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Thursday, February 11, 2021

1188 Hamp Mil Road, Dahlonega, Georgia 30533 • PH (706) 864-5423    
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Father John Writes
Spiritual Daydreaming

That mindfulness of the present moment and service will not surprise you as major elements of the spiritual life you may not have considered the importance of spiritual daydreaming. I do not mean by that wistfully imagining the world as I would like it to be, but rather drawing on my listening to God imagining how God might desire it to be. What is God's dream for us? What is the blessing God expects to give us?

Audacious wonderful things are born in spiritual daydreaming. A judge in my hometown saw people living in great poverty and he daydreamed what if God put a kitchen to cook meals for hungry people in Meridian. The black Catholic Church in town (yes there was a white and a black Catholic church in my hometown) got in on the project as did a lot of churches including my parish and, behold, love's kitchen was born. God's dream became reality because this judge spiritually daydreamed. 

The story behind the birth of our parish and the birth of the CHP are similar. People daydreamed what might God be doing here in Dahlonega.and through God's grace it became visible in all four dimensions!

I think the image of a land of milk and honey which the children of Israel had as they wandered the dessert is that kind of daydream, although they learned it is hard to live into such a daydream. Nonetheless while in a desert they dreamed of what God might be doing in their life.

Lent is a time for us to spiritually daydream. It is harnessing the power of story and imagination to find what God is doing in our community. What might God be dreaming for your life. Light a candle, perhaps get out a journal, draw on what you love about Jesus, and daydream what that might be. Our parish can do that. This pandemic is so annoying, and yet one of the gifts it brings us is that it is a kind of desert. It has taken away what we were used to, but it is a time when we can imagine "If God rebuilds our lives after this pandemic what would God's dream be for it?"

Lent is coming dear friends! It is time to light candles, get out our journals, and spiritually daydream! Who knew the season of self-examination, prayer and study could also be exciting!

Have a blessed week everyone!
Father John+
New This Week

Ash Wednesday Zoom Service
This Wednesday, February 17 @ 5:15 PM
Zoom Link
Ash Wednesday Video Service
The Goal is to have it available by 7 PM

We will send out the link

If you have not received your Ashes in the mail by Tuesday afternoon
Please let Father John Know by text or call
(914) 512-8156

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


Deadline for articles: Sunday, March 8
Please email: or call Margo for information.

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.

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 February 23, March 2, 9, 16 and 23rd  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

Happy Valentine's Day
Sunday, February 14
Spotlight on Nature

by Rosalie Jensen

      Herald of Lent

Several years ago, the rain came early on Ash Wednesday, and in the morning light the Lenten Rose bowed its head, protected by rich green leaves.  This year as the time of Lent approaches, beautiful white and light green blossoms will again appear on sturdy plants.   Later each bloom will drop multiple seeds that hold the next generation of Lenten heralds.

Thanks, Rosalie. 

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

Our Parish This Week

Sue Spence, Devon Olivia Rooney, Davis Burns, Pam Stimers, Elise Sullens, Jackie Peabody, Paul Hamm, Rosa St. Claire, Pat Hughes, Pete Pratt, Henry Grimes, Angie Elmore, Terry McLendon, Jenna Brown, Christy Lowe, Keegan Plumley, Ginger Macheski, 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.



4        D. Loux
14      M. Callender
17      K. Duke
19      J. Hayes
25     R. Jensen

See the source imageFebruary


No anniversaries

If we missed your special day please email your BIRTHDAY & ANNIVERSARY dates to:
Thanks to Mike Duke & Ben Wallace!

For volunteering to paint the Choir/Treasurer's Room!         
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 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:
 Green beans  Shampoo  Conditioner  Body wash  Deodorant  Femenine products 

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
Regrettably Distribution of Communion has Been Suspended ...
due to a high incidence of COVID infection in our area. We cannot say when we will begin again, especially with the advent of the British variation. The decision will be based on public health advice, scientific observation, and an abundance of caution. Pray that God will remind us that loving one another right now means not getting together.
The Episcopal Church is a Christian church that is part of the worldwide Anglican Communion. That means we strive to live lives that resemble what Jesus of Nazareth taught and how he lived. We believe that God has and still does speak through the Bible. And we believe that reason, tradition and the Bible help us to know who God is and how we should live as individuals and with others.

F E B R U A R Y   |   M A R C H   |   A P R I L

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Megaphone: A Modern Podcasting Platform
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Forward Movement

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 
It is never too late to make a 2021 Pledge Onlin
It is safe and confidential and very much appreciated. Thank you. Go to this Link: 
New Cards! Buy a Card to Support our Certified Backyard Habitat
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
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:

Need 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


Last Sunday after the Epiphany

2 Kings 2:1-12
2 Corinthians 4:3-6
Mark 9:2-9
Psalm 50:1-6

The Collect

O God, who before the passion of your only-begotten Son revealed his glory upon the holy mountain: Grant to us that we, beholding by faith the light of his countenance, may be strengthened to bear our cross, and be changed into his likeness from glory to glory; 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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