Around the Church for March 23, 2022

Easter Sunday Sunrise Worship Service
When: Sunday, April 17 at 6:30 am (Rain or Shine)
Where: Kunkel Plaza on Front St. at the bottom of State Street
Market Square is joining with Pine Street Presbyterian for an Easter Sunrise Service. The service will be led by Interim Pastor Matt Drumheller and Rev. Kim Wadlington. We plan a quieter reflective service, including hymns sung with guitar and time for silent reflection. Hopefully, we’ll be graced with some birdsong too!

The service will be held rain or shine. If you want to sit down during the service, please bring a portable chair. Kunkel Plaza is on the upper river walk/Green Belt where State St and Front Street intersect. There is plenty of parking along State Street and 2nd Street. Parking meters are not enforced on Sundays.

We hope you’ll join us to celebrate our Risen Lord, Jesus Christ with our neighbors at Market Street Presbyterian Church.

Members and Friends of Pine Street,

It is with mixed emotions that I share Michelle Ortega’s decision to accept a full time position at Downtown Daily Bread. She will be with us until 4/24. Michelle has been a pleasure to know and work with. She will be sorely missed. Please join me in wishing Michelle much future success in her new position. If you would like to participate in acknowledging Michelle’s contributions to the church, please feel free to send any contribution to Steve Messner, 4 Penn Manor Rd, Duncannon, PA 17020

In Peace,

Judy Himes, Chair Personnel Committee

Transition Team Roundtable Discussions
This Wednesday and Sunday
Invitation from the Transition Team

Please plan to attend one or both of the two remaining roundtable discussions hosted by Pine Street’s Transition Team TONIGHT via Zoom, and SUNDAY in person after Worship. Many members attended informational sessions about the Congregational Assessment Tool that was completed last Fall. The upcoming roundtable discussions will create opportunities for further discussion about the priorities that were named in the CAT survey.
A variety of questions will help us discern “why” we exist as a congregation at 3rd and Pine. Conversations will focus on faith community, our love for one another, our hopes for our future, and opportunities to witness to our community. These conversations will provide members with a valuable opportunity to invest in the transition process and add their voices to the mission statement and future pathway.
The discussion tonight will be held at 7:00 PM via Zoom.

Meeting ID: 852 5312 9851
Passcode: 807126

Dial by your location
646 876 9923 US (New York)
301 715 8592 US (Washington DC)

The Sunday discussion will be held in Fellowship Hall immediately following the worship service.
If you have any questions about these roundtable sessions, please don’t hesitate to contact David Colestock at [email protected] or 717-645-6174.

Piano Dedication this Sunday

Our Fazioli concert grand piano will be dedicated this Sunday morning in worship. Given in loving memory of Jack Leisure by Shirley Leisure and Music at Pine Street.

Engineer and pianist Paolo Fazioli began building pianos in 1981. His passion for music, outstanding artisanship, continuous technological research, and strict material selection is the foundation for each Fazioli piano. The factory located in Sacile, the Province of Pordenone, produces around 140 pianos a year, reaching the European and North American market and China, Russia, the Far East, and South America. The success of a company that today is not just considered an authentically “Made in Italy” brand, but a brand in the truest sense of the word, is confirmed by the presence of FAZIOLI pianos at the world’s most important institutions for piano training of the highest level.

Amy Yang Concert March 26
A “jaw-dripping pianist who steals the show…with effortless finesse.” (The Washington Post)
Please join us this Saturday at 7:00 pm for the next in our 2021-22 MAPS concert series. Free parking is available in the South Street Garage.

Way to Go, Pine Street!
We have been certified as an Earth Care Congregation by Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s Presbyterian Hunger Program through February 2023. This honor speaks to the great commitment that Pine Street Presbyterian Church has made to care for God’s earth.

To become an Earth Care Congregation, this congregation affirmed an Earth Care Pledge to integrate environmental practices and thinking into their worship, education, facilities, and outreach.

The Earth Care Congregation certification is designed to recognize churches that commit to take seriously God’s charge to “till and keep” the garden.

