The Spirit of Saint Nicholas
The E-Newsletter from Saint Nicholas Episcopal  Church  
69 Mobley Road, Hamilton, GA 31811
February 1st - 7th, 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.  

Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany

Rite 13 Parents:
There will be no Rite 13 class this  coming Sunday, February 5th.  We are encouraging all the youth to attend the New Beginnings retreat with Father Jeff this weekend.  If you need additional details about the trip, please contact Father Jeff.

  • Isaiah 58:1-12

1 Corinthians 2:1-16
Matthew 5:13-20

From Fr. Jeff:

In this crazy world we live in, with all the things going on in our personal lives, do you ever wonder what God is calling you to do? How should I react when things get difficult? What should I do when I face a challenge? What should I say when someone disagrees with me? In the book of the prophet Micah, God's people were trying to figure out similar questions. They wanted to get right with God and with each other. Through Micah, the Lord tells them that they don't need to sacrifice rams or their firstborn child to make God happy. There are only 3 simple, but profound things God requires: Do justice, love kindness, walk humbly with God. That's the answer! If we can focus on those things, then we will know what to do whenever we are confronted by life's challenges. Do justice. Love kindness. Walk humbly with God.

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from Mrs. Emma Jayne Kretlow
Christian Valley Church

"St. Nicholas shows true Christian values!
It never dawned on us other 
"white" Christians 
to join our "black" brothers in their 
celebration of equal rights."
Emma Jayne Kretlow

 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: 
February 5, 12, 19, 26. 
For more information, see Fr. Jeff.


Called to Lead is a day of lay leadership development on February 11 at St. David's, Roswell. Bishop Wright teaches the model of adaptive leadership to parish vestries, wardens and treasurers. All lay leaders, including members of finance and stewardship committees, are invited to this workshop. This year's Called to Lead will focus on Purpose and Vision. Participants will also be equipped with tools for effective stewardship of people and other resources. If you are interested in attending, please let Fr. Jeff or Bob and Patty Hamilton know
Called to Lead
Date: February 11th
Location:  St. David's Episcopal Church 
1015 Old Roswell Road 
Roswell, GA 30076
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.

Ash Wednesday, March 1
Mark your calendars for the first day of Lent. We will gather to worship at 6:30pm. If you are interested in helping Fr. Jeff take Ashes to Go into our community that day, please let him know.


Click on Title or either of the red links for more information
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

Rite 13 Parents:
There will be no Rite 13 class February 5th.  We are encouraging all the youth to attend the New Beginnings retreat with Father Jeff this weekend.  If you need additional details about the trip, please contact Father Jeff.

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.

February Birthdays
  1 Mike Durham 
  2 Kenny Townsend 
  5 Gene Demonet 
10 Ed Cooling 
10 Sue Halmrast 
11 Kenny Hall 
13 Heather Roper 
16 Ella Crowley 
17 Abbey Crowley 
17 Liam Jackson 
20 Mallon Faircloth 
22 David Johnson

February Anniversaries

    2 Mike & Gina Durham 
 12 Dexter & Beth Evans 
      14 Bobo & Barbara Morgan
14 Joe & Kathie Torres 
    26 Barbara & Bill Bradley
In This Issue

From Fr. Jeff

Thank You

Episcopal 101

Lay Leadership

Scout Sunday

Lay Ministry Training

Monthly Lunch Bunch

Stitcher's Gathering

2017 Mardi Gras

Ash Wednesday

Camp Mikell Spring Folk School

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

Christian Valley Sweetheart Ball

***Please order Tickets from 
Garvin Gourie @ 706-580-6055
by Sunday, February 5th***