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Stewardship Give Generously or Die a Horrible Death
The Episcopal Vol. 69, No. 9 Encouraging the Family of God in the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia September/October 2004 Stewardship: Give Generously or Die a Horrible Death By Dr. A.L. Addington Diocesan Minister for Ministry Development Fall is in the air. We can begin to sleep with windows It is very easy to take the fall stewardship effort as an interruption open. Thoughts of football abound. Leaves are begin- in the 'regular' programming. But, in truth, stewardship...is the ning to change. Yet lurking beneath all of those signs of programming. autumn, we know something is coming soon to a church near you: STEWARDSHIP. If you ever want to see the church at prayer, with the rich young ruler. Clearly the "research team" had I think most of us who have done fundraising could every head bowed and every eye closed, announce that done its work. The potential client was rich. He was a have really helped Jesus here. you are looking for a stewardship chair. There are the good citizen and had followed the commandments. Let’s If you don’t think you are good at making a push for regular responses: "I am not good at fund raising," "I just assume he also tithed. (Prior giving to the cause is very funding, you may have that limitation in common with hate asking people for money," "I don’t like to talk about positive.) Jesus. religion and money." Now he asked how he could be more involved in Jesus’ As I travel around the diocese I often listen to Na- A couple of years ago my rector, the Rev. Sam Buice work. He wanted to be a member of the kingdom. Any tional Public Radio and, more likely than not, they are in (St. Peter's, Skidaway Island, Savannah), told the Sun- fundraiser would be thrilled with this client. Excellent the midst of some major fund-raising effort. They al- day morning congregation that he planned to give the background work! He had the potential to be a major ways say, "As soon as we reach our goal in terms of stewardship sermon. The Gospel for that morning was contributor. pledging, we will get back to the regular programming." the Parable of the Wicked Tenants (Matthew 21:33-41). Then Jesus made the request for the contribution and It is very easy to take the fall stewardship effort as an He began by saying, "I have been approached by two asked for everything. I tell you that this was over the top interruption in the "regular" programming. But, in truth, groups concerning this talk. One group has said that they as a request! It was not even reasonable. stewardship is not an interruption in the programming. do not like to hear money talked about from the pulpit. Assuming he was already giving 10 percent, it might Stewardship is the programming. The other group has told me that if I must talk about not have been bad to start out with a 30 percent request Our generous Father has given us everything we have. money, please keep it short. I hope I can satisfy both and then have a 20 percent figure as a backup. Stewardship is about what we do with what God has groups with what I have to say: Those who do not give When the rich young ruler started to walk away, Jesus given to us. What we do with what God has given us is and give generously will die a horrible death." could have given a lower percentage and held the client how we spend our lives. Our lives then, simply stated, With that he went back to the chair where he nor- in a longer dialogue. However, he did not negotiate - all are all about stewardship. mally sits after a sermon. A few seconds later he re- or nothing. The focus of Jesus’ interaction with the rich young turned to the pulpit and said, "Perhaps there are some of Any fundraiser would tell you Jesus did not use good ruler was not on the young man’s need to sell all that he you who would like to hear a slightly longer version of strategy. And Jesus didn’t even make a good case pro- had and give the money to the poor. The focus was the the stewardship sermon." posal. Give everything to the poor and you will be a king- invitation that Jesus offered: "Come with me, and I will We all did. dom member. show you how to spend your life." Sometimes I think we see stewardship as just an- Jesus should have dwelled on some images of the poor. That invitation is still the stewardship message for this other fund-raising moment in our lives and want to get it He should have stressed their needs in more detail. new century. over as soon as possible. What about Jesus as a Any fundraiser knows you don’t just say, "Give your fundraiser? money to the poor" and stop. What about laying out in Based on some fund-raising principles, quite frankly, I more detail the benefits of membership in the kingdom? have concerns about his approach. Look at the story of You can’t assume the client is fully aware of all the perks. 183rd Diocesan Convention Feb. 3-5 Storms Stories: Many Prepare, Not Much Occurs Good Shepherd, Augusta Churches throughout the Diocese of Georgia offered Some parishioners at St. John's, Bainbridge, reported shelter to evacuees in the recent hurricanes, but none power outages from 12 hours to three days. Although they did not have their water supply interrupted, those in Keynoter: reported anyone accepting the offer, while some had Canon John Peterson extra visitors at Sunday services who were there be- rural areas without electricity had no power to pump water cause of the storms (related stories page 6-7). from wells, thus went without running water for three Secretary General For a church to be a registered disaster shelter, par- days. of the Anglican Communion ishes should contact the local Red Cross office. Ac- Episcopalians throughout the diocese are asked to con- cording to the Rev. Joe Clift (rector, St. John & St. Mark's, tinue to give generously to aid victims in the United States Theme: Family Matters Albany), a church must have approval for a shelter. and in the Caribbean. Contributions may be made through "My wife reminds me that if a church opens a shelter, http://er-d.org or the diocesan office (611 E. Bay St., Elective Offices to be filled it has to be approved by the Red Cross and the local Savannah, GA 31401-1296), according to an announce- Clergy and laity in good standing in the Epis- health department, if not it is illegal and should not be ment from the Diocesan House in Savannah. copal Diocese of Georgia are invited to nomi- open," he said. Thanks to the generosity of many, at presstime the nate qualified persons for the offices listed on Although the diocese was largely spared damage, Diocese of Georgia had sent $18,610 to hurricane relief the nominating forms inserted in this issue (see many Episcopalians had family elsewhere adversely af- efforts in Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Grenada, the also page 5). fected and, in some cases, extremely harmed, by the Cayman Islands, Jamaica, the Bahamas, Florida, Ala- Elections are to take place Feb. 4, 2005, at storms. Various parishioners had some property dam- bama, Tennessee and North Carolina, according to an convention in Augusta. Forms are to be returned age in many locations, lost work time, intensive prepara- announcement from Jacqui Belcher (diocesan commu- to the Rev. Louis G. Scales Jr., 4227 Columbia tions, and in some cases several days of inconvenience. nications officer). Rd., Martinez, GA 30907 by Nov. 30. The Episcopal Church in Georgia, #9 September/October 2004 - Page 2 All Saints' Celebrates the Body of Christ, the People of God By Bishop Henry Louttit ing on page 19. It makes no claim to be definitive, only and are important to us. We know that God and his My favorite feast, that these are some of the folk who made the Gospel live love is concerned always for each of us and it makes All Saints', is the feast in their lives and touched others, who have shared the sense