Partner Ministries

Friends of Cross Keys Village - Brethren Home Community

posted Oct 26, 2018, 2:04 PM by Ken Schmidt   [ updated Oct 26, 2018, 2:05 PM ]

An Invitation to The Friends of Cross Keys Village – The Brethren Home Community ANNUAL MEETING on Saturday, November 10th, 2018 at 10:00 AM at the Nicarry Meeting house.

Our program will include the annual business meeting of The Friends, recognition of several Friends, and the installation of the 2019 Executive Committee Members. The keynote speaker will be Bill Hoover, “The Ark Encounter.” A light lunch will follow.

To adequately prepare for the meeting and lunch, please RSVP (by phone or email) to the Volunteer Services Offices with your lunch reservation by Monday, November 5th.


You will have an opportunity to share a donation to defray the cost of lunch. Plan to attend this important meeting of The Friends of CKV-TBHC. Thank you for your continued support and prayers as we strive to meet our fundraising goals.

PLEASE NOTE:  Mechanicsburg COB is in charge of devotions, led by Lois S. For Questions, see Nancy S.

District Conference Reflections

posted Oct 26, 2018, 1:57 PM by Ken Schmidt   [ updated Oct 26, 2018, 1:57 PM ]

Thanks to our delegates, Brian P, Lois S, Ron A, and Lynne G. for serving this year.  Lynne has written some reflections to share with you:

“I was blessed to be able to represent Mechanicsburg Church of the Brethren, along with Lois S, Brian P, and Ron A, in September at District Conference.  Here are just a few reflections from the conference…


·         I was reminded of how many ministries our District and denomination are supporting from Camp Eder to Children’s Aid Society to the Truck Stop Ministries.    So many folks using their special gifts to serve the Lord in so many varied capacities. 


·         We received an update on the post-hurricane support provided by the Brethren Disaster Ministries and I learned that this ministry continues assisting folks in rebuilding for years after a hurricane.   I learned that the District has financial support available for folks who are willing to go on a work camp to support rebuilding efforts.


·         I was astonished to learn of all of the places that the Church of the Brethren has missions… from Congo to Venezuela and lots of places in between!


·         The breakout session on how to reconnect with “lost sheep” of the church was enlightening.


·         Hearing the personal faith journeys of Pastor Linda T. and Pastor Traci R, as they reflected on Susquehanna Valley Ministries and the role that the organization has played in their lives was special in many ways.   


        Thanks for the opportunity, Lynne G”

West Shore COB (6921 Wertzville Rd, Enola) Invites You:

posted Oct 26, 2018, 1:45 PM by Ken Schmidt   [ updated Oct 26, 2018, 1:45 PM ]

·         Chicken & Waffle Dinner – Friday, November 2nd from 4 to 7 PM - $8 a plate (10 & under Free)

·         A Thanksgiving Celebration – Sunday, November 18th at 4:00 PM with guest musicians, Messiah Village Singing Men. 
A WPFG (Cumberland Valley Christian Radio) event celebrating 6 years on-the-air! 
                                                    Enjoy fellowship & light refreshments.  (WPFG – 717-241-9734)

Carlisle Truck Stop Ministry, Inc 2018

posted May 31, 2018, 5:52 PM by Ken Schmidt   [ updated Oct 26, 2018, 1:23 PM ]

Carlisle Truck Stop Ministries, Inc.



Attention all Bakers…the time is approaching. Once again, the Mechanicsburg Church of the Brethren will be taking part in the Cookie Collection for Carlisle Truck Stop Ministry Inc. Last year, our church contributed close to 200 bags of cookies to the effort and the Witness Team would like to see that matched or exceeded. A sign-up sheet will be posted in the Narthex asking to contribute cookies toward this worthy cause in the upcoming weeks. Reminders will also be posted in upcoming November bulletins.  The cookies should be dropped off at a designated table just outside Spangler Hall December 6th, 7th and 8th.  The Sr. and Jr. High groups will be packaging them on the 9th. Let’s make the holidays a little more joyous for those traveling during the holidays.

