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Thursday, January 10th, 2019
St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church, 1188 Hamp Mil Road, Dahlonega Georgia 30533 - PH (706) 864-5423     ...
Father John Writes . . . 
Celebration ... One of the hazards of living alone is forgetting to do anything for your birthday. Your birthday might come and go and you never make a cake, invite friends over, have a party.
     If you live in a family the others who live with you very likely want to mark the occasion. Some of us do not like the fuss, but our birthday is also important to our community of family and friends, and for some of them celebration is very important.  I mean, let’s get real, the cake and the birthday itself are really for our community, not just the birthday girl or boy.
     Most human creatures really need celebrations. We need to mark certain milestones and certain occasions with a distinctive ceremony in order for its full significance to register in our hearts and minds. We are all a little different, but all of us have a tendency to forget things we really believe, such as “I love this person” or “people love me”. Hence birthdays.
     This is why Sunday Worship is so important. It is a celebration. We gather at the beginning of each week to give thanks to God, to remember the blessings of life, to remember our traditions and especially to remember Jesus’ life, teaching, death and resurrection. We do not use cake, we use bread and we use wine.
       The annual meeting is an important yearly celebration in the life of our parish. It is true that much of the intense reflection and thinking takes place in vestry, and it is true that in a congregation our size we tend to find candidates by consensus without competitive elections. None the less the Annual Meeting is a moment to look over our year, our work together, to thank people for their gifts, and to celebrate our accomplishments.
     Please come to the meeting even if it is not your “thing”. We do it to mark the life of our community and to proclaim, “I am an important part of this community, and it is important to me.”
Have a blessed week,
Father John+                                                                                            
Save the Date!

Sunday, Jan. 20th @ 11:30 AM
Potluck This Thursday
T h e m e:  S o u t h e r n  F o o d
January 17th @ 6:30 PM

Compline Follows
Sunday School Class This Sunday

The Book of Joy
Over the course of six Sundays we will read and discuss excerpts from Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu & the Dalai Lama's Book, "The Book of Joy". We will enlist different members of the congregation to select the paragraphs each week to read and discuss in class. The first class will be January 6th at 9 AM. Books are available online, though purchase is not necessary.
FABS (Females Alone Bible Study) Looks at Women of the Bible! We will begin January 10th with Esther. We will compare her portrayal in the Hebrew Bible to her portrayal in the Greek Bible. (Not sure what the difference between the Greek and Hebrew Bible is? Sounds like you might want to come!) We have a good time of fellowship, study, and prayer. Come be FABSulous. Thursdays at 11:00 A.M.
MOBS (Men Only Bible Studay) will begin reading The Gospel of Matthew on Tuesday, January 8th. We begin our fellowship at 8:30 AM at the Wagonwheel Restaurant and begin our study at the church at 9:30 PM. We wrestle and ponder and tackle at least one chapter each week. Come Join us! Tuesdays at 8:30 A.M. Breakfast, 9:30 A.M. Study.
Hospitality Hosts Meeting 
Sunday, January 13th
Meeting after Service 11:30 am. We will discuss the schedule and brainstorm a new strategy for coffee hours. If you are interested in this ministry you are also welcome to attend.
Book Club.  Our book for January-February is: "Blue Highways", by William (Least) Heat-Moon. A classic of Americana: he tells of driving a huge, circular route around the US ("lower 48") on the smallest highways he can find, and talking with folks in the small towns. Our next meeting will be Monday, February 4th, at Noon, at Bourbon Street (note change of venue).  All are welcome. 
John Ackermann 
Vestry Nominations  After the call for nominations in the church service during the months of November and December the Nominating Committee has put forward two prospective vestry members to be voted on at the Annual Meeting January 20th, 2019. They are pleased to put forward Ben Wallace and Alice Moore Wherry.  
     Nominations are still welcome from the congregation. If you would like to nominate yourself, or someone else (with their approval), please send the information to the parish office at or call (706) 864-5423. Please also let Father John know. Please do this by January 11th.  
     The by-laws of the parish require the treasurer to authenticate that the nominee meets the qualifications. The nominee must be a confirmed member of the Episcopal Church, a member of the parish, and be 18 years or older. The nominees must be regular in attendance at the services of the church in the preceding year. They also must have made and maintained a financial contribution to the parish, known to the treasurer, in the year preceding the election.
     Duties of the vestry person include, but are not limited to, the following: Attend the annual vestry retreat (This year Friday, Feb. 15th through Sunday Feb. 17th), attend monthly vestry meetings, serve as vestry person of the day on a rotating schedule, attend training sessions required by the diocese, serve as a liaison for one or more ministries or committees in the parish, and share responsibilities with the Rector for planning and for decisions that affect our corporate life. In general, carrying the mission of the Parish into action: "Proclaiming God's Word, celebrating God's love and sharing God's gifts."
     This year we have space for two new vestry members. The vestry might consider increasing the size of the vestry by one person should another eager candidate come forward. Father John and the vestry are sensitive to the reality that In small parishes, such as our own elections, carry a greater risk of being hurtful.
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 Judy Strickland, and Diana Turner who along with Wilma Bammer and Alice Moore are going to represent us at  SOAP UP Atlanta!

