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Family Reunion Time Again

Today, I travel west to Valdosta where the 185th Diocesan Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia will begin this weekend. I'll be joined by my wife (who is on the diocesan council) and daughter (who is on the diocesan youth commission) as well as King of Peace's delegate, Martha Dickman, and alternate, Celeste McCullough. Tonight we will attend worship with an opening address by our Bishop, Henry Louttit. Tomorrow we will do the work of the diocese including passing a budget for the year, voting on proposed resolutions, and we'll touch base with the ongoing work of the Together We Grow initiative.

I have taken part in the ongoing work of this initiative in the past year. I know that many folks around the Diocese are prayerfully considering the specific ways in which we as a diocese can use our strengths to help one another to grow our churches not just numerically, but in deeper faithfulness to our Lord. The most tangible local result of this initiative is our daughter congregation, The Episcopal Church of Our Savior at Honey Creek. But across South Georgia other work has been taking place on issues like communication, Christian formation, and clergy wellness and we will hear of progress in these areas as well.

What I enjoy most about these gatherings though is that the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia operates more like a large family and this annual meeting is much like a family reunion. And while there might be some odd relatives in the mix (probably us, truth be known) it is a great family.

The Rev. Frank Logue, Pastor

O Lord Our God, we give you thanks for the many gifts you have bestowed upon the Diocese of Georgia, for the faith and dedication of its clergy and laity, and for the gift of the talents abounding in its parishes and missions. Give us, we pray, the wit and the will to identify and use those talents to shape our diocese to be what you would have it be and to serve you ever better as together, we grow. We ask this in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.


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