The Spirit of Saint Nicholas
The E-Newsletter from Saint Nicholas Episcopal  Church  
69 Mobley Road, Hamilton, GA 31811
April 12th - 18th, 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.  
Holy Week & Easter at St. Nicholas


Holy Week and Easter
at St. Nicholas Episcopal Church
April 12               Stations of the Cross led by children of SNICK
April 13              Maundy Thursday Holy Eucharist with Footwashing
                             and the Stripping of the Altar
April 14               Good Friday
Eucharist from the Reserved Sacrament
April 16               Easter Vigil Service
                              6:00am Holy Eucharist
April 16               Easter Egg Hunt
April 16               Easter Sunday
                              11:00am Holy Eucharist

Please drop off your donatiion of plastic eggs and 
non-chocolate/non-melting candy at 
St. Nicholas prior to Sunday
Thank You
Baptisms, Confirmations, & Receptions:
If you or someone you know would like to be baptized, the next opportunity will be on 
Easter Sunday, April 16 at the Easter Vigil
If you are interested, please talk to Father Jeff.

Men's Group Dinner

The next Men's Group will be on  Tuesday, April 18th, 6:30 pm at Mark's City Grill,  7160 Moon Rd , Columbus, just north of JR Allen Parkway .  
Good food and good fellowship. 
Come join the fellowship and share your presence with us.  
YOUR participation enriches US.

Guests are welcome.  Please let Chris Butzon know how many are coming, so he can get the restaurant set up to acomodate.

See you there!


From Fr. Jeff:

As we approach this Holy Week before Easter, I encourage you to take a moment and reread the story of Jesus' arrest, "trial," and crucifixion from one of the four Gospels. As you do so, ask yourself the question, "Which person in the story do I feel most like today?" Perhaps you connect with Peter, who talks a big game, but when it matters, you're nowhere to be found. Perhaps you're like Judas, and you feel like you've betrayed Jesus so badly that you feel like there is no hope for you. Maybe you're a distant onlooker, disappointed in Jesus and shouting "Crucify him!" Or maybe you're Joseph of Arimathea, cleaning up the mess of a horrible situation. Or one of the Marys, who stood by and wept. The truth of Jesus' death is not only that it *happened*, but that it *happens*. 
Were you there when they crucified my Lord? 

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

Peace,  Jeff
SNICK's Feed My Lambs Breakfast Fundraiser and Mary's Meals Envelope Donations
Thanks to your generosity & participation, so far we have collected $497.00  
The collections will continue through Lent. 
Mary's Meals Envelopes are in the Narthex.
Every $20 we receive will feed one child for a year!

Easter Lunch Bunch, April 16
If you don't have plans on Easter Sunday lunch, come join your church family! 
We will meet at the Country Store after services on Easter Sunday. 
All are welcome!

24th Annual Empty Bowl Dinner .  
Please join us on Saturday, April 22, from 6-8 pm at the Harris County High School cafeteria as we celebrate our 24th Empty Bowl Dinner sponsored by the HCHS Art Club/NAHS.  
This year's theme will be "Time Line of Art".  
Come enjoy a delicious bowl of soup and dessert and take home a beautiful hand-made bowl as a reminder of the many empty bowls we have in our community.  
The students also auction off many wonderful art items that you won't want to miss.  
Tickets are $10. and are available at FOCUS or contact Julie Nordin at 706-663-7356.  
All proceeds from this event benefit FOCUS.

St. Nicholas Writes, our church writing group, will meet 
Sunday, April 23rd, from 9:45-10:45 in the Adult Formation classroom. 
Our meeting features a workshop on "theme" and its function in our writing. 
Those who wish to fully participate should bring a piece of writing that you wish to explore for the presence and effects of theme. 
Those who so choose will have an exciting opportunity to truly engage their writing and benefit from the observations of others. 
Visitors, guests, and "observers" welcome.


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

Rite 13 Liturgy:
We will celebrate our Rite 13 youth on Sunday, April 30 at the 11:00am service. 
This is our first Rite 13 Liturgy where we as a church family promise to not look away from our young people on their journey to adulthood. 
Join us as we honor our teenagers this day!


An opportunity to worship at historic Zion Church, built as an Episcopal church in the 1840s, will be offered at  4 p.m. Sunday, April 30th, 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.

