Around the Church for December 29, 2021

Time to UN-Decorate the Church!
Please join us this Sunday, January 2nd after morning service to pack up and put away the Christmas decorations. Many hands make light work so please plan to stay a few extra minutes and help.

Year-End Contributions
All contributions for 2021 must be received in the church office on or before December 31 (or be postmarked on or before that date). All 2021 contributions will appear on your final annual Contribution Statement for 2021 tax purposes, which will be mailed in January 2022.

Card Shower for Pastor Matt
We would like to extend a warm welcome to Pastor Matt Drumheller on January 3rd by showering him with our warm thoughts and greetings! If you would like to participate please drop a card into the offering plate this Sunday, January 2nd or mail them to the church office. We will place the cards on Matt’s desk so he gets them on his first day!

Krazy Kinfolk Zoom Pop-Up Bible Study
With many congregations in pastoral transitions, we’ve heard your desire for spiritual nourishment and the companionship of opening the Word in Christian community. We know many of you have enjoyed connecting across congregations, thanks to the marvels of Zoom. So, we are pleased to offer a Pop-up Bible Study, Thursday mornings, January 13 to February 24, 2022, 9:00 – 10:30 AM, on Zoom. Taught by Debbie Hough and Katy Yates Brungraber, this study is bound to brighten your bleak midwinter! For more information about the study, click here. To register, email [email protected] by January 6th.

Loving our Neighbors in Practical Ways
THANK YOU to all who have provided donations for our new Afghan neighbors. Refugee families arriving in Harrisburg have left behind their homeland and all they own to start new lives here where they are safe. They’ve immediately needed and used your gifts of warm clothing and money.
The need for your help continues. The priority need is for funds to help refugees who have found housing with rent and to buy mattresses. Gift cards for Giant food stores are also incredibly helpful as they will enable our new neighbors to buy their own groceries. These are important supports toward self sufficiency.

Gift cards and checks made payable to the International Service Center with “Afghan resettlement” on the memo line can be left at the church for delivery to the agency. Please drop them in the offering plate on Sundays through January. Alternatively, gifts can be sent to the church office.  Your care and generosity extend God’s love to the newest members of our community.

Your Photos Wanted
Our Pine Street website will soon include a photo gallery so that visitors to the site can get a better idea of who we are! If you have photos of Pine Street events that you would like to share, please email them to [email protected] Don’t worry if they are not “picture perfect” we can edit them for presentation.

Notice from Carlisle Presbytery: Lend-A-Hand Work Resumes!
Together, we share God’s love with those whose lives have been disrupted by disaster. After a COVID-induced hiatus, this fall twelve volunteers travelled with Lend-A-Hand to New Bern, NC. The group helped repair occupied homes damaged by Hurricanes Mathew (2016) and Florence (2018). Thanks to the prayers and support of the presbytery, repairs were made on 4 homes in the areas of a kitchen, a bathroom, flooring, a deck, and furnace repair.
Lend-A-Hand’s next service opportunity in New Bern is scheduled for January 16-22, 2022. Cost is $175, which includes room, board, and transportation. For a trip application, to make a donation, or for more information go to www.lendahand.net or call 717-731-8888.

Dates for your Calendar
Friday, December 31 – Church Office – Closed
Sunday, January 2 – 8:45 am Sunday School – 10:00 am Worship, The Rev. Heather Sigler, Preaching – Please help us UN-decorate the church after the service.
Sunday, January 9 – 8:45 am Sunday School – 10:00 am Worship, The Rev. Matthew Drumheller, Preaching – Meet and Greet at fellowship hour following the service.

Updated COVID-19 Statement
We would like to thank Pine Street worshipers for their diligent compliance with guidelines that recommend masks and social distancing regardless of vaccination status in all indoor areas in communities in which there is a substantial or high COVID-19 transmission rate. Session continues to ask worshipers to comply with these guidelines in consideration of the health and safety of everyone who worships with us. In our sanctuaries, among our choirs, in meeting rooms, with our children, wearing a mask provides protection, not only from COVID, but also from flu and other illness.

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