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

January 6th - 12th, 2016

Annual Parish Meeting  
January 10, 9:45am

Calling all St. Nicholas members! Join us as we honor those who have served this past year and elect new Vestry members. If you would like to nominate someone for Vestry, including yourself, please see Senior Warden Katherine Johnson. 
Annual Parish Meeting
January 10th, 2016
9:45 am
Puppet Practice

Puppet Practice  this Sunday  at  2:00pm

Are you new to St. Nicholas?

Join us weekly in January from  12:30pm to 2:00pm  as we explore the basics of Christian faith. Led by Father Jeff, Sue Halmrast, and Bobo Morgan.  

This class is for anyone who is new, anyone who wants to join the church, anyone who wants to be confirmed, anyone who wants a refresher course in Christianity, or anyone who just wants to ask questions. 

January 10 : Discerning People - How do we hear God's call to us?
January 17 : Bishop Whitmore's visitation, no class
January 24: Committed People - What does it mean to be the Church?

For more information, contact Fr. Jeff at

Altar Guild Training
The duty of the Altar Guild is to prepare all things necessary for the conduct and celebration of worship. The preparations are done reverently and prayerfully so that all services proceed in order and beauty to the glory of God. Members of the Altar Guild are mindful that this service is a high calling and privilege. This quiet, behind-the-scenes work is a true gift to the entire congregation.

If you feel you have that calling and gift, please join the Altar Guild for our annual training session. We will learn how to clean and press the linens along with many other aspects of the preparation of the Lord's table.  Father Jeff and members of the Altar Guild will conduct the training.

When:         January 16, 2016    10:00 AM - 11:30
                  Lunch Afterward
Where:       Sanctuary and Sacristy

We welcome all men, women, and children (and especially families.) Please contact either Liz Dixon, or  Bert Tomlin, if you would be interested in this gift of a ministry.  

Martin Luther King Day Celebration
Come join us on 
Monday, January 18, at 11:00 a.m. 
for a parade celebrating Martin Luther King and his work promoting unity.  We will be meeting at the Carver Resource Center (Old Carver Middle School) to tailgate for an hour with our brothers and sisters from Christian Valley and the rest of the community, and, at noon, begin the walk (1-1/2 mile) to Friendship Baptist, singing "This Little Light of Mine" along the way.  A worship service at Friendship concludes the celebration.
We will be walking behind the St. Nicholas banner, and this year Steve Morse has agreed to let his antique firetruck be a part of the parade.  What fun!
So bring your favorite tailgate dish, if you'd like, gather up the kids and be a part of this joy-filled event.  If you can't do all of the events, come for those you can.  We look forward to seeing you there to be a part of St. Nicholas' commitment to honor and lift up all God's people.

MLK Celebration
Date: Monday, January 18th
Time: 11:00am
Location:  Carver Resource Center (Old Carver Middle School) 
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.
Steward of the Month

Bert Tomlin

Since Bert Tomlin was confirmed  in 2003 by Rev. Beverly. McEachern she has been an integral part of the life of St Nicholas. You will see her son John and Granddaughters Sara and Lilly at St Nicholas as well.   After retiring in 2012 from Allstate Broker Dealer,  training new brokers, she turned her attention to volunteering.  Fortunately, St Nicholas was the recipient of much of her time and talents.  Among other things, she is active in Pastoral Care, Outreach, Parish Life and Worship.   She is the current Chair and Vestry Liaison for Worship.  Her three year term on Vestry is ending but Bert still plans to be active at St Nicholas.  She is an LEV and enjoys taking Eucharist to Bright Way Personal Care Home.  She is working to expand this St Nicholas' ministry to other parts of the community.   Bert coordinates worship activities and during Fr Jeff's Sabbatical was the primary liaison between the committees, Fr Dendtler and Melissa Hammonds.  She is also "hands on" with much of the pastoral care needs.  Bert is a gifted and dependable steward..   It is with pleasure that the Vestry nominates her as Steward of the Month.  

