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Thursday, November 12, 2020

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


Did you know that we notice danger Immediately, but it takes up to 30 seconds to take in a flower, a sunset, or a mountain? Evolution worked to make threats grab our attention right away, but it allows us to take more time to notice something pleasant. Perhaps when we were living closer to nature with less noise and without a constant stream of information that was okay. In that situation we would have time to notice the flower, the sunset or the mountain. Yet today, drawn from distraction to distraction it is harder to notice the good.

And it is not all innocent either. Those who have an interest in grabbing our attention for whatever purpose political or financial, have an interest in presenting us with constant threats. As the newspaper industry sometimes says, "If it bleeds it leads". Why? It sells papers and makes money.

Contemplation is the spiritual practice of stopping to think of God, the gift of life, the beauty of love and compassion, the sweet satisfaction of a community living in harmony, fairness and justice. Many people consider the worship service an option for the week, but in that it asks us to stop, celebrate, ponder and pay attention to the divine side of existence is more necessary than ever for a healthy human person.

This week we are having Taizé music. The goal of this music is to invite us not to work our minds to understand a poem, but to take a simple phrase and lean into it. To turn it over in our mind and heart like we might look at a flower, a sunset or a mountain. It is to practice giving our attention to something beautiful, life-giving and sustaining. This is a form of contemplation. It does not work as well in a video during pandemic as it does together in person, but in this time of pandemic, I cannot speak for you, but I could use an invitation to stop and listen and focus on what is beautiful.

Have a blessed week everyone,
Father John
New This Week

Plans to Distribute Holy Communion

We Are Making Plans for Distributing Communion. Please take the Survey so that we can finalize the Plans.  The Service to distribute Communion itself would be short and will work in tandem with the Sunday Video Service. A description of the Service is located in the survey. You may take the survey anonymously or leave your name. Thank You.

Dahlonega Lumpkin County Ministerial Association

Community Advent Services 2020
Waiting on Christmas

In the Dahlonega Baptist Church Parking Lot
Drive-in Service only
Tuesdays, Dec. 1, 8, 15 & 22
12:00 PM – 12:30 PM

On Certain Sundays and Tuesdays Local Restaurants will be donating a portion of sales to CHP Spirit of Christmas Formerly known as White Christmas.
See Procedures for a Drive in Service and the Calendar of Restaurants participating by following this Link:
Winter and Summer

All the sweetness of nature was buried in black winter's grave, and the wind sings a sad lament with its cold plaintive cry; but oh, the teeming summer will come, bringing life in its arms, and will strew rosy flowers on the face of hill and dale.

In lovely harmony the wood has put on its green mantle, and summer is on its throne, playing its string-music; the willow, whose harp hung silent when it was withered in winter, now gives forth its melody -- Hush! Listen! The world is alive.

Welsh, Thomas Telynog Evans (1840-65) from "A Celtic Primer"

From the Treasurer:
F I N A N C I A L    R E C A P
     PLATE    $2.8  $5.0  $(2.2)
     PLEDGE    $165.1  $149.2  $15.9
TOTAL INCOME    $167.9  $154.2  $13.7
EXPENSE    $141.6  $154.2  $12.6
NET    $26.3  $00  $26.3
•   Pledge revenues for October include the first Sunday in November due to timing of the bank cut-off vs ACS. In addition, pledge is ahead of budget due to all yearly commitments having been paid plus the remaining portion of the reserve. At year end pledge revenues should be ahead of budget sufficient to off-set the short fall in plate revenues.

•   Approximately 50% of the positive expense variance is due to non-personnel related expenses which will not be spent while the balance represents timing of payment for Outreach, the annual HVAC maintenance program and continuing education.

Spotlight on Nature

by Rosalie Jensen
Joy of Late Bloomers

As leaves turn various colors and fall from trees, there are beautiful flowering shrubs in the church Prayer Garden.  According to Cathy Ritch, the Flower Guild wanted late blooming flowers for the altar and for the enjoyment of people inside and outside the Parish Hall.  We wish that more people could see the glory of these Encore Azaleas that are now blooming.
 Thanks, Rosalie. 

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

Thank you, Cally Pratt! 
For stepping up and help with the Altar Guild.

