The Spirit of Saint Nicholas
The E-Newsletter from  Saint Nicholas  Episcopal  Chu rch   
Hamilton, GA
April 20th - 26th, 2016

St. Nicholas Writes:    

Our church writing group will meet on Sunday, April 24th, 
from 9:45-10:45 in the Adult Formation Room.

This month we have a real treat, for the session will be led by our always entertaining professor emeritus of English, 
David Johnson. 
We will have the benefit of his wisdom and unique insights into our current writing project, family stories, and how they reveal the particular nature of the environment in which we became who we are today.
Our meetings are open to everyone, so do come and explore your own gifts as we rediscover our past and those who peopled it.
Inquiries, Dianne

St. Nicholas Writes
Date: Sunday, April 24th
Time: 9:45-10:45
Location: St. Nicholas Classrooms

Daughter of the King :

We will be having a meeting on April 24th after the 11:00service.  
We will be discussing vision for the DoK in the coming years.  
Please make plans to be there.  
If you have any questions feel free to contact 


If you already have your canvas, bring it to share, and if you don't, maybe this will be your turn to get one. All are welcome, we still need stitchers and there is plenty of time to join and learn.
Bluegrass Sunday
May 1 at 8:30 and 11:00:
Mark your calendar for our annual worship service featuring bluegrass hymns by the Shade Tree String Band!  This will be a Potluck event.
Sign-up sheets will be posted on the bulletin board.




Please join us for  
Lego Sunday School class at 9:45.  
Your kids will love learning about the bible and expressing themselves through their creativity.  
 There will be juice and snacks as well.  
We look forward to seeing you!


Book of Common Prayer (BCP) Class 

Starts at 9:45am on Sundays:
What is the BCP? Why do we use it? How do we use it? 
Join us for 4 weeks as Fr. Jeff teaches and answers these questions. 

Vestry Minutes


Bright Way Services

Worship services continue at Bright Way Personal Care Home  in Pine Mountain. Other  Lay Eucharistic Visitors are needed for this ministry. 

Contact  Bert  if you would like to participate.

As Episcopalians, we are followers of Jesus Christ, and both our worship and our mission are in Christ's name. In Jesus, we find that the nature of God is love, and through baptism, we share in his victory over sin and death.  

Kenny Hall
Steward of the Month of April

Kenny Hall is the steward of the Month for his efforts in cutting back the under growth and bush hogging the area between the Church and highway 116. 
His unsolicited work shows his dedication to making our Church and property always looks great!

Finding your talent . . .

There are many lay ministry opportunities at  St. Nicholas. Each person  has unique talents to share.Think about yo ur place to joyfully plug into  St Nicholas.

Altar Guild, Flower Guild, Greeter, Ushers, Teacher,  Special  Event Volunteer, Grounds, Choir, Lay Eucharistic Minister, Lector, Stewardship, Communications. . .

More opportunities are available, but begin to think about it.

Tailor your lay ministry to your talent and time.

Most of all, do remember to worship at St Nicholas.

Lectionary Readings 

If you would like to see the readings for Sunday, 


For those who are ill, recovering or needing special prayers:
Members of St Nicholas:

Sue Halmrast
Mabry Collins
Nick & Anne Simpson
Joe Torres
Janna Morris
Bill & Suzy Eidson
Bill Batastini
Bill Caudill
Danielle Whitworth
Bob Hamilton
Cora Coverson
Ashley and Nate Taylor
Garrett Hinnant
Kay Faircloth
Ingrid Cheshire

For Members with Unspoken Prayer Request
Family members and friends of the Community:

Dr. Michael Burgen
Danny Howard
Jeff Crawford
Charlotte Hammond
Ryan Hernandez
Danny Hatchell
Jeri Harris
Ron Hudson
James Daniels
Jack Whitley
Lillian Simpson
Michael & Denise Collins
Dale Haynes
Erin Kavanaugh Kirkley
Marty Oxford
Peggy Singletary
Kohler family

In Thanksgiving For:

All the parents and volunteers working with our Youth and Children
Christian Education activities

Cub Scout Pack 109

Christian Valley Church

    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.



