Service celebrating new saint seals bond between her congregation and church that took her name

By David Paulsen

Posted Oct 8, 2019

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Zora Nobles, left, and her cousin, Dwala Nobles, present relics of St. Anna Alexander at a service Oct. 6 at Saint Anna’s Episcopal Church in Antioch, California. Photo: Kazuhiro “Kaz” Tsuruta

[Episcopal News Service] A California congregation named for one of The Episcopal Church’s newest saints, St. Anna Alexander, celebrated its namesake at a Sunday worship service that included a visit from two members of the church that Alexander helped establish in Pennick, Georgia.

Dwala Nobles, 59, and Zora Nobles, 65, cousins and longtime members of Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Pennick, brought with them century-old relics from Alexander’s work at Good Shepherd Church and its school, including Alexander’s Book of Common Prayer. On Oct. 6, Saint Anna’s Episcopal Church in Antioch, California, welcomed them as the congregation celebrated Alexander’s legacy as the only black Episcopal deaconess.

“It was almost like coming home,” Dwala Nobles told Episcopal News Service in a phone interview the day after the service. “We felt like we were home among family and friends.”

Saint Anna’s, the first Episcopal church to be named after an African American woman, was formed in March through the merger of two former congregations, St. George’s in Antioch and St. Alban’s in Brentwood in the Diocese of California. Alexander had only a year earlier been confirmed as a saint in The Episcopal Church, when General Convention in July 2018 voted to add her and her feast day, Sept. 24, to the church’s calendar of saints.

Deaconess Anna Ellison Butler Alexander was born in 1865 to recently freed slaves and died in 1947. She ministered in rural Georgia, focusing on the education of poor black children. Photo: Diocese of Georgia

Alexander was born in 1865 and died in 1947, and she spent much of her adult life ministering to poor black residents of Glynn and McIntosh counties in rural Georgia, particularly through education. She became a deaconess in 1907 in an era before the church allowed women as priests or deacons. Among those she taught at Good Shepherd were Dwala Nobles’ father and Zora Nobles’ father.

Among the items they brought with them to California were Alexander’s hymnal from 1878 and a Sunday school ledger from the early 20th century. Some of the materials include Alexander’s handwritten notes on teaching methods.

“St. Anna was indeed the persistent force encouraging and urging her students to aim high,” the Rev. Jennifer Nelson, a deacon in the Diocese of California, said in her sermon for the Oct. 6 service. Nelson is originally from Guyana and said Alexander reminded her of the caring teachers who encouraged her in her education.

“She had God’s blessing as she continued to forge onward, blazing a path that gives us a window that now shows us the courage and tenacity she would need to overcome the bigotry and discrimination in her time.”

During the service, Alexander’s Book of Common Prayer and other relics were placed on the altar. The cousins from Alexander’s Georgia church presented the congregation at Saint Anna’s with a framed picture of Alexander that was propped against the altar. Saint Anna’s reciprocated by giving Dwala Nobles and Zora Nobles a silver chalice that had been used by one of the two congregations that merged to form the new church.

St. Anna Alexander’s relics, including her Book of Common Prayer and hymnal, are received by the Rev. Alberta Buller and placed on the altar during a service Oct. 6 at Saint Anna’s Episcopal Church. Photo: Kazuhiro “Kaz” Tsuruta

A video of the service was shared on the church’s Facebook page.

Alexander was “imbuing us with her spirit,” the Rev. Jill Honodel, the congregation’s long-term supply priest, told ENS. She described it as an emotional and joyous day, centered around highlighting the life and works of an Episcopal saint who is only beginning to receive the full recognition she deserves.

“It felt like together, from coast to coast, we are taking what has been hidden and invisible all these years and we have the privilege and the honor of revealing it,” Honodel said.

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, who visited Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in January 2018, also addressed those gathered at Saint Anna’s, through a brief video he recorded for the service. He alluded to a resource center established by Saint Anna’s.

“I rejoice in the fact that you, Saint Anna’s Episcopal Church, have focused on the needs of children and families in your community with a resource center for children and families,” Curry said. “That indeed is God’s work. That indeed is the work of Anna Alexander, deaconess of The Episcopal Church.”

Honodel and other local leaders spent the following day showing their two visitors from Georgia around the San Francisco Bay Area, including a sightseeing stop at the Golden Gate Bridge. They were scheduled to return home with Alexander’s relics on Oct. 8.

“It was just really critical that we come for this. We know this is just the beginning of the relationship,” Dwala Nobles said.

– David Paulsen is an editor and reporter for Episcopal News Service. He can be reached at dpaulsen@episcopalchurch.org.

Source: https://www.episcopalnewsservice.org/2019/10/08/service-celebrating-new-saint-seals-bond-between-her-congregation-and-church-that-took-her-name/

MERGED EPISCOPAL CONGREGATIONS IN CALIFORNIA ARE FIRST TO TAKE NAME OF CHURCH'S ONLY AFRICAN AMERICAN DEACONESS

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Episcopal church in San Francisco Bay Area named after St. Anna Alexander vows to emulate her ministry in rural Georgia

By Mary Frances Schjonberg

Posted Apr 1, 2019

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Deaconess Anna E.B. Alexander is shown with a group of her students in front of the Good Shepherd School, which she founded in Pennick, Georgia. Photo: Diocese of Georgia

[Episcopal News Service] The Episcopal Church now has its first congregation named after an African American woman.

St. George’s, Antioch, and St. Alban’s, Brentwood, both in the Diocese of California, officially merged March 24. The combined congregations are now known as St. Anna’s Episcopal Church, named for St. Anna Alexander.

The seasonal game known as Lent Madness gets some of the credit for the California Episcopalians’ choice of Deaconess Anna Ellison Butler Alexanderas their patron. Forward Movement’s version of March Madness features saints “competing” in brackets for the Golden Halo. St. Anna “won” the 2018 halo, six months before General Convention reaffirmed her sainthood last July.

“We were so inspired by Anna’s story of the pouring out of her life for the sake of those formerly enslaved; despite having little resources she managed over time to build a school as well as a church to help people succeed through literacy,” the Rev. Jill Honodel, the congregation’s long-term supply priest, said in a Diocese of California press release.

Educational segregation exists in the congregation’s neighborhood, according to Honodel. For example, she said, the majority of African American males struggle to pass their math classes through high school. “We are inspired by St. Anna to do our part so that as many people as possible have a chance to succeed and the opportunity for a good future,” Honodel said.

Deaconess Anna Ellison Butler Alexander was born in 1865 to recently freed slaves and died in 1947. She ministered in rural Georgia, focusing on the education of poor black children. Photo: Diocese of Georgia

Alexander’s faith and her championing of literacy and education exemplify “what I feel is true Christianity,” said Michelle Price, the new senior warden of St. Anna’s.

“I took away from Lent Madness her being a saint as something I could emulate in my own life,” Price said in the release. “Some of the saints do things that are so huge and so dynamic and here’s this humble, small woman in Pennick, that just quietly changed people’s lives one student at a time.”

