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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.

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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