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Thursday, August 22nd, 2019
St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church, 1188 Hamp Mil Road, Dahlonega Georgia 30533 - PH (706) 864-5423     ...
Father John Writes . . . 

Proclaiming God's Word  The Men's Only Bible Study (MOBS) reflected on what it means to be a prophet. In our larger culture a prophet is someone who tells the future, but as we study prophecy in the Bible we see that it is more subtle than that. A prophet uncovers a present reality which if left unaddressed will bring a future unwanted consequence. If Israel continues to neglect the poor and the oppressed God will abandon them and lead them into exile. Yes, it is a prediction of the future, if the people do not begin treating the poor and oppressed better, the kingdom will fall. However, it is an observation of the present reality. 

Another quality of prophets is that they make reference to God and the spiritual life. The problem with neglecting the poor in ancient Israel is that they forget that they were once slaves in Egypt whom God took pity on. Thus they must take pity on those who are hurting in their own land, or they dishonor God by not being grateful for his care for the poor. The thing the prophets notice is how our actions in the present not only plant the seeds for future disaster, they also dishonor God.

Another quality of prophets is that few people seem to heed them. Occasionally a prophet is taken seriously, but human beings have an incredible ability to stick heads in the sand and ignore the warnings of the prophets.

Part of our mission here is to "Proclaim God's Word". We are called to be prophetic. What do you think is taking place right now that is sowing the seeds of future suffering? What actions are taking place now that dishonor God? Maybe take the paper and read it in this light. What news stories describe actions of our society that our spiritual tradition would warn us against. Sure, I could take a stab and commenting on a few, but I would love to hear from you what things you think of. Our mission is to draw people's attention to spiritual wisdom. We cannot make our culture hear, but we still have the responsibility to speak.

But where do we talk? I guess we could write letters to the Nugget. But, really, what good does that do? We can try to live lives of witness by our activities. I think for many of us our volunteer work is just that. But words are important. Words are necessary. Where can we share words? Can we learn to be gentle wise prophets in table conversation with our families? Can we be prophets in our conversations in the store, or in a restaurant? I think a good question for us is where do we talk about these important things? If we have no place to talk about them, how can we proclaim?

Who knows? Perhaps God will use our words to right wrong, help the poor find blessing, and draw people to the God who loves them. If we do not find ways to speak we cannot share the most important thing in life: the presence of the living God and God's dream for our future. How, dear God, can we, following the example of the prophets and Apostles, use words to serve you?

Have a blessed week everyone,
Father John+

Stella's Memorial: Saturday, August 24th at 11 am.
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
Don't miss this Sunday's...

"Forums on Hospitality"

Sunday, August 25th at 9 AM

Episcopal Campus Ministry Update

CanoEucharist  -- Sunday, September 15, 2019 at 5:30 PM 
Do you have a canoe? Would you like to help with the ECM CanoEucharist by providing food for the picnic? Text Fr. John at 914-512-8156.

Adoptive Grandparents -- We have a few new students. Are you interested in becoming an adoptive grandparent? Text or call Father John and he can tell you more and discuss it with you.

Meals for Weekly Gatherings -- We have not yet finalized the meal schedule because we are having some trouble finding a location this year, and we are as of yet still not sure whether our weekly gathering will be Tuesdays or Wednesdays. We do have room for new hosts. Text or call Father John if you are interested in more information. It means preparing roughly one meal a month for up to 10 people and attending the gathering that week. 

Browning Contributions Would you be willing to cook a pan of brownies? Father John is needing contributions of homemade brownies each week for "Pester the Priest".  He will be hanging out for two hours each week in Starbucks to be available to students, faculty and staff, and the students have requested brownies. If you can cook him a pan to keep in the freezer please text or call him at 914-512-8156
Forums on Hospitality
Sunday, August 25th at 9 AM
Sunday September 1 at 9 AM
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
The Bishop's visiting us! On Sunday, September 29th for Holy Communion and Reception following. Sign-Up sheets are at the vestibule table. 
  • 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
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!
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.
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
New Teller!  Let's welcome Suzanne Ryerson in joining this ministry! 
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:
Date Saturday, August 24 Sunday, August 25 Sunday, September 1
Week of the month Memorial Week 4 Week 1
Observances Burial Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost-P16 Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost-P17
Readings Lamentations 3:22-26, 31-33 Isaiah 58:9b-14 Sirach 10:12-18 or Proverbs 25:6-7
  John 5:24-27 Psalm 103:1-8 Psalm 112
    Hebrews 12:18-29 Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16
    Luke 13:10-17 Luke 14:1, 7-14
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 Helen Long & Pete Pratt Cally & Pete Pratt Pam & Jarell Jones
Ushers Elaine & Don Clark Lynda & Michael Duke Carla Buchanan & Lara Lowman
Lector (Lessons) Cally Pratt Bill Miller Jim Ory
Intercessor (POP) Melissa Lach Wilma Bammer Kris Duke
Chalice Bearers Need one Dave Bammer Jim Ory
Crucifer/Acolyte/ Server Need one Betty Greene Bill Lach
Nursery Need one Millie A., Aidren B., Rita C. Millie, Aidren & Rita
Altar Guild Bill & Carol Maybach Melissa Lach & Carol Maybach Cally Pratt & Carla Buchanan
Flower Guild The Flower Guild The Flower Guild Cathy McLendon
Hospitality Linda Duke Joan Anderson & Alice Moore-Wherry Joan Gray-Anderson & Alice Moore-Wherry
Bread Ministry --- Bread Team Cally Pratt
Lay Eucharist Visitor --- Betty Greene Jim Ory
Tellers Need one David Connolly & Suzanne Ryerson Need two
VPOD Need one Michael Zose Lara Lowman
The ministry schedule is always available online at: 

Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost - Proper 16
Isaiah 58:9b-14
Psalm 103:1-8
Hebrews 12:18-29

Luke 13:10-17
The Collect
Grant, O merciful God, that your Church, being gathered together in unity by your Holy Spirit, may show forth your power among all peoples, to the glory 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.

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