There will be one service at 10:00 am on December 3rd. You are invited to a farewell catered brunch at 11:00 am as we say farewell to Father Jeff Jackson and his family as they start their new journey. See Father Jeff’s message below.
November 15, 2017
To my beloved St. Nicholas family,
Nine years ago, God turned a “no” into a “yes,” and our lives were changed forever. I had originally turned down the invitation to come to St. Nicholas, but with God’s grace and the persistence, patience, and good humor of the search committee and Vestry, I was called to become your rector, and have been grateful for that decision ever since.
Now the time has come for me to begin a new leg of my journey as God has called me to serve as rector of St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church in Carrollton, Georgia. This call is very exciting, but as you can imagine, is terribly bittersweet because Molly, the children, and I have to say goodbye to you all. I have informed Bishop Wright, the Wardens, and the Vestry of my resignation and they have all been supportive.
St. Nicholas means so much to me and I am so proud of all that we have been able to accomplish. I can honestly say that these years have been some of the most important and formative years of my life. Two of my four children were born, my father died, we went on an incredible UK adventure, my passion of songwriting emerged, and I learned truly what it means to be a parish priest. I have taught, blessed, baptized, married, prayed with, cried with, and laughed with you all, and you have taught me more than I can list here. Together, we managed a capital campaign, built a new building, created a dynamic children’s program called SNICK, established a relationship with Christian Valley, began taking communion to nursing homes and the jail, formed a Safe Families for Children program, and so much more. We’ve grown in every sense of the word. It was when I finally realized that we had done everything you all had envisioned back in 2008 that I began to wonder if it was time for someone else to take you all to the next level.
My final Sunday will be December 3, 2017 and we will have one service together at 10:00am. I hope you all will come and celebrate with us. I know for many of you, this may seem abrupt, but due to the nature of transitions in the Episcopal Church, it’s better to make our goodbyes swift so that you can begin the process of looking for your next rector.
The Vestry is very capable and will do a great job in taking the next steps. They will be in consultation with the Bishop’s Office in finding an interim rector and will begin the search process for your next rector. This is a time to pull together as a parish and support the Vestry. Our current Senior Warden Sue Halmrast will be handing the reins to Martha Dimon at the January 8 Annual Meeting, and Martha will lead with grace and love.
There are so many good things ahead of St. Nicholas. God has consistently provided for this “little church that does big things” and will continue to do so. This is a time to celebrate what is past, pull together as a community of faith, and envision a new future ahead. It is a time for laughing, crying, hugging, dreaming, and rejoicing. Saying “thank you” is such an understatement for all you have meant to us, but over the coming weeks, I hope you will feel our sincere gratitude and love.
I’m so glad I didn’t miss the opportunity to be your rector. I’m so glad we serve a God, who turns “no” into “yes.”
With great love,