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Thursday, March 25, 2021

1188 Hamp Mil Road, Dahlonega, Georgia 30533 • PH (706) 864-5423    
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Father John Writes
Upside Down

This week we begin Holy Week. It is a strange week because in fact it turns the universe and our understanding upside down. When the savior comes humanity rejects him, brutalizes him, kills him, and yet he returns to us on the third day with the offer of forgiveness, love, and blessing. Human capacity to fail, misbehave, and spoil things is absolutely no match, hands down, for the gracious love God has for us. At first it is humbling, because we do wish to be good people, yet then our minds are boggled by the incredible astounding realization that God truly deeply faithfully loves us no matter what. Joy warms our being as we realize God truly desires us. Thanks be to God.

This Pandemic to a lesser degree than the cross also turns upside down our Holy Week and Easter Celebrations. I Include information here and it is in greater detail below in the Update.

Indoor Church. We go back into church this Sunday. I feel very confident that following our protocols our worship will be safe. At this point we have 7 people signed up for the 9:30 AM Service plus the ministers & we have 2 plus the ministers for the 11:30 AM. So there is room. Email or leave a voicemail (706) 864-5423 to reserve a place. See more information below!

Bulletins for Indoor Church. On Saturday we will send out the link to the bulletin. Please download it to your tablet or smart phone, or make a print out for yourself. Please keep the print out in your pocket before and after the service.

Holy Week Symbol Packages  Come by the church and pick up your package of Holy Week Symbols on Saturday from 2:00 to 6:00 PM or after Church on Sunday. We are willing to deliver them to you. Call the church and leave a message. See more information below!

Holy Week Zoom Observances  Our Holy Week Zoom Devotions will be simple, contemplative, and centered on the symbols we find in our Holy Week Package. They will take place Sunday, Thursday and Friday Night at 6:00 PM. Perhaps the strangeness of our observance will deepen our understanding of the incredible mind blowing gigantitude of God's grace towards us in the Cross and Resurrection.

Have a blessed week everyone,
Father John+
New This Week
Worship in the Church to Return
(Masked, Socially Distant and with Protocols)
Palm Sunday, March 28th.

A Letter went by both email and United States Postal Service this Monday with the detailed information.
You can review that letter here.

You may sign up for a place at the service now. There are limited spaces.
Please indicate your preference for 9:30 or 11:30 AM
The seats will be assigned in the order requests come in.
Anyone who does not get a seat will have priority in future weeks.
Call (706) 864-5423 or E-mail


The Easter Flower Memorials 2021
As we will have only limited flowers for Easter this Year the memorials will be used to help pay for the Church Landscaping. We anticipate that the landscaping may be installed by Easter Sunday. We will place the Memorials in the Thursday Update and the Sunday Bulletin for the Great 50 Days of Easter. Thus you are able to send in memorials throughout the Easter Season.

Holy Week Services

Palm Sunday 9:30 & 10:30 AM... Holy Communion in Church.
(Make Reservations by Telephone or Email)
Palm Sunday 6 PM ... Blessing of Palms & Passion Gospel on Zoom
Maundy Thursday 6 PM ... Memorial of Foot-washing on Zoom
Good Friday 6 PM ... Devotions at the Cross on Zoom
(Videos of All Zoom Services will be posted following the Zoom Service)

A Package containing Blessed Palms and other symbols for the Zoom Worship
will be available at church this Saturday from 2 to 6 PM and after the services on Sunday. We will also deliver one to your home if those times do not work for you. Please call the Church to let us know.
From the Treasurer
We now have the capability for online and text giving through Abundant (which is integrated with our accounting system).
ONLINE GIVING: To start we will only offer the ability to make plate offerings. As we develop comfort with the system and we receive feedback from the parish members we can expand the listing of funds available for online and/or text giving.

The direct link for online giving is

Online giving can also accessed thru the church website in two places.
  2. There is also a link on the ANNUAL PLEDGE & PLANNED GIVING 
See webpage images below.

Giving using your smartphone can be accessed by texting to number
73256 the keyword stedahlonega. (I suggest listing this number under Abundant in your phone.)

