Our Assistant Bishop Keith Whitmore will make his visitation to 
St. Nicholas on Sunday, January 17 for one service at 10:00am. 
The Spirit of Saint Nicholas!
The E-Newsletter from 
Saint Nicholas  Episcopal  Chu rch   
Hamilton, GA

January 13th - 19th, 2016

BackSnacks Cabinet-Building  

Our partnership with Katelyn Flynn and the BackSnacks program is growing! In order to expand the effort to feed children through BackSnacks, Katelyn let us know that she needed more room for food storage. The Vestry agreed to lend Katelyn room in the left ante-room off the nave which isn't being used currently. In partnership with the Harris County Rotary Club, we will be building cabinets to store the food  this  Saturday, January 16 at 9:00am . If you are a handy-man-or-woman, bring a screwdriver & a hammer to help the group put together the cabinets. They will be building in the large classrooms while our Altar Guild & LEM/LEV training is going on in the nave. All are welcome to join in the effort!
BackSnacks Cabinet-Building 
Date: Saturday, January 16th
Time: 9:00am


Puppet Practice
There will be a called 
Puppet Practice this Sunday, 
January 17th, at 2:00 pm.

We're very excited to announce that 
Bill Caudill,
Martha Dimon, 
Sue Halmrast, 
and Steve Morse
have all been elected to the Vestry!
We are so blessed to have you all. 


Altar Guild Training
The duty of the Altar Guild is to prepare all things necessary for the conduct and celebration of worship. The preparations are done reverently and prayerfully so that all services proceed in order and beauty to the glory of God. Members of the Altar Guild are mindful that this service is a high calling and privilege. This quiet, behind-the-scenes work is a true gift to the entire congregation.

If you feel you have that calling and gift, please join the Altar Guild for our annual training session. We will learn how to clean and press the linens along with many other aspects of the preparation of the Lord's table.  Father Jeff and members of the Altar Guild will conduct the training.

When:         January 16, 2016    10:00 AM - 11:30
                  Lunch Afterward
Where:       Sanctuary and Sacristy

We welcome all men, women, and children (and especially families.) Please contact either
Liz Dixon, or  Bert Tomlin, if you would be interested in this gift of a ministry.  

LEV and LEM training
Have you wanted to assist the Rector at God's table or maybe take communion to someone who is shut in and can't get to church.  Then please join us on  January 16th  for LEV and LEM training - that is Lay Eucharistic Visitor and Lay Eucharistic Minister training.  Father Jeff will cover the many aspects of both of these ministries.  

We will share a lunch with the Altar Guild and then move quickly into the training by  1:00 PM.

Please let  Sue Halmrast or Bert Tomlin know if you want to attend so that we can prepare enough lunch and materials.

You will be fully blessed by serving at God's table.  

LEV & LEM Training
Date: Saturday, January 16th
Time: 1:00 meeting (after lunch with Altar Guild)

Are you new to St. Nicholas?

Join us weekly in January from  12:30pm to 2:00pm  as we explore the basics of Christian faith. Led by Father Jeff, Sue Halmrast, and Bobo Morgan.  

This class is for anyone who is new, anyone who wants to join the church, anyone who wants to be confirmed, anyone who wants a refresher course in Christianity, or anyone who just wants to ask questions. 

January 17  : Bishop Whitmore's visitation, no class
January 24: Committed People - What does it mean to be the Church?

For more information, contact Fr. Jeff at  

Martin Luther King Day Celebration
Come join us on 
Monday, January 18, at 11:00 a.m. 
for a parade celebrating Martin Luther King and his work promoting unity.  We will be meeting at the Carver Resource Center (Old Carver Middle School) to tailgate for an hour with our brothers and sisters from Christian Valley and the rest of the community, and, at noon, begin the walk (1-1/2 mile) to Friendship Baptist, singing "This Little Light of Mine" along the way.  A worship service at Friendship concludes the celebration.
We will be walking behind the St. Nicholas banner, and this year Steve Morse has agreed to let his antique firetruck be a part of the parade.  What fun!
So bring your favorite tailgate dish, if you'd like, gather up the kids and be a part of this joy-filled event.  If you can't do all of the events, come for those you can.  We look forward to seeing you there to be a part of St. Nicholas' commitment to honor and lift up all God's people.

