The Spirit of Saint Nicholas
The E-Newsletter from Saint Nicholas Episcopal Church
69 Mobley Road, Hamilton, GA 31811
July 27th - August 2nd, 2016
Summer Sunday Worship at 10:00am
Save the Date!
Friday, September 23, 2016
6:00 - 9:30 pm
Sweet Home Plantation, Pine Mountain
Tickets Are On Sale! Click below!
St. Nicholas' mission is to be an example of Christ's love
for all people.
Our vision is to be the center of nourishment in mind, body, and spirit
for all people in our community.
Harris County Back-to-School Rush
Thursday, July 28 from 9:00am-1:00pm
, St. Nicholas will join Harris County Family Connections and several other churches at the Community Center next door for an event that will serve families in our county who need help with school health screenings and school supplies. They expect 750 people at this event based on last year's numbers.
St. Nicholas will have a table set up with information about our church and programs for kids, and we will hand out popcorn and pencils. You can help us in a number of ways:
+Come join us at the event (our table will be inside the Community Center) and meet and greet families in our community.
+Make a donation any school supplies (pencils, pens, paper, backpacks, glue, safety scissors, folders, notebooks, etc.).
+Make a monetary donation to Family Connections, who pays directly for the health screenings for families who cannot afford them.
Yet another way to show our community that St. Nicholas cares!
St. Nicholas Episcopal Church Invites You to the
Lock-In Summer 2016
Starts: Friday, July 29 - 5:00 pm
Ends: Saturday, July 30 - 12:30 pm
Where: St. Nicholas Church 69 Mobley Road Hamilton GA
Who: All kids are invited - Rising 5th graders and older can stay alone, all younger (pre-k - 5th grade) will need an adult accompany them in order to attend
Schedule of Events
Friday - July 29
5:00 - 5:30 Registration and Set up of sleeping area
5:30 - 7:00 Chopped - Dinner preparation
7:00 - 8:00 Dinner
8:00 - 8:45 Games
8:45 - 9:00 Departure of those kids not spending the night
9:00 - 10:30 Movie - Zootopia
10:30 - 11:00 Discussion
11:00 - 11:45 Sardines in the Church
11:45 - 12:00 Get ready for bed
12:00 Lights out
Saturday - July 30
8:00 - 8:30 Awake pack - sleeping area
8:30 - 9:00 Breakfast
9:00 - 10:30 Outdoor Games
10:30 - 11:30 Indoor Games - Music
11:30 - 12:00 Snack - Lunch
12:00 - 12:30 Departure - Music
To volunteer or ask questions contact:
Link to register below...
From Fr. Jeff+
Despite what the world says or how our lives seem to be going, God really does want the best for us. I don't personally believe that God sits on a throne thinking of ways to screw with us just to "test" us. Instead, I think when the world hands us chicken scratch, God makes chicken salad out of it. Whatever you have going on in your life that is difficult, God knows it and is actively trying to work with you to show you a gift that is hidden within. Things don't always go the way we planned or the way God planned, but the miracle is that God doesn't leave it, or us, alone. What is broken within us and our world, God will redeem. "Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you."
Zion Episcopal Church
Zion Episcopal Church in Talbotton now has a
Go Fund Me account
to raise money to restore the outside of the
This was the idea of Lynn Hall. We are so thankful for her energy, creativity and care in initiating this project.
The Photopia Photography group that Lynn belongs to has taken some stunning pictures of Zion.
Almighty God, who...dost promise that when two or three are gathered together in thy Name thou wilt grant their requests; fulfill now, O Lord, the desires and petitions of thy servants, as may be most expedient for them.
Bright Way Services
Worship services continue at Bright Way Personal Care Home
in Pine Mountain. Other
Lay Eucharistic Visitors are needed for this ministry.
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.
|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
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.
If you would like to see the readings for Sunday,
Religion is not a method, it is a life, a higher and supernatural life, mystical in its root and practical in its fruits; a communion with God, a calm and deep enthusiasm, a love which radiates, a force which acts, a happiness which overflows.
For those who are ill, recovering or needing special prayers:
Members of St Nicholas:
Pat & Gene Demonet
Bill & Suzy Eidson
Ashley and Nate Taylor
Family members and friends of the Community:
Dr. Christine Daley
Holli & Baby
Baby Kenleigh & the Boyd Family
The Wahl Family
Dr. Michael Burgen
The Kohler Family
Erin Kavannaugh Kirkley
Ron Anderson & Family
In Thanksgiving For:
Our St. Nicholas Music Ministries
For those in Mourning:
The family of Jean Boyd
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 Bob Hamilton
3 Luke Townsend
6 Mike Perry
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
1 Patty Hamilton
6 Dick Wood
10 Trish Wehrle
13 Danielle Whitworth
15 Kelly Dimon
20 Lexie Whitworth
26 Geoff Robertson
27 Leslie Cooling
31 Lisa Armstrong
31 Nancy Callaway
11 Amy & Terry Buchanan
26 Sharon & Tom Cheatham
3 Chris & Andy Butzon
5 Bill & Terry Caudill
16 Lynn & Kenny Hall
18 Jeff & Molly Jackson
23 Lisa & Brad Armstrong
29 Gene & Pat Demonet
31 Sammy & Kristy Hubbard
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
Back to School Rush
2016 Summer Lock-In
From Fr. Jeff
Zion Go Fund Me
Bright Way Ministries
Lay Ministry Schedule
Lay Ministry Opportunities
Birthdays & Anniversaries
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Thank you, St. Nicholas family, for your active involvement in our parish.
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.
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 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.
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.
Electronic Common Prayer
Electronic Common Prayer, Version 2.0
is a brand new update to the first, fully authorized, interactive version of the Book of Common Prayer 1979 of the Episcopal Church USA.
GoFundMe Campaign for
There is much to be done to help this amazing bit of Georgia history.
Please share this and encourage people to be generous.
For over 160 years, Zion Episcopal Church has watched over the village of Talbotton, GA.
There are not many 160-year-old structures still standing in our country.
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