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Thursday, January 3rd, 2019
St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church, 1188 Hamp Mil Road, Dahlonega Georgia 30533 - PH (706) 864-5423     ...
Father John Writes . . . 

Paying Attention to the Awesome   When I lived in Atlanta in the late 90's I would rent a cabin at Cloudland Canyon which was high on the bluff. It was far enough away from civilization that I learned the meaning of "pitch" dark. I could not see the hand in front of my face without a flashligh. However, I could see stars. Millions and gazillions of them. It was awesome.

Isn't it odd? The artificial lights of our life, which are far dimmer by any objective measure than a star, can drown out the stars. I wonder if in our lives we fail to behold wonders because we hover close to the mundane?

The Magi, whom we call kings, were wise men who studied the stars. They studied the lights in the sky. They were prepared to travel to a far away place to see something new because they payed attention to the awesome. 

How can we be intentional to pay attention to the awesome? To not miss the stars? A journal I bought for a friend had an idea. It had a set of different questions each week. What worked last week? What are things you want to do in life? What gave you joy last week? I wondered, what if we asked questions like that about our life with God? How do I spend time with God this week? Where might I befriend a stranger? What from last week could I give up so that I have more time this week to see the stars? 

Come follow the star to Bethlehem this Sunday, the Epiphany, and prepare to see something awesome.

Have a blessed week,
Father John+                                                                                            
Worship Ministries Leadership Meeting
Sunday, January 6th
Meeting after Service 11:30 am. The leaders of all the ministries will discuss our rosters and scheduling. Please attend, or if you can, arrange a deputy. Thanks.
Save the Date!

Sunday, Jan. 20th @ 11:30 AM
Sunday School Class This Sunday

The Book of Joy
Over the course of six Sundays we will read and discuss excerpts from Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu & the Dalai Lama's Book, "The Book of Joy". We will enlist different members of the congregation to select the paragraphs each week to read and discuss in class. The first class will be January 6th at 9 AM. Books are available online, though purchase is not necessary.
FABS (Females Alone Bible Study) Looks at Women of the Bible! We will begin January 10th with Esther. We will compare her portrayal in the Hebrew Bible to her portrayal in the Greek Bible. (Not sure what the difference between the Greek and Hebrew Bible is? Sounds like you might want to come!) We have a good time of fellowship, study, and prayer. Come be FABSulous. Thursdays at 11:00 A.M.
MOBS (Men Only Bible Studay) will begin reading The Gospel of Matthew on Tuesday, January 8th. We begin our fellowship at 8:30 AM at the Wagonwheel Restaurant and begin our study at the church at 9:30 PM. We wrestle and ponder and tackle at least one chapter each week. Come Join us! Tuesdays at 8:30 A.M. Breakfast, 9:30 A.M. Study.
Hospitality Hosts Meeting 
Sunday, January 13th
Meeting after Service 11:30 am. We will discuss the schedule and brainstorm a new strategy for coffee hours. If you are interested in this ministry you are also welcome to attend.
Potluck Thursday January 17th @ 6:30 PM
Compline Follows
Vestry Nominations  After the call for nominations in the church service during the months of November and December the Nominating Committee has put forward two prospective vestry members to be voted on at the Annual Meeting January 20th, 2019. They are pleased to put forward Ben Wallace and Alice Moore Wherry.  
     Nominations are still welcome from the congregation. If you would like to nominate yourself, or someone else (with their approval), please send the information to the parish office at or call (706) 864-5423. Please also let Father John know. Please do this by January 11th.  
     The by-laws of the parish require the treasurer to authenticate that the nominee meets the qualifications. The nominee must be a confirmed member of the Episcopal Church, a member of the parish, and be 18 years or older. The nominees must be regular in attendance at the services of the church in the preceding year. They also must have made and maintained a financial contribution to the parish, known to the treasurer, in the year preceding the election.
     Duties of the vestry person include, but are not limited to, the following: Attend the annual vestry retreat (This year Friday, Feb. 15th through Sunday Feb. 17th), attend monthly vestry meetings, serve as vestry person of the day on a rotating schedule, attend training sessions required by the diocese, serve as a liaison for one or more ministries or committees in the parish, and share responsibilities with the Rector for planning and for decisions that affect our corporate life. In general, carrying the mission of the Parish into action: "Proclaiming God's Word, celebrating God's love and sharing God's gifts."
     This year we have space for two new vestry members. The vestry might consider increasing the size of the vestry by one person should another eager candidate come forward. Father John and the vestry are sensitive to the reality that In small parishes, such as our own elections, carry a greater risk of being hurtful.
Would you like the Church to have your Emergency Contacts? 

