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Thursday, September 20th, 2018
18th Sunday after Pentecost
St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church, 1188 Hamp Mil Road, Dahlonega Georgia 30533 - PH (706) 864-5423     ...


First the bud, then the flower.  When we look at the leaves on the trees in spring it can look like they just appeared overnight. The careful observer would recognize this is not true. First you begin to see little tiny buds which gradually get bigger over time, and at some point they pop open. I once planted petunias from seeds. First there were these little two leaf sprouts that slowly changed until they became a plant and finally burst into flower. Transformation is rarely instantaneous. It is most often a process.
This is one reason why I think people who are faithful church goers can find it hard to see transformation. They have participated in a process that was gradual over time. My coming to be aware of this truth was indeed transformative for me. You may recall the story of my philosopher professor asking me if God could make a carpenter with 40 years experience? One answer is “Yes, and it takes 40 years.” Someone might just noticed that this incredibly talented carpenter as a new thing under the sun, but the carpenter's skill is the result of a long process of trial and error, change and learning, failures and success. I realize that the blessings I have in my life today are the result of a journey in the company of other people of faith. Most miracles do not happen overnight.
The Episcopal Liturgy, our church service, works in a similar fashion. People come to it once and say, “I did not get anything out of it.” The old timers and experienced liturgists just smile. Why do they smile? Because the liturgy is meant to be experienced over and over again. A new pair of shoes the first time you wear them often give mild blisters. Worn for months they become supple on the feet. After a longer period of time the foot and the shoe have grown into each other. The words and songs of the liturgy do not transform over night. They work on us gently, helping us be part of a community standing in the very presence of the divine, on the very threshold of heaven.
Stretch your cerebral muscle. Think back on your life. Think about your life today. Where do you see God bringing new life, healing, joy, peace, into your life? Where do you see God acting in the lives of others? Was it in an experience of forgiveness? A moment of insight? Was it in an act of kindness either received or bestowed? Was it in a time of hardship or fear? Is it an ongoing appreciation for beauty, or for celebration such as Christmas or Easter? Is it the joy of being a mother, a spouse, a child, a friend? Or could it be some aspect of life now that came about through a process of transformation over time. Tell me about the leaves on your tree, the flowers in your garden. Send your stories either with name or with a request of anonymity to Unless we open our eyes we do not see what God is doing.
Have a blessed week everyone.
Father John+
Selfie of the Congregation  We will take a picture of the congregation this Sunday, September 23rd, at the end of the service to send in to the Nugget, per their request. We will take it right before the dismissal. 
Donations for Flood Victims can be made to Episcopal Relief and Development. Please keep our neighbors in North and South Carolina, and indeed, those suffering hardship all over the world in your prayers.

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This Saturday!!!

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 pavilion. Bring your favorite choice for main dish, side dish, salad, and/or dessert for sharing! Directions and map are available at the vestibule.

Canadian Thanksgiving
Thursday, October 18 at 6:00 PM

Hosts: Jill and Rick Hayes
---- 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.
Send Your Prayer Requests! 
To our faithful parish administr
ator at or call (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. Blessings!
Dovie Avans has moved into New Horizon in Gainesville. She is under hospice care. I ask you to send her cards and letters expressing your love, sharing your memories, and assuring her of your prayers. 

Dovie Avans
New Horizons Limestone
2020 Beverly Road
Gainesville, GA 30501

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.
A Candle Lighter and Turtles for the Altar Guild
Were Given In Memory of
Bob & Elizabeth Meyers
Lee & Dorothy Maybach

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 Cathy Ritch

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 

T H I S  W E E K
"Silence and Presence" by David Jones

S i m p l y  T r a n s f o r m a t i o n a l

September 23th: “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: “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!  (changed from October 7th)
October 7th: “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. (Changed from September 30th)
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.”
Save the Date for our Fall Leaf Watching Outing to the Chief Vann House. Wednesday, October 26th 2018 we will take a trip through the mountains to see the leaves. We will have lunch at the historic home of Chief Vann, a prosperious Cherokee farmer before the Trail of tears. Thus the trip will be both beautiful, educational, and quite possibly, inspirational! Kris Duke is the organizer. A sign up sheet will appear in the narthex a few weeks before the outing, but mark your calendars now!
Our Food Ministry:
We need volunteers interested in making meals when needed. Please Sign-Up in the clipboard at the vestibule. Thanks for all you do! --- Suzanne Ryerson
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. 
Refreshment Tab Collection!

Place your collected tabs in the metal chest at the church vestibule. Thanks! --- Marilou Kinney

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 --
No One Alone (NOA):
This month NOA needs:
  • Blankets
  • Bed sheets
Again thank you all for your generous support  --- Betty Greene ---
The NOA on going needs are:
  • Bath towels
  • Washcloths
  • Toilet tissue/paper
  • Paper towels
  • Antiseptic wipes

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.
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.

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
18th Sunday after Pentecost
September 23th, 2018
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.

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 periodically 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: 

Date September 23 September 30
Week of the month Week 4 Week 5
Observances Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost Proper 20 Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost Proper 21
Readings Jeremiah 11:18-20 Numbers 11:4-6,10-16,24-29
  Psalm 54 Psalm 19:7-14
  James 3:13-4:3, 7-8a James 5:13-20
  Mark 9:30-37 Mark 9:38-50
Celebrant John Hamilton John Hamilton
Preacher John Hamilton John Hamilton
Organist & Choir Director Julie Woodall Julie Woodall
Verger Bill Lach Bill Lach
Greeters The Pratts Wilma & Dave Bammer
Ushers Michael and Lynda Duke Elaine & Don Clark
Lector (Lessons) David Connolly Cathy McLendon
Intercessor (POP) Bill Miller Kris Duke
Chalice Bearers Lloyd Cupp and Janet Barger Paul Roberts & Jackie Peabody
Crucifer/Acolyte/ Server David Bammer Cheryl Jones
Nursery A Buttram/Millie or Rita A Buttram/Millie or Rita
Altar Guild Melissa Lach and Jackie Peabody Cally Pratt & Cathy Ritch
Flower Guild Cindy Mayfield Jorgene West
Hospitality Debbie Hamm and Jackie Peabody Joan Anderson & Linda Bunting
Bread Ministry Elaine Clark Judy Ford
Lay Eucharist Visitor Bill Lach Jackie Peabody
Tellers David Connolly and Sharon Hall Dave Bammer & Tom Roberts
VPOD Bill Lach Judy Ford

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.
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