Alexander brought new life to children who otherwise would have been left behind, Price said. “Hopefully our church will model the same through our resource center by hosting literacy programs, after-school programs and math programs,” she added.

Alexander, the first black female deaconess in The Episcopal Church, ministered in Georgia’s Glynn and McIntosh counties, concentrating on the education of poor blacks. She helped establish Good Shepherd Episcopal Church and its parochial school in Pennick, just west of the Atlantic coast. She also established and helped run the St. Cyprian’s School at St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church in Darien, Georgia.

In 1907 during the Convention for Colored Episcopalians, Bishop C.K. Nelson set Alexander aside as a deaconess. He wrote in his diary for May 3of that year, “Admitted as Deaconess Anna E. B. Alexander, a devout, godly and respected colored woman, to serve as teacher and helper in the Mission of the Good Shepherd, Pennick, Ga.”

Alexander would be the only African American to serve as an Episcopal deaconess. The Episcopal Church recognized deaconesses from 1889 until 1970, when General Convention eliminated the order and included women in its canons governing deacons. (An interactive timeline of women’s ordination in The Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion is here.)

Alexander was born in 1865 to recently emancipated slaves on St. Simons Island, Georgia. She died in 1947 and is buried in front of the original two-story Good Shepherd Episcopal Church.

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry celebrates the legacy and ministry of Deaconess Anna Ellison Butler Alexander during a visit to Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Pennick, Georgia. Walter Holmes, standing left, a former student of St. Anna’s and current senior warden of Good Shepherd, greets Celestine Alexander Cartwright, standing right, also a former student of the saint’s. Photo: Good Shepherd Episcopal Church

Walter Holmes, senior warden for Good Shepherd, told Episcopal News Service that as a student of St. Anna’s, he “got to experience firsthand her love, her dedication to people and the impact she had on so many people right here in South Georgia.

“So now, it’s a beautiful testimony to see her legacy reach the other side of the country — and even internationally with her as a saint now. She would probably be embarrassed by all the attention, though truthfully, that’s just who she was.”

St. Anna taught Zora Nobles’ father and two of her uncles. “When I was very young, my dad would talk about her and how she in fact was instrumental in guiding he and his siblings to always strive to do the very best of the best — and to also get an education and encourage them to go to college,” she said in an interview last year.

The deaconess was always discussed in their home, she said. “All of the good work that she had performed, how she was just diligent and passionate, and how she was so driven to do what she was doing to help children to read, to understand science, to understand the world outside of Pennick, Georgia,” Nobles said.

Georgia Episcopalians worked for more than 20 years to have Alexander recognized by the church. In 1998, Bishop Henry Louttit Jr. named her a Saint of Georgia with a feast day of Sept. 24. In 2011 and 2014, the diocese passed resolutions calling on the General Convention to include her on the church’s calendar. General Convention began the process of doing so in 2012. The 2018 meeting of General Convention added Alexander to the church’s calendar of saints via Resolution A065 when it approved a revision of “Lesser Feasts and Fasts” for trial use. Her feast day is Sept. 24 (found beginning on page 490 here).

The newly named congregation of St. Anna’s Episcopal Church gathers March 24 outside the Antioch, California, church in San Francisco’s East Bay area. Photo: Emma Marie Chiang/Diocese of California

The new St. Anna’s has parishioners from Uganda, Liberia, Nigeria, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Korea, Mexico, Canada, the Netherlands, Lebanon, Sierra Leone, Bermuda and Ghana, among others. “It was good to come to church this morning and to see a saint of the church that looks like me,” parishioner Betty Smith said when she saw the saint’s photo on the front cover of the March 24 order of service, according to the press release. “I’m really thankful that God has given this to me in my time.”

St. George’s and St. Alban’s were both hard hit by the 2008 real estate crash, according to the release. In 2018, they decided to share not only space in Antioch but also governance. On Sept. 30, the two mission churches voted unanimously to petition the diocese to merge and form a new mission congregation. There is potential for a future church plant in Brentwood on a nine-acre property owned by the Diocese of California, the release said. The Rev. Abbott Bailey, Diocese of California canon to the ordinary, brought Bishop Marc Andrus’ greeting to the Antioch church March 24 and made the merger official.

St. Anna’s Episcopal Church sports a new sign after becoming a new mission congregation of the Diocese of California. Photo: Diocese of California

Honodel said the California Episcopalians hope to honor St. Anna’s name throughout the years through their connection to the people of Pennick, Georgia, who knew her personally, and they hope to strengthen that bond between Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Georgia and the new mission church in San Francisco’s East Bay area.

Few Episcopal Church congregations are named for women

Among The Episcopal Church’s 6,712 congregations, just under 400 are named for women, with just five named for a woman of color, St. Monica. She was born in North Africa to Berber parents in about 331 and was the mother of St. Augustine of Hippo. The Episcopal Church’s calendar honors St. Monica on May 4 and St. Augustine on August 28.

There are about 42 congregations named for St. Augustine that are not explicitly named for St. Augustine of Canterbury who, in 596, led a group of 40 monks to evangelize the Anglo-Saxons in England. Each new archbishop of Canterbury kisses the Gospel book said to have been brought to England by Augustine, swearing to observe the customs of Canterbury Cathedral. Augustine of Canterbury is commemorated on May 28.

Some 200 Episcopal Church congregations are named for Mary, Jesus’ mother, or Mary Magdalene. There are about 50 congregations named for the saint who was Mary’s mother, variously spelled as Ann, Anne or Anna.

At least two congregations are named for women who are not officially considered saints. Caroline Church of Brookhaven in Setauket, New York, was named to honor Queen Wilhelmina Caroline of Brandenburg-Anspach, wife of George II of Great Britain. The church’s website notes that the choice is evidence of “the strong loyalist convictions of the original congregation.” Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church in Houston is a memorial to Edward Albert Palmer who heroically lost his life while saving that of his sister, Daphne Palmer Neville.

– The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is the Episcopal News Service’s senior editor and reporter. Christopher Sikkema, Episcopal Church coordinator for digital evangelism, contributed to this report.

Editor’s note: A previous version of this story mistakenly stated that Diocese of California Bishop Marc Andrus was at the church in Antioch on March 24.

https://www.episcopalnewsservice.org/2019/04/01/merged-episcopal-congregations-in-california-are-first-to-take-name-of-churchs-only-african-american-deaconess/

Merged California congregations are first to take name of only African American deaconess ANGLICAN COMMUNION NEWS SERVICE

Posted on: April 2, 2019 6:52 PM

Deaconess Anna E B Alexander is shown with a group of her students in front of the Good Shepherd School, which she founded in Pennick, Georgia.

Photo Credit: Diocese of Georgia

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[Episcopal News Service, by Mary Frances Schjonberg] The US-based Episcopal Church now has its first congregation named after an African American woman. St George’s, Antioch, and St Alban’s, Brentwood, both in the Diocese of California, officially merged last month (24 March). The combined congregations are now known as St Anna’s Episcopal Church, named for St Anna Alexander. The seasonal game known as Lent Madness gets some of the credit for the California Episcopalians’ choice of Deaconess Anna Ellison Butler Alexander as their patron. Forward Movement’s version of March Madness features saints “competing” in brackets for the Golden Halo. St Anna “won” the 2018 halo, six months before General Convention reaffirmed her sainthood last July.

