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Thursday, January 9, 2020
St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church, 1188 Hamp Mil Road, Dahlonega Georgia 30533 - PH (706) 864-5423     ...
Father John Writes . . . 
Footsteps on Each Side of the River Jordan

This Sunday we celebrate the Baptism of the Lord and we will reaffirm our Baptismal Covenant. I invite you to think of your own Baptism. Imagine two sets of footsteps. One set leads into the waters of Baptism, and the other comes out of the baptismal river into life.

The footsteps into the water can symbolize many things: our family's desire for us to embrace the Christian life; our desire for healing; our desire for love; our longing for wholesome life giving community; our longing for courage in the face of life's hardships and death; our longing for the blessed community. There are many different steps into the waters of Baptism.

These footsteps lead us into the river. There we join with Christ. Our faith is strengthened by his faith. Our limited vision is expanded by his light. Our guilt, dis-ease, and shame are removed by his tender love and sacrifice. Our despair is transformed by his hope as we are united to him both in his death on the cross and his resurrection. Baptism is the making present and real of everything we call salvation.

Then there are the steps coming out of the Baptismal waters. Those steps are our foray into the world to continue the work of Christ. One is our celebration of God's love. Another is our service of the neighbor we see in sorrow or pain. Yet another is our choice to forgive others who have harmed us. Yet another still is some action Christ asks us to do on his behalf as part of his healing of the world.

What is your next step in your Baptismal life? What has God put on your heart? What gift has he given you? This is the joyful question. Take time to ponder it. Baptism gives us enthusiasm for life. Baptism gives us reason to be FULLY ALIVE!

See you in Church
Father John+
Annual Parish Celebration
Come Give Thanks to God for our Community

(officially titled "Annual Parish Meeting")
There will be a light Lunch

Sunday, January 19
after the 10:00 AM
Hospitality and Shepherding Workshop
Tuesday, January 28th
6 PM in the Library at Church

Come find out about ways we can enrich our ministry of hospitality here at St. Elizabeth's Church. There is the opportunity to go for dinner together afterwards for those who so desire.

Would  you like to carpool to Reivive ATL with Father John? Lynda Duke has kindly offered her car and so there is room for 6 more.  The event is Wednesday, January 22, 2020. You can contact Father John by calling or texting (914) 512-8156

2019 Statements are ready for your pick up at the Narthex.
Thank you for your support!
Join Father John and others who are planning to have Broiled Fish and Broccoli at Captian D's in support of Side by Side this Tuesday Night, January 14th, at 5:30 PM.
Sharing God's gifts... support Side by Side in their noble mission!
Jimmy Harold McLendon
Jimmy Harold McLendon died December 21, 2019 from acute vascular dementia.

Jim and his poodle, Duke, had recently moved from Barrow County, Georgia to Dahlonega Assisted Living. Jim was born December 2, 1947 to Harold Hardwick McLendon and Louise Doe McLendon. Jim and his brother, Terry, had full basketball scholarships in college. The brothers decided to attend Young Harris Jr. College. Jim then transferred to the University of West Florida in Pensacola. He was the best player on the team and was described as being tenacious. He always guarded the opposing team's best player. He majored in Mathematics because that suited his basketball schedule. 

After graduation, Jim owned a Western Auto hardware store in Jonesboro, Georgia. Every Saturday, well respected community leaders such as Herman Talmadge, the local sheriff, and Evander Holyfield would come to his store to visit and discuss politics. After selling the store, Jim became an outstanding math teacher in middle and high schools in Clayton and Barrow counties.

He had a special affinity for teaching alternative school students. The teachers would send students who were "teetering" to Jim and he gave them a choice between 100 pushups or 300 sit ups. He would have "math picnics" with his students where he ate lunch with them to answer questions. Jim gave small scholarships to students who had the ability, but no means, to go to college. He had no enemies and would travel across the state of Georgia to help someone who was struggling.

Jim leaves behind his siblings, Cathy and Terry, sister-in-law Gayle, nieces Katie Doe and Jennifer, nephews Patrick and Craig, great niece Addison and great nephew Grayson.

The celebration of his life will be January 18, 2020 at 1:00 St Elizabeth's Church in Dahlonega.

