The Spirit of Saint Nicholas
The E-Newsletter from Saint Nicholas Episcopal  Church  
69 Mobley Road, Hamilton, GA 31811
 August 24th - 30th, 2016
 Sunday Services 8:30 & 11:00 
SNICK -  Wednesdays 5:30 
(led by Children of St. Nick - followed by dinner)

Save the Date!
Lobsterfest 2016

Friday, September 23, 2016  
6:00 - 9:30 pm
Sweet Home Plantation, Pine Mountain
Tickets Are On Sale! Click below!

In conjunction with Lobsterfest, St. Nicholas is conducting a cash raffle.  The lucky winner will receive ONE HALF of the cash collected from the sale of raffle tickets.  It could be over $1000.00, or way more.

The Men's Group at St. Nicholas will head up and facilitate the sale of  raffle tickets this year.  Anyone can sell tickets.  We ask that all parishioners commit to selling tickets, however many you can, to your family, your friends, your neighbors, your coworkers.  

You can get tickets from Chris Butzon, sell what you can, and turn unsold tickets and money back to him.   We hope you come back and ask for more.

Ticket prices are scaled to encourage volume purchases.  $15 each, 3 for 30, 5 for 40, 8 for 50.  How many can YOU sell?

Can't attend but still want to contribute to Lobsterfest??
Be an Angel!!  click link 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.  
St. Nicholas Stitchers Meeting
Saturday, August 27th, 10am at St. Nicholas the alter cushion needleworkers will meet again to stitch, enjoy tea and cookies and work through any questions or difficulties. Katrina Howe will be with us again to distribute yarn. Please contact her at   to let her know what you need.  There are two kneelers that don't have stitchers so if parishioners or friends want to join in, please come see what we are doing. The stitching is relaxing and the fellowship is fun. Katrina is an excellent teacher and it is not hard to learn even if you have never stitched before.



From Fr. Jeff+

Don't forget to take a break! For hundreds of years, the Israelites worked as slaves for Pharaoh, with no vacation, no cigarette breaks, no sick days, and no weekends, only long hours, difficult work, and meeting the bottom line. Then God led them out of that rat race and gave them the gift of Sabbath, a full day of rest, worship, time with family, and acts of generosity. A full day! That must have been music to their ears. Our lives can feel like we are slaves to our jobs, those we serve, our family demands, and our cultural expectations. Yet God's gift of Sabbath remains, but only if we take God up on it. If you are feeling stressed, with a short fuse and a long list of demands, find a way to take 24 hours to relax, and consciously spend that time with family, with friends, and most importantly with God.  

Adult Formation begins on  September 11th at 9:45 am.  
We begin with a 5-session study with 
Marcus Borg on What It Means to Be Christian.  
Marcus Borg is a theologian and best selling author that is well known throughout Episcopalian circles.  
David Johnson and Father Jeff Jackson will facilitate each session.  
Each session stimulates thoughtful and heartfelt conversation among a small group of participants which is on a DVD-based video.  
The group should take off from there, delving more deeply into each session's theme.  It's a session that each member becomes a teacher for one another, following  a personal, respectful and engaged model of adult learning.  
After reviewing several sessions, I found some new and wonderful discoveries about God and Jesus. All adults are invited to share and learn.

An Interfaith Celebration September 11, 2016 4:00 p.m. 
St. Luke Ministry Center (Corner Third Ave. and 11th St., Columbus, GA) 
The community is invited to gather on Sunday, September 11 at 4 pm at St. Luke Ministry Center to honor the 15th anniversary of 9/11 and remember how even in tragedy people from many backgrounds came together to help one another. 
Through music, dance, and reflection, this interfaith gathering will remind us what we experienced 15 years ago and offer hope and opportunities for making positive change in our own community. 
Speakers include Mr. Farhad Ali Farhani, Mr. Michael Silverstein, Mr. Cedric Hill, Rabbi Beth Schwartz, Ms. Lydia Rice, and more. Girls, Inc., Voices of the Valley, a Children's Ensemble from Greater Beallwood Baptist Church, and students from TAP (Thompson-Pound Art Program) will share music for the afternoon. 
In addition, adults and older youth are invited to join a community choir for the event which will sing under the direction of Rick McKnight. 
The community choir will rehearse on Saturday, September 10, 10-noon in Stockwell Hall of St. Luke UMC. 
Those interested in singing with the choir should contact 
Rick McKnight,
The event will conclude with an ice cream social sponsored by St. Luke. 
All are welcome. A flyer is attached. 
For more information, contact: Rev. Cindy Cox Garrard 
St. Luke United Methodist 
Rabbi Beth Schwartz Temple Israel


Zion Worship: Sunday September 18th at 4:00 pm in Talbotton, Georgia
Historic Rural Churches of Georgia visited Zion recently.  Pictures of  Zion will appear on their website soon.
Musicians again have used Zion for recording purposes.

GoFundZion project:
Please consider donating to the Zion Restoration Project.  
Any amount -great or small- is deeply appreciated.  
With your help we can restore Zion.  
Visit the website to learn more about restoring ZION.

