The Spirit of Saint Nicholas
The E-Newsletter from Saint Nicholas Episcopal  Church  
69 Mobley Road, Hamilton, GA 31811
706-628-7272

August 3rd - 9th, 2016
Summer Sunday Worship at 10:00am
We will return to two Sunday Services 8:30 & 11:00 on Sunday, August 14th 


Save the Date!
Lobsterfest 2016

Friday, September 23, 2016  
6:00 - 9:30 pm
Sweet Home Plantation, Pine Mountain
Tickets Are On Sale! Click below!


In conjunction with Lobsterfest, St. Nicholas is conducting a cash raffle.  The lucky winner will receive ONE HALF of the cash collected from the sale of raffle tickets.  It could be over $1000.00, or way more.

The Men's Group at St. Nicholas will head up and facilitate the sale of  raffle tickets this year.  Anyone can sell tickets.  We ask that all parishioners commit to selling tickets, however many you can, to your family, your friends, your neighbors, your coworkers.  

You can get tickets from Chris Butzon, sell what you can, and turn unsold tickets and money back to him.   We hope you come back and ask for more.

Ticket prices are scaled to encourage volume purchases.  $15 each, 3 for 30, 5 for 40, 8 for 50.  How many can YOU sell?



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.  
 
Annual Parish Picnic :  
The St. Nicholas Annual Parish Picnic will be on Sunday, August 7th.  
Worship at 10:00. Picnic and swimming to follow at Nancy Callaway's beautiful Blue Springs.
Click link for Google Map
 
 
SNICK Pool Party:
August 14: Anyone interested in participating with SNICK this year, either as a kid, teen leader, or volunteer, please join us for a planning pool party on Sunday August 14th at the Mcmurtry home at 147 Laurel Ridge Lane, Cataula Ga 31804 from 4:00-6:30 pm . We are the 6th house on the left in Laurel ridge subdivision right off of 315. Bring a towel, a lawnchair, sunscreen, your ideas and calendar. We will have bbq and buns, swimming, and the bounce house set up. If you want to bring a side to share please feel free to do so but don't feel like you need to bring anything. Parking is a little limited in the driveway, but you can park on the street when the driveway is full.

Date: Sunday, August 14th
Time: 4:00 - 6:30
Location - McMurtry home - 147 Laurel Ridge Lane, Cataula
 
St. Nicholas Stitchers Meeting
Saturday, August 27th, 10am at St. Nicholas the alter cushion needleworkers will meet again to stitch, enjoy tea and cookies and work through any questions or difficulties. Katrina Howe will be with us again to distribute yarn. Please contact her at  bykatrina@yahoo.com   to let her know what you need.  There are two kneelers that don't have stitchers so if parishioners or friends want to join in, please come see what we are doing. The stitching is relaxing and the fellowship is fun. Katrina is an excellent teacher and it is not hard to learn even if you have never stitched before.
 



From Fr. Jeff+


A prayer I picked up this week..."Lord, I have nothing; help me to give even when I do not have. Lord, I feel nothing; help me not to be jealous, that you may use me to touch others' hearts. Lord, I am weary; help me to remember that you have been weary, too. Lord, I need refreshing; help me to refresh others and to forget about my own needs. Lord, I can't see the way ahead; help me not to get in the way of those who can. Lord, I am disappointed; help me not to bring disappointment to others. Lord, I have no one to help me; help me to trust in you. Lord, I can't see you; yet you see me-help me to remember that. Lord, I am not worthy to receive you, but only say the word and I shall be healed." Hugh Barney

Peace,
Jeff+























Back to School Rush Update

Hey all ---  it was a VERY successful Back To School Rush last week at the Community Center! 
Well over  700 families (parents and children) came through. 
We proudly wore our new St Nicholas Tee-Shirts as we handed out the St Nicholas Pencils, Candy and flyers about our services and programs.  A big St Nicholas banner hung from our table.    
Dorothy Webster, Bert Tomlin and Liz Dixon came out to help. (Sharon Cheatham was working at the Library Table, Mabry Collins was working the FDR Park table, and David Johnson wandered through to say "howdy-do" to everyone.)
St Nicholas was well represented.  
We are happy we did this event --- we were able to talk to many people about St Nicholas and invite them to church.  
Jeff also visited with the other organizations and formed some new relationships --plus brainstorming with them about some other ways St Nicholas can be in the community.

Keeping the faith, Katherine

 

Zion Episcopal Church

Zion Episcopal Church in Talbotton now has a  Go Fund Me account to raise money to restore the outside of the  Church. 

This was the idea of Lynn Hall. We are so thankful for her energy, creativity and care in initiating this project.   The Photopia Photography group that Lynn belongs to has taken some stunning pictures of Zion.  

 

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.

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.
.     

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:

Charlotte Winsness
Erick Whitworth
Pat & Gene Demonet
Jeanna Smith
Jackie Duval
Julie Nordin
Bill & Suzy Eidson
Bill Batastini
Danielle Whitworth
Ashley and Nate Taylor
Clara Butzon
Garrett Hinnant
Kay Faircloth

 
Family members and friends of the Community:

Dr. Christine Daley
Cameron Clark
Holli & Baby
Cheryl
Lillian Simpson
Baby Kenleigh & the Boyd Family
Patty Gwara
Gene Wells
Jo Partain
Grace Esbstyne
The Wahl Family
Karin
Lucius Morton
Earl Nichols
Dr. Michael Burgen
Danny Howard
Dabney
Charlotte Hammond
The Kohler Family
Jeri Harris
Danny Hatchell
Peggy Singletary
Wayne Holloway
Erin Kavannaugh Kirkley
Jack Whitley
James Daniels
Lisa Butler
Mark Oliver
Teresa McCullohs
Ron Anderson & Family

In Thanksgiving For:
Our St. Nicholas Pastoral Care Ministries

For those in Mourning:
The family of  Mary Ann Norwood
The family of Jean Boyd

    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.
 


 

           

August Birthdays

 1   Patty Hamilton
 6   Dick Wood
10  Trish Wehrle
13  Danielle Whitworth
15  Kelly Dimon
20  Lexie Whitworth
26  Geoff Robertson
27  Leslie Cooling
31  Lisa Armstrong
31  Nancy Callaway



August Anniversaries

       3  Chris & Andy Butzon
   5  Bill & Terry Caudill
16  Lynn & Kenny Hall
   18  Jeff & Molly Jackson
       23  Lisa & Brad Armstrong
     29  Gene & Pat Demonet
           31  Sammy & Kristy Hubbard


 
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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

Annual Parish Picnic

SNICK Pool Party

Stitchers Meeting

From Fr. Jeff

Back to School Rush Update

Zion Go Fund Me

Community Needs

Vestry Minutes

Bright Way Ministries

Lay Ministry Schedule

Lay Ministry Opportunities
 
Lectionary Readings
 
Prayers
 
Birthdays & Anniversaries

Parish Committees
 


Links (in alphabetical order)
 













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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 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.

 

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.



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.


 
Contact Information

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contact@stnicholashamilton.org
St. Nicholas Episcopal Church
706-628-7272