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.
God's Love Gives Us a 'Hope-filled Future'
■ During our in-person and livestreamed 10:30 a.m. service, Pastor Nancy Conklin will offer the sermon "Hope-filled Future." Music will be provided by Dave Getz on piano and Diane Rutzler on organ.
Please join us in the sanctuary or from your home as we celebrate God's greatest gift and the season of Easter.
■ The 9 a.m. family service, which includes songs and story time, meets via Zoom during the Sunday school hour. Pastor Nancy Conklin and Lindsay Gottwald will lead the service this Sunday.
In-Person Worship Continues
For Sunday's in-person service, we ask that you enter through the sanctuary's Walnut Street door (closest to the parking lot); those requiring use of the elevator may enter through the Gathering Place.
Please do not use the North 23rd Street patio entrance. That door is unlocked for fire safety purposes, but in order to keep our contact tracing sheets in order, we need everyone to enter from Walnut Street and check in at table with our welcomers.
Worshipers must wear masks. Socially distanced seating will be organized by our welcomers.
Worship services also will be livestreamed, as well as recorded and archived for future viewing
Congregational Meeting Notice for April 11
A special congregational meeting has been called for Sunday, April 11, following worship in the sanctuary for the purpose of electing a candidate to the Board of Deacons. Those wishing to attend via Zoom should join in during the postlude so we can start the meeting as soon as worship concludes. Please use the following link:
The meeting ID is: 898 1690 4186
Or, dial in by calling: (929) 205-6099
'Wednesday Walks' Returning May 5
What better way to get to know some of your fellow members than to take a walk? We began "Wednesday Walks" during the pandemic lockdown last spring and thought we would start them up again now that the weather is warmer.
Starting on Wednesday, May 5, we will meet every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the bottom of the steps to the parking lot on City Island. This is a flat walk that is more of a stroll, so don't feel like you won't be able to keep up! We would love to have you join us. If the weather is threatening, the walk will be cancelled.
Questions? Please text or call Sandy McBride at (717) 448-8108.
Small Groups Welcome for In-Building Meetings
CHPC's small groups may now meet in the building. Contact Andrea Ebeling in the church office to make arrangements.
Ongoing Quarantine Reminders
■ If you need to access the building for any reason, please call the church office to schedule an available time to gain entrance. The doorbell on the 23rd Street office door is to accommodate mail and package delivery and is not intended to be a substitute for an appointment. Additionally, those with fobs should still call ahead before coming to the building.
■ 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. Pastor Don will be doing visitation via calls and notes for the time being. Please call the church office at (717) 737-0488. If they are not in the office, you will be provided with their direct numbers.
Call for Personal Care Donations to Ecumenical Food Pantry
The Ecumenical Food Pantry is still up and running and in need of the following items: bar soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, and toilet paper. We will be collecting these items beginning Easter Sunday and continuing through Sunday, April 18. On each of the three Sundays, Joann Fissel and Linda Kelley will be in the church parking lot before and after the service so the items can be put directly into their cars. The gray plastic bin will be outside the office door during the week for drop-off. Joann and Linda will deliver the goods to the food pantry during the week of April 18.
Thank you for your continued support!
Sign Up for MATE by April 30
Registration for the CHPC mission trip to Mission at the Eastward (MATE) will be open until Friday, April 30. Join members and friends of CHPC for a wonderful week of faith, service, and fun in beautiful western Maine. We'll be doing home repairs for low-income families, many of whom have been waiting for help since before COVID. No prior experience is necessary — we can teach you! Information and registration forms are available at www.camphillpres.org. Scholarships are available courtesy of the James P. Crouse Memorial Fund.
Youth Mission Project a Huge Success
Thank you to everyone who donated to our Big Brothers Big Sisters project! We collected approximately 100 items and nearly $300 to create "buddy bags."
Youth, look for a notice soon about when we will gather to fill the bags.
Join Team CHPC for the CCU/Highmark Walk
We will be participating in the Christian Churches United/Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community in May. We hope to get households with people of all ages gathered at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, May 23, on City Island to raise money for Susquehanna Harbor Safe Haven and street outreach programs with CCU.
You can help by signing up to walk (1, 2, 0r 3 miles) on May 23 or by sponsoring someone on the team with a digital donation. Sign up or donate at:
We Appreciate Your Offerings
Thanks to all the members and friends who have been mailing in offerings. For the foreseeable future, we ask that you continue to mail them to the CHPC office, 101 N. 23rd Street, Camp Hill, PA 17011, make a credit card payment at www.CampHillPres.org/giving, or drop them off in the new locked mailbox outside the church office doors.
LEARN/CHILDREN & YOUTH
Youth and Families Get-Together Scheduled for April 25
Households with kids and youth should mark their calendars for Sunday, April 25, from
3 to 5 p.m. for socially distanced fun outside. Families, children, and teens can congregate outside for mingling and catching up with each other. We'll have the playground open for little kids, as well as cornhole and nine-square to keep big kids, teens, and adults busy. Hang with us for the whole two hours or stop by for a bit in between errands. Masks and social distancing will be in effect.
Let Us Know About Your Graduate
If your child is graduating high school or college this spring, please email Lindsay Gottwald at email@example.com so that we may recognize their accomplishments.
Save the Date for Vacation Bible School
This year's VBS will be held Monday, June 14, Tuesday, June 15, Thursday, June 17, and Friday, June 18. "Treasured" teaches kids that they are treasured by God. The Christian Education and Nurture Ministry expects the program to be limited to a small group of children in a hybrid format, with some activities being sent home to complete with assistance. Stay tuned for more details.
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.
Seeking Interest in Confirmation Class
The Christian Education and Nurture Ministry is gauging interest in a confirmation class for youth ages 12 and older who would like to confirm their faith/baptism. Please contact Lindsay Gottwald at firstname.lastname@example.org to express your interest and comfort level with meeting. We hope to take advantage of good weather in the spring through early fall.