​​​​​​The Prayer Shawl Ministry started because there are so many people in need of prayer,

& we would like to do more than simply praying. The ministry's message of caring is simple,

universal, & enduring. The shawl provides something to hold as tangible evidence of our care

& concern, as well as God's love. As each person knits stories are shared about the person for

whom the shawl is made. Prayers are said as the shawls are being worked. During various times

throughout the year at church services we ask for God's blessing on these prayer shawls.

The ministry is open to anyone interested in joining. Sharing stitches & patterns are welcome,

as well as beginners. Shawls are collected year round, as long as dedicated people continue to

make them. The success & blessing this ministry has provided since its inception is truly wonderful.

The group continues to work in their individual homes, & there are no more meetings at this time.

There are always more prayer shawls to give out or take for yourself or someone else.

There is lots of yarn to be turned into more as well. Continuing to work at home is encouraged.

New shawls can be brought into the church office at any time.

​​​​The Bible Study Groupwas started in order to focus on various readings, books, & verses. The groups

members offer various points of view & walk through the Bible together in order to develop a better

understanding of God's Word. Members support each other in their thoughts & beliefs. You can bring

the Bible of your choice or use one of ours. We welcome everyone to gather together to explore the Word.


POSTPONED AT THIS TIME DUE TO COVID.

Our Home Communion Ministry is up & running. A Minister is available if you have a loved one,

or you yourself desire services in the community please let the church office know so plans can be made.

We look forward in sharing the Word & Holy Communion with you! We continue to look for anyone

interested & willing to help out & be trained. Please inform Pastor Leah, Vince, or Kathy of your interest.

​​​​The Women of the Church have a mission & purpose & it is to serve as a community of women created

in the image of God, called to discipleship in Jesus Christ, & empowered by the Holy Spirit.

The women commit themselves to grow in faith, affirm they gifts, support one another in their callings,

engage in ministry & action, & promote healing & wholeness in the church, the society, & the work. Most

importantly this is a group of women who love the Lord & each other & are working for Christ.

 The Sunday School & Vacation Bible School have been supported with donations, blanket drives have been

held, school kits & baby layettes have been collected, & help has been provided with whatever Lutheran

World Life is in need of. They have also helped Indian reservations & L.A.M.P. Missionary Pilots

in the past. They host the National Day of Prayer in conjunction with other local churches. The women

purchase or have made all of the altar paraments & linens, & assist in other areas of the church.


The women also ask that you save your box tops for education, soda tabs, & soup labels.

Please place them in the containers on the counter in the narthex.


The Women's monthly meetings are POSTPONED AT THIS TIME DUE TO COVID.

The women are always open to welcoming new members & visitors.​

​​The Sunday School Program is working on educating the upcoming generation to be able to pick up the

cross after us. The program consists of education through scripture, crafts, games, videos, & various other

activities. The children participate in Operation Christmas Child & help out with the Hat, Mitten, & Scarf Tree.


POSTPONED AT THIS TIME DUE TO COVID.

For more info, or for volunteer opportunities please contact Heather or the Church Office.​

 HOLY SPIRIT LUTHERAN CHURCH
1220 BAYSHORE ROAD​, VILLAS, NJ 08251​
​609-886-2414
HOLYSPIRITLUTHERAN@COMCAST.NET
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CHURCH OFFICE---WEDNESDAYS---5PM TO 7PM
FOOD PANTRY---EVERY THURSDAY & THE LAST SATURDAY OF EVERY MONTH---10AM TO 1PM
SEE BELOW ON HOME & GENERAL INFO PAGE FOR CORONAVIRUS UPDATES
SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICE W/HOLY COMMUNION---IN-PERSON & CONFERENCE CALL---10:30AM

The most important thing we do each week is gather together as God's people to worship. God is the

center & focus of everything we do. Participating in worship is active. Liturgy means the work &

actions of the people gathered. Everything we do during the week to prepare for worship, & everything

we do as we assist in leading worship, is important. Ushers, Readers, Worship Assistants,

Communion Assistants, Home Communion Ministers, Altar Guild, Choir & The Music Team

help make worship a meaningful experience for everyone. All are invited to participate. We are

thankful for all the wonderful work being done. Along with the new tasks you may be willing to try.


If you are interested in any position in our Worship Ministry Team please let Pastor Leah know.

We will gladly teach you how to do what you would most like to do.

 TheChoir & Music Team prepare & sing various hymns & anthems during our Worship Service.

While the Organist plays the piano & organ & provides musical accompaniment to the Choir.

Feel free to join us during our Worship Service to experience all of the Joyful Noise!


​​The Choir is always looking for more people to join in & sing praises & play music for the Lord.

Please contact the church office or any choir member if you are interested in joining. You can also feel free

to join them at the next Choir Rehearsal which has been POSTPONED AT THIS TIME DUE TO COVID.

