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Thursday, October 18th, 2018
22nd Sunday after Pentecost
St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church, 1188 Hamp Mil Road, Dahlonega Georgia 30533 - PH (706) 864-5423     ...


Earthly and Divine Light   Tintoretto painted this image of the Resurrection in 1581. It was the example used at a continuing education course I took.  The point was made that there are two sources of light in the picture. There is the light of the Sun over on the far left hand side of the picture. But there is a second source of light, the light of the resurrection behind Christ flowing into the world. Both lights shine into the darkness of this world. 

The instructor was great. God's grace breaks into our life, our world, our spirit. It does not undo or supersede our material experience of light which we can study from science. But it allows us to see goodness, grace, blessing. It allows us to have hope in the midst of challenges. God's goodness shines into our lives if we are only willing to see it.

Our faith is a place where the material world is transformed by God's in-breaking light. We could despair at illness, or at social challenges, or at the political reality. And if we are not careful those things can overtake our life. Yet the light of the resurrection, the light of moments of grace, moments of healing, moments of joy, break open for us another dimension of reality. The church proclaims Christ, Resurrection, Hope, this in-breaking of grace into darkness, and this is what we support when we support the church.

Our parish does need to grow our income this year if it is God's grace for us to do so. A very possible elevator will increase our expenses until we are fully able to pay for it. And we would not want to lower our giving to outreach. I hope to increase salary for our other staff, though I asked the vestry to forego any COLA for me this year. Our community has costs as we point out the light of Christ breaking into our darkness.

We could go on and on about money like NPR or our colleges which call and write us continually asking for support. I personally do not want to do that. This is not a college. This is not a radio station. This is our church. We are a family. A family should not browbeat people to support it. Each person determines in prayer and in their heart what they will give. And we work from there. Perhaps we can grow, perhaps we cut away things, though we are very frugal here already, and it is unclear what we could readily cut.

I prefer to go on and on about something more essential. I want us to see divine light shining into our lives. I so want us to have hope, and experience joy. I want Jesus to heal our eyes to see the wonders God is doing in the world every day, and to open our ears, to hear the praise constantly being offered to God. My belief is that when our eyes behold the divine light we will be more ready and have greater joy in contributing our wealth to the work of our family church. When our hearts are open to the things God is doing in our lives, when we can tell them in story, then we are living out the very reason we are a church here, and then we will prayerfully give with gratitude and joy.
Have a blessing filled week
Father John+

Canadian Thanksgiving
Thursday, October 18 at 6:00 PM

Hosts: Jill and Rick Hayes
---- Turkey and dressing will be provided! ---
Please bring any traditional side you prepare at Thanksgiving - vegetables (especially "root" vegetables if you do those) potatoes, dressing if you have a special one you prepare, rolls/bread and desserts such as pecan pie, pumpkin pie etc.
Come enjoy a wonderful holiday which so often gets "lost" in the holiday shuffle.

The Blessing of the Animals
Come pick up your pet certificates 

available at the lobby


Larger Communion Wafers We begin using larger communion wafers this Sunday in the hope that they will better signify the abundant grace of God!

Easton Davis
Missioner for Youth and Young Adults to Preach

Sunday, October 21st 
We will have a Forum after Church so you can learn and ask questions about youth ministry in our diocese. Plan on coming and supporting our Missioner!

Easton Davis is a Georgia native who has been working in youth ministry for the past 4 years. He graduated with Honors from the University of North Georgia.  Easton joined the bishop’s staff in January of 2015 as Missioner for Youth Ministries. He serves as a resource for all youth programs in the diocese of Atlanta, especially those in smaller parishes.  Easton visits and consults with parishes, convocations and university campuses to assist in developing youth and young adult programs.
Fall Leaf Watching THIS WEEK
with Kris Duke

Wednesday, October 26th 2018
10:00 am
St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church

We will take a trip through the North Georgia mountains to see the leaves and visit Brasstown Bald. Bring camera and lunch money!

Halloween Candy!

Trick-Or-Treat Dahlonega,
Downtown Dahlonega, GA

Thursday, October 31st.
5:30-7:30 PM

Trick-or-Treat Dahlonega is intended for children ages 12 and under and appropriate costumes are appreciated. 

Please bring to church individually wrapped candy for distribution to kids on Halloween! Thank you!!!

Interfaith Thanksgiving Service
Tuesday, November 13th at 6 PM
St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church
Come and bring a friend.
Volunteer to bring some refreshments to share.
Stories of Transformation for Stewardship on Sundays 
We hope that remembering stories of transformation will help us be more aware of all God has done. These stories are the context of our giving in the parish. Our life together, worship, fellowship, education and outreach, depends on our giving. If you did not get a  pledge letter please call the office. We will have brief speakers on Sundays between now and the pledge in-gathering Nov. 4.  Remember the goodness of God, in story when possible, and prayerful determine what you can give to the community. --- Thanks, Fr. John ---
Sponsoring First Night 
We have three pledges to help finance our church sponsoring  of First Night. First Night is a downtown festival for the whole family that takes place Dec. 31st in the Square and culminates with the dropping of the golden nugget at midnight. We would like to spend enough to have a half page advertisement in the journal which could reach 1200 souls. If this is something that interests you please call or email the parish office or (06) 864-5423.
Send Your Prayer Requests! 
To our faithful parish administr
ator at 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!

