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Thursday, October 29, 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...
Georgia Power & Divine Power

I am sitting outside the library to have access to wifi watching the battery on my laptop drain. This is the first time I have lost power for more than a couple of hours in quite some time.

When I first realized the power was out I thought, "I can't make coffee". My next thought was to heat water in the microwave. Oh -- Wait. Finally I broke out the camping gear. Then I went to McDonalds. Now I am wondering how to save food in the refrigerator and freezer. I dawns on me the freezer is not a good place to store lots of food if you do not have a generator. When I saw they do not estimate having my power up until Sunday at 11 PM my heart somewhat deflated, and my mind began making plans how to finish the Sunday video. 

I take Georgia Power for granted. The only time I truly think of them is when it is time to pay the power bill.

This Sunday is All Saint's Day and All Saints' Sunday all rolled into one. We remember all those people throughout the ages who have brought the healing compassionate power of God to bear on the human condition: fed the hungry, tended the sick, consoled the soul weary, promoted wisdom.

I think people under-estimate the importance of the saints who rely on "divine power". People think that goodness comes naturally to people. They think that all one needs in life is to "not do bad things". But nothing is farther from the truth. The human race underestimates its capacity for avoidance and self delusion. We are able to do all sorts of harm to nature and others through neglect and ignorance all the while blithely going our merry way. The saints understand that allowing God to work through us is an intentional act that must persist over time. It requires an awareness that comes from commitment to wisdom and effort fueled from sacrifice. It requires the underpinning of a cooperative communal spiritual practice in which we ask for God to work through us. It is casting ourselves upon "divine power".

The electricity will come on, eventually, and I will take it for granted again. However, the mission of our parish church is to encourage us never to take God for granted, because the blessing God can impart on us and on our neighbors brings peace, joy, healing and blessing. This is why I pay my pledge. This is why I worship weekly, even when I do not feel like it, and even when I am tired of those videos. This is why I have hope in the midst of a world full of bad news. This parish is an outpost of the saints of God, and by God's grace it will remind us and the world of the goodness of God.

I encourage us all to remember the saints, and to aspire to be like them. I believe their spirit, faith, and wisdom are hope for the future. And, that said, now I need to go set up my camp stove and keep my frozen chicken curry from perishing. Have a good week everyone.

Have a blessed week everyone,
Father John

          
Stewardship 2020
     Giving is What we Do


There is still time to Make your 2021 Pledge Online before the Dedication this Sunday.
It is safe and confidential. Go to this Link:


https://stelizabethepiscopal.com/pledge/
New This Week
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!
Spotlight on Nature by Rosalie Jensen
 
Come Again Beautiful Friend

You may remember seeing the picture of a young male Rose-breasted Grosbeak several weeks ago in the newsletter.   Meanwhile, this perfect picture of a male Grosbeak was taken by Mike, who was at our inside blind when the mature bird was perched on a branch near our feeder.  We hope that our feeders at the church also attracted some of these twice-a-year visitors.  Thanks, Rosalie. 

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


In the Midst of Change

Security:
an idol
we bow to
and work for
and dream of.

Security:
an illusion
we imagine
and discuss
and plan for.

Security:
a gift
we find here and now
and in memories
and in hopes.

O God of every-present love,
help us
to embrace true security,
fleeing from idols
and exposing illusions.
All things are passing,
God never changes.
Amen.  Let it be so.

By Lina Toth
From Celtic Daily Prayer, Book Two


Thank you, Martha Roberts! 
For leading Morning Prayer with Father John


*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  https://bit.ly/steyoutube.
Outreach
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.
Blankets
Teens 13 to 18-year old’s
G I R L S
Bath products
Scarf/glove/hat set
Nail polish/make-up
Jewelry/watch
Ear buds
Hair products (flat iron, dryer, curling iron, product, etc.)
Hair accessories
Fast Food Gift Card
B O Y S
Wallets (teen specific)
Watch
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
The first Sunday in the month of November is recognized as Retired Educators’ Day.
We at St. Elizabeth’s would like to recognize and honor, not only our member retired educators, but all retired educators. Please reach out to any and all and give them a thanks, a thumbs-up, an elbow-bump, or any other means of recognition you so desire. 
NEXT Racial Healing Bookgroup
Tuesday, November 10th at 7:00 PM!

We are reading "White Fragility" Reading the Book is not a requirement for participation. To Sign up for this book group go to https://bit.ly/steracialhealing

Next Tidings Deadline Nov. 11
Our next issue of TIDINGS will be published in November, before Thanksgiving. If you have a story idea for us or would like to submit an article/column, please touch base with Margo Booth, Tidings@stelizabethepiscopal.com, 770-654-7899. Deadline for the issue is Nov. 11. We are especially looking for stories about parish activities and personal interest stories about our members, but are open to any story ideas you think would be of interest to parishioners.

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


WEEKLY SUNDAY SERVICE WATCH PARTY
Sundays at 9:45 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 FEMALES AT BIBLE STUDY
Thursdays at 11 am
All welcome to FABS in these extraordinary! 
ZOOM meeting: https://zoom.us/j/315535123
 
Sunday Ministries
All Saints

Revelation 7:9-17
Psalm 34:1-10, 22
1 John 3:1-3
Matthew 5:1-12

The Collect
Almighty God, you have knit together your elect in one communion and fellowship in the mystical body of your Son Christ our Lord: Give us grace so to follow your blessed saints in all virtuous and godly living, that we may come to those ineffable joys that you have prepared for those who truly love you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, 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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