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Thursday, November 21st, 2019
St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church, 1188 Hamp Mil Road, Dahlonega Georgia 30533 - PH (706) 864-5423     ...
Father John Writes . . . 
St. Elizabeth's Choice.

I once housed a Kenyan intern at a local environmental organization. One day we were walking through the Italian neighborhood in the Bronx called Arthur Avenue, and eating "lard bread", a wonderful Italian bread with little chunks of prosciutto cooked in it. Michael paused, looked at me and asked, "How does one become a saint?" I realized instantly that this was not a question about the official process of designating someone a saint. I understood Michael was asking me how he might become a saint.

I stopped and thought. After a moment I said that I felt the first step was probably actually going to church. (Michael slept late on Sundays and never went to church.) Then I thought a little more and I suggested the next step to becoming a saint was not to desire being one. A saint desires for one's life what God desires for one's life, not something else. One may be a saint, but clearly many faithful people are not saints.

Though, I still think that is fundamentally true, I believe there is a third step in addition to going to church and then desiring with all our hearts to be the person God desires us to be. It is the choice actually to pursue the vision God has for us. From the physical perspective this process seems like a choice to do what we come to believe God would have us do, though from an emotional and spiritual perspective wise people say it is more a surrender than a struggle, a peaceful embrace, than a strenuous effort. However we look at it, whether struggle or surrender, in some way we actually say "yes" to God's dream for us.

For St. Elizabeth it was the path of compassion to those in need. She chose to care for the sick in the time of plague, the hungry in time of devastating flood, the poor in a time of scarcity, even though her social status gave her other options. The opportunity to choose God, to choose "love" which St. John says is God, is all around us if we only embrace it.

Come celebrate St. Elizabeth this Sunday at the Eucharist and the Pot-luck. Does anyone have a recipe for lard bread?

Have a blessed week everyone,
Father John+
Side by Side Fundraiser
Side by Side has partnered with Paul Thomas Chocolates to create a unique fundraising opportunity:  Paul Thomas chocolate bars with Side by Side wrappers (at no cost to SBS) that will be sold to parishioners and the general public for $3.00 per bar. 

St. Elizabeth's allotment is 50 bars, and will be available for purchase starting this Sunday at the coffee hour after the church service. 
Please see Mike Duke and bring your "chocolate bar money"!
Elevator is operational again!!!
Thanks for your patience.
This Sunday, November 24th 
we celebrate 
St. Elizabeth our Patron Festival with a Potluck.

Come this Sunday and bring a friend! It will be a great party celebrating St. Elizabeth. Please bring food to share (before the service to place on the tables). The hospitality team for this Sunday is setting up and cleaning up. They will welcome your offer to help! 
Slides of St. Elizabeth's Church in Marburg
Michael Weitze and Joan Gray Anderson will be sharing some slides from their recent trip to Marburg where St. Elizabeth built her second hospital, and where an impressive church is built in her memory.
Hospitality "Shepherd" Tips: Sunday School Dec. 1, 8 & 15. Do you wonder how you could assist new people make themselves at home in our parish? As a result of the hospitality forums Father John consulting with the executive committee has gathered a lot of very helpful tips on how we can all be good "shepherds". The tips range from the very practical to the very spiritual. All of us have some skills that will help. Please try and attend at least one of the sessions, Sunday mornings, Dec. 1st, 8th & 15th. He will also offer a training one or two Sundays after church in January. Those dates will follow. 
The Church's got a New Roof! We had hail damage significant enough that our insurers have decided to pay for a new roof and some external church painting. 
Ecumenical Noontime Advent Services
Tuesday, December 3, 10 & 17
at the Dahlonega United Methodist Church

St. Elizabeth's is hosting the December 17th Meeting. Please sign up for a crock of soup, loaf of sandwiches, or a plate of desserts. We ask you arrange delivery of your contributions to the Methodist Church between 11:30 and 11:45 AM on the date.  Sign-up sheets are in the narthex, or you may telephone or email the parish office.
Save the Date!
Saturday, December 14th
Saint Elizabeth's Christmas Party
at the home of Don & Elaine Clark
All are invited!

F O O D    -    F U N    -    F R I V O L I T Y !
2019 Parish Directories are here! Please sign next to your name when picking up your copy at the vestibule. Limited to one copy per Lifetouch photo session. Thank you!
Follow this Link to the Latest Edition of the Diocesan Newsletter "Connecting"

...for sharing God's gifts!
Lectors & Intercessors:
A standing ovation for your reading to us so eloquently!

