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.
Join Us on Trinity Sunday
This Sunday at 9:30 a.m., CHPC members and friends will continue to worship together, apart physically but one in spirit. Our service will be led by the Rev. Anne K. Myers and the Rev. Nancy A. Conklin. Again, we thank Jeff Heiss for helming the camera and Dale Meadowcroft for using his film editing skills to create this opportunity for us.
Drive-Thru/Walk-Up Communion Set for June 14
The Sacrament of Holy Communion will be celebrated Sunday, June 14, during our online worship service. As a way of being in communion together, after the service, from 10:45 to 11:30 a.m., there will be an opportunity to receive from Nancy and Anne the bread and juice in a single prepackaged kit, which will have been consecrated during the online service. As our participation in the Lord's Supper is in response to the Word, and hearing the Word is an essential component of the sacrament, it is expected that those receiving communion will have participated in the online service at 9:30 a.m.
We ask that you practice social distancing and wear a mask. A diagram with instructions for the drive-thru will follow next week in a separate email.
Additional Summer Worship Service to Be Offered
Beginning Sunday, June 21, CHPC will offer a new worship service for summer. "The Gospel According to Pixar" will be held at 10:30 a.m. via Zoom. This will be a shorter, interactive service that includes a Pixar short followed by a children's message, a scripture reading and reflection, and familiar, easy-to-sing Bible songs.
More information with a Zoom invitation will be sent out in a future email.
Sunday Morning Meditation Series Continues
All are invited to participate via Zoom in "Sunday Morning Meditation: Time of Study, Reflection, and Sharing," during which "The Psalms: Words of Comfort, Assurance, and Promise" will be discussed. Pastor Nancy Conklin begins the series at 10:30 a.m. This week's theme is "Righteous Anger," and Psalm 109 will be discussed. The final session, on Sunday, June 14, will focus on "The Way Forward" and Psalm 1.
To participate in our Zoom session, login to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/5677311014 or call (646) 558-8656. The Meeting ID is 567 731 1014.
A "Thanks" for Our Acolytes
CHPC would like to acknowledge and thank our wonderful acolytes who participated in worship this past year:
■ Nate Ebeling
■ Anne Gray Sarvis
■ Ward Sarvis
■ Grant Skolnicki
■ Genevieve Smith
■ Elizabeth Wiedt
The acolytes' role in worship is very important and we want you all to know how very much we appreciate your faithful service on Sunday mornings. Have a good summer!
Staffing for Our Future
At its April meeting, Session voted to request that the Committee on Ministry of the Carlisle Presbytery approve the calling of a congregational meeting to elect an Associate Pastor Nominated Committee (APNC). The Committee on Ministry approved Session’s request on May 14. The Nominating Committee, under the leadership of Elder Sandy McBride, is in early stages of the process to assemble an APNC. When they have a prospective committee, Session will call a congregational meeting to approve the committee. The APNC will create a job description and Mission Information Form that will be approved by Session. Session and its ministries have given careful consideration to future staffing at CHPC.
This journey has been underway since our congregation began identifying our future needs in the development of our Mission Study. In December 2018, the Mission Study identified the following vision for CHPC:
■ Striving to discern God’s will as we embrace this opportunity of transition to become more actively engaged in ministry and service, in following Jesus Christ in the church and the community, with vibrant participation by all generations.
Participants in the Mission Study overwhelmingly indicated they would like our church to be responsive to the needs of the greater community and serve all generations with a particular emphasis on children and families. A desire was expressed to create a stronger and healthier youth program with an emphasis on young families. This will be accomplished while utilizing the necessary and proven benefits of intergenerational ministry.
In the fall, Pastor Conklin shared with Session the emerging trend in children and youth ministries. The move from the former “Attractional Model” (if we build it they will come), which focuses on creating programs in the church, toward the new “Missional Model” (how do we disciple and equip our youth to impact their world), which focuses on relational ministries within the church and community.
At Session’s request, Staff Commission and leadership from the Nurture and Fellowship ministries met to consider possible staffing models to lead us into realizing the goals in our mission study. Our group’s efforts were informed by research conducted by speaking with Dr. Kenda Dean, professor of Youth, Church, and Culture at Princeton Theological Seminary, and a review of similar searches by three other Presbyterian churches.
From this work, Staff Commission and the ministries of Christian Education and Nurture and Fellowship and Membership recommended that CHPC embark on a search for an ordained Associate Pastor of Family/Intergenerational Ministries. Through this staffing recommendation, CHPC is:
■ Building on a long-standing commitment to children, youth, and families.
