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Thursday, February 4, 2021

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Father John Writes
Love is the greatest Leadership

For my ordination to the diaconate I received the gift of a poem by Marianne Williamson. It is called, "Our Deepest Fear." It asks us to own our talents and all the ways we are wonderful because we are children of God. It probably influenced my sermon on Jesus asking his disciples to fish for people, or as I interpret it, "to bring people out of the places where they cannot live into the place where they can thrive."

It dawns o me that Jesus is asking us to be leaders. Not leaders because we want status, glory, recognition, etc. Leaders because we show people they are loved. People respond more to love than they do to reasoning or ideas. People find leaders who they trust. Often they find leaders whom they should not trust. Jesus asks us to be humble leaders who inspire others with love, and they in their turn become leaders.

Wow, I want to tell you about an amazing analogy in the life of ants, but I don't have time. If you are curious about it email me or text or call me (914) 512-8156.

Our leadership brings God's healing to this world, our moral leadership, our leadership in compassion, our leadership in truth-telling, our leadership in caring for others. We do not have to do extraordinary things to lead. We can do simple authentic meaningful things. People will appreciate that. Jesus makes us leaders because the world is like "Sheep without a pastor." With Jesus as our mentor, our teacher and our friend, we can do it! 

Enjoy the poem and have a blessed week everyone!
Father John+

Our Deepest Fear
By Marianne Williamson

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness
That most frightens us.

We ask ourselves
Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.

Your playing small
Does not serve the world.
There's nothing enlightened about shrinking
So that other people won't feel insecure around you.

We are all meant to shine,
As children do.
We were born to make manifest
The glory of God that is within us.

It's not just in some of us;
It's in everyone.

And as we let our own light shine,
We unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we're liberated from our own fear,
Our presence automatically liberates others.

New This Week

Merry Meal Makers

The food ministry has adopted a new name. "Merry Meal Makers". We would like to invite you to join us. A new list of individuals willing to make & deliver a fresh home cooked meal when needed is being compiled. As of today I know of no one in need so just looking toward the future and being prepared. If you would like to accept this invitation simply send an email with your best contact information to Suzanne Ryerson at When you are called upon you will be given all the particulars the recipient has requested. Thank you, Suzanne.
NOTE: The use of the freezer can be reopened once the pandemic is over and we can all gather again at the church. Thank you for your support.
Blessing of Candles
for Candlemas
This Sunday

Next Sunday, February 7
Have your candle ready when you watch our worship video! We will pray over the candles together.

Vestry Induction and Prayers
THIS Sunday
February 7 @ 11:30 AM

On Zoom

Please come to bless and pray for our 2021 Vestry!  The Service will take less then 10 minutes. 

Sign up for Lenten Daily Prayer

Do you want support as you seek to pray? Are you willing to support others? Consider being part of the Lenten Daily Prayer Group. Individually we will use the book “Celtic Benediction” by John Phillip Newell daily and then gather Tuesday evenings on Zoom as a group to share our experiences. We chose this book because it draws on the poetry and the celebration of nature and natural rhythms characteristic of Celtic Spirituality. The prayers are simple, beautiful, and do not require an enormous commitment of time.

Group Meetings are February 23, March 2, 9, 16 and 23rd  7:00 to 7:30 PM
Sign up by February 16th in order to get the book which we will provide.
On Zoom (Sign up to receive Sign in information)

To learn more and to sign up go to

Spotlight on Nature

by Rosalie Jensen


As winter winds buffet, we can appreciate the resilience of the natural world.  Outside our front porch, a large Camellia shrub blooms from December through February.   After each series of freezing nights, it drops its blooms, but then a new set of buds emerge and open.  Stalwart and resolute, it reacts to changing conditions, determined to produce the next generation.  
Thanks, Rosalie. 

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

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, Robert Wright, Richard Lutz, David Baker, Dorothy Crowe, Margaret Skelly, Sharon Hall, Judy Miller, Joy Schyler, Vicky Schyler, Ricie Eubanks, Ken Dusen, Ruth Purcell, Bill Vogt, Randy Pruitt, Kathy Gholston, Nancita Knuckles, Wynell Pace, Bob Shields, Susan Shields, Paul Roberts, Frances Thrasher


4        D. Loux
14      M. Callender
17      K. Duke
19      J. Hayes
25     R. Jensen

See the source imageFebruary


No anniversaries

If we missed your special day please email your BIRTHDAY & ANNIVERSARY dates to:
Thanks to Tom Roberts!

For his assistance and designs to visualize church improvements.        
NOTE: 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 every Sunday after 9:50 am. Like all our parish videos, it can be found on our YouTube channel
Blessing of the Candles, February 7
Bring your candle to watch the video so that you can have a blessed candle to light when you say your prayers at home!
Community Helping Place of Dahlonega needs:
 Green beans  Shampoo  Conditioner  Body wash  Deodorant  Femenine products 

We are still looking really well in our food pantry thanks to all the generous people that donated in the month of December. We have an overabundance of egg cartons, so please hold on to them for a bit and I will let you know when we are in need of them.

Thank you and stay healthy :)
Debi Holloway
Director of Client Services
Community Helping Place
706-867-9621, ext 303
Community Helping Place of Dahlonega Dental Clinic needs:
● Dental floss  Toothpaste for sensitive teeth 
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 -
Events in the Weeks Ahead...
Ongoing Items and the Weekly Schedule
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.
We are a vibrant and diverse community of people who think following Jesus is the best way to live our lives. We believe that God is love so we strive to welcome, respect, love and serve all of God’s children.

F E B R U A R Y   |   M A R C H   |   A P R I L

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Forward Movement

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
NOV | DEC | JAN  2020-2021


You can go online and view TIDINGS. Please click on the link below:

To submit articles for the FEB | MAR | APR | TIDINGS please email: or call Margo for information.
Moving to 10:00 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.

Parish Office hours during pandemic
The Parish office is open on Monday from 9 am to 1 pm. We recommend to call before you visit since we are keeping up with the restrictions on limited amount of people at the premises. Wednesdays and Thursdays the parish administrator works for home. Thank you.
Sunday Ministries


Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany

Isaiah 40:21-31
1 Corinthians 9:16-23
Mark 1:29-39
Psalm 147:1-12, 21c

The Collect

Set us free, O God, from the bondage of our sins, and give us the liberty of that abundant life which you have made known to us in your Son our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
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