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Thursday, August 30th, 2018
15th Sunday after Pentecost
St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church, 1188 Hamp Mil Road, Dahlonega Georgia 30533 - PH (706) 864-5423     ...

Washing dishes was the first prayer I learned at L’Arche Liverpool. Yes, you read that right; one of the first prayers I was taught at L’Arche was scrubbing, rinsing, drying and putting away dishes. I was taught it in a workshop given by Sister Josephine, an 80 year old nun who terrorized the entire population of Liverpool between the Wirral and Fairfield with her mad driving from her convent to L’Arche. (You really did learn to pray when riding in the car with Sr. Josephine.) At the workshops She would sit in her chair among all of us newly minted L’Arche assistants and instruct us how to wash the dishes as an act of prayer when we went home to our houses.
What is amazing is she did not make that up! Brother Lawrence is a French monk from the 1600’s who first taught this form of prayer. You focus your mind on your washing and make it an expression of your love of God and as a form of service for your neighbors. You surrender in joy to the moment. One might learn from washing the dishes that all activities of life can be done for love and in service. The actions of our life can be prayer, even the menial and repetitious ones. Done consistently this practice could fill our lives with peace and joy as we dwell in the presence of the divine combing our hair, taking out the trash, doing the laundry.
A friend of mine gave me a book by the famous Buddhist writer and monk Thich Naht Hahn entitled “Present Moment, Wonderful Moment”. In it he writes little meditations called “gathas.” Buddhist monks learn them when they enter the monastery, just as L’Arche assistants learned to pray washing the dishes. People practice mindfulness turning on the water spout, washing the dishes, driving a car, standing in line at a store. Mindfulness and prayer promote being present to the wonder of each moment: delight in thinking about the journey water took to reach the spout, joy in the feel of the plate and the motion of washing it, staying present to the reality of other people in the cars and the world all around us as we drive, concentrating on our breathing and the awesomeness of being alive while waiting in line. Wouldn’t it be fun to see Brother Lawrence, Thich Naht Hahn and Sister Josephine meet? Even they would learn something from her if they went in her car.
Holy Writ also suggests this style of prayer. St. Paul counsels us to pray without ceasing in First Thessalonians and in Romans he writes that the spirit is praying for us even when we do not know what to pray. Also, our Lord says that he is with us always, even as we wash our dishes, drive our car, stand in line. And Jesus is our main prayer. He joined human life to God, and God to human life. He is our word to the Father expressing what we love about being human, and he is God’s word to us expressing what God wants to give us.
This labor day weekend, as we play in celebration of work, let us take the time to remember that every moment of our life, whether we notice or not, is fundamentally infused with the presence, the peace and the joy of God. May we dance our lives in worship of the mysterious God whose name is love and who embraces us in Jesus Christ. Now it is time for me to wash my coffee cup, and drive home.

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.


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,

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.

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 mail box, Thank you! --- Harriet 

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

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 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.”

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.
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

Clean Up Volunteer Needed for Annual Church Picnic!
Please sign up by contacting the Parish Office:
PH 706-864-5423 or email


About Our Food Ministry

We need volunteers interested in making meals when needed.
There is a Sign-Up 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.

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

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 Information

Thanks to all that had already turned in your completed forms! 

A third of the parish members has completed and turned in their information. There are forms (and envelopes) available at the church vestibule. Completed forms can be placed at the mail slot in the parish office or send by regular mail or via email. Your cooperation is deeply appreciated! --- Gladys
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


15th Sunday after Pentecost
September 2nd, 2018

Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-9
Psalm 15
James 1:17-27
Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23

Collect: Lord of all power and might, the author and giver of all good things: Graft in our hearts the love of your Name; increase in us true religion; nourish us with all goodness; and bring forth in us the fruit of good works; 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 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 2 September 9 September 16
Week of the month Week 1 Week 2 Week 3
Observances Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost Proper 17 Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost Proper 18 Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost Proper 19
Readings Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-9 Isaiah 35:4-7a Isaiah 50:4-9a
  Psalm 15 Psalm 146 Psalm 116:1-8
  James 1:17-27 James 2:1-10, [11-13], 14-17 James 3:1-12
  Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 Mark 7:24-37 Mark 8:27-38
Celebrant Walton Peabody 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 Pam & Jarell Jones Lynda Bunting and Tammy Lee Judy Ford and Joan Anderson
Ushers Carla Buchanan & Lara Lowman Darrell Woodall and David Jones S. Ryerson and Jim Elmore
Lector (Lessons) Rosalie Jensen Lloyd Cupp Jim Ory
Intercessor (POP) Melissa Lach Michael Zose Warren Johnson
Chalice Bearers David Bammer & Lloyd Cupp Susan Richtarcik & Paul Roberts Jim Ory & Tom Roberts
Crucifer/Acolyte/ Server Kris Duke Betty Greene Kris Duke and need one more
Nursery A. Buttram & Millie or Rita A. Buttram and Millie or Rita A. Buttram and Millie or Rita
Altar Guild Cally Pratt & Sharon Hall Cindy Mayfield and Elaine Clark The Maybachs
Flower Guild Harriet Connolly Jorgene West Cindy Mayfield
Hospitality Jackie Peabody & Debbi Hamm Tammy Lee and Trish Fawcett Marilou Kinney and Rosalie Jensen
Bread Ministry Susan Richtarcik Molly Callendar Cally Pratt
Lay Eucharist Visitor Betty Greene Betty Greene Jim Ory
Tellers Judy Ford & Chris Christopher Lloyd Cupp & Rich Richtarcik Joan Anderson & Jorge Armijo
VPOD Wilma Bammer Michael Zose Darrell Woodall

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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