Excavating the Celtic
September 13th, 20th and
Join David Johnson and Father Jeff Jackson on an exploration of Celtic spirituality through the work of poet/philosopher John O'Donohue. Learn how to plant and cultivate a rich tradition of beauty, imagination, and friendship into your spiritual life.
Zion Church Service
Please plan to join us in worship at historic
Zion Church in Talbotton
Sunday, September 13th at 4 p.m.
This is a quarterly event (the last service for 2015 will be on
| From Father Jeff:
We have tremendous wisdom in this congregation.
Every once in a while, I will receive feedback or further reflection on a sermon or article I have written. This month, Charles Norris gave me permission to offer his reflection on one piece of my blog post entitled "Last Week of Sabbatical" where I recounted 10 things I learned on sabbatical. There is good stuff here to continue to ponder. If you have further thoughts, feel free to share them!
9. To follow Christ is to suffer (and that's OK). I have spent my entire Christian life thinking that if I just tried to do everything right, then God would grant me a suffering-free life. Even when I saw others go through tragedies and knew that my life would not be free from such, I still kept up this lie that to be Christian is to attain some rose-colored perfection. The problem with this is that it simply can't happen. We cannot avoid suffering. To think otherwise only creates guilt-ridden Christianity because we will fail daily. Instead, this trip (actually the whole last year) has showed me that to really be a Christian, suffering is integral. Christ more than anyone understood suffering and that's what makes the Cross the most fascinating paradox. With suffering comes grace, so instead of resisting suffering, or manipulating life in order not to suffer (which is a form of suffering), I feel more called than ever to lean into it and learn from it. Again, this is another truth on which I'll be meditating forever.
It has come to my attention from observation during my life that I can foresee suffering when it is coming to, or happening for myself and others.
I also know that I can find many ways to avoid or bypass the difficulties suffering brings with it. On many occasions I have avoided difficult situations that cause suffering and I have also helped others who I care about to get out of difficulties which they faced. Especially in the case of my children, I have saved them from certain hardships that they should have faced and solved themselves. (That is like not allowing your children to ever be sick. Then they grow up with no immune system.)
The most interesting thing I have learned about this is that each hardship is there to teach you a lesson. If you do not face the difficulty or if you do not learn your lesson then it will come back later and you will be forced to deal with it again. Each lesson you fail to learn causes your difficulty level to go up the next time it returns until you finally have no choice but to solve the problem and learn your lesson. The corollary is you can not go on to the next lesson in the series if you fail to learn this one.
The end results are:
Difficulties and suffering are not just something to endure; they serve a purpose in your life.
Do not try to avoid them; they will be easier the first time. Face them and learn your lesson.
If you find yourself in a really terrible situation (at least from your point of view) then you have probably been avoiding something for way too long.
Do not protect yourself or your "children" too much (short of keeping them from severe accident or death)
We all need to take advantage of the opportunities we are given.
Movie on the Green
During the fall, we'd like to have a monthly "Movie on the Green" for us and the local community. We'd show a movie on the front lawn of the church. Everyone would bring their own blanket or camp chair. Once it gets cold, we could move inside.
To do this we'd need wholesome popular videos either donated or loaned by the congregation; a volunteer each month to set up and take down the equipment (computer, projector and screen); volunteers to bag popcorn; and volunteers to help post advertisements around the area.
If you are interested in helping to organize this family fun or would like to do some of the specific duties listed above, please let Sheri Cody know.
If you miss her at church you can reach her @ Sheri Cody
"Developing Financial Resources to Sustain Mission"
Save the date for a free Diocese of Atlanta webinar on "Developing Financial Resources to Sustain Mission" from
7 to 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 16
Outreach leaders from Emmaus House -- Executive Director Joseph Mole and Director of Development Greg Cole -- will lead the program from the Mission Room at the Cathedral of St. Philip. The program is designed for parish leaders, outreach chairs, and those serving with or directing ministries that require ongoing funding.
Registration information will be posted on the diocesan website soon and in the next Connecting. For more information, contact Chuck Dale,firstname.lastname@example.org
"Developing Financial Resources to Sustain Mission"
Wednesday, Sept. 16th
Time: 7:00 - 8:30pm
It's time to volunteer! If you didn't have time to sign up at the picnic, please look for the sign-up sheets in the narthex. We need your help to make this the best Lobsterfest ever!
Friday, September 25, 2015
at Sweet Home Plantation Pine Mountain
Tickets are Now On Sale!!!
Dinner Ticket Sales end on September 15th!
Click on the link above
"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!
We're setting a place for you...
Mark your calendars!
Sunday, October 18th is the date for this year's
Please plan to attend two important events: Sunday morning worship at 10:00 a.m. and the Celebration Luncheon immediately following worship that same day -- a meal from a very special caterer in Harris County.
We hope that you will attend worship on Consecration Sunday and consider your financial commitment in the church sanctuary as an act of worship.
Nicholas Stewardship Committee
The Outreach Committee is busy planning more activities to support the project,
BackPack Snacks. Along with three other Harris County Churches, St. Nicholas will be providing nutritional, easy to prepare meals for school children whose meal times are uncertain on the weekends. We will be packing six meals into back packs for four children chosen for the program by the counselor at Park Elementary School. The Vestry has voted to give $300 seed money for this program, but your donations are needed to make it a success.
Before the planned
October 25 fund raiser, more donations are needed to provide meals for four back packs seven times. Donations can be made monetarily by checks made out to St. Nicholas with the notation Back Pack Snacks on the memo line. Food articles can be brought to the church and will be collected and distributed. More breakfast foods are currently needed. Suggestions are small bags or boxes of cereal, individual packets of macaroni and cheese, individual small cans of fruit, granola bars, peanut butter, crackers, pop tarts, individual flavored rice and beef sticks.
Watch for more information about the fund raiser on 25 October and continue to bring donations as this is an on-going project
Please look for these cards to place in the alms basin if you are enrolled in electronic giving. Father Jeff will bless these along with the other offerings given each Sunday.
Steward of the Month
The best way to describe Katherine Johnson's activities during Fr. Jeff's sabbatical is WOW. "Ask Fr. Jeff" rapidly became, "Ask Katherine" as she quickly took over most of the responsibilities of our Rector in his absence.
She never faltered, she never failed, she was somehow always there. Like many of you I grew to love and respect Katherine even more during this time of Sabbatical and now that she has time to accept it, the Vestry has unanimously voted her Steward of the Month. Thank you Katherine for all that you do and what you have come to mean to all of us at St. Nicholas.
Well done, good and faithful Servant!
"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 your place to joyfully plug into
A few ideas are: Flower Guild, Greeter, Ushers, Teacher, Special Event Volunteer, Grounds, Choir, Lay Eucharistic Minister........
More opportunities will be listed next week. But begin to think about it. Tailor your lay ministry to your time.
Most of all do remember to worship at St Nicholas.
If you would like to see the readings for Sunday,
For the safe return of Fr Jeff and family. For the beginning of our ministry together
For those who are ill, recovering or needing special prayers:
Members of St Nicholas:
Ashley and Nate Taylor
Family members of members of the community:
The Harris Family
Jimmi Ann Moore
Erin Kavanaugh Kirkley
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
1 Sean Moody
2 Drucye Cox
3 Linda Sawyer
5 Jessica Cody
6 Susan Batastini
8 Lynn Norris
8 Sheila Turley
11 Garbrielle Clouser
12 Chris Dixon
17 Mary Davis
19 June Nowell
21 Joe Torres
23 Sammy Hubbard
26 Charlotte Winsness
29 Amy Buchanan
30 Bill Caudill
2 Bob & Janice Murphy
3 Doug Jr. & Peggy Martin
25 Geoff & Phebe Callaway
If anyone is interested in going to the
Springer Opera House
Sunday Oct 4th
for a matinee of CHORUS LINE - and getting together for lunch before at the Rankin please let Katherine know or sign up on sheet at church. If enough people we may get a group rate.
