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Thursday, January 7, 2021

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Father John Writes

What Might We Do for our Nation?

Were you very disturbed to hear news reports of the mob at the Capitol Building in Washington? It deeply troubled me and raised many thoughts and feelings in me. 

While I am thankful that the Congress was both safe and able to continue to do their work, I am left wondering what is it about our nation that can allow this to happen, and presumably to happen again. I also asked what might God have me do? How can I find some peace? How can I help?

We talked about it in the Women's Bible Study. Out of our reflection and with the help of that lovely community of women I discovered a few ideas. 
  • My faith is not in any human institution but in God's love, peace, wisdom, compassion and mercy. For the two thousand years of the Jesus movement we have seen just about everything, but we can exercise the spiritual gifts of our faith and be points of sanity and light in the midst of any circumstances, a stable prosperous America, or a struggling nation. I want to build my faith on something more enduring than earthly things because I think that is wise.
  • Secondly, I remember the "Serenity Prayer" based on a prayer by  Reinhold Niebuhr: "God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. This seems to enshrine two things I believe: God cares for the world and God wants me to help according to the gifts God has given me.
  • That prayer allows me to accept that I can do some things to help my nation, but I only seek to do what I can realistically do. Some things seem obvious. I can keep informed without submerging myself in the news; I can develop my political ideas based in the teachings of Jesus and seeking the wisdom of others; I can vote; I can seek helpful conversation and avoid unhelpful conversation; and finally I can determine to what extant I will write public officials and collaborate with others to work for change in my nation. The nation belongs to God. God wants me to reasonably do my part and trust God with the rest.
  • Finally, I think living my life based on the life of the Good Shepherd is my best way to seek change. What ways can I be faithful in service to my neighbor, their minds, bodies, hearts and spirits, especially those in any need or trouble. We are invited to show the love and service of Jesus!
Of all of those ideas I think the last is perhaps the most important. Striving to imitate the Good Shepherd, I believe, helps us respond to the deeper needs of people. It helps us actually do something real. I also suspect addressing the real needs of people is to address what actually lies beneath the problems facing any nation. By truly caring for people I think we address the hurts of the world at the foundation.

I would be interested in what ideas and responses you might have to the times we are going through. I am also deeply desirous to know how I as your pastor can support you as you strive to imitate the Good Shepherd according to your own gifts and calling.

Have a blessed week
Father John+

A the bottom of this update I attach an image
of the Original Serenity Prayer
as written by Reinhold Niebuhr

New This Week

Virtual Worship This Sunday, January 10, 2020
Baptism of the Lord

Features Renewal of our Baptismal Vows
Come and be renewed!.

Mark Your Calendar for the Annual Meeting
Sunday, January 17th 
Let's come together for this unusual and short virtual meeting to show our St. Elizabeth's Spirit!

Thank You to Gladys and Ben Wallace for refurbishing the pastor's study and to Ben Wallace and Dave Bammer who are installing a screen in the pastor's study so that we can have video conferencing now and when the pandemic subsides!
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Forward Movement
Spotlight on Nature

by Rosalie Jensen

       New Year, New Life    

If you look carefully you will see the small head of a new hatchling in the nest.  Like all good mothers the female Egret protects her baby bird and the other egg yet to hatch.   During January, without traveling from our homes, we can all enjoy a virtual vacation by revisiting such wonders of nature as this mother and her offspring that were captured through our photographs.   
 Thanks, Rosalie. 

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

Alice King, 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, Skipper Gholston, Kathy Gholston, Janet Barger, Chet Barger, Melissa Lach, Bill Lach, Lynda Duke, Kristopher Duke, Nancita Knuckles, Elizabeth O’Neal, Wynell Pace, Bob Shields, and Susan Shields.

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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
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
Events in the Weeks Ahead...
Ongoing Items and the Weekly Schedule

NOV | DEC | JAN  2020-2021


The current issue was mailed on Monday, December 21.
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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.

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 
It is never too late to make a 2021 Pledge Onlin
It is safe and confidential. Go to this Link: 
New Cards! Buy a Card to Support our Certified Backyard Habitat
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
Moving to 9:30 AM
Join us, while at the comfort of your home and watch Sunday service together!
ZOOM meeting:

Sundays at 10:45 am
Come see how others in the Parish are doing!
ZOOM meeting: 

Thursdays at 11 am
All welcome to FABS in these extraordinary! 
ZOOM meeting:

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: Your "virtual" presence at a service video/recording it's a way to visit each other while staying apart. Thank you.

Sunday Ministries


First Sunday after the Epiphany

Genesis 1:1-5
Acts 19:1-7
Mark 1:4-11
Psalm 29

The Collect

Father in heaven, who at the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan proclaimed him your beloved Son and anointed him with the Holy Spirit: Grant that all who are baptized into his Name may keep the covenant they have made, and boldly confess him as Lord and Savior; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.
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