The E-Newsletter from Saint Nicholas Episcopal  Church  
69 Mobley Road, Hamilton, GA 31811
June 28th - July 4th, 2017
Sunday Services 8:30 and 11:00am 

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.  
Summer Office Hours

Monday thru Thursday- 8:30 am - 2:30 pm


From Fr. Jeff:

Hagar was the first single mom, kicked to the curb by her baby-daddy Abraham. She hits rock bottom with no bread or water, and is ready to give up. You would think because she wasn't one of God's chosen fact, she was Egyptian...that God might ignore her or pass by because she should have known better. But that's not who God is. God hears her cry! God sends a messenger to show her to the well of life. God commits to walk with her and her son, just as God walks with Abraham and Sarah's family. God listens to the cries of all people, and sends messengers of peace and love to help us find the water of life. When you find yourself in desperation like Hagar, cry out! God's ears are tuned to that frequency. God knows the number of hairs on your head, and will always be listening.

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

Peace,  Jeff

Outreach Ministry Opportunties:

Mondays at 2:00pm 
Holy Eucharist at Harris County Jail, 
contact Fr. Jeff at 706-761-0115.

Wednesdays at 1:40pm 
Packing  back packs for BackSnacks, deliveries to school on Thursdays, contact Grant Flynn at 706-457-9531
Lunch Bunch

Come get to know your fellow St. Nicholas parishioners over lunch! Join us July 16 at 12:45pm at the Country Store! 
Back to School Rush
Thursday, July 27 9:00am-1:00pm  at the Harris County Community Center. 
St. Nicholas will have several tables at this annual community event put on by Family Connections. We will have a table promoting SNICK, BackSnacks, and Safe Families for Children. If you would like to help out by spending an hour or so at one of our tables, please let Fr. Jeff know. It's a great way to meet families in our community.

St. Nicholas Summer Lock-In
July 28 
will be here before you know it.  

We are looking for energetic helpers to assist with the end of summer 4 th Annual lock-in to be help at the church. 
There are several ways you can help: brain storming, promotion, 
food preparation, registration, decorating, chaperoning, teaching, setting up and breaking down.  
This event is fun for all ages.  
If you are interested in assisting with the lock-in at St. Nicholas, please contact .  
You can text Sheila at cell  404-852-3467  or call home  706-322-9702

More details of the event to come soon. 
Pulpit Swap with Christian Valley Church 

Every year, we gather with our sisters and brothers from Christian Valley Church in Cataula. On 
July 30  we will welcome them here at St. Nicholas at  11:00am  with Rev. Eric Seldon preaching, followed by a covered dish luncheon. Sign up to bring something in the narthex.
 Braylon Isaiah Copeland

Please join me in congratulating Brittany Vargas on the birth of her son Braylon Isaiah Copeland, born June 19, and weighing 8 lbs 7 oz. Mother, son, father Maceo, big sister Armani, and the whole Butzon family are all doing well! Thanks be to God! 

Let us pray.
O God, you have taught us through your blessed Son that whoever receives a little child in the name of Christ receives Christ himself: We give you thanks for the blessing you have  bestowed upon this family in giving them a child. Confirm their joy by a lively sense of your presence with them, and give them calm strength and patient wisdom as they seek to  bring this child to love all that is true and noble, just and pure, lovable and gracious, excellent and admirable, following the example of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

As you know, raising children is tough, especially for a young mother. Please continue to pray for Brittany and her little family. Also, if you would like to "pamper" her with a pack of diapers or a grocery gift card, I will be collecting those. Feel free to drop items off any time. I know Brittany would appreciate any support from her church family.

St. Nicholas T-Shirts are Back!

I f you ordered a St. Nicholas T-Shirt, but did not yet receive it, we now have plenty. Also, if you would like to purchase one, they are $10.
Stewards of the Month

Back in Epiphany, when determining where to take our annual Ashes to Go, Father Jeff asked new member  Shannon Klein , who has done a monthly Bible study at the Harris County Jail, if we could take ashes in to the jail. She put him in touch with the authorities there and they allowed us to come in on Ash  Wednesday That led to a conversation with parishioners of taking communion to the prisoners there. 

