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Your Thursday Update!
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Thursday, August 8th, 2019
St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church, 1188 Hamp Mil Road, Dahlonega Georgia 30533 - PH (706) 864-5423     ...
Father John Writes . . . 

Transfiguration We are mortal creatures. Often we like to think we are God. Children tend to think they are the center of the universe. They might say, "Hey look! The moon is following me!" But as we become wiser we become more aware that we are small creatures dependent on the flow of the universe. Yes, there is much that falls within our arena of control, and our choices are important, but in the end we are small fragile creatures with a limited life-span, and one might feel small and unimportant because of this.

God does not see us that way. The scriptures tell us God made us for God's self. God looked at all that was made and said it was good. And when God looked on humankind God said it was "very good". Yes we are mortal small fragile creatures, but we are very good. When we think of ourselves as small and unimportant we become self-focused, greedy for influence, wealth and power. But when we see our selves as deeply loved we want to spend our fragile life for love. We become extravagant creatures delighting in our existence, in our neighbor, in the beauty of the world, and in the loving divine compassionate mystery behind it all.

This Sunday we will see Christ transformed on the mountaintop so that we behold his glory. That glory is the glory of God. Yet that glory is also the glory of humanity lived in loving relationship with God. We fragile creatures shine with a glory that was always God's intention when we let go and let our lives be about the great compassionate God. This is what we were made for. This is the joy we can know. This is our life, transfigured by our surrender to the one who made us.

Where do you feel transfigured? What is the way you like to show your love to God: song, art, worship, quiet? What is the way you show compassionate love to others? Where in your life might you live more deeply into the transfiguring extravagant love of Jesus?

Have a blessed week everyone,
Father John+

We Pray for Those who have Died

This week our community has experienced much loss. We commend to God Stella Christopher, David Hughes, Elizabeth "Lisa" Skelly and Molly McGuire. Please keep them, and their families in your prayers. For those whose services will be here at St. Elizabeth's we will send out a parish email as soon as we know the arrangements. May they rest in peace.

Lord Jesus Christ, by your death you took away the sting of death: Grant to us your servants so to follow in faith where you have led the way, that we may at length fall asleep peacefully in you and wake up in your likeness; for your tender mercies' sake. Amen.
Annual Parish Picnic
At the Church:

Bring a dish to share & beverage of choice!

Thank you to everyone who signed up!
People can still help. Express your willingness and we will find you a way to contribute.
  • help Set-Up on Saturday, August 10th at 1 pm
  • help in the Clean-Up after the event on Sunday, August 11th
  • bring canopy on Saturday, August 10th
  • bring cooler with ice on Sunday, August 11th
  • bring paper products: plates, cups, napkins
  • bring flatware
  • bring patio chair
Canopies will be available at the immediate back patio for enjoyment on the church gardens.  Food line up will be at the Boyd Hall. Barbecue will be provided! 
Need a new partner for Hospitality! Please contact Linda Bunting or the church office if you will like to join the group! There are six teams and they take turns throughout the year. Each team works the hospitality every 6 weeks. The purpose of their ministry is to help provide coffee hour after service. If you want to contribute food and/or monetary donations are welcomed too. Please contact Linda for details. Thank you!
New deadline for Tidings! The date for Tidings has been moved a week later. The new deadline is Monday, August 12. If you have an article or information to submit, please send it to Margo Booth at Thanks! --- Margo
15th Annual Spelling Bee ! Mark your calendar for September 19, 2019, 7pm 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.
Art displays and donations: St. Elizabeth's artists donate between 20% to 100% from the sale of their artwork displayed in Boyd Hall to the church and its outreach programs. More artists are welcomed! If you would like to participate and have your art displayed on the new shelves please contact Elaine Clark for details.
A Welcome Home Party for the GA National Guard called "Welcome Home, Dear Warrior! You are invited to participate in a celebration to welcome home and thank OUR Military returning from Afghanistan. 
Concord Church of Dahlonega (next to Pizza Hut) 1312 Chestatee St. on
Saturday, August 24th at 4:30 pm
Butterflies in your Garden! The Gold Diggers Garden Club will be hosting Rosalie Jensen and Mike Saunders for a slide presentation program on Tuesday, August 13 at 7 pm in the Senior Center on Mechanicsville Rd., Dahlonega.
New date for the Vestry Meeting: Sunday, August 25th at 11:30 am
Sharing a little of your time: We have various ministries and/or charitable programs that could use a volunteering hand. If you wish to contribute a little of your time feel welcome to learn which ministry or program(s) to join. Ask any of the Ministry Leaders (a list is at the office bulletin board), call/email the office or Fr. John for details! God bless you!
...proclaiming God's Word, celebrating God's love, and sharing God's gifts.
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
Teller anyone?  Need additional volunteers to help out after service. 
Will you be an Acolyte? We have the need for volunteers to serve as Acolyte on Sunday service. Keep in mind that we rotate the volunteers and the schedule is posted weeks in advanced. Give this a try!
Weekly garden maintenance: The Garden Committee has completed most major issues front & back. It's now moving forward to weekly maintenance where needed. Anyone can join in. An extra pair of hands is always welcome! We are usually done before 10 am every Saturday (weather permitting). Thank you! ---  Suzzane Ryerson & The Garden Committee
Bless the Flowers! You can donate by ordering flowers to adorn the church and altar! Please fill out this form. 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 offerings wood box at the vestibule or in the office administrator mail box. Thank You! ---  Harriet & The Flower Guild
Ministry Highlight: Pick and Bow! Our parishioners are involved in so many things which can be considered a ministry. Our own Margo Booth is involved with Pick and Bow, a non-profit organization that teaches music to children. She recently shared with me a YouTube video about this organization. I enjoyed it very much and commend it to you.

