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111th Annual Council

Nov 7, 2017

 Photo from 2016 Annual Council

Photo from 2016 Annual Council

We are looking forward to the 111th Annual Council, hosted by the Northeast Georgia Convocation. Learn more.

Diocesan Evensong
Grace Church, Gainesville • Nov 9
Thursday, November 9 at 7:00 p.m. at Grace Church for early arrivals. Dr. Patrick A. Scott, assistant organist-choirmaster at St. Philip’s Cathedral, will play a pre-service recital beginning at 6:30 p.m.

ECF BBQ Competition
Grace Church, Gainesville • Nov 10
Join the Episcopal Community Foundation for Middle and North Georgia for dinner, BBQ, and fun after Council on Friday, Nov 10! Teams will cook Boston butts to compete to earn a prize, which will be awarded to their parish for outreach.

  • $5,000 – 1st Place
  • $2,500 – 2nd Place
  • $1,500 – 3rd Place

The event will begin after the Friday Annual Council activities have concluded, and attendees will have the opportunity to taste BBQ from around the Diocese. In addition to tastings, a BBQ buffet dinner will be provided by the Episcopal Holy Smokers in the parish hall with delicious food and great desserts (vegetarian option available). To round out the fun, we’ll also enjoy the music of Peachtree Station Bluegrass Band. Suggested donation: $5 online, $10 at the door. Register for dinner at 

We still have space for a few more BBQ teams. The registration fee is $100/team. Only one team per parish may enter. Teams will need to bring their own pop-up tent, tables, chairs, cooking equipment, and food supplies. If you are interested in registering, please contact Lindsey Hardegree at or 404.601.5362.

Competing teams:

  • Holy Smoker (Church of the Resurrection)
  • BBQ is a noun (St. Bartholomew’s)
  • BBQ Bees (St. Benedict’s)
  • The Smokin’ Cats (St. Catherine’s)


Soul’s Afire (St. Edward’s)
St. Elizabeth (Holy Smokers)
Haitian Hope (Macon: Christ Church, St. Francis, St. Paul’s) 

Service Project
First Baptist, Gainesville • Nov 10
At last year’s Annual Council, our Diocese came together with Stop Hunger Now to feed 20,000 people all over the world. This year, we are partnering with Rise Against Hunger with a goal of feeding 30,000 people. We invite everyone at Council to serve in this effort. Is your parish up to the challenge? On Friday evening, we are asking between one and two delegates from each parish to give 1-2 hours to help us.

Our goal is to have 100 delegate volunteers. We also ask each parish to prayerfully consider pledging a contribution of $100. This amount will cover feed 500. You can pledge online today. You may also mail a check to the Diocese earmarked Annual Council Service Project. Please email Easton Davis, youth and young adult missioner, for details and to pledge your support. Learn more.


Youth Lock-In at Annual Council
First Baptist, Gainesville • Nov 10-11
Every November, we gather at Annual Council as an entire Diocese. The youth segment is no different. We start our night by feeding 10,000 with Rise Against Hunger. After packaging the meals, we get “locked-in” at Council where we play games, sing songs, have midnight mass, and end the night with a movie on our the big screen. The next morning, we lead worship for over 500 folks! Register today.