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Thursday, December 23, 2021


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

The Animals Speak on Christmas Eve

A wonderful tradition is that on Christmas Eve at Midnight the animals in stables across the world sing out glory to God because of the birth of the savior. This is the stuff of legend, but legend attempts to say things that logic and detailed description cannot. In this case I think it speaks of an important aspect of the Incarnation. God loves creation and creation loves God back as a child loves its parent. The animals, indeed the rocks and hills, are grateful that we are made.

The child born in the manger is the word made flesh. That word is love. It is the love that brought all things into being, and it is all things that will be gathered into the loving wondrous identity of that babe. For this was a child who is not limited by the boundaries of his skin, but only by the boundaries of his love, as he pours out his delight and compassion on all that is, he gives himself to them, and takes them to himself.

So though we may not hear it, I am certain the animals do praise God on Christmas Eve. So do the streams and trees, rocks and hills. So do the planets in their courses. Life is good. Life is gift. And the very God of all is born for us to make home with us. Thanks be to God.

I intend to pretend I am asleep at midnight on Christmas Eve and listen to see if Edward intones a "Te Deum". I am pretty sure he does even if human ear cannot hear it.

Have a very Happy Christmas Everyone!
Father John
This Week

Transmission Rates in Lumpkin County exceed our benchmark This Week
by a very great deal due, we think, to the omicron variant.

Based on the current contamination rates this week we will:

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

It is is reasonable for people, especially upboosted persons, 
to exercise extreme caution at this time.


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

All Services now Also on Zoom
including Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and the Sunday after Christmas 

You may now attend any service on Zoom
This may be a good option if you experience poor reception to our livestream
The Zoom Login for all services is:


Sunday's Worship at 10:30 AM
Both live streamed on facebook, in person,
and on Zoom.
 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.

Christmas Eve: Press Here
Christmas Day: Press Here
Current Sunday Bulletin | PRESS HERE
New This Week

Celebrating the New Year with Hope, Awareness and Purpose


December 31, 2021 at 6 pm

Get your $10 adult button at:

All proceeds benefiting JEREMIAH’S PLACE

Ongoing Announcements
(Please visit: for details.)
Friday, Dec. 24
• 8:00 pm Christmas Eve Service & Holy Eucharist
• No Yoga 
Saturday, Dec. 25
• 10:00 am Christmas Day Service
Sunday, Dec 26
• 10:30 am Holy Eucharist (and livestream via Facebook)
Monday, Dec 27
• 9 am to 1 pm Parish Office open
• 9:30 am Yoga by Paula
Tuesday, Dec 28
• No MOBS this week
• 1:30 pm Tai Chi
Wednesday, Dec 29
• 9 am to 1 pm Parish Office open
Thursday, Dec 30
• 9 am to 1 pm Parish Office open
• No FABS this week
Friday, Dec 31
• The Church will be closed. 
• 9:30 am Yoga by Paula
• Noon - midnight | First Night 

The Final Book Group on the Episcopal Church

will be January 11th @ 7 PM. Topics will be the Holy Spirit and Mission
Spotlight on Nature

by Rosalie Jensen

Silent Night

Once more we will celebrate the magic of the night when the Messiah was born. First, conceive of the activity related to the couple finding a place to stay, the birth of the baby, and the visit of shepherds and domestic animals.  Now use your imagination to visualize a little Tufted Titmouse looking down on a calm scene in the peacefulness of the dawning light.  - 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.


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 Father John

--for all he has done as our priest during the long pandemic, learning new skills, caring for the parish, staying involved in the Dahlonega community
--for sharing and inspiring people across the diocese through the article in ‘Pathways’
--for leading us in the new Celtic worship service and many other things.

NOTE: Please email us to recommend someone to thank in our Parish.
Coming soon!
• Cooking oil
• Jelly 
• Peanut Butter
• Grits

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

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

chp logo
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

First Sunday after Christmas

Isaiah 61:10-62:3
Galatians 3:23-25; 4:4-7
John 1:1-18
Psalm 147 or 147:13-21

The Collect
Almighty God, you have poured upon us the new light of your incarnate Word: Grant that this light, enkindled in our hearts, may shine forth in our lives; through Jesus Christ our Lord, 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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