The E-Newsletter from Saint Nicholas Episcopal  Church  
69 Mobley Road, Hamilton, GA 31811
December 13th - December 19th, 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.  

Current News

::Congregational Meeting Postponed::

Due to an urgent situation, The Reverend Canon Alicia Schuster Weltner has had to postpone her visit to St. Nicholas until  January 7.  She will be our celebrant at both services on that day and preside over a congregational meeting between services.  It is so important for all to attend this meeting to hear about the transitional process and have your questions and concerns addressed by Canon Alicia.  
Please mark your calendars. 

::Annual Meeting Postponed::

Due to the congregational meeting to be held on  January 7 between services, the Annual Meeting and election of new Vestry members previously scheduled for that time will be postponed until  January 14.  This will allow ample time for Canon Alicia Schuster Weltner to explain the transition process and address the congregations questions and concerns on the 7th.  We appreciate your patience and understanding of the need for these changes.

::Christmas Eve::

For those wishing to attend a late service on Christmas Eve, please know that St. Thomas has invited you to join them for their  10:30 service.

Worship & Christmas Schedule

Sunday, December 17 - 8:30 and 11:00 - The Rev. Dr. Donna Mote
Sunday, December 24 - 10:00 - Advent 4 Morning Prayer - Katherine Johnson
Sunday, December 24 - Christmas Eve - 5:00 - Children's Christmas Pageant followed by reception
Sunday, December 24 - Christmas Eve Service - 6:00 - Christmas Eve Eucharist- The Reverend Christine Belt
December 31, 10:00am: First Sunday in Christmas service- The Rev. Christine Belt
January 7 8:30 and 11:00 -  Congregational meeting between services with The Reverend Canon Alicia Schuster Weltner
January 14- To Be Announced
January 21 - 8:30 and 11:00 - The Reverend Canon Sandra McCann, M.D.

Adult  Sunday  School

This  Sunday, December 17th at 9:45am

David Johnson will present material by Richard Rohr, The Center for Action and Contemplation. Rohr writes about how the church is changing and thriving by taking the church to the community. Rev. Dr. Donna Mote, Episcopal Chaplain at the Atlanta Airport, is our Supply Person this Sunday. She is doing this exact thing. It will be interesting to hear about her work.  
Fine goodies will be provided. 
Christmas Flowers

If you wish to make a donation for altar flowers and decorations for Christmas Eve, please fill out a form in the Narthex listing your name, dedication and the amount you'd like to donate.  Checks should be made payable to St. Nicholas with Christmas Flowers on the memo line.  

The last day for signing up is  December 17.  
A minimum donation of $20 is suggested.


St. Nicholas Episcopal Church
Christmas Services

Sunday, December 24, 2017
10:00 am Advent 4 Morning Prayer

5:00 pm Children's Christmas Pageant


6:00pm Christmas Eve Service
Holy Eucharist

69 Mobley Rd., Hamilton, GA
(706) 628-7272
Our next lunch bunch will be on December 17 after the 11:00am service at the Piedmont Dining Room at Callaway Garden's Lodge & Spa. No entry fee required! No agenda! Just good food with good people! Come join us!

Outreach Ministry Opportunties

Mondays at 1:30pm 
Holy Eucharist at Harris County Jail, 
contact Katherine Johnson.

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 Katherine Johnson.

St Nicholas Needlepoint Kneelers

The St. Nicholas Episcopal Church Stitchers have been diligently creating needlepoint kneelers to provide out church with a beautiful part of our Altar furnishings. 

The kneelers are stitched with love an care and must be protected from little feet and spills as they are used each Sunday. The stitchers feel great joy in putting their own work in the church to be used for a long time after they themselves are gone. 

The deep spirituality
 of this project is an example of "praying with their hands" and the work each stitcher has done has enriched her religious life. Many, many hours and stitches were spent on this project.

