Holy Happenings - The Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit

This Week at Holy Spirit
SUNDAY, 3/29/2015
PALM SUNDAY WORSHIP: 7:30, 8:45, 10:45am
Faith Formation for Adults: CFL (MPR)
Parent Share (ASR)
Faith Formation for Children, Youth, Sr. Hi
Fellowship & Hospitality (117/119)
Egg Filling & Pizza (MPR)
Sunday of the Passion
Palm Sunday
March 29, 2015
12:15 PM Run, Walk, Jog (Fish Hatchery Parking Lot)
MONDAY, 3/30/2015
TUESDAY, 3/31/2015
11:00 AM Staff Meeting (117/119)
4:15 PM Rejoicing Ringers
6:15 PM Easter Choir (WC)
7:00 PM Worship: Holden Evening Prayer
7:30 PM Spirit Ringers
THURSDAY, 4/2/2015
12:00 PM Maundy Thursday Worship
7:00 PM Maundy Thursday Worship
8:00 PM IT Mission Team Meeting (117/119)
8:15 PM Adult Choir
FRIDAY, 4/3/2015
12:00 PM Good Friday Worship
7:00 PM Good Friday Worship
8:00 PM Prayer Vigil Begins
SATURDAY, 4/4/2015
Special thanks to Anna Kish for her gift of palms for our worship services
today. The palms have been given in loving memory of Pastor Walter and
Mrs. Phyllis Kuntzleman. Walter (PK) was Holy Spirit’s first pastor.
Children aren't just welcome, they are embraced. We know kids are
in worship and make noise. The psalmist David said, “make a joyful noise to
the Lord!” It’s great to hear all people respond during worship. If your child
should need a break, there is child care available in room 110. Parents are
always welcome to stay with their children there. Parents must sign children
in and out of nursery care.
8:30 AM Praise Band Rehearsal
9:00 AM Spirit Alive Singers
Clipboards and Bible bags are available for children’s use during worship
and can be found at the main entrance to the worship area.
4:00 PM Easter Vigil Full Rehearsal (WC)
Members and guests are invited to sign the Friendship Register, pass it down
the row for other worshippers to sign, and introduce yourself to those worshipping around you.
5:30 PM Easter Vigil
SUNDAY, 4/5/2015
We welcome all who worship with us today. Visitors are invited to sign
the guest register in the Lobby. People at the Information Desk would like a
chance to welcome guests. If you are interested in joining our family of faith,
please talk with one of our Pastors or Jane Elliott, AIM.
EASTER WORSHIP: 7:15, 8:30, 9:45, 11am
10:30 AM Annual Easter Egg Hunt (Outdoors)
12:30 PM Run, Walk, Jog (Fish Hatchery Parking Lot)
ASR=All Saints Room
WC=Worship Center
MR=Music Room
MPR = Multi-Purpose Room
Let your friends know about Holy Spirit by tweeting, checking in, Instagraming, etc. that you are here. Our congregation's hashtag is #LCHolySpirit.
While you are on your phone or tablet, please make sure it is on silent so
you do not disrupt our worship time together.
Prayer cards are available at the Information Desk should you need to
request special prayer. Completed prayer cards may be given to a pastor for
inclusion in the morning prayers. During the week, please notify the church
office if you or a member of your family is hospitalized.
This Week: Allentown Rescue Mission, Tom Mohr
The Allentown Rescue Mission has been serving the needs of the homeless and needy
in the Lehigh Valley for over 100 years. Who they are, what they do, and who they
serve changes lives. Emergency shelter, meals, clothing, Chapel services, medical
attention, and community services are offered to victims of abuse and addiction, the
mentally ill, and those experiencing hard times. One way our church helps out is
through our benevolent giving.
FELLOWSHIP & HOSPITALITY...in Room 117/119. Meet and greet sisters and
brothers in Christ. Take time to relax and connect with your church family. All are
Next Week: Easter, No scheduled program.
Faith Formation for Children
Three Year Olds:
Four Year Olds:
First Grade:
Second Grade:
Third & Fourth Grade:
Fifth Grade:
Palm Sunday
Jesus is Risen
Jesus in Jerusalem
Palm Sunday
Holy Week
Mark’s Holy Week
Palm Sunday
PARENT SHARE series concludes today. Come connect with other parents.
