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Thursday, October 24th, 2019
St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church, 1188 Hamp Mil Road, Dahlonega Georgia 30533 - PH (706) 864-5423     ...
Father John Writes . . . 

Thoughts and Prayers  Many people who advocate change are tired of politicians saying that their thoughts and prayers are with us during particular tragedies, school shootings, hurricanes, fires. People feel that this can be avoiding taking sometimes unpopular action that might help. I was at a rally where they started chanting, “No more thoughts, no more prayers”. I yelled out, “Never stop praying.” Ironically, I found myself heckling a group whose sentiments largely I shared. And with my luck, of course it made the local paper.

Sometimes the expression, “thoughts and prayers”  is used to avoid taking steps we really should take. Yet there are truly times we see nothing within our ability to do. Thoughts and prayers can be a cop out. They can also be an expression of true powerlessness in a situation that we care about, and they can be an affirmation that we are not alone. God will see us through difficult times. 

When someone is sick, when someone suffers great loss, when someone is going through deep depression, sometimes when the whole world seems to have gone crazy, we are powerless, and yet we still care. We think and we pray. 

Please let me ask for your prayer, and your thoughts, and one small action to support your parish church. I want you to pray for the mission of the parish, I want you to take some time to think about the parish and how we can serve the spiritual needs of all, and I want you to express your support with even a small pledge, even if it is just twelve dollars for the year. The number of people who make a pledge is a sign of how we support our common mission.  We are a small parish, and many of us are on fixed income, so I would expect that many of us can only make modest pledges. But to pledge at all is an action that is a sign of your support.

So please think, pray and also act to support our work here.

Father John+

While I have always thought our tradition of preparing a meal to follow funeral services was nice, I never thought about what that could mean to the family. To have a chance for families and friends to gather, share memories with one another, and share fellowship, without heading out the door after the service and disappearing, was truly a blessing to me.
Thank you to everyone who worked so hard in so many ways to make Jimmy’s memorial service such a special event. St. Elizabeth’s is a very special place.

Please Bring Candy to Church!
You can also Volunteer to Give Out Candy Halloween
on the Square, Oct. 31st, in costume or not
Tell Father John you are interested

Pet Memorial Service
Come Remember a Deceased Animal Companion

Saturday, November 2 at 12 Noon
Labyrinth or in the event of rain, the Church

See Father John if you Have a Pet's Ashes to be Scattered
All Saints Day Memorials
Sunday, November 3rd
Sign up in the Narthex

Please write legibly the names of the loved ones you would like to be included on All Saints' Sunday. You can also email or call (706) 864-5423. You may leave a message.
The Book of Common Prayer and Anglicanism

How does the Episcopal Church describe the Christian Life?
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.
MOBS will begin studying "Breathing Underwater" by Richard Rohr This Tuesday, October 22. This Book is about the spirituality of the Twelve steps. We will begin on Monday with an introduction by Father John. The book costs around $8 used online and Father John has ordered a couple for us. MOBS meets for breakfast on Tuesdays at 8:30 am at the Wagon Wheel, and for study at 9:30 in the pastor's study.

Stewardship Awareness
Our Parish Makes a Difference in Our Lives
and Our Community
What Good Fruit can you think of that our Parish Church Bears?

This Stewardship season let each give according to what God puts on their heart.  We hope everyone will make a pledge if even a small one. We can each make our pledge by mail. in the plate on Sunday, or online. Our pledges will be blessed on November 2nd, All Saints' Sunday.

Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, 1231
Our Patron

Plan to Attend our Patronal Festival
& Potluck Feast 
Sunday, November 24th
after service
Write a Meditation for Advent

Our own Paul Anderson is putting together a book of Meditations for Advent written by our own members. The meditation will be based on the experience of each writer and the daily reading for that day. You can think of the Forward Day by Day Meditations.  If you are interested in participating please let us know ASAP as we will need the devotions to be sent to Paul by November 15th. Please indicate you are interested to either Paul at or the parish office
This week at Saint Elizabeth’s:
Monday, October 28th      9:30 am
6 pm
Liz Place
Tuesday, October 29th  8:30 am
9:30 am
10:30 am
11 am
Breakfast at Wagon Wheel
Men’s Bible Study (MOBS)
Holy Eucharist
Tai Chi
Wednesday, October 30th   10 am
5:15 pm
Choir Practice
Thursday, October 31st   11 am
1:30 pm
6 pm
Females Alone Bible Study (FABS)
Tai Chi
Pot Luck
Friday, November 1st 9:30 am Yoga
Saturday, November 2nd 12 noon Pet Memorial
Sunday, November 3rd 9 am
10 am

11 am
11:30 noon
Sunday School
Holy Communion
Coffee Hour & Reception
Vestry Meeting
Pet Memorial: Saturday, November 2nd
12 noon pm at The Church Labyrinth
All Saints Memorial: Sunday, November 3rd
Please sign up in the vestibule
Saint Elizabeth our Patron: Sunday, November 24th
Sunday service and Pot Luck after in Boyd Hall