New Hope Ministries

posted Dec 5, 2014, 4:59 PM by Ken Schmidt   [ updated Sep 28, 2018, 6:13 PM ]

Here's what's new at New Hope!


Thanksgiving Donations:  Specifics of this event have not been received yet.  When details are received a box will be placed at both entrances to receive your donations.


Your help lifts others up! It is because of you that our guests garner the skills and certification to be lifted back on their feet again. Ten students in our Stability and Workforce Development program received their forklift certification. The training included information on safety and best practices when using the equipment. The students had lots of hands on practice and received their certification after successfully completing all requirements. Thank you for your support. 

Feed-A-Friend with New Hope Ministries.  Looking for a way to help feed the hungry? Find out more on our website!

We're starting to think of Christmas! 

Donations of “unwrapped” gifts can be placed in the boxes provided at both entrances.  A “Basket of Food” will be a part of this gift.   Items needed are:  ham, turkey, vegetables, gravy, potatoes, canned fruit, cranberry sauce, pie filling, pie crust, boxes stuffing, cereal and mac and cheese.


Mechanicsburg Center Wish List:

Canned vegetables and fruits

Peanut butter

Canned tuna and chicken

Canned soup

Personal care items

Copies of the New Hope Ministries’ 2018 Christmas Wish List have been placed in the Narthex on the New Hope podium near the sign-up sheets.  Pick up a copy, or download one here.  A box to receive donations will be placed at both entrances in October.

Founded in 1982, New Hope Ministries has assistance centers in Dillsburg, Dover, Hanover, and Mechanicsburg, PA which serve parts of York County and the West Shore area of Cumberland County. Services are available to people regardless of their age, race, gender or religious affiliation.

We provide:

  • Emergency crisis assistance
  • Food pantries
  • Rent/Mortgage assistance
  • Prescription, medical, dental and eye care assistance
  • Utility assistance
  • Transportation assistance
  • Counseling
  • Referral services
  • Children and youth programs
  • Holiday food baskets and gifts

In addition to these basic needs, we offer ongoing support and guidance to help people become self-sufficient and stable over the long term.  We help close to 13,000 individuals each year.

West Shore Center
5228 East Trindle Road
Mechanicsburg, PA 17050
Phone: 717-766-7333
Fax:    717-766-7575
Monday-Friday, 9:00am – 4:00pm

To Reach Them By Email:

For fundraising or donation questions:
For organizational questions:
For general questions:    

Camp Eder

posted Dec 5, 2014, 4:54 PM by Ken Schmidt   [ updated Sep 28, 2018, 6:36 PM ]

Camp Eder’s FALLFEST

Festival and Benefit Auction

Saturday, October 20, 2018 - 10am to 4pm

914 Mt. Hope Road, Fairfield, PA – 717-642-8256

Live & Silent Auction (begins at 10:30 am)

Roast and Turkey Feast

Lots of Kid’s Activities

Bake Sale – Apple Dumplings & Apple Bombs

Candy Treasure Hunt – Petting Zoo

Food Concessions – Live Music – Local Vendors

Camp Eder, Christian Camp and Retreat Center, supported by the Southern Pennsylvania District Church of the Brethren,
seeks to offer a place where persons can learn to know Jesus Christ through Bible based ministry in an outdoor environment.

914 Mount Hope Road, Fairfield, PA. 17320
Tuesday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. & Saturday 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
717-642-9797 fax

Southern PA District News

posted Sep 5, 2013, 9:51 AM by Traci   [ updated Oct 30, 2016, 7:35 PM by Ken Schmidt ]

The District Newsletter is now posted on the District website. 

To get the most up-to-date copy, click on this link:

General information can be found on the Southern Pennsylvania's District's website.

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