Colonial Park Community Baptist Church "We are called to help people in our community build dynamic relationships with Jesus through the power of His love." 700 South Houcks Rd. Harrisburg, PA 17109 Phone: 717-545-3261 E-mail:
Colonial Park Community Baptist Church"We are called to help people in our community build dynamic relationships with Jesus through the power of His love."  700 South Houcks Rd.Harrisburg, PA 17109  Phone: 717-545-3261E-mail: 


Welcome to this church.  We hope that what you find on these pages will entice you to visit us and get to know us up close and personally.  We have a heart for Jesus the Christ, for one another, and for the community in which God has placed us. We have found strength, peace, love and hope in Jesus and we want to share this with you, so that you can enter into a dynamic relationship with Jesus.  If you already know Jesus as your Lord and Savior, we want help you grow closer to him in fellowship and service.   We are a church where everyone is welcome to worship, grow and minister.





This Sunday’s sermon we are continuing our series looking at aspects of Christ’s heart.  Jesus the Christ said of his own heart, “…I am gentle and humble in heart.” (Matthew 11.29) On this Sunday we will focus on “Christ’s Heart of Sympathy.” We all want to have someone in our corner who will sympathize with our difficult and challenging situations.   We don’t always expect them to understand everything we are going through, nor to fix it, but we want them to be able to sympathize and share their concern with us.  Christ not only understands, but also can help us in our difficult situations.

The sermon is now on YouTube:


It is also on our Facebook page.



Greetings to all of you,


This past week a saw the picture above this article on a friends Facebook page.  It is a saying that is very appropriate for this time of year (political ads leading up the election) and is a challenge and encouragement for all us.  As we reluctantly watch the ads on T. V. or whereever we see them, the vast majority of them are trying to bring up dirt on the other candidate and rarely talk about the issues and where that particular candidate falls on the issues. 


But we should not be surprised by this.  This is what human beings do. It is a part of our sinful nature.  What is most disturbing is that many of those candidates doing it, or at least “approving the message,” claim to be Christ followers.  What happened to the Biblical mandate to “speak the truth in love.” I suppose it would not be good campaign if a candidate looked for the gold in the other candidate and highlighted that. Nevertheless, as Christ followers, they should be taking the Christ-like high road no matter what their campaign manager says.  But you and I are not running for office.  We are trying to live the best life we can as Christ followers.  The Bible calls us to live like Christ, to love one another and to find the gold in others.  And so I hope we will all heed the challenge of that sentence to look for the gold in others and highlight that.


But I need to say something about Proverbs 11.27. This verse does not exactly say what the sentence we just looked at says. Here is what is says, “He who seeks good finds goodwill, but evil comes to him who searches for it.”   The proverb writer is calling us to seek the good in our everyday life, especially in own behavior and in the behavior of those we associate with.  When we seek the good we find goodwill from people but most importantly from God. The word “goodwill” can mean: pleasure, delight, favor, goodwill, acceptance.  But the person who seeks evil, which is the opposite of what God wants us to do, will find evil in their own life and will receive it at the hands of others.  And with it will come the judgment of God.


And so let us follow the wisdom of the proverb. Let us seek God’s goodness and apply that goodness to our lives so that we will find goodwill with God and all people.  Let us run from evil and only do the good.


UPCOMING WORSHIP – This coming Sunday we will continue looking at the aspects of Christ’s heart.  Jesus the Christ said of his own heart, “…I am gentle and humble in heart.” (Matthew 11.29) This Sunday we will focus on his friendship with us, with a sermon entitled, “Christ’s Heart Of Friendship.” We all want friends.  Some like many friends while others like just a couple of close friends.  Jesus the Christ is the greatest friend we have because he was laid down his life for us.  Let us rejoice and give thanks for his friendship to us.  


As a part of this week’s celebration we will also celebrate the Lord’s Supper.  For those of you who are not able to join us in person, but will watch the video, we encourage you to gather the elements for communion (bread and juice) or pick up a Celebration Cup from the table in the sanctuary sometime this week. At the conclusion of the sermon we will celebrate together.


For our in-person worship, we will continue to follow the procedures and protocols that you can find on our website.


We are making every effort to upload the sermon on Sunday, but it will definitely be uploaded by Monday evening on YouTube and our Facebook page:


For archive sermons are on YouTube:


HOUSEKEEPING POSITION IS OPEN – During the month of October, Eddie Zuna will be our interim housekeeper.  During this time, the Board of Property and Finance will be accepting applications for this position.  It is a part-time, approximately 10 hours per week position. If you have interest in applying, please contact Beverly Thompson at or by phone 717-215-2434



            October 27, 10 AM – 1 John 1                    October 28, 6:30 PM – 1 John 1


PASTOR DEREK HAS BEEN CALLED TO A CHURCH – Pastor Derek has accepted the call to be the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Howard Kansas. This news comes with mixed emotions.  There of course is sadness and we will be grieving for our loss as he and Lisa move west.  But there is also great rejoicing for Pastor Derek and the church there.  We would ask that you pray for Pastor Derek and Lisa as they transition to this new place of ministry.  Pastor Derek will preach here on November 22.   The current plan is for them to be in Howard by December.


On November 22, there will be an opportunity to share with Derek and Lisa your love, appreciation, prayers and well wishes for them.  It will be an open house style of gathering.  Derek and Lisa will be available to greet people in the library from 10:20 AM to 10:50 AM for those who came to the first celebration.  Then following the second celebration they will be available in the library from 11:50 AM to 1:00 PM for those who went to the second celebration, any from the first celebration who come back and for others who still do not comfortable coming to worship but want to see them.  Masks and social distancing will be required.  There will be a light dessert available that you can eat in a social distanced setting or take home.


There will be a basket available in the library for cards and personal gifts. We would also like to give them a VISA gift card from the church for whatever expenses they will have.  Designated donations for this gift can be mailed or dropped off at the church or given to Pastor Gary on Sunday mornings.  The deadline for giving a donation is November 18.


TITHES AND OFFERINGS – We want to thank all of you for your continued faithfulness to the ministry of Christ through sending in your tithes and offerings. For those attending our in-person worship celebrations you will be able to place tithes and offerings in an offering plate in the front of the sanctuary on Sundays. For those not ready to attend yet, you can continue to mail them, or drop them off in the church mailbox.


FOOD DONATIONS – We encourage you to continue to donate food for the local food pantry.  If you would like to donate food, please bring your food to the church and they will be taken down to Calvary UMC. The third Sunday of the month will still be Food Bank Sunday.


God Bless each of you. Remain Calm, Remain Safe, Remain Praying

How To Become a Follower of Jesus


"If you confess with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved."  Romans 10.9


Becoming a follower of Jesus Christ requires repenting of your sins, and believing that Jesus died on the cross and rose again to forgive you of those sins and entering into a relationship with Him.


If you are ready to become a follower of Jesus Christ pray this prayer: 

Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner and I ask for Your forgiveness.  I believe You died for my sins and rose again from the dead.  I turn my life over to You.  I want to trust  and follow You as my Lord and Savior.  Amen.

For more information about your new life in Jesus Christ, contact us at the church.

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