Around the Church for January 11, 2023

Thank you!!
Giving Tree 2022 has come and gone and, as always, you all came through in a big way. Here are pictures of the gifts for the Camp Curtin children as well as a hefty donation to the Bethesda Women and Children’s library.
The International Service Center (ISC) received $1,155 in checks and $565 in Giant gift cards. HELP Ministries received $745, and DDB, which wasn’t even on the list, received $50.00. Finally, Presbyterian Apartments residents and DDB clients were the lucky recipients of dozens and dozens of homemade cookies. Everyone who participated — a big, heart-felt THANK YOU!!

Speaking of thank-you’s, we thought you might enjoy this picture of a freezer stuffed with ‘thank you’ Cranberry Orange loaves made by the Mission Committee that were given out on Christmas Day.

Another Thank you!
Betty Rader would like to thank everyone for the many cards and Happy Birthday texts that she received for her 80th birthday but most especially for the wonderful surprise lunch that was shared by so many of us. Betty was impressed by the number of people who all worked together to keep it a secret and pull off such an elaborate scheme. Well done, everyone!!

Pine Street Book Club will meet on January 15 at 7 PM
via Zoom.
Lauren Logan will review The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich. All are welcome. Follow the Zoom link below to join us.

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DDB Needs your Pants!
DDB is in urgent need of men’s warm pants (i.e., jeans), sweatpants, and long underwear. If you or anyone you know has some you can spare, please bring them to church on Sunday. A collection box for the items will be in the Gathering Area next to the Giving Barrel. Thank you!

NOTE: There will be a congregational meeting on Sunday, January 22 after worship to discuss the 2023 budget, our stewardship campaign, and the initial offering. Please plan to stay for this important meeting.

Join us this Sunday, January 15, 2023, after worship at 11:30am in the Fellowship Hall for the first of a 3-part series facilitated by Dr. Michael Cosby entitled: “How Jesus’s Parables Function Like Jokes”.
Knowledge of Jesus’s culture reveals how the end of the parable is often like the punch line of a good joke — taking the audience off guard and turning their expectations upside down. Mike will return on Sunday, February 5 for part 2 and February 12 for part 3.

January 15: Dr. Mike Cosby: Parables: Luke 10:25-37: No such thing as a Good Samaritan! (11:30 am Fellowship Hall hybrid)

January 22: Joseph Garrison: Music in and as worship (11:30 am meet in choir room in person only)

January 29: Pastor Kevin Long: A Christian Response to the Climate Catastrophe (11:30 am Fellowship Hall hybrid)

February 5: Dr. Mike Cosby: Parables: Luke 14: Don’t Invite your Friends to Dinner! (11:30 am Fellowship Hall hybrid)

February 12: Dr. Mike Cosby: Parables: Luke 15: Turning Expectations Upside Down! (11:30 am Fellowship Hall hybrid)

February 19: Rev Nancy Reinert and Debbie Hough: Presbyterian Education Board ministering in Pakistan. (11:30 am Fellowship Hall hybrid).

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January’s Giving Barrel
This month’s Giving Barrel mission activity, collecting non-perishable food items for the Ecumenical Food Pantry, will continue through Sunday, January 29. The most desired non-perishable foods include:

Canned: Fruits, beans, meats (tuna, stew, etc.), peanut butter, soups, pasta sauce, tomatoes, vegetables, baby food.

Packaged Items: Cereal, crackers, macaroni & cheese, powdered milk, puddings/Jello, ramen noodles, rice, pasta and baby formula.

Other Appreciated Items: Coffee, pancake and cake mixes and other non-food items personal care items including – soap, shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant, and feminine hygiene products.

For more, please contact a mission team member. Thank you!

Matt will be out of town next week from Wednesday, January 18 to Saturday, January 21. While he is gone, Sally Songy and Becky Cotich will serve as Elders-on-Call. If there are any emergent pastoral care needs that arise in this time frame, please direct them to Sally and Becky Cotich using the contact information found in the church directory.

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, January 15 — Baptism 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 — Michael Cosby, moderator
Sunday, January 22 — 3rd Sunday after Epiphany — 8:45 am Sunday School — 9:00 am Café conversations and Bible Study — 10:00 am Worship, Rev. Matt Drumheller Preaching — Congregational meeting after worship | 11:30 am Adult Forum in person and via Zoom — Joseph Garrison, moderator
Friday, January 20 — 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm 3rd in the Burg — Music with Kevin Neidig, singer/songwriter/guitarist, and artwork by Jamie Fahnestock and Charles Nastav.
Sunday, January 29 — 4th Sunday after Epiphany/Initial Offering Sunday — 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 — Kevin Long, moderator | 4:00 pm MAPS concert, New York Polyphony