The E-Newsletter from Saint Nicholas Episcopal  Church  
69 Mobley Road, Hamilton, GA 31811
October 25th - 31st, 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,

In the book of Exodus, the Lord speaks directly with Moses. At one point, Moses asks to see God's face. But the Lord's appearance is too glorious for Moses, so God hides Moses in the cleft of a rock so as to protect him. Some translations say that Moses sees the Lord's back, but the original Hebrew suggests that Moses only sees where God has been. God is always a few steps ahead of us. Like seeing the effects of forceful wind, we can't always see right now what God is doing, but soon enough, we'll see the trail that God has blazed for us. You may be wondering what God is up to in your life and you may even be worried about your present circumstance. Trust that the Lord goes ahead of you. All we have to do in such moments is nestle into the rock for a bit and then follow where God leads. "Rock of ages, cleft for me, let me hide myself in thee." 

*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+

Tuesday, October 31, 5:30-7:30 pm.   
(Hours including set up...5pm - 8ish)

Join us for a fun and safe Halloween celebration. Decorate your trunk, dress up the kids, or just come for the fellowship. We need cars, vans, SUVs...whatever vehicle you have! Decorate your trunk and pass out goodies. It would be nice if each vehicle could provide an activity for the kids. Last year we had over 300 kids pass through our parking lot. It is a great opportunity to show our church to the neighborhood.

If you have any questions, please contact Rebecca Crowley, 706-570-6429. If you are not able to come but would like to participate, we are accepting candy donations. Thanks for making this event a success!


November's Steward of the Month goes to all of those anonymous givers  who give to the needs of the community and to the church.

Recently, Father Jeff told a story of a church member who had fallen on hard times and how another parishioner gave a sizable gift anonymously to fill that need. Such gifts are given with such love (and often tears) and are equally received with the same sense of overwhelming gratitude. 

There are so many in our church who give this way, and they do so because they want their gift to be given without the ties to personality, status, or position. They just do it because they are able to give, and because they are generous souls. Some give money, some give their time quietly, some give their skills without hope of any recognition. 
So this month's Steward is for all those who quietly give. You know who you are, and we hope that you know how appreciative we are for all you do for St. Nicholas.

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.

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.  

Pot Luck Sign Up

Please know that there will be a sign-up sheet in the Narthex this Sunday for the potluck lunch on  Sunday, November 5 .  Take a moment to stop by let us know what you'll be bringing. This is so helpful in planning. 

If you are unable to attend this  Sunday , but wish to contribute to the potluck, email Sue Halmrast at

~Thanks for all your help and yummy dishes!!
Worship at Zion

Our next service at Zion will be on November 12 at 4:00pm. All are welcome!
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.


T - Shirts are IN!!!

If you have purchased a t-shirt or would like to, they are now available in the Narthex. 
Please let Tai Jackson know how many you may need.
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.

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, jam, and soups.

We also need plastic bags (Kroger, Wal-Mart) doubled, and we need volunteers. On Friday, Nov. 17 we will be preparing the bags so we'll need volunteers to man tables and fill bags.  

On Saturday, Nov. 18 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, be sure to include Focus on the subject line or call her at 706-663-4505.

Thank you. Your support makes it possible for us to help the needy of Harris County.

-Julie Nordin
Food Bank, Chairman


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. 


2nd -Tai Jackson
8th- Lynn Norris
9th- Jeff Cody &
John Blackmon
13th- Lange Taylor
19th- Darlene Dameron
25- Hollie Queener
30- Connie Blackmon

19th- Sheila & Chris Dixon
26th- John & Connie Blackmon

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

Maya, Ansley & Shelley


Lectionary Readings 

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In This Issue

Office Hours

Fr. Jeff

Steward of the Month

Lay Ministry

Outreach Opportunities

LEV Training

Adult Formation Schedule


Worship at Zion



Trunk or Treat

Thanksgiving Food Drive

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.
If you need a new picture or a new name tag, indi cate that as well.  Feel free to use a favorite picture. Just send it in jpeg form to


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