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Thursday, July 1st, 2021


Saint Elizabeth's Episcopal Church
1188 Hamp Mil Road, Dahlonega, Georgia 30533 • PH (706) 864-5423    
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Father John Writes
People of Faith Can Be Ideal Citizens
Is your best friend the one who always says what you want to hear, or the one who has helped you escape mistakes by being ready to tell you an uncomfortable truth, all the while loving you? There are times when we need to hear what makes us uncomfortable. There is no life that does not at times, like a ship, go off course, and we are usually the last ones to notice it ourselves.  Our nation, in forming representative democracy, embeds in its very structure a request for friends ready to tell an uncomfortable truth, through the vote, through the courts, and through the possibility of amending our constitution.
People of faith, can be ideal friends to our nation. We love our nation, are proud of its accomplishments, cherish its principles, and desire the well-being of all its people. We also have a vision of a holy society where all people live in love and harmony with one another, bear each others crosses, feed the hungry, seek the lost sheep, forgive seventy times seven, share from their substance not just their abundance. Our loyalty to that vision, and our loyalty to God, makes us ideal citizens, because we can contribute to our country not only celebrating its accomplishment, but also by keeping it on course and pointing to improvement. Only God has the ability to empower us for so great a mission, to be honest and loving friends of our nation, celebrating its virtues, working to correct its faults.
God bless America. May it have the courage to forever pursue the lofty ideals expressed in the declaration of independence, that all people are created equal, and endowed by their creator with unalienable rights, among them, life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. May People of Faith support our nation as true friends.
Have a blessed week everyone,
Enjoy Independence Day.
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.
NOTE: This Service Streams on Facebook | You do not need a Facebook Account to see it

Holy Eucharist  | Tuesday Service
10:30 am following protocols for unvaccinated persons.
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 @ 7 PM
at 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.

Deadline for articles: July 2nd
Please contact Margo at:

Next issue will include the months of 
MAY | JUNE | JULY 2021
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



Of all the flowers in our garden, this bloom takes center stage.  

Photographed from below, the flower at the top of a tall Leek plant in Mike’s earth box is likely to entice pollinators as easily as it attracts our gaze. 
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, Walton Peabody, 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, June 27th we enjoyed the beauty of the flower offering created by Cathy McLendon.

Thank you Cathy and many thanks to the artful talented members of the Flower Guild!
  Creation Keepers 

Your gift of a few coins will help support our feathered friends. 
Look for the donation box at the side wall by the restroom. Thank you!
Thanks to Angie & Jim Elmore, Melissa Lach and Judy Strickland!
For their volunteer work organizing the Sunday Celtic service!
NOTE: Please email us to recommend someone to thank in our Parish.

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 God, you have taught us to keep all your commandments by loving you and our neighbor: Grant us the grace of your Holy Spirit, that we may be devoted to you with our whole heart, and united to one another with pure affection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
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