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Thursday, December 2, 2021


Saint Elizabeth's Episcopal Church
1188 Hamp Mil Road, Dahlonega, Georgia 30533 • PH (706) 864-5423    
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Father John Writes


Instead of a single meditation this week I have a couple of things I want to share.

First, this Second Sunday of Advent we will reflect on John the Baptist but we will not let him plan coffee hour. Rather than locusts and wild honey we will have coffee and packaged foods. The spread rate in Lumpkin County is such that we are following our most relaxed set of guidelines, singing without maks an recommended option for vaccinated persons. See the guidelines below.

Secondly, the Episcopal Class is going great. It is so exciting to see people excited about the Episcopal Church. Our community's love of God and neighbor not being equated with uniformity of thinking is so freeing and makes so much room!

Thirdly, I want to remind people that we want St. Elizabeth's to be a welcoming place to everyone and their viewpoint. In some ways it has tended that people of progressive viewpoints tend to congregate in the Episcopal Church. It is important that we make it a welcoming environment fot those who are not. Please be respectful in conversations about those who might hold other views. This is a place where we listen to each other and practice both respectful expression of our ideas and deep listening to those who do not agree with us. 

Finally, I need 4 crock pots of soup for December 21st. The Lutherans are going to make the sandwiches that day, and we will buy a sheetcake for the sweet. But if four more generous souls will make a crock of soup we will be all ready! (Thanks to person who has already volunteered his soon to be famous chicken soup)

We are in advent. A time to stop and contemplate our human condition and our dreams. A time to expect God to act. (Though in reality it is the time for us to open our eyes to see that God is already acting!) I encourage everyone to carve out some time just to ponder things in your heart. It is by stopping we notice the birth of the Christ Child.

Have a great week everyone,
Father John+

This Week

Transmission Rates in Lumpkin County fall below our benchmark This Week.
Based on the current contamination rates this week we will:

Masks are discretional for vaccinated people.
Masks are recommended for unvaccinated people, though we do not police.
We will sing.
We can gather for coffee after the service.

Sunday's Worship
at 10:30 AM

Both live streamed and in person.
 If anyone has symptoms of any illness please refrain from coming to church. We will wear masks in the Service. There will be one designated singer in the ramp room.

The Sunday Service will stream on Facebook at 10:30 AM
You do not need a Facebook account to see it.

If streaming is not good because of our Internet service 
the video posted afterwards will usually be much better.

Current Sunday Bulletin | PRESS HERE

This Sunday!

Celtic Vespers 
December 5, 2021 at 7 PM

Invite a friend!

New This Week
Ecumenical Service is this Tuesday
Ecumenical Advent Services

Four Tuesdays beginning
December 7th 
12 Noon
at the St. Luke Roman Catholic Church

We are asking for: 6 crock pots of soup and 6 bakers for Tuesday, December 18th when Father John leads worship. Sign-up at the church vestibule or email us.

Christmas party at the home of Don and Elaine Clark
Bring a dish to share
  The party is at 1 pm
   December 11 is when we’ll have fun
   Music, good friends, fun and food
  Come to 258 Via Senese 
We’ll be ready for you!

Don and Elaine
Christmas Poinsettias
December 24 & 25

Please make your flower donation on/before Sunday, December 15
Please fill the form below to make a donation towards the purchase of Poinsettias to adorn our church and altar. Any amount is welcomed!


In Thanksgiving for: 
In Memory of:    
Donation amount:    $ 

Please place your donation in the wooden Offerings Box at the Narthex or at the Office Administrator’s mail slot.


Give a gift with lasting impact!

Episcopal Relief & Development
Click Here to Explore Gifts for Life !!!
Ongoing Announcements

It is still okay to join the
Book Group to Study "Being Episcopalian"
7 PM Tuesday, December 7.
In Person in Father John's Study and by Zoom
If you need another time please contact Father John.
Text or Call Father John to Register: (914) 512-8156

Beginning November Tuesday, November 16, Father John will lead a four week book group on "Being Episcopalian". The group has two goals: first to explore the faith and practice of the Episcopal Church, and secondly, to think about our role in God's story for the world. This group will also serve as preparation for confirmation, reception or renewal of Baptismal vows.

Confirmations, Receptions and Renewal of Baptismal vows are Dec. 12th in the Cathedral at 4PM.

Dec 7   - A People Sent. 