St. Nicholas Writes
our resident writing group,  will return with hosannas on  January 24th .That meeting will be devoted to members reading some of their work. We urge you to come and cheer them on! 

To hear people's writings about their lives and in their own voice is like opening a window to a new vista. You will, in the words of one member, see and hear an "explosion of life."  You may revise your opinion of the     dignified gentleman in the next pew when you discover he was in a drag race. Or, you find out that a prominent industrial engineer writes poetry about the changes in nature. In short, you will become reacquainted with some members of this parish as you have never known them on a 
Sunday morning in the rector's greeting line.

We hope to see you there, 
9:45am on January 24th, in the Adult Formation classroom. (Refreshments!)  Call or email Dianne Armstrong for inquiries: 706-221-9020.
2016 Vestry Candidates

Martha Dimon  
Martha and her husband, Kelly, are both retired from Aflac and live in Ellerslie.  She has been spending a lot of her retirement years as an active volunteer in Harris County.  She serves on the Boards of The Friends of the Harris County Library, Humane Society of Harris County and The Chipley Woman's Club of Pine Mountain.  She has chaired the big fundraiser, POTD, for the Humane Society for the past two years and is getting ready for the 3rd year.

Martha joined St Nicholas two years ago and has served as a greeter and a member of the Parish Life committee.  She has agreed to chair Lobsterfest in 2016.
  Sue Halmrast

I came to St. Nicholas from Trinity in Columbus and have been a member since before this church was named St. Nicholas, and we were worshipping in space the Seventh Day Adventists were kind enough to lend us. 
During this time it's been a privilege to be a part of this faith community by helping with the interior design of the original building as well as the new addition, chairing Lobsterfest, serving on the Vestry, including two years as Senior Warden, and serving as an LEM, among other things.  I am excited about the future of St. Nicholas and can't wait to see what wonderful things God has in store for us.
I live in Pine Mountain with my husband, David, and our Golden Retriever, Ryder.

Bill Caudill
I started coming to St. Nicholas in the middle of the summer in 2010.
I was received into the Episcopal Church at St.Nicholas on Father's Day in 2011.
I was in charge of caring for our Church Building for 3 years: plus one more additional year.
Father Jeff selected me to serve as Senior Warden in 2014.
I worked with our Architect and Building Contractor to get the new addition completed.  I am a State of Georgia Licensed General Contractor and own a commercial construction company.  I have been in construction 47.5 years.

Steve Morse

After spending his youth in the Baptist Church, Steve Morse was confirmed into the Episcopal Church in 2013.  Since his Confirmation, Steve has increased his involvement with St. Nicholas; although, he really began his involvement when the church was being built, and he helped sweep sand into the brick floors.  Steve has coordinated many special events for the church and has chaired the LobsterFest for the past two years.  When asked about the opportunity to join the Vestry, Steve said, "I am excited to serve our church in a deeper, more meaningful role.  The future of St. Nicholas is bright, and I want to help us reach our goals."

Steve is Director of Campus Services for Columbus State University and active in the Columbus community.  He serves on the Uptown Facade Board under the Columbus Consolidated Government and sits on the Uptown Columbus Advisory Board.  He loves spending time with family and friends, and he enjoys sharing his fire truck and Christmas light display.

Steve and his husband, William Morgan, live in Columbus with their black lab, Maggie.

Youth Opportunities

DYC | Jan 8-10
Get registered for DYC! Only a few weeks until this awesome weekend retreat is here! DYC is a weekend at Camp Mikell where youth spend their time having fun and learning how to Love Like Jesus. Youth participants and adult chaperones can find registration  here.  The retreat is  January 8-10.  Don't miss out on our only retreat that hosts youth grades 6-12 at Camp Mikell!

