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Thursday, October 22, 2020
St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church, 1188 Hamp Mil Road, Dahlonega Georgia 30533 - PH (706) 864-5423    
  stelizabethdahlonega@gmail.com     ...     www.stelizabethepiscopal.com
Father John Writes...
What's New This Week

Our Meditation this week is from Alice Moore Wherry who shares how she and Rick came to St. Elizabeth's and what she sees this parish accomplishing over the years.. So take the time to read it, immediately below. ... This Sunday we will be praying Morning Prayer. Come experience the simple beauty of this service which many people say daily at home. 

Have a blessed week everyone,
Father John
Stewardship 2020
     Giving is What we Do

          Our Stewardship Story
               by Alice Moore Wherry


Although my family were Methodists (my great grandfather was a founder of United Methodist Church in Dahlonega), I grew up largely unchurched.  As a teenager, I occasionally visited churches with one friend or another.  These were usually rural Baptist churches, and it quickly became apparent that, even though I was a “good girl”, I was destined for a fiery place because there was no way I could live up to God’s expectations.  So I continued to be a “good girl” but quit going to any church.  When I did go to a funeral I feared for the soul of the deceased because I was sure they did not measure up.  At least the preachers seemed to think that.
 
Later I met my wonderful husband Rick, and after 5 years of courtship we were married.  We did not go to church at the time, and we both worked a lot, so we eloped to Ringgold, Georgia and were married by a Justice of the Peace.  We later confirmed our vows in our church in a very private ceremony.
 
Now Rick and I tell a somewhat different story, but my version is this.  We just sort of looked at each other one day and decided we wanted to start going to church.  Rick had attended an Episcopal church in Jesup, Georgia as a teenager so that was where we decided to start.  At the time services were held at Dahlonega Presbyterian. 
 
Right away I felt as though I had come home.  I loved the ritual, I loved the message of God’s enduring love and I loved the people.  Since that day some 34 years ago, I have come to love my church home even more.  One of the things I love about Saint Elizabeth’s is the generosity of this congregation.  We have built and paid for a building, we have been instrumental in installation of a well in a remote African village, we have installed an elevator so that those who have mobility issues can enjoy our church completely, and we have been strong supporters in community outreach programs. So, yes, giving is what we do, and with God’s Grace and the continued stewardship of our church family, it is what we will continue to do.
 
New This Week
The first Sunday in the month of November is recognized as Retired Educators’ Day.
We at St. Elizabeth’s would like to recognize and honor, not only our member retired educators, but all retired educators. Please reach out to any and all and give them a thanks, a thumbs-up, an elbow-bump, or any other means of recognition you so desire. 

Would You Like to Make your 2021 Pledge Online?
It is safe and confidential. Go to this Link.

https://stelizabethepiscopal.com/pledge/
 
Spotlight on Nature by Rosalie Jensen
  
Have a Safe Trip!  
                                                                    
This week Cloudless Sulphur butterflies were on the Pineapple Sage plants in our garden.  This picture of a Cloudless Sulphur on Pineapple Sage was taken in the Prayer Garden at St. Elizabeth’s on the last Sunday in October 2016.  It was such a thrill to see a flock of these migratory butterflies on a stopover on their way to Florida for the winter. Thanks, Rosalie. 

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



Prayer of Thanksgiving and Intercession

That you have made me in the image of your own mystery
thanks be to you, O God.
That in the soul of every human being
there are depths beyond naming
and heights greater than knowing
thanks be to you.
Grant me the grace of inner sight this day
that I may see you as the Self within all selves,
Grant me the grace of love this day
that amidst the pain and disfigurement of life
I may find the treasure that is unlocked by love,
that amidst the pain and disfigurement of my own life 
I may know the richness that lies buried in the human soul.


from Sounds of the Eternal, A Celtic Psalter by J. Philip Newell
This week we Thank...*

Thank you, Bonnie & Don Hunt! 

For your kind donation of a beautiful rug for the Vestry/Meeting Room.
*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  https://bit.ly/steyoutube.
T H I S  Sunday, October 25, 2020
Morning Prayer and All the Music will be Spirituals!

Send in Pictures of Loved Ones for All Saints'
We will also Bless the Pledges at this Service

Sunday, November 1, 2020

 

Send us Pictures of those you wish to Commemorate and we will place them in the Online Worship!  Please include their name as you would like ti to be shown in the bulletin and in worship. Email to: stelizabethdahlonega@gmail.com
Outreach
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 
 
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 https://bit.ly/steracialhealing

Next Tidings Deadline Nov. 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, Tidings@stelizabethepiscopal.com, 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.

Buy a Card to Support our Certified Backyard Habitat
E
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


WEEKLY SUNDAY SERVICE WATCH PARTY
Sundays at 9:45 am
Join us, while at the comfort of your home and watch Sunday service together!
ZOOM meeting: https://zoom.us/j/525158989
WEEKLY SUNDAY COFFEE HOUR
Sundays at 10:45 am
Come see how others in the Parish are doing!
ZOOM meeting: https://zoom.us/j/525158989 
WEEKLY FEMALES AT BIBLE STUDY
Thursdays at 11 am
All welcome to FABS in these extraordinary! 
ZOOM meeting: https://zoom.us/j/315535123
 
Sunday Ministries
Twenty-First Sunday After Pentecost
Proper 25

Leviticus 19:1-2,15-18
Psalm 1
1 Thessalonians 2:1-8
Matthew 22:34-46
The Collect
Almighty and everlasting God, increase in us the gifts of faith, hope, and charity; and, that we may obtain what you promise, make us love what you command; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

 
You can follow our services on FaceBook:
https://www.facebook.com/pg/stelizabethdahlonega/videos/

Also, on You Tube:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCePgTKucuKIl1-5iVaSGj8Q
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