This is a project the Commission on Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking is sponsoring on Saturday, 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. 
We need host/hostess for the Potluck!
  • Thursday, February 21st

Sweets for Jeremiah's Place!
Tuesday, January 22, 2019 

Jeremiah’s Place is asking St. Elizabeth’s bakers and goodie makers to help supply desserts for its annual Appreciation Dinner January 22. The event takes place at the Dahlonega Baptist Church and they are expecting about 80 people. Desserts should arrive by 4 p.m.

Jeremiah’s Place provides transitional housing for Lumpkin County’s homeless families and is one of St. Elizabeth’s ministries. There is a sign-up sheet in the church narthex. Thanks! --- Sharon

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. 




Bring your Candles to Church! Candlemas, or "The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple", is Saturday, February 2nd. On Sunday February 3rd we will bless the candles (in our case oil) that we use in church. You are also invited to bring a candle to be blessed and to use during your personal prayer time. 
The CHP Food Pantry needs for January: Canned spaghetti sauce 
Thank you for your generosity! -- Elaine -- 
No One Alone (NOA):
This month NOA needs: Blankets & Bed sheets
The 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 ---

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 Wagon Wheel 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
The ministry schedule is always available now! Click on the link below: 

The Collect
O God, by the leading of a star you manifested your only Son to the peoples of the earth: Lead us, who know you now by faith, to your presence, where we may see your glory face to face; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Date January 13 January 20
Week of the month Week 2 Week 3
Observances First Sunday after the Epiphany Second Sunday after the Epiphany
Readings Isaiah 43:1-7 Isaiah 62:1-5
  Acts 8:14-17 1 Corinthians 12:1-11
  Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 John 2:1-11
  Psalm 29 Psalm 36:5-10
Celebrant John Hamilton Paul Roberts
Preacher John Hamilton John Hamilton
Organist & Choir Director Julie Woodall Julie Woodall
Verger Bill Lach Bill Lach
Greeters Tammy Lee and Pete Pratt Judy Ford and Joan Anderson
Ushers David Jones and Darrell Woodall Suzanne Ryerson & Jim Elmore
Lector (Lessons) Paul Roberts Bill Miller
Intercessor (POP) Cathy McLendon Kris Duke
Chalice Bearers Lloyd Cupp & Janet Barger Jim Ory & need someone
Crucifer/Acolyte/ Server Kris Duke Cheryl Jones
Nursery Buttram/Millie/Rita Buttram/Millie/Rita
Altar Guild Elaine & Don Clark Carol & Bill Maybach
Flower Guild Cathy McLendon Cindy Mayfield
Hospitality Marilou Kinney & Rosalie Jensen Debbie Hamm and & someone
Bread Ministry Elaine Clark Alice Moore-Wherry
Lay Eucharist Visitor Betty Greene Bill Lach
Tellers Lloyd Cupp & Jesse Wise Joan Anderson & Jorge Armijo
VPOD Michael Zose Darrell Woodall
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