The Spirit of Saint Nicholas
The E-Newsletter from Saint Nicholas Episcopal  Church  
69 Mobley Road, Hamilton, GA 31811
January 11-17, 2017
Sunday Services 8:30 and 11:00am 
SNICK -  Wednesdays 5:30 
(led by Children of St. Nick - followed by dinner)

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.  

Second Sunday after the Epiphany

Isaiah 49:1-7
Isaiah 49:1-7

1 Corinthians 1:1-9
John 1:29-42

New Episcopal 101 Class starts 
January 15 at 9:45am

For those with questions about the Episcopal Church, those who are seeking membership, or those who just need a refresher, Episcopal 101 is a safe place to explore your faith. We will meet weekly for 7 weeks: January 15, 22, 29, February 5, 12, 19, 26. 
For more information, see Fr. Jeff.

Monthly Lunch Bunch 
Starts Sunday, January 15 at 12:30pm

Vineyard Green at Mountain Creek Inn, Pine Mountain
Everyone needs to eat lunch after church, so why not eat together? 
Join us once a month for good food and fellowship as we gather for a Dutch treat lunch in Pine Mountain. 
Families, couples, and singles, both newcomers and long-timers are welcome to join us!


Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Parade
 January 16

Join us as we gather with our brothers and sisters from Christian Valley Church and march together in the Hamilton MLK, Jr. Day Parade. 
We will tailgate at  11:30am  in the parking lot between the gas company and the Performance Learning Center (PLC) on Carver Circle in Hamilton for a time of fellowship with one another before the parade. 
Bring some food to share and a chair to sit in. 
Steve Morse will have his firetruck that we can ride on, or we can walk together in the parade. We hope to have a record number of people march with us!

From Fr. Jeff:

Have you shined your light today? Jesus is the light of the world, but that light is often seen through the actions of faithful people. This is why God chose Israel to be a light to the nations and why God chooses us today to reflect that same light. We live in a dark world where people are constantly trying to snuff our light out. You can probably think of a handful of people who have tried to that just in the last week. But the light of Christ cannot be extinguished, and that light shines through you. Whenever you go out of your way to flash a smile, or help someone in need, or tend to someone who is angry or sad, that light shines. Don't wait for darkness to come to you, though. Start shining now. Think of a couple of ways you can shine Christ's light and love right now. It may be the difference someone is hoping for.

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Journey to Adulthood
Our new youth program continues with our Rite 13 class (grades 6 & up) at 9:45 in the Classrooms, led by leaders 
Sheri Cody, John Brent, 
Jennifer Milton, and 
Bob Hamilton. 
For more information, contact Sheri Cody


Zion Episcopal Church

Click on the link above to go to the website to read about the history of and view incredible photos taken of Zion Episcopal Church.
Steward of the Month
Beth Brown
Beth is a Vice President of Synovus Trust Company in Columbus.  She and her husband, Kin, a member of the Vestry, have been loyal and faithful members of St. Nicholas for many years.  
Beth successfully chaired the 2017 St. Nicholas Stewardship effort.  Stewardship continues to be one of the most important missions in our church with the goal of creating a balanced budget each year.  
Beth brought many new and imaginative ideas to the 2017 program including the creation of a setting to allow our congregation to better connect with one another.  Beth suggested having small informal lunches, "cottage meetings" for eight to 12 church members.  
The goal was to discuss ideas concerning church missions while creating an atmosphere allowing better connecting between fellow St. Nicholas members.  
Beth's leadership during this whole process is greatly appreciated.

Bright Way Services

Worship services continue at Bright Way Personal Care Home  in Pine Mountain. Other  Lay Eucharistic Visitors are needed for this ministry. 

Contact  Bert  if you would like to participate.

Worship Ministry Training
February 12, 12:30pm
If you would like to become a Lay Eucharistic Minister, Reader, Usher, Greeter, Altar Guild member, Flower Guild member, or Acolyte, join us on February 12 for ministry training. All current ministers as well as new folks are encouraged to attend. If you would like to serve, but don't know how, please contact Fr. Jeff or Worship Committee chair, Chris Butzon .

please contact Marci Horne for changes
Scout Sunday
 February 12 at 11:00am : Please help welcome our Cub Scout Pack 109 as they worship with us on February 12.


Lectionary Readings 

If you would like to see the readings for Sunday, 

Religion is not a method, it is a life, a higher and supernatural life, mystical in its root and practical in its fruits; a communion with God, a calm and deep enthusiasm, a love which radiates, a force which acts, a happiness which overflows.

For those who are ill, recovering or needing special prayers:

  Members of St Nicholas:

Dave Halmrast
Nate Taylor
Clara Butzon
Cecelia Rood
Sarah Barr
Bill Eidson

Family members and friends of the Community:

Gay Shephard
Kelly & Simon Graham
Russ Fackler
Paige Buchanan
Penelope Elliston
Joseph Green
Mark Daniel
Heather Partin
Barbara Hamilton
Doug Brown
Cameron Clark
Gene Wells
Danny Hatchell

In Thanksgiving For:

Our St. Nicholas Hospitality Ministries

    Prayers for all our veterans, those currently 
serving their country  away from home, 
for their safe return and for their families 
who wait for them.

January Birthdays
  6   Dianne Armstrong
10   Barrett Smith
       Noah Horne
14   Dave Gustashaw
19   Madison Martin
22   Graham Horne
  Tom Cheatham
24    Marci Horne
30   Margaret Zachry
31   Justin Hubbard

January Anniversaries

 1   Nick & Anne Simpson

In This Issue

Episcopal 101

Monthly Lunch Bunch

MLK Parade

From Fr. Jeff

Journey to Adulthood

Zion Episcopal Church

Steward of the Month

Vestry Minutes

Bright Way Ministries

Lay Ministry Schedule

Lay Ministry Opportunities

Scout Sunday

Sunday School Schedule
Lectionary Readings
Birthdays & Anniversaries

Links (in alphabetical order)

Zion Episcopal, Talbotton(Go Fund Me)

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Thank you, St. Nicholas family, for your active involvement in our parish. 

If you or 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.


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

  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, indicate that as well. Feel free to use a favorite picture. Just send it in jpeg form to


Mobile App Installation Instructions

Church members can view the St. Nicholas Church Directory from their iPhone, iPad, Android or Kindle Fire by downloading the free Instant Church Directory Members App.  

You may search for "Instant Church Directory" in the Apple App Store, Google Play, or Amazon Appstore, or use this link: 

After installation, open the Instant Church Directory icon (it looks like a church).  It will ask for your email address.  If your email address is in our church directory, the program will generate a password for you and email it to you.


This worked great for most, but if you have any problems make sure you first check to see that your email address is in the church directory.  


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.

New Beginnings
February 3-5 
at Camp Mikell in Toccoa
New Beginnings is a retreat for youth in grades 6-9. 
Father Jeff will be serving as a spiritual director for the weekend and will be taking a group from St. Nicholas. 
If you would like to go as a chaperone or as a youth participant, please let 
Father Jeff know and he will get you an application