Around the Church for February 23,2022

Lenten Breakfast – Sunday March 6, 8:45 am
The Lenten Breakfast will return this year! Our favorite cooks, Mike and Suzanne Hogarth, will be whipping up light and fluffy pancakes, savory sausage, and yummy fruit compote. A Signup sheet is available at the Welcome Center, or call the church office to register. A donation will be taken at the breakfast to help cover the cost.

Ash Wednesday – March 2
Next Wednesday, we will be holding an Ash Wednesday service at 7pm. The service will be in peson and also livestreamed to our website and Facebook.

Wednesday Adult Forum TONIGHT at 7pm via Zoom
The current 3-week Adult Forum series will be exploring racial justice..

This teach-in series equips folks with the tools to begin engaging the difficult work of uncovering systems of power, domination, and oppression at work within us all. In our three-part series, we address the ways in which systemic racism and white supremacy function, how to address internalized dominance and white fragility, and how to take action in our congregations and communities to decenter whiteness and integrate racial justice tactics in our ministries.
Tonight we will:
• Distinguish between decentering whiteness and white silence
• Discuss the ways white supremacy appears in spaces even when no white people are present
• Offer a theological praxis for working to dismantle systems that uphold white supremacy and division.
The Zoom link for the series is: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/94544371015

Meeting ID: 945 4437 1015

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WOW – Wonders of Worship Children’s Church begins MARCH 6
Children in grades 3 and below are invited to the Wonders of Worship program on Sundays right after the children’s message. Children will be lead in a worship experience in the Sunday School area while the adults listen to the sermon upstairs. Children will rejoin their families for communion.

Pine Street Goes Wild!
Engaging Our Neighbors Team has exciting news! Pine Street has been accepted as a participant in the Art in the Wild-The Outdoor Environmental Art Exhibit at Wildwood Park for 2022!
Art installations will be along the walking trail from April 3 to Sept 30, 2022. The overall theme is ” Sunlight and Shadows.
Pine Street’s art work will involve making wind chimes and mobiles out of natural materials.
What would Sunlight and Shadows “sound” like?
Our Title is: ” Shimmering Sunlight and Soft Shadow Sounds”
We need YOUR help in collecting Natural Materials such as : Pine cones, Feathers(do not hurt any birds in the process😀, anyone have chickens or other birds?), interesting pieces of branches, twigs, sea shells,(ones with holes really helpful), dead grapevine or other dead woody vine. We are NOT permitted to use invasive plant materials, seeds, seed heads. Also, he items must withstand 6 months of outdoor exposure.
Bring your” found treasures” to church the next 2 Sundays and place the bags in the plastic bins in the Gathering Space. Plan to stay after church Sunday March 6 to help string together some of these items. There might be some painting involved so bring clothing that can get a little messy.
Be a part of Creating Something Together…and we don’t exactly know how it will end up…. it is a creative work in progress. Just Like Us!
If you have questions, ideas contact Elder Beth Alwine by phone at (717) 877-9904
Or email Beth at [email protected]

Save the date!
Beginning March 20 and running through March 27, the transition team will provide three opportunities for members to participate in discussion focused on the search for our next called pastor. Please plan to attend one or all three. March 20 and 27 talks will be held in the fellowship hall immediately following service. The talk on Wednesday, March 23 will be held at 7pm via Zoom. Look for more information in future Around the Church Newsletters.

The Reverend Carl Rosenblum Memorial Service
On March 19th, there will be a Memorial Service for Carl Rosenblum at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Northampton. There will be a livestream on Facebook as a safer option for those not travelling at this time. To stream visit the church’s Facebook home page on 3/19 at 11am
https://www.facebook.com/stjohnsnorthampton

All the information is available in dad’s obituary in our local paper:

https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/gazettenet/name/carl-rosenblum-obituary?id=33092365

Anyone planning to travel is warmly invited. With the safety of our community in mind, we may offer an outdoor only coffee hour as Covid safety protocols and New England weather allow.
If anyone would like to make a gift in memory of Carl, below are two charities that were meaningful to him and reflect his life and work. During his tenure as pastor of Broadway Presbyterian Church, Carl devoted much energy to supporting and growing the church’s Community Lunch Program. Those efforts are carried on today by Broadway Community:
https://broadwaycommunity.org/how-to-help/donate
After his move to Northampton, MA, Carl continued to support food access at Manna Community Kitchen, whose head chef, Lee Anderson, became a valued friend:

Donate


With kind regards,
Karen Bayne, Heather Maynard, and Jenni Haley

Current COVID Procedure
We plan to continue in person worship, and encourage continued fellowship with masks before and after the service even though the food and beverage portion of Fellowship Hour is temporarily suspended. In addition, staff will have signs placed at entrances asking those entering the building to “Please wear a mask”. Masks are being made available to anyone who wishes to enter but does not have one. Daily new COVID infections are averaging around 2,985 across Pennsylvania.

Dates for your Calendar
Wednesday, February 23 – 7:00 pm Adult Forum via Zoom – Social Justice teach-in week three
Sunday, February 27 – 8:45 am Sunday School | 10:00 am Worship – Matt Drumheller Preaching
Wednesday, March 2 – 7:00 pm Ash Wednesday service, in-person and online.
Sunday, March 6 – 8:45 am Lenten Breakfast | 10:00 am Worship – Matt Drumheller Preaching – Wonder of Worship children’s church available for children 3rd grade and below, Heather Sigler leading | 11:45 am Art in the Wild
Wednesday, March 9 – 7:00 pm Adult Forum via Zoom – Grace and Gratitude hosted by Matt Drumheller
Saturday, March 12 – 2pm Mansfield/Mangieri Wedding
Sunday, March 13 – 8:45 am Sunday School | 10:00 am Worship – Matt Drumheller Preaching – Wonder of Worship children’s church available for children 3rd grade and below, Jennifer Gardner leading
Wednesday, March 16 -7:00 pm Adult Forum via Zoom – Grace and Gratitude hosted by Matt Drumheller
Sunday, March 20 – 8:45 am Sunday School | 10:00 am Worship – Matt Drumheller Preaching – Wonder of Worship children’s church available for children ages 3rd grade and below, Lisa Milletics leading | 11:45 am First of Three “Table Talks” by Transition Team
Wednesday, March 23 -7:00 pm Second of Three “Table Talks” by Transition Team. Online Only
Sunday, March 27 – 8:45 am Sunday School | 10:00 am Worship – Matt Drumheller Preaching – Wonder of Worship children’s church available for children ages 3rd grade and below, Marna Holt leading | 11:45 am Last of Three “Table Talks” by Transition Team
Wednesday, March 30 -7:00 pm Adult Forum via Zoom – Grace and Gratitude hosted by Matt Drumheller

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