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

July 6th -12th, 2016








































Summer Worship at 10:00am starting July 3  
We will gather as a whole parish family for the remainder of the summer for one service at  10:00am
Mark your calendar appropriately and be sure to spread the word.

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.  
Pulpit Swap  

On Sunday, July 10 at 10am  we will host our good friends from Christian Valley at St. Nicholas. 
We will serve lunch after the service.


Visiting our Neighbors

After lunch on  July 10th , Fr Jeff and  Katherine Johnson plan to go to the neighborhoods across 
from St Nicholas to meet our neighbors.  
                                                    Please join us.  
We will drop off a flyer about 
St Nicholas, invite them to their neighborhood church and ask of any needs we should know about in the neighborhood.  
If you can join us for even an hour that would be great.  
This is another way 
to get out into the community and make St Nicholas known.
 




Save the Date!


Lobsterfest 2016

Friday, September 23, 2016
at 
Sweet Home Plantation, Pine Mountain

Tickets will go on sale July 17th.
 

L obsterfest Kickoff will be Sunday, July 17th 

Our Lobsterfest Kickoff will be held at church on Sunday, July 17th.  
Look for the red balloons and the Lobsterfest Kickoff table in the narthex. 
Come buy your tickets and sign up to volunteer for our biggest church fundraiser.

 
Lobsterfest 2016

Friday, September 23, 2016
6:00 - 10:00pm
Sweet Home Plantation
Hadley Rd., Pine Mountain, GA
 
St. Nicholas Men's Group Dinner
The St. Nicholas Men's Group plans to meet again for our regular monthly social dinner gathering.  
We will meet at 6:30 pm, on Tuesday,July 19. 2016, at the 
Cart Barn in La Grange.  
Address is 2157 Whitesville Rd, La Grange, GA 30240.
 
St. Nicholas Men's Group Dinner
Date: Tuesday, July 19th
Time: 6:30pm
Location: Cart Barn Grill - LaGrange, GA
 

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.  


Blessings-To-Go
At our Vestry retreat this year, Barbara Crafton encouraged us to continue to be a blessing to our community. 

The Vestry discussed with great fervor how we might actively engage in this.  Sheri Cody and others suggested that each month, the Vestry look in the month's local newspapers and find people and organizations who are doing good work in our community and approach them to give them a literal blessing. 

Pine Mountain City Council Meeting on June 13   
Ten members of St. Nicholas attended.  
Fr Jeff presented a plaque and told them how much they all were appreciated.  
T he young officer who was first responder to Jamie White when he was shot was acknowledged for his work.
 
 

 
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.  
 



 
WELCOME & CONGRATULATIONS
Jennifer Milton has transferred her membership and joined our family at St. Nicholas!  So glad you are here!
 
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:

Jackie Duval
Julie Nordin
Bill & Suzy Eidson
Bill Batastini
Bill Caudill
Danielle Whitworth
Ashley and Nate Taylor
Clara Butzon
Garrett Hinnant
Kay Faircloth

 
Family members and friends of the Community:


Cameron Clark
Holli & Baby
Cheryl
Lillian Simpson
Baby Kenleigh & the Boyd Family
Patty Gwara
Jeanna Smith
Gene Wells
Jo Partain
Grace Esbstyne
Mary Ann
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
Jean Boyd


In Thanksgiving For:

Our St. Nicholas Outreach Ministries

    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.
 


 

           
  

July Birthdays

  2  Bob Hamilton
  3  Luke Townsend
  6  Mike Perry
10  Katherine Johnson
11  Barbara Smith
12  Lou Baker
      Susan Perry
13  Abby Brown
16  Dorothy Webster
27  Dexter Evans
      Ingrid Cheshire
30  Norma Wolff




July Anniversaries

   11   Amy & Terry Buchanan
     26   Sharon & Tom Cheatham


 
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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

Pulpit Swap

Visiting our Neighbors 

Lobsterfest 2016 Save the Date

St. Nicholas Men's Group Dinner

Zion Go Fund Me

Community Needs

Blessings to Go

Vestry Minutes

Bright Way Ministries

Lay Ministry Schedule

Lay Ministry Opportunities
 
Lectionary Readings
 
Prayers
 
Birthdays & Anniversaries

Parish Committees
 


Links (in alphabetical order)
 













Zion Episcopal, Talbotton(Go Fund Me)

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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.







SUMMER CAMP SCHEDULE 2016
 
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)
 




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