The Spirit of St. Nicholas!        

The E-Newsletter from St. Nicholas Episcopal Church, Hamilton, Georgia
April 8th - 14th, 2015 

The Last Second Saturdays
Concert of the year!


Well known singer/songwriter will perform on
Buy your tickets ($20/PERSON) at the door.
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Date: Saturday, April 11th
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: St. Nicholas Episcopal Church
69 Mobley Rd
Hamilton, GA  31811


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 


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.




Congratulations to Karen Wynegar for transferring her membership to St. Nicholas from St. Patrick's Episcopal Church & Lutheran Church of Our Savior in Albany, Georgia. 


Karen has been an active participant for a number of years, and will soon be married to her fiancee Jay Thorne on May 1, 2015


Congratulations and welcome home!

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


Family Worship at St. Nicholas

On Wednesdays at 5:30pm, please join us 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. Our SNICK program for kids will follow the service. 

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



The Tuesday Book Group that meets in Columbus at the Trinity Episcopal Library will meet on April 7 to finish their discussion on The Passionate Jesus by Peter Wallace, then again on April 21 to meet the author. 


All are welcome to join us as we dialogue with Peter about his book. After that, the group will take a break from meeting during the summer months.


The Passionate Jesus


Columbus Book Study Group

Dates:  April 7 and April 21
Time: 12:00
Location: Trinity Episcopal Church Library

     Steward of the Month: Linda Sawyer
       St. Nicholas has Talent!

This wonderful, colorful, playful mural in our new nursery was painted by none other than our own Linda Sawyer!!!!  Linda has been painting for three years, but had never done a mural before. Sue Halmrast asked Linda to paint a mural and assured her she could do it. Linda spent a month painting and says she loved every minute of it!!!  Please stop by the nursery and take a look. This picture doesn't do it justice!!!  
Thank you Linda!



What Is Stewardship? 

Stewardship is ... Everything I do after I say, "I believe."

Stewardship isn't ...

+ Fundraising.

+ Paying the light bills or maintaining a building.

+ Paying a decent staff.

+ Meeting the budget.

+ Keeping the church alive.

+ Paying our fair share of the dues.

+ Passing on a legacy to our children.

Stewardship is ...

+ Sharing in God's mission with a glad, generous and grateful heart.

+ Transforming lives in our community.

+ Prayerfully responding to God's call.

+ A deeply spiritual matter.

+ Something that blesses the giver more than the receiver.

Stewardship is discipleship; it is a complete reorientation of our lives toward God, who calls us through Jesus Christ.


Stewardship is... Everything I do after I say, "I believe."


From the Episcopal Network for Stewardship: Generosity Movement

Zion Workday
Bring your work gloves!
We need all the help we can get!!!

Saturday, April 18th
Time: 10:00 am
Location: Zion Episcopal - Talbotton, GA

Zion Worship April 19

Please plan to join us in worship at historic Zion Church in Talbotton on  
Sunday, April 19 at 4 p.m.   This is a quarterly event (also  June 7 September 13 December 6 ).  There will be a food drive to benefit Talbot County residents in connection with this event.


                                Get to Know Your Parish Family

  Mallon and Kay Faircloth


Mallon and Kay Hatchell Faircloth originally from Cordele and Savannah, Georgia, respectively, came to St. Nicholas by Letter of Transfer from Christ Episcopal Church in Cordele. He serves St. Nicholas on the Usher team, and Kay serves on the Altar Guild. They have four grown children, daughters Ashley, Vandy, Hayley, a son Michael, and eight grandchildren.  


Upon graduation from Savannah High School, Kay attended Georgia Baptist Hospital College of Nursing in Atlanta and, upon graduation there, she became a Surgical Nurse at Dekalb General Hospital.  After several years of Nursing, her career led her to the Georgia Public Health system.  She relocated to Albany as Director of Children's Health Services for the 14 Counties of the 8th Public Health District, during which time she obtained a Masters of Public Administration Degree from Valdosta State University.  She retired from the State Public Health System to the position of Judicial Administrator in the Georgia Superior Courts, where, among her many other duties, she established a Mediation Program for the Circuit Courts.  She made her final retirement from employment in 1999 to move with Mallon to the Columbus, Georgia area.


Mallon graduated from Crisp County High School, then attended The University of Tennessee's Liberal Art College and College of Law, from which he graduated in 1968. He then returned to Cordele and practiced law for thirteen years, before being appointed by Governor George Busbee as Superior Court Judge of the Cordele Judicial Circuit. He presided over the four Superior Courts in that Circuit until 1999 when he was appointed to the United States District Courts for the Middle District of Georgia as Federal Magistrate Judge in the Columbus Division, from which office he retired after twelve years of federal service.      



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.


Adult Formation

The Gifts of God sessions are beginning this week with God's Peace.

Rose Brent will lead this session as it pertains to her experience with cancer. As many of you know, Rose is a recent cancer survivor. She has been faced with many difficult times and trials through her cancer treatments. Come to the Adult Formation class this  Sunday, April 12th at 9:45 am . Please come and receive a blessing and God's Peace.

Adult Formation
Date April 12
Time 9:45am
Location St. Nicholas Adult Formation Classroom


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.




 Prayers of Thanksgiving


For St Nicholas Church.

For the members of St. Nicholas and their care for church and community.


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


Ashley and Nate Taylor

Nick Simpson's Mother

Jack Whitley

Don Baldwin

Jim Nemchak

Tina Miller

Jamie Forestal

Gail Jackson

Ron Anderson

Clara Butzon

The Harris Family

Jessica McComb

Jeff Cody

Garrett Hinnant

Janice Murphy

Dorothy Webster

Doug Martin

Jameson Miers

Andi Smith

John Halmrast

Michael Butler

Andy Hubbard

Barbara Lawson

Julie Raines

Steve Valentine

David Walker's Mother

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


Second Saturday


Caring for the Caregiver 


The Reverend Bob Dendtler




Thursday Book Study Group


Family Worship at St. Nicholas

Book Study Group - Columbus 


Steward of the Month


Article:  What is Stewardship?


Zion Workday 


Zion Service


Get to Know Your Parish Family


Outreach Volunteers Needed

Volunteer Schedule


Lectionary Readings




Birthdays & Anniversaries








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Please help Patty Hamilton get 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.  



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