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Thursday, August 15th, 2019
St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church, 1188 Hamp Mil Road, Dahlonega Georgia 30533 - PH (706) 864-5423     ...
Father John Writes . . . 

Welcome the Stranger as Christ   I am no longer shocked by the reporting of a mass killing. I'd like to say I felt it every time, but that is a lie. My heart has felt the pain so often that the report of violence feels a little like the new normal. I am numb. I am sad. This together with the increased usage of fear of the immigrant as a political tactic, the calling people names, telling people to go home because they have criticisms, the mocking of people who disagree, the categorizing large groups of people as all criminals, all of this verbal violence also wears on me. These actions are destructive and contrary to the teachings of Christ.  And this verbal violence only clears the path for more physical violence. Christ came to love us, frail, imperfect beings, and he showed love to us, only too aware that humans do not always respond in kind. Indeed he was tortured and killed by humankind.

The only way to love human beings is to be vulnerable to the harm they can do to us. I am not saying we should throw all precaution to the wind, but building fortresses and wearing armor and holding every stranger in suspicion stops us from being able to reach out to and connect with our neighbor. The truth is love and hospitality make us vulnerable. There is no other way.

I wonder what would have happened if all potential perpetrators of violence in our land had encountered persons who compassionately reached out and connected with them? What if the perpetrators of violence in our land had heard real testimony, in word and deed, regarding the power of compassion, the love of God, the ability to grow and discover gifts in our lives? What if they had been welcomed into spiritual communities that valued them and took the time to learn their stories? Who befriended them, worshiped with them, shared food and joys and sorrows with them? Who assisted them in their struggles? Might less of these events have taken place? Would our country not be a better place than it is now?

Ending violence in our land depends on how each of us welcomes and connects to the stranger.

The Christian practice of hospitality is the balm that will heal the violence in our community. Dom Jerome Kodell, a Benedictine monk, wrote an article about hospitality. He began it with the story of a man who came to the monastery for help, entered the monastery and then started shooting the monks. He acknowledges that hospitality makes the monks vulnerable to the stranger, but that hospitality is also a necessary aspect of Christian life. Love is risky. Love is not optional. He goes further to say that hospitality is a way of being in the world with everyone, not just people we do not know. He writes a wonderful paragraph about our need for hospitality in every aspect of our lives. I end with that paragraph.

"Benedictine hospitality goes further than welcoming the stranger at the door. It is an attitude of welcome to everyone we meet, whether the first or second or thousandth time. Even within the community or family, time after time we are strangers to one another asking for entrance. In faith we must always make the stranger a guest. Our ongoing interactions are informed by our knowledge of one another and by judgments based on experience, but still we must be open to a new revelation of the person every time."

Have a blessed week everyone,
Father John+

Stella's Memorial: Saturday, August 24th at 11 am.
We enjoyed having you at the 2019 Parish Picnic!

Thanks for sharing your food, smiles and for other contributions!
A Welcome Home Party for the GA National Guard called "Welcome Home, Dear Warrior! You are invited to participate in a celebration to welcome home and thank OUR Military returning from Afghanistan. 
Concord Church of Dahlonega (next to Pizza Hut) 1312 Chestatee St. on
Saturday, August 24th at 4:30 pm
Forums on Hospitality
Sunday, August 25th at 9 AM
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
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
Need a new partner for Hospitality! Please contact Linda Bunting or the church office if you will like to join the group! There are six teams and they take turns throughout the year. Each team works the hospitality every 6 weeks. The purpose of their ministry is to help provide coffee hour after service. If you want to contribute food and/or monetary donations are welcomed too. Please contact Linda for details. Thank you!
Do you have my platter?  Looking for a round, heavy, clear glass (with patterns in it) divided platter left at the church and accidentally may have been put on the “give away” table when the kitchen was reorganized. There is a circular section in the middle and six (but could be four—pretty sure it’s six) triangular sections. The piece has been in the family for a long time and I would like to have it back. It could have been in a large, dark green, quilted crock pot holder, which also made its way to the table. I had my name taped on the bottom of that. I’d also appreciate having that returned. --- Thanks! Sharon Hall
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.
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.
New date for the Vestry Meeting: Sunday, August 25th at 11:30 am
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.
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
Teller anyone?  Need additional volunteers to help out after service. 
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
  • Egg cartons
  • Spaghetti sauce
  • Canned chicken
  • Canned tuna
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
TAI CHI: 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: 

Tenth Sunday after Pentecost - Proper 15
Jeremiah 23:23-29
Psalm 82
Hebrews 11:29-12:2
Luke 12:49-56

The Collect
Almighty God, you have given your only Son to be for us a sacrifice for sin, and also an example of godly life: Give us grace to receive thankfully the fruits of his redeeming work, and to follow daily in the blessed steps of his most holy life; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Date August 18 August 25 September 1
Week of the month Week 3 Week 4 Week 1
Observances Tenth Sunday after Pentecost-P15 Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost-P16 Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost-P17
Readings Jeremiah 23:23-29 Isaiah 58:9b-14 Sirach 10:12-18 or Proverbs 25:6-7
  Psalm 82 Psalm 103:1-8 Psalm 112
  Hebrews 11:29-12:2 Hebrews 12:18-29 Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16
  Luke 12:49-56 Luke 13:10-17 Luke 14:1, 7-14
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 Joan Anderson & Mike Weitze Cally & Pete Pratt Pam & Jarell Jones
Ushers Suzanne Ryerson & Jim Elmore Lynda & Michael Duke Carla Buchanan & Lara Lowman
Lector (Lessons) Dave Bammer Bill Miller Jim Ory
Intercessor (POP) Rosalie Jensen Wilma Bammer Kris Duke
Chalice Bearers Marta & Tom Roberts Dave Bammer Jim Ory
Crucifer/Acolyte/ Server Dave Bammer Betty Greene Bill Lach
Nursery Millie A., Aidren B., Rita C. Millie A., Aidren B., Rita C. Millie, Aidren & Rita
Altar Guild Carol & Bill Maybach Melissa Lach & Carol Maybach Cally Pratt & Carla Buchanan
Flower Guild Jorgene West Cathy Ritch  
Hospitality Mike Weitze & Kris Duke Joan Anderson & Alice Moore-Wherry Joan Gray-Anderson & Alice Moore-Wherry
Bread Ministry Alice Moore-Wherry Bread Team Cally Pratt
Lay Eucharist Visitor Bill Lach Betty Greene Jim Ory
Tellers Joan Anderson & George Armijo David Connolly & need one Need two
VPOD Darrell Woodall Michael Zose Lara Lowman
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