The Spirit of Saint Nicholas!
The E-Newsletter from Saint Nicholas Episcopal 
 Hamilton, GA

August 19 - 25, 2015

SNICK/SUNDAY SCHOOL Discussion and Kick off

Dear St. Nicholas Parishioners and friends,

If your child, children or grandchildren are involved in our  Sunday School program or SNICK program we would like for you to join us  THIS FRIDAY NIGHTat  6 PM at ST. NICHOLAS!  This will be the children of St. Nicholas's opportunity to discuss with Fr. Jeff, parents and the children's committee what they like about SNICK,  Sunday School, etc. We are making big plans for this year and we need to hear what our kids want!!  

After our discussion, the children will have the opportunity to have dinner and watch a movie!  We have hired a babysitter so that the parents can attend dinner with Fr. Jeff and Molly to further discuss plans for this year!  We sincerely hope that you and your family can make it!  Please RSVP to Beth Evans at so that we have an idea of how many kids and parents to plan for!  Thank you!  We hope to see you  Friday night!

St. Nicholas Children's Committee
SNICK/SUNDAY SCHOOL Discussion and Kick off
Date:Friday, August 21st
Time: 6:00pm 
Location: St. Nicholas
It's time to volunteer!  If you didn't have time to sign up at the picnic, please look for the sign-up sheets in the narthex.  We need your help to make this the best Lobsterfest ever!

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

  Tickets are Now On Sale!!!
Click on the link above

Presiding Bishop-elect Michael Curry's sermon from the Jonathan Daniels Pilgrimage on August 15th.
Click on the link to listen.


St. Nicholas Episcopal Church in Hamilton, Georgia seeks positive and motivated individual to serve as director for a small Wednesday night program SNICK (St. Nicholas Kids). .Responsibilities include planning activities in advance, executing activities on Wednesday nights, recruiting volunteer teen leaders, and coordinating with church volunteers to arrange for dinner for children and volunteers.  Anticipated hours are 7-8 per week.  Pay will be $12.00 - $15.00/hour commensurate with experience. The director will report directly to the Rector and will have support from parish volunteers when needed. Program runs September 2, 2015 through May 11, 2016.   Send resumes to: St Nicholas Church, PO Box 752, Hamilton, GA  31811 or email .
This is being funded from grants monies received by St Nicholas.
The mission of SNICK (St Nicholas Kids) is to provide the children of our community and church with a place of warmth and care, feeding their bodies and spirits through relationships. The program begins with a family friendly worship service involving the children followed by a nutritious meal.  After the meal they are engaged in fun, interactive spiritual education that forms them as individual Christians and as a community of faith.  It provides a space where barriers of race, socio-economic groups and age groups are broken down.  In this place, there are opportunities for spiritual and personal growth as well as teaching life skills and interpersonal skills. 

We're setting a place for you...

Mark your calendars!  Sunday, October 18th is the date for this year's Consecration Sunday. 

Please plan to attend two important events:  Sunday morning worship at 10:00 a.m. and the Celebration Luncheon immediately following worship that same day -- a meal from a very special caterer in Harris County.

We hope that you will attend worship on Consecration Sunday and consider your financial commitment in the church sanctuary as an act of worship.
In  Christ,
St. Nicholas Stewardship Committee

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 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 




St. Nicholas Writes, our resident writing group, will not be meeting as a whole for August in order to enjoy a short break. However, Dianne Armstrong will be available Sunday, August 23rd, from 9:45-10:45 in the back classrooms or the schoolroom (check both places)  for one-on-one counseling around some piece of writing. Now is your time to practice your writing so that it is polished and publication-ready should the opportunity present itself. I look forward  to seeing our members!  If members of the congregation or any of our friends are interested in our work, by all means come and introduce yourselves! Next month is the start of our new writing year. It promises to be an exciting beginning!

You can contact  Dianne at this link.

