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:

August 7 & 21 CPC Knitters (1-3 PM – Library)
August 20 Blessing of the Backpacks (during worship)
August 21 Breakfast Bunch (8:30 AM – Peppermill Restaurant)
August 27  Teacher & Volunteer Meeting – Room 15 (following worship)
September 4 The office is closed for the Labor Day holiday
September 10 We return to our two service schedule (8:30 & 11 AM) and Education Hour (9:30 AM)

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 (ellen@christchurchcamphill.org). 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.

Food Pantry Collection: We hold these collections the second Sunday of each month. Our next collection will be held on Sunday, September 10th. 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  August 13th. 

Men’s Group: A men’s group luncheon will be held on Monday, September 11th, at 11:30 AM. 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, August 21st at 8:30 AM. We meet the third Monday of each month.Come join in the fun, food and fellowship. All are welcome!

Lend A Hand:  The last Lend A Hand trip for 2017 will be taking place the week of October 15-20.  This trip will be led by Jim and Deb Davis and will once again be headed to West Virginia.  We will be staying in St. Albans, WV and working in Clendenin, a small town that was inundated by flash flooding in June of last year. 
      The Mission Committee would love to see several members of CPC volunteer for this trip.  In an effort to “ease” the financial responsibility, the CPC will pay $100 of the $150 application fee.  For $50 you can enjoy a week’s stay in in Wild and Wonderful West Virginia with all food and lodging provided!      
     Additional details can be provided by speaking with Jim or Deb, contacting the LAH office at 717-731-8888 or by going to the internet at lendahand.net.  Don’t wait, apply today.

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 (cpc@christchurchcamphill.org). 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: http://bit.ly/sermons_cpc 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 July 2017-2018 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! 

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.