News & Newsletter


Our newsletter, Connections, is published monthly and mailed to friends and members of the church. It’s also available on line, if you wish to view it that way. To view a copy click here: Connections.    Also, you can view the full monthly church calendar as published in Connections by clicking here:  Monthly Calendar  Please always check the calendar tab on the website for the most current list of activities.  

Please join us for Sunday Worship! 

 During the summer months (May 28 – September 3)  we have one service at 9:30 AM, 

with a reception for fellowship following worship.

 Childcare is available throughout the morning.

Dates to Remember:

July 4 The church office is closed for the Independence Day holiday.
July 21-23 Vacation Bible School Blitz (Save-the-Date, see below)
August 1 National Night Out (see below)

Bible Study: You are invited to join Pastor Ellen each Wednesday for bible study at 10:00 AM in the library. Together we will explore the text for the coming Sunday. For more information, contact Pastor Ellen ( Come and bring a friend! 

Help is needed during the summer months when the Deacons host a reception following worship. The congregation is invited to bring food to share. Suggested items include: cookies, breakfast breads or muffins, fruit, cheese & crackers and finger sandwiches. Sign-up sheets are on the bulletin board across from the office.

New Hymnal Campaign: 

Save-the-Date: The 2017 Vacation Bible School blitz will be held July 21-23, ALL are invited!

Food Pantry Collection: We hold these collections the second Sunday of each month. Our next collection will be held on Sunday, July 9th. Did you know  the Ecumenical Food Pantry will provide a 3-day supply of food to any person with a voucher from one of 50 cooperating agencies and churches that verify family size and need ? Thank you for your generosity, it’s greatly appreciated by your neighbors in need. Thank you for all the toilet paper and personal care donations we received on June 11th. 

Men’s Group: A men’s group luncheon will be held on Monday, July 10th, at 11:30 AM at John’s Diner in New Cumberland. This lunch is a regular event held on the second Monday of each month. A great time for food and fellowship. All are welcome!

The Breakfast Bunch will be held at the Peppermill Restaurant on Wesley Drive in Mechanicsburg on Monday, July 17th at 8:30 AM. We meet the third Monday of each month.Come join in the fun, food and fellowship. All are welcome!

National Night Out:  Again, this year, the Outreach Commission will be hosting National Night Out in Allendale. It will be held on Tuesday, August 1 from 6:00—8:00 PM. We anticipate about 120 visitors. Lots of fun activities and food are planned but we need your help. Would you be willing to help, before during or  after the event, supervise a game, do face painting, provide food, drinks, ice? Sign up sheets will be in the lounge on June 11. Thank you so much!

Lend A Hand and CPCCPC is one of the most, if not the most, active congregations in the Presbytery in regards to Lend A Hand.  Over the years, we have contributed both financially and with volunteers to their efforts.  LAH has two more trips scheduled for 2017.  Both of these trips will be headed to WV as we help them recovery from flooding that took place last June.  The dates for these trips are August 20-25 and October  15-20.  Jim and Deb Davis will be the team leaders on the October trip. The Mission Committee is once again offering to pay the application fee ($150) for any member of the church who volunteers for these trips.  Additional information can be found by visiting the website ( or, of course, speaking with Deb or Jim.

Did You Know?… Electronic Communications: To receive “This Week @ CPC,” the weekly bulletin, and/or the newsletter via email, please contact the church office at 717-737-0051 or email ( The monthly newsletter and “This Week @ CPC” can also be found by clicking on links on this page.   Be sure to find us on Facebook, too!

Weekly Bulletin Mailing: If you know of members who are unable to attend and would like to receive a copy of the bulletin and the sermon in the mail, please let the office know.

Sermons Online: Audio recordings and texts of Pastor Ellen’s sermons are available on the web site: and can be found on the Sermon page of the website. 

What’s Your Name? When exchanging the peace greeting on Sunday morning have you ever thought, “I know you, but what’s your name?!” The Outreach Commission wants to address this dilemma by trialing nametags during the combined summer services. Many churches do this and it will help us to greet and welcome visitors. Look for them at the front door and in the lounge. 

CPC Book Table – Thank you to everyone who continues to support the book sale. All proceeds from the sale of the books go directly to benevolence! Enjoy a donut, a cup of coffee and browse the books before church school. Your donations of both hardback and paperback books are also welcome.

CPC Benevolence: We have some ongoing programs that benefit our community benevolence program. In addition to the book table, we continue to collect empty ink cartridges, which can be placed in the green boxes outside of the office and on the coat rack by Fellowship Hall. We also collect eye glasses, cell phones, can tabs, and personal items for Downtown Daily Bread which can be placed in the collection bins outside of the office, and food items for the Ecumenical Food Pantry which can be placed in the barrel outside of the office. There is also a Community Aid Collection Bin on the far side of the Fellowship Hall Parking Lot. The monies received from Community Aid for your clothing and shoe donations are also used to help folks in our community. Thank you for your support!

Pastoral Care List: Please remember our church members who are unable to worship regularly with us, with a prayer, card or call. The list is posted on the bulletin board and includes their address, phone number and birthday.

Education Opportunities ~ See the Christian Education tab under Ministries above or click HERE for details.

Are you an usher, greeter, acolyte, communion server or liturgist?  Thank you for agreeing to serve as ushers, greeters, acolytes, communion server or liturgist. If you cannot serve on your scheduled Sunday, please trade with someone and contact the Church office (737- 0051) with schedule changes.  The current monthly schedule for ushers, greeters and acolytes can be found in the newsletter Connections link above. Click HERE for the monthly Usher Captain schedule. Click HERE for the 2017 Summer Acolyte, Greeter and Usher Schedule. Click HERE for the 2017 monthly Elder Communion Server Schedule. [Communion servers are still needed for the 9:30 AM summer services. Please contact Diane Myers to choose August 6th (1) needed, or September 3rd (2) needed.  Also needed for 11 AM service on October 1st (1) needed, November 5th (2) needed, and December 2rd (3) needed.  8:30 service December 3rd (2) needed. All who are elders or have ever been ordained as elders, either at our church or a church you attended prior to joining us, are eligible to serve.]   Please note this is only a partial schedule for the new year. The completed schedule will be made available by the Worship & Music Commission.  Click HERE for the Sunday worship liturgist schedule. Click HERE for Sunday’s “This Week @ CPC” information sheet. Click HERE for the Teller Team schedule.  The schedules listed above may not reflect any last minute substitutions made by the volunteers. 

Narrative Lectionary Readings (a list of scripture readings based on the church year) are accepted by many denominations as a starting point for the preparation and direction of a worship service. Click HERE for the current month’s lectionary readings.

Lend-A-Hand needs YOU!!! (See Mission in Community for more details).

Love to knit? Learn about the Prayer Shawl Ministry and how you can participate.

Esther Circle.  We meet the second Thursday of each month (September – June). We will begin our regular meetings on September 14th. Come at 12:30 and bring your lunch, the hostess provides the beverages and dessert.  After lunch and some brief business, we join in the PC (USA) Horizons Bible study for Presbyterian women.  Please join us and bring a friend! 

Ruth Circle.  We are a benevolent fundraising source using money raised from our annual January soup sale and election day bake sales to fund donations to agencies in the community that help those in need. Please join us for fellowship and service – new members are always welcome!  If you want to know more about us click HERE or you may contact Marilyn Parks. 

Hospitalizations: The hospitals may ask if you are a member of a church, but they may not automatically notify us due to privacy laws. Please call the church office at 737-0051 in the event of a death or hospitalization.