Why is there an
extra candle on our altar?
Father Jeff and family are about half way through their sabbatical. All of us miss them but are regularly reminded they will soon return.
There is a lighted candle on the altar for every service they are away. Father Jeff also has a candle that we gave them to remind them of our bond to each other and our special prayer that they make a safe return home to us.
Please look for the candle at our next service and keep all their family in your daily prayers.
What a glorious day August 9th will be to celebrate our renewed commitment to each other and their safe return home.
Bright Way Ministry
Bert Tomlin and Katherine Johnson held the first worship service at Bright Way Personal Care Home in Pine Mountain on June 14th.
St Nicholas will provide services the second Sunday of each a month to the residents. Also, they are open to visits during the week. This was arranged by David Walker as an outreach ministry.
More Lay Eucharistic Visiting Ministers are welcomed.
Contact Sue Halmrast if you would like to be trained as one.
The Outreach Committee has become involved in a new project for the up coming school year. There are children in the county who go home on weekends and have little to eat until they are back at school Monday morning. The BackSnacks project is an attempt to show God's love and care by proving two healthful breakfasts, lunches, dinners on weekends to identified children's families. This is in cooperation with other county churches.
St. Nicholas has been asked to be responsible for the collection of snacks for 3-4 children. Through contributions of snacks and monetary contributions (that will be used to buy snacks), snacks can be sent home every Friday throughout the whole school year.
The Outreach Committee would like to begin this venture at the Parish Picnic, 9 August. Prior to that date a list of requested snacks will be published. Those wishing to contribute are asked to bring their contribution to the picnic. There will also be a backpack for monetary donations. We will ask Father Jeff to bless our backpack along with the other children's backpacks.
As this will be an on-going project, please watch for new lists and chances to contribute throughout the year.
Enjoy the convenience of electronic giving!
We've had an enthusiastic response to our electronic giving program. Thank you to all the parishioners who have signed up.
This is a way to automate your regular weekly offerings--and another way to reduce the stress in your life! Please sign up today--it's quick and easy.
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 stnicholashamilton.org 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!
Financial Stewardship Vestry Liaison
Cell: 706 594-2884
Pulpit Swap with Christian Valley Church
St. Nicholas will welcome the people of Christian Valley Church with
Pastor Eric Seldon at the pulpit at 10:00am.
This will be the ONLY service on July 26th.
Pulpit Swap Potluck,
Please bring a side dish, salad or dessert for our potluck on Sunday, July 26th, immediately after the 10:00 service. Fried chicken and beverages will be provided. For more info or if you are willing to help, contact Michelle Moody, (706) 330-7025.
Vacation Bible School
This year VBS will be a lock in event
Friday, July 31- Saturday, August 1st.
Parents, please email Beth Evans if your children are planning on attending!
REGISTRATION FORM: Click on link to download & fill out!
What: VBS Lock-in
Where: St. Nicholas Episcopal Church
When: 6:00 pm Friday - July 31 - 12:30 pm. Saturday, August 1
Who: All are invited to attend. If you are younger than a rising 3rdgrader, you must be accompanied by your parent to spend the night.
What to bring: Sleeping bag and a pillow - completed release/parental consent form which can be obtained from the church by contacting Theresa Dorminy at 706-628-7272. St. Nicholas is located at 69 Mobley Rd., Hamilton.
Vacation Bible School
Dates Friday, July 31 - Saturday, August 1
Location St. Nicholas
Pilgrimage on August 15th.
(March 20, 1939 - August 20, 1965) was an
seminarian and civil rights activist.
In 1965 he was murdered in
while in the act of saving a young woman, Ruby Sales, who was a civil rights activist with Johnathan and others.
In 1991 Daniels was designated as a martyr in the Episcopal church, and is recognized annually. He is memorialized in the Civil Rights Movement and other venues. The Diocese of Alabama and the Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast organize an annual pilgrimage to Hayneville - this has been happening for at least 13 years. Many people from the Diocese of Atlanta go.
