The Spirit of St. Nicholas   

 The E-Newsletter from St. Nicholas Episcopal Church, Hamilton, Georgia

Photo by Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta
March 4th - 10th, 2015 

Second Saturday March 14th
Kate Campbell Tickets Available

Join us this Saturday at St. Nicholas for our 2nd concert of the 2015 Series! 
Tickets are $20 each and are available through the Church: or by calling 706-628-7272
Second Saturday Concert Series
Date Saturday, March 14th
Time: Doors open at 6:15 Concert begins at 7:00
Location: St. Nicholas Episcopal Church
               69 Mobley Rd
                Hamilton, GA  31811

Second Saturdays
Concert Series
continue at St. Nicholas
March 14 Kate Campbell!

Authors in our resident writing group, St. Nicholas Writes, led by Dianne Armstrong, have written a series of Lenten meditations for us to enjoy each day of Lent. 

If you have missed any of these meditations they can be found on our website in the Writer's Corner:

Feb. 18, (Wednesday) Ash Wednesday: David Johnson
Feb. 19, (Thursday) Lenten Musings: Susan Wiley
Feb. 20,(Friday)  Marley's Message: Dianne Armstrong
Feb. 21, (Saturday) Judas' Cry: Susan Wiley
Feb. 22, (Sunday) What Matters: Mallon Faircloth
Feb. 23, (Monday) Who am I?: Leslie Baker
Feb. 24, (Tuesday)  Caring for Caregivers: Chris Butzon
Feb. 26, (Thursday) The Storm: Barbara Morgan
Feb. 27, (Friday) The Blind Man: John Winsness
Feb. 28, (Saturday) Passion for God: Bob Hamilton

March 1 (Sunday), Rising from the Dead: Gabe Clouser

March 2 (Monday), True Knowledge: Leslie Baker

March 3 (Tuesday), Having a Bad Day: Bob Hamilton

March 4 (Weds.), Jesus Wept: Anna Wiley

March 5 (Thursday), Isaiah 40:31: Dianne Armstrong

March 6 (Friday), Virtual Choir: John Winsness

March 7 (Saturday), Like Little Children: Bob Hamilton

March 8 (Sunday), And God Said: Susan Wiley


More coming soon!

  Lenten Evenings 
Family-Friendly Service at 5:30pm
followed by dinner for all,
SNICK program for children,
Lenten series program for adults


March 11 "Draw the Circle  Wider"  Katherine Johnson and  Nick Simpson

March 18 "Liturgy That Takes Its Time" with Stuart Higginbotham

March 25 "The Sabbatical Agenda" with Father Jeff Jackson

Ruby Miller (706-594-4805) and Carolyn Jacik (706-577-7667)
are coordinating the food preparation. 


Family Worship at St. Nicholas

On Wednesday's at 5:30pm, please join us for child-friendly and child-led worship.  Abbreviated in order to introduce children to worship and including a mix of traditional and contemporary music, this service of Holy Eucharist will inspire you. Following the service, we will have dinner at 6:15pm, followed by our speaker series for adults and our SNICK program for kids. All are welcome! Come join us! For more information, contact Father Jeff Jackson at 706 628-7272.



The St. Nicholas 
Columbus Book Study Group
meets each Tuesday
at 12:00 noon
at Trinity Episcopal Church
1st Ave., Columbus
In the Library on the second floor


Unfortunately we did not have enough registrants for this Saturday's Safeguarding God's CHILDREN training at St. Nicholas. So, the training has been cancelled . If you registered and planned to attend this training we are making an exception and giving you permission to take this training on SAFEGUARDING ONLINE. I apologize for any inconvenience this might cause you and I very much appreciate your faithfulness in registering to take the Safeguarding God's CHILDREN training in a timely manner.
This Safeguarding God's Children Link contains the Policies booklet from the Diocese.
Deborah Silver

We are also blessed to have some options. First, if you or others wish to complete the courses online in your own time, please let me know and I will set you up with how to do that. Or, you can attend the workshop listed below, which will happen at St. Thomas on March 14. You can register by contacting Deborah Silver, who will be facilitating the course.

