weekly news

December 20, 2020

Preaching Schedule


Fourth Sunday of Advent
December 20, 2020


Matthew 1:23 (CEB)
9:30 am [Sanctuary] and 11:00 am [Worship Center]
via live stream only
Rev. Anna Layman Knox, Pastor, preaching


You can chat with Pastor Kathy and watch our live stream on livestream.camphillumc.org or just watch on YouTube.


Please gather together an advent wreath at home to light during worship this Advent season. You will need four candles – traditionally, either white ones or three purple and one pink.

2020 Christmas Eve Schedule

Learn more about Christmas at Camp Hill UMC by visiting camphillumc.org/christmas. Watch all the online services with us at livestream.camphillumc.org.


December 21st
Longest Night Service at 7:30 pm [online only]
We invite you to gather at least eight candles to light in your homes during the Longest Night Service.


December 22nd
Children’s Musical Service at 6:00 pm [online only]


December 23rd
Puppet Service at 6:00 pm [online only]


December 24th
Outdoor Carol Service at Camp Hill UMC at 4:00 pm*

Traditional Communion Service at 7:00 pm [online only]

Outdoor Carol Service at Camp Hill UMC at 8:00 pm*

Traditional Candlelight Service and Bell Toll at 11:00 pm [online only]


*Pre-registration is available for the Outdoor Carol Services. 

Office Hours

The church office will be closed for Christmas and New Years from December 24th through January 3rd.

The church office is open with modified hours. On Mondays, the office will be open from 9:00 am—4:00 pm. Every other day of the week, the office will be open from 9:00 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. 

Follow The Star

Encounter the story of the very first Christmas with your family at Camp Hill UMC as you follow the star to Christ Jesus. We invite you to walk through our outdoor, interactive, and socially-distanced nativity experience. The journey begins in December.


There are only a couple spots left for Christmas Eve! To pre-register, visit camphillumc.org/fts.

Christmas Cards

Wish our homebound members a Merry Christmas by sending them a Christmas card! An updated list of homebound names and addresses is available by emailing smoran@camphillumc.org.

Soul Care

Register now for a one-on-one time slot with Lea Grove, professional Spiritual Director and an active participant of Camp Hill UMC, or one of our pastors to spend time caring for your soul–and therefore, also your body, mind, and spirit, during this season around the holidays when during the pandemic, we all need some sacred, peaceful, and confidential space to process what is happening and what God is doing in our lives.  Sessions will last for 50 minutes and are free of charge. Questions, contact Pastor Anna at aknox@camphillumc.org. View available time slots today!

Starting The Year With Scripture

We ended the grueling year 2020 by together exploring our hope in Christ. We can’t think of a better way to begin a new year than to dig into scripture, hoping deeply that a different kind of year–or at least new perspectives on the hardship–will emerge. So, that’s the plan, and we hope you will invite others to join you as we start the year with a new sermon series called–Starting the Year with Scripture. In worship, on January 3rd, 10th, and 17th, we’ll be exploring the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Epistles (or Letters) of John. If you were going to write a letter to the you whom we know will be transformed by God in powerful ways throughout the year 2021, what would you say? If you were going to write a letter to others you are praying for right now, what would it say? Let’s explore the letters of John in scripture–and maybe even write our own.

Meal Ministry

Did you know that you could serve the Lord at Camp Hill UMC by cooking? One of Camp Hill UMC’s best-kept secrets is our Meal Ministry. When someone has surgery or gives birth or moves into a new house the meal ministry is there to help during those times that a little assistance is needed.


What a perfect opportunity for disciples of Jesus to serve the Lord to follow in his footsteps by providing a meal for those going through stressful times! If you would like to join this ministry or if you are in need of meals or know someone who is, contact Kelly Marrara today at 215-834-6150 or kellymarrara@yahoo.com.

Farewell to Pastor Brand Eaton!

