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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,



Vacation Bible School

ROAR! Life is wild. God is good.
July 14-18, 2019

Vacation Bible School is Sunday, July 14 through Thursday, July 18, 2019 from  6:00-8:30pm. Children Age 3- 5th grade are invited to join us!

This epic African adventure engages the whole herd. At Roar, kids explore God’s goodness and celebrate a ferocious faith that powers them through this wild life.

Registration will be held  the first night of VBS, but you can also register online.

Call the church office for more details: 717-394-6771  Tuesday – Friday 9am – 1pm.

Summer Hymn Sings

June 23 * July 21 * August 18

The Summer Hymn Sings will be held on Sunday, June 23rd, July 21st and August 18th.  The Hymn Sings will take the place of the Prelude on those Sundays.  We will begin singing at 9:15 am. Come prepared to request that we sing a verse or two of your favorite hymn.  Note: you many want to check the page number for your favorite hymn ahead of time.


From the Pastor

May 2019

Alleluia! Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!

The month of May is a busy one at Holy Spirit. Throughout the pages of this newsletter you will read about the things going on, as well as the things that are being prepared which will happen a little later in the year. Our life and ministry ebbs and flows over the course of the year. Right now there is a good bit of “flowing” as we will work together on several things this month.

One thing we should remember as we move through this month is that we continue to celebrate Easter. The season of Easter this year includes the entire month of May as well as the first Sunday in June. It reminds me a bit of Christmas time when we continually remember that the Christmas season is 12 days, not one. In the case of Easter, the celebration goes on seven weeks.

Continue to share the good news of new life in Jesus Christ through all of the Easter season and beyond. Continue to invite others to be part of the life and ministry of Holy Spirit, especially our worship life on Sunday morning.

Continue to remember that Christ is risen. He is risen indeed!

Clifton D. Eshbach,



PS – I also wish to thank everyone who worked very hard to create the wonderful environment for worship we experienced during, Lent, Holy Week and Easter Sunday. Your efforts provided all of us with meaningful worship, thereby linking us even closer with Christ. Thank you!


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