“We were so inspired by Anna’s story of the pouring out of her life for the sake of those formerly enslaved; despite having little resources she managed over time to build a school as well as a church to help people succeed through literacy,” Jill Honodel, the congregation’s long-term supply priest, said in a Diocese of California press release.

The newly named congregation of St Anna’s Episcopal Church gathers 24 March outside the Antioch, California, church in San Francisco’s East Bay area.
Photo: Emma Marie Chiang / Diocese of California

Educational segregation exists in the congregation’s neighbourhood, according to Honodel. For example, she said, the majority of African American males struggle to pass their math classes through high school. “We are inspired by St Anna to do our part so that as many people as possible have a chance to succeed and the opportunity for a good future,” Honodel said.

Alexander’s faith and her championing of literacy and education exemplify “what I feel is true Christianity,” said Michelle Price, the new senior warden of St Anna’s.

“I took away from Lent Madness her being a saint as something I could emulate in my own life,” Price said in the release. “Some of the saints do things that are so huge and so dynamic and here’s this humble, small woman in Pennick, that just quietly changed people’s lives one student at a time.”

Alexander brought new life to children who otherwise would have been left behind, Price said. “Hopefully our church will model the same through our resource centre by hosting literacy programmes, after-school programmes and maths programmes,” she added.

Alexander, the first black female deaconess in The Episcopal Church, ministered in Georgia’s Glynn and McIntosh counties, concentrating on the education of poor black people. She helped establish Good Shepherd Episcopal Church and its parochial school in Pennick, just west of the Atlantic coast. She also established and helped run the St Cyprian’s School at St Cyprian’s Episcopal Church in Darien, Georgia.

In 1907 during the Convention for Coloured Episcopalians, Bishop C K Nelson set Alexander aside as a deaconess. He wrote in his diary for 3 May of that year, “Admitted as Deaconess Anna E B Alexander, a devout, godly and respected coloured woman, to serve as teacher and helper in the Mission of the Good Shepherd, Pennick, Ga.”

Alexander would be the only African American to serve as an Episcopal deaconess. The Episcopal Church recognised deaconesses from 1889 until 1970, when General Convention eliminated the order and included women in its canons governing deacons.

Alexander was born in 1865 to recently emancipated slaves on St Simons Island, Georgia. She died in 1947 and is buried in front of the original two-story Good Shepherd Episcopal Church.

Deaconess Anna Ellison Butler Alexander was born in 1865 to recently freed slaves and died in 1947.
She ministered in rural Georgia, focusing on the education of poor black children.
Photo: Diocese of Georgia

Walter Holmes, senior warden for Good Shepherd, told Episcopal News Service that as a student of St Anna’s, he “got to experience first-hand her love, her dedication to people and the impact she had on so many people right here in South Georgia.

“So now, it’s a beautiful testimony to see her legacy reach the other side of the country – and even internationally with her as a saint now. She would probably be embarrassed by all the attention, though truthfully, that’s just who she was.”

St Anna taught Zora Nobles’ father and two of her uncles. “When I was very young, my dad would talk about her and how she in fact was instrumental in guiding he and his siblings to always strive to do the very best of the best – and to also get an education and encourage them to go to college,” she said in an interview last year.

The deaconess was always discussed in their home, she said. “All of the good work that she had performed, how she was just diligent and passionate, and how she was so driven to do what she was doing to help children to read, to understand science, to understand the world outside of Pennick, Georgia,” Nobles said.

Georgia Episcopalians worked for more than 20 years to have Alexander recognised by the church. In 1998, Bishop Henry Louttit Jr named her a Saint of Georgia with a feast day of 24 September. In 2011 and 2014, the diocese passed resolutions calling on the General Convention to include her on the church’s calendar. General Convention began the process of doing so in 2012. The 2018 meeting of General Convention added Alexander to the church’s calendar of saints via Resolution A065 when it approved a revision of “Lesser Feasts and Fasts” for trial use.

The new St Anna’s has parishioners from Uganda, Liberia, Nigeria, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Korea, Mexico, Canada, the Netherlands, Lebanon, Sierra Leone, Bermuda and Ghana, among others. “It was good to come to church this morning and to see a saint of the church that looks like me,” parishioner Betty Smith said when she saw the saint’s photo on the front cover of the 24 March order of service, according to the press release. “I’m really thankful that God has given this to me in my time.”

St George’s and St Alban’s were both hard hit by the 2008 real estate crash, according to the release. In 2018, they decided to share not only space in Antioch but also governance. On 30 September, the two mission churches voted unanimously to petition the diocese to merge and form a new mission congregation. There is potential for a future church plant in Brentwood on a nine-acre property owned by the Diocese of California, the release said. The Diocese of California’s canon to the ordinary, Abbott Bailey, brought Bishop Marc Andrus’ greeting to the Antioch church on 24 March and made the merger official.

Honodel said the California Episcopalians hope to honour St Anna’s name throughout the years through their connection to the people of Pennick, Georgia, who knew her personally, and they hope to strengthen that bond between Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Georgia and the new mission church in San Francisco’s East Bay area.

Few Episcopal Church congregations are named for women

Among The Episcopal Church’s 6,712 congregations, just under 400 are named for women, with just five named for a woman of colour, St Monica. She was born in North Africa to Berber parents in about 331 and was the mother of St Augustine of Hippo. The Episcopal Church’s calendar honours St Monica on 4 May and St Augustine on 28 August.

There are about 42 congregations named for St Augustine that are not explicitly named for St Augustine of Canterbury who, in 596, led a group of 40 monks to evangelise the Anglo-Saxons in England. Each new Archbishop of Canterbury kisses the Gospel book said to have been brought to England by Augustine, swearing to observe the customs of Canterbury Cathedral. Augustine of Canterbury is commemorated on 28 May.

Some 200 Episcopal Church congregations are named for Mary, Jesus’ mother, or Mary Magdalene. There are about 50 congregations named for the saint who was Mary’s mother, variously spelled as Ann, Anne or Anna.

At least two congregations are named for women who are not officially considered saints. Caroline Church of Brookhaven in Setauket, New York, was named to honour Queen Wilhelmina Caroline of Brandenburg-Anspach, wife of George II of Great Britain. The church’s website notes that the choice is evidence of “the strong loyalist convictions of the original congregation.” Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church in Houston is a memorial to Edward Albert Palmer who heroically lost his life while saving that of his sister, Daphne Palmer Neville.

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IN HONOR OF ANNA ALEXANDER THE LIVING CHURCH

In Honor of Anna Alexander

April 1, 2019

A new congregation in Antioch, Calif., is named in honor of Deaconess Anna Alexander of Georgia, who was added to the church’s calendar by General Convention in 2018.

The parish provides more details:

Anna Ellison Butler Alexander came to the attention of St. George’s, Antioch, and St. Alban’s, Brentwood, during last year’s Lent Madness, Forward Movement’s version of March Madness with saints “competing” in the brackets. St. Anna “won” the Golden Halo, six months before General Convention reaffirmed her sainthood in July.

