Holy Spirit Lutheran Church Promotes Healthy and Safe Living with a “Family Health and Safety Fair”

On Saturday October 26 from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Holy Spirit Lutheran Church will host a “Family Health and Safety Fair” at their 3131 Columbia Avenue location. The fair will feature a preregistered American Heart certified CPR class with information tables on child safety, blood pressure screenings, stress management and mini massages.

On Saturday October 26 from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Holy Spirit Lutheran Church will host a “Family Health and Safety Fair” at their 3131 Columbia Avenue location. The fair will feature preregistered American Heart certified CPR class followed by: senior safety and community resources for seniors; helmet, car seat, and gun lock safety, along with representatives from New York Life will provide child ID registry and everything from family protection to estate preservation information. In addition there will be blood pressure screenings, stress management information along with help to identify the warning signs of a stroke and heart attack. Mini massages will be given to those who wish, along with healthy food ideas and samples.

The purpose of the “Family Health and Safety Fair” is to provide the community with health and safety resources. “We want to help families take charge of their health by empowering seniors, parents and children. We hope this event will provide resources that will help families start to make safer and healthier choices.” say Co-Chairs Eleanor Simpson R.N., M.S.N., C.R.N.P and Kathy Walton, R.N. B.S.N. both members of Holy Spirit Lutheran Church.

In addition to the Safety and Health information, a representative from local law enforcement will be present to answer questions in regard to child safety. This will include stranger safety, child abduction, firearm safety, and Halloween safety.

This family-focused event is free and open to the public. For more information on this event or if you wish to register for the CPR class, which runs from 9 a.m.-noon, please contact the church office at 717.394.6771.

Register for the CPR class online.

Hempfield Area Food Pantry Update

During the month of August, the food pantry served 192 families which included 94 seniors, 252 children, and 312 adults, for a total of 658 people served during the month.

Food PantryDuring the month of August, the food pantry served 192 families which included 94 seniors, 252 children, and 312 adults, for a total of 658 people served during the month. Currently there are more than 240 families registered to receive assistance with food. Clients may visit the pantry once a week, either Monday or Wednesday…an average of 100 families visit the pantry each week.

“Thank you” to your members who contributed over 100 pounds of food items to the pantry during the month of August!  The pantry continues to receive fresh produce from our “summer farmers!”

Highlighted donations during the month of August included:  WJTL Cookie Break event – 826 pounds of food ; Darrenkamps Store in Mount Joy – 2,098 pounds of fresh produce;  Penn State Extension Research fields – 304 pounds of fresh produce; Forry’s Market – 334 pounds of food items; many private individuals totaled  – 697 pounds of food items including fresh produce; the Target Store in Lititz – 1,037 pounds of food items, fresh produce, and bakery items; S. Clyde Weaver – 188 pounds of bakery items; Weis stores in Columbia and on Stony Battery Road a combined total of 1,201 pounds of bakery items.  In addition, the pantry receives monthly donations of food items from many other churches in the Hempfield community. The pantry is a total community effort working together to help families with weekly food assistance!

The pantry is seeking donations of NEW, small gift items to fill Christmas bags (lunch bag size) for the children (age 12 and under) of client families.  Donations may be delivered to Zion the week of December 1 through December 6 during pantry “open” days (Monday and Wednesday 8 AM – 12:00 PM).  Bags will be filled on Saturday December 7.  We do not need tooth brushes…..many have been already donated!

63 School kits and 50 Health Kits made Sunday Sept. 8!

A BIG “thank you” goes out to everyone at Holy Spirit for making the “God’s Work, Our Hands” event a success. We givethanks to our awesome and mighty God for laying on our hearts the needs of others and the desire to do HIS work!

A BIG “thank you” goes out to everyone at Holy Spirit for making the “God’s Work, Our Hands” event a success. We givethanks to our awesome and mighty God for laying on our hearts the needs of others and the desire to do HIS work!

The t-shirts were bright and uplifting during Worship and in the Spirit Center where we gathered after church! Over 1,250 items were donated by our members for the School and Health Kits. Pastor Eshbach was with us, via SKYPE, to bless the kits and encourage us as we began the newyear. The assembly lines of kids and adults at our Kick-Off went to work! 63 School Kits and 50 Health Kits were made in record time! We sang our VBS “Stand Strong” theme song before Pastor Eshbach closed us in prayer. Thanks to the many hands and hearts that worked to make this Intergenerational Event a memorable and fun time!

Commitment Sunday: October 6, 2013

Members recently received a mailing for our 2014 Annual Appeal. Your pledge card and a return envelope were included. We ask that you complete this card thoughtfully and prayerfully.

Members recently received a mailing for our 2014 Annual Appeal. Your pledge card and a return envelope were included. We ask that you complete this card thoughtfully and prayerfully. When you bring your pledge card to church on October 6, you will be asked to bring the card forward at the start of the worship service as a visible sign of your commitment to support the basic weekly ministries at Holy Spirit.

Why should you pledge?

  1. Completing a pledge card provides you the opportunity to consider how God has blessed you and how you will respond to those blessings.
  2. Completing a pledge card involves planning and should include prayer and discussion within your family as to what your response will be.
  3. Completing a pledge card provides a level of commitment which you can accomplish in the coming year.
  4. Pledges are a way for your congregation leadership team to more accurately develop a financial plan for next year.
  5. Having such a financial plan in place gives all of us a foundation and guidance to plan for the future.

Every contribution, no matter the size, helps us be faithful disciples and enables us to grow in the ministry and outreach of our church. Thank you!

Elizabeth Eaton elected ELCA presiding bishop

The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Northeastern Ohio Synod, was elected Aug. 14 presiding bishop of the ELCA at the 2013 ELCA Churchwide Assembly.

PITTSBURGH (ELCA) – The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Northeastern Ohio Synod, was elected Aug. 14 presiding bishop of the ELCA at the 2013 ELCA Churchwide Assembly. Eaton is the ELCA’s first presiding bishop-elect.

Prior to becoming synod bishop, Eaton served as pastor for ELCA congregations in Ohio. She earned a Master’s of divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School in Cambridge, Mass., and a Bachelor’s degree in music education from the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio.