The Spirit of Saint Nicholas!
The E-Newsletter from Saint Nicholas Episcopal 
 Hamilton, GA
 November 18th- 24th, 2015

Puppet Ministry News

 Our next performance will be 
 Sunday, November 22 at the 8:30 and 11:00 services
For info - call Ann Bacher 706-457-1638

Our goal is to perform both for the congregation and the Harris County community .
Practices will take place twice a month on Sunday afternoons at 2:00pm. Please call director Ann Bacher at  706 457-1638  or email if you have any questions.
St. Nicholas Writes, the church's fellowship of aspiring writers, will meet on  Sunday, November 22, from  9:45-10:45 in the Adult Forum classroom. The meeting will feature three or four of our writers reading from their works-in-progress with audience participation. Visitors will have a chance to see the writing process in action while enjoying our members' talents on display in a range of subject matter.

For inquiries, contact Dianne Armstrong at .

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Date: Sunday, November 22nd
Time: 9:45am
Location: Adult Classrooms
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 400 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, soups, and jams and jelly.   We also need plastic bags (Kroger, Wal-Mart) doubled, and we need volunteers.  On Friday, Nov. 20 we will be preparing the bags so we'll need volunteers to man tables and fill bags.  On Saturday, Nov. 21 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 or call Rhonda Howard at 321-945-4727 or

Thank you.  Your support makes it possible for us to help the needy of Harris County.
Julie Nordin
Food Bank, Chairman
Adult Formation

Joe and Kathie Torres will moderate a discussion for the Adult Formation based on "your inner voice" as it pertains to praying on  November 29th at 9:45 am. This very thought-provoking discussion will hopefully create an awareness about the benefits derived from praying. 

This is based upon testimonials from members of our church who have witnessed their prayers being answered. Come join us and offer your own experiences derived from prayers. We sincerely hope to help you see the light while you pray.

Thanks and Blessings,
Bob Hamilton

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.
"Do all the good you can, in all the ways you can, for all the people you can, in every place you can, as long as you can".  

Enjoy the blessings of good stewardship!

Steward of the Month

The hands-down choice for the hardest working man at Saint Nicholas is our Junior Warden, 
Nick Simpson!
Nick has made it his special mission to dig into the church finances. He has been responsible, along with our treasurer Connie Blackmon, for bringing our accounting in-house and for making our financial transactions as transparent and understandable as possible.
Nick has seen to it that our staff has been fully trained on our financial software by first teaching himself how to utilize it, spending hours on end in the process. In addition, Nick has been deeply involved in our recent successful stewardship campaign and is now working with the finance committee on our budget for next year.
When praised for his hard work, Nick has repeatedly simply given all the credit to the love he has for Saint Nicholas and for the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
We at St. Nicholas say thank you Nick. The response from Nick is sure to be "Thanks be to God."

"Sharing our gifts with others brings satisfaction, peace and joy to the giver's heart.  St. Paul once remarked: " . . . we must help the weak, and keep in mind the words of the Lord Jesus who himself said, "It is more blessed to give than to receive."

Lay Ministry Opportunities

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  St Nicholas.
A few idea s are: 
Altar Guild, Flower Guild, Greeter, Ushers,     Teacher,  Special  Event Volunteer, Grounds, Choir, Lay Eucharistic Minister. . .

 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.

Lectionary Readings 

If you would like to see the readings for Sunday, 

In Thanksgiving
For the members of St Nicholas and their response to
Consecration Sunday

For those who are ill, recovering or needing special prayers:
Members of St Nicholas:

Cecelia Rood
Ashley and Nate Taylor
Bill Caudill
Dorothy Webster
Garrett Hinnant
Larry Hinnant
Bob Hamilton
Bill Batastini
Shelley Butzon
Kay Faircloth
Ingrid Cheshire
Karen Thorne

For Members with Unspoken Prayer Requests

  Family members of members of the community:
James Daniels
Jack Whitley
Clara Butzon
The Harris Family
Jameson Miers
Julie Raines
Paul Jones
Leanne Croft
Robin Zion
Dale Haynes
Jimmy Dorminy
Jimmi Ann Moore
Erin Kavanaugh Kirkley
Marty Oxford
Stefie Collins
Peggy Singletary

    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.
For those with unspoken prayer requests.
    Birthdays and Anniversaries

November Birthdays
  2  Tai Jackson
  3  Terri Townsend
  4  Edi Helene Arnst
  9  Jeff Cody
  9  John Blackmon
13  Lange Taylor
24  Ella Townsend
25  Hollie Queener
30  Connie Blackmon
November Anniversaries

19 Sheila & Chris Dixon
        26 John & Connie Blackmon

Worship at Historical Zion Episcopal

worship service is scheduled at historic  Zion Episcopal  Church in Talbotton on  December 6th at 4:00  in the afternoon.

Worship at Historic Zion Episcopal
Date: December 6th
Time: 4:00pm
Location: Talbotton, GA

Episcopal 101 Returns! 

Join us weekly in December and January from  12:30pm to 2:00pm  as we explore the basics of Christian faith. Led by Father Jeff, Sue Halmrast, and Bobo Morgan, this class is for anyone who is new, anyone who wants to join the church, anyone who wants to be confirmed, anyone who wants a refresher course in Christianity, or anyone who just wants to ask questions. 

December 6: Missional People - What does it mean to be a follower of Jesus in the Episcopal Church? 
December 13: Loving People - How do we balance God's law and God's love?
December 20: Prayerful People - How do we pray individually and as a community?
December 27: God's People - Who is God, who is Jesus, who is the Holy Spirit to us?
January 3: Sacramental People - How do we experience God's grace in tangible ways?
January 10: Discerning People - How do we hear God's call to us?
January 17 : Bishop Whitmore's visitation, no class
January 24: Committed People - What does it mean to be the Church?

For more information, contact Fr. Jeff at


As stewards, we are accountable to God for our time, talent and treasure.  We return to the Lord, the giver of all our gifts, a truly grateful first share of our time, talent and treasure.
FEBRUARY 18, 2016 - FEBRUARY 20, 2016
Presented by Kanuga and the  Episcopal Church Foundation.

Fr. Jeff and the Vestry encourage you to join us as we head up to Kanuga for their annual Church  Leadership Conference . For our annual Vestry retreat, we decided to do something different and attend this  conference  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

In This Issue

Puppet Ministry News

St. Nicholas Writer's Group

FOCUS Thanksgiving Food Drive

Adult Formation

Bright Way Ministries

Steward of the Month

Lay Ministry Schedule 

Lay Ministry Opportunities

Vestry Minutes

Lectionary Readings


Birthdays & Anniversaries

Zion Worship

Episcopal 101

Church Leadership Conference




Father Jeff's Travel Blog 


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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

  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


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.

The Nutcracker Ballet

Our own Anna Wiley will be performing in The Nutcracker at the Troup High Performing Arts Center at  Troup County Comprehensive High School right off HYW 27N just past the I 85 underpass in LaGrange.

Friday Dec.4th at 7pm
Sat. Dec. 5th at 2pm  and again at  7pm  
Sun. Dec. 6th at 2pm  
General admission (all seats are assigned seating) is $16.50 for adults and $10 for children/students
If grandparents want to bring grandchildren, it is very child-friendly,with lots of performing parts by children (soldiers, mice, cherubs, angels, snow flurries, and polechinelles). The cast this year is over 200.

Tickets can be purchased online at

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