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Thursday, March 5, 2020
St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church, 1188 Hamp Mil Road, Dahlonega Georgia 30533 - PH (706) 864-5423     ...
Father John Writes . . . 

Please Keep Silence inside the Nave before the Service   I am asking for your help. I gave up long ago hoping we could have silence in our narthex before church. We are so happy to see each other that we find it seemingly impossible to wait until after the service. However, we have received a very valid and fair request. Several people have asked the wardens and myself if we would not ask people to be quiet inside the Nave (the room where we worship, not the narthex) for the ten minutes before the service. It is more than fair since this is actually the tradition of the Episcopal Church. I include some quotations below which are among many that attest to the wisdom of silence.  And finally, it would be good if Lent could give us back this holy practice. Indeed, it is wise for us all to each practice a time of silence each day, perhaps after a slow recitation of the Lord's prayer.

Have a blessed Lent!
Father John

In silence and quiet the devout soul advances in virtue and learns
the hidden truths of Scripture
--Imitation of Christ
“Let silence take you to the core of life.” ~ Rumi
Go placidly amid the noise and the haste,
and remember what peace there is in silence.
~ Max Ehrmann

Safety Precautions for Church
for the coming weeks
  • Please wash your hands thoroughly using soap and water after arriving at church.
  • Please pass the peace using bows rather than handshakes
Foyers Group Dinners

Foyer Groups are fun and easy way to gather in our homes or alternate location on a regular basis for purely social reasons - enjoy the company of others, to strengthen bonds of community and just get to know each other people with whom we may not have had the opportunity to interact.

There is no agenda plan, just casual fellowship and a refreshing meal. Groups are made up of singles and couples and will meet once a month in the months of APRIL, MAY, JUNE and JULY. Newcomers are especially invited to participate. A random drawing will take place on Sunday, March 22nd during coffee hour to form the Foyer Groups. 
Acolytes and Eucharistic Ministers Meeting and Training!
March 8th after Church.
Those interested in this Ministry Please Attend.
Resources for Lenten Devotion
are at the very bottom of this Thursday Update.
See the many things available.

Check Out Especially Lent Madness
and Signs of Life by SSJE.
Dahlonega Lumpkin County Ministerial Assocation
Lenten Ecumenical Services
Tuesdays March 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31st at Noon
at St Luke's Roman Catholic Church
Soup Lunch following
Come worship with Father John and our friends from other churches

Side by Side In Service

Saturday April 4th
Joining with other congregations we actually assist our neighbors!
There are opportunities to serve that do not require physical effort!

Suggest a service project here 
Sign up to volunteer in church or online here 
Anglican Christian Spirituality & Theology
A Class for those seeking Baptism, Confirmation,
Reception into the Episcopal Church,
or Renewalal of Baptism Vow

Father John is offering four classes on Tuesday. The dates and topics are below. He will offer the same series on Sundays after Coffee Hour in May and June. Please sign up in the narthex or by calling the office if you are interested. If you are not preparing for membership you can attend only those you are interested in. If you cannot attend the scheduled class, but are interested in the subject please let Father John know and he will work to find a time that will work for you.

Tuesdays @ 6 PM in the Pastor's Study
March 3 : The Episcopal Church, Heritage and Polity
March 17: Scripture in the Episcopal Church
March 31: Christian Teaching and Tradition in the Episcopal Church
April 7: Christian Life and Service in the Episcopal Church
An Eckhart Tolle Discussion Group
Will meet next on Sunday April 5 at 6 pm.  For more information or to RSVP contact Michelle Harbord (678) 644-7602

St. Liz's Place on Mondays

Fellowship and Formation for Families with Children
March 2 ... March 9 ... March 16  &  March 23

6:15 to 6:45 Dinner
6:45 to 7:30 Formation

If you would like to prepare a meal for up to 16 people please email father John AND the parish office. john@joyfulrumblings and

Lenten Contemplative Vespers

Mondays: March 16, March 23 and March 30
5:30 pm in the Church
Garden Committee's First 2020 Meeting!
Saturday, March 7th at 9 am
Looking forward to seeing you all! Discussions regarding what to plant, a review of bulbs, and discussion about an "all terrain" wheel for the wheelbarrow are just some of the topics. Thank you for all you do!  -- Suzanne
We "Illuminated" manuscripts of the Lord's Prayer at Liz's Place.



Please make your flower donation on/before Sunday, April 5th, 2020
Please fill the form below to make a donation towards the purchase of Palms to adorn our church and altar. Any amount is welcomed!
Name:  ________________________________
In Thanksgiving for: _______________________
In Memory of:  ___________________________     
Donation amount:    $ _____________________  

Please place in the wooden offerings box at the vestibule or at the Office Administrator’s mail slot. Thank you!

Please make your flower donation on/before Sunday, April 12th, 2020
Please fill the form below to make a donation towards the purchase of Easter lilies to adorn our church and altar. Any amount is welcomed!
Name:  ________________________________
In Thanksgiving for: _______________________
In Memory of:  ___________________________     
Donation amount:    $ _____________________  

Please place in the wooden offerings box at the vestibule or at the Office Administrator’s mail slot. Thank you!

Thank you
Elaine and Don Clark

for the donation of the bird house built by Don's uncle Gene Clark. 
Birds in need of a home!

Would you like to supply a little house to birds? 

Whether your built, restored or purchased... 
Feathered creatures would enjoy living and breeding in a safe little house. 
Some of you builders would probably like to get creative!  "Chirpers" want to have theirs at the church grounds.Thank you, Rosalie

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

...for sharing God's gifts!
Thanks to

Father Walton Peabody
for the shelves that enhance the Tinai exhibit!