This year our area Episcopal Churches are arranging for our parish groups to go together. Rt Rev Michael Curry is scheduled to go - He is our new Presiding Bishop. It is a time of unity and remembrance. The city of Hayneville welcomes and embraces this pilgrimage as well.
More details will be posted about this trip as time gets closer.
SAVE THE DATE!
Friday, September 25, 2015
at Sweet Home Plantation Pine Mountain
Tickets will go on sale in July.
Steward of the Month for July
The vestry would like to recognize this month, our friend David, posthumously, for his extensive body of stewardship work at St. Nicholas. As we grieve with Barbara and their family, we recognize that David leaves a strong St. Nicholas legacy in the fields of diversity, hospitality, and service to the community.
A fearless recruiter, David enlisted the help needed to bring about our new monthly service program at Bright Way Personal Care Home in Pine Mountain. A believer in local community, David sought to strengthen St. Nicholas by sharing our gifts with those unable to come to us. Although David loved music, and sang with the choir, enjoyed planning and serving on the new building committee, and maintained a practical, no-nonsense attitude in his Vestry work, his passion was bringing others to church, or in the case of Bright Way, taking our church to others.
We celebrate David's commitment to those whose lives he reached and to St. Nicholas Episcopal, who was honored to call him a member.
" Well done good and faithful servant!"
Get to Know Your Parish Family
Charlotte Winsness has volunteered to compile biographies of our members and presents another article for your enjoyment.
Bill Caudill is originally from Geneva, Alabama. He and Terry have been married since August 1968, and they have two sons. Bill has an older son from a previous marriage.
Bill graduated high school in 1963 and served in the National Guard for 6 active years and 2 years inactive. Bill has been in construction since April 1967, and he currently owns his own construction company (this is the third construction company he has owned).
Bill was the founding chairperson for the Harris County Library and the founding chairperson for the Hamilton Youth Sports Association.
Bill is a life member of B.A.S.S. and a life member of Ducks Unlimited. He was the Former Ducks Unlimited General Banquet Chairman and Sponsor Banquet Chairman and Area Chairman.
Bill has served in many capacities at St. Nicholas. He loves working at St. Nicholas and believes he serves the Lord best when he does that.
FOCUS FOOD PANTRY
The FOCUS Food Pantry is in need of
Thank you for your donations!
If you would like to see the readings for Sunday,
For the Lay Ministers at
For those who are ill, recovering or needing special prayers
Ashley and Nate Taylor
The Harris Family
Prayers for the Walker family upon
David Walker's death.
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 Bob Hamilton
3 Luke Townsend
6 Mike Perry
10 Don Baldwin
10 Katherine Johnson
11 Barbara Smith
12 Lou Baker
12 Susan Perry
13 Abby Brown
16 Dorothy Webster
27 Dexter Evans
27 Ingrid Cheshire
30 Norma Wolff
3 Dave & Barbara Walker
11 Amy & Terry Buchanan
26 Sharon & Tom Cheatham
28 Carolyn Cox
In This Issue
Why is there an extra candle on our altar?
Bright Way Ministry/
Lay Eucharistic Visitors Needed
Sign up for Online Giving
Jonathan Daniels Pilgrimage
Save the Date for Lobsterfest
Steward of the Month
Get to Know Your Parish Family
Lay Ministry Schedule
June Vestry Minutes
FOCUS Food Pantry
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Thought of the Month
"Love is faith in action. The two most important questions we can ask ourselves are "Whom do I love?" and "Who loves me?" We put faith into action by extending our concern for people beyond ourselves. We show our concern for others in our actions and relationships."
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Parish Vacation Pictures
Tai, Liam, Bronwyn, and Grey Jackson
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Please include:your names and the names of your minor children,
- email addresses,
- phone numbers (cell and home),
- 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 email@example.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.