The Spirit of Saint Nicholas
The E-Newsletter from 
Saint Nicholas  Episcopal  Chu rch   
Hamilton, GA
February 24th - March 1st, 2016

on Wednesday, February 24th 
will be a trip to Xanadu Skate Center in Columbus for roller skating! 
Carpool from St. Nicholas at 5:30pm or meet there at 6:00pm. 
Cost is $3.00 admission/$2.00 skate rental plus any money for food.

SNICK Skating @ Xanadu
Date: Wed, February 24th
Time: 6:00pm

Stitcher's meeting February 27, 10:00am

Come join your fellow needlework enthusiasts for some quality stitchin' time! Katrina Howe will bring the canvases she has completed painting and some of us will take those home. We all will have an opportunity to practice and show Katrina the results of the work we took home last meeting. 

If you did not attend before, don't be shy, we welcome all newcomers! We will all spend an hour or two putting our heads and fingers to work on this artistic project dedicated to God's glory. Email Phebe if you can join us.

Stitcher's meeting February 27, 10:00am
St. Nicholas Classrooms
St. Nicholas Writes
St. Nicholas Writes will hold its monthly meeting on  Sunday, February 28th  from  9:45-10:45  in the Adult Formation Room. This will be a  pre-writing workshop, in which we prepare for our next project by experimenting with exercises in creativity. All our meetings are open  access, so everyone is invited to participate or just come to observe and enjoy watching the process unfold. Since our assignments are  directed with the idea of self-discovery through writing, if you do decide to visit, bring (from memory) a family story that illustrates the  nature of your family or some member of it. We think you'll have fun, and you just might come away with a new family heirloom!

St. Nicholas Writes 
Date:  Sunday, February 28th
Time:  9:45-10:45
Location:  Adult Formation Room

Opportunity to Read to Students at Park Elementary
  In celebration of Dr. Seuss' birthday, volunteers are needed to read to students on 
Wednesday, March 2 at 1:00pm . If interested, contact 
Media Specialist Melanie Bruno at

Dismantling Racism Training
March 5, 9:00am to 4:00pmSt. Nicholas will host a convocational workshop on dismantling racism, led by the diocesan commission called the Beloved Community. All leaders in the church are expected to have this training, but it is also open to anyone else in the church who wishes to build bridges in our community. The other Episcopal churches are invited and we are also inviting our friends from Christian Valley to join us. To register, please send your name, address, email address, phone number and parish to Mary Job at the Bishop's Office


Adult Formation
Read, Mark, and Inwardly Digest: Bible for Beginners.  Do you want to learn more about the Bible, but don't know where or how to start? Join us Sunday mornings at 9:45am for a weekly discussion group for all levels of Bible readers. Father Jeff and a group of others will lead the class. We will begin with the Gospel of Luke, using a 50-day study called A Journey with Luke by Marek Zabriskie which you can get ahead of time at many book retailers online. This will be our ongoing Adult Formation class until Easter. If you have any questions, contact Father Jeff or Bob Hamilton.

***Just a quick reminder that our next Bible Study on Luke will be March 6. This week, the Writer's Group will be meeting and everyone is encouraged to check that out. For those of you who would like to join our Bible Study, now is a good time to catch up, as we'll be looking at chapters 11-14 of Luke next time. Any time is a good time to jump on!***

Lenten Lunches at Trinity Episcopal Church
Every Monday during Lent at 12noon, Trinity, Columbus hosts several excellent speakers. We would like to have a St. Nicholas table present. If interested, please contact Father Jeff.


Lent is Here!

Starting with Ash W ednesday  on  February 10 , we will enter into our 40-day journey of self-exploration, penitence, and fasting. Many Christians use this time to become better disciples (i.e. discipline) by either taking on or giving up something. For example, Lent has been my reset button for my health for years, after all the bad eating habits I've picked up over the holidays. I give up sweets, fried foods, and red meat (major temptations for me), and I also tend to take on increased time of prayer and reflection. Sometimes these things are superficial, but they are intended to lead us into deeper relationship with God.

As a parish this year, we are also going to try giving something up and taking something on. Both of these were ideas that came from our Worship Committee last year in order to reduce some of our spending and to be better stewards.

