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Thursday, October 3rd, 2019
St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church, 1188 Hamp Mil Road, Dahlonega Georgia 30533 - PH (706) 864-5423     ...
Father John Writes . . . 

Forgiveness and Generosity  Shortly after the Beatitudes in Chapter 6, St. Luke relates to us how Jesus joins forgiveness with generosity. 

“Do not judge, and you will not be judged; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven; give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap; for the measure you give will be the measure you get back.” (Luke 6:37-38)

Not judging, not condemning, forgiving and generosity are all conceptual cousins. Jesus is saying accepting forgiveness, forgiving others, making room for real persons, gifts and warts and all, is a generous gift we receive from God and give to others. I always loved this image of "running over", that as we give, we also receive and the goodness spills over even more, and blesses all those around us.

There is a story of a child who went each day to get water, and she filled the buckets so deeply that as she walked home she could not help but spill some along the path. From that water, from that overflowing abundance, flowers bloomed all along her path. Christ fills us to abundance, and because we spill his grace into the world, our path is lined with the flowers, with the people our lives touch.

When we say our parish mission is to proclaim God's word, that means our mission is to promote forgiveness and generosity. To be grateful for the grace, the life, the blessings we have received, and share them. How can you and I be more dedicated to this mission? That is a worthy thing to ponder.

Have a blessed week, 

Father John+

Stewardship Awareness
We should all have received our pledge letter by now as it is time to think about 2020.  We are keeping the stewardship campaign low key this year as we have already been so generous to the elevator campaign. We hope all of us will consider our gift responsibly and with gratitude for all God has done for us. Let each give according to what God puts on their heart.  We can each make our pledge by mail. in the plate on Sunday, or online. Also beginning Sunday, October 13th we will begin reflecting on the fruit St. Elizabeth bears in the community as we create a tree of life. Intrigued? All will be revealed soon! Our pledges will be blessed on November 2nd, All Saints' Sunday.
This is the Last Week we will Promote
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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.
The Book of Common Prayer and Anglicanism

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.
Special Prayer in Memorial of David Hughes
During the Parish Eucharist
Sunday, October 6th at the 10 AM 
This week at Saint Elizabeth’s:
Monday, October 7th    9:30 am Yoga
Tuesday, October 8th 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 9th 10 am
5:15 pm
Choir Practice
Thursday, October 10th   11 am
1:30 pm
Females Alone Bible Study (FABS)
Tai Chi
Friday, October 11th 9:30 am Yoga
Saturday, October 12th    
Sunday, October 13th    10 am
11 am
Holy Communion
Coffee Hour & Reception
Adoptive Grandparents Meeting: Sunday, October 6
After Sunday Service at Marilou’s place
Outreach Committee Meeting: Sunday, October 6 
At 11:30 am, after Sunday Service at Vestry Room in Boyd Hall 
Book Club: Monday, October 7 
At 12 noon in Boyd Hall

Executive Meeting: Wednesday, October 9 
At 9:30 am in the Rector's Study
Pot Luck: Thursday, October 17
At 6 pm at Boyd Hall
Vestry Meeting: Sunday, October 20 
At 11:30 am, after Sunday Service at Vestry Room in Boyd Hall
October Potluck
Thursday, October 17 at 6 pm

 Karyl & Dave Loux will host the October pot luck dinner on October 17th at 6:00 pm. 
As mentioned last week, it will have an Oktoberfest theme.  There is so much fun to be had.  The Loux' have lots of experience in having Oktoberfest gatherings, and fun is the name of the evening.  If you need ideas of something to bring please reach out to Karyl at 757-510-0173 or, and she will help.  If you don't cook, come anyway.  There is always plenty of food to share.  You could also bring pretzels, small hot dog rolls, anything apple flavored (including a jug of cider).  It will be a wonderful way to enjoy each other on a Thursday evening.  Prost!!

...for sharing God's gifts!
Janet & Louis:
Going the extra mile keeping our church tidy and clean inside and out!
Lynda Duke:
She does a lot behind scenes; maintaining the kitchen supplies, linens, events, and more. A vital part on ECW.
Altar Guild: 
You may not notice; all linens, wine, bread, candles and more is cared for and scrutinously prepared by this committee.
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


Write, email, call or text
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!
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: 

Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost - Proper 22
Habakkuk 1:1-4, 2:1-4
Psalm 37:1-10
2 Timothy 1:1-14
Luke 17:5-10

The Collect

Almighty and everlasting God, you are always more ready to hear than we to pray, and to give more than we either desire or deserve: Pour upon us the abundance of your mercy, forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid, and giving us those good things for which we are not worthy to ask, except through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ our Savior; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Date October 6 October 13 October 20
Week of the month Week 1 Week 2 Week 3
Observances Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost - Proper 22 Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost - Proper 23 Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost - Proper 24
Readings Habakkuk 1:1-4, 2:1-4 2 Kings 5:1-3, 7-15c Genesis 32:22-31
  Psalm 37:1-10 Psalm 111 Psalm 121
  2 Timothy 1:1-14 2 Timothy 2:8-15 2 Timothy 3:14-4:5
  Luke 17:5-10 Luke 17:11-19 Luke 18:1-8
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 & Jarrell Jones Helen Long & Cally Pratt Joan G. Anderson & Mike Weitze
Ushers Carla Buchanan & Lara Lowman Darrell Woodall & David Jones Suzanne Ryerson & Jim Elmore
Lector (Lessons) Paul Roberts Dave Bammer Bill Miller
Intercessor (POP) Melissa Lach Rosalie Jensen Michael Zose
Chalice Bearers Jim Ory & Bill Lach Janet Barger & Lloyd Cupp Martha & Tom Roberts
Crucifer/Acolyte/ Server Bill Lach Kris Duke Dave Bammer
Nursery Millie A. & Aidren B. Millie A. & Aidren B. Aidren Buttram. & Elena Leyssens
Altar Guild Cally Pratt & Carla Buchanan Elaine & Don Clark Carol & Bill Maybach
Flower Guild Cathy Ritch * *
Hospitality Debbi Hamm & Alice Moore-Wherry Joan Gray Anderson & Linda Bunting Amy Anderson & Michael Zose
Bread Ministry Cally Pratt Elaine Clark Alice Moore-Wherry
Lay Eucharist Visitor Jim Ory Bill Lach Bill Lach
Tellers Judy Ford & Chris Christopher Lloyd Cupp & Jesse Lee Wise Joan Anderson & George Armijo
VPOD Michael Zose Lara Lowman Alice Moore-Wherry
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