The Spirit of Saint Nicholas
The E-Newsletter from Saint Nicholas Episcopal  Church  
69 Mobley Road, Hamilton, GA 31811
August 17th - 23rd, 2016
 Sunday Services 8:30 & 11:00 
SNICK -  Wednesdays 5:30 
(led by Children of St. Nick - followed by dinner)

Save the Date!
Lobsterfest 2016

Friday, September 23, 2016  
6:00 - 9:30 pm
Sweet Home Plantation, Pine Mountain
Tickets Are On Sale! Click below!

In conjunction with Lobsterfest, St. Nicholas is conducting a cash raffle.  The lucky winner will receive ONE HALF of the cash collected from the sale of raffle tickets.  It could be over $1000.00, or way more.

The Men's Group at St. Nicholas will head up and facilitate the sale of  raffle tickets this year.  Anyone can sell tickets.  We ask that all parishioners commit to selling tickets, however many you can, to your family, your friends, your neighbors, your coworkers.  

You can get tickets from Chris Butzon, sell what you can, and turn unsold tickets and money back to him.   We hope you come back and ask for more.

Ticket prices are scaled to encourage volume purchases.  $15 each, 3 for 30, 5 for 40, 8 for 50.  How many can YOU sell?

Can't attend but still want to contribute to Lobsterfest??
Be an Angel!!  click link below!

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.  
St. Nicholas Stitchers Meeting
Saturday, August 27th, 10am at St. Nicholas the alter cushion needleworkers will meet again to stitch, enjoy tea and cookies and work through any questions or difficulties. Katrina Howe will be with us again to distribute yarn. Please contact her at   to let her know what you need.  There are two kneelers that don't have stitchers so if parishioners or friends want to join in, please come see what we are doing. The stitching is relaxing and the fellowship is fun. Katrina is an excellent teacher and it is not hard to learn even if you have never stitched before.

From Fr. Jeff+

Have you been watching the Olympics this year? There are thousands of screaming fans in person and millions around the world who are cheering on those who are striving to be their best. We have a similar fan club - a "cloud of witnesses" of faithful people who have gone before us as well as family, friends, and fellow Christians who are cheering for us, hoping that we will succeed and overcome whatever challenge may be in front of us. When you feel like you might not make it through the day, or that you might not accomplish whatever task is ahead, imagine for a moment that cloud of witnesses as if they were in an Olympic stadium watching you, cheering for you, praying that you will do your best, wishing for your success. And chief among the fans is Jesus, who is chanting your name so that you will have the faith to overcome. 


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.  

An Interfaith Celebration September 11, 2016 4:00 p.m. 
St. Luke Ministry Center (Corner Third Ave. and 11th St., Columbus, GA) 
The community is invited to gather on Sunday, September 11 at 4 pm at St. Luke Ministry Center to honor the 15th anniversary of 9/11 and remember how even in tragedy people from many backgrounds came together to help one another. 
Through music, dance, and reflection, this interfaith gathering will remind us what we experienced 15 years ago and offer hope and opportunities for making positive change in our own community. 
Speakers include Mr. Farhad Ali Farhani, Mr. Michael Silverstein, Mr. Cedric Hill, Rabbi Beth Schwartz, Ms. Lydia Rice, and more. Girls, Inc., Voices of the Valley, a Children's Ensemble from Greater Beallwood Baptist Church, and students from TAP (Thompson-Pound Art Program) will share music for the afternoon. 
In addition, adults and older youth are invited to join a community choir for the event which will sing under the direction of Rick McKnight. 
The community choir will rehearse on Saturday, September 10, 10-noon in Stockwell Hall of St. Luke UMC. 
Those interested in singing with the choir should contact 
Rick McKnight,
The event will conclude with an ice cream social sponsored by St. Luke. 
All are welcome. A flyer is attached. 
For more information, contact: Rev. Cindy Cox Garrard 
St. Luke United Methodist 
Rabbi Beth Schwartz Temple Israel


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.  

please contact Marci Horne for changes
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.

Stewards of the Month

Our grounds look great because of the many people who have volunteered over the past year to mow the lawn, weedeat, and prune the shrubs.
Thank you to these unsung heroes!

Liz Dixon
Larry Nordin
Sheri Cody
Tom Cheatham
BoBo Morgan
Dick Wood
Chris Butzon
Kenny Hall
Steve Morse
Gene Demonet

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:

Cecelia Rood
Sam Roney
Pat & Gene Demonet
Jackie Duval
Kristine Hughes
Bill & Suzy Eidson
John Brent
Ashley and Nate Taylor
Clara Butzon

Family members and friends of the Community:

John Bacher
Heather Partin
Debbie Gisler
Barbara Hamilton
Doug Brown
Michael Vannoy
Cameron Clark
Holli & Baby
Patty Gwara
Gene Wells
Grace Esbstyne
Lucius Morton
Danny Howard
The Kohler Family
Jeri Harris
Danny Hatchell
Erin Kavanaugh Kirkley
Lisa Butler
Teresa McCullohs
Ron Anderson & Family

In Thanksgiving For:
Our St. Nicholas Communications Ministries

For those in Mourning:
The Family of Lillian Simpson
The Family of Pam Tinnell

    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.



August Birthdays

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

August Anniversaries

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


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

Stitchers Meeting

From Fr. Jeff

Zion Go Fund Me

Community Needs

Vestry Minutes

Bright Way Ministries

Lay Ministry Schedule

Lay Ministry Opportunities

Steward of the Month
Lectionary Readings
Birthdays & Anniversaries

Parish Committees

CVEM Job Opportunities

Links (in alphabetical order)

Zion Episcopal, Talbotton(Go Fund Me)

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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

  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.

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.


Click link below for details

CVEM is looking to fill three part-time positions--Bookkeeper/Office Manager, Director of Infusion Teen Servant Leadership Program and House & Grounds Maintenance Worker. See below for job descriptions and information on how to apply, and please pass on to anyone who may be a good fit:
The Chattahoochee Valley Episcopal Ministry, Inc. seeks a part-time Bookkeeper / Office Manager. This position is essential to providing continuity of financial management, maintenance of office environment, building and grounds, and overall administrative support of all operations. The 16-hour per week position requires strong bookkeeping skills including experience with QuickBooks, a working knowledge of nonprofit accounting and administration, and effective communication and organizational skills. The hourly rate is $12 - $15 per hour depending on experience; the position includes Paid Time Off benefits. To apply, send resume and cover letter to Martha Robert at
Descriptions for Infusion Director and House & Grounds Maintenance positions can be found  HERE.

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