The E-Newsletter from Saint Nicholas Episcopal  Church  
69 Mobley Road, Hamilton, GA 31811
September 6th - 12th, 2017
Sunday Services: 8:30 am and 11:00 am
Christian Formation Classes: 9:45 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.  
Office Hours 

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


From Fr. Jeff, 

"If your enemies are hungry, feed them; if they are thirsty, give them something to drink." I wish the Bible didn't say things like this. It would be so much easier to treat enemies the way they treat us. It would be awesome to tell them what we really think, satisfying to smack them across the face whenever they do something that hurts us. I'm sure for the first Christians who heard this message from Paul, it would be so nice to be justified in getting revenge on the people who were persecuting them or killing them or their family members. Instead, Paul says that the call of the faithful person is to show mercy and kindness to those with whom we most disagree, even the ones we want to hate. This is incredibly difficult work, I'm not going to lie, but it is the work all Christians are called to do. Today, so far as it depends on you, do something with genuine love for someone you with whom you disagree, not expecting an apology, but just because God loves them as much as God loves you.

*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+


This Sunday marks the kick-off for all of our Christian Formation classes for all ages. Now is a great time to get into the practice of deepening your faith through study, prayer, and good conversation with your fellow church family members. 

All classes meet from  9:45-10:45am .

+Adult Formation: A Journey with Mark - Join David Johnson and Father Jeff as they explore the Gospel according to Mark, the first Gospel to be written. This is a class for all levels - if you're a seasoned Bible scholar or if this is your first time reading it. Older teens, young adults, "feisty seniors" (as the Bishop calls them), and everyone in between are welcome! Meet in the room on the left in our double classrooms. Books are in the office

+Rite 13: Youth in grades 7 through 10 are invited to join this group as they continue their journey to adulthood. Join Sheri Cody, Bob Hamilton, John Brent, and Jennifer Milton as they lead the group in activities and discussions aimed at this important part of life. Meet in the room on the right in our double classrooms.

+Spark! Sunday School: Our newest  Sunday  School group is for 5th and 6th graders. They will meet to explore popular Bible stories and how they can connect with them during these transitional years. Join Rebecca Crowley, Maya Thomason, Jessica & Jo McComb, Katherine Johnson, and Jennifer Milton for activities, conversation, and games.

+Lego Sunday  School: Pre-K to 4th grade children are welcome to come and learn about the Bible in a really unique using LEGOS! Join Rebecca Crowley, Bert Tomlin, Sheila Dixon, and Ashley Taylor for lots of fun and snacks as we learn more about God's story.
+Nursery:  Our nursery is open for infants to 3-year-olds starting at 9:45am and going through the  11:00am  service. Abbey Crowley eagerly awaits to play with the children with the numerous toys and play sets, and even our playground outside.

Help us spread the word that we have all these wonderful offerings for the whole family!
Hurricane Harvey Relief
We've all been watching reports of the devastation brought by Hurricane Harvey.  It's hard to imagine what it must be like to live through such a storm, losing your home, clinging to a rooftop waiting for rescue and seeking food and shelter for your family wherever you can.  The loss of property is great, but the human toll is much greater.  If you feel God's call to reach out to our brothers and sisters in Texas, it's most important to pray for them that they feel God's healing love and strength, and then if you are able, consider making a financial contribution to  Episcopal Relief and Development   They truly need our help!


Wednesdays at 5:30pm!  

SNICK is back!!!!! If you are between the ages of 4-12 years old and want to join us on Wednesday nights for worship, dinner, and fun, then St. Nicholas is the place to be.

If you would like to participate in helping in any way, please contact our NEW SNICK Director, Emily Turner at or 706-987-0878. 

Meet Emily!!

Emily Turner is our SNICK director! She was born and raised in Columbus, Georgia and is what you might call a "cradle Episcopalian". She grew up attending St. Tomas and was confirmed at Trinity Episcopal after attending the Happening Retreat at Camp Mikell in Toccoa, Georgia. She graduated from Columbus State University in 2009 with her bachelor's in Early Childhood Education and has been a public school teacher in Muscogee County for nine years. In addition to teaching 2nd graders, she is also a bronze level USA wresting coach. This past February, Emily and her partner, Steven welcomed their beautiful daughter, Aubrey Claire into the world . In her spare time, she enjoys reading, kickboxing, playing disc golf and traveling.

