Our 1st Saint Nicholas Ladies Luncheon will be held this
Thursday Dec. 17 at 1 PM
at Chef Lee II, 6100 Bradley Park Drive, Columbus, Ga. We have over 12 Ladies attending so far. If you would like to attend please e-mail me at
or call or text me at
. I am looking forward to and I know we will have a good time.
St. Nicholas Ladies Luncheon
Date: Thursday, Dec 17th
Time: 1:00 pm
Location: Chef Lee II - 6100 Bradley Park Dr - Columbus 31904
Christmas Pageant Practice
will be held on
20th between church services from
9:45- 10:45 AM
. Anyone interested in helping out please contact
Please come join us in Adult Formation for a book study on prayer December
. We'll be reading and discussing
Prayer the Great Adventure
by David Jeremiah. Sheri Cody will be facilitating the study. The book can be purchased through Amazon and Barnes and Nobles websites in both the paperback and kindle/nook options. Lifeway has the paperback on their website. The book is divided into three parts, so we will focus our discussion on one part each
. If you are unable to obtain the book in time, please let Theresa know and we will make arrangements to provide Part 1 for you to read until your book arrives. Let's go on an adventure together!
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.
: 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?
A sincere thank you to St. Nicholas members and friends who participated in Gifts From The Heart.
our generous donations for this project totaled $967. The staff at Park Elementary School let it be known that the families of the children we support through the BackSnacks program have unmet needs this Christmas. Many groups supply Christmas toys and the children will be assured of having those, but a real need exists for things such as clothing, warm jackets, blankets, diapers and other necessities. Thank you for helping St. Nicholas Episcopal Church meet those needs.
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.
"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!
"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."
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.
If you would like to see the readings for Sunday,
For St Nicholas Episcopal Church
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 Requests
Family members of members of the community:
Prayers for all our veterans, those currently
Charlie Mae Hudson
Jimmi Ann Moore
Erin Kavanaugh Kirkley
serving their country
away from home,
for their safe return and for their families
who wait for them.
1 Molly Jackson
5 Barbara Walker
9 Austin Hubbard
9 Jeb Brown
10 Larry Nordin
13 Chris Butzon
16 John Winsness
16 Lynne Taylor
18 Blanton Whitworth
19 Samantha Dixon
26 Sheri Cody
2 Ed & Leslie Cooling
17 Erick & Danielle Whitworth
18 Dave & Sue Halmrast
26 Bill & Suzy Eidson
29 John & Rose Brent
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.
DYC | Jan 8-10
Get registered for DYC! Only a few weeks until this awesome weekend retreat is here! DYC is a weekend at Camp Mikell where youth spend their time having fun and learning how to Love Like Jesus. Youth participants and adult chaperones can find registration
The retreat is
Don't miss out on our only retreat that hosts youth grades 6-12 at Camp Mikell!
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!
St. Nicholas Writes,
our resident writing group, will
not meet on
December 27th, our usual 4th Sunday of every month. We thought members and their families would appreciate an extension of the holidays.
We will return with hosannas on January 24th.That meeting will be devoted to members reading some of their work. We urge you to come and cheer them on!
To hear people's writings about their lives and in their own voice is like opening a window to a new vista. You will, in the words of one member, see and hear an "explosion of life." You may revise your opinion of the dignified gentleman in the next pew when you discover he was in a drag race. Or, you find out that a prominent industrial engineer writes poetry about the changes in nature. In short, you will become reacquainted with some members of this parish as you have never known them on a Sunday morning in the rector's greeting line.
We hope to see you there, 9:45 on January 24th, in the Adult Formation classroom. (Refreshments!) Call or email Dianne Armstrong for inquiries: 706-221-9020.
Annual Parish Meeting January 10, 9:45am
Calling all St. Nicholas members! Join us as we honor those who have served this past year and elect new Vestry members. If you would like to nominate someone for Vestry, including yourself, please see Senior Warden Katherine Johnson.
Annual Parish Meeting
January 10th, 2016
CHURCH LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE
FEBRUARY 18, 2016 - FEBRUARY 20, 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
In This Issue
Christmas Pageant Practice
Gifts from the Heart
Bright Way Ministries
Lay Ministry Schedule
Lay Ministry Opportunities
Birthdays & Anniversaries
St. Nicholas Writes
Annual Parish Meeting
Church Leadership Conference
Deadline for submitting news items is noon Monday.
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The Spirit of St. Nicholas
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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.