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12.16.17

Sat.

  • Set-up Poinsettias

12.17.17

Sun.

  • Worship Word & Sacrament – MAPS Event – A Festival of Carols
  • Christmas Tea – Fellowship Hall

12.18.17

Mon.

  • Life Skills – Boyd (ALC Computer Center)

12.19.17

Tues.

  • Staff Worship
  • Staff Meeting
  • Presbyterian Apartments Carol Sing & Luncheon
  • Trustees Meeting
  • Life Skills – Boyd (ALC Computer Center)

12.20.17

Wed.

  • Life Skills – Boyd (ALC Computer Center)
  • DDB Staff Meeting – Boyd
  • Longest Night Service – Sanctuary

12.21.17

Thurs.

  • Life Skills – Boyd (ALC Computer Center)
  • Choir Rehearsal

12.24.17

Sun.

  • Worship Word & Sacrament
  • Family Christmas Eve Service – Sanctuary
  • Candlelight Christmas Eve Service – Sanctuary

12.25.17

Mon.

  • Church & Boyd Offices Closed

12.26.17

Tues.

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

12.27.17

Wed.

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

12.28.17

Thurs.

  • Life Skills – Boyd (ALC Computer Center)
  • Choir Rehearsal

12.31.17

Sun.

  • Worship Word & Sacrament

November 10

TENET Performs “Uno + One”

Free parking is available in the South Street Garage. This is a free concert with no tickets and no admission charge. For more information, visit click here.

November 11

CPOS Performs “Bruckner and Beyond”

Artistic Director and Conductor Brett A. Terry leads choir and orchestra in a performance of Bruckner’s Mass in E Minor, Daniel Pinkham’s Christmas Cantata, and more. This concert is a ticketed event. They are $20 and available at the door. For more information, click here.

November 12

Insight Forum – The State of Hate in PA … And the Good News!

Anne Van Dyke, The Community Responders Network

Recently retired from the Pennsylvania Human Resources Commission, Ms. Van Dyke is an expert on extremist groups operating in Pennsylvania. Who are they? How do we respond?

November 26

Insight Forum – Gospel Overture: The Christmas Story According to Matthew

The Rev. Dr. Russell C. Sullivan, Jr., Pastor, Pine Street Presbyterian Church

Themes found in the infancy narrative in Matthew are restated and reinforced throughout the body of the Gospel. As a result, the Christmas story can be understood as an overture to the Gospel, in much the same way that the music at the beginning of an opera introduces the themes that will be repeated in the body of the opera. Find out in Matthew’s version of Jesus’ birth what his main purpose is.

December 03

Advent Breakfast – Fellowship Hall

Advent breakfast will be at 8:45 a.m. in Fellowship Hall.

December 05

Hanging of the Greens

We need help to prepare our church for the Advent/Christmas season. Hanging of the Greens will be Tuesday, December 5, starting at 5:30 p.m. with a light dinner of pizza and salad in the Fellowship Hall. Please sign up at the Welcome Center. There will be a variety of tasks in the sanctuary, fellowship hall, outdoors, and the Boyd Center.

December 17

A Festival of Carols during 10:00 a.m. worship service

The service of worship will feature the Pine Street Chancel Choir singing Joseph Martin’s inspired new setting “overflowing with tuneful praise,” including Once in Royal David’s City; O Come, All Ye Faithful; Of the Father’s Love Begotten; Come Thou Long-Expected Jesus; Silent Night; In Dulci Jubilo; Angels We Have Heard on High and many more! A festive Christmas Tea will follow the service.

December 19

Presbyterian Apartments Carol Sing & Luncheon

Join Pine Street as we celebrate Christmas at Presbyterian Apartments. For more information or to sign up, please stop at the Welcome Center. The Carol Sing will start at 11:30 a.m.

Welcome

Welcome to Pine Street. Here you will find a warm, compassionate, and inclusive congregation engaged in a dynamic ministry to our city and world. In our beautiful sanctuary you will experience worship that is traditional, dignified, and inspiring. Whether you are a member or a visitor, we hope to see you in church this Sunday!