that in his presence his people continue to care of the body of Christ, Gospel even to our time with you and me. for those with whom they have been connected in the people of God, the The Roman Catholic Church’s understanding of Saints life. feast of all the baptized was shaped by a culture of patronage. In many societies Some Episcopalians talk to and pray to Saints. - that’s the feast of you it would never occur to anyone that they could speak to Generally speaking, Episcopalians believe they have and me. St. Paul calls the king. (Note: for “his protection” you are not liable to access to speak directly to the God who created us all Christians saints. be able to walk up and speak to the president of the all and loves us all. In the Episcopal United States; so if you want to influence him you have I hope each of our congregations has a festive Church we call the he- to get someone in his inner circle to carry your informa- Eucharist and supper on All Saints' Day. I hope you roes among the saints tion or idea to him.) In a patronage system the best pa- tell each other some of the stories of the great Saints. “capital letter Saints.” tron gets for you what you need. I hope you recognize the saints within your own church Some, such as St. The Roman Catholic Church has seen the Saints as family, those who have died and those who are alive. Francis and, in our own those who can get God’s attention and power. Most Prot- One of our congregations gives each person a saint time, Mother Teresa of estants think that Jesus is not limited by time or language button to wear at the service. Some are great heroes Calcutta, were recog- or by the number of people speaking to him and is him- like Peter or Mary Magdalene and others are great Bishop Henry Louttit nized as such during - File Photo self available for each of us to speak directly to regard- saints of the parish whom we knew or who are now their lives. Certainly all ing our needs. with God, but in a new life, but who were influential in Of course, the Saints and we saints all live intercon- our time. The children are prepared to seek out a capital letter Saints who have left us any reflection of nected in the Body of Christ. They and Jesus care about certain Saint’s button and then they tell the person their lives were well aware that they were far from us and we give thanks and praise joining them every time wearing that button the story about that Saint. perfect. They knew that they, too, were sinners. we celebrate the Eucharist, singing their great song “Holy, There should be special food, special decorations But, on the other hand, their lives showed forth the Holy, Holy …” - with the saints living here and all those and special music on that night. Use your imagina- love of God in a way that other people saw it and living before the Lord’s throne! tions. Some could feature some of the Saints in their were changed and empowered by them. The Episcopal Church does not forbid speaking to or stained glass windows. Others could put up pictures People who died for their faith in Jesus, people who praying in the sense of talking to those heroes of the or stories about those Saints in the stained glass win- bring lots of other people to recognize the salvation past. You might see the second prayer on page 504 in dows or in pictures around the church to point to as a Jesus has worked for them, people who cause other The Book of Common Prayer. It says, and I believe this reminder. people to follow Jesus, who work to befriend and pro- would be the position of Anglicans, that we are “encour- The meal needs to be what all recognize as a treat tect those crippled by disease or hate are examples aged by their examples, aided by their prayers and or a feast. Imagination is called for depending on your and embodiments of Jesus in their own time and place strengthened by their fellowship.” congregation and your age groups. The Eucharist is a and culture. We know they are in God’s presence, and we know festival (party) meal with God and with our brothers The Episcopal Church has a calendar of such he- our love is concerned about the people that have died and sisters in Christ both living and dead. roes of the family. It’s found in the Prayer Book start- Bishop Louttit's Schedule H.C. = Honey Creek, B.H. = Bishop's House OCTOBER 21 ST. THOMAS’ On Religion and Politics 4-23 SABBATICAL By Bishop Harry W. Shipps, 8th Bishop of Georgia assail. Now some Roman Catholic bishops are threat- THOMASVILLE Reprinted from the Newsletter of St. Paul's, Savannah 24 ST. PATRICK’S 23 PRIESTS’ DAY #4 ening to deny Holy Communion to RC politicians who Religion and politics have become quite intertwined ALBANY B.H. do not conform to RC teachings in their public stances. 28 PRIESTS’ DAY #1 of late, and election year only intensifies the discussions. 28 ST. MICHAEL’S The evangelicals have their literal approach to the Bible B.H. WAYNESBORO Varying Christian moral values seem to clash, including and the Roman Catholics have the teaching magisterium 29-30 STANDING COM. & DECEMBER 2004 those of the two men seeking the presidency in Novem- of the Vatican. Episcopalians can be counted in both the COMMISSION ON MINISTRY 1 PRIESTS’ DAY #5 ber. evangelical camp and the liberal camp, straining our do- TRINITY, STATESBORO B.H. Persons characterized as the evangelical Christian 31 ST. THOMAS’ 2 PRIESTS’ DAY #6 mestic life to the point of impaired communion and pos- "right" seem to have quite different positions on patriotic SAVANNAH B.H. sibly even schism. issues than those of the so-called "mainline" liberal NOVEMBER 2004 4-5 DEACONS’ RETREAT But while our position may be rather tenuous, this writer churches, especially concerning the proposed constitu- 2 PRIESTS’ DAY #2 H.C. would rather be part of the less dogmatic and less self- tional amendment defining marriage, the stem cell re- B.H. 5 ST. JOHN’S assured ecclesial structure, unwieldy as it sometimes may 4 (PM) ST. FRANCIS’ search issue and abortion rights. SAVANNAH be. Certainly we should not tolerate our bishops refusing CAMILLA 7 PRIESTS’ DAY #7 While the liberal media fails to make much note of it, us the Sacrament if we did not conform to a particular 7 CHRIST CHURCH B.H. the Roman Catholic Church (RC) is committed to posi- moral equation. VALDOSTA 9 PRIESTS’ DAY #8 tions nearly identical to those of the evangelical Protes- Difficult and awkward, yes. But let us hang in there 10-11 GA CHRISTIAN B.H. tant "right." COUNCIL, ATLANTA together with prayer and study. The Holy Spirit will sort 10-11 HIV/AIDS However, evangelicals seem easier for the media to 12 PRIESTS’ DAY #3 RETREAT, H.C. it out. He (she) always has. B.H. 12 ALL SAINT’S 14 GOOD SHEPHERD THOMASVILLE Assisting Bishop Keyser's Calendar of Visitations and Meetings AUGUSTA 14-17 PROVINCE IV H.C. = Honey Creek NOV. 7 ST. MARK’S JAN. 8 SMALL CHURCH 15 (PM) ST. PAUL’S, JESUP (PM) AUGUSTA BISHOPS OCT. 10 ANNUNCIATION BRUNSWICK VESTRY WORKSHOP 16 (PM) ST. ELIZABETH’S CONVOCATION COUNCIL MTG. 19 ST. LUKE’S VIDALIA (PM) SOUTHEAST CONVOC. ST. MARGARET’S, MOULTRIE RICHMOND HILL 15 (PM) GOOD HAWKINSVILLE (PM) ST. THOMAS AQUINAS COUNCIL MTG. 9 CHRIST THE KING 19 SMALL CHURCH VESTRY SHEPHERD DAY SCHOOL, 26 GOOD SHEPHERD BAXLEY 9 (PM) ATONEMENT, AUGUSTA VALDOSTA WORKSHOP AUGUSTA BRUNSWICK 17 (PM) CURSILLO 10 (PM) TRINITY, HARLEM 16 CALVARY, AMERICUS ANNUNCIATION, VIDALIA 18 CAMPUS MINISTRY JANUARY 2005 CLOSING, H.C. 28 ST. MARY’S, AUGUSTA 18 (PM) HOLY SPIRIT, DAWSON 20 ALL SAINTS’ TASK FORCE MTG., ATHENS 2 GOOD SHEPHERD 31 CHRIST CHURCH, DEC. 5 ST. PETER’S FEB. 13 HOLY TRINITY TYBEE ISLAND 19 DIOCESAN COUNCIL THOMASVILLE ST. MARY'S SAVANNAH BLAKELY ALL SAINTS’, THOMASVILLE The Episcopal Church in Georgia, #9 September/October 2004 - Page 3 Clergy News Fr. Renegar Retires to Work at UN cese of Georgia to the Diocese of New York to ac- Other Updates cept a call to St. Luke's, Eastchester, N.Y., according SAVANNAH - According to a notice from Bishop • Bishop Henry Louttit is on sabbatical Oct. 4-23, to an announcement from the Diocesan House here. Henry Louttit at the Diocesan House here, the Rev. spending part of it in Spain. Douglas Renegar (rector, Christ Church, Frederica, St. Bishop Appoints Savannah Dean • The Rev. Richard Nelson, called as rector to St. Simon's Island) has retired and joined the staff of the SAVANNAH - Bishop Henry Louttit appointed the Thomas', Savannah, celebrated his new ministry Oct. 1. Anglican Communion Observer at the United Nations Rev. William Willoughby (rector, St. Paul the Apostle, His wife, Deacon Geri Nelson, is to be assigned as dea- in New York. Savannah) dean of Savannah Convocation, according con. The parish honored him and his wife, Elizabeth, for to an announcement from the Diocesan House here. • The Rev. Jim Dorn has been assigned as interim their many years at Christ Church. The Rev. Curtis That was after the bishop received a letter of res- vicar of Holy Angels', Pooler, upon resignation of the Mears has been called as priest-in-charge at Christ ignation Sept. 27 from the Rev. Marc Robertson (rec- Rev. Chris Mason, who remains as headmaster of St. Church. tor, Christ Church, here) who had served as dean three Andrew's Upper School in Savannah. Father Renegar, who has been active with the Com- years. • The Rev. Lee Bauer (assistant, Christ Church, pass Rose Society of the Anglican Communion, was Father Robertson told The Church in Georgia that Valdosta) and Thomas Shafer married Aug. 27. She has instrumental in bringing former Archbishop of Can- he resigned after much prayerful consideration, study changed her surname to Shafer. terbury George Carey to the Fall Diocesan Clergy of the Bible and his calendar. Many obligations in his • After the retirement of the Rev. Robert Reese, the Conference this year (more next issue). A photo of active parish and with his family do not provide the Rev. George Bowers began serving in October as in- Father Renegar was on page 5 of the Easter 2004 time he believes the responsibilities require for him to terim priest at St. Andrew's, Darien, and St. Cyprian's, issue of Anglican-Episcopal World magazine. That serve as he should. Darien. was part of the two-page article about the opening of "When I took on the deanship, I didn't have two • In addition to the Rev. Will Fisher, others ordained to St. Andrew's House, London, home of the Anglican teenage boys," he said. He also noted the resignation the priesthood in August were the Rev. Denise Ronn Communion Office where the Common Room was was not a political statement. (associate, Christ the King, Valdosta); the Rev. Will Carter named for Fr. Renegar "in honour of his long ministry In addition to resigning as dean, he declined contin- (rector, St. Philip's, Hinesville) and the Rev. Leslie Hiers in Georgia," the article said. ued requests of persons in the American Anglican Chadwick (assistant, Christ Church, Alexandria, Va.) In a letter to Fr. Renegar, Bishop Louttit expressed, Council to serve as president of its Georgia chapter, Deacon Mary-Katherine Blanchard was ordained a dea- "deep appreciation for your many years of dedica- Fr. Robertson said. con and assigned to St. Paul's, Augusta. tion, not only to your parish but also to your diocese and beyond. Your Christian compassion and zeal have touched many lives and we are thankful for you. And while we are saddened by your departure, the good Rites of the Church: Outward Visible Signs of Inward Spiritual Grace news is that you leave for your successor a parish Baptisms Confirmations bursting at the seams, with strong lay leadership and We receive you into the household of God. Empower them for your service. ripe for wonderful ministry...Thank you for all you Christ Church, Frederica, St. Simon's Island, 9/11: Frances Belle Grace Church, Sandersville, with Bishop Henry Louttit officiating, have given of yourselves in this part of the vineyard." Ewing. 8/29: Sandra D. Bowen, Clayton C. Sheppard, Hillary Sheppard, Beth McDaniel. Priest Transfers to NY St. Andrew's, Darien, 8/22: William Bradley Williams. SAVANNAH - The Rev. William A. Fisher, who Burials May light perpetual shine upon them. was ordained Aug. 25, has transferred from the Dio- St. Cyprian's, Darien, 8/22: Garrett Warren Davis. Christ Church, Augusta: Robert Neil Brown 8/28; William Garland Harris Sr. 9/6; Mary Peacock Cartledge 9/23. No Need to Replace Standard for Marriage That God has Given to Us EDITOR'S NOTE: We realistic standard seems to imply that the old scriptural People get worked up about the wife submitting to had no responses to direction on marriage is unrealistic today. I was baffled the husband, but in Ephesians the husband's charge is Question 2 (repeated in box below at right). that we would need to replace what God has given us in greater: that I am to love my wife as Christ loved the Therefore, we present Scripture with a "new realistic Christian standard." church and gave himself up for her. Christ gave the Question 3: With much In Genesis the Lord God said, It is not good for the ultimate sacrifice for me; it is a daunting challenge to talk about the decline of man to be alone. I will make a suitable helper for sacrifice all of myself for my wife. the institution of him. Theirs was a covenant relationship, the type re- But what a reward as I try, creating an intimacy marriage, how can we address the apparent peated throughout the Bible in the same terms, even the and love as I have not known before. I've read that a decline of this ancient same language. Christian marriage is a living laboratory, as we - bit by institution and set a new, In Isaiah 54:5, it speaks of the relationship between bit - replace natural loves with a sometimes taste of realistic Christian God and man, specifically the nation of Israel: For your the Agape love unto itself, undetermined by the object standard for marriage? Please recall that love and Maker is your husband - the Lord Almighty is his of the love. companionship, which name - the Holy One of Israel is your redeemer; he is Work like this will create a safe, intimate environ- may seem the primary called the God of all the earth. In the New Testament ment in which children can enter, develop and grow. desired reasons for Christ is often called the bridegroom. "Much talk" doesn't matter much, and gloomy sta- - Graphic By Ashton McRae marriage, were almost St. John's, Bainbridge The Bible begins with a covenant relationship and ends tistics speak for large groups of people, not for indi- peripheral in the past and that the historical basis for marriage in Old Testament in the Book of Revelation with the "wedding of the Lamb," viduals, or, in this case, pairs of Christians. and ancient societies included economic alliance or the marriage of Christ and Church. - Thom Williams Church of the Annunciation consolidation, property transfer, inheritance, an approach Vidalia to immortality through children, ownership of women and children, and support for the community. QUESTION: If your church is a foretaste of heaven, would you names, parish affiliation and city. All copy subject to editing. I had to read the question twice, to make sure it want to spend eternity there? If not, what could be done to Electronic responses preferred as body of email. Do NOT send make the foretaste experience clearer and more desirable attachment. On SUBJECT line writer must indicate the question. was asking what it seemed to be asking. The ques- within your parish? Send to firstname.lastname@example.org or send by U.S. Postal Service to 2210 tion itself is a problem. We are the Body of Christ, Respond by 5 p.m. Oct. 25. Writer must include his/her first and last Twin Lakes DR, Bainbridge, GA 39819. the New Testament Church. Asking for a new and The Episcopal Church in Georgia, #9 September/October 2004 - Page 4 St. Paul's Parish Pays Tribute to