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Thursday, September 17, 2020
St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church, 1188 Hamp Mil Road, Dahlonega Georgia 30533 - PH (706) 864-5423     ...
Father John Writes...

Workers in the Vineyard and Holy Cross Day
    Life is Messy, the pandemic is messy and God's actions in our life are messy. Thanks be to God!  Monday was Holy Cross Day. It commemorates the day when St. Helena found a large arm of wood in the Holy Land and came to believe that it was part of the true cross on which Christ was crucified. Tiny splinters of that one arm of cross can be found across the globe. Many parish churches had such a splinter and it would be venerated on Good Friday. There are a few for sale on E-Bay even at this very moment. 
     What does the Cross mean? Some say it was an excruciating death so that Jesus could pay our debt to God's justice. Others say it was the means whereby Jesus tricked either the Satan or death or both into biting off more that they could chew destroying the power of them both over mankind. 
     I was reading in a book by Rowan Williams that one of the meanings of the cross is that God's work in our universe is messy, complicated, indirect, confusing, and deeply embedded in the lives of contradictions of human experience. This would imply that salvation is not neat, clear, logical and sanitary, but indeed quite the opposite, much like our lives, and this pandemic.
     This also sheds some light on next Sunday's gospel. Those who worked in the vineyard for only one hour are paid the same as those who worked all day. It strikes many people as unfair, and is not perhaps a practice to be taken on by Personnel departments interested in maintaining morale. But it does imply that God's work in our lives defies the logic we might expect.
     This to me is Good News. Why? Because as much as I try my life is not neat, clear, logical or sanitary, even though I would like it to be so. Often my attempts to impose order on my soul are the times when I fell the most soul weary and distant from God. It is Good News for me to think that God is at work plotting resurrection even in the midst of life as it is. That is why Jesus joined us right here in the real world, not some perfect sanitary version. God is at work. Thanks be to God.

Have a blessed week everyone.
Father John

It might be advisable for some of us to make an online donation but perhaps not go to the event itself. Be sure to take your mask, hand sanitizer and keep distance if you do want to go. Here is the link to more information.
The Second Book Group is Tuesday, October 6.
You do not have to read the book to attend.
To Sign up for this book group go to

Who Might you Invite to Also Attend?

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
Mark Your Calendar and buy your tickets for 
Gold Party
A Virtual Event with the Indigo Girls
Friday, October 2 at 6 PM

Purchase your Party Basket which includes goodies and a chance at the Basket Raffles. Please view the Letter Here for all the information.

There is Still Time to help our Parish
Sponsor the

CHP Gold Party
So Far we have a Friend Sponsorship

Father John is asking for contributions to the Discretionary fund so that our church can sponsor the event at a significant level. However your contribution at any level is appreciated. Here are the levels. You can text Father John for more information. Please make the check to the discretionary fund and send it to the Treasurer. Father John will not know the amount anyone contributes. 

Platinum $10,000  ::  Gold $7,500  ::  Silver $5,000  ::  Bronze $2,500  ::  Friend $1,000
Call for Vestry Nominations
After prayerfully consideration of our parish mission and the gifts of people in our parish do you have a nomination for vestry? Perhaps you are feeling the call to serve? Please consult the information we provide on the eligibility for and responsibilities of vestry members at this LINK.  and the job description. Then suggest your name to the vestry by October 5th. It is important to discuss your nomination with the person you desire to nominate. You may make your nomination by emailing or calling the church. or leaving a message at (706) 864-5423.
"The One who sings prays twice"
- St. Augustine of Hippo -

A Message from the Choir Director

   Do you enjoy singing?
Have you ever wanted to be a part of the choir, but weren’t sure about the commitment? Then now is the perfect time for you! I’m sure you have seen people singing the hymns for the church service, but have you noticed that not all of those singing were members of the St. Elizabeth Choir? In this time of the pandemic, you don’t have to be a member of the choir to participate in our activities! Let me explain.

