The Spirit of Saint Nicholas
The E-Newsletter from Saint Nicholas Episcopal  Church  
69 Mobley Road, Hamilton, GA 31811
December 14th - 20th, 2016
Sunday Services 8:30 and 11:00am 
SNICK -  Wednesdays 5:30 
(led by Children of St. Nick - followed by dinner)

Christmas Services at St. Nicholas: Join us as we celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus!
December 24, 5:00PM : Children's Christmas Pageant
December 24, 6:00PM : Christmas Eve Eucharist
December 25, 10:00AM : Christmas Day Eucharist

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.  

  Thank you everyone for making the 
St. Nicholas potluck lunch for 
Bishop Wimberly such a success! 
Each of you that helped set up, brought a dish,and  helped to clean up made it a great event. 
Especially, we would like to thank our newcomers for participating. 
It was fun for all, and many hands made for light work!
With gratitude,
Anne Simpson
Phebe Robertson
Kind regards,


706-681-2964- cell

Isaiah 7:10-16
 Romans 1:1-7
Matthew 1:18-25

From Fr. Jeff

John the Baptist is one of the craziest guys in the Bible. 
He was a cousin of Jesus, and stood out in the wild like a hairy hippy calling out the religious folks of the day to "repent." 
The word "repent" is mostly used to scare people into becoming good, but that's not what the word means. It literally means to turn around or to change your mind. 
We repent all the time. When we decide to slow down when we're going 10 miles over the speed limit. When we eat a salad instead of that bacon cheeseburger. When we decide not to call that person who keeps getting us into trouble. When we spend just a few minutes in quiet prayer instead of turning on the TV.  As we get closer to Christmas, how might John the Baptist be calling you to change your mind about something? In order for you to receive the fullness of God's blessing this Christmas, what might you need to turn from? The cool thing about repentance is that we'll find that the moment we've turned, God has been right behind us all the time, following closely. 

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Please support St. Nicholas in supporting Harris County residents facing financial emergencies to pay their home heating cost and stay warm during the winter. 
Share the Warmth is a FOCUS program and each dollar contributed will be awarded by St. Nicholas to families in need who have nowhere else to turn. Thanks for your support and gift.
Journey to Adulthood
Our new youth program continues with our Rite 13 class (grades 6 & up) at 9:45 in the Classrooms, led by leaders 
Sheri Cody, John Brent, 
Jennifer Milton, and 
Bob Hamilton. 
For more information, contact Sheri Cody

SNICK Christmas Pageant Rehearsals

This year's children's Christmas Pageant will be rehearsed at SNICK on Wednesday,  December 14th.
The Pageant will take place on Christmas Eve at 5:00pm
All children are welcome to participate! 
For more information, contact Sheila Dixon.

St. Nicholas Writes , our church's writing group,will meet on  Sunday, December 18th , from 9:45-10:45  in the Adult Formation classroom.  
We will view a 30-minute lecture from the  Great Courses series on a fundamental plot formula that anyone can use and which underlies much of our traditional fiction. 
Discussion will follow. 
Visitors, observers, and guests welcome!  
Inquiries: Dianne Armstrong:  706-221-9020

December Men's Group Dinner

The time is coming up for our monthly Men's Group dinner.  
It's been a while since we ate at Cricket's restaurant in Pine Mountain, so it's time we reacquaint ourselves with the creole (and other) culinary fare there.  
In case you don't know, it's on highway 18 just west of Pine Mountain, right next to the Pine Mountain Club Chalets.

Come join us December 20, 2016, at 6:30 pm, for food, fun, and fellowship.  
We look forward to seeing you there!

Please let me know if you will attend, so I can give an accurate number to the restaurant.


Zion Episcopal Church

Click on the link above to go to the website to read about the history of and view incredible photos taken of Zion Episcopal Church

Vestry Nominations 
It is time to nominate new Vestry members!

 Kin Brown, Sheri Cody, Nick Simpson and Katherine Johnson are rotating off of Vestry this year.   

A Vestry person must be a confirmed member and 18 years or older. Preferably they should be a pledging member and at St Nicholas for one year. 
The last two requirements can be waived by Vestry vote.    
Terms are three years.  Believe it or not the three years pass quickly.
Many gifts are needed to lead and serve  St. Nicholas.   
A primary qualification is the desire to be with a great group of Christian people who work by consensus and productive brainstorming.   
The people remaining on the Vestry are Rebecca Crowley, Sue Halmrast, Martha Dimon, Steve Morse, Bill Caudill, Bob Hamilton and Phebe Robertson.    
Talk with Fr Jeff or any Vestry person if you want to explore the possibility of  serving on Vestry.    

2017 Vestry Nominees:
(click on name for bio)

Jennifer Milton - Bio coming soon

 "Each sight, each sound of Christmas
And fragrances sublime
Make hearts and faces happy
This glorious Christmastime."
~ Carice Williams

Bright Way Services

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.

Worship Ministers Needed : 
There are several opportunities to serve in our worship at St. Nicholas. If you are looking to deepen your spiritual life by being an Acolyte, Altar Guild Member, Flower Guild Member, Greeter, Lay Eucharistic Minister, Lay Reader, or Usher at either 8:30 and 11:00 services, please contact Worship Committee chair Chris Butzon

please contact Marci Horne for changes
 "Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful." ~ Norman Vincent Peale

Lectionary Readings 

If you would like to see the readings for Sunday, 

Religion is not a method, it is a life, a higher and supernatural life, mystical in its root and practical in its fruits; a communion with God, a calm and deep enthusiasm, a love which radiates, a force which acts, a happiness which overflows.

For those who are ill, recovering or needing special prayers:

  Members of St Nicholas:

Nate Taylor
Clara Butzon

Family members and friends of the Community:

Paige Buchanan
Mark Daniel
Heather Partin
Barbara Hamilton
Doug Brown
Cameron Clark
Gene Wells
Danny Hatchell
Joseph Green
Chris Price

In Thanksgiving For:

Our St. Nicholas Music Ministries

In Loving Memory of:
Sam Roney

    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.

 "Good news from heaven the angels bring,
Glad tidings to the earth they sing:
To us this day a child is given,
To crown us with the joy of heaven."

December Birthdays
  1     Molly Jackson
  5     Barbara Walker
  9     Austin Hubbard
  9    Jeb Brown
10     Larry Nordin
13   C hris Butzon
16    John Winsness
16   Lynne Taylor
18    Blanton Whitworth
19    Samantha Dixon
26    Sheri Cody

December Anniversaries

  2   Ed & Leslie Cooling
            17   Erick & Danielle Whitworth
 18   Dave & Sue Halmrast
                                             26   Bill & Suzy Eidson
                                             29   John & Rose Brent

In This Issue

From Fr. Jeff

Share the Warmth

Journey to Adulthood

Christmas Pageant Rehearsals

St. Nicholas Writes

Men's Group Dinner

Zion Episcopal Church

Vestry Nominations

Vestry Minutes

Bright Way Ministries

Lay Ministry Schedule

Lay Ministry Opportunities

Sunday School Schedule
Lectionary Readings
Birthdays & Anniversaries

Links (in alphabetical order)

Zion Episcopal, Talbotton(Go Fund Me)

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Thank you, St. Nicholas family, for your active involvement in our parish. 

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.


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

  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.

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.