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Thursday, May 21, 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...

Where is Clarity?
     What does it feel like to be on a sailing ship in the middle of a calm ocean, no land in sight and no hint of a breeze to fill the sails? I have never been in that situation before, but right now in the midst of this pandemic I imagine I feel a bit like that. People are chattering we should do this and we should do that. And we all do want to get to port safely and in one piece. Yet the chatter seems mostly chatter. Sure, it is not all foolish, and many people have credentials and insights that beg respect; yet odds are much that seems wise just might not be so terribly so.
     There is little clarity. Nonetheless, In the midst of this lack of clarity there is some bedrock I trust. You and I are loved. We will make it to shore one way or the other, and it is a good thing to be at peace about that. Though God's ways are often mysterious I have faith that they are for good. And Jesus asks us and trusts us to do our best to follow him in the way of healing, forgiveness, service and love, now, just as much as ever. He promises us his Spirit to help us.
     So, in the midst of this uncertainty, on this windless flat ocean, though I will not lie, it is getting old and tiresome, I choose to have faith.  Also, I think it is good to remember in times like this that rethinking and asking how to go forward is always part of being faithful. It is something we are meant to do thoroughly each Lent.  And It is always a good time to ask how are all my neighbors even in times when I do not have distress? We can respond in beautiful ways to life at all times, just like Jesus, by God's grace. Bless us Lord and give us faith.

UPCOMING
EVENTS AND ACTIONS COMING UP SOON
Use the Parish Calendar on the Webpage
To access all our online Activites

Visit our website: http://www.dahlonegachurch.com

1- Click on CALENDAR on the header menu
2- Then click on the AGENDA tab to scroll a list of activities
3- Click on the event to see directions how to connect
"All gave some and some gave all
And some stood through for the red, white and blue
And some had to fall
And if you ever think of me
Think of all your liberties and recall
Some gave all..."


Memorial Day
Monday, May 25, 2020
For everyone's safety...
Please sign-up at the clip board in the vestibule each time you come into the church building.

Please don't forget to wear your COVID-19 face mask!



Sunday Worship is on YouTube
The Service is available after 9:50 am.
Like all our parish videos, it can be found on our YouTube Channell
https://bit.ly/steyoutube.
Remember:
Like and Comment
on all the Church Videos and Posts!
 
Let's Celebrate!

Join us for a ZOOM Party to celebrate the birthdays of Father John and everyone with birthday this month.

Friday, May 22 at 2:30 pm

Click on this link: https://zoom.us/j/91936077497

Meeting ID: 919 3607 7497
 
The CHP has a special need for in kind donations for the Summer Food Program.
You can see the list toward the bottom of this update.

Are you a Costco, Sam's Club or BJ's member?
Due to purchase limits at stores CHP is seeking people willing to make a purchase at these outlets. They are willing to pay for the food when it is needed. For more information contact the CHP at (706) 867-9621 or call Father John at (914) 512-8156.


 


Rejoice!
St. Elizabeth's Received a Grant to
Develop a Celtic Service!
 
Earlier this year, the church applied to the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship for a grant to fund a monthly Celtic worship service on Sunday evenings. Last week they notified us that the grant has been fully funded! The timeline we submitted proposed that the service begin in September. While we don’t know what worship will look like in September, we are optimistic that we will find a way to begin the service then. Read more about the service in the upcoming newsletter. Special thanks to Lara Lowman and Barbara Day Miller for shepherding this project!
 

ADULT
SUNDAY
SCHOOL
Sundays at 6 pm

We are using a Bible Study on the
Way of Love


ZOOM meeting:

https://zoom.us/j/315535123

SUNDAY
COFFEE
HOUR
Sundays at 10:45 am

Come see how others in the Parish are doing!

ZOOM meeting:
https://zoom.us/j/525158989 

FEMALES
AT 
BIBLE
STUDY
Thursdays at 11 am

All welcome to FABS in these extraordinary!


ZOOM meeting:
https://zoom.us/j/315535123
 
'Painters Needed!
Volunteers needed to paint the Rector's Studio and the Choir/Treasurer's Room. 
It is a necessity that social distancing and protective / sanitary measures be taken for the project.
Paint will be provided.
Please bring your rollers, brushes, tray, etc. (ladders are available)
We are encouraging couples to volunteer to maintain safe practices due to the virus. Thank you!
 
Read
Sing
Pray
Greet
Perform

 
Participate in the Service! 

You can read a lesson, sing the verse of a hymn, say the Prayers of the People, Greet the congregation, perform on a musical instrument, and perhaps even more things, in the weekly worship.

All you need to do is call Father John or Julie Woodall and volunteer. They will work with you and then you will take a selfie video with your phone, tablet or computer. Several people have done so already and you will see them in upcoming services!
Our Parking Lot Resurfacing is Completed !

