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Thursday, December 31, 2020

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

On the Seventh Day of Christmas My Pastor Said to Me
What will be your Name for the New Year?

At Holy Comforter Church in Atlanta the woman who played the guitar, Macy, often led us in singing this song, which I believe is loosely based on Isaiah chapter 62. Here are the lyrics.
I will change your name
You shall no longer be called
Wounded, outcast, lonely or afraid

I will change your name
Your new name shall be
Confidence, joyfulness, overcoming one
Faithfulness, friend of God
One who seeks My face

Holy Comforter is a parish where a significant majority of the congregation are special needs adults who live mainly in care homes. In that context this song becomes a beautiful statement of the abiding faith we have that God loves us and equips us all, every one, to grow spiritually. The world might see us as different, outcast or wounded. God knows we are blessed.

New Year's Day in the Christian calendar is eight days after the birth of Christ and is the day Jesus would have received his name. Thus it is called Holy Name Day. I tried to find a nice illuminated manuscript picture from the web, but all the ones I could find where images of his circumcision which also occurred on that day, and so I opted for the picture I used above instead.

The name Jesus, means, as best one can tell, "God saves!" Jesus' other name, Immanuel, means "God with us". So, on New Year's Day, Holy Name Day, we celebrate God's resolution to save us and be with us, and we pray to be open to receive grace even in the midst of challenges and adversity.

Most names mean something. My name John apparently means "God is gracious" It is a good thing because I definitely need God's grace. At the outset of this new year, in the midst of this strange pandemic, I am asking also for a new name. I would like "One who shares God's grace with others!" What new name might you pray for this year? Faithful One? Joyful One? "One who hangs in there?", "One who grows in love"? One thing is for sure, God always and forever names you "My Beloved".

Happy Holy Name Day Everyone & a very happy new year!
Have a Blessed week,
Father John+

At the very bottom of this email I include a link
to a family singing this song on YouTube.

New This Week

Virtual Worship This Sunday, January 3, 2020
Second Sunday after Christmas

Features Congregational Singing Recorded Last Year
(to give our musicians a break)
Come prepared to sing along  and also Consider coming to the Watch Party.
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.

Mark Your Calendar for the Annual Meeting
Sunday, January 17th 
Let's come together for this unusual and short virtual meeting to show our St. Elizabeth's Spirit!
The Parish Office will close  
Thursday, December 24, 2020 and reopen  
Monday, January 4th, 2021

Happy New Year!

NOV | DEC | JAN  2020-2021


The current issue was mailed on Monday, December 21.
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Christmas Lessons and Carols
Why not have another go?
Spotlight on Nature

by Rosalie Jensen

Happy New Year!

A bright red Cardinal posed against a background of summer greenery wishes the human world a year filled with hope.  Looking over this past year, let us try to find those moments of joy that will live in our memories for the rest of our lives.
 Thanks, Rosalie. 

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

Thank you Father John & Julie!

A BIG thank you to Father John and Julie for arranging, filming, editing, and producing our video Advent and Christmas services! A job well done!
   --a parishioner

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
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

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. 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 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:

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.

Here is a family singing the song mentioned in "Father John Writes" above.
Sunday Ministries


Second Sunday after Christmas

Jeremiah 31:7-14
Ephesians 1:3-6,15-19a
Matthew 2:13-15,19-23 or Luke 2:41-52 or Matthew 2:1-12
Psalm 84 or 84:1-8

The Collect

O God, who wonderfully created, and yet more wonderfully restored, the dignity of human nature: Grant that we may share the divine life of him who humbled himself to share our humanity, your Son Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
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