The Spirit of St. Nicholas!        

The E-Newsletter from St. Nicholas Episcopal Church, Hamilton, Georgia
April 15th - 21st, 2015 

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
Adult Formation

Mark your calendar for this coming Sunday, April 19th at 9:45 am sharp.  Mabry Collins will be in the house of God.  He will help us continue the Gifts of God series with a lesson on the Gift of Exhortation.  What?  Never heard of that gift before!  Why would God give someone this gift?  What does it even look like?  Mabry has been in the Ministry of God for years and has councelled hundreds of people.  We have the privilege of his experience to help us identify God's gifts to His people.  Can you think of someone who has the gift of exhortation?  Do you have this gift?

Adult Formation
Date April 19
Time 9:45am
Location St. Nicholas Adult Formation Classroom


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 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!

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


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 21st to  
meet  Peter Wallace, the author of
The Passionate Jesus .


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

                                Get to Know Your Parish Family


Bert Tomlin


Bert grew up in Perry, Florida and other cities along I-10 in a household with five siblings. She has been married for 43 years to Terry and they have two sons, John and Todd; and two grand

daughters, Sara and Lilly.  They have lived in Pine Mountain for over 35 years.


Bert has worked for over 40 years in the insurance industry in several capacities, the last a corporate stint of about fifteen years where she was involved in adult education and consulting.


At St.  Nicholas  Bert has been involved in many things: singing in the choir; she taught children's Sunday School and Vacation Bible School  She serves on the Altar Guild and Flower Guild.  She is currently serving on the Vestry as the Worship Chairperson.  
St Nicholas means so much to Bert. She continues to serve where she can and loves being part of a loving church.



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!


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
Clyde Moody, Sr
Paul Jones
Bert Tomlin
Kin Brown


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


Zion Workday


Adult Formation 


Zion Worship 


The Reverend Bob Dendtler




Caring for the Caregiver 


Thursday Book Study Group


Family Worship at St. Nicholas

Book Study Group - Columbus 


Get to Know Your Parish Family


Outreach Volunteers Needed

FOCUS Food Pantry

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.  



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

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