Us for Worship
Thursday: 6:30 PM
Saturday: 5:30 PM
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
calendars now for these special services.
November 26, 7:00 pm - Nave
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 –
4:00 pm – “A Night Like No Other” – Children’s
Choirs – Nave
7:00 pm – Holy Communion, Candlelighting –
8:30 pm – Holy Communion, Candlelighting –
11:00 pm – Lessons and Carols – Nave
Christmas Day, Thursday, December 25
10:00 am – Nave
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.
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
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Congratulations to Jill Dershem and
Brian Zeigler who were married on November 8.
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
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
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
will be closed on November 27 and 28 for the
WATCHING FOR OUR STRATEGIC PLAN TO MOVE US INTO THE
FUTURE WITH CHRIST—Some Updates:
The Strategic Planning Committee completed a draft
plan in November, based on your input through
retreats, committees, a survey questionnaire, and
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
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.
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
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.
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
Ministry - Advent & Christmas -
Dates to Remember,
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!! 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)
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
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
For detailed information about the program please
To let us know that your child will participate
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
email@example.com to help in their
planning the food and if you have any questions.
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
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
“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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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,
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.
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.
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!
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.
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