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Your Thursday Update!
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Thursday, September 5th, 2019
St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church, 1188 Hamp Mil Road, Dahlonega Georgia 30533 - PH (706) 864-5423     ...
Father John Writes . . . 

Why Delay Attention to Our Souls?   A therapist once told me that they pay special attention to what the client might bring up in the last 5 minutes of the therapy session. We beat around the bush. We avoid. We hesitate. And we often delay the most important things until a time we have little personal resources to devote to it. As your priest, my main job is to encourage you not to do this with your spiritual life. Should you put off joy until everything else in your life is in order? Hell no! You very likely will order everything else in your life around someone else's unenlightened priorities if you do that. Attending to peace, compassion, joy, love, as early as possible is the way to order a life that is truly satisfying. Please guys. Let us resolve to pay attention to our spiritual well-being today. What have we been delaying doing? Forgiving someone? Having a time of meditation and prayer in your daily life? Reading literature that can inspire us? Volunteering for service? The sooner we pay attention to our soul, the sooner we know blessing, and the sooner we become the greatest blessing possible to all around us.  God's grace is too wonderful to delay.

Have a blessed week everyone.
Father John

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The Midweek Eucharist
Has Returned

Tuesdays at 10:30 AM
in the Library
(The Eucharist will last 20 minutes)
Forums on Hospitality
T O D A Y : Thursday, September 5 at 5:30 PM
With the new elevator arriving we want to take stock and brainstorm our welcome of people both on Sunday morning and to all our activities. We are hoping to discuss our greeting, our coffee hour, the way we help new people connect in the parish, and any topics that relate to our welcome. We are especially hoping Vestry members, Greeters, and Persons particularly passionate about welcome would attend. We may use some brainstorming activities inspired by "Invite, Welcome, Connect" a ministry begun by Mary Parmer and now located at Sewanee. You might visit their website at

Book Group Meets Monday September 9th  in the Parish Hall. We are reading Ron Chernow's "Alexander Hamilton" and we will discuss the first twenty chapters this Monday. You can keep up with the book group at the webpage (note that it is all lower case and that "elizabeths" has an "s") Everyone is welcome. It has not been unknown for a person to come having read less then some of the book. 
Vestry Nominating Procedure 2019
(Repeat from the Tidings)

This year the vestry wants to begin the process early so that prospective vestry members can have a period of orientation and feel prepared to be on the vestry. Thus the nominating committee has already begun its work. The vestry nominating committee will put forward three names, the same number of vestry persons who retire this year. Elections will be held at the annual meeting Sunday, January 19, 2020. 
If you would like to nominate yourself, or someone else (with their approval), please give that information to Darrell Woodall. Deadline for nominations is Sept. 14th as the Nomination Committee will determine its slate on Sept. 15th.
The nominee must be authenticated by the treasurer and other by-law requirements. No nominations will be taken from the floor.
There are many practical and spiritual gifts and skills useful for service on the vestry. The formal Qualifications for Vestry are the following.
  1. Be a confirmed member of the Episcopal Church, be a member of the parish and be 18 years old or older. 
  2. Have been regular in attendance at the services of the church in the year preceding election.
  3. Made and maintained a financial commitment to the parish, known to the treasurer, in the year preceding election.
The Bishop's visiting us! On Sunday, September 29th for Holy Communion and Reception following. Sign-Up sheets will be at the vestibule table.  Please note that this party replaces our potluck this month.
  • Ham Sliders - 4 trays
  • Cheese Straws - 2 trays
  • Meatballs – 4 trays
  • Deviled Eggs – 4 trays
  • Mini Quiches – 8 trays
  • Crudités (veggies) – 2 large trays
  • Cheese & Crackers – 2 large trays
  • Fruit – 2 large trays
Support the ECM CanoEucharist
Sunday, September 15th at 5PM at the Resevoir (near the Walmart). We are asking people to help bring picnic food, bring drinks, canopies, kayaks, canoes & rafts. This is a great time to actually spend time with our wonderful group. Please Call or Text Father John at 914-512-8156. Thanks.

ECM Tee Shirt ... This year's tee was designed by a member of the group, and is available to parishioners for $20. To order one please sign up in the narthex and put your twenty dollars in the message box. Please also remember to include your size! Please do this by Sun. Sept. 15th. (You can also make a donation to the ECM without purchasing a shirt if you prefer) Thanks!
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.

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 706-867-9621for details. RSVP by September 13th
NO Potluck on 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!
Enjoy the fragrance! At the left side of the main entrance door we have a welcoming fragrant tree:
Osmanthus fragrans Known as sweet osmanthus, sweet olive, tea olive, and fragrant olive, is a species native to Asia from the Himalayas through southern China to Taiwan and southern Japan and southeast Asia as far south as Cambodia and Thailand.
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
Vestry Meeting: Sunday, September 15th after service
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:


  • It costs an average of $95 a day to operate the NOA shelter, that’s nearly $35,000 a year!
  • In 2015, NOA offered emergency shelter and support services such as such as counseling and financial assistance to over 1000 victims of domestic violence!
  • Advocates responded to 3,657 crisis calls.
  • All services are FREE and CONFIDENTIAL to victims in need

The numbers don’t lie and the need for NOA services continues to grow each year.

Call our 24/7/365 Crisis Line: 706-864-1986. Or visit our website at:

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: 

Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost - Proper 18
Deuteronomy 30:15-20
Psalm 1
Philemon 1-21
Luke 14:25-33

The Collect
Grant us, O Lord, to trust in you with all our hearts; for, as you always resist the proud who confide in their own strength, so you never forsake those who make their boast of your mercy; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Date September 8 September 15
Week of the month Week 2 Week 3
Observances Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost-P18 Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost-P19
Readings Deuteronomy 30:15-20 Exodus 32:7-14
  Psalm 1 Psalm 51:1-11
  Philemon 1-21 1 Timothy 1:12-17
  Luke 14:25-33 Luke 15:1-10
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 Helen Long & Molly Callender Joan Gray-Anderson & Mike Weitze
Ushers Darrell Woodall & David Jones Suzanne Ryerson & Jim Elmore
Lector (Lessons) Lloyd Cupp Warren Johnson
Intercessor (POP) David Connolly Cathy McLendon
Chalice Bearers Janet Barger & Lloyd Cupp Martha Roberts
Crucifer/Acolyte/ Server Kris Duke Dave Bammer
Nursery Millie, Aidren & Rita Millie, Aidren & Rita
Altar Guild Elaine & Don Clark Carol & Bill Maybach
Flower Guild Kathy Gholston Joan Gray Anderson
Hospitality Amy Anderson & Michael Zose Trish Fawcett & Cathy McLendon
Bread Ministry Elaine Clark Alice Moore-Wherry
Lay Eucharist Visitor Bill Lach Bill Lach
Tellers Lloyd Cupp & Jesse Lee Wise Joan Anderson & George Armijo
VPOD Alice Moore-Wherry Ben Wallace
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