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Thursday, April 16, 2020
St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church, 1188 Hamp Mil Road, Dahlonega Georgia 30533 - PH (706) 864-5423     ...
Father John Streams . . . 
Father John's Video Commentary on the This Week's Update

Easter Creates A Community
What do you call the character in a movie who escapes from a dangerous situation leaving behind all the other people? A villain, that's what. They take the treasure and run not giving a second thought about the people they leave behind to perish. That is the opposite of resurrection. God raises Jesus to a new life, escaping death, and Jesus does not take off saying, "Hey! I made it." Jesus returns to his disciples and stretches out his hands. The really big Good News of Easter is not the defeat of death, though that is good news indeed; it is that the savior returns to us to share that new life with us. The really good news is that Jesus loves us and will never abandon us. If he finds treasure, and he has, he shares it with us. If he finds favor with God, and he has, he says to God I want to share it with my friends. Our salvation is not being rescued from a bad situation. Our salvation is that the rescuer loves us. And wait, there's more. We discover that the joy of spiritual growth is not the peace and joy we gain; it is the going back and taking it to others! The best part of Easter is Jesus. The best part of being his friend is growing into his likeness. Easter creates a community of people who love Jesus and who seek to be like him. It is a community of love.

Online Resources Available on Diocesan Webpage  A wealth of resources have been gathered together by the diocese for use at home. You might check out the bishops spotify playlist, or online ways to say morning and evening prayer. There is a wealth of resources here. Go check it out.

Remember to Like and Comment
on all the Church Videos and Posts!

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
Adult Sunday School
Sundays at 6 pm
We are using a Bible Study on the Way of Love
Zoom Meeting

Virtual Foyers

Would you like to eat supper with friends? We are organizing dinner groups through Zoom. We will also work to help you get on Zoom if necessary. You can read all the details at Sign up by 6 pm on Sunday, April 26th. You can also sign up by email to, by message left at (706) 864-5423 or online at
Join us! Bring your cup of coffee and snack while sitting at home enjoying conversations with the people you know...

Sunday, April 19, 2020 at 11:00 AM

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!

We Want You!
To Write for the Tidings!

We will be mailing out a new edition of Tidings in the beginning of May. Our beloved editor is on a break and is thinking of retiring, We are so grateful to her for her excellent work. Thus it will be an issue different to the ones we have had in the past. Even if you have never submitted an article please consider doing so. Call or text Father John at (914) 512-8156. with your proposal. The first three to call win a prize. We will need all materials by April 26th at midnight. 
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

Zoom Meetings This Week

Sunday 11:00 AM  Coffee Hour ... Come see how others in the parish are doing
Sunday  6:00 PM  Sunday School ... we will do a Bible Study learning about the Way of Love
Thursday 11:00 AM ... FABS ... All welcome in these extraordinary times

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
History of St. Elizabeth’s Altars
By: Tom Roberts
Updated: 4/13/20

At the time Martha and I joined Grace Chapel in Dahlonega in 1986 (to be incorporated and named as St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church three years later), the church had just begun using the altar that is still in current use.

During the last half of the 1800’s, the altar was constructed and used by St. James Episcopal Church in Marietta.  It was later given to St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, also in Marietta, and during the mid-1980’s, it was offered to Louise Boyd, for use in the new Episcopal Church in Dahlonega.
At the time, Grace Chapel worshiped at what is now the Dahlonega Woman’s Club, directly across the street from St. Luke’s Catholic Church. Since space was limited and other groups used this facility, when the altar was not in use, it was tipped over to its face, placed on a furniture dolly, and stored in a closet. When we moved to the Dahlonega Presbyterian Church in 1989, the altar was stored in my woodworking shop, where it stayed for 12 years, until we moved into our current church building.

In 2007, St. Elizabeth’s Rector, The Rev. Albert Daviou, asked fellow woodworker, and charter Termite, Jim Ritch, to construct an altar similar to, but smaller than, the altar used in our church service. Albert wanted to use the smaller altar in what was then the Children’s Sunday School Room. Actually, it may have been that Cathy Ritch volunteered Jim to build the Altar.
After CAD drawings of the smaller altar were prepared, Jim proceeded to build the altar, and within months, it was the center of a children’s service that Fr. Albert conducted. The Children’s Altar is currently used in the mid-week Eucharist Service, and is the focal point of the new library/meeting room. 
The wooden cross on the altar was given by former member Mollye Farmer, who designed and painted it. The tulipwood candlesticks, modeled after the brass candlesticks used at our Eucharist Service were turned by Tom Roberts. They were sold at a charity auction to Annette Barber, a former member and longtime Parish Administrator, who donated them to the church. Above the Children’s Altar is a painting of Rublev’s Icon, the quintessential icon of the Holy Trinity, which was painted and donated by St. Elizabeth’s member, Elaine Clarke.
The Children’s Altar and all of the related items are one of many group projects that adorn our church. Kudos to Jim, Elaine, Mollye, Tom, and Annette for these gifts.

Earth Day, Wednesday, April 22
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day in 1970.  We are stewards of God’s Creation.  Do something special for the earth on April 22. Thanks, Rosalie

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

...for sharing God's gifts!

Thanks to:

for their kindness 

In submitting video clips of their talents to be included in the online services
(for our Lord's joy)

And Thank You to

for organizing the 
Easter Card Mailing!

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 ---

An Appeal from the CHP
Our Vulnerable Neighbors Need Help

The Response from The Community
and I am told from our Church
though, of course, they do not tell me names
Has been HUGE
The CHP still needs in kind donations, A list of needed items is on the website:  Items are best brought in if at all possible MWF from 10am to 1pm. Check website if other times are needed.
Cash donations are desperately needed because the need for emergency assistance is huge. Donatons can be made online  Checks could be delivered to the site or mailed to Community Helping Place, P.O. Box 712, Dahlonega, GA 30533.
Volunteers in not  high risk categories are also needed.  They can sign up on the web-site:
Community Helping Place
Dental Clinic needs: Dental Floss and Toothpaste for sensitive teeth
Community Helping Place
Food Pantry needs:
Canned corn
Canned green beans
Canned assorted vegetables
Canned meat
Peanut butter
Pasta sauce
Dry beans
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: 

Second Sunday of Easter

The Collect

Almighty and everlasting God, who in the Paschal mystery established the new covenant of reconciliation: Grant that all who have been reborn into the fellowship of Christ's Body may show forth in their lives what they profess by their faith; 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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Also, on You Tube:
Date April 19 April 26 May 3 May 10
Week of the month Week 3 Week 4  Week 1 Week 2
Observance Second Sunday of Easter Third Sunday of Easter Fourth Sunday of Easter Fifth Sunday of Easter
Readings Acts 2:14a,22-32
1 Peter 1:3-9
John 20:19-31
Psalm 16
Acts 2:14a,36-41
1 Peter 1:17-23
Luke 24:13-35
Psalm 116:1-3, 10-17
Acts 2:42-47
1 Peter 2:19-25
John 10:1-10
Psalm 23
Acts 7:55-60
1 Peter 2:2-10
John 14:1-14
Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16
Celebrant Fr. Paul Roberts Fr. John Hamilton Fr. John Hamilton Fr. John Hamilton
Preacher Fr. Paul Roberts Fr. John Hamilton Fr. John Hamilton Fr. John Hamilton
Organist & Choir Director Julie Woodall Julie Woodall Julie Woodall Julie Woodall
Altar Guild Melissa Lach & Susie Farris      
Flower Guild Jorgene West      
VPOD Martha Roberts      
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