The Spirit of St. Nicholas!          
The E-Newsletter from  St. Nicholas Episcopal Church, Hamilton, Georgia
June 24th - 30th, 2015

Pulpit Swap with Christian Valley Church
June 28

This year's "pulpit swap" with Christian Valley Church will be this Sunday,

June 28 at 10:00 am with Father Bob at the pulpit, and July 26th at St. Nicholas with Pastor Eric Seldon as our guest at the 11:00am service. 


Please plan to be there for both Sundays which will be filled with joyful worship and fellowship, as we share our traditions with one another.

Please read this article by Fr. Jeff about the first pulpit swap in 2010:

Worship at Christian Valley Church
Date June 28
Time 10:00am
Location Hwy 315, Cataula, GA

From Pine Mountain/Hamilton: Take Highway 27 South. Drive 7.8 miles from Hamilton Square to Cataula. Turn right on Highway 315 West. Drive 0.5 miles. Watch for the fork in the road - stay to the left on Highway 315. In 0.4 miles, Christian Valley Church is on the right.

From Columbus: Take Highway 27 North. Drive 8.3 miles from Moon Road to Cataula. Turn left on Highway 315 West. Drive 0.5 miles. Watch for the fork in the road - stay to the left on Highway 315. In 0.4 miles, Christian Valley Church is on the right.



Why is there an 

extra candle on our altar?



Father Jeff and family are about half way through their sabbatical. All of us miss them but are regularly reminded they will soon return.


There is a lighted candle on the altar for every service they are away. Father Jeff also has a candle that we gave them to remind them of our bond to each other and our special prayer that they make a safe return home to us.


Please look for the candle at our next service and keep all their family in your daily prayers. 


What a glorious day August 9th will be to celebrate our renewed commitment to each other and their safe return home.


Bright Way Ministry



Bert Tomlin and Katherine Johnson held the first worship service at Bright Way Personal Care Home in Pine Mountain on June 14th.  



St Nicholas will provide services the second Sunday of each a month to the residents. Also, they are open to visits during the week. This was arranged by David Walker as an outreach ministry.  


More Lay Eucharistic Visiting Ministers are welcomed.

Contact Sue Halmrast if you would like to be trained as one.


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 


Vacation Bible School

This year VBS will be a lock in event   on
Friday, July 31- Saturday, August 1st.

Parents, please email Beth Evans if your children are planning on attending!  An early count on attendance will help us plan! Thank you in advance!  
Vacation Bible School
Dates Friday, July 31 - Saturday, August 1
Location St. Nicholas



78th General Convention

June 25-July 3, 2015 

Salt Lake City, Utah


The 78th General Convention of the Episcopal Church begins next week. It runs from June 25-July 3, 2015.  

Episcopal Bishops, Lay and Clergy Deputies will meet in Salt Lake City, Utah. Follow the Convention by going to the Atlanta Diocese Website Click here General Convention to go to the Atlanta Diocese website to access General Convention day by day coverage. 


A highlight of the convention will be the election of the 27th Presiding Bishop on Saturday, June 27.



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

  Tickets will go on sale in July.


Steward of the Month for June


Josh Cave



Josh Cave, pictured here with his wife Kara and children, has taken on the responsibility of guiding the Communications Committee through "re-branding" our church.

Josh is a professional graphic designer. His work includes updating our logo, our graphics, our color scheme. and the appearance of our web site. This is not a short and easy task; his work will continue through most of the summer. 

Thank you, Josh, for your generous help and expertise!

 "Well done, good and faithful servant!"

 Get to Know Your Parish Family

John and Charlotte Winsness

Charlotte and John Winsness live in Pine Mountain Valley, in the home where Charlotte was born. They also have a townhouse at St. Simons Island, GA. Charlotte lived in PMV until she was nine years old at which time she and her parents moved to Atlanta. Her father was Project Engineer for the Rural Recovery Act in PMV under FDR. They moved when the project closed and her father became Chief Building Inspector for the City of Atlanta. They kept the PMV family home and visited on weekends and the summers. Charlotte inherited it at their death.


John was born in Philadelphia, PA and moved with his mother, father and two brothers to Atlanta when his father was made Plant Manager of GE in Chamblee, GA.

Charlotte and John met at Oglethorpe University in North Atlanta their junior year, graduated in the same class and married two days after graduation. They made their home in Tucker, GA. They have two sons. A third son (Brian) died as an infant. Shan, their oldest son, lives in Brunswick, GA and is a Biologist with EPD with GA Department of Natural Resources. His wife Jill teaches Special Ed in Glynn County. They have two daughters. Charlotte and John's younger son Kevin lives in Cumming, GA and is an Electrical Engineer with AT&T. His wife Michelle is a nurse with the Forsyth County school system. They have two daughters and a son.


Charlotte has a BS degree in Biology and was a microbiologist at CDC in Atlanta in the Venereal Disease Research Lab until their boys were born. After the boys entered school, she taught kindergarten for eighteen years. She played on two tennis leagues (ALTA and USTA) for many years in Atlanta. Now Charlotte is an avid genealogist, belongs to NSDAR, Harris County Quilter's Guild, Hamilton Book Club, volunteers at the FOCUS Thrift Shop, is a member of PMV Chamber of Commerce and dabbles in watercolor.


John has a BA degree in Business Administration and was a Systems Engineer at the GM plant in Doraville, GA. He was on the team that developed the Paint Robots for GM. In Tucker he played tennis, worked with their boys' Scout troops, was president of PTA (along with Charlotte), and has a hobby repairing old clocks. In PMV he is a member of NSSAR, Treasurer of the PMV Chamber of Commerce and the PMV Fire Department, a member of the Pine Mountain Poets and is an avid gardener.


Charlotte and John are both charter members of St. Nicholas. Charlotte is a "Cradle Episcopalian." Charlotte is on the Altar Guild, makes the Baptismal Banners for the children, keeps the church history and writes the Member Bios for the newsletter. John was on the first vestry and served in that capacity for several years. He was the Treasurer for several years, and he and Charlotte were both ushers. John was part of the group that laid the brick floor in the church working as the "brick cutter." John is in the St. Nicholas Writer's Group. They are both members of the Coastal Georgia Historical Society and Friends of the St. Simons Library.





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

A special thanksgiving for the friendship between Christian Valley and St Nicholas


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


Ashley and Nate Taylor

Jack Whitley

Tina Miller

Jamie Forestal

Ron Anderson

Clara Butzon

The Harris Family

Garrett Hinnant

Jameson Miers

Andi Smith

Michael Butler

Andy Hubbard

Barbara Lawson

Julie Raines

Clyde Moody, Sr

Bill Caudill

Paul Jones

Scott Lipp

Larry Hinnant

LaDean Hall

Mike Sawyer

Josh Davis

Leanne Croft

James Daniel


Prayers  for the Walker family upon David Walkers death.


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



2 Devyn Hinnant
3 Jeff Jackson
4 Bill Batastini
5 Kathie Torres
Michelle Moody
6 Beth Evans
6 Joseph Maxwell (Max) Cave
6 Robert Queener
15 Meghan McCoy
17 Barbara Bradley
17 Jackie Lintner
21 Caitlyn Whitworth
24 Will Bailey
24 Will Burris
25 Janice Murphy
28 Carolyn Cox

June Anniversaries 
2 Josh & Helena Davis
3 Barrett & Barbara Smith
7 Liz Dixon
9 Sheri & Jeff Cody
9 John & Charlotte Winsness
10 Ingrid Cheshire & Marilyn
12 Mike & Susan Perry
23 Bill & Susan Batastini 

In This Issue


Pulpit Swap at Christian Valley

Why is there an extra candle on our altar?

Bright Way Ministry/
Lay Eucharistic Visitors Needed
        Sign up for Online Giving 

General Convention Salt Lake City

Save the Date for Lobsterfest


Steward of the Month


Get to Know Your Parish Family


FOCUS Food Pantry

Volunteer Schedule


Lectionary Readings




Birthdays & Anniversaries







Father Jeff's Travel Blog 


Thought of the Month 
for June

"God's bountiful gifts are ours . . . never ending . . . everything we have . . . the air we breathe, our jobs, our homes, our families, our faith."

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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