St. Nicholas Writes
Our writing group will meet on
Sunday May 22, from 9:45-10:45
. The session will be led by
David Johnson, who asks that participants bring a letter to someone - the recipient can be dead or alive - a person they know or one they have not known personally. It can also be a fictional person. Select a person or two and tell them what they mean to you and why. Another suggestion is to write about your hopes, dreams and worries....or write about an experience that you want to share with your children. Another idea is to write to an unborn grandchild. The point of this exercise is to look at your interior self and to share it. The focus will also be on telling a story through letter writing in keeping with our theme of family stories.
All are invited to this class whether they have a letter or other writing to share. A good listener is important. June's writing session, the last of the first "semester," will be on revision. More about that next month. Inquiries:
There are many needs in our community to which
St. Nicholas has the gifts and resources to respond. The Outreach Committee and Vestry are discerning what new ways God might be calling us to serve, but we need your help.
Where do you see needs in our community?
How might we respond to those needs?
On Sunday, June 12, we encourage all who seek to better serve Harris County and beyond to gather for prayer, conversation, and brainstorming about how we might respond to those needs. We will meet in the Sunday School room between services to begin this discussion. A continental breakfast will be served.
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. The first group that stood out to us was the Pine Mountain Police Department, who did a miraculous reunion of a solider home from active duty and his companion service dog. After contacting Police Chief Daniel Ferrone, who was very open to us coming and showing our support, we decided that we would attend the
Pine Mountain City Council Meeting on June 13 at 7:00pm and offer a word of thanks and prayers for the work the police, mayor, and city council continue to do.
We would love to have as many St. Nicholas members who are available to show up to stand with us as we ask for God's blessing on these people. If you know of others who could use a blessing from
Saturday, June 25th, 10am at St. Nicholas the alter cushion needleworkers will meet to stitch, enjoy tea and cookies and work through any questions or difficulties. Katrina Howe has been working to distribute and design the remaining canvases and
WE NEED A FEW MORE STITCHERS!
If ANYONE would like to join our merry band, please come see what we are doing! We can offer lots of encouragement even if you have never stitched before.
Please join us for
Lego Sunday School class at 9:45.
Your kids will love learning about the bible and expressing themselves through their creativity.
There will be juice and snacks as well.
We look forward to seeing you!
"Be Still And Grow"
The Vestry must define the current reality. What size church are we today? We learned that giving dollars are down, but those that do give time and money have increased their giving. Gen-Xers are less involved in donating time and money but Millennials (born after 1980) are more involved. We must also account for what is happening and the past is the key to the future. We must know where we are headed, who we are trying to attract. From keynote speaker Neal Michell, "small success+small success= momentum". We will make plans, hold people accountable and THANK our volunteers.
The Vestry will become familiar with the canons, and the budgets, and we will streamline our processes.
Our time at Kanuga was invigorating.
THANK YOU St. Nicholas for supporting your 2016 Vestry.
Let's be still and grow.
Stewards for the Month of May
Jan Pylant and Judy Jenks
There are many people at St Nicholas who support the life of the church - often behind the scenes.
Two of these people are
Jan Pylant and
For years, Jan and Judy have been collecting "order of service" bulletins and other papers to take to the recycling center.
Both sing in the choir and have been big supporters of our music programs including the Second Saturday music events.
Judy is a part of the kneeler stitching group and pastoral care group.
Both Jan and Judy support St Nicholas in small and big ways.
For this the Vestry thanks them and nominates them as May Stewards.
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 servents, 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.
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.
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
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.
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:
Bill & Suzy Eidson
Ashley and Nate Taylor
Family members and friends of the Community:
The Wahl Family
Dr. Michael Burgen
The Kohler Family
The Cummings Family
Nikki & Joe
Erin Kavannaugh Kirkley
The Gavulic Family
Ron Anderson & Family
For those in Mourning:
Steve Morse on the loss of his father
In Thanksgiving For:
Our St. Nicholas Hospitality 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.
2 Martha Dimon
3 Jackson Crowley
8 Judy Jenks
10 Andy Butzon
13 Phebe Robertson
14 Doug Jr. Martin
16 Karen Thorne
16 Rose Brent
28 Nick Simpson
29 Erick Whitworth
29 Theresa Dorminy
1 Karen & Jay Thorne
5 Graham & Marci Horne
18 Bob & Patty Hamilton
20 Scott & Rebecca Crowley
20 Julie & Larry Nordin
21 Kin & Beth Brown
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
St. Nicholas Writes
Blessings to Go
Lego Sunday School
Be Still and Grow
Stewards of the Month
Bright Way Ministries
Lay Ministry Schedule
Lay Ministry Opportunities
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Deadline for submitting news items is noon Monday.
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The Spirit of St. Nicholas
is published weekly by
St. Nicholas Episcopal Church.
Thank you, St. Nicholas family, for your active involvement in our parish.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Please include:your names and the names of your minor children,
- email addresses,
- phone numbers (cell and home),
- 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 email@example.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.
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
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
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
Electronic Common Prayer
electronic Common Prayer, Version 2.0
is a brand new update to the first, fully authorized, interactive version of the Book of Common Prayer 1979 of the Episcopal Church USA.