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Thursday, October 4th, 2018
20th Sunday after Pentecost
St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church, 1188 Hamp Mil Road, Dahlonega Georgia 30533 - PH (706) 864-5423     ...

My Animal knows some things Better than I do  In the book of Proverbs Solomon the Wise counsels the sluggard to consider the ant, how she toils; Well Father John, the not quite so wise, is going to counsel you to consider the cat, how he lounges. My cat knows how to be peaceful. He values time spent in my lap. When I am sitting on my prayer rug meditating he comes and flops against me. Sometimes he stretches out on the kitchen floor. Sometimes he lies on his back his belly exposed to the air. He is so different to me. I can be anxious about many things. 

It's true. I do not know that he would be so calm if he had the responsibilities I bear, but I do know that there are times when I do not have to be totally focused on those responsibilities, and at times like that I too can be peaceful. Sunday morning is one such time for all of us. The first thing we do on Sunday, the first day of the new week, is gather together to sing, "Glory to God in the highest, and Peace to his people on earth." We are not focused on our burdens, we focus on the joy of being alive, and on being thankful to the creator. My cat would approve, and I bet Solomon the wise would too.

My cat also wants to remind you the blessing of the animals is this Saturday.

Have a blessed week everyone.
Father John+
Blessing of the Animals

Blessed are You
, O Lord God, King of all creation for you created heaven and earth, and filled it with marvels and beauty.  We give you special thanks this day for all the animals of the earth, from the eagle soaring in the sky, to the fish in the deepest corner of the ocean, from the tiny ant digging its burrows, to the grand whales navigating the sea.  They fill us with awe and wonder, and we marvel at your works.  We give you thanks for all the flocks and herds, for fish and fowl, who provide us with food and clothing, labor and companionship.  We express to you, and to them, our gratitude for all that has been given us.  We ask you Lord to make us, the whole human family, responsible for the care of these creatures.  Forgive us when we have been cruel, ungrateful and irreverent.  Assist us to amend our ways that we me live in harmony with the earth and with these magnificent creatures.  And now, O Lord, Giver of all good things, as we honor with incense and bless with water these animals here gathered, we ask you to give them your gracious benediction, keep them in your care, protect them from danger, give them health and joy, that they may be to us signs of your great creativity and providence., for you are gracious, O Giver of Life, and we bless you, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, now and forever, to the end of the ages.  Amen

Blessing of the Animals
This 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.
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:
Stories of Transformation for Stewardship on Sundays 
We hope that remembering stories of transformation will help us be more aware of all God has done. These stories are the context of our giving in the parish. Our life together, worship, fellowship, education and outreach, depends on our giving. If you did not get a  pledge letter please call the office. We will have brief speakers on Sundays between now and the pledge in-gathering Nov. 4.  Remember the goodness of God, in story when possible, and prayerful determine what you can give to the community. --- Thanks, Fr. John ---
Sponsoring First Night 
We have three pledges to help finance our church sponsoring  of First Night. First Night is a downtown festival for the whole family that takes place Dec. 31st in the Square and culminates with the dropping of the golden nugget at midnight. We would like to spend enough to have a half page advertisement in the journal which could reach 1200 souls. If this is something that interests you please call or email the parish office or (06) 864-5423.
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 Jorgene West

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
Photos above:

2018 Annual Church Picnic

Hosted by The Hunt's


T H I S  W E E K
“Props for Praying” led by Martha Roberts

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

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. 

Our new website is up and running!

Check it out at:


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 corn
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 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.

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
20th Sunday after Pentecost
October 7th, 2018
Collect: Almighty and everlasting God, you are always more ready to hear than we to pray, and to give more than we either desire or deserve: Pour upon us the abundance of your mercy, forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid, and giving us those good things for which we are not worthy to ask, except through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ our Savior; 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 October 7 October 14
Week of the month Week 1 Week 2
Observances Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost Proper 22 Twenty First Sunday after Pentecost Proper 23
Readings Genesis 2:18-24 Amos 5:6-7,10-15
  Psalm 8 Psalm 90:12-17
  Hebrews 1:1-4; 2:5-12 Hebrews 4:12-16
  Mark 10:2-16 Mark 10:17-31
Celebrant Walton Peabody John Hamilton
Preacher John Hamilton Walton Peabody
Organist & Choir Director Julie Woodall Julie Woodall
Verger Bill Lach Bill Lach
Greeters Jarell and Pam Jones Linda Bunting and Tammy Lee
Ushers Lara Lowman & Carla Buchanan Darrell Woodall & need one more
Lector (Lessons) Melissa Lach Warren Johnson
Intercessor (POP) Rosalie Jensen Michael Zose
Chalice Bearers Jim Ory & Dave Bammer Tom & Martha Roberts
Crucifer/Acolyte/ Server Kris Duke Betty Greene
Nursery A Buttram/Millie or Rita A. Buttram/Millie/Rita
Altar Guild Cally Pratt & Sharon Hall Cindy Mayfield & Elaine Clark
Flower Guild Harriet Connolly Cathy McLendon
Hospitality Lynda Bunting Amy Anderson & Michael Zose
Bread Ministry Molly Callendar Cally Pratt
Lay Eucharist Visitor Jim Ory Betty Greene
Tellers Judy Ford & Chris Christopher Lloyd Cupp
VPOD Lara Lowman Lynda Duke

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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