ZION  is available for tours, events, weddings and more.  Contact Fr. Jeff Jackson at St Nicholas Episcopal Church, Hamilton, GA to make arrangements.   

If you know of someone who would be interested in ZION -- Email their name to  

Dear fellow writers,

Among his repertoire of bawdy songs from the Marine Corps and sundry memorabilia of youth, my father had a slightly twisted view of Daniel, the Old Testament prophet, whom he used as the main character of a short, Biblical-influenced saying. It was meant to warn listeners about the dangers of procrastination and lack of alacrity in answering the Lord's call. It went like this: "The Lord called on Daniel to come forth, but he slipped on a banana peel and came fifth."  Daddy thought this was hilarious and offered it to me by way of advice about how to rise to the occasion. So, here is our activity schedule for August, a little late, but blame that metaphorical banana peel.

As you know from previous correspondence and from last year's custom, there is no formal meeting of St. Nicholas Writes in either July or August. I am the substitute for said meeting, the last of which is  August 28th. I will be available to offer conferences to anyone who would like such communication. I have been impressed by the efforts I have seen so far, and I applaud your continuing to work towards self-improvement. Perhaps we can have a showing or sale eventually, among our other plans for publication.

In composing this preliminary letter, I have pondered the various signs of growth in the group--folks who have progressed in their writing and discovered new landscapes in their lives as a result. September's meeting features one of them.

The group starts up again for the year on  September 25th, and will feature three of our members working with various projects which demonstrate the versatility of photo software. Charlotte Winsness will show us the marvelous memory/scrapbook/photo album she created for her family and explain how to gift yours with a similar treasure. The second half of the hour will showcase John Winsness and Mallon Faircloth recreating a typical brainstorming experience with poetry. They will demonstrate 
the "steps" or stages of their activity, showing us how they move from one stage to the next in order to produce a final product.  

I look forward to seeing you at these events! They are always a source of joy for me as I see your talents blossoming into beautiful works. 


The  Diocesan Council meets  November 18 and 19  in the College Park area of Atlanta.
Two representatives from St Nicholas are needed.  
If you are interested please let  Fr Jeff know.  
Also anyone is welcome to go to the Diocesan Council.   
College Park  is within driving distance.

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.  

please contact Marci Horne for changes
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.

Stewards of the Month

Our grounds look great because of the many people who have volunteered over the past year to mow the lawn, weedeat, and prune the shrubs.
Thank you to these unsung heroes!

Liz Dixon
Larry Nordin
Sheri Cody
Tom Cheatham
BoBo Morgan
Dick Wood
Chris Butzon
Kenny Hall
Steve Morse
Gene Demonet

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:

Cecelia Rood
Sam Roney
Pat & Gene Demonet
Jackie Duval
Kristine Hughes
Bill & Suzy Eidson
John Brent
Ashley and Nate Taylor
Clara Butzon

Family members and friends of the Community:

John Bacher
Heather Partin
Debbie Gisler
Barbara Hamilton
Doug Brown
Michael Vannoy
Cameron Clark
Holli & Baby
Patty Gwara
Gene Wells
Grace Esbstyne
Lucius Morton
Danny Howard
The Kohler Family
Jeri Harris
Danny Hatchell
Erin Kavanaugh Kirkley
Lisa Butler
Teresa McCullohs

In Thanksgiving For:
Our St. Nicholas Communications Ministries

For those in Mourning:
The Family of Lillian Simpson
The Family of Pam Tinnell
The Family of Ron Anderson

    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.



August Birthdays

 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

September Birthdays

1 Sean Moody 
2 Drucye Cox 
3 Linda Sawyer 
5 Jessica Cody 
6 Susan Batastini 
8 Lynn Norris 
12 Chris Dixon 
17 Mary Davis 
19 June Nowell 
21 Joe Torres 
23 Sammy Hubbard 
26 Charlotte Winsness 
29 Amy Buchanan 
30 Bill Caudill

August Anniversaries

       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

September Anniversaries

2 Bob & Janice Murphy 
     3 Doug Jr. & Peggy Martin 
             25 Geoff & Phebe Callaway Robertson


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

Stitchers Meeting

From Fr. Jeff

Adult Formation

Community Needs

Vestry Minutes

Bright Way Ministries

Lay Ministry Schedule

Lay Ministry Opportunities

Steward of the Month
Lectionary Readings
Birthdays & Anniversaries

Parish Committees

Links (in alphabetical order)

Zion Episcopal, Talbotton(Go Fund Me)

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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

  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.

Electronic Common Prayer

Electronic Common Prayer, Version 2.0   (eCP)  is a brand new update to the first, fully authorized, interactive version of the Book of Common Prayer 1979 of the Episcopal Church USA.
Click here for details 

GoFundMe Campaign for Zion Church

For our next phase of fundraising for historic  Zion Episcopal Church  
in Talbotton, Georgia , we have set up a
GoFundMe  campaign. 

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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