AUGUST 19, 2018
I read this week that feeling blessed is in vogue. A look at FB and Twitter show how many people feel #blessed. As we take a casual glance at the world feeling blessed it is often….
AUGUST 13, 2018
ULC Update for August 2018
‘Making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.’ While our Church has undergone many changes over the past year; new leadership structure, new lead pastor, new church administrator, new director of missions and outreach along with many physical changes to the Church….
AUGUST 12, 2018
Oops…Have you ever murmured that word out loud or maybe inside your head? oops….Did I really just burn all the chicken on the grill? oops….Did I really just run that yellow/red light? oops….Did I really just try to serve the Communion juice before the bread? In case you are wondering the answers….
AUGUST 5, 2018
Every day I ask myself, “Which way do I go?” Being new to a community is an everyday experience of learning new things and meeting new people. What is the fastest way to get to the church from the parsonage? Is this the Carlisle Pike or Carlisle Road? Is this really north….
AUGUST 1, 2018
August 2018 EMBRACE Highlight
When you give to Camp Hill UMC’s one-fund, you are embracing God’s vision of making disciples for the transformation of the world! How, you ask? Over the last year, because of your faithful giving through the Embrace Initiative, the role of the Mission and Outreach director was expanded to….
JULY 31, 2018
ULC Update for July 2018
As a Unified Leadership Council, we are intentionally seeking to grow together to embody more fully the likeness of Christ. During each meeting, we share in a time of spiritual development. During our July meeting, this time was spent on learning about one of….
JULY 29, 2018
How can this week’s Pastor Paragraph be about anything other than the rain? Two years after I was born (1962) Bobby Vinton sang a song that most of us associate with a children’s poem, “Rain, Rain Go Away.” He sang these words to an imaginary….
JULY 22, 2018
Just a month ago I was blessed with a wonderful window to the world. For the last six years my office window was stained glass, beautiful but no view to the outside world. The beauty of this….
JULY 15, 2018
“Are you settled in?” That question has been asked of Cindy and I several dozen times in the past two weeks. Well, yes the boxes have been unpacked and have been recycled….
JULY 10, 2018
Commission on a Way Forward Releases Videos for 2019 General Conference
The Commission on a Way Forward has released total of 10 videos in a series that the Commission hopes will inform The United Methodist Church on its processes and work done during….
JULY 8, 2018
First words, like first impressions, are never given a second chance. That being said, let me share with you a few first impressions and allow me to set these impressions in context. My first impressions of CHUM started nine years ago….
JULY 1, 2018
July 2018 EMBRACE Highlight
When you give to Camp Hill UMC’s one-fund, you are embracing God’s vision of radical hospitality! How you ask? This spring and summer, because of the Embrace Initiative, Camp Hill UMC was able to do some significant renovation….
JULY 1, 2018
Greetings, beloved! t’s with great joy and excitement that we enter worship today to welcome our new Lead Pastor, The Rev. Dr. Gary Weaver, and his spouse, Cindy! Even long before Gary was appointed to serve with us, we prayed for him….
JUNE 27, 2018
ULC Update for June 2018
It has been an exciting couple of months as we have begun meeting as a “Unified Leadership Council.” The biggest task thus far has been getting acclimated to the new council format. One of the most important factors….
JUNE 24, 2018
Greetings, beloved! I am so very excited today to welcome my friend and colleague, the Rev. Dr. Roger Scholtz, to the pulpit, while on his speaking tour to the U.S. from South Africa! Roger was the senior minister….
JUNE 17, 2018
Greetings, beloved! As many of you know, I will be serving as a delegate to the February 23 – 26, 2019 Special General Conference in St. Louis. General Conference is the global decision-making body for The United Methodist Church, and this Special Session will be particularly crucial because….
JUNE 10, 2018
Greetings, beloved! The summer season is here, and at Camp Hill UMC, as you know, this is a season of transition! Transitions are always times of uneasiness and also of opportunity. Pastor Tom is settling into his first week of retirement, but he was excited to hear….
JUNE 3, 2018
It’s difficult to conceive that this is my final time to write this Pastor’s Paragraph to my CHUM family after having done so about 430 times over the course of….
MAY 27, 2018
I shared with some folks that I came to my Farewell Celebration on 5/19 with much fear and trepidation, not quite knowing what to expect, and not really feeling all that comfortable being the focus of attention. As things turned out, however,….
MAY 20, 2018
Today is Pentecost Sunday, the birthday of the Christian Church! Traditionally this is the day on which new confirmands are received into the fellowship of the Christian Church….
MAY 13, 2018
The Bible (2 Kings 2) says that the prophet Elijah was taken up to heaven in a whirlwind. These weeks leading up to my retirement have seemed like our own personal whirlwind! After living in church owned parsonages for the past 40 years….