Deacon's Servant Ministry By Deacon Jim Purks This writer recalls Deacon Dudley's encouragement Albany Convocation Contributor during the discernment process and throughout the long ALBANY - Years ago, distance "run" leading to ordination. He recalls the ad- the little girl watched in an- vice of the spiritual director who said without hesitation: guish as HIV/AIDS Model your diaconate after the example of Deacon erupted into full-blown Dudley Lippitt. AIDS and began to ravage What a blessing it has been to work with Rainbow the body and spirit of her Rose 10 years in HIV/AIDS ministry, learning from her, beloved mother. She no- sharing with her, crying and laughing with her. ticed another thing in those St. Paul's paid formal tribute to Rainbow Rose at the pain-filled days: Deacon 9:30 a.m. service and at a reception for her and hus- Dudley Lippitt was always band, Sam, later. Father Heydt read a letter from Bishop there, being loving, support- Henry Louttit, praising her for fulfilling her baptismal ive, stepping forward to covenant and ordination vows. "You have done all these help the child's mother things and you have served this bishop and his prede- when others seemed to cessor well," the bishop wrote. shrink away and disappear. Deacon Dudley plans to retire when St. Paul's se- Accompanied by her lects a new rector and the search process ends. Antici- grandparents, the child's pating this, Bishop Louttit's letter said, "Your official as- Deacon Dudley Lippitt and Sam, her husband of 50 years, stand with family members at the signment to St. Paul's will come to a close; however, mother would go when she reception honoring her 15 years of service as a deacon. your calling as a deacon will continue." was strong enough to the - Photo By Dwayne Summar HIV/AIDS support group St. Paul's, Albany, Vestry Member & Former Senior Warden "When the time comes, St. Paul's will miss your ac- at St. Paul's Episcopal tive participation, as will this bishop. And when the time Church here. There, others similarly afflicted and im- Christ, has been a trademark of "Rainbow Rose," "Dea- comes, we will send you forth with our love and prayers, pacted would meet, talk in a safe place of confidentiality, con Dudley," or simply "Dudley." looking forward to your continued presence among us. without fear of judgment and condemnation. Her mother The Rev. Reed Heydt (interim rector, St. Paul's) quickly But today, we celebrate you and your 15 years of dedi- was embraced, accepted, loved and encouraged. Facili- learned of her value to Christ, the parish, the diocese and cated service to your bishop, parish and community," he tating that group was the same slim woman with silver to him soon after his call following the retirement of the said. hair and a smile that lit up every room she entered - Rev. Tom Downs. Father Heydt calls her "Saint Dudley." He encouraged Deacon Lippitt and her husband, who Deacon Dudley Lippitt. When the congregation of St. Paul's paid tribute to her celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this year, to "Rainbow Rose," the girl began to call Deacon Lippitt. Sept. 12, observing her 15th anniversary as vocational enjoy retirement. Her husband, an avid and skilled golfer, And the name stuck and endures. "Rainbow Rose" was deacon in the Diocese of Georgia and at St. Paul's, they retired after 43 years as a practicing attorney. The Lippitts there when her mother died of AIDS at age 23, and she did so in love and appreciation for her presence - to the have three grown daughters and three grown sons. Two was present on that bleak rainy day to deliver the eulogy glory of God - in so many ways in their lives and in the of their children, David and Lucy, attended the tribute. at her mom’s funeral. lives of those they will never meet. They paid tribute to Several members of other Episcopal churches attended Presence, in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus her presence: as well. - at table, where with a love and eloquence that draws The Lippitts met on a blind date. Deacon Lippitt said no attention to herself but to the Holy Eucharist, as dea- she could not have accomplished all the things for which Dcn. Dudley Lippitt: con she prepares the table for priests or bishops; - over the years at the Shepherd’s Table at St. Paul’s, she was honored without the support of Sam, who al- ways has a ready smile and a twinkle in his eye. And where the area's hungry come for food and spiritual nour- that twinkle showed when he told friends at the recep- Albany's Mother Teresa ishment; tion, “I’m glad she did it.” From Deacon Jim Purks - at Habitat for Humanity house building sites where "I think people like the fact that Dudley takes real life Albany Convocation Contributor people in need of decent, affordable housing are at last experiences and weaves it,” Sam said of something NOTE: The Rev. Tom Downs, who served 10 years as rector Deacon Lippitt loves to do: deliver a sermon. “She’s al- at St. Paul’s, Albany, before retiring with his wife, Bernice, given hope; to Florida, worked and served with Deacon Dudley Lippitt. - at Albany Outreach Center and at nursing homes ways managed to preach something kind of personal.” This is his first-person account of that blessing. and hospitals; Deacon Lippitt was the first female to be ordained at "One day I had the privilege of listening to Mother - at funerals and baptisms; St. Paul’s and the third female to be ordained in the Dio- Teresa of Calcutta address a large audience, telling - with individuals and families in times of great need cese of Georgia. She was the first openly to take up the about her ministry of helping the dying. A question when this servant of Christ brings hope, comfort, joy and cause of helping those infected and affected by HIV/ came from the audience: ‘Sister, please tell us how an enduring message of the Good News; AIDS. It didn’t discourage her that these children of we can help you in your ministry.’ She responded in - and her presence for other clergy. God were among the most marginalized and ignored – her usual simple and forthright manner: ‘That is easy; and feared – people in society. just love your next-door neighbor.’ "AIDS was a very controversial ministry to be in- "When I came to St. Paul’s in 1993, I met Mother We Need a Rector volved in. I did pastoral care for people that were re- Teresa in the flesh; her name was Dudley Lippitt. jected everywhere else,” she recalled in an interview Of course, she hates that description of her, but I To Make It Happen! with The Albany Herald. can find none other as apt. Her whole life and man- ALBANY - "Like no other time in recent his- That’s "Rainbow Rose." She never rejected anyone ner overflowed with love of others, especially any- tory, the excitement at St. Paul’s is palpable. The as she witnessed, and continues to witness, to the love one downtrodden or distraught. children’s programs are exploding, the music pro- of Jesus Christ. "I watched with amazement as this saint-of-God gram is growing exponentially, and new volun- invited into her midst HIV/AIDS survivors and their teers are appearing for various committees at an families, year after year, and helped wash their feet unprecedented rate. St. Paul’s is alive and well, Father Tom Downs 'Un-retires' with her tears and love. And invariably she remained and our most exciting days are ahead,” unsolic- The Rev. Tom Downs (former Rector, St. Paul's, at their bedsides as they left this world for their heav- ited statement from a parishioner. Albany), who retired to Florida, told Deacon Jim enly kingdom. Her love was contagious as many If you are the priest who can help us real- Purks (Albany Convocation contributor) that he had others have involved themselves in these ministries. ize “our most exciting days,” please write "failed retirement." One of the greatest blessings of my life has been to for our Parish Profile: St. Paul’s Rector