The Spirit of Saint Nicholas
The E-Newsletter from Saint Nicholas Episcopal  Church  
69 Mobley Road, Hamilton, GA 31811
706-628-7272
October 19th - 25th, 2016
 Sunday Services 8:30 & 11:00 
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.  

 

 
 
 


How's your prayer life? One reason people don't pray is that they feel that God doesn't listen to their prayers. If God isn't answering, why bother to pray at all? The truth is that God is always trying to speak to us, and God always answers our prayers. It may not be the answer we were hoping to hear, or it may not be answered in the time we thought it should be. Jesus said once to his discouraged friends that they should pray like a persistent widow seeking justice from a judge. We need to ring that desk bell, pound on the table, keep calling every hour, and nag until we feel that God has heard us. You can't know God has heard you if you stop praying. God knows it's hard for us to hear him, but God is listening. Whatever your prayer is today, for yourself or for someone else, don't give up. Be persistent. Keep praying.

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Peace,
Jeff+
St. Nicholas Writes
our writing group, will meet 
Sunday, October 23, from 9:45-10:45 in the Adult Formation classroom. 
Because we have been offered an exciting opportunity to contribute to our Advent services, this meeting will accordingly be devoted to a workshop on Advent materials. 
Everyone is welcome to participate, especially those with a music background. 
Inquiries: Dianne Armstrong 706-221-9020


 





You are invited by our dear friends from TAP to attend the first ever Native American Star Cultural Festival on October 28-30
Ona Graham, president of Star Nation Foundation for the Healing Arts (the nonprofit this event benefits), teaches the TAP children about Native American spirituality during TAP week.
Here's a little about the event:

WHAT: Native American Star Cultural Festival, featuring Native American Fine Arts and Crafts, Jewelry, Pottery, Leatherwork Plus Local American Craftsmen. Healing Arts Practitioners in Yoga, Reiki, Tai Chi, Herbal Medicine, Mindfulness and Meditation.  Native American Dancing, Drumming, Flute Music and Food.  Children's Activities and Story Telling. Farmers Market. Silent Auction.

WHEN: October 28, 29 & 30 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.//Children's Day will take place all day Friday with FREE admission for school children, teachers & helpers
//Honor Guard and Grand Entry (Saturday 12 noon. All veterans invited to participate). 
//Healing Earth Ceremony (Sunday 2 pm Interfaith Service)

Our friends are also in need of volunteers for this event to help make it a success, and volunteers receive free admission to the weekend's events.

Volunteers are needed for: 

Ticket Taking/ Information Booth:   2 to 3 people per hour  to sell tickets, collect ticket stubs and offer information about Star Nation Healing Arts.
Children's Activities:  2 to 4 volunteers per hour to assist Vickie and Cynthia with activities for children.
Parking: 4 to 6 volunteers per hour to direct cars to parking spots in field and direct people to entrance gate.
Trash Collection:1 to 2 volunteers to collect trash and deposit it in the dumpster twice daily.
Silent Auction: 1 volunteer per hour to sit at door while people enter and leave Silent Auction Area.
Meditation/Healing Tent: Healers/Reiki Practioners willing to donate time to offer individuals a healing session.
Directing Traffic: 2 ADULT volunteers to direct traffic onto field and to direct handicapped to access area.
Camp Party Saturday Night:  volunteers to pick up food, set up eating area, assist with serving, meal clean up and final clean up.

1 Hour of volunteering  = free admission
4 Hours of volunteering = free admission and invitation to Camp Party SaturdayNight from 6 to 9pm.  Includes food, trade blanket and blue grass band.

Call 706-317-2163 and speak to Ms. White to reserve your time.

If you're at all interested, what a great way to support this cause! 

 
October Sermon Series

Connecting the Threads

Do you ever feel completely disconnected? 
From God? 
The Church? 
Whatever God is calling you to do? 

This October, we will hear from 5 regular folks who have struggled with similar questions and have found a way to stay connected. 

Join us as we hear from 
Chris Jackson ( October 2), 
Chris Butzon ( October 9), 
Abbey Crowley ( October 16), 
Diane Hinnant ( October 23), and 
Sheila Dixon ( October 30). 

