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Thursday, April 23, 2020
St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church, 1188 Hamp Mil Road, Dahlonega Georgia 30533 - PH (706) 864-5423     ...
Father John Writes . . . 

Are You the Only One Who Has Not Heard?
This next Sunday's Gospel is the wonderful road to Emmaus story. Two disciples are walking along going from Jerusalem to Emmaus and they are joined by Jesus on the walk, though they do not know it is he. Jesus asks them what they have been talking about and one turns to him and asks, "Are you the only stranger who has not heard about what happened to Jesus?" Then they proceed to tell him the whole story of what had happened from their perspective. Then Jesus adds a new perspective. He talks about things in scripture that foresee healing not coming before suffering, freedom not coming before struggle.

God brings wholeness into broken lives through the very broken-ness!  The lives that find salvation are the ones that have disruptions, challenges, hardships and suffering. And though those are not things to be sought out for their own sake, and often they should be avoided, God can nonetheless redeem them, and through them produce unimagined blessing.

The same truth which is contained in the cross and resurrection can also work itself out in smaller ways in our lives. I would like to share two moments of resurrection and redemption that have happened for me in the midst of this pandemic. .

First, I met my neighbors. There was a glut of bananas at the CHP and they needed to get rid of them. So things work out that I find a crate of bananas on my doorstep. Some 24 bunches, not 24 bananas, 24 bunches. I go through my neighborhood to neighbors I know, and neighbors I should know but do not, knocked on the doors, stepped back 12 feet, and when they answered asked if they wanted bananas. I enjoyed meeting many new people and felt like a kind of Easter bunny, but with bananas.

Secondly, I have reconnected with old friends. I used to belong to an experimental liturgy group in New York but it folded, and I have missed my old companions. Recently I saw in my email an invitation from Mabel saying that because of the pandemic they had relaunched the group in Zoom. I have attended two times, and reconnected with a lot of people whom I am so happy to see again. It has been great.

What are the things happening to you that that have brought new life? We will not hear unless you tell us! Share your stories. Call me and tell me. Call someone else and tell the things you have discovered anew during this sheltering at home. Meanwhile I will be with you Sunday morning at 10 AM as we worship together through YouTube. Blessings.



St. Elizabeth's Received a Grant to
Develop a Celtic Service!
Earlier this year, the church applied to the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship for a grant to fund a monthly Celtic worship service on Sunday evenings. Last week they notified us that the grant has been fully funded! The timeline we submitted proposed that the service begin in September. While we don’t know what worship will look like in September, we are optimistic that we will find a way to begin the service then. Read more about the service in the upcoming newsletter. Special thanks to Lara Lowman and Barbara Day Miller for shepherding this project!
Remember to Like and Comment
on all the Church Videos and Posts!

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

Virtual Foyers
Sign up by This Sunday April 26th

Would you like to eat supper with friends? We are organizing dinner groups through Zoom. We will also work to help you get on Zoom if necessary. You can read all the details at Sign up by 6 pm on Sunday, April 26th. You can also sign up by email to, by message left at (706) 864-5423 or online at
Adult Sunday School
Sundays at 6 pm
We are using a Bible Study on the Way of Love
Zoom Meeting
Join us! Bring your cup of coffee and snack while sitting at home enjoying conversations with the people you know...

Sunday, April 26, 2020 right after the 10:00 am YouTube, from around 11:45 or so.

S U N D A Y   C O F F E E   H O U R !

To use the video app on your computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone click on link below:

We will enjoy seeing you!
We Want You...
to Write for the TIDINGS!
No Time to Lose: Propose Your Article Now!!!!

We will be mailing out a new edition of Tidings in the beginning of May. Our beloved editor is on a break and is thinking of retiring. We are so grateful to her for her excellent work. Thus it will be an issue different to the ones we have had in the past. Even if you have never submitted an article please consider doing so. Call or text Father John at (914) 512-8156. with your proposal. The first three to call win a prize. We will need all materials by April 26th at midnight. 

May / June / July 2020

Please send us an email requesting a copy. Limited quantities. Thank you!

Participate in the Service! 
Read, Sing, Pray, Greet, Perform...

You can read a lesson, sing the verse of a hymn, say the Prayers of the People, Greet the congregation, perform on a musical instrument, and perhaps even more things, in the weekly worship.

All you need to do is call Father John or Julie Woodall and volunteer. They will work with you and then you will take a selfie video with your phone, tablet or computer. Several people have done so already and you will see them in upcoming services!
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

Zoom Meetings This Week

Sunday 11:00 AM  Coffee Hour ... Come see how others in the parish are doing
Sunday  6:00 PM  Sunday School ... we will do a Bible Study learning about the Way of Love
Thursday 11:00 AM ... FABS ... All welcome in these extraordinary times
From the Treasurer
We are kindly asking to send in your offerings to the church by mail (or try utilizing your bank bill-pay system) at this time. Thank you!

St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church
1188 Hamp Mill Road
Dahlonega GA 30533
Welcome Spring Migrants

Our twice-a-year friends, the Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, arrived on Earth Day to perch on branches and feeders in our front and back yards.  Enjoy them now.  They won’t be back until October. Thanks, Rosalie

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

...for sharing God's gifts!

Thanks to:


For "virtually" attending our online Coffee Hour and other meetings! It is always nice to be able to see each other!
Email us if you want to recommend someone to thank for in our Parish.
No One Alone (NOA) needs: 
Anyone wishing to continue to donate items for NOA may feel free to drop off such items at Betty & Shirley's home at 26 Blue Ridge Overlook Drive in Dahlonega.  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. 
Items for NOA include: canned goods, sheets, towels, wash clothes, toilet paper, paper towels, and antiseptic wipes.
Thank you so much for thinking of others in these difficult times. --- Betty Greene ---
Community Helping Place
Dental Clinic needs: Dental Floss and Toothpaste for sensitive teeth
Community Helping Place
Food Pantry needs for APRIL: 
Canned corn
Canned green beans
Canned assorted vegetables
Canned meat
Peanut butter
Pasta sauce
Dry beans
For the month of MAY, the Food Pantry could use the following items:
     Canned Meat
     Pasta Sauce

I know everyone has been made aware of the needs within our community. CHP plans to keep the Food Pantry open to assist those in need. CHP Food Pantry is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  ( Food can be dropped off during those hours. )

Thank you very much for all that you have done to help keep food in the homes of our residents.  --- Debi Holloway / Director of Client Services / Community Helping Place / 706-867-9621
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: 

Third Sunday of Easter

The Collect

O God, whose blessed Son made himself known to his disciples in the breaking of bread: Open the eyes of our faith, that we may behold him in all his redeeming work; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

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