The Spirit of St. Nicholas     

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

Photo by Lynn Hall
March 18th-24th, 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 18 
"Liturgy That Takes Its  Time" 
with Stuart Higginbotham

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:



March 18 (Wednesday)            Susan Wiley: And a Sword


March 19 (Thursday)                 Joe Torres: Receiving God's Forgiveness

 through Prayer


March 20 (Friday)                      Dianne Armstrong: No Man Is an Island


March 21 (Saturday)                 Bob Hamilton: Death of a Dog


March 22 (Sunday)                   Joe Torres: The Awesomeness of His                                                             Creations

Thursday Book Study Group

We are starting a new book for our Thursday group and our first discussion will be on March 19, 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


Writer's Group

The March 22 meeting of St. Nicholas Writes will feature narrative poetry and its frequent themes. The subject for this meeting revolves around Scottish nationalism, a folk hero, a catastrophic historical event, and the ballad that commemorates the champion's doom. 

We will try our hand at analyzing the song's lyrics and see what insights we can draw that will help us understand the concept of colonization and its consequences. 

With us, I hope--depending on her schedule--will be guest Hilary Wehrle, my niece (and Trish Wehrle's daughter), who is completing two master's degrees, one in cultural anthropology with a concentration on colonization issues, the other in historic preservation and its relation to indigenous cultures. She is currently working with the state of Alabama to establish a Native American cultural heritage center in Phenix City. She is also the liaison between the Creek nation and the Chattahoochee River Historic Association. In between her duties with respect to these positions, she works for the National Parks Department interpreting petroglyphs in the North Georgia mountains. 

Guests are welcome, as always!


  Dianne Armstrong
Writer's Group March Meeting
Date: March 22nd
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

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!

                                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. 




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

Liz Dixon

Jeff Cody

Garrett Hinnant

Janice Murphy

Dorothy Webster

Doug Martin

Jameson Miers

Andi Smith

John Halmrast

Michael Butler

Andy Hubbard

Anthony Cox

Barbara Lawson

Julie Raines

For those who are in mourning

For the Tranmer Family on the death of Alyssa's Father.

For the Raney Family on the death of Sharon's son-in-law


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

FOCUS Shoe Drive

FOCUS is conducting a shoe drive, collecting gently worn shoes to help support micro enterprise programs in impoverished nations such as Haiti, Ghana and Nicarauga.  The shoes are sent to people who go through a free training program teaching them how to run their own business selling shoes. 

Please bring the shoes to FOCUS in Hamilton. This shoe drive will also help fund the FOCUS Food Bank.

In This Issue


Lenten Evenings

Lenten Meditations


Thursday Book Study Group


Writer's Group Meeting 


Holy Week  

Family Worship at St. Nicholas

Book Study Group - Columbus 


Spiritual Gifts Workshop/Episcopal 101


Church Work Day 


Get to Know Your Parish Family


Volunteer Schedule


Lectionary Readings




Birthdays & Anniversaries


Second Saturday


FOCUS Shoe Drive 








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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.  



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