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Thursday, November 15th, 2018
This Sunday is our Patronal Festival
Elizabeth, Princess of Hungary

 
St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church, 1188 Hamp Mil Road, Dahlonega Georgia 30533 - PH (706) 864-5423    
  stelizabethdahlonega@gmail.com     ...     www.stelizabethepiscopal.com

 
 
Dear People of St. Elizabeth's...

What a busy week and a big thank you to this parish that shines with faithfulness and service. We put together a wonderful service for Bob Ingram and a wonderful reception. THANK YOU to all who helped with both worship and Hospitality.  We also celebrated Bill Lach's Retirement and a good time was had by all! Thank you also to the Hayes who welcomed the Episcopal Campus Ministries (ECM) Adoptive Grandparents and Grandstudents.  Lynda Duke and Joan Gray Anderson coordinated the hospitality for a wonderful Interfaith Service. 

There was so much going on that when I arrived at the church today rather than get straight to tasks, I picked up my pen knife and made the first go at removing fading ribbons from the prayer tree. As I took down faded ribbons I asked God to remember the prayer again. My mind began to imagine all the things we offer to God, a fresh wound or fear, concern for a loved one, financial concern, those who suffer, perhaps even our community and country.

I noticed that some of the ribbons had wrapped themselves around the tree real close, and I imagined this is what prayer can do for us, help us to wrap ourselves around God. We had put these ribbons on right before the promise of spring. I take them down appropriately when the tree goes bare for winter. Unless we let go, make space, there is not room for anything new. If our prayer life does not move forward it begins to stagnate and fade like the ribbons on the tree.

There will be no Sunday School until January. This helps make room the coming weeks. This Sunday we have the St. Elizabeth's Day Brunch and it is also a way to celebrate Thanksgiving together before we all travel our separate ways. It will be no time until the Christmas Party at the Clark's on Dec. 8th. Before the party on Dec. 2nd we have a parish forum to consider the elevator together. Appropriately just after that forum on Dec. 2nd some of us will go to cathedral to hear Advent Lessons and Carols. We will stop and listen in this this beautiful service and remember that God visits us. The meaning of Advent is "visit" or "arrival". In the midst of all these activities we leave open a space for the unexpected and surprising visit of God. God's presence and activity often goes unnoticed until we stop and are quiet in order to notice. it.. Have a blessing filled week

Father John+

"Updated" Pledge Update
 
T H A N K   Y O U   A G A I N  to all who have pledged and to those who after prayerful consideration felt unable to do so. You can still pledge either online here or using a form available in the Narthex. No pledge is too small because each one turned in is a vote of support for the mission of our parish.

Good News. As of this writing we have 59 pledges coming in at about $191,000. This is close enough to last year that the vestry will not need to make major cuts. They will as always prayerfully consider how to use these gifts most efficiently and effectively to accomplish our mission of "proclaiming God's word, celebrating God's love, and sharing God's gifts."
THIS WEEK & UPCOMING
Saint Elizabeth of Hungary

Holy Eucharist
&
Brunch Following


Sunday, November 18th, 2018
10 am

If you have something special to bring for the brunch please call Judy Ford (706) 216-8794

Cancelled meetings Thanksgiving Week   
the week of November 19 to 23:
  • MOBS - Tuesday, November 20th
  • HOLY EUCHARIST - Tuesday, November 20th
  • FABS - Thursday November 22nd

 
Ecumenical Advent Services
Tuesdays, Nov. 27th, Dec. 4th, Dec. 11th, Dec. 18th
St. Luke the Apostle Roman Catholic Church
12 Noon
Soup and Sandwich Lunch Following for suggested $5 donation


Father John preaches the service Dec. 18th
If you feel inspired please sign up to bring a crock of soup, loaf of sandwiches, or plate of dessert. We also need 4 people to serve the soup that day. 
Blessings.
Parish Meeting
Discerning the Elevator Project
Sunday, December 2 at 11:15 in the Church

Refreshments to follow in the Parish Hall
 
A faithful team has worked very hard in conjunction with the vestry to pursue the installation of an elevator.  It is important for us to get a sense of where we are as a parish. The vestry is charged with making the decision itself, but whether to build or not to build is a balancing of opportunities and risks for the whole parish, to be approached with much prayer and faithfulness. Please pray for this process and come to the meeting ready to help our parish take counsel together as we discern the way forward.
Send Your Prayer Requests! 
To our faithful parish administr
ator at stelizabethdahlonega@gmail.com or call (706) 864-5423. 
Please include the name of the person to pray for, their relationship to you, and their ailment if it can be shared. We will keep them on the list of a number of weeks. If after that time they still need prayer please reach out to the office. Blessings!

