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Friday, January 29, 2021

1188 Hamp Mil Road, Dahlonega, Georgia 30533 • PH (706) 864-5423    
 
 email: stelizabethdahlonega@gmail.com • website: www.stelizabethepiscopal.com

Father John Writes


 
6 Weeks Shy 1 Year

The Pandemic drags on, and the winter months with the need to stay indoor, has only made it worse, because it prevents little outdoor socially distanced and masked contact I had,  I wonder about children for whom this time has been a more significant part of their life to date. What must it be like for them? 

With all due acknowledgment to this situation please let me encourage you to keep heart! Some of us have received the vaccine. The rest of us will. There is light at the end of the tunnel. Now is not the time to grow slack in our zeal to both keep others safe and be safe ourselves. The prospect of these more contagious variants makes this all the more true.

Candlemas which takes place this Tuesday, but which we will commemorate next Sunday is the day Jesus was first brought into the temple. It was forty days after his birth. It is a fitting celebration in the season of Epiphany, the season of light and revelation, because he is the light entering the temple. He brings light to our spirituality and our faith. His living, merciful and compassionate actions show us God. His light both warms our hearts and enables us to see new courage, new strength.

My prayer is that we as a parish can see that God has walked with us through these times, and God can see us through this pandemic. I also believe this pandemic has allowed us to see new things. I think we now have a clearer sense that it is time for us to reach outside our walls to bring light to our community. With God's help we will be a blessing to our community out of great love dwelling in our hearts, the love of Jesus.

Have a blessed week,
Father John+
New This Week

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 auntie1947@aol.com. 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.
Blessing of Candles
for Candlemas


Next Sunday, February 7
Have your candle ready when you watch our worship video! We will pray over the candles together.

Vestry Induction and Prayers
Sunday February 7 @ 11:30 AM

On Zoom https://zoom.us/j/525158989
Please come to bless and pray for our 2021 Vestry!
The Service will take less then 10 minutes. 
 

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 https://bit.ly/lentendailyprayer

 
Spotlight on Nature

by Rosalie Jensen

The Master’s Brush

Photograph or water color painting?  The Laughing Gulls seem to be playing in the surf at Tybee Island beach.  Their reflections shimmer in the ocean ripples as if painted by the Master’s brush.  Such is the natural beauty that we can see outside our windows every day even when we can’t visit the seaside. Thanks, Rosalie. 

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


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, Christina Callender, Robert Wright, Richard Lutz, David Baker, Dorothy Crowe, Margaret Skelly, Sharon Hall, Judy Miller, Joy Schyler, Vicky Schyler, Ricie Eubanks, Wilma Bammer, Ken Dusen, Ruth Purcell, Bill Vogt, Randy Pruitt, Kathy Gholston, Nancita Knuckles, Wynell Pace, Bob Shields, Susan Shields, Paul Roberts.
February

  Birthdays:  

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

 
See the source imageFebruary

  Anniversaries:  

No anniversaries

If we missed your special day please email your BIRTHDAY & ANNIVERSARY dates to: stelizabethdahlonega@gmail.com
Thanks to Janet and Louis Thrasher !

For their interest and collaboration keeping our church tidy inside and outdoors too!
 
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  https://bit.ly/steyoutube.
Blessing of the Candles, February 7
Bring your candle to watch the video so that you can have a blessed candle to light when you say your prayers at home!
Outreach
Community Helping Place of Dahlonega needs:
 Green beans  Shampoo  Conditioner  Body wash  Deodorant  Femenine products 

We are still looking really well in our food pantry thanks to all the generous people that donated in the month of December. We have an overabundance of egg cartons, so please hold on to them for a bit and I will let you know when we are in need of them.

Thank you and stay healthy :)
Debi Holloway
Director of Client Services
Community Helping Place
706-867-9621, ext 303
 
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.
F E B R U A R Y   |   M A R C H   |   A P R I L

F O R W A R D   D A Y   b y   D A Y
Limited quantities now available. Please request a copy by email: StElizabethDahlonega@gmail.com
 
For online podcast listening: 
Megaphone: A Modern Podcasting Platform
Additional information: 
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 stelizabethdahlonega@gmail.com. 
It is never too late to make a 2021 Pledge Onlin
It is safe and confidential. Go to this Link:
https://stelizabethepiscopal.com/pledge/ 
New Cards! 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
NOV | DEC | JAN  2020-2021

T I D I N G S

You can go online and view TIDINGS. Please click on the link below:
https://stelizabethepiscopal.com/news/

To submit articles for the FEB | MAR | APR | TIDINGS please email: Tidings@stelizabethepiscopal.com or call Margo for information.
WEEKLY SUNDAY SERVICE WATCH PARTY
Moving to 10:00 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 THURSDAY FEMALES AT BIBLE STUDY - FABS
Thursdays at 11 am
All welcome to FABS in these extraordinary! 
ZOOM meeting: https://zoom.us/j/315535123

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: stelizabethdahlonega@gmail.com. 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


 

Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany


Deuteronomy 18:15-20
1 Corinthians 8:1-13
Mark 1:21-28
Psalm 111



The Collect

Almighty and everlasting God, you govern all things both in heaven and on earth: Mercifully hear the supplications of your people, and in our time grant us your peace; 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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