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Update: coronavirus (COVID-19)

The leadership team at Camp Hill UMC has made the difficult decision to postpone our plan to regather for in-person worship this Sunday, July 19th.

Our leadership team is carefully and continually monitoring this situation. As information evolves, this page is the primary, most up-to-date place for you to receive answers to commonly asked questions. We are committed to doing everything we can to provide a safe environment for our church family and surrounding community.

Cancellations • Delays • Updates

Updated 7-16-2020 at 11:30 am

• Camp Hill UMC In-Person Worship on July 19th postponed

• Camp Hill UMC Women’s Retreat canceled

• United Methodist Women Spiritual Enrichment Days canceled

• General Conference postponed until 2021

• Registration delayed for the 2020 Sessions of Annual Conference

• Created For A Purpose Arts Camp Canceled

• Back Pack Ministry postponed until further notice

• 55Plus Luncheons canceled for April & May

• Confirmation Class will continue online

• Camp Hill UMC Campus closed (office will remain open with modified hours)

• CHUM Preschool closed for the school year

• Wednesday Connection meal, classes, and choir canceled until further notice

• In-Person Sunday Morning Worship canceled until further notice

• Sunday Morning Worship Bus to Bethany Village suspended until further notice

• Sunday Morning Worship Bus to Messiah College suspended until further notice

Be The Church

We have heard from many of you who are searching for ways to offer your talents and spirit to your neighbors. We are excited that we are bringing together those who are in need and those who are willing to help. If you are in need of food, someone to run an errand for you, someone to talk to, we want to connect you with those in the church who care.

 

So, if you are in need or you want to give of yourself, please visit camphillumc.org/bethechurch

Your Generosity Makes a Difference

Please continue to faithfully give financial offerings online or by mail so that the mission and ministry of Camp Hill UMC thrives all the more in the midst of difficult days.

 

Learn more at camphillumc.org/give.

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Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT CAN I EXPECT THIS SUNDAY at Camp Hill UMC?

We will offer a modified worship experience via live stream only.You can find a link to our live stream on our home page or on camphillumc.org/livestream.

IS Camp Hill UMC CLOSED?

Camp Hill UMC campus is currently closed. The church office will remain open with modified hours. On Mondays, the office will be open from 7:30 am – 4:00 pm. Every other day of the week, the office will be open from 7:30 am-noon. For the safety of you, our community, and our staff, please call or email rather than visiting. If you must stop by, please call in advance. You can find our list of contact information by visiting camphillumc.org/staff or you can call the church office at 717-737-5631. Thank you for your patience during this time. 

HOW CAN I HELP?

Now is our time to be the church! There are six practical ways you can partner with us today. To learn more about how you can be a blessing to our community, visit camphillumc.org/bethechurch.

HOW CAN Camp Hill UMC HELP ME?

With work hours being reduced and many people being confined to their homes because of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we know getting access to even basic things like food can be tough. Let us know how we can be a blessing to you. Visit camphillumc.org/bethechurch to learn more.

WHAT PRECAUTIONS CAN I TAKE TO STAY HEALTHY?

We encourage everyone to take certain steps to protect themselves and others from the coronavirus, flu, and other illnesses, including:

 

  • Washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds

 

  • Using hand sanitizer when soap and water is not available

 

  • Not touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands

 

  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick

 

  • Staying home if you are sick

 

  • Covering your cough or sneeze

 

  • Disinfecting objects and surfaces regularly

How can I better understand the coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Coronavirus is a type of virus that causes respiratory illness — an infection of the airways and lungs. COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus. It is part of the same family of coronaviruses that includes the common cold. The coronavirus outbreak was first identified in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. Since then, the virus has spread to other countries.

The most common early symptoms appear between 2 and 14 days after infection. Symptoms can be mild to severe. They include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness. People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention. Most people recover from the disease without needing special treatment.

Like many other viruses, the coronavirus (COVID-19) seems to spread from person-to-person through a cough, sneeze, or kiss. You can also find more information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization.

HOW SHOULD I RESPOND SPIRITUALLY TO THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)?

The coronavirus (COVID-19) is yet one more reminder that we live in a fallen world of sickness, sin, suffering, and death. Ultimately, none of us are immune to any of these things. But that’s why the gospel is such good news. God has not left us alone in this world of sickness, sin, suffering, and death. He has come to us in the person of Jesus. The greatest news in all the world is that Jesus lived a life with no sin, died on a cross to pay the price for our sin, and rose from the grave in victory over sin and death. Now anyone anywhere who turns from their sin and trusts in Jesus will be forgiven of all their sin and restored to relationship with God forever. That means that through Jesus, we never have to fear sickness or death because we know we have eternal life with God.

If you do not know that you have eternal life with God, we urge you to put your faith in Jesus. And if you do know that you have eternal life with God, we urge you to share your faith in Jesus with others. Times like these remind us all of the fragility of life and the inevitability of death. So, let’s spread the greatest news that death has been defeated and eternal life is available to all who trust in Jesus.

In addition to trusting in Jesus and sharing about Jesus with others, here are some other ways you can respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19):

 

  • Trust in God as the good and sovereign Creator and Sustainer of life upon whom we all depend.

 

  • Pray for mercy for the sick, strength for doctors, insight for researchers, and wisdom for officials.

 

  • Look for opportunities to love and care for others, whether they are sick, isolated, marginalized, poor, or oppressed.

 

  • Avoid every semblance of prejudice or racism. In light of the origination of this virus in Asia, it has been grievous to see a rise in racist incidents against the Asian community. So just as we do in any circumstance, guard against all prejudice or racism in your thoughts, your words, and your actions.

 

  • Even if we are unable to gather at certain times, stay closely connected to the church family. Gather with smaller groups as appropriate, and participate in worship gatherings online if that’s the only option.

 

  • Continue to faithfully give financial offerings online or by mail so that the ministry of the church thrives all the more in the midst of difficult days. Learn more at camphillumc.org/give.

QUESTIONS?

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Rev. Dr. Kathleen Kind

Pastor

717-737-5631 x 223
Emergency: 570-295-3880

kkind@camphillumc.org