SNICK takes a trip to Jenny Jack Sun Farm in Pine Mountain to hear about where good food comes from.

The Spirit of Saint Nicholas
The E-Newsletter from  Saint Nicholas  Episcopal  Chu rch   
69 Mobley Road, Hamilton, GA 31811 + 706-628-7272 +

May 11th - 17th, 2016 

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, & spirit
for all people in our community.  

Pentecost Sunday 
May 15th
This is one of the major feast days of the church year, and as such, it is our custom to wear red, the color of the Holy Spirit, on that day. 

Also, if anyone can read and speak another language, we invite you to help read the Gospel lesson (John 14:8-27) that day. 

Pentecost is also a common day for baptisms, so if you have not been baptized and wish to do so, please let Fr. Jeff know.


Known as The Way of St. James, the spiritual pilgrimage of Camino de Santiago winds along for five hundred miles. It leads pilgrims to the shrine of the apostle James in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Spain.

The quest to enrich one's spiritual life is a common human search. Father John Klein will share the experience of his spiritual discovery as an invitation to deepen your own spiritual journey.

Join us for an authentic "Camino" meal as Father John shares his experience with slides, discussion of his spiritual enrichment on the El Camino, and his plans to make this journey one more time.

  St. Nicholas Men's Group 
will meet and eat again this month.   6:30 pm 3rd Tuesday, May 17.  
Several have requested a return visit to Mark's City Grill on Moon Road in north Columbus. Come for  food and friendship.  We have a reservation there, and
Chris Butzon needs to be able to  give a good count to the restaurant.  Please let him know at the contact information below if you plan to attend. 


Date: Tuesday, May 17th
Time: 6:30pm
Location: Mark's City Grill - Moon Rd, Columbus
St. Nicholas Writes

Our writing group will meet on  Sunday May 22, from 9:45-10:45 . The session will be led by
David Johnson, who asks that participants bring a letter to someone - the recipient can be dead or alive - a person they know or one they have not known personally.  It can also be a fictional person. Select a person or two and tell them what they mean to you and why.  Another suggestion is to  write about your hopes, dreams and worries....or write about an experience that you want to share with your children.   Another idea is to write to an unborn grandchild.   The point of this exercise is to look at your interior self and to share it.  The focus will also be on telling a story through letter writing in keeping with our theme of family stories.    
All are invited to this class whether they have a letter or other writing to share.  A good listener is important. June's writing session, the last of the first "semester," will be on revision. More about that next month.  Inquiries: or  706-221-9020.

Please join us for  
Lego Sunday School class at 9:45.  
Your kids will love learning about the bible and expressing themselves through their creativity.  
 There will be juice and snacks as well.  
We look forward to seeing you!


Book of Common Prayer (BCP) Class 

Starts at 9:45am on Sundays:
What is the BCP? Why do we use it? How do we use it? 
Join us for 4 weeks as Fr. Jeff teaches and answers these questions. 

"Be Still And Grow"
Week three: 
Healthy Church
Healthy people make a healthy church. Of the things that most benefit a congregation, reliability and formation come first. Our liturgy, weekly communion and many opportunities for fellowship establish that reliability. Our Sunday School, SNICK, Altar and Flower Guilds, Lay Ministries, Acolyte program, Daughters of the King, are among the many ways we encourage our Christian health. Healthy relationships are built with our newcomer policies, our Christian Valley sisters and brothers, parish celebrations and shared meals. Gratitude towards volunteers was suggested 7 times yearly in 7 different ways. Could we do a little better in this category? Yes, and we will. We will start by thanking our rector and his family for their dedication and service. Thank you Melissa for your beautiful music and Theresa for the administration of our parish! Now let's create ways to thank our parish neighbor for their work.  A healthy church also needs hope. Let's continue to raise our community profile. Games Day with Christian Valley was AWESOME! We are planning another in the fall- don't miss it! And finally, let's enjoy our worship service, sing more tunes we know, get more comfortable with the Episcopal juggle. 
Did you see this cartoon? We are working on finding a balance.

