The Spirit of St. Nicholas!         
The E-Newsletter from St. Nicholas Episcopal Church, Hamilton, Georgia
April 22nd - 28th, 2015 

St. Nicholas Writes, our resident writing group, welcomes David Johnson to its  

Sunday, April 26th meeting from 9:45-10:45 in the Adult Forum room.


David's own words describe the agenda best: 

"Let each person assess where he or she is in their writing and try to answer where they would like to go with their writing.  Once that is done we will employ exercises to help with the situation.  It will be an exploration and experimentation with their writing."

We look forward to what promises to be an exciting presentation, one that should help us progress in learning our craft. The congregation is invited, even if you just wish to hear David's talk. He is a gifted teacher, and if you only want to sit at his feet, you are welcome to do that too! Hope to see you there.
St. Nicholas Writer's Group
Date Sunday, April 26th
Time 9:45am
Location Adult Forum Room



Stewards of the Month for April

Carolyn Jacik, Ruby Miller and Tina Miller

Throughout Lent many of us, including the SNICK participants, enjoyed delicious suppers after the Wednesday Family Service and the Lenten Programs. Those suppers were prepared by Carolyn, Ruby and Tina. Each Wednesday they prepared and served the meals and cleaned the kitchen. The Vestry is so appreciative of the time and talent they gave to St. Nicholas and have named them St. Nicholas April Stewards.


May 3

One Service at 10:00am

The Summer Chapel Band will be with us again
followed by lunch and farewell to the Jacksons as they depart for Sabbatical. Our supply priest, Fr. Bob Dendtler and his wife, Charlotte, will be with us that Sunday as well.

Please check your email for more information and RSVP by April 24th.

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.


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!

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.




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




2 Scott Crowley
3 Lynn Hall
5 Grey Jackson
6 Caroline Dixon
Sharon Cheatham
9 Linda Gustashaw
12 Marcus Dixon
16 Bill Bradley
Ron Davis
17 Mike Sawyer
21 Kristy Hubbard
Leslie Baker
25 Kin Brown
27 Barbara Morgan
Steve Turley


 1 Bruce & Garbrielle Clouser
3 Dave & Linda Gustashaw
9 Dick & June Wood
26 Steve & Sheila Turley

In This Issue



        Writers Group


April Stewards of the Month  


Summer Chapel Band


Dinner on the Farm  


Ladies Luncheon 


The Reverend Bob Dendtler


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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