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Thursday, September 26th, 2019
St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church, 1188 Hamp Mil Road, Dahlonega Georgia 30533 - PH (706) 864-5423     ...
Father John Writes . . . 

Our Sadness Also Welcome  This week I confided in someone that I was feeling pissy and they gave me a hug. They had never experienced me that way before and I think being pissy made me more real and more accessible. I am usually upbeat when I see people because I like people, but like all of us I have true struggles, which I confide mainly in my cat, and in my close friends. There are times the world can seem black. Christ welcomes us at those times, perhaps especially at those times, for when he embraced our life, he too embraced our struggles, our failures, our sadness, and our despairs.

Each week in the Eucharist, perhaps at the heart of the Eucharist, we witness that embrace of our darkness. After the Eucharistic Prayer after we remember before God his life, his death, and his resurrection, after we say "This is my body" and "This is my blood" we take the bread, lift it up and break it. It is a solemn moment when the brokenness of the world is joined to Christ in his brokenness. We pause in that moment. Christ is broken. Being broken with and for us is an important part of his being the one who brings us healing and spiritual wholeness. His embrace of our brokenness is what enables him to save us. Our brokenness is part of who we are spiritually and his love welcomes all of who we are.

Christ our Passover, is broken for us. Therefore let us keep the feast. Your sorrows, your struggles, your hardships, your doubts, your despair, all are honored, and welcome at the wedding-feast of the Lamb.

Have a blessed week, 

Father John+

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Important Note for Sept. 29th Bishop's Visit
Set-up and Food Volunteers

We will meet at 2:00 on Saturday the 28th for setup. All volunteers are appreciated. Individuals bringing food should have it at the church by 9:30 on Sunday, and it should be server ready. We will also need volunteers for clean up afterward. Thanks so much for the awesome support this parish always provides. Alice
Blessing of the Animals is Saturday, October 5th at 12 Noon.
Plan on coming and invite a friend. We welcome any congregant who can refrain from biting, scratching or mauling other congregants. That rule applies to the non-human animals also.
Special Prayer in Memorial of David Hughes
During the Parish Eucharist
Sunday, October 6th at the 10 AM 

The Book of Common Prayer and Anglicanism (Episcopalianism)  Father John is going to offer classes those Sundays when there is no special class planned. The next few sessions will be on Anglicanism as found in the Book of Common Prayer.  If you would like to suggest a particular part of the prayer book just text him your idea. He can surely accommodate you.
  • Sun. Oct. 6 at 9 AM: What do Anglicans consider important in a church? The Chicago-Lambeth Quadrilateral, BCP p. 876.
  • Sun. Oct. 13 at 9 AM: How many Sacraments? We will also look at the form of the services. BCP pp. 857 - 861
  • Sun. Oct. 20 at 9 AM:  What do we Anglicans do? The Baptismal Covenant, BCP p. 304-5.
October Potluck
Thursday, October 17 at 6 pm

Dave and Karyl Loux will be hosting the October Pot Luck!  
In March we all pretend to be at least a little bit Irish; in October let's all pretend to be a little bit German.  October's Pot Luck dinner will have an Oktoberfest theme. 
Please join us bringing any type of German style food you enjoy or something you think would go well with it.  If you have German style clothing here is your chance to get it out and wear it.  We will have German polka music and marches to listen too, as we enjoy each other's company.  Bring your own or a beverage to share that fits the occasion.  Prost! 
T H A N K    Y O U 
for donations toward the Church Elevator Project given in the loving memory of:

Don Vinings
Dovie Avans
Bob Ingram
Stella Christopher

A prayer request:  Rand Herron, who is Cathy McLendon's best friend has decided to move to Oakwood at the end of October to live with his family.  He has been living in Cathy's basement, along with Cole his caregiver, for the past 10 years. His health is failing after being a quadriplegic 42 years.  Please keep Cathy, Rand, and his family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult transition.

...for sharing God's gifts!
Father Walton & Son:
For installing new light bulbs in the church: made everything Brighter!

Flower Guild:
All the beautiful flower creations offered to our Father and loved ones.

