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Thursday, October 31st, 2019
St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church, 1188 Hamp Mil Road, Dahlonega Georgia 30533 - PH (706) 864-5423     ...
Pet Memorial Service

Come Remember a Deceased Animal Companion

Saturday, November 2 at 12 Noon
at the Labyrinth or in the event of rain, the Church
See Father John if you Have a Pet's Ashes to be Scattered
Father John Writes . . . 

All Saints Sunday: He Can Do No Right  I don't care what you do to make the world better, some people are not going to be happy about it. And it is so much easier to complain about something than to actually do something. In fact, if an action is designed so as to displease no one, I wonder whether it can really do any good at all. When the boat is stuck on a sandbar only rocking the boat will cause it to move. 

St. Elizabeth is the patron of our parish, and please mark November 24th down as an important Sunday because we will celebrate her at church and have a potluck in her honor. St. Elizabeth was constantly criticized for selling valuables that belonged to the royal family in order to feed the poor. In fact the traditional portrait of her opening her apron that contains roses is a symbol of the criticism they made of her. She was actually carrying bread to the hungry, but when an official stopped her and asked to see what was in her apron she showed him. They saw roses, but it was actually bread. It was actually St. Elizabeth taking risks at displeasing people in order to serve the poor.

I read an insightful article about moderates yesterday. It says people who do not suffer because of an injustice or a problem are able to be moderate about it. If one is not suffering one has the luxury of thinking, "why does that person make such a fuss over such-n-so. They should tone it down. Let's be moderate." Well, the reason that person is making a fuss is because either they are suffering or they see that people truly are suffering. When we stand up and actually ask for change, or help, or responsibility, or accountability, we make the moderates uncomfortable. How sad, that they are uncomfortable. Avoidance of discomfort is the number one reason there are fewer saints.

So, do not let the criticism of others detract you from something God puts on your heart. I am not saying be unbending to the advice of the wise, that is not what I am saying. But when God puts something on our hearts and when we come to feel strongly that God wants us to do something about it, let us follow that impulse, and pray for those who cannot see why it is important. Whether they are comfortable about it or not is neither here nor there. That we, like the saints, strive to be faithful is everything.

Have a blessed week everyone,
Father John+

Sunday, November 3rd  -  Daylight Savings Ends
Set your clock back 1 hour

Pledge Ingathering
and Blessing This Sunday!!!!

You can still make your pledge in time for it to be blessed

From your Outreach Committee:
Most female victims of intimate partner violence were previously victimized by the same offender, including 77% of females ages 18 to 24, 76% of females ages 25 to 34, and 81% of females ages 35 to 49.

November 3rd is NOA Sunday!  
NOne Alone provides a safe haven for battered women and their children in Lumpkin County and have had upwards of (#) in residence at one time. In addition to providing monetary assistance, St. Elizabeth’s also collects cleaning supplies for NOA (Betty Greene is our Liaison and delivers these supplies to them). 
Please remember NOA as you do your shopping and pick up some extra cleaning supplies to bring to church on
Sunday, November 3rd
If you are interested in getting involved in our Outreach efforts and would like to serve on the Outreach Committee, please see Melissa Lach.
All Saints' Sunday Special Music
and Performance of Original Compositions
by Ruth Purcell & Hal Robinson

The bowed psaltery
     The psaltery is a folk instrument that is found in many cultures in the world since thousands of years. Many of the hymns of praise found in the Book of Psalms mention the psaltery, usually in company with the harp, and there are several other mentions of the instrument in the Prophets. If you would like to see a complete list, here is a link:
     The psaltery of ten strings, the most sacred instrument of the ancient Hebrews, was actually a plucked instrument; in fact the word itself from Middle English, Old French, Latin, and Greek roots means “to pluck or touch sharply, to play an instrument with the fingers.”
     Variations on styles of playing have evolved over the centuries. The instrument we know as the hammered dulcimer is a psaltery that has been developed to play with padded sticks, closely akin to the central European cimbalom. The bowed psaltery is actually very contemporary, and was probably developed in Germany in the late 1940’s! Nevertheless, the unique sound of the steel strings set into vibration with a bow certainly retains the evocative and mystical quality of the original instrument, and definitely lends itself to a spiritual setting. That sound, along with the words of the psalm, were my inspiration for this composition.
About the composition
     This piece was written in memoriam for Mary Evelyn Lourie, who died of bone cancer in 2011 at the age of 8. It was originally composed for children’s voices with bowed psaltery. In today’s service it will be sung for the first time with mixed voices, and offered for the faithful departed of St. Elizabeth’s congregation

