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LCHS Emmaus, PA

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Small Group Opportunities

Bible Study

Two groups meet on Sunday afternoons and Monday nights to discuss our faith journey through the Bible.

Inspiration during Advent and Lent

Inspirational devotions and prayers are offered in print hard copies, on the website and via email delivery during Advent and Lent.

Worship and Bible Study/Reflection

This combo is offered during Lent and sometimes during Advent.

In 2018, we will study By Heart: Conversations with Luther’s Small Catechism. In 2017, we studied Luther @ 500, and Together by Grace:Introducing the Lutherans. In Lent, we worshiped using Luther’s Small Catechism with interactive questions and singing Marty Haugen’s Evening Prayer. In 2016, we studied When Lightning Struck and 40 Day Journey with Martin Luther. Advent, 2013 we emphasized Hope for the World. Lent, 2014 we reflected on the book, A Clearing Season. In Lent 2015, we studied the ELCA publication Claimed, Gathering, Sent: A guide for Conversation written by Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton. 

Sunday’s Lessons Wednesday Night

A lectionary based (the designated Bible verses we read each Sunday) Bible Study was offered on Wednesdays in the fall and during Epiphany. We will study the following Sunday’s Bible readings which will be available on the church’s website under Faith Initiatives, and in Holy Happenings. If you need a Bible or would like to try a different translation, please contact Deacon Jane Elliott. Also, www.biblegateway.com has many Bible translations available.

Table Talk

Meets monthly on the second Wednesday of the month  in the Speary Cafe or in people’s homes. Join us to share appetizers, dessert, a drink and some great conversation on the Lutheran perspective on HOT button topics such as: immigration; global warming; gun control; racism; economic justice; healthcare; environment; abortion; death penalty; genetics usually facilitated by Pr. Ric. All ages welcome. Check Holy Happenings or the newsletter for specific details.

Bridge Groups

Fellowship and intellectual stimulation are combined for a fun evening.

Circle of Friends

They are created to extend our circle through intentional fellowship opportunities with other people of Holy Spirit. We have three Circles of Friends styles. Whatever the style of the gathering, the goal is to connect, share a meal or experience and expand their Circle of Friends.

Family Adventure Circle of Friends will be comprised of three families who will each have an opportunity to host an adventure. All family units are welcome. In addition to the three families, the hosts have the option to invite another family as your guests.

Adults Venture-In Circle of Friends will be comprised of six adults-couples and/or singles and who will each have an opportunity to host a gathering. In addition, the hosts the option to invite two adult guests.

Adults Venture-Out Circle of Friends will be comprised of eight adults-couples and/or singles, who will each have an opportunity to make a reservation at their favorite restaurant for the Venture Out Circle to enjoy together. Each person pays their own way. Couples and singles are welcome.

Concerts

We attended a concert by St. Olaf College Choir in 2015 which was held at Trinity Lutheran Church, Lansdale, PA

Fly to ABE: Adult Book Energy

A thought provoking small group opportunity to meet and discuss faith and life perspectives of engaging books. The current book we are reading and will be discussing is listed in Holy Happenings and in  the newsletter. We usually meet the fourth Monday of the month in room 1 / 2 downstairs.

Koinonia Groups

*Koinonia is a Greek word that occurs 20 times in the Bible. Koinonia’s primary meaning is “fellowship, sharing in common, communion.” The first occurrence of koinonia is Acts 2:42, “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” Christian fellowship is a key aspect of the Christian life. Believers in Christ are to come together in love, faith, and encouragement. That is the essence of koinonia.

Knitting in Faith > Prayer Shawls

The Knitting in Faith Group began in 2003.  Each 3rd Monday of the month, a group of knitters, gathers in the All Saints Room, to pray and work on knitted or crocheted pieces. Members also work on these at home on their own. Prayer shawls are  mainly to be given away.  They are distributed to members, friends, persons in the community, or at large.  Prayer shawls and prayers go out to persons who are ill, facing surgery, grieving.  Shawls are also made for victims of disaster, the homebound or people we hold in prayer.

Resource Fair / Lord’s Day Layaway

A Faith Formation resourcing event was held in 2017 about Reformation 500.

A Resource Fair called Lord’s Day Layaway for all ages was held in 2015 and 2014. We provided resources for families to be centers of faith formation for their families as well as providing resources for adults to grow in their faith. The hope was that families might consider giving a faith related Christmas gift to their children, spouse and/or grandchildren.

Any financial proceeds or profits from 2014 and 2015 were designated toward supporting those hoping to attend the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering.

M & M, Too

This is an inspirational time for women to talk, connect, and pray together. We will be meeting on the third Wednesday of the month in the Speary Café downstairs. Please enter through the downstairs entrance. All women are invited.

New Beginnings

New Beginnings (Alcoholics Anonymous) meets on Tuesday and Thursday nights at 7:00 pm downstairs. Their purpose is to reach out to those who suffer from alcoholism.

New Member Welcome to the Journey

As each of us, including potential new members, are at different places on our journey of faith and in our changing individualized culture, we are discerning what may be more helpful for new members. New member Welcomes are held in the spring and the fall. In 2017, new members will be welcomed on Sunday, April 2 and October 15, 2017. Check Holy Happenings or the newsletter for other specific dates.

Explorers Open House with Q & A

For anyone considering becoming part of the Holy Spirit family (new members) who want to “explore” any questions or concerns they may have about our faith and life here at Holy Spirit.

Welcome to the Journey with a Welcome in Worship and a Journey Mission Fair and Pizza Party

At any time new members may meet with one of the pastors or Jane to talk about Time & Talent, questions, concerns, ways to nurture their faith, how/where to connect, ministries to share their gifts/passions and serve

Connections

Meet with Deacon Jane Elliott to personalize ways to connect with others in ministry at Holy Spirit.

Stitch n Chat

A group of members work together making quilts to give to persons in need both across the Lehigh Valley and outside our local community.  Each year 100-150 quilts are created and donated.  Some are provided through the Lutheran Congregational Services to local refugees.  Others are sent to our Starks, Maine as part of our on-going support for that community, and some go to local families suffering from tragedies.