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Your Thursday Update!
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Thursday, September 12th, 2019
St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church, 1188 Hamp Mil Road, Dahlonega Georgia 30533 - PH (706) 864-5423     ...
Father John Writes . . . 

What to do?  I had guests coming and the house was a wreck. Where to start? Sometimes just knowing where to start is the hardest thing. Once I surrender to the project. Once I do the first thing, it is easier to move to the next one. Then I have to hope my OCD does not set in and I start doing things that are not truly important now. What to do?

The question is especially true with our life of faith. At least, when cleaning the house, it is usually pretty obvious what needs attention. With our faith life we are not always sure what could benefit from our attention. Not only is it harder to consider what our faith life is, it also does not seem to be as urgent as other more material sides of life.

Yet, faith life is like cleaning house in this way. When the house feels tidier my mental life feels tidier. When I am paying attention to my spiritual life all of life feels more centered.

So what might I look at today in my faith life? Might I be more attentive to my times of prayer? Might I choose to read devotional material or my Bible? Might I volunteer and when I volunteer intentionally get to know the people I am able to serve? Might I practice some silence or meditation? Might I try to promote some systemic change for the good in my community? Might I actually try to reconcile with someone I have fallen out with? Might I stop to give thanks for the beauty in my life? Odds are once we put our hand to aspects of our faith life the blessings will abound for me and for others.

Have a blessed week everyone.
Father John

Did you Miss the last Edition of Tidings? It is available here!
The Midweek Eucharist
Has Returned

Tuesdays at 10:30 AM
in the Library
(The Eucharist will last 20 minutes)
Vestry Nominating Procedure 2019
(Repeat from the Tidings)

This year the vestry wants to begin the process early so that prospective vestry members can have a period of orientation and feel prepared to be on the vestry. Thus the nominating committee has already begun its work. The vestry nominating committee will put forward three names, the same number of vestry persons who retire this year. Elections will be held at the annual meeting Sunday, January 19, 2020. 
If you would like to nominate yourself, or someone else (with their approval), please give that information to Darrell Woodall. Deadline for nominations is Sept. 14th as the Nomination Committee will determine its slate on Sept. 15th.
The nominee must be authenticated by the treasurer and other by-law requirements. No nominations will be taken from the floor.
There are many practical and spiritual gifts and skills useful for service on the vestry. The formal Qualifications for Vestry are the following.
  1. Be a confirmed member of the Episcopal Church, be a member of the parish and be 18 years old or older. 
  2. Have been regular in attendance at the services of the church in the year preceding election.
  3. Made and maintained a financial commitment to the parish, known to the treasurer, in the year preceding election.
Sparkle Day: In advance of the Bishop's visit, we are scheduling a Sparkle Day for Saturday, September 14th, beginning at 8:00 am until we're finished. We will be making St. Elizabeth’s shine inside and out (tidying up inside the building, weeding as needed around the parking lot, etc.) Please bring gloves and other supplies you think will be needed for inside and outside. Cleaning supplies are readily available at the church. We're looking forward to seeing you there.
Vestry Meeting: Sunday, September 15th after service
The Bishop's visiting us! On Sunday, September 29th for Holy Communion and Reception following. Sign-Up sheets will be at the vestibule table.  Please note that this party replaces our potluck this month.
  • 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
There is still time to Support the ECM CanoEucharist
Sunday, September 15th at 5PM at the Resevoir (near the Walmart). We are asking people to help bring picnic food, bring drinks, canopies, kayaks, canoes & rafts. This is a great time to actually spend time with our wonderful group. Please Call or Text Father John at 914-512-8156. Thanks.

ECM Tee Shirt ... This year's tee was designed by a member of the group, and is available to parishioners for $20. To order one please sign up in the narthex and put your twenty dollars in the message box. Please also remember to include your size! Please do this by Sunday, September 15th. (You can also make a donation to the ECM without purchasing a shirt if you prefer) Thanks!
This Thursday Night! 15th Annual Spelling Bee ! Mark your calendar for Thursday, September 19, 2019, 7 pm 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.

Ticket Sales Extended … 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
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.
NO Potluck on Thursday, September 19.
  • We are having a celebration for the Bishop's visit on Sunday, September 19. You are welcome to participate! Sign up sheets are available in the vestibule or contact Linda Bunting. Thanks!
Our next Potluck is on Thursday, October 17 and we need a host!
  • The host selects a theme and gets early on the designated day to set the tables, coordinate food placement and cleans up after the event. Potluck participants sign up to bring dishes to share conforming to the theme and attend the potluck for fellowship, good time and good food!
A Heartfelt request:  My Brother, Jim McLendon, has moved to Dahlonega Assisted Living at 55 Mechanicsville Rd.  He is in room 124 and would appreciate visits from our church family.  His health has declined, and he is no longer able to live alone.  He was a Math Alternative high school teacher, and had scholarships to play basketball in college.  He loves to play cards and do crossword puzzles.  His sweet poodle, Duke, lives with him and is very friendly.  Duke is his favorite college basketball team! 
Thank you for your visits and prayers. --- Cathy McLendon
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
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: 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: 

Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost - Proper 19
Exodus 32:7-14
Psalm 51:1-11
1 Timothy 1:12-17
Luke 15:1-10

The Collect

O God, because without you we are not able to please you, mercifully grant that your Holy Spirit may in all things direct and rule our hearts; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Date September 8 September 15
Week of the month Week 2 Week 3
Observances Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost-P18 Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost-P19
Readings Deuteronomy 30:15-20 Exodus 32:7-14
  Psalm 1 Psalm 51:1-11
  Philemon 1-21 1 Timothy 1:12-17
  Luke 14:25-33 Luke 15:1-10
Celebrant Fr. John Hamilton Fr. John Hamilton
Preacher Fr. John Hamilton Fr. John Hamilton
Organist & Choir Director Julie Woodall Julie Woodall
Verger Bill Lach Bill Lach
Greeters Helen Long & Molly Callender Joan Gray-Anderson & Mike Weitze
Ushers Darrell Woodall & David Jones Suzanne Ryerson & Jim Elmore
Lector (Lessons) Lloyd Cupp Warren Johnson
Intercessor (POP) David Connolly Cathy McLendon
Chalice Bearers Janet Barger & Lloyd Cupp Martha Roberts
Crucifer/Acolyte/ Server Kris Duke Dave Bammer
Nursery Millie, Aidren & Rita Millie, Aidren & Rita
Altar Guild Elaine & Don Clark Carol & Bill Maybach
Flower Guild Kathy Gholston Joan Gray Anderson
Hospitality Amy Anderson & Michael Zose Trish Fawcett & Cathy McLendon
Bread Ministry Elaine Clark Alice Moore-Wherry
Lay Eucharist Visitor Bill Lach Bill Lach
Tellers Lloyd Cupp & Jesse Lee Wise Joan Anderson & George Armijo
VPOD Alice Moore-Wherry Ben Wallace
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