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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
My Phone Screen is Broken

During the streaming of the Sunday Service my phone fell off its stand. Kris who was helping with the recording of the service picked it up and put it back. It fell again. Kris then held the phone until we ended the stream. After the service, when I got my phone, I noticed the screen is cracked.

The phone still works fine. Occasionally I have to look at the blemish on my phone, but it still does everything it did before. Perhaps it is a little bit more likely to come apart. Perhaps I will take it to be repaired, and they will probably want me to upgrade, we all know the routine. But right now it is cracked and it works fine.

Isn't this in fact just a truth about life? In the process of life things wear out, break, and yet they often still serve a purpose. My old shirts whose collars are become worn off at the crease can ,become house rags. My worn out towels become floor mats for when I get out of the shower. And then at some point these things will need to be discarded.

The same is true with our spiritual lives. Sometimes things wear out and need to be replaced. Sometimes things that are broken or blemished serve new purposes. The ways we live out our spirituality, the ways we love others, live in community, give thanks for life and grace, all these ways sometimes break or become blemished. Some still work, some repurposed, while others are simply broken and need to be replaced. Some of the ways we do things simply should end.

Our life with God and one another will never reach a constant unchanging state, at least not as long as we are creatures. Our life with God will always be in flux, be rethought, renewed, refreshed. It was true before the pandemic, though we sometimes did not recognize it; it was true during the pandemic, and it will be true as we transition into post pandemic life. May God make us wise and give us courage to recognize and negotiate things as they change. May God help us see that the cracks and blemishes are also signs of God's on-going presence with us all through the process.

Have a blessed week everyone,
Father John
New This Week

August | September | October 2021

Mailed on Monday and now available online: 
Click Here to See The Tidings
Alice King Burial Eucharist
This Saturday, July 17th @ 11 AM
The family is available for greeting from 10:00 to 10:45 AM
At the Church
This evening!
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

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

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.
Do you know or support an organization that seeks volunteers or desires to be more fully known in the community?

Invite them to be part of the


Love In Action Volunteer Fair! 
Saturday, October 23

We need people at this time to speak individually with groups to sign them up. You can talk to any of our planning group Melissa Lach, Julie Woodall, Janet Barger, Alice Moore or Father John. We are hoping for at least 20 groups to participate.
Spotlight on Nature

by Rosalie Jensen


Native Beauty

How fortunate we are to live in a place that has so many beautiful and interesting native flowers.  This bright beauty commonly known as Bear’s Foot or Leafcup was photographed along a road in the Chattahoochee National Forest.  We can only wonder how some native plants acquired their common names.
  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, Rosalie Jensen, Jorgene West, Donna Wright Amanda Ballew, Janet Holland and Kevin Dodds.

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:



St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church has been asked to help provide 3 - 4 dozen small zip bags with 2 cookies, a brownie, or a slice of cake or sweet bread for the Tomato Sandwich supper. 
Anyone who can help with this effort, please text me at 706 344-8307. I am leaving to go out of town, returning on the 7th. We will discuss the details when I get back. Thank you, Martha
Thanks to Molly, Jill, Lynda and Marcie!
Many thanks to St. Elizabeth's bakers who answered the call for cookies for the Tomato Sandwich Supper. Your willingness to serve is much appreciated.   by Martha Roberts
NOTE: Please email us to recommend someone to thank in our Parish.

D A Y   b y   D A Y

August | September | October 2021

Pick up at church or request your copy

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
Almighty God, the fountain of all wisdom, you know our necessities before we ask and our ignorance in asking: Have compassion on our weakness, and mercifully give us those things which for our unworthiness we dare not, and for our blindness we cannot ask; through the worthiness of your Son 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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