Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church
2000 Chestnut Street, Camp Hill, PA  17011-5409
Phone:  717.737.8635   Fax:  717.730.9297

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This week's theme:
   Credo: The Apostles' Creed
      John 20:19-31

Staff away: Pastor Horner, April 21-23; Pastor Easton, April 21-27.

Current issue of the weekly Trinity Today


To stay in touch with Trinity folks, Trinity produces a monthly newsletter, Trinity Parish, a weekly bulletin insert, Trinity Today, and now a weekly e-Blast, Trinity Minute.  Trinity Minute  delivers brief highlights of Trinity events right to your desktop on Thursday mornings.  If you did not receive your Trinity Minute last Thursday but would like to, please send your current email address to to be added to the contact list.

Lenten Offering Boxes. Containers will be available during Holy Week to receive your Lenten offering box. During this season of Lent when we focus on personal penitence, alms giving, and helping those in need, Trinity's special "self-denial" offering provides an added means for you to support benevolent causes. Your gifts in the Lenten boxes will be equally divided between local and international causes. Half will go to the Children’s Ward of the Itete Hospital in the Konde Diocese of Tanzania, which is still being rebuilt after a 2011 earthquake, and the other half will support social ministry needs here in central Pennsylvania. Please note: The Lenten envelopes in your set of offering envelopes support the general budget of the church and are not part of this extra benevolence outreach. Thank you for your sacrificial giving.

Easter Offerings: During the Easter season, it is encouraging to see both new and familiar faces at our worship services. Throughout the year, many of you already support the congregation with your time, talent and financial contributions but greater participation is always welcome. We encourage you to look into our electronic giving program. It takes just a few minutes to set up a recurring giving plan. Visit the church website ( and locate the donation link on the left side of any web page or complete a paper authorization form which can be found at the welcome desk.

Staff Reception, Sunday April 27 - Please join us for a reception in Fellowship Hall at 12:15 p.m. to honor three staff members who are observing their 15th anniversary of employment at Trinity - Peter Fox, Amy Koch and Tim Koch.

Long-time Trinity member, Ann Sponaugle, will be celebrating her 100th birthday on May 2. It’s uncommon to reach that century milestone, so let’s help Ann celebrate this wonderful day with a card shower. Cards may be sent to 2380 Waterford, Camp Hill, PA 17011. Thank you for helping us extend our well-wishes.

Do you have any gently used books that are appropriate for 1st and 2nd graders? The Trinity Tutors are collecting books so that our students in Harrisburg can enjoy reading over the summer. Please place the books in the labeled bin in the Gathering Space. Thanks for your help.

The Central PA Blood Bank will be visiting Trinity on Sunday, April 27, 7:45-11:00 a.m. Sign up for the April 27 drive on Sundays, April 6, 13, and 20 in the Gathering Space, after all services. As of the end of February, Trinity has donated 41 units of blood. Signing up is important for the Blood Bank to allocate resources and to smooth out the donation times. Walk-ins are still welcome! The donations process starts in 1st floor Sunday School wing. If you have any questions, please contact Paul Askey at 676-5554 or

Walk to Jerusalem. Walk, swim, bike, dance, garden, read and pray are just a few of the ways this easy walk to Jerusalem will help Trinity members reach their goal. Complete an orange insert and join Judy Collins on Sunday, May 4 at 9:30 a.m. or 10:00 a.m., in room 237 and learn how you can be part of Trinity’s team.

Jesus said to them, “They need not go away;
     you give them something to eat.”
                                                Matthew 14:16
Loaves and Fishes Food Packaging Event
- Thursday, June 5, 7 a.m.- 7p.m.
Messiah College - Eisenhower Campus Center, One College Ave., Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
     Trinity and its members have been invited to participate in a project that will provide at least 300,000 meals for needy people in Central Pennsylvania. This mammoth food-packaging event will require 12 hours, 900 volunteers (working in 2-3 hour shifts) and $75,000. Each congregation in the Lower Susquehanna Synod has been asked to contribute (at least) $325 and (at least) four volunteers to help “feed a multitude through our simple gifts.” Trinity’s Missions and Social Ministry Committees have provided that initial gift of $325. Now we need your time and talent.
     To volunteer to take part in this event, complete the bulletin insert in the May 4 “Trinity Today”. To donate, make checks payable to “Trinity” and in the memo line write “Loaves and Fishes Event.” 
     Visit for more information. A partnership of Lower Susquehanna Synod, Thrivent Financial, Messiah College and Outreach Inc.