We will meet in the All Saints Room at 9:45 a.m. All parents welcome.
VOLUNTEERS STILL NEEDED for Holy Week and Easter Sunday services. If
you can serve (communion assistants, ushers, readers, greeters), please sign the
poster in the lobby (Event Sign-up Center).
eggs for our annual Easter Egg Hunt. We will gather in the MPR at 12:00 for a pizza
lunch and then will fill the remaining eggs for the Easter Egg hunt. We typically finish
by 1:15 pm. If you are able to join us, sign up at the Event Sign Up Center so that we
can plan for lunch.
The Kiwanis Club of Emmaus is holding its annual Walter C. Stoudt
MEMORIAL PRAYER BREAKFAST on Good Friday, April 3rd, 2015
at St. John’s Lutheran Church at 5th and Chestnut Sts. in Emmaus. The
breakfast will begin at 7:30 a.m. The speaker will be our own Pastor
Becca Middeke-Conlin. Donation is $6. Tickets are available from Renee Wetherhold
610-967-3770, at The National Penn Bank (KNBT) in Emmaus or at the door.
A PRAYER VIGIL will be held April 3rd from 8:00 pm until 11:00 pm and
then on Saturday, April 4th from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm in the All Saints Room.
Please sign up in the narthex to be a pray-er or a watch-er. A “watch-er” provides a safe place for the “pray-er”. Prayer Request forms are at the Info
Desk. There will be prayer shawls to wrap around you filled with the Holy
Spirit and healing presence of God. Questions, please contact Jane Elliott, AIM.
Remember these members and friends of Holy Spirit in your prayers.
Shut In/Homebound—prayers for God’s presence...
Andy Beible, Dottie Blomster, Doris Boehmer, Betty Buehrle, Irene Davies, Phyllis Fenstermacher, Ray Karoly, Margaret Legenhausen, Christopher Limpar, Betty Meckley, Mae Rhode, Joy Robinson, Geno Ruggiero,
Rose Salter, Glenn and Norine Shafer, Betty Sterner.
In Times of Illness for God’s healing….Stephanie Ashford, Joan and
Richard Beiler, Lea Bertha, Rodger Black, Ollie Block, Paul Brndjar, Jonathan Burmeister, Amber Coe, family of Brittani Cornish, Robert Ericson,
Ernst family, Carol Eroh, Cheryl and David Fatzinger, Ginger Fishburn,
Glenn Fretz, David Gearhart, Larry Gilbert, Doris Giles, Alaina Grazio,
family of Jack Groft, Lorraine Haas, Jack Harshey, Pat Horwat, Heather
James, Margaret Legenhausen, Chris McGrath, Brenda Minnick, Greg Niland, Mary Ellen Oberdorf, Jarmila Petrulova, Judy Ponsor, Courtney
Quinn, Kate Reynolds, Dale Reichley, Jane Richmond-Lauffer, Jack Rishel,
Aggie Sandum, Lee Satrom, Andrew Schaeffer, Robert Schaller, Liz
Schultz, Vince Sileo, Heidi Slansky, Andrew Smith, Wilma Stewart, Stitt
family, Lisa Storck, Ellen Tormann, Charlene Vavrina, Teresa Venter &
Family, Carole Wetherhold, Karen Wilhelm, Wendy Yoder, Pat Ziegler.
The Prayer Chain is for the use and support of ALL people at Holy
Spirit. If you have a prayer concern or you would like others to join you
in prayer, please email the church office at [email protected] and your concern will be shared with members of the prayer
chain. If you would like to join the prayer chain to pray for others, please
contact the church office.
In the Event of a Pastoral Emergency
If, at any time, you find you are in emergency need of having a pastor
contact you, please follow these steps: Call the office at 610-967-2220
and press #3 after the general announcement.
If you, or a member of your family, are ever hospitalized, please
let the pastors know by contacting the church office at 610-967-2220.
The hospitals no longer notify the church due to HIPAA laws.
