The E-Newsletter from Saint Nicholas Episcopal  Church  
69 Mobley Road, Hamilton, GA 31811
706-628-7272
November 22nd - 28th, 2017
Sunday Service: 8:30 am and 11:00 am

St. Nicholas' mission is to be an example of Christ's love 
for all people.
Our vision is to be the center of nourishment in mind, body, and spirit
for all people in our community.  

 
Have a Beautiful, Safe and Fun Holiday!!

The office will be closed Wednesday and Thursday. 
We will open for a half day on Friday and resume normal office hours Monday! 

From Fr. Jeff,

Jesus says that the Kingdom of God is like a boss who gives his workers 3 winning lottery tickets. One takes the winnings, invests them, and makes double the amount. Another does the same. But one decides to stuff his mattress with his winnings and does nothing with them because he is wrongfully afraid of his boss and decides not to risk anything. When the boss wants to see what they've done, he commends the first two, but gets frustrated that the last guy didn't do anything. This story is not really about money. It's about the Kingdom of God. If we bury the Kingdom, it can't grow. But if we share it, spread it around, show it in our words and deeds, it will multiply. Don't bury your the love you've been given. Share it with someone today!

*If you would like to receive messages like this in text form from Fr. Jeff every week, text "Add me" to 706-761-0115

  Peace,
Jeff+



 




 


St. Nicholas Writes

Our writing group, is available to help any parishioner with a writing task of any kind in individual or small-group conferences. Our members have varied backgrounds and can offer practical, positive advice on how to improve your work. We also give critiques and feedback on academic pieces. The service is free with donations to the church welcome. To take advantage of this service, please email Dianne Armstrong at the address below for a copy of the application for tutoring, to be filled out before your appointment. ( sbdi2@aol.com ).
 
We want to express our sincere gratitude to you--you have helped care for more than 900 children & families in CVEM Direct Service so far this year.  Direct Service has provided a safety net for people who in many cases had no other support system to lean on in times of crisis, something we all know is crucial especially as the holidays approach. Your generosity has helped folks stay in their homes, maintain transportation to work, further their education and job training skills, pay medical expenses and obtain necessary household furnishings. 
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we are asking you to make a small pledge of support to serving and standing beside our neighbors throughout the Chattahoochee Valley by making a donation to CVEM on Georgia Gives Day. Just visit cvemjubilee.org and follow the link to donate on or before November 28. 
Thank you!

 


It's time to ring in the Christmas holidays 
with parades and tree-trimming. 
Saturday, December 2nd at 2pm the Christmas parade starts in Pine Mountain, please dress for the weather and gather at least 30 minutes in advance with our St. Nicholas contingent. And plan, if you can, to continue on (or join in as you can) for the 6pm Hamilton parade, again, gather at 5:30. More details to follow. 
But....just so you won't have to spend all that between downtime filling Christmas stockings, plan to gather between parades at St. Nicholas for hot chocolate and cookies and help trim our Narthex Christmas tree! Maybe even sing (an Advent) carol or two. 

Let's get out the holiday gear and stoke up the spirit- see you there!
 
STEWARD OF THE MONTH

November's Steward of the Month goes to all of those  anonymous givers  who give to the needs of the community and to the church.

Recently, Father Jeff told a story of a church member who had fallen on hard times and how another parishioner gave a sizable gift anonymously to fill that need. Such gifts are given with such love (and often tears) and are equally received with the same sense of overwhelming gratitude. 

There are so many in our church who give this way, and they do so because they want their gift to be given without the ties to personality, status, or position. They just do it because they are able to give, and because they are generous souls. Some give money, some give their time quietly, some give their skills without hope of any recognition. 
So this month's Steward is for all those who quietly give. You know who you are, and we hope that you know how appreciative we are for all you do for St. Nicholas.

     
Outreach Ministry Opportunties

Mondays at 2:00pm 
Holy Eucharist at Harris County Jail, 
contact Fr. Jeff at 706-761-0115.

We are in NEED of 2-3 more volunteers to go with us to the jail, especially on the 3rd, 4th, and 5th Mondays of the month. If you would like to help, please contact Fr. Jeff.




please contact Marci Horne for changes

 

Aside from regular services, St. Nicholas is out and about visiting parish members and community. Father  Jeff and LEV's visit hospital or home-bound parish members, family members, Bright Way Personal Care Home, and Harris County Jail. Other places would love to have visits from us. There is a big need to bring God's love to the community through Eucharist and pastoral care. LEV's are trained to give Eucharist and provide pastoral care.  

