The Spirit of Saint Nicholas
The E-Newsletter from Saint Nicholas Episcopal  Church  
69 Mobley Road, Hamilton, GA 31811
February 15th - 21st, 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.  

1 Corinthians 3:1-9
Matthew 5:38-48
  • Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18

From Fr. Jeff:

Happy Valentine's Day! Valentine's Day is all about LOVE! 
But love is a multi-faceted concept in our culture. 
Jesus was all about love, but love seems to be the thing Christians struggle with the most. 
Do we love just those who are like us, those who love us back? We are actually called to love everyone, which can be hard. What if someone says something mean to us? 
We have to love them. What if we don't agree with someone on important matters? We have to love them. 
What if they are our enemies? Jesus was clear on that one: love them. Today you will give and receive signs of love from spouses, partners, and significant others. 
But also take a moment to give love to someone who you are at odds with. Surprise them with a smile, an encouraging note or text, a hug, or even an apology or forgiveness. You may discover how broad love can actually be.

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

Peace, Jef

Monthly Lunch Bunch  

Everyone needs to eat lunch after church, so why not eat together? 
Our monthly "lunch bunch" will be gathering this 
Sunday, February 19  at the Country Kitchen (at the Overlook on Highway 27). 
We'll meet after the  11:00am  service, which will put us there between  12:30 and 12:45
This is an opportunity for our parish family to gather to further solidify our connections with one another. 
Long-time members and newcomers alike are encouraged to come for good food and fellowship!

Due to the size of our group, we are not expecting to all sit together as one group. 
We do encourage folks to gather in groups of 4-6, hopefully with parishioners you don't know well. 
So if you get there first, go ahead and get a table for 4 or 6.


please contact Marci Horne for changes

The Union of Black Episcopalians 
will celebrate the Feast of Absalom Jones at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Atlanta on Sunday, February 19th at 4:00 pm.  
The Honorable Clinton Deveaux , Retired Judge, Municipal Court of Atlanta will deliver the message. Mr. Deveaux is a longtime member of the Chapel at Emmaus House. Tre Clegg will direct the choir, with featured performances by the Trey Clegg Singers. We are inviting individuals from around the diocese to join our diocesan-wide choir.

T his annual service celebrates the life and legacy of Absalom Jones, the first priest of African descent in the Episcopal church. For additional information, please contact Tiffany King at  770-380-4615, or email

Tiffany King
Union of Black Episcopalians, Atlanta Chapter


 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 weekly on: 
February 19 & 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
Please save the date to attend the Saint Nicholas Mardi Gras celebration this year Tuesday evening, February 28th. Let's gather before Lent to "rock the house" with traditional Mardi Gras food and music. Details to follow.

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.


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

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

***No Rite 13 on Sunday, February 19th***
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.

***No Sunday School on Sunday, February 19th***
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:

Phebe Robertson
Dave Halmrast
Nate Taylor
Clara Butzon
Cecelia Rood
Sarah Barr
Bill Eidson

Family members and friends of the Community:

Dexter Crotts
David Winters
Gay Shephard
Kelly & Simon Graham
Russ Fackler
Penelope Elliston
Paige Buchanan
Joseph Green
Mark Daniel
Heather Partin
Barbara Hamilton
Doug Brown
Cameron Clark
Gene Wells
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.

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

Monthly Lunch Bunch

Lay Ministry

Feast of Absalom Jones

Episcopal 101

Stitcher's Gathering

Writer's Group

2017 Mardi Gras

Ash Wednesday

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