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Thursday, November 5, 2020

1188 Hamp Mil Road, Dahlonega, Georgia 30533 • PH (706) 864-5423    
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Father John Writes


Are you like me? If so, you grow tired of the election season and eagerly await the end of all the partisanship and some kind of return to normal. Well, the truth is that is not what we get this year, nor truthfully any year. After the election we need patience to await the end of counting, and after that we will need patience as our leaders try to lead the country with all the attendant arguments, disagreements, and controversies. 

Our experience today reminds me of a truth I am prone to forget. In fact, there is no true "normal". Life is always in a flux. Rather than long for some never materializing "normal" would be, even in all the flux of life, to allow God to work in me in all the ups and downs. Even as all around me things are in a constant whirl of change God can make me a non-anxious presence, someone who has compassion and love in a world thirsty for it. That would be extraordinary, Faith gives us patience to trust God is working in the constant ebb and flow.

Have a blessed week everyone,
Father John

Though unplanned the meditation I wrote resonates well with the Celtic prayer below. Take a peek!
New This Week
From the Treasurer:
As of Sunday, November 1st, which was the official end to the 2021 pledge process we have received 53 pledge commitments totaling $173k. Last year final results reflected 65 pledge commitments totaling $190k.

Thank you to everyone who has pledged. It is not too late to make your pledge if you were meaning to. -- Fr. John.
Spotlight on Nature by Rosalie Jensen
From the Depths

The plant called Soapwort Gentian blooms in autumn.  The leaves produce a slippery foam when rubbed between the hands with water.  Bumblebees force their bodies between the lobes of the bloom, move down to collect food, and bring back pollen.  The bee in the picture has finished its mission and is emerging into the sunlight before moving to the next flower.
 Thanks, Rosalie. 

St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church is a NWF Certified Wildlife Habitat

Help me Lord

Help my fear, Lord,
and my unbelief.
Help me to learn
Your goodness
by heart.
Help me, Lord, in the midst of my doubts
and worries,
to begin to see
what You see
when You look
at my world.
Imprint that vision
somewhere deep within
where it can stay,
and speak,
and live.

By Lina Toth
From Celtic Daily Prayer, Book Two

Thank you, Tom Roberts ! 
For adjusting the clocks and temperature controls after the power outage! 

*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 Service is available after 9:50 am. Like all our parish videos, it can be found on our YouTube channel
This Sunday, Nov. 8, we Honor our Veterans. We will pray for all who have served our nation this Sunday as we look forward to Veterans Day this coming Wednesday.
November 15 Our Worship will feature Taize Chants. This form of worship encourages us to center and find peace as we worship God..
Make and Wear a Crown for St. Elizabeth's Day
Sunday, November 22, 2020

Get into a fun and silly mood filled with joy! Don't be shy! Be bold! Make a crown at home, take a selfie and send it in to the parish office. We will show the pictures on St. Elizabeth's Day, November 22nd!
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 ---
Community Helping Place of Dahlonega Dental Clinic needs:
● Dental floss  Toothpaste for sensitive teeth 
Community Helping Place of Dahlonega needs:
● Jelly  Spaghetti sauce  Canned meat  Oatmeal/grits  Egg cartons

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CHP Spirit of Christmas (formerly White Christmas) is the Community Helping Place’s holiday outreach program which provides eligible families a Christmas meal, vouchers for clothing & books and gifts for the children.

The current pandemic has had an overwhelming impact on our community. Financial uncertainty has moved beyond those whose situation are already fragile to include those who have not had to worry about financial insecurity. Your donation of food, toys and money will go a long way in providing a special Christmas for these families.

Below is a list of food items that each family will receive this year, along with some cold items CHP will provide on the day of distribution. There is also a suggested toy list; this is not an inclusive list. You are welcome to use your own creativity; we just ask no clothing as we do not get sizes of each child. Thank you for your support.

