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Thursday, September 6th, 2018
16th Sunday after Pentecost
St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church, 1188 Hamp Mil Road, Dahlonega Georgia 30533 - PH (706) 864-5423     ...

We inhabit Stories   My grandmother told great stories. She told about the time she dumped the seed corn in an old stump because it was so hot, and she wanted a break.  She got her break while her dad went to the co-op to get more seed. How was she to know all that seed corn would sprout out of that stump and she would get caught?
Or there was the time her dad brought home duck eggs and let a hen hatch them. He dug a hole and put a tin bathtub in the ground for the expected ducklings. When they did hatch they made a bee-line for the tub to swim, but the mother hen thought her children would drown, and she circled the tub squawking and shaking her wings. In just a few days, however, Grandmother said, the mother hen would lead her ducklings to the tub each morning, and sit by the side of the tub while they swam, very proud of her swimming prodigy "chicks".
These stories are part of the universe I live in. I inhabit them. And now that you have read them they are part of the universe you live in too. They are my only knowledge of my great grandfather who died before I was born. They are a glimpse of what the life of my grandmother was like in Mississippi in the early 1900’s.  They inform my sense of who I am as a Southerner, as a product of farmers, as someone who loves my grandmother.
Scripture and the lives of the saints are this for the church. The central story for Christians is the story of Jesus, his life, his teaching, his healing, his training his disciples, especially his last supper, his betrayal and death and burial, and above all his resurrection on the third day. This is the story of God’s triumph over evil.  This is God saying to us, “I want to transform your sorrow into joy, your gifts into loving profoundly satisfying service to the world.” These events are God inhabiting our stories, and we inhabiting the stories of God.
Baptism is the sacrament where we are joined into the story of Jesus and the story of all who desire God. It proclaims that his story is our new home, our new identity.
GOT Spirit will be kicking off the next season soon and it involves stories. You will be getting a letter soon from Sharon Hall about it, and I will not steal her thunder, but it is a wonderful proposal about our stories, remembering them, celebrating them and sharing them.  I suspect we have a wonderful and meaningful time ahead of us.

Have a blessed week everyone,
Father John+
Celebrating God's Love!

Saturday, September 22 at 3:30 PM

Hosts: Bonnie and Don Hunt

This is an outdoor activity!
The Hunt's open their doors to share the splendor of nature from their backyard pavillion.
Bring your favorite choice for main dish, side dish, salad, and/or dessert for sharing!
Directions and map are available at the vestibule and will be emailed.

Sign up sheets for food are currently placed at the vestibule.


Canadian Thanksgiving
Thursday, October 18 at 6:00 PM

Hosts: Jill and Rick Hayes

Food - turkey and dressing will be provided.
Members please bring any traditional side you prepare at Thanksgiving - vegetables (especially "root" vegetables if you do those) potatoes, dressing if you have a special one you prepare, rolls/bread and desserts such as pecan pie, pumpkin pie etc. 

Come enjoy a wonderful holiday which so often gets "lost" in the holiday shuffle.


One Clean Up Volunteer
Needed for Annual Church Picnic!

Saturday, September 22
Please sign up by contacting the Parish Office:
PH 706-864-5423 or email

Would you like to Order a T-Shirt from the Episcopal Campus Ministry?
It has a picture of mountains and the new motto of the ministry, "All of the Jesus, none of the guilt"  We need your contribution of $20 per shirt and you to specify the size. Please sign up in the narthex or call or email the church office by September 5th. Sorry for the short lead time. or (706) 864-5423.

