The Spirit of Saint Nicholas
The E-Newsletter from  Saint Nicholas  Episcopal  Chu rch   
Hamilton, GA
April 27th - May3rd, 2016

Bluegrass Sunday
May 1 at 8:30 and 11:00:
Mark your calendar for our annual worship service featuring bluegrass hymns by the 
Shade Tree String Band!  This will be a Potluck event.
Sign-up sheets are posted on the bulletin board.

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PLEASE VOTE FOR OUR VERY OWN STAR
 DANCER 

WILLIAM MORGAN!!
 
Click HERE - or on any of the links above!

Dancing Stars of Columbus is an exciting benefit for the Alzheimer's Association, Georgia Chapter. Reinventing the popular show, Dancing With the Stars, this fundraising event is comprised of 12 local celebrity dancers paired with 12 professional dancers, all raising funds by gaining votes! Then the dancers come together to compete in a one night gala dance competition, and this year a Live Auction during the gala, it's an event you do not want to miss!  Open dancing following the performances.
 
For more information or questions please call 
(706) 264-4322
 
Gala Date: Friday, April 29, 2016
Time 6:00 pm - 11:30pm
Location: RiverMill Event Center - Columbus



 
 
STITCHER'S MEETING
SATURDAY, APRIL 30TH
10AM - NOON   AT ST. NICHOLAS.
If you already have your canvas, bring it to share, and if you don't, maybe this will be your turn to get one. All are welcome, we still need stitchers and there is plenty of time to join and learn.
 

 

Pentecost Sunday 
May 15th
This is one of the major feast days of the church year, and as such, it is our custom to wear red, the color of the Holy Spirit, on that day. Also, if anyone can read and speak another language, we invite you to help read the Gospel lesson (John 14:8-27) that day. Pentecost is also a common day for baptisms, so if you have not been baptized and wish to do so, please let Fr. Jeff know.
 
   


   

Please join us for  
Lego Sunday School class at 9:45.  
Your kids will love learning about the bible and expressing themselves through their creativity.  
 There will be juice and snacks as well.  
We look forward to seeing you!

 

Book of Common Prayer (BCP) Class 

Starts at 9:45am on Sundays:
What is the BCP? Why do we use it? How do we use it? 
Join us for 4 weeks as Fr. Jeff teaches and answers these questions. 

"Be Still And Grow"
Week 1
The Leadership Conference was held at the 
Episcopal Conference Center, Kanuga, in late February.    Father Jeff, many Vestry members and several parish members attended.  It was presented by Kanuga and the Episcopal Church Foundation.   
They offered good keynote speakers and informative workshops.  
Church consultants were available to meet for brainstorming ideas and plans.  Being together on retreat was a rich experience.  There was time to interact and build on relationships with no distraction.  Trust was deepened, and our Vestry will work better together as a result.   In an effort to share conference impressions and information with the parish you can look in this space for a few weeks of "take away" thoughts from attendees.  We hope you will join us in this journey; our first challenge by keynote speaker Barbara Crafton was to increase our personal prayer time- a little at a time. Her excellent opening keynote address can be heard here . One tool of assistance for this is missionstclare.com .  On that website, under Morning and Evening Prayer, are daily prayers and scriptures using our Book of Common Prayer. With prayer, as Neal Michell, another keynote speaker observed, we can accomplish "Our goal ... to transform church work to kingdom work."

 
 
 

 
Stewards for the Month of May
Jan Pylant and Judy Jenks

There are many people at St Nicholas who support the life of the church - often behind the scenes.  Two of these people are Jan Pylant and Judy Jenks.  For years, Jan and Judy have been collecting "order of service" bulletins and other papers to take to the recycling center.   Both sing in the choir and have been big supporters of our music programs including the Second Saturday music events.  Judy is a part of the kneeler stitching group and pastoral care group.  Both Jan and Judy support St Nicholas in small and big ways.   For this the Vestry thanks them and nominates them as May Stewards. 

 
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 servents, 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.

As Episcopalians, we are followers of Jesus Christ, and both our worship and our mission are in Christ's name. In Jesus, we find that the nature of God is love, and through baptism, we share in his victory over sin and death.  
 

 
 
Finding your talent . . .

There are many lay ministry opportunities at  St. Nicholas. Each person  has unique talents to share.Think about yo ur place to joyfully plug into  St Nicholas.
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Altar Guild, Flower Guild, Greeter, Ushers, Teacher,  Special  Event Volunteer, Grounds, Choir, Lay Eucharistic Minister, Lector, Stewardship, Communications. . .

More opportunities are available, but begin to think about it.







Tailor your lay ministry to your talent and time.

Most of all, do remember to worship at St Nicholas.


