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Thursday, November 14th, 2019
St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church, 1188 Hamp Mil Road, Dahlonega Georgia 30533 - PH (706) 864-5423     ...
Father John Writes . . . 
Marie Kondo has written a book for Children. She hopes to teach children from a young age how to live more simply in regard to possessions and to keep only those things that spark joy. Recently as many of you know we rearranged my study at church. My guests and I have truly enjoyed a room that feels more inviting and flexible to our many needs. Now I am wondering how to rearrange my living room at home. I am aware that with the current arrangement I never get to look out the window. That does not spark much joy!

You may not realize this, but the arrangement of the furniture in church is influenced by theological considerations.  The tradition of having the font in the door of the church symbolizes that Baptism is the entrance to discipleship. Baptism is God's action to make us like Jesus.  It is also a convenient place for people to touch the water, and perhaps make the sign of the cross, as a reminder of our own baptism, our entrance into the body of Christ.

Traditionally the altar in an English church is in the sanctuary, the area behind the altar rail. And this matches the practice of Christians in many lands. One understanding of this is that the altar is in heaven and we are all seated on earth, and when we go to receive communion we reach out and Jesus comes from heaven to give us his life and his salvation, his body and blood.

A modern movement embraced by Protestants and Roman Catholics, but not by the Orthodox, has been to bring the altar into the midst of the people so that we are gathered around a table such as Jesus would have used in the upper room. The arrangement we have at St. Elizabeth's is reflective of that sensitivity. Yes, the altar is the focus of our attention, but rather than it being in heaven, it is among us.

As much as that is so, only a few people sit on the side chairs. Also, rarely does anyone sit on the front row. It seems like the seating arrangement might not be meeting everyone's needs. This has led some people to want to try an experiment, and you will see this experiment on Sunday. What if we removed the chairs from the sides and slightly angled the rows so that we still have the emphasis on being gathered at the table? We are wondering if this means there will be more seats where someone might actually sit? I am inviting us to accept this invitation to experiment for a few weeks, and then give our feedback. I will reassess with the vestry and the refurbishment committee at that time what to do.

Excuse me now, I need to go home and try and rearrange my living room. I am going to arrange it so that it sparks more joy.
Have a blessed week everyone,
Father John+
3rd Annual IPANG
Interfaith Thanksgiving Service
Thursday, November 14th 2019

6 pm, Nacoochee Presbyterian Church
260 Highway 255 N, Sautee Nacoochee, GA 30571
Theme: “We Gather Together”

Please note Father John is unable to go this year, so if you go please report back your experience.
A note of appreciation from all of St. Elizabeth's Veterans
Everything was done very well last Sunday, November 10th  - the service, the music, and the individual gifts we received from an anonymous donor.  The Quilts of Valor were beautiful.  This demonstrates the dedication of the women who donate hours of work in order to make these presentations to our Military.   Cally
Seating changes! The Refurbish Committee is now dedicating their efforts to enhance our place of worship. A new coat of paint will improve the appearance! As they go about their process, seating may be moved to explore the best service interaction. Your feedback is welcome!
The Church's got a New Roof! We had hail damage significant enough that our insurers have decided to pay for a new roof and some external church painting. 
Hospitality "Shepherd" Tips: Sunday School Dec. 1, 8 & 15Do you wonder how you could assist new people make themselves at home in our parish? As a result of the hospitality forums Father John consulting with the executive committee has gathered a lot of very helpful tips on how we can all be good "shepherds". The tips range from the very practical to the very spiritual. All of us have some skills that will help. Please try and attend at least one of the sessions, Sunday mornings, Dec. 1st, 8th & 15th. He will also offer a training one or two Sundays after church in January. Those dates will follow. 

Church Yard Beautification Day  Please mark your calendars, Saturday, November 16th, 8am (weather permitting), will be our next scheduled work day. We will need blowers for the memorial garden & the labyrinth. We will need trimmers. We will need worker bees.
Ecumenical Noontime Advent Services
Tuesday, December 3, 10 & 17
at the Dahlonega United Methodist Church

St. Elizabeth's is hosting the December 17th Meeting. Please sign up for a crock of soup, loaf of sandwiches, or a plate of desserts. We ask you arrange delivery of your contributions to the Methodist Church between 11:30 and 11:45 AM on the date.  Sign-up sheets are in the narthex, or you may telephone or email the parish office.
Side by Side Fundraiser
Side by Side has partnered with Paul Thomas Chocolates to create a unique fundraising opportunity:  Paul Thomas chocolate bars with Side by Side wrappers (at no cost to SBS) that will be sold to parishioners and the general public for $3.00 per bar. 

