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11/26 - The Thanksgiving Eve worship service has been CANCELLED.

Join Us for Worship
Thursday: 6:30 PM
Saturday: 5:30 PM
Sunday: 8:15, 8:30, 10:45 & 11:00 AM
3rd Sunday: 12:30 PM, Service of Healing
Holy Communion is celebrated
at all of the above services.

This week's theme:
The Promise Is Coming - Keep Awake

Mark 13:24-37

Mark your calendars now for these special services.
Thanksgiving Eve
November 26, 7:00 pm - Nave

Advent Midweek
Wednesdays, December 3, 10, 17
7:00 am -- Fellowship Hall
Followed by a light breakfast

Christmas Eve, Wednesday, December 24
2:00 pm – Holy Communion, Candlelighting – Nave
4:00 pm – “A Night Like No Other” – Children’s Choirs – Nave
7:00 pm – Holy Communion, Candlelighting – Fellowship Hall
8:30 pm – Holy Communion, Candlelighting – Nave
11:00 pm – Lessons and Carols – Nave

Christmas Day, Thursday, December 25
10:00 am – Nave

Begin your Thanksgiving celebration this year by giving thanks to God and receiving his gift of Holy Communion at the service on Wednesday, November 26, at 7:00 p.m.

Midweek Advent Services: The Great O Antiphons
     During the holy season of Advent, as we prepare for the coming of Christ, join us for worship on Wednesday mornings. These midweek services will be held December 3, 10 and 17 at 7:00 a.m. in Fellowship Hall.
     When we talk of Advent, the haunting melody of this great hymn comes to mind: “O come, O come, Emmanuel…” Its several verses reference the “Great O Antiphons”—brief texts that were composed perhaps as early as the 7th or 8th centuries and used in Advent worship in Western Christian traditions. Each antiphon is another name for Jesus Christ found in scripture (Wisdom, Adonai, Root of Jesse, Key of David, Dayspring, King of Nations, Emmanuel). The verses all begin with the exclamation "O" and end with a plea for the Messiah to come.
     Our Midweek Advent Services will offer time for reflection and prayer on these meditative texts, and Holy Communion will be served. You are invited to remain in Fellowship Hall following worship to enjoy a light breakfast.

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Parish Acts: Congratulations to Jill Dershem and Brian Zeigler who were married on November 8.

Staff Away: Judy Collins, November 24-30; Pastor Easton, November 25-30; Kelly Falck, November 26-December 1.

Blood Drive News - On Sunday December 7, Central Pennsylvania Blood Bank (CPBB) will be visiting Trinity. Last Blood Drive we had over 20 units donated. We can do more! According to the American Red Cross, 38% of Americans are eligible to donate. Comparing that percentage with our approximately 800 weekly attendance we could donate over 300 units! The Blood Drive costs nothing to Trinity's budget and every donation saves lives. Blood drive sign ups will be Nov. 23 and Nov. 30 in the gathering space, or look for the blood drive posters for a new online sign up system. If you already donate, thank you; if not, please consider donating, and encourage others to donate!

Our hospitalized and at-home members are listed in the narthex and the Gathering Space tract rack. Your prayers, cards, and visits to them are invited so that Christ may be glorified by the manner in which His people care for each other. If you are hospitalized, please be sure to have someone notify the church office since hospitals and nursing homes no longer contact us.

Do you have a loved one serving in the military? Help us update our list of military personnel by contacting Tom Notestine in the church office (tom.notestine@trinitycamphill.org or

Estimates of Giving: Members of the congregation are encouraged to submit their Estimates of Giving (EOGs) for 2015 by placing them in the offering, or mailing them to the church office. Please prayerfully reflect and consider growing in your support of our ministry. EOGs help in our budgeting and planning for the future. Remember, together we can do more! 
2015 Estimate of Giving Form

The building will be closed on November 27 and 28 for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

 The Strategic Planning Committee completed a draft plan in November, based on your input through retreats, committees, a survey questionnaire, and forum discussions.
 The plan was presented and discussed at Council’s November meeting and is scheduled to be voted on at Council’s December meeting.
 The strategic plan will be presented at the annual congregational meeting in January 2015 so that we can begin implementation early next year.
 The 3-5 year plan is based on Trinity’s mission statement and is structured around five pillars related to our ministries: Discipleship; Worship; Parish Life; Outreach; and Organizational Resources and Development.

Poinsettia orders: Members of the Worship Ministry Team will be in the Gathering Space to take your orders for Poinsettias which will be used to decorate our worship spaces for Christmas. Cost is $8.00 per pot. The deadline for ordering is November 30.

