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Thursday, March 18, 2021

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

I have never gone scuba diving. Have you? From spending too much of my childhood watching Jaques Cousteau I learned that when you go deep sea diving for any period of time you have to gradually come back to the surface. If one just comes straight up one gets the bends. It can result in sickness, even death.

Exiting this pandemic strikes me as being a similar situation. Human beings are creatures of habit, and we have all developed pandemic habits. We might think that the pandemic is over and we can just switch back to the way it was. This is not helpful, wise or honest thinking, Wise change will be gradual.

The first obvious reason for this is that the rollout of the vaccine is staged. Thus though many of us are already vaccinated we must be careful to respect those times and places where others may not be. Masks and six feet distancing are here for quite a while yet, even though we dislike it.  Since the church is open to all people we will be keeping distance and masks at church until the situation is safe. We will have a phased return to church.

There are also reasons to go gradually that are not as obvious. We know, but do not often consider, the fact that much of our life is below the horizon of our consciousness. We are not aware of all the ways our psyche works to preserve our sanity and solve every day challenges. Our psyches have worked hard to adjust and we have acquired new attitudes of caution and apprehension. It will also take a process for us to readjust to more human contact and greater public activity. Some of the ways we have changed will only become apparent as we try to make the transition.

What we learned during the pandemic will also prompt us to choose intentionally some different behaviors to those before the pandemic. Many people report that they have discovered a slower more intentional pace and they do not intend to return to a pre-pandemic lifestyle. The pandemic prompts some at the church  to find a way to make a deeper impact in our community both in service and in being a spiritual resource for people looking for support and new life. Together we will discern how the Spirit is leading us into post pandemic ministry.

One day at a time, one step at a time, we will go forward. Certainly there will be missteps. Certainly we will re-adjust our direction more than a few time. But no matter how we look at it, we will benefit from not just plunging forward and risking a case of the spiritual bends. God will guide us.

Have a blessed week everyone,
Father John+
New This Week
Worship in the Church to Return
(Masked, Socially Distant and with Protocols)
Palm Sunday, March 28th.

A Letter will go out by both email and United States Postal Service this Monday with the detailed information.

You may sign up for a place at the service now. There are limited spaces.
Please indicate your preference for 9:30 or 11:30 AM
The seats will be assigned in the order requests come in.
Anyone who does not get a seat will have priority in future weeks.
Call (706) 864-5423 or E-mail



The Easter Flower Memorials 2021
As we will have only limited flowers for Easter this Year the memorials will be used to help pay for the Church Landscaping. We anticipate that the landscaping may be installed by Easter Sunday. We will place the Memorials in the Thursday Update and the Sunday Bulletin for the Great 50 Days of Easter. Thus you are able to send in memorials throughout the Easter Season.
Outdoor Distribution of Communion This Sunday!
Sunday, March 21st at 11:30 AM.

We ask that you sign up in advance:
Telephone Voicemail (706) 864-5423

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.

Please review the protocols before coming. They can be found here.


Holy Week Services

Palm Sunday 9:30 & 10:30 AM... Holy Communion in Church.
(Make Reservations by Telephone or Email)
Palm Sunday 6 PM ... Blessing of Palms & Passion Gospel on Zoom
Maundy Thursday 6 PM ... Memorial of Foot-washing on Zoom
Good Friday 6 PM ... Devotions at the Cross on Zoom
(Videos of All Zoom Services will be posted following the Zoom Service)

A Package containing Blessed Palms and other symbols for the Zoom Worship
will be available at church. An Email and USPS Letter will be mailed on Monday with Details.
From the Treasurer: Coming next week!
  • Online Giving
  • Text Giving
Spotlight on Nature

by Rosalie Jensen

Sing for Joy

The call for joyful song comes from the passages of Psalm 107 recited during last Sunday’s church service. 

Our little friend the Tufted Titmouse can sing for joy in the morning as it looks down on the food and water provided for its nourishment on our back deck.  
As we reflect on the source of our physical and spiritual sustenance, the gift that we might wish for is “the joy that flows free when we let it.” (from Ashes and the Phoenix, Meditations for the Season of Lent.) Thanks, Rosalie. 

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

Our Parish This Week
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

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.
Don't miss it next Tuesday!

Tuesday, March 23 at noon
 Hancock Park, Dahlonega
Fruits of the Spirit: GOODNESS with Father John

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

Your Story Here! Send in News from the Pews.
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 Alice, Melissa, Fr. Paul, Cally, Pete, Marilou, Millie, Terry, Elaine, Don, Gladys and Ben:

For attending our in-person Communion service on Sunday, March 14.

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
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.
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

God is good. Let’s rejoice!
“Worship is as natural to the human family
as the sing of the sun is to the cosmic order.”
– Martin Luther King, Jr.

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


Fifth Sunday in Lent

Jeremiah 31:31-34
Hebrews 5:5-10
John 12:20-33
Psalm 51:1-13 or Psalm 119:9-16

The Collect

Almighty God, you alone can bring into order the unruly wills and affections of sinners: Grant your people grace to love what you command and desire what you promise; that, among the swift and varied changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed where true joys are to be found; 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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