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Your Thursday Update!
"Inquiring parishioners want to know!"
Thursday, December 19th, 2019
St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church, 1188 Hamp Mil Road, Dahlonega Georgia 30533 - PH (706) 864-5423    
  stelizabethdahlonega@gmail.com     ...     www.stelizabethepiscopal.com
Father John Writes . . . 
What Gift Shall I Bring Him
The song the little drummer boy is pretty emotional. The little boy who has nothing to give the newborn king plays his drum for him. There is another children's story called "The Littlest Angel". It is about a little boy who is always late to choir, always lost looking at bird nests, or the stars, and who always looks a little slovenly. He decides to give the newborn king his box of treasures, various bits and worthless pieces of nature, twigs and broken bird-eggs and the like, collected over time. Pleased with the gift God takes it and makes it into the star that shines over Bethlehem.

At the heart of both of these stories is an important truth. God most delights in our offering of ourselves, our gifts, and the aspects of life, no matter how mundane, that delight us. The boy's drumming, and the angel's simple delight in nature pleased God because they were gifts of self. Christmas is the celebration of God giving himself to us and in gratitude we can give ourselves to God knowing that that is the gift God most desires. It is about pure love. As the prayers at Christmas say, that is where "heaven meets earth, and earth meets heaven." Christmas is the birth of the one who loves us more than we can comprehend. May we live joyfully and generously in response to so great an affection, the boundless love of Jesus.

Have a blessed Christmas everyone
Father John+
UPCOMING
EVENTS AND ACTIONS COMING UP SOON



Sunday, December 22 at 10 A.M. 
Advent Lessons and Carols
with Holy Communion


Tuesday, December 24th at 6 P.M
First Holy Eucharist of Christmas

Wednesday, December 25th at 10 A.M.
Holy Eucharist Christmas Day

 
 
Smokeless Incense  We will be offering incense at the Christmas Eve Service however out of pastoral considerations we will not be lighting it. The use of incense is both Biblical and traditional and is the practice of the Roman, Orthodox and Anglican Churches. We hope that it will help us both honor God and mark the sacredness of our encounter with the divine in worship.
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Betty Greene & Shirley Krogstad

Will be getting married here at

Saint Elizabeth's Episcopal Church
on Saturday, January 4th, 2020 at 2 pm. 


A reception will follow in the fellowship hall downstairs.  Everyone in our church family is invited to attend. 
We request that you do not bring gifts.  We desire only the honor of your presence.   
 



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 
HERE

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. 

WOULD YOU LIKE TO ORGANIZE A CAR-POOL OR VAN TO GO? Let Father John know.
Watch the Presiding Bishop's Invitation to RiviveATL
Christmas Booklets: We will be printing the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Bulletin/Booklets on Monday, December 23rd and will need a couple of hands to help fold the booklets. If you would like a one-time volunteer job this is your opportunity! Office opens at 9 am until 1 pm. The task takes about an hour. Thank you!!!
The December Connecting is Now Available!

Follow this Link to the Diocese of Atlanta Mailing. You can also sign up to receive mailings at this link.

"Connecting"



...for sharing God's gifts!
 
Thanks to Don Hunt:
For his interest & concern on the condition of the upholstery in church enabling us to take action!

Thanks to Julie, Gladys, Ben, Carol, Bill, Janet, Louis and all involved:
Their help and assistance moving furniture, books, clearing chairs, etc. helping us begin Sunday services on time. Thanks.
Email us if you want to recommend someone to thank for in our Parish.
OUTREACH
Sharing God's gifts... support Side by Side in their noble mission!
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 --
UPCOMING & ONGOING
Office Closed on Wednesday, December 25 and Thursday, December 26.
FABS, MOBS & PieceMakers - Will meet again on the second week in January 2020
Ongoing Parish Events and Other Groups:
Activity Description Day / time Location
Midweek Eucharist: All welcome! Tuesdays 10:30 AM at Church
FABS: Females Alone Bible Study Thursday 11:00 AM Downstairs at the Boyd Hall
MOBS: 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  Downstairs at the Boyd Hall - until noon.
TAI CHI
with Lloyd:
Slow movements accompanied by deep breathing; decreases stress, anxiety and depression Tuesdays 11:00 AM
&
Thursdays 
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
&
Fridays 9:30 AM
Downstairs at the Boyd Hall

*Or check our online calendar at: https://stelizabethepiscopal.com/calendar/
SUNDAY MINISTRIES
The ministry schedule is always available online at:
http://bit.ly/steministryschedule 
 

Fourth Sunday of Advent

Isaiah 7:10-16
Romans 1:1-7
Matthew 1:18-25
Psalm 80:1-7, 16-18

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.

MINISTRY SCHEDULE
    Christmas Eve Christmas Day
Date December 22 December 24 December 25
Week of the month Week 4 6:00 PM 10:00 AM
Observances Fourth Sunday of Advent Christmas Eve Christmas Day
Readings Isaiah 7:10-16   Isaiah 9:2-7
  Romans 1:1-7   Titus 2:11-14
  Matthew 1:18-25   Luke 2:1-14(15-20)
  Psalm 80:1-7, 16-18   Psalm 96
       
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 Cally Pratt & Chris Christopher Cally & Pete Pratt *
Ushers Kristopher & Mike Duke Elaine & Don Clark  
Lector (Lessons) Dave Bammer    
Intercessor (POP) Wilma Bammer    
Chalice Bearers Dave Bammer & David Connolly    
Crucifer/Acolyte/ Server Betty Greene    
       
Nursery Millie, Aidren, Rita, Elena    
Altar Guild Melissa Lach & Susie Farris Carol & Bill Maybach The Mayback's & Susie Farris
Flower Guild Harriet Connolly Flower Guild Flower Guild
Hospitality Mike Weitze & Kris Duke    
Bread Ministry The Bread Team    
Lay Eucharist Visitor Betty Greene    
Tellers David Connolly & Suzanne Ryerson    
VPOD Darrell Woodall Michael Zose Alice Moore-Wherry
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