Weekend On-Call Schedule:
March 28/29—Pastor Ric Elliott-610-304-7924
April 4/5—Pastor Ric Elliott-610-304-7924
April 11/12—Pastor Becca Middeke-Conlin, 203-915-7303
Worship Coordinator
Jackie Leipert
Doreen Micheletti
Quin Scott, Evelyn Blower
Assisting Minister
Tom Neel
Craig Scott
David Nash
Craig Scott
Bill and Fran Derhammer
Jim and Susann Madara
Doreen and Richard Micheletti
Rick Croy, Tom Gutekunst,
Bob Lomicky, Ken Schlegel
Trevor Tormann, Yvonne Gilbert,
Kitti and Mike Berkheimer
Melanie & Walt Roetting
Mark and Liesel Blower
Helen Rapp
Sarah Flanders
Information Desk
Pam Harshey
Helen Breter
Flower Delivery
No flower delivery
Praise Band: Bob Schuchart, Joe Tobey, Frank Mattes, Chris Kline, Justin Schaffer, Larry
Altar Guild: Julie Timmcke, Deb Stevens, Joie Wenner, Vee McClain, Linda Letts
George Kirchner, Worship Assistant, 1st Sunday, 7:30 a.m.
Judith Brndjar, Worship Assistant, 3rd Sunday, 7:30 a.m.
Pastor Ric Elliott
[email protected] (ext. 111)
Pastor Becca Middeke-Conlin [email protected] (ext. 109)
Pastor Jim Bowers
[email protected] (ext. 112)
Jane Elliott, AIM
[email protected] (ext. 108)
Dick Giles
[email protected] (ext. 105)
Edie Gliem
[email protected] (ext. 102)
Karin Kahler
[email protected] (ext. 107)
Diane Keister
[email protected] (ext. 120)
Sharon MacCabe
[email protected] (ext. 110)
Alice Mudge
[email protected] (ext. 101)
Michael Roeder
[email protected]
Bob Schuchart
[email protected] (ext. 104)
Financial Secretary
[email protected]
Holy Week and
Easter Worship Services
Wednesday, April 1
7:00pm—Holden Evening Prayer with Holy Communion
Maundy Thursday, April 2
12:00pm—Spoken Liturgy with Holy Communion
7:00pm— Sung Liturgy with Holy Communion and the Stripping of
the Altar, the Adult choir and Youth Praise Team
Good Friday, April 3
12:00pm—Interactive Reflection on Regret, Remembrance, Re-vision
7:00pm—Interactive Reflection on Regret, Remembrance, Re-vision
8:00pm—Prayer Vigil begins
Easter Vigil, April 4
5:30pm—Hamburgers and Hot Dogs
6:00pm—Youth led Worship Transformed with Old Testament
stories, baptism of Katerina Rose Vovk, the empty tomb
and the first to witness Christ’s resurrection
7:15pm—S’mores around the Easter fire
Easter Sunday, April 5
7:15am—Traditional Easter Celebration with Holy Communion
8:30am—Spirit Alive! Easter Celebration with Holy Communion,
the Praise Band and Spirit Alive! Singers
9:45am—Family Easter Celebration with Holy Communion, the
Easter Handbell choir and Family Choir
10:30am—Annual Children’s Easter Egg Hunt
11:00am—Festival of the Resurrection celebrated with Holy
Communion, the Adult choir, Spirit Ringers, Brass,
EASTER EGG HUNT: Sunday, April 5th at 10:30 am. For
children up to fifth grade. Sign up sheet and information located
at the Event Sign Up Center in the lobby.
The 40 Days of Lent: Counting and Sharing Activities
Week 6
Mon. Mar. 30: How many churches did you pass on your way to worship this
week? Give thanks for God’s churches and the freedom to worship!
Tues. Mar. 31: How many fresh vegetables are in your refrigerator? Give
thanks for markets!
Wed. Apr. 1: Look out the window at bed time. How many stars can you see?
Give thanks for the amazing universe.
Thu. Apr. 2: How many band aids are in your home? Give thanks for good
Fri. Apr. 3: How many board/card games are in your home? Give thanks for
recreational time with family and friends.
Sat. April 4: How many of The 40 Days of Lent Counting and Sharing Activities did
you complete? Give thanks for the renewing experience of Lent!
