The Spirit of St. Nicholas!          

The E-Newsletter from St. Nicholas Episcopal Church, Hamilton, Georgia
May 27th - June 2nd, 2015


 For those who are interested in learning more about

 Cursillo, Fr. Bob will give a presentation and answer questions at


 9:45am on May 31st

in the Adult Forum Classroom.

May Services 
8:30 and 11:00 services continue

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


Zion Church Service

Please plan to join us in worship at historic Zion Church in Talbotton on 
Sunday, June 7th at 4 p.m. 

Fr. Bob Dendtler will Celebrate and give the sermon.
Melissa Hammonds will play the music.

We will collect food for the Talbotton Enrichment Program.

This is a quarterly event. Next services are  September 13th & December 6th. 

Celtic Service on June 21st

Event Details Heading
Date June 21st
Time 8:30 and 11:00am
Location St. Nicholas
Pulpit Swap

As has been our previous practice we will again

"swap pulpits" this summer. 


This year's "pulpit swap" with Christian Valley Church will be on June 28 with Father Bob at the pulpit, and July 14 at St. Nicholas with Pastor Eric Seldon as our guest. 


Both services will be at 10:00am. There will be no other services at St Nicholas either Sunday. Please plan to be there for both Sundays which will be filled with joyful worship and fellowship, as we share our traditions with one another.

Read this article by Fr. Jeff about the first pulpit swap in 2010 

Worship at Christian Valley Baptist
Date June 28
Time 10:00am
Location Hwy 315, Cataula, GA

From Pine Mountain/Hamilton: Take Highway 27 South. Drive 7.8 miles from Hamilton Square to Cataula. Turn right on Highway 315 West. Drive 0.5 miles. Watch for the fork in the road - stay to the left on Highway 315. In 0.4 miles, Christian Valley Church is on the right.

From Columbus: Take Highway 27 North. Drive 8.3 miles from Moon Road to Cataula. Turn left on Highway 315 West. Drive 0.5 miles. Watch for the fork in the road - stay to the left on Highway 315. In 0.4 miles, Christian Valley Church is on the right.


Enjoy the convenience of electronic giving!


St. Nicholas Episcopal Church is pleased to announce that we now offer electronic giving as a way to automate your regular weekly offerings.

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 no later than JUNE 21st if your children are planning on attending! An early count on attendance will help us plan! Thank you in advance!  

Vacation Bible School
Dates Friday, July 31 - Saturday, August 1
RSVP by June 21
Location St. Nicholas



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!"

 Get to Know Your Parish Family



Barbara and Barrett Smith


A native of Columbus, GA, Barbara was educated at Smiths Station Elementary, Baker High School, Young Harris College, and Huntingdon College. She continued further study at Candler School of Theology and Kennesaw State Univ. Music. Retired from State of Georgia (DFCS), she is the author of children's curriculum for the United Methodist Church and has served as Director of Christian Education.   She has been married to Barrett Smith 48 years in June. She and Barrett have two daughters, Dr. Marcy Smith and Dr. Heather Smith Powell, twin grandsons, Charlie and Alex Boyter, age 15, and a granddaughter, Talley Powell, age 10. Barbara's hobbies include activities with family and friends, reading theology and sociology, music, trips to the ocean, walking, studying coastal history, working at home, and genealogy.


Barrett is a native of Lavonia, GA and was educated at Lavonia High School, Emory at Oxford College, Oglethorpe University, Candler School of Theology, San Francisco Theological Seminary (DMin). He is a retired United Methodist Minister. He served 28 years as an active minister in the North Georgia Conference and ten years at the Pastoral Institute in Columbus. He met Barbara Talley at Camp Glisson in Dahlonega, GA. Barrett's hobbies include being with family, maintaining friendships with Camp Glisson friends of over 50 years, and Boy Scouts with grandsons. He also enjoys gardening, hiking, reading history and biographies, working at home, and following politics and theological trends.




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 Worship Committee headed by Bert Tomlin. They keep our worship services running so smoothly.


Prayers for the Jacksons as they ready to leave on their trip the 26th of May.


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


Ashley and Nate Taylor

Jack Whitley

Don Baldwin

Tina Miller

Jamie Forestal

Ron Anderson

Clara Butzon

The Harris Family

Jessica McComb

Garrett Hinnant

Dorothy Webster

Jameson Miers

Andi Smith

Michael Butler

Andy Hubbard

Julie Raines

GIngsie Stauss

Steve Valentine

David Walker's Mother

Clyde Moody, Sr

Bill Caudill

Paul Jones

Scott Lipp

Larry Hinnant


Prayers for Sheri and Jeff Cody on the death of Jeff's father.


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



        May Services
Zion Service

Celtic Service 
Pulpit Swap at Christian Valley
        Online Giving Begins


May Steward of the Month


 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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