Thank you everyone who has supported Episcopal Campus Ministry. You supported the tubing party, you support the meals each week, and you even came to the Nighthawks student activity fair. Even more are helping this Tuesday with the Ice Cream social   T H A N K  Y O U !  You are one more instance of just how wonderful Team St. Elizabeth's is, and that our Parish Church makes a difference in our Community for the love of Christ!
A Message from Father Albert
Thank you to all the good people of St. Elizabeth’s who reached out to us at the time of my mother’s death on August 12. So you know, Evelyn was born in 1920 and so had a good long life. For eighty years she was alive and active, and she lived still at home up until about 2 years ago. Two of my sisters visited her every day in the care facility, and one brought her to the chapel service every Sunday. A major decline with an ever increasing fog of dementia began about 3 years ago. She would not have known me at the end, rarely got out of bed, and in truth her passing was an answer to many prayers.

Continued fondness to all,

PHOTOS ABOVE: Flower arrangements by Cindy Mayfield (Left) and Cathy MacLendon (Right) 

Flower Donations:

You can donate by ordering flowers to adorn the church and altar!
There is a form to fill out at the vestibule (envelopes available). 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 office administrator's mail box, Thank you! --- Harriet 

The Flower Guild 
will love to create a flower arrangement for you! Also, if you will like to participate in the Flower Guild please contact Harriet.
 Help us reuse flower vases by returning any plastic urns or other containers you may have at home to St. Elizabeth Flower Guild. The talented members of the Flower Guild are: Harriet Connolly, Cathy Ritch, Cathy MacLendon, Cindy Mayfield and Jorgene West. Thanks! --- Harriet


N O  S U N D A Y  S C H O O L 
This Sunday and Labor Day Week-end

S i m p l y  T r a n s f o r m a t i o n a l

September 9th through October 28th

When someone we love hugs us we feel loved. The physical embrace conveys the spiritual love. This is why Christianity is called a “material” faith. For us God took flesh from the Virgin Mary, demonstrating that the material world is both a vehicle and expression of the spiritual. Given the insight of this physical spiritual connection, could all kinds of clutter actually be a drain on our spiritual life. Does it not follow the that Intentionality about the material world can either promote or hinder spiritual awareness and growth.
As part of our Generosity of the Spirit (GOT Spirit) Program we are offering a Sunday School Class exploring intentionality in our lives. Members of our parish will be leading classes that tie together two themes related to this insight concerning the material-spiritual connection. The themes are simplicity and transformation.
The description of each week’s class is below. Please come and support our presenters, and also bring your own experiences and insights to share. This is an opportunity to renew our spiritual life together as we support one another. See you in Sunday School!
September 9th:  “The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Pressure” led by Millie Alexander
Millie will share how this book helped her family think intentionally about the activity in their lives and how to manage it.
September 16th: “Living one Day at a Time” led by Betty Greene
Betty will share the wisdom of living “One Day at a Time”. Drawing on the wisdom in the Twelve Step Tradition she will lead a discussion on taking life in digestible bites.
September 23rd: “Silence and Presence” led by David Jones
David will talk about his experiences on a silent retreat at a Buddhist meditation center, and lead us in a discussion about the role of mindfulness and silence in our lives.
September 30th: “Props for Praying” led by Martha Roberts
Martha will share some ideas about using some simple objects, such as a candle or an icon, as a vehicle for prayer.
October 7th: “Sacred Vessels” & “Throw 50 Things Away” led by Father John
Father John will share some ideas from Benedictine and Franciscan Theology about our relationship to the material world and to possessions. He will also talk briefly about a book by Gail Blanke about clearing clutter from our homes, and our minds!
October 14th: “The Grace of the Body” led by Lloyd Cupp
Lloyd, who leads the Tai Chi classes at the church, will lead us in moving our bodies simply and gracefully in the promotion of health and spiritual well-being. Each person will participate to the level they are comfortable, however even people with limited movement will benefit.
October 21st: “The Go Guide” led by Rosalie Jensen
Rosalie Jensen and Judy Strickland will take turns presenting insights from the Bishop’s Book, “The Go Guide”. Rosalie will lead the first section. This book encourages parishes to explore innovative ministries, a process that involves casting away some things, and also packing lightly. Though specifically targeting Christian Mission the ideas it provokes can benefit any of our innovations in life.
October 28th: “The Go Guide, Part 2” led by Judy Strickland
The continuation of the Discussion last week led by Judy Strickland. See the description above.
“Come and share with us your stories of simplicity and transformation as physical reality radiates the Love of God.”
Sharing God's Gifts... Bread Ministry:

