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Thursday, July 15, 2021


Saint Elizabeth's Episcopal Church
1188 Hamp Mil Road, Dahlonega, Georgia 30533 • PH (706) 864-5423    
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Father John Writes
Nourishing Love
It was a popular thing to say, “love is not a feeling, it is an action verb.” I am in sympathy with this statement to some degree, but fundamentally I think it is incorrect.
On one hand, when someone claims to love but cannot express it in actions, we wonder if it is true. Sometimes the person does not actually have love, other times, I believe, a person truly has love in their heart, but does not manage to express it in action. Many factors can impede transferring the content of one's heart into action.
On the other hand, It is also possible for someone to do loving things for someone they do not love. Performing loving actions whether we feel it or not. is, in fact, a common spiritual recommendation. Performing loving actions with no intent to feel love in one's heart will do little good, however, doing them with the hope of growing love in our heart is very effective. God can use our actions and desire as a path to open our heart.
In our gospel this week Jesus sees the crowd, and he loves them, and he knows they are hungry. They are a group of strangers. They are a crowd not much different to the one that will later demand Jesus' death, yet Jesus is filled with love for them. He asks the disciples to feed them. I believe Jesus' whole person is in harmony. In this situation, he takes the sparse provisions they have, and makes them enough to feed the multitude. With love little becomes  much.
Food served in love truly nourishes body and soul. It can be simple food, bread and fish, or cheese and soup, or coffee and donuts. Yet the condiment of love makes it the tastiest dish. A rich feast without love can entertain the tongue but starve the soul. As a parish we strive to be people who love in both action and sentiment. Whether it is the communion or coffee hour we ask for grace that our sparse provisions may be magnified by love.
When we can delight in our neighbor, in action and in sentiment, even when our neighbor is not always delightful, we are most like God. God delights in all creation, and loves it by continuously holding it in existence, both the generous saint, and the miserly knave. The love of God nourishes our whole being and entices us to love in return. The love of God is the very source of our life. True love encompasses body, heart, mind and soul.
Have a blessed week,
Father John+
Do You Want to Grow in Love?
How about a Sunday Group from 9:30 to 10:15 AM?

The "Way of Love" is a Forward Movement publication that uses short Bible Studies to explore the seven core practices: Turn, Learn, Pray, Worship, Bless, Go, Rest.  We can start as soon as we have a core group of 3 people interested. If interested please recruit others and text or call Father John at (914) 512-8156

Celtic Vespers Service
Sunday, July 25th at 7 PM
Saint Elizabeth's Episcopal Church | Labyrinth Garden
Celtic Worship Volunteers

The excitement is building around our monthly Celtic worship services and attendance is exceeding our expectations.  The spirit is inviting; the music is excellent; the readings and reflection and time of prayer are a blessing to many.  Several of you have already assisted in this ministry to our community; others may be ready to sign up. 

Below are the opportunities and a general description of the duties.  When you sign up you will receive more detailed instructions.
We need volunteers for: 
August 29, September 26, October 24. 
If you can assist in this holy work of hospitality, please contact Barbara Day Miller ( with your choice of dates and assignments.  Thank you!!
Set-up/take-down: (4 people)
  • Arrive 5:30, set up lanterns, candles, tables per diagram. Outdoor set-up includes moving chairs. After the service, take down, put away.
Greeters: (2-3 people)
  • Arrive 6:30, greet our neighbors in the parking lot and garden, hand out service bulletins. Meet people after the service and introduce them to others.
Refreshments: (2-3 people)
  • Arrive 6:30. Make lemonade, pour wine, serve from trays after the service. Clean up.
Reader: (1 person)
  • You will receive readings prior to the service.  Arrive 6:30 for sound check and run-through.
From the Treasurer

     PLATE   $3,533   $2,000   $1,533
     PLEDGE   $90,835   $87,500   $3,335
TOTAL INCOME   $94,368   $89,500   $4,868
     EXPENSE   $95,569   $96,648   $1.079
NET   $(1,201)   $(7,148)   $5,947

