The summer months involve both enjoying the time to be outside (the heat notwithstanding) and to think and plan for what is to happen in the near future. Here at Holy Spirit we are also doing both.
Our annual outdoor worship service on June 30 was a beautiful day to be among God’s creation. And the Tanzanian auction which followed was a great time of fun and fellowship. In July Vacation Bible School was a big hit (again). Children had fun and learned about how life with God is good, faithful and secure.
What a summer it has been. But what a future we are looking forward to experiencing. Planning is moving forward for the fourth annual Blessing of the Animals/Pet Extravaganza, which will be held on our driveway Saturday, September 28. Since we began this event in 2016, it has evolved into a one-stop spot for the public to learn about organizations in our area which support pets and pet owners. This event is precisely the sort of community support which the church can provide. Save the date and show up!
Sunday, September 8 will be our annual Rally Day and God’s Work Our Hands service project when we assemble personal care and school kits for Lutheran World Relief. You can also join the quilt group as they put the finishing touches on some of their creations.
We are also using the Rally Day to observe the congregation’s 60th anniversary. This day will provide an appropriate mix of things so that we can see where we were, and see where we can be headed. Save the date and show up!
Thank you for your ongoing commitment to the church of Jesus Christ gathered at Holy Spirit. Together, we continue to fulfill our mission of Sharing Jesus’ Love in Word and Deed!
Clifton D. Eshbach,
Sunday, September 8, 2019
60th Anniversary Observance
In 1959 a new Lutheran congregation was planted in the sparsely populated western suburbs of Lancaster. On Sunday, September 8 Holy Spirit will observe 60 years at this location, now the not so sparsely populated western suburbs of Lancaster.
We will begin the day united in word and sacrament worship. There will be some displays of photos and artifacts from the past. But just as importantly, we will use the morning engaged in service to the world in fulfillment of our mission to share Jesus’ love in word and deed. The article to the right will explain that part of the day.
Of course, there will be refreshments as we get together, in gratitude to God who placed us here, and who continues to call us to the task of proclamation, invitation, and service, in Jesus’ name.
Rally Day! God’s Work. Our Hands.
Rally Day is around the corner! Sunday, September 8th we will all gather in Fellowship Hall after worship to pack School Kits and Personal Care Kits. We need your help to gather the supplies for 50 kits! On the windows in the narthex are “tags”. Grab-a-tag (more than one if you want) and purchase the items needed to complete the kits. Bring your donations back by September 1st and we will get the assembly lines ready to go for the BIG EVENT! In addition to the fun working on the assembly lines, we will have our “last quilt” of the season ready to knot. Even if you have never knotted a quilt before there will be someone waiting to show you how to do it and cheering you on! Come and have refreshments and fun while we work together for an awesome cause.
and Blessing of the Animals!
Saturday, September 28, 2019
Saturday, September 28, 2019 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Blessing of the Animals at 12 Noon
Bring your pet and join your neighbors as we celebrate our pets and the love they give us. Leashes, harnesses and/or crates are required for pets.
A fun FREE event. Join us for:
- Personalized Greyhounds
- KPETS Keystone Pet Enhanced Therapy Services
- Spinners & Weavers Lancaster Co.
- United Disabilities Services
- Vision Corps
- Pet Pantry of Lancaster
- Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue
- Nanalyn’s Ful-Filling Feast Catering
- Free Goodie Bag & Door Prizes
- Games for Kids
- Tours of the church
This year at Pentecost the “gift in lieu of flowers” focus was the school construction project at Uyole Lutheran Church, Tanzania. We had already heard of the progress made this year with the gift Holy Spirit previously directed to them.
From the gifts made at Pentecost anther $310 has been sent from us, directed for further work on the school building. At the current exchange rate, $310 in U.S. dollars equals just over $700,000 Tanzanian shillings. Our friends at the Uyole parish are very good at stretching all the value out of our gifts.
Thank you again for your support of this project.
My head was spinning the other day as I realized that 2019 is nearly halfway to being over. This edition of The Courier is our big summer double issue. Within these pages you will find details of the ministries Holy Spirit is prepared to lift anchor, raise the sail, and navigate the seas of witness and service.
I hope you are part of the journey. Whatever ministry you participate in, you are helping to spread the good news of Jesus Christ in so many directions. They key is the phrase “you participate.”
OK, you won’t be doing something every day to share the good news of Jesus. Or will you? By your care for your neighbor, you share the good news of Jesus. By sending a card to someone who is homebound or ill, you are sharing the good news of Jesus. By filling a shopping bag for a hungry person, you are sharing the good news of Jesus. In other words, every action of your day, is something which will show the world that you are a disciple of Jesus.
As we enter the season of summer, many of you will take some time to travel and/or rest. Wherever you travel, wherever you rest, remember that Jesus is with you and those whom you encounter along the journey.
Remember your Holy Spirit family during these months. Come to be nourished for witness and service. Come to serve Jesus in word and deed.
Clifton D. Eshbach,