The E-Newsletter from Saint Nicholas Episcopal  Church  
69 Mobley Road, Hamilton, GA 31811
706-628-7272
December 6th- December 12th, 2017
Sunday Service: 8:30 am and 11:00 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.  

Worship Schedule

Sunday, December 10 - 8:30 and 11:00 - The Reverend Harold Lockett
Sunday, December 17 - 8:30 and 11:00 - The Reverend Canon Alicia Schuster Weltner
Sunday, December 17 - Between services - Congregational Meeting - The Reverend Canon Alicia Schuster Weltner
Sunday, December 24 - 10:00 - Advent 4 Morning Prayer - Katherine Johnson
Sunday, December 24 - Christmas Eve - 5:00 - Children's Christmas Pageant followed by reception
Sunday, December 24 - Christmas Eve Service - 6:00 - Christmas Eve Eucharist- The Reverend Christine Belt
December 31, 10:00am: First Sunday in Christmas service


+You are invited to a congregational meeting between services on Sunday, December 17th to hear The Reverend Canon Alicia Schuster Weltner address our transitional process. Everyone is encouraged to attend as this will be a time for you to get answers to the questions you may have and to know that the Diocese is supporting us in this sad time of Father Jeff's leaving. Please know this is also a time for discerning the future of St. Nicholas.




 





We will celebrate
St. Nicholas Day
on Sunday, December 10


St. Nicholas Day, of course, is our patronal feast day, and this year we will celebrate on Sunday, December 10. The children will be visited by St. Nick himself and will find some treats if they will leave their shoes in the narthex before the 11:00 am service. Please join us!
Our next lunch bunch will be on December 17 after the 11:00am service at the Piedmont Dining Room at Callaway Garden's Lodge & Spa. No entry fee required! No agenda! Just good food with good people! Come join us!



St. Nicholas Writes

Our writing group, is available to help any parishioner with a writing task of any kind in individual or small-group conferences. Our members have varied backgrounds and can offer practical, positive advice on how to improve your work. We also give critiques and feedback on academic pieces. The service is free with donations to the church welcome. To take advantage of this service, please email Dianne Armstrong at the address below for a copy of the application for tutoring, to be filled out before your appointment. ( sbdi2@aol.com ).
 
     
Outreach Ministry Opportunties

Mondays at 1:30pm 
Holy Eucharist at Harris County Jail, 
contact Katherine Johnson.

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 Katherine Johnson.

 
Gospel of Mark continues! 

In light of the congregational meeting scheduled for Sunday, December 17th, the Adult Education class will meet for coffee, donuts and fellowship on Sunday, December 10th in lieu of a formal lesson. The study of Mark will begin on Sunday, January 14th.

 
  Share the Warmth of Christmas
 
St. Nicholas will be partnering with FOCUS, as we have in years past, to bring the "Warmth of Christmas" to families in need.  Money will be collected during Advent to help share the cost of purchasing propane to heat the homes of those who are unable to afford it.  Often choices need to be made by these families between having electricity, heating, medicine, food and other necessities.
 
Please use the "Share the Warmth" envelopes located in the pews to make your contribution to this most worthy cause.  Checks should be made out to St. Nicholas with "Share the Warmth" indicated on the memo line.  Cards for gifts in memory or honor of someone are available in the narthex.
 
Long after toys are broken, children and their families will be kept warm through your generous gift.



 

please contact Marci Horne for changes

 

Aside from regular services, St. Nicholas is out and about visiting parish members and community.  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.  

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 the  Martha or  Bert and schedule the necessary training. 

You will be much more blessed than the residents of these homes.

 
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.




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. 

   
DECEMBER BIRTHDAYS

1st- Molly Jackson
5th- Barbara Walker
9th- Austin Hubbard & Jeb Brown
10th- Larry Nordin
13th- Chris Butzon
16th- John Winsness & Lynne Taylor
18th- Blanton Whitworth
19th- Samantha Dixon
26th- Sheri Cody
28th- Mike Knoblauch


DECEMBER ANNIVERSARIES

17th- Erick & Danielle Whitworth
18th-  Dave & Sue Halmrast
26th-  Bill & Suzy Eidson
29th-  John & Rose Brent

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

Geoff
Errol
Bobby
Nicole
Derek
Michael & Jeri
Brenda
Trish
Harris County Jail Ministry
Brightway Patients & Staff
BackSnack Program
Safe Families for Children Program
Oakview Nursing Home
Roosevelt Place Asst. Living
Michelle
Bill
Heather
Barbara
Danny
Nate




Lectionary Readings 

If you would like to see the readings for Sunday, 


St. Nicholas Calendar
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In This Issue

Vestry Minutes

2017 Christmas Services

Lunch Bunch

Writer's Group

Outreach Opportunities

Gospel of Mark

Share the Warmth

Help Zion

Lay Ministry

LEV Training

Brightway 

Choir

BackSnacks

Birthdays & Anniversaries

Prayers

Lectionary Readings



Links (in alphabetical order)
 
















CONTACT
  
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St. Nicholas Vestry 2017

Sue Halmrast, 
Senior Warden and Outreach 
706-663-9198

Bob Hamilton, 
Junior Warden and Hospitality 
210-243-9084

Bill Caudill, Building & Grounds
706-628-5792
Drucye Cox, Communications
706-615-6791
Martha Dimon, Stewardship & Finance
706-587-3243
Phebe Robertson, Parish Life
706-681-2964
Steve Morse, Co-Chair Parish Life
706-527-2225
Rebecca Crowley, Children and Youth Formation
706-570-6429
Jennifer Milton, Pastoral Care
706-580-4035


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.
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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  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.