Started in 2010 by the PC(USA), this program aims to inspire churches to care for God’s earth in a holistic way, by integrating earth care into all aspects of their church life. The Earth Care Congregation certification honors churches that make that commitment and encourages others to follow their example.

Bags into Benches Program
Our Extending God’s Love Mission Team has learned of an area recycling effort in which one of our church family members is involved. Bob McCutcheon, understanding Pine Street’s commitment to being an Earth Care Congregation, invited us to become involved in a Lion’s Club’s recycling effort that transforms used plastic grocery bags into durable park benches. The EGL Team agreed to support this program and asks interested members to bring unwanted grocery bags to church and place them in the box marked “Plastic Bags into Benches”. The collection box is located next to the Food Barrel in the Gathering Place. Five hundred bags are needed to make one bench.

Summer Food Program
Seeking Volunteers to Help Ensure Area Children Receive
Nutritious Lunches This Summer

The Engaging Our Neighbors and Extending God’s Love Teams encourage all members to help with Pine Street’s Summer Food Program on one or more occasions from mid-June through mid-August. The program will ensure school students, who during the school year are eligible to receive free lunches, continue to have access to healthy lunches throughout their summer recess. On Mondays and Thursdays from approximately 11:15 am to 12:45 pm, Pine Street will be handing out bagged lunches at our church to area school children. Two to three volunteers will be needed on each day the program operates. All volunteers will be trained on the process in advance and the only requirement for volunteers is to verify child abuse and state police clearances which is an easy and quick online process. This USDA funded program is administered and operated by the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank which works with partners who prepare and deliver meals to community distribution sites including Pine Street Church.

Please sign up by April 10th in Pine Street’s Gathering Place so we know if enough volunteers are available to enable Pine Street to serve as a distribution site. For more information, please contact Alicelyn Sleber, Chris Filipovich or Stevi Sharp.

Lily Orders
Please look for a lily donation form in the Sunday bulletin this week. Completed forms may be placed in the box at the welcome desk along with your check or may be mailed to the church office. Lilies are $14 this year, and donation forms must be received by April 8th for inclusion in the Easter bulletin. If you are not attending in-person services at this time, you may email the church office at [email protected] to request a lily order form.

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.

Bible Found
A small personal bible was found in the pews on Sunday. It has the name Edith inside the cover and a date of 1925. Please call the church office if you have any information about the owner of this bible so that we may return it.

Dates for your Calendar
Wednesday, March 23 -7:00 pm Second of Three “Roundtable Discussions” by Transition Team. Online Only
Saturday, March 26 – 7:00 pm Pianist Amy Yang
Sunday, March 27 – 8:45 am Sunday School | 10:00 am Worship – Matt Drumheller Preaching – Wonder of Worship children’s church available for children ages 3rd grade and below, Marna Holt leading | 11:45 am Last of Three Roundtable Discussions by Transition Team
Wednesday, March 30 – 7:00 pm Adult Forum via Zoom – Grace and Gratitude hosted by Matt Drumheller
Sunday, April 3 – 8:45 am Sunday School | 10:00 am Worship – Matt Drumheller Preaching – Wonder of Worship children’s church available for children ages 3rd grade and below, Heather Sigler leading
Wednesday, April 6 – 7:00 pm Adult Forum via Zoom – Grace and Gratitude hosted by Matt Drumheller
Sunday, April 10 – Palm Sunday 8:45 am Sunday School | 10:00 am Worship – Matt Drumheller Preaching – Wonder of Worship children’s church available for children ages 3rd grade and below, Jennifer Garman leading
Monday, April 11 – 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Sanctuary open for prayer and meditation
Tuesday, April 12 – 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Sanctuary open for prayer and meditation
Wednesday, April 13 – 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Sanctuary open for prayer and meditation
Thursday, April 14 – 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Sanctuary open for prayer and meditation | 7:30 pm Maundy Thursday Worship Service in-person and online
Friday, April 15 – 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Sanctuary open for prayer and meditation | 7:30 pm Good Friday Worship Service in-person and online
Sunday, April 17 – Easter Sunday – no Sunday school | Sunrise Service – 6:30 am Kunkel Plaza on Front Street at the bottom of State Street | 11:00 am Worship – Matt Drumheller Preaching

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