Hal Robinson 
     ... is a professional Broadway performer of many years. A member of Christ the Savior Brotherhood in San Francisco, he worked with the Raphael House Women and Family Shelter for many years before returning to Broadway. "Thank you, Lord" is a piece from a mystery play, Pilgrimage, which he composed 20 years ago. Pilgrimage is designed to be performed as an act of devotion to Christ, in a church setting, with a Eucharist performed within the performance of the play

Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, 1231
Our Patron

Plan to Attend our Patronal Festival
& Potluck Feast 
Sunday, November 24th
after service
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Write a Meditation for Advent

Our own Paul Anderson is putting together a book of Meditations for Advent written by our own members. The meditation will be based on the experience of each writer and the daily reading for that day. You can think of the Forward Day by Day Meditations. 
If you are interested in participating please let us know ASAP as we will need the devotions to be sent to Paul by Friday, November 15th. Please indicate you are interested to either Paul at or the parish office
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Betty Greene & Shirley Krogstad

Will be getting married here at

Saint Elizabeth's Episcopal Church
on Saturday, January 4th, 2020 at 2 pm. 

A reception will follow in the fellowship hall downstairs.  Everyone in our church family is invited to attend.  We request that you do not bring gifts.  We desire only the honor of your presence.    

Community Helping Place 
Commemorative Christmas Ornament

Each year the Community Helping Place offers a signed, limited edition Christmas ornament for sale.  The ornaments are $25.00 a piece, and the proceeds help fund the many outreach efforts of The Community Helping Place, which include a food pantry, medical and dental clinics, and clothing and thrift stores.
The ornament is a beautiful rendition in metal of a special place in Dahlonega, but the subject is not revealed until the official Lighting of the Square, the day after Thanksgiving.
Over the years, these ornaments have become collectibles and sell out fast.

If you want to order an ornament contact Martha Roberts or Pam Jones right away. 

MOBS will begin studying "Breathing Underwater" by Richard Rohr This Tuesday, October 22. This Book is about the spirituality of the Twelve steps. We will begin on Monday with an introduction by Father John. The book costs around $8 used online and Father John has ordered a couple for us. MOBS meets for breakfast on Tuesdays at 8:30 am at the Wagon Wheel, and for study at 9:30 in the pastor's study.
This week at Saint Elizabeth’s:
November 4th   
9:30 am
6 pm
Liz Place
November 5th
8:30 am
9:30 am
10:30 am
11 am
Breakfast at Wagon Wheel
Men’s Bible Study (MOBS)
Holy Eucharist
Tai Chi
November 6th
10 am
5:15 pm
Choir Practice
November 7th
11 am
1:30 pm
6 pm
Females Alone Bible Study (FABS)
Tai Chi
Pot Luck
November 8th
9:30 am Yoga
November 9th
November 10th
10 am
11 am
11:30 noon
Holy Communion
Coffee Hour & Reception
Vestry Meeting
Pet Memorial: Saturday, November 2nd
12 noon pm at The Church Labyrinth
All Saints Memorial: Sunday, November 3rd
Please sign up in the vestibule
Saint Elizabeth our Patron: Sunday, November 24th
Sunday service and Pot Luck after in Boyd Hall

A Light to My Path: a day of reflection for Women
The Episcopal Church of the Resurrection,
1755 Duncan Bridge Rd,
Sautee, GA 30571
Saturday, November 9
9 am until 3 pm

as we explore ways to experience God's light. Following registration in the Fellowship Hall, we will begin our day with Scripture and music. As our exploration unfolds, we will have short teachings on Rublev's icon, Christian meditation, and Lectio Divina as well as the opportunity to experience silence interspersed with music, movement, and the outdoors. We'll end the day with Taize music and a Healing Service with Eucharist. Morning snacks and soup for lunch will be provided as well as dessert and beverages. If you would like to bring something (sandwich, salad, etc) to complement your soup, you may do so. There is no cost for this day. NOTE: if you have a practice of journaling, please bring your journal. If you do not, you may want to bring paper and pen since we will suggest journaling during the day. Please call or email Beckie Hilton (706) 717-8210 or no later than November 1 to register so that we will prepare adequate materials and food.
Follow this Link to the Latest Edition of the Diocesan Newsletter "Connecting"

...for sharing God's gifts!

