The E-Newsletter from Saint Nicholas Episcopal  Church  
69 Mobley Road, Hamilton, GA 31811
706-628-7272
July 26th - August 2nd, 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, 

Do you ever pray the "if/then" prayer? "If you help me with this, God, then I'll pray more!" "If you heal me, then I'll start going to church regularly!" "If you give me more money, then I'll start being generous!" We all pray this way from time to time. But why do we place conditions on God when God is unconditional with us? Scripture says over and over that God is with us. God knows what's going on in your life and is already in the process of doing whatever you most need. God is already healing you, providing for you, helping you because God has already promised to walk with you. You don't need the "if/then" prayer. You just have to rest in the knowledge that God's got your back. God is with you right now as you read this. Offer a prayer of thanksgiving and trust in the God who makes big and faithful promises.

*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+

REMINDER
ONE SERVICE FOR JULY 30th

Most of our  8:30  crowd is going to be joining us at  11:00 am  for the Pulpit Swap and luncheon afterwards, so we are going to cancel the  8:30  service this week.

So here is our service schedule the next couple of weeks:

July 30: ONE Service at  11:00 am  at St. Nicholas (Pulpit Swap)
August 6 : ONE Service at  10:00 am  at Blue Springs
August 13 : Back to TWO Services at  8:30 am and 11:00 am

Looking forward to seeing everyone this Sunday!
 
     
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

 
Back to School Rush
Thursday, July 27 9am-1pm  at the Harris County Comm. 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 Sheila Dixon
You can text Sheila at cell  404-852-3467  or call home  706-322-9702

More details of the event to come soon. 
Congratulations to
 Chris & Jenny Jackson 
on the birth of their daughter 
Tulsi Jane!!
 
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.
 
Steward of the Month

The Steward of the Month of July 2017 is....
Drucye Cox!  
She has used her time and talent to put together a new look for the St Nicholas website. Drucye  worked with Tracie Moore at Traceable Creations to complete a redesigned, responsive website,   stnicholashamilton.org , that is also easy to read on mobile devices. Her goals were to incorporate our new logo, a clean, crisp design with a white background, a slideshow across the top on the home page, easy access/links to the sermons, calendar, newsletters, upcoming events and finally, to keep the site up to date at all times. Thank you Drucye for a job well done!

Many thanks to 
Bill Caudill, 
Bobo and Barbara Morgan, Steve Morse, and Phebe Robertson for working on the grounds and the Memory Garden!

 
Blessing of the Backpacks
 
We invite all children to bring their backpacks to church on August 6 at 10:00am at our outdoor service at Blue Springs as we ask God to bless them for another year of school. Teachers, students, and administration are all invited to come!

 
 



please contact Marci Horne for changes

 

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 ( Fatherjeff@stnicholashamilton.com) or the church office ( contact@stnicholashamilton.org



Bright Way Services

Worship services continue at Bright Way Personal Care Home in Pine Mountain. 

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.

 
 

LOBSTERFEST 2017  SAVE THE DATE!

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

   
JULY BIRTHDAYS

1 Beth Hagues 
2 Bob Hamilton 
10 Katherine Johnson 
11 Barbara Smith 
12 Lou Baker 
13 Abby Brown 
16 Dorothy Webster 
16 Steve Morse
27 Ingrid Cheshire 
30 Norma Wolff

JULY ANNIVERSARIES

3 Barbara Walker 
11 Amy & Terry Buchanan 
12 Randy & Darlene Dameron 
26 Sharon & Tom Cheatham 
28 Carolyn Cox
 
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

Steward of the Month

Parish Picnic Aug 6

Vestry Minutes

Bright Way Ministries

Lectionary Readings

Journey with Matthew 
 
Lobsterfest Save the Date

Prayers
 
Birthdays & Anniversaries



Links (in alphabetical order)
 
















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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.

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.

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 contact@stnicholashamilton.org.


 


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.