With new surface, smoother road exits, new parking lines and stops our parking not only looks good, it is safer! 
From the Treasurer
We are kindly asking to send in your offerings to the church by mail (or try utilizing your bank bill-pay system) at this time. Thank you!
 

St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church
1188 Hamp Mill Road
Dahlonega GA 30533

All Things Bright and Beautiful
                                   
Each little bird that sings,
He made their glowing colors,
He made their tiny wings.


From Children’s Songbook    
    
Thanks, Rosalie

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

Have you been sewing simple face masks in this time of sheltering-in-place?  Could you sew a few more?  Or, would you like to begin a sewing project?  The food pantry at Community Helping Place is in need of simple, reusable masks for the clients.  Many of these neighbors have health issues and most are older so masks are essential whenever they are out.  Here are the facts:
 
The CHP food pantry has about 300 families receiving food once each month.  We would like to provide one mask per family (for the person who generally does the pick-up.)  I have already taken 40 masks, most of which have been given out.  So, we need about 250 masks in the next four weeks.   The good news is that if just a few folks made a few masks, we could meet the goal!
 
There are very simple patterns on-line.  I'm using this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4FB--BOyTiU   You can use whatever fabric you have; no need to go to Walmart!  ( I made a lot out of one queen sized flat sheet, using ties instead of elastic.)
 
If you are interested in sewing a few masks, let me know:  bdaymil@emory.edu, or 404-309-6751.  I will pick up the finished ones at the church and deliver them when we work at the pantry.  
 
Thank you for being the hands of Christ for our neighbors.  Barbara Day Miller
 




...for sharing God's gifts!

 
Thanks to

Margo Booth

&

Martha Roberts

For contributing in making medical face masks for the Community Helping Place families!
Email us if you want to recommend someone to thank for in our Parish.
OUTREACH
Thank You!

A big "Thank You" to everyone who has brought things to be passed on to No One Alone.  They have been very appreciative of the paper towels, toilet paper, and towels that have been donated. 

A special "Thank You" also goes to the Daughters of the King for the wonderful homemade cookies for the staff and residents at NOA.  They were much appreciated. 
 
Thank you so much! --- Betty Greene ---
No One Alone (NOA) needs: 
Anyone wishing to continue to donate items for NOA may feel free to drop off such items at Betty & Shirley's home at 26 Blue Ridge Overlook Drive in Dahlonega.  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. 
 
Items for NOA include: canned goods, sheets, towels, wash clothes, toilet paper, paper towels, and antiseptic wipes.
 
Thank you so much for thinking of others in these difficult times. --- Betty Greene ---
Community Helping Place
Dental Clinic needs: Dental Floss and Toothpaste for sensitive teeth
Community Helping Place
Food Pantry needs for the month of MAY:
     Oatmeal/Grits
     Canned Meat
     Pasta
     Pasta Sauce     

I know everyone has been made aware of the needs within our community. CHP plans to keep the Food Pantry open to assist those in need. CHP Food Pantry is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  ( Food can be dropped off during those hours. )

Thank you very much for all that you have done to help keep food in the homes of our residents.  --- Debi Holloway / Director of Client Services / Community Helping Place / 706-867-9621

 
Community Helping Place (CHP) of Dahlonega
Summer Food Program

While financial support is always welcome, we have a need for in-kind food donations of the following items to support our Summer Food Program. Participants in this program are eligible to receive 3 different distributions of food for their children/family including multiple breakfast, lunch and snack items: 
 
Quick Grits or Instant Oatmeal 
Cereal Bars/Breakfast Bars
Peanut Butter
Jelly
Canned Chicken
Canned Tuna
Canned Soups
Canned Ravioli or Spaghettios 
Canned Peaches, Pears or Pineapples
Canned Applesauce 
Bottles of Juice (64 ounce is best) 
Bags of oranges or apples
 
Items can be delivered directly to Community Helping Place, 1127 Highway 52 East (The Rock House). 
UPCOMING & ONGOING
During the COVID-19 pandemic all our events will be broadcast and streamed through Facebook, YouTube and/or Zoom.com. Please visit our website: http://www.dahlonegachurch.com
1- Click on CALENDAR on the header menu
2- Then click on the AGENDA tab to scroll a list of activities
3- Click on your activity selection to be able to connect with our streaming
SUNDAY MINISTRIES
The ministry schedule is always available online at:
http://bit.ly/steministryschedule 
 

Seventh Sunday of Easter

The Collect

O God, the King of glory, you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christ with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven: Do not leave us comfortless, but send us your Holy Spirit to strengthen us, and exalt us to that place where our Savior Christ has gone before; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. 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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