Around the Church for February 8, 2023

Updates From the PNC

The Pastoral Nominating Committee (PNC) has begun a new phase in the search for a pastor. The first phase was to complete the Ministry Information Form (MIF) that defines Pine Street’s mission and the characteristics of the pastor who will help us toward that mission. The MIF has been posted on the PC(USA) Church Leadership Connection (CLC), the search tool used by Presbyterian Churches and pastors across the country. An initial inquiry in the CLC system generated a substantial list of potential candidates that the committee has begun to review and discuss. The CLC system also provides the opportunity for pastors to refer themselves to churches in the search process. There is much information available to the PNC in the CLC system, including pastor resumes, links to sermons and church websites, and social media sites. All this information is invaluable to the committee in learning about candidates and their fitness for Pine Street.
Please continue to keep the Pastoral Nominating Committee in your prayers as we continue this journey toward new pastoral leadership at Pine Street.
If you have any questions about the Pastoral Nominating Committee, please do not hesitate to contact David Colestock. His contact information is in the church directory.
David Colestock, PNC Chair
Amy Chick, PNC Vice Chair
Jennifer Garman
Jay Himes
George Kunkle
Elyse Rogers
Isaiah Shu

Pastor Search Process Checklist
1. Interim Pastor called.
2. The Presbytery’s COM approves the formation of the PNC.
3. The Nominating Committee selects a PNC which is approved by the congregation.
4. A COM Liaison conducts orientation/training of the PNC.
5. The PNC creates a MIF.
6. The MIF is approved by the Session of the church and the COM to determine that it accurately reflects who the congregation is and the nature of the call.
7. The MIF is posted on the PC(USA) Church Leadership Connection.
8. The PNC reviews and interviews potential candidates. The COM meets with the candidates to determine if their skills and the church’s needs “fit.”
9. The PNC selects a final candidate and extends a call.
10. The PNC works with the Session to set a congregational meeting to vote on their recommendation.
11. The congregation votes on the candidate.
12. The new pastor is installed.

Thank You for Sharing!
Great job gathering non-perishable items in January to help the Ecumenical Food Pantry (EFP) continue its mission to help our neighbors who do not have enough to eat. In total, Pine Street members donated 260 pounds of food in January! Interested members can see the EFB’s note of gratitude hanging on the bulletin board next to the Welcome Center.


Matt will be out of town next week from Tuesday, February 14, through Saturday, February 18. If you have an immediate need, please call either Jane Hess or Nathan Garman. Their contact information can be found in the church directory or by calling the church office.

Ongoing Collections

Just a reminder that, no matter what month it is, we will continue collecting plastic grocery bags, newspaper sleeves, and plastic bottle caps to be made into park benches. Please remember to bring these in as we try to do our part as an Earth Care congregation (and as good individual stewards!) to recycle plastics into another usable form. The bins for bags and caps are by the Giving Barrel in the Gathering Place. Here are a few guidelines on the caps. No caps marked 1, 3, 6, or 7. Nothing larger than 8 inches in diameter. There are pictures on the bulletin board by the Welcome Center of OK and not OK caps.

Lenten Breakfast Signup
Our annual Lenten breakfast will be held on Sunday, February 26, at 8:45 am in Fellowship Hall. There is a signup sheet at the welcome desk. The Hogarths will be gracing us again this year with a delicious breakfast as a segue into the Lenten season.

February’s Giving Opportunity
February’s Giving Barrel highlights Camp Curtin Academy, with whom we are continuing to build an ongoing relationship. Social worker Gia Johnson reports that students who received gifts from our Giving Tree were beyond thrilled! The beautifully wrapped gifts were delivered to the school prior to their holiday break.

The Mission Committee is requesting donations of individual sizes of snacks and personal-sized hand sanitizers for the students at Camp Curtin. The snacks will be used for student after-school programs and support other incentive-based activities.

Mrs. Johnson asked that the small snacks not be candy or contain any nuts. Suggestions were pretzels, sandwich crackers, pop tarts, rice crispy treats, raisins, and small-sized cracker packets. These donations will support the school with its ongoing food insecurity and healthy living issues. Thank you in advance for your continued support of our church’s Giving Barrel!

Women’s Retreat 2023
This year’s theme is “God, The Master Gardener.” Please call Marna Holt or the church office with any questions or if you know of someone who would like to go but cannot afford it.

Adult Forum

Join us at 11:30 am on Sunday Mornings for Adult Forum throughout February.

February 12: Dr. Mike Cosby: Parables: Luke 15: Turning Expectations Upside Down! (Fellowship Hall hybrid)

February 19: Rev Nancy Reinert and Debbie Hough: Presbyterian Education Board ministering in Pakistan. (Fellowship Hall hybrid).

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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
Sunday, February 12 — 6th Sunday after Epiphany — 8:45 am Sunday School — 9:00 am Café conversations and Bible Study — 10:00 am Worship, Rev. Matt Drumheller Preaching | 11:30 am Adult Forum in person and via Zoom — led by Dr. Michael Cosby
Friday, February 17 — 3rd in the Burg — Gallery open from 6:30 pm-8:30 pm
Sunday, February 19 — Transfiguration of the Lord —8:45 am Sunday School — 9:00 am Café conversations and Bible Study — 10:00 am Worship, Rev. Matt Drumheller Preaching | 11:30 am Adult Forum in person and via Zoom — led by Rev. Nancy Reinert and Debbie Hough