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Our Parish Profile 2019

The Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit

Our parish is more than just a building with a nave, narthex, and community hall. We are a loving, diverse, and growing community of believers. We live our lives filled with hope, energy, and determination to fulfill our mission to be the Body of Christ on Earth as we strive to honor the two great commandments: Love God and Love Each Other.

The Holy Spirit Family is welcoming to all, inclusive in our beliefs, empowered by our faith, and grounded by Scripture, the Book of Common Prayer, the love of our Liturgy, and our identity as faithful Episcopalians.

The Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit is calling for a rector that is not afraid to lead or afraid to be led. We will depend on our new rector to help us focus our hope and energy to live up to the Vision, Mission, and Values as described in this parish profile. In return, the Holy Spirit Family will never give our new rector reason to regret this very important decision.

We invite you to learn more about our parish and join with us as we move forward in faith!

In Christ’s Love,

The Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit Search Committee

Deep Gratitude from Father Bill

Anne and I are most grateful for the wonderful sendoff you gave us December 30, 2018. The food, as always, was amazing and the fellowship, as always, was warm and fun. The paperweight with the image from the parish banner is lovely and is on my desk in my study. I’ll remember with fondness my time as your interim rector each time I see it. Know that we will miss you and think of you often. You are in our prayers and in our hearts.

I’m excited about the folks who will be supplying on Sundays over the next few months. Marti Holmes is the Archdeacon for Diocese of Alabama. She works with Bishop Sloan to coordinate the activities of the deacons of the diocese. Thomas Joyner is the Episcopal Campus Chaplain for UAB, Birmingham-Southern, and Samford. He is my successor in that ministry and, as I tell people all of the time, I couldn’t be happier about that if I’d picked him myself. Katie Rengers imagined and created an innovative way of being the church when she founded The Abbey, a coffee shop and worshiping community in Avondale. Stephen McWhorter, who’s retired now, founded a parish with a handful of families that grew into a large parish. These are interesting people who’ve done and/or doing important ministry. In addition to worshiping with them and one another you can learn a bit more about what’s going on in the diocese.

Blessings, prayers, and love sent your way always. Father Bill

Easter Sunday & Holy Week Schedule

All Are Welcome! Join us for Holy Week Services:

Palm Sunday- March 25th, 8:30 & 10:30

Maundy Thursday- March 29th, 7:00 PM

Good Friday- March 30th, 7:00 PM

Easter Vigil- March 31st, 7:00 PM

Easter Sunday- April 1st, 8:30 & 10:30

Easter Egg Hunt- 11:45

Easter Events

Holy Spirit Night at South City Theatre

Godspell – Holy Spirit Fundraiser, March 24th at 7:00 pm

Join us for Holy Spirit Night at South City Theatre! Tickets are $25/person with profits from sales going to Holy Spirit. Purchase tickets HERE or contact the office, 621-3418.

Godspell was the first major musical theatre offering from three-time Grammy and Academy Award winner, Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin, Children of Eden), and it took the world by storm. Led by the international hit, “Day by Day,” Godspell features a parade of beloved songs. A small group of people help Jesus Christ tell different parables by using a wide variety of games, storytelling techniques and hefty doses of comic timing. An eclectic blend of songs, ranging in style from pop to vaudeville, is employed as the story of Jesus’ life dances across the stage. Dissolving hauntingly into the Last Supper and the Crucifixion, Jesus’ messages of kindness, tolerance and love come vibrantly to life. Godspell is a sensation that continues to touch audiences.