Safe Families for Children (SFFC):
St. Nicholas is piloting a new program for the whole congregation. 
SFFC is a national movement partnering with the Church to temporarily care for at-risk children and youth, while strengthening families in crisis. 
With over 30 homeless children and youth in Harris County, we are partnering with Twin Cedars Youth & Children services in LaGrange to show hospitality in the homes of our parishioners to children and families in need. 
We will have a parish-wide training on May 20, 10:00am-12:00 noon for those interested in hosting and for those can support families who do host. 
There are many ways to help with this program! 
For more information on how SFFC works, go to or contact Chris Butzon, ministry leader or  Fr. Jeff


please contact Marci Horne for changes

Steward of the Month
Steve Morse

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, 


For those who are ill, recovering or needing special prayers:

  Members of St Nicholas:

John Blackmon
Harris County Prison Ministry
Jenny Jackson
BackPack Program
Safe Families Program
Lynn Norris
Mabry Collins
Cecelia Rood
Michelle Moody
Bill Eidson
Dave Halmrast
Nate Taylor
Clara Butzon

Family members and friends of the Community:

Anita Cheshire
Grace Ebstyne
Denson Franklin
Trish Davis 
Ann Carolyn King  
Fred Young
McCullohs Family
 Brightway Patients & Staff
Dexter Crotts
Gay Shephard
Kelly & Simon Graham
Russ Fackler
Penelope Elliston
Paige Buchanan
Joseph Green
Mark Daniel
Heather Partin
Barbara Hamilton
Cameron Clark
Danny Hatchell

    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.
2 Scott Crowley
3 Donna Armstrong
3 Lynn Hall
5 Grey Jackson
6 Caroline Dixon
6 Sharon Cheatham
9 Linda Gustashaw
  12 Marcus Dixon
  16 Bill Bradley
  16 Ron Davis
  17 Mike Sawyer
  20 Jo Thompson
  21 Kristy Hubbard
  21 Leslie Baker
  24 Armani Davis 
  25 Kin Brown
  26 Brittany Vargas  
  27 Barbara Morgan

           3 Dave & Linda Gustashaw
9 Dick & June Wood
All Ladies of St. Nicholas!

The Daughters of the King will host an informal luncheon and informational meeting after the  11:00 a.m.  service on
Pentecost Sunday, June 4, 2017
Please mark your calendars and plan on coming to learn more about DOK and get to know members of our chapter here at 
St. Nicholas.

If you have been contemplating becoming a member of our chapter of the DOK, now is your chance for some fun and exciting information about our plans for the near future.

Please let Andy Butzon or Jennifer Milton know if you plan to attend. Spread the word and bring a friend!

In This Issue

From Fr. Jeff

Mary's Meals

Baptisms, Confirmations, Receptions

Easter Lunch Bunch

Men's Group Dinner

Empty Bowls

Writer's Group

Journey to Adulthood

Zion Worship

Safe Families for Children

Lay Ministry

Stewards 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.

Bluegrass Sunday May 7 at 10:00AM
   Mark your calendar for our annual worship service featuring bluegrass hymns by the Shade Tree String Band!  We will have only ONE service this day, followed by a potluck meal for the whole parish! 
Contact Phebe Robertson for more information about the lunch.

Calling all artists, DIY-enthusiasts, yard-sale fanatics, collectors of cool things: The Chattahoochee Valley Episcopal Ministry needs your expertise and your chairs for its CHAIRity for CVEM. CHAIRity is held on  May 21  from  Noon to 6 p.m.  at Arts in the Park in Lakebottom Park. CHAIRity features one-of-a-kind chairs donated, created, or repurposed by local artists and friends of CVEM and proceeds benefit our neighbors in need in the Chattahoochee Valley region. There are no real rules for chairs: It can be a chair you decorate, repurpose, create or just something unique you've collected through the years. We are also looking for chairs that others may use to decorate. If you would like to donate a chair, please contact us at  or call  706.327.0400
Let me know if you need anything else please!


Holli Melancon
Communications Director
Chattahoochee Valley Episcopal Ministry

It's almost time to TAP! 
TAP   2017 will take place on   June 26-30   from   8:45 to Noon   at the Rankin Arts Center Uptown. 
TAP is a week-long art program for children ages 6-11. 
Through music, drama, dance, art and stories, TAP paves a way for a lifelong journey of peace. 
Children are recruited from diverse cultures and faiths and provided the opportunity to unify through art.
About this year's theme: A butterfly begins its life in one form, and ends it in another: Transformation! 
Through the performing arts, TAP transforms hate to love, anger to peace, confusion to clarity, judgement to acceptance, competition to community. Come be a part of TAP 2017: "Transforming Me to We"
There is an application process for TAP. You can apply online   HERE   or print off a brochure and mail it in   HERE

Other ways to participate in TAP:

Teen Intern/Mentor Program: We are also seeking teens to serve as Interns (rising 7th & 8th graders) and Mentors (9th-12th graders). 
Teen training takes place the week before TAP,   June 19-23
You do not have to have participated in TAP before to apply! 
If you're interested, contact us