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Thursday, March 26, 2020
St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church, 1188 Hamp Mil Road, Dahlonega Georgia 30533 - PH (706) 864-5423     ...
Father John Streams . . . 
Father John's Video Commentary on the This Week's Update

Wandering in the Desert can be a Time to Dream  After their escape from Egypt where the children of Israel had been slaves they wandered in the desert for forty years before reaching the promised land. It was a time to learn their dependence on God and to dream of the kind of life that would please God in their new land. The shape of this life is the character of the Law given by Moses, how one lives in relationship to God, and how one lives in relationship to one another. Jesus went voluntarily into the desert after his baptism to pray and discern what his ministry, his message and actions would be like. There, though the devil tempted him to make it about his own importance, his own popularity, his own well-being, Jesus chose a ministry seeking loving relationship with God and neighbor, losing self in order to find it.. The distancing imposed on us by our need to not spread this virus could be a time in the desert for us; a time to examine our life lived with God and neighbor. A time to ask, "Are there blessings I am not pursuing because I was frozen in old routines and could not see the possible?" Well, our old routines are broken. It is time to dream. And when we exit the wilderness we will enter a promised land.

Guidelines from the Bishop  The bishop and his staff have worked very hard to understand our situation, and based on the realization that the population of our communities is very vulnerable he has effectively said we will not be worshipping together in one place through May 24th. He has also published very helpful guidelines which you can read online. He encourages us to find new and creative ways to be community in this time.

Zoom Meetings are a Huge Success I have had several very wonderful times on Zoom with people this week. Someone even called it miraculous. The fellowship was so sustaining. If you want help getting started call me,  Father John at 914-512-8156. I will set up a practice session with you so we can get it to work. Meeting together is important for as the wise person realizes already, this separation is going to take a toll on us if it has not already begun to do so. Zoom is one way we can meet with others.

The Grace of Communion is Received  The Bishop is also recommending that we pray a prayer for spiritual communion at the service. One such prayer may be found here. The Book of Common Prayer on page 457 reads: "If a person desires to receive the Sacrament, but, by reason of extreme sickness or physical disability, is unable to eat and drink the Bread and Wine, the Celebrant is to assure thet person that all the benefits of Communion are received, even though the Sacrament is not received with the mouth." .

Would you like to Say the Daily Prayers of the Church?  Forward Movement has a webpage where you can follow the entire text of morning or evening prayer with the correct readings and psalms for each and every day. Here is the link:

There will be a Live-stream of Father John Blessing the Vines at Monteluce Vineyards this Saturday, March 28th at 1:00 PM. You can watch it on the Monteluce Facebook Video Page. (Do not be fooled by the large invitation to create a Facebook account, you can watch without an account.) There will only be one other person in attendance and distancing will be observed.

Use the Parish Calendar on the Webpage
To access all our online Activites

Visit our website:

1- Click on CALENDAR on the header menu
2- Then click on the AGENDA tab to scroll a list of activities
3- Click on the event to see directions how to connect

Worship This Week

Sunday, March 29th, 9:55 AM
Holy Eucharist for The Fifth Sunday in Lent

On the YouTube Channel

(We are experimentingby recording the service early at the diocese's suggestion to avoid technical problems) The Youtube channel link is:)

This Sunday's Bulletin Available Online
Download it to your phone or tablet, or print it out
before we stream the service on Sunday. Here is the link.

Streaming Worship this Week

I have verified that one does not actually need a Facebook account to view our videos on this link. One does need to ignore the large invitation to sign in or  to join Facebook on the bottom of the page. Just simply choose the video or stream you want to watch. You will not be able to comment or like the video without an account.

Monday 6:00 PM: Contemplative Lenten Vespers
Tuesday 10:30 AM: Morning Prayer
Wednesday at 5:00 PM there will be a ZOOM Evening Prayer 
Comment and Like

Whenever you watch a video comments and likes help in two wayst. First you can greet your parish family and even pass the peace helping people feel connection. Secondly it lets the websites know people care about St. Elizabeth's and they will put our videos in other people's streams.
Parishioners and Psalms

Kristi shares with us verses from Psalm 100 and greets us! Click on the image to see the video. If you would like to make a short video sharing a Psalm please call Father John right now at (914) 512-8156

Zoom Meetings This Week

Pictured above is the College Group Zoom Meeting we had last night. It was great to catch up with one another. The vestry also met using Zoom as did the parents of Liz's Place. It is very easy to use. You can just call in and join the group. If you have a computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone you can probably video call into the group. It is easy. On your device just follow the link to the meeting. The link can be found on the church calendar on the webpage. You will install some simple and safe software and then join the meeting. Father John will be glad to practice with you before hand. Here are the events available through Zoom this week.

