The Spirit of St. Nicholas!           
The E-Newsletter from  St. Nicholas Episcopal Church, Hamilton, Georgia
July 23-28, 2015

Pulpit Swap with Christian Valley Church
July 26

St. Nicholas will welcome the people of Christian Valley Church with 

Pastor Eric Seldon at the pulpit at 10:00am.


This will be the ONLY service on July 26th. 



Pulpit Swap Potluck
Please bring a side dish, salad or dessert for our potluck on Sunday, July 26th, immediately after the 10:00 service.  Fried chicken and beverages will be provided.  For more info or if you are willing to help, contact Michelle Moody, (706) 330-7025


Why is there an 

extra candle on our altar?


Father Jeff's family will be home soon from his 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.




The Outreach Committee has become involved in a new project for the upcoming 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 Blessing of the Backpacks on August 2. 


Those wishing to contribute are asked to bring their contribution to the church and place them in the black container in the narthex on July 26 and August 2. 


Please see the list of single serving, nonperishable items below. There will also be a backpack for monetary donations. Checks should be made payable to St. Nicholas with "BackSnacks" noted on the memo line. Father Bob will bless our BackSnacks along with the other children's backpacks.


Food items needed: Individual macaroni and cheese, granola bars, fruit cups, individual boxes of cereal, and pop tarts.


As this will be an on-going project, please watch for new lists and chances to contribute throughout the year.


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 


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


Farewell Breakfast for the Dentlers
August 2nd

Fr. Bob and Charlotte Dendtler's last Sunday at 
St. Nicholas  is  August 2nd.

This summer has passed quickly. We are thankful for their involvement in and care of St Nicholas.  


We will have a continental breakfast between services so that you can visit with the Dendtlers on their last Sunday.

Please join us and show your appreciation.

Celtic Service


A Celtic Service is planned for August 2nd at both services.


This is a good time to invite a friend to St Nicholas




Jonathan  Daniels

  Pilgrimage on August 15th.   

Johnathan Daniels  (March 20, 1939 - August 20, 1965) was an   Episcopal   seminarian and civil rights activist. 
In 1965 he was murdered in  Hayneville, Alabama   while in the act of saving a young woman, Ruby Sales, who was a civil rights activist with Johnathan and others. 

They both were working in the  Civil Rights Movement   in  Lowndes County registering people to 
vote .


In 1991 Daniels was designated as a martyr in the Episcopal church, and is recognized annually. He is memorialized in the Civil Rights Movement and other venues. The Diocese of Alabama and the Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast organize an annual pilgrimage to Hayneville - this has been happening for at least 13 years. Many people from the Diocese of Atlanta go. 


This year our area Episcopal Churches are arranging for our parish groups to go together. Rt Rev Michael Curry is scheduled  to go - He is our new Presiding Bishop. It is a time of unity and remembrance. The city of Hayneville welcomes and embraces this pilgrimage as well.


More details will be posted about this trip as time gets closer.


CVEM will be taking reservations for travel to the Pilgrimage honoring the 50th Anniversary of Jonathan Daniel's Death in Hayneville on  Aug. 15.
Vans will leave from St. Thomas at 8:15 a.m. and return around 4 p.m. 
Box lunches will be catered to All Saints Parish in Montgomery where The Rev. Matthew Grunfeld is rector. Lunches will be $10 for an option of a Hoagie Veggie or Hoagie Club with slaw, chips, cookie, a pickle & a drink (if you would like to purhcase lunch). Bring your $10 cash with you and pay when you check in.  
RSVP by Aug. 2 at or call CVEM at 706-327-0400





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

  Tickets are Now On Sale!!!
Click on the link above


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!"


 Get to Know Your Parish Family

Charlotte Winsness has done a fantastic job compiling biographies of our parishioners. 

If she has asked you to send in your biography, please do so now so this column can continue.

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 Lay Ministers at 

St Nicholas  


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


Members of St Nicholas:


Bruce Clouser

Chris Butzon

Ashley and Nate Taylor

Bill Caudill

Dorothy Webster

Linda and Mike Sawyer

Garrett Hinnant

Larry Hinnant

Bob Hamilton

Judy Jenks


Family members of members of the community:


James Daniel

Jack Whitley

Ron Anderson

Clara Butzon

The Harris Family

Jameson Miers

Andy Hubbard

Julie Raines

Paul Jones

LaDean Hall

Leanne Croft

Robin Zion



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
16 Dorothy Webster
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


Pulpit Swap and Potluck 

Why is there an extra candle on our altar?

         Sign up for Online Giving 


Farewell for the Dendtlers August 2nd

Celtic Service August 2nd

Jonathan Daniels Pilgrimage

Tickets on sale 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."
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Parish Vacation Pictures

Molly and Fr. Jeff on the Irish coast

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

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.  


Contact Information

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