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This week at Church of the Holy Spirit




Announcements are a form of discipleship. They declare that we have an exciting vision of living Christ’s Risen Life in our community and are an invitation to EACH OF YOU to find a place to join in.

The Importance of Remembering Our Beginnings

There is no doubt that we as a nation are finding ourselves in the midst of some difficult challenges right now and, as when any group of people are facing a real challenge, we are often apt to find ourselves divided.  This Fourth of July provides us then with a wonderful chance for us to focus on what unites us a country, and to remember the ideals and vision that were the foundation of our origin as a nation.

The reason we love to remember and celebrate beginnings, such as the birth of our nation, is because when something is brand new it is full of ideals, and possibilities. This dream of what can be applies to the birth of a nation, as well as to the possibilities of a new job, a new relationship, the life of a new born child, or any new chapter in our lives. When something is new there has not yet been enough time for any serious messiness or conflict to occur and anything seems possible

And so as a nation we pause each year to remember the founding ideals of our nation: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, along with the belief that all people are created equal and have the right to live free. Have we, along with our foremothers and forefathers, always lived up these ideals? Of course not. Through the years there has always been much that has divided us and there was then, and is now, much for which to repent. At the same time, there is also much that unites us and much to celebrate.  

In both our national life and our personal lives, it is important to pause from time to time and remember and reclaim our core ideals and the vision for our lives, individually and collectively. Those founding ideals serve as a compass to guide us through the sometimes challenging and "messy middles" of our lives.  

An excerpt from Living Compass


Please be extra mindful this long weekend. Alcohol and fireworks, used without caution, can have tragic consequences. And remember that our beloved pets as well as neighbors who are refugees or war veterans may not find the sound of nearby fireworks to be a cause for celebration.

An order for SCRIP Cards will be placed THIS WEEK! Commonly Used SCRIP cards already are on hand

We have a supply of Stop & Shop, Shop Rite, Dunkin Donuts Subway, and Whole Foods cards. New orders for above-and-beyond cards will be placed this week, assuming we can get enough orders to outweigh the shipping charge. PLEASE SEE LESLY OR JACQUE JOSEPH TODAY!


A gathering of our Outreach-Hospitality-Minded Folks is scheduled for NEXT Sunday July 9 after the 9am service

Interested in getting involved in ways in which we can grow in our presence in the community? We would love to hear your thoughts!


ANOTHER Columbus House Breakfast coming up July 9

Your donations make this ministry possible. No one is asked to buy 12 dozen eggs! If 12 people bring 1 dozen each, we learn how collaborating creates miracles, using the gifts of each of us. Sign-up sheets for our July breakfast are ready for your offer! If you prefer to make a financial donation, “Outreach” envelopes are on the table by the Cloister Hall. Please remember, anyone needing a charitable contribution form for tax purposes, for any donation to the church, just needs to ask!


Sunday July 16 – Bradley Point

Friends from all over are joining us!


Church of the Good Shepherd in Orange
Offering Summer Vacation Bible School

Monday July 10 – Friday July 14   9am – noon

Campers will experience the reality of God’s love through “Maker Fun Factory”, including songs, snacks, games, story-telling, crafts and other hands-on experience. Campers age 3 years to rising 4th graders are welcome to enroll; rising fifth graders through rising 12-graders are welcome to participate as counselors-in-the-making. The fee is $50 per child. Scholarships are available. Pre-registration is requested; walk-in registration is available. See Rev. Lisa for registration forms.


Boy Scout Troop 802 is hosting another Blood drive

July 22 9am - 2pm

First Congregational Church Fellowship Hall

Please support Phillip and Mark Homburg and their Scout service efforts and register to give blood. CHS will be hosting a drive here in the fall (tentatively scheduled for Nov 4)


Come Garden with Us

Anyone wanting to “Come Garden with Us” is invited to stop by Wednesday morning this week. We could use some help weeding and spreading mulch. Keep an eye out for the sunflowers planted against the back of the church! Many thanks to Paul Mayer for trimming bushes this past week! Our efforts to provide visual beauty are enjoyed by all who pass by! We need volunteers to take a week or two to mow the lawn. Riding lawnmower is available. You pick the week and day that works for you! Please speak with Nancy Staniewicz or Keith Bailey.


