The E-Newsletter from Saint Nicholas Episcopal  Church  
69 Mobley Road, Hamilton, GA 31811
December 20th - December 26th, 2017
Sunday Morning Prayer: 10:00 am
Christmas Pageant: 5:00 pm
Holy Eucharist: 6:00 pm

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.  

Current News

::Congregational Meeting Postponed::

On  Sunday, January 7, The Reverend Canon Alicia Schuster Weltner will conduct a congregational meeting between services to educate us about the transitional process.  It is so important for all to attend this meeting to have any questions or concerns you might have addressed.  Please mark your calendar and make every effort to attend. 

::Annual Meeting Postponed::

On  January 14, St. Nicholas will hold its Annual Meeting and election of new Vestry Members.  The meeting will be held between the  8:30 and 11:00 services.  Everyone is encouraged to attend.  If you would like to nominate a candidate for the Vestry from the floor at this meeting, please be sure you have that person's permission.  The requirements for serving on the Vestry are you must be at least 18 years old and be a regularly attending and pledging member in good standing.

::Christmas Eve::

For those wishing to attend a late service on Christmas Eve, please know that St. Thomas has invited you to join them for their  10:30 service.

::Christmas Eve Reception::

There will be a Christmas reception between the  5:00 Christmas pageant and the  6:00 Christmas Eve service.  Your gift of small appetizer-like snacks such as cheese or spreads and crackers, chips and dip, small tea sandwiches, cookies, candies and small cakes, etc., to share would be greatly appreciated.  Please place your goodies on the island in the kitchen.

Worship & Christmas Schedule

Sunday, December 24 - 10:00 - Advent 4 Morning Prayer - Katherine Johnson
Sunday, December 24 - Christmas Eve - 5:00 - Children's Christmas Pageant followed by reception
Sunday, December 24 - Christmas Eve Service - 6:00 - Christmas Eve Eucharist- The Reverend Christine Belt
December 31, 10:00am: First Sunday in Christmas service- The Rev. Christine Belt
January 7 8:30 and 11:00 -  Congregational meeting between services with The Reverend Canon Alicia Schuster Weltner
January 14-  The Reverend Canon Sandra McCann, M.D.
January 21 - 8:30 and 11:00 - The Reverend Canon Sandra McCann, M.D.
January 28- 8:30 and 11:00 - Fr. Darius Sundayi
February 4- 8:30 and 11:00 - Fr. Darius Sundayi
February 25- 8:30 and 11:00 - Fr. Darius Sundayi

St. Nicholas Episcopal Church
Christmas Services

Sunday, December 24, 2017
10:00 am Advent 4 Morning Prayer

5:00 pm Children's Christmas Pageant


6:00pm Christmas Eve Service
Holy Eucharist

69 Mobley Rd., Hamilton, GA
(706) 628-7272

Knowing that our current organ is in poor condition with a very limited life, Wyatt Poe our Organist and Choirmaster, located an excellent used church organ.  This digital organ originally cost $70,000, but Chapel Music in Atlanta, a certified dealer of fine organs, is willing to sell it for $15,000 installed.  The original warranty has expired, but Chapel Music will issue a 5 year warranty on parts and 2 years of free servicing. Wyatt has been researching organs and has reported to the Vestry that the cost of a new digital organ of similar quality built to our specifications would cost about $60,000.  The used organ represents quite a savings.
At this price the organ will not be on the market long and St. Nicholas cannot pay for it out of our operating budget.  Therefore, a few calls were made to members of the congregation to see if there is a willingness to pay for the organ from designated donations.  Amazingly, $10,000 plus a generous offer from the Pine Mountain Benevolent Fund (Nancy Callaway) was raised in less than 12 hours.  If you would like to be a part of this effort and make a donation, please make your check out to St. Nicholas, indicating "organ fund" on the memo line and send it to Jim Gilliam, Treasurer,
St. Nicholas Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 752, Hamilton, GA 31811 or place it in the offering plate.  Although all donations are confidential, we will publish a list of donors.
If you have any questions about the organ, please contact Wyatt at  He is also planning a trip to Atlanta to actually play the organ and assess its tone and welcomes anyone interested to join him.
What a wonderful gift to the Glory of God and congregation of St. Nicholas.