 
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:


Julie Nordin
Sue Halmrast
Nick & Anne Simpson
Joe Torres
Janna Morris
Bill & Suzy Eidson
Bill Batastini
Bill Caudill
Danielle Whitworth
Bob Hamilton
Cora Coverson
Ashley and Nate Taylor
Garrett Hinnant
Kay Faircloth
Ingrid Cheshire

 
For Members with Unspoken Prayer Request
 
Family members and friends of the Community:


 Lucius Morton
Dr. Michael Burgen
Danny Howard
Jeff Crawford
Charlotte Hammond
Ryan Hernandez
Danny Hatchell
Jeri Harris
Ron Hudson
James Daniels
Jack Whitley
Lillian Simpson
Dale Haynes
Erin Kavanaugh Kirkley
Marty Oxford
Peggy Singletary
Kohler family


For those in Mourning:

Steve Morse on the loss of his father


In Thanksgiving For:

All the parents and volunteers working with our Youth and Children
Christian Education activities

The Shade Tree String Band

Cub Scout Pack 109

Christian Valley Church

 
    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.
 


 

           
MAY BIRTHDAYS

2    Martha Dimon
3    Jackson Crowley
8    Judy Jenks
10  Andy Butzon
13  Phebe Robertson
14  Doug Jr. Martin
16  Karen Thorne
16  Rose Brent
28  Nick Simpson
29  Erick Whitworth
29  Theresa Dorminy

 

May Anniversaries

    1   Karen & Jay Thorne
        5  Graham & Marci Horne
   18   Bob & Patty Hamilton
          20   Scott & Rebecca Crowley
20  Julie & Larry Nordin
21   Kin & Beth Brown  
  


Chris Butzon 
Congratulations
Patricia Collins
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Parish Committees: Who does what around here?

Christ's body is made up of many members and each member has a special gift and purpose. Likewise, the many ministries of St. Nicholas are organized into several committees, so that everyone has an opportunity to serve and so no one person has to bear a ministry alone. Even Jesus sent his disciples out two-by-two, which is a good model for ministry. The Vestry serves as the group that sees the larger vision of the church and equips and supports the other members of the congregation to fulfill their roles as ministers. There are several other areas of ministry, each with a chair, a Vestry liaison, and members who help make the decisions of the Church.

Worship Committee - Chris Butzon, chair; Bob Hamilton, Vestry liaison: This committee works in direct partnership with the Rector and Music Director in planning our worship and getting people involved in the various worship ministries like acolytes, Altar Guild, Flower Guild, Lay Eucharistic Ministers, and Ushers.

Adult Formation Committee - Bob Hamilton, chair & Vestry liaison: This committee plans all of the offerings to help adult Christians grow in their spiritual lives, including our Adult Formation Classes on Sundays, book clubs, fellowship groups, and more.

Children & Youth Committee - June Wood & Helen Varner, co-chairs; Rebecca Crowley, Vestry liaison: This committee plans all our programs and events for children and youth including SNICK, Trunk or Treat, Vacation Bible School, and more. 

Building & Grounds Committee - Bobo Morgan, chair; Bill Caudill & Steve Morse, Vestry liaisons: This committee maintains the physical needs of the church building and the 8 acres of land that we have, including the Memory Garden.

Communications Committee - Scott Crowley, chair; Sheri Cody, Vestry liaison: This committee focuses on the way we communicate outward to the world and inward amongst ourselves in partnership with Theresa Dorminy, our parish administrator, in developing the website, newsletter, and more.

Hospitality Committee - Tom Cheatham, chair; Martha Dimon, Vestry liaison:This committee ensures that St. Nicholas continues to be a friendly place for newcomers and long-timers alike, as well as integrating newcomers into the life of the parish.

Outreach Committee - Kin Brown & Sue Halmrast, co-chairs & Vestry liaisons: This committee works to bring the needs of the world to St. Nicholas and encourage our gifts to serve our local community through partnerships with BackSnacks, FOCUS, CVEM, and more.

Pastoral Care Committee - Cecelia Rood, chair; Katherine Johnson, Vestry liaison: This committee tends to the pastoral needs of our parish by visiting, writing notes, sending meals, making prayer bears and blankets, and more.

Parish Life Committee - Anne Simpson, chair; Phebe Robertson, Vestry liaison: This committee plans all of our fellowship events and meals of the church including Mardi Gras, the Parish Picnic, and more. The Lobsterfest Committee, chaired by Martha Dimon, is a separate committee that falls under the umbrella of Parish Life and they plan our biggest fundraising event of the year.

Finance Committee - Dave Halmrast, Treasurer and chair; Nick Simpson, Vestry liaison: This committee oversees the financial stewardship of the parish on a day-to-day basis, in partnership with our parish administrator Theresa Dorminy. The Stewardship Committee is a subgroup of this committee, which plans our annual stewardship campaign.

Anyone can participate in these committees, so if something interests you, please contact the chair or Vestry liaison of the committee. If you have a question or idea about anything that falls under one of these committees, please let them know as well!

 
 
In This Issue

Bluegrass Sunday

Dancing Stars of Columbus

Stitcher's Meeting

CHAIRity for CVEM

Pentecost Sunday

Lego Sunday School 

BCP Classes

Leadership Conference

Vestry Minutes

Stewards of the Month

Bright Way Ministries

Lay Ministry Schedule

Lay Ministry Opportunities
 
Lectionary Readings
 
Prayers
 
Birthdays & Anniversaries

Parish Committees
 

 

Links

 

Father Jeff's Travel Blog 

 

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Thank you, St. Nicholas family, for your active involvement in our parish. 


