1. Variety of Worship Experiences
We currently have three weekly worship services: a traditional service at 7:30 AM; Spirit Alive, a contemporary service at 8:45; and a blended service at 10:45. On the second Sunday of every month we welcome Rejoicing Spirits, a welcoming and exciting fellowship/worship experience for persons with special needs, their families and caregivers.
2. A Welcoming Place
The message of our Senior Pastor, Ric Elliott, as presented on our web site, sums up what we hope visitors experience when they first come to Holy Spirit:
In the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, WELCOME!
The Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit is a dynamic, energetic, generous, and loving Christian community dedicated to Christ-centered worship and faith-forming learning. We are empowered by the Holy Spirit to serve our community and the world by our ministry in daily life.
As our mission statement says, “Gathered by God’s grace and empowered by the Holy Spirit, we invite and welcome all people to join us on our journey to become more faithful ministers of Jesus Christ in our homes, our communities, and the world.”
As you view the pages of this website, I hope you will sense the excitement and joy that our members share as God’s people in this place. We share a high quality worship life which values excellent biblical preaching and God-praising music and liturgy. We strive to provide faith-forming classes and events for all ages through Sunday School, the Center for Faith and Life (adult education), bible study, catechism classes, youth groups, Vacation Bible School, senior group, nursery school, and fellowship events. We invite and welcome all people to join us, a “Reconciling in Christ” congregation.
But perhaps most of all, the congregation has a long history of generously donating time, talent, and financial support to local and global ministries which help the hungry, hurting, homeless, and less fortunate. We actively encourage our members not only to discover their God-given gifts and talents, but to utilize those gifts and talents in serving others in their daily lives. Our congregational slogan is “Empowered by the Holy Spirit for Ministry in Daily Life.”
3. Faith Formation
Holy Spirit provides faith formation opportunities in a wide variety of ways, including Children's, Youth, and Adult Faith Formation. We have a pre-school, providing a faith-based education to about seventy children. Every Summer, we welcome over 125 children from the community to Bible School. We provide formal weekly Catechism classes for children, beginning with Cat Club in the 5th grade, and Catechism for 6th – 8th graders. For adults, the Center for Faith and Life provides Sunday learning opportunities. During the week, our Adult Faith Formation director leads Bible studies and LifeKeys studies.
Holy Spirit was founded on the theme of "caring for others." Our benevolence budget reflects our desire to share God's love with the world, beginning in our community. We support a number of local organizations such as 6th Street Shelter (for homeless women and children), Angel Network (at the local high school for students whose families are in financial need), Christmas Ingathering, Meals on Wheels, Allentown Rescue Mission, Project Help (in Starks, Maine) the Gulf Coast, and general disaster relief, all to rebuild and rehab homes.