Around the Church for January 5, 2022

Welcome Rev. Matthew Drumheller!

Pine Street is excited to welcome Rev. Matthew Drumheller to the pulpit this Sunday, January 9. After months of searching and discernment, Matt was named Pine Street’s Interim Pastor in November. Matt recently served as an Associate Pastor, Co-Pastor, and Solo Pastor/Head of Staff at First Presbyterian Church in Albemarle, North Carolina. He and his wife Claire live in Lancaster where she serves as Associate Pastor at First Presbyterian Church.
We hope to see you in worship on Sunday to welcome Matt. There will be a welcome reception at Coffee Hour following the worship service.
Please continue to keep Pine Street staff, officers, boards, committees, members, and Rev. Matt Drumheller in your prayers as we continue to work collaboratively to build a pathway into the future together.

Open Letter from Matt

Dear PSPC Members,
I am thrilled to begin my time as interim pastor at Pine Street. You welcomed me so graciously with a shower of cards and kind wishes on my first day in the office this week, for which I am deeply grateful. I can’t wait to get to know all of you and to serve as your pastor for the near future. Being a pastor is one of the greatest joys of my life, and I look forward to sharing ministry with you.
Our time together over the coming months will be limited, but significant. As your interim pastor, I see my role as similar to that of the unnamed disciple who walked with Cleopas on the road to Emmaus. We will travel together, discerning in joy and in trepidation God’s path before us. We will discuss the things that have taken place “in these days”. We will open our doors and our table to the friend, the neighbor, and the unknown stranger. I pray that we will encounter Jesus on the road and that he will open our eyes to his presence in our midst. When the time comes, our journey together will end. We will depart on different paths as our journeys of faith take us in different directions. God willing, we will be the better for having journeyed together.

So let us embark upon this road together, and may God guide us into a bright and promising future.
Grace and Peace,
Matt

Women’s Retreat Sign-up Deadline is Approaching

If you have not yet signed up for the women’s retreat at Camp Hebron, the deadline is February 10th. 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.

Happy New Year from Downtown Daily Bread!

I want to thank the many generous Pine Street members for their donations to DDB throughout 2021, and especially during the holidays. Your support of the mission and programs at DDB is admirable, steady, and inspiring. I look forward to your continued support in 2022, which is already full of many challenges for our homeless brothers and sisters. As cold weather descends upon us, and Covid is still a threat, please keep our clients and staff in your prayers. And as a reminder, if you are making a contribution to Downtown Daily Bread, please write a separate check from your Pine Street church contributions.
Blessings to you! Anne

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.

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.

Krazy Kinfolk Zoom Pop-Up Bible Study

LAST DAY TO SIGN UP! 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.

Dates for your Calendar
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.
Sunday, January 16 – 8:45 am Sunday School – 10:00 am Worship, The Rev. Matthew Drumheller, Preaching – 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.

 

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