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.
The Lord's Prayer Series Continues on Reformation Sunday
■ Indoor worship will be held in the sanctuary Sunday, Oct. 25, at 10:30 a.m.
Sanctuary capacity is limited to 50 people, all entry (except for those requiring elevator access) will be through the Walnut Street door at the back of the sanctuary (closest to the parking lot), masks are required, and seating will be socially distanced with assistance from welcomers.
The Rev. Nancy Conklin continues her sermon series on the Lord's Prayer during this 10:30 a.m. indoor service. Musical accompaniment will be provided by Diane Rutzler.
■ During our recorded 10:30 a.m. online service, Pastor Nancy will be joined by organist Caleb Flick. The service is available on our website, our YouTube channel, and our Facebook page.
Family Service Reading Children's Books, Learning Lord's Prayer
The 9 a.m. family service meets via Zoom during the Sunday school hour.
Share Photos for All Saints Sunday
For our online service on All Saints Sunday, Nov. 1, Pastor Nancy would like to include a photo montage of members and other loved ones who passed away since last year's All Saints service. Please email your photos before Thursday, Oct. 29, to email@example.com.
Lord's Prayer Discussion Resumes
Pastor Nancy is hosting a discussion group on the Lord's Prayer series via Zoom each Sunday at noon. After a one-week hiatus, the series returns this Sunday.
Feel free to eat your lunch and join in to further discuss the sermon topic each week. Upcoming topics include:
■ Oct. 25 — “Lead Us Not It Into Temptation”
■ Nov. 1 — “For Thine Is the Kingdom, and the Power and the Glory Forever. Amen.”
Seeking Musicians to Accompany Worship Services
While the pandemic necessarily places restrictions on choral and some instrumental activities as a result of the pandemic, there are still opportunities to add music, safely, to our worship services. We are looking for potential singers and instrumentalists who can assist in that endeavor and invite any youth and adults with an interest to participate.
All safety precautions will be taken. If you are able and willing, or have in mind a family member who would like to participate, please get in touch with our wonderful temporary organist, Caleb Flick at firstname.lastname@example.org or (717) 454-9688.
We want to take this opportunity to thank Dave Getz, Diane Rutzler, Judy Griesemer, and J.P. Kloske, who have played such a valuable part in ensuring that music in worship continues in these difficult times.
Deacons Pumpkin Fundraiser to Benefit New Hope
Yes, Charlie Brown, there is a Great Pumpkin! And, it could be yours! Bring your carved or painted pumpkin to the Prayer Garden (outside the Gathering Place entrance) either before or after worship Sunday, Oct. 25, for a spooky competition. The deacons will set up tables with "voting" jars beside each socially distanced pumpkin. The pumpkin that receives the most donations wins!
All proceeds will be donated to New Hope Ministries, and you may take your pumpkin home after the voting ends.
Make it scary! Make it funny! Make it cute! However you make it, just make it to the competition on Oct. 25 with a pumpkin and/or donation for your favorite!
Speaking of Pumpkins, Join Us for Trick-or-Treat Fun!
CHPC members and friends are invited to join us at the church on Trick-or-Treat night, Thursday, Oct. 29, from 6 to 8 p.m. We will be on the front lawn of the church handing out treat bags and letting the community know CHPC is a welcoming congregation. We will once again have our beautiful carved "Word Pumpkins" — what will our word be this year? Come drop by and say hello!
Book Discussion Continues on Wednesdays
Abby Tierney is leading a weekly group study on the book “Trouble I’ve Seen: Changing the Way the Church Views Racism” by Messiah College professor Drew G. I. Hart. The discussion takes place on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. via Zoom.
Thanks to Krislund Camp Walkers, Donors
Thank you to everyone who participated in Krislund Camp and Retreat Center's virtual "Moving for Krislund" fundraiser, including walkers Monica Zazworsky, Jen Zazworsky, Leanne Frist, and Lindsay Gottwald.
■ The church building remains closed, but we now have a locked mailbox outside the office door for those interested in dropping off offerings, pledge cards, 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 is 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.
■ 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!
Sunday School for Children at 9 a.m.
Sunday school for children (babies through Grade 5) is being incorporated into a family-style worship service via Zoom from 9 to 9:30 a.m. every Sunday. Check the "Worship" section above for links and details.
Serving Young Adults at CHPC
Nurture Ministry hopes to connect young adults (college-aged) with each other and assess whether CHPC can better serve them during the time. Parents, please send email addresses for your young adults to Lindsay Gottwald at email@example.com in order to facilitate this "in-reach" initiative.
Peer Leadership Opportunity for High School Students
The Christian Education and Nurture Ministry hopes to find new ways to connect youth during the time. High school students interested in peer leadership opportunities for socially distanced mission work should contact Lindsay Gottwald at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fire Pit Night a Success
Thank you to everyone who made it to the fire pit night with middle and high school youth, and to the Sarvis family for hosting! A dozen members devoured hot dogs and s'mores, jumped on the trampoline, and caught up with each other