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June 22, 2016
Volume 6, Number 43
In This Issue
 
 





This Sunday's Lections
Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
Track One
2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14
Psalm 77:1-2, 11-20
Galatians 5:1,13-25
Luke 9:51-62

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Track Two
1 Kings 19:15-16,19-21
Psalm 16
Galatians 5:1,13-25
Luke 9:51-62
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Culbreath Honored for Servanthood
The Association for Episcopal Deacons (AED) honored Deacon Leeann Culbreath as one of 29 deacons from across North America recognized at its triennial meeting for deep commitment to the ministry of servanthood following the practice of St. Stephen. She is the first deacon from the Diocese of Georgia to receive this recognition.

In recognizing her diaconal ministry AED named that she "is tireless in her ministry and a positive role model for deacons as well as for lay people throughout Georgia" in increasing awareness of the abuses perpetuate on our environment and showing what we can do to make things better.

Culbreath said, "This is a tremendous honor for me, especially as a relatively new deacon with a young ministry. I am grateful for all who are working together to grow Creation Care ministry in our diocese. This award and ministry would not be possible without them."

She was given the award during AED's Triennial Assembly June 16-19 in Chaska, Minnesota. AED exists to enable the diakonia (diaconal service and action) of all the baptized. The association has played a major role in the development of the Episcopal diaconate as a full and equal order in today's church. 

Deacon Culbreath is pictured above with Deacon Lori Mills-Curran, Executive Director of the Association for Episcopal Deacons.
Diocesan Office Update    

Bishop Benhase is on sabbatical through August 23.

Canon Willoughby is working with our auditors to supply them information for the 2015 audit on diocesan operations (which includes Honey Creek). The audit team began its on site work on Tuesday.

Canon Logue is now in the office Tuesday-Friday through Bishop Benhase return from sabbatical. On Sundays, he will preside and preach in churches around the Diocese. This Sunday, he will serve at St. Patrick's, Albany, for the Rev. Joshua Varner who is leading the Mission Team now in Nebraska.

Youth Mission Team is on the Ground in Nebraska
Our Diocesan Youth Mission Team is in Western Nebraska through June 28. Christ Episcopal Church in Sidney, Nebraska is hosting the team which will spend their time working with the Episcopal churches in Sidney and in other nearby areas, as well as taking time to play, explore, and pray. 
 
  

Save the Date for Acolyte Festival this August 13-14
The August 13-14 Acolyte & Youth Leadership Festival (AYLF) open to 3rd through 12th graders. During the Acolyte Festival, participants will enjoy an Acolyte Olympics and can also expect to participate in acolyting and church leadership workshops facilitated by experienced practitioners; to meet other young acolytes and church leaders from across the diocese; to learn about other liturgical practices; to share their own church experience; and to have fun! 

Participants should bring their own vestments (marked with a church  name or participant's name) and their home church's banner, which will be processed during the 10 am Sunday morning Eucharist at St. Thomas Isle of Hope, Savannah, where the festival will be held (2 St. Thomas' Avenue, Savannah, Georgia 31406.

Check in starts at 10 am on August 13 and acolytes will be ready to pick up after the Sunday Eucharist (about 11:30 am) on the 14th. Those picking up acolytes are encouraged to attend that closing 10 am Eucharist. The cost is $40 and includes three meals, a t-shirt, and other event costs. Scholarships are available on request. Registration launches next week. If you have questions, please contact Misty Graham at [email protected]
Youth Programs
10-12 grade register now for Happening
Registration is now open for Happening #97 this September 16-18 at Honey Creek. Happening is a Christian experience presented by teenagers for teenagers. It is designed for youth in grades 10 - 12 and sponsored by the Episcopal Church. Most young people have serious questions about Jesus and the Church. Happening is designed to address these questions. During a  Happening weekend, participants experience the love of Christ as shown through prayer, worship, and the ministry of peers, clergy, and lay adults. The Happeners are encouraged to make their renewed faith a part of their everyday lives. Happening shows how Christianity can keep pace with the many changes in our lives and our world. 

