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Thursday, April 1, 2021

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

The love Jesus shows us is greater than the love we are used to. It is a love that does not come naturally. It is a love that even eludes the reach of people who choose to dedicate their all to faith in Jesus. It is the love that is so great there is no way to stop it. It is not a sentimental love that makes one feel good. It is a love along the lines of total delight in the other. It is a love that forgets self; or perhaps better said, it is a love that becomes the very substance of the person who loves. When John says God is love, this is the love he means. It is the love we see when Jesus prays from the cross, "Forgive them. They know not what they do."  To be able to love from our substance, to be able to love without condition, this is a gift from God, that connects us with God, and which transforms us. Holy Week and Easter together, rejection, suffering, death and resurrection are all part of this dynamic of love. You tell me you do not understand? Good. It is not understandable. It is a mystery we cannot adequately describe in words, but it is what we see when we see the cross and it is what we see when the resurrected Jesus returns to us arms outstretched to offer us love from the other side of death. 

Indoor Church. Our first Sunday in Church was phenomenal. I hope we can have two full (16 groups of one or two people) services this weekend! See below for the ways to sign up. You can now sign up on your own.

Virtual Church. We are in a transition with the online worship. We believe we will be able to provide something better this coming Sunday than last Sunday. Look for an update Saturday with the bulletin and more information.

Have a blessed week everyone,
Father John+

Holy Week Services
Tonight and Tomorrow Night on Zoom

Maundy Thursday 6 PM ... Memorial of Foot-washing on Zoom
Good Friday 6 PM ... Devotions at the Cross on Zoom

The Zoom Sign-In Link is

(Videos of All Zoom Services will be posted following the Zoom Service)

Sign up for the Easter Services

You May Register Yourself for Sunday In Person Services Using the buttons below. When you arrive at the webpage you will want to click the RSVP Now button. Please Note if there are no slots open that means the service is full.

You may also call or email the church at

Or you may call the church at (706) 864-5423

Online Worship Opportunities will be posted to Facebook and YouTube each Sunday. Our target is the early afternoon.

To Register for Easter Day 9:30 AM Service CLICK THIS BUTTON
To Register for Easter Day 11:30 AM Service CLICK THIS BUTTON

Use this LInk to sign up for services further in the future.
To Register CLICK HERE and select the Sunday Service that you want to attend
New This Week
Feb | March | April 2021

T I D I N G S 

Is now available at our webpage! Please click below:

Weekly E-News and Tidings newsletter – St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church (

The Easter Flower Memorials 2021
As we will have only limited flowers for Easter this Year the memorials will be used to help pay for the Church Landscaping. We anticipate that the landscaping may be installed by Easter Sunday. We will place the Memorials in the Thursday Update and the Sunday Bulletin for the Great 50 Days of Easter. Thus you are able to send in memorials throughout the Easter Season.
From the Treasurer
We now have the capability for online and text giving through Abundant (which is integrated with our accounting system).

To start we will only offer the ability to make plate offerings. As we develop comfort with the system and we receive feedback from the parish members we can expand the listing of funds available for online and/or text giving.

The direct link for online giving is

Online giving can also accessed thru the church website in two places.
  2. There is also a link on the ANNUAL PLEDGE & PLANNED GIVING 
See webpage image below.


Giving using your smartphone can be accessed by texting to number 73256 the keyword stedahlonega. (I suggest listing this number under Abundant in your phone.)
Spotlight on Nature

by Rosalie Jensen

While We Wait

The little Titmouse cocks its head, listening for something that we cannot hear.  The whole earth seems to hold its breath as it waits for a miracle.
 Thanks, Rosalie. 

Saint Elizabeth's Episcopal Church is a NWF Certified Wildlife Habitat

Our Parish This Week
News from the Pews
Personal Notes for the Parish Family

Mike and Lynda Duke claim they were surprised by a 50th Anniversary Party organized by Allison and Kris, their children. What great children (of the totally grown up and marvellous variety.)
Do you have personal news you'd like to share with the parish? It might be the birth of a niece, a new job, an article accepted for publication, a godson you love, a concert or an art exhibition? Send in a short sentence or two with your news and we will include it for one week. This is a project suggested by a parishioner and we are willing to give it a try.