T H I S  W E E K
“The Go Guide” led by Rosalie Jensen

S i m p l y  T r a n s f o r m a t i o n a l
October 21st: “The Go Guide” led by Rosalie Jensen
Rosalie Jensen and Judy Strickland will take turns presenting insights from the Bishop’s Book, “The Go Guide”. Rosalie will lead the first section. This book encourages parishes to explore innovative ministries, a process that involves casting away some things, and also packing lightly. Though specifically targeting Christian Mission the ideas it provokes can benefit any of our innovations in life.
October 28th: “The Go Guide, Part 2” led by Judy Strickland
The continuation of the Discussion last week led by Judy Strickland. See the description above.
“Come and share with us your stories of simplicity and transformation as physical reality radiates the Love of God.”
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:/ to register.
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. 

Our new website is up and running!

Check it out at:

Hospitality Ministry
We will like to have more hostess/hostesses to assist after Sunday service coffee gatherings!
  • A Sign-up sheet is in the kitchen so you can select the dates that are convenient for you. It is recommended teams of two persons per Sunday. Should you have questions please contact Tammy Lee or Linda Bunting.
PHOTO ABOVE: Flower arrangement by Cathy McLendon

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 

Free Clinic seeks Volunteer Receptionist:

Paula Payne, director of the Free Clinic, has need of additional volunteers to serve at the clinic's front desk.  This involves answering the phone, scheduling/rescheduling appointments, welcoming arriving patients, etc. If you have an interest in serving in this way, please talk to Jackie Peabody. (706-867-1414)
The CHP Food Pantry needs for September: 
  • Canned corn
Thank you for your generosity! -- Elaine --
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 or Friday mornings!
Also needed are volunteers for estate pick ups.
Please contact Elaine Clark if you would like to volunteer.
Book Club
Our next book is "Medicus: a Novel of the Roman Empire", by Ruth Downie.  An army doctor, Ruso, newly posted to the far outpost of Britannia, must become a sleuth to find a killer. 

Our next meeting will be Monday, November 5th, at Noon, at Gustavo's Pizzeria, on the square. All are welcome! --- John Ackermann
Gluten Free Wafer now available! Please tell the Usher if you need a gluten free wafer.

Ongoing Parish Events and Other Groups:
Midweek Eucharist     Tuesdays at 10:30 AM
at Church
(Females Alone Bible Study)
  Thursdays at 11:00 AM
Downstairs at the Boyd Hall
(Men's Only Bible Study) 
  Tuesdays at 8:30 AM, meets at the Wagonwheel for breakfast, followed by a 9:30 AM meeting at Church. 
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
22nd Sunday after Pentecost
October 21st, 2018
Collect: Almighty and everlasting God, in Christ you have revealed your glory among the nations: Preserve the works of your mercy, that your Church throughout the world may persevere with steadfast faith in the confession of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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 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, periodically check schedules. If you are unable to serve please find your replacement and notify any changes to: Melissa Lach via email:

The ministry schedule is always available now! Click on the link below: 
Date October 21 October 28
Week of the month Week 3 Week 4
Observances Twenty Second Sunday after Pentecost Proper 24 Twenty Third Sunday after Pentecost Proper 25
Readings Isaiah 53:4-12 Jeremiah 31:7-9
  Psalm 91:9-16 Psalm 126
  Hebrews 5:1-10 Hebrews 7:23-28
  Mark 10:35-45 Mark 10:46-52
Celebrant John Hamilton John Hamilton
Preacher Easton Davis John Hamilton
Organist & Choir Director Julie Woodall Julie Woodall
Verger Bill Lach Bill Lach
Greeters Judy Ford and Joan Anderson Cally and Pete Pratt
Ushers Suzanne Ryerson & Jim Elmore Michael & Lynda Duke
Lector (Lessons) Bill Miller Cathy McLendon
Intercessor (POP) Kris Duke Garry Mayfield
Chalice Bearers Lloyd Cupp & Janet Barger Paul Roberts & need one more
Crucifer/Acolyte/ Server David Bammer Kris Duke
Nursery A Buttram/Millie/Rita A Buttram/Millie/Rita
Altar Guild The Maybachs Melissa Lach & Jackie Peabody
Flower Guild Cathy Ritch Cindy Mayfield
Hospitality Tammy Lee & Trish Fawcett Marilou Kinney & Rosalie Jensen
Bread Ministry Elaine Clark Judy Ford
Lay Eucharist Visitor Bill Lach Bill Lach
Tellers Joan Anderson & Jorge Armigo David Connolly & Sharon Hall
VPOD Wilma Bammer Michael Zose

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. 
  • Seek & Serve bulletin
  • One Gift for Life brochure
  • The Church of Common Ground leaflet
  • Natural Spirituality Gathering 2019 flyer
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