Around the Church for May 11, 2022

Pine Street Presbyterian Church from the street


On Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7, about 30 of your Trustees, Elders, and Deacons met to celebrate and plan for Pine Street Presbyterian Church. The theme for the retreat was Framing the Past to Plan for the Future. On Friday evening, the group met with Barbara Biancone, an expert in grieving. Because we recognize the reality that grief plays in all of our lives and in the system of Pine Street, we spent the evening being open and honest about the losses that we are grieving. Grief can keep us from the important process of decision making, so officers spent the evening considering the role that grief plays in their lives. On Saturday morning, the group reviewed the results of the Roundtable Discussion in which the congregation participated. They set priorities for the church based on the feedback that you provided. They focus around the church as a community of faith, love, hope, and witness. These priorities will be given to the yet-to-be-recruited Pastor Nominating Committee as a tool for their work.

Thanks to all the officers who contributed their time and energy to the important work of discernment over the weekend.

Next Meeting of the Pine Street Book Club
Pine Street Book Club will meet via Zoom on Sunday, May 15 at 7 PM. Estelle Hartranft will lead a discussion of The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict. All are invited.

Meeting ID: 823 8549 2443
Passcode: 295164

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May Barrel Collection
Access to online information and instruction has proven to be invaluable in helping our new Afghan neighbors as they settle in. Unfortunately, few of the refugee households have access to a computer that serves their needs. The International Service Center needs new or used laptop or desktop computers (if used, in working condition) to distribute with the goal of every household having the capacity for online learning. This is especially important for the women who cannot take advantage of ESL classes and other learning opportunities in the community because of their childcare responsibilities at home. It also is important for women and men who need to study the driver’s manual in order to become licensed drivers, an important step toward their self-sufficiency.

If you can donate a new or used desktop or laptop computer, please contact Chris Filipovich at 717-503-0519.
If you can donate funds for ISC to put toward the purchase of laptops, please access ISC’s GoFundMe site at

The center continues to need TVs, new or used car seats for infants and children of all ages, diapers, and these items for the food barrel during May: Aahu barah basmati sela rice, dried fruit, nuts, electric mixers, pressure cookers and dumpling steamer pots.
Excitement is Building for This Year’s ArtsFest Celebration!
The Engaging Our Neighbors team would like to thank church members who have donated supplies to support Pine Street’s KidsFest watercolor art engagement activity and those who have signed up volunteer and represent Pine Street at our booth! If you have not yet signed up to help, please visit the Gathering Area desk on Sunday. Currently, there are eight open time slots still needing volunteers and a need for 10 one gallon bottles of water. For additional information on this initiative, please contact Alicelyn Sleber or Stevi Sharp.

If you have questions about volunteer opportunities, please contact Chris Filipovich at 717-503-0519.

Homeland’s 155th Anniversary Celebration Honoring Betty Hungerford
An anniversary like no other honoring a woman like no other calls for a celebration like no other. Homeland Center will celebrate its 155th anniversary of serving central Pennsylvania, and pay tribute to Betty Hungerford on Sunday, May 15, 2022, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the Hilton Harrisburg. This event, produced in grand, theatric style will be one for the history books.

For two decades Betty Hungerford has served as the director of development for Homeland Center. Homeland is a private, nonprofit retirement community in Harrisburg. To know Betty is to know Homeland for she is a steadfast champion of the organization. This year Betty will celebrate her 90th birthday. Betty’s birthday, coupled with the historic service of Homeland Center, makes it the perfect time to honor two cherished treasures in our region.

Don’t miss out on this historic event. Opportunities to support Homeland’s 155th Anniversary Celebration Honoring Betty Hungerford are now available at, or by calling (717) 221-7885. Proceeds will benefit Homeland’s benevolent care programs, which provides financial assistance for individuals in need of care.

Note: On Sundays the Church Will Open at 8:00 am

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, May 11 – 7:00 pm Adult Forum via Zoom – Racial Justice
Sunday, May 15 – 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 | 11:30 am – 2:30 pm Officer Training | 7:30 pm Cedar Cliff High School choir concert
Wednesday, May 18 – NO Adult Forum | 5:30 pm-8:30 pm Officer Training
Friday, May 20 – 6:00 pm 3rd in the Burg
Sunday, May 22 – 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 | 4:00 pm Michael Hey Organ Concert

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