You’re invited to a Memory Café on May 9, 2014 from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.  Share your stories, be our guest for a light dinner, enjoy some music, and socialize.  Held at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Fellowship Hall, this event is open to the community, and is for those who have Early to Moderate Dementia and their caregivers, and those who worry about memory problems.   Please RSVP no later than April 25, 2014; reservations are limited to 50 guests. For more information, to RSVP, or to volunteer, contact Martha Boyd @ 717-737-9921 or  Thank you for your support of this outreach.
Memory café flyer

At-Home Visitation Volunteers are needed to regularly visit Trinity members. There are no requirements regarding the visits. However, once a month contact is suggested, seasonal and occasional cards may be sent, and devotional booklets, sermons or CDs of worship are encouraged. If you have a passion for comforting and encouraging others, please complete an orange insert and volunteer to share your time with one of Trinity’s at-home members.

Pack-n-Play cribs and car seats in excellent/very good condition are needed by Christ Lutheran Ministries, Harrisburg, a ministry supported by Trinity’s Social Ministry team. Part of this ministry is a prenatal clinic for uninsured women run by Dr. Holly Hoffman, Diaconal Minister at St. Paul, Carlisle. These cribs are ideal for women and children who live in crowded inner-city apartments. Many of the women cannot afford these items. Donations may be provided by contacting Caroline Sheaffer at 243-9246 or Dr. Holly Hoffman at 240-357-1709.

Trinity volunteers support the Saturday breakfast at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Harrisburg. A hot meal is served each weekend to as many as 125 persons. Connie Hanna, manager of the Shining Light Ministry, thanks Trinity members for the 739 items they donated in good condition for the spring collection. Nancy Restagno, Trinity coordinator of these two Social Ministry programs, reminds us to remember Shining Light when completing our fall clean-out.

Day Trip to New Windsor, MD on Wednesday, May 21. We have an opportunity to volunteer at the LWR Warehouse in New Windsor, MD. We car pool from Trinity’s parking lot at 6:30 a.m. and return around 5:00 p.m. Lunch in the dining room is provided at no cost to all volunteers. Contact Judy Collins (737-9921 x 239) before May 12, if you would like to join us.

CD’s of the Lower Susquehanna Synod Criminal Justice System Event with speaker Terri Roberts are available.  Contact Jeff Weaver at or 697-3259 if you would like a CD of the event.

Parish Acts:
Caroline Isabel, daughter of Beth Ann (Myxter) and Tom Lyon, and Alivia Taleen, daughter of Alyson (Garcia) and Alex Tokatlian, were baptized on April 6.

Frey Village Auxiliary has changed its name to "The Friends of Frey."  This dedicated group works to improve the quality of life for the men and women who live in this Lutheran retirement community by providing birthday parties, ice cream socials, variety programs, arts and crafts, as well as other games and entertainment. To help support their mission, please see Joy Snyder in the Gathering Space after all services today.  Frey residents are grateful for whatever gift you might give. Please make checks payable to Frey Village Activity Fund. Note: You may donate online at - choose "Make a Gift," then "Give Now," then choose "Frey Village Activity Fund."

Trinity Financial Report
                                                           March        2014 YTD
Member Contributions Actual                 $ 123,990      $ 338,485
Member Contributions Budget                $ 114,288      $ 342,863
Over/(Under) Contribution Budget              $ 9,702       $ (4,378)
Year-to-date 2014 Budget Balance                    $ 23,907
Contributions to Reduce Building Loan         $ 8,602       $ 28,127
Building Loan Balance - 3/31/2014                     $434,063

Our hospitalized and at-home members are listed in the narthex and Gathering Space.  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.

Staff Notes


The library is usually open for browsing and use whenever the building is open. Assistance is available on Wednesday mornings.

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. 

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 ( or 737-8635).

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 reception desk in the Gathering Space.

Trinity Member Business Directory is on the web at 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 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

Gathering Space art display


Trinity’s Book Discussion Group
has chosen its books through June, 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. May 18 – On a Farther Shore: The life and legacy of Rachel Carson by William Souder; June 15 – The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
For more information about the book discussion group, please contact Craig Staller at

"The Lutheran" Adult Forum - Sunday, April 27, 2014    Please join us at 9:30 a.m. in Room 237 for a discussion on Maneuvering Today’s Rocky Vocational Road” from pages 16-22 of the March 2014 issue of The Lutheran magazine. 
     Employment hasn’t fully recovered from the 2008 economic crash.  Many people are still looking for work and many who have found work had to take jobs that pay much less than the ones they lost.  As communities of Christians, we can help our unemployed brothers and sister find jobs, train for new ones and envision a world with sufficient, sustainable livelihood for all.  Discuss how Lutherans, strengthened by their faith and understanding of vocation, are copying with today’s job market challenges.
f you do not have access to the articles, paper copies will be available about two weeks in advance of the session and may be picked up at the reception desk in the Gathering Space.  If you have any questions, please contact class coordinators Craig Staller or Doug Bonsall (921-1957). 

