The Spirit of Saint Nicholas
The E-Newsletter from Saint  Nicholas Episcopal  Church  
69 Mobley Road, Hamilton, GA 31811

July 13th - 19th, 2016

Summer Worship at 10:00am 
We will gather as a whole parish family for the remainder of the summer for one service at  10:00am
Mark your calendar appropriately and be sure to spread the word.

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.  

Save the Date!

Lobsterfest 2016

Friday, September 23, 2016
Sweet Home Plantation, Pine Mountain

Tickets will go on sale July 17th.

L obsterfest Kickoff will be Sunday, July 17th 

Our Lobsterfest Kickoff will be held at church on Sunday, July 17th.  
Look for the red balloons and the Lobsterfest Kickoff table in the narthex. 
Come buy your tickets and sign up to volunteer for our biggest church fundraiser.

Lobsterfest 2016

Friday, September 23, 2016
6:00 - 10:00pm
Sweet Home Plantation
Hadley Rd., Pine Mountain, GA
St. Nicholas Men's Group Dinner
The St. Nicholas Men's Group plans to meet again for our regular monthly social dinner gathering.  
We will meet at 6:30 pm, on Tuesday,July 19. 2016, at the 
Cart Barn in La Grange.  
Address is 2157 Whitesville Rd, La Grange, GA 30240.
St. Nicholas Men's Group Dinner
Date: Tuesday, July 19th
Time: 6:30pm
Location: Cart Barn Grill - LaGrange, GA

MORE NEWS! --- We have been invited to meet with the men's group at Christian Valley.  They meet every first and third Monday night at 7:00 pm at Christian Valley Church.  
Their meeting does not involve a meal, but does include fellowship and discussion of substantive issues pertinent to church men.  
Their next meeting is  July 18, 2016.  Please join us at Christian Valley Church  July 18, 7:00 pm.

See  Directions   for map and directions.

Contact Chris Butzon   with any questions.

SNICK is going bowling on  Wednesday, July 20th  at the new bowling alley
"Stars and Strikes" located on Veteran's Parkway in Columbus across from 
Marvin's Market.  
You are invited to join them.  Bring money for bowling and food.  
We'll be at the bowling alley by 5:30.  Bring a friend.

Date: Wednesday, July 20th
Time: 5:30pm
Location: Stars & Strikes - (old Front Porch of the South) Columbus
Harris County Back-to-School Rush  

On  Thursday, July 28 from 9:00am-1:00pm , St. Nicholas will join Harris County Family Connections and several other churches at the Community Center next door for an event that will serve families in our county who need help with school health screenings and school supplies. They expect 750 people at this event based on last year's numbers. 
St. Nicholas will have a table set up with information about our church and programs for kids, and we will hand out popcorn and pencils. You can help us in a number of ways:

+Come join us at the event (our table will be inside the Community Center) and meet and greet families in our community.
+Make a donation any school supplies (pencils, pens, paper, backpacks, glue, safety scissors, folders, notebooks, etc.).
+Make a monetary donation to Family Connections, who pays directly for the health screenings for families who cannot afford them.

Yet another way to show our community that St. Nicholas cares!


After our energizing and Spirit-filled service on Sunday, Katherine Johnson and I took our water bottles and sunglasses across the street to Mobley Plantation and began knocking on doors. I've only done this kind of ministry a couple of times in my life, and never with my Senior Warden. I've often struggled with this type of evangelism, but realize that sometimes the only way for folks to know about this wonderful group of disciples called St. Nicholas is for us to go out and tell them. The purpose isn't to beat people over the head or strong-arm them into filling our pews. It's just to introduce ourselves, let them know we're available, and most of all, listen.
We only went to one street yesterday. Many doors didn't open. One couple who were sitting outside quickly ran inside and didn't answer when we knocked. Most people just stared at us and thanked us awkwardly. But the goal is quality, not quantity, and we did have a couple of great conversations. First, we met a man with four children who answered the door. One boy was very interested when we told him about SNICK and when I told him we play 4-Square there, he told me all about the rules. Our longest conversation was with one African-American family who are about to be evicted from their property. Several neighbors have complained about them. They've been called the "n-word" by one neighbor. They have lived there 15 years and now don't quite know what to do. Katherine and I weren't there to fix the problem, but we were there to listen and to pray. They welcomed our prayers.
You don't go out on the streets to do this kind of work so that you'll gain more members. You do this because God has so blessed us with love, care, and grace that it spills out of our hearts and we have to share it with others. We may never see those families again, but at least for a moment, they felt that someone cared about their problems. That made it all worthwhile.


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.  


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.  

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.

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:

Jackie Duval
Julie Nordin
Bill & Suzy Eidson
Bill Batastini
Bill Caudill
Danielle Whitworth
Ashley and Nate Taylor
Clara Butzon
Garrett Hinnant
Kay Faircloth

Family members and friends of the Community:

Cameron Clark
Holli & Baby
Lillian Simpson
Baby Kenleigh & the Boyd Family
Patty Gwara
Jeanna Smith
Gene Wells
Jo Partain
Grace Esbstyne
Mary Ann
The Wahl Family
Lucius Morton
Earl Nichols
Dr. Michael Burgen
Danny Howard
Charlotte Hammond
The Kohler Family
Jeri Harris
Danny Hatchell
Peggy Singletary
Wayne Holloway
Erin Kavannaugh Kirkley
Jack Whitley
James Daniels
Lisa Butler
Mark Oliver
Teresa McCullohs
Ron Anderson & Family

In Thanksgiving For:
Our St. Nicholas Worship Ministries

For those in Mourning:
The family of Jean Boyd

    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.



July Birthdays

  2  Bob Hamilton
  3  Luke Townsend
  6  Mike Perry
10  Katherine Johnson
11  Barbara Smith
12  Lou Baker
      Susan Perry
13  Abby Brown
16  Dorothy Webster
27  Dexter Evans
      Ingrid Cheshire
30  Norma Wolff

July Anniversaries

   11   Amy & Terry Buchanan
     26   Sharon & Tom Cheatham


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

Lobsterfest 2016 Save the Date

St. Nicholas Men's Group Dinner

SNICK Bowling

Back to School Rush

Word on the Street

Zion Go Fund Me

Community Needs

Vestry Minutes

Bright Way Ministries

Lay Ministry Schedule

Lay Ministry Opportunities
Lectionary Readings
Birthdays & Anniversaries

Parish Committees

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.

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)

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.

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