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Thursday, June 24, 2021


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

For many years I lived under the mistaken notion that human beings are rational beings. I had this notion that we went through a careful process to determine what is true and what is not, discarding failed hypotheses and accepting workable models. Ha. Ha. Ha.

We humans do have a system for learning about the world which has served us through our evolution and has assisted us to survive and thrive, but it is not primarily rational. We trust what our family, friends and affinity group tell us. We create a picture of the world whose details we gather in little pieces even though much of it is not trustworthy. No, there are snowflakes that are alike. Sorry grandma, milk and fish in the same meal are not poison.

Often we hold on to our picture of the world despite great evidence to the contrary, because we are not comfortable with how it would change our understanding, and because of how it might change our relationship with our affinity group. This is a way we can navigate a complex and ever changing world: the same way our group does.

The way of wisdom, actually calling into question the things we think we know, is an important part of the spiritual path. The first advocate for it in the scripture is said to be Solomon, accredited author of Proverbs. Nonetheless, this path of wisdom, using reason, is not the universal path. It takes great commitment and discipline to follow, and quite frankly humans have varying capacities to do so, and many choose not to. 

How does this affect truth? "Truth" that is a community possession is very powerful and resistant to change. Truth as the result of intentional pursuit of wisdom is less common, and has great hurdles in trying to compete with the "received" wisdom.

Jesus said, "I am truth." What could he mean by that? Could it be that he sees truth as both faithful to God, which means faithful to reality as God created it, and also faithful to loving relationships with humans who often have misguided notions? I think so. Truth in isolation from loving intent for humanity and all creation is useless. Truth pursued for the well being of all that is and to the glory of God, aware of how human beings actually live and behave, is a worthy thing. Otherwise it is just being correct AND alone.

If we set out to understand truth as both knowledge and love how would this change the way we practice our spirituality? How would it affect our civil life? How would it affect our relationship with other people? I don't have answers. I just think we can't avoid these questions.

Have a blessed week everyone,
Father John+
New This Week
Holy Eucharist  | Sunday Service

10:30 am following protocols for vaccinated persons. Unvaccinated persons are asked to wear masks and maintain social distance.

This Service Streams on Facebook
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Holy Eucharist  | Tuesday Service
10:30 am following protocols for unvaccinated persons.

Celtic Vespers Service

Sunday, June 27th @ 7 PM
at Saint Elizabeth's Episcopal Church | Labyrinth Garden

This Sunday come over as we enjoy the evening...
Sharing the music and lovely prayers with family and friends next to the labyrinth garden or in the Boyd Hall if nature sends us rain.


Per general request! 

Beginning in August!


 Members in the past have said this was one of the most enjoyable activities organized by the church. 

New to foyers:
These will be small groups of about 4 ‘units’ (couples, singles, or two members that want to participate as a ‘unit’)  that will be organized randomly from those wanting to participate. These groups will gather at each other's homes once per month to share a simple meal and fellowship. If a unit prefers to host in Boyd Hall it will be available (please reserve with Gladys).

The ‘rules’ are simple:
Each ‘unit’ simply agrees to host a meal during the approximate 6 month period that the foyers group will be together. The groups will gather at each other's homes once per month to share a simple meal and fellowship. It is recommended to keep a maximum of three hour gathering. At the end of the 6 months, groups will be scrambled again (hopefully with new additions) and the 6 month cycle will begin again.

Sign-Up for Foyers:
There it is a sign up sheet at church for those who are interested in participating. Or you can send Janet Barger an email at, please put Foyers in the subject line. August 1st will be the deadline for signing up. Groups will then be randomly assigned and contact information shared so it can be decided who will host first. 

Foyers have been a wonderful way for members to socialize and deepen friendships.

Deadline for articles: July 2nd
Please contact Margo at:

Next issue will include the months of 
MAY | JUNE | JULY 2021
Coffee Hour Volunteers Needed - Niskayuna Reformed Church
 Coffee Hour on Sunday! 
We will have packaged snacks and coffee. The unvaccinated safe zone will be in the prayer garden. We will set up the number of tables outside that are needed. Others may have fellowship in the parish hall. The guiding principle is that each person chooses their level of comfort. We base our guidelines on the CDC recommendations.
Do you know or support an organization that seeks volunteers or desires to be more fully known in the community?

Invite them to be part of the

Love In Action Volunteer Fair! 
Saturday, October 23

We need people at this time to speak individually with groups to sign them up. You can talk to any of our planning group Melissa Lach, Julie Woodall, Janet Barger, Alice Moore or Father John. We are hoping for at least 20 groups to participate.
Spotlight on Nature

by Rosalie Jensen

 Eye on the Prize

A Chipmunk judges the distance and considers the possibility of jumping from the limb to the feeder.   Our feeders have hosted Racoons and Squirrels, but as far as we know this would be the first Chipmunk to join the birds at their table. Thanks, Rosalie. 