Born shortly after the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, Anna Alexander devoted her life to the service of others by providing much needed education and literacy to the children of those formerly enslaved. Despite the segregation of the Episcopal Church at the time, she became the first African American Deaconess in the Episcopal Church.

The new congregation in California has parishioners who hail directly from Uganda, Liberia, Nigeria, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Korea, Mexico, Canada, Holland, Lebanon, Sierra Leone, Bermuda and Ghana, among others.

The Rev. Jill Honodel, long-term supply priest, said, “We were so inspired by Anna’s story of the pouring out her life for the sake of those formerly enslaved; despite having little resources she managed over time to build a school as well as a church to help people succeed through literacy. Educational segregation exists right here in our neighborhood in that only 9% of the African American boys pass their math through high school. We are inspired by St. Anna to do our part so that as many people as possible have a chance to succeed and the opportunity for a good future.

https://livingchurch.org/2019/04/01/in-honor-of-anna-alexander/

A NEW EPISCOPAL CHURCH NAMED AFTER ONE OF THE NEWEST EPISCOPAL SAINTS

EPISCOPAL CAFE

April 2, 2019 by Rosalind Hughes

A new congregation, formed out of the merger of two churches in the Diocese of California, has been named after one of the newest saints on the Episcopal calendar. St Anna’s Episcopal Church is the first to be named after an African American woman, according to the Episcopal News Service, having chosen its name for Anna E.B. Alexander, the first and only African American Deaconess to serve in the Episcopal Church.

On the Diocese of California’s website, from St Anna’s press release :

Anna Ellison Butler Alexander is a new saint in the Episcopal tradition whose Feast Day is on September 24th and will be included in the next edition of Lesser Feasts and Fasts. She came to the attention of St. George’s, Antioch, and St. Alban’s, Brentwood, during last year’s Lent Madness, Forward Movement’s version of March Madness with saints “competing” in the brackets. St. Anna “won” the Golden Halo, six months before General Convention reaffirmed her sainthood in July. Born shortly after the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, Anna Alexander devoted her life to the service of others by providing much needed education and literacy to the children of those formerly enslaved. Despite the segregation of the Episcopal Church at the time, she became the first African American Deaconess in the Episcopal Church.

The new congregation has parishioners who hail directly from Uganda, Liberia, Nigeria, Sri Lanka, The Philippines, Korea, Mexico, Canada, Holland, Lebanon, Sierra Leone, Bermuda and Ghana among others. The Rev. Jill Honodel, Long-Term Supply Priest said, “We were so inspired by Anna’s story of the pouring out her life for the sake of those formerly enslaved; despite having little resources she managed over time to build a school as well as a church to help people succeed through literacy. Educational segregation exists right here in our neighborhood in that only 9% of the African American boys pass their math through high school. We are inspired by St. Anna to do our part so that as many people as possible have a chance to succeed and the opportunity for a good future.” When parishioner Betty Smith saw the saint’s photo on the front cover of Sunday’s bulletin, she said, “It was good to come to church this morning and to see a saint of the church that looks like me. I’m really thankful that God has given this to me in my time.”…

… The new Senior Warden of St. Anna’s, Michelle Price, summarizes the sentiments of the congregation by saying, “I’m elated that we are finally St. Anna’s Episcopal Church. I was so inspired by her story in Lent Madness. She models what I feel is true Christianity: her quiet faithfulness and being a teacher, a champion for literacy and education, which is something I feel very passionately about. I took away from Lent Madness her being a saint as something I could emulate in my own life. Some of the saints do things that are so huge and so dynamic and here’s this humble, small woman in Pennick, that just quietly changed people’s lives one student at a time and depopulated the area and brought them to a new life where otherwise they would have been left behind so she is truly an inspiration to me. Hopefully our church will model the same through our resource center by hosting literacy programs, after school programs and math programs.”

Read more about St Anna’s Episcopal Church, Antioch, at the Diocese of California website and the Episcopal News Service, and find out more about Deaconess Anna Alexander via Lent Madness and the Diocese of South Georgia.

Pictured: Deaconess Anna E.B. Alexander is shown with a group of her students in front of the Good Shepherd School which she founded in Pennick, Georgia. Via Diocese of South Georgia

https://www.episcopalcafe.com/a-new-episcopal-church-named-after-one-of-the-newest-episcopal-saints/

Golden Halo Winner Inspires New Church Name LENT MADNESS: Who Will Win the Golden Halo?

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We love hearing stories about the ways Lent Madness makes a difference, and we have quite a story to share today. As you might have seen from coverage in Episcopal News Service, the Anglican Communion News Service, the Episcopal Cafe, or the Living Church, there’s a new church in California. Two Episcopal congregations merged, and they wanted to begin their new life together under a new name.

Inspired by 2018 Golden Halo winner Anna Alexander, they have chosen to call themselves St. Anna’s Episcopal Church. Here’s the release their rector, the Rev. Jill Honodel, sent us. We at Lent Madness HQ pray that this new community has a flourishing ministry in which lives are transformed through the grace of Jesus Christ.

Antioch, California – Sunday, in a much-anticipated liturgy, the words of the Rt. Rev. Marc Andrus, Bishop of the Diocese of California, soared through the air, “It is my delight to authorize with the consent of the Standing Committee the organization of St. George’s and St. Alban’s into a new bishop’s congregation with the name of St. Anna’s Episcopal Church.”

With those words read by Canon to the Ordinary Abbott Bailey, the first Episcopal Church in the nation to be named after St. Anna Alexander was created. A community celebration is planned for July 21.

Anna Ellison Butler Alexander is a new saint in the Episcopal tradition whose Feast Day is on September 24th and will be included in the next edition of Lesser Feasts and Fasts. She came to the attention of St. George’s, Antioch, and St. Alban’s, Brentwood, during last year’s Lent Madness, Forward Movement’s version of March Madness with saints “competing” in the brackets. St. Anna “won” the Golden Halo, six months before General Convention reaffirmed her sainthood in July. Born shortly after the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, Anna Alexander devoted her life to the service of others by providing much needed education and literacy to the children of those formerly enslaved. Despite the segregation of the Episcopal Church at the time, she became the first African American Deaconess in the Episcopal Church.

The new congregation has parishioners who hail directly from Uganda, Liberia, Nigeria, Sri Lanka, The Philippines, Korea, Mexico, Canada, Holland, Lebanon, Sierra Leone, Bermuda and Ghana among others. The Rev. Jill Honodel, Long-Term Supply Priest said, “We were so inspired by Anna’s story of the pouring out her life for the sake of those formerly enslaved; despite having little resources she managed over time to build a school as well as a church to help people succeed through literacy. Educational segregation exists right here in our neighborhood in that only 9% of the African American boys pass their math through high school. We are inspired by St. Anna to do our part so that as many people as possible have a chance to succeed and the opportunity for a good future.” When parishioner Betty Smith saw the saint’s photo on the front cover of Sunday’s bulletin, she said, “It was good to come to church this morning and to see a saint of the church that looks like me. I’m really thankful that God has given this to me in my time.”