2016 Graduates


St. Nicholas plans to recognize and honor its upcoming graduates at the 11:00 service on Sunday, May 8th. If your family has a student who will be graduating from high school or college this spring, please let us know so we  can include them in our recognition, congratulations, and prayers.

Send information to:
  cpbutzon@gmail.com   or call Chris Butzon at  706-326-1348
 


If you or family members will be in a play, concert, sports or school activity please send the information to the church contact@stnicholashamilton.org 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.

 

Star Nation Foundation 
for the Healing Arts
A Not for Profit Corporation
Presents a series of workshops with 
Eric Lindemer in April 2016.
Eric Lindemer, LMT, has been practicing and teaching the healing arts for almost twenty years. He has worked as a professional dancer, massage therapist and energy healer and has presented at institutions throughout the country including: Harvard University, Boston University, Boston Conservatory, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Centers for Spiritual Living in Ft. Lauderdale, FL and Oklahoma City, OK, and the Sedona Creative Life Center.
 
 
Saturday April 30th  
Advanced Workshop: Deepening Meditation Practice and  Anointing of the Light Meditation -
6 Hours including lunch.   $60.00
From 10am to 4 pm       
Location: Spirit Farm and Stables
                                            
7539 Roosevelt Highway, Warm Springs GA 31830
Expect to deepen your meditation practice and through different senses using music, sound, crystals and essential oil fragrances as well as guided meditation, energy healing  and sitting in the current generated by group intention combining with the energy of the earth and the horses at Spirit Farm. At the end of the day there will be the Anointing of the Light Mediation. This sacred ceremony is similar to the anointing's, blessings, darshans, or attunements of various traditions with the purpose of supporting well-being and spiritual awareness. This ceremony has emerged from my many years of studying and practicing healing and spiritual traditions including Eric's work with Reiki, working with leading healers and teachers, and having received many blessings, Darshans, activations and attunements.  This ceremony is appropriate both for those wishing to begin or expand their spiritual awareness as well as for experienced practitioners desiring a "recharge" or a "reboot!"
 
Individual Energy Healing Sessions with Eric Lindemer: by appointment only- $75 for 1 hour - $45 for ½ hour.
 
Call 706-317-2163 (Dr. Ona Graham's office) and speak with Ms. White to reserve a place in the workshops or to schedule a Reiki session.  Reiki sessions are available both in Columbus and in Warm Springs. 
 
Class size is limited. Discounts are available for multiple workshops.  Scholarships are available for disabled veterans. 
 
Fees for workshops are suggested donations that go to the Foundation to develop healing programs for Veterans and others suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
 
Make checks payable to Star Nation Foundation.  Donations are tax deductible.  


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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  contact@stnicholashamilton.org

  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 contact@stnicholashamilton.org.


 



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.







SUMMER CAMP SCHEDULE 2016
Mini Camp: May 27-29, Rising 1st and 2nd Grader- For camper and parent/guardian
 
Youth Camp: June 5-June 11, Rising 10th-Just Graduated
 
Performing Arts Camp: June 12-June 18, Rising 4th-9th Graders
 
Intermediate Camp: June 19-June 25, Rising 8th and 9th Graders
 
Junior Camp: June 26-July 2, Rising 6th and 7th Graders
 
Kid Camp: July 10-July 16, Rising 3rd-5th Graders
 
Work Camp: July 18-July 23, Rising 10th Graders-Just Graduated
 
Emmaus House: July 25-July 29, Emmaus House Summer Program
 
Guest Camp: September 2- September 5, Children, Adults, and Families of all Ages
(Contact Amanda, 706-886-7515 or amanda@campmikell.com for more information)
 
OUTDOOR CAMPS
 
Outdoor Junior: May 31- June 5, Rising 6th and 7th Graders
 
Outdoor Intermediate: May 31- June 5, Rising 8th and 9th Graders
 
Outdoor Youth: June 12 -June 18, Rising 10th Graders-Just Graduated





Vacation Bible School (VBS)
We hope to have some interest in a week-long VBS this summer at St. Nicholas.  This is the traditional format for a summer Bible school, and we would like to be able to offer it to our parishoners, and to the community, as well.   Dates will be determined at a later time, and may be contingent on those who are willing to teach and/or be the chairperson(s) during that week. So please, if you have any interest in making it happen email June Wood   
Thank you
 
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 
 
Support a Classroom
 
Creekside School * Cataula, GA
  
6th grade  *  High Poverty

Maps and Globes are something that naturally appeal to children. I think that it appeals to their adventurous side: pirates, explorers, and all that. While they may not retain every fact, or completely comprehend things like latitude and longitude they are always learning and will build on what they know as they grow and develop.
Click HERE to help!

Contact Information

To place information in the newsletter email:
contact@stnicholashamilton.org
St. Nicholas Episcopal Church
706-628-7272