St. Elizabeth's allotment is 50 bars, and will be available for purchase starting this Sunday at the coffee hour after the church service. 
Please see Mike Duke and bring your "chocolate bar money"!
Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, 1231
Our Patron

Plan to Attend our Patronal Festival
& Potluck Feast 

Sunday, November 24th
after service

There will also be a Slideshow of Marburg, Germany, where St. Elizabeth did much of her work. Thank you to Michael Weitze and Joan Gray Anderson who are putting this together. Michael was baptized in St. Elizabeth's Church, Marburg.
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Write a Meditation for Advent

Our own Paul Anderson is putting together a book of Meditations for Advent written by our own members. The meditation will be based on the experience of each writer and the daily reading for that day. You can think of the Forward Day by Day Meditations. 
If you are interested in participating please let us know ASAP as we will need the devotions to be sent to Paul by Friday, November 15th. Please indicate you are interested to either Paul at or the parish office
Save the Date!
Saturday, December 14th
Saint Elizabeth's Christmas Party
at the home of Don & Elaine Clark
All are invited!

F O O D    -    F U N    -    F R I V O L I T Y !
Community Helping Place 
Commemorative Christmas Ornament

Each year the Community Helping Place offers a signed, limited edition Christmas ornament for sale.  The ornaments are $25.00 a piece, and the proceeds help fund the many outreach efforts of The Community Helping Place, which include a food pantry, medical and dental clinics, and clothing and thrift stores.
The ornament is a beautiful rendition in metal of a special place in Dahlonega, but the subject is not revealed until the official Lighting of the Square, the day after Thanksgiving.
Over the years, these ornaments have become collectibles and sell out fast.

If you want to order an ornament contact Martha Roberts or Pam Jones right away. 
Follow this Link to the Latest Edition of the Diocesan Newsletter "Connecting"

...for sharing God's gifts!
Bill Lach:

Quietly reviewing that every detail on his "mental checklist" is ready for worship...
He makes certain that every role will be fulfilled, the readings are correct and ready, communion elements are ready, procession accessories are available, lights and sound system is ready, and all done calmly and discreetly. 
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
CHP White Christmas
Food List
1 ea. Can yams
2 ea. Cans green beans
2 ea. Cans corn
1 ea. Can chicken broth
1 ea. Box stuffing
1 ea. Box instant mashed potatoes
2 ea. Boxes Mac-n-cheese
1 ea. Box cornbread mix
1 ea. Can fruit
1 ea. Can cranberry sauce
1 ea. Brownie mix
1 ea. Container frosting
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! Tuesdays
10:30 AM
at Church
FABS: Females Alone Bible Study Thursdays
11:00 AM
Downstairs at the Boyd Hall
Men's Only Bible Study Tuesdays
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 Wednesdays
10 am - noon
Downstairs at the Boyd Hall
with Lloyd:
Slow movements accompanied by deep breathing; decreases stress, anxiety and depression Tuesdays
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 Mondays
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: 

Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost-Proper 28
Malachi 4:1-2a
Psalm 98
2 Thessalonians 3:6-13
Luke 21:5-19

The Collect

Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Date November 17 November 24 December 1
Week of the month Week 3 St. Elizabeth's Patron Week 1
Observances Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost Proper 28 Last Sunday after Pentecost: Christ the King First Sunday of Advent
Readings Malachi 4:1-2a Jeremiah 23:1-6 Isaiah 2:1-5
  Psalm 98 Psalm 46 Romans 13:11-14
  2 Thessalonians 3:6-13 Colossians 1:11-20 Matthew 24:36-44
  Luke 21:5-19 Luke 23:33-43 Psalm 122
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 Gray-Anderson & Mike Weitze Cally & Pete Pratt Pam & Jarell Jones
Ushers Suzanne Ryerson & Jim Elmore Lynda & Mike Duke Carla Buchanan & Lara Lowman
Lector (Lessons) Bill Miller Betty Greene Wilma Bammer
Intercessor (POP) Cathy McLen Michael Zose Kris Duke
Chalice Bearers Martha Roberts & Tom Roberts Dave Bammer & David Connolly Need One & Bill Lch
Crucifer/Acolyte/ Server Dave Bammer Betty Greene Bill Lach
Nursery Adrien & Elena Adrien & Elena Millie, Aidren, Rita, Elena
Altar Guild Carol & Bill Maybach Melissa Lach & Carol Maybach Cally Pratt & Carla Buchanan
Flower Guild Cathy Ritch Cathy McLendon *
Hospitality Debbi Hamm & alice Moore-Wherry Joan Gray-Anderson & Linda Bunting Amy Anderson & Michael Zose
Bread Ministry Alice Moore-Wherry The Bread Team Cally Pratt
Lay Eucharist Visitor Bill Lach Betty Greene Jim Ory
Tellers Joan Anderson & Suzanne Ryerson David Connolly & George Armijo Judy Ford & Chris Christopher
VPOD Michael Zose Lara Lowman Alice Moore-Wherry
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