Around the Church for March 22, 2023

Giving Barrel Success
Thank you for your generosity once AGAIN! With your help, we have filled the Giving Barrel! To date, we have amassed 335 wash cloths and almost 100 individually wrapped toothbrushes. You may still participate this final Sunday, March 26.
Pine Street’s Creative Crew will assemble as many care kits as possible the morning of April 21 at mission central.


The school’s social worker Gia Johnson, who spoke at church before Christmas, is in the accompanying picture for this article. She is standing at the door of the classroom where she has created a PARENTS’ CENTER in the school. About two months ago, she asked if we could help her with some ideas about how to make this large square classroom look more inviting and useful for students’ parents. She plans to conduct informational meetings, make available various types of resources, and provide speakers to parents on topics of interest. The Mission Committee took this opportunity to meet with her to suggest, advise and outfit this room with several items to change its overall appearance. Some items are there now, and some are on the way. They include: an area rug, rocking chair, floor lamp, fabric to cover the bulletin board, potted plants, a silk arrangement, parent resource books, magazines, children and young adult books, a laptop, a desk, and a desk chair. Many of these items were donated by this committee or paid for by a generous donation from one of our committee members. Ms. Johnson had 2 wing chairs, 2 end tables and 2 lamps that had been previously donated. She explained that many of the students are being raised by their grandparents, who are at a loss at times on how to deal with their grandchildren. They appreciate having a place to meet to discuss their concerns and receive guidance on how to deal with their young charges. Ms. Johnson also reported that she has been warmed by how these “older “parents rally around each other and give support with goods, encouragement and advice!

A Visit from Dori
Dori Hjalmarson, Mission Co-Worker in Honduras, will visit Carlisle Presbytery March 25-28, 2023. In addition to the opportunities announced in last week’s newsletter (which appear below), Second Presbyterian Church, Carlisle is hosting lunch and conversation with Dori, Monday, March 27 at 11:30 a.m., on the topic, What Jesus Looks like from “The Other Side.” The invitation is extended to any in the presbytery who wish to attend this gathering which will focus on what life looks like from the perspective of rural Honduran women and children: these are the folks leaving their homeland and seeking asylum in America in huge numbers. For lunch planning purposes, please leave a voicemail at 717-243-4571 ext. 207 or email v[email protected] to let the church know you will attend.

Here are the other opportunities to connect with Dori while she’s here:

Sunday, March 26, morning – Dori will preach in both worship services at Lower Marsh Creek Presbyterian Church, at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. She will also speak at the adult Sunday School classes in between worship services.

Sunday, March 26, afternoon – Dori will give a presentation at the Gettysburg Presbyterian Church, time to be determined.

Monday, March 27, evening – Dori will speak at Monaghan Presbyterian Church at 7 p.m. All of these presentations are open to the Presbytery. For more information, contact Kathy Wells,
717-571-3706, or [email protected].

The Presbytery of Carlisle has been involved with the Presbytery of Honduras since 2006.

Lenten Adult Forum Series
This Evening 7:30 pm via Zoom
We are continuing our journey into the wilderness. This week’s forum will be entitled Rest in the Wilderness.

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Making our Community Shine
Save the Date! Saturday, April 22, from 8:00 to 11:00 is the 11th Annual Great Harrisburg Litter Cleanup! There are three sites: Allison Hill, Midtown, and Uptown. Since Midtown is closest to the church, that will be our focus. Free t-shirts will be given to volunteers on a first-come, first-served basis. You will get garbage bags and a grabber (like is used to get things from a high shelf). Audrey Light worked on Allison Hill last year and really enjoyed it! Let’s get a group together this year and enjoy each other’s company while helping make Harrisburg beautiful! A signup sheet is at the Welcome Center.

Easter Lily Orders
Order forms for Easter lilies will be available at the Welcome Center. March 31 is the last day for orders. Orders may be dropped off with payment in the box at the Welcome Center or mailed to the church office. Lilies are $12 each this year.

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
Wednesday, March 22 — 7:30 pm Adult Forum via Zoom — Rest in the Wilderness, led by Rev. Kelly Wiant
Saturday, March 25 — 11:00 am Michael Shoemaker Funeral Service
Sunday, March 26 — Fifth Sunday in Lent —8:45 am Sunday School — 9:00 am Café conversations and Bible Study — 10:00 am Worship, Rev. Matt Drumheller Preaching
Wednesday, March 29 — 7:30 pm Adult Forum via Zoom — Mourning in the Wilderness, led by Rev. Kelly Wiant
Sunday, April 2 — Palm Sunday — 8:45 am Sunday School — 9:00 am Café conversations and Bible Study — 10:00 am Worship, Rev. Matt Drumheller Preaching
Monday-Thursday, April 3-6 — 11:30 am-1:00 pm Chapel open for quiet reflection and Prayer
Thursday, April 6 — 7:30 pm Maundy Thursday worship service in person and online
Friday, April 7 — 7:30 pm Good Friday worship service in person and online