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Thursday, February 6, 2020
St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church, 1188 Hamp Mil Road, Dahlonega Georgia 30533 - PH (706) 864-5423     ...
Father John Writes . . . 
Prayer Adds Depth  When Mom was moving out of her house she asked what I wanted. She had a secretary desk which I quite liked and could imagine using, so I suggested it. She said, "That would be great. When I was in my twenties I saw it, loved it, but could not afford it. Mother (my grandmother) bought it for me for my birthday." That story was new to me and It gave the desk a new dimension. Certainly you can tell similar stories about similar possessions. It is what we call "sentimental value". It is a depth beyond material existence.

Prayers makes a similar impression on me. When I draw my first conscious breath each day prayer reminds me that God gives me life. Genesis pictures God himself blowing the air in the first human nostril to give life. When I get angry at someone in the news, prayer reminds me that I also make others angry and often need forgiveness. My eyes land on someone I love, and prayer reminds me the divine loves them also in ways so thorough my mind cannot comprehend it. This is not the prayer of stringing together words: this is the prayer of living in the awareness of God's gracious love,  In fact if our prayers are just words I think we miss the greatest blessing of prayer: the depth of life we only see when we are open to the glorious gracious mystery of God. Prayer adds divine depth to our perception. Prayer is part of life lived more abundantly.

Father John's 15th Anniversary of
Ordination to Priesthood

Join us in a prayer for him!
Reception following service:
Cake & refreshments at church's Boyd Hall 

Sunday, February 9th
Ongoing Renovations!
It is probable we will be back in the church on Sunday after the refurbishment. Also check out the new gutters. Thank Ben Wallace and Gladys Otero Wallace for all their work this week.

HUGE THANK YOU to the folks who gave to the College Ministry.  If you want to join their number just put "ECM" in the memo line.

Also SEEKING ADOPTIVE GRANDPARENTS. We have 3 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.
Sharing God's gifts... support Side by Side in their noble mission!

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper
Tuesday, February 25
Pancakes served 5:00 - 6:30 pm

Brought to you by MOBS and other Men of the Church

Dinner prepared by Chef Chuck Neil and our Larry Channel! Tickets still available. Call Mike Duke.

Ash Wednesday Services
February 26, 2020 in the Church

 10:00 AM (without music)
6:00 PM with music

See the Listing of Lenten Devotional Resources
at the very bottom of this newsletter.

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

Garden Committee's First 2020 Meeting!

Saturday, March 7th at 9 am

Looking forward to seeing you all! Discussions regarding what to plant, a review of bulbs, and discussion about an "all terrain" wheel for the wheelbarrow are just some of the topics. Thank you for all you do.  -- Suzanne
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

Artist for creating banners!

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 the Blessed Virgin Mary. Each banner will measure approximately 72 inches long by 24 inches wide and will display one on each side of the cross.

Income $16.5K $15.4K
Expense $14.6K $15.4K
 $1.9K  $0.0K
From Rosalie:

I worked with children in Sunday School making bird feeders from pine cones and a peanut butter mixture.  We hung them from tree branches.  We also had a lot of butterflies in the Prayer Garden, which I hope will be restored to its full glory this year.
Photo Contest!
(Click on link below)


Elora Emory to Perform at Holly
Elora, who grew up in our parish,
and granddaughter to Robbie Niles
is performing in "The Wedding Singer"

at the Holly Theatre
Feb 14-16, 21-23, 28-29 & March 1


...for sharing God's gifts!
Special thanks to

Lara Lowman:

For hosting and preparing the orientation for new Vestry members! 
The 2020 Vestry:
Lara, Alice, Carla, Lynda, Martha, Jarell and Ben; for their interest and dedication during the 2020 Vestry Retreat!    
Ben & Gladys:
For Hosting the 2020 Vestry Retreat !    

Email us if you want to recommend someone to thank for in our Parish.
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: 

Fifth Sunday after Epiphany

The Collect

Set us free, O God, from the bondage of our sins, and give us the liberty of that abundant life which you have made known to us in your Son our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Date February 9 February 16 February 23
Week of the month Week 2 Week 3 Week 4
Observances Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany Last Sunday after the Epiphany
Readings Isaiah 58:1-9a Deuteronomy 30:15-20 or Sirach 15:15-20 Exodus 24:12-18
  1 Corinthians 2:1-12 1 Corinthians 3:1-9 2 Peter 1:16-21
  Matthew 5:13-20 Matthew 5:21-37 Matthew 17:1-9
  Psalm 112:1-9 Psalm 119:1-8 Psalm 2 or Psalm 99
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 Molly & David Baker Joan Anderson & Mike Weitze Chris Christopher & Cally Pratt
Ushers Darrell Woodall & Warren Johnson Suzanne Ryerson & Jim Elmore Lynda & Michael Duke
Lector (Lessons) Rosalie Jensen Dave Bammer Bill Miller
Intercessor (POP) Melissa Lach Rosalie Jensen Dave Bammer
Chalice Bearers Jim Ory & Bill Lach Martha Roberts & Tom Roberts Dave Bammer & David Connolly
Crucifer/Acolyte/ Server Kris Duke Dave Bammer Betty Greene
Nursery Rita Channell, Elena Leyssens & Bella Brock Rita Channell, Elena Leyssens & Bella Brock Rita Channell, Elena Leyssens & Bella Brock
Altar Guild Elaine & Don Clark Carol & Bill Maybach Melissa Lach & Susie Farris
Flower Guild Kathy Gholston Joan Gray Anderson Jorgene West
Hospitality Debbi Hamm & Alice Moore-Wherry Joan Gray Anderson & Linda Bunting Amy Anderson-Zose & Michael Zose
Bread Ministry Elaine Clark Alice Moore-Wherry Bread Ministry
Lay Eucharist Visitor Jim Ory Bill Lach Betty Greene
Tellers Lloyd Cupp & Jesse Wise Joan Gray Anderson & George Armijo David Connolly & Suzanne Ryerson
VPOD Ben Wallace* Lynda Duke* Carla Buchanan*
We need volunteers to serve the roles of:
Chalice Bearers

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

Bringing your Devotional Resources as close as your computer,
tablet or smartphone

Lent begins February 26

Signs of Life
from the Society of St. John the Evangelist

Worship engages our deepest human needs and has the power to transform our lives. Join the Brothers of SSJE in exploring the signs and symbols at the heart of Christian worship. This free 5-week offering encourages individuals and groups to explore the riches of our worship traditions, liturgy and sacraments, and the art and architecture of our worship spaces, revealing the full meaning of these signs, deepening our experience of Christian vocation and guiding us toward ongoing conversion.  Link: Signs of Life

Lent Madness

Our own St. Elizabeth of Hungary is one of the saints considered this Lent. You can learn more about this humorous Lenten discipline that helps us learn about those who followed Christ in their own day! (Saints). Link: Lent Madness.

Episcopal Relief and Development

This is a wonderful organization of the church which does important assistance to those in need around the world. Visit the website. You can also sign up for a daily Lenten Meditation to be delivered to your email each day by going here: ERD Lenten Devotions

Forward Movement

This online resource would be good for Lent or the entire year. You can read or listen to the daily meditation. You can pray Morning or Evening Prayer daily. They gather the psalms, readings and prayers into one flowing service. All you do is push a button. They also sponsor Lent Madness. Go explore their website here: Forward Movement 

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