St. Elizabeth's Christmas Party
at The Clark's


Saturday, December 8 at 1:00 pm
 
Music, Fun, Food, and Frivolity!
Mark Your Calendars for SOAP UP Atlanta Jan 26 
The Commission on Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking is sponsoring an event on January 26th at All Saints' Atlanta. They are asking for every parish to send at least 3 participants. They are taking active steps to prevent child trafficking in Atlanta, and especially before the Superbowl. Click here for more information. Click https:/tinyurl.com/supersoap2018 to register.
Shirley Work is significantly appreciative of the shawl received. Tells her story of God's forgiveness while convalescing a cancer disease. 
Our Food Ministry:
We need volunteers interested in making meals when needed. Please Sign-Up in the clipboard at the vestibule. Thanks for all you do! --- Suzanne Ryerson
How it works:
Once a request is received or when we make contact to offer assistance we learn all dietary requirements, portions, and frequency information. Then a call will go out to those in the volunteer list.
NOTE: Requests maybe for breakfast, dinner, fruit, dessert or other. 
Hospitality Ministry volunteers needed!
We would like to have more hosts/hostesses to assist after Sunday service coffee gatherings! Teams provide easy treats to go with coffee or lemonade to be ready after service.
  • Please Sign-up on the clip-board sheet that is in the kitchen. 
  • You can select the dates that are convenient for you.
  • Plan on serving for around 40 - 50.
  • It is recommended teams of two persons per Sunday.
  • Food/Treats fresh fruit or other sweets (cookies, cake, etc), 
  • Coffee is a must and directions are on the refrigerator.
  • Beverages: water, lemonade (mix in cabinet), other.
  • Should you have questions please contact either the parish office or Tammy Lee at 404-707-8303 or email: tammylee909@gmail.com
PHOTO ABOVE: Flower arrangement by Cathy McLendon
PHOTO ABOVE: Flower arrangement by Cathy Ritch
Flower Donations:
You can donate by ordering flowers to adorn the church and altar!
There is a form to fill out at the vestibule (envelopes available).
Although any amount is welcomed we suggest $25.
Make check payable to: 
St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church, Flower Guild on the memo line.
Please place completed form and check in the office administrator's mail box, Thank you! --- Harriet 
OUTREACH
The CHP Food Pantry needs for November: 
  • Canned vegetables: kidney beans, black beans, pinto beans, mixed vegetables, peas, carrots, spinach and potatoes.
Thank you for your generosity! -- Elaine --
Community Helping Place White Christmas is the seasonal outreach which offers qualifying households, gifts for their children, a holiday meal for the family and clothing vouchers from the CHP clothing store. 
  • Unwrapped new toys may be taken to CHP or to St. Elizabeth's.
CHP will gratefully accept checks made payable to CHP White Christmas. Mail to:

CHP White Christmas
P. O. Box 712, Dahlonega, GA 30533


Thank you for your willingness to make a difference in the lives of our neighbors.
White Christmas food list:
These items may be purchased already pre-boxed at Fresh and Low. They will deliver to CHP for you.
  • 1 pound ham (no refrigeration required)
  • 1 can yams 2 cans green beans
  • 2 cans corn
  • 1 can chicken broth
  • 1 box stuffing
  • 1 box instant mashed potatoes
  • 2 boxes mac and cheese
  • 1 box cornbread mix
  • 1 can fruit
  • 1 can cranberry sauce
  • 1 boxed cake mix
  • 1 container frosting. 
No One Alone (NOA):
This month NOA needs:
  • Blankets
  • Bed sheets
Again thank you all for your generous support  --- Betty Greene ---
The NOA on going needs are:
  • Bath towels
  • Washcloths
  • Toilet tissue/paper
  • Paper towels
  • Antiseptic wipes
Thrift Store Volunteers are needed!
 