St. George’s of Antioch and St. Alban’s of Brentwood, which are near the epicenter of the real estate crash that impacted the nation in 2008, were hard hit. In 2018, they decided to not only share space in Antioch but also to share governance. On September 30th, the two mission churches officially petitioned to merge and reform into a new mission. The membership was unanimous in the decision. There is potential for a future church plant in Brentwood on a 9-acre property owned by the Diocese of California. The membership of the new St. Anna’s has done significant and heartfelt congregational work over the last two and a half years. Bishop Marc Andrus has been supportive of the congregations and their merging into one and naming themselves after the church’s newest saint.

The new Senior Warden of St. Anna’s, Michelle Price, summarizes the sentiments of the congregation by saying, “I’m elated that we are finally St. Anna’s Episcopal Church. I was so inspired by her story in Lent Madness. She models what I feel is true Christianity: her quiet faithfulness and being a teacher, a champion for literacy and education, which is something I feel very passionately about. I took away from Lent Madness her being a saint as something I could emulate in my own life. Some of the saints do things that are so huge and so dynamic and here’s this humble, small woman in Pennick, that just quietly changed people’s lives one student at a time and depopulated the area and brought them to a new life where otherwise they would have been left behind so she is truly an inspiration to me. Hopefully our church will model the same through our resource center by hosting literacy programs, after school programs and math programs.”

Mimi Costa-White whose photo as a five-year-old was taken in the church when it was called St. Barnabas said, “Witnessing the proclamation of the birth of St. Anna’s Episcopal was both moving and joyous. I felt St. Anna Alexander’s spirit of strength, determination and love of community in every moment of the service. It makes me very proud to be a member of the first church to honor her memory and teachings.”

The mission statement of St. Anna’s is A diverse community celebrating God’s love and acceptance.

Photography by Emma Marie Chiang

33 Comments to "Golden Halo Winner Inspires New Church Name"

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  1. Susan Tate

    April 3, 2019 - 2:15 pm | Permalink

    What a wonderful story!

  2. Emily Knox

    April 3, 2019 - 2:17 pm | Permalink

    This is a beautiful story. Prayers for the new church and its congregation!

  3. Rebeccs

    April 3, 2019 - 2:20 pm | Permalink

  4. Anne Becker

    April 3, 2019 - 2:24 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations to our new church. What a wonderful way to support St. Anna.

  5. Roslyn Macgregor

    April 3, 2019 - 2:25 pm | Permalink

    Awesome St. Anna’s!!

  6. Christine Burton

    April 3, 2019 - 2:31 pm | Permalink

    I cannot say how wonderfully this has touched me! As Isaiah recounted God’s words, ‘Behold, I am making something new!’ God bless the community of St. Anna’s, as well as the clearly inspired ongoing ‘evangelical work’ of the Lent Madness Supreme Executive Committee!

    • Susan parker

      April 3, 2019 - 3:02 pm | Permalink

      Wonderfully put! Blessings on St Anna’s!

  7. Denise Bell

    April 3, 2019 - 2:31 pm | Permalink

    I’m not crying – something in my eye… Such a beautiful story – I wish the remarkable congregation of St. Anna’s a joy-filled and successful future! It’s clear that they will be an amazing resource in their community and the world!

  8. Yvonne W

    April 3, 2019 - 2:38 pm | Permalink

    When people ask me “What does the Episcopal Church offer you?” I point to stories like this with equal doses of pride and humility. What a beautiful story. Thank you for sharing.

  9. Elaine

    April 3, 2019 - 2:45 pm | Permalink

    This is my brother’s church! Really inspiring.

    • Jim

      April 3, 2019 - 4:58 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Elaine (your brother) We are all pleased to be a merged congregation and taking the name of Anna Alexander. Our Bishop’s Warden was the only one to pick Saint Anna as the Golden Halo winner, but we all were on board with naming her OUR saint.

  10. jan bohn

    April 3, 2019 - 2:57 pm | Permalink

    Godspeed to all your new endeavours St. Anna’s. What a church should be. Prayers winging their way to you from Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

  11. Jeanine Jewell

    April 3, 2019 - 3:54 pm | Permalink

    This is why I am an Episcopalian – the combination of education and learning with love, inclusion, faith, and service. Hooray St. Anna’s! I will add you to my parish’s prayers for the people next Sunday.

    • Patricia

      April 3, 2019 - 5:52 pm | Permalink

      Jeanine, thank you for such a perfect description of the Episcopal Church and why we love it. The story of the new St. Anna’s Church is inspiring and heartwarming. May God bless them in all their works!

  12. Mama J

    April 3, 2019 - 3:58 pm | Permalink

    May blessings be poured out on your congregation! How appropriate a patron she is for you!

  13. Barbara MacRobie

    April 3, 2019 - 4:29 pm | Permalink

    This is wonderful on all fronts!

  14. Isabelle

    April 3, 2019 - 4:32 pm | Permalink

    Fantastic! This story really lifts my spirits in a very tense and unpleasant time in our country. And yes, I am SO GRATEFUL I became an Episcopalian 15 years ago… Thanks be to God for the life and legacy of St. Anna, and may my home state of California enjoy this wonderful new church in its midst! Prayers for all who attend and support the new St. Anna’s Episcopal Church. Love from Maryland!

  15. Gerti Reagan Garner

    April 3, 2019 - 4:47 pm | Permalink

    This is the best story! Yay for St. Anna!

  16. PatR

    April 3, 2019 - 5:03 pm | Permalink

    I hope this very diverse congregation thrives and flourishes under the guidance of their honorable “new” patron. So proud of Lent Madness for bringing recognition to some of these lesser known saints.

    • Patricia

      April 3, 2019 - 5:56 pm | Permalink

      I echo your comments about Lent Madness, PatR – I learn so much, meet such engaging and interesting people, love Scott and Tim and admire their creativity, and it’s so much fun!! Thank you, Lent Madness and Forward Movement!

  17. Jim Wiant

    April 3, 2019 - 5:03 pm | Permalink

    Join us at http://www.saintannas.org and on Facebook at Saint Anna’s OR visit us in person in Antioch, California 301E.13th St. Sunday Eucharist is at 10AM we are “A diverse community celebrating God’s love and acceptance”

  18. Carolyn Johnson

    April 3, 2019 - 5:17 pm | Permalink

    How wonderful!!! I wish St Anna’s Episcopal Church many years of growth as they serve God!

  19. Michelle C

    April 3, 2019 - 6:20 pm | Permalink

    What a great story. I pray for many wonderful years of service and love for the new St. Anna’s.

  20. Anna Barton

    April 3, 2019 - 8:17 pm | Permalink

    I am very moved by this story of the new church of St. Anna’s, not only because my name is Anna (I humbly put forth), but primarily because the new church is quite Diverse! I am active at Epiphany Episcopal Church, Odenton, MD, which is an intentionally and delightfully diverse parish. We, too, have an educational partnership with a local elementary school and the local Boys & Girls Club in our area! I would love to see some communication between these two parishes, so as to learn from each other, and explore ways to spread best practices for developing diverse parishes. Next email is to my Rector, The Rev Dr. Phebe L McPherson! Best wishes and prayers for St. Anna’s as you spread God’s Grace!

