The Spirit of St. Nicholas 

The E-Newsletter from St. Nicholas Episcopal Church, Hamilton, Georgia
February 18 - 25, 2015
Month Year

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.  Read more 
Second Saturdays Concert Series
continue at St. Nicholas
 in March and April.

Ash Wednesday Service February 18 at 6:30pm

Ash Wednesday marks the entry into our season of prayer, penitence, and fasting called Lent. 

At St. Nicholas, we offer an opportunity to make confessions and receive the imposition of ashes individually during the hours of 3:00-5:00pm. Father Jeff will be in the church nave awaiting anyone who would like to come. 

Then, at 6:30pm, we will gather for our service for Ash Wednesday. All are welcome and invited to start their Lenten Season with us! If you have questions, please contact us at 706-628-7272.

Flower Guild Training

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Date Saturday, Feb 21
Time 2:00pm
Location St. Nicholas Episcopal Church

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  Reflections from the St. Nicholas Writing Group
     Brief introductory remarks by Dianne Armstrong
     David Johnson:  Ash Wednesday poem
     Barbara Morgan:  The Wind
     John Winsness:  The Blind Man
     Bob Hamilton:  Passion for God
     Susan Wiley:  Lenten Musings
     Mallon Faircloth:  What Matters
     Gabe Clouser:  Rising from the Dead
     Audience Response

March 4 Author, David Johnson, discusses his latest book

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.


Writer's Group  February 22 at 9:45am 
St. Nicholas Writes, our resident writing group, welcomes Father Jeff to our   next meeting on Sunday, February 22, from 9:45-10:45. Father Jeff will talk about poetry's relationship to music, and will not only share his own
compositions with us but play them as well--a real treat!  

In the spirit of his familiar open invitations to church activities, we also invite everyone to experience this special occasion with us. Light refreshments will be served.

For questions or inquiries, contact Dianne Armstrong: or
phone: 706-221-9020.

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.


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


(St. Nick Kids)

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


St. Nicholas Children's Committee Chair


Date  Every Wednesday evening

Time 5:30pm
Location St. Nicholas classroom


The St. Nicholas 
Columbus Book Study Group 

You are invited to join the Columbus Book Study group as they begin reading The Passionate Jesus by Peter Wallace on February 24 at 12:00 noon.


Date February 24
Time 12:00 noon
Location Library on second floor at Trinity Episcopal Church,
1st. Ave., Columbus


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

Volunteer Schedule for February   

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 our new Music Director, Melissa Hammonds

For the birth of Cooper Connally


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


Ashley and Nate Taylor

Nick Simpson's mother

Jack Whitley

Rose Brent

Don Baldwin

Jim Nemchak

Tina Miller

Kristine Connally

Jamie Forestal

Gail Jackson

Ron Anderson

Clara Butzon

The Harris Family

Jessica McComb

Liz Dixon

Doug Martin

Jameson Miers

Andi Smith

John Halmrast

Michael Butler

Dorothy Webster

For those who are in mourning

The Clouser and Cody Families on the death of James McColley, Gabe's brother and Sheri's uncle.


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 Mike Durham  
2 Kenny Townsend  
5 Gene Demonet  
10 Ed Cooling   Sue Halmrast  
11 Kenny Hall  
13 Heather Roper
16 Ella Crowley  
17 Liam Jackson   Abbey Crowley   
19 Jessica McComb  
20 Mallon Faircloth  
22 David Johnson 


 2 Mike & Gina Durham  
12 Dexter & Beth Evans  
14 Bobo & Barbara Morgan  Joe & Kathie Torres  
26 Barbara & Bill Bradley 

Men's Group Dinner

The St. Nicholas Men's Group will not meet in February due to the Mardi Gras party on February 17.  We 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



Lenten Meditations


Second Saturdays


Ash Wednesday Service


Flower Guild Training


Lenten Evenings


Writers' Group

Family Worship at St. Nicholas


Message from Children's Committee


Book Study Group


Safeguarding God's Children


Volunteer Schedule


Lectionary Readings




Birthdays & Anniversaries


Men's Group Dinner


FOCUS Shoe Drive 








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The Spirit of St. Nicholas 
is published bi-weekly by 
St. Nicholas Episcopal Church.

Church Directory 

Thanks to Patty Hamilton's gift of time and talent, the St. Nicholas Church Directory had been updated and republished on our web site.

If you need to add or correct information in the directory, please email Patty Hamilton at

Instant Church Directory
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.  



Taste of Pine Mountain

Tickets for the 16th Annual 
A Taste of Pine Mountain 
are selling quickly.


Please join us on Friday February 20 
from 6 till 9 p.m.  

17 Pine Mountain shops will team with local restaurants and caterers in a celebration of the unique charm of Pine Mountain.  Samples from each of the food providers will be offered in the participating shops.  Check out the new spring merchandise, sample wonderful food, and join in the fun


Tickets $15.00 are available at Sweet Home Antiques or by phone at 706-663-7776.



Puttin' on the Dog

It's all about raising awareness about abandoned animals!

Our Rescue Me! Fashion Show will feature adoptable dogs!

Puttin' On The Dog
Luncheon and Fashion Show

March 10th
the Lodge and Spa at Callaway Gardens

Reservations are $60:


Closing Headline

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

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