MLK Celebration
Date: Monday, January 18th
Time: 11:00am
Location:  Carver Resource Center (Old Carver Middle School) 

It's time for the men of St Nicholas to get together again!  The big Holidays have passed and I have missed gathering around the table with my brothers and friends.  We have a reservation with Mark's City Grill at  6:30 pm  next  Tuesday, January 19th .  It is located at 7160 Moon Rd, Columbus, GA. Everyone raved about the food the last time we were there and it was so much fun to fellowship there.  Once again, please let me know if you are coming in order that I can give a good count to the restaurant.


Bob Hamilton

Men's Group Dinner
Date: Tuesday, January 19th
Time: 6:30pm
Location: Mark's City Grill - 7160 Moon Road Columbus
St. Nicholas Writes
our resident writing group,  will return with hosannas on  January 24th .That meeting will be devoted to members reading some of their work. We urge you to come and cheer them on! 

To hear people's writings about their lives and in their own voice is like opening a window to a new vista. You will, in the words of one member, see and hear an "explosion of life."  You may revise your opinion of the     dignified gentleman in the next pew when you discover he was in a drag race. Or, you find out that a prominent industrial engineer writes poetry about the changes in nature. In short, you will become reacquainted with some members of this parish as you have never known them on a 
Sunday morning in the rector's greeting line.

We hope to see you there, 
9:45am on January 24th, in the Adult Formation classroom. (Refreshments!)  
Call or email Dianne Armstrong for inquiries: 

TAP meeting
January 28, 5:00pm at CVEM:
The Thompson-Pound Art Program (TAP) is a week-long summer art camp for children of all cultures, religions, and socio-economic levels to learn about one another and build relationships. Fr. Jeff has been the "TAPlain" for this program for 7 years and several of our St. Nicholas kids are involved. There is always a need for people who are interested in helping. If you are interested, and would like to attend the first planning meeting with Fr. Jeff, please contact him at 
TAP Meeting
Date: January 28th
Time: 5:00pm
Location: CVEM Columbus

Adult Formation
Read, Mark, & 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 starting January 31 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.

The last two years on Ash  Wednesday , members of the congregation have joined with Fr. Jeff to take our tradition of the Imposition of Ashes to the streets of Hamilton. Some have asked if we might set up a post in Pine Mountain this year. In order to do this, we will need more volunteers who are willing to stand out and give out ashes. If you are willing and able to do this on Ash Wednesday, February 10 from 10:00am to 2:00pm , please contact Father Jeff at  fatherjeff@stnicholashamilton.org . Anyone can join us and you will be trained on how to do it.
Ashes to Go
Date: Wednesday, Feb 10th
Time: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Location: Streets of Hamilton & possibly Pine Mountain
Making Bread for Communion:  
Calling all bakers! The Worship Committee is exploring the idea of trying out homemade bread for Sunday communion. Molly Jackson has already been making this bread for our  Wednesday  evening service and is happy to teach others to make it so we can have it at Sunday services. It's a very simple recipe and anyone can learn it! The bread also freezes really well. If you would like to help create a Bread-Maker's Guild, please contact Molly Jackson at  molizzie77@yahoo.com , and she will get a training session together.

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

Bert Tomlin

Since Bert Tomlin was confirmed  in 2003 w hen 
Rev. Beverly McEachern was Rector here at 
St. Nicholas. 
She has been an integral part of the life of St Nicholas. You will see her son John and Granddaughters Sara and Lilly at St Nicholas as well.   
After retiring in 2012 from Allstate Broker Dealer, training new brokers, 
she turned her attention to volunteering.  Fortunately, St Nicholas was  the recipient of much of her time and talents.  Among other things, she is active in Pastoral Care, Outreach, Parish Life and Worship.   
She is the current Chair and Vestry Liaison for Worship.  
Her three year term on Vestry is ending but Bert still plans to be active at St Nicholas.  She is an LEV and enjoys taking Eucharist to Bright Way Personal Care Home.  She is working to expand this St Nicholas' ministry to other parts of the community.   
Bert coordinates worship activities and during Fr Jeff's Sabbatical was the primary liaison between the committees, Fr Dendtler and Melissa Hammonds.  She is also "hands on" with much of the pastoral care needs.  Bert is a gifted and dependable steward.
It is with pleasure that the Vestry nominates her as Steward of the Month.  

