The E-Newsletter from Saint Nicholas Episcopal  Church  
69 Mobley Road, Hamilton, GA 31811
November 8th - 14th, 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.  

From Fr. Jeff,

Jesus has a strange definition of "blessed." "Blessed are the poor in spirit...those who mourn...the meek...those who hunger and thirst for righteousness...the merciful...the pure in heart...the peacemakers...those who are persecuted..." I thought "blessed" meant to have everything go your way, or to accumulate success, adoration from all, and wealth. At least that's how most people use the word. But Jesus has a way of taking the things that hurt the most and turning them into badges of honor! If you're struggling right now, resist the temptation to think that God is punishing you. God is actively working to heal what is broken. God is enveloping you with love and comfort and will not leave your side, even when you can't feel it. When you are broken, you are blessed, because that's when you need the blessing the most. 

*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+


Help Zion!!



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. ( ).
Flag Retirement

This Sunday, following the  11:00am  service, our Cub Scouts will be on hand again to do a flag retirement ceremony. If you or anyone you know has a flag that needs to be respectfully disposed of, please bring them to the service this Sunday or leave them in the church office any day before.

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.  

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.

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...

Jim & Becky
Jocie & Johnny
Wallace & Marianne

Lectionary Readings 

If you would like to see the readings for Sunday, 

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In This Issue

Office Hours

Fr. Jeff

Vestry Minutes

Help Zion

Writer's Group

Steward of the Month


Outreach Opportunities

Lay Ministry 

Worship at Zion

LEV Training



Thanksgiving Food Drive


Birthdays & Anniversaries


Lectionary Readings

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

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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
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  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  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.