Alleluia! Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!
The month of May is a busy one at Holy Spirit. Throughout the pages of this newsletter you will read about the things going on, as well as the things that are being prepared which will happen a little later in the year. Our life and ministry ebbs and flows over the course of the year. Right now there is a good bit of “flowing” as we will work together on several things this month.
One thing we should remember as we move through this month is that we continue to celebrate Easter. The season of Easter this year includes the entire month of May as well as the first Sunday in June. It reminds me a bit of Christmas time when we continually remember that the Christmas season is 12 days, not one. In the case of Easter, the celebration goes on seven weeks.
Continue to share the good news of new life in Jesus Christ through all of the Easter season and beyond. Continue to invite others to be part of the life and ministry of Holy Spirit, especially our worship life on Sunday morning.
Continue to remember that Christ is risen. He is risen indeed!
Clifton D. Eshbach,
PS – I also wish to thank everyone who worked very hard to create the wonderful environment for worship we experienced during, Lent, Holy Week and Easter Sunday. Your efforts provided all of us with meaningful worship, thereby linking us even closer with Christ. Thank you!
ROAR! Life is wild. God is good.
July 14-18, 2019
Vacation Bible School is Sunday, July 14 through Thursday, July 18, 2019 from 6-8:30pm. Children Age 3- 5th grade are invited to join us!
This epic African adventure engages the whole herd. At Roar, kids explore God’s goodness and celebrate a ferocious faith that powers them through this wild life.
Registration will be held at 6:15pm the first night of VBS. Call the church office for more details: 717-394-6771 Tuesday – Friday 9am – 1pm.
June 23 * July 21 * August 18
The Summer Hymn Sings will be held on Sunday, June 23rd, July 21st and August 18th. The Hymn Sings will take the place of the Prelude on those Sundays. We will begin singing at 9:15 am. Come prepared to request that we sing a verse or two of your favorite hymn. Note: you many want to check the page number for your favorite hymn ahead of time.
Online Giving on Our Website
You can now give online! Click on the “Online Giving” tab at the top right and follow the instructions.
Did you know you can pay for the flowers you sponsored online?
In legal jargon, discovery is the pretrial disclosure of pertinent facts or documents by one or both parties to a legal action. Information relevant to the case is shared.
“…on the first day of the week, at early dawn…” begins the discovery process as the faithful women approach the tomb of Jesus. Their discovery, which then preached to the disciples, was the pertinent fact that Jesus is no longer dead, but alive.
This news was unprecedented. It had never happened before. But recognition of the glorious event took time to sink in. In John’s gospel Mary Magdalene does not recognize Jesus at first. In Luke’s gospel, the two men walking on the road to Emmaus do not recognize Jesus until after he breaks the bread. And back to John’s gospel, Thomas does not recognize Jesus until a week later.
Today, how will people recognize the risen Christ? Yes, we do meet Jesus in his body, the church. Yes, we do meet Jesus in the bread and wine of his meal, given and shed for us.
But there is another yes we must remember. Yes, the world meets Jesus through who we are. Through how we carry on his ministry of inclusion, justice and grace throughout the world.
We believe that the resurrection is not an historical event to be remembered, but a living word of hope to a world that needs the healing, strengthening touch of Jesus. You and I are the living answer to Mary Magdalene’s question, ‘Where have you taken him?” In our love, witness and service we take the risen Christ far and wide.
It is a discovery to be shared.
He is risen indeed!
Clifton D. Eshbach,