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From the Pastor- September 2020

Do you remember Holy Spirit’s Mission statement?

Sharing Jesus’ love in word and deed!

As we enter the final one-third of the year, what great opportunities we have for living that statement. We continue to care for one another through, our calls, emails and now even a personal visit or two. We continue to care for one another by remaining alert and observant by using the safe practices of always wearing a mask and social distancing to keep everyone healthy. We continue to care by our monthly Drive-up food drop-off (see page 7).

We continue to care by completing our Rally Day kits we will send to Lutheran World Relief.

We continue to care by faithfully preparing and offering our pledge for 2021. 

God has plans for Holy Spirit.  Let’s continue to fulfill our mission statement as we give thanks for the varied gifts you bring to this ministry.  Let us give thanks to God for the opportunity to share those gifts.

Pastor Eshbach

Drive-up FOOD Drop-off: Sept. 12

Thank you!

We collected 195 pounds of food for the Hempfield Food Pantry during the last

Drive-Up FOOD Drop-Off

 Let’s do it again on Saturday, September 12, from 10 a.m. until noon. Just drive up to the front door of the church and place your donation onto the cart that will be located on the sidewalk. Simple!

Requested items:

· Spaghetti sauce

· Spaghetti

· 1 and 2 pounds bags of rice

· Canned kidney beans

· Cereal

· Canned fruit

· Canned soup

· Canned vegetables

         No glass items, please!

The pantry served 148 families in July which included 166 children, 326 adults, 104 seniors for a total 596 people served!

Thank you for your continued witness to assist the hungry of this community.

School Kits & Personal Care Kits

This year for Rally Day we will rally in a different way to meet the needs of people around the world. This year we will pack school kits and personal care kits for Lutheran World Relief from our homes. It’s a project for the entire family.

There is still time to pick up an instructional packet outside under the portico Sunday morning after worship. There are also some materials available to get you started. Then buy the remaining items, wrap them up and return your kit to church.

Remember “The Face Mask Challenge”. 

If you need material, a box containing fabric will be available outside under the portico. We are hoping to donate 100 masks.

Please return your kits and face masks Sundays morning to the narthex in the designated spot. The last day to drop off your kit is Sunday, September 13. we will bless all of the kits outside after worship on September 13.

Don’t forget to wear your yellow “God’s Work. Our Hands.” t-shirt!

2020 Yard Sale Cancelled

Dear Yard Sale Friends:

When we postponed our annual yard sale from May to September, we had hoped that the COVID-19 pandemic would be under much better control. Unfortunately, the virus is still very much with us. After much discussion and out of an abundance of concern for the well-being of our vendors, patrons, and congregational volunteers, we have decided to cancel the sale for this year.

As we stated in our letter in March, we appreciate your response to our annual sale. We will keep your application and deposit and apply them to next spring’s sale, now scheduled for May 1, 2021. If you are uncertain about your future plans and wish to cancel your reservation, please email us at: holyspiritluth@gmail.com and we will refund your deposit.

Thank you again for your continued support of our annual sale. Stay home, stay safe and stay healthy. We look forward to seeing you on May 1, 2021.

Sincerely,
Robert Slade
Chairperson,
Holy Spirit Community Yard Sale

From the Pastor- August 2020

To be honest…

…it is no fun presiding at worship wearing a face mask and a shield.

…it is no fun not singing.

…it is no fun waving across the aisle at the sharing of the peace.

…and it is really no fun not having coffee after worship.

BUT…

…it is faithful to care for our neighbors.

…it is faithful to protect our neighbors.

…it is faithful to use the precautions that are proven effective.

…it is faithful to be a community at worship, no matter the          

         inconveniences.

The church and these health precautions are gifts from God to help us maintain community and, also honestly, to keep people alive. As we continue to worship in person and online, we will continue to use these gifts, in thanksgiving to God, with whom we are           connected forever.

“For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39).

Clifton D. Eshbach

Pastor