From the Pastor- Oct. 2021

Dear brothers and sisters and siblings in the Spirit,

You are a paraclete congregation. Not a parakeet congregation, a paraclete congregation. Paraclete is the word John’s Gospel uses to name the Holy Spirit, and it means “the One who comes beside us when we are vulnerable.” 

Here’s what I’ve experienced during my brief time with you:

· The council is effective–both discerning what is wise and working to practice what is Christ-like.

· The liturgy is done well–you gather as Christ’s people, listening to Christ’s Word, receiving Christ’s body and blood, and then being sent as Christ into the world. 

· The congregation values generosity–sending school kits and health care kits around the world through Lutheran World Relief.

· The people see generous giving as our response to God’s abundance.

· You give because you desire to be a sign of Divine Abundance in the world.

· You treasure and support Camp Kirchenwald, Camp Nawakwa, and the Wittel Farm.

· You pray for and support the Konde Diocese and the Uyole congregation in Tanzania. 

· You are Spirit-filled people who are willing to walk beside the vulnerable, knowing that there is never a quick fix, but we can be signs of God’s endless love. 

· You love one another well, especially when someone is in crisis.

· You see that the Gospel matters to a hurting world, and you are willing to become intentional in sharing the Gospel without strings attached.

Your name is Holy Spirit Lutheran Church, and you are indeed a paraclete congregation.

Let’s use this time of transition well, to keep focusing upon…

Keeping the Main Thing, the Main Thing.

Loved people+, love people,

Pastor Tim

Middle School

ALIVE POSTPONED
MIDDLE SCHOOL YOUTH!
ALIVE! has been POSTPONED to Spring.  ALL current 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students will be invited to a Spring ALIVE! event at Nawakwa. Date soon to be determined.  
A second ALIVE! event at Nawakwa for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students next fall will occur in September 2022.  Information will be provided as soon as details are solidified.
Contact Debi Dandridge for details: Debi Dandridge, Alive! Coordinator, (717) 201-6323, debdrd@gmail.com

Senior High Youth

WINTERFEST!
“Beloved, Be Loved, Be Love”
SENIOR HIGH YOUTH!
Time to register for WINTERFEST!
Talk to Debi Dandridge:
What: Lower Susquehanna Synod (LSS) Senior High Youth Event
Who: 9th through 12th grade youth and adult advisors
Where: Wyndham Hotel (Lancaster, PA)
When: January 7-9, 2022
Theme: “Beloved, Be Loved, Be Love”
How Much?: TBD/person ($50 non-refundable deposit due at registration, the remainder paid by the youth ministry account)

Scholarship money is available – please talk to Pastor Tim.
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: October 15, 2021 (please register as soon as you are able to assure space at the event.)
QUESTIONS: Debi Dandridge, Winterfest Coordinator, (717) 201-6323, debdrd@gmail.com

SENIOR HIGH YOUTH!
Plan NOW to attend the 2022 Gathering, a tri-annual nationwide ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) Event.
Where: Minneapolis, MN
When: July 24-28, 2022.
Who: All current  8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students
New Requirement: ALL attendees MUST be vaccinated OR show a negative Covid-19 test 72 hours before the event begins.
Registration DEADLINE: November 1, 2021
See Debi Dandridge for details

Debi Dandridge, Holy Spirit 2022 Gathering Coordinator
516 Brandywine Road
Lancaster, PA  17603
(717) 201-6323
debdrd@gmail.com

From the Interim Pastor, Sept. 2021

Last year, we celebrated the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s The Freedom of the Christian– a writing responsible for igniting the Reformation as much as the Ninety-Five Theses. Five hundred years later, we find there are multiple ways people in our society understand the word “freedom.”

Of course, as Christians living in the USA, we know that “freedom” is vital to our American identity, too. However, we need to remember, “The American Founders’ idea of individual freedom is not the same freedom offered to us through the humanity of Jesus Christ. What Christ offers us is not freedom FROM others or from our limitations or from the realities of the world, but freedom FOR all these things in the form of self=giving love.” I hope you will join us in adult Sunday School as we explore what Christian freedom means for us today. We will also have occasional sessions on caring for people with dementia with loving freedom. 

In confirmation this year, we will explore church history. We will see how century after century, followers of Jesus have often been beautifully clueless Duh!sciples who are “saved by God’s grace,” as we will see in the Apostles Creed and the Lord’s Prayer. 

Finally, in worship, we will see Jesus in a variety of conflict-and-controversy stories from Mark’s Gospel. We will see Jesus clash with his opponents, but even more frequently with his own disciples. Time after time, he patiently retrains them in the Way of Amazing Grace.

Peace be with you all,

Pastor Tim

3131Pastor@gmail.com

From the Interim Pastor, August 2021

Dear brothers and sisters and siblings in the Spirit,

You might not know…the popular names for congregations in our synod are “Saint Paul” and “Trinity” and “Grace” and “Zion” or one of the names of the original twelve apostles, minus “poor old Judas.”

You might not know…there is only one “Holy Spirit Lutheran Church” in the Lower Susquehanna Synod.

You might not know… the mercy of God cannot be measured, because its height and width and length and breadth extends far beyond our imagination. (Ephesians 3)

You probably do know… the time of transition between when one settled pastor leaves and the next settled pastor comes can be a time of anxiety in a congregation. My hope is that I’ll remind you to relax, “God’s got this.”

And that’s where I get to be the preacher who “helicopters in”, the transitional pastor, who gets to ask these questions.

What makes God smile?

What does Christ desire?

Where is the Spirit leading?

You might not know… Human beings like to smile. They have desires. We live to keep the majority happy. That makes sense! And here, we use ask the God questions.

Pastor Tim