentecost celebration. 

Deacon Johnny Tuttle preaches at St. John and St. Mark's, Albany, and the altar at Christ Church Frederica on St. Simons Island.

St. Michael and All Angels celebrated Pentecost under the live oaks in Daffin Park, which is across the street from the church.

St. Paul's, Savannah (left) and St. Philip's, Hinesville (right) where the Rev. Adrianna Shaw presided and preach for her last liturgy as Priest in Charge of the congregation.

St. Luke's, Rincon 
   
Christ Church, St. Marys, and Trinity, Cochran

Church of the Holy Comforter, Martinez 
Register for Summer Camp

At Camp Honey Creek, we believe that both faith and the natural world go together, hand in hand. Sort of like peas and carrots, only way better. Respect for creation and developing life-long relationships are key in a young person's life. We have multiple camp session to choose from, because we know how busy you are saving the world and stuff. Find a session (or two...live large) that you like, and register...


Spots fill up fast, and by fast we mean pretty quick...or more like a brisk walking pace. If you have any camp questions, contact our Summer Camp Director, Thomas Greneker ([email protected]). And the next time you have peas and carrots, you'll think of Camp Honey Creek, which is pretty cool. 
- Thomas Greneker, Summer Camp Director 
 
2016 Summer Camp Schedule 
(with Registration Links for Individual Camps)
 
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 May 15-21
In our diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for our congregation in Hinesville, St. Philip's. We also pray for our ecumenical partners in Hinesville, especially St. Stephens Catholic Church . In our companion diocese of the Dominican Republic, we pray for the congregations in La Romana- The Incarnation (La Encarnación) and All Saints (Todos los Santos).

Prayers for May 22-28
In our diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for our congregation in Jesup, St. Paul's. We also pray for our ecumenical partners in Jesup, especially St. Joseph's Catholic Church. In our companion diocese of the Dominican Republic, we pray for the congregation of the Holy Spirit (Espíritu Santo) in Las Carreras.
The Body of Christ

The four orders of ministry are shown in this photo of our Bishop pictured with priests, deacons, and lay persons are taken following Saturday's ordination at St. Paul's Savannah.
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Sincerely,                                       
            
Diocesan Staff                             
The Episcopal Diocese of Georgia