The E-Newsletter from Saint Nicholas Episcopal  Church  
69 Mobley Road, Hamilton, GA 31811
August 9th - August 15th 2017
Sunday Services: 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.  
Regular Office Hours Resume
August 14th

Monday - Friday 8:30am - 1:30pm


From Fr. Jeff, 

If you want to grow, you have to learn how to glow. Scripture gives us two really clear examples of people who did this. First, after a harrowing conflict with God's people, Moses goes back up on the mountain and gets some "FaceTime" with God. When he comes back, he's glowing from the time spent with God. Jesus did the same thing too. He went up a mountain, spent time with God where he heard God affirm him "You are my Beloved, with you I am well-pleased," and comes away glowing! Many of us lack confidence in our spiritual growth. We say we don't know the Bible well or we don't know how to pray as we should or we feel stuck in our spiritual attitudes. God is everywhere, so you don't have to go to a mountain in order to get that FaceTime. Find your "mountain," spend some time with God, let God affirm you as God's Beloved, then watch as you begin to glow as you grow. 

*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+

Invitation to Annual Jonathan Daniels Pilgrimage, 
Saturday, August 12th
"Jonathan Myrick Daniels was a young seminarian in March 1965, when he responded to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr."s call to come to Selma to help black citizens register to vote. A shotgun-wielding unemployed construction worker and special duty deputy killed him on August 20, 1965 in Hayneville, AL when Jonathan and his companions were released from jail and they attempted to enter the Cash Store to buy something cold to drink. He took a blast meant for 16-year old Ruby Sales. The Episcopal Church designated Jonathan Daniels a martyr in 1991, observing his feast day on August 14th. The Pilgrimage begins at 11 am in the Hayneville Courthouse Square." - from the Episcopal Diocese of Alabama website
Chattahoochee Valley Episcopal Ministry (CVEM) invites you to join pilgrims from the region to travel together on Saturday, August 12th to Hayneville, AL. to walk in the steps of Jon Daniels and his friends and to hear this story, one of so many, of courage and sacrifice in the movement toward civil rights for each and every American.
There are two options following the pilgrimage and lunch that our group can decide on:
  1. Join other pilgrims in Hayneville to "deliberate" race relations and the future of our communities in a forum moderated by Dr. Mark Wilson of Auburn University. Participants will share stories and weigh the pros and cons of various approaches to the issue using a non-partisan guide published by National Issues Forums (NIF). There is no cost to participate but space is limited. Click here for more info.
  2. Tour the Lowndes County Interpretive Center, dedicated to telling the story of the Selma to Montgomery March Trail. Click here for more info.
Our plan is to leave Columbus at  9:30 am EDT. The pilgrimage begins at  11 am CDT.
We will head home mid-afternoon and plan to be back in Columbus by  6 pm EDT. Transportation options depend on the number of people signed up to attend.
Anyone interested in participating please email Martha Robert at  or call 706-327-0400. Let Martha know if you are willing to drive your vehicle and which afternoon activity you're most interested in.

Outreach Ministry Opportunties:

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

Wednesdays at 1:40pm 
Packing  back packs for BackSnacks, deliveries to school on Thursdays, contact Grant Flynn at 706-457-9531

Men's Group Dinner

The "Dog Days" celebration  of the 
St. Nicholas Men's Group will be held 
Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at Crickets restaurant   
14661 GA Highway 18, Pine Mountain, GA.  
Gathering time is 6:30 pm.

I missed the last supper because I was out of town.  Maybe you saw my pic of the Golden Gate Bridge.  I certainly saw a pic of 14 gentlemen having a fine time at Red Lobster!  I hope we can meet or beat our participation this month. 

Please let me, Chris Butzon, know so I can tell the restaurant an accurate number. 

It is time again for Lobsterfest and that means the amazing 
St. Nicholas Silent Auction! 

This year we are looking for donations of art, tickets to concerts and theatrical events, gift baskets, handcrafted items and gourmet foods. Exciting events are still welcome (e.g. cocktail parties, dinners, etc.) as are vacation homes. 

Check out for great silent auction donation ideas.
Simple Ways you can help
* Donate an item
* Volunteer your professional service
* Ask a business to donate an item, gift card, etc.
* Ask friends, neighbors, family to give

All donations need to be at the church no later than Sunday, September 10th. Thanks so much!

If you have any questions or need to make a donation, please contact Anne Huie at 334-401-0982 or William Morgan at 706-570-6429.

Hello Stitchers! 

e are planning another Saturday stitching session August 19th, 10am-12pm. Hope to see you there! 

Let Katrina know if she can bring wool at 

Call Phebe with any questions

St. Nicholas Lunch Bunch 

Our next after-church lunch will be on August 20 at Callaway's Country Store on Highway 27. 

Come fellowship with your church family!


please contact Marci Horne for changes


Aside from regular services, St. Nicholas is out and about visiting parish members and community.    Fr. 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.  

Pulpit Swap with Christian Valley Church,
August 27, 10:00am

Service at Christian Valley in Cataula, followed by lunch. 
Join us as we worship with our brothers and sisters in Christ at their church. 
There will be no services at St. Nicholas on this day.

Bright Way Services

Worship services continue at Bright Way Personal Care Home in Pine Mountain. 

Contact  Bert if you would like to participate.

Lectionary Readings 

If you would like to see the readings for Sunday, 

A Journey with Matthew

The Gospel of Matthew presents the story of Christ's life and teachings in a well-organized format, almost in the five-part structure of a Greek drama. Each week we take seven small sections of the Gospel.  Each section has professional commentary plus questions that lead us into the real impact of Christ's life on our lives in the 21st century. 
Additional back-stories of the history and sociology of Christ's time and place will be explored. All are welcome.  Invite a friend.

Choir will start rehearsing on Wednesdays on September 13th from 6:30-7:30.

Choir will start vesting and singing during the 11:00am service on September 17th. 
Choir warm up will be at 10:20am on Sundays.




1 Patty Hamilton 
6 Dick Wood 
10 Trish Wehrle 
13 Danielle Whitworth 
15 Kelly Dimon 
17 Lanette Martin 
20 Lexie Whitworth 
26 Geoff Robertson 
27 Leslie Cooling 
31 Nancy Callaway

3 Chris & Andy Butzon 
5 Bill & Terry Caudill 
16 Lynn & Kenny Hall 
18 Jeff & Molly Jackson 
29 Gene & Pat Demonet 
31 Sammy & Kristy Hubbard
In This Issue

Office Hours

From Fr. Jeff

Jonathan Daniels  Pilgrimage

Outreach Opportunities

Prison Ministry

Pulpit Swap

Lobsterfest Silent Auction


Lay Ministry

Vestry Minutes

Bright Way Ministries

Lectionary Readings

Journey with Matthew

Lobsterfest Save the Date
Birthdays & Anniversaries

Links (in alphabetical order)

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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


Instant Church Directory
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.