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Thursday, October 17th, 2019
St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church, 1188 Hamp Mil Road, Dahlonega Georgia 30533 - PH (706) 864-5423     ...
Father John Writes . . . 

The Drain is Clogged  The reason my tub fills up with water while I take a shower is that the mesh over the drain gets clogged with hair. The way to get the water to flow is to unclog the drain. Remove the debris and clear a path so that the water can flow.

This is also a metaphor for the spiritual life. God’s grace is abundant and unending. But for different people different things clog the flow: resentments against other people; stubborn attachment to destructive or unhelpful behavior; obsession with doing things a certain way, and perhaps even calling that way the only right way; staying busy to the point that all time is spent doing things that do not actually employ someone's gifts; fear of not being good enough; Comparing oneself to others, forgetting that each of us is unique and capable of loving and beautiful deeds being exactly who we are; neglecting to connect and partner with others to do beautiful things thinking that we must do things alone? Boy, the list could go on.

I do not want any of us to feel guilty because we see things clogging the flow. Quite the contrary, we are the creatures through whom God’s grace can flow! We are fabulous! I want us to take small do-able steps that can unblock the flow of God’s grace. When we do, we benefit and all around us benefit.

In this stewardship season, the reason I give to my parish church is because the church works constantly to help me unclog the flow.  It enables all of you to help me unclog the flow, and I hope it enables me to help you, so that the one who cast the stars across the sky, the one who carved out out of the rock these here hills which we love, the one who took flesh for us and lived as one of us, who died and rose for us, so that that one can bless me and you and all Dahlonega through the life of this parish. The reason I give to our parish church is because it reminds, encourages and helps  me to open up a path for grace to flow.

Have a blessed week everyone,

Father John+

T O N I G H T 
Thursday, October 17 at 6 pm

 Karyl & Dave Loux will host the October pot luck dinner on October 17th at 6:00 pm. 
As mentioned last week, it will have an Oktoberfest theme.  There is so much fun to be had.  The Loux' have lots of experience in having Oktoberfest gatherings, and fun is the name of the evening.  If you need ideas of something to bring please reach out to Karyl at 757-510-0173 or, and she will help.  If you don't cook, come anyway.  There is always plenty of food to share.  You could also bring pretzels, small hot dog rolls, anything apple flavored (including a jug of cider).  It will be a wonderful way to enjoy each other on a Thursday evening.  Prost!!

Stewardship Awareness
Tree of LIfe: The Fruits God Grants Our Parish
Our parish church bears fruit in our lives. Here is a picture of our "Tree of Life" after just one week of reflecting on all God does for us and the world through the ministry of our parish church. This Stewardship season let each give according to what God puts on their heart.  We can each make our pledge by mail. in the plate on Sunday, or online. Also beginning Sunday, October 13th we will begin reflecting on the fruit St. Elizabeth bears in the community as we create a tree of life. Intrigued? All will be revealed soon! Our pledges will be blessed on November 2nd, All Saints' Sunday.
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 November 15th. Please indicate you are interested to either Paul at or the parish office
The Book of Common Prayer and Anglicanism

How many Sacraments are in the Episcopal Church.
Father John is going to offer classes those Sundays when there is no special class planned. The next few sessions will be on Anglicanism as found in the Book of Common Prayer.  If you would like to suggest a particular part of the prayer book just text him your idea. He can surely accommodate you.
  • Sun. Oct. 27 at 9 AM:  What do we Anglicans do? The Baptismal Covenant, BCP p. 304-5.
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:
Monday, October 21st     9:30 am Yoga
Tuesday, October 22nd 8:30 am
9:30 am
10:30 am
11 am
Breakfast at Wagon Wheel
Men’s Bible Study (MOBS)
Holy Eucharist
Tai Chi
Wednesday, October 23rd  10 am
5:15 pm
Choir Practice
Thursday, October 24th   11 am
1:30 pm
6 pm
Females Alone Bible Study (FABS)
Tai Chi
Pot Luck
Friday, October 25th 9:30 am Yoga
Saturday, October 26th 11 am Jimmy Booth's Memorial
Sunday, October 27th    9 am
10 am

11 am
11:30 noon
Sunday School
Holy Communion
Coffee Hour & Reception
Vestry Meeting
No Yoga: Friday, October 18th 
Has been cancelled this Friday only
Pot Luck: Thursday, October 17th 
At 6 pm at Boyd Hall
Jimmy Booth's Memorial: Thursday, October 19th
At 6 pm at Boyd Hall
Vestry Meeting: Sunday, October 20th 
At 11:30 am, after Sunday Service at Vestry Room 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.

