The Spirit of St. Nicholas     

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

Photo by Lynn Hall
March 25th-31st, 2015 

Just in case you don't think it gets interesting during Lenten Evenings,
Here's a photo from a Lenten Evening in 2014.
Photo by Lynn Hall
Lenten Evenings 
Family-Friendly Service at 5:30pm
followed by dinner for all,
SNICK program for children,
Lenten series program for adults
    March 25 
"The Sabbatical Agenda" 
 with Father Jeff Jackson

Ruby Miller (706-594-4805) 
and Carolyn Jacik (706-577-7667)
are coordinating the food preparation. 


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:



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


Church Work Day

We will be having a work day here at St. Nicholas on Saturday, March 28th beginning at 9:00 am.
Bring your work gloves and cleaning aids!

Adult Formation 

Adult Formation will continue our
Series of Sharing
this Sunday, March 29th in the Adult Formation classroom.  Bob Hamilton will lead the class in Home, Sweet Home.  We have several homes on this earth.  Many of us were born or adopted into a family that we call(ed) home.  Many of us started a family through marriage or partnership that we call home.  Some of us have been or are in a church home now.  Then, there is our heavenly home.  Notice that each home involves relationship!  We will continue our Series of Sharing by telling our stories of Home, Sweet Home 
this Sunday .  Please come and share your stories with us! 
Adult Formation
Continues: Sunday, March 29th
Location:Adult Classrooms


Holy Week Services:

Palm Sunday, March 29, 8:30am and 11:00am:
We bless the palms and process in singing Hosanna, and also here the Passion Narrative.

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!

Family Worship at St. Nicholas

On Wednesday's 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. Following the service, we will have dinner at 6:15pm, followed by our speaker series for adults and our SNICK program for kids. 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



Mike and Linda Quick Sawyer


Linda was born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi but left at four years of age when her dad was stationed in France.  She has one sister and one brother and many nieces and nephews. She started to school in France and graduated from high school in Frankfort Germany. She worked for the Prudential Insurance Company for 28 years in Delaware and Columbus.


Linda and Mike are charter members of St. Nicholas. Linda volunteered as Nursery worker/Sunday School teacher, bookkeeper, lawn maintenance, Altar Guild, Flower Guild Chair, Worship Chair, Parish Life Chair and served on the vestry.  Mike has volunteered as treasurer, warden (prior to our having a vestry), vestry member, grounds, greeter, usher, and choir.


After retiring Mike and Linda traveled extensively for years, but the hassle of airplanes, hotels, and tour buses now make the woods of Harris County very attractive.  She and Mike are happy to volunteer at St. Nicholas and the Humane Society of Harris County and enjoy their home in the woods.  


Mike Sawyer was born in Worth County, GA, the youngest of ten children. He was raised in Taylor and Seminole Counties, GA and graduated from Seminole County High School. He attended Columbus College (now Columbus State University) at night and received Bachelor of Science degree in Business.


He served four years in the U. S. Air Force-last two years at SAC (Strategic Air Command) Headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska. He worked thirty-three years for CB&T/TSYS/Synovus organization, retiring as a Senior Vice President. 




paper_people_chain.jpg 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

1 Anne Simpson 
3 Marilyn Vida
5 Chris Price 
6 Ansley Butzon Shelley Butzon 
11 Julie Nordin Wesley Brown 
12 Sidney Evans 
14 Jan Pylant 
18 Bill Eidson 
19 June Wood 
22 Terry Caudill 
24 Beth Brown 
25 Kay Faircloth Rebecca Crowley
27 Dave Halmrast  
28 Caroline Queener 
31 Peggy Martin 
18 Kenny & Terri Townsend 

Second Saturdays
Concert Series
continue at St. Nicholas

In This Issue


Lenten Evenings

Lenten Meditations


Thursday Book Study Group


Church Work Day


Adult Formation


Holy Week  

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.  



Thank you, St. Nicholas family, for your active involvement in our parish. 

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