Prepaid orders will be taken in the Gathering space on Sunday, November 23 and 30 for polo shirts, sweatshirts, and hats with Trinity’s logo on them.

Items will be available for pickup in the Gathering Space on Sunday, December 21. Check out these great gift ideas! Samples will be at the table in the gathering space.

Payment (cash or check) is need at time of ordering. An order form is attached if you’d like to print one in advance and fill it out ahead of time. Checks should be payable to Trinity Lutheran Church.

Polo shirts, sweatshirts, and baseball caps are available in Forest Green, Royal Blue and Maroon.

Polo shirts (men’s and ladies) - $15 youth and $17 adult – additional fee for sizes 2X and up
Sweatshirt (unisex) - $15 youth and $20 adult – additional fee for sizes 2X and up
Baseball cap – $10

Children's Ministry - Advent & Christmas -
Dates to Remember, click HERE

No Sunday Church School Classes on November 30. Toddlers, PreK, Grades K-12 & Wired Word have the week off. Enjoy the Thanksgiving weekend with Family and Friends!

Attention, Attention!! The next "CURRENT" is coming up fast! It is on Wednesday, Dec. 3 from 6-7:30 pm, and it is for everyone in grades 6-12. Current will include dinner and discussion of a topic or event from the news. We will talk about these topics from a Christian perspective and openly share our thoughts and opinions. Bring yourselves, your voices, and (as always) your friends to this new faith building opportunity. Current will be held the first Wednesday of every month.

Christmas Cookie Packaging in Fellowship Hall - December 6  (Saturday) 9:00am  
This year we’ve been invited to join the Women of Trinity in baking and packaging cookies for Trinity’s homebound members.  If you would like to bake cookies, and/or help to package the cookies, please sign up

A Visit with St. Nicholas! Join with Trinity friends and family Friday, December 12, 6:00-8:00 pm as we help children re-discover the true story of St. Nicholas. Families will move from station to station learning the Christian origins of some of our most beloved Christmas Traditions.  The evening will end with a special visit from St. Nicholas and a photo to take home. This event is co-sponsored by Men of Trinity.  Registration coming soon at  www.timetosignup.com/trinitycamphill.

Christmas Eve 4:00 p.m. Service: The children are again leading worship at the 4:00 Service!  We have a new (slightly less complicated) script this year called “A Night Like No Other.” A detailed flyer was sent home with your children last Sunday, and is available on the education wing bulletin board.  Please let us know as soon as possible if your children will be able to participate in the service. The children will be leading the proclamation of the Christmas Story, complete with costumes and music! Rehearsals will begin soon and will mostly happen during the SCS hour.
For detailed information about the program please click HERE

To let us know that your child will participate please click
If you would like to sign up as a family to be GREETERS for the service, please click
If you are willing to help prepare props and costumes please click

Hey, ALL You Sr. High Out There! Peter here reminding you that the next Sr. High Nite is on Sunday, November 30th, from 6 - 8:30 pm in the YG room. This is a Nite just for you and your peers in grades 9-12. Be here for faith, group building, lots of fellowship and of course some fun. Bring lots of snacks! Dinner and drinks will always be provided. Bring friends too! Friends are always welcomed and encouraged at every Sr. High Event. C U @ Sr. High. It will be awesome.

Trinity’s Book Discussion Group has chosen its books through December, 2014. You are invited to read the book and join the discussion on the third Sunday of each month at 9:30 a.m. in Room 237. December 14: Skipping Christmas, by John Grisham; January 18: Three Cups of Deceit: How Greg Mortenson, humanitarian hero, lost his way, by Jon Krakauer; February 15: The Goldfinch: A Novel, by Donna Tartt; March 15: Neighbors: The destruction of the Jewish community in Jedwabne, Poland, by Jan T. Gross; April 19: The Orphan Train, by Christina Baker Kline; May 17: Missing Microbes: How the overuse of antibiotics is fuelling our modern plagues, by Martin J. Blaser; June 21: Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn.
     For more information about the book discussion group, please contact Craig Staller at c.staller@verizon.net or 717-921-1957.

The Wired WORD (room 126): Every day we are bombarded by headline news from around the world and here at home. Where does GOD fit in? Bring your coffee and join us as each week as we examine current event headlines through the lens of God's WORD.

Gospel Chat, an adult SCS class, began on Sunday, November 9, at 9:30 am in Room 236.  Linda Horner leads the class in a discussion of the appointed lessons for that Sunday.  