Women’s Retreat October 20-22

Theme – Peer Coaching and Creation of Support Systems

Our Retreat leader this year is our own Erin Kampa (AKA Kati Guthrie’s sister and Sally Guthrie’s daughter.) When we all work together, great things happen.  Erin is going to share fun and effective tools can be used in any aspect of our busy lives. Peer Coaching Circles support each other to improve creative problem solving and reach goals.  Erin has 23 years of family nurse practitioner experience and is a trained Guiding Mindful Change coach since 2007.  In helping her clients to attain their best health, she learned that behavior change and focus support is many times the most important help we can give each other. Oh, and laughter.

Cost: $185, which includes meals and lodging. (Scholarships are available!) Laughter and fellowship are free. Come join us! PLEASE pre-register today with a deposit of $50. 


Prayers for parishioners

Jackie Lewis, Keith Bailey, Richard Orland, Jacquie Mari, Jean Mullins, Sally Guthrie,      Kati Guthrie, David Matts, Erin Kampa, Dotty Sellner, Oliver Bailey, Janice, Sarah Guterman, Melissa SanSouci, Diana Rose

Prayers for family and friends 

(in alphabetic order)

Alexandra (Missy) Mitchell-Daughter of Pat Dymarcik; Arlene Rothenhausen-Mother of Vicki Rothenhausen; Bert & Kathy Bacon-Grandparents of Alex & Libby Bacon; Betty & Gordon Giles-Relative of Marina Matts; Bill-Brother of Melissa SanSouci; Bill-Friend/Mentor of Gene Leitermann; Carl-Uncle of Melissa SanSouci; David F.-Nephew of Jane Chamberlin; Dawn-Friend of Vicki Rothenhausen; Fred Jenks-Friend of Barbara Curry; George-Friend of Barbara Curry; James Angelides-Son-in-law of the Bezruczyks; Jaxon-Friend of the Parish; Jeanne-Aunt of Melissa SanSouci; Joe Smith-Friend of Bob Meagher; Jonah-Friend of Diane Stanislawski; Judith Shea-Friend of Rev. Lisa; Kaia-Grand-daughter of the Bezruczyks; Kathleen D.-Friend of Nola Komar; Kathrine-Friend of Diane Rowley; Kimberly-Friend of Vicki Rothenhausen; Louise-Friend of Jacquie Mari; Lynn-Niece of Nancy Staniewicz; Marianne C.-Friend of Vicki Rothenhausen; Maylanni Carlson-Grand-daughter of Sue Carlson; Phyllis Evarts-Widow of Chris Evarts; Phylliss F.-Friend of Bev Draper;  Melissa-Friend of Vicki Rothenhausen; Ray D.-Friend of Vicki Rothenhausen; Rich C.-Brother-in-law of Rich Mahmood; Stacy S.-Sister of Vicki Rothenhausen.


Special Prayers for Those that Can’t Worship With Us

Stephany Avren, Grace Boulanger, Georgia Buckholz, Joe Buonocore, Bee Conlan, Helen Danehy, Susan Dupee, Nellie Greenfield, Florence Jefferson, Nola Komar, Bob & Lillian Maltese, Bertha Miller, Toots Palermo, Cora & Kent Peckham, Dolly Reiss, Joan Sallies, Dottie & Harold Sellner, Viola Shwab, Ethel Smith, Alexander Stamatien Sr., Gloria Weber



Isolyn Ying-7/2, David Welch-7/3, Margaret Hay-7/5, Diane Vinci-McManus-7/6,           Jacqueline Bailey-7/7, Melissa SanSouci-7/8