Date: Sunday, August 23rd
Time: 9:45-10:45am
Location:Church Classroom

A Diocesan Youth Day Retreat is planned Saturday, Aug. 29, at All Saints' Episcopal Church, Atlanta. The retreat's theme is "Filled to be Emptied," and the focus will be on hunger and what it means to be called to serve those in need.
The day runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will include worship, fellowship, service, programming for youth in grades 6 to 12, young adults and special programming for adults who work with youth. The cost is $5 to pay for lunch.
To register, write 

Diocesan Youth Day Retreat
Date:  Saturday, Aug. 29th
Time:  10 a.m. to 5 p.m
Location:   All Saints', Atlanta

Free Webinar
"Developing Financial Resources to Sustain Mission" 
Save the date for a free Diocese of Atlanta webinar on "Developing Financial Resources to Sustain Mission" from   7 to 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 16 . 

Outreach leaders from Emmaus House -- Executive Director Joseph Mole and Director of Development Greg Cole -- will lead the program from the Mission Room at the Cathedral of St. Philip. The program is designed for parish leaders, outreach chairs, and those serving with or directing ministries that require ongoing funding. 

Registration information will be posted on the diocesan website soon and in the next Connecting. For more information, contact Chuck Dale,

"Developing Financial Resources to Sustain Mission" 

Date:  Wednesday, Sept. 16th
Time: 7:00 - 8:30pm


Get to Know Your Parish Family

Dianne Armstrong

Dianne is a Georgia native, born in Atlanta's Emory Hospital while her father was Sports Editor of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution under its crusading editor, Ralph McGill (who was also her godfather). Dianne's father was from Columbus.  Since her parents were married and divorced three times to each other, her sister Trish (also at St. Nicholas)  and she moved back and forth across the country, depending on where their parents settled-Virginia, Kentucky, California, Georgia. As a young woman, Dianne repeated the pattern, albeit involuntarily, attending first UC Berkeley, then the University of Illinois at Champaign (Berkeley charged out-of-state tuition). Then came perhaps one of the most momentous years of her life.  Dianne was awarded a United Daughters of the Confederacy full scholarship to Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York--all women then. She was caught up in the heavy dating life and met her future husband on a blind date (with his roommate) at Yale. He and the Yale swimming team were doing a film with Esther Williams on the history of swimming. That year ended unfortunately for Dianne, though, as she did a little too much socializing and lost the scholarship when her GPA plummeted. She managed to graduate from Illinois with a B.A. in English, though, and promptly joined her Vassar roommates in a crowded eastside apartment. Dianne's first job was working for Elizabeth Arden. Then, that fall, that team captain, David Armstrong called and her life began again, as the song says. They were married the next summer. Alas, they divorced ten years later, and with four children to support, Dianne became a high school English teacher in New York City. They then moved to Illinois where Trish and her family were living so that Dianne could have more of a support network. While in New York, Dianne had earned a master's degree in English from St. John's University and was nominated for a Woodrow Wilson fellowship. But it was for those continuing on for the doctorate and she was not, in part because she still had teenage children at home. She spent five years in Illinois, teaching at Naperville high school and the local community college. Then she thought, why not go on, now that the children had moved on-and  she applied to and was accepted at UCLA  in the doctoral program in English. Dianne spent three years there, teaching in their writing program, then transferred to the University of Southern California, who had called her about their program in Rhetoric, Linguistics, and Literature. Since her dissertation on narrative theory was closer to their project, she started over again there with exams, coursework and finally, in the middle of the Los Angeles riots, her dissertation.  Along the way, Dianne earned a second master's in English.

Everything after that was an anticlimax! But Dianne was so fortunate-Santa Barbara City College offered her a temporary position, which she accepted, and then Ventura College, a tenured position. She was so happy to have a permanent position, for during her time at UCLA and USC, she  had taught at five different colleges and universities-a freeway flier as they were known! She retired from Ventura in 2009 and moved, at last, back "home" to Georgia, where it all began. Oh-and a nice coincidence-during her year at Vassar she became semi-engaged to a West Pointer who was later stationed at Fort Benning.