Safeguarding God's Children
For those who work with children:  



Safeguarding God's People




For those who work with adults:    

St. Thomas - Columbus



Saturday, March 14, 1 to 4 p.m



Spiritual Gifts Workshop

March 15, 9:45am

Episcopal 101


What are your spiritual gifts? What unique talents and qualities has God given you, and how might you use those gifts? We will discuss the many gifts listed in 1 Corinthians, Romans, and Ephesians and discover which ones you might have using a spiritual gifts inventory. 


If you would like to attend the workshop, please contact the office to RSVP.  Click on gifts inventory for the list, and please take this prior to the class. This class will also serve as our monthly Episcopal 101 class. 


Men's Group Dinner

The St. Nicholas Men's Group will continue to meet on the third Tuesday of every month for dinner beginning again on March 19th 

Church Work Day
We will be having a work day here at St. Nicholas on Saturday, March 28th beginning at 9:00 am.
Bring your work gloves and cleaning aids!


Get to know your parish family

Charlotte Winsness has volunteered to compile biographies of our members and presents another article for your enjoyment.


The Baker Family


Lou and Leslie Baker both grew up in the Midwest and moved to Columbus from Chicago, IL.  Lou retired last year, after a career as a financial executive and tax attorney.  Leslie is a high school teacher at Hardaway High School.


The Bakers have two grown children, Vanessa and Nicholas. In their leisure hours, the Bakers enjoy travel, history, music and food adventures.


Vanessa was married last summer in Peru and the service was repeated at St. Nicholas this winter.  


Volunteer Schedule

Lectionary Readings 

If you would like to see the readings for Sunday, 


If you would like to have a name placed on this prayer list, please email or call Katherine Johnson, 706-628-5676, Pastoral Care Committee.  


Persons must give permission to be placed on this list.  Names will remain on the prayer list for one month unless otherwise contacted.





Prayers of Thanksgiving


For St Nicholas Church.

For the members of St. Nicholas and their care for church and community.


For those who are ill, recovering, or needing special prayers


Ashley and Nate Taylor

Nick Simpson's Mother

Jack Whitley

Don Baldwin

Jim Nemchak

Tina Miller

Jamie Forestal

Gail Jackson

Ron Anderson

Clara Butzon

The Harris Family

Jessica McComb

Liz Dixon

Jeff Cody

Garrett Hinnant

Janice Murphy

Dorothy Webster

Doug Martin

Jameson Miers

Andi Smith

John Halmrast

Michael Butler

Andy Hubbard

Anthony Cox

Barbara Lawson  

For those who are in mourning

The Tomlin Family on the death of Bert's brother

For the Hammonds Family on the death of Melissa's Grandmother

For the Tranmer Family on the death of Alyssa's Father.

For the Raney Family on the death of Sharon's son-in-law


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

1 Anne Simpson 
3 Marilyn Vida
5 Chris Price 
6 Ansley Butzon Shelley Butzon 
11 Julie Nordin Wesley Brown 
12 Sidney Evans 
14 Jan Pylant 
18 Bill Eidson 
19 June Wood 
22 Terry Caudill 
24 Beth Brown 
25 Kay Faircloth Rebecca Crowley 
28 Caroline Queener 
31 Peggy Martin 
18 Kenny & Terri Townsend 

FOCUS Shoe Drive

FOCUS is conducting a shoe drive, collecting gently worn shoes to help support micro enterprise programs in impoverished nations such as Haiti, Ghana and Nicarauga.  The shoes are sent to people who go through a free training program teaching them how to run their own business selling shoes. 

Please bring the shoes to FOCUS in Hamilton. This shoe drive will also help fund the FOCUS Food Bank.

In This Issue


Second Saturday 


Lenten Meditations


Lenten Evenings

Family Worship at St. Nicholas

Book Study Group


Safeguarding God's Children


Spiritual Gifts Workshop/Episcopal 101


Men's Group Dinner


Church Work Day 


Get to Know Your Parish Family


Volunteer Schedule


Lectionary Readings




Birthdays & Anniversaries


FOCUS Shoe Drive 








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Please help Patty Hamilton get 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

  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.  



Thank you, St. Nicholas family, for your active involvement in our parish. 

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