Holy Spirit Mission

Beavertown, Pennsylvania

Holy Spirit Mission

Founded 2009

Status:

Serviced by clergy of Holy Trinity Church, State College, PA.

Diocese: Archdiocese of Western Pennsylvania

Deanery: Altoona-Johnstown Deanery

Address

350 Old Orchard Road
Beavertown, Pennsylvania 17813

http://holyspirit-oca.org/

Office: 570-541-8895

Parish Contacts

Rev. Dn. David Smith
Temporary Administrator
350 Old Orchard Drive
Beavertown, PA 17813
Home: 570-658-7403

Directions

The Chapel of the Holy Spirit currently meets in the home of Deacon David and Matushka Brenda Smith.

From Selinsgrove: Take US-522 South to Beavertown. Turn right (north) onto Kern St. After about 500 feet (at the sign for Joana Dr.), turn right. Keep right to stay on Old Orchard Rd. The Smiths’ home will be on your right.

Schedule of Services

10:00 AM Divine Liturgy
Sunday Morning

6:00 PM Great Vespers
Saturday Evening before the 1st, 3rd, & 5th Sunday:

Parish Background

The Orthodox Chapel of the Holy Spirit took root in 2008 when several lifelong and long-term residents of western Snyder County began holding a monthly Orthodox Christian vespers service and Bible study under the spiritual care of Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in State College. Within months, this developed into regular Sunday gatherings for prayer and teaching.

In Fall 2009, Priest Basil Biberdorf was assigned to minister to the chapel. With his arrival, a monthly Sunday Divine Liturgy was added, with Great Vespers (an evening prayer service) served the night before. The service schedule was expanded to two Sunday liturgies each month in January 2011, and now include a minimum of three weekend cycles each month.

To show its commitment to Snyder County, the Chapel has participated in local community events, including the Beaver Springs Oktoberfest and the Selinsgrove Market Festival since 2009. We want to expand this witness even further in the coming months through participation in community events and, more importantly, by serving our community through prayer and good works.

The Holy Spirit has blessed our efforts; we have grown from a group of approximately five families to a Sunday attendance of nearly 40 people. We have begun to outgrow the dining room where we meet, have purchased property in Beavertown, and construction of a permanent church building is expected in 2014.

At the present time, the Chapel of the Holy Spirit is the only permanent Orthodox Christian community in Snyder County. It continues as a ministry of Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in State College, and as such is part of the Orthodox Church in America‘s Archdiocese of Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania.