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Thursday, October 25th, 2018
23rd Sunday after Pentecost
St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church, 1188 Hamp Mil Road, Dahlonega Georgia 30533 - PH (706) 864-5423     ...

Transformation I bought a lottery ticket. I want to take it back because it was defective. It did not win. In my mind if I had won the lottery we would get an elevator, and we would get a house for the Campus Ministry and I was even dreaming about the possibility of a media company that put out sound spiritual programming on the radio and television, rather than what is on the air now, which quite frankly I feel is 99% dross.

But of course, I did not win. When I am being more grounded I realize it is probably better that I did not win. The jackpot would have been a rescue, a miracle, a happenstance, an escape from reality. What we are building here at St. Elizabeth's is a team effort and it is real, so real, more real than flesh and blood. If we have an elevator we need to come together to do it. If the Campus Ministry ever has a house it is because we will collaborate to make it happen. The real power is in us as a team grounded in God's goodness and grace, in the Holy Spirit, and not in a magic piece of paper. 

The material world, our finances, are important. They are the stuff of our life. For the church to continue doing next year basically what we do this year we need roughly $194,000 in 2019. The worship, the education, the campus ministry, the outreach, a priest, a place to meet all depend on finances and stuff. Stuff comes to life in God's creation of creatures, basically us.

However, focusing completely on stuff, and not on what God is doing among us as we join together to support the mission of St Elizabeth's, is to put the cart before the horse.  God is accomplishing things among us. We are having consistently between 20 and 30 people in Christian formation this year. Our choir is thriving. the Campus ministry is showing encouraging growth. New faces are blossoming in the garden of our congregation. We are leaders in just about every single charitable service organization in our area. And of course our stories of transformation are trying to make visible what God is doing in the human heart as all this takes place.

I am hoping that when we see what God is doing among us at St. Elizabeth's that will inspire us to give to the mission of our church more than a sense of routine or obligation. I am hoping that we will focus on what our next spiritual step is, and that taking that step will bring joy and peace, and help us share our joy with others in our area. I am hoping that out of our gratitude what we need for next year will come forward from our hearts. And then if we do not meet that past level of giving we will be thankful for what we have, and discern how we will reshape our lives to the new situation in pursuit of our mission.  

Our church is about transformation, not about simple economics. Economics are important, we all know that, and if the parish gains resources it has more possibility to do new things, but if it has less, with God's help we will still be about transformation, and transformation is eternal, transformation is salvation! I ask you to bring your pledge cards to church either this Sunday or next so that they can be blessed. May it reflect our joy and gratitude, may it reflect our excitement to be doing the work of Christ here at St. Elizabeth's. But I beseech you to spy out God's grace in your lives, and to answer the call God issues you, a call toward greater love and satisfaction.
Have a blessing filled week
Father John+

Halloween Candy!

Trick-Or-Treat Dahlonega,
Downtown Dahlonega, GA

Thursday, October 31st.
5:30-7:30 PM
  • Please bring to church individually wrapped candy for distribution to kids on Halloween!
  • Plan on coming to distribute candy on Halloween from 5:30 to 7:30 in the Square.

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.
Act Now: All Saints' Sunday Memorial List  You may place names of departed loved ones on our All Saints' Memorials List. Please give us your response before 9:00 AM Thursday, Nov. 1. We will read the first names in the 10:00 AM Eucharist, and include the full name on a special insert that day. It is appropriate, but not necessary, to make a donation to the church in conjunction with this memorial. We ask you to use the online form if you can as it makes the compilation easier. Of course, you may call or email the office with your names as well.

All Saints' Memorials Form
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.
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 ---
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!
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!

Welcoming Red Door

Thanks to Rick Hayes!
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!

T H I S  W E E K
“The Go Guide, Part 2” led by Judy Strickland

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

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:/ 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 Cathy Ritch

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 
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.
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
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 periodically. 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: 
23rd Sunday after Pentecost
October 28th, 2018
Collect: Almighty and everlasting God, increase in us the gifts of faith, hope, and charity; and, that we may obtain what you promise, make us love what you command; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen
Date October 28 November 4
Week of the month Week 4 Week 1
Observances Twenty Third Sunday after Pentecost Proper 25 All Saints' Sunday
Readings Jeremiah 31:7-9 Wisdom of Solomon 3:1-9
  Psalm 126 Psalm 24
  Hebrews 7:23-28 Revelation 21:1-6a
  Mark 10:46-52 John 11:32-44
Celebrant John Hamilton John Hamilton
Preacher John Hamilton John Hamilton
Organist & Choir Director Julie Woodall Julie Woodall
Verger Bill Lach Bill Lach
Greeters Cally and Pete Pratt Jarrell and Pam Jones
Ushers Michael & Lynda Duke Lara Lowman & Carla Buchanan
Lector (Lessons) Cathy McLendon Melissa Lach
Intercessor (POP) Garry Mayfield Rosalie Jensen
Chalice Bearers Paul Roberts & need one more Betty Greene & Jim Ory
Crucifer/Acolyte/ Server Kris Duke Cheryl Jones
Nursery A Buttram/Millie/Rita A Buttram/Millie/Rita
Altar Guild Melissa Lach & Carol Maybach Cally Pratt and Sharon Hall
Flower Guild Cindy Mayfield Harriet Connolly
Hospitality Marilou Kinney & Rosalie Jensen Debbie Hamm & Jackie Peabody
Bread Ministry Judy Ford Molly Callendar
Lay Eucharist Visitor Bill Lach Betty Greene
Tellers David Connolly & Sharon Hall Judy Ford & Chris Christopher
VPOD Michael Zose Darrell Woodall

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. 
  • Camp Mikell Summer Schedule 2019
  • Seek & Serve bulletin
  • One Gift for Life brochure
  • The Church of Common Ground leaflet
  • Natural Spirituality Gathering 2019 flyer
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