The Spirit of St. Nicholas!        
 The E-Newsletter from St. Nicholas Episcopal Church, Hamilton, Georgia
 April 29th - May 5th, 2015

Saturday Set-up  

We will be setting up for the May 3rd Service and Lunch on Saturday May 2nd @ 10:00 am 

Come help if you can


May 3

One Service at 10:00am

The Summer Chapel Band will be with us again

   This is Fr Jeff's last Sunday before his sabbatical leave. He returns on August 9th. The Cashier's Summer Chapel Band will play at this service. Emma Evans will be baptized.   Fr Bob Dentler, our supply priest, will be at the service. Lunch follows -Side dishes welcomed. There will be surprises along the way as we give the Jackson's a festive farewell. We promise to keep the pace flowing - events will wind down immediately following lunch. You will want to be there.   Come one, come all - Bring a friend.


DINNER ON THE FARM - May 9, 2015





Adults $40 - Children under 12 are $20.

Chris will lead a farm tour, live music, artisans and good food.

Come on out St Nicholas - We can have a good time together.

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Date: Saturday, May 9th
Time: 4:00 pm
Location: Jenny Jack Sun Farm - White Cemetary Rd
Pine Mountain, GA  31822



Bring your lunch - enjoy good company - visit with your St Nicholas friends and meet new ones.


Casual dress. We meet in the new parish area behind the offices. Building friendships is the goal. No projects, no books to read, no committee work. This is simply a time to visit with each other and build community. Next meeting is Tuesday, May 12th at noon - bring your own lunch.
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Date: Tuesday, May 12th
Time: Noon
Location: St. Nicholas Classrooms


Get ready to welcome

The Rev Robert B. Dendtler  

(Father Bob)


The Rev Robert Dendtler (Fr. Bob) will be our Supply Priest while Fr. Jeff is on Sabbatical. 


Fr. Bob and his wife, Charlotte, have been married 54 years. They have three adult children plus grandchildren. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania (1958) and University of Tennessee 1963)  Fr. Bob joined the United States Army. He served until 1980 when he decided to go to seminary--something he had always thought about doing. 


He graduated from Virginia Theological Seminary in 1983 and then Princeton Theological Seminary in Pastoral Care and Counseling, 1990.


From 1983 until 2000 when Fr. Bob retired, he has served churches in New Jersey and Georgia. Upon retirement, he has been a Supply or Interim in Georgia and the Virgin Islands.


Fr. Bob is active in the Cursillo Movement, Education for Ministry Mentor, Disciples of Christ in Community and has mentored four postulants for Deacon in the Diocese of the Virgin Islands--just to name a few of his activities.


He and Charlotte are in excellent health. He exercises and plays golf regularly. The Dendtlers live part-time in Georgia and part-time in the Virgin Islands. Fr Bob and Charlotte are looking forward to serving at St. Nicholas and being engaged with us.They are warm, bright and open people. He will be with us each weekend except the 17th of May when he will be playing in a Golf Tournament in support of Veterans--something he has done for years.On that weekend, the Rev Rebekah Hatch will join us.


Fr. Bob is eager to serve us as Priest, teacher and friend. The Vestry feels very fortunate to have Fr. Bob with us while Fr. Jeff is on Sabbatical. We know the members of St. Nicholas will welcome him in their usual warm way. A full resume is available in the Narthex.



Steward of the Month for May

Patty Hamilton
Please congratulate Patty Hamilton on her selection by the Vestry as our Steward of the Month.  Patty is being specifically recognized for her untiring efforts toward bringing our accounting back into the church.  She has worked many hours setting up both of our new accounting programs, ServantKeeper (our donor management program) and QuickBooks (our accounting software).  She has entered all of the ending balances for 2014 and most of the postings year to date.  She contributed to the hiring process of our new in-house accountant, Kristi Nelson and has successfully interfaced with our previous accountant to smoothly transition the accounting process. Patty has single-handedly set up ServantKeeper to ensure correct application of donor funds to their intended ministries.  In addition to these duties, she has been helping Theresa Dorminey establish a well run office after the move from the old building to the new offices. Patty, as many others do and have done in the past, exemplifies the definition of a good Steward.  She truly lives the time, talent and treasure commitment that so many of us at St. Nicholas strive for.  
 "Well done, good and faithful servant!"

Caring for Caregivers Group meets on the second Tuesday of every month at 6:30pm at St. Nicholas Episcopal Church, 69 Mobley Road, Hamilton.  There is no charge and the meeting is open to the public.  Caregivers might be grandparents raising grandchildren, a spouse taking care of a wounded veteran, someone raising special needs children, family members taking care of aging parents, someone caring for a family member with mental or physical disabilities and many other situations.  For more information, please call or email Nick Simpson 706-594-2884 or Andrea (Andy) Butzon 706-628-5975 


Family Worship at St. Nicholas

Continues on each Wednesday at 5:30pm through April. Please join us weekly 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 6:00pm, followed by the SNICK program for kids, and Choir Rehearsal for adults. 

All are welcome! Come join us! For more information, contact Father Jeff Jackson at 706 628-7272.


Thursday Book Study Group

We are starting a new book for our Thursday group and will meet on Thursday's at 12:00 noon. The book is called If the Church Were Christian by Philip Gulley and will spark some good conversation for the next 10 weeks. Now's a great time to jump on board!


Thursday Book Study Group
Time: 12:00
Location: St. Nicholas Classrooms


                                Get to Know Your Parish Family


Carolyn Cox


Carolyn was born in Barbourville, Kentucky. She graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in education. She met Tony Cox in Cincinnati, Ohio, and they married in 1962.


Over the years, Carolyn has worked in education, banking, and social work, as well as providing administrative support for Tony's business. After living in eight different states, they moved to Columbus in 1982, and Carolyn retired from Muscogee County Department of Family and Children's Services in 2003.


At St. Nicholas, Carolyn is a member of the Altar Guild and Pastoral Care Committee, and volunteers for FOCUS. She is a member of the quilting club and the Harris County Library Book Club. She has two children, three grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. Son, Anthony Cox, lives in Columbus and daughter Erin Renfroe lives in Pensacola, Florida.  


Carolyn enjoys sewing, reading, and spoiling her grandchildren.




Two Outreach Volunteers Needed

The  outreach committee is seeking two volunteers. The idea is to make sure that our parish is aware of opportunities for Christian service to the community and to facilitate participation. Contact Lou Baker, if you can help.

1. St. Nicholas cooperates with FOCUS in Hamilton, CVEM in Columbus, Episcopal Relief, and similar initiatives. You can take responsibility for coordinating our participation with these good outreach organizations.
2. St. Nicholas has an ongoing relationship with Christian Valley Church in Cataula. Currently, we walk together in the MLK unity parade and worship together in the annual summertime Pulpit Swap. If you would like to shepherd this relationship and be alert to developing other interfaith/
interchurch dialogues, this ministry is for you.



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

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.

We get many prayer requests for those ill or in difficult situations. But we ask you to send in those things you are thankful for and we will add those to the prayer list.  



In Thanksgiving

For the upcoming marriage of Karen Wynegar and Jay Thorne.


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


Ashley and Nate Taylor

Nick Simpson's Mother

Jack Whitley

Don Baldwin

Tina Miller

Jamie Forestal

Gail Jackson

Ron Anderson

Clara Butzon

The Harris Family

Jessica McComb

Garrett Hinnant

Dorothy Webster

Jameson Miers

Andi Smith

John Halmrast

Michael Butler

Andy Hubbard

Barbara Lawson

Julie Raines

Steve Valentine

David Walker's Mother

Clyde Moody, Sr

Kin Brown

Paul Jones

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



May Birthdays

2 Martha Dimon
3 Jackson Crowley
8 Judy Jenks
10 Andy Butzon
13 Phebe Callaway Robertson
14 Doug Jr. Martin
16 Karen Wynegar

16 Rose Brent
28 Nick Simpson
29 Erick Whitworth

29 Theresa Dorminy  


May Anniversaries
5 Graham & Marci Horne
18 Bob & Patty Hamilton
20 Scott & Rebecca Crowley
20 Larry & Julie Nordin
21 Kin & Beth Brown 

In This Issue


         Saturday Set-Up


Summer Chapel Band


Dinner on the Farm  


Ladies Luncheon 


The Reverend Bob Dendtler


May Steward of the Month


Caring for the Caregiver 


         Family Worship at St. Nicholas

 Thursday Book Study

Get to Know Your Parish Family


Outreach Volunteers Needed

FOCUS Food Pantry

Volunteer Schedule


Lectionary Readings




Birthdays & Anniversaries






Stewardship Thought of the Month

"In being stewards of the church, for, as we are told, the church of God is the household of God and it is  essential to practice the stewardship there.  

The life of a Christian steward, lived in the imitation of the  life of Christ, is challenging, even difficult in many  ways; but both here and hereafter it is charged with  intense Joy."  

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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