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7.22.18

Sun.

  • Adult Forums – Fellowship Hall
  • Worship – Word & Sacrement – Sanctuary

7.23.18

Mon.

  • Life Skills – Boyd (ALC Computer Center)

7.24.18

Tues.

  • Life Skills – Boyd (ALC Computer Center)
  • DDB Staff Meeting

7.25.18

Wed.

  • Staff Worship
  • Staff Meeting
  • Life Skills – Boyd (ALC Computer Center)

7.26.18

Thurs.

  • Life Skills – Boyd (ALC Computer Center)

7.29.18

Sun.

  • Adult Forums – Fellowship Hall
  • Worship – Word & Sacrement – Sanctuary

7.30.18

Mon.

  • Life Skills – Boyd (ALC Computer Center)

7.31.18

Tues.

  • Life Skills – Boyd (ALC Computer Center)
  • DDB Staff Meeting

June 24, July 1, July 8, July 22, July 29, August 5, August 12, August 19, August 26, 2018

Summer Adult Forums – Fellowship Hall

June 24 – “Inside the Music” – Brett Terry and the Chancel Choir give us an inside look at how they prepare the music they sing in worship, and you’ll be temporarily drafted to be part of the choir as we make music together!

July 1 – Heather Sigler, and Russell Sullivan will share with us the events and highlights of General Assembly.

July 22 – “Experiencing the Power of Jesus’ Parables” -Michael R. Cosby, Ph.D. Michael Cosby, retired professor of Biblical Studies, compares parables with jokes: you either get the joke or you do not. Laughter erupts spontaneously when an unexpected twist in a story takes us by surprise. But we must know the background of a joke to get the humor. If someone has to explain why a joke is funny, it loses its punch. In the same way, we must understand the cultural background of Jesus’ parables to feel their impact. Join us again on July 22 to encounter parables and experience their power as stories told to transform people’s lives.

July 29 – “Barnabas: How Traditions transformed a Peacemaker into a Warrior Saint”. Michael R. Cosby, Ph.D. Barnabas, one of the most influential leaders of the early Christian movement, mentored the Apostle Paul and led the first multi-ethnic church in Antioch. Although the New Testament depicts Barnabas as adept at mediating ethnic conflicts among Christians, today in his homeland of Cyprus he is a symbol of Greek Cypriot nationalism. Greek Orthodox Christians pray to Barnabas to expel the Turks from the island. On July 29, Michael Cosby, who conducted research in Cyprus as a senior Fulbright Fellow, will explain how church traditions transformed a peacemaker into a warrior saint. This session will challenge us to consider the lens through which we perceive biblical figures and help us to ponder how we might be using them to advance our own political agendas.

August 5, 12, 19, and 26 – Dr. Lee Barrett, Professor of Theology at Lancaster Theological Seminary, will lead our forums. The topic is to be determined.

July 15

Worship Service – Adams Ricci Park (Picnic to follow service)

Worship, a picnic, and games will take place at the Northeast Pavilion at Adams Ricci Park in East Pennsboro Township. Plentiful parking will be available with a drop-off steps from the pavilion, which is completely walker and wheelchair accessible.

Plan to bring a dish to share. Hamburger barbeque and hot dogs, beverages, plates, etc., will be provided. Sign up at the Welcome Center beginning June 17 or by e-mailing office@pinestreet.org. There will be no worship at Third and Pine that morning.

August 26

Security Training

On Sunday, August 26, at 11:30 a.m., the Harrisburg City Police will be conducting threat response training for interested members of the congregation.  The tactics and strategies presented can be utilized by everyone in any type of environment. Lunch will be provided. Please sign up at the Welcome Center in the Gathering Place or e-mail your reservation to office@pinestreet.org.

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 get people excited about this caring ministry.

Stephen
Care Receivers

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

Stephen
Care Receivers

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 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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Matthew 11.28

Come to me, all you that are
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burdens, and I will give you rest.

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