Seeking to share the warmth of our community to embrace young adults and families and address our need to learn how to orient and integrate them into our church.
■ Desiring to be more missional in our ministries and seeking to minister with and to children, youth, and their families beyond the walls of the church.
■ Seeking to discern and understand new ways of being followers of Jesus that are culturally relevant and transformative in our world, as youth and young adults claim they are Christians but don’t feel the need to go to church.
■ Interested in creating more opportunities for intergenerational experiences to deepen a sense of community by long-standing and committed members.
In addition, budgetary analysis was conducted to determine that this call may be accomplished without increasing our staff budget. Ultimately, the new associate pastor will assume many of the responsibilities of our current Director of Youth and Christian Education. Lindsay Gottwald supports our vision and direction, and she has agreed to assist us as we continue through this process.
These are exciting days at CHPC. We have spent time discerning the will of God and our congregation, and now we embark on the process of putting that vision in place.
■ The church building remains closed until further notice. 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. And, please do not leave items outside of the church office doors. There is no covering and items end up dirty and/or wet when left by the doors. Thank you!
■ Prayer Fellowship will continue to meet on 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.
■ 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 Nancy, Anne, 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.
Cleaning Out? Take a Look at the Preschool's Teacher Wish Lists
While you are cleaning and organizing — as many folks are doing during this time of quarantine — look at CHPC Preschool's Teachers Wish Lists to see if you might be getting rid of something they need for their classrooms. The Preschool will gladly take items off your hands! Email Dana Tarnoci, preschool director, at email@example.com to arrange a drop-off time.
■ First Steps & Betweeners: wooden train tracks and trains, "Peppa Pig" figurines, superhero figures and sets, dress-up clothes or costumes, anything "Frozen"-themed, wooden blocks, small bikes and ride-on toys
■ Next Steps 3's: age-appropriate puzzles, Legos (bricks and bases), "Paw Patrol" items, used board and picture books, costumes (especially size 4T and larger), wooden blocks, Duplos or Mega Bloks, Magna-Tiles or Magformers, Fisher-Price people and sets, ink stamps, pretend play (camping, science labe, construction), Learning Resources or Melissa & Doug toys, small plastic playsets or figures (animals, dinosaurs, boats, vehicles, safari, zoo, farm, plants, veggies, fruit), Brain Flakes or Awesome Flakes for building, used Uno card game (any theme appropriate for little kids or original card game)
■ Big Steps 4's & Pre-K: bigger bikes and riding toys, anything "Paw Patrol"-related, coloring books with detachable pages, Matchbox-type cars and trucks, Duplos, Magna-Tiles, puzzles for ages 4-8, Stern toys/building toys, Barbies and accessories, craft supplies for kids' art table, board games, medium-sized trucks and cars, science equipment for kids (microscope), supplies for sensory table, Princess and other Disney figurines
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!
Thank You for Pledge Cards, Offerings
Thank you, our generous CHPC members, for mailing in your Estimate of Giving cards. Though we celebrated Consecration Sunday last week, we are still very happy to accept your cards as we prepare for our new 2020/2021 fiscal year.
Thanks also to all the members and friends who have been mailing in contributions. For the foreseeable future, we ask that you continue to mail them to the CHPC office, 101 N. 23rd Street, Camp Hill, PA 17011, or make a credit card payment at www.CampHillPres.org/giving.
Pastor Anne Myers Celebrates a Milestone
Please join us in congratulating the Rev. Anne K. Myers!
On Monday, June 8, Anne is celebrating the 40th anniversary of her ordination as a Minister of the Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA).
Well done, good and faithful servant!
VBS Registration Now Open
Registration for Digital Vacation Bible School (Monday, June 22, through Friday, June 26, 9 to 11:30 a.m.) is now open for kids ages 3 to 11 (and their siblings). Register using the link on the church website (www.CampHillPres.org) by Wednesday, June 10. Hurry — spaces are limited. Questions? Email TheChpcVbs@gmail.com.
Youth Meeting Weekly Via Zoom
Middle school and high school youth will meet on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. via Zoom to check in with each other throughout the closure. Please email Lindsay (firstname.lastname@example.org) for details about logging in.
Youth Sunday School Materials and Guidance 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 at email@example.com. Lindsay will host a short Facebook Live introduction to the K-12 intergenerational Sunday school materials each Sunday at 1 p.m.