The E-Newsletter from Saint Nicholas Episcopal  Church  
69 Mobley Road, Hamilton, GA 31811
706-628-7272
December 27th, 2017 - January 2nd, 2018
Sunday Service: 10:00 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.  

::Congregational Meeting::

On  Sunday, January 7, The Reverend Canon Alicia Schuster Weltner will conduct a congregational meeting between services to educate us about the transitional process.  It is so important for all to attend this meeting to have any questions or concerns you might have addressed.  Please mark your calendar and make every effort to attend. 

::Annual Meeting::

On  January 14, St. Nicholas will hold its Annual Meeting and election of new Vestry Members.  The meeting will be held between the  8:30 and 11:00 services.  Everyone is encouraged to attend.  If you would like to nominate a candidate for the Vestry from the floor at this meeting, please be sure you have that person's permission.  The requirements for serving on the Vestry are you must be at least 18 years old and be a regularly attending and pledging member in good standing.

NEW ORGAN FUND

Knowing that our current organ is in poor condition with a very limited life, Wyatt Poe our Organist and Choirmaster, located an excellent used church organ.  This digital organ originally cost $70,000, but Chapel Music in Atlanta, a certified dealer of fine organs, is willing to sell it for $15,000 installed.  The original warranty has expired, but Chapel Music will issue a 5 year warranty on parts and 2 years of free servicing. Wyatt has been researching organs and has reported to the Vestry that the cost of a new digital organ of similar quality built to our specifications would cost about $60,000.  The used organ represents quite a savings.
 
At this price the organ will not be on the market long and St. Nicholas cannot pay for it out of our operating budget.  Therefore, a few calls were made to members of the congregation to see if there is a willingness to pay for the organ from designated donations.  Amazingly, $10,000 plus a generous offer from the Pine Mountain Benevolent Fund (Nancy Callaway) was raised in less than 12 hours.  If you would like to be a part of this effort and make a donation, please make your check out to St. Nicholas, indicating "organ fund" on the memo line and send it to Jim Gilliam, Treasurer,
St. Nicholas Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 752, Hamilton, GA 31811 or place it in the offering plate.  Although all donations are confidential, we will publish a list of donors.
 
If you have any questions about the organ, please contact Wyatt at musicdirector@stnicholashamilton.org.  He is also planning a trip to Atlanta to actually play the organ and assess its tone and welcomes anyone interested to join him.
 
What a wonderful gift to the Glory of God and congregation of St. Nicholas.

 
 
 2017 Christmas Dedications

In loving memory of Mr. & Mrs. John E. Cox
In loving memory of Mr. & Mrs. Wm B. Daniels 
+ Carolyn Cox
In loving memory of George & Margaret Garrett 
In loving memory of Juliet Terry
+ Alex Garrett
In loving memory of Elias, Lalia, & Allen Martin
+ Lanette Martin
In loving memory of John & Sarah Gilbreath
+ Martha Dimon
In loving memory of Jo & Jim Anderson
In loving memory of Elaine & Ken Nordin
+ Julie & Larry Nordin
In loving memory of Gloria Morse
+ Steve Morse
.....

In thanksgiving for Bob Hamilton 
+ Patty Hamilton
In thanksgiving for Wyatt Poe & the St Nicholas Choir
+ Jan Pylant and Judy Jenks
In thanksgiving for Our Family 
+ Dave & Sue Halmrest
In thanksgiving for My Parents, Barbara & Bobo 
+ William Morgan
In celebration of Family & Friends
+ Bert Tomlin
In celebration of Family & Friends
+Liz Dixon

Our next lunch bunch will be on January 21st 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.

 
Stitchers Corner

Elizabeth Dixon: Do this in remembrance of me: requiring over 100,000 stitches and over 900 hours, this is the center kneeler. As Liz has stitched on the needlepoint, she has felt blessed to be able to complete the stitches. It was not work for her, but a blessing.

Beth Barr and Elizabeth Dixon: Three Fishes- The Holy Trinity, Fishers of Men: requiring over 81,600 stitches and 720 hours. Beth and Liz have both worked on this kneeler. In the beginning, Beth volunteered to stitch a needlepoint kneeler in order to give back to St. Nicholas. She was excited to be assigned the kneeler with the 3 fishes because it represented her daughters- Ginny, Sarah, and Molly. Little did she know what a blessing this service project was going to be to her. Not only has she been blessed with new friends (Liz actually had to come to her rescue and finish her kneeler for her), but working with this design also brought back wonderful memories of Beth's mom and her friends needle-pointing pew kneelers for her childhood church, St. Luke Episcopal Church in Jackson, TN. Knowing that she is following in the footsteps of those remarkable ladies warms Beth's heart and reminds her how wonderful the Episcopal community is wherever you go.


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

SNICK has posted a new dinner sign-up sheet in the hallway off the narthex. The children of SNICK are so appreciative of all our parishioners do to support them. If you would like to bring dinner for our kids please choose a date on the sign-up sheet and/or contact Ashley Taylor at (706) 575-5443with any questions. Please plan to feed about 30 people at 5:30pm. From spaghetti, to chili to sandwiches, all offerings are appreciated.

69 Mobley Rd, Hamilton, GA 31811


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. 

   
Happy 
Birthday to 
YOU !!
::DECEMBER BIRTHDAYS::
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!!
::DECEMBER ANNIVERSARIES::
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...
Bob
Darby
Geoff
Bert
Charlene
Brittney
Danielle
Emily
Kin
Wallace & Marianne
Diane
Cindy
Arden
Maya
Chris
Bobby
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

Current News

Vestry Minutes

Lunch Bunch

Outreach Opportunities

Needlepoint Kneelers

Lay Ministry

LEV Training

Brightway 

Choir

SNICK

BackSnacks

Birthdays & Anniversaries

Prayers

Lectionary Readings



Links (in alphabetical order)
 
















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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


Please help us keep the church directory as up-to-date as possible.

 
If you have not yet filled out a form, please pick one up in the cloister room and return to the church office. Or you can send your info via email to the Parish Administrator at   contact@stnicholashamilton.org
  1. Please include:your names and the names of your minor children,
  2. address,
  3. email addresses,
  4. phone numbers (cell and home),
  5. birthdays and anniversaries.
If you need a new picture or a new name tag, indi cate that as well.  Feel free to use a favorite picture. Just send it in jpeg form to contact@stnicholashamilton.org.

 

Instant Church Directory
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Members will be able to view the church and staff information, as well as search and view family members. Members will also be able to call, email or text if a phone number or email address is available on the church, staff or family details. Any changes that are generated on Instant Church Directory Online will automatically download to each member's devices, ensuring they always have the latest information.

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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  contact@stnicholashamilton.org  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.