Frequently Asked Questions

General

What door should I use?

On Sunday morning, you may enter the building through any of the doors on Pine, Third, or South Streets.

What should I wear?

You are welcome to come dressed as you like! Many of our faith community dress “business casual” on Sundays, but there is no dress code and everyone is welcome. The important thing is to join us!

Is the church accessible?

Yes, it is. There is a ramp and a door on Third Street for those who are physically challenged and an elevator to each floor.

Where do I park?

On Sunday mornings, parking is free on the streets around the church. The South Street Parking Garage is also open at no cost to you on Sundays.

Worship

How long is the service?

Our worship lasts a little over an hour.

What is the worship service like?

Our service is a warm and welcoming traditional worship service that is full of great music. Sermons are based on the Bible. We sing a diversity of hymns. Our choir provides an outstanding and diverse repertoire of anthems that are appealing to all people. Organ, piano, handbells, and other instruments are also used to enhance our musical worship of God. A unique feature of our worship is that we celebrate Holy Communion every Sunday.

What’s with the bread?

We give bread to visitors as a sign of hospitality and welcome.

What happens after worship?

We gather in the Gathering Place to enjoy fellowship at coffee hour.

Children

Is there a nursery?

Yes, we have a nursery every Sunday morning from 8:45 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.

Are children welcome in worship?

Certainly! We welcome all children in worship. Following the children’s message, children attend a special program called Wonder of Worship. They return to the sanctuary for the celebration of Holy Communion.

Can children take communion?

All baptized Christians are encouraged to take communion. On occasion, we provide instruction to parents and children about participating in communion.

Communion

How do you take communion?

On most Sundays, we pass trays and bread to the people while they are sitting in the pews. On the first Sunday of the month, we invite the congregation to come forward to receive the elements.

What if I can’t walk forward for communion?

One of our elders or deacons will bring it to you.

Do I have to take communion?

No, you may partake of the bread or juice as you feel led, or commune with God through prayer alone.

Membership

New Members classes are held regularly, providing those seeking membership an opportunity to learn more about their faith and about the church. For further information about membership, contact the church office or speak to one of the pastors after morning worship.

Pine Street Activities

Adult Education

We nurture our adults through regular church school classes, retreats, and interesting adult forums. The pastor also teaches a variety of Bible studies and also on contemporary issues.

Children and Youth

We nurture our children each week in a broadly graded church school class. Our junior and senior high students also gather for study and fellowship activities.

Musical Opportunities

The Handbell Ensemble rehearses on Wednesdays from 6:00-7:00 p.m. The Chancel Choir rehearses on Thursdays from 7:00-9:00 p.m. and warms up before worship at 9:15 a.m. on Sundays. The All-Church Orchestra rehearses seasonally on Sundays after church. All people of all skills and talents are welcome to participate in our musical ministries. The ensembles also engage in spiritual and theological education and fellowship outside of their musical duties.

Book Club

A group of women gather monthly to read contemporary novels and other books.

Architectural and Stained Glass Tours

Tours of our historic sanctuary are available upon request. E-mail office@pinestreet.org.

Men’s Breakfast

From September through May our men gather on the second Saturday of the month to enjoy a hearty breakfast and warm fellowship.

Deacon Ministry

Our deacons care for our homebound members through visits, flower delivery, and home communion. They also co-ordinate meals for those who have recently been hospitalized and assist in worship.

Dining Groups

Several times a year our Congregational Life Team co-ordinates dining groups that meet in members’ homes or at restaurants.

Shawl Ministry

Pine Street has an active group of knitters who create shawls for baptized infants, the hospitalized, and those who need special attention. This wonderful ministry extends the healing love of Christ to many people.

Pine Street maintains an extensive collection of historical artifacts, art, photos, documents, and more from throughout the church’s history. For more information or to schedule a tour, please contact the church historian through office@pinestreet.org.

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