The E-Newsletter from Saint Nicholas Episcopal  Church  
69 Mobley Road, Hamilton, GA 31811
September 27th - October 3rd, 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,

Why are we so quick to deny other people grace? When someone else gets as much or more than we do, we tend to get envious of the blessings they have received, especially when it seems like they don't deserve it. God is more generous and loving than we can ever imagine. We don't deserve God's love and forgiveness, and yet God intently and lavishly bestows it upon us and upon whomever God chooses. God's grace is not tied to merit, or hard work, or length of service, or by saying the right prayers, or going to the right church. Yet, we tend to think that other people need to work off their sinfulness or shame or guilt. God doesn't work that way. God is all-loving, all-forgiving, and all-inclusive. Grace wouldn't be all that amazing if it were any other way.

*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+


Father Jeff will be away this weekend for a friend's wedding and next weekend as a Spiritual Director for New Beginnings with our middle school youth. 
We will be joined both weeks by the Rev. Christine Belt, who is new to the area. 
Please welcome her warm ly!

The Rev. Christine Belt
I am Canadian born and raised in Niagara Falls, Ontario. I believed in God my whole life, but committed myself to Christ and began to attend church in 1998. I felt called to ministry after graduating from my undergraduate degree. In 2005, I moved to Kingston, Ontario to attend seminary. I obtained a Master of Divinity with a concentration in Restorative Justice. My call to ordained ministry came subtly and I was ordained in 2010 as a Priest of the Diocese of Ontario, in the Anglican Church of Canada. I served in several parishes to include St. George's Cathedral (Kingston, Ontario) as a Curate. In my last placement, I served to lay the groundwork in developing the parish church into a Mission of the Diocese. It was during this time I met my spouse Joseph, a medic in the U.S. Army. We were married in July, and in October he deployed to Afghanistan for nine months. Upon his return, we were posted to Hohenfels , Germany for two years before arriving in Fort Benning in April 2017. Joe and I are blessed to be the parents of our new baby Owen Elijah Dave. We are very happy to be part of the community in Columbus and hope to be here for the next 3-5 years. I feel a calling to both congregational and community ministry, and I have a passion for social justice. I have volunteered in prisons, with various youth groups, and social agencies throughout my adult life. I love Jesus and am very grateful for the blessing to serve God as a Priest. It is my prayer to continue to serve him throughout my time here in Georgia. 


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. 
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!

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.

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.  

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.

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 Father Jeff and he will schedule the necessary training. 

You will be much more blessed than the residents of these homes.

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.

Better Together

Each new member of our church did not arrive here because of the efforts of any one person.  Some are here because of friends, but others are here because of programs.  Some have come seeking a different take on theology from what they've discovered elsewhere.  No one individual could reasonably have made connections with all of us.  It took everyone.  We are all better together. 
Saturday night October 14th at 6:30 pm we will host a "sponsored" parish wide dinner at St. Nicholas to celebrate the many ways that we are all better together. In addition to good food we will hear an inspiring message from Ron King who retired as the CEO and Executive Director of the Pastoral Institute.   Please save the date!
Better together means that we need your participation in the good works, programs and finances of the church in the coming year.  



St. Nicholas has 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!

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

Meet Gabriel
Our new Section Leader!!

Gabriel Grant is currently a freshman pursuing a bachelor's degree in oboe performance at the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University under the direction of Dr. Susan Tomkiewicz. He attended the Governor's Honors Program as a music major and has performed with the GMEA All-State Band and Orchestra and the FSU Tri-State Honors Band. He now performs with the Schwob Wind Ensemble and the Schwob Philharmonic.
In high school, he was a member of the Camden County High School Advanced Chorus and an A Capella group called Volume One.

Lectionary Readings 

If you would like to see the readings for Sunday, 

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. 

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
Bishop Curry Visit  

The Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church will be in Atlanta in a few weeks for several events, including the national vergers' conference. Eucharist at that event is open to the public. 
The service will take place on  Friday, October 13 at 12noon  at St. Luke's Episcopal Church,  435 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta
This is a unique opportunity to hear Bishop Curry preach and be inspired by his vision of the Jesus Movement. A carpool will depart at  9:30  from St. Thomas, Columbus. 
The service is from 12-  1:30 , and if you wish we will make reservations for a late lunch at Max Lager's Grill which is just a few blocks away. 
If you would like to carpool, please let us know.

  • 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

Stitchers Meeting

Next meeting is October 21!!

Let's get together now and see how the remaining canvases are coming along!!!


1 Kim Stokes
4 Bobo Morgan
   Nick Baker
   Rachel Brent
5 Charles Norris
8 Rufina Knoblauch
9 Dalton Avery Hinnant
11 Laura Burris
12 Bronwyn Jackson
     Pat Demonet
16 John Brent
     Libby Horne
17 Abbey Avery
19 William Morgan
20 Liz Dixon
23 Suzy Eidson
25 Liza Price 
30 Matt Hinnant
     Sheila Dixon

16 Kay & Mallon Faircloth
20 Robert & Hollie Queener
21 Linda & Mike Sawyer
22 Lange & Lynne Taylor

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

Michael & Jeri
Harris County Jail Ministry
Brightway Patients & Staff
BackSnack Program
Safe Families for Children Program
Oakview Nursing Home
Roosevelt Place Asst. Living

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In This Issue

Office Hours

Fr. Jeff

Meet Christine Belt

Worship at Zion


Blessing of the Animals

Lay Ministry

Outreach Opportunities

LEV Training

Youth Retreat

Better Together

Adult Formation Schedule


Stewardship Meeting



A Visit from Our Presiding Bishop

Stitchers Meeting

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

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.
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Instant Church Directory
Mobile App Installation Instructions

This is a free app that allows members to sync your church's directory to their iPhone, iPad, iPad Mini, Android device or Kindle Fire. 

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