The Spirit of St. Nicholas!          
The E-Newsletter from St. Nicholas Episcopal Church, Hamilton, Georgia
May 6th - 12th, 2015

To my dear parish,

Thank you all so much for the glorious send-off celebration. We were so surprised by everything, especially the fire truck! Thank you to everyone
 who had a hand in planning the day.

We love you all so much! See you in August!

The Jacksons


May Services 
8:30 and 11:00 services continue

May 10th - Mother's Day. Regular services and special prayers for Mother's Day

May 17th - Memorial Day will be celebrated on this Sunday rather than the 24th which is Pentecost. Flags will be processed. Graduating seniors will be recognized and celebrated.

May 24th - Pentecost - Festive service celebrating Pentecost. Vestry meets after the service.

May 31st - Regular services at 8:30 and 11:00
Coffee hour will be held between services. Adult Formation continues at 9:45.


Meet and greet 

Father Bob and Charlotte Dendtler


Next Sunday, May 10th at 9:45 we will gather in the big classroom to get to know the Dendtlers. Fr Bob is available to teach classes this summer and we want to hear about your ideas.





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.

*****SOLD OUT*****

Farm to Table Dinner

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


Pastoral Care 


Pastoral Care meeting is scheduled for 

Wednesday, May 20 at 10:00 at church.


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!"


SNICK donates offertory

Each Wednesday night when SNICK was meeting, the offertory plate was passed as part of the Family Worship Service. 

At their last service, the children met to decide where their offertory money would go. They decided to give it to the American Cancer Society. A letter along with a check will be sent to the American Cancer Society from the St. Nicholas SNICK group. 
Congratulations to 
Jay and Karen (Wynegar) Thorne 
on their marriage
Friday, May 1st, 2015!


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 


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

Joe & Kathie Torres 

Kathie was born  in a small farming town in northern Maine, Ft. Fairfield, Maine. Her father was in the Air Force and she moved several times during her childhood, graduating from high school while stationed in Bitburg, Germany.


After graduation, Kathie returned to Maine to attend Husson University in Bangor. She started her civil service career in the Pentagon; transferring twice and retiring after 37 years as the PEBLO [Physical Evaluation Board Liaison Officer] at Martin Army Hospital, Ft. Benning, GA. 


Jose was born in Puerto Rico, the youngest of four sons.  After graduating high school, he joined the US Marine Corps.  While in the Marines, he attended the prestigious Marine Corps Sniper School at Camp LeJeune, NC; which set the tone for him to become a national and world class competitive shooter and instructor.  After his tour with the Marines, he joined the US Army.


In 1967-68 & 1969-70 Jose served back-to-back tours in Vietnam; having been wounded twice, he was awarded the Bronze Star for Valor. After returning back to the states,  he was finally able to try out for the Army [pistol] Shooting Team.  Securing a spot on the Army pistol team. In 1974 at Camp Perry Ohio National matches, he won the 50 yd slow fire 45 cal pistol.  He was awarded a Gold Cup 45 pistol.


Jose not only speaks five languages, attended the US Army Language Institute in Monterey CA; he has taught marksmanship at the FBI Academy in Quantico VA and the US Military Academy, West Point NY. While being assigned to the US Army Marksmanship Unit Ft Benning GA for 12 years; he retired in 1985 with 26 years of military service.


Kathie and Jose are charter members of 

St Nicholas. They were St . Nicholas' first couple to be married in the new church.

Kathie has been involved in several of 

St Nicholas' activities: Sunday School Teacher, lay reader, altar guild, choir, served on the vestry and started 

St. Nicholas' biggest fund raiser-Lobsterfest. Jose has ushered, helped with maintenance of church building, yard work and helped with many other needs. 

Kathie loves to do her quilting projects; Jose is content when doing his oil painting, woodworking and teaching gun safety.


They love living in the quiet woods of Cataula, GA with their two little Yorkie puppies, Mucho and Missy.


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 marriage of Karen Wynegar and Jay Thorne.

For the people of St. Nicholas

For Fr Bob and Charlotte Dendtler



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

Scott Lipp

Bill Caudil

Larry Hinnant


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


       Thank You from the Jacksons 


May Services


Meet & Greet the Dendtlers 


Dinner on the Farm  


Ladies Luncheon 


May Steward of the Month


SNICK donates offertory




Caring for the Caregiver 


         Thursday Book Study

Get to Know Your Parish Family


FOCUS Food Pantry

Volunteer Schedule


Lectionary Readings




Birthdays & Anniversaries







Father Jeff's Travel Blog 


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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