We are saddened to share the news that the Rev. Dr. Brand Eaton, our Pastor of Visitation, has been approached for a new role as Pastor of the Great Conewago Presbyterian Parish.vHe will begin this new post in January and will be stepping down from our staff as of January 15th.vAs many of you know, Brand is also the full time chaplain at Bethany Village and will continue in that capacity. He has served on staff here during an extremely challenging year for pastoral care, and we are deeply grateful for his skillful care of those who are ill, dying, and struggling, for his wonderful collegial connection, and for the love and wisdom we have been able to share with him, as part of this community of faith. Brand is passionate about many things – including rural church ministry. And so, we invite you to keep Brand and his wife, Susan, in prayer, as they follow God’s call to serve the people of Hunterstown near Gettysburg! We will be praying for Brand in worship this coming Sunday, December 20th and invite you to lift him up at that time, as well.

We’re Hiring – A Director of Congregational Care!

In light of our new vacancy in the role of Pastor of Visitation, the church pastors and leadership have decided to realign this role in a way that we believe will grow our capacity to minister particularly with those who are ill, dying, grieving, and struggling. We are, therefore, beginning the hiring process for a new Director of Congregational Care. If you, or someone you know, is interested in this new role, visit camphillumc.org/employment to learn more and apply! The deadline for applications is December 31, 2020.

We’re Hiring – A Community Outreach Coordinator!

Camp Hill UMC is looking for a part-time Community Outreach Coordinator. Camp Hill UMC is a dynamic, welcoming church that focuses on making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the word. The Community Outreach Coordinator will be responsible for carrying out impactful community engagement opportunities, administering the focus of Camp Hill UMC on externally-focused mission. Visit camphillumc.org/employment to learn more and apply!

Drivers Needed

Occasionally, a parishioner needs a ride to the doctors or for errands. We have a few folks who have volunteered to drive but who may not be available at a particular time so we would like to expand our potential driver list in the event of a specific need. If you would be available, on occasion, with advanced notice, please email Pastor Sharon at smiller@camphillumc.org or call her at 717-691-8241. If you have any special notes on availability, as in particular days or times, please so indicate as well as the best way to reach you. Thank you in advance!

Card Ministry

Camp Hill UMC’s Card Ministry needs new commercial or homemade Men’s and Women’s Get Well Cards, all with envelopes. You can drop off items outside the church office. Please call 717-737-5631 beforehand. Thank you!

Confirmation 2021

Confirmation 2021 is still in the works! Confirmation class is open to all students in 8th through 12th grade who have not yet completed the class. If you have an eighth grade student and have not yet been contacted or if you have a high school student who would like to join, please contact Kayt Hughes at khughes@camphillumc.org for more information!

Bedtime Stories

Join Miss Katie and some special Camp Hill UMC friends to listen to us read your child a bedtime story each Thursday night at 7:00 pm! Listen to bible stories or Christian picture books to have some quiet time to end your night. Bring a favorite stuffed animal, wrap up in a comfy blanket, and hang out with us while we share with your family God’s Love told through funny voices, smiles, and great bible and Christian stories! If you have any questions or would like to be sent the Zoom link, please email Miss Katie at kknorr@camphillumc.org.

CHUM Children Online

The real meaning of Christmas is simple: we celebrate Jesus, God’s greatest gift. We can find hope, joy, love, and peace when we remember that God sent Jesus to be our Savior. All December we are talking about Christmas! Join us weekly as your kids ages 2-Grade 5 engage with Jesus through our virtual Sunday School lessons. We encourage you to watch the videos as a family because we want families to experience the grace of Jesus together. Lessons premiere on YouTube Fridays at 12:00 pm. Visit camphillumc.org/children to learn more! Questions, email Miss Katie, Camp Hill UMC’s Children’s Director at kknorr@camphillumc.org.

Family Promise

Camp Hill UMC will be providing dinners for the Family Promise families on December 20th–27th. If you would like to learn more about this service opportunity, please contact Faith Blough at fcblough@ptd.net.

Be The Church

We are currently looking for a few souls who love reaching out to others on the phone to help make a round of calls to the congregation to check in during this terribly difficult and disconnected Covid season. You will be given a suggested script to help with ideas for the calls, along with a list of people to phone.  If you’re willing to help, please contact Pastor Anna at aknox@camphillumc.org.