He is to start as rector at St. Richard's in Winter be a friend and fellow minister of Dudley. Through Search, P.O. Box 71612, Albany, GA Park, Fla., Oct. 17. her, again and again, I have seen the face of God." 31708-1612. "I am excited about it," Father Downs said. The Episcopal Church in Georgia, #9 September/October 2004 - Page 5 Events & Activities TURN STRESSED TO DESSERTS - Stressed is Camp Honey Creek. In 2003 EYCS gave $79,662.50 opportunity to make, pray and chant one's own wood Desserts spelled backwards is presented by Deacon for 36 college scholarships and camp scholarships. No bead rosary. Karl Ullrich, and is adapted from his work with corpo- medical grant was requested. Nov. 20, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., The Longing of the Heart: rate managers under stress. Anyone interested may at- DIOCESAN HIV/AIDS RETREAT IN DEC. - An Invitation to the Real led by Anne Scott tend. Dessert will be served 6 p.m. Nov. 7 at Holy Na- The Diocesan Retreat for those affected by and living (DreamWeather Foundation) will lead a day of spiritual tivity, 615 Mallory St., St. Simon's Island (912-638-3733). with HIV/AIDS is to be at Honey Creek Dec. 10-11. dreamwork, meditation and discussion. Cost: $75 for Sat- CHURCH STRENGTH FOCUS OF CONFS. - The Rev. Albert Pruitt (rector, St. Francis of Assisi Epis- urday, $120 Saturday-Sunday; make checks payable to Organizers of Going Forward Together that will take copal Church, Gulf Breeze, Fla.) is to be retreat leader. DreamWeather. place in Dallas, Texas, and in Atlanta, Ga., plan numer- Before his ordination, Father Pruitt had a career in aca- Dec. 3-5 How to Stay Healthy and Holy - Explor- ous examples of vibrant ministry in Episcopal parishes, demic medicine at Emory University, the Medical Col- ing the Relationship between Mental Health and Spiri- said an announcement from Going Forward Together lege of Georgia and the University of South Alabama. tuality led by Dr. Timothy Ts’o will use group discussion, (4645 Walnut Grove Rd., Memphis, TN 38117; 901-767- Retreat cost is $59.80 double and $76.30 single occu- lecture, question and answer sessions and “fireside chat” 6987; www.goingforwardtogether.org). The Dallas event pancy. Registration begins at 4 p.m. with supper at 6 to cover the movement from mental sickness to health to is Oct. 24-26 hosted by St. Michael & All Angels Church. p.m. Those interested may register with the conference holiness. The Atlanta event is Nov. 7-9 at the Cathedral of St. center by emailing email@example.com or calling 912- Dec. 10-12 Advent Retreat - Desire and Prayer: Philip. 265-9218. Waiting for Christ’s Coming - led by Sister Carol An- Several clergy from Savannah Convocation in the Dio- MATTHEW FOR MODERN DISCIPLES - Led drew, OSH. cese of Georgia will attend, said Jacqui Belcher (dioc- by Dr. Charles Twombly, this series sponsored by the Jan. 21-22 Prayer and Healing - led by the Rev. esan communications officer). The Rev. Jim Shumard diocese is at Trinity Episcopal Church, Cochran, and in- Dr. Joe Bowden and the Rev. Dr. Andy Menger. (St. Francis of the Islands, Savannah) arranged for dioc- cludes: Nov. 13, The Sermon on the Mount; Dec. 11, Feb. 11-13 Lenten Silent Retreat: Centering Prayer esan clergy to register as a group to save $50 on regis- Teaching & Healing; Jan. 8, Controversy; Feb. 12, Jesus and Inner Awakening - led by Sister Linda Elston, OSH. tration. Details: http://www.goingforwardtogether.org, or & his Disciples; March 12, Challenge to Jerusalem; April Feb 26 The Magic Never Ends: A Day with C.S. email Fr. Shumard (firstname.lastname@example.org). 9, Prophecies & Warnings; May 14, The Final Conflict. Lewis - led by the Rev. Cynthia Taylor. Keynoters are Michael Battle, Mark Dyer, Phyllis Dr. Twombly (Wesleyan College, Macon) teaches For details contact the convent: 706-798-5201; fax 706- Tickle and John Westerhoff, who will speak on a variety Christian and moral theology to ordination candidates in 796-0079; email email@example.com. of issues. Cochran and mentors others pursuing Holy Orders in FAITH-BASED RESPONSES TO VIOLENCE EYCS ANNUAL THANKSGIVING APPEAL - the diocese. - A professional seminar for clergy and lay leaders, the Episcopal Youth and Children’s Services (EYCS) of the The course is free. Preregistration is required. Con- session will be 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 12 at Knoxville (Tenn.) Diocese of Georgia will have its Annual Appeal Nov. 28, tact Registrar Joy Fisher, 350 Second Ave., Macon, GA Convention Center (www.kccsmg.com re parking areas). asking those in each congregation to make an offering to 31201, 478- 741-1900 weekdays, 478-934-6986 week- Keynoter is Marie M. Fortune, FaithTrust Institute’s support its work. Money collected will benefit youth of days 8 p.m.-11 p.m., firstname.lastname@example.org. Session Time: founder and senior analyst. this diocese who need assistance with college tuition, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. For lunch, participants may brown bag it In addition to the keynote "Collaboration Between Secu- medical emergencies and summer camp scholarships to or order on the day for $5. lar and Religious Leaders," conference topics include: CURSILLO WEEKENDS SCHEDULED - Geor- Justice Making; Justice in Family Violence; Family Vio- gia Episcopal Camp and Conference Center at Honey lence 101: Basics of Abuse, Safety Planning & Shelters; Elective Offices to be Filled Creek has these Cursillo weekends scheduled: #105 Feb. Dating Violence: Teens & Twisted Love; Biblical Re- 17-20, 2005; #106 May 19-22, 2005; #107 Oct. 20-23, sources: Scriptures and Theology to help congregations At '05 Diocesan Convention 2005. For information, interested persons may contact deal with victims; Elder Abuse; Identify & Report; Child DEPUTIES TO GENERAL CONVEN- Sharon Stewart: email@example.com or visit the Abuse - Recognize & Intervene; Batterer Intervention: TION: Four canonically resident clerics (priest or Cursillos website: www.geocities.com/gacursillo. Stopping Abusers, among other topics. deacon) and four lay persons as deputies to General VARIETY OF TOPICS AT CONVENT - Oct. Cost: $25 includes resource notebook, seminar mate- Convention to be June 10-21, 2006, in Columbus, 22-24 Soul Sharing - Spiritual and Contemplative rials and lunch. Make check payable to: Community Coa- Ohio. Four clerics and four lay persons as alternate Photography led by Robin Smith (Columbia, S.C.) will lition on Family Violence. Deadline Nov. 1. For details, deputies. approach photography from a spiritual perspective as well call: Dr. David Kitts, Knoxville Police Department (865- STANDING COMMITTEE: One priest to re- as technical. 215-7244). place the Rev. Billy Alford. One lay person to re- Nov. 5-7 Making and Praying the Anglican Ro- DIOCESAN ACOLYTE FESTIVAL - The Annual place Joy Fisher. Election to Standing Committee is sary during Associates Weekend (for associates and Diocesan Acolyte Festival is to be Nov. 13-14 at St. a four-year term. Those elected in 2005 will serve those who may wish to become associates) led by Sister Andrew's, Douglas. For details call Colin Toogood (912- through convention 2009. Father Alford and Ms. Linda Elston, OSH (Order of St. Helena) will provide an 384-7736) or the church office (912-384-1712) or see Fisher are not eligible for re-election. www.standrewsdouglas.org. Cost: $20. THE BOARD OF OFFICERS OF THE YOUTH & YOUTH LEADER EVENTS - (H.C. CORPORATION: One lay person for a seven- COME AND SEE = Honey Creek) - Oct. 22-24 - New Beginnings (grades year term to replace George Peagler, who is eligible 7-9), H.C. • Nov. 13-14 - Diocesan Acolyte Festival, for re-election. The person elected will serve through - GO AND TELL St. Andrew’s, Douglas • Nov. 18-20 - Province IV convention 2011. Network Meeting • Dec. 17-19 - Winter Blast (grades TRUSTEE OF THE UNIVERSITY OF The Diocese of Georgia is a joyful community under 9 & up), H.C. • Dec. 20 - Youth Commission, H.C. • THE SOUTH: One priest to serve a three-year the leadership of Jesus Christ, making disciples to Jan. 28-30, 2005 - Happening #72 (grades 10-12), H.C.