Since  March 20 , Father Jeff and three other volunteers have gone every week and set up a full Eucharist service in the jail.  Men and women prisoners alternate weeks that they come.  As many as 15 men and 8 women have been served in this outreach ministry. 

The volunteers give their time to be present and listen to the prisoners, with non-judgmental ears.  We read Scriptures, have a conversation about them, and break bread together. As several volunteers say commonly, "I get more out of this than they do."  These volunteers exemplify the Scripture that when we visit the prisoner, we are visiting Christ himself. 

Therefore, this month's Stewards of the Month go to the  Jail Eucharist Ministers:  Martha Dimon, Alex Garrett, Jim Gilliam, Katherine Johnson, Shannon Klein, Janice Murphy, Larry Nordin, Phebe Robertson, Barrett Smith, and Bert Tomlin

Thank you all for your ministry!

please contact Marci Horne for changes

Lay Eucharistic Visitors Needed

Aside from regular services, St. Nicholas is out and about visiting parish members and community.    Fr. 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.  
We are in need of additional Lay Eucharistic Visitors for this ministry. Several members are visiting the prison and Bright Way, however, only two LEV's are active at the moment.   

If you are interested in being trained as an LEV or are able to become active again as an LEV, please contact Fr Jeff ( or the church office (

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, 

A Journey with Matthew

The Gospel of Matthew presents the story of Christ's life and teachings in a well-organized format, almost in the five-part structure of a Greek drama. Each week we take seven small sections of the Gospel.  Each section has professional commentary plus questions that lead us into the real impact of Christ's life on our lives in the 21st century. .Additional back-stories of the history and sociology of Christ's time and place will be explored. All are welcome.  Invite a friend.



Friday, September 22, 2017 at 6:00pm
at Sweet Home Plantation - Pine Mountain 
Tickets will go on sale August 6th.



2   Devyn Hinnant
3   Jeff Jackson
5   Kathie Torres
     Michelle Moody
6   Robert Queener
15 Meghan Davis
17 Barbara Bradley
     Terry Buchanan
21 Caitlyn Whitworth
25 Janice Murphy
28 Carolyn Cox


2   Josh & Helena Davis
3   Barrett & Barbara Smith
7   Liz Dixon
9   Sheri & Jeff Cody
     John & Charlotte Winsness
10 Ingrid Cheshire & OliverVida
13 Margaret Zachry
20 Steve Morse & William Morgan
In This Issue

Summer Office Hours

From Fr. Jeff

Outreach Opportunities

Lunch Bunch

Back to School Rush

Summer Lock-In

Pulpit Swap

Prison Ministry

Lay Ministry

Stewards of the Month

Vestry Minutes

Bright Way Ministries

Lectionary Readings

Journey with Matthew 
Lobsterfest Save the Date

Birthdays & Anniversaries

Links (in alphabetical order)

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Instant Church Directory
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.

TAP Sponsor a Child

One of the most important programs St. Nicholas helps with is the Thompson-Pound Art Program (TAP). TAP is a day-camp in June, sponsored by Chattahoochee Valley Episcopal Ministry (CVEM), which brings children from all religious, cultural, and economic backgrounds to build relationships and unity amongst our ever-diverse American community using various art forms. I have been the chaplain for TAP (or TAPlain) for 9 years and all my children are involved. Several St. Nicholas adults and children are active in the program as well. 

We take pride in offering TAP free-of-charge to all the children ages 6-11 who participate. But as you well know, programs like TAP are not truly free to put on. The TAP co-planners do an amazing job of keeping our costs down and rely on the generosity of many people to fulfill our mission. It costs an average of $150 per child to put on TAP. This year, we are also going to be taking a field trip to the Butterfly House at Callaway Gardens, which will cost the children $10. 

If you are able and wish to sponsor a child, please send your checks for $160 directly t o CVEM at P.O. Box 5811, Columbus, GA 31906.

If you would like to learn more about TAP, or if you'd like to stop by and see us in action next week June 26-30 from 8:30 to 12:00pm at the Rankin Arts Center in Columbus, please let me know! Also, mark your calendar for our TAP Celebration night on June 29 at 7:00pm at Temple Israel in Columbus, where you can see the children perform and talk about all they learned.