Around the church for July 26, 2023

Kevin Long Preaching

While Matt is away on vacation this Sunday, Kevin Long will be leading us in worship. Kevin grew up in Northwest Ohio, and received degrees from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where he met his wife, Jennifer. He retired from a 20-year career in cyber security in 2020. He received his MDiv from Lancaster Theological Seminary in May 2022. He lives near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, with Jennifer, their daughter, and an outspoken parrot. His faith has led to a passion for ecological justice, as well as a call to begin a new worshiping community. He has since founded Intertwined, which offers a space for the unchurched, de-churched, and those who encounter the divine most easily outdoors to explore faith through the lens of ecology.

Office to be closed

Due to staffing schedules and needs, the church office will be closed on July 31, 2023. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Pride Fest 2023

Pine Street’s Engaging Our Neighbors team needs additional volunteers at the Church’s Pride fest booth on Saturday, July 29 from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. Through our participation in this event, Pine Street is demonstrating our support of the LBGQT+ community and on our call of being a welcoming church. Similar to our involvement last year, we will once again share colorful origami art and information about our church with all who stop at our booth.  This year, we will also invite visitors to complete a prayer request card so our congregation may pray for them and/or their loved ones.  Please come out and show some support!


Our MAPS 2023-2024 Concert Series is all set. You’ll receive a letter and the brochure with concert descriptions toward the end of August. In the meantime, please mark your calendars for the following dates. It’s going to be a great series!

September 24th  Svyati Duo – 4:00 pm
October 29th  Organist Eric Plutz – 4:00 pm
December 10th Lessons and Carols – 4:00 pm
March 10th John Stoudt, trumpet, and Joseph Garrison, organ – 4:00 pm
April 14th  Pine Street Chancel Choir Concert – 4:00 pm
May 5th Nathan Laube, organ – 4:00 pm
May 12th Messiah University Concert Choir – 4:00 pm

Sunday July 30th  Lunch

Please join us for lunch at Mangia Italian Grill on 2981 Elizabethtown Rd in Hershey after church on July 30th. Please RSVP to Betty Rader no later than Thursday, July 27th. You may text or call your RSVP at 717-579-1766.

3rd in the Burg

Come on out to 3rd in the Burg on Friday July 21st from 6:00-8:30pm. At Pine Street Presbyterian there will be the photography by Steve Bootay and Evan Wilson.

Elders on Call

Matt will be away for the next two weeks spending time at the beach with his family. While he is gone, please reach out to one of our elders on call with any pastoral emergencies that may arise. You can find their contact information in the church directory.

July  30: Elyse Rogers
July 31 – August 4: Audrey Light and Elyse Rogers
August 5: Audrey Light

When one volunteer opportunity door closes, another one opens…..

First of all, thank you from the Engaging Our Neighbor Committee to all of you who expressed interest in and diligently worked on and obtained clearances and training for our Children’s Lunch Program. Over almost a 4-week period, we only had 7 children, so the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank called a halt to the food delivery. At that time, we took down our banner from the ramp railing and posted a sign on the ramp door informing anyone who might come to the church that the program had ended. Also, a big thank you to DDB’s Executive Director and staff who supported this endeavor by manning our kitchen, supplying the banner, and providing parking tickets.

Moving on and please note members’ clearances are on file in the church office and ready to be put into action for this next volunteer opportunity. And this time, children will be provided!  Camp Curtin Academy would welcome tutors at their school during school hours.  The school is located in the uptown area on the corners of Sixth and Division Streets.  Ample parking is on the side of the school where tutors would enter.  Stay tuned for more information and updates.

🎵 Calling All Musical Instruments 🎵

It started with Beth Alwine wanting to pass along her guitar to some appreciative person. Gia Johnson at Camp Curtin Academy approached the music teachers there, who were thrilled to take it off her hands.  Ms. Johnson informed us the teachers would be happy to receive any instruments someone would like to donate.
The Mission Committee will “orchestrate” the pickup and delivery process.

July Giving Barrel

Camp Curtain will be the recipient of our July Giving Barrel. Please help us support this mission partner this summer.

While many of us don’t want to think about fall being our next season, along with it is the start of school for many.  Camp Curtin Academy which has been  our mission in Harrisburg School District will be opening its doors in August for the new school year. Our Mission Committee has again decided to support the students by  donating new school uniforms.  We’re starting earlier this year so we can deliver the clothes at the beginning of the school year.  We thank you in advance for helping us fulfill this need.  What child doesn’t like something new to wear at the start of school?

The specifics of the uniforms are much the same with solid colored 3-button polo shirts and khaki material long pants. We were told by social worker Gia Johnson that the “kids” prefer short sleeved shirts.
Girl sizes for shirts and pants are 10/12, 12/14, 16/18.  Junior girl sizes for pants are 2, 5, 8, 10. Shirt sizes are Small, Medium, Large and Extra Large.
Boy sizes for pants are 14/16 and 18/20.  Shirt sizes are Medium, Extra Large and a few 2X Large.

If anyone has any questions, would like help with their shopping or wants to  make a donation, please contact Alicelyn Sleber.
Again, thank you for your help to “fill our Barrel”.

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

Saturday, July 31 – Pride Fest 11am-6pm – We will have a booth set up, come support
Sunday, August 6 -10th Sunday after Pentecost- 10:00 am Worship, Rev. Matt Drumheller Preaching
Sunday, August 13 – 11th Sunday after Pentecost – 10:00 am Worship, Rev. Matt Drumheller Preaching
Friday, August 18– 3rd in the Burg with music by Tim Lupia and showing Brad Gebhart and Mary Eileen Carson’s art