The Spirit of Saint Nicholas
The E-Newsletter from Saint Nicholas Episcopal  Church  
69 Mobley Road, Hamilton, GA 31811
November 16th - 22nd, 2016 
Sunday Services 8:30 and 11:00am 
SNICK -  Wednesdays 5:30 
(led by Children of St. Nick - followed by dinner)

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.  

FOCUS Thanksgiving Food Drive

We are getting ready for our annual Thanksgiving Food Drive and can use your help in many different areas.  
Last year we helped 300 families and expect to help at least that many this year.  
Monetary donations are always welcome since we can purchase food at Feeding the Valley for $0.19 a pound.   
Items that we have not been able to purchase, but need, are canned tuna and soups.  
We also need plastic bags (Kroger, Wal-Mart) doubled, and we need volunteers.  
On Friday, Nov. 18 we will be preparing the bags so we'll need volunteers to man tables and fill bags.  
On Saturday, Nov. 19 our clients will be picking up their food and we can use volunteers to help carry the groceries out to cars.  
If you can help please contact Judy Westbrook at, be sure to include Focus on the subject line or call her at 706-663-4505 or call 

Thank you.  
Your support makes it possible for us to help the needy of Harris County.
Julie Nordin
Food Bank, Chairman


Writer's Group
Date: Sunday, November 20th
Time: 9:45am
Location: St. Nicholas Classroom

    "Oh, Come All Ye. . ."  The opening words of a familiar Christmas carol also express the clarion call of 
        St. Nicholas Writes for support this month of an unusual kind. We have been charged with rewriting the words
        to Celtic-inspired hymns, words that reflect our modern lives and engagement with the world. Our versions
        must be available by the beginning of Advent,  November 27th . Our November meeting, on the 20th from 
         9:45-10:45 , will therefore be spent putting words to music. Even if we succeed in translating only one hymn, it
        will be no small feat. Please join us, and help us welcome the coming of the Lord in style!  

        Inquiries: Dianne Armstrong   706-221-9020
Jeremiah 23:1-6

 Colossians 1:11-20
Luke 23:33-43

I'm troubled by the aggression and passive-aggression in our nation in the last week. People are spinning like tornadoes, it seems, no matter where they fall on the spectrum. But as far as I know, every blue state has some red and every red state has some blue. We are all neighbors, and remember what Jesus taught us to treat our neighbors? Love them. None of us get everything right. Not everything we're fed is factually true. It takes a great deal of wisdom to sift through the information. But love makes a great filter. If we can respond to one another with kindness, gentleness, and compassion, our opinions really don't matter all that much. Relationship and love in the midst of diversity is what makes our country, our state, and our county so great. So get out there and love your neighbor, no matter who they are! You may be the only Jesus someone sees this week.

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Volunteers Needed

Dear fellow parishioners,
This is a follow-up to my inquiry as to whether your family would like to be part of our Sunday services during Advent.  

Two families have responded so far, and we need 2 more.

These families (could be as small as 2 people) would read a short liturgy at the beginning of the service, and light the candles of the Advent Wreath as appropriate for the first, second, third, and fourth Sundays of Advent.

This is a yearly tradition for us, and personalizes the meaning of the season for those who lead and those who participate.  If you would like to be a part of these Advent celebrations, please let me know.

We'll need volunteers for 8:30 and 11:00 services.  The dates are November 27, December 4December 11, and December 18.

Please let me (Chris Butzon) know if your family would like to help
Bishop Wimberly visits December 11:
We will celebrate 
St. Nicholas Day 
with assisting bishop 
Don Wimberly 
December 11 at 8:30 and 11:00am. 
If you would like to be confirmed, received, or reaffirmed that day, please let Fr. Jeff know. 

Mark your calendars for our upcoming Adult Formation offerings:

November 20, 9:45am  - St. Nicholas Writes

December 4, 9:45am - Demystifying the Organ with 
Wyatt Poe.
Come join Wyatt Poe (organist) and learn the ins and outs of the organ! The class will be held in the nave.
Hope to see you there!