See images below.
Spotlight on Nature

by Rosalie Jensen

Looking for Light

When the sun appears in the east, one of our resident Cardinal females emerges from the darkness of her shelter into the light of early morning. 

As winter turns to spring, let us turn to the light of the world with the blessing “let me be looking with longing for light, let me be looking in hope.”  (Celtic Benediction, Monday morning prayer) Thanks, Rosalie. 

Saint Elizabeth's Episcopal Church is a NWF Certified Wildlife Habitat

Our Parish This Week

Five Lenten Questions

A Reflection Series by our Bishop

He asks us to embrace the self-examination of Lent as a spiritual practice to bring us closer to God. He posts the next video each week. There is also a study guide. Check it out here.

Father John is willing to watch the video and go through the study guide with anyone who would like. Give him a text or a call to set up a time. His number is (914) 512-8156.
News from the Pews
Personal Notes for the Parish Family

Edward Preston and Ginger Macheski were blessed by three new grandchildren in the past 6 months.  In August, Linnea Anne Lewis was born to Abigail and Steven Lewis (Wisconsin Rapids), Ashton Edward Veline (Roswell) came in October to Emily Macheski-Preston and Eric Veline and a few weeks ago Ariel Macheski Rising arrive to parents Mary and Brandon Rising (Marietta). 
Do you have personal news you'd like to share with the parish? It might be the birth of a niece, a new job, an article accepted for publication, a godson you love, a concert or an art exhibition? Send in a short sentence or two with your news and we will include it for one week. This is a project suggested by a parishioner and we are willing to give it a try.

NOTE: Please email your NEWS FROM THE PEWS items to:

Sue Spence, Devon Olivia Rooney, Davis Burns, Pam Stimers, Elise Sullens, Jackie Peabody, Paul Hamm, Pat Hughes, Pete Pratt, Henry Grimes, Angie Elmore, Terry McLendon, Jenna Brown, Christy Lowe, Keegan Plumley,  Robert Wright, Richard Lutz, David Baker,  Margaret Skelly, Sharon Hall, Judy Miller, Joy Schyler, Vicky Schyler, Ricie Eubanks, Ken Dusen, Ruth Purcell, Bill Vogt, Randy Pruitt, Nancita Palomos Knuckles, Wynell Pace, Bob Shields, Susan Shields, Paul Roberts, Marti Carter, Frances Thrasher, Antoinette Salas and Linda Bunting.


8        Alice Moore-Wherry
12      Mike Saunders
12      Gerald Skelly
28     Wendel Long
29     Warren Johnson

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19        Jackie & Walton Peabody
20        Pam & Jarell Jones
23        Martha & Tom Roberts

26        Lynda & Mike Duke

Please email us your special dates:
Thanks to Father John, Alice Moore, Martha & Tom Roberts

For their devoted faith in preparing our Holy Week packets!

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 Video is available every Sunday after 8:30 am. The Zoom Watch Party is at 10:00 am and the Coffee Hour begins thereafter usually around 10:45 or 10:50 pm. Like all our parish videos, it can be found on our YouTube channel
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.
Community Helping Place of Dahlonega PANTRY needs:
 Jelly  Peanut Butter  Grits  Juice 
Personal Care Items: 

● Shampoo ● Conditioner  Body wash  Deodorant  
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
Prayer garden work being scheduled: Cathy Ritch is well under way getting the prayer garden ready to open. 
  • Anyone with a tiller and some time the last week in March is urged to sign up for the garden and back of the church re-sodding project.
  • The re-sodding will take place Thursday 1, & Friday 2, April.
  • Assistance is requested. As well as time for watering the new sod.
Thank you, Suzanne Ryerson | Garden Committee
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.
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.


Christ has no body now but yours…
Yours are the hands through which he blesses all the world.

— St. Teresa of Ávila

Sunday Ministries


Sunday of the Passion:
Palm Sunday


The Liturgy of the Palms

The Liturgy of the Word

The Collect

Almighty and everliving God, in your tender love for the human race you sent your Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon him our nature, and to suffer death upon the cross, giving us the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant that we may walk in the way of his suffering, and also share in his resurrection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
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