Read, Mark, and Inwardly Digest: Bible for Beginners.
Do you want to learn more about the Bible, but don't know where or how to start? Join us Sunday mornings at 9:45am for a weekly discussion group for all levels of Bible readers. Father Jeff and a group of others will lead the class. We will begin with the Gospel of Luke, using a 50-day study called A Journey with Luke by Marek Zabriskie which you can get ahead of time at many book retailers online. This will be our ongoing Adult Formation class until Easter. If you have any questions, contact Father Jeff or Bob Hamilton.
As a parish this year, we are also going to try giving something up and taking something on. Both of these were ideas that came from our Worship Committee last year in order to reduce some of our spending and to be better stewards.
Lent is Here!
Starting with Ash W
, we will enter into our 40-day journey of self-exploration, penitence, and fasting. Many Christians use this time to become better disciples (i.e. discipline) by either taking on or giving up something. For example, Lent has been my reset button for my health for years, after all the bad eating habits I've picked up over the holidays. I give up sweets, fried foods, and red meat (major temptations for me), and I also tend to take on increased time of prayer and reflection. Sometimes these things are superficial, but they are intended to lead us into deeper relationship with God.
First, we are going to be giving up our full-length bulletin for Lent by reducing the number of pages we print. We will have a one-page folded bulletin with announcement inserts, and we will use the Book of Common Prayer (BCP) for our liturgy. The bulletin will have page numbers so you can follow along easily. Some of you old-school Episcopalians will be familiar with this, but some of you newer Episcopalians may not be as familiar with the BCP. Hopefully this will continue to make our worship accessible for everyone. I encourage you to bring your own BCPs and Bibles to use each week.
Second, during Lent, we will experiment with having baked bread for communion. This is a bread recipe we have used for our Wednesday evening service and has gotten great response so far. We also have a number of people who have agreed to learn how to bake it. This will help us cut down on the amount of bread we have to have shipped, which is a considerable cost.
Both of these things we will try during Lent, and if we hear a good response, we can continue to do them. If you do have any feedback, please let me know. If I hear nothing, I'll assume these are disciplines the parish wants to continue.
If you have any questions about Lenten disciplines for yourself or your family or about these Lenten practices we will be doing together, please contact me!
Please click on the link below for the poem submitted by John Winsness
Bright Way Services
Worship services continue at Bright Way Personal Care Home
in Pine Mountain. Other
Lay Eucharistic Visitors are needed for this ministry.
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.
Steward of the Month February 2016
is the Steward of the Month of February for St Nicholas Episcopal Church for her Godly vision and hard work of the Backsnack Program which she initiated as her senior project at Harris County High School in 2015.
A need was discovered concerning a number of children at Park Elementary School that were not receiving sufficient meals on the weekends. Katelyn organized a new program and went before the local churches to ask for help. Saint Nicholas decided to help along with some other churches and provided the time, energy, and financial support necessary to meet the need.
The program has developed into 20 families at Park and is set to go into three new schools which will bring about a necessary expansion of funds and space. A large donation in memory of Cason Calaway and a space in St Nicholas in the form of a food pantry has allowed this worthy cause to meet the new requirements. One only has to look at this ministry started by Katelyn to see the handiwork of God. She has started a program that has the potential to grow even larger though she graduates this year. It will open up opportunities for service for other students that follow her.
What a wonderful legacy to have at such a young age. W
here else will God use this young woman after she graduates?
Happening 65 | Feb 19-21
Mark your calendar for
Those are the dates for Happening 65! Team registration can be found
Start recruiting candidates, and let them know the dates! Also, get in your OR nominations! Email them
Above: Jesse Adkins of St. Patrick's with observing rector Hailey Wilson of the Cathedral of St. Philip right after the exchanging of the giant warm and fuzzy.Happening 65 will be led by Hailey and the youth team in February!
