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Thursday, September 3, 2020
St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church, 1188 Hamp Mil Road, Dahlonega Georgia 30533 - PH (706) 864-5423     ...
Father John Writes...

The First Step is the Hardest

For me the first step of any project or task is the hardest. Sometimes, once I make it past that first step, it just flows. What is the problem with that first step? For me it is a kind of dread, and a loss of freedom. I like to keep it open. I like to be alone. I don't think it is laziness. I will do lots of stuff. But often resist starting tasks.

The same thing is true with spiritual work. Prayer. Service. Study. the first step is the hardest.

Traditionally we say that we should surrender our will to God. I am beginning to think I need a different way of thinking about it. I think I need rather to align my will with God's. Maybe I can learn to desire the same thing God desires, so that I am not eliminated, rather I am teamed with God.

St. Augustine says that we do not pray to remind God of the things we and others need. He points out that God already knows. He suggests that the reason we pray is for God to remind us how much we truly want what God wants. We want healing for ourselves and all people. We want loving supportive community. When we forget we desire the good gifts and promises of God the heart slacks and we languish.

The same is perhaps true with the first step of some endeavor. If in prayer I can remind myself how much I want God's vision because it is compassionate, loving and beautiful, maybe it will be easier to take that first step in doing those things that serve the purposes of God. Happy Labor Day everyone.

Many blessing,
Father John

Note: The picture above is St. Augustine of Hippo. Did you know that St. Augustine was an African, and thus is presumed to be a person of color such as those of North Africa before the Arab conquests? There is also a reference to his appearance which calls him black.
The Second Book Group is Tuesday, October 6.
You do not have to read the book to attend.
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Sunday Worship is on YouTube
The Service is available after 9:50 am.
Like all our parish videos, it can be found on our YouTube Channell
Mark Your Calendar and buy your tickets for 
Gold Party
A Virtual Event with the Indigo Girls
Friday, October 2 at 6 PM

Purchase your Party Basket which includes goodies and a chance at the Basket Raffles. Please view the Letter Here for all the information.

There is Still Time to help our Parish
Sponsor the

CHP Gold Party
So Far we have a Friend Sponsorship

Father John is asking for contributions to the Discretionary fund so that our church can sponsor the event at a significant level. However your contribution at any level is appreciated. Here are the levels. You can text Father John for more information. Please make the check to the discretionary fund and send it to the Treasurer. Father John will not know the amount anyone contributes. 

Platinum $10,000  ::  Gold $7,500  ::  Silver $5,000  ::  Bronze $2,500  ::  Friend $1,000

Dear John and our dear Parish Family,
Along with my daughters, sons-in-law, and grandchildren, I was deeply touched by  the inclusion of Florence’s obituary in St. Elizabeth’s newsletter and, indeed, by all the expressions of caring and concern since her death in July. Although her memory failed increasingly over recent years, the Church and the people of St. Elizabeth’s remained close to Florence’s heart. In such bleak times of COVID and of personal loss, it would be tempting to forget the ever-present love of God that embraces us – but for the frequent and persistent reminders we receive from you, dear friends. Not only have the Sunday prayers and the weekly Vestry calls (Alice Moore) been precious reminders, but I have also been sustained by the knowledge of your individual prayers for me and for our family. You have helped to make this awful time in our lives bearable and we are deeply grateful.
With great and abiding love for you all,
Call for Vestry Nominations
After prayerfully consideration of our parish mission and the gifts of people in our parish do you have a nomination for vestry? Perhaps you are feeling the call to serve? Please consult the information we provide on the eligibility for and responsibilities of vestry members at this LINK.  and the job description. Then suggest your name to the vestry by October 5th. It is important to discuss your nomination with the person you desire to nominate. You may make your nomination by emailing or calling the church. or leaving a message at (706) 864-5423.

"The One who sings prays twice" - St. Augustine of Hippo
A Message from the Choir Director

Do you enjoy singing? Have you ever wanted to be a part of the choir, but weren’t sure about the commitment? Then now is the perfect time for you! I’m sure you have seen people singing the hymns for the church service, but have you noticed that not all of those singing were members of the St. Elizabeth Choir? In this time of the pandemic, you don’t have to be a member of the choir to participate in our activities! Let me explain.