Sunday 10:45 AM  Coffee Hour ... Come see how others in the parish are doing
Sunday  6:00 PM  Sunday School ... we will do a Bible Study learning about the Way of Love
Monday 4:00 PM Fellowship Hour ... make a cup of tea and come talk to some folks
Wednesday 5:00 PM Evening Prayer and fellowship .... say the office and visit
Thursday 11:00 AM ... FABS ... All welcome in these extraordinary times
Thursday 4:00 PM  Fellowship Hour... more tea and fellowship!
Garden Committee: 
Previously scheduled garden work days are suspended until further notice. Thank you, 
Suzanne Ryerson 

An Appeal from the CHP
Our Vulnerable Neighbors Need Help

The CHP still needs in kind donations, A list of needed items is on the website:  Items are best brought in if at all possible MWF from 10am to 1pm. Check website if other times are needed.
Cash donations are desperately needed because the need for emergency assistance is huge. Donaitons can be made online  Checks could be delivered to the site or mailed to Community Helping Place, P.O. Box 712, Dahlonega, GA 30533.
Volunteers in not  high risk categories are also needed.  They can sign up on the web-site:

Lenten Contemplative Vespers

was recorded last week and is on the YouTube Channel. Go and join your prayers to Julie and Fr. John
From the Treasurer
We are kindly asking to send in your offerings to the church by mail at this time. Thank you!

St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church
1188 Hamp Mill Road
Dahlonega GA 30533

It's time to welcome our dearly loved hummingbird friends.  Please let us know if you have already seen one this year.
Thanks for continuing to highlight nature,

 (NWE Certified )

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

Suspended until further notice. Pray.

Side by Side In Service Day has been Cancelled
The Projects will still be Carried out in the Upcoming Months
Please Read the Details Below

NOTE: Most of the activities that normally occur on the day of service will be modified to suit the COVID-19 pandemic guidelines.
Gift baskets delivered to personnel at care homes will only be prepared for those facilities who still want them.  Construction projects such as building wheelchair ramps, repairing decks and roofs will be completed this summer.
Anglican Christian Spirituality & Theology
A Class for those seeking Baptism, Confirmation,
Reception into the Episcopal Church,
or Renewalal of Baptism Vow

We are reviewing this ministry and how it wil be accomplished online. Watch this Space.
An Eckhart Tolle Discussion Group
Will NOT meet next on Sunday April 5 at 6 pm.  We will reschedule after the COVID 19 measures are suspended.
For more information or to RSVP contact Michelle Harbord (678) 644-7602


Please make your flower donation on/before Sunday, April 5th, 2020
Please fill the form below to make a donation towards the purchase of Palms to adorn our church and altar. Any amount is welcomed!
Name:  ___________________________________
In Thanksgiving for: _______________________
In Memory of:  ____________________________     
Donation amount:    $ _____________________  

Please place in the wooden offerings box at the vestibule or at the Office Administrator’s mail slot. Thank you!

Please make your flower donation on/before Sunday, April 12th, 2020
Please fill the form below to make a donation towards the purchase of Easter lilies to adorn our church and altar. Any amount is welcomed!
Name:  ___________________________________
In Thanksgiving for: _______________________
In Memory of:  ____________________________     
Donation amount:    $ _____________________  

Please place in the wooden offerings box at the vestibule or at the Office Administrator’s mail slot. Thank you!

...for sharing God's gifts!

Thanks to:
"Video Staff"

Julie Woodall, Jorgene West, Jill Hayes, Walton Peabody

for raising up to the challenge and help on keeping the church services and events rolling on the virtual world!
Email us if you want to recommend someone to thank for in our Parish.
No One Alone (NOA) needs: Canned goods
NOA on going needs are: Bath towels, Washcloths, Toilet tissue/paper, Paper towels and Antiseptic wipes. 

Again thank you all for your generous support --- Betty Greene ---
Community Helping Place
Dental Clinic needs: Dental Floss and Toothpaste for sensitive teeth
Community Helping Place
Food Pantry needs:
Canned corn
Canned green beans
Canned assorted vegetables
Canned meat
Peanut butter
Pasta sauce
Dry beans
I know everyone has been made aware of the needs within our community. CHP plans to keep the Food Pantry open to assist those in need.
CHP Food Pantry is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  ( Food can be dropped off during those hours. )
Thank you very much for all that you have done to help keep food in the homes of our residents.  --- Debi Holloway / Director of Client Services / Community Helping Place / 706-867-9621
During the COVID-19 pandemic all our events will be broadcast and streamed through Facebook, YouTube and/or Please visit our website:
1- Click on CALENDAR on the header menu
2- Then click on the AGENDA tab to scroll a list of activities
3- Click on your activity selection to be able to connect with our streaming
The ministry schedule is always available online at: 

Fifth Sunday in Lent

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.
Date March 29 April 5 April 9
Week of the month Week 4 Week 1 - Palm Sunday Maundy Thursday
Observances Fifth Sunday in Lent Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday Maundy Thursday
Readings Ezekiel 37:1-14 Isaiah 50:4-9a Exodus 12:1-4, (5-10), 11-14
  Romans 8:6-11 Philippians 2:5-11 1 Corinthians 11:23-26
  John 11:1-45 Matthew 26:14- 27:66 or Matthew 27:11-54 John 13:1-17, 31b-35
  Psalm 130 Psalm 31:9-16 Psalm 116:1, 10-17
Celebrant Fr. John Hamilton Fr. John Hamilton John Hamilton
Preacher Fr. John Hamilton Fr. John Hamilton John Hamilton
Organist & Choir Director Julie Woodall Julie Woodall Julie Woodall
Verger Bill Lach Bill Lach Bill Lach
Lector (Lessons)      
Intercessor (POP)      
2 Chalice Bearers      
Crucifer/Acolyte/ Server      
Altar Guild      
Flower Guild Harriet Connolly Cathy Mc Lendon & Joan Gray Anderson  
2 Hospitality      
Bread Ministry      
Lay Eucharist Visitor Bill Lach Need one  
2 Tellers      
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