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Thursday, November 1st, 2018
24th Sunday after Pentecost
St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church, 1188 Hamp Mil Road, Dahlonega Georgia 30533 - PH (706) 864-5423    
  stelizabethdahlonega@gmail.com     ...     www.stelizabethepiscopal.com

 
 
Like the Saints we Pledge to Support the Mission of Jesus  This week we celebrate all the Saints who have gone before us. I love the hymn that goes,  "I sing a song of the Saints of God ... one was a doctor, and one was a priest, and one was killed by a fierce wild beast, and there's no not a reason, no, not the least, why I shouldn't be one too!" (I would however prefer to end my days having avoided the fierce wild beast. Just saying.)

It is fitting that we remember the saints and our loved ones who supported the mission of Christ with their life and means on the very same Sunday we will be blessing our pledges for the year ahead. For most of us our parish church is the main way we support the mission of Christ, and supporting it financially is important.

My main reason to give is out of gratitude for life and all God has done, however when I wrote my pledge card this week I also took the time to remind myself why on a practical level I give to the church. It is because I want there to be a community where people can know that Jesus loves them unconditionally.  I want people to find a society that welcomes them as they are and knows them to be beloved children of God, not just as statistics. I want there to be a community to preserve the treasures of our tradition, the some 2000 year old witness to Christ, who lived, who died and who rose again because God loves us. Helping this kind of community exist is the most important work of my life, and so I personally give sacrificially to the parish church out of a deep sense of purpose.

Most of my life I tithe, that is I give ten percent of my income to the parish church. There was a time when I did not, and to be honest money was no easier to manage in my life when I did not than when I do. When i give significantly I know that I do not work simply to survive. I know a good chunk of my effort goes to make the world better because it supports the work and love of Jesus. 

Please remember to bring your pledge card to church this week. There is actually a link where you can do it online below in this newsletter in the letter from the vestry. You can bring it later, but we really need it this week so we can start planning next year. When you give to your parish you join the parade of saints through the ages who tell of the love of God in Jesus! And that is GOOD NEWS for the world. 
 
Have a blessing filled week
Father John+
 
THIS WEEK & UPCOMING
Rest In Peace our beloved friend 

Bob Ingram

Funeral Service will be held 
Friday, November 10th
at 10 am
followed by a gathering in the Parish Boyd Hall

Remember to set your Clocks back
one hour Saturday Night!!

 
Bill Lach's
birthday marked the beginning of a new life as a retiree! Come join him in this achievement! Bring your favorite dish and/or beverage and let's celebrate in casual atmosphere.

Saturday, November 11th 
5 to 7 pm at the Parish Boyd Hall

PS: Please disregard the Saturday, November 3rd Birthday invite. Thank you.


Interfaith Thanksgiving Service
Tuesday, November 13th at 6 PM
St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church
Come and bring a friend.
Volunteer to bring some refreshments to share.

Saint Elizabeth of Hungary 

Born: July 7, 1207, Pozsony County
Died: November 17, 1231, Marburg, Germany 

A Service celebrating our patron will be held on
Sunday, November 18th, 2018
10 am

Stay for coffee after service!
GOT Spirit Survey
We would value your input on the GOT Spirit Program, its activities and classes. If you can help us in this way please take the survey. You can spend as much time as you would like. We would like responses by Nov. 10th and we will report back the things we hear.
Send Your Prayer Requests! 
To our faithful parish administr
ator at stelizabethdahlonega@gmail.com 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!
Save The Date!

St. Elizabeth's Christmas Party at the Clark's
 
Date: Saturday, December 8
Time: 1:00 pm
 
Music, Fun, Food, and Frivolity!
CHP Christmas Ornament
Community Helping Place (CHP) is now accepting "pre-orders" for the 2018 official Christmas Ornament.  The 2017 ornament sold out in 1 week after going on sale.  This year's ornament is expected to also be a quick seller.
Price this year is $25.00 per ornament and pre-orders will be placed in the next few days. If you would like to reserve 2018 Lumpkin County Christmas Ornament(s), please contact Don or Elaine Clark. Thank you!
 


Tuesday, October 30th, 2018

 Dear Fellow Parishioner:

As your Vestry, we are writing to ask for your pledge in support of St. Elizabeth's. If you have already submitted your pledge, thank you, thank you! If you have not yet pledged and you've misplaced the letter, you can pledge online or download another pledge card. You can send it or bring it to church this Sunday. We hope to hear from you before the pledges are blessed this Sunday, November 4.