A teen who acts as "Rector" leads the weekend with the help of a staff consisting mostly of youth. For Happening #97, Ashley Walker of St. Francis of the Islands, Savannah, will serve as the Rector. During the weekend, teen staff members give challenging talks, after which there's time for discussion and activity. Together, the staff and participants share in an exploration of the impact of Christian faith in our daily lives. The registration cost is $100. Scholarships are available upon request. If you would like to apply for a scholarship to attend Happening #97, do NOT fill out the application below. Instead, contact Jody Grant directly with your request at [email protected]


Apply now for New Beginnings Team
New Beginnings is a weekend retreat for teenagers in grades 7-9 led by a team of mostly teenagers, with a few adults, and two clergy spiritual directors. We are now taking applications for team members or NB #49, December 2-4, 2016 at Honey CreekYou are encouraged to apply with friends from your church and to bring an adult who will stay through the weekend. Team is open to all who have been to Happening or NB. Applying doesn't guarantee a spot on Team. All team members must attend the staff lock-in at St. Anne's in Tifton, 12 noon October 29 through worship Sunday. 

Free Online Security Training through CPG 
The Diocese of Georgia is serving as a pilot location for new security training for Episcopal Churches available through the Church Pension Group. The seven brief online courses, totaling 20 minutes, will cover:  Privacy,  Data Security, HIPAA, Personal Identifiable Information,  Physical Security,  Senior Leadership, and a final session called Hacked.

Send the names and email addresses of interested persons to Canon Katie Willoughby to register [email protected].  
Trinity, Statesboro
Half-time 
Director of Children's and Youth Ministries 
Trinity Episcopal Church Statesboro seeks a Director of Children's and Youth Ministries. The Director of Children's and Youth Ministry will be responsible for planning, implementing, and evaluating ministries for children and youth (PreK through 12). 

The candidate must embrace the Christian faith in a way that is compatible with Episcopal theology and doctrine. The candidate must be present on Sunday mornings and one weekday evening, but also able to maintain a flexible schedule depending on programming and seasonal demands. Full information is online here: Trinity Episcopal Online Job Posting

VBS at St. Thomas, Thomasville.

Vacation Bible Schools around the Diocese
We want to share your Vacation Bible School or other camps with the Diocese in photo album collecting pictures of our kid-friendly catechesis taking place around the Diocese this summer. Send a link to your congregation's photo album online to [email protected].

The photos will be added to a VBS album and used at the diocesan website. You can visit this summer's VBS album online. Some of the photos will be shared here in From the Field. If you create a Facebook or other online album, you may also just send a link to that album to the address above we will copy a selection of photos to the diocesan album. 

At left, campers at St. Mark's Brunswick's Camp St. Mark's get a close up look at a snake, perhaps a lesson on Luke 10:19?

VBS at the Church of the Atonement, Augusta
 
VBS at St. Anne's, Tifton.

Gesturing to the music at St. Paul's, Albany.

The Rev. Doris Johnson teaches during VBS at St. Peter's, Savannah

The Rev. David Rose juggles flamimg torches for the Music + Arts Camp at St. Luke's, Rincon, because that's how he rolls.

St. Mark's, Brunswick, holds Camp St. Mark's at Honey Creek.

High School Summer Camp worship included commissioning those going on this week's Mission Trip to Nebraska and commissioning the whole congregation for their ministry wherever they are. The focus for the week was discernment and vocation, learning to distinguish the voice of God in the midst of the noise that often surrounds us.

Camp St. Peter's this Week at Honey Creek
Registrations are up for summer camp at Honey Creek, but there is still room in our upcoming camps to join the fun. Campers who completed 6-8 grade are now at Honey Creek for the first of two Camp St. Peter sessions. You can register online for upcoming weeks here:


If you have any camp questions, contact our Summer Camp Director, Thomas Greneker  at [email protected]
 
Remaining Summer Camp Schedule 
(with Registration Links for Individual Camps)
 

High School campers prepare to use teamwork to cross an obstacle together.
Follow the Conclusion of a Coast to Coast Run
Over the next nine weeks The Diocese of Georgia will be home to Ernie Andrus, a 92-year old man who is completing his record setting run across the United States on St. Simons Island in August, the day after his 93rd birthday.  Beginning two years ago Ernie has run six to seven miles at at time three or four days per week.  He welcomes people to join him along the route, and at his pace most people will be walking to keep up with him.
 
