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Thursday, January 30, 2020
St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church, 1188 Hamp Mil Road, Dahlonega Georgia 30533 - PH (706) 864-5423     ...
Father John Writes . . . 
The Light of the world enters the Temple  Have any of you every worn night goggles? I would love to know what the world looks like through them. On television they seem to make us able to see in the dark, but everything has like a green tint, a distortion.  I'll be honest, they actually frighten me. When people wear them, on TV anyway, it is always to give an advantage to someone about to enter a conflict. Either a criminal up to mischief, or a law enforcement officer confronting a danger. Night vision goggles seem to be about conflict, competition, advantage, and power.
     Sometimes we think of enlightenment as being able to see what others cannot see. When we hear the gospel, and we declare faith, and are "saved", we become part of the group who can see in the dark. We have some secret knowledge or insight. It seems to me that there is something deeply flawed about this way of thinking. This is not Jesus, the light of the world; this is Jesus the distributor of night vision goggles.
     Jesus, the true light who enters the world brings light to all. And we are all on a mission to spread that love. To see Jesus' love so manifested in our lives, in our communities, in our churches, in our businesses, that all people can bask in the light. I think when we truly grasp what Jesus means there is a sense in which our single purpose in life is to work that all may enjoy Jesus' light. There is a sense in which it is less about enlightenment than it is about love.

See you in Church
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Watch the ReviveATL Video 

The event was attended by four people from St. Elizabeth's and some 2,496 others from all around the diocese of Atlanta. The event celebrates, proclaims and inspires us to live out Jesus' Love in Action. The talk by Bishop Curry begins at about 1 hour 35 minutes, though the entire stream is very worthwhile.  Simply scroll to the bottom of the page linked belwo and choose to "watch again" the live-stream.
This Sunday will be NOA Sunday:  Desired items for the shelter are sheets and towels, toilet paper, paper towels, and antiseptic wipes.  Thanks so much. -- Betty

15th Anniversary of Ordination to Priesthood

Father John celebrates his
15th Anniversary of Priestly Ordination on
Wednesday, February 5th.

We will say a prayer for him and have a cake at church on

Sunday, February 9th.

Renovations to Start!
Beginning Monday, February 3rd work will begin on painting the Sanctuary. In addition (weather permitting) the gutters will be replaced.
Thanks for your cooperation!

Thank you to everyone who has given to the Campus Ministry! We are making another appeal for contributions. We run this ministry on a small budget, but the occasional costs associated do need to be offset. We will be very grateful if anyone is able and willing to make a small contribution. You can place ECM UNG in the memo line if you want to use a check.

Also SEEKING ADOPTIVE GRANDPARENTS. We have 2 freshmen who are interested in an adoptive grandparent relationship. If you currently do not have an adopted student and would like to consider it please reach out to Father John. (914) 512-8156. Thanks.
An Eckhart Tolle Discussion Group
Beginning March 1st
Are you yearning for inspiration and thought provoking conversation? Consider joining us as we explore together spiritual teacher Eckart Tolle's book, "A New Earth-Awakening to Your Life's Purpose." He invites us to discover "an enlightened state of consciousness" and how to quiet our minds while living fully present, adding deeper meaning to our lives and hopefully helping to create a more loving community and world. We will meet one evening monthly for ten months to discuss one chapter of the book after listening to the corresponding podcast from Opray Winfrey. First meeting Sunday, March 1st at 6:30 PM. Please RSVP to Michelle Harbord (678) 644-7602
The Go! Summit

March 7th, 2020 | 9:00 am - 2:00 pm | Check-in: 9-9:30 am
All Saints'| 634 West Peachtree Street NW, Atlanta 30308

Keynote Speaker: Rev. Kate McGregor Mosley Executive Director of Georgia Interfaith Power & Light which equips faith communities to care for creation.

Cost: $20 (includes lunch); $15 for students and seminarians

If in need of financial assistance, please contact Rev Canon John Thompson-Quartey at

Thanks to the interest of many and specially Dr. Rosalie Jensen Saunders our surrounds have been officially certified as a wildlife habitat. If you want to know more about how to get your yard certified click on the link below:
Artist for banner creation!

As the Sanctuary is being renovated we will like to call for artists and creative within our Saint Elizabeth's parish to come forward with designs, ideas and renderings for two long banners. One banner will picture St. Francis of Assisi and the other our Saint Elizabeth of Hungary. Each banner will measure approximately 72 inches long by 30 inches wide and will display one on each side of the cross.

...for sharing God's gifts!
Thanks to

David Baker & Pete Pratt:

For the excellent job they did on electrifying our Ambry lamp!    

Thanks, Carol

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!
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
Community Helping Place
Food Pantry needs for February:
Peanut butter, Jelly, Snack food for children to bring to school in their book bags
Thank you for your generosity! --- Debi Holloway / Director of Client Services / Community Helping Place / 706-867-9621
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.
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
Fridays 9:30 AM
Downstairs at the Boyd Hall

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

Presentation of Jesus in the Temple
Malachi 3:1-4
Hebrews 2:14-18
Luke 2:22-40
Psalm 84 or Psalm 24:7-10

The Collect

Almighty and everliving God, we humbly pray that, as your only-begotten Son was this day presented in the temple, so we may be presented to you with pure and clean hearts by Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Date February 2 February 9 February 16
Week of the month Week 1 Week 2 Week 3
Observances Presentation of Jesus in the Temple Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany
Readings Malachi 3:1-4 Isaiah 58:1-9a, [9b-12] Deuteronomy 30:15-20 or Sirach 15:15-20
  Hebrews 2:14-18 1 Corinthians 2:1-12, [13-16] 1 Corinthians 3:1-9
  Luke 2:22-40 Matthew 5:13-20 Matthew 5:21-37
  Psalm 84 or Psalm 24:7-10 Psalm 112:1-9, (10) Psalm 119:1-8
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 Molly & David Baker Joan Anderson & Mike Weitze
Ushers Carla Buchanan & Lara Lowman Darrell Woodall & Warren Johnson Suzanne Ryerson & Jim Elmore
Lector (Lessons) Wilma Bammer Rosalie Jensen Dave Bammer
Intercessor (POP) Kristopher Duke Melissa Lach Rosalie Jensen
Chalice Bearers Janet Barger & Lloyd Cupp Jim Ory & Bill Lach Martha Roberts & Tom Roberts
Crucifer/Acolyte/ Server Bill Lach Kris Duke Dave Bammer
Nursery Rita Channell, Elena Leyssens & Bella Brock Rita Channell, Elena Leyssens & Bella Brock Rita Channell, Elena Leyssens & Bella Brock
Altar Guild Cally Pratt & Carla Buchanan Elaine & Don Clark Carol & Bill Maybach
Flower Guild Cathy McLendon Kathy Gholston Joan Gray Anderson
Hospitality Mike Weitze & Kris Duke Debbi Hamm & Alice Moore-Wherry Joan Gray Anderson & Linda Bunting
Bread Ministry Cally Pratt Elaine Clark Alice Moore-Wherry
Lay Eucharist Visitor Bill Lach Jim Ory Bill Lach
Tellers Judy Ford & Chris Christopher Lloyd Cupp & Jesse Wise Joan Gray Anderson & George Armijo
VPOD Lara Lowman* Ben Wallace* Lynda Duke*
We need volunteers to serve the roles of:
Chalice Bearers

Please contact Fr. John or the parish office! Thank you.
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