The Fourth Sunday in Lent
Laetare Sunday
March 22, 2020
"We invite everyone to share communion around God's altar. 
We strive to be a welcoming and relevant Christian community doing what matters through prayer, worship, teaching, outreach, fellowship, and service.  
We will demonstrate the real life application of scripture, tradition, and
reason by providing a safe place to respond to each other's needs,   
hurts, joys, and interests." 
Resurrection Episcopal Church
1755 Duncan Bridge Rd.
Sautee-Nacoochee, GA 30571


"The Episcopal Church in White County"

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In This Issue
Pastoral Care Corner
2020 Annual Giving
Letter from Fr. Scott
In-person Services Cancelled
Church Directory
Prayers of the People
Lent Reflection: Sue Duffield
What is Laetare Sunday?
Family Promise Challenge
Worship Volunteer Opportunities
Easter Lilies
Preschool Registration
Altar Flowers
Dancing through the Decades
Family Promise Host Weeks
Sunday, March 22
Video Worship

Monday, March 23
12:30 AA Meeting

March 25
12:oo Rosary by Zoom Online
7:00 AA Meeting

Friday, March 27
7:30 Cocaine Anonymous
March 22, 2020
The Lectionary 
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First Lesson
1 Samuel 16:1-13

Psalm 23

Second Lesson
Ephesians 5:8-14

John 9:1-41
8:15 a.m.

Suspended Until Further Notice

10:30 a.m.

Suspended Until Further Notice
Resurrection  Cycle of  Prayer
3/22   Don & Cathy Parrish, Bill & Linda Perry, Patti Petit
3/23 Doug & Nancy Phillips, Ron & Debbie Phillips, Genny Phillips, Gil & Hope Pollit
3/24  Perry & Carol Prescott, Jack Prince, Peggy Puryear, the Roberts family, Michael & Hilary Randall
3/25  John & Bobbi Rees, Herb & Nancy Rish, Larry & Pat Roland, Christine Runkle, Terry & Louise Savoy
3/26  Becky Schacht, Helen Schlaefflin, the Scalia family, William & Marty Scalia

3/27  The Schutt family, Hillary & Will Sheppard, Mike & Marianne Seitz, the Sieveking family

3/28  The Smith family, the Steele family, Gena Taylor
March 22-28
3/22 Don Scalia

3/23  Robbie Crumley

3/24 Dwayne Vandiver

3/25 Michael D'Abate, Roxanne Hall

3/27  Tanner Cash, Chloe Hensley

3/28 John McClatchey, Briggs Murray

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Welcome to the latest edition of our eNewsletter.
Wherever you are on your faith journey, may you discover God's spirit here at Resurrection. May you experience God's love and feel God's blessing as you participate in the life of the parish.
We will see you in church!
If you or someone you know is in need of pastoral care, please contact the parish office, a member of the clergy, or a member of the vestry.  Please do not hesitate to let us know of any needs that arise.
Pastoral Care Corner

Michael Randall will begin a new immunotherapy for metastatic colon cancer.

Pray for all of our sisters and brothers who are dealing with the challenging consequences of this pandemic.
Shining our Light:
2020 Annual Giving Campaign

Thank you for being grateful, responsible stewards of the gifts we receive from God.  What a blessing and honor to be stewards of what God has given to us!  Thank you for supporting our ministry and mission at Resurrection and allowing Resurrection members to be beacons of light in our parish and out in the community.  No matter what amount you pledge to Resurrection, your commitment makes a difference in the ministry and mission we do. As part of your spiritual discipline, we hope you will make sure to joyfully turn in your pledge so we can continue to shine our light in the parish and in our community. 

Follow this link to pay your pledge online:   Pay Your Pledge

Thank you for being a blessing!
During this time of social isolation, let us commit to keep in touch with our parish neighbors. 
You may get a parish directory by clicking  here.

Prayers of the People
By: Patti Petit
March 22, 2020
Most Holy God, today we are united in a most special way. We celebrate your mercies and with hope and confidence we turn to you in our time of most vulnerability. We confess our need of your mercy for us and for all for whom we pray. Help us and those for whom we pray to remain steadfast in love and service to one another. Holy Lord, hear our prayer.
We pray for the whole church in every land. Continue to bless our presiding bishop Michael Curry, our bishop Robert Wright, our assisting bishop Don Wimberly, our retired bishop Neil, and our priests Scott and Sue. Bless Brandon, Mallory, Fletcher and Finley as they prepare to move to Virginia Theological Seminary. Keep every member of our parish family and all of our sisters and brothers and sisters in health, peace, and growing in wisdom and grace. Holy Lord, hear our prayer.
We pray for all members of our armed services, protect and defend our troops in deployments in combat zones. Keep their families well, and give them peace of mind and spirit in these difficult times. Pray for Reyna Cruz, Jamie Davey, Ron Penninger, Owen Broom, Brett Turner, Jennifer Parrish, Stephen Hill, Kayla Ziccardi, Bart Ziccardi, Nathanial Curry, Robert Rish, Frank Carruccio, Joseph Lorenz, Wayne Lovell, Teale Marchette and Brandon Richards. Guide, guard and protect all law enforcement, first responders and especially all medical personnel. Pray for Don Scalia. Holy Lord, hear our prayer.
Lord, God our healer, keep us in wisdom to prevent our falling into the trap of fear in this time of pandemic. And guide us in love to act wisely to prevent spread of any illness. We pray that the lonely, depressed and sick will find health and wholeness in your healing presence. Pray for Carol, Helen, Kelly, Bob, Lloyd, Denise, Michael, Stephen, Gil, Jennifer, Kevin, Bette, Kevin, Jackie, Kelli, Luci, Elizabeth, Jack, Sharon, Billy, Helen, Bruce, Genny, Dottie, Taylor, Jon, Opal, Glenda, and Sean. Holy Lord, hear our prayer.
Most holy God, we pray for newborns, infants, and children of all ages. Protect them from every danger and sickness. Restore all children separated from their families. Shield all children with safety, love and peace. Holy Lord, our prayer.
Compassionate God comfort all who mourn for loved ones lost to sickness and accidents. As we recognize our own fragility help us to realize and celebrate the sacredness of every life. Pray for
Gracious God, this week please keep us mindful of your love for us and for all of your creation. Deliver us from fear and from false reports. Help us to remember that you will teach us your love, power and mercy through these days. Holy Lord, hear our prayer.
Gracious God, we are joyful and thankful for these among us celebrating birthdays including Don Scalia, Robbie Crumley, Dwayne Vandiver, Roxanne Hall, Tanner Cash, Chloe Hensley, John McClatchey and Briggs Murray; and those with anniversaries. Bless their accomplishments and their plans. Give them joy as they celebrate these landmarks in their lives. Holy Lord, hear our prayer.
Reflection From The Rev. Sue Duffield

