Around the Church for April 21, 2022

Michelle Ortega

Thank you for Your Service, Michelle!
Michelle has accepted a full-time position at Downtown Daily Bread and will be starting on April 25th, so please plan to attend the Coffee Fellowship after church on April 24th to wish Michelle Ortega, our custodian and friend, your best wishes as this will be her last day with us. At that time, the church will be giving Michelle a monetary gift as a warm thank you for a job well done. If you would like to contribute to this gift, you may send your check to Steve Messner.

We hope many of you will be able to join us to wish Michelle well.

Annual Meeting of the Congregation and Corporation
Session has scheduled the Annual Meeting of the Congregation for May 1, 2022, immediately after the end of worship. Please plan on staying a little later than usual to participate in electing officers for the coming term and other business affecting our Pine Street community!

ArtsFest and 3rd in the Burg
Pine Street’s Engaging Our Neighbors Team has some exciting news! Our proposal for Pine Street to once again be part of Harrisburg’s well-loved ArtsFest celebration has been accepted!

This year, our booth will be located in the KidsFest section of the art festival and will offer children an engaging watercolor painting opportunity! Every young artist who participates in Pine Street’s activity will be invited to create a 6×6 inch watercolor painting they make with brushes and stamps. Each artist will be given watercolor paper with a waterproof drawing of a dragonfly with foliage to which dragonflies are attracted. Or, if the artists prefer, they may use blank watercolor paper to paint a unique piece of art. After finishing their painting, the young artists will each receive a colorful badge they can wear, which identifies them as an “ArtsFest 2022 Artist” and includes the words – “Sponsored with Love, Pine Street Presbyterian Church.

While at Pine Street’s booth, artists will also be encouraged to work on a collaborative 22 x 30-inch watercolor painting of the Susquehanna River which, when finished, will be on display at Pine Street’s Gathering Area in time for the June 17 “Third in the Burg” celebration of Harrisburg’s arts and cultural scene! The young artists, their families, and friends will be invited to enjoy refreshments, see the collaborative painting and other pieces of art by local artists!

As a follow-up to ArtsFest and June 17th’s Third in the Burg event, all interested children will be invited to a free watercolor class held at Pine Street later this summer. In the class, children will learn about and practice different techniques to add texture while painting with watercolors.

To help make this happen, the Engaging Our Neighbors Team needs your help in the booth during ArtsFest providing supplies such as paper towels, used button-down shirts the children can wear as “art smocks,” etc. Sign-up sheets can be found in the Gathering Area. We look forward to as many people as possible becoming involved with this event!

For more information, please contact Alicelyn Sleber or Stevi Sharp.

These Shoes Are Really Multiplyin’
The Extending God’s Love Team thanks you sincerely for the wonderful response to the April Shoe Drive.

There is still one week left to fill the collection barrel with new and gently used shoes for our mission partner, Mission Central. Any kind of footwear is welcome if still usable. Be sure the pair is fastened by laces or even strong rubber bands.

Summer Food Program
Pine Street’s Engaging Our Neighbors team is excited to share that all volunteer time slots have been filled! Many thanks to all who have volunteered to help with the Summer Food Program!

For volunteers who have not yet completed the required self-reported required background checks, please see Alicelyn Sleber or Stevi Sharp following this Sunday’s Church service in the Gathering Area. They will provide you with written instructions regarding completing the checks. Thank you!

Current COVID Procedure
Pine Street Presbyterian Church will follow CDC guidelines to ease masking requirements and allow in-person gatherings, including food. While Dauphin and Cumberland Counties are in the low or medium community levels (according to the CDC’s “COVID-19 by County” page found at
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/covid-by-county.html). Masks will be optional for all Pine Street events, including worship. Session and staff will monitor the community levels and change health and safety guidelines if the local counties are high. Worshipers are welcome to wear masks if that helps them feel comfortable in worship.

Dates for your Calendar
Sunday, April 24 – 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, leading | 4:00 pm Organist Scott Dettra | 7:00 pm Book Club via Zoom
Sunday, May 1 – 8:45 am Sunday school | 10:00 am Worship – Heather Sigler Preaching – Wonder of Worship children’s church available for children ages 3rd grade and below, Marna Holt leading – Congregational Meeting following worship

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