Jim Ory, Lloyd Cupp, Warren Johnson, Betty Greene, Wilma Bammer, Paul Roberts, Dave Bammer, Bill Miller, Kristopher Duke, David Connolly, Cathy McLendon, Michael Zose, Melissa Lach, Rosalie Jensen, Ben Wallace, and Jackie Peabody.
It is White Christmas time of year again!!
Like last year, our friends at Fresh-and-Low have made it easy to purchase the Christmas food we distribute.  Visit our local Fresh and Low and let them know you’d like to purchase a CHP White Christmas box for $12.  They will take care of everything, including making sure the food gets to Community Helping Place for distribution!  Fresh and Low will have these items available until the end of December but we will begin assembling the meals soon, so feel free to shop at your earliest convenience. Thank You!
1 - can yams                                             2 - boxes mac-n-cheese
2 - cans green beans                                1 - box cornbread mix
2 - cans corn                                             1 - can fruit
1 - can chicken broth                                1 - brownie mix
1 - box stuffing                                          1 – container frosting
1 - box instant potatoes
Community Helping Place 
Commemorative Christmas Ornament
Each year the Community Helping Place offers a signed, limited edition Christmas ornament for sale.  The ornaments are $25.00 a piece, and the proceeds help fund the many outreach efforts of The Community Helping Place, which include a food pantry, medical and dental clinics, and clothing and thrift stores.
The ornament is a beautiful rendition in metal of a special place in Dahlonega, but the subject is not revealed until the official Lighting of the Square, the day after Thanksgiving.
Over the years, these ornaments have become collectibles and sell out fast.

If you want to order an ornament contact Martha Roberts or Pam Jones right away. 
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 --
Ongoing Parish Events and Other Groups:
Day / time
Midweek Eucharist: All welcome! Tuesdays
10:30 AM
at Church
FABS: Females Alone Bible Study Thursdays
11:00 AM
Downstairs at the Boyd Hall
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 - noon
Downstairs at the Boyd Hall
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
9:30 AM
Downstairs at the Boyd Hall

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

Elizabeth, Princess of Hungary - 1231

Tobit 12:6b–9
2 Corinthians 8:7–15
Luke 6:35–38
Psalm 109:20–25

The Collect

Almighty God, by your grace your servant Elizabeth of Hungary recognized and honored Jesus in the poor of this world: Grant that we, following her example, may with love and gladness serve those in any need or trouble, in the name and for the sake of Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


Date November 24 December 1 December 8
Week of the month Week 4 Week 1 Week 2
Observances Last Sunday after Pentecost: Christ the King First Sunday of Advent Second Sunday of Advent
Readings Jeremiah 23:1-6 Isaiah 2:1-5 Isaiah 11:1-10
  Psalm 46 Romans 13:11-14 Romans 15:4-13
  Colossians 1:11-20 Matthew 24:36-44 Matthew 3:1-12
  Luke 23:33-43 Psalm 122 Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19
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 Cally & Pete Pratt Pam & Jarell Jones Helen Long & Cally Pratt
Ushers Lynda & Mike Duke Carla Buchanan & Lara Lowman Darrell Woodall & Warren Johnson
Lector (Lessons) Betty Greene Wilma Bammer Paul Roberts
Intercessor (POP) Michael Zose Kris Duke Melissa Lach
Chalice Bearers Dave Bammer & David Connolly Need One & Bill Lch Janet Barger & Lloyd Cupp
Crucifer/Acolyte/ Server Betty Greene Bill Lach Kris Duke
Nursery Adrien & Elena Millie, Aidren, Rita, Elena Millie, Aidren, Rita, Elena
Altar Guild Melissa Lach & Susie Farris Cally Pratt & Carla Buchanan Elaine & Don Clark
Flower Guild Cathy McLendon * *
Hospitality Joan Gray-Anderson & Linda Bunting Amy Anderson & Michael Zose Trish Fawcett & Cathy McLendon
Bread Ministry The Bread Team Cally Pratt Elaine Clark
Lay Eucharist Visitor Betty Greene Jim Ory Bill Lach
Tellers David Connolly & George Armijo Judy Ford & Chris Christopher Lloyd Cupp & Jesse Lee Wise
VPOD Lara Lowman Alice Moore-Wherry Ben Wallace
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