• term to replace the Rev. James Bullion, who is eli- fulfilltheGreatCommission. Feb. 3-5 - Diocese Convention, Augusta • Feb. 4-5 - gible for re-election. The person elected will serve As a missionary diocese we are one Church, each Convention Lock-In (grades 9-12) • Feb. 26 - Happen- through convention 2008. congregation being a mission center committed to ing Steering Committee • March 4 - Spring Fling, H.C. • DIOCESAN COUNCIL: One member-at- bringing into the Body of Christ all sorts and March 4-5 - College Retreat, H.C. • March 11-13 - large, either lay or clergy (priest or deacon), for a conditions of people. Toil & Sweat Weekend (grades 9-12), H.C. • April 14- three-year term to replace the Rev. Joe Bowden, 17 - Happening #73 (grades 10-12), H.C. • April 22-24 Expecting that God will transform our lives, we invite who is not eligible for re-election. The person elected - New Beginnings #27 (grades 7-9), H.C. the stranger to worship, welcome the guest, train the AAC TO MEET IN SAV'AH - "Reclaiming the will serve through convention 2008. ECCLESIASTICAL COURT: One cleric and disciple and send out the apostle. Faith, Rebuilding the House of God" conference is to be two lay persons are to be elected for three-year terms In response to the Great Commission and with Oct. 23-24 in Savannah, hosted by St. John's and Christ to replace Thomas Bateski, John Linney and the God's grace and guidance we commit ourselves to Church. For details see www.stjohnssav.org or Rev. Kurt Miller, who are all eligible for re-election. increase average diocesan attendance at Sunday www.christchurchsavannah.org or phone St. John's (912- Those elected will serve through convention 2008. worship services to 15,000 by the year 2005. 232-1251) or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The Episcopal Church in Georgia, #9 September/October 2004 - Page 6 Stormy Times in the Diocese Albany Convocation Congregations Offer Hospitality to Evacuees By Deacon Jim Purks The Methodist Church in Cordele was designated on Sunday from the Melbourne area of Florida." Albany Convocation Contributor as a Red Cross Shelter during Hurricane Frances. While the Rev. Freeman Cross reported mini- The recent hurricanes and tropical storms af- They were able to staff it themselves and did not need mal difficulties with "four holes" punched in the fected congregations in the Albany Convocation volunteers, Mrs. Stewart said. roof at St. Francis', Camilla, the Very Rev. Jacoba in different ways and with minimal damage. That weekend several evacuees also came to Wor- Hurst (rector, St. Anne's, Tifton, and dean of Al- The Rev. Reginald Gunn (rector, Calvary ship on the Water (WOW), which Christ Church con- bany Convocation) said tiles from the roof of the Church, Americus) said several families, who were ducts at a state park. Those persons were staying in 1898 St. Anne's building were ripped off by the escaping Ivan and Frances, attended Calvary both the vicinity and had heard about the service at the wind over a period of two of the tropical storms, Sundays, although the church did not provide shel- lake. The collection at WOW that day of about $150 however, it sustained little interior water damage, ter. Calvary was without power four days because was given to the Bishop's Hurricane Relief Fund, Mrs. but there was damage to the modern buildings. of Frances. Stewart said. Father Hurst said wind went through a tower In other words, he said, there was nothing re- Her husband, the Rev. Bill Stewart (who serves at and knocked out light fixtures. The acolyte room, markable to report. They were just thankful all hur- St. Stephen's, Leesburg), reported nothing significant the altar guild room and the narthex sustained dam- ricanes had passed them without damage. He said happened at St. Stephen's as a result of any of the age. In one part of the church parquet flooring has they were very prayerful for those whose lives tropical storms, Charley, Frances or Ivan, said Mrs. to be removed where rain was blown in under the were severely impacted by the storms, especially Stewart. door. those who suffered injury or death, and for chil- The back-to-back hurricanes prompted Christ Although the damage was estimated at $3,000, dren whose lives were turned upside down by the Church members to meet and compile a resource Fr. Hurst expected actual repairs to cost more, loss of home and comfort. booklet for emergency purposes. Items such as possibly twice that amount. However, he was quick "We continue to pray for them," Father Gunn Coleman stoves, lanterns, bedding, towels, sleeping to say how lightly his area got off in the storm, said. bags and generators were listed and members asked especially since the eye of Tropical Storm Ivan "Christ Church had evacuees two weeks in a to write their names and phone numbers beside items went right over Tifton. row from Frances and then Ivan," said Sharon they had on hand or would be willing to contribute in On the personal level, lightning destroyed his Stewart (Christ Church, Cordele). She reported the event of another hurricane, flooding or other di- computer at home, coming through a neighbor's there were no storm-related deaths ("Praise God") saster. The church now has the list filed and knows cable system during Hurricane Frances. And the nor major damage reported in Crisp County. There whom to call and what can be offered should a need church had no electricity for several hours Sept. were a few trees on homes and one or two roofs arise. 27 from Ivan. They had closed the church office hit but nothing major. St. John and St. Mark's, Albany, which merged af- that day primarily for the safety of employees who The evacuees who attended Christ Church had ter flooding of the Flint River destroyed St. John's lo- would have to drive on potentially dangerous roads. shelter options and were greeted warmly and in- cation, had "nothing remarkable to report," nor signifi- He said there were three "refugee" families at vited to coffee hour and the midweek service. They cant damage, according to the Rev. Joe Clift (rector). the Sept. 26 morning service. One of the families were acknowledged during the service, were "We did not experience any storm damage (other had returned, having been there from the Frances prayed for and had the opportunity to share stories than the usual leaks)," said the Rev. Jim Bullion (St. "flight." They liked St. Anne's so much they might with sympathetic and concerned listeners during Patrick's, Albany). "We had several people in church move to the area, he said. coffee hour. Sav'ah Churches Develop Variety of Hurricane Response Plans By Bob Neumann, Savannah Convocation Contributor extensive preparations and did, in fact, execute a por- and informed members that if evacuation were man- Editor Marcía McRae contributed to this article tion of its plan. datory, Sunday services would not be held. If no SAVANNAH - Are our houses of worship pre- To protect the organ from flying glass and debris, evacuation order were given, members should gain pared for hurricane force winds? Is there a plan to interior window shutters on the balcony were wired information regarding services from the church's protect church property? How about notifying mem- shut to protect it. The organ has had damage to a website or from its answering machine. bers? computerized part of its system, usually from electri- All Saints' mission on Tybee Island also calls all Forecasters predicted recent hurricanes would cal storms. After the severe electrical storms of the its members in the event of an emergency. Being a pose a significant threat to the Savannah area. In summer, a specially adapted surge protector type de- barrier island, Tybee would