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Thursday, October 4th, 2018
20th Sunday after Pentecost
St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church, 1188 Hamp Mil Road, Dahlonega Georgia 30533 - PH (706) 864-5423     ...

Stories of Forgiveness  It is very significant that Jesus talks about forgiveness in the very thing he asks us to memorize, the prayer he taught us. "Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us." For Jesus learning and practicing forgiveness is core to our very salvation.

I find forgiveness hard. People behave in ways that are baffling and seemingly illogical. Sometimes they are stressed, or acting out of memories of past hurt or trauma. Often their behavior questions our own value as people. An offended pride is a difficult thing to endure. I find it is especially hard to forgive someone who chooses not to value me when in fact I am drawn to them in some way.

Forgiving self can also be hard. We did something stupid or hurtful for whatever reason, and we are sorry for the pain we caused. However, the next step of saying sorry, learning from our mistake, and accepting forgiveness can be hard. It can be especially hard when the person chooses not to forgive us. In the Jewish traditions one is encouraged to ask forgiveness three separate times, and if they are unwilling to forgive all three times, to move on, and accept God's forgiveness even if the person herself is not ready.

When we accept forgiveness we are able to live in the present more fully. To hold onto a grudge and not forgive someone, or to not accept the forgiveness of others gives free real estate in our souls to the other person. Often the offending person, or the offended person, are not bothered at all by the situation. I am often asked forgiveness for things I do not even remember the person doing to me.

Sometimes we desire some level of revenge in our heart. My favorite advice on revenge is to give it up because it will not actually make us feel better, and we are probably not very good at it anyway. When we forgive we truly desire good for that person. We may sometimes lose some trust in that person to some degree, and forgiveness is not the same as restoration of trust, but if we truly forgive we do honestly desire that the person flourish and be blessed. Desiring blessing for others roots us in the God of all goodness and compassion and allows us to truly live.

Do you have a story of forgiveness? A time when either you forgave or were forgiven, and it brought balance to your soul. [Ahhhhhhh. I just thought of one. Break where I go to the bulletin board and put up a butterfly.] Then write down your story and send it in, anonymously if you like, to, or put a butterfly up at church. God's love is so great that we learn there is always room for forgiveness.
Have a blessed week everyone.
Father John+
Photos of
The Blessing of the Animals
Saturday, October 6th, 2018
Fall Leaf Watching
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!

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.
Donations for Flood Victims can be made to Episcopal Relief and Development. Please keep our neighbors in North and South Carolina, and indeed, those suffering hardship all over the world in your prayers.

Donate Online:
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 ---
Update from Bob Ingram

I promised a health update from time to time, so here goes:
Shortly after moving to Hickory I developed pneumonia.  During the test process while in the hospital, a mass on my right lung was discovered.  Diagnosed was Non-Small Cell Carcinoma (Lung Cancer).  I was initially prescribed with a six week protocol of radiation.  Further tests revealed that the cancer had spread to the lymph nodes and metastasized to the brain.  Radiation treatments were subsequently altered.
The last of my radiation treatments to both the lung and brain was on Sept 26th.   The treatments were not difficult but according to Ginny they left me tired and irritable.  Following my last day of radiation, my hair started falling out.  In 2007, I had the honor of shaving Beth’s hair during her own cancer battle.  She got even, and the same clipper was used on me!  I am now a “fuzzy-wuzzy” but am confident that the hair will grow back.
You may have read about the two doctors who developed an immunotherapy program and awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine (the same treatment given to Jimmy Carter).  I will begin lab work for this same program next week.  I understand that the treatment is similar to Chemo but without all the side effects.  The length of time for this treatment is undetermined.
Rest assured I am not in pain, just weak, tired, and yes, irritable.  The doctor assures me that I need not develop a short timer’s attitude.  Ginny is taking good care of me and Beth reminds me to laugh.
Thanks for all the cards, emails, and prayers.
Bob Ingram
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!

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.
Dovie Avans has moved into New Horizon in Gainesville. She is under hospice care. I ask you to send her cards and letters expressing your love, sharing your memories, and assuring her of your prayers. 

Dovie Avans
New Horizons Limestone
2020 Beverly Road
Gainesville, GA 30501

T H I S  W E E K
“The Grace of the Body” led by Lloyd Cupp

S i m p l y  T r a n s f o r m a t i o n a l

October 14th: “The Grace of the Body” led by Lloyd Cupp
Lloyd, who leads the Tai Chi classes at the church, will lead us in moving our bodies simply and gracefully in the promotion of health and spiritual well-being. Each person will participate to the level they are comfortable, however even people with limited movement will benefit.
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:

PHOTO ABOVE: Flower arrangement by Harriet Connolly

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
21st Sunday after Pentecost
October 14th, 2018
Collect: Lord, we pray that your grace may always precede and follow us, that we may continually be given to good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for 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 14 October 21
Week of the month Week 2 Week 3
Observances Twenty First Sunday after Pentecost Proper 23 Twenty Second Sunday after Pentecost Proper 24
Readings Amos 5:6-7,10-15 Isaiah 53:4-12
  Psalm 90:12-17 Psalm 91:9-16
  Hebrews 4:12-16 Hebrews 5:1-10
  Mark 10:17-31 Mark 10:35-45
Celebrant John Hamilton John Hamilton
Preacher Walton Peabody Easton Davis
Organist & Choir Director Julie Woodall Julie Woodall
Verger Bill Lach Bill Lach
Greeters Linda Bunting and Tammy Lee Judy Ford and Joan Anderson
Ushers Darrell Woodall & need one more Suzanne Ryerson & Jim Elmore
Lector (Lessons) Warren Johnson Bill Miller
Intercessor (POP) Michael Zose Kris Duke
Chalice Bearers Tom & Martha Roberts Lloyd Cupp & Janet Barger
Crucifer/Acolyte/ Server Betty Greene David Bammer?
Nursery A. Buttram/Millie/Rita A Buttram/Millie/Rita
Altar Guild Cindy Mayfield & Elaine Clark The Maybachs
Flower Guild Cathy McLendon Cathy Ritch
Hospitality Amy Anderson & Michael Zose Tammy Lee & Trish Fawcett
Bread Ministry Cally Pratt Elaine Clark
Lay Eucharist Visitor Betty Greene Bill Lach
Tellers Lloyd Cupp Joan Anderson & Jorge Armigo
VPOD Lynda Duke Wilma Bammer

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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