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Thursday, January 6, 2022


Saint Elizabeth's Episcopal Church
1188 Hamp Mil Road, Dahlonega, Georgia 30533 • PH (706) 864-5423    
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Happy Epiphany Day!

Father John Writes

Why were they Wise?
They SAW the light AND they FOLLOWED it!

Today is the Feast of the Epiphany! It is the day we remember the wise men coming and offering gifts to Jesus. These people were not locals. They were not even of the same nation! They were people who were inspired by a star, and then journeyed to where it led them. This is my prayer for us. May we open our eyes to the wisdom, the dream, the compassion, the love of God. And then may we pick ourselves up and go to where it leads us. 

Anne Green of recent memory saw a star. She believed we could build a free clinic here in Lumpkin County. She gathered together her cohorts and she sold tomato sandwiches. She followed that light though others doubted. Her clinic has been in operation for many years and this Sunday, at 2 PM we will be dedicating a new building for her free clinic! 

Why do we have a new free clinic building? Because others saw the light and said, we can build a better clinic, a more roomy clinic, a more efficient clinic. They worked together to make it happen. Pam Harrison, Martha Roberts and I, Father John, were part of a wonderful team of board members and other people. Together we got on our camels. We packed our bags. We had snags on the way. We did our part large or small.. Melissa Line, the director of CHP, and Paul Payne, in charge of development both led the way and gathered the stragglers. Together we followed that star and now baby Jesus will be welcomed to the clinic. Jesus said when we minister to the least of these we minister to him. We will treat Jesus' illness, we will show love to Jesus, right here in the free clinic on Rockhouse Road exactly like the wise men did in that Stable in Bethlehem..

So often we are comfortable where we are. We see the light, but we do not pursue it. We assume things are the way they should be. But the reality is that those who are wise have to move. It sometimes means others see us head in a new direction and wave good-bye. But the grace and goodness of God calls us. What light do you see? Where is it calling you to go? You don't have to build a free clinic. There are no rules about what your star might be. But allow me as a pastor to encourage you to get up and follow that light. You and the world wait with expectation at the glory to be revealed.

I hope I will see some of you at the dedication Sunday at 2PM. The Clinic is right across Rockhouse Rd from the CHP.

Father John
This Week

Transmission Rates in Lumpkin County exceed our benchmark. This Week
by a very great deal, due to the omicron variant.

Based on the current contamination rates this week we will:
Because of omicron we will insist on masks this week in order to protect the vulnerable.
We will sing using masks.
We can gather outside for fellowship after the service.

It is reasonable for people, especially upboosted persons, 
to exercise extreme caution at this time.

Sunday's Worship at 10:30 AM
If anyone has symptoms of any illness please refrain from coming to church. We will wear masks in the Service. There will be one designated singer in the ramp room.

The Sunday Service will live stream on Facebook at 10:30 AM

You do not need a Facebook account to see it.
If streaming is not good because of our Internet service 
the video posted afterwards will usually be much better.

The Experiment offering Zoom 
did not prove effective.
There will be no Zoom Access for our worship.

Current Sunday Bulletin | PRESS HERE
New This Week

We have beautiful poinsettias that are ready to go to a home and make someone smile. Please feel free to get a poinsettia from the church's vestibule.
Ongoing Announcements
(Please visit: for details.)
Thursday, January 6
The Epiphany of our Lord Jesus Christ
• 9 am to 1 pm Parish Office open
• FABS at 11 am
Friday, January 7
• The Church will be closed
• 9:30 am Yoga by Paula

Saturday, January 8
• No activities scheduled

Sunday, January 9
First Sunday After Epiphany
• 10:30 am Holy Eucharist (and livestream via Facebook)
Monday, January 10
• 9 am to 1 pm Parish Office open
• 9:30 am Yoga by Paula
Tuesday, January 11
• 9 am MOBS (meet at Wagon Wheel for breakfast)
• 1:30 pm Tai Chi
* 7:00 pm Last Bookgroup on the Episcopal Church
Wednesday, January 12
• 9 am to 1 pm Parish Office open
• 5:15 pm Choir Practice
Thursday, January 13
• 9 am to 1 pm Parish Office open
• 10:45 am FABS (meet at Parish Library or via Zoom)
• 5:45 pm Mountain Meditation and Mindfulness
Friday, January 14
• 9:30 am Yoga by Paula

Saturday, January 15
• No events scheduled

Sunday, January 16
The Second Sunday After Epiphany
• Parish Annual Reports due

Sunday, January 23
The Third Sunday After Epiphany
• Parish Annual Meeting

Service Participants Schedule

The Final Book Group on the Episcopal Church

will be January 11th @ 7 PM. Topics will be the Holy Spirit and Mission
Spotlight on Nature

by Rosalie Jensen

New Day

Like the sun rising over the cove, a new year is dawning.   Let us all pray that 2022 will bring a time when we can gather again in church services and other activities as we did before the pandemic.  Meanwhile, stay safe and be ready to greet each other in person when the right time comes. - Rosalie Jensen

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

Our Parish This Week
Devon Olivia Rooney, Jackie Peabody, Henry Grimes, Terry McLendon, Jenna Brown, Christy Lowe, Keegan Plumley, Richard Lutz, Margaret Skelly, Sharon Hall, Judy Miller, Joy Schyler, Vicky Schyler, Ricie Eubanks, Ruth Purcell, Randy Pruitt, Nancita Palomos Knuckles, Frances Thrasher, Marti Carter, Judy Ford, Pea McKellar, Carol Smith, George Heitz, Mary, Ernie Farrington, Holly Brannon, Marilou Kinney, Cari Grimes Stephens, Jim Kinney, Gregg Clark, Russ Olson, Joey Taylor, Dana Weaver, Elizabeth Vogt, Amanda Schell, Larry Channell, Christian Kirsh, Mike McCormack, Florence Barnett, Chris Wallis, Jake Farley and Joan Gray Anderson.

J A N U A R Y  
Birthdays & Anniversaries

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

Paul Roberts
Rosalie Jensen & Mike Saunders
Amanda & Russell Ballew
Don Hunt

Patti Ackerman

Henry Grimes
Betty Greene & Shirley Krogstad

Suzanne Ryerson

Nicole Levesque

Rita Channell




Amy Greene

Lucy Davidson & Jerry Wall


Bonnie Hunt


Beth Ingram



David Jones



Walton Peabody



Harriet & David Connolly


Jim Ritch

Darrell E. Woodall


Please email us your special dates:
• Cooking oil
• Jelly 
• Peanut Butter
• Grits

Personal Care Items: 
• Shampoo 
• Conditioner 
• Body soap/wash 

• Deodorant 
• Dental floss 
• Toothpaste for sensitive teeth 
Community Helping Place of Dahlonega

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We appreciate your kindness, concern and generosity.

Debi Holloway | Director of Client Services | Community Helping Place | 706-867-9621, ext 303
NOA needs:

  Canned goods  
  Bedding sheets 
  Wash clothes  
  Toilet paper  
  Paper towels  
  Antiseptic wipes

Anyone wishing to donate items for NOA may feel free to drop off such items in the NOA basket in the church narthex. Thank you so much for thinking of others! - Betty Greene -
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