Around the Church for January 12, 2022

Fellowship Hour Changes

Due to the rise in Covid cases in our community and with several positive cases among church members, we have decided to make some changes to the way we fellowship with one another after Sunday morning worship.

For the time being, we are going to suspend the coffee and snacks as to encourage mask wearing during fellowship time. Please stay after worship and visit with one another in the gathering place, and especially this Sunday as some of you have not had a chance to meet our new interim pastor, Matt.

Currently there are approximately 20,000 new confirmed cases of Covid daily across the state of Pennsylvania (data available here). With such high numbers we must do what we can to help protect one another.

Inclement Weather Instructions
As we found out last Sunday, winter is upon us. In order to more effectively disperse information to the congregation in the case of cancelation of in-person services, we have put the following procedures in place.

1) An email will be sent out Sunday morning by 7:30am with specific information and instructions.
2) A notice will be posted on the top of our web page.
3) A post with information will be pinned to the top of our Facebook page.
4) Any cancelations or changes of schedule will be posted at WHP-CBS21.

A Great Big Impact was Made by Pine Street
The Extending God’s Love Mission team sends a big Thank You to every Pine Street Member and Regular Attender who contributed to this year’s Giving Tree. Because of you, many people’s days are brighter and warmer. Here are the numbers:
19 people gave 40 gifts to the children at Bethesda Mission.
13 people contributed $1,470 to the International Services Center for the Afghan resettlement project. Their note to Pine Street can be viewed HERE.
11 people gave $1,185 to HELP Ministries for heating fuel assistance.
8 people baked dozens and dozens of cookies for DDB and the Presbyterian Apartments.
Many people donated funds to Bethesda Mission and DDB.
Thank you so much for your generosity!

Women’s Retreat Sign-up

If you have not yet signed up for the women’s retreat at Camp Hebron, a table will be set up in the Gathering Place for you to be able to do so this Sunday after worship. Please bring your registration form, if you already have one, and the deposit of $100.

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. For more information please contact Marna Holt at 717-732-9270.

To honor our own grandmothers and to include as many women as possible we are planning a cookbook of our grandmother’s recipes. All women in the congregation are invited to submit a recipe that has come to you from one of your grandmothers. There is a box at the welcome desk for you to place your recipes in. Be sure to include your grandmother’s name, your name, and a sentence or two about your grandmother.

Help us Celebrate Some Very Special Birthdays

Violet McAllister and Shirley Leisure are both turning ninety-five (95) this month! Violet’s birthday is on the 15th and Shirley’s is on the 24th. We would like to help them celebrate with card showers!

Cards for Violet may be sent to:        Cards for Shirley may be sent to:

c/o Cathy Smith 730 Knight Drive      2123 Village Way Messiah Village

Harrisburg, PA 17111                          Mechanicsburg, PA 17055


Pine Street Book Club Zoom Meeting January 16

Pine Street Book Club will meet on Sunday, January 16th at 7 PM via Zoom. Alicelyn Sleber will review “News of the World” by Paulette Jiles. All are invited. Please use the link below.
Meeting ID: 868 9342 3248
Passcode: 647042

Dial by your location 1-646-558-8656

Initial Offering and E-Tithing

Please consider beginning the new year with an extra gift of $29.00. The Initial Offering is paid by Pine Street on behalf of each member to the Presbytery of Carlisle, with a portion sent to the Office of the General Assembly. Information about the Per Capita donation and what the funds are used for can be found HERE.

E-tithing is a safe and efficient way to make this, or any other, contribution to the church. Your weekly/monthly tithes can even be set up to automatically debit from your bank account. Send an email to [email protected] if you are interested in more information about this form of giving.

Ongoing Outreach Opportunity

Is being part of the resettlement of our new Afghan commuity members something that interests you? Here are some ways to help:
Housing is the current critical need, namely houses and apartments for rent. The focus is on the Carlisle-Mechanicsburg area to keep them close to the warehouses that can employ the men. However, the need is so great that any safe location will be considered. The goal is for the families to become self-sufficient, so keeping rents as low as possible is desirable, of course. Please contact Zacky Mohmand at 717-576-0618 or [email protected] with any leads you may have.
Until the refugees can become self-sufficient, there is a possibility of a group of volunteers being formed who will pledge a certain amount each month for three months to underwrite the cost of rent for a family. Please contact Christine Filipovich at [email protected] if you’re interested in being part of this group.
Finally, HERE is the current wish list. Zacky Mohmand (see above) is the contact for picking up items from the wish list at your home, including the smaller items. The next pickup is this Sunday, January 16, and there will also be later pickups.

Dates for your Calendar
Sunday, January 16 – 8:45 am Sunday School | 10:00 am Worship, The Rev. Matthew Drumheller, Preaching | Meet and Greet at fellowship hour following worship | 7:00 pm Pine Street Book Club via ZOOM.
Friday, January 21 – 7:00 pm 3rd in the Burg.
Sunday, January 23 – 8:45 am Sunday School | 10:00 am Worship, The Rev. Matthew Drumheller, Preaching.
Sunday, January 30 – 8:45 am Sunday School | 10:00 am Worship, The Rev. Matthew Drumheller, Preaching.

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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