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Thursday, March 4, 2021

1188 Hamp Mil Road, Dahlonega, Georgia 30533 • PH (706) 864-5423    
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Father John Writes
Finding God in Lent
Forbearance: Patience and Giving Things Time 

In the Community Lenten Services taking place in Hancock Park, I know a couple of you have been there, we are looking at the fruit of the Spirit that Paul names in his letter to the Galatians, chapter five, verses 22 and 23. They are love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

When St. Paul makes a list like this we can never be sure whether he has actually carefully ironed it out over time, or he is using a literary device to help communicate the larger point. If I were to ask him, "Why did you include those things?" would he reply, "That is a list I have spent quite a long time pondering and compiling." or would he say, "Those were some examples among many others that I could have chosen." In either case we now have these 9 qualities which for 2000 years or so we call the fruit of the Spirit. And I note with relish that whichever answer he should give he began his list with love.

I have spent some time reflecting on these fruits over the past weeks, and I was really delighted to reflect on forbearance. It is not something we think about every day. I imagine some of us have managed to go the entire year of 2021 so far without even using that word once, and yet, upon reflection it is a very timely word.

Forbearance means something like patience, except it implies there is a response that you could very well make that you hold back on. It's not that you don't have feelings or thoughts or something that you want to express. It is that you hold off on it. One creates room for ambiguity. One leaves time for someone to finish. One imagines that this might be going somewhere different. One holds back in order to allow possibility of surprise and delight. 

In our political situation forbearance seems in short supply, and yet with more of it perhaps things would not seem so tormented. Or maybe if we, from our point of view, exercise more forbearance we might be able to weather the storms of politics and the pandemic with greater poise and peace of mind.

Above all, the thing that delights me the most about forbearance is this: I think God is the master of forbearance in how God relates to me and the world. God gives us time. God holds back a valid response in order to allow more possibility. There is much grace in forbearance. Thus in the patience of the universe with me; in the universe holding back on its response to me in order to let me grope my way forward I experience grace. In forbearance I find God, and in God I find love.

Have a blessed week everyone!
Father John+
New This Week
Outdoor Distribution of Communion Returns!
Beginning Sunday, March 14th at 11:30 AM.
(and on Sundays at 11:30 AM and Tuesdays at 10:00 AM thereafter)

We ask that you sign up in advance by either:
Calling the Parish Office to leave a Message: (706) 864-5423
Emailing the Parish Office

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.

We endevor to respond within 24 hours to confirm your attendance. We will also send you a set of guidelines which you can review ahead of time here.

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.
A call to submit articles for the  FEB | MAR | APR  issue


Deadline for articles: Sunday, March 7
Please email: or call Margo for information.
Spotlight on Nature

by Rosalie Jensen


In his sermon last Sunday, Fr. John described the amazing changes that happen when a caterpillar is inside its chrysalis. 

The Black Swallowtail caterpillar in the picture has gorged on fennel plants in our garden and is now ready to enter a new phase of development. Using silk from its body, it ties itself to a fennel stalk and forms a compact tomb. Enclosed in darkness, the body of the caterpillar will be transformed into a beautiful winged creature that will emerge into the light as the end result of a life-changing series of stages called metamorphosis. Thanks, Rosalie. 

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

Our Parish This Week

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

Warren Johnson has had an article on composer Antonín Dvořák accepted in Musical Opinion, a London magazine which has been in print since 1877. Way to Go, Warren!
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.



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 our recent Readers:

David Connolly, Judy Strickland, Betty Greene, Cathy Gholston, Kris Duke, Alice & Rick Wherry and others; for your participation in the February Sunday Services recordings!

NOTE: Please email us to recommend someone to thank in our Parish.

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.
Worship in the Coming Weeks
Making our Worship Vibrant and Joyful!
Sunday Worship is on YouTube Each Week. The Service is available every Sunday after 9:50 am. Like all our parish videos, it can be found on our YouTube channel
Tuesday, March 23 at noon
 Hancock Park, Dahlonega
Fruits of the Spirit: GOODNESS with Father John
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
Holy Baptism is how to become a member of of the Christian faith. Just as Jesus was baptized in the River Jordan, we too are baptized in Christ’s name. In this beautiful ceremony of initiation, through water and the Holy Spirit, we are cleansed from sin and given power to live a life of love for God and neighbor.

Sign up for Lenten Daily Prayer

Do you want support as you seek to pray? Are you willing to support others? Consider being part of the Lenten Daily Prayer Group. Individually we will use the book “Celtic Benediction” by John Phillip Newell daily and then gather Tuesday evenings on Zoom as a group to share our experiences. We chose this book because it draws on the poetry and the celebration of nature and natural rhythms characteristic of Celtic Spirituality. The prayers are simple, beautiful, and do not require an enormous commitment of time.

Group Meetings are: March 2, 9, 16 and 23rd  from 7:00 to 7:30 PM
Sign up by February 16th in order to get the book which we will provide.
On Zoom (Sign up to receive Sign in information)

To learn more and to sign up go to

Search for a Relevant Faith
A group for spiritual renewal

Most of us began following a spiritual path (though we call it "going to church") because we were told it was a good thing to do. While many people have stopped practicing any faith, we are still here. This group will offer a forum and resources to explore why we are still here: ways faith enriches life, reasons a spiritual path might still be relevant in 2020. What is it about this path and about Jesus that attracts us? Are their aspects of this path that are unhelpful? What do we do about those? The group will also serve as an introduction to the Episcopal Church, preparation for Confirmation, Reception or Renewal of Baptismal Vows. The intention is to truly honor any who seriously wonder whether a life of faith still matters in 2020. If you are interested please send an email to the parish office or leave a telephone message there. (706) 864-5423 or 
To make a pledge online: 
It is safe and confidential and very much appreciated. Thank you. 
Support our Certified Backyard Habitat
laine Clark and Rosalie Jensen have donated handmade cards that are selling at 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
Moving to 10:00 am
Join us, while at the comfort of your home and watch Sunday service together!
ZOOM meeting:
Sundays at 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:

Participate as volunteer READERS for Sunday Service
We will love it if you read to us in a Sunday Service! Please contact Fr. John at 914-512-8156 or email us at: Your "virtual" presence at a service video/recording it's a way to visit each other while staying apart. 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


Third Sunday in Lent

Exodus 20:1-17
1 Corinthians 1:18-25
John 2:13-22
Psalm 19

The Collect

Almighty God, you know that we have no power in ourselves to help ourselves: Keep us both outwardly in our bodies and inwardly in our souls, that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; 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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