Outreach Ministry Opportunties:

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

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 Fr. Jeff.


Another Outreach Ministry Opportunty!

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.

Help at St. Nicholas on Wednesdays at 1:40pm 
packing  backpacks for BackSnacks.
Help with deliveries to school on Thursdays.

Contact Grant Flynn at 706-457-9531 to volunteer.

Stewards of the Month

e are grateful for all who worked long hours in the August heat to maintain the beauty of the Memory Garden and grounds, especially Bill and Terry Caudill, Bobo and Barbara Morgan, Steve Morse and Phebe Robinson. They have been selected as Stewards of the Month for September.  

When you see them, please remember to thank them for all their efforts.




Breakfast Sign-Ups!
A new sign-up sheet is posted for those who want to bring breakfast on Sundays.  Anything is welcome, from donuts to fruit to casseroles, so bring what you love to eat.

  Have it available right after the 8:30 service until just before the 11am service. The responsibility will be on those who bring the food to clean up and take left-overs, but this can be shared, so don't let that stop you. Just ask someone else if you can't.  

The main purpose is camaraderie between the services. A bit of breakfast with coffee or juice provides a pleasant touchstone to our Sunday community.

Look for the sign-up sheet and jump on the list!

please contact Marci Horne for changes


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

Journey Bags for Foster Children
Harris County DFCS has asked if we might create "journey bags" for kids who are going into foster care.  Many times these children do not have anything but the clothes on their backs. Please bring items like diapers, bottles/sippie cups, underwear, socks, toothbrushes, toothpaste, wipes, pajamas, small toys/stuffed animals for ALL ages and we will collect until  September 10
After church that day we invite you to stay for a few minutes to help pack up the bags. 

For more information, contact Daughters of the King President Jennifer Milton or Andy Butzon.

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.

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 third Thursday
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 Father Jeff and he will 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.

Lectionary Readings 

If you would like to see the readings for Sunday, 

Cubs for Christ   

On the 2nd Thursday of the month at Park Elementary, starting 
September 14 at 2:45pm 

Once a month, we partner with FOCUS to host an after-school Bible club for 2nd-4th graders at Park Elementary. At Cubs for Christ, we sing songs, hear stories, do activities, build relationships, play games, and share snacks.
If you would like to help in any way, even for one month,  please contact Father Jeff.
Public Events

Bishop Curry Keynote Address at Candler School of Theology

Wednesday, October 11, 2017
This event will include a keynote address by the Presiding Bishop on moral leadership. There will also be a panel discussion including the Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, Bishop Wright from the Diocese of Atlanta; The Rev. Dr. Robert M. Franklin, Jr. from Candler School of Theology; and The Rev. Kim Jackson, chaplain of the Absalom Jones Episcopal Center.

  • 5:00 p.m. Candler School of Theology- Reception
  • 7:00 p.m. Keynote address: Theme- Moral Leadership
  • 7:45 p.m. Panel Discussion
  • Venue: Candler School of Theology, 1531 Dickey Drive, Atlanta, GA 30322 See Map
  • This event is open to the public
Annual Vergers' Guild Conference

Friday, October 13, 2017
Presiding Bishop Curry will join us in service, worship, and conversation at St. Luke's Episcopal Church. He will preach at Holy Eucharist as well as give the Keynote Address which will highlight the ministry of the Verger leading the Church in the Jesus Movement.
  • 12 p.m. Holy Eucharist: Presiding Bishop Curry to celebrate and preach
  • 2:45 p.m. Keynote Address by Presiding Bishop Curry
  • 3:30 p.m. Bishop's Forum with assembled Vergers
  • Venue: St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 435 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30308 See Map
  • This event is open to the public.


A great trip to New York City! St. Nicholas Episcopal Church Lobsterfest on September 22nd!

Choice of 2 Broadway shows, 3-night weekend stay with airfare for 2!

And this doll!

Stitchers Alert!

Our last meeting was a celebration of ALL the work that has been accomplished and an autumn renewal of dedication. 

Let's begin to meet monthly in order to supply that important encouragement to one another as we dedicate ourselves to our canvases in progress and continue to celebrate our completed work.

We will gather  Saturday, September 23  at 10a-12p at St. Nicholas. 
All are welcome!

