The Spirit of St. Nicholas!        
  The E-Newsletter from  St. Nicholas Episcopal Church, Hamilton, Georgia
July 8th-14th, 2015

North Carolina's 
Bishop Michael Curry
elected church's next presiding bishop


SALT LAKE CITY (ENS) -- The Episcopal Church's General Convention made history June 27 when it chose Diocese of North Carolina Bishop Michael Curry to be its 27th presiding bishop.


Curry, 62, was elected by the House of Bishops from a slate of four nominees on the first ballot. He becomes the church's first African-American presiding bishop.


Curry's election was confirmed an hour later by the House of Deputies, as outlined in the church's canons, by a vote of 800 to 12.




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.


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 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!


Nick Simpson

Financial Stewardship Vestry Liaison

Cell:  706 594-2884 


Pulpit Swap with Christian Valley Church

St. Nicholas will welcome Pastor Eric Seldon as our guest at the 11:00am service on July 26th. 

Vacation Bible School

This year VBS will be a lock in event   on
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



Friday, September 25, 2015 
at Sweet Home Plantation Pine Mountain

  Tickets will go on sale in July.


Steward of the Month for July


David Walker



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!"




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.

 Get to Know Your Parish Family

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

Please contact her (click on her name above)
to be highlighted in our 


Lay Ministry Schedule



The FOCUS Food Pantry is in need of
Soup and  Peanut Butter .
 Thank you for your donations!

Lectionary Readings 

If you would like to see the readings for Sunday, 


In Thanksgiving

For the United States of America 



For those who are ill, recovering or needing special prayers


James Daniel

Ashley and Nate Taylor

Jack Whitley

Ron Anderson

Clara Butzon

The Harris Family

Garrett Hinnant

Jameson Miers

Andi Smith

Andy Hubbard

Julie Raines

Bill Caudill

Paul Jones

Scott Lipp

Larry Hinnant

LaDean Hall

Connie Guy

Chris Cox

Linda Sawyer

Mike Sawyer

Josh Davis

Leanne Croft



Prayers  for the Walker family upon death 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



July Birthdays
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
27 Dexter Evans
27 Ingrid Cheshire
30 Norma Wolff
  July Anniversaries  
3 Dave & Barbara Walker
11 Amy & Terry Buchanan
26 Sharon & Tom Cheatham
28 Carolyn Cox

In This Issue


General Convention Salt Lake City

Why is there an extra candle on our altar?

Bright Way Ministry/
Lay Eucharistic Visitors Needed
         Sign up for Online Giving 

Pulpit Swap

Save the Date for Lobsterfest


Steward of the Month




Get to Know Your Parish Family

Lay Ministry Schedule

June Vestry Minutes


FOCUS Food Pantry

Lectionary Readings




Birthdays & Anniversaries







Father Jeff's Travel Blog 


Thought of the Month 
for July

"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."

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

  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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