Exploratory Meeting for Meditation Group
Thursday, December 2nd at 5:45 PM

If you are interested in exploring a possible Meditation Group, please let Father John know whether either or both dates works for you. Can you think of anyone else who might be interested? Text or call: (914) 512-8156
Spotlight on Nature

by Rosalie Jensen

All Is Calm

This lovely photograph by Shirley Krogstad displays a tranquil scene in nature with Bluebirds sharing the water provided by their human friends. 

Because of its subtle lines and subdued colors the picture looks like a watercolor painting.  As the upcoming season develops and you become busy with activities, let your mind reflect on this picture and think peaceful thoughts. - Rosalie Jensen

Saint Elizabeth's Episcopal Church is a NWF Certified Wildlife Habitat

Our Parish This Week
Devon Olivia Rooney, Jackie Peabody, Paul Hamm, Henry Grimes, Terry McLendon, Jenna Brown, Christy Lowe, Keegan Plumley, Richard Lutz, Margaret Skelly, Sharon Hall, Judy Miller, Joy Schyler, Vicky Schyler, Ricie Eubanks, Ruth Purcell, Randy Pruitt, Nancita Palomos Knuckles, Frances Thrasher, Marti Carter, Judy Ford, Pea McKellar, Carol Smith, George Heitz, Mary, Ernie Farrington, Holly Brannon, Marilou Kinney, Cari Grimes Stephens, Jim Kinney, Gregg Clark, Russ Olson, Joey Taylor, Dana Weaver, Elizabeth Vogt, Amanda Schell, Larry Channell, Christian Kirsh, and Mike McCormack.

Females Alone Bible Study

Join us at the Pastor's study or through the Zoom Meeting
Thursdays at 10:45 am
M E N  at  Breakfast
Tuesdays at 9 am
Meeting at the Wagon Wheel restaurant.


7        Lucy Davidson
8        Larry Channell
8       Chet Barger
8       George T. Armijo
      Dyann Beaty
9       Karyl Loux
      Mike Weitze
10      Paul Anderson
12      Garry Mayfield
15      Cheryl Jones
16      Lynda P. Duke
20     Lara L. Lowman
21      Donovan Levesque
26     Ann Thurman
28     Millie G. Alexander
See the source image

12        Kathy & Skipper Gholston
23       Helen & Wendel Long

Please email us your special dates:

T H E    M I N I S T R Y   O F   T H E

Flower Guild
Magnolia branches served as beautiful background to set the bright yellow daisies. Accentuated by the variegated stems in the front. Thank You Cathy McLendon!

The Flower Guild needs volunteers. Please contact Cathy Ritch.

Thanks to:
Paula Bingham and the YOGA members!

They have been cleaning the Boyd hall, and the nurseries! 
NOTE: Please email us to recommend someone to thank in our Parish.
Coming soon!

Celebrating the New Year with Hope, Awareness and Purpose

DECEMBER 31, 2021 AT 6PM

• Canned potatoes 15 oz.
• Canned fruit 15 oz.
• Canned meat: Chicken, tuna, ravioli, spaghettiO's, etc.

• Jelly 
• Peanut Butter
• Bisquick

Personal Care Items: 
• Shampoo 
• Conditioner 
• Body soap/wash 

• Deodorant 

• Dental floss 
• Toothpaste for sensitive teeth 
Community Helping Place of Dahlonega

chp logo

We appreciate your kindness, concern and generosity.

Debi Holloway | Director of Client Services | Community Helping Place | 706-867-9621, ext 303
NOA needs:

  Canned goods  
  Bedding sheets 
  Wash clothes  
  Toilet paper  
  Paper towels  
  Antiseptic wipes

Anyone wishing to donate items for NOA may feel free to drop off such items in the NOA basket in the church narthex. Thank you so much for thinking of others! - Betty Greene -
Events in the Weeks Ahead...
Ongoing Items and the Weekly Schedule
Merry Meal Makers
Please join us as we create a new list of individuals willing to make & deliver a fresh home cooked meal when it is needed. When you are called upon you will be given all the particulars the recipient has requested.

Please send me an email with your best contact information to Suzanne Ryerson at Thank you, Suzanne.
Sunday Ministries

Second Sunday of Advent

Baruch 5:1-9 or Malachi 3:1-4
Philippians 1:3-11
Luke 3:1-6
Canticle 4 or 16

The Collect

Merciful God, who sent your messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation: Give us grace to heed their warnings and forsake our sins, that we may greet with joy the coming of Jesus Christ our Redeemer; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.


Service Participants Schedule
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