Plate revenue is up due to individuals who pledged in the past but elected to contribute via plate for 2021. Pledge revenue is ahead due to the receipt of annual commitments for a total positive variance of $4.9K

Expense is slightly ahead of budget due to outreach, worship/Christian ed., congregational care, parish management, professional travel, salaries/benefits for a positive variance of $6.4K. Office administration is negative $1.5K due to payment for the annual audit, utilities are a negative $.6k due to a broken water line and new landscaping and building contingency is negative by $3.2k due to renovation of the front landscaping for a total negative variation of $5.3K. Net is $1.1k positive.

YTD variance of $5.9K is the sum of the positive revenue variation of $ $4.8k plus expense being $1.1k under budget for a net of $5.9K.
New This Week

August | September | October 2021

Now available online: 
Click Here to See The Tidings
Holy Eucharist  | Sunday Service
10:30 am following protocols for vaccinated persons. Unvaccinated persons are asked to wear masks and maintain social distance.

Holy Eucharist  | Tuesday Service
10:30 am following protocols for unvaccinated persons.
NOTE: Sunday Service Streams on Facebook | You do not need a Facebook Account to see it

Per general request! 

Beginning in August!


 Members in the past have said this was one of the most enjoyable activities organized by the church. 

New to foyers:
These will be small groups of about 4 ‘units’ (couples, singles, or two members that want to participate as a ‘unit’)  that will be organized randomly from those wanting to participate. These groups will gather at each other's homes once per month to share a simple meal and fellowship. If a unit prefers to host in Boyd Hall it will be available (please reserve with Gladys).

The ‘rules’ are simple:
Each ‘unit’ simply agrees to host a meal during the approximate 6 month period that the foyers group will be together. The groups will gather at each other's homes once per month to share a simple meal and fellowship. It is recommended to keep a maximum of three hour gathering. At the end of the 6 months, groups will be scrambled again (hopefully with new additions) and the 6 month cycle will begin again.

Sign-Up for Foyers:
There it is a sign up sheet at church for those who are interested in participating. Or you can send Janet Barger an email at, please put Foyers in the subject line. August 1st will be the deadline for signing up. Groups will then be randomly assigned and contact information shared so it can be decided who will host first. 

Foyers have been a wonderful way for members to socialize and deepen friendships.

Coffee Hour Volunteers Needed - Niskayuna Reformed Church
 Coffee Hour on Sunday! 
We will have packaged snacks and coffee. The unvaccinated safe zone will be in the prayer garden. We will set up the number of tables outside that are needed. Others may have fellowship in the parish hall. The guiding principle is that each person chooses their level of comfort. We base our guidelines on the CDC recommendations.
Saint Elizabeth Episcopal Church will be hosting the LOVE IN ACTION VOLUNTEER FAIR event in the Fall. This is a first in North Georgia event and it will be sponsored by charity organizations that seek volunteers for their daily operations. It is also a way to get their services known in the community. 


Your becoming part of this effort will further amplify our reach to those in need. Please refer us any charitable organizations (benefiting people, animals, environment, other) in North GA. Currently, we have about 20 groups signed-up to participate.

We need people at this time to speak individually with groups to sign them up!  We will also need volunteers to help with the organization, set up and clean up of this event.

Please talk to any of our planning group: Melissa Lach, Julie Woodall, Janet Barger, Alice Moore or Father John. 
Spotlight on Nature

by Rosalie Jensen

Think Small

In our gardens and along roadsides we enjoy seeing large colorful butterflies flying gracefully and landing on flowers to sip nectar.   If we look carefully, we may notice small butterflies, such as this Fiery Skipper.  Only about an inch long, this little creature performs the same work of pollination as its larger cousins. Thanks, Rosalie. 

