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Thursday, January 13, 2022


Saint Elizabeth's Episcopal Church
1188 Hamp Mil Road, Dahlonega, Georgia 30533 • PH (706) 864-5423    
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Father John Writes

A Life of Poetry

What if we were able to take the ordinary in our lives and make it extraordinary? What if the blah became the wow? Businesses pursue this because they are focused on making a profit. What if we as individuals, and as a parish, pursued this in our very lives, and the lives of our neighbors? And what if it was not a chore but a joy?

This Sunday we celebrate Jesus changing water into wine. It is one of the four central Epiphany stories. Strangely enough we never see Jesus do it. He just asks people to go and draw water and drink it. Then they discover to their astonishment that instead of water it is wine, and not just any wine, excellent wine.
Why? How? What does the miracle mean?

We could say it is simply a miracle. Jesus turned water into wine. Open your eyes and see it. It's a fact. That's all there is to it. Believe. Obey.

But what if there is more? What if we are being asked to see something about God in this story? What if by making it "fact" we are taking poetry and turning it into prose? What if we are taking life changing dynamic promise and demoting it to history?

Epiphany is about seeing the light. I believe this story is light. It shows God working in our lives, transforming the ordinary into extraordinary, water into wine, dreary and weary into joyful and empowered! Just as the people in the story followed Jesus' counsel and drew water only to discover wine, I think we are encouraged to follow Jesus' counsel, and follow a life like his. His life offers us ways to notice what was always there: God's grace, God's love, God's peace. It turns prosaic existence into song!
This encourages me to be faithful to my spiritual practice, my prayer, my study, intentional silence, acts of kindness. I cannot make a miracle happen. But by doing these things I am intentionally taking Jesus with me along the way, and am paying attention to what he is already doing. I am noticing the miracle already in my life.

Have a blessed week everyone!
Father John+

(the illustration above is Hebrew Calligraphy)
This Week

Mountain Meditation and Mindfulness
First Meeting Tonight @ 5:45 P.M.

Meets Weekly on Thursdays In the Church
All Welcome

We will wear masks being mindful of the needs of others until the omicron variant spike resolves.

After Sunday, January 23rd service
please stay and participate in our 

Parish Annual Meeting!



Transmission Rates in Lumpkin County exceed our benchmark this Week
by a very great deal, due to the omicron variant.

Based on the current contamination rates we will:
insist on masks in order to protect the vulnerable,
sing using masks,
gather outside for fellowship after the service.

It is reasonable for people, especially upboosted persons, 
to exercise extreme caution at this time.


Sunday's Worship at 10:30 AM
If anyone has symptoms of any illness please refrain from coming to church. We will wear masks in the Service. 

The Sunday Service will live stream on Facebook at 10:30 AM

You do not need a Facebook account to see it.
If streaming is not good because of our Internet service 
the video posted afterwards will usually be much better.


Current Sunday Bulletin | PRESS HERE
New This Week
P O I N S E T T I A S !!!
We have beautiful poinsettias that are ready to go to a home and make someone smile. Please feel free to get a poinsettia from the church's vestibule.

The Flying Wallenda's in action!

Mike Duke and Ben Wallace at the "risky" task of changing the photocell of the church parking light post! Guys, thank you!
Ongoing Announcements
(Please visit: for details.)
Thursday, January 13
• 9 am to 1 pm Parish Office open
• FABS at 11 am
• 5:45 pm Mountain Meditation and Mindfulness
Friday, January 14
• Parish office - closed
• 9:30 am Yoga by Paula

Saturday, January 15
• Parish office - closed
• No activities scheduled

Sunday, January 16

Second Sunday after the Epiphany
• 10:30 am Holy Eucharist (and livestream via Facebook)
Monday, January 17
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
• Parish office - closed
• 9:30 am Yoga by Paula
Tuesday, January 18
• Parish office - closed
• 9 am MOBS (meet at Wagon Wheel for breakfast)
• 1:30 pm Tai Chi
* 7:00 pm Last Bookgroup on the Episcopal Church
Wednesday, January 19
• 9 am to 1 pm Parish Office open
• 5:15 pm Choir Practice
Thursday, January 20
• 9 am to 1 pm Parish Office open
• 10:45 am FABS (meet at Parish Library or via Zoom)
Friday, January 21
• Parish office - closed
• 9:30 am Yoga by Paula

Saturday, January 22
• Parish office - closed
• No events scheduled

Sunday, January 23

Third Sunday after the Epiphany
• Parish Annual Meeting after service

Service Participants Schedule
Spotlight on Nature

by Rosalie Jensen

First Bird

According to the National Audubon Society, there is a tradition among bird-lovers of taking note of the first bird that we see each New Year’s Day.  This year my first bird sighting was of a Tufted Titmouse at one of the feeders in our front yard.  Don’t be surprised if pictures of these small appealing birds appear from time to time on your email news in 2022.- Rosalie Jensen

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

Our Parish This Week
Devon Olivia Rooney, Jackie Peabody, Henry Grimes, Terry McLendon, Jenna Brown, Christy Lowe, Keegan Plumley, Richard Lutz, Margaret Skelly, Sharon Hall, Judy Miller, Joy Schyler, Vicky Schyler, Ricie Eubanks, Ruth Purcell, Randy Pruitt, Nancita Palomos Knuckles, Frances Thrasher, Marti Carter, Judy Ford, Pea McKellar, Carol Smith, George Heitz, Mary, Ernie Farrington, Holly Brannon, Marilou Kinney, Cari Grimes Stephens, Jim Kinney, Gregg Clark, Russ Olson, Joey Taylor, Dana Weaver, Elizabeth Vogt, Amanda Schell, Larry Channell, Christian Kirsh, Mike McCormack, Florence Barnett, Chris Wallis, Jake Farley, Joan Gray Anderson, Rex Roberts, Trudy Roberts and David Loux.

J A N U A R Y  
Birthdays & Anniversaries

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

Paul Roberts
Rosalie Jensen & Mike Saunders
Amanda & Russell Ballew
Don Hunt

Patti Ackerman

Henry Grimes
Betty Greene & Shirley Krogstad

Suzanne Ryerson

Nicole Levesque

Rita Channell




Amy Greene

Lucy Davidson & Jerry Wall


Bonnie Hunt


Beth Ingram



David Jones



Walton Peabody



Harriet & David Connolly


Jim Ritch

Darrell E. Woodall


Please email us your special dates:
• Cooking oil
• Jelly 
• Peanut Butter
• Grits

Personal Care Items: 
• Shampoo 
• Conditioner 
• Body soap/wash 

• Deodorant 
• Dental floss 
• Toothpaste for sensitive teeth 
Community Helping Place of Dahlonega

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We appreciate your kindness, concern and generosity.

Debi Holloway | Director of Client Services | Community Helping Place | 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 -
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