 Every pledge of every amount makes a difference; therefore, please take a moment this week to make your financial commitment. With your help, the light that is the community of St. Elizabeth's will shine even brighter in 2019. 

With appreciation,

 
 
P.S. If you have questions about pledging, please contact Treasurer Ben Wallace, 706-265-7872. Thank you!

 



Sunday School, November 11th
Praying with Beads
9:00 AM in Boyd Hall
Led by Father John
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:/tinyurl.com/supersoap2018 to register.
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. 
Hospitality Ministry

We will like to have more hostess/hostesses to assist after Sunday service coffee gatherings!
  • A Sign-up sheet is in the kitchen so you can select the dates that are convenient for you. It is recommended teams of two persons per Sunday.
  • Should you have questions please contact Tammy Lee or Linda Bunting.
PHOTO ABOVE: Flower arrangement by Cindy Mayfield & Joan Anderson

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 
OUTREACH
The CHP Food Pantry needs for November: 
  • Canned vegetables: kidney beans, black beans, pinto beans, mixed vegetables, peas, carrots, spinach and potatoes.
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
--- Friday mornings
--- Estate pick ups.

Please contact Elaine Clark if you would like to volunteer.
Email: clarkdonelaine@windstream.net
ANNOUNCEMENTS AND NEWS
Book Club
Our next book is "Medicus: a Novel of the Roman Empire", by Ruth Downie.  An army doctor, Ruso, newly posted to the far outpost of Britannia, must become a sleuth to find a killer. 
  • Our next meeting will be Monday, November 5th, at Noon, at Gustavo's Pizzeria, on the square. All are welcome! --- John Ackermann
Gluten Free Wafer now available!  Please tell the Usher if you need a gluten free wafer.
UPCOMING & ONGOING

Ongoing Parish Events and Other Groups:
 
Midweek Eucharist     Tuesdays at 10:30 AM
at Church
FABS:
(Females Alone Bible Study)
  Thursdays at 11:00 AM
Downstairs at the Boyd Hall
MOBS:
(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
     
SUNDAY MINISTRIES
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 stelizabethdahlonega@gmail.com 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 periodically. If you are unable to serve please find your replacement and notify any changes to: Melissa Lach via email: wmzlach@gmail.com.

The ministry schedule is always available now! Click on the link below:
http://bit.ly/steministryschedule 
 
24th Sunday after Pentecost
November 1st, 2018
Collect: Almighty and merciful God, it is only by your gift that your faithful people offer you true and laudable service: Grant that we may run without stumbling to obtain your heavenly promises; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
MINISTRY SCHEDULE
Date November 4 November 11
Week of the month Week 1 Week 2
Observances All Saints' Sunday Twenty Fifth Sunday after Pentecost Proper 27
Readings Wisdom of Solomon 3:1-9 1 Kings 17:8-16
  Psalm 24 Psalm 146
  Revelation 21:1-6a Hebrews 9:24-28
  John 11:32-44 Mark 12:38-44
     
Celebrant John Hamilton John Hamilton
Preacher John Hamilton John Hamilton
     
Organist & Choir Director Julie Woodall Julie Woodall
Verger Bill Lach Bill Lach
Greeters Jarrell and Pam Jones Linda Bunting & Tammy Lee
Ushers Lara Lowman & Carla Buchanan David Jones & Darrell Woodall
Lector (Lessons) Melissa Lach David Connolly
Intercessor (POP) Rosalie Jensen Wilma Bammer
Chalice Bearers Betty Greene & Jim Ory Janet Barger & Lloyd Cupp
Crucifer/Acolyte/ Server Cheryl Jones David Bammer
     
Nursery A Buttram/Millie/Rita A Buttram/Millie/ Rita
Altar Guild Cally Pratt and Sharon Hall Cindy Mayfield & Elaine Clark
Flower Guild Harriet Connolly Cathy McLendon
Hospitality Debbie Hamm & Jackie Peabody Joan Anderson & Linda Buntin
Bread Ministry Molly Callendar Cally Pratt
Lay Eucharist Visitor Betty Greene Jackie Peabody
Tellers Judy Ford & Chris Christopher Lloyd Cupp & Jesse Wise
VPOD Darrell Woodall  
OPPORTUNITIES OUTSIDE THE PARISH

Bulletin Board:
You can learn all kinds of things by perusing the bulletin boards in the parish office and also downstairs at the Parish Hall. 
  • Natural Spirituality Gathering 2019 flyer
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