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Thursday, March 11, 2021

1188 Hamp Mil Road, Dahlonega, Georgia 30533 • PH (706) 864-5423    
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Father John Writes
Finding God in Lent
Finding God in the Monster under the Bed

The hardest part of the pandemic for me is not knowing. It reminds me of children imagining  there is a monster under the bed. In a child's mind, of course, it is possible! And that creak, or scrape, or other sound is pretty good grounds for it. This definitely demands investigation by the parents. The reason the dangers of monsters lurking under beds is frightening to children is because at that point in their life they do not yet have enough experience about such things.

The reason the virus is frightening to us, adults, is because at this point in our lives we are only beginning to get experience with such things. Could the virus be in Walmart? Could the person who is next to me in the gas station be ready to give it to me? My friend who I am having coffee with, outside and socially distanced. has teenage children. I know they are probably not keeping socially distant from their friends. If I get sick, will I show symptoms or not? Will I give it to someone else? Will the vaccine make me sick? There are so many things we do not know, and yet, we must deal with things the best way we can.

This heightened sense of vigilance that we have all been experiencing, quite reasonably, will have a toll on our thinking. We will carry the apprehension we have from not knowing into the future even into the new normal that will establish itself after the pandemic. This is okay. This is natural. The best way to go through it is one step at a time with the best wisdom we can find. We will get to the other side and we will have more knowledge of how to deal with COVID 19, just as we have plenty of experience for dealing with monsters under the bed. There are no short cuts to gaining that experience, the process is unsettling, and that is okay. The heightened sense of vigilance, the fear with uncertainty, will dissipate over time.

The peace that comes from accepting this truth is where I find God. I trust that God has given us this life as a gift. I can trust that same goodness as I go through new and hard experiences. Trust allows me to have poise even as I look tentatively under the bed for the monster, or notice that I feel on edge from trying to take precautions about a virus I do not fully understand. The peace that comes from trusting God through the whole process allows me to say, "Thanks be to God" in pandemics or out.

Have a blessed week everyone,
Father John+
New This Week
Saint Elizabeth's Episcopal Church
2021 Vestry

Alice Moore-Wherry | Senior Warden
Martha Roberts | Junior Warden
Melissa Lach | Vestry Clerk
Ben Wallace | Treasurer
Janet Barger
Jarell Jones

Bill Miller
Worship in the Church to Return
(Masked, Socially Distant and with Protocols)

We anticipate it will begin Palm Sunday, March 28th.
Watch this space for more information. The Transition Committee is working out the details so that we may have this service in a safe and orderly manner. We anticipate two services on Sunday Mornings.
Meanwhile we will have Outdoor Distribution of Communion.


Outdoor Distribution of Communion This Sunday!
Sunday, March 14th at 11:30 AM.
(and on Sundays at 11:30 AM and Tuesdays at 10:00 AM thereafter)

We ask that you sign up in advance by either:
Calling the Parish Office to leave a Message: (706) 864-5423
Emailing the Parish Office

The service is broadcast on FM Radio. So you have the option to stay in your car. Simply step outside when it is time for Father John to distribute Communion.

We endevor to respond within 24 hours to confirm your attendance. We will also send you a set of guidelines which you can review ahead of time here.

Prayer garden work being scheduled: Cathy Ritch is well under way getting the prayer garden ready to open. 
  • Anyone with a tiller and some time the last week in March is urged to sign up for the garden and back of the church re-sodding project.
  • The re-sodding will take place Thursday 1, & Friday 2, April.
  • Assistance is requested. As well as time for watering the new sod.
Thank you, Suzanne Ryerson | Garden Committee
Spotlight on Nature

by Rosalie Jensen

Eye to Eye

In last Sunday’s reading from the second chapter of the book of John, Jesus drove the merchants from the temple and told them to take away the doves and other animals.  In the first chapter of John, the Spirit descended from heaven in the form of a dove when Jesus was baptized.  Look in the beautiful eye of our resident Mourning Dove.  
Does this bird represent a commodity or a messenger from God?
 Thanks, Rosalie. 

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

Our Parish This Week

Five Lenten Questions

A Reflection Series by our Bishop

He asks us to embrace the self-examination of Lent as a spiritual practice to bring us closer to God. He posts the next video each week. There is also a study guide. Check it out here.

Father John is willing to watch the video and go through the study guide with anyone who would like. Give him a text or a call to set up a time. His number is (914) 512-8156.