Our next lunch bunch will be on January 21st after the 11:00am service at the Piedmont Dining Room at Callaway Garden's Lodge & Spa. No entry fee required! No agenda! Just good food with good people! Come join us!

Outreach Ministry Opportunties

Mondays at 1:30pm 
Holy Eucharist at Harris County Jail, 
contact Katherine Johnson.

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 Katherine Johnson.

Stitchers Corner

Katrina Horne: Agnus Dei- The Lamb of God, The Cross and The Sacrifice: requiring oave 70,700 stitches and over 620 hours. Katrina's biggest blessing resulted from asking her daughter Gabbi, then a high school junior, to help with the kneeler project.

Nancy Callaway: Saint Matthew- His Gospel teaches us about the human nature of Christ: requiring over 70,700 stitches and over 620 hours. Nancy is relieved and happy to have been able to complete this canvas and was happy to be able to use the foundation she and her husband Cason set up to fund cost of the project.

  Share the Warmth of Christmas
St. Nicholas will be partnering with FOCUS, as we have in years past, to bring the "Warmth of Christmas" to families in need.  Money will be collected during Advent to help share the cost of purchasing propane to heat the homes of those who are unable to afford it.  Often choices need to be made by these families between having electricity, heating, medicine, food and other necessities.
Please use the "Share the Warmth" envelopes located in the pews to make your contribution to this most worthy cause.  Checks should be made out to St. Nicholas with "Share the Warmth" indicated on the memo line.  Cards for gifts in memory or honor of someone are available in the narthex.
Long after toys are broken, children and their families will be kept warm through your generous gift.

please contact Marci Horne for changes


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

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 the  Martha or  Bert and 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.

Our choir rehearses on Wednesdays from 6:30-7:30pm.

Choir warm up will be at 10:20am on Sundays.

69 Mobley Rd, Hamilton, GA, 31811
Our SNICK kids meet every Wednesday night 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Join us and see where we are off to next!

69 Mobley Rd, Hamilton, GA 31811

St. Nicholas Writes

Our writing group, is available to help any parishioner with a writing task of any kind in individual or small-group conferences. Our members have varied backgrounds and can offer practical, positive advice on how to improve your work. We also give critiques and feedback on academic pieces. The service is free with donations to the church welcome. To take advantage of this service, please email Dianne Armstrong at the address below for a copy of the application for tutoring, to be filled out before your appointment. ( ).

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. 

Birthday to 
YOU !!
1st- Molly Jackson
5th- Barbara Walker
9th- Austin Hubbard & Jeb Brown
10th- Larry Nordin
13th- Chris Butzon
16th- John Winsness & Lynne Taylor
18th- Blanton Whitworth
19th- Samantha Dixon
26th- Sheri Cody
28th- Mike Knoblauch

Happy Anniversary  to YOU!!
17th- Erick & Danielle Whitworth
18th-  Dave & Sue Halmrast
26th-  Bill & Suzy Eidson
29th-  John & Rose Brent

Please take a moment, and say a prayer for...
Wallace & Marianne
Michael & Jeri
Harris County Jail Ministry
Brightway Patients & Staff
BackSnack Program
Safe Families for Children Program
Oakview Nursing Home
Roosevelt Place Asst. Living

Lectionary Readings 

If you would like to see the readings for Sunday, 

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In This Issue

Current News

Vestry Minutes

2017 Christmas Services

Lunch Bunch

Outreach Opportunities

Needlepoint Kneelers

Share the Warmth

Lay Ministry

LEV Training




Writer's Group


Birthdays & Anniversaries


Lectionary Readings

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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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.