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 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. 

Pastor Nancy

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ABOUT
Advent Study Begins December 1, Books Available in Office

How might a house look for Christmas based on what each Gospel says about it? In "Christmas in the Four Gospel Homes," beautiful illustrations from architect Kevin Burns reimagine each of the four Gospels as a "house," which the church visits at Christmas. In each section, author Cynthia M. Campbell reflects on the distinctive perspective of the birth of Jesus or the incarnation offered by each Gospel.

Pastors Nancy and Stuart will lead the study of "Christmas in the Four Gospel Homes," which begins Wednesday, Dec. 1, and will continue through Dec. 22. Hybrid discussions, both in Fellowship Hall and via Zoom, will be held at 9:30 a.m. and 7 p.m.

To participate via Zoom, click on https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83696512683. The Meeting ID is 836 9651 2683.

Since our initial announcement, the book has been found to be in limited supply. The church office has ordered copies and they may be purchased for $11. Please contact Andrea at aebeling@thechpc.com or (717) 737-0488 to reserve a copy. Currently, the retailer that seems to have a readily available supply is Cokesbury.com.

 

Mark Your Calendars for PW Christmas Coffee

The CHPC Presbyterian Women Christmas Coffee will be held Thursday, Dec. 2, at 9 a.m. in Fellowship Hall. Please join us for a light breakfast, carol sing, and a nativity display and presentation by Alice Lebo. Admission is one or more personal care items (toilet paper, bar soap, shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant, feminine hygiene products, etc.) to donate to the Ecumenical Food Pantry.

 

You're Invited to the PEO Fundraiser

Chapter AQ of the PEO Sisterhood is holding its "Make It, Bake It, Take It" fundraising auction at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 6, in Fellowship Hall. Chapter AQ was founded at CHPC and continues to count among its sisters a number of church members. All are welcome to join us as we raise funds to provide educational opportunities for female students here and throughout the world. Nibbles and beverages will be provided, and Pastor Stuart will be our auctioneer. Please remember that masks are required.

 

Healing Spiritual Wounds With Conversation

Do you know someone who is brokenhearted, disillusioned, or angry after a hurtful experience in a church? Please share with anyone who is longing to heal spiritual wounds that CHPC is offering a space of compassionate welcome. Those who are hurting are invited to join us for coffee and conversation on Thursday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m. in the Gathering Place. Led by Pastor Nancy, who for 25 years has companioned with those who have been wounded within a variety of faith communities, will facilitate this conversation.

 

Share an Invitation to the Christmas Eve Story Walk

CHPC staff and volunteers are in the midst of planning an all-ages Christmas Eve Story Walk. Last year, we were unable to hold this outdoor event, but this year it will be happening rain or shine from 4 to 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 24.

We are hoping you will help us make this a great gift of Christmas joy to the community by inviting neighbors and friends to attend.

You also can help by lending us any of the following items:

■ Fire pits

■ Canopies and “football” tents

■ Weights and stakes for canopies

Please reach out to Pastor Stuart at sseelman@thechpc.com if you are able to help.

GIVE
Christmas Giving Tree Now Up in Gathering Place

The Board of Deacons is partnering with New Hope Ministries again this holiday season to provide gifts to families in Central Pennsylvania who are struggling. Paper ornaments listing requested gifts have been hung on the Christmas tree in the Gathering Place. Please select a tag (or tags), purchase the gift item(s), and return the gifts unwrapped (with tag attached) to the Gathering Place or church office. 

If you prefer to select from NHM's online list, please click here: New Hope Ministries Christmas Giving Tree Items.

Monetary donations also are being accepted in the offering plate or at the church office. Please make checks out to "New Hope Ministries" and write "Christmas Giving Tree" in the memo line.

Gifts and checks will be accepted by the Deacons through Wednesday, Dec. 8. Please consider sharing the love of Christ and helping some of our neighbors in need this holiday season.  

 

Christmas Dedications Due December 13

This year, Christmas dedications can be made by donating to either the Christmas Joy Fund or the Advent Decorations Fund. Dedications will be printed in the Sunday, Dec. 19, bulletin and the Thursday, Dec. 23, CHPConnections.

Please submit your Christmas Dedication Form and payment to the church office by Monday, Dec. 13.

CARE
Preschool Collecting Plastic Bags for Bench Project

Recycle your clean, dry empty plastic bags, wrap, and film packaging to help the CHPC Preschool receive a free Trex bench! Please consider dropping off all your bags into one of the three collection bins located outside of preschool, by the church office, and in the Gathering Place. 

Some of the items that are accepted are: produce bags, store bags, ice bags, Ziploc and other reclosable bags, cereal box liners, bread bags, newspaper sleeves, dry cleaning bags, bubble wrap and more.

We’re hoping to gather enough bags that we can earn several benches for the outside of the Kuhn Education wing (500 pounds of bags=1 bench).

 

Donate Stuffed Animals for Hershey Bears Teddy Bear Toss

Please consider donating new or slightly used stuffed animals to the Mechanicsburg Middle School Leadership Corps' Stuffed Animal Donation Drive through Thursday, Jan. 13. All items received will be donated at the annual Hershey Bears Teddy Bear Toss event; the stuffed animals are then delivered to more than 40 Central Pennsylvania charities. 

The donation bin is located outside of the preschool office (please remove any batteries from stuffed animals). We appreciate you helping with this great cause!

 

Volunteers Needed for Disaster Recovery Work

Lend A Hand (LAH) is a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization founded in 1989 as a local disaster response and assistance program. The mission and purpose of LAH is to coordinate a reliable system of transportation, labor, housing and meals, and job assignments for volunteers who wish to help people suffering extraordinary hardship as the result of natural disasters. LAH is a mission project of the Presbytery of Carlisle.

After suspending trips in March 2020, LAH is once again running disaster recovery trips. LAH is partnering with the Presbyterian Disaster services (PDA) volunteer center in New Bern, N.C. This center is facilitating groups doing recovery work for homes damaged by Hurricane Florence in 2018. Unfortunately, trips planned for September and October this year were canceled due to a lack of volunteers, however a group did go for a week in November.

The next planned trip is for Sunday, Jan. 16, through Saturday, Jan. 22. The CHPC Mission Outreach Ministry is offering to pay the registration fee for any church member willing to volunteer for the trip. Experience is not necessary; the most important tool you can bring is a servant's heart.

More details about LAH can be found on the website: Lend A Hand. There is also an option to sign up for emailed updates.

If you are interested in volunteering, or have any questions, contact Dan Flint at

d413flint@gmail.com or (717) 648-1679.

LEARN
Pastor Conklin Continues 'The Way of Wisdom' Series

Pastor Nancy Conklin's "The Way of Wisdom" continues to meet on Sunday mornings at

9 a.m. The class meets via Zoom and in person in the church's library.

To participate via Zoom, click on https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82642319144 or call (646) 599-8656. The Meeting ID is 826 4231 9144.

Click here to view this week's worksheet: Ben Sira/Sirach: Wisdom's Traditionalist.

CHILDREN / YOUTH
Children and Youth Updates for November 28

■ Children's Sunday School has moved inside! Young children up to age 10 are invited to attend at 9:30 a.m. in the Gathering Place.

■ There will be no Youth Group on Sunday, Nov. 28, but Children's Sunday School will still meet that morning.

Contact Pastor Stuart at sseelman@thechpc.com for more information.