--- Tuesday mornings 
--- Thursday afternoons
--- Friday mornings
--- Estate pick ups.

Please contact Elaine Clark if you would like to volunteer.
Email: clarkdonelaine@windstream.net
ANNOUNCEMENTS AND NEWS
Gluten Free Wafer now available!  Please tell the Usher if you need a gluten free wafer.
UPCOMING & ONGOING

Ongoing Parish Events and Other Groups:
 
Midweek Eucharist     Cancelled 11-20-2018
FABS:
(Females Alone Bible Study)
  Cancelled 11-22-2018
MOBS:
(Men's Only Bible Study) 
  Cancelled 11-20-2018
Piecemakers:   Wednesdays 10 am – noon
Downstairs at the Boyd Hall
TAI CHI:   Tuesdays 11 AM & Thursdays 1:30 PM, 
Downstairs at the Boyd Hall
Yoga with Paula:   Mondays & Fridays at 9:30 AM
Downstairs at the Boyd Hall
     
SUNDAY MINISTRIES
Interested in serving behind the altar on Sundays? 
We would love to have more Acolytes, Chalice Bearers, and Readers! 
Chalice Bearer requires a little more training, but not too demanding; however, serving as an Acolyte or Reader takes just a few "lessons". If you are interested, please email stelizabethdahlonega@gmail.com or leave a message on the phone (706) 864-5423. You may also in addition talk to our Verger, Bill Lach, or Fr. John


All Sunday Volunteers:
Your role in church services is necessary and well appreciated! Please, check schedules periodically. If you are unable to serve please find your replacement and notify any changes to: Melissa Lach via email: wmzlach@gmail.com.

The ministry schedule is always available now! Click on the link below:
http://bit.ly/steministryschedule 
 
26th Sunday after Pentecost
November 15th, 2018

Daniel 12:1-3
Psalm 16 
Hebrews 10:11-14 (15-18) 19-25
Mark 13:1-8
 
Collect: Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
MINISTRY SCHEDULE
Date November 18 November 25
Week of the month Week 3 Week 4
Observances Elizabeth, Princess of Hungary, 1231 Last Sunday after Pentecost: Christ the King
Readings Tobit 12:6b–9 Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14
  2 Corinthians 8:7–15 Psalm 93
  Luke 6:35–38 Revelation 1:4b-8
  Psalm 109:20–25 John 18:33-37
     
Celebrant John Hamilton Walton Peabody
Preacher John Hamilton John Hamilton
     
Organist & Choir Director Julie Woodall Julie Woodall
Verger Bill Lach Bill Lach
Greeters Judy Ford & Debbie Hamm Cally & Pete Pratt
Ushers Suzanne Ryerson & Jim Elmore Lynda & Michael Duke
Lector (Lessons) Wilma Bammer Michael Zose
Intercessor (POP) Betty Greene Cathy McLendon
Chalice Bearers Lloyd Cupp & Janet Barger Jim Ory and Betty Greene
Crucifer/Acolyte/ Server Kris Duke & Cheryl Jones Betty Greene
     
Nursery A Buttram/Millie/Rita A Buttram/Millie/ Rita
Altar Guild Carol & Bill Maybach Melissa Lach & Cally P / Carol M
Flower Guild Cindy Mayfield Joan or Jorgene (sub Cathy R)
Hospitality Trish Fawcett & Sub for Tammy Amy Anderson
Bread Ministry Alice Moore-Wherry Judy Ford
Lay Eucharist Visitor Bill Lach  
Tellers Kristi & George Armijo David Connolly & Sharon Hall
VPOD Judy Ford Lara Lowman
OPPORTUNITIES OUTSIDE THE PARISH
Bulletin Board: You can learn all kinds of things by perusing the bulletin boards in the parish office and also downstairs at the Parish Hall. 
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