2    Scott Crowley
3    Donna Armstrong
      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
24  Armani Davis
25  Kin Brown
26  Brittany Vargas 


April Anniversaries

3 Dave & Linda Gustashaw
9 Dick & June Wood


Parish Committees: Who does what around here?

Christ's body is made up of many members and each member has a special gift and purpose. Likewise, the many ministries of St. Nicholas are organized into several committees, so that everyone has an opportunity to serve and so no one person has to bear a ministry alone. Even Jesus sent his disciples out two-by-two, which is a good model for ministry. The Vestry serves as the group that sees the larger vision of the church and equips and supports the other members of the congregation to fulfill their roles as ministers. There are several other areas of ministry, each with a chair, a Vestry liaison, and members who help make the decisions of the Church.

Worship Committee - Chris Butzon, chair; Bob Hamilton, Vestry liaison: This committee works in direct partnership with the Rector and Music Director in planning our worship and getting people involved in the various worship ministries like acolytes, Altar Guild, Flower Guild, Lay Eucharistic Ministers, and Ushers.

Adult Formation Committee - Bob Hamilton, chair & Vestry liaison: This committee plans all of the offerings to help adult Christians grow in their spiritual lives, including our Adult Formation Classes on Sundays, book clubs, fellowship groups, and more.

Children & Youth Committee - June Wood & Helen Varner, co-chairs; Rebecca Crowley, Vestry liaison: This committee plans all our programs and events for children and youth including SNICK, Trunk or Treat, Vacation Bible School, and more. 

Building & Grounds Committee - Bobo Morgan, chair; Bill Caudill & Steve Morse, Vestry liaisons: This committee maintains the physical needs of the church building and the 8 acres of land that we have, including the Memory Garden.

Communications Committee - Scott Crowley, chair; Sheri Cody, Vestry liaison: This committee focuses on the way we communicate outward to the world and inward amongst ourselves in partnership with Theresa Dorminy, our parish administrator, in developing the website, newsletter, and more.

Hospitality Committee - Tom Cheatham, chair; Martha Dimon, Vestry liaison:This committee ensures that St. Nicholas continues to be a friendly place for newcomers and long-timers alike, as well as integrating newcomers into the life of the parish.

Outreach Committee - Kin Brown & Sue Halmrast, co-chairs & Vestry liaisons: This committee works to bring the needs of the world to St. Nicholas and encourage our gifts to serve our local community through partnerships with BackSnacks, FOCUS, CVEM, and more.

Pastoral Care Committee - Cecelia Rood, chair; Katherine Johnson, Vestry liaison: This committee tends to the pastoral needs of our parish by visiting, writing notes, sending meals, making prayer bears and blankets, and more.

Parish Life Committee - Anne Simpson, chair; Phebe Robertson, Vestry liaison: This committee plans all of our fellowship events and meals of the church including Mardi Gras, the Parish Picnic, and more. The Lobsterfest Committee, chaired by Martha Dimon, is a separate committee that falls under the umbrella of Parish Life and they plan our biggest fundraising event of the year.

Finance Committee - Dave Halmrast, Treasurer and chair; Nick Simpson, Vestry liaison: This committee oversees the financial stewardship of the parish on a day-to-day basis, in partnership with our parish administrator Theresa Dorminy. The Stewardship Committee is a subgroup of this committee, which plans our annual stewardship campaign.

Anyone can participate in these committees, so if something interests you, please contact the chair or Vestry liaison of the committee. If you have a question or idea about anything that falls under one of these committees, please let them know as well!

In This Issue

Writer's Group

Daughter of the King

Stitcher's Meeting

Bluegrass Sunday


Lego Sunday School 

BCP Classes

Vestry Minutes

Bright Way Ministries

Steward of the Month

Lay Ministry Schedule

Lay Ministry Opportunities
Lectionary Readings
Birthdays & Anniversaries

Parish Committees




Father Jeff's Travel Blog 


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


Dancing Stars of Columbus is an exciting benefit for the Alzheimer's Association, Georgia Chapter. Reinventing the popular show, Dancing With the Stars, this fundraising event is comprised of 12 local celebrity dancers paired with 12 professional dancers, all raising funds by gaining votes! Then the dancers come together to compete in a one night gala dance competition, and this year a Live Auction during the gala, it's an event you do not want to miss!  Open dancing following the performances.
  For more information or questions please call (706) 264-4322
Gala Date: Friday, April 29, 2016
Time 6:00 pm - 11:30pm
Location: RiverMill Event Center - Columbus
2016 Graduates

St. Nicholas plans to recognize and honor its upcoming graduates at a service in the first half of May (date to be determined).  If your family has a student who will be graduating from high school or college this spring, please let us know so we  can include them in our recognition, congratulations, and prayers.