MAY 12, 2018
Ministry Impact Stories
Jim and Wanda Bateman conceived the idea of a benefit concert for Rafé Shearer and her family in the wake of Rafé’s recent lung transplant surgery. The idea was to help the Shearers with their unreimbursed expenses associated….
MAY 6, 2018
May 2018 EMBRACE Highlight
When you give to Camp Hill UMC’s one-fund, you are embracing God’s preferred future for our church and the surrounding communities of Camp Hill, Harrisburg, and Panguma, Sierra Leone! How, you ask….
MAY 6, 2018
Today is the one year anniversary of Camp Hill UMC’s Embrace Initiative. The mission of this congregation is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. It’s difficult to make disciples if it’s 95 degrees and the air conditioning….
APRIL 29, 2018
I want to take this opportunity to once more say thank-you for your wonderful farewell gift of giving me an all expense paid trip back to Panguma so that I was able to return there one last time to say my farewells to….
APRIL 22, 2018
As we prepare for our upcoming Church Conference on April 26th when at 7pm we will elect members of the new Unified Leadership Council, I have felt overwhelmed with gratitude for all the ministry leaders who have faithfully served….
APRIL 15, 2018
Please continue to keep the Panguma Travel Team in your prayers this week, including Pastor Tom! As Drew always says, the Panguma Team is far larger than the 7 people traveling to Sierra Leone. Our whole community shares together in that partnership through prayer and the sharing of our resources….
APRIL 7, 2018
It’s been an interesting week! Some of you are aware that I started having pain in my jaw on Holy Thursday. By Good Friday the pain level had escalated considerably and my dentist’s office was closed for the holiday weekend. By Saturday the pain was excruciating and I called my dentist’s emergency contact number, which resulted in….
MARCH 30, 2018
April 2018 EMBRACE Highlight
When you give to Camp Hill UMC’s one-fund for ministry, you are embracing God’s vision of growing children’s ministries and extending God’s love to the Camp Hill community! How you ask…
MARCH 30, 2018
Our updated itinerary calls for CHUM’s seven member Panguma Mission team to head for Sierra Leone in West Africa on 4/10 and to return late on 4/21. At the end of worship today…
MARCH 24, 2018
Most of you know that I’m planning to be one of about six members of CHUM’s Mission Team to our sister congregation in Sierra Leone, West Africa, next month. We had planned to leave for Sierra Leone on…
MARCH 17, 2018
Ministry has changed in significant ways throughout my forty years of serving the Church! Perhaps no change is more significant than congregations now having to give serious thought…
MARCH 11, 2018
Today we’re hosting a longtime friend of CHUM’s from the land of our Lord’s birth. Dr. George Ghanem of Bethlehem is back with us today, and he’s again brought with him the beautiful olive…
MARCH 9, 2018
A Letter from Richard Ongudi, Kenyan missionary supported by Camp Hill UMC
This is one of our new church plants. It a success story. They have grown and have now bought property on which they want to build a sanctuary for worship. The Pastor….
MARCH 4, 2018
March 2018 EMBRACE Highlight
WHEN YOU GIVE TO Camp Hill UMC’s one-fund for ministry, you embrace our mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world! How you ask…
MARCH 4, 2018
I love the definition of “football” which says that it’s a game that consists of 22 men on the field desperately in need of a rest and 50,000 people in the stands desperately in need of exercise…
FEBRUARY 24, 2018
As I write this it’s Wednesday afternoon and this is my second day back in the office after being down flat for the better
part of a week with acute bronchitis, while my lungs seemed…
FEBRUARY 16, 2018
Welcome to the season of the Christian Year known as Lent! The word “Lent” does not appear in scripture—or at least not in the sense of a season of Lent as we practice it today…
FEBRUARY 3, 2018
February 2018 EMBRACE Highlight
When you give to Camp Hill UMC’s one-fund for ministry, you are embracing God’s vision of reaching significantly more young adults as disciples of Jesus Christ! How you ask? In our December….
JANUARY 27, 2018
One of the great things about CHUM that I have always appreciated is our commitment to outreach! One great example is our Upward Sports Ministry. Last weekend….
JANUARY 15, 2018
Our Next Pastoral Appointment
As most of you know, our Senior Pastor, Tom Willard, will retire in June of this year. When a pastor retires in the United Methodist Church, new pastor assignments are done by an appointment process….
JANUARY 1, 2018
January 2018 EMBRACE Highlight
When you give to Camp Hill UMC’s one-fund for ministry, you are embracing God’s vision of embracing children’s ministries! How you ask? Because of the EMBRACE Initiative….