Humane Society of Harris County

Sporting Clays for Shelter Strays
Sunday, September 24th
Big Red Oak Plantation
2:00 start
$100* per person
NSCA registered on pheasant course
Non-registered on quail course
Go to to sign up!
call Jennifer Daniel 706-325-4723 with any questions
*A portion of your donation is tax deductible. HSHC Tax No. 58-2020386.  The Humane Society of Harris County is an exempt nonprofit organization as described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.  We receive no city, state, or federal funding. 

Worship at Historic Zion, Talbotton 
Our next service at Zion will be on  Sunday, October 1 at 4:00pm
The Rev. Luke Wetzel, curate at Trinity, Columbus, will preach and celebrate. 
St. Francis Day Blessing of the Animals
This year's blessing of the animals will take place at SNICK on  Wednesday, October 4 at 5:30pm
All of God's creatures, great and small are welcome to come and be blessed.
New Beginnings Youth Retreat 
October 6-8 at Camp Mikell, Toccoa. New Beginnings is a unique weekend designed to address concerns and needs of youth in grades 6-8th. Every October and February, no less than 100 youth and adults come together for spiritual retrea t. The weekend includes music, talks given by high school team, small groups, skits, and plenty of fellowship. To register, talk to Fr. Jeff, Tai Jackson, or Libby Horne.

Update to login for members

The latest Instant Church Directory update (Apple version (1,2), allows members to choose their own password to login into the app. This is the extra level of security.

So, if a member is having trouble logging into Instant Church Directory and they are an iOS user on the latest version (1.2), they'll create their own password on the website. The password must have at least 8 characters and contain at least two of the following special characters: capital letters, numbers or symbols.

Once you enter a password and confirm it, click Request Login.
You will receive a confirmation email with a link.
Click on the link and registration is complete!
Close the browser window. Open the app on your phone. You can then login to the app with the password you created.

Are you ready for some awesome deals? 
The Chattahoochee Valley Episcopal Ministry's online Auction for Action is coming  October 2-6 . You'll have the chance to bid on items like resort vacations, luxurious hotel stays, deals on local dining and entertainment, original art and MUCH more--all for the fraction of the cost and right from the comfort of your own home.

We are still recruiting items for the auction, so if you have something of value you'd like to contribute or a connection to a local business, please let us know. You can contact us at or call  706.327.0400 to discuss your donation. All proceeds will benefit CVEM in serving and standing beside our neighbors in the Chattahoochee Valley. Items donated and bought are tax deductible.
We'll have Website info and item previews available soon. In the meantime, save the dates  Oct. 2-6 and get ready to SHOP!


1 Sean Moody 
2 Drucye Cox 
3 Annabelle Hughes Linda Sawyer 
5 Jessica Cody 1
2 Chris Dixon 
17 Mary Davis 
18 James Knoblauch 
19 June Nowell 
23 Sammy Hubbard 
26 Charlotte Winsness 
29 Amy Buchanan 
30 Bill Caudill

2 Bob & Janice Murphy 
3 Doug Jr. & Peggy Martin 
25 Geoff & Phebe Callaway Robertson 30 Charles & Lynn Norris

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

Dianne & Larry
Family of Bert
Michael & Jeri 

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In This Issue

Office Hours

From Fr. Jeff

Adult Faith Formation

Hurricaine Harvey Relief


Prison Ministries

Outreach Opportunities

Stewards of the Month

Breakfast Signup

Lay Ministry

Vestry Minutes

Journey Bags for Foster Children


LEV Training

Bright Way Ministries

Lectionary Readings

Cubs for Christ

A Visit from Our Presiding Bishop

Lobsterfest Save the Date
Lobsterfest Silent Auction

Stitchers Meeting

Sporting Clays for Shelter Strays

Worship at Zion

Blessing of the Animals

Youth Retreat

Instant Church Directory Update


Birthdays & Anniversaries


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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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
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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  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.


Gospel Sing on Friday October 27th at 7 p.m. 

 Singers will be the world famous CHUCK WAGON GANG 
and the Exhorter's Quartet. 

Tickets are $10 advance, $12 at the door, $8 for groups of 12 or more.

Date  October 27th
Time 7:00 pm
Location  Old Mountain Hill Schoolhouse Auditorium 
47 Mountain Hill Road, Fortson.

   For more information or tickets you may call Ginny 770-696-7548.

Thanks so much. Richard & Ginny Nash of Harvest Time