The Lenten Service is this Tuesday at Noon
You can attend and listen in the safety of your car! 
Tune in 95.7 FM radio.
News from the Pews
Personal Notes for the Parish Family

Chet and Janet Barger  report that their son Brett, and his wife Kelley, expect the birth of their first child, a girl, and Janet and Chet's first grandchild, in August.
Do you have personal news you'd like to share with the parish? It might be the birth of a niece, a new job, an article accepted for publication, a godson you love, a concert or an art exhibition? Send in a short sentence or two with your news and we will include it for one week. This is a project suggested by a parishioner and we are willing to give it a try.

NOTE: Please email your NEWS FROM THE PEWS items to:

Sue Spence, Devon Olivia Rooney, Davis Burns, Pam Stimers, Elise Sullens, Jackie Peabody, Paul Hamm, Pat Hughes, Pete Pratt, Henry Grimes, Angie Elmore, 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, Ken Dusen, Ruth Purcell, Bill Vogt, Randy Pruitt, Nancita Palomos Knuckles, Wynell Pace, Bob Shields, Susan Shields, Paul Roberts, Marti Carter and Frances Thrasher.
Deceased: Dorothy Crowe, Rosa St. Claire, and Ann Green.


8        Alice Moore-Wherry
12      Mike Saunders
12      Gerald Skelly
28     Wendel Long
29     Warren Johnson

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19        Jackie & Walton Peabody
20        Pam & Jarell Jones
23        Martha & Tom Roberts

26        Lynda & Mike Duke

Please email us your special dates:
Thanks to Rosalie Jensen & Mike Saunders:

For installing a new bird house in the church grounds!

NOTE: Please email us to recommend someone to thank in our Parish.
Worship in the Coming Weeks
Making our Worship Vibrant and Joyful!
Sunday Worship is on YouTube Each Week. The Video is available every Sunday after 8:30 am. The Zoom Watch Party is at 10:00 am and the Coffee Hour begins thereafter usually around 10:45 or 10:50 pm. Like all our parish videos, it can be found on our YouTube channel
Tuesday, March 23 at noon
 Hancock Park, Dahlonega
Fruits of the Spirit: GOODNESS with Father John
Community Helping Place of Dahlonega PANTRY needs:
 Grits  Spaghetti Sauce  
Personal Care Items: 

● Shampoo ● Conditioner  Body wash  Deodorant  
Community Helping Place of Dahlonega DENTAL CLINIC needs:
● Dental floss  Toothpaste for sensitive teeth 
NOA needs: ●  Canned goods  ●  Bedding sheets  ●  Towels  ●  Wash clothes  ●  Toilet paper  ●  Paper towels  ●  Antiseptic wipes
• Anyone wishing to continue to donate items for NOA may feel free to drop off such items at:
c/o Betty & Shirley: 26 Blue Ridge Overlook Drive, Dahlonega, GA 30533 
Please call Betty first at 706-344-7100 to let us know you are coming so the garage door will be open. 
• There is a plastic bin along the left hand wall of the garage for you to put things for NOA in. 
Thank you so much for thinking of others in these difficult times. - Betty Greene -
Events in the Weeks Ahead...
Ongoing Items and the Weekly Schedule
Our Purpose
We challenge ourselves and the world to love like Jesus as we worship joyfully, serve compassionately, and grow spiritually.

Now at 10:00 am
Join us, while at the comfort of your home and watch Sunday service together!
ZOOM meeting:
Sundays at approximately 10:45 am
Come see how others in the Parish are doing!
ZOOM meeting: 

Thursdays at 11 am
All welcome to FABS in these extraordinary! 
ZOOM meeting:

Merry Meal Makers: The food ministry has adopted a new name. "Merry Meal Makers". We would like to invite you to join us. A new list of individuals willing to make & deliver a fresh home cooked meal when needed is being compiled. As of today I know of no one in need so just looking toward the future and being prepared. If you would like to accept this invitation simply send an email with your best contact information to Suzanne Ryerson at When you are called upon you will be given all the particulars the recipient has requested. Thank you, Suzanne.
NOTE: The use of the freezer can be reopened once the pandemic is over and we can all gather again at the church. Thank you for your support.
To make a pledge online: 
It is safe and confidential and very much appreciated. Thank you. 

Parish Office hours during pandemic
The Parish office is open on Monday from 9 am to 1 pm. We recommend to call before you visit since we are keeping up with the restrictions on limited amount of people at the premises. Wednesdays and Thursdays the parish administrator works for home. Thank you.
Sunday Ministries


Fourth Sunday in Lent

Numbers 21:4-9
Ephesians 2:1-10
John 3:14-21
Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22

The Collect

Gracious Father, whose blessed Son Jesus Christ came down from heaven to be the true bread which gives life to the world: Evermore give us this bread, that he may live in us, and we in him; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
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