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Thursday, September 13th, 2018
17th Sunday after Pentecost
St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church, 1188 Hamp Mil Road, Dahlonega Georgia 30533 - PH (706) 864-5423     ...

Transformation  Jesus heals those who are lame, blind, deaf, mute, incapacitated by fever or "demons". He healed skin diseases that excluded the sufferers from contact with others. This is why the people thronged to him. He enabled people to have faith and hope in a God who was working substantially and "secretly" in a world of violence, cruelty and oppression. This is why they said he preached with authority. He gave gifts and empowered people who were considered nobodies. This is why a group of fishermen and country bumpkins transformed the Roman world.

The presence of Jesus is the harbinger of new life out of old, hope out of despair, joy out of sorrow, power out of powerlessness. The presence of Jesus is the preamble to transformation. In our worship, in our proclamation of scripture, in our celebration of the sacraments, Jesus is present with us. The parish church is the location of a transforming encounter.

I recently asked my godson where he was on his journey of faith. He has struggled with whether he "believed" in God. This time he told me he still did not know whether he believed in a "God" but he did believe that the church is a good thing --  for people to come together. It was my job to listen to him at that time and not share my own views, but if I had responded I think I would have said something like this. The good thing about people coming together is what I call God. I think God is a mystery who lies right close at hand ever present, but also imperceptibly present in the encounter with others. The healing and love we get from the community, from a friend, from a comforting word, or from a holy wafer of bread pressed into our hand, is transformative, and it is divine. God is encountered through the material. 

Where have you seen healing? Where have you seen love? forgiveness? Where have you seen a person discovering their gifts? Where have you seen people freed from chains of any kind so that they could fly, set free, like a butterfly from a cocoon? (Yes, Rosalie, I know it is chrysalis, but everyone says cocoon.) Sometimes the parish church enables this process. It has in my life. But the parish church is also supposed to equip us with the tools we need to see God at work in the world. May those who have eyes to see, and ears to hear, see and hear!

Let us gather these examples and stories of transformation. Let us rejoice and celebrate them. Let us have greater faith in God because of them. Amen. Amen.

Have a blessed week everyone.
Father John+
Next Saturday 22!!!

Saturday, September 22 at 3:30 PM

Hosts: Bonnie and Don Hunt

This is an outdoor activity!
The Hunt's open their doors to share the splendor of nature from their backyard pavillion.
Bring your favorite choice for main dish, side dish, salad, and/or dessert for sharing!
Directions and map are available at the vestibule and will be emailed.

Sign up sheets for food are currently placed at the vestibule.


Canadian Thanksgiving
Thursday, October 18 at 6:00 PM

Hosts: Jill and Rick Hayes

Food - turkey and dressing will be provided.
Members 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.


One Clean Up Volunteer
Needed for Annual Church Picnic!

Saturday, September 22
Please sign up by contacting the Parish Office:
PH 706-864-5423 or email


Blessing of the Animals
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.
Send Your Prayer Requests to our faithful parish administrator or (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.
Would you like to Order a T-Shirt from the Episcopal Campus Ministry?
It has a picture of mountains and the new motto of the ministry, "All of the Jesus, none of the guilt"  We need your contribution of $20 per shirt and you to specify the size. Please sign up in the narthex or call or email the church office by September 5th. Sorry for the short lead time. or (706) 864-5423.
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 

The Flower Guild 
will love to create a flower arrangement for you! Also, if you will like to participate in the Flower Guild please contact Harriet.
 Help us reuse flower vases by returning any plastic urns or other containers you may have at home to St. Elizabeth Flower Guild. The talented members of the Flower Guild are: Harriet Connolly, Cathy Ritch, Cathy MacLendon, Cindy Mayfield and Jorgene West. Thanks! --- Harriet

T H I S  W E E K
Living One Day at a Time led by Betty Greene

S i m p l y  T r a n s f o r m a t i o n a l
September 16th: “Living one Day at a Time” led by Betty Greene
Betty will share the wisdom of living “One Day at a Time”. Drawing on the wisdom in the Twelve Step Tradition she will lead a discussion on taking life in digestible bites.
September 23rd: “Silence and Presence” led by David Jones
David will talk about his experiences on a silent retreat at a Buddhist meditation center, and lead us in a discussion about the role of mindfulness and silence in our lives.
September 30th: “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.
October 7th: “Sacred Vessels” & “Throw 50 Things Away” led by Father John
Father John will share some ideas from Benedictine and Franciscan Theology about our relationship to the material world and to possessions. He will also talk briefly about a book by Gail Blanke about clearing clutter from our homes, and our minds!
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.”
Sharing God's Gifts...

