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Thursday, December 12th, 2019
St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church, 1188 Hamp Mil Road, Dahlonega Georgia 30533 - PH (706) 864-5423     ...
Father John Writes . . . 
A Question for Advent 
While many in our culture are busying themselves with a thousand tasks in preparation for Christmas the church asks us to stop, listen, pray, wait, wonder, and open our hearts to the wondrous and yet unforeseeable ways God will act in our lives. When Jesus comes he surprises us with a vision and a reality greater than we could previously imagine. Even if through our busy-ness and hectic activity we could create our idea of a perfect life it would not be as good as what Jesus plans to do. So my question for us is this: How do we keep open space in our hearts, in our minds, in our time, and our activities for Jesus's vision? That openness lets in better than we can imagine and tires us out less in the meantime. How do we?

Have a blessed week everyone
Father John+
This Saturday, December 14th at 1 pm!!!

Saint Elizabeth's Christmas Party
at the Clark's

Bring a dish to share!
Look for the red folder in the narthex for our address and directions.
We look forward to seeing you at the party.
Don and Elaine Clark

F O O D    -    F U N    -    F R I V O L I T Y !

Ecumenical Noontime Advent Services
Tuesday, December 17
at the Dahlonega United Methodist Church
Father John is the Preacher

St. Elizabeth's is providing the meal for 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.

Sunday, December 22 at 10 A.M. 
Advent Lessons and Carols
with Holy Communion

Tuesday, December 24th at 6 P.M
First Holy Eucharist of Christmas

Wednesday, December 25th at 10 A.M.
Holy Eucharist Christmas Day


Advent Meditations
Written by St. Elizabeth's Members

Compiled by Paul Anderson (Thanks!)

You can save killing some trees and see and use the online pdf 

Or you can pick up a booklet in the Church.

The Presiding Bishop is leading a revival in Atlanta, Wednesday, January 22nd. If past events are any guide this will be an inspiring and energizing event. We are asked to invite friends to come and participate as we share the love of Jesus. It would be particularly appropriate for friends who have have a spiritual longing but have difficulty finding a spiritual community. Here is the link to the page where you can learn more and sign up. 

Watch the Presiding Bishop's Invitation to RiviveATL

Christmas Poinsettias
December 24 & 25

Please fill the form below to make a donation towards the purchase of Poinsettias to adorn our church and altar. Any amount is welcomed!

Name: ________________________________

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.

Please make your flower donation on/before Tuesday, December 17
Hospitality "Shepherd" Tips: Sunday School December 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. 
On Saturday December 7th the St Elizabeth chapter of the Daughters of the King was privileged to host the annual Atlanta Diocesan DOK holiday luncheon. We were pleased to host 23 members who arrived bearing gifts of yummy dishes of all kinds and who enjoyed coffee and muffins while they waited for all to gather. Three of our wonderful husbands joined us in welcoming the women and were there to assist them getting into the church and dropping off their fare. Once all had arrived, Father John celebrated a Eucharist with them and received so many “kudos” it clearly was a wonderful service. Following the service all came downstairs for good food and fellowship – thanks be to God for the elevator! We had been asked to wear our holiday fashion and prizes were given for the most memorable/ugly/creative choices. Dawn Hayes, my daughter, helped me by creating cute little ornaments for the center of the tables which were given to each attendee to take home for their tree. The “jewelry tree” on which they were hung was also awarded to someone at each table. Fun was had by all!
Follow this Link to the Diocese of Atlanta Mailing. You can also sign up to receive mailings at this link.

The church's seating has been professionally cleaned and treated. Candle wax stains were the largest problem. Please be vigilant at the Christmas Eve Eucharist. . All Hymnals and Prayer Books were collected and we may have to distribute upon entrance to the Narthex on Sunday. We apologize for any inconvenience and request your patience and collaboration.

...for sharing God's gifts!
Thanks to the Refurbishment Committee:
Wilma (Leader), Elaine, Linda, Rosalie & Gladys
For all their hard work sprucing up our space!

Email us if you want to recommend someone to thank for in our Parish.
Sharing God's gifts... support Side by Side in their noble mission!
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
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:
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: 

Third Sunday of Advent

Isaiah 35:1-10
James 5:7-10
Matthew 11:2-11
Psalm 146:4-9 or Canticle 15 [or Canticle 3]

The Collect

Stir up your power, O Lord, and with great might come among us; and, because we are sorely hindered by our sins, let your bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen.

Date December 15 December 22 December 24
Week of the month Week 3 Week 4 6:00 PM
Observances Third Sunday of Advent Fourth Sunday of Advent Christmas Eve
Readings Isaiah 35:1-10 Isaiah 7:10-16 Isaiah 9:2-7
  James 5:7-10 Romans 1:1-7 Titus 2:11-14
  Matthew 11:2-11 Matthew 1:18-25 Luke 2:1-14(15-20)
  Psalm 146:4-9 or Canticle 15 Psalm 80:1-7, 16-18 Psalm 96
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 Gray-Anderson & Mike Weitze Cally & Pete Pratt  
Ushers Suzanne Ryerson & Darrell Woodall Lynda & Mike Duke Elaine & Don Clark
Lector (Lessons) Bill Miller Dave Bammer  
Intercessor (POP) Rosalie Jensen Wilma Bammer  
Chalice Bearers Martha & tom Roberts Dave Bammer & David Connolly  
Crucifer/Acolyte/ Server Dave Bammer Betty Greene  
Nursery Millie, Aidren, Rita, Elena Millie, Aidren, Rita, Elena  
Altar Guild Bill & Carol Maybach Melissa Lach & Susie Farris Carol & Bill Maybach
Flower Guild Jorgene West Harriet Connolly Flower Guild
Hospitality Gladys & Ben Wallace Mike Weitze & Kris Duke  
Bread Ministry Alice Moore-Wherry The Bread Team  
Lay Eucharist Visitor Bill Lach Betty Greene  
Tellers Joan Anderson & George Armijo David Connolly & Suzanne Ryerson  
VPOD Lynda Duke Darrell Woodall Michael Zose
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