The Rejoice Class is beginning a six to eight week series on "Christianity, the Cults and other Religions" on Sunday, April 27 at 9:30 a.m. in room 239. All are welcome.

Sr. High Mini-golf is coming up very fast! It is next Sunday, April 27, at City Island Watergolf, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Please note the time change. The cost is $5.00 per person. Remember that we are meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the City Island entrance (right up from the parking lot on the walking bridge, at the top of the steps). We are not meeting at the church or providing any rides. We will be having a picnic dinner at the golf course of pizza, snacks, and drinks. Just bring yourself and bring some friends! C U there.

The Youth Group "Community Night" Fundraiser at the Isaac’s Restaurant and Deli in the Lemoyne Plaza is on Wednesday, April 30, from 5-9 p.m. This Wednesday you are invited to dine at Isaac’s and when you pay, turn in the "Community Night" flyer with your bill. Isaac’s will donate 25% of the bill to help support our youth with 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 is in the Gathering Space at our display. Pick up several and give them out to family and friends! Please support our YG!

Calling all YG in grades 6 through 12 and beyond! The final YG Nite for the season is on Sunday, May 4, from 6-8:30 p.m.! This will be an outside YG Nite, so come dressed to go outside. We meet in the YG room at 6:00 p.m. Bring friends! Bring snacks! Pizza and drinks will be provided. Join us on this final YG Nite. It will be awesome! F.Y.I. – sign-ups for Fiesta Nite will take place on this nite and YG Summer Calendars will be available.

Back by popular demand! The Harrisburg Singers present POPS to BROADWAY! on Saturday, May 3 at 7:30 p.m. This is our final concert of the 2013/2014 Concert Season. This is one of the Harrisburg Singers’ most popular concerts, so mark it down on your calendar now! Pre-concert recital of pop hits by The Harrisburg Singers Trio – H. Timothy Koch, piano; Jim Miller, bass; and Dave Zygmunt, drums. Free Patron Tickets are available in the church office during business hours. Non-Patrons contact for ticket prices.

Finding your PLACE in Ministry is a self-discovery course which helps individuals identify their personality, spiritual gifts, abilities, life passions and experiences. This course, facilitated by Judy Collins, will be offered Sunday, May 4 from 12:30 - 4 p.m. in room 237. Bring your lunch! Beverages and snacks will be provided. Nursery care is available on request. Contact Judy ( or 737-9921, ext. 239) to reserve your seat.

Lutheran Day at the Capitol will take place Tuesday, May 6, from 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., beginning right here at Trinity; followed by a reception and banquet from 5:30-8 p.m. in the Capitol Rotunda in Harrisburg.
Join Lutherans from around the state for worship, learning, advocacy and action. Lutheran Day at the Capitol focuses on our baptismal call to ministry in the public square and the unique voice of Lutheran Christians addressing hunger and poverty. Come to be inspired, prepared and equipped to act on issues that matter. Activities include:
• Worship led by Bishop Jim Dunlop, Lower Susquehanna Synod
• A keynote, “Empowering Opportunities — Gateways out of Poverty,” by Rep. Dave Reed, chair of the House Majority Policy Committee
• Training in successful advocacy strategies and workshops to further equip you to take action to act for greater justice in your churches and communities
• A shuttle bus to the state Capitol to meet legislators and observe the General Assembly in action
• A special reception and banquet in the Capitol Rotunda to mark Lutheran Advocacy Ministry in Pennsylvania (LAMPa)’s 35th Anniversary
• Address by The Rev. Dr. Timothy Wengert, “God's Two Hands and the Christian's Undivided Heart” and music by the band “Dem Preachers.”
Visit for more details or to register.

Women of Trinity Mother-Daughter Covered Dish Dinner, Wednesday, May 14th, 2014, in Fellowship Hall at 6 PM.  Everyone is invited.  Please bring a salad/side or dessert.  We Welcome Vicar Martha Boyd as the speaker.  Also, election and installation of officers and leaders for 2014-2015.

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