We are offering to the members of the congregation a service which we hope might be of service at some time of need. It is about being prepared for what we hope will not be needed. Members of the parish may give their emergency contacts to the church. (Only the wardens, parish administrator and priest will have access to them.)

Then, should the need arise for any emergency the parish could reach out to the ones you designate on your behalf if circumstances prevent you from doing so. You can mail in your contacts to the office if you would like to make use of this service.
Mark Your Calendars for SOAP UP Atlanta Jan 26 

Thank you to Judy Strickland, and Diana Turner who along with Wilma Bammer and Alice Moore are going to represent us at  SOAP UP Atlanta!

This is a project the Commission on Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking is sponsoring on Saturday, January 26th at All Saints' Atlanta. They are asking for every parish to send at least 3 participants. They are taking active steps to prevent child trafficking in Atlanta, and especially before the Superbowl. 
We need hosts for the Potlucks!
  • Thursday, February 21st

Sweets for Jeremiah's Place!
Tuesday, January 22, 2019 

Jeremiah’s Place is asking St. Elizabeth’s bakers and goodie makers to help supply desserts for its annual Appreciation Dinner January 22. The event takes place at the Dahlonega Baptist Churchand they are expecting about 80 people. Desserts should arrive by 4 p.m.

Jeremiah’s Place provides transitional housing for Lumpkin County’s homeless families and is one of St. Elizabeth’s ministries. There is a sign-up sheet in the church narthex. Thanks! --- Sharon

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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. 
The Book Group meets Monday January 7th at 12:00 Noon at Gustavo's. We are reading Celeste Ng's novel "Little Flowers Everywhere". Come join us for lunch and an interesting conversation.




Bring your Candles to Church! Candlemas, or "The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple", is Saturday, February 2nd. On Sunday February 3rd we will bless the candles (in our case oil) that we use in church. You are also invited to bring a candle to be blessed and to use during your personal prayer time. 
The CHP Food Pantry needs for January: Canned spaghetti sauce 
Thank you for your generosity! -- Elaine -- 
No One Alone (NOA):
This month NOA needs: Blankets & Bed sheets
The 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 ---
Thank You all First Night Volunteers and Supporters! It was a great night for a great cause: Jeremiah's Place.

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 Wagon Wheel 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
The ministry schedule is always available now! Click on the link below: 

The Collect
O God, by the leading of a star you manifested your only Son to the peoples of the earth: Lead us, who know you now by faith, to your presence, where we may see your glory face to face; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Date January 6 January 13
Week of the month Week 1 Week 2
Observances The Epiphany First Sunday after the Epiphany
Readings Isaiah 60:1-6 Isaiah 43:1-7
  Ephesians 3:1-12 Acts 8:14-17
  Matthew 2:1-12 Luke 3:15-17, 21-22
  Psalm 72:1-7,10-14 Psalm 29
Celebrant John Hamilton John Hamilton
Preacher John Hamilton John Hamilton
Organist & Choir Director Julie Woodall Julie Woodall
Verger Bill Lach Bill Lach
Greeters Jarrell and Pam Jones Tammy Lee and Pete Pratt
Ushers Lara Lowman and Carla Buchanan David Jones and Darrell Woodall
Lector (Lessons) Rosalie Jensen Paul Roberts
Intercessor (POP) Melissa Lach Cathy McLendon
Chalice Bearers Betty Greene Lloyd Cupp & Janet Barger
Crucifer/Acolyte/ Server Cheryl Jones Kris Duke
Nursery Buttram/Millie/Rita Buttram/Millie/Rita
Altar Guild Sharon Hall and Cally Pratt Cindy Mayfield and The Clarks
Flower Guild Harriet Connolly Cathy McLendon
Hospitality Trish & someone else Marilou Kinney & Rosalie Jensen
Bread Ministry Cally Pratt Elaine Clark
Lay Eucharist Visitor Jim Ory Betty Greene
Tellers Judy Ford & Chris Christopher Lloyd Cupp & Jesse Wise
VPOD Lynda Duke Michael Zose
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