Save the Date:
Join CVEM for an evening of
"Bluegrass Served Up Family Style"
featuring Columbus' own Debbie Anderson on
Sunday, Oct. 25 from 5 to 7 p.m. at
t. Thomas Episcopal Church
Tickets will be $20 per person or $50 for a family. This ministry fundraiser includes a celebration of the 20th anniversary of TAP, the Thompson-Pound Art Program, a week-long summer art program for children ages 6-12 recruited from diverse religious and socio-economic backgrounds that teaches tolerance and peace-making. More event details to follow soon. E-mail email@example.com for more information.
Bluegrass Served Up Family Style
Date: Sunday, October 25th
Time: 5:00- 7:00 pm
Location: St. Thomas Episcopal Church - Columbus, GA
The next confirmation service will be on
December 13 at 4:00pm
at the Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta. If you would like to be confirmed, received, or reaffirmed, please let Fr. Jeff know so he can plan future classes.
Date: Sunday, December 13th
Location: Cathedral of St. Philip - Atlanta
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.
Four Upcoming Retreats for Adults
Looking for a way to deepen your spiritual life? Honey Creek offers retreats that give room for recharging as well as learning more. Here are four upcoming offerings:
Cursillo - October 8-11
Pronounced 'kur-see-yo', this a short course in Christianity taken from the Spanish word meaning 'little' or 'short course'. Cursillo developed after World War II with Roman Catholic men. The short course has now been given to men and women around the world and in the process has assisted generations of Christians to more faithfully follow Jesus in their daily lives. Cursillo begins on a
evening and ends the following
evening. During those three days the participants engage in listening to talks given by priests and lay people, and small table discussion, while worshiping and playing together. The next Cursillo weekend will be
October 8-11, 2015
, at Honey Creek. You can find out more and register to attend at
Women's Retreat - October 16-18
St. Elizabeth's, Richmond Hill will again host a Women's Retreat at Honey Creek. The retreat meets
. With the theme "Deeper Into the Heart of God: Place of Freedom" the weekend is dedicated to bringing participants into an ever-deepening love relationship with Jesus. For more information or to register, contact Emily Hubbard at
or email her at
Advent Retreat - December 11-12
In December, the Revs. Dwayne Varas and Lonnie Lacy will lead an Advent Retreat at Honey Creek on following Jesus in the way of St. Ignatius. This retreat will be held
5 p.m. until 5 p.m.
Click here for a brochure on this retreat
The rates for the conference including three meals are: Lodge 1 Single $144, Lodge 1 Double $99.50, Lodge 2 Single $133, Lodge 2 Double $94, Cottage $90, and Campers and Commuters $64. Registration information will follow.
Lenten Retreat - February 19-20, 2016
In Lent, the Revs. Liam Collins and Frank Logue will offer a retreat at Honey Creek. The retreat will explore reconciliation, making room for real changes to take place in the lives of retreat participants during the weekend itself. This 2016 Lenten Retreat will meet
February 19 at 5 p.m. and conclude by
2 p.m. on the 20th. The costs will be identical to those for the Advent Retreat above.
YOUTH FALL RETREAT
New Beginnings Team & Participant registrations are now open! New Beginnings is a spiritual retreat designed for middle school youth. This is a life-changing weekend, and we believe all middle school youth in our diocese should experience it. You can find team registration
and participant registration
The 2016 Diocesan Youth Mission Trip will be to Birmingham, Alabama. The dates are July 10-15. If your church would like to be a part of it you can RSVP now. Email Youth Missioner, Easton Davis here for more information about the trip.
We now have 2 Diocesan Mission Trips scheduled for July of 2016. Diocesan Mission Trip Birmingham will now be for high school youth.
The diocese has also partnered with All Saints' Atlanta to provide an Atlanta based mission trip for middle school youth. These mission trips are just the beginning of providing a tailored mission trip experience for all youth of our diocese. Choose your diocese when planning a youth mission trip! Email Youth Missioner, Easton Davis here for more information
In This Issue
Excavating the Celtic Inner Landscape
From Fr. Jeff
Consecration Sunday October 18th
Back Pack Snacks
Steward of the Month
Lay Ministry Schedule
Lay Ministry Opportunities
FOCUS Food Pantry
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Upcoming Retreats for Adults
2016 Youth Mission Trip
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