The Spirit of St. Nicholas 

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

February 25th - March 3rd, 2015
Month Year

Four Stewards of the Month 
for February!

The Vestry would like to honor

Chris and Sheila Dixon as Stewards of the Month for February for purchasing fresh oysters for our Mardi Gras celebration on February 17.  We thank you for your generosity.


We also honor their friends, Skeeter and Denese Cotton, for preparing delicious jambalaya at the celebration. Their contributions and dedication greatly contributed to the success of this annual St. Nicholas event.


Stewardship Quote of the Month: 

But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able to make this freewill offering?  For all things come from you, and of your own have we given you.  (1 Chronicles 29:14)

Results of our Visioning Survey

During the fall, we conducted town hall meetings and a survey to identify and prioritize current and future works that will fulfill our vision over the next three years. Comments clustered into the following areas:
1. Growing our child/youth programming
2. Creating spiritual growth groups
3. Establishing fellowship groups
4. Enhancing/Increasing our outreach to the community
5. Getting the word out about us and drawing the community to us

Numerous ideas were offered in each of the five areas, which the survey helped prioritize.

The survey results were discussed in the February vestry meeting. Our plan is for each committee to review and discuss the survey results and include in their goals/plans those initiatives that impact their committee's area of responsibility.  The committees will report back to the vestry which initiatives they will address this year.

You proposed such a wonderful variety of ideas that our church committees will be considering for implementation!  If you had an idea that you are willing to help bring to fruition, please let the committee chair know so they can make sure it is included in the year's plan.

If you would like to see the actual survey results, I have provided them.  For each of the five questions, there is a bar graph so you can see which ideas garnered the most support. Under the graph, each idea is listed with the actual percent of votes that it received

Survey Results

If you have questions or thoughts, please let me know.  
Sincerely, Sheri Cody

2015 Lenten Meditations

Our resident writing group, St. Nicholas Writes, led by Dianne Armstrong, has written a series of Lenten meditations for us to enjoy each day of Lent.  
We must apologize and make a correction:  Susan Wiley was the author of the reading, Judas' Cry, published on Saturday, February 21.

Come hear our Lenten Speakers and enjoy Soup/Sandwich Suppers each Wednesday evening February 25 through March 25. 

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

February 25 Dianne Armstrong, Reflections from the St. Nicholas Writers Group

Brief Introductory Remarks by Dianne Armstrong

6:45: David Johnson: Ash Wednesday

6:50:  Barbara Morgan: The Wind

6:55:  John Winsness: The Blind Man

7:00:  Bob Hamilton: Passion for God

7:05:  Susan Wiley: Lenten Musings

7:10:  Mallon Faircloth: What Matters

7:15:  Gabe Clouser: Rising from the Dead

7:20:  Audience Response

7:30:  Program Ends.



March 4 Author, David Johnson, discusses his latest book, On Becoming.

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

Starting Wednesday, February 25 at 5:30pm, Please join us weekly for child-friendly and child-led worship each Wednesday night. 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.


Event Details Heading
Date February 25
Time 5:30 pm
Location St. Nicholas


Adult Formation March 8

Have you ever sent or received a love letter? If you received or sent one while in grade school or high school, it brought about a range of emotions whether you liked or didn't like the person. 

What in the world does this have to do with church? This is a church-wide event that you don't want to miss. Plan to attend St Nicholas on March 8th at 9:45 am in the Adult Forum Classrooms. Hear some love stories from Bill Caudill, Annie Simpson, Drucye Cox, and more. Wow, talk about LOVE, Annie will have some of her World Famous Biscuits and coffee.
Date March 8
Time  9:45am
Location Adult Formation Classrooms


 Calling all Parishioners interested in a rewarding and new challenge for 2015!   

Our SNICK program has grown immensely over the past few years and we are in desperate need of NEW FACES AND IDEAS!  While Fr. Jeff and Molly have been excellent leaders for this program, it is time to branch out!!  We need new faces, new ideas and new ways to gladden the hearts of these children and teach them about our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  



Currently the St. Nicholas Children's Committee is looking for members who are willing to help develop a new curriculum and who can meet with our SNICK participants on Wednesday evenings.  I am asking that each of you prayerfully consider playing a role in our SNICK program.  Remember no role is too big or small!  Please contact Beth Evans for more information about ways to get involved! 


In Peace,


Beth Evans



Date  Every Wednesday evening

Time 5:30pm
Location St. Nicholas classroom


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

Second Saturdays
continue at St. Nicholas
 in March and April.

Safeguarding God's Children
Safeguarding God's People
 St. Nicholas is blessed to have people who want to continue to make this place safe. Our Vestry members, program leaders, Sunday School teachers, and many others have been responsible to take the Safeguarding courses offered by the diocese. This is intended for all leaders of the church, not just those who work with youth and children. Please pass this invitation on to anyone in the parish you think needs to complete the Safeguarding courses. The more people who take it, the safer our congregation will be from sexual predators or sexual harassment.

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 workshops listed below, which will happen at St. Nicholas on March 14. You can register by contacting Deborah Silver, who will be facilitating the courses.

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

HAMILTON | Saturday, March 14, 9:30 to 12:30

St. Nicholas Episcopal Church. 





Safeguarding God's People

For those who work with adults:    

HAMILTON | Saturday, March 14, 1 to 4 p.m. 

St. Nicholas Episcopal Church



If you have any questions, please contact Father Jeff at

Get to know your parish family...

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


Ron and Mary Davis 

Ron and Mary are pictured with two of their grandchildren, Jackson and Isabella.


The Davises have lived in Ellerslie for the past nine years.  Although they have lived many different places, they consider the Columbus area their home.


They have four children and five grandchildren. They feel blessed to have all of them live in the Columbus area.  


Ron was born and raised in Swainsboro, GA.  He retired from the Army with 24 years of service and currently works at AFLAC.


Mary was born in Colorado Springs, CO.  She worked civil service for 13 years and for the last eight years before retirement, she worked for the Muscogee County School District.


The military has been a big part of their lives.  Ron and Mary met while they both worked at Fort Benning and have been married 35 years this August.


Volunteer Schedule for February   
  February Volunteer Schedule

Volunteer Schedule for March 

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 (In Hughston Rehab Center Phenix City - would like visitors)

Doug Martin

Jameson Miers

Andi Smith

John Halmrast

Michael Butler

Andy Hubbard

Anthony Cox

For those who are in mourning

The Nordin Family on the death of Larry's Mother.

The Butzon Family on the death of Chris' Mother

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 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


26 Barbara & Bill Bradley 

18 Kenny & Terri Townsend

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 in March.  

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



Steward of the Month


Visioning Survey Results


Lenten Meditations


Lenten Evenings

Family Worship at St. Nicholas


Adult Formation


Message from Children's Committee




Book Study Group


Second Saturdays


Safeguarding God's Children


Get to Know Your Parish Family


Volunteer Schedule


Lectionary Readings




Birthdays & Anniversaries


Men's Group Dinner


FOCUS Shoe Drive 








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Church Directory  Being Updated


Patty Hamilton is getting 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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