Web Bulletin 3-10-19

Bible Bowl is almost here!

 Next Saturday - March 16th - is the big day.  Many volunteers are still needed to make it run smoothly, so sign up to prep snacks or be a scorekeeper, runner, etc., in the lobby.  Volunteers need to be in the high school classroom between 8:15 – 8:30 a.m.

Monetary donations towards the pizza and drinks are appreciated.

 Laptops OR Tablets 10” or larger are needed to use for scorekeeping purposes.  Plan to bring them on Wednesday night, March 13th (8:15 a.m. on Saturday at the very latest.)  These (and accessories) must be clearly labeled with your name.  Give them to Dave Smith.  They can be picked up after the ‘Bowl or next Sunday.

Set up:  Wednesday night after class, please stay & help set up for Bible Bowl.

“Lord, Prop Us Up On Our Leaning Side”

 This week I came across a story about a deacon who prayed, “Lord prop us up on our leaning side.”  After hearing that said in his prayer many times, a member asked why he prayed that prayer so fervently. 

He answered, “Well sir, you see, it’s like this… I got an old barn out back. It’s been there a long time, it’s withstood a lot of weather, it’s gone through a lot of storms, and it’s stood for many years.  It’s still standing, but one day I noticed it was leaning to one side a bit.  So, I went and got some pine poles and propped it up on its leaning side so it wouldn’t fall.

Then I got to thinking ’bout that and how much I was like that old barn.  I’ve been around a long time, I’ve withstood a lot of life’s storms, I’ve withstood a lot of bad weather in life, I’ve withstood a lot of hard times, and I’m still standing too.  But I find myself leaning to one side from time to time, so I like to ask the Lord to prop us up on our leaning side, ’cause I figure a lot of us get to leaning at times.”

Isn’t that an interesting way to think about what Christ does for us?  Sometimes we get to leaning toward anger, leaning toward bitterness, leaning toward hatred, leaning toward cussing, leaning toward a lot of things that we shouldn’t, so we need to pray, “Lord, prop us up on our leanin’ side, so we will stand straight and tall again, to glorify You, in Jesus’ name, Amen.”


From the Book of Act 153…

The PA Act 153 that is!  This law requires any faculty, staff, and volunteers working with children to have PA background checks on file ever since July 2015.

Recent revisions to the law require those to be updated every 5 years (60 months), instead of the prior 3 years.  To comply with the state, and to protect our children, we maintain background checks for the following:

All teachers involved with youth under the age of 18, teaching class or providing child care at any level.

  • Anyone who wishes to be involved with the Camp Hill youth program at any level (Bible Bowl, Mid-South Tour, Lads to Leaders, outings, events, etc.)
  • Summer Bible camps are addressed separately from Camp Hill but can request copies

Three types of checks are required (or a waiver if you’ve been a PA resident for the past 10 years).   If you’re new to this congregation and the above descriptions apply to you, please see our website (under Resources) for detailed instructions and links on how to obtain your clearances.  Then submit copies or direct your questions to Sharon Miller (or Lisa Shaw).

Many members who have clearances on file will likely need to renew them by July 2020 however, copies of any new ones you may have (for your workplace, etc.) can be submitted at any time.



Web Bulletin 3-3-19

The Ladies Bible Study at Grant & Lori’s gym is this Friday, March 8th at 10 a.m.

Don’t Suffer Alone – The Gettysburg church is hosting seminars on Addictionpresented by Art Adams starting this Friday night, March 8th at 7 p.m. (and running through Sunday).  The series focuses on drug, alcohol, and food addictions; supporting the betrayed spouses & those who struggle; and how the church can help.  For times and topics see the bulletin board in the lobby.  Adrs:  60 Fairview Rd., Gettysburg, PA

Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage class will continue on Saturdays March 9th and 23rd; April 6th and 27th, and May 11th and 25th at the Dains’ home at 7 p.m.  Bring finger foods to share.  Childcare will be provided upon request to Melinda or the Dains.

Elders / Deacons Meeting – Plan for a meeting here on Saturday March 9th from 8 to 10 a.m.  Deacons should come prepared to update the group on their status and plans for the year.   

