Around the church for August 16, 2023

Richard Lawrence Funeral

A funeral for Richard Lawrence will be held on Wednesday, August 23, at Geigle Funeral Home (2100 Linglestown Road, Harrisburg, PA). Visitation will begin at 10:30 am, and the worship service will be held at 11:00 am. Please join the family as you are able to witness the resurrection and celebrate the life of one of our long-term visitors.


The Session has called a congregational meeting for Sunday, August 27 immediately following the conclusion of worship. This purpose of this meeting is to vote on a slate of at-large members for the 2024 Congregational Nominating Committee. Please plan to attend the meeting as you are able

Café Conversations

Join us in the Fellowship Hall beginning Sunday, August 20, at 9 am

Sunday August 20 Lunch

Please join us for lunch after church at Black n Bleu, 6108 Carlisle Pike, Mechanicsburg, PA 17050. Please RSVP to Betty Rader no later than Thursday, August 17th. You may text or call to RSVP at 717-579-1766.

3rd In the Burg

This Friday is 3rd in the Burg, 6:00 pm-8:30pm
Opening wine and cheese reception for our new artwork featuring Brad Gebhart  multi-media artist and DDB’s Director of Development  and  the talented photographer Mary Eileen Carson. Music by our own Tim Lupia, singer/songwriter, 7:00 pm-8:00 pm. Bring a friend and engage with our community!

Summer Update at Downtown Daily Bread: A Heartfelt Thank You to Our PSPC Neighbors

As the sun shines brighter and the days grow longer, Downtown Daily Bread is buzzing with activity and positive change. We are thrilled to share our exciting summer updates and extend our heartfelt gratitude to the incredible volunteers and neighbors who make it possible.
128 New Clients and Counting!
Since June, Downtown Daily Bread has welcomed 128 new clients into our drop-in shelter and services. These individuals come to us seeking nourishment, support, and a sense of belonging. Thanks to the dedication of our team and the generosity of our supporters, we’ve been able to extend a helping hand to even more people in need. Each new face is a reminder of the impact we’re making, and we’re committed to continuing this essential work throughout the summer and beyond.
A Warm Thank You to Our Volunteers
At the heart of Downtown Daily Bread’s success are our devoted volunteers. Their time, energy, and compassion create a safe and welcoming environment for our clients. Our volunteers play an invaluable role in transforming lives. As we navigate through these times of service, we want to extend our deepest gratitude to each volunteer from PSPC who dedicates their time and generous donations to make a difference.
How Can PSPC get involved?
We would love to welcome more volunteers as PSPC serves every 4th Monday of the month. There are opportunities to help in our clothing closet,purchasing items off our Amazon wish list, as well as outreach to the community. If you are interested in any of these or would like to take a tour of DDB with Corrie, please email us at [email protected]. We also appreciate your prayers as we continue to serve the unsheltered and hungry of our community.

Thriving Together: Congregations for Racial Justice presents a Conversation with Robert P. Jones, the award-winning author of White too Long and The Death of White Christian America

Free and Open to the Public September 9, 7:00 pm
Wesley Union AME Zion Church
2219 N. 5th St., Harrisburg


Our MAPS 2023-2024 Concert Series is all set. You’ll receive a letter and the brochure with concert descriptions toward the end of August. In the meantime, please mark your calendars for the following dates. It’s going to be a great series!

September 24th  Svyati Duo – 4:00 pm
October 29th  Organist Eric Plutz – 4:00 pm
December 10th Lessons and Carols – 4:00 pm
March 10th John Stoudt, trumpet, and Joseph Garrison, organ – 4:00 pm
April 14th  Pine Street Chancel Choir Concert – 4:00 pm
May 5th Nathan Laube, organ – 4:00 pm
May 12th Messiah University Concert Choir – 4:00 pm

When one volunteer opportunity door closes, another one opens…..

First of all, thank you from the Engaging Our Neighbor Committee to all of you who expressed interest in and diligently worked on and obtained clearances and training for our Children’s Lunch Program. Over almost a 4-week period, we only had 7 children, so the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank called a halt to the food delivery. At that time, we took down our banner from the ramp railing and posted a sign on the ramp door informing anyone who might come to the church that the program had ended. Also, a big thank you to DDB’s Executive Director and staff who supported this endeavor by manning our kitchen, supplying the banner, and providing parking tickets.

Moving on and please note members’ clearances are on file in the church office and ready to be put into action for this next volunteer opportunity. And this time, children will be provided!  Camp Curtin Academy would welcome tutors at their school during school hours.  The school is located in the uptown area on the corners of Sixth and Division Streets.  Ample parking is on the side of the school where tutors would enter.  Stay tuned for more information and updates.

🎵 Calling All Musical Instruments 🎵

It started with Beth Alwine wanting to pass along her guitar to some appreciative person. Gia Johnson at Camp Curtin Academy approached the music teachers there, who were thrilled to take it off her hands.  Ms. Johnson informed us the teachers would be happy to receive any instruments someone would like to donate.
The Mission Committee will “orchestrate” the pickup and delivery process.

August Giving Barrel- Camp Curtin Academy

Given the needs of this school and our commitment to its children’s education, the Mission Committee has again dedicated our Giving Barrel to Camp Curtin Academy. This month, we would like to fill the barrel with backpacks and school supplies for the students. On a designated Sunday this month, the Committee will place the backpacks at the front of the church to be blessed.  The donations of clothing and school supplies will then be delivered to Camp Curtin to be handed out to those children in need. Future updates to this endeavor will be provided along the way.

If anyone has any questions or needs help shopping, please contact Alicelyn Sleber at 717/ 514-1201 or 652-7990.

Below, please find a list of school supplies suggested by Gia Johnson, a social worker at the school. Also, please remember this is a Middle School-age student population: Backpacks, lead pencils, erasers, pencil-top erasers, ink pens, colored pencil sets, hand sanitizers, ring binders, pocket folders, spiral notebooks, colored markers.
And as Gia Johnson indicated when she sent this list, “Thank you for everything!”.

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

Friday, August 18– 3rd in the Burg with music by Tim Lupia and showing Brad Gebhart and Mary Eileen Carson’s art
Sunday, August 20 -12th Sunday after Pentecost- 10:00 am Worship, Rev. Matt Drumheller Preaching
Sunday, August 27 – 13th Sunday after Pentecost – 10:00 am Worship, Rev. Matt Drumheller Preaching
Monday, Sept 4- Labor Day Holiday- office closed
Sunday, Sept 10– Rally Day
Sun, Sept 17– Woofstock 11 am- 5 pm at Riverfront Park