What other ministries might we share in our Thursday Update? Send us suggestions to the parish email:
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
  • Egg cartons
  • Spaghetti sauce
  • Canned chicken
  • Canned tuna
Dental Clinic
  • Dental Floss
  • Toothpaste for sensitive teeth
Thank you for your generosity! -- Elaine --
Ongoing Parish Events and Other Groups:
Day / time
Midweek Eucharist: (Suspended during construction)
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
TAI CHI: 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: 

The Transfiguration

Exodus 34:29-35
2 Peter 1:13-21
Luke 9:28-36
Psalm 99 or 99:5-9

The Collect
O God, who on the holy mount revealed to chosen witnesses your well-beloved Son, wonderfully transfigured, in raiment white and glistening: Mercifully grant that we, being delivered from the disquietude of this world, may by faith behold the King in his beauty; who with you, O Father, and you, O Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Date August 11 August 18 August 25
Week of the month Week 2 Week 3 Week 4
Observances The Transfiguration Tenth Sunday after Pentecost-P15 Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost-P16
Readings Exodus 34:29-35 Jeremiah 23:23-29 Isaiah 58:9b-14
  2 Peter 1:13-21 Psalm 82 Psalm 103:1-8
  Luke 9:28-36 Hebrews 11:29-12:2 Hebrews 12:18-29
  Psalm 99 or 99:5-9 Luke 12:49-56 Luke 13:10-17
Celebrant Fr. Paul Roberts Fr. John Hamilton Fr. John Hamilton
Preacher Fr. Paul Roberts Fr. John Hamilton Fr. John Hamilton
Organist & Choir Director Julie Woodall Julie Woodall Julie Woodall
Verger Bill Lach Bill Lach Bill Lach
Greeters Helen Long & Debbi Hamm Joan Anderson & Mike Weitze Cally & Pete Pratt
Ushers Darrell Woodall & David Jones Suzanne Ryerson & Jim Elmore Lynda & Michael Duke
Lector (Lessons) Rosalie Jensen Dave Bammer Bill Miller
Intercessor (POP) Melissa Lach Rosalie Jensen Wilma Bammer
Chalice Bearers Janet Barger & Lloyd Cupp Marta & Tom Roberts Dave Bammer
Crucifer/Acolyte/ Server Kris Duke Dave Bammer Betty Greene
Nursery Millie A., Aidren B., Rita C. Millie A., Aidren B., Rita C. Millie A., Aidren B., Rita C.
Altar Guild Elaine & Don Clark Carol & Bill Maybach Melissa Lach & Carol Maybach
Flower Guild Harriet Connolly Jorgene West Cathy Ritch
Hospitality Annual Parish Picnic Mike Weitze & Kris Duke Joan Anderson & Alice Moore-Wherry
Bread Ministry Elaine Clark Alice Moore-Wherry Bread Team
Lay Eucharist Visitor Bill Lach Bill Lach Betty Greene
Tellers Lloyd Cupp & Jesse Wise Joan Anderson & George Armijo David Connolly & need one
VPOD Lynda Duke Darrell Woodall Michael Zose
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