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Thursday, December 20th, 2018

St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church, 1188 Hamp Mil Road, Dahlonega Georgia 30533 - PH (706) 864-5423     ...

    Light in the Darkness  St. John tells us that the light shines in the darkness and the darkness does not overwhelm it. St. Luke portrays this light as a baby born in a stable and laid to rest in a feed trough and whom poor shepherds came to visit. Why did that baby shine? Why could the darkness not overwhelm it? Because that baby was nothing other but love made human, pure love, steadfast faithful love. That baby would not abandon his human family even when they out of fear and lust for wealth and power tortured him. But love could not be kept down. You see, Christmas is the seed planted in the ground that becomes the resurrection. Even death cannot overwhelm love.

Christmas is the celebration that life, existence, meaning is about connection, the beloved community, mutual delight in one another, it is about love, and God is love.

Why do I want to encourage us all to pray daily and to spend time in quiet meditating and listening to God. Why do I hope that you will take a quiet time this Christmas Day or Eve to just contemplate the great love of God? Because the light IS shining in the darkness, but in the midst of our activity we do not always notice. Much of our despair and sadness would flee before our awareness in the silence that the universe was made by love, and that love was born at Christmas.

See you all this Sunday and at the Christmas Eve Celebration!

Have a blessed week,
Father John+                                                                                            
Road Clean-up This Saturday:  This Saturday, Dec 22, those interested and able are invited to meet at the church at 8:30 AM to help pick up trash on Hamp Mill Road, so our road will look well maintained in time for Christmas.  If we have enough volunteers, we'll also be able to work on a stretch of Oak Grove Road near the church. Please remember to wear sturdy shoes and work gloves. Orange vests for visibility and trash bags will be provided. Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday!  Michael Zose
Christmas Holy Eucharist

Monday, December 24 
6 PM
2018 Contributions Reminder
Please remember that your 2018 pledge and other contribution to the church need to be received or postmarked no later than Dec. 31st for it to go on your 2018 annual contribution statement. Your support of the parish is much appreciated and together we proclaim God's word, celebrate God's love, and share God's gifts here in Dahlonega. Thank You!
Save the Date
Sunday, Jan. 20th @ 11:30 AM
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.

The choir, soup-cooks, sandwich makers, confectioners and bakers! It was a beautiful service and a delicious meal! Yay! Team St. Elizabeth!s. Also Father John is going to make sure we have a break on the next round of services. We did three in a row! St. Elizabeth is proud of us from heaven I am sure.
MOBS & FABS News   The Men's Only Bible Study (MOBS) and the Females Alone Bible Study (FABS) are both on hiatus until January.
  • MOBS will begin on January 8th reading the gospel of Matthew.
  • FABS is planning to do a series on women in the Bible.
This would be a great year to start attending these hours of fellowship, prayer and study. 
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.
Prayers Requested for the Repose of the Soul of Steve Traub
It is with sadness that we announce the death of Steve Traub, a family member of Molly Callender and her daughter Christina. He has spent over a year undergoing treatment and much of it in varying degrees of pain. Please keep him, Molly and Christina in your prayers. May his soul, and the souls of all the departed, rest in peace. Amen.
Where's it happening Dec. 31st in Dahlonega?
In the SQUARE at 

F I R S T  N I G H T -- Dec 31st 

The button entitles you to enter all the music venues for the whole evening, and is only $10 per person. You can get them in the church lobby or by calling the office. It is good for all ages. All proceeds help support Jeremiah's Place.
Sunday School Class in January
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.
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 who 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. 
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.
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.
We need hosts for the Potlucks!
  • Thursday, January 17th
  • Thursday, February 21th

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

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. 
To everyone at St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church!
The CHP Food Pantry needs for December: 
  • Tuna
  • Bags of dried beans

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
--- Friday mornings
--- Estate pick ups.

Please contact Elaine Clark if you would like to volunteer.
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
No meeting this week
(Men's Only Bible Study) 
  Tuesdays at 8:30 AM,
No meeting this week
Piecemakers:   Wednesdays 10 am – noon
No meeting this week
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
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, check schedules periodically. 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: 


The Collect
Purify our conscience, Almighty God, by your daily visitation, that your Son Jesus Christ, at his coming, may find in us a mansion prepared for himself; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Date December 23 December 24 December 30
Week of the month Week 4 Special Week 5
Observances Fourth Sunday of Advent Christmas Eve First Sunday after Christmas
Readings Micah 5:2-5a Isaiah 9:2-7 Isaiah 61:10-62:3
  Hebrews 10:5-10 Titus 2:11-14 Galatians 3:23-25; 4:4-7
  Luke 1:39-45, (46-55) Luke 2:1-14(15-20) John 1:1-18
  Psalm 80:1-7 Psalm 96 Psalm 147 
Celebrant Walton Peabody John Hamilton, Walton Peabody & Paul Roberts John Hamilton
Preacher John Hamilton John Hamilton John Hamilton
Organist & Choir Director Julie Woodall Julie Woodall Julie Woodall
Verger Bill Lach Bill Lach Bill Lach
Greeters Wilma & Dave Bammer Joan Anderson & Alyssa Anderson Cally & Pete Pratt
Ushers Lynda & Michael Duke Elaine & Don Clark Elaine & Don Clark
Lector (Lessons) Cathy McLendon David Connolly Warren Johnson
Intercessor (POP) Warren Johnson Lloyd Cupp Sharon Hall
Chalice Bearers David Bammer and Jim Ory Martha Roberts & Tom Roberts Paul Roberts & Lloyd Cupp
Crucifer/Acolyte/ Server Kris Duke Cheryl Jones & Kris Duke Kris Duke
Nursery A Buttram/Millie/ Rita A Buttram/Millie/ Rita A Buttram/Millie/ Rita
Altar Guild Melissa Lach & Carol Maybach Bill and Carol Maybach Cathy Ritch & Carol Maybach
Flower Guild Cathy McLendon St Elizabeth's Flower Guild Cindy Mayfield
Hospitality Joan Anderson & Linda Bunting NO Hospitality Tammy Lee & Judy Ford
Bread Ministry Molly Callender Molly Callender  
Lay Eucharist Visitor Betty Greene TBA Bill Lach
Tellers David Connolly & Joan Anderson Dave Bammer & Tom Roberts Dave Bammer & Tom Roberts
VPOD Darrell Woodall Bill Lach Judy Ford
Bulletin Board: You can learn all kinds of things by perusing the bulletin boards in the parish office and also downstairs at the Parish Hall. 
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