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Holy Spirit Lutheran Church
   December 2018   
Upcoming Events


Wednesday Night Activities (click to open)
6pm Dinner
Kids Choir Practice/Activities after dinner
7:00pm Advent Service with activities for kids in the narthex
IGNITE Sr. High Bible Study


Adult Choir Practice
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM


A Very Merry Night Out!
7:00 PM
Come on out and paint two mason jars with a holiday theme! See any of the youth or Bree to purchase a ticket. Ticket cost is $15 per person and includes refreshments.


Line Dancing!
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Join us Tuesday nights for some line dancing fun and exercise! Everyone is welcome!


Wednesday Night Activities (click to open)
6pm Dinner
Kids Choir Practice/Activities after dinner
7:00pm Advent Service with activities for kids in the narthex
IGNITE Sr. High Bible Study
Bible Search
Senior Pastor

Pastor Nathan Allen

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Pastor Nathan Allen comes to Holy Spirit Lutheran from Tulsa, Oklahoma where he served as pastor of Joy Lutheran for over nine years.  He received his Master of Divinity degree from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC).  At LSTC he completed a Biblical Studies Emphasis, a one-year pastoral internship at St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and also interned in the Ecumenical and Inter-Religious office at the ELCA’s Churchwide headquarters.

Pastor Nathan was born and raised in Kalamazoo, Michigan where he attended Kalamazoo College.  At K-College, Nathan majored in Classical Studies and minored in History and Latin.  He was also active in the music program, playing bass trombone in the Kalamazoo College Symphonic Band and as director and conductor of the student-led Pep Band during his sophomore and senior years.  During his junior year, Nathan studied in Rome, Italy for a semester at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies.  He later returned as part of the Anglo-American Project in Pompeii where he spent a summer as a field excavator.

Preaching the Word of God and administering the Sacraments are at the heart of Pastor Nathan’s ministry.  In addition, Pastor Nathan served on a variety of Synod committees in the Arkansas-Oklahoma Synod including the First Call Leadership Team, Assembly Worship Planning Team, Eastern Oklahoma Conference Dean and on the Synod Council.  In Southeast Michigan, he has become an active member of the Grand Blanc Ministerial Association, served on the Synod's Flint Water Crisis Task Force in 2016, and will be one of the Synod's voting members at the 2019 Churchwide assembly.

Pastor Nathan is passionate about Ecumenical and Inter-Religious work, having served as the Lutheran Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Representatives Network (LEIRN) Liaison for the Arkansas-Oklahoma and Southeast Michigan Synods, a member of the LEIRN Board, an ELCA delegate to the National Council of Churches, and as President of the Board of the Oklahoma Conference of Churches.  As part of his continuing education, Pastor Nathan is currently working on a Doctorate of Ministry in Transformational Leadership from Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio.

Pastor Nathan and his wife, Laura, are the proud parents of a son and daughter.

Associate Pastor

Pastor Cassie Todd

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Pastor Cassie grew up nearby in Davisburg, Michigan attending Holly Presbyterian Church. Receiving her Bachelors from Michigan State University and her Master of Divinity from Columbia Theological Seminary, she became ordained as a Presbyterian Church (USA) Minister of Word and Sacrament in 2011. Following ordination, Cassie served as the pastor of Williston Presbyterian Church in Williston, South Carolina for a two year residency, and then served as the associate pastor of Burnt Store Presbyterian Church in Punta Gorda, Florida for four years where she focused in the areas of Christian education, worship and pastoral care.

In the summer of 2018, Pastor Cassie became our new Associate Pastor of Christian Education. Her passions include building up our relationships with Christ, listening to Christian worship music, dance (and she has taught liturgical dance for worship for several years), MSU football and March madness, baking, and most of all spending time doing various activities with her husband Matt, and their two young daughters: Kennedy and Kinsley.

Cassie's usually in the office Tuesdays and Thursdays. Come stop by and say hi when you have a chance, or better yet grab a coffee with her! 

Director of Music

Frank Pitts

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Director of Youth ministries

Bree Leshinsky

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Bree has been a member of Holy Spirit Lutheran Church since 2003, when her family joined. She is a student a the University of Michigan/Flint obtaining her bachelor's in history. In March of 2016 she married her best friend, Bryan and in in August they welcomed their beautiful baby girl, Hadley. She is excited to strengthen Holy Spirit's youth programs while building a deeper connection with Christ. In her free time she enjoys catching coffee with her friends, running, and cooking. "I look forward to serving God and our congregation in my new role!"

Administrative Assistant

Mary Anderson

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Congregational Council

Council Officers

President                       Mike Lipka                
Vice President               Rick Ballreich
Secretary                       Tammy Hingtgen    
Director of Finance        Mike Ziraldo

Board of Directors

Discipleship                    Becky Martin
Worship                          Bill Reaves

Youth Ministry                Nicole Lipka
Church Properties          Patti Kooy
Outreach                        Diana Lozon

Christian Education        Julie Hargrove
Youth Representative     Lindsay Cochran


2018 Meeting Minutes

Council 051518

Council 042018

Council 032018

Council 022018

Council 011618

2017 Meeting Minutes

Council 121917

All Congregation 121017

Council 112117

Council 101717

Council 091917

Council 081417

All Congregation Meeting Minutes 061117

Council 071817

Council 062017

Council 051617

Council 04/18/17

Council 03/21/17

Council 02/21/17

Council 1/17/17

2016 Meeting Minutes

All Congregation 12.11.16

Council 12/20/16

Council 11/22/16

Council 10/25/16

Council 9/20/16a

Council 8/16/16

Council 7/19/16

All Congregation Meeting 06/26/16 with attachments

Semi Annual Congregational Meeting Minutes - June 2016

Semi Annual Congregational Meeting Report - June 2016

Council 06/21/16

Council 5/17/16a

Council 4/16/16

Council 3/15/16a

Council 2/1616a

Council 1/19/16a


2015 Meeting Minutes

December 2015 all Congregational Meeting Minutes

December 2015 All Congregational Meeting Report

Council 071215 (Special Congregational Meeting)

Council 061415 (All Congregation Meeting)

Council 12/15/15a

Council 11/17/15

Council 10/20/15a

Council 9/15/15a

Council 7/28/15a

Council 6/17/15a

Council 6/9/15a

Council 5/19/15a

Council 04/14/15a

Council 03/10/15a

Council 03/03/15

Council 02/03/15

Council 01-13-15


2014 Meeting Minutes

All Congregation 12/14/14 Meeting Minutes

Council 12-2-14

Council 11-4-14

Council 10-7-14

Council 9-30-14

Council 9-16-14

Council 9-9-14

All Congregation 9-7-14

Council 8-20-14

Council 8-15-13

Council 8-13-14

Council 8-6-14

Council 7-24-14

Council 6-25-14

All Congregation 6-22-14

Council 6-18-14