weekly news

January 10, 2021

Preaching Schedule


January 10, 2021

Starting the Year with Scripture
2 John:4-6 NRSV
9:30 am [Sanctuary] and 11:00 am [Worship Center] via live stream only
Rev. Dr. Kathleen Kind, Pastor, preaching

You can chat with Rev. Anna Layman Knox and watch our live stream on livestream.camphillumc.org or watch with a chat-free experience on YouTube.

Office Hours

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. 

Upcoming Town Hall Zoom

Over the past few months, Camp Hill UMC and Grace UMC in Lemoyne have begun a conversation on partnering in ministry together to serve the West Shore with greater impact. At the center of this conversation has been the desire to grow relationships, as well as the possibility of acquiring the Calvary UMC building in Lemoyne, since Calvary’s congregation officially closed their doors last year. We would like to create some space for sharing about these new possibilities as well as hearing from both Camp Hill and Grace, as congregations, as to your dreams and questions.

The first Town Hall Zoom will take place on Sunday, January 17th at 6:45 pm. Please contact Georgia (717-737-5631 or greisinger@camphillumc.org) for the Zoom link.

Card Shower

On January 22nd, Edwin Stetler, beloved member of Camp Hill UMC since 1979, is turning 100 years old! Help us to celebrate his remarkable life and faith by sending him a shower of cards and notes of love and joy!
Cards can be sent to:
Ed Stetler
502 Albright Dr
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055-4301

You can also send an email to edstet@comcast.net.

Stories of Camp Hill UMC

To tell your story is to share the faithfulness of God. Your story is not just a biography. It is much bigger than that. We think now is the perfect time (as we continue to be physically distant) to begin collecting and sharing the stories that have shaped the lives of our people at Camp Hill UMC. God is doing amazing things in and through people, and we can’t wait to hear those stories. If you would like to share your story, we will be offering one-hour Zoom calls with Leslie Petersheim, our Director of Communications. To schedule a call, email Leslie at lpetersheim@camphillumc.org.

Fresh Expressions

Ever wonder what a Fresh Expression of Church is? Across the United States and beyond, the God who “makes all things new” is up to something. Amid a Christian landscape that looks and feels like a desert of decline, new oases of the Spirit are springing forth. Inherited congregations, with long histories, deeply rooted in their traditions, are experimenting with new ways of being church. When these congregations commit to introducing new people to Jesus, new leaders (both lay and ordained) are discovering that they can start fresh expressions of church to reach those outside of the church AND that our existing congregational systems can be retro-fitted for a new future through a process of “remissioning.”

Matt Lake and Michael Beck employ very different approaches, but their congregations are finding new life. They will explore the theological underpinnings for becoming a new kind of local church, as well as share practical tools, practices, and processes to help local congregations cultivate a new future.

Join them and others from the Susquehanna Conference in a Zoom training day on January 15th from 9:30am to 3:30pm.  Click here to sign up – https://www.eventbrite.com/e/from-the-steeple-to-the-street-tickets-111986771448

Let Pastor Anna know (aknox@camphillumc.org) if you do the training, and Camp Hill UMC will gladly reimburse you for the $10 registration fee!

New Small Group Studies

New 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.


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.

AARP Tax Aide Tax Preparation Program

The AARP Tax Aide program will again be preparing tax returns this year at no charge. All are welcome to use this service, especially the elderly and needy. Trained volunteers will prepare tax returns at Camp Hill UMC on Mondays from 9am to 2pm, beginning on February 1st through April 12th. Call the Church office at 717-737-5631 for an appointment. Each group will be socially distanced with masks.

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, while we’re enduring the pandemic, we all need some sacred, peaceful, and confidential space to process what is happening and what God is doing in our lives. We encourage you to reach out if your soul needs special care. Sessions will last for 50 minutes and are free of charge. Questions, contact Pastor Anna at aknox@camphillumc.org. View available time slots today!
*Spiritual direction is “help given by one Christian to another which enables that person to pay attention to God’s personal communication to him or her, to respond to this personally communicating God, to grow in intimacy with this God, and to live out the consequences of the relationship.” (William A. Barry and William J. Connolly, The Practice of Spiritual Direction).


Do you or someone you love have Covid, are awaiting a test, or are quarantined? Join Pastor Kathy and others going through the same thing on Mondays at 10:00 am. We will talk about how we are doing, laugh, cry, swap Netfix recommendations, and pray for each other. All are welcome! Participants and discussion will remain confidential. Email Pastor Kathy at kkind@camphillumc.org to receive the Zoom link.

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. He will begin this new post in January and will be stepping down from our staff as of January 15th. As 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!

Card Ministry

Camp Hill UMC’s Card Ministry needs new commercial or homemade Men’s and Women’s Get Well Cards, all with envelopes. No sympathy cards are needed at this time. You can drop off items outside the church office. Please call 717-737-5631 beforehand. Thank you!

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

For the month of January, we are going to be using the theme, Rules for Life, to help teach our elementary kids about the connection between responsibility and God’s character! January is also going to be Out of This World! We are going to use this fun and exciting theme for our virtual Sunday School lessons to help teach preschoolers about the most amazing thing ever, which turns out isn’t a thing at all. No! He’s a person! You know who we’re talking about – Jesus!


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.

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 and view the upcoming agenda, 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.

January Prayer Time Calendar

Ideas for prayer for each day of January have been shared by the Unified Leadership Council. 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 two 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!


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.

Celebration of Life

Our deepest Christian sympathies to the family of Flora Weiland, one of our beloved homebound, who died December 26, 2020. Flora was an avid supporter of the sanctuary music programs and her daughter Susan Ewing sang in the choir until her death in 2014. Burial will be at the discretion of the family in Indiana where Flora’s husband is laid to rest. Cards of sympathy can be sent to Ken Ewing, 154 Deer Dr., Collegeville, PA 19426-2638.
Our deepest Christian sympathies and prayers for the friends and family of Marjorie McDivitt, one of our beloved homebound, who died January 6, 2021. Her daughter Carol Billman and son Gary McDivitt are also members of Camp Hill UMC. Due to COVID-19, a private graveside service will be held January 9th with a Memorial Service to be held later this year on Marjorie’s birthday July 7th at Camp Hill UMC at 10:30 am.

Our deepest Christian sympathies and prayers for the friends and family of Evelyn Fisher, one of our beloved homebound, who died January 6, 2021. Additional information regarding services will be forthcoming.

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.

January 10 : Lioba Lau

January 11 : Wally Simpson

Mission & Outreach January 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, liquid dish soap, household cleaners


• Canned soup, vegetables 
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.