Members of Saint Elizabeth's Episcopal Church:

Who share God's gifts to support the church in wonderful ways!
Contributing in pledges, providing help for charities, assisting with their vocal & musical talents, actively representing a Ministry, providing expertise or creating goods with their artistic skills, sharing their food and conversation at receptions and pot lucks, and many more ways...
Volunteers for First Night Dec 31st! Last year our church was able to be the hosts at one of the First Night venues. We have one of the three people needed for this year. It takes place on New Year's Eve and is a fundraiser for Jeremiah's House, a transitional homeless ministry for families. If we get more volunteers we can even take shifts! Contact Father John by text or in person. (914) 512-8156
No One Alone (NOA) needs: Canned goods
NOA on going needs are: 
Bath towels, Washcloths, Toilet tissue/paper, Paper towels and Antiseptic wipes.

Again thank you all for your generous support --- Betty Greene ---
The Community Helping Place (CHP) needs:
Food Pantry
Boxed Cereal
Oatmeal/Grits - any variety
Apple Juice - 64 oz plastic bottles
Empty Egg Cartons
Dental Clinic
  • Dental Floss
  • Toothpaste for sensitive teeth
Thank you for your generosity! -- Elaine --
Ongoing Parish Events and Other Groups:
Day / time
Midweek Eucharist: All welcome! Tuesdays
10:30 AM
at Church
FABS: Females Alone Bible Study Thursdays
11:00 AM
Downstairs at the Boyd Hall
Men's Only Bible Study Tuesdays
8:30 AM
Meets at the Wagon Wheel for breakfast, followed by a 
9:30 AM meeting at Church
Piece-makers: Knit, crochet, weave, quilt pieces to comfort the sick Wednesdays
10 am - noon
Downstairs at the Boyd Hall
with Lloyd:
Slow movements accompanied by deep breathing; decreases stress, anxiety and depression Tuesdays
11:00 AM

1:30 PM 
Downstairs at the Boyd Hall
Yoga with Paula:  A mind-body practice that combines physical poses, controlled breathing, and meditation or relaxation Mondays
9:30 AM
9:30 AM
Downstairs at the Boyd Hall

*Or check our online calendar at:
The ministry schedule is always available online at: 

All Saints Day
Daniel 7:1-3,15-18
Psalm 149
Ephesians 1:11-23
Luke 6:20-31

The Collect

Almighty God, you have knit together your elect in one communion and fellowship in the mystical body of your Son Christ our Lord: Give us grace so to follow your blessed saints in all virtuous and godly living, that we may come to those ineffable joys that you have prepared for those who truly love you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

Date November 3 November 10 November 17
Week of the month Week 1 Week 2 Week 3
Observances Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost Proper 26 Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost Proper 27 Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost Proper 28
Readings Isaiah 1:10-18 Job 19:23-27a Malachi 4:1-2a
  Psalm 32:1-8 Psalm 17:1-9 Psalm 98
  2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12 2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13
  Luke 19:1-10 Luke 20:27-38 Luke 21:5-19
Celebrant Fr. John, Fr. Paul & Fr. Walton Concelebrating Fr. John Hamilton Fr. John Hamilton
Preacher Fr. John Hamilton Fr. John Hamilton Fr. John Hamilton
Organist & Choir Director Julie Woodall Julie Woodall Julie Woodall
Verger Bill Lach Bill Lach Bill Lach
Greeters Pam & Jarell Jones Helen Long & Joan Gray-Anderson & Mike Weitze
Ushers Carla Buchanan & Lara Lowman Darrell Woodall & Warren Johnson Suzanne Ryerson & Jim Elmore
Lector (Lessons) Jim Ory Lloyd Cupp Warren Johnson
Intercessor (POP) Kris Duke David Connolly Cathy McLen
Chalice Bearers Jim Ory & Bill Lach Janet Barger & Lloyd Cupp Martha Roberts & Tom Roberts
Crucifer/Acolyte/ Server Bill Lach Kris Duke Dave Bammer
Nursery Millie & Rita Adrien & Rita Adrien & Elena
Altar Guild Cally Pratt & Carla Buchanan Elaine & Don Clark Carol & Bill Maybach
Flower Guild Jorgene West Harriet Connolly Cathy Ritch
Hospitality Cathy McLendon & need one Mike Weitze & Kris Duke Debbi Hamm & alice Moore-Wherry
Bread Ministry Cally Pratt Elaine Clark Alice Moore-Wherry
Lay Eucharist Visitor Jim Ory Bill Lach Bill Lach
Tellers Judy Ford & Chris Christopher Lloyd Cupp & Jesse Lee Wise Joan Anderson & Suzanne Ryerson
VPOD Lynda Duke Darrell Woodall Michael Zose
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