St. Nicholas Episcopal Church, 8:30am & 11:00am

 
TRUNK-OR-TREAT

Dear Congregation,
I am sure you can sense that fall is coming soon!  With that being said, we need to start thinking about our Trunk-or-Treat!  WE NEED YOUR HELP!  This event has been one of the largest outreach events that our congregation has participated in and continues to grow year over year.  Last year we had over 300 visitors at St. Nicholas.  This year Halloween occurs on a MONDAY! 
 
Trunk-or-Treat is OCTOBER 315-7:30 pm.  
(Hours including set up...4:30 - 8ish)
 
We need assistance in the following areas:
·          Candy donations
·          Decorated trunks - People to drive their cars/trucks to the parking lot with decorated trunks.  (There will be a small "Best of Show" prize)
·          Is anyone willing to donate and handle the large inflatable slide? It is $300 including delivery and setup.
·           A "hay ride" would be nice, but we need someone to donate a trailer and ATV for this to be a possibility (and driver)...low cost and fun
·          Pizza donations
·          Hot dog/Buns donation
·         Drinks donation
·          Greeters to man each of the food stations and Volunteers!
·          Apple bobbing (hanging) station
·         Disc Jockey/Music
·          Maybe other suggestions as the emails come flooding in!
 
This event is important and requires lots of participation from several different people.  It is REALLY fun!  If you have ideas and are willing to participate please call or text Rebecca Crowley at 706-570-6429 so we can plan accordingly.

  Trunk or Treat
Date: October 31, 2016
Time: 5pm - 7:30pm
Location: St. Nicholas
 


Fall potluck planned for November 6 to celebrate Stewardship Sunday! Plan to bring a favorite fall dish to
share. 

Details to follow.

 

 
Flag Retirement Ceremony, Sunday, November 13, 11:00am, St. Nicholas Episcopal Church:  
Do you have an American flag that needs to be retired in a respectful way?
If so, St. Nicholas is collecting flags from now until 
November 13 , when we and our Cub Scout Pack 109 will send them off in proper fashion.
You can bring them before the event to the church at 69 Mobley Road, Hamilton, or on the day of the event.
We will honor Veterans at our 
11:00am   service, then process out to retire the flags. 
All are welcome to join us!
Flag Retirement Ceremony  
Date: Sunday, November 13th
Time: 11:00am
Location: St. Nicholas Episcopal Church
 

FOCUS Thanksgiving Food Drive

We are getting ready for our annual Thanksgiving Food Drive and can use your help in many different areas.  
Last year we helped 300 families and expect to help at least that many this year.  
Monetary donations are always welcome since we can purchase food at Feeding the Valley for $0.19 a pound.   
Items that we have not been able to purchase, but need, are canned tuna and soups.  
We also need plastic bags (Kroger, Wal-Mart) doubled, and we need volunteers.  
On Friday, Nov. 18 we will be preparing the bags so we'll need volunteers to man tables and fill bags.  
On Saturday, Nov. 19 our clients will be picking up their food and we can use volunteers to help carry the groceries out to cars.  
If you can help please contact Judy Westbrook at jrw5@bellsouth.net, be sure to include Focus on the subject line or call her at 706-663-4505 or call 

Thank you.  
Your support makes it possible for us to help the needy of Harris County.
Julie Nordin
Food Bank, Chairman


 
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
 

ADULT FORMATION
Continues on October 30th

Embracing an Adult Faith  continues 
Sunday @  9:45 in the Classroom.
This is  a 5-session study with Christian scholar Marcus Borg on "What It Means to Be Christian." 
Led by David Johnson and Father Jeff.

 
YOUTH WORKER FALL UPDATE

Happening | November 11-13
This is our high school retreat at Camp Mikell. This is a renewal weekend centered around unconditional love and community. High schoolers lead the weekend for high schoolers. Adults just come up to chaperone. High schoolers can register for the weekend  here.