  21. Elaine Hood Culver

    April 3, 2019 - 10:33 pm | Permalink

    Thanks be to God, Mazel too, and WOOHOO!

  22. Karen Kosec

    April 3, 2019 - 10:36 pm | Permalink

    Way to go parishioners, guests and neighbors. May our Lord Jesus Christ be always with you.

  23. Doc

    April 4, 2019 - 1:37 am | Permalink

    This story has “Episcopal” written all over it! Blessings to you, St. Anna’s Church, and thank you for the good news and inspiration. Ditto Lent Madness SEC.

  24. Jeanne Miller Virgilio

    April 4, 2019 - 2:13 am | Permalink

    Thank you all for the well wishes for St. Anna’s. It has been a long journey and as with many journeys there have been bumps along the way. We look forward to many years of serving our communities and growing into the church God has planned for us.

  25. Betty Bessler

    April 4, 2019 - 9:52 am | Permalink

    What a beautiful story…I am so touched by this new beginning for St. Anna’s.

  26. Joan Ray

    April 4, 2019 - 12:10 pm | Permalink

    I am so inspired by this story that as editor of the Seasonal Journal for Grace and St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Colorado Springs—also a church formed by the merging of two local Episcopal congregations (1923)—I plan to feature this new church, as well as our new saint, Saint Anna, in the Advent issue: a new saint, a new church, for a new liturgical year. I will request an Advent sermon from St Anna’s rector, as well as contributions form the Bishops of Georgia and California. By the way, our forthcoming Pentecost issue will have a sermon from Father Tim Schenck. Thank you,Lent Madness, for enlightening me!

    • Michelle Price

      April 4, 2019 - 1:15 pm | Permalink

      Thank you so much! I will pass this message along to our rector.

      • Joan Ray

        April 4, 2019 - 5:51 pm | Permalink

        Thank you, Michelle. I know it is early to be thinking of our Advent / Christmas / Epiphany issue, but the wonderful story of St Anna’s immediately inspired to think of the idea of connecting Advent with all I’ve written above. Blessings to your new combined congregations!

  27. Michelle Price

    April 4, 2019 - 1:14 pm | Permalink

    Thank you everyone for your wonderful words and prayers. Our congregation is excited about moving into the future and seeing what God has in store for us. St. Anna is such an inspiration to us all! I believe with faith, hard work, and a desire to serve one can truly make a difference in ones community. We hope to do great things with her as our patron saint.
    Michelle Price, Sr. Warden, St. Anna’s

https://www.lentmadness.org/2019/04/golden-halo-winner-inspires-new-church-name/

FROM THE FIELD: NEWS FROM THE DIOCESE OF GEORGIA


March 27, 2019

Volume 9, No. 31

First Church Named for Saint Anna Alexander!

Emma Marie Chiang photo

Sunday, in a much-anticipated liturgy, the words of the Rt. Rev. Marc Andrus, Bishop of the Diocese of California, soared through the air, "It is my delight to authorize with the consent of the Standing Committee the organization of St. George's and St. Alban's into a new bishop's congregation with the name of St. Anna's Episcopal Church." 

With those words read by Canon to the Ordinary Abbott Bailey, the first Episcopal Church in the nation to be named after St. Anna Alexander was created. A community celebration is planned for July 21. 

Anna Ellison Butler Alexander came to the attention of St. George's, Antioch, and St. Alban's, Brentwood, during last year's Lent Madness, Forward Movement's version of March Madness with saints "competing" in the brackets. St. Anna "won" the Golden Halo, six months before General Convention reaffirmed her sainthood in July. 


Born shortly after the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, Anna Alexander devoted her life to the service of others by providing much needed education and literacy to the children of those formerly enslaved. Despite the segregation of the Episcopal Church at the time, she became the first African American Deaconess in the Episcopal Church. 

The new congregation in California has parishioners who hail directly from Uganda, Liberia, Nigeria, Sri Lanka, The Philippines, Korea, Mexico, Canada, Holland, Lebanon, Sierra Leone, Bermuda and Ghana among others. The Rev. Jill Honodel, Long-Term Supply Priest said, "We were so inspired by Anna's story of the pouring out her life for the sake of those formerly enslaved; despite having little resources she managed over time to build a school as well as a church to help people succeed through literacy. Educational segregation exists right here in our neighborhood in that only 9% of the African American boys pass their math through high school. We are inspired by St. Anna to do our part so that as many people as possible have a chance to succeed and the opportunity for a good future." 

When parishioner Betty Smith saw the saint's photo on the front cover of Sunday's bulletin, she said, "It was good to come to church this morning and to see a saint of the church that looks like me. I'm really thankful that God has given this to me in my time." 

St. George's of Antioch and St. Alban's of Brentwood, which are near the epicenter of the real estate crash that impacted the nation in 2008, were hard hit. In 2018, they decided to not only share space in Antioch but also to share governance. On September 30th, the two mission churches officially petitioned to merge and reform into a new mission. The membership was unanimous in the decision. There is potential for a future church plant in Brentwood on a 9-acre property owned by the Diocese of California. The membership of the new St. Anna's has done significant and heartfelt congregational work over the last two and a half years. Bishop Marc Andrus has been supportive of the congregations and their merging into one and naming themselves after the church's newest saint. 

The new Senior Warden of St. Anna's, Michelle Price, summarizes the sentiments of the congregation by saying, "I'm elated that we are finally St. Anna's Episcopal Church. I was so inspired by her story in Lent Madness. She models what I feel is true Christianity: her quiet faithfulness and being a teacher, a champion for literacy and education, which is something I feel very passionately about. I took away from Lent Madness her being a saint as something I could emulate in my own life. Some of the saints do things that are so huge and so dynamic and here's this humble, small woman in Pennick, that just quietly changed people's lives one student at a time and depopulated the area and brought them to a new life where otherwise they would have been left behind so she is truly an inspiration to me. Hopefully our church will model the same through our resource center by hosting literacy programs, after school programs and math programs." 

Mimi Costa-White whose photo as a five-year-old was taken in the church when it was called St. Barnabas said, "Witnessing the proclamation of the birth of St. Anna's Episcopal was both moving and joyous. I felt St. Anna Alexander's spirit of strength, determination and love of community in every moment of the service. It makes me very proud to be a member of the first church to honor her memory and teachings." 

The mission statement of St. Anna's is, "A diverse community celebrating God's love and acceptance." 
Emma Marie Chiang photo

IN THIS ISSUENew Church Named for Saint AnnaAsk the Bishop ReturnsSurvey for Bishop SearchArchdeacon Turner RetiresProfile of St. Paul's AlbanyNew Beginnings 54Around the DioceseSacred Ground SeriesSpringtime at Our SaviourEvents

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Fourth Sunday in Lent

Joshua 5:9-12 

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Go  here for the full text.

