The Spirit of St. Nicholas!           
The E-Newsletter from  St. Nicholas Episcopal Church, Hamilton, Georgia
June 17th - 23rd, 2015

Celtic WorshipService 
this Sunday only
 June 21st!

Please join us at St. Nicholas on Sunday, June 21 at 8:30am and 11:00am for a Celtic form of worship service.

The early Christians in Ireland, Scotland and Wales developed a unique style of worship.  The June 21st celebration will include several of the ancient prayers used by the ChristianCelts in the early centuries.  Worship exists in the here and now but these ancient texts communicate to us in new and different ways.  These prayers seek to touch us in a deep and personal manner. 

Come and experience a new way of connecting with God.  All are welcome.

Father Bob


Celtic Worship Service
Date June 21st
Time 8:30 and 11:00am
Location St. Nicholas


Vestry Meeting

Vestry Meeting is scheduled for Sunday, June 21, i mmediately following the 11:00 service. Contact any Vestry Members  with questions or concerns you would like addressed.

St. Nicholas Writes

Our resident writing group has a change of date because of the joint service with Christian Valley on June 28th. 

We will meet on Sunday, June 21, from 9:45-10:45 in the new wing classrooms. Everyone is welcome, visitors and guests. 

We will be  looking at lyric and dramatic poetry and their different ways of creating meaning for the last session before summer break. 

Copies of the email sent to members   describing upcoming events will be available at  the meeting. 

For questions or further information, please call Dianne Armstrong at 706-221-9020, or message  at the email below:


St. Nicholas Writer's Group
Date: June 21st
Time: 9:45 - 10:45
Location: Adult Classroom


Pulpit Swap
June 28

As has been our previous practice we will again

"swap pulpits" this summer. 


This year's "pulpit swap" with Christian Valley Church will be on 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 11:00 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.

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.


Bright Way Ministry



Bert Tomlin and Katherine Johnson held the first worship service at Bright Way Personal Care Home in Pine Mountain last Sunday.  



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.


Seeking Lay Eucharistic Ministers 

The Outreach Committee has offered to provide communion services for the residents of the Bright Way Personal Care Home, located in Pine Mountain.  

Currently, there is adequate lay minister coverage to provide communion service. However, there is a need to secure additional volunteers as LEMs.   Please consider becoming a lay minister.

If interested please contact  Sue Halmrast



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
RSVP by June 21

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

Parents, please email Beth Evans no later than
JUNE 21st
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
RSVP by June 21
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.



Thank you to Carolyn Cox, Kathie Torres and Barbara Morgan for providing continental breakfast each Sunday morning.  


We will take a break for the summer. Coffee will still be served after the 8:30 service. Anyone wanting to bring a breakfast snack please do so.


Dorothy Webster wishes to thank her St Nicholas

family for the prayers, visits and phone calls. She is still at

River Place Care Facility but plans to return home the end

of June. She is looking forward to coming back

to church and seeing everyone.



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

Drucye Cox

Drucye was born in Reynolds, Georgia and has lived in Warner Robins, Georgia, Newport News, Virginia, Mainz, Germany, and currently lives in Columbus, Georgia. She has two sons: Chris, who graduated from Columbus State University and lives in Columbus and Jason, who graduated from the  University of Georgia and lives in Chicago. She has one grandchild, Liza, who is three years old. Her sister, Lynn, and Lynn's husband Kenny, also go to St. Nicholas along with Lynn's daughters Michelle and Kim. 


Drucye attended Columbus State University and worked in federal civil service 27 years in several capacities, the last as an Information Systems Specialist in the IT Department at Martin Army Community Hospital. She retired in 2007 and worked part time in Pine Mountain for four years at Country Gardens and Sweet Home Antiques. Drucye's hobbies include traveling with her friends and family, writing, web design, genealogy, home decorating, and going to estate sales. She loves retirement and spending lots of time with her granddaughter. 

At St. Nicholas, Drucye is the chair of the Communications Committee, a member of the 2015 Stewardship Committee, a Parish Life Committee member, a Lay Eucharistic Minister and Reader, a member of the Altar Guild, and a former Vestry member. She also enjoys attending meetings of the St. Nicholas Writers Group and St. Nicholas book study groups.




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 Fathers. 


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


Ashley and Nate Taylor

Jack Whitley

Don Baldwin

Tina Miller

Jamie Forestal

Ron Anderson

Clara Butzon

The Harris Family

Jessica McComb

Garrett Hinnant

Dorothy Webster

Jameson Miers

Andi Smith

Michael Butler

Andy Hubbard

Barbara Lawson

Julie Raines

David Walker

Clyde Moody, Sr

Bill Caudill

Paul Jones

Scott Lipp

Larry Hinnant

LaDean Hall

Mike Sawyer

Josh Davis



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


Celtic Worship Service June 21

Vestry Meeting

St. Nicholas Writer's Group
Pulpit Swap at Christian Valley

Bright Way Ministry

Lay Eucharistic Ministers 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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Lynn Hall and her nephew, Chris Price, at Dry Falls near Highlands, North Carolina.

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