Our Identity and Our Mission

At our regional diocesan gathering last week the major repeated theme was mission.  God’s people are called into mission, to reach those who do not know the living God, Jesus Christ, and to cooperate with His work in bringing them into His glorious and gracious kingdom.  The focus on mission was everywhere.

The timing of this emphasis for the life of Holy Spirit Church could not have been better.  We face some significant decisions for our life together and it behooves us to make these determinations on the basis of mission and identity.  This time of change and transition is an opportunity to reflect on who we are as a church and who we believe God is calling us to be. Continue reading

Welcoming the Bishop to Holy Spirit Church

Over the weekend of November 2nd and 3rd our church will host Bishop Keith Andrews, the bishop of the Diocese of Western Anglicans, of which we are a part.  On Saturday, November 2nd, we will host an appetizer and dessert potluck reception for the bishop from 4-6pm (location TBD).  This will be a more informal time to meet the bishop and have a conversation with him.  There will be a short program in which the bishop will share some of the efforts of the diocese to bring the Gospel to under-reached or unreached populations.

On Sunday morning, November 3rd, the bishop will preach the sermon as well as lead our celebration of communion.  This promises to be a powerful time of hearing Bishop Keith proclaim God’s word and feed us from both word and table.  Plan on joining us! Continue reading

Upcoming Healing Service

When God raised Jesus from the dead, He provided for the healing – the restoration – of our relationship with Him. Through our baptism and by faith in Christ, we’re made members of God’s family, but we don’t come to Him whole. We’re broken works in progress, but with the Holy Spirit acting in our lives to set us free from bondage to sin and empowering us to be ambassadors for Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 5:20).  On October 20th, during the time we usually devote to Prayers of the People, we will have a special healing service.

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Searching for Our New Worship Home

Over the past year, we have known that our time of worshiping at Bethel Seminary San Diego was limited. Bethe University decided to close the San Diego seminary and sell the building. Since then, as tenants notified that our landlord intended to sell, we have been at work to find a new home for our worship.

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Prayer Walking the SDSU Campus

On Saturday, September 14th, members of Holy Spirit Church were joined by InterVarsity staff workers to prayer walk through the campus of San Diego State University.  John & Trina Adams, Brian & Meredith Bernados, Ian Bernados, Jeff & Mary Linam, and Fr. Brian all took part in the walk led by Gabby Manriquez and Matt Rogers.

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Palabra Viva in Chula Vista

Three weeks ago, Emmanuel Church in partnership with Cool Down Coffee and some faithful servants from Holy Spirit embarked on a courageous journey to love their neighbors. This ministry was born from a desire to be present with our community, and to bless others with the transforming love of Jesus. But how could we do that? Cool Down Coffee is a coffee shop situated right next to a trolley station only 6 miles from the border of Mexico and right next to the 5 freeway. So many different types of people frequent this coffee shop which is owned by a family and ran by a father and son team of Christians who are dedicated to sharing their faith. It is a miracle for them to be operating in this location, and only through a lottery system with the local government, they were granted the ability to operate in this location. Furthermore, the family is in America on a business visa, and their stay depends on the vibrancy and longevity of their business.

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God on the Move: A Building Update

“Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went” – Acts 8:4 (NIV)

Last October, our congregation was notified that Bethel University had decided to close Bethel Seminary San Diego (BSSD) and sell the building.  Since then, our staff and vestry have stayed in a conversation with a group of local supporters of BSSD who wanted to retain ownership of the building and begin their own seminary.  There were signs of real possibility through the negotiation between the University and this local group.  However, this past week, I was notified that those negotiations have stalled and both groups are moving on.  I spoke with a university official on Friday, May 10th, who informed me that our last Sunday will need to be August 11thContinue reading

What to Expect at the Easter Family Event

Over the past two Sundays we have heard testimonies of how God has met those in our congregation who have connected with the ministry of San Diego Refugee Tutoring.  Our hope in this Easter season is to bless this ministry through an effort culminating on Sunday, May 19th.  Leading up to this day each of us will have the opportunity to purchase needed items to donate to equip the students to continue to learn and grow.

On the day of our event, we will have the chance to celebrate God’s generosity through our congregation by gathering all of the donated items together and blessing them for the ministry.  We will also eat a meal together, furthering our love for one another.  We will hear more about San Diego Refugee Tutoring and be invited to different levels of involvement.  Finally, we will engage in a multi-generational activity (some might call it a game) to continue to learn how to cross borders for the sake of the kingdom.

Our God provides abundant for His people and invites us to share in His pattern of life: being rich and yet for the sake of others becoming poor so that others might share in our riches (see 2 Corinthians 8:9).  Plan on being there on the 19th to see and celebrate God’s work among us.

Eastertide Family Event

Each Sunday in the fifty day season of Easter we read from the Acts of the Apostles, the record of how the Risen Lord empowered his church to bring the good news to all nations.  Throughout this book, the Holy Spirit overcomes obstacle after obstacle so that more people can be brought into this renewed family of God.  As people of the Resurrected Jesus, that empowered call continues today as we share in this ministry to bringing the love of God into our neighborhoods. Continue reading