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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

Theme for December 5-6:
Your Messiah Comes:
Malachi 3:1-4; Luke 3:1-6

Worship service bulletins: 
(Links to the bulletins are usually available by Friday afternoon or evening.)
   Wednesday, November 25
           Thanksgiving Eve
      7:00 pm service
   Saturday, November 28
      5:30 p.m. service
   Sunday, November 29

      8:15/11:00 a.m. traditional service
      8:30 a.m. contemporary service
      10:45 a.m. contemporary service

(Most bulletins from services for the past two months can be found on the SERMONS page - click here.)

Can you find the Nativity figures? Advent is a time of preparation for the Good News – Christ is coming! Each Sunday in Advent, take time to look for the progression of the Holy Family traveling throughout our worship spaces. Traveling through the Nave and Fellowship Hall will be Mary and Joseph journeying from Nazareth, shepherds in the fields, and the magi coming from the East. And Jesus arrives on Christmas Eve! The figures are only 10 inches and 12 inches tall, so you’ll have to look carefully!

Advent Midweek Wednesday services. The Advent Season is a gift to celebrate the coming of Jesus. Join us on Wednesdays in Advent beginning December 2 at 7:30 am for special services of Holy Communion in the Chapel with the theme “The Gifts of Advent." A light breakfast is available afterwards.

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Pastor Easton's blog will begin a new series of reflections starting in Advent. 
The blog is located at https://pastoreaston.wordpress.com
Join Pastor Easton in a
year-long adventure of spiritual reading and reflection.  Using the book We Make the Road by Walking by Brian D. McLaren as our guide, we’ll journey through the church year—and through the Bible.  Each week we’ll read a couple Bible passages, plus a brief reflective essay by McLaren to spark our thought process.  Questions at the end of each essay will stimulate further reflection.

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     Trinity on the Run Facebook group  (Trinity on the Run is a group of runners and walkers
          committed to fellowship and overall health in the Camp Hill area.)

Trinity's Strategic Plan as approved by the Congregation Council on January 12, 2015 and as presented to the congregation at the January 25th congregational meeting:
Final plan with appendices

Strategic Plan Implementation Update - Quarterly Report - June 2015

Staff Away: Pastor Brock, November 30-December 3.

Baptism: Gwendolyn Iris, daughter of Dustin and Julia (Danner) McKeever, November 22.

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

The Youth Group is having a “Community Night” Fundraiser at the Isaac’s Restaurant and Deli in the Lemoyne Plaza on Wednesday, December 9, from 5-9 pm. On this night, you are invited to dine at this Isaac’s; then, when you turn in the “Community Night” flyer as you pay your bill, Isaac’s will donate 25 percent of the bill toward our future YG events. It sounds simple because it is. It’s 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!

CACCC (Churches Affiliated Child Care Centers) is selling Chocolate Advent Calendars 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 needy grade school children in the Harrisburg and West Shore areas. Please put the knitted items in the Christmas paper-wrapped box beside the Collection Closet by December 6. The items do not have to be hand knitted.

Members of the Worship Ministry Team will be in the Gathering Space to take your orders for poinsettias that will be used to decorate our worship spaces for Christmas. Cost is $8 per pot. The deadline for ordering is December 6.

Want to give Bible Study a try? The Thursday Bible Study, led by Pastor Horner, begins a special 3-week study on Paul’s Letter to Titus on December 3. The letter focuses on Christian praxis, how believers are to live out their faith. There are two sessions to choose from, either 9:30-11 am or 7-8 pm.

Take a journey with Pastor Easton! Join me in a year-long adventure of spiritual reading and reflection. We’ll use the book, We Make the Road by Walking, by Brian D. McLaren, as our guide. Each week we’ll read some Bible passages, plus a brief reflective essay by McLaren, to spark our thought process.
     How to start? Purchase the book, We Make the Road by Walking: A Year-Long Quest for Spiritual Formation, Reorientation, and Activation by Brian D. McLaren, Jericho Books, 2014. It is available for e-readers, as well as in hardcover, paperback, and audio. A limited supply of paperbacks is available in the church office at a cost of $12. Follow my blog, An Apprentice in Kingdom Living, in which I plan to incorporate this year-long activity. There you can read my own reflections, and even enter the conversation! (My blog is located at https://pastoreaston.wordpress.com.) More details about how to participate and a calendar of weekly readings are available at the Gathering Space desk.

Alehouse Table Talk: Join Pastor Horner for a beer (or other beverage) and good conversation around the topic of “Raising Up the Next Generation in Faith” at the Appalachian Brewing Company, 3721 Market St, Camp Hill, on Thursday, December 3, at 8:30 pm.

The Men’s Breakfast Gathering will meet on Saturday, December 12, at Perkins Restaurant, 7 Erford Road, Lemoyne. All men and their friends are invited. Start time will be 8. Join us for a good breakfast, good company, and an interesting discussion. Breakfast will be “pay your own.” We will end at 9:30. The Breakfast Gathering is relaxed and informal. John West will be our Facilitator. Call John 732-3405 or e-mail jjwest9@msn.com if you have any questions.

Women of Trinity will hold its annual Christmas Luncheon and General Meeting on Saturday, December 12, at 11:30 am in Fellowship Hall. The theme is Christmas Around the World. All Trinity members, guests and children are invited to attend. Tickets will be sold ahead of time in the Gathering Space after services on Sunday, November 22 and 29 -- $7 for adults, $3 for children ages 3-10, free for children under 3.

FAMILY CHOIR – We’ve been singing on the second Sunday in December at the 11am service for the past several years. This year it will be December 13. This is an opportunity for children (4th grade and up), parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, grandparents – whoever! – to together in the same choir! We rehearse right before the service. Please RSVP to Tim Koch if interested. (737-9921, ext 229, or tim.koch@trinitycamphill.org

Trinity’s Book Discussion Group has chosen its books through December, 2015. 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 13: The Art of Racing in the Rain, by Garth Stein
     For more information about the book discussion group, please contact Craig Staller at
c.staller@verizon.net or 717-921-1957.

Quick Links

     Sunday School Registration HERE for 2015-2016

     Volunteer Clearance Form (Print, Complete and Return to Trinity)

     Volunteer Clearance Instructions - How to do it yourself

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Children’s Ministry Events:
December 6: Prepare Ye the Way! Christmas activities for families, 9:30 – 10:30 am in the lower level education wing. Parents are invited to visit various stations with the children as together they “Prepare the Way” for Jesus in the advent season.
December 11 (Friday): Family Friday Event, 6:00 pm doors open, 6:15 pm event begins. A Visit with St. Nicholas! Join with Trinity friends and family 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! Register online at www.timetosignup.com/trinitycamphill.
December 12 (Saturday): Christmas cookie packaging in Fellowship Hall. 11:30 am: Christmas Tea sponsored by Women of Trinity. Women and Children are invited to join in this festive Christmas Event. Sign up at www.timetosignup.com/trinitycamphill.
December 24 (Wednesday): 4:00 pm – Children’s Christmas Eve Worship Service. We are again leading worship at the 4:00 pm service! A detailed flyer was sent home with Sunday School children today. Please let us know ASAP 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 begin soon and will be mostly during the SCS hour. Go to to www.timetosignup.com/trinitycamphill to sign up your child as a participant.

Needed: Volunteers for the Nave Altar Care team, formerly known as the Altar Guild, responsible for worship service preparations. For more information, email Barbara Kriebel at barbara.kriebel@verizon.net;  or call Joanne Austin at 717-791-9615. Even easier, just indicate your interest in our new Worship Witness tablets by providing your contact information where asked and writing “Nave Altar Care” in the space that says “…volunteering to do this:”

Our Evangelism is seeking volunteers to hand out “Celebrate Christmas at Trinity” cards to persons who attend the Harrisburg Singers concert that will be held here on Saturday, December 5, at 7:30 pm. What a great opportunity to let people know they are welcome to experience the joy and fellowship of our Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services. Indicate your interest by providing your contact information in our new Worship Witness tablets where asked and writing “Hand out Christmas cards on December 5” in the space that says “…volunteering to do this:”

If you are interested in serving, please contact Pastor Dave Schreffler of the nominating committee at revschreff@hotmail.com.

The Giving Tree will be available in the Gathering Space during the Advent Season to share our love and concern for others. Please choose an ornament representing one of the following benevolence ministries. Follow the directions on the ornament (listed below) you choose and pick up a flyer at the tree. Gifts should be returned by December 13.
Social Ministry
    CROSS (Christian Residential Opportunities & Social Services)
    Camp Curtain YMCA
    Christian Churches United Winter Shelter
    Bethesda Mission
    Gettysburg seminarians
Parish Ministry
    Trinity members in need
Your gifts will help make a blessed Christmas for your brothers and sisters in Christ.

Overseas Military Coupon Project:  
The Coupon Ministry is alive and well and in need of volunteers! The Coupon Ministry collects manufacturers’ coupons and sends them to our military bases overseas. Base coordinators make the coupons available to US Military families for use in the commissary. Coupons can be recently expired. Here’s what to do: First, clip coupons each week and put them in the collection box marked “Coupons” inside the Gathering Space doors. Second, help us sort the coupons into two groups: food and non-food. Call Kelly Rice at 717-379-4543; or email Sophie Rice, Coupon Ministry Coordinator, at sophiepat32@hotmail.com. The families really appreciate these coupons, so please help. If you have helped with the sorting of coupons in the past, and still want to help, please also let Sophie know. Thank you so much for your help and service!

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 Campbell's 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

Check out Trinity's 2015-2016 Concert Series

HOLIDAY! with the HARRISBURG SINGERS – Saturday, December 5, at 7:30 pm. Free Concert Series Patron tickets (four max) are available in the church office during business hours. Or mail a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) to the church. Non-patrons pay regular ticket prices.

Circle Studies:

Women of Trinity's Circles - Circles offer women an opportunity to gather together and develop a deeper relationship with God.

Called to Obey God -
In October, November and January, the Esther, Deborah and Elizabeth/Ruth Circles will study the story of Jonah and the fish. This is the story of a believer and God and what happens when the believer thinks that God is wrong and disobeys God. The program looks at the book of Jonah for help in learning how to discern our role in carrying out God's Vision for the whole of creation. Discussions will focus on how we distinguish our will from God's will. The study is written by Cynthia E. Cowen.

Called to Deal with Difficult Issues -
In October, November and January, the Sarah Circle will review the process for thinking theologically as we face difficult issues in our daily lives. Martin Luther said that our core belief is our God. The study will look at Lutheran doctrine and thinking theologically offering faith skills for our daily lives. The study is written by Faith Fretheim and Joan Pope.

Cookies needed! Women of Trinity is looking for volunteers to make cookies for the Visitation Ministry. Cookies for Trinity’s homebound will be packed on Saturday, December 12, prior to the Women of Trinity Christmas luncheon. A signup sheet for those making cookies is available at the reception desk in the Gathering Space. Or use our new Worship Witness tablets to indicate that you are volunteering to “make cookies for the WOT visitation ministry.” Cookies should be delivered to the church on Friday, December 11, or by 9 am on Saturday, December 12. No nuts or peanut butter please.

Pick up your Blessing Box at the Receptionist Desk. Proceeds will go to New Hope Ministries.

Link to the Women of Trinity web page.

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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