Mark your calendar - Women's Wednesday Morning Bible Study
Children of the Day - 1st and 2nd Thessalonians - A Bible study led by Beth Moore
Wednesday from 9:30-11:30 a.m. in room 237
10 sessions from January 14 to March 18, 2015
Babysitting will be available
For questions or registration, call Judy Trissler at 795-5919 or Bert Weaver at 697-3259

Blessing Boxes
- Living with Gratitude
Please place your box in a place you will see daily and when your feel blessed, place an offering in the box!  Women who use a blessing box tend to see God’s abundance and blessing more than scarcity and hardship! Monies this year will go to Camp Nawakwa. If you don’t have a blessing box contact Mitzi Jones 805-7243

The Women of Trinity Christmas Luncheon is Saturday, December 6. Come at 10 am to help pack cookies for the homebound. The luncheon begins at 11:30 and features a special story read by Judy Collins and a special guest! Bring your spouse, children and grandchildren. Tickets will be available November 23 and 30 in the Gathering space and also in the church office. Cost is $6.00 for adults and $3.00 for kids, children under 3 eat free.

Women of Trinity Purpose Statement:
As a community of women created in the image of God, called to discipleship in Jesus Christ, and empower, we commit ourselves to grow in faith, affirm our gifts, support one another in our callings, engage in ministry and action, and promote healing and wholeness in the church, the society, and the world.

The Men’s Breakfast Gathering will meet on December 6 at George Enney’s home, 1502 Letchworth Road, Camp Hill. Breakfast will start at 8. The breakfast gathering is a relaxed and informal way of meeting other men at Trinity. All men are invited. Don’t forget to invite a friend. As always we will end at 9:30. Call George and Becky at 737-4115 or e-mail at georgebeckyenney@yahoo.com to help in their planning the food and if you have any questions.

Worship Assistance comes in many forms. Each week many volunteers are needed to enrich our worship experience. Consider how you can be part of the team of volunteers who serve on rotating schedules and complete an orange insert with your interest.

Pink Hands of Hope is a ministry of the Social Ministry Team.  This ministry has grown with many projects happening at the store in Mechanicsburg.  If you are interested in learning more about what you can do to help at the thrift shop, work with data entry or the website, or volunteer with seasonal decorating, contact Maggie Ackerman or complete an orange insert.

St. Patrick Cathedral and Trinity volunteers prepare and serve breakfast on a rotation schedule each Saturday morning to about 100 homeless persons in the Harrisburg area. Volunteers are always needed to help between 6 - 8:30 a.m. If you are interested in more information, contact Kathy Gottlieb at bbbkw55@aol.com or 525-7599.

“Seeding the Future” – a Camp Nawakwa Benefit - Mark your calendars for Sunday, March 22, 2015 for Trinity’s Dinner and Silent Auction to benefit Camp Nawakwa’s “Seeding the Future” Campaign. Dinner will be served from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m., followed with a program from 6:30 – 7:00 p.m. The Silent Auction will conclude at the end of the dinner.

CACCC (Churches Affiliated Child Care Centers) are selling Chocolate Advent Calendars starting October 26 through the month of November. The calendars are $5 each and the proceeds will benefit the CACCC scholarship fund. When parents go back to work they often need a short-term “scholarship” before they obtain assistance from the childcare network. Your support helps to ensure that young children have quality childcare when their parents go back to work.

Women of Trinity is collecting knitted hats, mittens, and scarves for the grade school children who attend Harrisburg’s December 6 Holiday Party. Please put them in the Christmas Paper Wrapped Box beside the Collection Closet. The items do not have to be hand knitted.

The Giving Tree will be available during the Advent season to share our love and concern for others. On the first Sunday in Advent (November 30), the tree will be located in the Gathering Space. Please choose an ornament representing one of the following benevolence ministries. Follow the directions on the ornament and pick up a flyer at the tree.
Social Ministry: Criminal Justice System, Men’s Shelter, CCU and CROSS.
Parish Ministry: Trinity Members
Missions: Gettysburg Seminary
“Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.” Hebrews 13:2

Overseas Military Coupon Project:  
Weekly, we collect coupons that are no more than 1 month expired and individually cut before being placed in the box near the front entrance.  Coupons cannot be for specific stores or rebates since the overseas families cannot use them. 

