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Thursday, February 27, 2020
St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church, 1188 Hamp Mil Road, Dahlonega Georgia 30533 - PH (706) 864-5423     ...
Father John Writes . . . 

Please Take Your Drugs, Please?  I love my cousin. He is now in hospice. I have a great sadness about that. Part of what makes it hard is that he suffers from schizophrenia and has refused to take his medication except for a couple of years of his life. I grieve the cousin I knew before his disease occurred, and I love him. And when he takes his medication, though conversation can be hard because they do not completely address the schizophrenia, it is possible to connect with him. When he does not take his medication it is truly painful for me. We cannot connect. He continues to talk and talk and write and write on Facebook and it is as though he is in another universe. I see my cousin. I love my cousin, however I have no way of meaningfully and mutually connecting with him.  If only he would take his medication I could. I sometimes feel anger at him, but I feel the anger is not fair. He is not taking his medication because he does not understand that we are not connecting. He does not like what the medication does to him. Thus his disease separates us emotionally and spiritually, and it is really hard. I will admit I found no other way to cope than to simply distance myself from him, and in that distancing there is great sadness. I don't know what to do otherwise.

I think there is a parable for us in there. I am not exactly sure I have it down, so forgive me if this does not come out right. In this season of Lent we ask God whether we are connecting to God and to the world God loves, the real world, not the one we would like there to be. We ask ourselves questions. Are we making ourselves emotionally and spiritually available to God and to those around us? Are we loving God by serving our neighbor, our real neighbor, not the one we would like to have, perhaps like a cousin with schitzophrenia who refuses to take his drugs? Sometimes we are afraid, sometimes we are timid, sometimes we are self-absorbed, sometimes our isolation becomes something approaching pathological; sometimes our refusal to consider the impact of our lives on our neighbors is willful; sometimes we feel helpless and do not see a way forward.

Jesus and the church ask us to take this season of Lent to allow God gently to challenge us. We are advised to follow three practices: Prayer, Fasting and Alms-giving. When we pray let us put ourselves in the presence of our loving and gentle God and be open to examining our lives seeking pardon for the past and guidance for today. When we fast, let us strip away excess, to discover our basic selves, and find in ourselves the beauty God sees, and the gifts God sees and wants us to use for service. When we give alms, let us truly, with no desire for reward bestow our time, talent and treasure for the well-being of our neighbor. Jesus is asking us to take our medication. To allow him to heal us so that our emotional and spiritual connection with God, and with the people and world God loves, may be ever more mutual, sustaining, and beautiful.

Please say an "Our Father" for my cousin and our family. Pray that God will bless the work of all our Lenten disciplines this year. It is medication that may bring our world deeper healing.

Have a blessed Lent!
Father John
Acolytes and Eucharistic Ministers Meeting and Training!
March 8th after Church.
Those interested in this Ministry Please Attend.
Resources for Lenten Devotion
are at the very bottom of this Thursday Update.
See the many things available.

Check Out Especially Lent Madness
and Signs of Life by SSJE.
Be sure to Vote for
St. Elizabeth
on Lent Madness
Tuesday, March 3
An Eckhart Tolle Discussion Group
Beginning March 1st
Note the time has changed to 6 pm
Are you yearning for inspiration and thought provoking conversation? Consider joining us as we explore together spiritual teacher Eckart Tolle's book, "A New Earth-Awakening to Your Life's Purpose." He invites us to discover "an enlightened state of consciousness" and how to quiet our minds while living fully present, adding deeper meaning to our lives and hopefully helping to create a more loving community and world. We will meet one evening monthly for ten months to discuss one chapter of the book after listening to the corresponding podcast from Opray Winfrey. First meeting Sunday, March 1st at 6:00 PM. Please RSVP to Michelle Harbord (678) 644-7602
Dahlonega Lumpkin County Ministerial Assocation
Lenten Ecumenical Services
Tuesdays March 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31st at Noon
at St Luke's Roman Catholic Church
Soup Lunch following
Come worship with Father John and our friends from other churches
Anglican Christian Spirituality & Theology
A Class for those seeking Baptism, Confirmation,
Reception into the Episcopal Church,
or Renewalal of Baptism Vow

Father John is offering four classes on Tuesday. The dates and topics are below. He will offer the same series on Sundays after Coffee Hour in May and June. Please sign up in the narthex or by calling the office if you are interested. If you are not preparing for membership you can attend only those you are interested in. If you cannot attend the scheduled class, but are interested in the subject please let Father John know and he will work to find a time that will work for you.

Tuesdays @ 6 PM in the Pastor's Study
March 3 : The Episcopal Church, Heritage and Polity
March 17: Scripture in the Episcopal Church
March 31: Christian Teaching and Tradition in the Episcopal Church
April 7: Christian Life and Service in the Episcopal Church
Watch this Space Next Week
For an Announcement about Foyers!
Great Plans have been Put in Place.

St. Liz's Place on Mondays

Fellowship and Formation for Families with Children
March 2 ... March 9 ... March 16  &  March 23

6:15 to 6:45 Dinner
6:45 to 7:30 Formation

If you would like to prepare a meal for up to 16 people please email father John AND the parish office. john@joyfulrumblings and

Elora Emory to Perform at Holly
Elora, who grew up in our parish,
and granddaughter to Robbie Niles
is performing in "The Wedding Singer"

at the Holly Theatre

Feb 14-16, 21-23, 28-29 & March 1

Lenten Contemplative Vespers

Mondays: March 16, March 23 and March 30
5:30 pm in the Church
Birds in need of a home!

Would you like to supply a little house to birds? 