Food List for Spirit of Christmas:
2 cans green beans
2 boxes mac-n-cheese
2 cans corn
2 cans cranberry sauce
1 can chicken broth
2 cans fruit
1 box stuffing mix
1 can yams
1 box instant potatoes
1 box cornbread mix
1 container frosting
1 box cake/brownie mix

Suggested Toys for Spirit of Christmas

Babies Newborns to 2-year old’s
Diapers sizes 3 – 5 and wipes (we love Parent’s Choice)
Soft toys (stuffed animals, dolls, teething toys, etc.)
Developmental toys
Books (board or cloth books)

Toddlers 3 to 5-year old’s
Baby dolls Chunky cars and trucks – age specific for toddlers
Nerf sports balls
Stuffed popular characters (Disney, Super Heroes, etc.)
Matching games/board games (Ants in Pants, Cooties, etc.)
Puzzles (age specific: large pieces, thick, etc.)
Books (age specific)
Developmental toys
Crayons and coloring books

Believers 6 to 12-year old’s
Hot wheels/matchbox cars
Toy cars – remote control
Nerf items
Popular character/Superhero products
Barbie dolls and accessories
LOL Dolls
Sports balls
Slim Books – Dairy of a Wimpy Kid
Craft kits
Ear buds
Hair accessories
Crayons, markers and watercolor paints
Games – Battleship, Apples to Apples, Clue, etc.

Teens 13 to 18-year old’s
Bath products
Scarf/glove/hat set
Nail polish/make-up
Ear buds
Hair products (flat iron, dryer, curling iron, product, etc.)
Hair accessories
Fast Food Gift Card

Wallets (teen specific)
Ear buds
Camo/sports related (cap, Journals/picture frames gloves, water bottle, etc.)
Hygiene stuff (body wash, body spray, etc.)
Brain teaser puzzles
Books – Science Fiction
Fast Food Gift Card
Events in the Weeks Ahead...
Ongoing Items and the Weekly Schedule
NEXT Racial Healing Bookgroup
Tuesday, November 10th at 7:00 PM!
We are reading "White Fragility" Reading the Book is not a requirement for participation. To Sign up for this book group go to

Next TIDINGS Deadline:
Wednesday, November 11
Our next issue of TIDINGS will be published in November, before Thanksgiving. If you have a story idea for us or would like to submit an article/column, please touch base with Margo Booth,, 770-654-7899. Deadline for the issue is Nov. 11. We are especially looking for stories about parish activities and personal interest stories about our members, but are open to any story ideas you think would be of interest to parishioners.

Stewardship 2020: "Giving is What we Do"
2021 Pledge Online 
It is safe and confidential. Go to this Link:

Buy a Card to Support our Certified Backyard Habitat
laine Clark and Rosalie Jensen have donated handmade cards to be sold in the nave to benefit the Certified Backyard Habitat. Each card is approximately  5" x 7" and includes an envelope. Suggested contribution per card $5.

In Thanksgiving to Julie & the Choir...
Saint Elizabeth's Episcopal Church's Artists & Photographers are donating the proceeds from the sale of their work displayed in the Art Gallery at the Boyd Hall to St. Elizabeth's Music Fund 
 Thank you for your support! Please, make check payable to: St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church, and write MUSIC FUND in the memo line
Sundays at 9:45 am
Join us, while at the comfort of your home and watch Sunday service together!
ZOOM meeting:

Sundays at 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:

Tuesday, November 10th at 7 pm
The book is: "White Fragility" by Robin DiAngelo
All welcome to join our reviews! 
ZOOM meeting:
We will like for you to read for a Sunday service?
Please contact Fr. John or email us at:

Sunday Ministries
Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost
Proper 27

Wisdom of Solomon 6:12-16 or Amos 5:18-24
Wisdom of Solomon 6:17-20 or Psalm 70
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
Matthew 25:1-13

The Collect
O God, whose blessed Son came into the world that he might destroy the works of the devil and make us children of God and heirs of eternal life: Grant that, having this hope, we may purify ourselves as he is pure; that, when he comes again with power and great glory, we may be made like him in his eternal and glorious kingdom; where he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


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