We need Bakers! The Bread Ministry provides every Sunday loaves of bread lovingly prepared to share with our guests! For the most part, each baker provides bread just once a month (occasionally we have a 5th Sunday). If you want to join this ministry please contact Judy Ford. Thanks! --- Judy 
Garden Committee

Will be hosting a beautification work day on 

Saturday, September 8th

All are welcome to join in! --- Suzanne Ryerson

There are some ceiling tiles missing!

Do not be surprised that some of the ceiling tiles are missing in various places in the church. They have been removed so that study can be done for an elevator. They will be missing for a number of weeks.
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In need of Coffee Hour Coordinator!
As of January 1st, 2019, I will no longer be handling Hospitality/Sunday Coffee Hours. This duty is scheduling the teams and recruiting. Right now we have six teams that rotate.

Please contact the office or myself if you would be able to take over. Thank you! --- Linda Bunting
Email:, phone number 678-997-4947


Tidings is available online!
Tidings is also available at the church vestibule! --- Margo

About Our Food Ministry

We need volunteers interested in making meals when needed. Please Sign-Up in the clipboard at the vestibule.
How it works:
Once a request is received or when we make contact to offer assistance we learn all dietary requirements, portions, and frequency information. Then a call will go out to those in the volunteer list. NOTE: Requests maybe for breakfast, dinner, fruit, dessert or other. Thanks for all you do! --- Suzanne Ryerson

Free Clinic seeks Volunteer Receptionist:

Paula Payne, director of the Free Clinic, has need of additional volunteers to serve at the clinic's front desk.  This involves answering the phone, scheduling/rescheduling appointments, welcoming arriving patients, etc. If you have an interest in serving in this way, please talk to Jackie Peabody. (706-867-1414)
The CHP Food Pantry needs for September: 
  • Canned fruit
  • Canned pasta (spaghetti o's, ravioli) with meat

Thank you for your generosity! -- Elaine --


This month NOA needs:
  • Blankets
  • Bed sheets  
The on going needs are:
  • Bath towels
  • Washcloths
  • Toilet tissue/paper
  • Paper towels
  • Antiseptic wipes
Again thank you all for your generous support  --- Betty Greene ---

Thrift Store Volunteers are needed!

Tuesday mornings, Thursday afternoons or Friday mornings!
Also needed are volunteers for estate pick ups.

Please contact Elaine Clark if you would like to volunteer.
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Using Our Car for Others

Would you like the blessing of giving people rides to and from church? We have a couple of folks who need rides. Please speak to Father John. It would also be good if we had someone willing to coordinate this ministry. Blessings. --- Father John
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Book Club

Monday October 1st, at noon: New location still to be decided; keep in touch with emails in September.  We have chosen our next book, "Sing for Your Life" by Daniel Bergner: a story of race, music, and family. --- John Ackermann 

Gluten Free Wafer now available!
Please tell the Usher if you need a gluten free wafer.
Parish Office:

Office schedule is Monday, Wednesday and Thursdays from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Feel free to call the office 706-864-5423 or email your questions, articles, pictures and concerns to:  Thank you! --- Gladys
Worship Committee Meeting:

September 9th
after Church. Topics will include All Saints', St. Elizabeth's Day, Veteran's Day, Advent and Christmas.

Ongoing Parish Events and Other Groups:
Midweek Eucharist     Tuesdays at 10:30 AM
at Church
(Females Alone Bible Study)
  Thursdays at 11:00 AM
Downstairs at the Boyd Hall
(Men's Only Bible Study) 
  Tuesdays at 8:30 AM, meets at the Wagonwheel for breakfast, followed by a 9:30 AM meeting at Church. 
Piecemakers:   Wednesdays 10 am – noon
Downstairs at the Boyd Hall
TAI CHI:   Tuesdays 11 AM & Thursdays 1:30 PM, 
Downstairs at the Boyd Hall
Yoga with Paula:   Mondays & Fridays at 9:30 AM
Downstairs at the Boyd Hall
(Fellowship of Solitary Anglicans) 
  In planning...
(Anglican Christian Theology and Spirituality) 
  Will be rescheduled when needed


16th Sunday after Pentecost
September 9th, 2018

Isaiah 35:4-7a
Psalm 146
James 2:1-10, [11-13], 14-17
Mark 7:24-37

Collect: Grant us, O Lord, to trust in you with all our hearts; for, as you always resist the proud who confide in their own strength, so you never forsake those who make their boast of your mercy; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Interested in serving behind the altar on Sundays? 
We would love to have more Acolytes, Chalice Bearers, and Readers!  Chalice Bearer requires a little more training, but not too demanding; however, serving as an Acolyte or Reader takes just a few "lessons".  If you are interested, please email or leave a message on the phone (706) 864-5423.  You may also in addition talk to our Verger, Bill Lach, or Fr. John

All Sunday Volunteers:
Your role in church services is necessary and well appreciated! 
Please check schedules. If you are unable to serve please find your replacement and notify any changes to:
 Melissa Lach via email:

The ministry schedule is always available now! Click on the link below: 

Date September 9 September 16 September 23
Week of the month Week 2 Week 3 Week 4
Observances Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost Proper 18 Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost Proper 19 Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost Proper 20
Readings Isaiah 35:4-7a Isaiah 50:4-9a Jeremiah 11:18-20
  Psalm 146 Psalm 116:1-8 Psalm 54
  James 2:1-10, [11-13], 14-17 James 3:1-12 James 3:13-4:3, 7-8a
  Mark 7:24-37 Mark 8:27-38 Mark 9:30-37
Celebrant John Hamilton John Hamilton John Hamilton
Preacher John Hamilton John Hamilton John Hamilton
Organist & Choir Director Julie Woodall Julie Woodall Julie Woodall
Verger Bill Lach Bill Lach Bill Lach
Greeters Lynda Bunting and Tammy Lee Judy Ford and Joan Anderson The Pratts
Ushers Darrell Woodall and David Jones S. Ryerson and Jim Elmore Michael and Lynda Duke
Lector (Lessons) Lloyd Cupp Jim Ory David Connolly
Intercessor (POP) Michael Zose Warren Johnson Bill Miller
Chalice Bearers Susan Richtarcik & Paul Roberts Martha & Tom Roberts Lloyd Cupp and Janet Barger
Crucifer/Acolyte/ Server Betty Greene Kris Duke (need one more) David Bammer
Nursery A. Buttram and Millie or Rita A. Buttram and Millie or Rita A Buttram/Millie or Rita
Altar Guild Cindy Mayfield and Elaine Clark The Maybachs Melissa Lach and Jackie Peabody
Flower Guild Jorgene West Cathy Ritch Cindy Mayfield
Hospitality Tammy Lee and Trish Fawcett Marilou Kinney and Rosalie Jensen Debbie Hamm and Jackie Peabody
Bread Ministry Molly Callendar Cally Pratt Elaine Clark
Lay Eucharist Visitor Betty Greene Jim Ory Bill Lach
Tellers Lloyd Cupp & Rich Richtarcik Joan Anderson & Jorge Armijo David Connolly and Sharon Hall
VPOD Michael Zose Darrell Woodall Bill Lach

For More Information:
You can learn all kinds of things by perusing the bulletin boards in the parish office and also downstairs at the Parish Hall! Thank you!
Early sign up recommended if you want to go to one of these workshops at Grace Church, Gainesville.

Diocesan Acolyte Festival

Saturday, October 27, 2018
9:00 AM  4:00 PM
2744 Peachtree Road Northeast
Atlanta, GA, 30305 
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