Whether your built, restored or purchased... 
Feathered creatures would enjoy living and breeding in a safe little house. 
Some of you builders would probably like to get creative!  "Chirpers" want to have theirs at the church grounds.Thank you, Rosalie

St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church is a NWF Certified Wildlife Habitat
Garden Committee's First 2020 Meeting!
Saturday, March 7th at 9 am
Looking forward to seeing you all! Discussions regarding what to plant, a review of bulbs, and discussion about an "all terrain" wheel for the wheelbarrow are just some of the topics. Thank you for all you do!  -- Suzanne

...for sharing God's gifts!
Thanks to
David Bammer, Mike Duke, Jim Elmore, Ben Wallace, and Father John 

For throwing a wonderful
Mardi Gras Shrove Tuesday
Pancake Supper 


Email us if you want to recommend someone to thank for in our Parish.
No One Alone (NOA) needs: Canned goods
NOA on going needs are: Bath towels, Washcloths, Toilet tissue/paper, Paper towels and Antiseptic wipes. 

Again thank you all for your generous support --- Betty Greene ---
Community Helping Place
Dental Clinic needs: Dental Floss and Toothpaste for sensitive teeth
Community Helping Place
Food Pantry needs for February:
Peanut butter, Jelly, Snack food for children to bring to school in their book bags
Thank you for your generosity! --- Debi Holloway / Director of Client Services / Community Helping Place / 706-867-9621
Ongoing Parish Events and Other Groups:
Activity Description Day / time Location
Midweek Eucharist: All welcome! Tuesdays 10:30 AM at Church
FABS: Females Alone Bible Study Thursday 11:00 AM Downstairs at the Boyd Hall
MOBS: Men's Only Bible Study Tuesdays 8:30 AM Meets at the Wagon Wheel for breakfast, followed by a 
9:30 AM meeting at Church
Piece-makers: Knit, crochet, weave, quilt pieces to comfort the sick Wednesdays 10 am  Downstairs at the Boyd Hall - until noon.
with Lloyd:
Slow movements accompanied by deep breathing; decreases stress, anxiety and depression Tuesdays 11:00 AM
1:30 PM 
Downstairs at the Boyd Hall
Yoga with Paula:  A mind-body practice that combines physical poses, controlled breathing, and meditation or relaxation Mondays 9:30 AM
Fridays 9:30 AM
Downstairs at the Boyd Hall

*Or check our online calendar at:
The ministry schedule is always available online at: 

First Sunday in Lent

Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7
Romans 5:12-19
Matthew 4:1-11
Psalm 32
The Collect
Almighty God, whose blessed Son was led by the Spirit to be tempted by Satan: Come quickly to help us who are assaulted by many temptations; and, as you know the weaknesses of each of us, let each one find you mighty to save; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
We need volunteers to serve the roles of:
Head Teller and 2 Tellers
Nursery Senior

Chalice Bearers
Office Volunteer

Please contact Fr. John or the parish office! Thank you.
Date March 1 March 8
Week of the month Week 1 Week 2
Observances First Sunday in Lent Second Sunday in Lent
Celebrant Fr. John Hamilton Fr. Paul Roberts
Preacher Fr. John Hamilton Fr. John Hamilton
Organist & Choir Director Julie Woodall Julie Woodall
Verger Bill Lach Bill Lach
Greeters Pam & Jarell Jones Molly & David Baker
Ushers Carla Buchanan & Don Clark Darrell Woodall &Warren Johnson
Lector (Lessons) Dave Bammer Cathy McLendon
Intercessor (POP) priest great litany David Connolly
2 Chalice Bearers Dave Bammer & Bill Lach Janet Barger
Crucifer/Acolyte/ Server Bill Lach Kris Duke
Nursery Rita Channell, Elene Leyssens & Bella Brock Rita Channell, Elene Leyssens & Bella Brock
Altar Guild Cally Pratt & Carla Buchanan Elaine & Don Clark
Flower Guild Harriet Connolly Harriet Connolly
2 Hospitality Trish Fawcett & Cathy McLendon Gladys & Ben Wallace
Bread Ministry Cally Pratt Elaine Clark
Lay Eucharist Visitor Jim Ory Bill Lach
2 Tellers Chris Christopher & Need one Lloyd Cupp & Jesse Lee Wise
VPOD Jarell Jones Lynda Duke

Bringing your Devotional Resources as close as your computer,
tablet or smartphone

Lent begins February 26

Signs of Life
from the Society of St. John the Evangelist

Worship engages our deepest human needs and has the power to transform our lives. Join the Brothers of SSJE in exploring the signs and symbols at the heart of Christian worship. This free 5-week offering encourages individuals and groups to explore the riches of our worship traditions, liturgy and sacraments, and the art and architecture of our worship spaces, revealing the full meaning of these signs, deepening our experience of Christian vocation and guiding us toward ongoing conversion.  Link: Signs of Life

Lent Madness

Our own St. Elizabeth of Hungary is one of the saints considered this Lent. You can learn more about this humorous Lenten discipline that helps us learn about those who followed Christ in their own day! (Saints). Link: Lent Madness.

Episcopal Relief and Development

This is a wonderful organization of the church which does important assistance to those in need around the world. Visit the website. You can also sign up for a daily Lenten Meditation to be delivered to your email each day by going here: ERD Lenten Devotions

Forward Movement

This online resource would be good for Lent or the entire year. You can read or listen to the daily meditation. You can pray Morning or Evening Prayer daily. They gather the psalms, readings and prayers into one flowing service. All you do is push a button. They also sponsor Lent Madness. Go explore their website here: Forward Movement 

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