A Light to My Path: a day of reflection for Women
The Episcopal Church of the Resurrection,
1755 Duncan Bridge Rd,
Sautee, GA 30571
Saturday, November 9
9 am until 3 pm

as we explore ways to experience God's light. Following registration in the Fellowship Hall, we will begin our day with Scripture and music. As our exploration unfolds, we will have short teachings on Rublev's icon, Christian meditation, and Lectio Divina as well as the opportunity to experience silence interspersed with music, movement, and the outdoors. We'll end the day with Taize music and a Healing Service with Eucharist. Morning snacks and soup for lunch will be provided as well as dessert and beverages. If you would like to bring something (sandwich, salad, etc) to complement your soup, you may do so. There is no cost for this day. NOTE: if you have a practice of journaling, please bring your journal. If you do not, you may want to bring paper and pen since we will suggest journaling during the day. Please call or email Beckie Hilton (706) 717-8210 or no later than November 1 to register so that we will prepare adequate materials and food.
Follow this Link to the Latest Edition of the Diocesan Newsletter "Connecting"

...for sharing God's gifts!

Alice, Judy, Barbara, Lara, Melissa, Suzanne, Joan, Millie and Cally:

These courageous and organized ladies "rolled their sleeves up" and they worked setting-up and cleaning-up tables, chairs, tablecloths, centerpieces, food and more during Jimmy's Memorial event.
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

From your Outreach Committee:
Most female victims of intimate partner violence were previously victimized by the same offender, including 77% of females ages 18 to 24, 76% of females ages 25 to 34, and 81% of females ages 35 to 49.

November 3rd is NOA Sunday!  
NOne Alone provides a safe haven for battered women and their children in Lumpkin County and have had upwards of (#) in residence at one time. In addition to providing monetary assistance, St. Elizabeth’s also collects cleaning supplies for NOA (Betty Greene is our Liaison and delivers these supplies to them). 
Please remember NOA as you do your shopping and pick up some extra cleaning supplies to bring to church on
Sunday the 3rd

If you are interested in getting involved in our Outreach efforts and would like to serve on the Outreach Committee, please see Melissa Lach.
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
Boxed Cereal
Oatmeal/Grits - any variety
Apple Juice - 64 oz plastic bottles
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! Tuesdays
10:30 AM
at Church
FABS: Females Alone Bible Study Thursdays
11:00 AM
Downstairs at the Boyd Hall
Men's Only Bible Study Tuesdays
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 Wednesdays
10 am - noon
Downstairs at the Boyd Hall
with Lloyd:
Slow movements accompanied by deep breathing; decreases stress, anxiety and depression Tuesdays
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 Mondays
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: 

Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost - Proper 25
Sirach 35:12-17 or Jeremiah 14:7-10,19-22
Psalm 84:1-6
2 Timothy 4:6-8,16-18
Luke 18:9-14

The Collect

Almighty and everlasting God, increase in us the gifts of faith, hope, and charity; and, that we may obtain what you promise, make us love what you command; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Date October 27 November 3 November 10
Week of the month Week 4 Week 1 Week 2
Observances Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost -P 25 Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost Proper 26 Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost Proper 27
Readings Sirach 35:12-17 or or Jeremiah 14:7-10,19-22 Isaiah 1:10-18 Job 19:23-27a
  Psalm 84:1-6 Psalm 32:1-8 Psalm 17:1-9
  2 Timothy 4:6-8,16-18 2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12 2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17
  Luke 18:9-14 Luke 19:1-10 Luke 20:27-38
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 Cally & Pete Pratt Pam & Jarell Jones Helen Long &
Ushers Lynda & Mike Duke Carla Buchanan & Lara Lowman Darrell Woodall & David Jones
Lector (Lessons) Wilma Bammer Jim Ory Lloyd Cupp
Intercessor (POP) Dave Bammer Kris Duke David Connolly
Chalice Bearers Dave Bammer & David Connolly Jim Ory & Bill Lach Janet Barger & Lloyd Cupp
Crucifer/Acolyte/ Server Betty Greene Bill Lach Kris Duke
Nursery Aidren Buttram. & Elena Leyssens Millie & Rita Adrien & Rita
Altar Guild Melissa Lach & Carol Maybach Cally Pratt & Carla Buchanan Elaine & Don Clark
Flower Guild Jorgene West Jorgene West Harriet Connolly
Hospitality Gladys & Ben Wallace Trish Fawcett & Cathy McLendon Mike Weitze & Kris Duke
Bread Ministry The Bread Team Cally Pratt Elaine Clark
Lay Eucharist Visitor Betty Greene Jim Ory Bill Lach
Tellers David Connolly & Suzanne Ryerson Judy Ford & Chris Christopher Lloyd Cupp & Jesse Lee Wise
VPOD Ben Wallace Lynda Duke Darrell Woodall
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