 There are currently 4 activities that you can be involved in without actually “joining” the choir. 
First, like others before you, you can sing a hymn for the online Sunday service. If you would like to do this, contact Julie Woodall at

Don’t like singing alone?
Then you can participate in our virtual choir, which is just getting started. In this activity, you simply practice along with a recording, and when you feel comfortable, record yourself and submit it. It’s a LOT easier than it sounds, and I have complete step-by-step instructions for you to follow. If interested, contact me at

Not sure about your singing skills?
Or maybe you’re a little rusty about reading music. Then I have a solution for you! We have a program where you can practice this from the comfort of your own home! Again, just contact me at, and I will send you complete instructions. Not sure about the people in the choir? Think we’re all just a little odd? Then come hang out with us for a little while and check us out. We’re regular folks! We have a weekly Zoom meeting on Wednesdays at 5:00. If you are interested in joining us, contact Julie Woodall at

Finally, we hope that you will enjoy one or more of these activities so much that you won’t be able to wait for in-person church to start up so you can join us in the choir loft on Sunday mornings. Still hesitant? Our regular schedule includes rehearsal on Wednesdays from 5:15-6:30 and on Sundays from 9:00-9:45, and then, of course, the performances on Sundays at 10:00. No prior experience is necessary- the only true requirement is a desire to make a joyful noise for the Lord! Even if you decide not to join us on a permanent basis, please consider joining us for one or more of the above activities during this pandemic time.

May you and your loved ones be blessed!

Paul Anderson
Our next issue of TIDINGS will be published in November, before Thanksgiving. If you have a story idea for us or would like to submit an article/column, please touch base with Margo Booth,, 770-654-7899. Deadline for the issue is Nov. 11. We are especially looking for stories about parish activities and personal interest stories about our members, but are open to any story ideas you think would be of interest to parishioners.
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
Participate! Support your church and the people who dedicates effort Proclaiming God's Word!


Sundays at 9:45 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: 
Sundays at 6 pm
We are using a Bible Study on the Way of Love
ZOOM meeting:
Thursdays at 11 am
All welcome to FABS in these extraordinary! 
ZOOM meeting:

God loves you!

We Pray for the sick and other needs:

Alice, Sue, Devon, Davis, Pam, Elise, Jackie, Natalie, Paul,
Rosa, Pat, Pete, Henry, Angie, Lynda, Terry, Jenna, Pat,
Christy, Keegan, Ginger, Christina, Robert, Richard, David,
Dorothy, Margaret, Antoinette, Carson, Sharon, Sebastian, Ily and Judy.

Show that you care

In a time of social isolation, what could be more welcome than receiving your personal message written inside a card created by artists in our church community?

Elaine Clark and Rosalie Jensen have donated handmade cards to be sold in the nave to benefit the Creations Keepers account, set up by Ben Wallace to support our Certified Backyard Habitat.

Each card is approximately  5" x 7" and includes an envelope. Suggested contribution per card $5.

Late Summer Beauty

This Tiger Swallowtail was photographed on Joe Pye Weed blooming next to a pond in Cross Creek Farm, a residential area behind our church property.   The tall plants with lavish clusters of pink to lavender blooms are named for Joe Pye, a Native American medicine man who traveled with his herbal cures. 

Thanks, Rosalie

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

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

Elaine Clark
For contributing with wildlife watercolor art collection to the St. Elizabeth's art gallery!
Email us if you want to recommend someone to thank for in our Parish.
See the source image

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

Our Food Pantry is in need of the following:
Canned meat (tuna/chicken) Canned vegetables (green beans, corn, mixed) Jelly 

If anyone so desires, our Personal Care and Baby Pantry have some needs as well:
Shampoo Conditioner ● Liquid body soap Diapers (size 4, 5 & 6), we do not need smaller sizes Wipes 

  • We are gratefully appreciative of any and all that is given to CHP.
  • Please consider a donation to the Community Helping Place through Amazon Smile!
  • When donating for the Summer Food Program, please specify that when you drop it off. 
  • The Food Pantry is open Mon, Wed, Fri 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 
  • Items can be delivered directly to: Community Helping Place, 1127 Highway 52 East (The Rock House) 
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

Sixteenth Sunday After Pentecost
Proper 20

Jonah 3:10-4:11
Psalm 145:1-8
Philippians 1:21-30
Matthew 20:1-16

The Collect

Grant us, Lord, not to be anxious about earthly things, but to love things heavenly; and even now, while we are placed among things that are passing away, to hold fast to those that shall endure; 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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