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Thursday, December 8th, 2019
St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church, 1188 Hamp Mil Road, Dahlonega Georgia 30533 - PH (706) 864-5423     ...
Father John Writes . . . 
Michael Curry and Cherry Pie  I heard Jerusalem Greer, The Episcopal Church Missioner for Evangelism, tell a story. A guest came to visit her from another town. When the person arrived she offered them to freshen up in the powder room. And when they came into the dining room she got them a cup of tea or coffee. She had also baked a pie and she took it out of the oven. She cut herself a piece of pie and was eating while talking to her friend.

She asked how her friend was. How the journey was. If she would like another cup of tea. All the while she was eating her delicious piece of cherry pie. The guest was sitting across from her drinking tea, and watching her eat fresh, delicious smelling, gorgeous looking cherry pie.

Jerusalem wondered if she should offer a piece of cherry pie to her guest. She wondered, "But what if my guest eats gluten free? This pie might make her really sick." So, she kept eating the pie in front of her guest. Then she wondered again thought, "This is cherry pie. My guest might be a peach pie person instead. She might just refuse the cherry pie, and say that she does not like cherry pie. It could be very awkward."  Finally Jerusalem decided to just offer a piece of pie. "Would you like a piece of this freshly baked cherry pie?" to which the guest said, "Yes please. I would love a piece of pie!"

Jerusalem thinks we probably overthink our inviting people to go to church with us, or sharing our God experiences with other people. It is better to make the offer and then read their queues, just as we would do offering pie. Just as a gluten free person or a peach-pie-or-die person would say, "No, thank you" to the offer of cherry pie, they will simply give us the necessary queues that they are not interested in church or in talking about God. But if we do not make the offer we risk depriving someone else of something we really enjoy. They might be just waiting for us to ask, and if we do not that would be a shame.

Michael Curry, the bishop who preached the sermon at Prince Harry and Megan's wedding, the guy the whole world was talking about for several days thereafter, will be leading the RiviveATL event at Atlanta University. If this is not cherry pie offering time, I do know when is. Take the opportunity to invite a friend to come to this event with you. One of the goals of the event is to get us to share the good things we enjoy.  Our Presiding Bishop is the best thing since sliced bread, so it really makes sense to share him and his message of love with others.

Happy Advent everyone,
Father John+

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. 
Daughters of the King Diocese of Atlanta are meeting at our church!
Saturday, December 7th
Hospitality "Shepherd" Tips: Sunday School Dec. 8 & 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. 
Ecumenical Noontime Advent Services
Tuesday, December 3, 10 & 17
at the Dahlonega United Methodist Church

St. Elizabeth's is hosting 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.
Vestry Meeting
Sunday, December 8th at 11:30 am
Saint Elizabeth's Christmas Party
at the Clarks
Bring a dish to share!
The party’s at one.
Saturday, December 14th at 1 pm
is when we’ll have fun.
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 !
Follow this Link to the Latest Edition of the Diocesan Newsletter "Connecting"
Tuesday, December 24th: Christmas Eve service at 6 pm
Wednesday, December 25th: Christmas Day service at 10 am
Thank you note from Leonora & Matt. (Posted at office bulletin board.)

...for sharing God's gifts!
Millie, Rita, Adrien & Elena:
Our children are in their hands...
With Millie directing and Rita supporting our Nursery we count with great motherhood support for our kids.

Our Adrien and Elena bring in lots of energy and fun creating a sweet, loving environment in which to celebrate God's love! Thank you all!

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:
Day / time
Midweek Eucharist: All welcome! Tuesdays
10:30 AM
at Church
FABS: Females Alone Bible Study Thursdays
11:00 AM
Downstairs at the Boyd Hall
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 - noon
Downstairs at the Boyd Hall
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
9:30 AM
Downstairs at the Boyd Hall

*Or check our online calendar at:
The ministry schedule is always available online at: 

Second Sunday of Advent

Isaiah 11:1-10
Romans 15:4-13
Matthew 3:1-12
Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19

The Collect

Merciful God, who sent your messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation: Give us grace to heed their warnings and forsake our sins, that we may greet with joy the coming of Jesus Christ our Redeemer; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Date December 8 December 15 December 22
Week of the month Week 2 Week 3 Week 4
Observances Second Sunday of Advent Third Sunday of Advent Fourth Sunday of Advent
Readings Isaiah 11:1-10 Isaiah 35:1-10 Isaiah 7:10-16
  Romans 15:4-13 James 5:7-10 Romans 1:1-7
  Matthew 3:1-12 Matthew 11:2-11 Matthew 1:18-25
  Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19 Psalm 146:4-9 or Canticle 15 Psalm 80:1-7, 16-18
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 Helen Long & Cally Pratt Joan Gray-Anderson & Mike Weitze Cally & Pete Pratt
Ushers Jim Elmore & Warren Johnson Suzanne Ryerson & Darrell Woodall Lynda & Mike Duke
Lector (Lessons) Paul Roberts Dave Bammer Bill Miller
Intercessor (POP) Melissa Lach Rosalie Jensen Wilma Bammer
Chalice Bearers Janet Barger & Lloyd Cupp Martha & tom Roberts Dave Bammer & David Connolly
Crucifer/Acolyte/ Server Kris Duke Dave Bammer Betty Greene
Nursery Millie, Aidren, Rita, Elena Millie, Aidren, Rita, Elena Millie, Aidren, Rita, Elena
Altar Guild Elaine & Don Clark Bill & Carol Maybach Melissa Lach & Susie Farris
Flower Guild Joan Gray Anderson Jorgene West Harriet Connolly
Hospitality Trish Fawcett & need one Gladys & Ben Wallace Mike Weitze & Kris Duke
Bread Ministry Elaine Clark Alice Moore-Wherry The Bread Team
Lay Eucharist Visitor Bill Lach Bill Lach Betty Greene
Tellers Lloyd Cupp & Jesse Lee Wise Joan Anderson & George Armijo David Connolly & Suzanne Ryerson
VPOD Ben Wallace Lynda Duke Darrell Woodall
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