NOTE: Please email your NEWS FROM THE PEWS items to:

Sue Spence, Devon Olivia Rooney, Davis Burns, Pam Stimers, Elise Sullens, Jackie Peabody, Paul Hamm, Pat Hughes, Pete Pratt, Henry Grimes, Angie Elmore, Terry McLendon, Jenna Brown, Christy Lowe, Keegan Plumley,  Robert Wright, Richard Lutz, David Baker,  Margaret Skelly, Sharon Hall, Judy Miller, Joy Schyler, Vicky Schyler, Ricie Eubanks, Ken Dusen, Ruth Purcell, Bill Vogt, Randy Pruitt, Nancita Palomos Knuckles, Wynell Pace, Bob Shields, Susan Shields, Paul Roberts, Marti Carter, Frances Thrasher, Antoinette Salas and Linda Bunting.


1        Gail Grimes
6        Sharon Hall
9        Melissa Lach
11      Terry Alexander
11      Cathy McLendon
20     Janet Thrasher
21     Lloyd Cupp
23     Jim Elmore
24     Margo Booth
29     Pete Pratt
30     Pat Hughes
See the source image

20        Cally & Pete Pratt
20        Sheila & Lloyd Cupp

23        Bonnie & Don Hunt
29        Jill & Rick Hayes
29        Jorgene & Joe West

Please email us your special dates:

Thanks to Martha  Roberts, Molly Callender, Judy Strickland and Suzanne Ryerson

The caring hands of these ladies prepared the packets for Holy Week! Thank you to all that came to pick up the Holy Week kits.

Thanks to Margo Booth and Tidings contributors!

For another excellent and interesting TIDINGS issue.

NOTE: Please email us to recommend someone to thank in our Parish.
Outreach Developments to be hosted by St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church at our site. Projected to take place at Summer and early Fall. Please contact Melissa to be part of these community efforts! Thank you.
Community Helping Place of Dahlonega

 Jelly  Peanut Butter  Grits  Juice 
Personal Care Items: 

● Shampoo ● Conditioner  Body wash  Deodorant  
Community Helping Place of Dahlonega 

● Dental floss  Toothpaste for sensitive teeth 
Community Helping Place of Dahlonega
eeds for month of May distribution:

 Box of cereal  Grits  Oats  Jelly ● Juice 

We are planning on 200 children benefiting from our Summer Program. If you collect food for this program, it is important to tell the person receiving the food or they will put it into the Food Pantry inventory. You can always contact me and I will meet you at the Red Building and we can put the food in there.

Debi Holloway | Director of Client Services
Community Helping Place (CHP)
706-867-9621, ext 303
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 -
Events in the Weeks Ahead...
Ongoing Items and the Weekly Schedule
Prayer garden work being scheduled: Cathy Ritch is well under way getting the prayer garden ready to open. 
  • Anyone with a tiller and some time the last week in March is urged to sign up for the garden and back of the church re-sodding project.
  • The re-sodding will take place Thursday 1, & Friday 2, April.
  • Assistance is requested. As well as time for watering the new sod.
Thank you, Suzanne Ryerson | Garden Committee
Merry Meal Makers: The food ministry has adopted a new name. "Merry Meal Makers". We would like to invite you to join us. A new list of individuals willing to make & deliver a fresh home cooked meal when needed is being compiled. As of today I know of no one in need so just looking toward the future and being prepared. If you would like to accept this invitation simply send an email with your best contact information to Suzanne Ryerson at When you are called upon you will be given all the particulars the recipient has requested. Thank you, Suzanne.
NOTE: The use of the freezer can be reopened once the pandemic is over and we can all gather again at the church. Thank you for your support.
Parish Office hours during pandemic
The Parish office is open on Monday from 9 am to 1 pm. We recommend to call before you visit since we are keeping up with the restrictions on limited amount of people at the premises. Wednesdays and Thursdays the parish administrator works for home. Thank you.

Community Engagement

The Diocese of Atlanta is blessed with many faithful, highly motivated and skilled members who express their faith in action beyond our church walls through engagement with their communities.


Sunday Ministries
To Register CLICK HERE and select the Sunday Service that you want to attend


Maundy Thursday

Exodus 12:1-4, (5-10), 11-14
1 Corinthians 11:23-26
John 13:1-17, 31b-35
Psalm 116:1, 10-17

The Collect

Almighty Father, whose dear Son, on the night before he suffered, instituted the Sacrament of his Body and Blood: Mercifully grant that we may receive it thankfully in remembrance of Jesus Christ our Lord, who in these holy mysteries gives us a pledge of eternal life; and who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


Good Friday


The Collect

Almighty God, we pray you graciously to behold this your family, for whom our Lord Jesus Christ was willing to be betrayed, and given into the hands of sinners, and to suffer death upon the cross; who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Holy Saturday

The Collect

O God, Creator of heaven and earth: Grant that, as the crucified body of your dear Son was laid in the tomb and rested on this holy Sabbath, so we may await with him the coming of the third day, and rise with him to newness of life; who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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