A Congregational Meeting will then be held on March 31st at 1 p.m. after the 5th Sunday Potluck and Fellowship meal.  It will be a ‘family style’ meal this time.  There will be a signup sheet in the lobby for families to bring the main and side dishes, along with other details.  If you have ideas, suggestions or want to help out contact Jason C.

The Ladies Breakfast & Bible Study is at Gordon’s Family Restaurant in Harrisburg this Saturday, March 9th from 8-10 a.m.   

Bible Bowl is coming up on Saturday, March 16th.  Many volunteers are needed that day, so plan to come and have fun.  Signup sheets for food & workers are posted in the lobby.  Laptops will also be needed.  Please plan to bring them on Wednesday night, March 13th

Let’s Paint!  On Saturday, March 23rd from 1-4 p.m. there will be a Let’s Paint Away gathering in the Fellowship Hall.  The cost is $25 per lady and includes all supplies for a beach-themed project.  Renee needs to know if you plan to attend by March 17th and payments can be given to her beforehand.  Checks can be written out prior to Renee or at the event to Janeen Hershey.  Sign up in the lobby today.

Blood Drive – Sunday, March 24th from 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. here in the Fellowship Hall.  This time donors will receive 2 FREE vouchers to a Harrisburg Comedy Zone Show and a Papa John's certificate.  Bring your ID and be sure to eat within 4 hours prior to donating.

Youth Devo – Come to the Webers' house on Friday, March 29th at 7:00 p.m. to enjoy a devo and fellowship.  Invite a friend.  Girls are asked to bring finger foods, boys bring drinks. 

Ladies Days in March: 

-          At Berkeley Springs, West Virginia on March 9th

-          At Catoctin in Thurmont, Maryland on March 30th


Lord, Revive Us Again

 Josiah became a king when he was 8 years old (2 Chron 34:1), a seeker at 16 (Verse 3),

a reformer at 20 (Verses 3-7), and a humble servant of God at age 26 (Verses 8-33).  His dramatic spiritual growth and leadership resulted from listening to God’s Word and then obeying what he heard (Verse 31). 

While the temple in Jerusalem was being repaired and purified, the long-neglected Book of the Law was found and read aloud to young King Josiah.  When he heard it, he humbled himself, tore his robes, and wept in the presence of God. 

Josiah realized the enormous sin of those who had led the nation before him, and he decided that deep and lasting change had to begin with him. His public renewal of the covenant — His commitment to follow the Lord and keep His commands, ignited a revival that swept an entire nation. 

What’s wrong with the nation where we live today? Is there greed? Is there violence? Is there indifference toward God?  How long has it been sinking into a moral and spiritual swamp? Are we feeling too young, too old, or too powerless to do anything about it?

Josiah — seeker, reformer, and servant of God — a godly king who wept for his people, has shown us the way. “Lord, revive us again, and let the revival begin with me” (Psalm 85:6). 

 “Revive us again: Fill each heart with Thy love; May each soul be rekindled With fire from above.  Hallelujah! Thine the glory, Hallelujah! Amen!  Hallelujah! Thine the glory; Revive us again.”    J.J. Husband

 Will You not Yourself revive us again, That Your people may rejoice in You?  Ps. 85:6

Christians are reminded to examine their hearts weekly before partaking of the Lord’s supper (1 Cor. 11:28) to right any wrongs within the congregation, to remove from among them brethren not walking according to the faith (1 Cor. 5:2-61 Tim. 1:20) – reviving the brethren.  Paul’s words are very stern in chapter 5 and for good reason (the Corinthians were boasting of their tolerance.)  The communal feast is an important, serious occasion, not a place for social gathering, gossip, evil, or entertainment.  It is honoring the highest sacrifice.

We are also encouraged to revive our lives daily.  The Christian life is a continual festival (1 Cor. 5:8 ‘let us celebrate’ – is a present continuous verb) - not by the old standards, the old ‘yeast’ of malice & wickedness,’ but with the new yeast of sincerity, truth, and purity.  Traherne wrote, ‘Souls to souls are like apples, one being rotten rots another.’  Paul exhorts us to ‘clean out’ (Gk: ekkathario) the bad yeast from among our lives – to keep ourselves and His church a radically new & pure sacrifice (2 Cor. 5:17).

Follow Josiah’s example.  Determine in your hearts to revive yourself and His church today.