Youth Lock-In @ Annual Council | November 18-19
Our annual lock-In takes places on the  Friday Night of Council. We get together to do service work, play games, and worship. We end the lock-in the following day by leading opening prayer  on Saturdaymorning. Youth and adults can register for the lock-in  here.

atlSERVE (Mission Weeks) | June 25-30, July 9-14
These are our service and mission outreach weeks in Atlanta for our middle and high schoolers. The high school week is  June 25-30 and the middle school week is  July 9-14. We have many service partners including meal delivery, facilitating a VBS, sorting donations, working in gardens, serving in soup lines, and joining the homeless in morning prayer. These weeks are about learning how to serve and be served by others. Last year, we had over 90 youth attend our mission weeks. There are opportunities for adult leaders (that could be you) to help lead the week. There are leadership opportunities for high schoolers to help lead the middle school week. Mark your calendar, and please let your youth know! Register for high school  here and middle school  here.

Applications

Provincial Youth Networking Meeting | December 1-4
Every year our Province gets together, 19 dioceses, to discuss youth ministry, network, and plan a youth event for the entire Province to participate in. Youth and Youth Workers from all over the Province attend the event. We want 3-4 youth to attend this year's meeting. It will be at the Lake Logan Conference Center in the Diocese of Western Carolina. No cost; we just need youth that are passionate about serving one another and the larger youth community.  Apply here.

DYC Staff | December 10-11
This is an opportunity for our high school youth to lead a retreat for middle and high schoolers. The retreat is at Camp Mikell from  January 6-8. Staff training is at Mikell from  December 10-11Apply here.

Youth Leadership Initiative | June 2-4
This is a weekend Leadership Retreat for rising seniors and those just graduated. Bishop Wright, Mary Hooper, and I will lead a weekend centered around teaching our youth what it looks like to lead as Jesus calls us to.  Apply here.

EYE 2017 | July 10-14
This is the National Youth Event held every 3 years that brings almost every diocese and over 2,000 young people together for a 4-day event. This year, it is at the University of Central Oklahoma. Many subjects are covered and youth get a real opportunity learn, grow, and build community with young Episcopalians across the faith. Many parishes are contributing a full scholarship for one of their own youth to attend. Please  contact me if you would like to sponsor one of your youth. We also have partial and full scholarships for at least 10. Youth can apply  here.

If you have any questions about these events or applications, please contact me directly! 
Thank you for participating in our Diocesan Youth Ministries!

Peace,

 

Zion Episcopal Church
 

Click on the link above to go to the website to read about the history of and view incredible photos taken of Zion Episcopal Church
 
Cub Scout Pack 109 
meets on Mondays here at St. Nicholas. 
For boys in 1st through 5th grade. 
They are always in need of group leaders and special one-time instructors on specific tasks. 

If you would like to help out in any way, please contact pack leader   Allen Parker

 
 


Almighty God, who...dost promise that when two or three are gathered together in thy Name thou wilt grant their requests; fulfill now, O Lord, the desires and petitions of thy servants, as may be most expedient for them.
         
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.

As Episcopalians, we are followers of Jesus Christ, and both our worship and our mission are in Christ's name. In Jesus, we find that the nature of God is love, and through baptism, we share in his victory over sin and death.  
 


please contact Marci Horne for changes
Finding your talent . . .

There are many lay ministry opportunities at  St. Nicholas. Each person  has unique talents to share.Think about yo ur place to joyfully plug into  St Nicholas.
.     

Altar Guild, Flower Guild, Greeter, Ushers, Teacher,  Special  Event Volunteer, Grounds, Choir, Lay Eucharistic Minister, Lector, Stewardship, Communications. . .

More opportunities are available, but begin to think about it.
Tailor your lay ministry to your talent and time.

Most of all, do remember to worship at St Nicholas.

Steward of the Month

MARTHA DIMON 

Martha Dimon came to St Nicholas a couple of years ago and we have been blessed ever since
by her presence.  
She came on the Vestry in 2016 and is serving as Hospitality Vestry Liaison. 
Martha's gracious and warm personality have welcomed many people to St Nicholas.  
This year Martha volunteered to be 
CHAIR of LOBSTERFEST.  
Her organization skills are well known in the community.  She came up with new ideas for LobsterFest and got many people involved.  It was a lovely event and a fine success.  
Martha has also agreed to be 
Chair of LobsterFest in 2017.  
For all of this, the Vestry has nominated Martha as October Steward of the Month.
  


