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Thursday, December 16, 2021


Saint Elizabeth's Episcopal Church
1188 Hamp Mil Road, Dahlonega, Georgia 30533 • PH (706) 864-5423    
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Father John Writes

Angels on Tip Toe

In the gospel of Luke there are two people who receive a vision from an angel. One is the father of John the Baptist, Zechariah, who did not believe the angel's message and did not cooperate with grace. (There's way more to the story, but let us leave it there for now.) The other is the Blessed Virgin Mary who was told that she would bear the savior.

Mary replied, "Be it unto me according to your word." But what if she had not been so enthusiastic? What if she had said, "I'd rather not." or "No thanks."? There is one interesting story that all the angels of heaven were gathered around the house where Gabriel went to announce to Mary that she was chosen. And they hoovered around with bated breath whether she would say, "Yes."

It is so easy to say "No". Sometimes it's not what we expected, or does not meet some pre-conceived notion of what things should be like. It is possible to be afraid of what we do not yet know or understand. It is true that being the mother of Jesus was not easy on Mary; it was not part of Mary's 5 year plan, but her saying "Yes" to the unexpected has brought wonder beyond human imagining to the world, and to her. She cherished the birth of her child in her heart.

Grace is a gift God gives us, but that does not mean we always say "Yes" to it. Let us practice this Advent imitating Mary, and saying "Yes" to the ways God desires to inhabit our lives. By saying yes we bring blessing to ourselves, and also to the whole world.

Have a great week everyone,
Father John+
PATHWAYS | Holding Tight and Looking Up
This Week

Transmission Rates in Lumpkin County exceed our benchmark This Week.
Based on the current contamination rates this week we will:

Masks are recommended for all people, though we do not police.
We will sing using masks.
We can gather outside for fellowship after the service.

Christmas Eve Service
Friday, December 24th
8:00 P.M.

Christmas Day Service
Saturday, December 25th
10:00 AM

First Sunday after Christmas Service
Sunday, December 26th
10:30 AM


Sunday's Worship at 10:30 AM
Both live streamed and in person.
 If anyone has symptoms of any illness please refrain from coming to church. We will wear masks in the Service. There will be one designated singer in the ramp room.
The Sunday Service will stream on Facebook at 10:30 AM
You do not need a Facebook account to see it.
If streaming is not good because of our Internet service 
the video posted afterwards will usually be much better.

Current Sunday Bulletin | PRESS HERE
New This Week
2021 Ecumenical Advent Services
Father John leads the worship on
Tuesday, December 21st at 12 Noon
at the St. Luke Roman Catholic Church

We are asking for: 2 more crock pots of soup for Tuesday, December 21st.
Sign-up at the church vestibule or email us.
Ongoing Announcements

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Spotlight on Nature

by Rosalie Jensen

Patiently Waiting

Sometimes the expression on the face of an animal seems to reflect human feeling.  The expression on the face of this rescued owl at Amicalola Falls State Park appears to show longing.  Could it be like the yearning that we have as we look forward to the special birth in a stable in Bethlehem? - Rosalie Jensen

Saint Elizabeth's Episcopal Church is a NWF Certified Wildlife Habitat

Our Parish This Week
Devon Olivia Rooney, Jackie Peabody, Henry Grimes, Terry McLendon, Jenna Brown, Christy Lowe, Keegan Plumley, Richard Lutz, Margaret Skelly, Sharon Hall, Judy Miller, Joy Schyler, Vicky Schyler, Ricie Eubanks, Ruth Purcell, Randy Pruitt, Nancita Palomos Knuckles, Frances Thrasher, Marti Carter, Judy Ford, Pea McKellar, Carol Smith, George Heitz, Mary, Ernie Farrington, Holly Brannon, Marilou Kinney, Cari Grimes Stephens, Jim Kinney, Gregg Clark, Russ Olson, Joey Taylor, Dana Weaver, Elizabeth Vogt, Amanda Schell, Larry Channell, Christian Kirsh, Mike McCormack, Florence Barnett, Chris Wallis and Jake Farley.
Females Alone Bible Study
Join us at the Pastor's study or through the Zoom Meeting
Thursdays at 10:45 am
M E N  at  Breakfast
Tuesdays at 9 am
Meeting at the Wagon Wheel restaurant.
Christmas Party at The Clark's


7        Lucy Davidson
8        Larry Channell
8       Chet Barger
8       George T. Armijo
      Dyann Beaty
9       Karyl Loux
      Mike Weitze
10      Paul Anderson
12      Garry Mayfield
15      Cheryl Jones
16      Lynda P. Duke
20     Lara L. Lowman
21      Donovan Levesque
26     Ann Thurman
28     Millie G. Alexander
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12        Kathy & Skipper Gholston
13        Jackie & Paul Anderson

23       Helen & Wendel Long

Please email us your special dates:

T H E    M I N I S T R Y   O F   T H E

Flower Guild
We thank the creative hands - Harriet, Angie, Kathy, Joan, Cathy & Donna - that are setting up the poinsettias and greenery in the church for the celebration of the born king, Jesus.

The Flower Guild needs volunteers. Please contact Cathy Ritch.
Thanks to Elaine & Don Clark!

For offering and hosting a lovely Christmas party to all in the parish!
NOTE: Please email us to recommend someone to thank in our Parish.
Coming soon!

Celebrating the New Year with Hope, Awareness and Purpose


December 31, 2021 at 6 pm

All proceeds benefiting JEREMIAH’S PLACE

• Canned potatoes 15 oz.
• Canned fruit 15 oz.
• Canned meat: Chicken, tuna, ravioli, spaghettiO's, etc.

• Jelly 
• Peanut Butter
• Bisquick

Personal Care Items: 
• Shampoo 
• Conditioner 
• Body soap/wash 

• Deodorant 
• Dental floss 
• Toothpaste for sensitive teeth 
Community Helping Place of Dahlonega

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We appreciate your kindness, concern and generosity.

Debi Holloway | Director of Client Services | Community Helping Place | 706-867-9621, ext 303
NOA needs:

  Canned goods  
  Bedding sheets 
  Wash clothes  
  Toilet paper  
  Paper towels  
  Antiseptic wipes

Anyone wishing to donate items for NOA may feel free to drop off such items in the NOA basket in the church narthex. Thank you so much for thinking of others! - Betty Greene -
Events in the Weeks Ahead...
Ongoing Items and the Weekly Schedule
Merry Meal Makers
Please join us as we create a new list of individuals willing to make & deliver a fresh home cooked meal when it is needed. When you are called upon you will be given all the particulars the recipient has requested.

Please send me an email with your best contact information to Suzanne Ryerson at Thank you, Suzanne.
Sunday Ministries

Fourth Sunday of Advent
Micah 5:2-5a
Hebrews 10:5-10
Luke 1:39-45, (46-55)
Canticle 15 (or 3)
or Psalm 80:1-7

The Collect
Purify our conscience, Almighty God, by your daily visitation, that your Son Jesus Christ, at his coming, may find in us a mansion prepared for himself; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Service Participants Schedule
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