There are many needs in our community to which 
St. Nicholas has the gifts and resources to respond. The Outreach Committee and Vestry are discerning what new ways God might be calling us to serve, but we need your help. 
Where do you see needs in our community? 
How might we respond to those needs? 
On Sunday, June 12, we encourage all who seek to better serve Harris County and beyond to gather for prayer, conversation, and brainstorming about how we might respond to those needs.  We will meet in the Sunday School room between services to begin this discussion.  A continental breakfast will be served.  

Saturday, June 25th, 10am at St. Nicholas the alter cushion needleworkers will meet to stitch, enjoy tea and cookies and work through any questions or difficulties. Katrina Howe has been working to distribute and design the remaining canvases and 
 If ANYONE would like to join our merry band, please come see what we are doing! We can offer lots of encouragement even if you have never stitched before.


Stewards for the Month of May
Jan Pylant and Judy Jenks

There are many people at St Nicholas who support the life of the church - often behind the scenes.  Two of these people are Jan Pylant and Judy Jenks.  For years, Jan and Judy have been collecting "order of service" bulletins and other papers to take to the recycling center.   Both sing in the choir and have been big supporters of our music programs including the Second Saturday music events.  Judy is a part of the kneeler stitching group and pastoral care group.  Both Jan and Judy support St Nicholas in small and big ways.   For this the Vestry thanks them and nominates them as May Stewards. 

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 servents, 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. 

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.  

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.

Lectionary Readings 

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:

Julie Nordin
Sue Halmrast
Nick & Anne Simpson
Joe Torres
Janna Morris
Bill & Suzy Eidson
Bill Batastini
Bill Caudill
Danielle Whitworth
Bob Hamilton
Cora Coverson
Ashley and Nate Taylor
Garrett Hinnant
Kay Faircloth
Ingrid Cheshire

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

The Wahl Family 
Mary Ann
Lucius Morton
Dr. Michael Burgen
Danny Howard
Jeff Crawford
Charlotte Hammond
Ryan Hernandez
Danny Hatchell
Jeri Harris
Ron Hudson
James Daniels
Jack Whitley
Lillian Simpson
Dale Haynes
Erin Kavanaugh Kirkley
Marty Oxford
Peggy Singletary
The Kohler family

For those in Mourning:

Steve Morse on the loss of his father

In Thanksgiving For:

Our St. Nicholas Parish Life Ministries

All the parents and volunteers working with our Youth and Children
Christian Education activities

The Shade Tree String Band

Cub Scout Pack 109

Christian Valley Church

    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    Martha Dimon
3    Jackson Crowley
8    Judy Jenks
10  Andy Butzon
13  Phebe Robertson
14  Doug Jr. Martin
16  Karen Thorne
16  Rose Brent
28  Nick Simpson
29  Erick Whitworth
29  Theresa Dorminy


May Anniversaries

    1   Karen & Jay Thorne
        5  Graham & Marci Horne
   18   Bob & Patty Hamilton
         20   Scott & Rebecca Crowley
20  Julie & Larry Nordin
21   Kin & Beth Brown  

Chris Butzon 
Patricia Collins
on your



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

Pentecost Sunday


Camino Charity Walk

Men's Group Dinner

St. Nicholas Writes

Lego Sunday School 

BCP Classes

Be Still and Grow

Community Needs

Stitcher's Meeting

Vestry Minutes

Stewards of the Month

Bright Way Ministries

Lay Ministry Schedule

Lay Ministry Opportunities
Lectionary Readings
Birthdays & Anniversaries

Parish Committees




Father Jeff's Travel Blog 


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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

  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.

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

Vacation Bible School (VBS)
We hope to have some interest in a week-long VBS this summer at St. Nicholas.  This is the traditional format for a summer Bible school, and we would like to be able to offer it to our parishoners, and to the community, as well.   Dates will be determined at a later time, and may be contingent on those who are willing to teach and/or be the chairperson(s) during that week. So please, if you have any interest in making it happen email June Wood   
Thank you
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