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Thursday, February 13, 2020
St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church, 1188 Hamp Mil Road, Dahlonega Georgia 30533 - PH (706) 864-5423     ...
Father John Writes . . . 
Can't Win or Can't Lose?  I bet you know the expression "up the ante". I believe it comes from the game of poker. Before the cards are dealt everyone has to risk some money to show commitment to the game and the betting process. That is called the "ante". And when the "ante" is "upped" it means you have to stake more at the beginning of play. 

In this week's gospel Jesus ups the "ante". God's commandment given to us by Moses says, "Thou shalt commit no murder". But Jesus says that if we even harbor anger secretly in our heart at our neighbor we are guilty of murder. He says if we express that anger by saying, "You fool", we are liable to the fires of hell! (An indication that Jesus was not yet at that time an Episcopalian.) Jesus intensifies many of the commandments of Moses to the point that no one, no one, not even the kindest person ever, can claim to have followed the will of God in their life. He has upped the ante.

"What is going on? Jesus, have you rigged the game? There is no way I can meet that ante." The answer is, "Yes!” Jesus has rigged the game. The only hope any of us have, is to trust in God, and not our own perfection or accomplishment. Jesus says, "Let me pay the ante and I promise you will win the hand." Jesus changes the rules so that we have no recourse but to cast our lives into his care and the care of God.

Some get angry because they feel this is unfair to people who try to be good. However the tradition is clear: being good is a reward in itself with many benefits. Our future and our hope, however, are not in our being good. Our future and our hope are in God, and as we stay engaged in the process that Jesus is performing in our hearts, minds and bodies, we will grow in faith, love and goodness, but most of all, the game is rigged. It is rigged so that we all win together with Jesus.

Have a blessed week everyone and see you in church!
Father John
Thank You 
for the Lovely Ordination Anniversary Party

I know the snow held many of you back, yet I am so appreciative of all the thought and love that went into planning and executing the celebration. We had a great time. I do wonder who that young good looking priest was in the picture on the cake. You are all a blessing to me. 

Yours sincerely, 
Father John+
Love each other like our God loves us... everyday!

Happy Valentine's Day
Dinner prepared by Chef Chuck Neil and our Larry Channel! Tickets still available. Call Mike Duke.

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper
Tuesday, February 25
Pancakes served 5:00 - 6:30 pm

Brought to you by MOBS and other Men of the Church


Ash Wednesday Services
February 26, 2020 in the Church

 10:00 AM (without music)
6:00 PM with music

Resources for Lenten Devotion are at the very bottom of this Thursday Update. See the many things available.
An Eckhart Tolle Discussion Group
Beginning March 1st
Are you yearning for inspiration and thought provoking conversation? Consider joining us as we explore together spiritual teacher Eckart Tolle's book, "A New Earth-Awakening to Your Life's Purpose." He invites us to discover "an enlightened state of consciousness" and how to quiet our minds while living fully present, adding deeper meaning to our lives and hopefully helping to create a more loving community and world. We will meet one evening monthly for ten months to discuss one chapter of the book after listening to the corresponding podcast from Opray Winfrey. First meeting Sunday, March 1st at 6:30 PM. Please RSVP to Michelle Harbord (678) 644-7602
Anglican Christian Spirituality & Theology
A Class for those seeking Baptism, Confirmation,
Reception into the Episcopal Church,
or Renewalal of Baptism Vow

Father John is offering four classes on Tuesday. The dates and topics are below. He will offer the same series on Sundays after Coffee Hour in May and June. Please sign up in the narthex or by calling the office if you are interested. If you are not preparing for membership you can attend only those you are interested in. If you cannot attend the scheduled class, but are interested in the subject please let Father John know and he will work to find a time that will work for you.

Tuesdays @ 6 PM in the Pastor's Study
March 3 : The Episcopal Church, Heritage and Polity
March 17: Scripture in the Episcopal Church
March 31: Christian Teaching and Tradition in the Episcopal Church
April 7: Christian Life and Service in the Episcopal Church

Elora Emory to Perform at Holly
Elora, who grew up in our parish,
and granddaughter to Robbie Niles
is performing in "The Wedding Singer"

at the Holly Theatre
Feb 14-16, 21-23, 28-29 & March 1

Garden Committee's First 2020 Meeting!
Saturday, March 7th at 9 am
Looking forward to seeing you all! Discussions regarding what to plant, a review of bulbs, and discussion about an "all terrain" wheel for the wheelbarrow are just some of the topics. Thank you for all you do!  -- Suzanne
Our Parish had the most participants
At Captain D's for the SIDE BY SIDE fundraiser

last Tuesday, February 11th.

Income $16.5K $15.4K
Expense $14.6K $15.4K
 $1.9K  $0.0K

...for sharing God's gifts!
Thanks to
The Refurbishing Committee
For the new color scheme in the Sanctuary! Many feel comfortable with it's warmth and harmonious palette.
Thank you Wilma, Rosalie, Elaine, Linda and Gladys.

Email us if you want to recommend someone to thank for in our Parish.
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
Community Helping Place
Food Pantry needs for February:
Peanut butter, Jelly, Snack food for children to bring to school in their book bags
Thank you for your generosity! --- Debi Holloway / Director of Client Services / Community Helping Place / 706-867-9621
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: 

Sixth Sunday after Epiphany

Deuteronomy 30:15-20 or Sirach 15:15-20
The Collect

O God, the strength of all who put their trust in you: Mercifully accept our prayers; and because in our weakness we can do nothing good without you, give us the help of your grace, that in keeping your commandments we may please you both in will and deed; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Date February 16 February 23 February 26
Week of the month Week 3 Week 4 Ash Wednesday
Observances Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany Last Sunday after the Epiphany  
Readings Deuteronomy 30:15-20 or Sirach 15:15-20 Exodus 24:12-18 Psalm 103
  1 Corinthians 3:1-9 2 Peter 1:16-21 Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 or Isaiah 58:1-12
  Matthew 5:21-37 Matthew 17:1-9 2 Corinthians 3:20b-6; 10
  Psalm 119:1-8 Psalm 2 or Psalm 99 Matthew 6:1-6;16-21
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 Joan Anderson & Mike Weitze Chris Christopher & Cally Pratt  
Ushers Suzanne Ryerson & Jim Elmore Lynda & Michael Duke Elaine & Don Clark
Lector (Lessons) Dave Bammer Bill Miller Bill Miller
Intercessor (POP) Rosalie Jensen Dave Bammer  
Chalice Bearers Martha Roberts & Tom Roberts Dave Bammer & David Connolly  
Crucifer/Acolyte/ Server Dave Bammer Betty Greene  
Nursery Rita Channell, Elena Leyssens & Bella Brock Rita Channell, Elena Leyssens & Bella Brock  
Altar Guild Carol & Bill Maybach Melissa Lach & Susie Farris Carol & Bill Maybach
Flower Guild Joan Gray Anderson Jorgene West Flower Guild
Hospitality Michael Zose & Linda Bunting Amy Anderson-Zose & Joan Gray Anderson N/A
Bread Ministry Alice Moore-Wherry Bread Ministry  
Lay Eucharist Visitor Bill Lach Betty Greene  
Tellers Joan Gray Anderson & George Armijo David Connolly & Suzanne Ryerson  
VPOD Lynda Duke* Carla Buchanan* Martha Roberts
We need volunteers to serve the roles of:
Head Teller and 2 Tellers
Nursery Senior

Chalice Bearers
Office Volunteer

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

Bringing your Devotional Resources as close as your computer,
tablet or smartphone

Lent begins February 26

Signs of Life
from the Society of St. John the Evangelist

Worship engages our deepest human needs and has the power to transform our lives. Join the Brothers of SSJE in exploring the signs and symbols at the heart of Christian worship. This free 5-week offering encourages individuals and groups to explore the riches of our worship traditions, liturgy and sacraments, and the art and architecture of our worship spaces, revealing the full meaning of these signs, deepening our experience of Christian vocation and guiding us toward ongoing conversion.  Link: Signs of Life

Lent Madness

Our own St. Elizabeth of Hungary is one of the saints considered this Lent. You can learn more about this humorous Lenten discipline that helps us learn about those who followed Christ in their own day! (Saints). Link: Lent Madness.

Episcopal Relief and Development

This is a wonderful organization of the church which does important assistance to those in need around the world. Visit the website. You can also sign up for a daily Lenten Meditation to be delivered to your email each day by going here: ERD Lenten Devotions

Forward Movement

This online resource would be good for Lent or the entire year. You can read or listen to the daily meditation. You can pray Morning or Evening Prayer daily. They gather the psalms, readings and prayers into one flowing service. All you do is push a button. They also sponsor Lent Madness. Go explore their website here: Forward Movement 

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