​​The Food Pantry is open every Thursday, & the last Saturday of every month from 10AM-1PM.

Please be respectful of the additional safety measures put in place.
Photo ID & proof of residency are required. The Food Pantry serves residents in emergency need in
Lower Township. We were blessed to serve 761 people in 2016, 922 people in 2017, 795 people in 2018,

& 572 people in 2019. We served 57 people in September; & 794 people have been served so far in 2020.


Bags are packed with various items listed below in order to help those in need. All food

donations can be placed in the basket in the Narthex. Your spare change can be left in the

jug in the back of the church. Financial donations can be sent in to the church office or

placed in the Sunday collection. Thank you so much for all your support & prayers!  

Items can be purchased to help fill the Food Pantry are peanut butter, jelly, canned beef stew, canned chili, canned ravioli,

boxed or bagged pasta noodles, pasta sauce, mac & cheese, canned baked beans or pinto beans, boxed cold cereals,

beef or chicken ramen noodles, canned corn, canned green beans, canned carrots, canned fruit, canned soups,

canned chicken, canned tuna, canned or boxed potatoes, individual packets of saltines or crackers, & shelf stable milk.

Our Prayer Ministry is ever so mindful that people may not be in the best health, or need some extra

support & a watchful eye. Our thoughts & prayers go with them every day in hopes that their lives

may be fully enriched through the spirit in which God can bless & keep them. We pray endlessly

that these folks may experience healing & grace from the Father, Spirit, & Son. Folks listed below

have been identified as those that need additional prayers. How they are related or known by our

church members or friends is also listed next to their names. This list is updated weekly. It is

available at the back of the church in the narthex on a clipboard to be modified or added

to before names are read from the pulpit during the Prayers of Intercession.​​​​


Gayla Waller (Jean Zimmerman's Friend)
Bob Maggio (Vicki Rinier's Friend)
Donna Gain (Jean Zimmerman's Family)
​Zidane Rehman (Diana DeNote's Family)
Kelli (Susan Pulley's Family)​
Dianne Maguire (Betty Becker & Maryanne Lauer’s Family)
George Martin (Kathy Poehler & Nona Martin’s Family)
Betty Lang (Church Member)
Viena Murtha (Bob Fritsch’s Friend)
Carl Plomchok (Gloria Sutton’s Family)
Denny Tripp (Maryanne Lauer’s Friend)
Maisie Donnelly (Betty Bickley’s Family)
Amanda Testa (Betty Bickley’s Family)
Joseph Cardona (Linda Tatem & Frank Brunner’s Friend)
Bill Bickley (Betty Bickley's Son)
Jim Donovan (Alice Davis’ Friend)
Sharon Waicus (Skip & Bonnie Millard's Friend)
Alice Basco Matics (Delores Basco's Family)
Terry Poleg (Judy Brannan’s Friend)
Beth Huber (Jean Zimmerman’s Friend)
Ruth Veit (Church Member)
Bob Brady (Maryanne Lauer’s Friend)
Fran Stitely (Heather Piekarski’s Family)
James Kershaw (Audrey Kinka’s Friend)
Rosalie Stackhouse (Church Member)
Ron Solt (Skip & Bonnie Millard’s Friend)
Betty Becker (Church Member)
Linda Bowker (Church Member)
Jeanette (Maryanne Lauer’s Friend)
Joe Basco (Delores Basco’s Family)
Billy Greenling (Pat Greenling’s Family)
Caroline Palush (Bonnie & Skip Millard’s Family)
Tom McNamara (Audrey Kinka’s Family)
​Marge Dwyer (Audrey Kinka's Family)
Lorraine Fennimore (Church Member)
Judy Brannan (Church Member)
Bruce Long (Judy Brannan's Family)
Delores Basco (Church Member)
Charlie Buckley (Church Family) ​
BettyAnn Rich-White (Church Member)
Sandy Hansen (Church Member)
Betty Smith​​ (Mary Pierce's Family)
Ellen Fox (Mary Melnicoff’s Friend)
John Lauer, Jr. (Maryanne Lauer & Betty Becker’s Family)
Christy Spero (Blanche Cameron’s Family)
Susan Jones (Allison Hopkins & Kay Call’s Friend)
Emma Kate & Ella Jo Knapp/Twins (Betty Lang’s Family)
Millie Rain (Vince & Heather Piekarski’s Friend)
Donald Williams (Delores Basco’s Friend)
Phyllis Streit (Church Member)
Edwin Hopkins (Allison Hopkin’s Family)
Lisa Mishler (Maryanne Lauer’s Family)
Pat Greenling (Church Member)
Mason Jenkins (Rosalie Stackhouse’s Family)
Megan Pratz (Betty Lang’s Friend)
Patty Cioce (Betty Lang’s Friend)