The Spirit of St. Nicholas!            
 The E-Newsletter from St. Nicholas Episcopal Church, Hamilton, Georgia
June 10th-16th, 2015

Congratulations to Shelby Clerkley 
who was confirmed by Bishop Whitmore during his visit to St Thomas in Columbus.
   Curtis, Shelby and Wyatt have been at 
St Nicholas for several months.  Curtis is with the Army and soon they will leave for Fort Polk, LA.   It was so great to be able to go with them to be confirmed.





Celtic Service on June 21st

St. Nicholas Episcopal Church will worship on Sunday, June 21 at 8:30am and 11am using a Celtic form of worship.  

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.


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


St. Nicholas Writes
our resident writing group, has a change of date because of the joint service with Christian Valley on the 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.


Seeking Lay Ministers 

The Outreach Committee has offered to provide communion services for the residents of the Bright Way Personal Care Home, located in Pine Mountain.
The initial service shall begin Sunday, June 14th @ 10:00 am.  
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!


St. Nicholas Episcopal Church is pleased to announce that we now offer electronic giving as a way to automate your regular weekly offerings.

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



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



The Butzon Family

Chris was born in 1949 and raised in Decatur, Georgia, graduating from Druid Hills High School and attended Georgia Tech where he earned his Bachelor of Architecture. He worked at a large firm in Atlanta. Chris was raised Roman Catholic.

Andy was born in 1950 in Binghampton, NY, and raised in Clearwater and North Palm Beach, Florida, and Sandy Springs where she graduated from North Springs High School in 1968. She attended Randolph-Macon Woman's College in Lynchburg, Virginia and graduated from Georgia State University with a BS in Education, majoring in Special Education.

Chris and Andy met at Boy Scout Camp where Andy's father, a professional Boy Scout Executive was the Camp Director. They married in 1973 in the chapel at the Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta and will celebrate their 42nd anniversary in August. 

Andy and Chris moved to the family farm in Harris County in 1975 and raised two sons, Cory and Toby, who graduated from Brookstone School and their father's Alma mater, Georgia Tech. Cory is a pediatrician in Franklin,
Georgia, and is married to April. They have two daughters, Helen and Clara.

Toby works for Nvidea in the Silicon Valley and lives in San Jose, California. Toby wrote a computer language book for Macmillan while still in high school at Brookstone. He recently purchased Ansley Farm and is renovating the Bluebird House where his grandparents, Harriet and Paul Luce lived. They were charter members of St. Nicholas, instrumental in getting St. Nicholas started, and cradle Episcopalians.
Ansley and Shelley are 14-year- old twin girls and will be attending Harris County High School next year. They love animals and vacations at the beach or in the mountains.
Brittany has moved back home with her baby, Armani, who charms the birds from the trees. 

Andy has taught in Fulton and Harris counties and recently taught 4 year olds at Brookstone School retiring after 20 years to take care of Ansley and Shelley, and her parents in 2006. She was the first librarian of the Harris County Library and worked as a volunteer for Morningstar Animal Shelter and has fostered many puppies and kittens over the years. She has served on the library board and the board of Morningstar.

Chris and Andy are charter members of St. Nicholas.

Chris has served as Senior Warden on the  vestry at St. Thomas Episcopal and St. Nicholas. He also taught Sunday School at St. Thomas. He has served on the Building Committee and sings in the choir.

Andy has served as Director of VBS, taught children's Sunday School and is a member of the DOK. She has attended Cursillo. Andy started the Prayer Blankets and Prayer Bears ministries and helped establish Caring for Caregivers.

Chris and Andy were foster parents for 14 years and have had approximately 40 children come through their home. They have several former foster children they are still involved with and act as parents, grandparents and mentors for them and their children.

Chris works for the Columbus Housing Authority and has served as Chairman of the Harris County Board of Zoning Adjustments for many years.

They are nature and animal lovers and have raised chickens, pigs, a goat and a horse along with many cats and dogs, fish, birds, hamsters, guinea pigs, rabbits, a flying squirrel and a pet pig to name just a few.
The whole family has been active in Scouting. Andy was a Girl Scout leader and a Cub Scout Den Leader for three different dens for 6 years. Chris worked as a Scout Leader and earned his Wood Badge. Cory earned the rank of Eagle. The family loves camping and outdoor activities and spending time together.




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:


Thanksgiving for the Worship Committee headed by Bert Tomlin. They keeps our worship services running so smoothly.


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


James Daniels 

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's Mother

Clyde Moody, Sr

Bill Caudill

Paul Jones

Scott Lipp

Larry Hinnant

LaDean Hall

Mike Sawyer

Josh Davis


Prayers for Sheri and Jeff Cody on the death of Jeff's father.


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


Confirmation Congratulations

May Vestry Minutes

Celtic Service 

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

Lay Ministry
         Online Giving Begins


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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this summer!

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You may send pictures to Theresa at
or Drucye at
It is our hope that sharing these photos will keep us all connected while we are traveling the world this summer!

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