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Thursday, November 19, 2020

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

St. Elizabeth & Holy Communion

It is interesting that this pandemic would not be a situation totally unknown to St. Elizabeth. She lived during a famine where food was so short she reportedly sold the crown jewels to feed people. The Communion is not normal food. During extraordinary times it is helpful to remember that Communion is food for a church journeying through all that life can present us, for better for worse. It was indeed begun the night that Jesus was betrayed, and the night before he was crucified. It is the bread of tears of both joy and sorrow.

St. Elizabeth in her extraordinary famine draws strength from the same source we do during our extraordinary pandemic. She draws it from God. Did you ever stop to think that when you receive Communion you are doing something she also did? So did St. Paul, St. Augustine of Hippo, St Francis of Assisi, and indeed any person living or deceased who has been a mentor to you in the spiritual path of following Jesus. The Holy Communion unites us to God and to one another, across time, across space, and even across the chasm between life and death. It is a taste of the dream God has for the universe.

And so I am very happy to say that this Sunday we will be distributing Holy Communion using specific guidelines designed by the diocesan taskforce. It will not be the service we are accustomed to, rather it is a rite for extraordinary circumstances as you can see in this list:

* The service will be outside, socially distanced, masked, using sanitation protocols, and single direction traffic flow.
* We have limited space for each service. People will sign up by telephoning or emailing the church ahead of time. We suggest you propose several worship times so that we can do our very best to make absolutely sure you get a place. 
* It is preferred that you watch the Sunday video before you come to receive Communion. The actual distribution service will last about 7 minutes and is a continuation of the worship video.
* We will send you a list of safety protocols which we ask you to follow. It includes masks, distancing, and sanitization.
* The Host will be presented to you in a sanitary container which we will all open and then consume the elements all at the same time.

Consult the information below and then call or email the church to sign up for a place.

Have a blessed week everyone,
Father John
New This Week

Sign up to Receive Holy Communion
(This Does Not Replace the Worship Video Each Week)
Sign up by calling (706) 864-5423, the church office, and leaving a message -OR- by emailing the church office at Please indicate all the dates that would work for you in order of preference. The dates Holy Communion will be distributed are:  The service is designed with the expectation that you will have worshiped using the video beforehand, and the service of distribution will be very short, some 7 minutes.
Sunday, November 22, @ 11:30 AM.
Tuesday, December 1 @ 10:30 AM
Sunday, December 6 @ 11:30 AM
Tuesday, December 8 @ 10:30 AM
Sunday, December 13 @ 11:30 AM
Please Note that Father John will be on vacation Monday, November 23 through Monday, November 5th. He will still be available by telephone for pastoral emergencies. 

O God of the high mountains  ~|~  O Christ of the fertile valleys  ~|~  O Spirit of the earth 
From whose dark soils burst forth fresh life  ~|~  And from which my own body and soul are born 
Be to me this night  ~|~  The bestower of grace
Be to my body and soul this night   ~|~  The generous giver of love.

Spotlight on Nature

by Rosalie Jensen
Marvel of Fall

When we found it almost covered in leaves, it was a very small tree in the backyard.  Concluding that it was the offspring of the Japanese Maple tree nearby, we transplanted it near the street in our front garden in a hospitable environment.  Over the years it has developed into a glowing reminder to those passing by that this kind of beauty only comes once a year.  Thanks, Rosalie. 

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

Thank you, Gladys Otero-Wallace 
For redesigning the Newcomers Package and being faithful to send it to people interested in our parish!

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 after 9:50 am. Like all our parish videos, it can be found on our YouTube channel
Advent Begins Sunday, November 29th. 
The Service for the First Sunday of Advent will be Morning Prayer. Begin to prepare for the coming of the Lord.

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 ---
Community Helping Place of Dahlonega Dental Clinic needs:
● Dental floss  Toothpaste for sensitive teeth 
Community Helping Place of Dahlonega needs:
● Jelly  Spaghetti sauce  Canned meat  Oatmeal/grits  Egg cartons
Events in the Weeks Ahead...
Ongoing Items and the Weekly Schedule

Community Advent Services 2020: "Waiting on Christmas" In the Dahlonega Baptist Church Parking Lot. This is a Drive-in Service only. Tuesdays, Dec. 1, 8, 15 & 22, 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM.  On Certain Sundays and Tuesdays Local Restaurants will be donating a portion of sales to CHP Spirit of Christmas Formerly known as White Christmas. See Procedures for a Drive in Service and the Calendar of Restaurants participating by following this Link:
It is not too late to make a 2021 Pledge Online 
It is safe and confidential. Go to this Link: 
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 9:30 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:

Tuesday, November 10th at 7 pm
The book is: "White Fragility" by Robin DiAngelo
All welcome to join our reviews! 
ZOOM meeting:
Sunday Service Readers
If you are interested in reading for a Sunday Service please contact Fr. John at 914-512-8156 or email us at: Your presence at a service video/recoding it's a way to visit each other while staying apart. Thank you.

Sunday Ministries

Elizabeth of Hungary
Princess, 1231
November 19

Tobit 12:8-10
Psalm 146:4-9
Luke 12:32-34

The Collect
Almighty God, by your grace your servant Elizabeth of Hungary recognized and honored Jesus in the poor of this world: Grant that we, following her example, may with love and gladness serve those in any need or trouble, in the name and for the sake of Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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