Grace and Holy Spirit Church
Episcopal and ELCA Lutheran
Christian faith community.
We have been sharing worship together under one roof for over a decade. In June 2014, on Pentecost Sunday, we voted to formally merge together under New York State law as a Religious Association with the name Grace and Holy Spirit Church. The vote was unanimous! Like other similar congregations around the country, we are led by a shared board and we share both Episcopal and ELCA Lutheran traditions when we pray together.
While not the biggest congregation around, we remain a stable presence of mainline Chrisitan faith in the heart of downtown Cortland. In a contemporary social environment in which we see many churches closing and more and more people expressing no religious affiliation at all, Grace and Holy Spirit Church stays vital and grows with the addition of new members. With a history of reaching out to the hungry and the poor, the broken, and people with disabilities we look to a bright future as a small church that makes a difference in the world, for Christ!
We have three leadership groups.
Mission Leadership Board
Oversees the daily running of our combined congregation.
Adam Hamilton-Ferguson-Vice President
Lynn Stark-Treasurer, Appointed
Susan Van Helsdingen
Maintains our connection to the Episcopal Church
Adam Hamilton -Ferguson
Ray Snyder-Junior Warden
Dawn Bahns-Clerk of the Vestry
Maintains our connection to the Evangleical Lutheran Church of America
Mary Ellen Ensign-President
Jo Ann Wickman-Vice President
Ken Wickman-Treasurer, Appointed
July 29, 2016
Grace and Holy Spirit Church experienced a fire. Our neighbors, the Cortland Fire Department were called to the scene. They quickly extinguished the fire but not without significant damage to the building. Fire damage was isolated to rooms adjacent to the santuary. Smoke damage impacted the entire building. We were extremely blessed that the people in the building were not seriously injured. One person suffered from smoke inhalation. Fortunately our secretary had left the building. If she hadn't, she would have been trapped in the upper office.
We had to find a new home to worship in for a period of time. Fortunately the Interfaith Center was able to offer their facility for our office and worship.
It took some time and patience but our community pulled together to work on rebuilding!