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Parish Life - Mission, Ministries, & Ministers
"This is my commandment,
that you love one another as I have loved you."
A Welcoming Community Where People Can Find a Spiritual Home
Believing that the only sufficient basis for Christian community is Christ’s love for us, our vision is to create a welcoming community where people of faith from all backgrounds can find a spiritual home. We offer a variety of opportunities to explore faith, build community, strengthen friendships and have fun. We strive for a balance of organizational structure and laid-back atmosphere where strangers are welcomed, newcomers are included, diversity is celebrated, leadership is shared, and sharing the Good News with our friends and neighbors leads to the growth of our spiritual community.
At St. Nicholas Church evangelism is a way of life. Contrary to popular opinion, evangelism does not mean proselytizing. In the simplest sense of the word, evangelism means to be called and sent. At St. Nick's we believe that we are called by Christ and sent to be his representatives in the world around us. God is the one who changes hearts, not us. Our job is just to live our faith like we mean it and to do our small part to make the kingdom of God a reality by being conduits of Christ's love to those around us. We find that if we do these things, God works through us to bring people into God's emerging kingdom.
As St. Francis of Assisi once said, "In all you do, preach the kingdom of God. And if you must, use words."
At St. Nick's, we have a number of activities to help people learn more about what it means to live a life of faith, both as a follower of Christ and as a member of the St. Nick's faith community:
"Intro" Sunday - Bagel Brunch & Church 101. On the 3rd Sunday of each month the Fellowship/Formation Time is dedicated to introducing participants to each other and a basic aspect of faith (Christianity 101, Episcopal 101, St. Nick's 101, Prayer 101, etc.). A light bagel brunch is served. Contact: The Adult Spiritual Formation Coordinator.
There are a number of ways of getting or staying connected with the St. Nicholas community:
Fellowship/Forum Time. Immediately after our services we always allow time for "coffee and conversation." The people are friendly and the snacks are delicious. Contact: The Hospitality Coordinator(s).
Potlucks, Cookouts, and Social Events. We regularly schedule opportunities for food, fun, and fellowship. These are great opportunities to make new friends and keep up with old friends. Best of all: newcomers need only bring their appetites.
Contact: Contact: The Hospitality Coordinator(s).
The Chick's of St. Nick's. Our women's group holds social activities on a regular basis.
Contact: The Parish Life Chair.
E-Congregation. Subscribe to our weekly listserve: "What's Happening at St. Nick's." This e-mail bulletin comes out Thursday of each week and includes:
- Our Weekly Calendar & Upcoming Events
- The Prayer of the Week
- The Scriptures for the Upcoming Sunday
- Our Prayer List
To get on the mailing list contact the Parish Administrator.
Shady Grove. A Lay Ministerial Team travels to Shady Grove Adventist Nursing and Rehabilitation Center each Sunday afternoon to offer Communion from Reserve Sacrament for the residents there. Contact: The Shady Grove Communion Coordinator.
Prayer Circle (A Virtual Prayer List). A prayer list hosted on the www.giveusthisday.org website. To have the Prayer Circle members pray for you, email your prayer request to email@example.com. To become a Prayer Circle member, click here.
Communion Under "Extraordinary Circumstances". For people who cannot make it to regular services we bring communion to their home or hospital room at a mutually convenient time. Contact: The Rector.
Our MinistersClick on the Our Leaders button at left to contact the leaders listed below:
Hospitality Coordinator(s) - AM: Melanie Hedrick & Deanna Jezek
Hospitality Coordinator(s) - PM: Vacant (Volunteer Needed)
Parish Communications Coordinator: Cindy Carey
- Vestry Ministry Liaison: Mary Ellen Howey
To volunteer, contact Fr. Ken (Contact Ken via Email)