Did you know that those words "do not fear" appear in the Bible 365 times? God knows we need that daily reminder, especially during this most difficult time. We know and trust that God is with us. We also know and trust that we will remain connected as a church family as best we can in these difficult days.
Let us uplift each other in prayer! May the peace of God which passes all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and may the blessing God almighty, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, remain with you always. Amen.
Worship With CHPC on Sunday Morning
■ The Rev. Nancy A. Conklin will lead our outdoor service at 9 a.m. Dave Getz will again share his talents on the clarinet. Thank you, Dave!
Session has decided that this outdoor service will continue through Labor Day. In the event of inclement weather, the service will be held in Fellowship Hall.
If you are comfortable with social distancing in a large group, please plan to join us.
Please wear a mask and bring your own chair. Welcomers will assist people with spacing.
There will be bulletins for people to pick up at the service, or you may print your own from the above link. A basket will be set up for accepting offerings before or after the service.
(Offering plates will not be passed.)
■ Our recorded online service will be available 9:30 a.m. on our website and our Facebook page. We will continue to worship together, apart physically but one in spirit.
■ At 10:30 a.m., "The Gospel According to Pixar" will be available via Zoom. Pastor Nancy will lead this shorter, interactive service that includes a Pixar short film followed by a children's message, a scripture reading and reflection, and familiar, easy-to-sing Bible songs. To participate, visit:
The meeting ID is: 826 5084 4854.
The password is: pixar.
Look for the 'Camp Hill Press' in Your Mailbox
After a five-month pandemic-related hiatus, our church newsletter, the "Camp Hill Press" is back in business. The August issue should hit your mailbox this coming week, and also will be available on the CHPC website.
In order to make sure the most updated Session information is in the newsletter, our new deadline going forward will be the Wednesday following the fourth-Monday-of-the-month Session meeting. If you have something to submit for the September newsletter, the deadline is Wednesday, Aug. 26. Please email to Andrea at email@example.com.
The names of some members who previously picked the newsletter up in the church were added to the mailing list for now. If you know a friend of the church who would like to receive the newsletter, please contact Andrea in the church office.
Participate in New Community Prayer Project
This summer, our Prayer Fellowship group will pray on behalf of our neighbors through the Community Prayer Project. Watch the "prayer tree" grow outside the church as we pray for more people each week. We have 270 ribbons on the prayer tree so far. This week we pray, especially, for essential workers, but all prayers are welcome. To learn more or to participate, visit www.CampHillPres.org/prayerproject. Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Update on Photo Directory
Many thanks to Ann Markley who has been coordinating our photo directory for months. According to Ann, she recently received an email from the Shutterfly/Lifetouch production department saying they are very far behind and working with a skeleton crew because of the Covid-19 crisis. As soon as Ann hears anything else, she'll let us know.
Weekly Walk Scheduled for Wednesdays
Come join some of your church family for a safe, socially distanced walk on City Island every Wednesday. We will meet at 6:30 p.m. in the parking lot by the steps that lead up to the stadium (by the walking bridge). Wear your mask and BYOB (bring your own bottle of water).
Call Sandy McBride at (717) 448-8108 if you have any questions. No need to RSVP — just come as you are.
■ The church building remains closed, but starting next week we will have a locked mailbox outside the office door for those interested in dropping off offerings, pledge cards, monetary donations for Earl Besch or BASS, cards, reports, etc. We ask that if you need to come inside for some reason, even if you have a key fob, please call first. The doorbell on the 23rd Street office doors to accommodate mail and package delivery is not intended to be a substitute for a call. Thank you!
■ Prayer Fellowship continues to meet Wednesday mornings at 9:30 a.m. via Zoom. To participate, login to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6262725452 or call (929) 205-6099 at the time of the meeting. The Meeting ID is 626 272 5452.
■ Pastors Nancy and Don are available by phone if you are in need of pastoral care. Please call the church office at (717) 737-0488. If they are not in the office, you will be provided with their direct numbers.
Please Continue With Regular Offerings
During this difficult time, we are asking those of you who normally place your contributions in the offering plates to please mail them to the CHPC office at 101 N. 23rd Street, Camp Hill, PA 17011 or make a credit card payment at www.CampHillPres.org/giving. The office will make sure checks are promptly deposited. Thank you!
