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8.27.17

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  • Worship Word & Sacrament

8.28.17

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  • Adult Learning Center

8.29.17

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July 23

Adult Forum

A Stephen Ministry Presentation: “Being a Help or Hindrance: Whoops, did I say the wrong thing?” The Stephen Ministry Team will lead an interactive program sharing best practices for visiting family members, friends and neighbors during times of illness, hospitalization or long-term care. Tips for these special visits will be provided through skits, role playing and informative conversation. New resources will be introduced, including Cancer—Now What? Taking Action, Finding Hope, and Navigating the Journey Ahead by Kenneth C Haugk, PhD. Stephen Leader Dr. Jesse Weigel was a prepublication reviewer for this important work.

July 26

Ice Cream Social and Bingo Party

We will once again extend God’s LOVE to residents at the Presbyterian Apartments with this festive gathering on Wednesday, July 26. Arrive at 1:00 p.m. to set up and join in the fun. Sign up at the Welcome Center.

July 30

Adult Forum

Jewell Ridge Mission Team. Our Jewel Ridge Mission Team will share their experience with stories and pictures. Plan to catch their mission spirit!

August 6, 13, & 20

Adult Forums

This year marks the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, one of the decisive movements in Christian history. The Rev. Dr. David True, Professor of Religion at Wilson College, will teach a series on this monumental event of Western civilization, Three Keys of Reformed Faith, on the following Sundays:

August 6 – Reforming Worship

The Protestant Reformation is sometimes said to boil down to a debate about the sacraments. We’ll consider the different viewpoints and what they suggest for us today.

August 13 – Reforming the Life of Faith

We’ll revisit the Reformation’s startling consequences for the shape and content of the Christian life.

August 20 – Reforming Society

We’ll consider the different visions of society and politics that emerged in the Reformation and their relevance today.

August 13

Summer Sing Choir

A choir for every singer in the church. We will gather at 9:15 a.m. in the choir room, first on July 9 and then again on August 13. We will learn two simple songs that need no prior preparation. No sign-ups are necessary. Join us!

September 10

Rally Day

Let’s rally back to church school on September 10! Plan also to attend the “ants-free” picnic in the fellowship hall following worship. No sign-up required; just show up with an appetite! Take home with you the education brochure that the deacons are distributing this morning

September 10, 2017, September 17, 2017, September 24, 2017

Adult Forum – Fellowship Hall

Basic Christian Doctrine – Dr. Lee Barrett, Professor of Theology, Lancaster Theological Seminary.

One of our most popular teachers, Lee Barrett, will present key points of Christian doctrine and thinking. “Truth is in order to goodness,” we say!

September 13, 2017, September 20, 2017, September 27, 2017 and October 4, 2017

Wednesday Night Series: Terrorism and Nuclear Issues

WEDNESDAY NIGHTS AT 7:15 P.M., SEPTEMBER 13, 20, 27, AND OCTOBER 4

“TERRORISM AND NUCLEAR SECURITY ISSUES” – FELLOWSHIP HALL

Our teacher for this event, John Ricca, has more than 30 years of experience as a weapons of mass destruction (WMD) counter-terrorism analyst.  John will bring us a fresh perspective on these important conflicts in our world.

September 13 – Islam, Part 1

September 20 – Islam, Part 2

September 27 – Al Qaeda and ISIL

October 4 – Nuclear Issues: Iran and North Korea

Sign-up at the Welcome Center, or email your attendance plans to office@pinestreet.org. Pick up a full description of this event at the Welcome Center.

Stephen Ministries

Stephen Ministries (or Stephen Ministries St. Louis) is an independent, not-for-profit Christian educational organization, founded in 1975 and based in St. Louis, Missouri.

Committed

To serving God and equipping God’s people for ministry.

Stephen
Ministers

bringing Christ’s love and care to people during a time of need.

Stephen
Ministers

bringing Christ’s love and care to people during a time of need.

Stephen Ministers are lay people—Christian men and women—trained to provide one-to-one care to people experiencing a difficult time in life, such as grief, divorce, job loss, chronic or terminal illness, relocation, or separation due to military deployment.

Stephen
Leaders

building awareness of Stephen Ministry within the congregation and community.

Stephen
Leaders

building awareness of Stephen Ministry within the congregation and community.

People learn to serve as Stephen Leaders by attending a Leader’s Training Course—a one-week conference that introduces the resources used to lead Stephen Ministry, develops key skills, and gets people excited about this caring ministry.

Stephen
Caregivers

Congregation and community memebers who receive care from a Stephen Minister.

Stephen
Caregivers

Congregation and community memebers who receive care from a Stephen Minister.

These are people struggling through a difficult time in life—experiencing grief, divorce, job loss, chronic or terminal illness, or some other life crisis.

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Christian Care

Stephen Ministry provides a confidential, one-on-one Christian care to individuals in our congregation and community who are facing life challenges or a difficult season of life. Stephen Ministers offer a listening ear and an understanding heart and acceptance of people who need compassionate care. They pray for and with individuals in need. Stephen Ministers receive 50 hours of training in Christian caregiving.

Life-Changing Experiences from Stephen Ministry Worldwide

Tom

Retired NBA Player

Tom

Retired NBA Player

Stephen Ministry is one of the greatest things I have ever become involved in. I’ve learned to be much more comfortable in a one-on-one relationship — where I listen to the other person, get to know them, understand what they’re going through, and love them like Christ wants me to love them.

I encourage other men to get involved. The training is wonderful, and being a Stephen Minister is going to help you. It’s been a blessing for me as much as it has for my care receiver. I’m extremely happy that I became a Stephen Minister.

“A blessing
for me too”

“Seeing the true love of Jesus”

Cynthia

Engineer

Cynthia

Engineer

My church is an international community, made up of expatriates who have moved here (Shanghai, China) from all over the world. Many have been uprooted and are in a strange culture, cut off from family. Many people come to our church—even people who never went to church before—in need of care. Stephen Ministers provide a lot of that care.

Stephen Ministry is also a tool we use in evangelism. When a seeker has a need, and a Stephen Minister is there dedicating time and effort and attention to them, it helps them see the true love of God and changes their view of what Christianity is all about.

T.J.

Flight Instructor

T.J.

Flight Instructor

I’m a flight instructor, so I tell people what to do a lot in the airplane. But when I’m a Stephen Minister, I don’t have to do that—my role is just to be there. And honestly, it took all fifty hours of my training to get that through my head.

I’ve had three care receivers so far. Each has been about my age, struggling with some kind of a challenge. And it really takes the pressure off to know that I don’t have to try to fix things. All I need to do is just be there—and watch God work in my care receiver’s life.

“All I need to do
is just be there”

“I now realize
that it's a gift”

Maryann

Financial Professional

Maryann

Financial Professional

I feel like I’ve been training for Stephen Ministry my whole life. I’ve always been a good listener—people have always been telling me their stories and sharing their problems. In the past, it sometimes felt like a chore. But I now realize that it’s a gift. As a Stephen Minister, I can be the person my care receiver can lean on, confide in, celebrate joys with, and also share sorrows. It makes me feel good when I’ve really helped someone.

If you have a compassionate heart and a desire to provide Christian encouragement, consider becoming a Stephen Minister. To request care from a Stephen Minister or lean more about the ministry and how you can become involved, contact the pastor, Russell Sullivan, at (717) 238-9304 or e-mail him at rsullivan@pinestreet.org.

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burdens, and I will give you rest.

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