Camp Hill Presbyterian Church News

PASTORAL GREETINGS

Did you know that those words "do not fear" appear in the Bible 365 times? God knows we need that daily reminder, especially during difficult times. 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. 

 ~ Pastor Nancy

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IT'S HAPPENING AT CHPC

MAD Presents 'Seasons' Celtic Group

Seasons is a group of five siblings who create a fusion of Celtic and roots music on harp, hammered dulcimer, mandolin, fiddle, and more. As part of CHPC's Music, Art, and Drama Series, Seasons will perform a Christmas concert in our sanctuary at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4. A wine-and-cheese reception will follow in Fellowship Hall. Don't miss this special event!

 

Advent Study Continues

This year's Advent study digs into the lesser-known biblical characters to find radical power and unexpected joy in the questioning and uncertainty. We will be using Mary Lou Redding's “While We Wait: Living the Questions of Advent,” but no preparation is required. The Advent study continues each Sunday, through Dec. 18, at 9 a.m. in the Blue Room. You also can join by Zoom, using Meeting ID 895 1943 6389.

 

Quilters and Crafters Sale Starts December 4

The Quilters and Crafters Sale will be held two Sundays, Dec. 4 and 11, in the Gathering Place. Stop by before or after worship to purchase handmade Christmas gifts and support the Q&C’s mission work.

 

Don't Miss Next Noonday Organ Recital

Our next Noonday Organ Luncheon and Recital is Wednesday, Dec. 7. Lunch begins at 11:45 a.m., followed by the Recital at 12:15 p.m. This month’s featured organist is Todd David, director of music ministries at Trinity United Methodist Church in New Cumberland. A freewill offering will be taken.

 

Blue Christmas Service Brings Hope

A Blue Christmas Service of Hope will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, in the

sanctuary. The holidays can be a difficult time for those who are feeling blue, perhaps grieving the loss of a loved one, a job, or a marriage, or battling a disease or addiction. But, in the church, blue is the color of hope. Through this special service of prayer and song, we will experience the light, healing, and love of the Child born in Bethlehem who is Our Lord Emmanuel (God-with-us)!

 

CHPC to Attend 'Black Nativity' Performance

CHPC will be attending Sankofa Theatre Company’s “Black Nativity” as a group at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, at the West Shore Theater, 317 Bridge St., New Cumberland. Tickets can be purchased online and vary in price.

Langston Hughes' “Black Nativity” is a retelling of Christianity’s Nativity story set to jubilant gospel music, and incorporates dialogue, folk spirituals, traditional carols, dramatic dance, and Biblical narrative. 

 

Vespers on Hiatus

"The Still Point" vespers service will be on hiatus until the new year due to the many special events happening during Advent.t.

SHARE & SERVE AT CHPC

Share the Love This Christmas 

This is the last week to help New Hope Ministries supply Christmas gifts to local families in need. Select an ornament from the Gathering Place tree (there are many still on there!), or look over NHM's Christmas Wish List, then place your unwrapped gifts under the tree (or drop them of in the church office) by Sunday, Dec. 11. Checks made out to New Hope Ministries or gift cards also are appreciated.

 

Honor Loved Ones With Christmas Dedications

The deadline for ordering poinsettias has passed, but you can still make a dedication for our Christmas Eve service listing by contributing to the Christmas Joy Offering or Advent Decorations Fund. Dedications will appear in the bulletin for the 7 p.m. Christmas Eve service, as well as the Thursday, Dec. 22, edition of "CHPConnections." If making a donation to Christmas Joy or Advent Decorations, please submit your Christmas Dedication Form and payment to the church office by Monday, Dec. 12.

 

Christmas Joy Offering Supports PC(USA) Programs

During this Advent Season, we are called to support the PC(USA) Christmas Joy Offering, to celebrate God’s perfect gift and open doors for those we might not be able to meet face to face, but who need the support that our gifts provide.  

Through the offering, we support the potential of students of color who are becoming leaders in our churches and communities as we seek to come alongside them, to encourage and to open doors. And, we support church workers and their families who encounter critical financial needs as we come alongside them to assist them. We thank God for being “with us” through the gift of Jesus and for joining us together as the Church and, through our gifts, with those who have need.

Offering envelopes are available in the pews. You also can make a Christmas dedication (see item above) and indicate the gift is for Christmas Joy.

 

Consider a Christmas Gift for Staff 

Staff Commission is asking you to prayerfully consider giving a Christmas Gift to our staff at CHPC. We have a full complement of staff this year, and we are benefiting from a wonderful team of colleagues who keep our church moving forward to offer our best to the glory of God and to meet the needs of our congregation and the greater community.

You can mail a check payable to CHPC, 101 N. 23rd St., Camp Hill, PA 17011, or drop one off at the church office or in the offering plate. Please mark it “Staff Christmas Gift” in the memo line, and please be sure it arrives no later than Sunday, Dec. 19.

Alternatively, you can give online by going to www.camphillpres.org/donate. Please be sure to indicate it is for a "Staff Christmas Gift” in the Notes area of the digital option.

These gifts, since they are going to individuals, are not tax-deductible.

 

Presbyterian Women Seeking Blanket Donations

PW is collecting new and gently used blankets for the Downtown Daily Bread Emergency Shelter. Please place donations in the box labeled “Blankets” in the

Gathering Place’s Donation Center.

 

Sign Up to Greet, Prepare Fellowship 

Seeking volunteers to serve as a Sunday morning greeter or to set up fellowship. For more information, contact Monica Zazworsky.