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Thursday, September 19th, 2019
St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church, 1188 Hamp Mil Road, Dahlonega Georgia 30533 - PH (706) 864-5423     ...
Father John Writes . . . 

Angels and Critters  You are invited to two very different parties. On September 29th Bishop Lambert will dedicate our new elevator! We will be observing the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels, and in the gospel we will hear Jesus say, "You will see angels descending and ascending on the son of man." We will not be naming our elevator "son of man" though I think some angels have already ascended and descended on it. We will be celebrating that Jesus is for us the one who connects heaven to earth, and earth to heaven, human to divine, and divine to human. Our elevator though it does not stop in heaven does connect us with all sorts of new possibility for service. It is my sincere hope that our building becomes very busy with people enjoying loving fellowship, engaging study and worship, and active compassionate service to our community. Come bless us with your presence at the blessing of the elevator.

The other party will be filled with Critters. We will bless the animals on Saturday, October 6 at 12 Noon. We choose to do it at that time because it is near the feast day for St. Francis of Assisi (October 4th) and he is the patron saint of the environment and of animals. Also, did you know, St. Elizabeth was a third order Franciscan? Also, did you know she is the patron saint of third order Franciscans? (The third order of the Franciscans is comprised of lay people who live out their vows in daily life.) 

I also love animals and I have a little story to illustrate it. Candidates for ordination have to take examinations called GOE's (General Ordination Exams). I made a very poor mark on my pastoral theology examination because, in the words of my examiner, "although the candidate showed an adequate theological understanding of why he should not anoint a [grieving man's] dog, he indicated a willingness to do it anyway!" All I can do is say, "Busted". However, the examiner did fail to note that I had actually offered a theological argument why I should anoint the Dog. I wrote our theology is too anthropocentric, which means we are too focused on human beings. As I read scripture God intends us to live in harmony with all living things, and even inanimate things. Thus this Blessing of the Animals, October 6th at Noon gives us a great opportunity to celebrate that relationship.

Have a blessed week everyone, and I'll see you at two parties in the coming weeks!
Father John

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Tonight! 15th Annual Spelling Bee ! Mark your calendar for Thursday, September 19, 2019, 7 pm Lumpkin County High School. Are you interested in putting your spelling skills to the test for a good cause? You could volunteer to help form a team. We will need at least three to do this. One might be able to twist Father John's arm.
Important Note for Sept. 29th Bishop's Visit
Set-up and Food Volunteers

We will meet at 2:00 on Saturday the 28th for setup. All volunteers are appreciated. Individuals bringing food should have it at the church by 9:30 on Sunday, and it should be server ready. We will also need volunteers for clean up afterward. Thanks so much for the awesome support this parish always provides. Alice

Ticket Sales Extended … CHP Gold Party!
  Get your tickets to join the party before they are gone! Contact Fr. John for more information. Please place in the memo of your check "St. Elizabeth's" and they will seat us together. Please call 706-867-9621 for details. 
Blessing of the Animals is Saturday, October 5th at 12 Noon.
Plan on coming and invite a friend. We welcome any congregant who can refrain from biting, scratching or mauling other congregants. That rule applies to the non-human animals also.
NO Potluck Tonight! Thursday, September 19
  • We are having a celebration for the Bishop's visit on Sunday, September 19. You are welcome to participate! Sign up sheets are available in the vestibule or contact Linda Bunting. Thanks!
Our next Potluck is on Thursday, October 17 and we need a host!
  • The host selects a theme and gets early on the designated day to set the tables, coordinate food placement and cleans up after the event. Potluck participants sign up to bring dishes to share conforming to the theme and attend the potluck for fellowship, good time and good food!
T H A N K    Y O U 
for donations toward the Church Elevator Project given in the loving memory of:

Don Vinings
Dovie Avans
Bob Ingram
Stella Christopher

A prayer request:  Rand Herron, who is Cathy McLendon's best friend has decided to move to Oakwood at the end of October to live with his family.  He has been living in Cathy's basement, along with Cole his caregiver, for the past 10 years. His health is failing after being a quadriplegic 42 years.  Please keep Cathy, Rand, and his family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult transition.

...for sharing God's gifts!
Jesse Wise & Father Walton:
For painting, changing and installing our new mailbox and post

Pam & Jarell Jones:
For refinishing and staining the garden bench donated years ago by The Bammers

Ben Wallace: 
For exceeding dedication on the building projects
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
  • Cereal
  • Oats
  • Grits
  • Spaghetti sauce
  • Canned fruit
  • 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: 

Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost - Proper 20
Amos 8:4-7
Psalm 113
1 Timothy 2:1-7
Luke 16:1-13

The Collect

Grant us, Lord, not to be anxious about earthly things, but to love things heavenly; and even now, while we are placed among things that are passing away, to hold fast to those that shall endure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Date September 22 September 29
Week of the month Week 4 Week 5
Observances Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost-P20 Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost-P21
Readings Amos 8:4-7 Amos 6:1a,4-7
  Psalm 113 Psalm 146
  1 Timothy 2:1-7 1 Timothy 6:6-19
  Luke 16:1-13 Luke 16:19-31
Celebrant Fr. John Hamilton Fr. John Hamilton
Preacher Fr. John Hamilton Fr. John Hamilton
Organist & Choir Director Julie Woodall Julie Woodall
Verger Bill Lach Bill Lach
Greeters Cally & Pete Pratt Wilma & Dave Bammer
Ushers Lynda & Mike Duke Elaine & Don Clark
Lector (Lessons) Betty Greene Wilma Bammer
Intercessor (POP) Michael Zose Kris Duke
Chalice Bearers Dave Bammer Tom Roberts
Crucifer/Acolyte/ Server Betty Greene Cheryl Jones
Nursery Aidren & Elena Millie & Aidren
Altar Guild Melissa Lach & Carol Maybach Carol Maybach & Cally Pratt
Flower Guild Jorgene West Harriet Connolly
Hospitality Gladys & Ben Wallace Mike Weitze & Kris Duke
Bread Ministry   Molly Callender
Lay Eucharist Visitor Betty Greene Bill Lach
Tellers David Connolly & Suzanne Ryerson Dave Bammer & Tom Roberts
VPOD Lynda Duke Darrell Woodall
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