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Thursday, July 8, 2021


Saint Elizabeth's Episcopal Church
1188 Hamp Mil Road, Dahlonega, Georgia 30533 • PH (706) 864-5423    
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Father John Writes
Take the Time for Awe
A recent report I heard on the radio spoke of the sensation of awe as a path toward mental health. The interviewee spoke of the mental framing and sustenance one receives when feeling awe at nature. Awe reframes an individual's problems in the context of a much larger universe. The interviewee recommended all people make room for awe in their lives. She related how her experience of awe led her out of despondency into greater mental health.

It was extremely helpful to hear this. The interviewee describes the rediscovery of what Spiritual communities have been aware for some three thousand years. The wisdom of the communities suggests awe can be much more than a source of good mental health. Awe guides us as we explore our identity and purpose. The experience of awe rouses in us the awareness that we are indeed friends with all that is, and with the mystery that lies beyond. The capacity to experience awe reveals our connection, our relationship, our sharing in a great celebration called life, and elicits gratitude to the source of all being.

This connection and gratitude urges us to respond in kind, to use our energy and creativity to build on that relationship. It is like our desire to help the host at a dinner party with the cleaning up, or to return the invitation, not so much out of obligation, but out of delight, gratitude and friendship. Awe reveals the potential within us to be mutual partners with the universe and all its inhabitants. Our spiritual tradition sees awe as the possibility of a second birth and a discovery of even more within us. Jesus says as we begin to give back we become vessels that overflow with generosity. Our souls amplify the awe into even more awesomeness. What can be more than the awesomeness of life? Might it be the source of all life? Might it be love? 

Have an awe filled week everyone. God loves us.
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.

Holy Eucharist  | Tuesday Service
10:30 am following protocols for unvaccinated persons.
NOTE: Sunday Service Streams on Facebook | You do not need a Facebook Account to see it


St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church has been asked to help provide 3 - 4 dozen small zip bags with 2 cookies, a brownie, or a slice of cake or sweet bread for the Tomato Sandwich supper. 
Anyone who can help with this effort, please text me at 706 344-8307. I am leaving to go out of town, returning on the 7th. We will discuss the details when I get back. Thank you, Martha

Celtic Vespers Service
Sunday, July 25th at 7 PM
Saint Elizabeth's Episcopal Church | Labyrinth Garden

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.

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


Future Beauty

This voracious eating machine is a Black Swallowtail caterpillar.   In its present form it is preparing for a different life altogether.  After creating a chrysalis, the caterpillar will be transformed and emerge as a beautify butterfly, reminding us of the glory of the Easter miracle of Resurrection.  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, 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, Carol Smith, Pea McKellar, Rosalie Jensen, Jorgene West and Donna Wright.

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

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:

T H E    M I N I S T R Y     O F
Flower Guild

Last Sunday, July 4th the flower offering was created by Kathy Gholston. Thank you!

Contact Cathy Ritch (in the picture) if you would like to become part of the Flower Guild.
Thanks to Cathy Ritch and Ben Wallace!
For coming up with an attractive erosion control that also enhances the use and appearance of the A/C area and the back garden!
NOTE: Please email us to recommend someone to thank in our Parish.
     Creation Keepers   
Help support our birds... Drop your contribution in the donation box at the side wall in front of the elevator. Thank you!

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

chp logo

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.
Sunday Ministries
O Lord, mercifully receive the prayers of your people who call upon you, and grant that they may know and understand what things they ought to do, and also may have grace and power faithfully to accomplish them; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
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