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.
12th Annual Christmas Tea
Thursday, December 5
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
We invite you to spend a delightful afternoon at the 12th Annual Holy Spirit Christmas Tea. Held in Fellowship Hall, a festive holiday atmosphere will surround you. A selection of delicious things to eat, several varieties of tea, seasonal music, and entertainment are planned. And, there are always a few surprises! Come and share the fun and fellowship.
There is a poster in the narthex for you to sign up. Invite friends and join us for tea.
We hope to see you there!
(Anyone whowishes to attend and has a transportation issue, please notify the church office (717-394-6771) and we will make every effort to make arrangements for you.)
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,