LEV Training

Another wonderful opportunity to show our love and compassion in the community has presented itself and as usual many hands are needed.

Roosevelt Place in Warm Springs currently has seventeen residents and has asked us to bring communion to there staff and residents the third Sunday of each month. 

In addition Oak View Nursing Home in Waverly Hall has also invited us to give communion to their residents.  They have around 100 residents and we will give communion to them every fourth Tuesday of the month. 

Martha Dimon and Bert Tomlin will be taking the lead on visiting these homes and will welcome anyone to join them each month. 

The scope is great so please pray about whether you should be a part of this ministry.  If you would like to join us please contact Father Jeff and he will schedule the necessary training. 

You will be much more blessed than the residents of these homes.

 
Bright Way Services

"We took church today to Brightway Personal Care Home.  My wonderful friend, Bert Tomlin, gave a beautiful homily on letting go and letting God do what he does.  I love Sundays with these seniors.  Some of them don't know why we are there but they seem to know we love them."  ~Linda Sawyer

Contact  Bert if you would like to participate.
 

Our choir rehearses on Wednesdays from 6:30-7:30pm.

Choir warm up will be at 10:20am on Sundays.




Another Chance to Help Our Community

Donate food to fill backpacks. We need nourishing foods such as cheese sticks, applesauce, tuna, granola bars and ravioli. The snacks help ensure that the students - whose families struggle to afford  food - eat well over the weekend.


If you'd like to help out with BackSnacks
Contact Grant Flynn at 706-457-9531 to volunteer. 

   
NOVEMBER BIRTHDAYS

2nd -Tai Jackson
8th- Lynn Norris
9th- Jeff Cody &
John Blackmon
13th- Lange Taylor
19th- Darlene Dameron
25- Hollie Queener
30- Connie Blackmon
NOVEMBER ANNIVERSARIES

19th- Sheila & Chris Dixon
26th- John & Connie Blackmon

Please take a moment, and say a prayer for...

Errol
Bobby
Nicole
Derek
Michael & Jeri
Brenda
Trish
Harris County Jail Ministry
Brightway Patients & Staff
BackSnack Program
Safe Families for Children Program
Oakview Nursing Home
Roosevelt Place Asst. Living
Michelle
Bill
Heather
Barbara
Danny
Nate




Lectionary Readings 

If you would like to see the readings for Sunday, 


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In This Issue

Office Hours

Fr. Jeff

Vestry Minutes

Thanksgiving Food Drive

Invitation to Farewell Brunch

Help Zion

Writer's Group

CVEM

Steward of the Month

Outreach Opportunities

Lay Ministry

LEV Training

Brightway 

Choir

BackSnacks

Birthdays & Anniversaries

Prayers

Lectionary Readings



Links (in alphabetical order)
 
















CONTACT
  
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St. Nicholas Vestry 2017

Sue Halmrast, 
Senior Warden and Outreach 
706-663-9198

Bob Hamilton, 
Junior Warden and Hospitality 
210-243-9084

Bill Caudill, Building & Grounds
706-628-5792
Drucye Cox, Communications
706-615-6791
Martha Dimon, Stewardship & Finance
706-587-3243
Phebe Robertson, Parish Life
706-681-2964
Steve Morse, Co-Chair Parish Life
706-527-2225
Rebecca Crowley, Children and Youth Formation
706-570-6429
Jennifer Milton, Pastoral Care
706-580-4035


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Please look for these cards in the narthex or in the pews and place them in the alms basin if you give electronically.

Father Jeff will bless them at each service along with the other offerings.



Electronic Common Prayer


Electronic Common Prayer, Version 2.0   (eCP)  is a brand new update to the first, fully authorized, interactive version of the Book of Common Prayer 1979 of the Episcopal Church USA.
Click here for details 
 
GoFundMe Campaign for Zion Church



For our next phase of fundraising for historic 
Zion Episcopal Church   in Talbotton, Georgia , we have set up a 
GoFundMe  campaign. 

There is much to be done to help this amazing bit of Georgia history. 

Please share this and encourage people to be generous. 


For over 160 years, Zion Episcopal Church has watched over the village of Talbotton, GA. There are not many 160-year-old structures still standing in our country.





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