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Thursday, February 18, 2021

1188 Hamp Mil Road, Dahlonega, Georgia 30533 • PH (706) 864-5423    
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Father John Writes
Finding God in Lent
Nature and Humanity

Now that Lent has met the pandemic again I am trying to take advantage of it this time. Last March it hit us by surprise. Did you like me, think it would be over in a few weeks? Now I am hoping we are near the wind-down. So, if there can be any good in the pandemic we need to find it now. I invite you to use this time to ask the question, "Where is God in our lives?"

In my homily Ash Wednesday I named people who loved and inspired me. They pointed to the presence of God in my life. I also mused that the very fact of being forgiven and loved as I am is a powerful pointer in my soul to God. Today I want to consider nature, and humanity, which is, after all, a part of nature.

It is practically a truism. The vastness of the universe, the countless planets (apparently they outnumber the grains of sand on earth), the beauty of creation, its mountains, its flowers, its animals, especially cats. The vastness and the beauty place me in a state of awe whose natural impulse is worship and praise. Nature whispers to me the presence of God. All the more reason to care for it.

Quite possibly the most awesome part of nature, at least to me, is the human species. Each person is unique, has a mother and a father, and casts a fresh pair of exploring eyes on this awesome world. Reportedly ancient rabbis taught that anyone who rescues one human life, rescues a universe. The writer of Genesis teaches us that humanity is made in the image and likeness of God. Clearly humanity is a most wondrous part of nature.

There is no wonder that the love of neighbor is a commandment like the one to love God. In humanity we see the reflection of God. That means in you, in me, in the hungry child living in a tent with her family in a park in Los Angeles, and in the royal babies who call the Duchess of York mother. We all show each other God, and in loving and serving each other, we also love and serve God.

Have a blessed week everyone!
Father John+
New This Week

The First Lenten Service is this Tuesday at Noon
You can attend and listen in the safety of your car!
Personal Notes for the Parish Family
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.

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.
Bill and Melissa Lach celebrated Shrove Tuesday eating pancakes and thinking of us last Tuesday!
A call to submit articles for the  FEB | MAR | APR  issue


Deadline for articles: Sunday, March 7
Please email: or call Margo for information.
Spotlight on Nature

by Rosalie Jensen


Over the last weekend, Mike and I counted birds for the Great Backyard Bird Count, now an annual international event.  After driving through promising places in two counties we returned home to find this amazing Red-shouldered Hawk in a tree near the driveway, waiting to be counted. 
As we all journey through Lent, reading, praying, and listening, may we find unexpected insights and new illustrations of love and forgiveness. Thanks, Rosalie. 

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

Our Parish This Week

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,  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 and Frances Thrasher.



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

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No anniversaries

If we missed your special day please email your BIRTHDAY & ANNIVERSARY dates to:
Thanks to all participants on

Wednesday Service! Father John for arranging the service via Zoom & YouTube and mailing the ashes!         
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
Tuesday, March 23 at noon
 Hancock Park, Dahlonega
Fruits of the Spirit: GOODNESS with Father John
Community Helping Place of Dahlonega PANTRY needs:
 Green beans  Shampoo  Conditioner  Body wash  Deodorant  Femenine products 

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.
You can get to know us best by joining us for worship. We pray, read scripture, and sing most Sundays. Some folks say the best part of the way we do worship is Communion. That simply means that we have a meal together just like Jesus did at his last supper. Everyone is welcome to this meal. We believe this meal gives us comfort and courage to be faithful in the real world.

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Forward Movement

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


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 and very much appreciated. Thank you. 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
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


First Sunday in Lent

Genesis 9:8-17
1 Peter 3:18-22
Mark 1:9-15
Psalm 25:1-9

The Collect

Almighty God, whose blessed Son was led by the Spirit to be tempted by Satan: Come quickly to help us who are assaulted by many temptations; and, as you know the weaknesses of each of us, let each one find you mighty to save; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
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