Saint Elizabeth's Episcopal Church is a NWF Certified Wildlife Habitat

Our Parish This Week
Sue Spence, Devon Olivia Rooney, Pam Stimers, Elise Sullens, Jackie Peabody, Paul Hamm, Henry Grimes, Terry McLendon, Jenna Brown, Christy Lowe, Keegan Plumley,  Robert Wright, Richard Lutz, David Baker, Margaret Skelly, Sharon Hall, Judy Miller, Joy Schyler, Vicky Schyler, Ricie Eubanks, Ruth Purcell, Bill Vogt, Randy Pruitt, Nancita Palomos Knuckles, Bob Shields, Marti Carter, Frances Thrasher, Judy Ford, David Loux, George Heitz, Walton Peabody, Jean Trammel, Carol Smith, Pea McKellar, Rosalie Jensen and Jorgene West.

Females Alone Bible Study
Join Zoom Meeting
Thursdays at 10:45 am

June  Birthdays:  

3        Bob Broome
4        Janet Barger

5        Betty Greene
6        Julie Woodall
8        Caroline Johnsen
8        Jacqueline Anderson
10      Pam Jones
10      David Baker
11       Skipper Gholston
11       Sue Spence
15      Cally Pratt
16      Rick Hayes
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June Anniversaries:  

8          Rita & Larry Channell
11         Cheryl & David Jones

11         Julie & Darrell Woodall
18        Margaret & Gerald Skelly
21        Millie & Terry Alexander

24        Wilma & Dave Bammer

Please email us your special dates:


July  Birthdays:  

1        Kristi Armijo
2        Amy Anderson-Zose

4        Ruth Taylor
8        Joe West
14      Carlson Ballew
      Angie Elmore
19      Bill Maybach
20      Sheila Noah Cupp
20      Bard Wrisley
24      Marcie Zielazienski-Ory
31      Tammy Lee

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July Anniversaries:  

9          Melissa & Bill Lach
18        Amy & Michael Zose

30       Marilou & Jim Kinney

Please email us your special dates:

Thanks to Mike Saunders!
For feeding and keeping the bird bath for our feathered and singing guests !
NOTE: Please email us to recommend someone to thank in our Parish.

D A Y   b y   D A Y

August | September | October 2021

Pick up at church or request your copy

If you are coming to church from the direction of town do not come down Grove Street. You will need to come from Morrison Moore, turning onto Torrington, and then Hamp MIll Road.
Outreach Developments to be hosted by St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church at our site. Projected to take place at Summer and early Fall. Please contact Melissa to be part of these community efforts! Thank you.
• Jelly 
• Peanut Butter 
• Grits 
• Juice 

Personal Care Items: 

• Shampoo 
• Conditioner 
• Body wash 

• Deodorant 

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

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CHP - SUMMER PROGRAM needs for month of May distribution:

• Jelly (around 200)
• Canned soup (around 400)
• Peanut Butter (about 125)
• Instant Grits - Individually packets
• Instant Oats - Individually packets
• Spaghetti O's (need 400 cans)
• Ravioli (need 400 cans)
• Beef-a-Roni (need 400 cans)

• I would love to give each family fresh fruit but this is something we could not take until Monday and Tuesday, July 12 & 13. This could be a bag of apples or oranges, a watermelon, pineapple, etc.
Summer Season Clip Art -
We have some needs for our 3rd and final Summer Food Program distribution. This program is for those families who typically would receive free or reduced breakfast and lunch through the school system.

For our 2nd distribution, we have 191 children that will receive a bag of food to meet their breakfast, lunch and snacks needs for the next three weeks. We hope that number will increase for the last distribution before school starts, as we know there are families out there that can really benefit from this food.

If you know anyone in need, they can either sign-up in the Food Pantry or they can call me (706-867-9621) and I will take care of it. Our next distribution is July 14, 15 and 16, 10:00 a.m. - 12 noon from the Red Building (behind the thrift store)

Debi Holloway | Director of Client Services
Community Helping Place (CHP)
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.
The HOSPITALITY Ministry needs volunteers to assist on set-up and clean-up of coffee and snacks at our Coffee Hour. We need a minimum of 4 teams so that each team can be assigned a Sunday per month. 
Sunday Ministries
The Collect
Almighty God, you have built your Church upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone: Grant us so to be joined together in unity of spirit by their teaching, that we may be made a holy temple acceptable to you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
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