Ask the Bishop Returns in April

The Rt. Rev. Scott Anson Benhase will be available on Fridays in April to answer questions about the mission and ministry of the Episcopal Church in Georgia live on Facebook starting April 5th at 11 AM. A video of the livestream will also be available on YouTube later that day.

All questions on theology or the teachings of Jesus will be answered.  Maybe one question about the Cincinnati Reds baseball team. Go here to participate in the livestream: https://www.facebook.com/georgiaepiscopal/

Survey Closes April 1 

The Search Committee has designed a survey for the XI Bishop Search that includes the questions that have been and will be asked at the Diocesan Listening Sessions. The final sessions will be held this weekend, see the Events section below.  

Whether or not you attend or have attended a Listening Session, please take the time to complete this brief survey. Go  here  to get started! The survey will close on April 1. 

St. Thomas DOK Chapter Quiet Day

The Daughters of the King (DOK) Chapter of St. Thomas' Isle of Hope will host a quiet day Saturday, March 30 from 9:30 to 1:30. The Rev. Beverly Braine is the presenter, the theme: Our Minds, Our Hearts, Our Hands: Creativity in Service to Our King. The program will be held from 10 to 11:30 and followed by Eucharist and lunch. For information, call Jane Gilchrist at 703-314-4134.

Archdeacon Saundra Turner Retires

The Rev. Dr. Saundra Turner


When the Rev. Dr. Saundra Turner, Archdeacon, turns her duties over to the next Archdeacon in the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia, it will be the first time this transition occurs. Because Turner, in 2013 was the first Archdeacon in the Diocese. 

A 30-year member at Our Saviour, Martinez, Turner continued to serve at Our Saviour after she became a Deacon in 2006. Two years ago she moved to a new church, as deacons do when there is a transition in leadership, and is now at Christ Church, Harrisburg. 

Turner started a free health clinic in Dearing, Georgia, a small town located between Harlem and Thompson and ran it for 18 years, opening it one day a week. She already has plans underway to create an interfaith clinic at Christ Church.

In addition to being a deacon, Turner was Assistant Dean and Chair of the Nurse Practitioner Program at the Medical College of Georgia, now Augusta University, for 27 years.

"Working on the development of the Deacon's Formation Program in the diocese has been rewarding as has assisting with ordinations and confirmations throughout the Diocese," she said.
When asked "why be a Deacon?" she replied, "I felt called to serve God in the world. The liturgy is so enriching and when I assist at the altar, I am serving God and the people at the same time.

"As the Archdeacon, it's been a wonderful opportunity to get to know more of the people in the diocese and to work with other Deacons in their ministry and to serve the Bishop. I've really enjoyed the role and thank the Diocese for the opportunity," she concluded.

The Bishop Knocks on the Door

St. Paul's Church, Albany

St. Paul's Episcopal Church of Albany, Georgia became an organized Parish of the Diocese ofGeorgia on April 21, 1851. On May 15, 1855 the first Episcopal Bishop of Georgia consecrated a frame building at the corner of Jefferson Street and Oglethorpe Boulevard, two blocks south of the present site at the corner of Jefferson and Flint avenues. The cornerstone of the church was laid January 25, 1896 and the third Bishop of Georgia dedicated St. Paul's before the end of that year. Known as the "mother church of the west," St. Paul's has nurtured the establishment of three additional Episcopal churches in Albany: St. John's in the early 1900's then St. Mark's in the early 1950's - these two parishes combined as The Episcopal Church of St. John and St. Mark after the flood of 1994, and lastly St. Patrick's established on July 3 , 1961. 


Most recently St. Paul's has survived two tornadoes in 2017 and a hurricane in 2018. Standing tall as a historic beautiful downtown church, St. Paul's works with other downtown churches of different denominations in collaboration doing the Lord's work. The Rev. Reed Freeman is the current Rector of St. Paul's. 


In addition to its extraordinary architecture, St. Paul's is known for its enthusiastic parishioners! Their outreach programs have included feeding our brothers and sisters through monthly grocery donations via their Feed My Sheep outreach program, feeding neighbors in need with luncheons and dinners, and their "Young Enough" group providing dinners to the area homeless in conjunction with our neighboring Methodist church. 

St. Paul's is the primary sponsor of Barney's Run for Warriors, an annual run raising funds to provide Service Dogs for post/911 veterans suffering from PTSD. These dogs have been instrumental in: 
* Restoring our state's warriors to daily life, 
* Blessing them and their families with renewed hope, 
* Preventing suicide, and 
* Reducing the necessity for anti-anxiety medications. 
This tremendous endeavor includes the Jim Purks Memorial Marathon, named for their beloved Deacon and a huge supporter of this event. The various races include distances of 26.2, 13.1, 10K and 5K. St. Paul's parishioners provide planning, administrative, financial, public relations, fund raising, and registration assistance. They also comprise the majority of race-day volunteers. Nine trained service dogs have been given to deserving veterans thanks to six years of this event. The ninth dog, Mimi, was just given to our first female recipient, Lydia Harris of Columbus, Georgia. Enough money has been raised for a tenth dog. The November 16, 2019 run will be the seventh Barney's Run for Warriors.
Bishop Benhase with the confirmands, from left: Marjorie Morgan, Ellie Morgan, Holladay Miles, Adaline Miles 

The Canon for Children and Youth

New Beginnings #54

Annabel West, of Good Shepherd, Augusta, preaching at the Closing Eucharist in the Chapel at Honey Creek.

New Beginnings #54 took place this past weekend, with approximately 50 youth participants and staff and 10 adults present. Together they explored questions of identity, family, friends, and peer pressure. They also heard talks from other teens on topics such as prayer, sharing gifts, and more. The whole weekend was grounded in worship, including a Friday night Service of Light, morning prayer each morning, a Saturday night healing service, and a Closing Eucharist on Sunday afternoon. Sera Davidson was the Lead Teen for New Beginnings #54, supported by an incredible staff of youth and adults. Deacon Yvette Owens of Christ the King, Valdosta and Deacon Ri Lamb, of St. John's & St. Mark's, Albany, served as the Spiritual Directors for the weekend. 

In her sermon at the Eucharist, Annabel West, of Good Shepherd, Augusta, summed up the weekend this way, "Being here this weekend, being here right now in this beautiful chapel at Honey Creek ... this is God reaching out to us ... It is like God stopped us in our tracks and just poured out light in even the smallest of ways. This weekend was our Burning Bush." 

Mark your calendars now! The next New Beginnings will take place September 6-8, 2019, and will be led by Lead Teen Waverly Brown, of Christ Church, Frederica.


The Rev. Canon Joshua Varner 
Canon for Children and Youth 
The New Beginnings #54 staff and participants!

Around the Diocese 
Volunteers from King of Peace, Kingsland prepared supper for the KidsROCK program.

Youth from St. Paul's Augusta with purchases to spruce up the youth room.


  Above, children from St. John's Savannah check the status of the pretzels they baked on Sunday because 'pretzels with their arms crossed in prayer are a Lenten treat to share.' At left, Members of the Men's Group from St. Cyprian's and St. Andrew's Churches in Darien, have been constructing handicapped accessible ramps for those who need them.