Dianne's hobbies are reading and writing, knitting, cooking, photography, and scrapbooking.

Dianne's four children are:  Sydney, she has her own writing and research business in Chicago. She is a Smith graduate (which makes up for Dianne's  stint at Vassar!); David, who has degrees in law, library science, and history and is completing an MBA  (his next degree is in getting a job!); Emily, Rutgers law degree, deputy attorney general for New Jersey and now a Director of Legal Services for New Jersey Motor Vehicles Dept.; Niall, youngest son, U of Illinois graduate and vice-president of communications for J.P. Morgan, New York.  Dianne also has one grandson: an Ethiopian AIDS orphan, Temesgen, whom her daughter Emily adopted from an American orphanage in Addis Ababa at the age of four in 2007. He has shown Dianne's family new horizons and an uncommon view of courage.   

Lay Ministry Opportunities
There are many lay ministry opportunities at St Nicholas.   Each person has unique talents to share.    Think about your place to joyfully plug into St Nicholas.     A few ideas are: Flower Guild, Greeter, Ushers,  Teacher,  Special  Event Volunteer,  Grounds, Choir, Lay Eucharistic Minister........  More opportunities will be listed next week.  But begin to think about it.  Tailor your lay ministry to your time.
Most of all do remember to worship at St Nicholas.



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 safe return of Fr Jeff and family. For the beginning of our ministry together
following sabbatical.

For those who are ill, recovering or needing special prayers:
Members of St Nicholas:
Bruce Clouser
Chris Butzon
Ashley and Nate Taylor
Bill Caudill
Dorothy Webster
Garrett Hinnant
Larry Hinnant
Bob Hamilton,
Judy Jenks

For members with unspoken prayer requests.

Family members of members of the community:
James Daniels
Jack Whitley
Ron Anderson
Clara Butzon
The Harris Family
Jameson Miers
Andy Hubbard
Julie Raines
Paul Jones
LaDean Hall
Leanne Croft
Robin Zion
Jimmy Dorminy
Jimmi Ann Moore
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


August Birthdays

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

August Anniversaries

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

Movie on the Green
During the fall, we'd like to have a monthly "Movie on the Green" for us and the local community.  We'd show a movie on the front lawn of the church.  Everyone would bring their own blanket or camp chair.  Once it gets cold, we could move inside.  

To do this we'd need wholesome popular videos either donated or loaned by the congregation; a volunteer each month to set up and take down the equipment (computer, projector and screen); volunteers to bag popcorn; and volunteers to help post advertisements around the area.  

If you are interested in helping to organize this family fun or would like to do some of the specific duties listed above, please let Sheri Cody know.  
If you miss her at church you can reach her @ Sheri Cody   or 
The 2016 Diocesan Youth Mission Trip will be to Birmingham, Alabama. The dates are July 10-15. If your church would like to be a part of it you can RSVP now. Email Youth Missioner, Easton Davis here for more information about the trip. 
In This Issue
SNICK/SUNDAY SCHOOL Discussion and Kick off


Bishop Curry's Sermon

Children's Program Director


Consecration Sunday October 18th

Online Giving 

Writer's Group

Diocesan Youth Day Retreat


Get to Know Your Parish Family

Lay Ministry Schedule & Opportunities

Vestry Minutes

FOCUS Food Pantry

Lectionary Readings


Birthdays & Anniversaries

Movie Nights

2016 Youth Mission Trip




Father Jeff's Travel Blog 


Thought of the Month 
for August

We have all heard the saying, "Give until it hurts."  Too often we assume giving will hurt.  So, we procrastinate.  When we finally get around to giving we do so timidly, fearful it will impoverish us.  We rarely experience the joy of giving.  Yet Jesus says:  "There is more happiness in giving than in receiving."  Stewardship calls us to plan our giving... giving the first portion of our income, not the last.
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