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Thursday, November 29th, 2018

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

Advent: Come Word of Mercy ... 

This Sunday is the First Sunday of Advent when we begin a season of expectation and preparation. I am both excited and a little nervous. I am excited because we are going to sing a piece of Advent music, the Litany of the Word, that I have wanted to sing for several years. I watched and heard videos of it. It is beautiful. I am nervous that some of us might need some time to take to it, though apparently the choir immediately liked it. 

The chant asks Jesus to come into our life in many different way. It names all the gifts Jesus, as word of God, brings: mercy, justice, healing, gladness, and it ends calling him the light.

What I love about litanies are the way they accumulate meaning. Layer after layer of singing seem to surround us in prayer and mystery, especially with all the differing tones of warmth and brightness natural to the spectrum of human voices. It is as though our community is hugging one another with voice and prayer. It is as though the room becomes radiant, glowing as our souls hover gently in the air. We are expecting to sing this litany all four weeks as the introit, and I am hoping that it will resonate in our hearts as we await Christ to come with renewed grace and power even deeper into our hearts.

As we busy ourselves with the secular Christmas season, let us remember that until it approaches dark on December 24th we remember and connect with the longing and desiring of our hearts as we seek God's loving gracious entrance into our lives. Then on Christmas God shows up in the babe of Bethlehem and we start our 12 day celebration. My hope is that this litany will help us observe this season by using new music to renew familiar sentiments of faith and hope.

Have a blessed week,
Father John+


Have a blessing filled week
Father John+

Parish Meeting Discerning the Elevator Project
Sunday, December 2 at 11:15 am
in the Church

Refreshments to follow in the Parish Hall
A faithful team has worked very hard in conjunction with the vestry to pursue the installation of an elevator.  It is important for us to get a sense of where we are as a parish. The vestry is charged with making the decision itself, but whether to build or not to build is a balancing of opportunities and risks for the whole parish, to be approached with much prayer and faithfulness. Please pray for this process and come to the meeting ready to help our parish take counsel together as we discern the way forward.
Blue Christmas Service
Sunday, Dec. 9th @ 6:30 PM
at Dahlonega United Methodist Church

Father John will be joining the Methodist clergy at Dahlonega United Methodist Church to participate in a Blue Christmas Service. This service is sensitive to those among us for whom this Christmas season might be characterized by the loss of a loved one from years past. Many people find the holidays hard when their joyous activities are colored by the absence of someone important. If you miss someone from your life, and if you wish to honor that memory this Christmas season, or simply seek consolation for yourself. Perhaps you would like to invite someone you know who has experienced loss.
Nancy Sommer's
Funeral Service

Saturday, December 15
at 11 am
St. Elizabeth Episcopal Church
Book Club  Our book for November- December is "Kitchen Table Wisdom", Stories That Heal, by Rachel Naomi Remen. 
  • In this classic, inspirational work, Dr. Remen tells of treating cancer patients, including children, and helping fellow physicians deal with their own emotional stress from giving care and seeing both healing and death.
Our next meeting will be Monday, December 3rd, at Noon, at Gustavo's Pizzeria, on the square.  All are welcome! --- John Ackermann
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 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 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. Click here for more information. Click https:/ to register.
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. 
Hospitality Ministry volunteers needed!
We would like to have more hosts/hostesses to assist after Sunday service coffee gatherings! Teams provide easy treats to go with coffee or lemonade to be ready after service.
  • Please Sign-up on the clip-board sheet that is in the kitchen. 
  • You can select the dates that are convenient for you.
  • Plan on serving for around 40 - 50.
  • It is recommended teams of two persons per Sunday.
  • Food/Treats fresh fruit or other sweets (cookies, cake, etc), 
  • Coffee is a must and directions are on the refrigerator.
  • Beverages: water, lemonade (mix in cabinet), other.
  • Should you have questions please contact either the parish office or Tammy Lee at 404-707-8303 or email:
Flower Donations:
You can donate by ordering flowers to adorn the church and altar!
There is a form to fill out at the vestibule (envelopes available).
Although any amount is welcomed we suggest $25.
Make check payable to: 
St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church, Flower Guild on the memo line.
Please place completed form and check in the office administrator's mail box, Thank you! --- Harriet 
The CHP Food Pantry needs for December: 
  • Tuna
  • Bags of dried beans

Thank you for your generosity! -- Elaine --
Community Helping Place White Christmas is the seasonal outreach which offers qualifying households, gifts for their children, a holiday meal for the family and clothing vouchers from the CHP clothing store. 
  • Unwrapped new toys may be taken to CHP or to St. Elizabeth's.
CHP will gratefully accept checks made payable to CHP White Christmas. Mail to:

CHP White Christmas
P. O. Box 712, Dahlonega, GA 30533

Thank you for your willingness to make a difference in the lives of our neighbors.
White Christmas food list:
These items may be purchased already pre-boxed at Fresh and Low. They will deliver to CHP for you.
  • 1 pound ham (no refrigeration required)
  • 1 can yams 2 cans green beans
  • 2 cans corn
  • 1 can chicken broth
  • 1 box stuffing
  • 1 box instant mashed potatoes
  • 2 boxes mac and cheese
  • 1 box cornbread mix
  • 1 can fruit
  • 1 can cranberry sauce
  • 1 boxed cake mix
  • 1 container frosting. 
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
Downstairs at the Boyd Hall
(Men's Only Bible Study) 
  Tuesdays at 8:30 AM, meets at the Wagonwheel 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
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: 
Collect: Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which your Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Date December 2 December 9
Week of the month Week 1 Week 2
Observances First Sunday of Advent Second Sunday of Advent
Readings Jeremiah 33:14-16 Baruch 5:1-9 or Malachi 3:1-4
  1 Thessalonians 3:9-13 Philippians 1:3-11
  Luke 21:25-36 Luke 3:1-6
  Psalm 25:1-9 Canticle 4 or 16
Celebrant John Hamilton John Hamilton
Preacher John Hamilton John Hamilton
Organist & Choir Director Julie Woodall Julie Woodall
Verger Bill Lach Bill Lach
Greeters Pam & Jarrell Jones Linda Bunting & Cally Pratt
Ushers Carla Buchanan & Elaine Clark -sub for Lara. David Jones & Darrell Woodall
Lector (Lessons) Rosalie Jensen David Connolly
Intercessor (POP) Bill Miller Wilma Bammer
Chalice Bearers Tom and Martha Roberts Lloyd Cupp and Betty Greene
Crucifer/Acolyte/ Server Kris Duke Cheryl Jones
Nursery A Buttram/Millie/ Rita A Buttram/Millie/ Rita
Altar Guild Cally Pratt & Sharon Hall Carol & Bill Maybach
Flower Guild Harriet Connolly, Cathy Ritch & Cindy Mayfield Cathy McLendon, Cathy Ritch & Cindy Mayfield
Hospitality Trish Fawcett & sub for Tammy Marilou Kinney & Rosalie Jensen
Bread Ministry Cally Pratt Elaine Clark
Lay Eucharist Visitor Betty Greene Bill Lach
Tellers Judy Ford & Chris Christopher Lloyd Cupp & Jesse Lee Wise
VPOD Lynda Duke Wilma Bammer
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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