Calling All Artists!
Help us make handmade cards with uplifting messages for 15 residents at Homeland Hospice. Please mail the cards to the church in care of Lindsay Gottwald. To learn about additional ways of helping Homeland Hospice, contact Sherry Stout.
MATE Friends and Others Invited to Help Locally
Trips to "away" locations may be canceled this year, but the needs are not and there are local opportunities to serve. CHPC member Dan Flint is on the board of God's Helping Hands ministry, and the organization has a work weekend scheduled for Friday, Aug. 14, through Sunday, Aug. 16. Dan will be working all three days, but you can choose to work for one, two, or all three. If you are able to participate, please contact Glenn Schick at email@example.com or Gods_Helping_Hands@ymail.com. Then, meet at Mount Zion United Methodist Church, 4685 Mount Zion Drive, Enola (turn left into second parking lot and go down hill to pavilion), at 7:30 a.m. each workday for coffee and doughnuts, organization, and prayer. For more information, contact Dan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deacons' BASS Project Kicks Off This Week
It's time to think about back-to-school! This year, returning to school is going to look different, so the 2020 BASS (Backpacks and School Supplies) Project is changing, too. The deacons will not be collecting backpacks — the greatest need this year is masks! Additionally, the deacons will be creating "art supply" packs with school supply donations, which will be given to families in the event of another school closure.
All supplies will be donated to the Steelton-Highspire School District.
■ Masks (disposable and cloth)
■ Colored pencils
■ Glue sticks and glue
■ Children's scissors
■ Mini sharpeners
■ Pencil boxes
Donations can be dropped off through Monday, Aug. 24, (on weekdays, please) in the gray plastic box outside the church office door on 23rd Street. (The box will be emptied daily by church staff, but please make sure lid is on tight after putting in your donations.) Donations also will be accepted during Sunday morning outdoor services.
Thank you !
Matthew 25:35: I Was Hungry, and You Gave Me Something to Eat
This summer, CHPC will again participate n a church-wide mission project, the Earl Besch Food Drive. This will help children and families in our Camp Hill Borough community. The Earl Besch Foundation was established in honor of Earl Besch, who was a very giving community member and always helped those in need. Let us follow that example and give generously.
During the school year, many children in the Camp Hill School District (16 percent) receive backpacks of food every weekend. In the summer months they do not receive this extra supply of food. CHPC has committed to providing summer support in August. We will be filling and delivering 33 boxes of food to families in need on Thursday, Aug. 13, to help these families.
We need your help! Please consider "sponsoring" a family by doing one of the following:
■ Purchasing perishable items (approx. $60) and delivering items
to the sponsored family on Aug. 13
■ Purchasing perishable items and bringing them to CHPC on Aug. 13
■ Purchasing non-perishable items (approx. $25) and
bringing to the CHPC on Sunday, Aug. 9
■ Helping with delivery of the completed boxes on Aug. 13
■ Giving a monetary donation and having someone else do the shopping
By clicking this link — https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0A4DAFA82DABFC1-earl
— you will be able to use an electronic signup sheet (Signup Genius) to volunteer to do one or more of the above options. If you are going to donate money, please send a check to the church office and put "Earl Besch Project" on the memo line.
Click below to find detailed instructions and the complete shopping lists for either perishable or non-perishable items:
Questions? Contact Sandy McBride (717-448-8108), Karen Taylor (717-991-0687), or Monica Zazworsky (717-805-9140).
Help to Plan Upcoming Programs
We're preparing for our 2020-2021 programmatic year, and hope to hear more about your family's spiritual needs. We've scheduled several Family Faith Forums to chat during various days of the week and times in the hope that you can attend:
■ Thursday, Aug. 6, at 8 p.m. via Zoom
Contact Lindsay Gottwald at email@example.com for more information.
Teen Zoom Meeting Still Happening on Tuesdays
Middle school and high school youth will meet via Zoom on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. to check in with each other. Please email Lindsay (firstname.lastname@example.org) for details about logging in.