In lieu of flowers a scholarship has been established for college students who do not have the means to attend at Young Harris College in Jim's memory. Please send donations to: Young Harris College Office of Advancement PO Box 275 Young Harris, GA 30582 or Online at: with drop down menu to Jimmy McLendon scholarship. Thank you for giving.

The Refurbishing Committee after many considerations voted for a fresh coat of paint in shades to enhance our existing place of worship. Please check our bulletin boards for more details. (The image above is a ColorSnap rendition)

...for sharing God's gifts!
Thanks to Rosalie Jensen:

For Assisting our place of worship become a Certified Wildlife Habitat. Rosalie is a contributor to our TIDINGS. Her articles are written under Creation Keepers. She is also a habitat steward of the National Wildlife Federation.
Email us if you want to recommend someone to thank for in our Parish.

Support The Souper Bowl:
Volunteer a Crock Pot of Soup or Desserts.

The SOUPER BOWL is Side by Side's largest fundraiser, and needs St. Elizabeth's support and participation to be successful again this year. We need four (4) volunteers to make a crock pot of soup and four (4) volunteers to make desserts. Pound cakes have been a hit over the years. There is a sign up sheet in the entryway to the church.
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 ---
Community Helping Place
Dental Clinic needs: Dental Floss and Toothpaste for sensitive teeth
Thank you for your generosity! -- Elaine --
Community Helping Place
Food Pantry needs: Peanut butter, Jelly, Grits and Diapers
Thank you for your generosity! -- Elaine --
Ongoing Parish Events and Other Groups:
Activity Description Day / time Location
Midweek Eucharist: All welcome! Tuesdays 10:30 AM at Church
FABS: Females Alone Bible Study Thursday 11:00 AM Downstairs at the Boyd Hall
MOBS: Men's Only Bible Study Tuesdays 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 Wednesdays 10 am  Downstairs at the Boyd Hall - until noon.
with Lloyd:
Slow movements accompanied by deep breathing; decreases stress, anxiety and depression Tuesdays 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 Mondays 9:30 AM
Fridays 9:30 AM
Downstairs at the Boyd Hall

*Or check our online calendar at:
The ministry schedule is always available online at: 

First Sunday after Epiphany
The Baptism of Our Lord

Isaiah 42:1-9
Acts 10:34-43
Matthew 3:13-17
Psalm 29

The Collect

Father in heaven, who at the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan proclaimed him your beloved Son and anointed him with the Holy Spirit: Grant that all who are baptized into his Name may keep the covenant they have made, and boldly confess him as Lord and Savior; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

  2020 Jimmy McLendon's Memorial 2020
Date January 12 Saturday, January 18th at 1 pm January 19
Week of the month Week 2 Special Week 3
Observances First Sunday after the Epiphany/The Baptism of Our Lord   Second Sunday after the Epiphany
Readings Isaiah 42:1-9   Isaiah 49:1-7
  Acts 10:34-43   1 Corinthians 1:1-9
  Matthew 3:13-17   John 1:29-42
  Psalm 29   Psalm 40:1-12
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 tba Bill Lach
Greeters Molly & David Baker n/a Joan Gray Anderson & Mike Weitze
Ushers Darrell Woodall & Warren Johnson tba Suzanne Ryerson & Jim Elmore
Lector (Lessons) Lloyd Cupp Rosalie Jensen Warren Johnson
Intercessor (POP) David Connolly Warren Johnson Cathy McLendon
Chalice Bearers Janet Barger & Lloyd Cupp tba Martha & Tom Roberts
Crucifer/Acolyte/ Server Kris Duke tba Dave Bammer
Nursery Millie, Rita, Adrien & Elena n/a Millie, Rita, Adrien & Elena
Altar Guild Elaine & Don Clark Carol & Bill Maybach Carol & Bill Maybach
Flower Guild Joan Gray Anderson team Jorgene West
Hospitality Amy Anderson & Michael Zose Lynda Duke Trish Fawcett & Cathy McLendon
Bread Ministry Elaine Clark n/a Alice Moore-Wherry
Lay Eucharist Visitor Bill Lach n/a Bill Lach
Tellers Lloyd Cupp & Jesse L. Wise n/a Joan Anderson & George Armijo
VPOD Darrell Woodall Fr. John Hamilton Michael Zose
We need volunteers to serve the roles of:
Chalice Bearers

Please contact Fr. John or the parish office! Thank you.
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