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9.21.17

Thurs.

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

9.24.17

Sun.

  • Adult Forum – Fellowship Hall
  • Worship Word & Sacrament
  • Called Session Meeting – Fellowship Hall

9.25.17

Mon.

  • Life Skills – Boyd (ALC Computer Center)
  • Adult Learning Center

9.26.17

Tues.

  • Staff Worship
  • Staff Meeting
  • Life Skills – Boyd (ALC Computer Center)
  • Adult Learning Center
  • Presbytery Meeting – Falling Spring, Chambersburg

9.27.17

Wed.

  • Life Skills – Boyd (ALC Computer Center)
  • DDB Staff Meeting – Boyd
  • Adult Learning Center
  • Handbell Ensemble Rehearsal
  • Wednesday with John Ricca – Terrorism & Nuclear Security Issues – Fellowship Hall

9.28.17

Thurs.

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

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.

October 1, 2017, October 8, 2017, and October 15, 2017

Adult Forum – Decoding ‘The Da Vinci Code’

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

Dan Brown’s popular book, The Da Vinci Code, was a publishing phenomenon several years ago. An exciting thriller, the book proposes several conspiracies based on church history. What’s truth and what’s fiction? Did the Emperor Constantine compile the Bible? Was Jesus married? Was Jesus divine? Did the church conspire to hide the truth? What you’ll get out of this forum is a ride through church history and the real basis of our beliefs. Purchase your own copy of The Da Vinci Code at the Welcome Center at the church.

October 05

DDB Fundraiser – ‘An Iliad’ – Production of True North Theatre (performing at DDB)

A fundraiser to benefit DDB. ‘An Iliad’ a production of True North Theatre – performing at DDB.

October 16, 2017, October 17, 2017, October 18, 2017, October 19, 2017, and October 20, 2017

Downtown Daily Bread Open House Tours

Please join us for our Open House Week if you would like to learn how YOU can help. Tours of Downtown Daily Bread will take place October 16-20, at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. A breakfast will be on October 21 at 9:00 a.m.

October 22, 2017, October 29, 2017, and November 5, 2017

Adult Forum – Rendering to Caesar: Christ, Culture, and Public Life

Dr. Dean C. Curry, Professor of Politics, Messiah College 

For two thousand years Christians have wrestled with the dilemma of what it means to be “in the world but not of the world.” In this three-part series, we will examine the different ways Christians have understood what it means to be a citizen of God’s kingdom as well as a citizen of the world. We will also see why a faithful presence in the world requires that we not remain silent about the connection between our most deeply held beliefs and the common good. Related issues to be explored include: the connection between Christianity and democracy, the blessing and limits of politics, the right and wrong way for individual believers and the Church to engage public life. Dr. Curry’s published writings include books and articles addressing issues related to global politics, war and peace, religion and public life, and  …  Wilt Chamberlain.

November 12

Adult 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 18

Introduction to the Enneagram

The enneagram is an ancient system that can help us understand human behavior. Having been used by spiritual guides for over 2000 years, this system describes nine personality styles with many variations. Although it is first and foremost a journey of self-discovery, learning this model can also increase understanding and harmony in our family relationships and with our work colleagues. It explores what motivates us, what we tend to avoid, how we react to stress, and when we are at our best. It challenges us, shows us our strengths and weaknesses, and offers a path for personal and spiritual growth.

Our presenters for this workshop are Ellen Kanagy, LCSW, and Rhonda Myers, LPC. Both are therapists at Samaritan Counseling Center in Lancaster, PA. Both have studied and learned from the enneagram for many years and found it to be a helpful tool personally and relationally. Ellen is also a former staff member of Kairos: School of Spiritual formation in Wernersville, PA, and a certified spiritual director through Kairos.

There is a $15.00 charge for the workshop. Register at the Welcome Center, or e-mail the church at office@pinestreet.org. Mail your check to Pine Street and annotate it “Enneagram Workshop.”

November 19

Adult Forum – Policing in Harrisburg

Thomas Carter, Harrisburg Police Chief

Chief Carter will share with us his vision of compassion and policing in our city.

November 26

Adult 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.

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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