The Spirit of St. Nicholas!          
  The E-Newsletter from St. Nicholas Episcopal Church, Hamilton, Georgia
May 13th - 19th, 2015

May Services 
8:30 and 11:00 services continue

May 17th - Memorial Day will be celebrated on this Sunday rather than the 24th which is Pentecost. Flags will be processed.
Graduating seniors will be
 recognized and celebrated. 

May 24th - Pentecost - Festive service celebrating Pentecost. Vestry meets after the service.

May 31st - Regular services at 8:30 and 11:00
Coffee hour will be held between services. Adult Formation continues at 9:45.


We congratulate

St. Nicholas Episcopal Church's Graduating 

2015 High School Seniors


Abbey Avery

Ginny Barr

Alyssa Tranmer

Austin Hubbard 
 Ivy Martin

James Lintner

Grace Metsinger



Abbey Avery: Abbey has been an honor roll student at Shaw High school the past four years.  During this time, she has won several writing awards and star student awards. In July 2014 Abbey signed a 7-year commitment with the National Guard. Over the past year, she has attended monthly drill weekends in the RSP program to prepare for OSUT training. She has proven herself to be a leader in this program and was recognized as an outstanding leader during honors night. Abbey will leave June 30th for Missouri where she will complete her OSUT program for Military Police.


Ginny Barr: On May 22nd, Ginny will graduate from Columbus Liberal Arts Magnet High School. During her four years in high school, Ginny was very active in her school's theater program. She performed/participated in nine shows, one of which won the State One Act Championship and also earned her an Outstanding Performance award. Additionally, Ginny is the current Vice President for Thespian Troupe 5390, and she has served as the Volunteer Coordinator and the Troupe Representative for the Georgia Thespian Conference. She has attended the Springer Theatre Academy as a student and intern. She is also a member of the Beta Club and serves as the current Secretary for the National Honor Society. Ginny has been active in her community as well. She worked as a volunteer for the 2-58 Infantry Family Readiness Group and other Army related organizations and served as a tour guide at Westville for four years. In the fall, Ginny plans to attend the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.  


Alyssa Tranmer: Alyssa, our St. Nicholas nursery worker, is planning a mission trip to Haiti this summer with County Line Church. She would love to travel as much as she can. She's planning to attend Columbus State University and earn a degree in criminal justice.   


Austin Hubbard played TBall with his three cousins at five. His two uncles coached them.  He played one year of football and decided it wasn't  the sport for him.

He took Golf in his Junior and Senior year and found his sport!
He worked at Callaway Gardens at the golf course so he got to practice a lot!  He's had several tournaments and scored very well.

Austin was one of St Nicholas' first acolytes.  He has gone to Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, volunteered at SNICK at St Nicholas.
He was St. Nicholas' representative as an acolyte at the Ordination of the Bishop. 

After graduation he will be going to Columbus Technical School for commercial electrician.

Ivy Martin played sports since TBall at 5 years old.   

He played baseball until 7th grade.  He started playing football as quarterback at the Middle School.  

He continued playing all four years at the high school.


Ivy was also one of the first acolytes. a SNICK volunteer, Vacation Bible School volunteer, and youth reader at St Nicholas. 


Ivy has been accepted at Point University in West Point where he wants to major in History and eventually teach it in High School.  He hopes to be a High School football coach one day.


Date Sunday, May 17, 2015
Time 11:00 am service
Location St. Nicholas


Beverly McEarchern Scholarship
The Beverly McEarchern Scholarship was awarded to
Kendall Malotte
of HCHS last Monday night at the awards ceremony by Katherine Johnson.  
The Scholarship was set up after Rev. Bev's death.  It was designated by the family to be awarded to a graduating female student who would be entering college and majoring in English Education.


You are invited to a 
Reception Honoring Vicki Partin
  • Small Business Council of America's Humanitarian of the Year
  • Georgia Legislative Women's Caucus Servant Leadership Award
  • CVEM Co-founder/Lay Missioner
Date:  Sunday, May 17
Time:  4:30 - 6pm
Place:  Chattahoochee Valley Episcopal Ministry
1120 Lockwood Avenue
Columbus, GA 31906

Pastoral Care 


The Pastoral Care Committee meeting is scheduled for 

Wednesday, May 20 at 10:00 at church.



Steward of the Month for May

Patty Hamilton
Please congratulate Patty Hamilton on her selection by the Vestry as our Steward of the Month.  Patty is being specifically recognized for her untiring efforts toward bringing our accounting back into the church. She has worked many hours setting up both of our new accounting programs, ServantKeeper (our donor management program) and QuickBooks (our accounting software). She has entered all of the ending balances for 2014 and most of the postings year to date. She contributed to the hiring process of our new in-house accountant, Kristi Nelson and has successfully interfaced with our previous accountant to smoothly transition the accounting process. Patty has single-handedly set up ServantKeeper to ensure correct application of donor funds to their intended ministries. 

In addition to these duties, she has been helping Theresa Dorminey establish a well-run office after the move from the old building to the new offices. Patty, as many others do and have done in the past, exemplifies the definition of a good Steward.  She truly lives the time, talent and treasure commitment that so many of us at St. Nicholas strive for.  
 "Well done, good and faithful servant!"

SNICK donates offertory

Each Wednesday night when SNICK was meeting, the offertory plate was passed as part of the Family Worship Service. 