Katrina Horne is our instructor and she is a stitcher from childhood, with practice in blocking and finishing cushions. Her daughter Gabbi's talent is meticulous
 drawings, so Gabbi began helping design, count (144 stitches to the inch) and paint the canvases. Gabbi designed and painted the Agnus Dei canvas Katrina is stitching.

Katrina took a big leap of faith responding positively to Liz's request to spearhead this project. Finding the right types of canvas and colors and amounts of wool, commissioning frames to make each canvas uniform for blocking, Katrina did a large amount of upfront research and prayerfully moved ahead to begin this project almost 3 years ago. Although there are still canvases ongoing, this dedication will begin the process of replacing 
the existing kneelers with the handworked creations that will last hundreds of years with the proper care. 

Katrina knows that not a single one of them is perfect
, because only God is perfect, but they are priceless pieces of art that have been created to Glorify God. She believes it is important that people respect these kneelers in the same way that every other item on the altar is cherished. They need to be cared for and inspected, at the minimum, every year. They are fragile yet durable and should be treated the same as the linens for the communion
 table, the vestments and vessels.

Gospel of Mark continues! 

The study of Mark will begin on Sunday, January 14th.

  Share the Warmth of Christmas
St. Nicholas will be partnering with FOCUS, as we have in years past, to bring the "Warmth of Christmas" to families in need.  Money will be collected during Advent to help share the cost of purchasing propane to heat the homes of those who are unable to afford it.  Often choices need to be made by these families between having electricity, heating, medicine, food and other necessities.
Please use the "Share the Warmth" envelopes located in the pews to make your contribution to this most worthy cause.  Checks should be made out to St. Nicholas with "Share the Warmth" indicated on the memo line.  Cards for gifts in memory or honor of someone are available in the narthex.
Long after toys are broken, children and their families will be kept warm through your generous gift.

please contact Marci Horne for changes


Aside from regular services, St. Nicholas is out and about visiting parish members and community.  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 the  Martha or  Bert and 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.

69 Mobley Rd, Hamilton, GA, 31811
Our SNICK kids meet every Wednesday night 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Join us and see where we are off to next!

69 Mobley Rd, Hamilton, GA 31811

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. ( ).

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. 

Birthday to 
YOU !!
1st- Molly Jackson
5th- Barbara Walker
9th- Austin Hubbard & Jeb Brown
10th- Larry Nordin
13th- Chris Butzon
16th- John Winsness & Lynne Taylor
18th- Blanton Whitworth
19th- Samantha Dixon
26th- Sheri Cody
28th- Mike Knoblauch

Happy Anniversary  to YOU!!
17th- Erick & Danielle Whitworth
18th-  Dave & Sue Halmrast
26th-  Bill & Suzy Eidson
29th-  John & Rose Brent

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

Jim & Becky
Wallace & Marianne

Lectionary Readings 

If you would like to see the readings for Sunday, 

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In This Issue

Current News

Adult Sunday School

Christmas Flowers

Vestry Minutes

2017 Christmas Services

Lunch Bunch

Outreach Opportunities

Needlepoint Kneelers

Gospel of Mark

Share the Warmth

Lay Ministry

LEV Training




Writer's Group


Birthdays & Anniversaries


Lectionary Readings

Links (in alphabetical order)

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St. Nicholas Vestry 2017

Sue Halmrast, 
Senior Warden and Outreach 

Bob Hamilton, 
Junior Warden and Hospitality 

Bill Caudill, Building & Grounds
Drucye Cox, Communications
Martha Dimon, Stewardship & Finance
Phebe Robertson, Parish Life
Steve Morse, Co-Chair Parish Life
Rebecca Crowley, Children and Youth Formation
Jennifer Milton, Pastoral Care

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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.

If you or your family members will be in a play, concert, sports or school activity please send the information to the church  to be printed in the newsletter. 
St Nicholas members can then know what is happening with their church family and perhaps attend some of the functions. Include the event with dates, times and location. This is for children, teens and adults.