Cathy Ritch: 
For assisting as a coordinator for the Steen-Beatty wedding last Saturday.
Volunteers for First Night Dec 31st! Last year our church was able to be the hosts at one of the First Night venues. We have one of the three people needed for this year. It takes place on New Year's Eve and is a fundraiser for Jeremiah's House, a transitional homeless ministry for families. If we get more volunteers we can even take shifts! Contact Father John by text or in person. (914) 512-8156
Eryn Eubanks Miller sends her appreciation to the Parish!
No One Alone (NOA) needs: Canned goods
NOA on going needs are: Bath towels, Washcloths, Toilet tissue/paper, Paper towels and Antiseptic wipes.

Again thank you all for your generous support --- Betty Greene ---
The Community Helping Place (CHP) needs:
Food Pantry
  • Cereal
  • Oats
  • Grits
  • Spaghetti sauce
  • Canned fruit
  • Empty Egg Cartons
Dental Clinic
  • Dental Floss
  • Toothpaste for sensitive teeth
Thank you for your generosity! -- Elaine --
Ongoing Parish Events and Other Groups:
Day / time
Midweek Eucharist: All welcome!
10:30 AM
at Church
FABS: Females Alone Bible Study
11:00 AM
Downstairs at the Boyd Hall
Men's Only Bible Study
8:30 AM
Meets at the Wagon Wheel for breakfast, followed by a 
9:30 AM meeting at Church
Piece-makers: Knit, crochet, weave, quilt pieces to comfort the sick
10 am - noon
Downstairs at the Boyd Hall
with Lloyd:
Slow movements accompanied by deep breathing; decreases stress, anxiety and depression
11:00 AM

1:30 PM 
Downstairs at the Boyd Hall
Yoga with Paula:  A mind-body practice that combines physical poses, controlled breathing, and meditation or relaxation
9:30 AM
9:30 AM
Downstairs at the Boyd Hall

*Or check our online calendar at:
The ministry schedule is always available online at: 

Saint Michael and All Angels
Genesis 28:10-17

Revelation 12:7-12
John 1:47-51
Psalm 103 or 103:19-22

The Collect

Everlasting God, you have ordained and constituted in a wonderful order the ministries of angels and mortals: Mercifully grant that, as your holy angels always serve and worship you in heaven, so by your appointment they may help and defend us here on earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Date September 29 October 6 October 13
Week of the month Week 5 Week 1 Week 2
Observances Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost-P21 Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost-P22 Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost-23
Readings Amos 6:1a,4-7 Habakkuk 1:1-4, 2:1-4 2 Kings 5:1-3, 7-15c
  Psalm 146 Psalm 37:1-10 Psalm 111
  1 Timothy 6:6-19 2 Timothy 1:1-14 2 Timothy 2:8-15
  Luke 16:19-31 Luke 17:5-10 Luke 17:11-19
Celebrant Fr. John Hamilton Fr. John Hamilton Fr. John Hamilton
Preacher Fr. John Hamilton Fr. John Hamilton Fr. John Hamilton
Organist & Choir Director Julie Woodall Julie Woodall Julie Woodall
Verger Bill Lach Bill Lach Bill Lach
Greeters Wilma & Dave Bammer Pam & Jarrell Jones Helen Long & Cally Pratt
Ushers Elaine & Don Clark Carla Buchanan & Lara Lowman Darrell Woodall & David Jones
Lector (Lessons) Wilma Bammer Paul Roberts Dave Bammer
Intercessor (POP) Kris Duke Melissa Lach Rosalie Jensen
Chalice Bearers Tom Roberts Jim Ory & Bill Lach Janet Barger & Lloyd Cupp
Crucifer/Acolyte/ Server Cheryl Jones Bill Lach Kris Duke
Nursery Millie & Aidren Millie A. & Aidren B. Millie A. & Aidren B.
Altar Guild Carol Maybach & Cally Pratt Cally Pratt & Carla Buchanan Elaine & Don Clark
Flower Guild Harriet Connolly Cathy Ritch *
Hospitality Mike Weitze & Kris Duke Debbi Hamm & Alice Moore-Wherry Joan Gray Anderson & Linda Bunting
Bread Ministry Molly Callender Cally Pratt Elaine Clark
Lay Eucharist Visitor Bill Lach Jim Ory Bill Lach
Tellers Dave Bammer & Tom Roberts Judy Ford & Chris Christopher Lloyd Cupp & Jesse Lee Wise
VPOD Darrell Woodall Michael Zose Lara Lowman
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