From the Pastor

June/July 2019

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,



Adult Education in September

September 23-Talents and Time in Stewardship Today

We welcome the Rev. Rob Blezard, Assistant to the Bishop, who will discuss stewardship trends, during our annual pledge campaign.


September 30- Worship: Our Central Action

We learn about and develop our appreciation for the time we spend in worship of God.  This class, lasting  into October, will take us step by step through an understanding of our Lutheran liturgy.



Community Pet Celebration

All Pets Welcome!

Saturday, September 29 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Blessing of the Animals at 12 Noon

  • KPETS Keystone Pet Enhanced Therapy Services
  • Personalized Greyhounds
  • Spinners & Weavers Lancaster Co.
  • United Disabilities Services
  • Vision Corps
  • Free Goodie Bag
  • Refreshments (for pets and people)
  • Photo Booth
  • Door Prizes
  • Tours of the church

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.


From the Pastor

April 2016

Alleluia! Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!

We’ve been waiting to shout this for weeks. Are you in good voice?

We have waited, experiencing and enduring the passion and death of Jesus Christ. Now we are able to celebrate his gift of resurrection life. Are you in good voice?

We have studied and we have served. We have offered worship and we have given to support God’s presence. Now in the light of the resurrection, we head out to greater service and greater giving in the name of Jesus. Are you in good voice?

Throughout the season of Easter, we will hear of Jesus coming among the disciples and promising peace. How will your celebration of the Easter season convey the fullness of God? How will it take seriously the wants of a people hungering for more?

One way we will answer this call is by having a worship service with the laying on of hands and anointing for healing. On Sunday, April 24 at 4 p.m. we will gather in the nave for this unique service which asks for God’s grace and help. Come to this service. Invite and bring along someone who needs to hear the word of healing only God can provide. The time and format of this service will be helpful for people who otherwise find it difficult to make the morning worship.

We will have this service twice a year. The other time will be Sunday, October 16.

Continue to care for your neighbor by your deeds, and by your good voice shouting:

Alleluia! Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!

Clifton D. Eshbach,