Sacred Ground 
Race Dialogue Series Offers Informational Webinars

Individuals or groups interested in learning more about Sacred Ground: a film-based dialogue series on race and faith, are invited to an introductory webinar hosted by Katrina Browne, Sacred Ground curriculum developer, and producer/director of the acclaimed documentary Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North


Built around a curriculum of powerful documentary films, videos, and readings, Sacred Ground is a 10-part series that considers some of the major chapters of the United States of America's history of race and racism. It focuses on Indigenous, Black, Latino, and Asian American histories as they intersect with European American histories. It also invites participants to weave in the threads of personal and family story, economic class, and political and regional identity. 

In this webinar, Katrina Browne shares the "why and how" of the Sacred Ground series. She also walks participants through the online Sacred Ground curriculum and resources, including the password-protected pages, to provide participants with an overview of all the elements of this resource. There will also be time for questions. 

Space is limited and registration is required. This free one-hour webinar is offered: 
* Monday, April 8, 1 PM: register here. * Monday, May 6, 4 PM: register here
* Tuesday June 11, 1 PM: register here

"More than a teaching tool, Sacred Ground calls us into intentional, sustained circles in which we can pray, watch, share our own stories, reflect, wonder, reckon, heal, and commit to action. Think of it as a pilgrimage in place," notes the Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers.
For questions, please contact Katrina Browne. Webinar support graciously provided by Episcopal Migration Ministries.

Georgia Cares Training on Combating  Child Sex Trafficking 

Join us for the Georgia Cares Community Training Series! These trainings will be located across the state of Georgia in an effort to educate communities on the issue of Child Sex Trafficking and what Georgia Cares is doing to combat this crime and serve child victims. On Saturday, April 6 from 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM a training will be held at First Baptist Church of Richmond Hill, 9148 Ford Avenue, Richmond Hill.

This training will be interactive and engaging- with videos, activities, and discussion around the epidemic of child sex trafficking and what it looks like here in Georgia. The goals of the training are:

  • Increase understanding of DMST/CSEC and Human Trafficking as a whole

  • Become familiar with Georgia Cares

  • Increase knowledge of Georgia Cares intervention and services to victims in Georgia

As invested community members, this training will educate you on the research related to child sex trafficking, the victimization, statistics in Georgia, and will prepare you to spread awareness and teach others. Our hope is that after the training, you will be mobilized to act and to do something to combat this horrific crime. Whether you choose to tell one person about what you learned, or volunteer to serve victims, your impact will make a difference.

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   found here. 


March 24-30

In our diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for our congregation in Dawson, the Church of the Holy Spirit. We pray for our ecumenical partners, especially St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Camilla, and St. Christopher Catholic Church in Claxton. In our companion diocese of the Dominican Republic, we pray for St. Michael's ( San Miguel) in Doña Ana and The Grand Commission ( La Gran Comisión) in Doña Lila. 

March 31-April 6 
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. Anthony of Padua ( San Antonio de Padua) in El Carreton.  

Additional Prayer Cycles 

We also offer 30-day prayer cycles for those who wish to pray daily for the clergy and clergy spouses:  Diocesan Prayer Cycle and  Clergy Spouses Prayer Cycle .

Diocesan Office Update and News

Bishop Scott Anson Benhase will make his annual visitation to Christ the King, Valdosta at 10 AM Sunday, March 31st.  The Bishop's full schedule is available here.

The Rev. Canon Frank Logue is in Salt Lake City, Utah for the first church-wide meeting of Diocesan Transition Officers in a decade. These are the persons in the 109 dioceses of the Episcopal Church who work with assisting priest and congregations with call processes. Most, like Canon Logue, are Canons to the Ordinary with broader responsibilities. 

This weekend, Canon Logue will assist the Rev. Helen White as spiritual director for the Clergy Spouses Conference at Honey Creek. 

The Very Rev. William W. Willoughby, Rector of the Church of St. Paul's the Apostle, Savannah and Dean of the Savannah Convocation, will officiate and preach at the 12 noon service at Diocesan House on Thursday. 

Springtime at Our Savior, Martinez.

Events  

Clergy Spouses Retreat

March 29-31

Honey Creek

Register here.

A Listening Session for XI Bishop Search led by the Search Committee for clergy spouses will be scheduled during the retreat.

Listening Session for XI Bishop Search, Savannah Convocation

3 PM, Sunday, March 31

St. Paul's, Savannah

Weekend Retreat for Youth Summer Mission Trip

April 5-7

Honey Creek Retreat Center

To register: http://bit.ly/2019MissionTrip

Search for XI Bishop Committee Meeting

10 AM, Saturday, April 6

St. Andrew's, Douglas

Parish Hall Dedication

St. Cyprian's and St. Andrew's, Darien

5 PM, Saturday, April 13

Holy Week Chrism Mass

11 AM Monday, April 15

Christ Church, Valdosta

Holy Week Chrism Mass

11 AM Tuesday, April 16

Trinity, Statesboro

Diocese of Georgia Episcopal Church Women Annual Retreat

Daughters of the King Spring Assembly

April 26-27

St. Augustine's and the Church of Our Savior, Augusta

To register, click here.

Spring Clergy Conference

April 29 at 5:30 PM to May 1 at 1 PM

Honey Creek Retreat Center

Register here.

Dedication of Saint Anna Alexander Chapel

11 AM, Friday, May 3

Diocesan House

18 E. 34th Street, Savannah

Toil 'N Sweat

May 3-5

Honey Creek Retreat Center

Register by going here: http://bit.ly/ToilNSweat2019 

Diocesan Council

Saturday, May 18

St. Paul's, Augusta

Ordination to the Priesthood for the Rev. DeWayne Cope, Deacon

St. Matthew's Savannah

6:30 PM, Wednesday, May 22

Nominations for XI Bishop Close

Friday, May 31

Diocesan Youth Mission Trip

July 13-20

To register:

http://bit.ly/2019MissionTrip

Happening #102

Thursday, August 2 through Sunday, August 4; staff arrives August 1

Honey Creek Retreat Center

New Beginnings #55
September 6-8 
Honey Creek Retreat Center 

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Special Edition DioCal News & Events of The Episcopal Diocese of California Newsletter

March 28, 2019

Please welcome and visit DioCal’s Newest Congregation, St. Anna’s, Antioch!


On Sunday, March 26, the congregations of St. George’s, Antioch and St. Alban’s, Brentwood celebrated their official merger and rebirth as St. Anna’s Episcopal Church! This is the first congregation in the United States to name itself after St. Anna Alexander, the first African American Deaconess in the Episcopal Church.
 
More details about St. Anna Alexander and the inaugural service at her namesake church in this press release from St. Anna’s.
 
A community celebration is planned for July 21. Please keep an eye out for more information and details in upcoming editions of DioCal News and Events. In the meantime, you warmly are invited to visit St. Anna’s at their church on Sundays for worship at 10 a.m.

Where: St. Anna's, 301 E. 13th Street, Antioch

Group Photo by Emma Marie Chiang

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