experience some of the quick succession, Hurricanes Bonnie and Charley vice was installed, according the Rev. Marc Robertson worst of the storm surge. So the concern there is threatened a large portion of the Southeastern (rector). The sanctuary's stained glass windows were to ensure that all members have transportation in United States, followed in short order by Hurri- expected to be sufficiently protected by their existing the event of mandatory evacuation. canes Frances and Ivan and tropical storm Jeanne. bullet-proof glass covers. St. Thomas' parish wanted to protect important Fortunately for the Savannah area, only the outer For the hurricanes, Christ Church also left open a data. All computer information was backed-up on bands of hurricanes touched here, bringing rain and wrought iron gate at the courtyard of the parish house a disk and stored in a fireproof safe. Also, the par- wind - but without hurricane velocity. to allow any in harms way, such as Savannah's home- ish administrator made a second back-up disk that Following the recent threats, The Church in less, to find shelter in a doorway alcove. Also, Father remained in her possession in the event of evacua- Georgia surveyed some Savannah area Episcopal Robertson made preparations to stay in the parish tion. churches to determine if plans were laid in the event house if necessary during the hurricane to deal with At St. Peter's, Skidaway Island, no portion of the big blow hit. Planning ran the gamut from any situation that might arise there while his family the contingency plan was implemented, although "watching the weather" and making as-needed con- evacuated from the city. the chair of the Altar Guild made sure that the sil- tingency plans to more extensive plans for protect- In similar manner, St. John's went about protecting ver items would be placed in the fireproof safe ing church property and for communicating with church property by closing the shutters in the steeple should the hurricane approach. members. and bringing under shelter all outside furniture. While there is no consistency in the plans of the Christ Church, the oldest Episcopal Church in St. George's Church took a different approach in responding churches, taken together they provide Savannah which stands on the highest ground thanks preparing. Their concern centered on notifying parish- a framework that other churches might use in de- to the long ago decision of Georgia founder Gen- ioners and visitors should services need to be can- veloping a responsible emergency plan. eral James Edward Oglethorpe, had made the most celled. A calling committee divided the member list The Episcopal Church in Georgia, #9 September/October 2004 - Page 7 Contemplative Prayer Retreat Refreshes, Informs Participants By Deacon Jim Purks, Albany Convocation Contributor HONEY CREEK - Hurricane or no hurricane, tropi- Come Ye Apart Awhile . . . cal storm or no tropical storm, whatever Mother Nature comes up with, if the kickoff Contemplative Prayer Retreat Next Session to be Nov. 19-21 By Bettina Schuller, St. Paul's, Jesup at the Camp and Conference Center here is any indication, HONEY CREEK - The second contemplative retreat the Diocese of Georgia has a top-notch series of confer- in the series "Come Ye Apart Awhile..." will focus on center- ences lined up for all – and to the glory of God. ing prayer, teaching participants to enter into contemplation Huge fallen trees lying about as a result of hurricanes, and the silence of God. It is to be at the diocesan Camp and sporadic heavy rainfall and ominous predictions of more to Conference Center here Nov. 19-21. come did not diminish the enthusiasm nor the restorative Centering prayer was practiced in the first 16 centuries of silence participants in the Sept. 10-12 retreat experienced. the church, then was lost until the 1970s when Trappist monks All came away refreshed, better informed how to enrich researched it and developed the method based on the writ- individual spiritual journeys and awed by the workings of the ings of the Cloud of the Unknowing from the 14th century. Holy Spirit. Centering prayer helps persons move past normal thoughts, "There was such an incredible presence of the Holy Spirit, feelings and physical self into a deeper spiritual level that can such an incredible presence of God," said Bettina Schuller transcend negativity, help heal "old wounds" and physical (St. Paul's, Jesup), retreat facilitator and a leader with deep discomforts. Those who practice it with faith and love may experience in guiding people through contemplative prayer, become more aware of thoughts and be able to change old Some participants in the Sept. 10-12 Contemplative Prayer centering prayer, lectio divina and the power of silence. patterns detrimental to health, joy and relationship with God. Retreat at Honey Creek seem thankful the huge oak they Her partner in the retreat, Harry Jenkins (associate di- gathered by - blown down by Hurricane Frances - missed the These are only side effects of centering prayer. rector, Honey Creek Conference Center), led two body chapel in the background. L-R front are Carla Hennington Retreat participants will be guided into this method of prayer prayer sessions. The Rev. Liam Collins (rector, St. Mark’s, (Baxley), Pat Ford (Brunswick), retreat leader Bettina in four sessions of silence and instructive meditation and will Brunswick) served Saturday, offering spiritual direction with Schuller (Jesup). L-R back are Nancy Larson (Jesup), Steve practice spiritual writing, visualization and take meditative walks half-hour or hour-long appointments. Darby (Statesboro), Harry Jenkins (conference center to enter into silence with God. There will also be periods of That’s a lot to plan into a retreat that begins on Friday associate director) and Deacon Wanda Lucas (Savannah). sharing experiences and insights. night and ends Sunday morning and features, intentionally, - Photo By Deacon Jim Purks Albany Convocation Contributor Space is limited to 24 persons. The Rev. Chris Schuller long breaks where participants are to observe silence and (rector, St. Paul's, Jesup) will be available for Eucharist and alone time. Mrs. Schuller said the key was to plan as much individual prayer and healing prayer Nov. 20. as possible and then "“get out of the way" to let the Holy "What surprised me was the intensity of the openness Father Schuller received a bachelor's degree from the Spirit move freely. with which people shared. With the group, it was amazing. University of Michigan and studied theology at the School of For example, having participants pair off with prayer part- The amount of healing that took place was amazing. I can’t Theology at the University of the South and Harvard Divin- ners was one of the first things to be done. Mrs. Schuller plan that," she said. ity School before receiving his master's of divinity at Episco- gave eight people a slip of paper with a number and the The retreat facilitator said that before the retreat began pal Divinity School. He has a particular vocation to ministries remaining eight participants counted off. The person who she prayed to God for the retreat and the participants. "I said of health and healing. drew No. l was the prayer partner with the person who 'God help me' and the message came back 'Get out of the Although recently ordained to the priesthood, he has prac- called out that number. In each case, these pairings were way.' I just kind of offered the structure for the retreat and ticed many years a form of intensive healing prayer which ideal and clearly reflected the love and presence of the Holy then let it go. One participant said to me, 'Thank you for incorporates elements of Qigong therapy, therapeutic touch, Spirit, said Mrs. Schuller. getting out of the way,'" she said. and the Judeo-Christian practice of anointing and laying on Two participants with journalism and writing