Trinity Prayer Shawls can be used by persons for countless reasons. Some occasional uses are during an illness and recovery, prior to medical procedures and as a comfort after a loss or during bereavement. Prayer squares are pocket size and can be placed in a handbag, a book or in an office desk drawer. The possibilities are numerous. If you or someone you know would benefit from having a shawl or square, please contact Kay Range at 697-1871.

Ecumenical Food Pantry needs - Each Sunday of every month food can be brought to the church for the Food Pantry. Please place your non-perishable food items in the food box in the Collection Closet in the Gathering Space, or the baskets in the narthex. Some needed items are soup, noodles, baked beans, canned fruit and vegetables, peanut butter, spaghetti and spaghetti sauce, baby food, powdered milk, tea bags, canned juice and canned meats. Thank you for your generosity.

Women of Trinity collects both Campbells’ product labels and Box Tops for Education for Foose and Downey Elementary Schools in Harrisburg. Please bring UPC codes or Box Tops for Education labels from BIC, Campbell’s products, Pop Secret, Franco American, Pace, Pepperidge Farms, Post Cereals, Prego, Emerald Nuts, Glad Food storage bags and containers, Betty Crocker, General Mills, Scott paper products and V8 products. The collection box is on the table under the Centennial Quilt just inside the Gathering Space doors.

The Harrisburg Singers will present Holiday! Saturday, December 6 at 7:30 pm here at Trinity under the direction on Susan Solomon Beckley. Accompanist Tim Koch will present a pre-concert recital of Christmas music from Mannheim Steamroller. This is not part of our Concert Series, so contact www.harrisburgsingers.org for ticket prices.

Christmas at Trinity will be presented Sunday, December 14, at 4 pm. Music will be provided by all of our vocal and bell choirs and Faith X with orchestral accompaniment. Admission is free, but early seating is advised. A festive reception will be held afterward. We are requesting food donations, such as appetizers and desserts, be brought to the kitchen by 12:00 noon on December 14. A sign-up sheet is at the Gathering Space desk.

You’re Invited!
The Arts Committee and Fellowship Team cordially invite you to attend a reception immediately following the Christmas at Trinity concert on Sunday, December 14. The concert will feature Trinity’s choirs and hand bells with an orchestra and will begin at 4:00 p.m. A sign-up sheet is in the Gathering Space. We are requesting food donations, such as appetizers and desserts, be brought to the kitchen by 12:00 noon on December 14.

Gathering Space art display

Alehouse Table Talk: Join Pastor Horner for a beer (or other beverage) and good conversation around the topic of “miracle birth?” at the Appalachian Brewing Company, 3721 Market St, Camp Hill, on Thursday, December 4, at 8:30 pm.

Please join us Sunday, December 7, after the 11:00 a.m. service for a pot luck dinner in recognition of Judy Collins for her service to our congregation and to celebrate her upcoming retirement. A sign-up sheet is located at the reception desk. Please complete the requested information so that we can adequately plan for the occasion. We are also developing a Memory Book for Judy and we ask for your letters, cards, post cards, and/or comments by November 26 so that they may be included. Please send them to the church office to the attention of the A&P Committee.

The Youth Group is having a “Community Night” Fundraiser at the Isaac’s Restaurant and Deli in the Lemoyne Plaza on Wednesday, December 10, from 5-9 p.m. On this night you are invited to dine at this Isaac’s and when you pay, turn in the “Community Night” flyer with your bill. Isaac’s will donate 25% of the bill toward our future YG events. It sounds simple because it is. It is a win-win; great food as well as a great cause. The “Community Night” flyer will be available in the Gathering Space through early December at our display. Pick up several and give them out to family and friends! Please support our YG!

Blue Christmas Service - December 17th at 7:00 p.m.
(St. Peter Lutheran Church - 130 Nittany Drive, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055)
For some, the holidays are not a joyous time of year. The holidays can cause extra stress, remind us of people who are no longer with us, and can lead us to think about the other griefs in our lives. Not all Christmases are happy, some are blue. The Blue Christmas service is a contemplative service, with quieter hymns, prayers, time for reflection, and communion. It's also a service to remember that, even in our pain, God is with us and loves us.

Trinity Member Business Directory is on the web at www.trinitycamphill.org. It can be accessed from News & Events, About Trinity or Quick Links. We hope this valuable consumer and business networking tool will be beneficial to you. While this is not an endorsement of any of the individuals or companies presented, we thank you for your patronage and support. Additions or corrections may be submitted by the 15th of each month by contacting ks.argot@verizon.net. If you do not have access to a computer and would like a directory, please request a copy from the church office.                    
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