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.
Our Service Will Be Available Online Again; Updates on Future Services
On Sunday, March 29, the Fifth Sunday in Lent, the Rev. Nancy Conklin will share the sermon "Disciples Anonymous" as part of the "Faces at the Cross" sermon series. We will hear poetry based on Joseph of Arimethea's time at the cross. The Rev. Anne K. Myers will join Pastor Nancy in conducting the service.
Earlier, in accordance with CDC and state guidelines, Session had decided that worship services (including weddings and funerals) and all church and outside activities would not be held within the church building for two weeks. Unfortunately, during its Zoom video/audio meeting on March 23, the Session decided to extend that policy until Monday, April 6, with the understanding that date may change until the government and health officials permit large gatherings of people. This closing also includes the preschool, which continues to follow the directives from local school officials.
Next Sunday, April 5, is Palm Sunday, which will include the Lord's Supper. As we have been doing the past few weeks, that service will be recorded and streamed on Sunday morning. You are encouraged to participate in communion at home, using your own bread, juice, wine, or water. For those who are homebound and receive copies of the bulletin and worship service by mail, a modified form for communion will be included so that you may participate with us in Spirit, whether you choose to partake of the elements or not.
Maundy Thursday, April 9 (including the celebration of the Lord's Supper), and Good Friday, April 10, also will be available over the Internet. So that we can be in worship together, please join in for the Maundy Thursday service at 7 p.m. and the Good Friday service at noon.
For Easter Sunday, April 12, we will await further guidance from the CDC as to whether we can again gather.
We thank you for your patience as we enter this new realm of being connected through the marvels of modern technology. Blooper reel will be forthcoming!
Lenten Study Continues Via Zoom
The Lenten Study, focusing on "Forgiving God" this week, will be held via Zoom, a video/audio conferencing service, at 10 a.m. Sunday, March 29. Click here at that time to join the meeting: https://zoom.us/j/6262725452. For those without computer access, you can use the New York call-in number, (929) 205-6099. Our meeting ID number is: 626 272 5452.
Sunday School Materials Available
K-5 and RAP/PYC classes will be supplemented with intergenerational family materials while classes are unable to meet in person. If you or someone you know would like to receive those materials, please send your email address to Lindsay Gottwald at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Building Access Limited During Cornonavirus
Access to the church remains limited to paid staff at this time. If you need to come to the church for some reason, even if you have a key fob, please call first. There is now a doorbell on the 23rd Street office doors to accommodate mail and package delivery, but it is not intended to be a substitute for a call. Please do no just "drop by" at this time.
■ The remainder of the 2019-2020 Music, Art and Drama series' events have been cancelled. This includes the Noonday Organ Recital and Luncheon scheduled for Wednesday, April 1, as well as the Silver, Wood, & Ivory performance on Sunday, April 26, and the New Cumberland Town Band performance on Sunday, May 10. Please share this with your friends who may not receive CHPC emails.
■ The Mother's Day Flower Sale for Domestic Violence Services of Cumberland & Perry Counties has been cancelled.
■ The Youth Easter egg stuffing event scheduled for Sunday, April 5, has been cancelled.
■ The Easter Egg Hunt scheduled for Saturday, April 11, has been cancelled. Please share this with your friends who may not received CHPC emails.
■ There will be no April edition of the "Camp Hill Press" newsletter due to the uncertainty regarding upcoming CHPC events. Some of the information normally made available in the newsletter will be included in CHPConnections.
Prayer Fellowship to Meet Via Conference Call
Prayer Fellowship will meet Wednesday, April 1, at 9:30 a.m. via a conference call led by Pastor Anne Myers. To participate, dial (425) 436-6355 at the time of the meeting. When prompted, enter Access Code 678-916.
Volunteers Can Make Deliveries
We have a pool of volunteers who are willing and able to pick up groceries and medications during this time of social distancing, so please contact the church office at (717) 737-0488 or Pastor Nancy at (908) 500-7928 if you know of someone in need.
Pastors Available By Phone
Pastors Nancy, Anne, or 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!
Tulip Orders to Be Transferred to One Great Hour of Sharing
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Easter flowers are not available. Those who have already placed orders will still have their dedications listed in our Easter Sunday bulletin. But, instead of being used for sanctuary flowers, the funds now will go to PCUSA's One Great Hour of Sharing, which supports Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, the Presbyterian Hunger Program, and Self-Development of People.
Dedications for OGHS will be accepted until Friday, April 3.
If you have any questions, please call the church office at (717) 737-0488 or email Andrea Ebeling at email@example.com.