​​​​​​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, scarves, & lap quilts to give out or take for yourself or someone else.

There is lots of yarn to be turned into more as well. New shawls can be brought into the church office at any time.

Our Home Communion Ministry is up & running each week that we have an Ordained Minister celebrate with us during

our Sunday Morning Worship Service and bless our Home Communion Kits. A Minister is available if you have a

loved one, or even if you yourself desire services in the community. Please let the church office know so that

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 Vince or Kathy of your interest.


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​​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 have been blessed to serve 65 people in October, & 547 people in 2022.


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. N. Cape May Acme, other

local community businesses, & various people throughout the community & church continue to keep our pantry

stocked. We want to say a special thank you to everyone for all of your continued 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.

 The Choir & 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.

Choir Rehearsals have been postponed due to COVID Protocols at this time.

​Our Organist & Cantor continue to broadcast from home into our Worship Services.

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 during the Prayers of The Church during Sunday Morning Worship Service.

​Mo Bixler (Skip & Bonnie Millard's Friend)
Christy Spero (Blanche Cameron's Family)
Donald Williams (Delores Basco’s Friend)
Lisa Mishler (Maryanne Lauer’s Family)
Megan Pratz (Betty Lang’s Friend)
Patty Cioce (Betty Lang’s Friend)
Rob Norcross (Betty Lang’s Friend)
Mildred McDonald (Betty Lang’s Friend)
Linda Bowker (Church Member)
Butch Mitchell (Mary Pierce's Family)
Carla Wagner (Betty Lang’s Family)
Tom McNamara (Audrey Kinka’s Family)
Beth & Bill Knapp (Betty Lang’s Family)
Denny Lauer (Maryanne Lauer's Family)
Judy Po (Betty Lang's Family)
Janet Coleman (Church Member)
Eric Brown (Judy Brannan's Friend)
Allison Hopkins (Church Member)
Terry Davis (Alice Davis’ Family)
Pete (Maryanne Lauer’s Friend)
Dave Griffin (Sandy Hansen's Family)
Christine Fuller (Betty Lang's Family)
Rhiannon (Frank & Sharon Ford's Family)
Joe Basco (Delores Basco’s Family)
Bob Brady (Maryanne Lauer’s Friend)
Bill Kanass (Betty Lang's Family)
Betty Lang (Church Member)
Betty Becker (Church Member)
Mary Pierce (Church Member)
Kevin (Betty Becker's Friend)
Peter Berger (Betty Lang’s Friend)
Ed Borse (Betty Lang’s Friend)
Rosalie Stackhouse (Church Member)

​James Kershaw (Audrey Kinka’s Friend)
Edna McCann (Maryanne Lauer's Friend)
BettyAnn Rich-White (Church Member)
Kay Call (Church Member)
Melissa Moore (Harry Streit's Family)
Salvatore Friscia (Diana DeNote's Family)
Debbie West (Church Family)
Patrick Brannan (Judy Brannan's Family)
Bandit (Betty Lang's Dog)
Charlotte Heigon (Judy Brannan's Friend)
Suzie Clark (Rose Lang's Friend)
Kathy Beard (Maryanne Lauer's Family)
Evy (Betty Lang's Friend)
Amelia Skyrm (Audrey Kinka's Family)
Cindy Irana (Betty Lang’s Friend)
Ed Watson (Betty Lang's Friend)
Bill Bickley (Betty Bickley's Family)
Joe Cox (Maryanne Lauer's Friend)
     Francis Clock (Dianna DeNote’s Family)
Jacalyn Nehlig (Church Member)
Jamie Miller (Vicki Rinier's Family)
James Colubiale (Diana DeNote's Friend)
Frank Ford (Church Member)
Mike (Maryanne Lauer's Friend)
Dolores Johnson (Church Family)
     Jean O’Brien (Diana DeNote's Friend)
Helen Schlereth (Diana DeNote's Friend)
Gary Waltz (Church Family)
The Family & Friends of Delores Basco (Church Member)
Joanne (Maryanne Lauer’s Friend)

