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Thursday, April 30, 2020
St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church, 1188 Hamp Mil Road, Dahlonega Georgia 30533 - PH (706) 864-5423     ...
Father John Writes...

Alone but Not Lost
Sheep have a bad rap. We think of them as mindless followers and not very smart. We also think of them as meek and defenseless. Why is it a bad rap? Because it is not true! Sheep actually are very social creatures who make relationships, care for one another, show great intelligence, and can defend each other with powerful kicks. The bad rap sheep have is unfair.
      Why this sudden need to defend sheep? This Sunday is Good Shepherd Sunday; the week we read about Jesus being the Good Shepherd who cares for the sheep, unlike the thief who comes in the night to steal the sheep away, presumably for immediate slaughter, so the theft not be discovered. If our view of sheep is low then thinking that Jesus compares us to sheep could be an insult. But actually Jesus loves us, deeply, values us I am quite certain more than we value ourselves, and sees in us greater potential, again, than we see in ourselves. The Good Shepherd cares for the sheep.
     The striking thing about Jesus is that in his ministry among us he called disciples whom he trained to also be shepherds. Our bishops today are symbols of the ongoing role of shepherds in our society. But it is not just the bishops who receive the charge to be shepherds. We all receive that call. We are all asked to love the sheep. We are all charged to be the good shepherd.
     Sometimes the good shepherd goes off seeking the lost sheep while leaving the ninety nine others to care for each other, which they can do quite well if they stick together, But today the sheep are asked to all stand at least six feet apart and wear masks. The sheep hate it. The sheep are tired of watching Netflix. The sheep are okay with Zoom, if they can figure it out, but they miss actually gathering as a herd and bleating together at the same time. Yet, in this case, this great sacrifice the sheep are making allows them to care for one another. The sacrifice they make is good for the herd. The sacrifice they make helps them be like the Good Shepherd. They are wisely caring for one another as sheep do, and as the shepherd teaches them.
     Thank you,God, for the wonderful sheep in my life. It is hard not being with them. But I love them just as you do. May I bleat your praise with the best of them. We may be alone, but we certainly are not lost. Amen.

(Please note these sheep are not keeping the appropriate 6 feed distance. They do appear to be wearing black masks.)


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!

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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on all the Church Videos and Posts!
Join us! Bring your cup of coffee and snack while sitting at home enjoying conversations with the people you know...

Sunday, May 3
after the 10:00 am YouTube Sunday worship,
(around 11:45 or so).

S U N D A Y   C O F F E E   H O U R !

To use the video app on your computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone click on link below:

We will enjoy seeing you!

Sundays at 6 pm
We are using a Bible Study on the
Way of Love

ZOOM meeting:
Zoom Meetings This Week!

Coffee Hour: Sundays 11 am
Come see how others in the Parish are doing!

Sunday School: Sundays 6 pm
Come see how others in the Parish are doing!

F A B S: Thursdays 11 am
All welcome in these extraordinary times!

May / June / July 2020

Please send us an email requesting a copy. Limited quantities. Thank you!

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!
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
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
Nature Heals

This plant with lovely white bloom and a single leaf is called a Bloodroot.  The red roots of this plant have been used for many years in the Appalachians and are currently in formulas to relieve bronchitis, coughs, lung congestion and inflammation.
Thanks, Rosalie

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

...for sharing God's gifts!

Thanks to:

Tom Roberts
Mike Duke &
Ben Wallace

For their initiative in rotating the hanging cross in the Sacristy!
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: 

Fourth Sunday of Easter

The Collect

O God, whose Son Jesus is the good shepherd of your people: Grant that when we hear his voice we may know him who calls us each by name, and follow where he leads; who, with you and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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