Youth Opportunities

Happening 65 | Feb 19-21
Mark your calendar for  February 19-21.  Those are the dates for Happening 65! Team registration can be found  here.  Start recruiting candidates, and let them know the dates! Also, get in your OR nominations! Email them  here.

Above: Jesse Adkins of St. Patrick's with observing rector Hailey Wilson of the Cathedral of St. Philip right after the exchanging of the giant warm and fuzzy.Happening 65 will be led by Hailey and the youth team in February!

"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, 

In Thanksgiving
For the new Vestry Members

 Bill Caudill
Martha Dimon
Sue Halmrast
Steve Morse

For new Committee Chairs

  Cecilia Rood
 Dave Halmrast
BoBo Morgan
Scott Crowley 
 Anne Simpson
For those who are ill, recovering or needing special prayers:
Members of St Nicholas:

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 Requests
Family members and friends of the community:

Steffie Collins
Eddie Norris
Bill Gordy
Danny Hatchell
Jen Harris
Ron Hudson
James Daniels
Jack Whitley
Jameson Miers
Julie Raines
Paul Jones
Leanne Croft
Robin Zion
Dale Haynes
Jimmy Dorminy
Jimmi Ann Moore
Erin Kavanaugh Kirkley
Marty Oxford
Peggy Singletary
Jenna Smith
Prayers for those in mourning
Cora Coverson on the loss of her sister and grandson 
    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)


January Birthdays
  6  Dianne Armstrong
10   Barrett Smith
      Noah Horne
19  Madison Martin
22  Graham Horne
      Tom Cheatham
23  Janna Morris
24  Marci Horne
31  Justin Hubbard
January Anniversaries

1  Nick & Anne Simpson

FEBRUARY 19, 2016 - FEBRUARY 21, 2016
Presented by Kanuga and the  Episcopal Church Foundation.

Fr. Jeff and the Vestry encourage you to join us as we head up to Kanuga for their annual Church  Leadership Conference . For our annual Vestry retreat, we decided to do something different and attend this  conference  together. Anyone from the parish is welcome to go with us! Details are below:

In many ways, the institutional church has adapted to the secular world. There are business plans and growth charts and the work of church leadership seems to be the bottom line. It is easy to lose sight of the one reason the church exists: to worship God. What would it look like if there were a renewed focus on prayer and liturgy? What could the Church become if leadership were more concerned with spiritual well-being than physical or financial? Join us as we explore how churches can refocus their energies and deepen the faith of their membership.

Keynoters: The Rev. Barbara Cawthorne Crafton, is the founder of the online ministry, The Geranium Farm, and now lives in New Jersey; 

The Very Rev. Dr. Neal Michell, Dean and Rector at St. Matthew's Cathedral in Dallas, Texas

Coordinator: Brendon Hunter from the Episcopal Church Foundation, New York, NY

In This Issue

BackSnacks Cabinet-Building 

Puppet Practice

2015 Annual Meeting Minutes

New Vestry Members

Altar Guild Training

LEV & LEM Training

Episcopal 101

MLK Day Celebration 

Men's Group Dinner

St. Nicholas Writes

TAP Meeting

Adult Formation

Ashes to Go

Making Bread for Communion

Bright Way Ministries

Steward of the Month

Youth Opportunities  
Lay Ministry Schedule 
Lay Ministry Opportunities
Lectionary Readings
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Church Leadership Conference




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  pgrace456@gmail.com.

  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 pgrace456@gmail.com.


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 contact@stnicholashamilton.org 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 amanda@campmikell.com 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

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