The Spirit of St. Nicholas!        
  The E-Newsletter from  St. Nicholas Episcopal Church, Hamilton, Georgia
 
July 15 - 22, 2015

 

Why is there an 

extra candle on our altar?

 

 

Father Jeff and family are about half way through their sabbatical. All of us miss them but are regularly reminded they will soon return.

 

There is a lighted candle on the altar for every service they are away. Father Jeff also has a candle that we gave them to remind them of our bond to each other and our special prayer that they make a safe return home to us.

 

Please look for the candle at our next service and keep all their family in your daily prayers. 

 

What a glorious day August 9th will be to celebrate our renewed commitment to each other and their safe return home.

 


 
Bright Way Ministry

 

 

Bert Tomlin and Katherine Johnson held the first worship service at Bright Way Personal Care Home in Pine Mountain on June 14th.  

 

 

St Nicholas will provide services the second Sunday of each a month to the residents. Also, they are open to visits during the week. This was arranged by David Walker as an outreach ministry.  


 

More Lay Eucharistic Visiting Ministers are welcomed.

Contact Sue Halmrast if you would like to be trained as one.

 

 

BackSnacks

The Outreach Committee has become involved in a new project for the up coming school year. There are children in the county who go home on weekends and have little to eat until they are back at school Monday morning. The BackSnacks project is an attempt to show God's love and care by proving two healthful breakfasts, lunches, dinners on weekends to identified children's families. This is in cooperation with other county churches.

 

St. Nicholas has been asked to be responsible for the collection of snacks for 3-4 children. Through contributions of snacks and monetary contributions (that will be used to buy snacks), snacks can be sent home every Friday throughout the whole school year.

 

The Outreach Committee would like to begin this venture at the Parish Picnic, 9 August. Prior to that date a list of requested snacks will be published. Those wishing to contribute are asked to bring their contribution to the picnic. There will also be a backpack for monetary donations. We will ask Father Jeff to bless our backpack along with the other children's backpacks.

 

As this will be an on-going project, please watch for new lists and chances to contribute throughout the year.



Enjoy the convenience of electronic giving!

 

We've had an enthusiastic response to our electronic giving program. Thank you to all the parishioners who have signed up.

 

This is a way to automate your regular weekly offerings--and another way to reduce the stress in your life! Please sign up today--it's quick and easy.  


 
Electronic giving is safe and convenient for you and provides much-needed donation consistency for our

congregation. When travel, illness or other circumstances prevent you from attending services, this program will allow your offerings to continue on an uninterrupted basis.


 
To set up a recurring giving schedule you, visit us online at stnicholashamilton.org and locate the blue Online Giving button in the upper right-hand corner of the home page. 

 

 


 
Your information is held in strictest confidence and your check, debit or credit card information will be secure. Setting up your profile and your giving instructions can be completed in less than 10- 15 minutes. 

 

I think you will find it very easy to get started, but please contact me if you have any questions.

 

Thank you for your generosity and support!

 

Nick Simpson

Financial Stewardship Vestry Liaison

Cell:  706 594-2884 

 

Pulpit Swap with Christian Valley Church
10:00am
July 26

St. Nicholas will welcome the people of Christian Valley Church with

Pastor Eric Seldon at the pulpit at 10:00am.

 

This will be the ONLY service on July 26th. 

 

 

Pulpit Swap Potluck
Please bring a side dish, salad or dessert for our potluck on Sunday, July 26th, immediately after the 10:00 service.  Fried chicken and beverages will be provided.  For more info or if you are willing to help, contact Michelle Moody, (706) 330-7025

Vacation Bible School


This year VBS will be a lock in event   on
Friday, July 31- Saturday, August 1st.

Parents, please email Beth Evans if your children are planning on attending! 


 

REGISTRATION FORM: Click on link to download & fill out!
 

What: VBS Lock-in

Where: St. Nicholas Episcopal Church

When: 6:00 pm Friday - July 31 - 12:30 pm. Saturday, August 1

Who:  All are invited to attend. If you are younger than a rising 3rdgrader, you must be accompanied by your parent to spend the night. 

What to bring: Sleeping bag and a pillow - completed release/parental consent form which can be obtained from the church by contacting Theresa Dorminy at 706-628-7272.  St. Nicholas is located at 69 Mobley Rd., Hamilton.


 

Vacation Bible School
Dates Friday, July 31 - Saturday, August 1
Location St. Nicholas

 

 

Jonathan  Daniels

  Pilgrimage on August 15th.   

Johnathan Daniels  (March 20, 1939 - August 20, 1965) was an   Episcopal   seminarian and civil rights activist. 
In 1965 he was murdered in  Hayneville, Alabama   while in the act of saving a young woman, Ruby Sales, who was a civil rights activist with Johnathan and others. 

They both were working in the  Civil Rights Movement   in  Lowndes County registering people to 
vote .

 

In 1991 Daniels was designated as a martyr in the Episcopal church, and is recognized annually. He is memorialized in the Civil Rights Movement and other venues. The Diocese of Alabama and the Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast organize an annual pilgrimage to Hayneville - this has been happening for at least 13 years. Many people from the Diocese of Atlanta go. 