CHURCH LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE
FEBRUARY 19, 2016 - FEBRUARY 21, 2016
Fr. Jeff and the Vestry encourage you to join us as we head up to Kanuga for their annual Church
. For our annual Vestry retreat, we decided to do something different and attend this
together. Anyone from the parish is welcome to go with us! Details are below:
In many ways, the institutional church has adapted to the secular world. There are business plans and growth charts and the work of church leadership seems to be the bottom line. It is easy to lose sight of the one reason the church exists: to worship God. What would it look like if there were a renewed focus on prayer and liturgy? What could the Church become if leadership were more concerned with spiritual well-being than physical or financial? Join us as we explore how churches can refocus their energies and deepen the faith of their membership.
Keynoters: The Rev. Barbara Cawthorne Crafton, is the founder of the online ministry, The Geranium Farm, and now lives in New Jersey;
The Very Rev. Dr. Neal Michell, Dean and Rector at St. Matthew's Cathedral in Dallas, Texas
Coordinator: Brendon Hunter from the Episcopal Church Foundation, New York, NY
Stitcher's meeting February 27, 10:00am
Come join your fellow needlework enthusiasts for some quality stitchin' time! Katrina Howe will bring the canvases she has completed painting and some of us will take those home. We all will have an opportunity to practice and show Katrina the results of the work we took home last meeting.
If you did not attend before, don't be shy, we welcome all newcomers! We will all spend an hour or two putting our heads and fingers to work on this artistic project dedicated to God's glory. Email
if you can join us.
Stitcher's meeting February 27, 10:00am
St. Nicholas Classrooms
"Grace is everywhere."
Diary of a Country Priest
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
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.
"Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also." Matthew 6:21
If you would like to see the readings for Sunday,
For those who are ill, recovering or needing special prayers:
Members of St Nicholas:
Chris and Liza Price
Ashley and Nate Taylor
For Members with Unspoken Prayer Request
Family members and friends of the Community
Jimmi Ann Moore
Erin Kavanaugh Kirkley
Andy Button and Family
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.
"Always do right - this will gratify some and astonish the rest."
1 Mike Durham
2 Kenny Townsend
5 Gene Demonet
10 Ed Cooling
10 Sue Halmrast
11 Kenny Hall
13 Heather Roper
16 Ella Crowley
17 Abbey Crowley
17 Liam Jackson
22 David Johnson
2 Mike & Gina Durham
12 Dexter & Beth Evans
14 Bobo & Barbara Morgan
26 Barbara & Bill Bradley
In This Issue
Bright Way Ministries
Steward of the Month
Lay Ministry Schedule
Lay Ministry Opportunities
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Church Leadership Conference
Deadline for submitting news items is noon Monday.
Send news and photos to:
The Spirit of St. Nicholas
is published weekly by
St. Nicholas Episcopal Church.
Thank you, St. Nicholas family, for your active involvement in our parish.
Please help Patty Hamilton 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 Patty Hamilton at email@example.com.
- Please include:your names and the names of your minor children,
- email addresses,
- phone numbers (cell and home),
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
If you or 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.
Tucked away in the Northeast Georgia mountains, Camp Mikell offers the only folk school in Georgia!
Friday, March 04 - Sunday, March 06, 2016
Download the registration packet here:
SUMMER CAMP SCHEDULE 2016
Mini Camp: May 27-29, Rising 1st and 2nd Grader- For camper and parent/guardian
Youth Camp: June 5-June 11, Rising 10th-Just Graduated
Performing Arts Camp: June 12-June 18, Rising 4th-9th Graders
Intermediate Camp: June 19-June 25, Rising 8th and 9th Graders
Junior Camp: June 26-July 2, Rising 6th and 7th Graders
Kid Camp: July 10-July 16, Rising 3rd-5th Graders
Work Camp: July 18-July 23, Rising 10th Graders-Just Graduated
Emmaus House: July 25-July 29, Emmaus House Summer Program
Guest Camp: September 2- September 5, Children, Adults, and Families of all Ages
Outdoor Junior: May 31- June 5, Rising 6th and 7th Graders
Outdoor Intermediate: May 31- June 5, Rising 8th and 9th Graders
Outdoor Youth: June 12 -June 18, Rising 10th Graders-Just Graduated