backgrounds Mrs. Schuller, mother of two daughters and wife of the of hands. found themselves paired together. Two who had experi- Rev. Chris Schuller (rector, St. Paul’s, Jesup) told partici- Cost: single room $197; double room $164 per person; enced bouts of clinical depression were paired. Two in the pants at their closing session Sunday that for several years commuter $100. This includes registration, program fee and early stages of discerning if they are called to the ordained she has felt a calling to lead retreats of this nature but some- six meals. There will also be an additional $5 charge to cover ministry - you guessed it - were prayer partners. Two others how had been "pushing it away." No longer, she told them: cost of materials for the retreat. The conference begins Nov. experiencing the same kinds of family problems were paired. "It came to me again and again and I said, 'Okay, I’ll do it.' I 19 at 6 p.m. and concludes with lunch Nov. 21. The Holy Spirit was clearly moving about the room. know this is my calling." Call Honey Creek Conference Center (912-265-9218) to "From the first night it was incredible how the Holy Spirit This was the first of a series of retreats planned at Honey reserve a space. Deadline: Nov. 5. A $10 late fee will be was part of this retreat, how the prayer partners were Creek. The next will be a Centering Prayer Retreat, Nov. charged to anyone registering after Nov. 5. matched," Mrs. Schuller said. These pairings built trust right 19-21. Mrs. Schuller recommends that those interested get Dates for future contemplative retreats are Jan. 7-9 The away and the ensuing prayers and sharing greatly enriched reservations in promptly. This first retreat experience con- Healing Quality of Forgiveness; March 8-10 Death and the retreat, the worship, meals, silent times and times to- firmed that the maximum number of participants should be Dying; May 13-15 Different Forms of Prayer. gether. about 20, she said. Hurricane Jeanne Brings Disaster to Companion Diocese of Dom. Repub. EDITOR'S NOTE: This is from an email message from Deacon took 300 lives and washed away entire neighborhoods in the purchase materials in the DR rather than receiving ship- Bob and Ellen Snow, who serve our companion diocese of the Dominican Republic (DR). In our nine years here as mis- ping containers. The need is immediate. In most cases it Dominican Republic. Their mailing address is DMG 13388, sionaries, I had only written this sort of letter on two other takes a minimum of two weeks to gather and ship items, 7990 15th St. East, Sarasota, FL 34234 • http:// occasions. Unfortunately, this is the second letter of this type and it may take another week and a significant amount of www.dominicanepiscopalchurch.org/snowmision. Many have sent us email concerning Hurricane Jeanne in 2004. staff time to process them through customs. and heavy rains that arrived with her. This year disaster Jeanne caused serious flooding in many areas where we Many provided assistance earlier in the year, and we has followed disaster. Since September of last year we have churches and Episcopal institutions. Damage to our have a small pool of money to begin helping. Some asked have had two earthquakes, several heavy rains and now buildings is slight. However, many people in the communities where to send donations. If you discern that the Lord is Hurricane Jeanne. we serve have been severely impacted and the hardest hit calling you to provide assistance, you may send checks to: Many friends in the United States have also been se- areas are those of the poor. A bridge linking La Romana and The Dominican Development Group c/o Day Spring, P.O. verely impacted by storms. Our prayers continue for these with San Pedro was washed out. The government saved Box 661, Ellenton, FL 34222. Dr. Bob Stevens, executive fellow Christians who have endured the fear and suffer- many lives by evacuating people in many areas. director, will place them in our United States bank ac- ing which come with such events. We are surveying needs. However, we will provide food, count. Checks should be made to The Dominican Devel- In early summer I wrote about serious flooding that clothes, bedding materials, construction materials and other opment Group, noting for "flood relief." Donations are tax- items to those in need. We would prefer to receive dollars to deductible. Bishop of Georgia The Episcopal The Rt. Rev. Henry I. Louttit Bishops of Georgia (retired) The Rt. Rev. Harry W. Shipps The Rt. Rev. Paul Reeves #9 September/October 2004 - Page 8 Editor, Marcía O. McRae Proofreader, Kate Bell Sports Editor, Dave Callaway This Issue . . . 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Postmaster: send changes of address to: P.O. Box 948, Waynesboro GA 30830. When You're Not Struck by Lightning . . . Waynesboro, Ga. Permit No. 14 Organization U.S. Postage Non-Profit I lift up my eyes to the hills; from where is my help to PAID come? My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth. - Psalm 121: 1-2 By Marcía McRae, Editor As I lifted my eyes to the trees, the bullet-like ricocheting pow- pow-pow of thunder deafening me, I saw in midair three bursting balls of lightning - pink, blue, white - in rapid succession matching the Father's loving hands offered the only protection - on either side of thunder's beat. Those circles of bright light differed from normal life. No matter how matters turned out, all would be well. jagged lightning strikes, perhaps because of their nearness, perhaps And it was. And it would have been had things turned out differ- because of their fierceness. ently, for God is in charge. This must be what it sounds like in Baghdad, ran through my That late May night, safely inside with ice packs and aspirin, I mind. longed to call my husband and son in England, but the time differ- Amid the unrelenting normal lighting and thunder that followed, I ence prohibited it. Alone in the companionship of the Holy Spirit, I realized several things simultaneously as one does in that slow-mo- pondered God's care. tion sensation of an impending car wreck: The image of God's protecting hands has come into focus often • I must abandon my effort to reach the electrical outlet to unplug as I've pondered and prayed about many issues from the war on the bug light (a sensible idea when the thunder started turned into a terror to the war in the church to protection in hurricanes that fol- THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH IN GEORGIA bad idea when it advanced so rapidly). lowed. RETURN SERVICE REQUESTED • I am sitting on the porch's wet cement floor - how did I get here? So there's no rational reason for the irrational fear I have felt • Lightning did not strike me - there's no tingling sensation. WAYNESBORO, GA 30830 about every storm since then. • I am utterly helpless. This I know: God is in charge. The Bible says: God said...and it I knew I must get up and indoors fast. But how? With both legs was so. God sends out his word and it is accomplished. Maybe it just 601 E. 6TH STREET askew in a backward yogalike asana I cannot contort into, it was takes a while to see results. Christ triumphed over evil. That's the hard to figure how to untangle. What felt utterly awkward physically, truth and the truth sets us free. felt utterly peaceful spiritually, a peace more deeply calming than I should trust and be at peace. But sometimes my faith seems as any meditation exercise. contorted as my body was. Perhaps unwavering faith may be a Acknowledging I had absolutely no control of my physical safety work in progress. Perhaps I have to sit awkwardly for a while, alone as the next lightning attack came, I knew had absolutely nothing to with God, for truth to have time to work - to untangle that contorted fear: I was utterly alone in God's in providential care. My heavenly internal condition.
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