Send information to:


If you or family members will be in a play, concert, sports or school activity please send the information to the church to be printed in the newsletter. St Nicholas members can then know what is happening with their church family and perhaps attend some of the functions. Include the event with dates, times and location. This is for children, teens and adults.


Star Nation Foundation 
for the Healing Arts
A Not for Profit Corporation
Presents a series of workshops with 
Eric Lindemer in April 2016.
Eric Lindemer, LMT, has been practicing and teaching the healing arts for almost twenty years. He has worked as a professional dancer, massage therapist and energy healer and has presented at institutions throughout the country including: Harvard University, Boston University, Boston Conservatory, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Centers for Spiritual Living in Ft. Lauderdale, FL and Oklahoma City, OK, and the Sedona Creative Life Center.
Saturday April 23rd   Meditation, Pranayama, and Energy Balancing 
Techniques to clear, strengthen, and upgrade your body/mind/energy system $20.00
From 10am to 11:30am          
Location: 1443 17th Street, Columbus GA 31901
Prerequisite for Foundations of Energy Healing
Learn powerful techniques to support the health, healing, and awakening of your mind/body/energy system. Practices include: gentle energy clearing & balancing exercises, meditation, pranayama (yogic breathing techniques,) and mudras (hand positions used in meditation to support the flow of energy through the body.) This class offers powerful techniques for self-care, and is also a prerequisite for our Intro To Energy Healing class. Both beginners and experienced practitioners welcome!
Saturday April 23rd     
Foundations of Energy Healing  $20.00      
From 1pm to 2:30pm          
Location: 1443 17th Street, Columbus GA 31901
This course offers an introduction to hands-on energy healing techniques for use with oneself, friends, and family, and also may serve as a starting point for those wishing to further their studies in energy healing. Various theories and techniques of energy healing will be presented and demonstrated, and students will have the chance to try a few techniques on themselves and with classmates.
Sunday April 24th   
Deepening Meditation 
Practice and Temple of the light
Meditation    $30.00
From 1pm to 4pm          
Location: 1443 17th Street, Columbus GA 31901
Come to relax, release, restore, refresh, and renew! Learn how to develop a mediation practice in your busy life and to maximize the benefits of meditation on health, emotional and spiritual wellbeing.  Includes discussion of different techniques, practices and a guided relaxing meditative journey through the Elements of Earth, Water, Fire, Air, and Starlight to release stagnant energy and welcome healing energy and increased spiritual awareness. We will conclude by sharing this healing energy with the Earth and all her beings. Our potential for healing and awakening is greatly enhanced when we gather together, so if you feel called please join us!
Saturday April 30th  
Advanced Workshop: Deepening Meditation Practice and  Anointing of the Light Meditation -
6 Hours including lunch.   $60.00
From 10am to 4 pm       
Location: Spirit Farm and Stables
7539 Roosevelt Highway, Warm Springs GA 31830
Expect to deepen your meditation practice and through different senses using music, sound, crystals and essential oil fragrances as well as guided meditation, energy healing  and sitting in the current generated by group intention combining with the energy of the earth and the horses at Spirit Farm. At the end of the day there will be the Anointing of the Light Mediation. This sacred ceremony is similar to the anointing's, blessings, darshans, or attunements of various traditions with the purpose of supporting well-being and spiritual awareness. This ceremony has emerged from my many years of studying and practicing healing and spiritual traditions including Eric's work with Reiki, working with leading healers and teachers, and having received many blessings, Darshans, activations and attunements.  This ceremony is appropriate both for those wishing to begin or expand their spiritual awareness as well as for experienced practitioners desiring a "recharge" or a "reboot!"
Individual Energy Healing Sessions with Eric Lindemer: by appointment only- $75 for 1 hour - $45 for ½ hour.
Call 706-317-2163 (Dr. Ona Graham's office) and speak with Ms. White to reserve a place in the workshops or to schedule a Reiki session.  Reiki sessions are available both in Columbus and in Warm Springs. 
Class size is limited. Discounts are available for multiple workshops.  Scholarships are available for disabled veterans. 
Fees for workshops are suggested donations that go to the Foundation to develop healing programs for Veterans and others suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Make checks payable to Star Nation Foundation.  Donations are tax deductible.  