In Loving Memory of Jimmy Booth

Saturday, October 19th at 11:00 pm
Visitation at 10:00 am
Reception will follow the service


Any donations you desire to give please direct it to either one below:

St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church - Elevator Fund
1188 Hamp Mill Road, Dahlonega GA 30533
or to
Georgia Pick and Bow
P. O. Box 1801, Dahlonega, GA 30533

We are looking for help with the reception in the way of food, setting up, serving and cleaning afterward. Alice Moore has graciously agreed to coordinate this with the rest of the parish life team. You can check with her regarding what we still need by call or text at (706) 344-8240.

Keep our brother and the Booth family in your prayers.

Please Bring Candy to Church!
You can also Volunteer to Give Out Candy Halloween
on the Square, Oct. 31st, in costume or not
Tell Father John you are interested

Follow this Link to the Latest Edition of the Diocesan Newsletter "Connecting"

...for sharing God's gifts!

Judy Ford and the FABS:

These group of cheery ladies help the Parish Administrator with folding the Sunday and any special bulletins on Thursdays.

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

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 the 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.
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!
10:30 AM
at Church
FABS: Females Alone Bible Study
11:00 AM
Downstairs at the Boyd Hall
Men's Only Bible Study
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
10 am - noon
Downstairs at the Boyd Hall
with Lloyd:
Slow movements accompanied by deep breathing; decreases stress, anxiety and depression
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
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: 

Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost - Proper 24

Genesis 32:22-31
Psalm 121
2 Timothy 3:14-4:5
Luke 18:1-8

The Collect

Almighty and everlasting God, in Christ you have revealed your glory among the nations: Preserve the works of your mercy, that your Church throughout the world may persevere with steadfast faith in the confession of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen

Date October 20 October 27 November 3
Week of the month Week 3 Week 4 Week 1
Observances Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost-P 24 Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost -P 25 Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost Proper 26
Readings Genesis 32:22-31 Sirach 35:12-17 or or Jeremiah 14:7-10,19-22 Isaiah 1:10-18
  Psalm 121 Psalm 84:1-6 Psalm 32:1-8
  2 Timothy 3:14-4:5 2 Timothy 4:6-8,16-18 2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12
  Luke 18:1-8 Luke 18:9-14 Luke 19:1-10
Celebrant Fr. John Hamilton 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 Joan G. Anderson & Mike Weitze Cally & Pete Pratt Pam & Jarell Jones
Ushers Suzanne Ryerson & Jim Elmore Lynda & Mike Duke Carla Buchanan & Lara Lowman
Lector (Lessons) Bill Miller Wilma Bammer Jim Ory
Intercessor (POP) Michael Zose Dave Bammer Kris Duke
Chalice Bearers Martha & Tom Roberts Dave Bammer & David Connolly Jim Ory & Bill Lach
Crucifer/Acolyte/ Server Dave Bammer Betty Greene Bill Lach
Nursery Aidren Buttram. & Elena Leyssens Aidren Buttram. & Elena Leyssens Millie & Rita
Altar Guild Carol & Bill Maybach Melissa Lach & Carol Maybach Cally Pratt & Carla Buchanan
Flower Guild Joan Gray-Anderson Jorgene West Jorgene West
Hospitality Amy Anderson & Michael Zose Trish Fawcett & Cathy McLendon Gladys & Ben Wallace
Bread Ministry Alice Moore-Wherry The Bread Team Cally Pratt
Lay Eucharist Visitor Bill Lach Betty Greene Jim Ory
Tellers Joan Anderson & George Armijo David Connolly & Suzanne Ryerson Judy Ford & Chris Christopher
VPOD Alice Moore-Wherry Ben Wallace Lynda Duke
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