There are currently 4 activities that you can be involved in without actually “joining” the choir. First, like others before you, you can sing a hymn for the online Sunday service. If you would like to do this, contact Julie Woodall at

Don’t like singing alone? Then you can participate in our virtual choir, which is just getting started. In this activity, you simply practice along with a recording, and when you feel comfortable, record yourself and submit it. It’s a LOT easier than it sounds, and I have complete step-by-step instructions for you to follow. If interested, contact me at

Not sure about your singing skills? Or maybe you’re a little rusty about reading music. Then I have a solution for you! We have a program where you can practice this from the comfort of your own home! Again, just contact me at, and I will send you complete instructions. Not sure about the people in the choir? Think we’re all just a little odd? Then come hang out with us for a little while and check us out. We’re regular folks! We have a weekly Zoom meeting on Wednesdays at 5:00. If you are interested in joining us, contact Julie Woodall at

Finally, we hope that you will enjoy one or more of these activities so much that you won’t be able to wait for in-person church to start up so you can join us in the choir loft on Sunday mornings. Still hesitant? Our regular schedule includes rehearsal on Wednesdays from 5:15-6:30 and on Sundays from 9:00-9:45, and then, of course, the performances on Sundays at 10:00. No prior experience is necessary- the only true requirement is a desire to make a joyful noise for the Lord! Even if you decide not to join us on a permanent basis, please consider joining us for one or more of the above activities during this pandemic time.

May you and your loved ones be blessed!
Paul Anderson
Choir Director
Sunday Service

You still have the option to watch the service on your own beginning at 9:45 AM each Sunday

Sunday, August 23, 2020 @ 10 AM

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,, 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.
Use the Parish Calendar on the Webpage
To access all our online Activites

Visit our website:

1- Click on CALENDAR on the header menu
2- Then click on the AGENDA tab to scroll a list of activities
3- Click on the event to see directions how to connect
Sundays at 6 pm
We are using a Bible Study on the Way of Love
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:

We Pray for the sick and other needs:

Alice, Sue, Devon, Davis, Pam, Elise, Jackie, Natalie, Paul,
Rosa, Pat, Pete, Henry, Angie, Lynda, Terry, Jenna, Pat, Christy, Keegan, Ginger, Christina, Robert, Richard, David, Ily, Dorothy, Margaret, Michael, Antoinette, Carson, and Sebastian.
Show that you care

In a time of social isolation, what could be more welcome than receiving your personal message written inside a card created by artists in our church community?

Elaine Clark and Rosalie Jensen have donated handmade cards to be sold in the nave to benefit the Creations Keepers account, set up by Ben Wallace to support our Certified Backyard Habitat.

Each card is approximately  5" x 7" and includes an envelope. Suggested contribution per card $5.


While this picture may make you smile, it may also cause you to think.  Even a whimsical, meditating frog created with human hands can remind us that sometimes we need to stop all of our busy activities and just think in a mindful way: “Be still and know that I am God.”  (Psalm 46:10)
Thanks, Rosalie

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

Suzanne Ryerson
We appreciate your daily garden care!
For your interest and continued support on learning from the Word. (Meetings through
Email us if you want to recommend someone to thank for in our Parish.
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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

Our Food Pantry is in need of the following:
Canned meat (tuna/chicken) Canned vegetables (green beans, corn, mixed) Jelly 

If anyone so desires, our Personal Care and Baby Pantry have some needs as well:
Shampoo Conditioner ● Liquid body soap Diapers (size 4, 5 & 6), we do not need smaller sizes Wipes 

  • We are gratefully appreciative of any and all that is given to CHP.
  • Please consider a donation to the Community Helping Place through Amazon Smile!
  • When donating for the Summer Food Program, please specify that when you drop it off. 
  • The Food Pantry is open Mon, Wed, Fri 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 
  • Items can be delivered directly to: Community Helping Place, 1127 Highway 52 East (The Rock House) 
During the COVID-19 pandemic all our events will be broadcast and streamed through Facebook, YouTube and/or Please visit our website:
1- Click on CALENDAR on the header menu
2- Then click on the AGENDA tab to scroll a list of activities
3- Click on your activity selection to be able to connect with our streaming
The ministry schedule is always available online at: 

Fourteenth Sunday After Pentecost
Proper 18

Ezekiel 33:7-11
Psalm 119:33-40
Romans 13:8-14
Matthew 18:15-20

The Collect
Grant us, O Lord, to trust in you with all our hearts; for, as you always resist the proud who confide in their own strength, so you never forsake those who make their boast of your mercy; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
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