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

Our Parish This Week
Sue Spence, Devon Olivia Rooney, Elise Sullens, Jackie Peabody, Paul Hamm, Henry Grimes, Terry McLendon, Jenna Brown, Christy Lowe, Keegan Plumley, Robert Wright, Richard Lutz, Margaret Skelly, Sharon Hall, Judy Miller, Joy Schyler, Vicky Schyler, Ricie Eubanks, Ruth Purcell, Bill Vogt, Randy Pruitt, Nancita Palomos Knuckles, Bob Shields, Marti Carter, Frances Thrasher, Judy Ford, David Loux, George Heitz, Carol Smith, Pea McKellar, Jorgene West, Donna Wright Amanda Ballew, Kevin Dodds and Dana Clark Weaver.

Females Alone Bible Study
Join Zoom Meeting
Thursdays at 10:45 am

July  Birthdays:  

1        Kristi Armijo
2        Amy Anderson-Zose

4        Ruth Taylor
8        Joe West
14      Carlson Ballew
      Angie Elmore
19      Bill Maybach
20      Sheila Noah Cupp
20      Bard Wrisley
24      Marcie Zielazienski-Ory
31      Tammy Lee

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July Anniversaries:  

9          Melissa & Bill Lach
18        Amy & Michael Zose

30       Marilou & Jim Kinney

Please email us your special dates:

T H E    M I N I S T R Y   O F   T H E

Flower Guild

Our floral offerings for the funeral and Sunday services were confectioned by the artful hands of Cathy McLendon and Cathy Ritch.
Thanks to Bill Lach!
For his service as Verger at the recent funeral of Alice King, and also his further service of preparing the site in the Memorial Garden for the interment of the ashes.  Bill fulfilled both these roles admirably. We appreciate you Bill!by Martha Roberts
NOTE: Please email us to recommend someone to thank in our Parish.

If you are coming to church from the direction of town do not come down Grove Street. You will need to come from Morrison Moore, turning onto Torrington, and then Hamp Mill Road.
Outreach Developments to be hosted by St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church at our site. Projected to take place at Summer and early Fall. Please contact Melissa to be part of these community efforts! Thank you.
• Jelly 
• Peanut Butter 
• Grits 
• Juice 

Personal Care Items: 

• Shampoo 
• Conditioner 
• Body wash 

• Deodorant 

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

chp logo

CHP - SUMMER PROGRAM needs for month of May distribution:

• Jelly (around 200)
Fresh fruit

• Canned soup (around 400)
• Peanut Butter (about 125)
• Instant Grits - Individually packets
• Instant Oats - Individually packets
• Spaghetti O's (need 400 cans)
• Ravioli (need 400 cans)
• Beef-a-Roni (need 400 cans)

• I would love to give each family fresh fruit but this is something we could not take until Monday and Tuesday, July 12 & 13. This could be a bag of apples or oranges, a watermelon, pineapple, etc.
Summer Season Clip Art -
We have some needs for our 3rd and final Summer Food Program distribution. This program is for those families who typically would receive free or reduced breakfast and lunch through the school system.

For our 2nd distribution, we have 191 children that will receive a bag of food to meet their breakfast, lunch and snacks needs for the next three weeks. We hope that number will increase for the last distribution before school starts, as we know there are families out there that can really benefit from this food.

If you know anyone in need, they can either sign-up in the Food Pantry or they can call me (706-867-9621) and I will take care of it. Our next distribution is July 14, 15 and 16, 10:00 a.m. - 12 noon from the Red Building (behind the thrift store)

Debi Holloway | Director of Client Services
Community Helping Place (CHP)
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 -
Events in the Weeks Ahead...
Ongoing Items and the Weekly Schedule
Merry Meal Makers
Please join us as we create a new list of individuals willing to make & deliver a fresh home cooked meal when it is needed. When you are called upon you will be given all the particulars the recipient has requested.

Please send me an email with your best contact information to Suzanne Ryerson at Thank you, Suzanne.
Sunday Ministries
The Collect

O God, the protector of all who trust in you, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy: Increase and multiply upon us your mercy; that, with you as our ruler and guide, we may so pass through things temporal, that we lose not the things eternal; 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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