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The Spirit of Saint Nicholas!
The E-Newsletter from Saint Nicholas Episcopal Hamilton

August 12-18, 2015

Jonathan  Daniels
  Pilgrimage on August 15th.   

Johnathan Daniels  (March 20, 1939 - August 20, 1965) was an   Episcopal   seminarian and civil rights activist. 
In 1965 he was murdered in  Hayneville, Alabama   while in the act of saving a young woman, Ruby Sales, who was a civil rights activist with Johnathan and others. 

They both were working in the  Civil Rights Movement   in  Lowndes County registering people to 
vote .

In 1991 Daniels was designated as a  martyr   in the Episcopal church, and is recognized annually. He is memorialized in the Civil Rights Movement and other venues. The Diocese of Alabama and the Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast organize an annual pilgrimage to Hayneville - this has been happening for at least 13 years. Many people from the Diocese of Atlanta go. 

This year our area Episcopal Churches are arranging for our parish groups to go together. Rt Rev Michael Curry is scheduled  to go - He is our new Presiding Bishop. It is a time of unity and remembrance. The city of Hayneville welcomes and embraces this pilgrimage as well.

More details will be posted about this trip as time gets closer.
CVEM will be taking reservations for travel to the Pilgrimage honoring the 50th Anniversary of Jonathan Daniel's Death in Hayneville on  Aug. 15.
Vans will leave from St. Thomas at 8:15 a.m. and return around 4 p.m. 
Box lunches will be catered to All Saints Parish in Montgomery where The Rev. Matthew Grunfeld is rector. Lunches will be $10 for an option of a Hoagie Veggie or Hoagie Club with slaw, chips, cookie, a pickle & a drink (if you would like to purhcase lunch). Bring your $10 cash with you and pay when you check in.  
RSVP by Aug. 2 at cvemjubilee.org or call CVEM at 706-327-0400

The youth of our diocese will have a presence at the Jonathan Daniels Pilgrimage thanks to Adam Harper, a youth from Ascension in Cartersville. Adam worked diligently to recruit youth for the event and because of his hard work we will have a van full headed to Alabama for the day.

It's time to volunteer!  If you didn't have time to sign up at the picnic, please look for the sign-up sheets in the narthex.  We need your help to make this the best Lobsterfest ever!

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

  Tickets are Now On Sale!!!
Click on the link above

A big thank you to Lynn Hall and Anne Simpson for coordinating the Blue Springs Parish Picnic and more thanks for all your hard work. We couldn't have asked for a more enjoyable time. The food was superb, and the planning was fabulous. St. Nicholas is fortunate to have such wonderful Parish Life Committee chairs.  

And a special thanks to all your helpers:  Kenny Hall, Michelle Moody, John Wilson, Kim Stokes, Mesut Pak, Bobo and Barbara Morgan, and Drucye Cox.

Also thanks to all the parishioners who brought a dish to share!

Thanks to your hospitality
Fr Bob and Charlotte thoroughly
enjoyed their time at St Nicholas.
They will be returning for Lobster-Fest.

Some of you have asked for their
mailing address.
Fr Bob and Charlotte Dendtler
   1011 Cedar Ridge Dr
    Greensboro, GA 30642-4956

Thank you for your generous
gift certificate to the new Oyster
House Restaurant in Pine Mountain.
You know this Mobile, AL girl loves
seafood - and theirs is delicious.
Most of all thank you for being who
you are and for all that each of you do
for St Nicholas.
Katherine Johnson


St. Nicholas Episcopal Church in Hamilton, Georgia seeks positive and motivated individual to serve as director for a small Wednesday night program SNICK (St. Nicholas Kids). .Responsibilities include planning activities in advance, executing activities on Wednesday nights, recruiting volunteer teen leaders, and coordinating with church volunteers to arrange for dinner for children and volunteers.  Anticipated hours are 7-8 per week.  Pay will be $12.00 - $15.00/hour commensurate with experience. The director will report directly to the Rector and will have support from parish volunteers when needed. Program runs September 2, 2015 through May 11, 2016.   Send resumes to: St Nicholas Church, 69 Mobley Rd, Hamilton, GA  31811 or email
contact@stnicholashamilton.org .
The mission of SNICK (St Nicholas Kids) is to provide the children of our community and church with a place of warmth and care, feeding their bodies and spirits through relationships. The program begins with a family friendly worship service involving the children followed by a nutritious meal.  After the meal they are engaged in fun, interactive spiritual education that forms them as individual Christians and as a community of faith.  It provides a space where barriers of race, socio-economic groups and age groups are broken down.  In this place, there are opportunities for spiritual and personal growth as well as teaching life skills and interpersonal skills. 

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 stnicholashamilton.org 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 




St. Nicholas Writes, our resident writing group, will not be meeting as a whole for August in order to enjoy a short break. However, Dianne Armstrong will be available Sunday, August 23rd, from 9:45-10:45 in the back classrooms or the schoolroom (check both places)  for one-on-one counseling around some piece of writing. Now is your time to practice your writing so that it is polished and publication-ready should the opportunity present itself. I look forward  to seeing our members!  If members of the congregation or any of our friends are interested in our work, by all means come and introduce yourselves! Next month is the start of our new writing year. It promises to be an exciting beginning!