Happening 65 | Feb 19-21
Mark your calendar for  February 19-21.  Those are the dates for Happening 65! Team registration can be found  here.  Start recruiting candidates, and let them know the dates! Also, get in your OR nominations! Email them  here.

Above: Jesse Adkins of St. Patrick's with observing rector Hailey Wilson of the Cathedral of St. Philip right after the exchanging of the giant warm and fuzzy.Happening 65 will be led by Hailey and the youth team in February!

"Sharing our gifts with others brings satisfaction, peace and joy to the giver's heart.  St. Paul once remarked: " . . . we must help the weak, and keep in mind the words of the Lord Jesus who himself said, "It is more blessed to give than to receive."

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, 

In Thanksgiving
For Melissa Hammonds, Music Director and all
who have abundantly shared their gifts to make Advent and Christmas
a holy time at St Nicholas
For those who are ill, recovering or needing special prayers:
Members of St Nicholas:
Cora Coverson
Martha Dimon
Kenny Townsend
Chris and Liza Price
Kristine Connally
Josh Davis
Ashley and Nate Taylor
Bill Caudill
Garrett Hinnant
Larry Hinnant
Bill Batastini
Kay Faircloth
Ingrid Cheshire

For Members with Unspoken Prayer Requests
Family members and friends of the community:
Eddie Norris
Bill Gordy
Danny Hatchell
Jen Harris
Ron Hudson
James Daniels
Jack Whitley
Jameson Miers
Julie Raines
Paul Jones
Leanne Croft
Robin Zion
Dale Haynes
Jimmy Dorminy
Jimmi Ann Moore
Erin Kavanaugh Kirkley
Marty Oxford
Stefie Collins
Peggy Singletary
Prayers for those in mourning
Cora Coverson on the loss of her sister and grandson 
    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.


January Birthdays
  6  Dianne Armstrong
10   Barrett Smith
      Noah Horne
19  Madison Martin
22  Graham Horne
      Tom Cheatham
23  Janna Morris
24  Marci Horne
31  Justin Hubbard
January Anniversaries

1  Nick & Anne Simpson

As stewards, we are accountable to God for our time, talent and treasure.  We return to the Lord, the giver of all our gifts, a truly grateful first share of our time, talent and treasure.
"Do all the good you can, in all the ways you can, for all the people you can, in every place you can, as long as you can".  

Enjoy the blessings of good stewardship!
FEBRUARY 19, 2016 - FEBRUARY 21, 2016
Presented by Kanuga and the  Episcopal Church Foundation.

Fr. Jeff and the Vestry encourage you to join us as we head up to Kanuga for their annual Church  Leadership Conference . For our annual Vestry retreat, we decided to do something different and attend this  conference  together. Anyone from the parish is welcome to go with us! Details are below:

In many ways, the institutional church has adapted to the secular world. There are business plans and growth charts and the work of church leadership seems to be the bottom line. It is easy to lose sight of the one reason the church exists: to worship God. What would it look like if there were a renewed focus on prayer and liturgy? What could the Church become if leadership were more concerned with spiritual well-being than physical or financial? Join us as we explore how churches can refocus their energies and deepen the faith of their membership.

Keynoters: The Rev. Barbara Cawthorne Crafton, is the founder of the online ministry, The Geranium Farm, and now lives in New Jersey; 

The Very Rev. Dr. Neal Michell, Dean and Rector at St. Matthew's Cathedral in Dallas, Texas

Coordinator: Brendon Hunter from the Episcopal Church Foundation, New York, NY

In This Issue

Annual Parish Meeting

Puppet Practice

Episcopal 101

Altar Guild Training

MLK Day Celebration 

Bright Way Ministries

Steward of the Month

St. Nicholas Writes

2016 Vestry Candidates

Youth Opportunities 
Lay Ministry Schedule 
Lay Ministry Opportunities
Vestry Minutes
Lectionary Readings
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Church Leadership Conference




Father Jeff's Travel Blog 


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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

  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


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.

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


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 for more information)
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

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