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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 - Ponder

Luke 1:26-38

Mark your calendars now for these special services.

Healing Service: Could you use a healing word, prayer, or touch? Join us for a service of healing for heart, mind, body, and soul Sunday, December 21 at 12:30 pm in the chapel. The healing service is held the third Sunday of each month.

Christmas Eve, Wednesday, December 24
2:00 pm – Traditional Service with Holy Communion, Candlelight – Nave (New service)
4:00 pm – Celebration for Children and their Families, Holy Communion – Children’s Choirs – Nave
7:00 pm – Holy Communion, Candlelight – Fellowship Hall
8:30 pm – Traditional Service with Holy Communion, Candlelight – Matins Choir - Nave
11:00 pm – Celebration of Lessons and Carols, Candlelight – Chancel Choir and orchestra - Nave

Christmas Day, Thursday, December 25
10:00 am – Traditional Service with Holy Communion - Nave

Nativity figures: Advent is a time of preparation for the Good News – Christ is coming! Each week, Mary and Joseph, the shepherds and the magi travel a bit closer to the manger and each week we anticipate the coming of Christ into the world and into our lives. As we journey toward Christmas, so do the nativity figures in both the Nave and Fellowship Hall. Can you find them?

The Festival Altar Frontal and Christmas Banners being blessed on Sunday, December 21 at the 11:00 service have been given in loving memory of Barbara Edmiston.

The FAMILY CHOIR will be singing on December 21. The Family Choir consists of kids (5th grade and older), parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, anyone who wants to sing together in a multigenerational choir. We will meet that morning at 10:30 in the choir room and sing for the 11am service. Please contact Tim Koch at timothy.koch@trinitycamphill.org if you are able to join us!

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- 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 January 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.

Staff Away: Judy Collins, December 24-31; Pastor Brock, December 25-31; Pastor Easton, December 25-26; Kelly Falck, December 25-January 2.

The church office will close at noon on December 24, and will be closed on December 25
and 26.

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

2014 end-of-year contributions to Trinity: All offerings must be received in the church office by Tuesday, December 30, in order to be credited to your 2014 contribution record. Thank you for your contributions to Trinity Church this year.

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

Attention, Attention, Calling all youth in grades 6-12 and all YG Graduates! Our last event for this year is our Annual YG Christmas Party from 6-8:30 pm on Sunday, December 21. Not only is this event a YG Tradition, it provides a great service to all of the good folks at Manor Care Nursing Home and it means a lot to everyone involved. We will meet in the YG Room at 6:00 pm and then go Christmas Caroling to the folks at Manor Care. Then we'll come back to the church for food, games, fun, prizes, fellowship, and prayer. Bring snacks, friends, and your voice. Please come out for this special night. This event is awesome! Be there; all are welcome.

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. 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 Lutheran" Adult Forum - Sunday, December 28. Please join us at 9:30 a.m. in Room 237 for a discussion on “Economic & Income Inequality” from pages 16-18 of the November issue of The Lutheran magazine with several related articles from the July 2014 issue of the magazine. As we live into the 21st century, our nation is undergoing dramatic changes in social and economic life. Many people are working harder just to stay even, and security is more tenuous in employment and retirement. Yet statistics show that the gains in the U.S. economy over the last 30 years have disproportionately benefited the wealthiest Americans, whose incomes have soared while middle- and working-class families have treaded water. Is there a better way? What is the church, specifically Trinity, doing to respond to the rising ranks of the poor? If you do not have access to the articles and study guide, copies are available at the reception desk in the Gathering Space.

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

Circle Meetings are back in January

   Esther Circle – Monday January 5, 6:30 PM - Library
   Deborah Circle - Tuesday January 6, 9:30 AM - Library
   Elizabeth/Ruth Circle - Tuesday January 6, 1:00 PM - Library
   Sarah Circle - Sunday Jan. 11 9:30 AM - Room 237

Prayer Shawl Ministry - January 22 – 1:00-3:00 PM - Room 121

Sewing Ministry - January 6 - 6:00-9:00 PM - Room 237 and
January 20 - 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM - Room 237

Board Meeting – January 14 at 6:30 PM

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

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.

Four Host Families Needed for Ugandan Children's Choir Concert weekend! On Sunday, January 18, Trinity's Concert Series will present the Ugandan's Children's Choir. There are 10 children and 4 chaperones who need housing on Sunday night, January 18, and Monday night, January 19. (The children/chaperones will have dinner at the church Sunday night and be at the church all day Monday and part of Tuesday doing their schoolwork; so you wouldn't necessarily have to be home those days - in case you have to go to work.) You would need to provide breakfast, a bagged lunch, and dinner for the children and chaperones on Monday, and just breakfast and a bagged lunch on Tuesday. The children will be leaving Tuesday afternoon.
Can you help us? Complete details regarding meal suggestions, sleeping arrangements, background checks (required), etc., are available. for you to read. Please email me if interested! timothy.koch@trinitycamphill.org.

Parish Ministry Team needs your support. Each week members of the Trinity family are included in prayer as part of the Every Member Prayer Ministry. During the week members of the team contact those individuals and families by phone or card to let them know Trinity cares. Parish Ministry is also looking for someone willing to correspond with our military personnel and college students. If you are interested in serving either of these ministries, contact Donna Sprowls at sprowlsd@aol.com or Judy Collins at judy.collins@trinitycamphill.org or 737-8635.

“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.
For more information about the event - click here
To view the event flyer - click here

For more information about the silent auction - click here
To view the silent auction letter and donation form -
click here

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.

Gathering Space art display

Epiphany Luncheon, Sunday, January 4: Trinity members make quilts and donate money to Lutheran World Relief on an ongoing basis and in response to LWR disaster appeals. Many members also volunteer at the LWR distribution center in New Windsor, Maryland. Join the Missions ministry team for a pork and sauerkraut luncheon on Sunday, January 4, to hear how LWR channels these and other efforts through local partners to provide lasting solutions to poverty, injustice and human suffering. The cost of the luncheon is $7 per person. Please sign up in the Gathering Space.

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.                    
View or download the Trinity Member Business Directory

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