Carole & Anthony Cillo-7/8

Today’s Worship Assistants



                                                        Acolyte....................... Jacqueline Joseph

                                                        Reader........................ Ralph Lawson

                                                        Intercessor................. Sue Carlson

                                                        Chalice Bearers:........ John Vinci &  Jacqueline Joseph

                                                        Announcements:....... Barbara Curry

                                                        Counters:................... Barbara Curry &  Ralph Lawson                                          

                                                       .Greeters:................... Joanne Strait &  Jane Chamberlin

                                                        Altar Guild:.............. Thais Gordon &  Evelyn Bezruczyk

                                                        Coffee Hour Host:... Judi, Jackie & Shelley

                                                        Water Bottles........... The Bezruczyks



 Gift cards for your favorite grocery store, restaurant, movie theater, clothes store (and so much more!!) are available for purchase here at CHS – and you use them like cash! Every time you shop with gift from us, CHS gets a percentage of the funds back! Please speak with Lesly and Jacque Joseph for more information. That simple effort can offer incredible benefits. Cards in stock include Stop ‘n Shop, Shop Rite, Dunkin Donuts and Subway. Others, like Barnes and Noble, Lowes, Walmart, Target, Dominos Pizza and much more, can be ordered.

For on-line shoppers: if you go to our website ( www.holyspiritwh.org ) and scroll down to the bottom of the page, you will notice a link to SCRIP – the company that offers our gift cards. Write down the CHS code, go into the link where you can use the code to get into our shopping site, and browse away! You can purchase printable gift cards and not have to wait for shipment! You can also reload many cards without any wait. Click for the current reload merchant list.

                                           Enter  3B6FFF4821649 at the non-profit line 

                NEWS : Save your used cards - you can now reload over 70 merchant cards on-line

                                   What stores participate?                  There are over 700, but here’s a sampling:



Rite Aid


Quick food

Bruegger’s Bagels


Dunkin’ Donuts




Office supplies

Office Depot

Office Max


Gas stations












Bed Bath & Beyond

The Home Depot

Grocery stores




Sam’s Club



Stop & Shop



Whole Foods




Barnes & Noble





Old Navy

Payless Shoes



Sports Authority



 How might you GIVE THANKS to God through the ministries of this parish?


Opportunities (and great needs) abound for service through your parish. Please consider one of these options and talk with the person listed:

Adult Formation – Rev. Lisa    life-long learners seeking to go deeper in their relationship with God

Altar Guild – Nancy Staneiwicz    lovers of being behind-the-scene and  setting up our worship space

Choir – Matt Harrison (or any member of the Choir)    the joyful noise-makers

Christmas Fair – Suzanne Coleman, Patty Dymarcyk, Kati Guthrie   creative crafters, detailed organizers, festivity lovers

Communications Committee –  Keith Bailey or Katie Guthrie   technologically-savvy purveyors of information

Finance Committee – Gene Leitermann or Rev. Lisa   checkbook balancers, entrepreneurs, money producing motivators

Interfaith dialogue and relationships – Rev. Lisa   seekers of a broader truth

Hospitality – Bonnie Mahmood, Kati Guthrie, Jacquie Mari    lovers of fellowship and fun

Greeters – Rev Lisa   folks with ready smiles and a willingness to make others feel at home

Outreach – Katie Guthrie, Karin Jacobs    carers of justice and mercy for others

Pastoral Caregivers – Rev. Lisa and Evelyn Bezruczyk   empathizers with those who are homebound and needing connection

Property Committee – Keith Bailey    anyone handy with a screwdriver, paintbrush, broom or pruning sheers

Sunday School – Mark Homburg    those who enjoy a child’s delight                             

Ushers, readers, chalice bearers, acolytes – Rev. Lisa     worshippers seeking a deeper place within worship