 

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:

Sam Roney
Nate Taylor
Clara Butzon
Chris Butzon

 
Family members and friends of the Community:

Grace Esbstyne
Mark Daniel
Heather Partin
Barbara Hamilton
Doug Brown
Cameron Clark
Gene Wells
Danny Howard
Danny Hatchell
Joseph Green
Vivian
Chris Price

In Thanksgiving For:

Our St. Nicholas Hospitality Ministries


    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.
 


 

           


October Birthdays

  1    Kim Stokes
  4    Bobo Morgan
  4   Nick Baker
  4   Rachel Brent
  9    Dalton Avery Hinnant
10    Emma Evans
11    Laura Burris
12    Bronwyn Jackson
12   Pat Demonet
15    Charles Norris
16    John Brent
16   Libby Horne
17    Abbey Avery
19    William Morgan
20    Liz Dixon
23    Suzy Eidson
26    Brad Armstrong
30    Matt Hinnant
30   Sheila Dixon






October Anniversaries

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


 

Epiphany's Nativities Exhibit


You're Invited To Tour Epiphany's Nativities Exhibit
For the twenty-first holiday season, The Episcopal Church of the Epiphany presents an exhibit of nativity scenes from around the world from Saturday, December 3 through Sunday, December 11. Over the years, the exhibit has grown to over 300 crèches. From the elegant to the eccentric, the birth scenes are sculpted in materials ranging from carved wood to volcanic ash.
In the narthex and gallery, there will be a special exhibit of nativity scenes that highlight the differences between the birth story as told in the Gospels of Luke and Matthew. Each nativity is accompanied by scriptural quotes and hymn texts. Additional birth scenes will be exhibited in the Parish Hall.
Admission: $5.00 for adults; Free for children under 12. 
For a brochure of times or more information contact Epiphany at 404.373.8338 / info@epiphany.org or visit www.Epiphany.org.

Schedule
Saturday, December 3, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sunday, December 42 - 4 p.m.
Monday-Friday, December 5-910 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Saturday, December 10, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sunday, December 112 - 4 p.m.

 

 
 
In This Issue


From Fr. Jeff

Writer's Group

Native American Star Cultural Festival

October Sermon Series

Trunk or Treat

Fall Potluck

Flag Retirement Ceremony

FOCUS Thanksgiving Food Drive

Journey to Adulthood

Adult Formation

Youth Worker Fall Update

Zion Episcopal Church

Cub Scout Pack 109

Vestry Minutes

Bright Way Ministries

Lay Ministry Schedule

Lay Ministry Opportunities

Steward of the Month
 
Lectionary Readings
 
Prayers
 
Birthdays & Anniversaries

Epiphany's Nativity Exhibit



Links (in alphabetical order)
 














Zion Episcopal, Talbotton(Go Fund Me)

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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 contact@stnicholashamilton.org 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 contact@stnicholashamilton.org

  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 contact@stnicholashamilton.org.


 



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.


 
St. Thomas Episcopal Church Episcoparty
St. Thomas Episcopal Church is excited to share our first Episcoparty with you! Please share with your constituents. Banner and flyer attached to this message.
Join us for a fabulous night filled with lots of fun, food, wine & drinks. There will also be a silent auction in which 10% of the proceeds will be donated to Home For Good Columbus. The remaining proceeds will go towards renovations and capital improvements throughout the church.

Be sure and put on your dancing shoes because The Chemistry Project Band will be in attendance. 

Tickets are on sale now $40.00.
Available for purchase Monday-Friday in the church office, Wednesdays before dinner, and Sundays during coffee hour. Cash, check and credit card payments are all accepted. 
Buy tickets online at www.stthomascolumbus.org

This is an opportunity to bid-on early Christmas presents, and spend a week in a villa in Italy, or at the beach on 30A, just to name a few. This is one Episcoparty you don't want to miss! 

So come have a blast! It's going to be ATOMIC!