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Thursday, December 13th, 2018

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

EXPECTATION ... what will happen next? Our faith tells us that God loves us and has good things in store for us. Yet, often we are not sure what to expect. I doubt Mary expected to have a child when she did. Certainly the shepherds did not expect angels, or to find the son of David lying in a feeding trough. I doubt John the Baptist thought the one who was to come would be his cousin. Nor do I reckon the disciples thought that Jesus would conquer death by suffering a gruesome death himself, and three days later rising from the grave.  Does it not make sense then that the ways Jesus shows up in our lives will also surprise us also. Let us keep our eyes wide open, let us wait in awareness and Expectation.

Advent teaches us to trust God with the future, be filled with hope because of God's love, and be joyful because God's designs for us will exceed all our expectations.

Have a blessed week,
Father John+

Ecumenical Advent Services
Tuesdays @ 12 Noon
St. Luke the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church
Lunch Following ($5 donation requested)

  • Tuesday, December 18th ... Father John Hamilton

We need one more crock of soup and two more people to bring desserts.  You can sign up at church or email the parish office or call the parish office & leave a message if necessary (706) 864-5423
Marcus and Nisa Sommers, Nancy's children, are putting up a Christmas tree to honor their mother. We are all invited to bring a Christmas Ornament to put on the tree. This is a way those who were unable to attend could nonetheless participate.
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.
Christmas Holy Eucharist

Monday, December 24 
6 PM
MOBS & FABS News   The Men's Only Bible Study (MOBS) and the Females Alone Bible Study (FABS) are both on hiatus until January. MOBS will begin on January 8th reading the gospel of Matthew. FABS is planning to do a series on women in the Bible. This would be a great year to start attending these hours of fellowship, prayer and study. 

Prayers Requested for the Repose of the Soul of Steve Traub
It is with sadness that we announce the death of Steve Traub, a family member of Molly Callender and her daughter Christina. He has spent over a year undergoing treatment and much of it in varying degrees of pain. Please keep him, Molly and Christina in your prayers. May his soul, and the souls of all the departed, rest in peace. Amen.
Where's it happening Dec. 31st in Dahlonega?
In the SQUARE at 

F I R S T  N I G H T
The button entitles you to enter all the music venues for the whole evening, and is only $10 per person. You can get them in the church lobby or by calling the office. It is good for all ages. All proceeds help support Jeremiah's Place.
Sunday School Class in January
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.
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 who 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. 

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 Churchand 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

Dovie Avans Memorial reception was appreciated. Thanks to all that collaborated!.
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. 

Christmas Poinsettias for December 24 & 25, 2018
If you would like to make a donation to help the Flower Guild to purchase poinsettias and greenery to adorn     St. Elizabeth’s for our Christmas services, please fill out the form below. Your gift will be listed in the bulletin. Any amount is welcome. The suggested donation is $25.00. Please print your information below and place form and check in Harriet Connolly’s box in the office. Thank you and Merry Christmas!
Name: ______________________________________________________________
In thanksgiving for: ____________________________________________________
In memory of: ________________________________________________________
Donation amount: ________________
We are so blessed by their great Christmas music performance! Thanks to The Family Fold for their heavenly Christmas melodies at the Annual Parish Christmas Party and then The Second Advent Sunday service.
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: 

Third Sunday of Advent

Zephaniah 3:14-20
Philippians 4:4-7
Luke 3:7-18
Canticle 9

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 16 December 23
Week of the month Week 3 Week 4
Observances Third Sunday of Advent Fourth Sunday of Advent
Readings Zephaniah 3:14-20 Micah 5:2-5a
  Philippians 4:4-7 Hebrews 10:5-10
  Luke 3:7-18 Luke 1:39-45, (46-55)
  Canticle 9  Psalm 80:1-7
Celebrant John Hamilton Walton Peabody
Preacher Walton Peabody John Hamilton
Organist & Choir Director Julie Woodall Julie Woodall
Verger Bill Lach Bill Lach
Greeters Judy Ford & Joan Gray-Anderson Wilma & Dave Bammer
Ushers Suzanne Ryerson & Jim Elmore Lynda & Michael Duke
Lector (Lessons) Melissa Lach Cathy McLendon
Intercessor (POP) Michael Zose Warren Johnson
Chalice Bearers Paul Roberts & Janet Barger David Bammer and Jim Ory
Crucifer/Acolyte/ Server Betty Greene Kris Duke
Nursery A Buttram/Millie/ Rita A Buttram/Millie/ Rita
Altar Guild Cindy Mayfield & Elaine Clark Melissa Lack & Carol Maybach
Flower Guild Joan Gray Anderson, Cathy Ritch & Cindy Mayfield Jorgene West, Cathy Ritch & Cindy Mayfield
Hospitality Debbie Hamm & sub for Jackie Joan Anderson & Linda Bunting
Bread Ministry Alice Moore-Wherry Mollie Callender
Lay Eucharist Visitor Jim Ory Betty Greene
Tellers Joan Anderson & George Armijo David Connolly & Sharon Hall
VPOD Michael Zose Darrell Woodall
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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