Around the Church for April 5, 2023

Holy Week Schedule
Monday-Thursday, April 2-6 — 11:30 am-1:00 pm, Chapel open for prayer and meditation
Thursday, April 6 — 7:30 pm, Maundy Thursday service in person and online
Friday, April 7 — 12:00 pm, Cross Walk starting at Grace United Methodist Church | 7:30 pm, Good Friday service in person and online
Sunday, April 9 — 6:30 am Sunrise Service at Kunkel Plaza, Front Street | 10:00 am Easter Worship in person and online

2023 Cross Walk-Friday, April 7

We will be joining with St. Stephens Episcopal Church and Grace United Methodist Church for a noontime stations-of-the-cross walk. If you would like to walk with us, please meet at the Grace United Methodist Church at 216 State Street by 11:45 am.

One Great Hour of Sharing
We will be collecting the One Great Hour of Sharing offering on Easter Sunday, April 9. It is the single biggest way Presbyterians from all over the world come together to work for a better world.

The offering is distributed to three programs: The Presbyterian Hunger Program, which works to alleviate hunger, care for creation, and eradicate the systemic causes of poverty so all may be fed; The Presbyterian Disaster Assistance program, which works alongside communities as they recover from natural or human-caused disasters and also supports refugees; And the Self-Development of People program, which works with low-income communities to overcome oppression, poverty, and injustice, and educates Presbyterians about the impact of these issues.

Please be part of doing God’s work by giving generously this Sunday.

Notes from Session
The Session of Pine Street met for their regular monthly meeting on Monday, March 27, 2023.

Treasurer Joan Hays reported that members generously contributed to the initial offering and have contributed $4,300 to the hymnal replacement fund. These funds will purchase 240 new hymnals.

The Trustees report that work is starting on the Boyd Building to repair the damage from the burst hot water heater that flooded the basement several months ago.

Session approved the use of the church for a children’s diabetic support group, which will start meeting on April 6 and will meet the first Thursday of each month. Because of the nature of the group, Session decided to waive fees for the use of the church.

Elders Amy Chick, Elyse Rogers and Bob Kerr will be Pine Street commissioners to a called Presbytery meeting on April 18 to vote on 33 proposed amendments to the Book of Order.

Rev. Drumheller announced that there will be an officer’s retreat on May 5 and 6 for members of all the boards. It will start on Friday evening and continue on Saturday morning. Additional details will be coming.

A new members class will be held around April 18. Several people have expressed interest in joining Pine Street.

The Nominating Committee is working to fill the necessary positions on the three boards. On behalf of the Session, I would like to encourage all members to prayerfully consider serving on a board if you are asked.

The next meeting of the Session will be on April 24 at 7:00 pm.

Pine Street Walkers First Spring Walk!
On April 16 we will be going to Schiavoni Park and Hummel Nature Trail to see the Bluebells. They are gorgeous! We will be meeting at 1:00 pm. From Harrisburg take Rte. 83 North to 322 East. Proceed to the Hummelstown/Middletown exit. Take a left and go into Hummelstown. Proceed to the next light and go left again. Follow through Hummelstown to the edge of town. Look for the sign to Hummel Nature Trail on the right. Drive into the parking lot. Get your hiking shoes on and follow Jennifer Gardner onto the trail. Go to the left along the Swatara River Creek. Then you will see a big field of Bluebells on both sides! So pretty! Then we will get back into our cars to Schiavoni Park. At the edge of the road make a right, go over the bridge and turn right into Schiavoni Park. Go into the parking lot, park and proceed to the blacktop trail. You have a choice of going on .4 length trail or .8. We will go right on the .8 trail. It goes in a loop along the Swatara Creek. You can RSVP to Jennifer by emailing [email protected] We look forward to seeing you there!!

NEW! Adult Forum Series
Wednesday Evenings 7:30 pm via Zoom

Facilitator Dr. Susan McLaughlin

Good Neighbors: Engaging a diverse community as the church.

Cultural differences can (and should!) be utilized as a resource to engage, strengthen, and grow diverse church communities. Discover what’s next after building relationships and move beyond being’
“culturally responsive.” The culturally engaging framework- which mirrors Christ’s teachings-emerged from Dr. McLaughlin’s dissertation and won the Mensa Copper Black Award for Creative Achievement in 2017.

Wed April 12 : Session 1: Learning to talk about Diversity and Inclusion more comfortably.
Wed April 19 : Session 2: Taking a look at ourselves as a community. What message are we trying to send? What message are we sending? Do they match?
Wed April 26 : Session 3: Conversations about challenge and change.

Please join us by ZOOM for this series. Wed Evenings 7:30 pm- 8:30 pm. All are Welcome!

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April Giving Barrel Opportunity
Throughout April, we will support the nonprofit organization, The Urban Regenerative Farm, Inc., run by Kerry MacDearmid, our Office Administrator.

TURF, Inc. is a community service organization that seeks to develop community gardens throughout Harrisburg in order to grow food for the community and teach residents how to provide for themselves. Last year, Kerry and her organization designed and installed the Giant Bleacher Garden at the old Bishop McDevitt High School and donated over 2,000 pounds of fresh produce to the community. This year they have projects planned for the Boys & Girls club of Harrisburg locations on Berryhill Street and Hall Manor, the community center on Walnut Street, and the new green space on Swatara Street.

A List of items needed can be found on the organization website:
A contribution form and box for monetary donations can be found at the welcome center.
Items which can be placed in or near the giving barrel include hand tools (rakes, shovels, weeders, trowels, 5-gallon buckets, etc.), gardening gloves for adults and children, and notebooks to be used as field journals.
Larger items such as lumber and soil can be donated by coordinating a drop-off with Kerry by emailing her at [email protected].

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: 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
Monday-Thursday, April 3-6 — 11:30 am-1:00 pm Chapel open for quiet reflection and Prayer
Thursday, April 6 — 7:30 pm Maundy Thursday worship service in person and online
Friday, April 7 — 7:30 pm Good Friday worship service in person and online
Sunday, April 9 — Easter Sunday — 6:30 am Sunrise Service at Kunkel Plaza — 10:00 am Worship, Rev. Matt Drumheller Preaching
Tuesday, April 11 — 7:00 pm MAPS concert — International concert organist, Lorento Aramendi
Wednesday, April 12 — 7:00 pm Adult Forum via Zoom — Facilitator, Dr. Susan McLaughlin
Sunday, April 16 — Second Sunday of Easter —8:45 am Sunday School — 9:00 am Café conversations and Bible Study — 10:00 am Worship, Rev. Matt Drumheller Preaching