First, we are going to be giving up our full-length bulletin for Lent by reducing the number of pages we print. We will have a one-page folded bulletin with announcement inserts, and we will use the Book of Common Prayer (BCP) for our liturgy. The bulletin will have page numbers so you can follow along easily. Some of you old-school Episcopalians will be familiar with this, but some of you newer Episcopalians may not be as familiar with the BCP. Hopefully this will continue to make our worship accessible for everyone. I encourage you to bring your own BCPs and Bibles to use each week.

Second, during Lent, we will experiment with having baked bread for communion. This is a bread recipe we have used for our Wednesday evening service and has gotten great response so far. We also have a number of people who have agreed to learn how to bake it. This will help us cut down on the amount of bread we have to have shipped, which is a considerable cost.

Both of these things we will try during Lent, and if we hear a good response, we can continue to do them. If you do have any feedback, please let me know. If I hear nothing, I'll assume these are disciplines the parish wants to continue.

If you have any questions about Lenten disciplines for yourself or your family or about these Lenten practices we will be doing together, please contact me!


Poet's Corner
Please click on the link below for the poem submitted by Mallon Faircloth

 Mallon Faircloth 1/16



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.  


Steward of the Month February 2016

Katelyn Flynn

is the Steward of the Month of February for St Nicholas Episcopal Church for her Godly vision and hard work of the Backsnack Program which she initiated as her senior project at Harris County High School in 2015. 

A need was discovered concerning a number of children at Park Elementary School that were not receiving sufficient meals on the weekends. Katelyn organized a new program and went before the local churches to ask for help. Saint Nicholas decided to help along with some other churches and provided the time, energy, and financial support necessary to meet the need. 

The program has developed into 20 families at Park and is set to go into three new schools which will bring about a necessary expansion of funds and space. A large donation in memory of Cason Calaway and a space in St Nicholas in the form of a food pantry has allowed this worthy cause to meet the new requirements. One only has to look at this ministry started by Katelyn to see the handiwork of God. She has started a program that has the potential to grow even larger though she graduates this year. It will open up opportunities for service for other students that follow her. 

What a wonderful legacy to have at such a young age. W here else will God use this young woman after she graduates?

"Grace is everywhere." 

Georges Bernanos, 
Diary of a Country Priest

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.

"Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also." Matthew 6:21
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:

Fr. Bob Dendtler
Cora Coverson
Chris and Liza Price
Ashley and Nate Taylor
Bill Caudill
Garrett Hinnant
Larry Hinnant
Kay Faircloth
Ingrid Cheshire

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

Ryan Hernandez
Steffie Collins
Eddie Norris
Bill Gordy
Danny Hatchell
Jeri Harris
Ron Hudson
James Daniels
Jack Whitley
Jameson Miers
Julie Raines
Paul Jones
Leanne Croft
Robin Zion
Dale Haynes
Erin Kavanaugh Kirkley
Marty Oxford
Peggy Singletary
Jenna Smith
Kohler family

For those in Mourning

The Family of Robbie Croft

The Family of Lauren Ford 
and the youth and adults of St. Thomas Church

The Family of John Makin

    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.

"Always do right - this will gratify some and astonish the rest."
 -MarkTwain (1835-1910)

March Birthdays

1      Anne Simpson
3      Marilyn Vida
6      Ansley Butzon
       Shelley Butzon
11    Julie Nordin
       Wesley Brown
12    Sidney Evans
14    Jan Pylant
18    Bill Eidson
19    June Wood
20    Mallon Faircloth
22    Josh McCoy
       Terry Caudill
24    Beth Brown
25    Kay Faircloth
       Rebecca Crowley
27    Dave Halmrast
28    Caroline Queener
31    Peggy Martin
       Tommy Meeks Morris

February Anniversaries

    2 Mike & Gina Durham 
 12 Dexter & Beth Evans 
        14 Bobo & Barbara Morgan 
14 Joe & Kathie Torres  
    26 Barbara & Bill Bradley

March Anniversaries
18  Kenny & Terri Townsend


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


Stitcher's Meeting

St. Nicholas Writer's Group

Opportunity to Read to Students at Park Elementary

Dismantling Racism Training

Adult Formation


Poet's Corner

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. 

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.  


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.

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.


Tucked away in the Northeast Georgia mountains, Camp Mikell offers the only folk school in Georgia!
Friday, March 04 - Sunday, March 06, 2016
Download the registration packet here: 

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

Contact Information

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St. Nicholas Episcopal Church