The Spirit of Saint Nicholas
The E-Newsletter from Saint Nicholas Episcopal  Church  
69 Mobley Road, Hamilton, GA 31811
January 25th - 31st, 2017
Sunday Services 8:30 and 11:00am 
SNICK -  Wednesdays 5:30 
(led by Children of St. Nick - followed by dinner)

2016 Annual Contribution Statements may be picked up from the Narthex

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.  

Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany

Isaiah 49:1-7

1 Corinthians 1:18-31
Matthew 5:1-12

From Fr. Jeff:

A cause that I have recently become passionate about is youth homelessness in Harris County. We have 32 homeless youth and children of varying degrees. Some are sleeping on the couches of friends, some are living in tents at the state park, some are staying in cars. There are probably 32 different reasons these young people are in this situation, and it's not for us to judge how they got there, but to be concerned that they are there now. The Good News is that God has given us the resources to eliminate homelessness in our county, we just have to figure them out. It starts with awareness. Jesus said to let the little children come to him. I would imagine he meant all children, but particularly those in situations like these. Please pray for these 32 and pray that a solution can become obvious to us. Let's find a way to show hospitality to these kids. We may find that we are entertaining angels without even knowing it.

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 Episcopal 101 Class  

For those with questions about the Episcopal Church, those who are seeking membership, or those who just need a refresher, Episcopal 101 is a safe place to explore your faith. We will meet weekly on: 
January 29, February 5, 12, 19, 26. 
For more information, see Fr. Jeff.

Visit by Bishop Wright to the SNICK program

see more photos on our Facebook page

 St. Nicholas  Received three new members into the Episcopal Church
Jan Pylant, Alex Garrett & Jim Gilliam
Scout Sunday
 February 12 at 11:00am : Please help welcome our Cub Scout Pack 109 as they worship with us on February 12.


Worship Ministry Training
February 12, 12:30pm
If you would like to become a Lay Eucharistic Minister, Reader, Usher, Greeter, Altar Guild member, or Acolyte, join us on February 12 for ministry training. All current ministers as well as new folks are encouraged to attend. If you would like to serve, but don't know how, please contact Fr. Jeff or Worship Committee chair, Chris Butzon .
please contact Marci Horne for changes

Monthly Lunch Bunch  

Everyone needs to eat lunch after church, so why not eat together? 
Join us once a month for good food and fellowship as we gather for a Dutch treat lunch in Pine Mountain. 
Families, couples, and singles, both newcomers and long-timers are welcome to join us!
Our next gathering will be February 19th at the 
Vineyard Green in the Callaway Gardens Mountain Creek Inn


gathering is planned for Saturday, February 25th. Now that the busy holidays are over, let's take stock and enjoy our progress and community. Let Katrina know if you need any yarn! 10-noon at St. Nicholas.
Saint Nicholas Mardi Gras
Please save the date to attend the Saint Nicholas Mardi Gras celebration this year Tuesday evening, February 28th. Let's gather before Lent to "rock the house" with traditional Mardi Gras food and music. Details to follow.


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Dear St. Nicholas Church Family,
     Thank you for the beautiful Blankets.  They are very much appreciated and cherished.  Matthew's blanket brought him great comfort as it reminded him that so many people were praying for him.
     Matt fought a courageous fight.  Please know that your love and prayers gave him strength & peace as he prepared to go home to our Lord.
     Our hearts are broken but we rejoice in knowing through our Lord's grace we will one day all be together again.
Love to All,
Marc, Denise & Jessica Cochran

*Matt was the nephew of Melissa Hammonds
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

Steward of the Month
Beth Brown
Beth is a Vice President of Synovus Trust Company in Columbus.  She and her husband, Kin, a member of the Vestry, have been loyal and faithful members of St. Nicholas for many years.  
Beth successfully chaired the 2017 St. Nicholas Stewardship effort.  Stewardship continues to be one of the most important missions in our church with the goal of creating a balanced budget each year.  
Beth brought many new and imaginative ideas to the 2017 program including the creation of a setting to allow our congregation to better connect with one another.  Beth suggested having small informal lunches, "cottage meetings" for eight to 12 church members.  
The goal was to discuss ideas concerning church missions while creating an atmosphere allowing better connecting between fellow St. Nicholas members.  
Beth's leadership during this whole process is greatly appreciated.

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.

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:

Phebe Robertson
Dave Halmrast
Nate Taylor
Clara Butzon
Cecelia Rood
Sarah Barr
Bill Eidson

Family members and friends of the Community:

Dexter Crotts
David Winters
Gay Shephard
Kelly & Simon Graham
Russ Fackler
Penelope Elliston
Paige Buchanan
Joseph Green
Mark Daniel
Heather Partin
Barbara Hamilton
Doug Brown
Cameron Clark
Gene Wells
Danny Hatchell

In Thanksgiving For:

Our St. Nicholas Building & Grounds Committee

For those in Mourning:

The Family of Wesley Kiggins
The Family of Bentley Chappell

    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.

January Birthdays
  6   Dianne Armstrong
10   Barrett Smith
       Noah Horne
14   Dave Gustashaw
19   Madison Martin
22   Graham Horne
  Tom Cheatham
24    Marci Horne
30   Margaret Zachry
31   Justin Hubbard

January Anniversaries

 1   Nick & Anne Simpson

In This Issue

From Fr. Jeff

Episcopal 101

Visit from Bishop Wright

Scout Sunday

Lay Ministry Training

Monthly Lunch Bunch

Stitcher's Gathering

2017 Mardi Gras

Camp Mikell Spring Folk School

Thank You note

Journey to Adulthood

Steward of the Month

Vestry Minutes

Bright Way Ministries

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.

New Beginnings
February 3-5 
at Camp Mikell in Toccoa
New Beginnings is a retreat for youth in grades 6-9. 
Father Jeff will be serving as a spiritual director for the weekend and will be taking a group from St. Nicholas. 
If you would like to go as a chaperone or as a youth participant, please let 
Father Jeff know and he will get you an application

Diocese of Atlanta Young Adult Retreat

Young Adults from around the Diocese of Atlanta are coming together for the First Young Adult Ministry Retreat to be held at Serenbe Inn on  March 11th . The retreat will be from  10 AM to 5 PM . The cost of the retreat is $20.

The Diocese of Atlanta Young Adult Ministry Day Retreat (or YAM Day Retreat) is an intentional retreat for young adults (aged 22-35) to have the opportunity to get away, relax, talk about God, and most importantly, participate in the community of fellow young adults across the Diocese of Atlanta. This first Day Retreat will include lunch, opportunities to sit and chill in some epic rocking chairs, hang out with two different Wallaces (we are a rarity), and go on a farm tour! We pray that you will consider joining us on  March 11th  and participate in the awesome Young Adult community of the Diocese of Atlanta!
For more information, check out the Facebook and Instagram pages. @DioAtlYAM
Registration closes  February 22nd , so register now at:
Sally Paris, Wallace Benton & Maggie Paul
Young Adult Ministry Team