 

This year our area Episcopal Churches are arranging for our parish groups to go together. Rt Rev Michael Curry is scheduled  to go - He is our new Presiding Bishop. It is a time of unity and remembrance. The city of Hayneville welcomes and embraces this pilgrimage as well.


 

More details will be posted about this trip as time gets closer.

 

SAVE THE DATE!

Friday, September 25, 2015 
at Sweet Home Plantation Pine Mountain

  Tickets will go on sale in July.

  

Steward of the Month for July

 

David Walker

 

 

The vestry would like to recognize this month, our friend David, posthumously, for his extensive body of stewardship work at St. Nicholas. As we grieve with Barbara and their family, we recognize that David leaves a strong St. Nicholas legacy in the fields of diversity, hospitality, and service to the community. 

 

A fearless recruiter, David enlisted the help needed to bring about our new monthly service program at Bright Way Personal Care Home in Pine Mountain. A believer in local community, David sought to strengthen St. Nicholas by sharing our gifts with those unable to come to us. Although David loved music, and sang with the choir, enjoyed planning and serving on the new building committee, and maintained a practical, no-nonsense attitude in his Vestry work, his passion was bringing others to church, or in the case of Bright Way, taking our church to others. 

 

We celebrate David's commitment to those whose lives he reached and to St. Nicholas Episcopal, who was honored to call him a member.

 

" Well done good and faithful servant!"

 


 Get to Know Your Parish Family

 Charlotte Winsness has volunteered to compile biographies of our members and presents another article for your enjoyment.



Bill Caudill

Bill Caudill is originally from Geneva, Alabama. He and Terry have been married since August 1968, and they have two sons. Bill has an older son from a previous marriage.

 

Bill graduated high school in 1963 and served in the National Guard for 6 active years and 2 years inactive. Bill has been in construction since April 1967, and he currently owns his own construction company (this is the third construction company he has owned).

 

Bill was the founding chairperson for the Harris County Library and the founding chairperson for the Hamilton Youth Sports Association.

 

Bill is a life member of B.A.S.S. and a life member of Ducks Unlimited. He was the Former Ducks Unlimited General Banquet Chairman and Sponsor Banquet Chairman and Area Chairman.

 

Bill has served in many capacities at St. Nicholas. He loves working at St. Nicholas and believes he serves the Lord best when he does that.


 

Lay Ministry Schedule

 
 


FOCUS FOOD PANTRY

The FOCUS Food Pantry is in need of
Soup and  Peanut Butter .
.
 Thank you for your donations!

Lectionary Readings 

If you would like to see the readings for Sunday, 


                        

In Thanksgiving

For the Lay Ministers at 

St Nicholas  

 

 

For those who are ill, recovering or needing special prayers

 

 

Judy Jenks

James Daniel

Ashley and Nate Taylor

Jack Whitley

Ron Anderson

Clara Butzon

The Harris Family

Garrett Hinnant

Jameson Miers

Andi Smith

Andy Hubbard

Julie Raines

Bill Caudill

Paul Jones

Dorothy Webster

Larry Hinnant

LaDean Hall

Connie Guy

Chris Cox

Linda Sawyer

Mike Sawyer

Leanne Croft

 

 

Prayers  for the Walker family upon 
David Walker's death.


 

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.


 

 For those with unspoken prayer requests.

 



   
Birthdays and Anniversaries

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! 
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July Birthdays
2 Bob Hamilton
3 Luke Townsend
6 Mike Perry
10 Don Baldwin
10 Katherine Johnson
11 Barbara Smith
12 Lou Baker
12 Susan Perry
13 Abby Brown
16 Dorothy Webster
27 Dexter Evans
27 Ingrid Cheshire
30 Norma Wolff
  
  July Anniversaries  
3 Dave & Barbara Walker
11 Amy & Terry Buchanan
26 Sharon & Tom Cheatham
28 Carolyn Cox

In This Issue

 


Why is there an extra candle on our altar?

Bright Way Ministry/
Lay Eucharistic Visitors Needed
 
         Sign up for Online Giving 

Pulpit Swap
 
VBS

Jonathan Daniels Pilgrimage

Save the Date for Lobsterfest

 

Steward of the Month

 

BackSnacks

 

Get to Know Your Parish Family

Lay Ministry Schedule

June Vestry Minutes

 

FOCUS Food Pantry

Lectionary Readings

 

Prayers

 

Birthdays & Anniversaries

 

 

Links

 

Father Jeff's Travel Blog 

 

Stewardship 
Thought of the Month 
for July



"Love is faith in action. The two most important questions we can ask ourselves are "Whom do I love?" and "Who loves me?"  We put faith into action by extending our concern for people beyond ourselves. We show our concern for others in our actions and relationships."
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Thank you, St. Nicholas family, for your active involvement in our parish. 



Please help Patty Hamilton 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 Patty Hamilton at  pgrace456@gmail.com.

  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 pgrace456@gmail.com.


 



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.  

 

Contact Information

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