Unified Leadership Council

The Unified Leadership Council will meet next on January 12th at 6:30 pm online. These meetings are open to all members and friends of the church. To read past meeting minutes, visit camphillumc.org/unified. For information on how to log in to the Zoom meeting, call the church office at 717-737-5631.

Camp Hill UMC Shop

Represent Camp Hill UMC in every community you encounter by wearing our cross and flame. Allow it to be a conversation starter for sharing the good news of Jesus Christ! 20% of each purchase benefits the mission and vision of Camp Hill UMC. Visit camphillumc.org/shop to view products.

Tech Help Wanted

Since the beginning of this COVID season, we’ve had to make some adjustments, including fast-tracking our need to live stream weekly. With this, we are in need of some help in our worship tech ministries, running the camera, lyrics, and sound for our live stream worship services. All training will be provided. For more information, contact Brad Gardner at bgardner@camphillumc.org.

Virtual Coffee Connection

Grab your coffee and join us for our Virtual Coffee Connection on Zoom. Fellowship will begin immediately following the 9:30 am Worship Service on Sunday morning, December 13th. Please sign up at camphillumc.churchcenter.com/registrations or call the church office for assistance at 717-737-5631. We can’t wait to see your smiling face!

Join a Small Group

Studying God’s word with our siblings in Christ is a very valuable piece of our Christian walk. Through these group studies, we also grow in relationship, not only with God but with our Camp Hill UMC family and friends. We invite and encourage everyone to be a part of a Discovery Group. Both in-person and virtual groups are forming and others are continuing. You do not have to be a member or attendee of Camp Hill UMC to join a study group. All are welcome to participate.

December Prayer Time Calendar

Ideas for prayer for each day of December have been shared by the Camp Hill UMC Pastors. Feel free to add additional prayers that come to your mind and heart for people and situations in our local church, The United Methodist Church, the global church, and the wider world. Prayers will be listed on camphillumc.org/prayertime and daily on our Facebook and Instagram pages.

Facebook Encouragement

Encouragement sessions on Facebook Live are a great way for us to stay connected while we are physically distant. We will now offer three Facebook Live sessions per week. Someone from Camp Hill UMC will be engaging with you on Facebook Live* at 6:30 pm. In our church’s pattern of praying together at dinner time, we invite you to join in these “community” events and to add your prayers to the chorus. See our updated schedule below!


Sundays : Sermon Rewind
Bring questions from that morning’s sermon!


Tuesdays: Children’s Chat with Miss Katie


Wednesdays: Mid-Week Check In


*A Facebook account is NOT required to watch the live videos!


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.
417 S. 22nd Street • Camp Hill, PA 17011


Text to give is now available! Text CHUMC and a dollar amount to 77977. 

All giving (general ministry, missions, and infrastructure) plus additional generous gifts will be combined into a single fund from which all accounts will be paid. The ONE-FUND approach allows us to celebrate the total giving of our congregation with a clear, focused vision. Visit our blog to read our monthly one-fund highlights.

Homebound Birthdays

Help celebrate the birthdays of our homebound members by sending them a card. An updated list of homebound names and addresses is available by emailing smoran@camphillumc.org.

December 20 : Shirley Hogendobler 

December 23 : Barb Hoffman

Celebration of Life

We extend our deepest sympathies and prayers to the family of Marjory Dengler, one of our beloved homebound members, who died November 19th.  Services, delayed due to COVID, and will be announced at a later date.

Mission & Outreach December Collections

You can drop off items outside the church office. Please call 717-737-5631 beforehand. Thank you!

• Toilet Paper
New Hope Ministries


• Grocery Store Gift Cards


• Packaged Potatoes, Stuffing
Ecumenical Food Pantry

Submitting Weekly News Announcements

All submissions for the Weekly News must be submitted by emailing announcements@camphillumc.org by 5:00 pm on Tuesday prior to the Sunday you want them published. Keep in mind that we will publish according to space and may edit as needed. Questions, contact Leslie Petersheim at lpetersheim@camphillumc.org.