You can contact  Dianne at this link.

Date: Sunday, August 23rd
Time: 9:45-10:45am
Location:Church Classroom

A Diocesan Youth Day Retreat is planned Saturday, Aug. 29, at All Saints' Episcopal Church, Atlanta. The retreat's theme is "Filled to be Emptied," and the focus will be on hunger and what it means to be called to serve those in need.
The day runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will include worship, fellowship, service, programming for youth in grades 6 to 12, young adults and special programming for adults who work with youth. The cost is $5 to pay for lunch.
To register, write toedavis@episcopalatlanta.org 

Diocesan Youth Day Retreat
Date:  Saturday, Aug. 29th
Time:  10 a.m. to 5 p.m
Location:   All Saints', Atlanta

Free Webinar
"Developing Financial Resources to Sustain Mission" 
Save the date for a free Diocese of Atlanta webinar on "Developing Financial Resources to Sustain Mission" from   7 to 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 16 . 

Outreach leaders from Emmaus House -- Executive Director Joseph Mole and Director of Development Greg Cole -- will lead the program from the Mission Room at the Cathedral of St. Philip. The program is designed for parish leaders, outreach chairs, and those serving with or directing ministries that require ongoing funding. 

Registration information will be posted on the diocesan website soon and in the next Connecting. For more information, contact Chuck Dale,chdale@mindspring.com

"Developing Financial Resources to Sustain Mission" 

Date:  Wednesday, Sept. 16th
Time: 7:00 - 8:30pm


Get to Know Your Parish Family

Charlotte Winsness has done a fantastic job compiling biographies of our parishioners. 

If she has asked you to send in your biography, please do so now so this column can continue.



The FOCUS Food Pantry is in need of
Soup and  Peanut Butter .
 Thank you for your donations!

Lectionary Readings 

If you would like to see the readings for Sunday, 

In Thanksgiving

For the safe return of Fr Jeff and family. For the beginning of our ministry together
following sabbatical.

For those who are ill, recovering or needing special prayers:
Members of St Nicholas:
Bruce Clouser
Chris Butzon
Ashley and Nate Taylor
Bill Caudill
Dorothy Webster
Connie Guy
Chris Cox
Linda and Mike Sawyer
Garrett Hinnant
Larry Hinnant 
Bob Hamilton
Judy Jenks  

For members with unspoken prayer requests.

Family members of members of the community:
James Daniel
Jack Whitley
Ron Anderson
Clara Butzon
The Harris Family
Jameson Miers
Andy Hubbard
Julie Raines
Paul Jones,
LaDean Hall
Leanne Croft
Robin Zion
Jimmy Dorminy
Jimmi Ann Moore
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


August Birthdays

1 Patty Hamilton
6 Dick Wood
8 Bruce Clouser
10 Trish Wehrle
13 Danielle Whitworth
15 Kelly Dimon
20 Lexie Whitworth
26 Geoff Robertson
27 Leslie Cooling
31  Nancy Callaway    

August Anniversaries

Chris & Andy Butzon
5 Bill & Terry Caudill
16 Lynn & Kenny Hall
18 Jeff & Molly Jackson
29 Gene & Pat Demonet
31 Sammy & Kristy Hubbard

Movie on the Green
During the fall, we'd like to have a monthly "Movie on the Green" for us and the local community.  We'd show a movie on the front lawn of the church.  Everyone would bring their own blanket or camp chair.  Once it gets cold, we could move inside.  

To do this we'd need wholesome popular videos either donated or loaned by the congregation; a volunteer each month to set up and take down the equipment (computer, projector and screen); volunteers to bag popcorn; and volunteers to help post advertisements around the area.  

If you are interested in helping to organize this family fun or would like to do some of the specific duties listed above, please let Sheri Cody know.  
If you miss her at church you can reach her @ Sheri Cody   or 
The 2016 Diocesan Youth Mission Trip will be to Birmingham, Alabama. The dates are July 10-15. If your church would like to be a part of it you can RSVP now. Email Youth Missioner, Easton Davis here for more information about the trip. 
Parish Picnic at Blue Springs

To see more pictures of the Parish Picnic, click the link below:

These pictures were made by one of our visitors that day, Bobby Goolsby.
In This Issue
Jonathan Daniels Pilgrimage


Thank You

Children's Program Director


Online Giving 

Writer's Group

Diocesan Youth Day Retreat


Get to Know Your Parish Family

Lay Ministry Schedule

Vestry Minutes

FOCUS Food Pantry

Lectionary Readings


Birthdays & Anniversaries

Movie Nights

2016 Youth Mission Trip

Parish Picnic Photos




Father Jeff's Travel Blog 


Thought of the Month 
for August

We have all heard the saying, "Give until it hurts."  Too often we assume giving will hurt.  So, we procrastinate.  When we finally get around to giving we do so timidly, fearful it will impoverish us.  We rarely experience the joy of giving.  Yet Jesus says:  "There is more happiness in giving than in receiving."  Stewardship calls us to plan our giving... giving the first portion of our income, not the last.
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