Liz Mangum
for helping with filing at the office!
Email us if you want to recommend someone to thank for in our Parish.
No One Alone (NOA) needs: Canned goods
NOA on going needs are: Bath towels, Washcloths, Toilet tissue/paper, Paper towels and Antiseptic wipes. 

Again thank you all for your generous support --- Betty Greene ---
Community Helping Place
Dental Clinic needs: Dental Floss and Toothpaste for sensitive teeth
Community Helping Place
Food Pantry needs for March:
Peanut Butter, Jelly, Spaghetti sauce, Grits, Canned tuna, Canned chicken

Thank you for your generosity! --- Debi Holloway / Director of Client Services / Community Helping Place / 706-867-9621
Ongoing Parish Events and Other Groups:
Activity Description Day / time Location
Midweek Eucharist: All welcome! Tuesdays 10:30 AM at Church
FABS: Females Alone Bible Study Thursday 11:00 AM Downstairs at the Boyd Hall
MOBS: Men's Only Bible Study Tuesdays 8:30 AM Meets at the Wagon Wheel for breakfast, followed by a 
9:30 AM meeting at Church
Piece-makers: Knit, crochet, weave, quilt pieces to comfort the sick Wednesdays 10 am  Downstairs at the Boyd Hall - until noon.
with Lloyd:
Slow movements accompanied by deep breathing; decreases stress, anxiety and depression Tuesdays 11:00 AM
1:30 PM 
Downstairs at the Boyd Hall
Yoga with Paula:  A mind-body practice that combines physical poses, controlled breathing, and meditation or relaxation Mondays 9:30 AM
Fridays 9:30 AM
Downstairs at the Boyd Hall

*Or check our online calendar at:
The ministry schedule is always available online at: 

Second Sunday in Lent

Genesis 12:1-4a
Romans 4:1-5, 13-17
John 3:1-17
Psalm 121

The Collect
O God, whose glory it is always to have mercy: Be gracious to all who have gone astray from your ways, and bring them again with penitent hearts and steadfast faith to embrace and hold fast the unchangeable truth of your Word, Jesus Christ your Son; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
We need volunteers to serve the roles of:
Head Teller and 2 Tellers
Nursery Senior

Chalice Bearers
Office Volunteer

Please contact Fr. John or the parish office! Thank you.
Date March 8 March 15 March 22
Week of the month Week 2 Week 3 Week 4
Observances Second Sunday in Lent Third Sunday in Lent Fourth Sunday in Lent
Readings Genesis 12:1-4a Exodus 17:1-7 1 Samuel 16:1-13
  Romans 4:1-5, 13-17 Romans 5:1-11 Ephesians 5:8-14
  John 3:1-17 John 4:5-42 John 9:1-41
  Psalm 121 Psalm 95 Psalm 23
Celebrant Fr. Paul Roberts Fr. John Hamilton Fr. Walton Peabody
Preacher Fr. John Hamilton Fr. John Hamilton Fr. Walton Peabody
Organist & Choir Director Julie Woodall Julie Woodall Julie Woodall
Verger Bill Lach Bill Lach Bill Lach
Greeters Molly & David Baker Joan Gray Anderson & Mike Weitze Cally Pratt & Chris Christopher
Ushers Darrell Woodall &Warren Johnson Suzanne Ryerson & Jim Elmore Lynda & Mike Duke
Lector (Lessons) Betty Greene Lloyd Cupp Warren Johnson
Intercessor (POP) David Connolly Michael Zose Kris Duke
2 Chalice Bearers Janet Barger Martha Roberts Dave Bammer
Crucifer/Acolyte/ Server Kris Duke Dave Bammer Betty Greene
Nursery Rita Channell, Elene Leyssens & Bella Brock Rita Channell, Elene Leyssens & Bella Brock Rita Channell, Elene Leyssens & Bella Brock
Altar Guild Elaine & Don Clark Carol & Bill Maybach Melissa Lach & Susie Farris
Flower Guild Harriet Connolly Harriet Connolly Harriet Connolly
2 Hospitality Gladys & Ben Wallace Mike Weitze & Kris Duke Debbi Hamm & Alice Moore-Wherry
Bread Ministry Elaine Clark Alice Moore-Wherry Bread Team
Lay Eucharist Visitor Bill Lach Bill Lach Betty Greene
2 Tellers Lloyd Cupp & Need one Joan Anderson & George Armijo David Connolly & Suzanne Ryerson
VPOD Lynda Duke Alice Moore-Wherry Ben Wallace

Bringing your Devotional Resources as close as your computer,
tablet or smartphone

Lent begins February 26

Signs of Life
from the Society of St. John the Evangelist

Worship engages our deepest human needs and has the power to transform our lives. Join the Brothers of SSJE in exploring the signs and symbols at the heart of Christian worship. This free 5-week offering encourages individuals and groups to explore the riches of our worship traditions, liturgy and sacraments, and the art and architecture of our worship spaces, revealing the full meaning of these signs, deepening our experience of Christian vocation and guiding us toward ongoing conversion.  Link: Signs of Life

Lent Madness

Our own St. Elizabeth of Hungary is one of the saints considered this Lent. You can learn more about this humorous Lenten discipline that helps us learn about those who followed Christ in their own day! (Saints). Link: Lent Madness.

Episcopal Relief and Development

This is a wonderful organization of the church which does important assistance to those in need around the world. Visit the website. You can also sign up for a daily Lenten Meditation to be delivered to your email each day by going here: ERD Lenten Devotions

Forward Movement

This online resource would be good for Lent or the entire year. You can read or listen to the daily meditation. You can pray Morning or Evening Prayer daily. They gather the psalms, readings and prayers into one flowing service. All you do is push a button. They also sponsor Lent Madness. Go explore their website here: Forward Movement 

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