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Thursday, May 7, 2020
St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church, 1188 Hamp Mil Road, Dahlonega Georgia 30533 - PH (706) 864-5423     ...
Father John Writes...

And we shall be satisfied
I have this idea that if I find the perfect office supply it will organize my life and all will be well. Ever since I was eight years of age I had this idea. I have spent countless hours in office supply stores looking for the item that will cause all things to fall in place, remove stress from life, and give me inner peace. If you think I am insane, well, a lot of people are. Having shared this quirk about me on prior occasions I have discovered many people who share the same or similar quirk. If only this. If only that. If I get this thing. If only that would happen. And we shall be satisfied. It's pure and simple madness. There is no magic bullet, at Office Depot, or anywhere else. Satisfaction comes from engaging the challenge of life like Jesus, and with Jesus. 
     In this Sunday's gospel Philip says to Jesus show us the Father and we shall be satisfied. Jesus is disappointed because he had hoped that by now the disciples would understand that he has already shown them the Father. He does the works of the Father. He is a healer. he forgives. He gives sight to the blind, causes the lame to walk, and proclaims good news to the poor. He and the Father are one.; It is in his self-giving love that we see the Father. And when we become like him in our values and actions we too become one with the Father through him. 
     If there were a flash of light and we could go back to life as it was before the pandemic would we be satisfied? No. An itch may have been scratched, but we have seen in this pandemic things we will not be able to forget. We have seen that our society has many places where it needs healing. We have seen people who desire to be truly loved, not in sentiment but in deed. We have learned again (and maybe some of us for the first time) just how important it is to be together. In this pandemic we see new ways we can imitate Jesus, bring healing and compassion, and show the world the Father. Once the challenge of social distancing is past there are more challenges ahead.
     Our satisfaction will materialize not in the elimination of problems, or a return to normal, because after all what is normal anyway. Our satisfaction will come in realizing there is NO perfect office supply, there is no magic bullet. What is available is much better. Having faith, and devoting our hearts, minds, souls and bodies to the love of God, and to the compassionate love of Jesus. 

(These sheep are only here again this week because I like them.)
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
For everyone's safety...
Please sign-up at the clip board in the vestibule each time you come into the church building.

Please don't forget to wear your COVID-19 face mask!

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
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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!

Sundays at 6 pm

We are using a Bible Study on the
Way of Love

ZOOM meeting:

Sundays at 10:45 am

Come see how others in the Parish are doing!

ZOOM meeting: 

Thursdays at 11 am

All welcome in these extraordinary!

ZOOM meeting:
Have you been sewing simple face masks in this time of sheltering-in-place?  Could you sew a few more?  Or, would you like to begin a sewing project?  The food pantry at Community Helping Place is in need of simple, reusable masks for the clients.  Many of these neighbors have health issues and most are older so masks are essential whenever they are out.  Here are the facts:
The CHP food pantry has about 300 families receiving food once each month.  We would like to provide one mask per family (for the person who generally does the pick-up.)  I have already taken 40 masks, most of which have been given out.  So, we need about 250 masks in the next four weeks.   The good news is that if just a few folks made a few masks, we could meet the goal!
There are very simple patterns on-line.  I'm using this one:   You can use whatever fabric you have; no need to go to Walmart!  ( I made a lot out of one queen sized flat sheet, using ties instead of elastic.)
If you are interested in sewing a few masks, let me know:, or 404-309-6751.  I will pick up the finished ones at the church and deliver them when we work at the pantry.  
Thank you for being the hands of Christ for our neighbors.  Barbara Day Miller
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!
NOTE: The Church Parking Lot is getting resurfaced
Our parking area is being re-paved starting Monday, May 11.
Should you need to visit the church at that time please park at the North Georgia Propane and let them know you are with the church. Thank you.
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
Thankful for Water!

The Psalmist praises the Lord:  “You visit the earth and water it, you greatly enrich it, softening it with showers, and blessing its growth.”  (Psalm 65:9-10)
Thanks, Rosalie

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

...for sharing God's gifts!

Thanks to
the Members of the Choir:
Angie, Cathy, Dyann, George, Harriet, Jackie, Jill, Jorgene, Kristi, Liz, Martha, Melissa, Paul A., Paul R., Skipper, Tom with Julie's direction 

For enhancing our Sunday Worships with their voices, musical instruments and videos!
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 the month of MAY:
     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: 

Fifth Sunday of Easter

The Collect

Almighty God, whom truly to know is everlasting life: Grant us so perfectly to know your Son Jesus Christ to be the way, the truth, and the life, that we may steadfastly follow his steps in the way that leads to eternal life; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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