This season the donation in lieu of flowers for Easter will go to help further the construction of the school building our companion congregation in Tanzania is constructing. It will be a modest amount, but it will help them as they prepare for the next phase of work.
With the gift we were able to send last year, windows and doors were installed, and the outside walls were plastered (see the photos on the bulletin board in the hallway). Each little step forward provides more momentum to advance the project. Please consider such a gift when you place your order for Easter flowers. Thank you very much from a very grateful congregation at Uyole Lutheran Church, Tanzania.
There will be two services on Ash Wednesday, February 26th. The first service will be held at 12 noon and the second service will be held at 7:00 pm. There will be the imposition of ashes and communion at both services. Hope to see you on Ash Wednesday.
November has the feeling of a month of transition. It is the month that the church year comes to an end. It is also the month where rehearsals and planning ramp up for the new church year, beginning with Advent, then Christmas, then Epiphany. While we tie up the loose ends on one year, we also unwrap the possibilities for the new year. Transitions.
But during this month of transitions, we take time. We take time to give thanks. And I don’t just mean the Thanksgiving Eve worship service on November 27. We take time to give thanks for the saints of the congregation we will remember on All Saints Sunday. We take time to give thanks for being in a position to prepare a plan of ministry for next year. We take time to give thanks for Christ the King, who continues to guide us, support us and prompt us to act and serve in a manner which reflects his ministry in the gospels.
Each week we pray the petition, “your kingdom come.” When that happens, our work is finished. Until that time, we will keep going, striving to share Jesus’ love in word and deed. We give thanks to God, for calling us into the mission field of grace. And we give thanks that we can do this together.
Clifton D. Eshbach,
Thanksgiving Eve Worship
The annual community Thanksgiving Eve Service with Concordia, Columbia and St. Paul, Millersville congregations. will be here, at Holy Spirit, on Wednesday, November 27th at 7:00 pm. Make plans now to attend this service.
End of the Year Gifts
As we move into the final two months of 2019, please consider making an additional “end of year” gift to Holy Spirit. Such a gift will be important to maintain good financial footing, and to begin the new year with positive momentum which your gift can provide.
Please refer to the several ways by which you may make a gift. Thank you for your dedication to make sure Holy Spirit continues to be a place where the love of Jesus may be shared in word and deed.