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Thursday, August 29th, 2019
St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church, 1188 Hamp Mil Road, Dahlonega Georgia 30533 - PH (706) 864-5423     ...
Father John Writes . . . 

How to Change the World   We change the world by being available to people. When a visitor comes to church it is important for us to make ourselves available. We do not know how much our company might help. We do not know what messages God may have for us in simply listening to the story of the new person. We do not know what good we are doing for the world by asking the newcomer to sit at my table and intentionally asking her to tell us things about herself. Sure I want to talk to my friends, but we come to church because we want to be God's agents for good in the world. Welcoming the new person is the subversive way we can allow God's disruptive power to bring blessing into our life. Many people think money, or political power, or protests are the avenues to change. I suggest that making connections where there were none before are the true power of God. We see it in the prophets! We see it in Jesus! We see it in the Apostles! We see it at coffee hour.

Have a blessed week everyone.
Father John

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Our elevator has been approved and is running!
Click the photo to watch this brief video of the Elevator. Be sure to return to complete your read of all the riveting parish news.
L A B O R   D A Y
Monday, September 2nd, 2019
Church Office will be closed
BOOK CLUB: Due to this Monday being a Holiday we will meet next Monday, September 8th!
Choir Practice: We resume our practice starting next Wednesday, September 4th!
Forums on Hospitality
Sunday, September 1 at 9 AM
Thursday, September 5 at 5:30 PM

With the new elevator arriving we want to take stock and brainstorm our welcome of people both on Sunday morning and to all our activities. We are hoping to discuss our greeting, our coffee hour, the way we help new people connect in the parish, and any topics that relate to our welcome. We are especially hoping Vestry members, Greeters, and Persons particularly passionate about welcome would attend. We may use some brainstorming activities inspired by "Invite, Welcome, Connect" a ministry begun by Mary Parmer and now located at Sewanee. You might visit their website at
Dear St. Elizabeth's family:
Words cannot express my heartfelt thanks for all your support, prayers and condolences during Stella's illness and Memorial Service.
Thank all of you again for your support.  I was over whelmed at the attendance and the effort so many of you made to make this a very special Service.

Chris Christopher
The Bishop's visiting us! On Sunday, September 29th for Holy Communion and Reception following. Sign-Up sheets will be at the vestibule table. 
  • Ham Sliders - 4 trays
  • Cheese Straws - 2 trays
  • Meatballs – 4 trays
  • Deviled Eggs – 4 trays
  • Mini Quiches – 8 trays
  • Crudités (veggies) – 2 large trays
  • Cheese & Crackers – 2 large trays
  • Fruit – 2 large trays
15th Annual Spelling Bee ! Mark your calendar for September 19, 2019, 7pm Lumpkin County High School. Are you interested in putting your spelling skills to the test for a good cause? You could volunteer to help form a team. We will need at least three to do this. One might be able to twist Father John's arm.

CHP Gold Party!
  Get your tickets to join the party before they are gone! Contact Fr. John for more information. Please place in the memo of your check "St. Elizabeth's" and they will seat us together. Please call 706-867-9621for details. RSVP by September 13th
Art displays and donations: St. Elizabeth's artists donate between 20% to 100% from the sale of their artwork displayed in Boyd Hall to the church and its outreach programs. More artists are welcomed! If you would like to participate and have your art displayed on the new shelves please contact Elaine Clark for details.
Sharing a little of your time: We have various ministries and/or charitable programs that could use a volunteering hand. If you wish to contribute a little of your time feel welcome to learn which ministry or program(s) to join. Ask any of the Ministry Leaders (a list is at the office bulletin board), call/email the office or Fr. John for details! God bless you!
...proclaiming God's Word, celebrating God's love, and sharing God's gifts.

Does your partner…

  • control what you do, who you see and talk to or where you go?
  • call you names, insult or humiliate you?
  • control all the finances and make you account for every penny you spend?
  • shove, push, kick, slap or hit you?
  • demand sex against your will?

If you answered “yes” to even one of the above questions, you may be in DANGER. 

Call our 24/7/365 Crisis Line: 706-864-1986. Or visit our website at:

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
Will you be an Acolyte? We have the need for volunteers to serve as Acolyte on Sunday service. Keep in mind that we rotate the volunteers and the schedule is posted weeks in advanced. Give this a try!
Weekly garden maintenance: The Garden Committee has completed most major issues front & back. It's now moving forward to weekly maintenance where needed. Anyone can join in. An extra pair of hands is always welcome! We are usually done before 10 am every Saturday (weather permitting). Thank you! ---  Suzzane Ryerson & The Garden Committee
Bless the Flowers! You can donate by ordering flowers to adorn the church and altar! Please fill out this form. 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 offerings wood box at the vestibule or in the office administrator mail box. Thank You! ---  Harriet & The Flower Guild
Ministry Highlight: Pick and Bow! Our parishioners are involved in so many things which can be considered a ministry. Our own Margo Booth is involved with Pick and Bow, a non-profit organization that teaches music to children. She recently shared with me a YouTube video about this organization. I enjoyed it very much and commend it to you.

What other ministries might we share in our Thursday Update? Send us suggestions to the parish email:
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: (Suspended during construction)
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: 

Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost - Proper 17
Sirach 10:12-18 or Proverbs 25:6-7
Psalm 112 
Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16
Luke 14:1, 7-14

The Collect
Lord of all power and might, the author and giver of all good things: Graft in our hearts the love of your Name; increase in us true religion; nourish us with all goodness; and bring forth in us the fruit of good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen.

Date September 1 September 8 September 15
Week of the month Week 1 Week 2 Week 3
Observances Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost-P17 Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost-P18 Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost-P19
Readings Sirach 10:12-18 or Proverbs 25:6-7 Deuteronomy 30:15-20 Exodus 32:7-14
  Psalm 112 Psalm 1 Psalm 51:1-11
  Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16 Philemon 1-21 1 Timothy 1:12-17
  Luke 14:1, 7-14 Luke 14:25-33 Luke 15:1-10
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 Pam & Jarell Jones Helen Long & Molly Callender Joan Gray-Anderson & Mike Weitze
Ushers Carla Buchanan & Lara Lowman Darrell Woodall & David Jones Elaine Clark
Lector (Lessons) Jim Ory Lloyd Cupp Warren Johnson
Intercessor (POP) Kris Duke David Connolly Cathy McLendon
Chalice Bearers Jim Ory Janet Barger & Lloyd Cupp Martha Roberts
Crucifer/Acolyte/ Server Bill Lach Kris Duke Dave Bammer
Nursery Millie, Aidren & Rita Millie, Aidren & Rita Millie, Aidren & Rita
Altar Guild Cally Pratt & Carla Buchanan Elaine & Don Clark Carol & Bill Maybach
Flower Guild Cathy McLendon Kathy Gholston Joan Gray Anderson
Hospitality Joan Gray-Anderson & Alice Moore-Wherry Amy Anderson & Michael Zose Trish Fawcett & Cathy McLendon
Bread Ministry Cally Pratt Elaine Clark Alice Moore-Wherry
Lay Eucharist Visitor Jim Ory Bill Lach Bill Lach
Tellers Need two Lloyd Cupp & Jesse Lee Wise Joan Anderson & George Armijo
VPOD Lara Lowman Alice Moore-Wherry Ben Wallace
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