Around the Church for June 1, 2022

Volunteering at the GIANT Bleacher Garden

Please join our own Kerry MacDearmid and other volunteers this Saturday, June 4, from 8 am to 2 pm at the old Bishop McDevitt High School at 2200 Market Street in Harrisburg. Volunteers will be helping to install the second recycled hill terracing system (See video of the first hill being terraced HERE) as well as planting and general garden maintenance (i.e., weeding). Lunch is provided at about noon. Come for an hour or two or stay for the whole time! Any bit of help is always a BIG help! More information can be found on Kerry’s project Facebook page:

Artsfest Report

ArtsFest 2022 is “a wrap” and visitors to the Pine Street Presbyterian booth seemed very pleased! During the three-day celebration, approximately 300 children completed a 6×6 inch dragonfly watercolor painting which they took home (along with an origami dragonfly and an “ArtsFest 2022” Artist badge). Approximately 20 students also worked on a “group” 20×30-inch watercolor of the Susquehanna River at our booth.
This event could not have taken place without the help of many church members and friends. Whether their participation included creating 300+ origami dragonflies, copying, printing, laminating and cutting out “ArtsFest 2022” badges, drawing dragonflies and foliage on watercolor paper for young artists to paint, providing event supplies, transporting materials to and from the festival, or generously giving time to work at Pine Street’s watercolor engagement booth, the Engaging Our Neighbors Team would like to thank all church members and friends who helped make this colorful experience possible!
The second component of Pine Street’s watercolor art project will happen on Friday, June 17 as part of “Pine Street’s Third in the ‘Burg” Gallery open house. Along with watercolor paintings by Pine Street member Jane McCutheon, and Oil Paintings by Don Lebo, the Children’s group ArtFest painting will be on display in our beautiful Gathering Area. Please mark your calendars now to attend this “not-to-be-missed” event.
Refreshments for children and adults, viewing all of the displayed art, tours of our amazing sanctuary, and (hopefully) live music performed outside our church on Third Street will guarantee to make this a memorable event!

June Barrel Collection

Downtown Daily Bread is the focus of June’s Giving Barrel. If you go to their website at and click on the orange Amazon Wish List link at the top, you’ll see a text list of things they need and a direct link to their Amazon Wish List. Here’s a shortlist for those who prefer to purchase and drop off items in the barrel:

Insect repellent — ’tis the season! The list has both 6 oz. pumps and 4 oz. sprays
Backpacks — student style with wide, sturdy straps
Men’s boxer briefs — M-XL
Men’s undergarment T-shirts — 100% cotton, moisture-wicking
Tarps — heavy duty 6X8
Batteries — AAA, AA, C

Summer Food Program Update

You know what is said about “best-laid plans”!

We learned recently that Congress did not authorize continuation of the brown bag “grab and go” format for the Summer Food Program. Instead, the meals must be eaten on site. With more than enough volunteers and all arrangements in place for operations to begin the brown bag lunch program at Pine Street next month, we would have to structure and manage a very different program to host lunches for children on-site and have it fully operational within one month. Therefore, the teams that worked hard to put this plan together recommended to Session on Monday that we postpone our participation for this summer with hopes to participate next year. With deep sadness, the Session voted to postpone the program.

Please note: The volunteer training scheduled for Sunday, June 5, after worship has been canceled.

Thanks to all who so readily responded to the call for volunteers for the Summer Food Program as we had planned it. With your continued commitment and enthusiasm, Pine Street will be able to consider participating next summer in this important ministry for children.


A Very Special Birthday
This Sunday during our Fellowship Hour, we will be celebrating Sandy Allen’s 90th birthday which is June 4th. We will be honoring her with a cake so please join us to wish her another happy year!”


Friday, August 5, 6:00 – 8:45 pm
Saturday, August 6, 9:30 am – Noon
Sunday, August 7, 8:45 – 11:30 am

On August 5 – 7, the Fellowship Hall will be transformed into a construction zone as we spend three days Building Together using stories, songs, and activities prepared by Habitat for Humanity. This will be an “All Ages” event with children and adults learning and working together. However, there will be an Adult Only Bible Study option for those who would prefer it.

To make this event happen, many volunteers are needed. Sign-up sheets for volunteers will be available at the Welcome Center beginning Sunday, May 29. Please check for a need that you can fill. Registration Forms for participants will also be available beginning Sunday, May 29. See Heather Sigler with questions or additional information.

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, June 12 – Pentecost Sunday 10:00 am Worship – Matt Drumheller Preaching – Ordination and Installation of new officers | 90th birthday celebration for Sandy Allen during fellowship hour
Sunday, June 12 – Trinity Sunday 10:00 am Worship – Matt Drumheller Preaching | Acolyte training after worship
Friday, June 17 – 6:00 pm-9:00 pm 3rd in The Burg art gallery open with community Artsfest project on display

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