At their last service, the children met to decide where their offertory money would go. They decided to give it to the American Cancer Society. A letter along with a check will be sent to the American Cancer Society from the St. Nicholas SNICK group. 

St. Nicholas Writes

All Are Welcome!!! 

The May meeting of St. Nicholas Writes, our resident writers' group, will meet from: 9:45-10:45am in the Adult Formation classrooms on Sunday, May 24th.


Those of you at our last meeting who had the opportunity to enjoy David Johnson, poet and English professor emeritus from CSU now have another chance to benefit from David's teaching and explore your own creativity. 


At the last meeting in April, David assigned a brief writing on one of these three topics: 1) write a paragraph about a biblical character you identify with (and why).

2) write a paragraph-long journal entry;

3) write a letter to someone from whom you are estranged or whom you haven't seen in a long time. If none of these appeal to you, or if you weren't present at the last meeting, just bring any piece of your writing.


That's the only ticket you will need to enter this exciting, dynamic group get-together whose main purpose is to help you discover your God-given talents!


For further information and questions, call or email Dianne Armstrong: 706-221-9020;


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Date May 24
Time 9:45am
Location Adult Forum Classroom


Thursday Book Study Group

We are starting a new book for our Thursday group and will meet on Thursday's at 12:00 noon. The book is called If the Church Were Christian by Philip Gulley and will spark some good conversation for the next 10 weeks. Now's a great time to jump on board!


Thursday Book Study Group
Time: 12:00
Location: St. Nicholas Classrooms


 Get to Know Your Parish Family


John and Rose Brent


John and Rose were both born and raised in Erie, PA. They left Erie after college and began their married lives together.  They moved to Virginia, Philadelphia, Weiden, Germany and Cataula, GA from 1974-1993.


John has his undergraduate degree from Penn State and his master's from the University of Virginia; both in Landscape Architecture. Rose has her undergraduate degree from Edinboro University and master's degree from West Chester University; both in Speech Language Pathology. Rose also has a Leadership 6th-year degree from CSU.


John worked as a Landscape Architect in Virginia and Philadelphia. He moved to Environmental Management while working at Hohenfels, Germany. His job as Director of Environmental Management Division brought his family to Fort Benning. Rose has worked as a Speech Language Pathologist in Virginia, Pennsylvania, DoDD Europe and Harris County, GA. Both are now retired.


John and Rose have one daughter, Rachel, who was born in Eschenbach, Germany in 1988. Rachel graduated from Brookstone, the University of Georgia and Elon University. She works in Winston-Salem, NC at Sunrise in marketing and media. Rachel is marrying Hunter Thomas on 14 November 2015.


John has been on the Vestry; Rose was the vestry clerk. John is a reader and was an LEM. Rose is on Altar Guild. They are Charter members of St. Nicholas.


John spends his time working in the garden and dabbling in photography. Both spend time enjoying two English Springer Spaniels, Harley & Meg. They love the weather in Georgia. 



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

Volunteer Schedule

Lectionary Readings 

If you would like to see the readings for Sunday, 


If you would like to have a name placed on this prayer list, please email or call Katherine Johnson, 706-628-5676, Pastoral Care Committee.  


Persons must give permission to be placed on this list.  Names will remain on the prayer list for one month unless otherwise contacted.

We get many prayer requests for those ill or in difficult situations. But we ask you to send in those things you are thankful for and we will add those to the prayer list.  



In Thanksgiving

For our graduating seniors

For the St. Nicholas congregation


For those who are ill, recovering or needing special prayers:

Ashley and Nate Taylor

Jack Whitley

Don Baldwin

Tina Miller

Jamie Forestal

Ron Anderson

Clara Butzon

The Harris Family

Jessica McComb

Garrett Hinnant

Dorothy Webster

Jameson Miers

Andi Smith

John Halmrast

Michael Butler

Andy Hubbard

Barbara Lawson

Julie Raines

GIngsie Stauss

Steve Valentine

David Walker's Mother

Clyde Moody, Sr

Bill Caudill

Kin Brown

Paul Jones

Scott Lipp

Larry Hinnant



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



May Birthdays

2 Martha Dimon
3 Jackson Crowley
8 Judy Jenks
10 Andy Butzon
13 Phebe Callaway Robertson
14 Doug Jr. Martin
16 Karen Wynegar

16 Rose Brent
28 Nick Simpson
29 Erick Whitworth

29 Theresa Dorminy  


May Anniversaries
5 Graham & Marci Horne
18 Bob & Patty Hamilton
20 Scott & Rebecca Crowley
20 Larry & Julie Nordin
21 Kin & Beth Brown 

In This Issue


May Services


Congratualtions to our Seniors!


Beverly McEarchern Scholarship


Reception for Vicky Partin


May Steward of the Month


SNICK donates offertory


         Thursday Book Study

Get to Know Your Parish Family


FOCUS Food Pantry

Volunteer Schedule


Lectionary Readings




Birthdays & Anniversaries







Father Jeff's Travel Blog 


Stewardship Thought of the Month

"In being stewards of the church, for, as we are told, the church of God is the household of God and it is  essential to practice the stewardship there.  

The life of a Christian steward, lived in the imitation of the  life of Christ, is challenging, even difficult in many  ways; but both here and hereafter it is charged with  intense Joy."  

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.  



Thank you, St. Nicholas family, for your active involvement in our parish. 

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