​​Andrew Hudak (Rose Lang’s Friend)
Fred Lang (Betty Lang’s Family)
Viena Murtha (Bob Fritsch’s Friend)
Lorraine Fennimore (Church Member)
Amanda Testa (Betty Bickley’s Family)
John Lauer, Jr. (Maryanne Lauer & Betty Becker’s Family)
Craig Brearey (Judy Brannan & Mary Melnicoff's Friend)
Bruce Becker, Jr. (Betty Becker & Maryanne Lauer’s Family)
Joseph Sheretta (Ed & Fran Green’s Friend)
Sally Shaffer (Betty Becker's Friend)
Carmen & Brook (Maryanne Lauer’s Friends)
Christine Schneider (Audrey Kinka’s Family)
Maisie Donnelly (Betty Bickley’s Family)
Alice Basco Matics (Delores Basco's Family)
Jackie Churchman (Audrey Kinka’s Family)
Caroline Palush (Bonnie & Skip Millard’s Family)
Sharon Waicus (Skip & Bonnie Millard's Friend)
Jill (Maryanne Lauer & Betty Becker's Friend)
Tom & Anne Dickinson (Dianne & Ted Bell’s Family)
     Bill Johnson (Maryanne Lauer & Betty Becker’s Family)
     Charlie & Vicky Rowe (Kathy & Butch Poehler’s Family)
Karen O'Brian (Linda & Paul Bowker's Friend)
The Henning Family (Maryanne Lauer’s Family)
Mike Maguire, Jr. (Betty Becker & Maryanne Lauer's Family)
Mardella Allen (True Deliverance Praise & Worship Center)
Susan Horn (Judy Brannan's Friend)
Tommy Furey (Community Member)

Irv Fuller (Charlie & Karen Buckley's Family)

Dellie Valcourt (Bonnie & Skip Millard's Family)​​

Reverend Maria Brooks and her Congregation, True Deliverance Praise & Worship Center, continue to utilize our

facilities from 1-4PM on Sundays. Their congregation helps us with the Food Pantry and hosts or assists with various

other events throughout the year at the Church. True Deliverance Praise & Worship Center also hosts a Prayer Line

you can join on their Conference Call # 1-657-390-7957 on Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays at 5PM.

​​​The most important thing we do each week is gather together as God's people to Worship. God is the center and focus of everything we do. Participating in worship is active. Liturgy means the work and actions of the people gathered. Everything

we do during the week to prepare for worship, and everything we do as we assist in leading worship, is important. Worship Leaders, Worship Assistants, Conference Call and the Computer, Readers, Greeters and Ushers, Communion Assistants, Home Communion Ministers, Altar Guild, Choir and The Music Team help make worship a meaningful experience. We are thankful for all the wonderful work being done. If you are interested in any position, let Vince know so a training can be set-up.


​A Supply Pastor has been requested once monthly through the NJ Synod of the ELCA to Preside over Worship Services to allow for Holy Communion. If we are notified that we have been assigned a Pastor the Worship Leader will be replaced.

 ​​​​​HOLY SPIRIT LUTHERAN CHURCH​​
1220 BAYSHORE ROAD​, VILLAS, NJ 08251
​609-886-2414
HOLYSPIRITLUTHERAN@COMCAST.NET
FACEBOOK.COM/HOLYSPIRITVILLAS/
CHURCH OFFICE--WEDNESDAYS--6PM TO 8PM
​BIBLE STUDY & FAITH DISCUSSIONS--LUTHERANISM 101--WEDNESDAYS-- 7PM TO 8PM
FOOD PANTRY--EVERY THURSDAY & THE LAST SATURDAY OF EVERY MONTH--10AM TO 1PM
SUNDAY SCHOOL--HEROES OF THE BIBLE--SUNDAYS--9AM TO 10AM
WORSHIP SERVICE--IN-PERSON & CONFERENCE CALL--SUNDAYS--10:30AM

​​​​The Women of the Churchhave 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, the Food Pantry has been

supported with donations & Christmas Stockings with gift cards & other small gifts, 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 have hosted 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 of the Church will be holding their next monthly meeting on Monday, December 5th, 2022, at 6PM.

Visitors are always welcome! Come on out & join them!

​The Women of the Church will be hosting our Coffee Hour on Sunday, December 11th following the Worship Service.