VBS DECORATING WORKSHOPS: Planning for VBS 2015 has begun. VBS
will be held the week of July 6. Come out, think summer, and connect with other
members as we create the decorations that are used as part of VBS. No special
artistic skills are required. We will meet downstairs in room 10/11. Youth are
welcome to attend. Scheduled dates and times are: Thursday, April 9 - 6 - 8:00 pm;
Thursday, April 23 - 1:30 - 3:30 pm; Tuesday, April 28 - 6:30 - 8:30 pm; Wednesday,
May 13 - 9:15 - 11:15 am and Wednesday, May 27 - 6:30 - 8:30 pm.
TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALLGAME! Mark your calendars for the Iron Pigs
vs. Scranton Wilkes-Barre Yankees on Friday, June 19th. Game time is 7:05 pm.
Fireworks to follow the game. Sign up (in the lobby at the Event Sign Up Center)
and prepay required. Tickets are $10 a person and are along third base this
year. A limited number of tickets are available. Questions, please see Karin Kahler.
FORUM FOR ETHICS IN THE WORKPLACE is having their Quarterly
Ethics Breakfast on April 9 at 7:30am at DeSales University. Representatives from
Sacred Heart Health Care System and Allentown School District will be talking
about improvements the NIZ has made in Allentown. The program is $25 a person
and you can register at www.ethicsforum.org.
THE HOLY SPIRIT LDR MISSION TRIP is scheduled for April 12th – 17th.
We will be working in Union Beach, NJ helping the community recover from Superstorm Sandy damage. The team can use support in two areas: 1) If you would like
to learn more about the opportunity to participate please contact Bob Mueller at
610-442-7892; 2) If you would like to support the team financially you can
designate a contribution on the Special Gift line of your offering envelope. The
Giving Kiosk in the Lobby can also be used as it allows you to designate
contributions for this trip.
UPDATE YOUR PICTURE—photographers will be available after services
TODAY, the Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday to take individual/family pictures to
update our picture wall. Let’s try to get everyone’s picture current.
THRIVENT: An important reminder to all LCHS
Thrivent Choice members who participate in the
Thrivent Choice Dollars program: If you have not
already done so, please contact your Thrivent Choice
representative as soon as possible to re-confirm your
participation and to re-designate your Choice Dollars to Holy Spirit, Emmaus
(Thrivent.com / Making a Difference / Thrivent Choice / Direct Choice Dollars /
login to your account / Choose our congregation listed as Holy Spirit, Emmaus).
You only have until March 31st to do so, or we will lose our
donations for the entire year. We are seriously behind last year’s
donations. For the 1st quarter of 2015 we will only receive $1,287 in Choice
Dollars vs $5,823 last year, a shortfall of $4,536 after just 3 months.
February 2015 Financial Results and
Discussion: Operating Performance:
February was another month of poor financial
results. Bad weather continued to affect
attendance, revenue, and operating expenses.
Revenues totaled $55,647 while expenses were $73,666, resulting in a deficit
of $18,019 for the month. Operating revenue was $7,100 short of budget,
largely due to pledge shortfall.
Year to date our revenue is $132,703, while expenses are $160,093, resulting
in a deficit of $27,390 after only two months. Overall revenue through February
is down $15,200 to our budget plan, partly driven by Thrivent contributions,
which are down $4,500. Overall expenses through February are up $5,300 to
budget, mainly due to electricity and service contract expense. We have already
spent $9,830 of our entire year’s $11,000 budget for snow plowing and salting!
On the plus side, Building maintenance was $660 under budget for February.
Available Operating Cash: Because of the large operating deficit to date, our
available operating cash balance has dropped to $35,143. We began the year
with $63,492. Building Fund: We began the year with a balance of $35,509.
The balance is now $22,769. The final payments have now been made for the
HVAC compressor replacements in the sanctuary and for the classroom HVAC
Please Note: If you have been unable to attend church, in order to help sustain
our cash flow we would greatly appreciate it if you could make every effort
possible to catch up or even advance pay part of your planned yearly financial
commitments to our church. In addition, we ask that you prayerfully consider
making an additional donation to help us offset our revenue shortfall and our
heating and snow removal expense. So far in March we have received $1,230 in
donations toward this appeal. Thank you!