Please help us 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 the Parish Administrator 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.  


Please look for these cards in the narthex or in the pews and place them in the alms basin if you give electronically.

Father Jeff will bless them at each service along with the other offerings.

Mini Camp: May 27-29, Rising 1st and 2nd Grader- For camper and parent/guardian
Youth Camp: June 5-June 11, Rising 10th-Just Graduated
Performing Arts Camp: June 12-June 18, Rising 4th-9th Graders
Intermediate Camp: June 19-June 25, Rising 8th and 9th Graders
Junior Camp: June 26-July 2, Rising 6th and 7th Graders
Kid Camp: July 10-July 16, Rising 3rd-5th Graders
Work Camp: July 18-July 23, Rising 10th Graders-Just Graduated
Emmaus House: July 25-July 29, Emmaus House Summer Program
Guest Camp: September 2- September 5, Children, Adults, and Families of all Ages
(Contact Amanda, 706-886-7515 or for more information)
Outdoor Junior: May 31- June 5, Rising 6th and 7th Graders
Outdoor Intermediate: May 31- June 5, Rising 8th and 9th Graders
Outdoor Youth: June 12 -June 18, Rising 10th Graders-Just Graduated

Vacation Bible School (VBS)
We hope to have some interest in a week-long VBS this summer at St. Nicholas.  This is the traditional format for a summer Bible school, and we would like to be able to offer it to our parishoners, and to the community, as well.   Dates will be determined at a later time, and may be contingent on those who are willing to teach and/or be the chairperson(s) during that week. So please, if you have any interest in making it happen email June Wood   
Thank you
Electronic Common Prayer

electronic Common Prayer, Version 2.0   (eCP)  is a brand new update to the first, fully authorized, interactive version of the Book of Common Prayer 1979 of the Episcopal Church USA.
Click here for details 
Job Postings at 
St. Thomas
Part-time office manager
St. Thomas Episcopal Church 
is seeking a hospitable and organized office manager to answer phones, greet guests, prepare the Sunday bulletin, prepare mailings, and send parish email notifications. Proficiency with Microsoft Word and Gmail required; familiarity with Episcopal church or other similar churches a plus. Monday through Friday 9 to 1, with two weeks paid vacation. Salary $13/ hour plus retirement benefits. Send resume and cover letter by April 22 to
or 2100 Hilton Ave. Columbus, GA 31906. 

Communications coordinator
St. Thomas Episcopal Church is seeking a creative individual skilled in social media and print communication to maintain the church website, prepare weekly e-newsletters, prepare occasional print publications, and publicize church mission and church events through social media. Proficiency with website maintenance and Facebook required. Experience with YouTube and other social media a plus. Flexible hours, approximately 8-12 per week, with a weekly meeting with office staff, a monthly meeting with church staff, and occasional meetings with church groups as negotiated. Salary $12,000 annually. Send resume, cover letter, and sample of design work by  April 22 to 
 or 2100 Hilton Ave. Columbus, GA 31906.

Adult ministries coordinator
St. Thomas Episcopal Church is seeking a part-time coordinator of adult ministries to organize learning and outreach opportunities for adults in a growing, thoughtful, and open-minded parish. The ideal candidate will be a person of lively Christian faith who desires to help others increase in love for God and neighbor. While the person will be invited to lead learning opportunities as desired, the emphasis is on coordinating a program of adult formation that includes learning and service. Respect for Episcopal Church tradition required, some religious study at the college or graduate level a plus. Flexible hours, approximately 8-12 per week, including a monthly meeting with church staff and occasional meetings with the rector, adult formation committee, and outreach committee. Salary $12,000 annually. Send resume, cover letter, and brief spiritual autobiography by  April 22 to
  Rev. Gr ace Burton-Edwards  or 2100 Hilton Ave, Columbus, GA 31906.

Contact Information

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