December 11, 9:45am - Bishop's Forum with the Rt. Rev. Don Wimberly

December 18, 9:45am - St. Nicholas Writes

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

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
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.    


Youth Lock-In @ Annual Council | November 18-19
Our annual lock-In takes places on the  Friday Night of Council. We get together to do service work, play games, and worship. We end the lock-in the following day by leading opening prayer  on Saturdaymorning. Youth and adults can register for the lock-in  here.

atlSERVE (Mission Weeks) | June 25-30, July 9-14
These are our service and mission outreach weeks in Atlanta for our middle and high schoolers. The high school week is  June 25-30 and the middle school week is  July 9-14. We have many service partners including meal delivery, facilitating a VBS, sorting donations, working in gardens, serving in soup lines, and joining the homeless in morning prayer. These weeks are about learning how to serve and be served by others. Last year, we had over 90 youth attend our mission weeks. There are opportunities for adult leaders (that could be you) to help lead the week. There are leadership opportunities for high schoolers to help lead the middle school week. Mark your calendar, and please let your youth know! Register for high school  here and middle school  here.


Provincial Youth Networking Meeting | December 1-4
Every year our Province gets together, 19 dioceses, to discuss youth ministry, network, and plan a youth event for the entire Province to participate in. Youth and Youth Workers from all over the Province attend the event. We want 3-4 youth to attend this year's meeting. It will be at the Lake Logan Conference Center in the Diocese of Western Carolina. No cost; we just need youth that are passionate about serving one another and the larger youth community.  Apply here.

DYC Staff | December 10-11
This is an opportunity for our high school youth to lead a retreat for middle and high schoolers. The retreat is at Camp Mikell from  January 6-8. Staff training is at Mikell from  December 10-11Apply here.

Youth Leadership Initiative | June 2-4
This is a weekend Leadership Retreat for rising seniors and those just graduated. Bishop Wright, Mary Hooper, and I will lead a weekend centered around teaching our youth what it looks like to lead as Jesus calls us to.  Apply here.

EYE 2017 | July 10-14
This is the National Youth Event held every 3 years that brings almost every diocese and over 2,000 young people together for a 4-day event. This year, it is at the University of Central Oklahoma. Many subjects are covered and youth get a real opportunity learn, grow, and build community with young Episcopalians across the faith. Many parishes are contributing a full scholarship for one of their own youth to attend. Please  contact me if you would like to sponsor one of your youth. We also have partial and full scholarships for at least 10. Youth can apply  here.

If you have any questions about these events or applications, please contact me directly! 
Thank you for participating in our Diocesan Youth Ministries!



Almighty God, who...dost promise that when two or three are gathered together in thy Name thou wilt grant their requests; fulfill now, O Lord, the desires and petitions of thy servants, as may be most expedient for them.
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.

please contact Marci Horne for changes

Stewards of the Month
Kin & Beth Brown
Scott and Rebecca Crowley
Dave and Sue Halmrast 
Bob and Patty Hamilton 
David and Katherine Johnson
Steve Morse and William Morgan

During the month of October several members of our parish opened their homes for cottage meetings.  
These were a part of  the stewardship program at St Nicholas. The cottage meetings were a place to fellowship and talk about our common life together at St Nicholas.  
For opening their homes to the church community, the Vestry has nominated these couples as Stewards of the month.

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
Chris Butzon

Family members and friends of the Community:

Penelope Rue Elliston
Paige Buchanan
Joseph Green
Grace Esbstyne
Mark Daniel
Heather Partin
Barbara Hamilton
Doug Brown
Cameron Clark
Gene Wells
Danny Howard
Danny Hatchell
Joseph Green
Chris Price

In Thanksgiving For:

Our St. Nicholas Stewardship Committees

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.