Bread Ministry:

We need Bakers! The Bread Ministry provides every Sunday loaves of bread lovingly prepared to share with our guests! For the most part, each baker provides bread just once a month (occasionally we have a 5th Sunday). If you want to join this ministry please contact Judy Ford. Thanks! --- Judy 
On Saturday, September 8th
and Wednesday 11th the

Garden Committee

Worked on Fall Beautification of the Church front garden.
Thanks to the efforts and collaboration from: Tammy Lee, Joan Anderson, Suzanne Ryerson, Michael Zose, Pam & Jarrell Jones and Mike Duke.
Thanks to all! Awesome!


Tidings is available online!
Tidings is also available at the church vestibule! --- Margo

About Our Food Ministry

We need volunteers interested in making meals when needed. Please Sign-Up in the clipboard at the vestibule.
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. Thanks for all you do! --- Suzanne Ryerson

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 fruit
  • Canned pasta (spaghetti o's, ravioli) with meat

Thank you for your generosity! -- Elaine --


This month NOA needs:
  • Blankets
  • Bed sheets  
The on going needs are:
  • Bath towels
  • Washcloths
  • Toilet tissue/paper
  • Paper towels
  • Antiseptic wipes
Again thank you all for your generous support  --- Betty Greene ---

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.
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Book Club

Monday October 1st, at noon: New location still to be decided; keep in touch with emails in September.  We have chosen our next book, "Sing for Your Life" by Daniel Bergner: a story of race, music, and family. --- John Ackermann 

Gluten Free Wafer now available!
Please tell the Usher if you need a gluten free wafer.
Parish Office:

Office schedule is Monday, Wednesday and Thursdays from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Feel free to call the office 706-864-5423 or email your questions, articles, pictures and concerns to:  Thank you! --- Gladys

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


17th Sunday after Pentecost
September 16th, 2018

O God, because without you we are not able to please you, mercifully grant that your Holy Spirit may in all things direct and rule our hearts; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for 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 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: 
Monthly Schedule    
Date September 16 September 23
Week of the month Week 3 Week 4
Observances Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost Proper 19 Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost Proper 20
Readings Isaiah 50:4-9a Jeremiah 11:18-20
  Psalm 116:1-8 Psalm 54
  James 3:1-12 James 3:13-4:3, 7-8a
  Mark 8:27-38 Mark 9:30-37
Celebrant  John Hamilton John Hamilton
Preacher  John Hamilton John Hamilton
Organist & Choir Director Julie Woodall Julie Woodall
Verger Bill Lach Bill Lach
Greeters Judy Ford and Joan Anderson The Pratts
Ushers S. Ryerson and Jim Elmore Michael and Lynda Duke
Lector (Lessons) Rosalie Jensen David Connolly
Intercessor (POP) Warren Johnson Bill Miller
Chalice Bearers Martha & Tom Roberts Lloyd Cupp and Janet Barger
Crucifer/Acolyte/ Server Kris Duke and need one more David Bammer ?
Nursery A. Buttram and Millie or Rita A Buttram/Millie or Rita
Altar Guild The Maybachs Melissa Lach and Jackie Peabody
Flower Guild Cathy Ritch Cindy Mayfield
Hospitality Marilou Kinney and Rosalie Jensen Debbie Hamm and Jackie Peabody
Bread Ministry Cally Pratt Elaine Clark
Lay Eucharist Visitor Jackie Peabody or someone else Bill Lach
Tellers Joan Anderson & Jorge Armijo David Connolly and Sharon Hall
VPOD Darrell Woodall Bill Lach

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!
Early sign up recommended if you want to go to one of these workshops at Grace Church, Gainesville.

Diocesan Acolyte Festival

Saturday, October 27, 2018
9:00 AM  4:00 PM
2744 Peachtree Road Northeast
Atlanta, GA, 30305 
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