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Thursday, September 27th, 2018
19th Sunday after Pentecost
St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church, 1188 Hamp Mil Road, Dahlonega Georgia 30533 - PH (706) 864-5423     ...

The Reality We Perceive  I heard an interesting idea. Danger grabs our attention. Negativity grabs our attention. Why? Because to survive dangerous situations we need to recognize them quickly. But what happens is that we begin not to remember, or be as aware of the GOOD things. This is one of the reasons we have intentional times of prayer and spiritual celebration. We take time to remind ourselves of all the good things in life. We actually spend time with the positive.

I first hear this on a podcast, but a neuro-psychologist, Dr. Rick Hanson, gave a TED talk on this very thing. He talks about how he learned to dwell on the positive messages long enough for them to take root in his thinking, and not be overwhelmed by the negative messages the brain naturally focuses on. He says that this practice even changes the shape of the brain! I will put the link below.

Guess what! This is exactly what our stories of transformation is meant to do. We want you to remember and celebrate the GOOD. The healing, the love, the transformation that God brings us in our life. Take the time to remember it. Put up a butterfly. Write it up and send it in. Be sure to tell me and Gladys if you want it to be put in the book anonymously. We will totally respect that and not put a name to it all.

I know this is not easy. Our brain is trained to notice danger quickly, we have to train our brain to enjoy the positive. So Write your stories. Think on your life. Remember the good things in your lives and those of others. Count your blessings. Notice what God has done! And watch it be in and of itself a healing activity.

Have a blessed week everyone.
Father John+

The Youtube video is:
Compassionate God, we pray for those whose lives are filled with darkness and emptiness, whose souls are filled with despair. We pray for those too afraid, disillusioned, or despondent even to consider the future. Give them the will to cope and grace to hope, through the compassion and mercy of Jesus. Amen.

From "A Journey through Luke" by Forward Movement publisher
Donations for Flood Victims can be made to Episcopal Relief and Development. Please keep our neighbors in North and South Carolina, and indeed, those suffering hardship all over the world in your prayers.

Donate Online:

Blessing of the Animals
Saturday, October 6 at 11:00 AM
Bring your animal friends to church properly restrained so as to preserve our record of no congregant ever biting or eating another one. Thanks.
Grateful to God: Pledge Letters are Going Out Monday  We hope that remembering stories of transformation will help us be more aware of all God has done. The hope is that we will learn the joy of gratitude. It is in this context of gratitude that we want to carry on our pledge drive. We give because God is so good to us. The parish depends on the grateful giving of its members to carry on our worship, education, outreach and fellowship here. We will be sending out our pledge drive letter on Monday. Before your fill it in, I ask you to take the time to remember, and think, and pray, before you fill it in. Remember God's goodness, and respond appropriately and responsibly. 
Send Your Prayer Requests! 
To our faithful parish administr
ator at or call (706) 864-5423. Please include the name of the person to pray for, their relationship to you, and their ailment if it can be shared. We will keep them on the list of a number of weeks. If after that time they still need prayer please reach out to the office. Blessings!

Canadian Thanksgiving
Thursday, October 18 at 6:00 PM

Hosts: Jill and Rick Hayes
---- Turkey and dressing will be provided! ---
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.
PHOTO ABOVE: Flower arrangement by Cindy Mayfield

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 
Dovie Avans has moved into New Horizon in Gainesville. She is under hospice care. I ask you to send her cards and letters expressing your love, sharing your memories, and assuring her of your prayers. 

Dovie Avans
New Horizons Limestone
2020 Beverly Road
Gainesville, GA 30501
Adoptive Grandparents Outing. Thank You to everyone who supports the college ministry.

T H I S  W E E K
“Sacred Vessels” & “Throw 50 Things Away” led by Father John

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

September 30th: “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!  (changed from October 7th)
October 7th: “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. (Changed from September 30th)
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.”
Mark Your Calendars for SOAP UP Atlanta Jan 26  The Commission on Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking is sponsoring an event on January 26th at All Saints' Atlanta. They are asking for every parish to send at least 3 participants. They are taking active steps to prevent child trafficking in Atlanta, and especially before the Superbowl. Click here for more information. Click https:/ to register.
Save the Date for our Fall Leaf Watching Outing. Wednesday, October 26th 2018 we will take a trip through the mountains to see the leaves. It turns out the Chief Vann House is closed on Wednesdays and we are looking for alternative venues. Kris Duke is the organizer. A sign up sheet will appear in the narthex a few weeks before the outing, but mark your calendars now!
Our Food Ministry:
We need volunteers interested in making meals when needed. Please Sign-Up in the clipboard at the vestibule. Thanks for all you do! --- Suzanne Ryerson
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. 
Refreshment Tab Collection!

Place your collected tabs
in the metal chest at the church vestibule.
Thanks! --- Marilou Kinney

Flower vases

Help us reuse flower vases by returning any plastic urns or other containers you may have at home to St. Elizabeth Flower Guild.  Thanks! --- Harriet

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 --
No One Alone (NOA):
This month NOA needs:
  • Blankets
  • Bed sheets
Again thank you all for your generous support  --- Betty Greene ---
The NOA on going needs are:
  • Bath towels
  • Washcloths
  • Toilet tissue/paper
  • Paper towels
  • Antiseptic wipes

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.
Book Club
Our Book for September-October is "Sing For Your Life" by Daniel Bergner. It follows the rise of a young, African-American man from a difficult background, who becomes a noted singer in opera! 

Our next meeting will be Monday, October 1st, at Noon at St. Elizabeth's -- in the downstairs parish hall -- just this time, and each brings their own lunch.  All are welcome. --- John Ackermann 
Gluten Free Wafer now available! Please tell the Usher if you need a gluten free wafer.

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
19th Sunday after Pentecost
September 27th, 2018
Collect: O God, you declare your almighty power chiefly in showing mercy and pity: Grant us the fullness of your grace, that we, running to obtain your promises, may become partakers of your heavenly treasure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and 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 periodically 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 30 October 7
Week of the month Week 5 Week 1
Observances Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost Proper 21 Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost Proper 22
Readings Numbers 11:4-6,10-16,24-29 Genesis 2:18-24
  Psalm 19:7-14 Psalm 8
  James 5:13-20 Hebrews 1:1-4; 2:5-12
  Mark 9:38-50 Mark 10:2-16
Celebrant John Hamilton Walton Peabody
Preacher John Hamilton John Hamilton
Organist & Choir Director Julie Woodall Julie Woodall
Verger Bill Lach Bill Lach
Greeters Wilma & Dave Bammer Jarell and Pam Jones
Ushers Elaine & Don Clark Lara Lowman & Carla Buchanan
Lector (Lessons) Cathy McLendon Melissa Lach
Intercessor (POP) Kris Duke Rosalie Jensen
Chalice Bearers Paul Roberts & need one more Jim Ory & Dave Bammer
Crucifer/Acolyte/ Server Cheryl Jones Kris Duke
Nursery A Buttram/Millie or Rita A Buttram/Millie or Rita
Altar Guild Cally Pratt & Cathy Ritch Cally Pratt & Sharon Hall
Flower Guild Jorgene West Harriet Connolly
Hospitality Joan Anderson & Linda Bunting Cindy Mayfield
Bread Ministry Judy Ford Molly Callendar
Lay Eucharist Visitor need someone Jim Ory
Tellers Dave Bammer & Tom Roberts Judy Ford & Chris Christopher
VPOD Judy Ford Lara Lowman

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!
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