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 after 9:50 am. Like all our parish videos, it can be found on our YouTube channel
November 15 Our Worship will feature Taize Chants. This form of worship encourages us to center and find peace as we worship God.
Make and Wear a Crown for St. Elizabeth's Day
Sunday, November 22, 2020

Get into a fun and silly mood filled with joy! Don't be shy! Be bold! Make a crown at home, take a selfie and send it in to the parish office. We will show the pictures on St. Elizabeth's Day, November 22nd!
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 
Community Helping Place of Dahlonega needs:
● Jelly  Spaghetti sauce  Canned meat  Oatmeal/grits  Egg cartons

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CHP Spirit of Christmas (formerly White Christmas) is the Community Helping Place’s holiday outreach program which provides eligible families a Christmas meal, vouchers for clothing & books and gifts for the children.

The current pandemic has had an overwhelming impact on our community. Financial uncertainty has moved beyond those whose situation are already fragile to include those who have not had to worry about financial insecurity. Your donation of food, toys and money will go a long way in providing a special Christmas for these families.

Below is a list of food items that each family will receive this year, along with some cold items CHP will provide on the day of distribution. There is also a suggested toy list; this is not an inclusive list. You are welcome to use your own creativity; we just ask no clothing as we do not get sizes of each child. Thank you for your support.

Food List for Spirit of Christmas:
2 cans green beans
2 boxes mac-n-cheese
2 cans corn
2 cans cranberry sauce
1 can chicken broth
2 cans fruit
1 box stuffing mix
1 can yams
1 box instant potatoes
1 box cornbread mix
1 container frosting
1 box cake/brownie mix

Suggested Toys for Spirit of Christmas

Babies Newborns to 2-year old’s
Diapers sizes 3 – 5 and wipes (we love Parent’s Choice)
Soft toys (stuffed animals, dolls, teething toys, etc.)
Developmental toys
Books (board or cloth books)

Toddlers 3 to 5-year old’s
Baby dolls Chunky cars and trucks – age specific for toddlers
Nerf sports balls
Stuffed popular characters (Disney, Super Heroes, etc.)
Matching games/board games (Ants in Pants, Cooties, etc.)
Puzzles (age specific: large pieces, thick, etc.)
Books (age specific)
Developmental toys
Crayons and coloring books

Believers 6 to 12-year old’s
Hot wheels/matchbox cars
Toy cars – remote control
Nerf items
Popular character/Superhero products
Barbie dolls and accessories
LOL Dolls
Sports balls
Slim Books – Dairy of a Wimpy Kid
Craft kits
Ear buds
Hair accessories
Crayons, markers and watercolor paints
Games – Battleship, Apples to Apples, Clue, etc.

Teens 13 to 18-year old’s
Bath products
Scarf/glove/hat set
Nail polish/make-up
Ear buds
Hair products (flat iron, dryer, curling iron, product, etc.)
Hair accessories
Fast Food Gift Card

Wallets (teen specific)
Ear buds
Camo/sports related (cap, Journals/picture frames gloves, water bottle, etc.)
Hygiene stuff (body wash, body spray, etc.)
Brain teaser puzzles
Books – Science Fiction
Fast Food Gift Card
Events in the Weeks Ahead...
Ongoing Items and the Weekly Schedule

TIDINGS deadline was yesterday! 
Wednesday, November 11
Our next issue of TIDINGS will be published in November, before Thanksgiving. Please, hurry and submit your article or column if you haven't done it yet! Contact Margo Booth, at 770-654-7899 or email:

Stewardship 2020: "Giving is What we Do"
2021 Pledge Online 
It is safe and confidential. Go to this Link:

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
Sundays at 9:45 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:

Tuesday, November 10th at 7 pm
The book is: "White Fragility" by Robin DiAngelo
All welcome to join our reviews! 
ZOOM meeting:
Sunday Service Readers
If you are interested in reading for a Sunday Service please contact Fr. John at 914-512-8156 or email us at: Your presence at a service video/recoding it's a way to visit each other while staying apart. Thank you.

Sunday Ministries

Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Proper 28

Zephaniah 1:7,12-18
Psalm 90:1-8, (9-11), 12
1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
Matthew 25:14-30

The Collect

Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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