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Thursday, November 28th, 2019
St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church, 1188 Hamp Mil Road, Dahlonega Georgia 30533 - PH (706) 864-5423     ...
Father John Writes . . . 

Thursday is Thanksgiving and Sunday is the first Sunday of Advent. After celebrating the generosity of God in the present harvest we enter a brand new Church Year. (Where did the last year go?) We will read the prophets encouraging the people to go through hard times because God was going to lead them out of their distress. The prophets predicted an idyllic future, and it was this hope that prepared us to recognize Jesus at his coming.

But Jesus, his compassion, his truth telling, his non-violent resistance to the Romans, his focus on the poor and the sick more than re-establishing the throne of his ancestor David, and especially his shameful death on the cross, was not what the prophets predicted.

So why do we see the prophets as predicting Christ? Because he was surpassed what they predicted in ways they could not have even imagined. He showed us, indeed we say he created, a deeply more satisfying, more true, more eternal blessing. He enables us to love God and love neighbor, to live it out in thought, word and deed, in such a way that we become a new creation. We enter intimate fellowship with God.

Advent is not a time to wait on what we desire. What we desire is way less than what God gives us. Advent is a time to truly stop, empty ourselves, and prepare for the unexpected. It is a time to be so confident in God's love we can never desire blessing as rich as God has in store for us. We can become creatures who delight to love God and delight to love others so completely, so joyfully, that we surpass all the sages and prophets could ask us to hope for.

So this Thanksgiving I am particularly thankful for Advent, and the joy of being open and waiting on what God is doing in our life together. Thanks be to God.

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, 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. 
Elevator is operational again!!!
Thanks for your patience.
Hospitality "Shepherd" Tips: Sunday School Dec. 1, 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. 
This coming Sunday, December 1st is NO ONE ALONE Sunday!  NOA is still in need of sheets and blankets for single beds, towels, paper towels, toilet paper, and canned goods.  Thank you so much for your generosity.  Betty Greene

Blessed is the food on the table,
blessed again when it is shared!

Best wishes for a day in unity
with our Father, family and friends.

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 !
2019 Parish Directories are here! Please sign next to your name when picking up your copy at the vestibule. Limited to one copy per Lifetouch photo session. Thank you!
Follow this Link to the Latest Edition of the Diocesan Newsletter "Connecting"

...for sharing God's gifts!
Lara Lowman:
Keeps our webpage up to date!

Junior Warden of the Vestry cheerfully participates in many activities. She also attended Diocesan Council as a delegate this year. She cooks for the College, for Liz's place, and hosted newcomers. She also recruits her husband bard to take pictures for us, and they did a video inventory of the church! She does much more. Thanks Lara.
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
Community Helping Place 
Commemorative Christmas Ornament
Each year the Community Helping Place offers a signed, limited edition Christmas ornament for sale.  The ornaments are $25.00 a piece, and the proceeds help fund the many outreach efforts of The Community Helping Place, which include a food pantry, medical and dental clinics, and clothing and thrift stores.
The ornament is a beautiful rendition in metal of a special place in Dahlonega, but the subject is not revealed until the official Lighting of the Square, the day after Thanksgiving.
Over the years, these ornaments have become collectibles and sell out fast.

If you want to order an ornament contact Martha Roberts or Pam Jones right away. 
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: 

First Sunday of Advent

Isaiah 2:1-5
Romans 13:11-14
Matthew 24:36-44
Psalm 122

The Collect

Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which your Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Date December 1 December 8 December 15
Week of the month Week 1 Week 2 Week 3
Observances First Sunday of Advent Second Sunday of Advent Third Sunday of Advent
Readings Isaiah 2:1-5 Isaiah 11:1-10 Isaiah 35:1-10
  Romans 13:11-14 Romans 15:4-13 James 5:7-10
  Matthew 24:36-44 Matthew 3:1-12 Matthew 11:2-11
  Psalm 122 Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19 Psalm 146:4-9 or Canticle 15
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 Pam & Jarell Jones Helen Long & Cally Pratt Joan Gray-Anderson & Mike Weitze
Ushers Carla Buchanan & Lara Lowman Darrell Woodall & Warren Johnson Suzanne Ryerson & Jim Elmore
Lector (Lessons) Wilma Bammer Paul Roberts Dave Bammer
Intercessor (POP) Kris Duke Melissa Lach Rosalie Jensen
Chalice Bearers Need One & Bill Lch Janet Barger & Lloyd Cupp Martha & tom Roberts
Crucifer/Acolyte/ Server Bill Lach Kris Duke Dave Bammer
Nursery Millie, Aidren, Rita, Elena Millie, Aidren, Rita, Elena Millie, Aidren, Rita, Elena
Altar Guild Cally Pratt & Carla Buchanan Elaine & Don Clark Bill & Carol Maybach
Flower Guild * * *
Hospitality Amy Anderson & Michael Zose Trish Fawcett & Cathy McLendon Gladys & Ben Wallace
Bread Ministry Cally Pratt Elaine Clark Alice Moore-Wherry
Lay Eucharist Visitor Jim Ory Bill Lach Bill Lach
Tellers Judy Ford & Chris Christopher Lloyd Cupp & Jesse Lee Wise Joan Anderson & George Armijo
VPOD Alice Moore-Wherry Ben Wallace Lynda Duke
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