From the Pastor- Feb. 2023

Can you believe it?  I am sitting here in my office looking out the window at the very first snow of the season and already I am pulling the page on the calendar to Lent. Instead of lamenting the fact that we have had very little winter (weather) so far or that time is just zooming by, I am just going to give you something to look forward.  So mark your calendars and set your reminders because you aren’t going to want to miss the Lenten offerings we have at Holy Spirit this season.

In lieu of our regular Wednesday daytime and Thursday evening Bible studies we will be having one session every Thursday of Lent at 11:00 AM in the sanctuary.  This series, “On the Cross” will be a joint effort of Redeemer Lutheran Church, Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, and Holy Spirit.  We are also inviting any congregations throughout the conference who would like to participate. This series will be recorded and available via our website for those who would like to attend but are not available during the day. Following the study you are welcome to join with others who would like to have lunch at the Centerville Diner. Below you can also find information about Ash Wednesday and Lenten Wednesday worship services.

2023 Ash Wednesday  Worship

Imposition of Ashes

Join us on Wednesday February 22, 2023 at 7:00 pm.  We will have an Ash Wednesday service with imposition of ashes and Holy Communion.

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2023 Wednesday Lenten Worship

Prayer Around the Cross

Come join us for candlelight services of meditative music, intercessory prayer, scripture, and quiet reflection as we place our joys and concerns before the cross of Christ. May these services become part of your Lenten devotions. Wednesdays of Lent at 7:00 pm.

2023 Thursday Lenten Series

On the Cross

Thursdays of Lent at 11:00 am.

Medical Aspects of the Crucified= confronting the reality of this means of execution and torture 

Crucifixion in the Context of the First Century= Why Rome crucified people, the trauma caused to communities subjected to this means of “Roman Advertisement.”

The Cross and Understandings of How It Saves Us= Looking at the variety of models the church has used to understand the meaning of the cross 

The Cross and the People whose “Backs are against the wall”= how the “crucified” throughout history have experienced hope, resilience and meaning in the cross

The Gospel Passion Narratives= reflecting upon how the story of Christ’s crucifixion can be interpreted and used for either healing or for harmful purposes, for giving life or for wielding death 

Summer Camp 2023

Kirchenwald    Nawakwa

Camp Brochures are in the narthex!

Kirchenwald is located near Lebanon in a scenic forest. Traditional camping and recreational experiences are for ages K-11th grade. Adventure experiences include traditional camping, hiking, nature crafts, swimming, gaga court, wall climbing and a lot more. Grades 7-11 can sign up for the special adventure experience; beach trips, backpacking, canoe trips and more!

Nawakwa’s camp setting is traditional cabin row for campers, with crafts, music, high ropes, tree top campouts, hiking trails and smores at a camp fire. The swimming pool is a favorite spot to cool off and re-energize! Nawakwa offers Family Camp, Elder Camp, Braft Camp for adults to join in the fun!

Holy Spirit helps with the cost for each child. There are many other discounts to take advantage of…including EARLY REGISTRATION– April 1st. If you have any questions see our Camp Person: Patti Laporte.

Holiday Schedule

Dec. 1       Bible Study, 7:00 p.m. –in person

Dec. 4       Sunday School Chrismon Project

Dec. 6       Book Club, Christmas Dinner 6:30 p.m. Square Mile Public House

Dec. 7       Advent Bible Study, 11 a.m.

Dec. 8       Christmas Tea, 2p.m.

Dec. 8 Bible Study, 7:00 p.m. Zoom

Dec. 14 Advent Bible Study, 11 a.m.

Dec. 15 Bible Study, 7:00 p.m. Zoom

Dec. 18 4th Sunday in Advent

Dec. 18 Decorating for Christmas, Noon

Dec 21 Advent Bible Study, 11 a.m.

Dec. 22 Bible Study, 7:00 p.m. Zoom

Dec. 24 The Nativity of Our Lord–Christmas Eve Worship, 6 p.m. & 9 p.m.

Dec. 25 Christmas Day worship, 9:30 a.m.

Jan 4 Bible Study, 11 a.m.

Jan 6-8 WinterFest

Jan. 8 Heritage Chorale, 4 p.m.