The Spirit of St. Nicholas     

The E-Newsletter from St. Nicholas Episcopal Church, Hamilton, Georgia

Photo by Lynn Hall
April 1st - 7th, 2015 

Holy Week Services:

Maundy Thursday, April 2, 6:30pm:
We will hear about the institution of the Lord's Supper & participate in the washing of feet.

Good Friday, April 3, 6:30pm:
We will hear about the Lord's crucifixion and death
Easter Vigil Sunrise, April 5, 6:30am:
We will move from darkness to light in this stunning liturgy of baptism and resurrection.
Easter Sunday, April 5, 11:00am:
We will celebrate Our Lord's Resurrection!

The St. Nicholas Easter Egg Hunt will be held
Sunday, April 5 at 10:15 AM.

Please remember to drop off pre-sealed Easter Eggs as soon as possible.

Thank you in advance for helping to make our Easter Egg Hunt a success!

P.S. Do not forget your flowers for the cross Easter Sunday morning!
Easter Egg Hunt
Date April 5
Time 10:15am
Location St. Nicholas


The Church Office will be Closed on Monday, April 6th

Caring for Caregivers Group meets on the second Tuesday of every month at 6:30pm at St. Nicholas Episcopal Church, 69 Mobley Road, Hamilton.  There is no charge and the meeting is open to the public.  Caregivers might be grandparents raising grandchildren, a spouse taking care of a wounded veteran, someone raising special needs children, family members taking care of aging parents, someone caring for a family member with mental or physical disabilities and many other situations.  For more information, please call or email Nick Simpson 706-594-2884 or Andrea (Andy) Butzon 706-628-5975 



2015 Lenten Meditations continue through April 4

Authors in our resident writing group, St. Nicholas Writes, led by Dianne Armstrong, have written a series of Lenten meditations for us to enjoy each day of Lent. 

If you have missed any of these meditations they can be found on our website in the Writer's Corner and on the
St. Nicholas FaceBook page.


A Big Thank You To:
Skeeter and Denise Cotton
Sheila and Chris Dixon

For providing Jambalaya and Fresh Oysters for our Mardi Gras Dinner!
They made the "Good Times Roll"!!!

Thursday Book Study Group

We are starting a new book for our Thursday group and will meet on Thursday's at 12:00 noon. The book is called If the Church Were Christian by Philip Gulley and will spark some good conversation for the next 10 weeks. Now's a great time to jump on board!


Thursday Book Study Group
Time: 12:00
Location: St. Nicholas Classrooms


Family Worship at St. Nicholas

On Wednesdays at 5:30pm, please join us for child-friendly and child-led worship.  Abbreviated in order to introduce children to worship and including a mix of traditional and contemporary music, this service of Holy Eucharist will inspire you. Our SNICK program for kids will follow the service. 

All are welcome! Come join us! For more information, contact Father Jeff Jackson at 706 628-7272.


The St. Nicholas 
Columbus Book Study Group
meets each Tuesday
at 12:00 noon
at Trinity Episcopal Church
1st Ave., Columbus
In the Library on the second floor

     Steward of the Month: Linda Sawyer
       St. Nicholas has Talent!

This wonderful, colorful, playful mural in our new nursery was painted by none other than our own Linda Sawyer!!!!  Linda has been painting for three years, but had never done a mural before.  Sue Halmrast asked Linda to paint a mural and assured her she could do it.  Linda spent a month painting and says she loved every minute of it!!!  Please stop by the nursery and take a look.  This picture doesn't do it justice!!!  
Thank you Linda!




Zion Worship
Please plan to worship at historic Zion Church in Talbotton on  
Sunday, April 19 at 4 p.m.   This is a quarterly event (also  June 7 September 13 December 6 ).  There will be a food drive to benefit Talbot County residents in connection with this event.


                                Get to Know Your Parish Family



 Elizabeth (Liz) Earnest Matthews Dixon


  Liz was born in Rome, GA and was a communicant of St. Peter's Episcopal Church. Liz was married there to John Curtis Dixon, Jr. and expects to be buried in Myrtle Hill Cemetery in Rome, GA.


She attended Randolph-Macon Woman's College in Lynchburg, Virginia then worked in a research laboratory in Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland.



After moving to Hamilton she and John became  communicants of Trinity Episcopal Church in  Columbus. They then transferred to St. Nicholas when it was opened. Liz is the leader of the Altar Guild.


Other interests have been in Gahano Garden Club, volunteer time at Callaway Gardens and gardening at her home. She is a member of the Hamilton Quilter's Guild which has a long history.


Liz earned her private pilot's license in 1966.

Two Outreach Volunteers Needed

The  outreach committee is seeking two volunteers. The idea is to make sure that our parish is aware of opportunities for Christian service to the community and to facilitate participation. Contact Lou Baker, if you can help.

1. St. Nicholas cooperates with FOCUS in Hamilton, CVEM in Columbus, Episcopal Relief, and similar initiatives. You can take responsibility for coordinating our participation with these good outreach organizations.
2. St. Nicholas has an ongoing relationship with Christian Valley Church in Cataula. Currently, we walk together in the MLK unity parade and worship together in the annual summertime Pulpit Swap. If you would like to shepherd this relationship and be alert to developing other interfaith/
interchurch dialogues, this ministry is for you.


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.




 Prayers of Thanksgiving


For St Nicholas Church.

For the members of St. Nicholas and their care for church and community.


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


Ashley and Nate Taylor

Nick Simpson's Mother

Jack Whitley

Don Baldwin

Jim Nemchak

Tina Miller

Jamie Forestal

Gail Jackson

Ron Anderson

Clara Butzon

The Harris Family

Jessica McComb

Jeff Cody

Garrett Hinnant

Janice Murphy

Dorothy Webster

Doug Martin

Jameson Miers

Andi Smith

John Halmrast

Michael Butler

Andy Hubbard

Barbara Lawson

Julie Raines

Steve Valentine

David Walker's Mother

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 Scott Crowley
3 Lynn Hall
5 Grey Jackson
6 Caroline Dixon
Sharon Cheatham
9 Linda Gustashaw
12 Marcus Dixon
16 Bill Bradley
Ron Davis
17 Mike Sawyer
21 Kristy Hubbard
Leslie Baker
25 Kin Brown
27 Barbara Morgan
Steve Turley


 1 Bruce & Garbrielle Clouser
3 Dave & Linda Gustashaw
9 Dick & June Wood
26 Steve & Sheila Turley

Second Saturdays
Concert Series
continue at St. Nicholas

In This Issue


Holy Week


Easter Egg Hunt


Caring for the Caregiver 

Lenten Meditations


Thank You


Thursday Book Study Group


Family Worship at St. Nicholas

Book Study Group - Columbus 


St. Nicholas Has Talent 


Zion Service


Get to Know Your Parish Family


Outreach Volunteers Needed

Volunteer Schedule


Lectionary Readings




Birthdays & Anniversaries


Second Saturday






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Please help Patty Hamilton get 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.  



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