Ernie is raising money and awareness for the LTS Memorial, a refurbished Landing Tank Ship from WWII like the one Ernie served on during the war.  His ultimate goal was to try to raise funds to send the ship to the 75th anniversary of D-Day, however, he has not been able to raise what he had hoped.  His run has become inspiring for other reasons, however, as people have learned about his story and gotten to know more about him.
 
The Rev. Tom Purdy, of Christ Church, Frederica, is helping organize the celebrations for Ernie when he completes his run, which is expected to draw participation from around the country.  You can follow Ernie's journey by finding him on Facebook: Ernest Andrus, or by visiting his website:  coast2coastruns.com.  Ernie is running through Quitman as of Tuesday, June 21, and will gradually make his way towards St. Simons.  Feel free to follow his journey and run/walk a leg with him!  You can read an article Fr. Purdy wrote about Ernie for a local magazine here: http://www.elegantislandliving.net/ernie-s-journey/ 
Upcoming Gospel
Letting go, and Moving Forward to Jerusalem
by the Rev. David Somerville
Nine days ago, I cried in the darkness of the early morning of Sunday, June 12:  "Oh Lord, our God:  'Our times are in your hands':  So why could it not have been just another theme park ride that got stuck in Orlando?  Could you not have let it be so, and then have everybody on board get lifted out and delivered to their loved ones by a cherry picker?"

My self-created prayers before dawn are never very good. That is why I need the Church to be a sort of plumb line so that, with the Holy Spirit,  I might construct a level staircase of spirituality for a successful ascension to God. Without such a staircase, I cannot climb above the morass of feelings I have, and get within hearing range of God's still, small voice. And what good is prayer without that?  Not much.  But that is how conversation with God begins-with angry cries to the One who seems to be  nowhere!  Such was the case in the small hours when forty-nine innocent, and much loved souls, were dead at the hand of yet another deranged shooter.  And, of course, as we all know, the night of terror ended with the shooter being killed in a final gun battle. He got what he thought he wanted. I got what I know I did not want-feelings of emptiness and despair.

There are moments  in every Christian's life that hit  us on the blind-side, and when that happens, mixed feelings of grief, sorrow, sadness, and anger erupt like volcanoes. That happens when accepted  beliefs collide with the realities of events in the course of time's passage in our human experience.  And things like that will happen in a place like this planet earth, our "island home" of seven billion people.  Bad events defy understanding even as we are aware that we are both passengers and the crew of a tiny speck in a universe that, despite the efforts of brilliant science, is still mostly dark and mysterious.

Continue reading this reflection online here: Upcoming Gospel for June 26
Encountering God

Four people share the impact of encountering Jesus through worship in this 1-minute video. These are brief stories of transformation in Episcopal Churches here in the Diocese of Georgia. If you would like to share this on your Facebook page, please link the Facebook video: Encountering God at the Diocese of Georgia Facebook page.
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 June 19-25
In our diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for our congregation in Moultrie, St. Margaret of Scotland. We also pray for our ecumenical partners in Moultrie, especially Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. In our companion diocese of the Dominican Republic, we pray for St. Mary the Virgin (Santa Marķa Virgen) in Montellano.

Prayers for June 26-July 2
In our diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for our congregation in Quitman, St. James. We also pray for our ecumenical partners, especially St. Jude Catholic Church in Glennville. In our companion diocese of the Dominican Republic, we pray for the church of the Divine Grace (Divina Gracia) in Mozovi.
Hanging out at Honey Creek
Campers at the High School session of Honey Creek Summer Camp created this hive of hammocks so they could hang out together.
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Sincerely,                                       
            
Diocesan Staff                             
Episcopal Diocese of Georgia