The Spirit of Saint Nicholas
The E-Newsletter from Saint Nicholas Episcopal  Church  
69 Mobley Road, Hamilton, GA 31811
February 22nd - 28th, 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.  

Exodus 24:12-18
2 Peter 1:16-21
  • Matthew 17:1-9

From Fr. Jeff:

We all have those weeks. We walk into work and there are forty million things to do. Once we start working on them, another 5 million come from out of nowhere. We feel overwhelmed. We can barely think. Our hands our burning on the hot potatoes we're juggling. Amidst the stress, amidst the chaos, there is a still, small voice asking that you remember one important thing: God is with you. Scripture tells us over and over again that despite darkness, floods, storms, violence, wars, and even death, God stands above it all, riding it all like a surfboard. God knows exactly what you have on your plate and knows that you have the gifts to accomplish them. You are not alone. God knows the things that are stressing you out, and God commits to walking with you through them. So take a deep breath, let the Spirit of God fill you, and do what's ahead of you with joy and love.

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

Peace,  Jeff

please contact Marci Horne for changes

 Episcopal 101 Class  

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 next on:  February 26. 
For more information, see Fr. Jeff.


gathering is planned for Saturday, February 25th. Now that the busy holidays are over, let's take stock and enjoy our progress and community. Let Katrina know if you need any yarn! 
10-noon at St. Nicholas.
St. Nicholas Writes
our church writing group, will meet on 
Sunday, February 26 
from  9:45-10:45  in the overflow room next to the altar. 

This meeting is for all those interested in
sentence-level editing. That is, you want to improve your work at the sentence level, which covers  such topics as grammar, mechanics, and word use. 
Do come and find out what punctuation mark
you are, and how we can help your prose realize a fuller potential!  
Everyone welcome. 
Saint Nicholas Mardi Gras
"Mardi Gras revelers needed! Don your masks and beads and come celebrate Fat  Tuesday in N'Awlins style at 
Saint Nicholas.  6:30-8:30, Tuesday, February 28th
Please let Phebe know if you can bring jambalaya, muffalettas, or sweets. We hope to have oysters again this year and are looking for sponsors for the cost of these. Let Phebe know if you are interested. 
Laissez les bons temps roulez! BYOB
Ash Wednesday, March 1
Mark your calendars for the first day of Lent. We will gather to worship at 6:30pm. If you are interested in helping Fr. Jeff take Ashes to Go into our community that day, please let him know.

Books for the Adult Forum Class 
have been ordered.  
They will be available at the Adult Forum Class beginning March 5th.    
They are $12.00  each.

***Daily Meditations for Lent - 
 Booklets will be available to St Nicholas Families.  
The booklet includes 40 daily readings based on 
Mathew 25.   
They are $4.00 each.

Click on Title or either of the red links for more information

An opportunity to worship at historic Zion Church, built as an Episcopal church in the 1840s, will be offered at  4 p.m. Sunday, March 19, in Talbotton. 
On the N ational Register of Historic Places, Zion's building has been spared modernization. It is a rare Gothic American parish church constructed of old growth timber. 
Assisting Bishop Don Wimberly of the Diocese of Atlanta will be the celebrant and preacher. Several people will be confirmed or received. 
A reception will follow the service and there will be an opportunity to have a guided tour and hear the rich history of the church. 
Zion Church is located at 100 Main Street in Talbotton on U.S. 80. 
Contact Father Jeff Jackson at  (706) 761-0115  for further information. Non-perishable food will be collected for Talbotton families in need.

All are welcomed - Invite a friend.


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

Steward of the Month
Nick Simpson
Nick has been a faithful member of St. Nicholas for many years and has served on the Vestry. 
In 2014 he was elected Junior Warden and has served the Church faithfully.
Nick was instrumental in bringing our accounting back in the Church and for 2017, he was elected Treasurer of the Church.
For all the service he has done; the Vestry has elected him as 
Steward of the Month.
Thank you, Nick, for all you do.  


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.

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:

Mabry Collins
Cecelia Rood
Michelle Moody
Bill Eidson
Phebe Robertson
Dave Halmrast
Nate Taylor

Family members and friends of the Community:

McCullohs Family
 Brightway Patients & Staff
Dexter Crotts
Gay Shephard
Kelly & Simon Graham
Penelope Elliston
Russ Fackler
Paige Buchanan
Joseph Green
Mark Daniel
Heather Partin
Barbara Hamilton
Doug Brown
Cameron Clark
Danny Hatchell
Clara Butzon

    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.

February Birthdays
  1 Mike Durham 
  2 Kenny Townsend 
  5 Gene Demonet 
10 Ed Cooling 
10 Sue Halmrast 
11 Kenny Hall 
13 Heather Roper 
16 Ella Crowley 
17 Abbey Crowley 
17 Liam Jackson 
20 Mallon Faircloth 
22 David Johnson

February Anniversaries

    2 Mike & Gina Durham 
 12 Dexter & Beth Evans 
      14 Bobo & Barbara Morgan
14 Joe & Kathie Torres 
    26 Barbara & Bill Bradley
In This Issue

From Fr. Jeff

Lay Ministry

Episcopal 101

Stitcher's Gathering

Writer's Group

2017 Mardi Gras

Ash Wednesday

Adult Forum Books for Lent

Camp Mikell Spring Folk School

Journey to Adulthood

Steward of the Month

Vestry Minutes

Bright Way Ministries

Sunday School Schedule
Lectionary Readings
Birthdays & Anniversaries

Links (in alphabetical order)

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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.

Hunger Walk

St. Nicholas, we need YOU!!  
We challenge ourselves to love as Jesus loved. 
We challenge the world to love as Jesus loved. 
We invite you to join our team for the 2017 Hunger Walk/Run. 
Our Rite 13 youth will be going to Atlanta to walk in the 2017 Hunger Walk.  
Sunday, March 5th
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Turner Field
Atlanta, Georgia
Support Episcopal Charities Foundation and participate in this year's Hunger Walk/Run along with the people and parishes of the Diocese of Atlanta. 
This 5K event raises funds and awareness for hunger relief every spring. 
Whether you choose to walk or run, you'll join thousands coming together to support our neighbors in need and celebrate the work that's being done. 
For more details and to register, contact Sheri Cody
or at  706-594-0482.
Check out the video on titled Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta Hunger Walk. 

Diocese of Atlanta Young Adult Retreat

Young Adults from around the Diocese of Atlanta are coming together for the First Young Adult Ministry Retreat to be held at Serenbe Inn on  March 11th . The retreat will be from  10 AM to 5 PM . The cost of the retreat is $20.

The Diocese of Atlanta Young Adult Ministry Day Retreat (or YAM Day Retreat) is an intentional retreat for young adults (aged 22-35) to have the opportunity to get away, relax, talk about God, and most importantly, participate in the community of fellow young adults across the Diocese of Atlanta. This first Day Retreat will include lunch, opportunities to sit and chill in some epic rocking chairs, hang out with two different Wallaces (we are a rarity), and go on a farm tour! We pray that you will consider joining us on  March 11th  and participate in the awesome Young Adult community of the Diocese of Atlanta!
For more information, check out the Facebook and Instagram pages. @DioAtlYAM
Registration closes  February 22nd , so register now at:
Sally Paris, Wallace Benton & Maggie Paul
Young Adult Ministry Team

Puttin' On The Dog

March 13th