Around the Church for February 2, 2022


Dr. Eric Fung Concert Saturday, February 5 – 7:00 pm
(This replaces the Svyati Duo, who, because of Covid, can’t get a Visa to perform in the US.) Dr. Eric Fung is a Bach Prize Winner from the Johann Sebastian Bach Competition in Leipzig, Germany. The New York Times praised his pianism for being “mature, refined, and elegant.” A native of Hong Kong, Dr. Fung holds degrees in piano performance from the Eastman School of Music and The Juilliard School.

Musical Trip Planned for February 20 at 2pm
Betty Rader is planning a trip to the Theater Harrisburg performance of A Secret Garden at the Whitaker Center.

Orphaned in India, 11-year-old Mary Lennox returns to Yorkshire to live with her reclusive uncle Archibald, whose invalid son Colin has had to bear the guilt of his mother Lily’s death. When Mary discovers her Aunt Lily’s hidden garden, locked shut and overgrown with vines, Mary is determined to revive the beauty that once was. Surrounded by spirits from the past, who both warn and welcome her, Mary begins to peel away the layers of sadness that cover the estate, showing us the power that a single individual can have to bring light into darkness.

Please sign up at the welcome center or call the church office if you plan to attend. The cost is $30 per ticket.

Wednesday Adult Forum Resumes February 9 at 7pm via Zoom
Beginning February 9th and running for three weeks, Adult Forum will be exploring social justice in a three part video teach-in.

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.

On February 9th we will:
Define racism and white supremacy
Discuss the ways in which white supremacy shows up in our everyday contexts, and distinguish white supremacy from projected notions of racism
Connect the ways in which race and gender are linked, and why it is essential that conversations about gender are also conversations about racism.
The Zoom link for the series is:

Meeting ID: 945 4437 1015

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Last Chance for Women’s Retreat Sign-up
If you have not yet signed up for the women’s retreat at Camp Hebron, the deadline is fast approaching. Please bring your registration form, if you already have one, and the deposit of $100 this Sunday, February 6th and see Marna Holt. You may also call the church office to arrange sign-up no later than February 10 if you will not be attending in-person worship this Sunday.

This year’s study is entitled “What my Grandmothers Taught Me” and is based on the genealogy of Jesus as described in the book of Matthew. The study will be lead by the Rev. Sylvia Carlson and the Rev. Heather Sigler.

Donations for our Afghan Neighbors

Money for rent and Giant gift cards for food are the greatest needs at this moment. Checks made out to the International Services Center and gift cards can be dropped in the offering plate on Sunday or mailed to the church office and we will get them delivered.

Items that can be donated this Sunday are shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant, and diapers of all sizes. These items can be placed in the donation barrel by the welcome center. So that we do not end up creating an overabundance problem for the ICS, the Center is asking that we do not overwhelm them with industrial sized packages or cases of any of these items.

Thank you once again for your great willingness to help and support the strangers among us. If you need a donation letter, please notify the church office or affix the request to your donation.

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.

Dates for your Calendar
Saturday, February 5 – 7:00 pm Dr. Eric Fung Piano Concert
Sunday, February 6 – 8:45 am Sunday School | 10:00 am Worship – Rev. Matt Drumheller Preaching
Sunday, February 13 – 8:45 am Sunday School | 10:00 am Worship – Rev. Matt Drumheller Preaching
Friday, February 18 – 6:00 pm 3rd in the Burg – Artwork of Harry Spilker and Glenn Ginder | Live Music by Henry Koretzky
Saturday, February 19 – Beethoven Celebration *CANCELED*
Sunday, February 20 – 8:45 am Sunday School | 10:00 am Worship – Rev. Matt Drumheller Preaching

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