November Birthdays

2 Tai Jackson 
3 Terri Townsend 
9 Jeff Cody 
9 John Blackmon 
13 Lange Taylor 
24 Ella Townsend 
25 Hollie Queener 
30 Connie Blackmon

November Anniversaries

19 Sheila & Chris Dixon 
       26 John & Connie Blackmon


Epiphany's Nativities Exhibit

You're Invited To Tour Epiphany's Nativities Exhibit
For the twenty-first holiday season, The Episcopal Church of the Epiphany presents an exhibit of nativity scenes from around the world from Saturday, December 3 through Sunday, December 11. Over the years, the exhibit has grown to over 300 crèches. From the elegant to the eccentric, the birth scenes are sculpted in materials ranging from carved wood to volcanic ash.
In the narthex and gallery, there will be a special exhibit of nativity scenes that highlight the differences between the birth story as told in the Gospels of Luke and Matthew. Each nativity is accompanied by scriptural quotes and hymn texts. Additional birth scenes will be exhibited in the Parish Hall.
Admission: $5.00 for adults; Free for children under 12. For a brochure of times or more information contact Epiphany at  404.373.8338 / or visit
Saturday, December 3, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sunday, December 4, 2 - 4 p.m.
Monday-Friday, December 5-9, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Saturday, December 10, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sunday, December 11, 2 - 4 p.m.

In This Issue

FOCUS Thanksgiving Food Drive

Writer's Group

From Fr. Jeff

Volunteers Needed

Bishop Wimberly Visits

Adult Faith

Journey to Adulthood

Vestry Nominations

Youth Worker Fall Update

Zion Episcopal Church

Cub Scout Pack 109

Vestry Minutes

Bright Way Ministries

Lay Ministry Schedule

Lay Ministry Opportunities

Steward of the Month
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.

St. Thomas Episcopal Church Episcoparty
St. Thomas Episcopal Church is excited to share our first Episcoparty with you! Please share with your constituents. Banner and flyer attached to this message.
Join us for a fabulous night filled with lots of fun, food, wine & drinks. There will also be a silent auction in which 10% of the proceeds will be donated to Home For Good Columbus. The remaining proceeds will go towards renovations and capital improvements throughout the church.

Be sure and put on your dancing shoes because The Chemistry Project Band will be in attendance. 

Tickets are on sale now $40.00.
Available for purchase Monday-Friday in the church office, Wednesdays before dinner, and Sundays during coffee hour. Cash, check and credit card payments are all accepted. 
Buy tickets online at

This is an opportunity to bid-on early Christmas presents, and spend a week in a villa in Italy, or at the beach on 30A, just to name a few. This is one Episcoparty you don't want to miss! 

So come have a blast! It's going to be ATOMIC!  

A Message from the Bishop
A message to the people
of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta
Brothers and Sisters, I greet you in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Our tumultuous election season has come to an end. The people have spoken. For those elected, my prayer is that they would "...faithfully serve in their offices to promote the wellbeing of all people."  BCP 822, prayer 23  For those not elected, I pray that God would make God's will for their life and gifts apparent and that they might have the faith to respond.
Beyond that, I write to encourage you.
We may hold different political views and affiliations, but we are first and foremost followers of Jesus Christ. That makes us trans-political. You might say we are "in politics, but not of politics."
Being ultimately citizens of God's Kingdom, and one American family, I pray that in the days ahead we will distinguish ourselves as people utterly committed to reconciliation in thought, word and deed. Remember, rancor and vitriol destroy fellowship, but "a soft answer turns away wrath."  Proverbs 15.1
Right now, you and I have an opportunity to exercise our discipleship of Jesus Christ by being peacemakers right here in middle and north Georgia. The power and grace to accomplish that comes from this simple prayer:  "Lord, make us instruments of your peace. Where there is hatred, let us sow love."  BCP 832, prayer 62
God bless you, God bless the State of Georgia and God bless the United States of America.
Bishop Robert C. Wright
Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta