The Spirit of Saint Nicholas
The E-Newsletter from 
Saint Nicholas  Episcopal  Chu rch   
Hamilton, GA
January 20th - 26th, 2016

See more Parade photos on our Facebook page

We're very excited to announce that 
Bill Caudill,
Martha Dimon, 
Sue Halmrast, 
and Steve Morse
have all been elected to the Vestry!
We are so blessed to have you all. 


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 24: Committed People - What does it mean to be the Church?

For more information, contact Fr. Jeff at

St. Nicholas Writes  
St. Nicolas writes, our writing fellowship, invites everyone to a members' reading session on January 24th, from 9:45-10:45. Some of our writers will share some of their work in progress with us. This is a wonderful opportunity to see your fellow parishioners in a different light and to appreciate their talents.

Refreshments served. See you there!

For further information, call or email

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

TAP meeting
January 28, 5:00pm at CVEM:
The Thompson-Pound Art Program (TAP) is a week-long summer art camp for children of all cultures, religions, and socio-economic levels to learn about one another and build relationships. Fr. Jeff has been the "TAPlain" for this program for 7 years and several of our St. Nicholas kids are involved. There is always a need for people who are interested in helping. If you are interested, and would like to attend the first planning meeting with Fr. Jeff, please contact him at
TAP Meeting
Date: January 28th
Time: 5:00pm
Location: CVEM Columbus

Adult Formation
Read, Mark, & Inwardly Digest: Bible for Beginners- Do you want to learn more about the Bible, but don't know where or how to start? Join us Sunday mornings at 9:45am starting January 31 for a weekly discussion group for all levels of Bible readers. Father Jeff and a group of others will lead the class. We will begin with the Gospel of Luke, using a 50-day study called A Journey with Luke by Marek Zabriskie which you can get ahead of time at many book retailers online. This will be our ongoing Adult Formation class until Easter. If you have any questions, contact Father Jeff or Bob Hamilton.

The last two years on Ash  Wednesday , members of the congregation have joined with Fr. Jeff to take our tradition of the Imposition of Ashes to the streets of Hamilton. Some have asked if we might set up a post in Pine Mountain this year. In order to do this, we will need more volunteers who are willing to stand out and give out ashes. If you are willing and able to do this on Ash Wednesday, February 10 from 10:00am to 2:00pm , please contact
Anyone can join us and you will be trained on how to do it.
Ashes to Go
Date: Wednesday, Feb 10th
Time: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Location: Streets of Hamilton & possibly Pine Mountain
Making Bread for Communion:
Calling all bakers! The Worship Committee is exploring the idea of trying out homemade bread for Sunday communion. Molly Jackson has already been making this bread for our  Wednesday  evening service and is happy to teach others to make it so we can have it at Sunday services. It's a very simple recipe and anyone can learn it! The bread also freezes really well.
If you would like to help create a Bread-Maker's Guild, 
please contact Molly Jackson at , and she will get a training session together.

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.  

Steward of the Month

Bert Tomlin

Since Bert Tomlin was confirmed  in 2003 w hen 
Rev. Beverly McEachern was Rector here at 
St. Nicholas. 
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.  

Youth Opportunities

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!

"Grace is everywhere." 
Georges Bernanos, 
Diary of a Country Priest

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.
"Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also." Matthew 6:21
Lectionary Readings 

If you would like to see the readings for Sunday, 

In Thanksgiving
For the new Vestry Members

 Bill Caudill
Martha Dimon
Sue Halmrast
Steve Morse

For new Committee Chairs

  Cecilia Rood
 Dave Halmrast
BoBo Morgan
Scott Crowley 
 Anne Simpson
For those who are ill, recovering or needing special prayers:
Members of St Nicholas:

Cora Coverson
Chris and  Liza Price
Ashley and Nate Taylor
Bill Caudill
Garrett Hinnant
Larry Hinnant
Kay Faircloth
Ingrid Cheshire

For Members with Unspoken Prayer Requests
Family members and friends of the community:

Steffie Collins
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
Peggy Singletary
Jenna Smith
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.
"Always do right - this will gratify some and astonish the rest."
 -MarkTwain (1835-1910)


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

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

2015 Annual Meeting Minutes

New Vestry Members

Episcopal 101

St. Nicholas Writes

TAP Meeting

Adult Formation

Ashes to Go

Making Bread for Communion

Bright Way Ministries

Steward of the Month

Youth Opportunities  
Lay Ministry Schedule 
Lay Ministry Opportunities
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.


Tucked away in the Northeast Georgia mountains, Camp Mikell offers the only folk school in Georgia!
Friday, March 04 - Sunday, March 06, 2016
Download the registration packet here: 

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

Contact Information

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