Dear Friends in Christ,
It's still LENT! Since Jim and I have been sick with "colds," my bark required medical intervention which was an experience. I was met at the door with a mask and escorted directly to a room. There weren't enough test kits to check me for the big C-virus but plenty of good medicine and healing prayers have me back on the mend. Thank you for your prayers.
We have been self-quarantined for the past 11 days and that has offered me time to ruminate about life, God and Lent. We are in the midst of one of the most significant challenges of how we journey as a Christian community in the world. Lent has always been a time of reflection and self-examination and forgiveness for me, and so I thought I'd share some scripture references with you. We are not alone when it comes to forgiveness and being hurt as the ancients had some of the same challenges. Sometimes I find that the broken scenarios in my life go bump in the middle of the night, and I have to work on forgiveness and reconciliation.
I am assuming many of your lives have slowed down and you are at home; perhaps you might find time to look at one or more of these. It might be good to read a little before and after the scripture reference to get the whole picture.
OLD Testament                                                          NEW Testament
Genesis           18:24 & 18:26                                     Matthew                 6:12,  9:6,  18:21,   
Exodus            10:17,  32:33                                       Mark                        2:7,  6:15
1st Samuel      25:28                                                    Luke                        5:21,  5:24   6:37,  17:3
Jeremiah        18:23,  31:34,  36:3                             John                        20:23
                                                                                        2nd Corinthians    2:7,  2:10,  12:13           
                                                                                        Colossians              3:13
                                                                                        Ephesians               4:32
Lady Gaga, whom I have a new respect for since seeing the latest movie version of "A Star is Born," recently explained that she was self-quarantined but she said "God had talked with her and we are going to be alright."
I want to remind you also, not to forget your financial offering back to God, whether it is pledge or open plate, if you can, it is needed. Scott has given specific directions on how to do this by mail or online.
I'd like to close with the Lord's Prayer from the New Zealand Book of Common Prayer:
Eternal Spirit,
Earth-maker, Pain-bearer, Life-giver.
Source of all that is and that shall be,
Father and Mother of us all.
Loving God, in whom is heaven:
The hallowing of your name echo through the universe!
The way of your justice be followed by the peoples of the world!
Your heavenly will be done by all created beings!
Your commonwealth of peace and freedom
            sustain our hope and come on earth.
With the bread we need for today, feed us.
In the hurts we absorb from one another, forgives us.
From trials to great to endure, spare us.
From the grip of all that is evil, free us.
For you reign in the glory of the power that is love,
            now and for ever.  Amen.
Peace, love and God's blessing,
The Rev. Sue Duffield



We would like to give everyone the opportunity to contribute to our Easter decorations and to remember or give thanks for loved ones.  The church will be ordering lilies at a cost of $15 each.  The name(s) of the individuals will be published in the Easter bulletin.

Please make checks payable to Episcopal Church of the Resurrection and mark them for "Easter lilies."  Fill in the form below and mail with your check or place them in the offering bag on Sunday.  Mail should be addressed to Episcopal Church of the Resurrection, 1755 Duncan Bridge Rd., Sautee-Nacoochee, GA 30571.  You may also email your request to  Orders must be in the office NO LATER THAN APRIL 14, 2019.


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 If you plan on your child attending our school next year, 
please fill out the enrollment forms and turn in as soon as possible. 
Space is limited and registration will be open to the public March 16th.
The sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board in the narthex

The Episcopal Church of the Resurrection 
1755 Duncan Bridge Rd.
Sautee-Nacoochee, GA 30571

The Rt. Rev. Robert Wright, Bishop
The Rev. Scott Kidd, Rector
The Rev. Sue Duffield, Priest Associate
Luanne Wedd, Administrative Assistant
Dr. Brandon Nonnemaker, Minister of Music
Cassie Fincher, Preschool Director
Christy Harris, Director of Youth Ministry
Paula Cundiff, Sexton 
Christina Ernst (2020) - Participation
Ringo McCollum, Junior Warden (2020) - Compassion, Participation, Administration
Emily Nonnemaker (2020) - Administration, Participation
Joe Cash, Senior Warden (2021) - Formation, Administration
Katie Hardy (2021) - Compassion
Katie Lynam (2021) - Participation, Compassion
Marika Csatary (2022) - Administration, Compassion
Denise Dorsey (2022) - Administration, Participation, Formation
Mary Geidel (2022) - Formation
Dr. John McClatchey, Treasurer 
Patsy Kiessling, Recording Secretary

Patsy Kiessling
The Episcopal Church of the Resurrection