Around the Church for May 25, 2022

ArtsFest Celebration This Weekend

The Engaging Our Neighbors Team would like to thank the many people who have volunteered to help with ArtsFest this weekend and those who have donated supplies to support the program. Members of Pine Street will represent the church with a KidsFest watercolor art engagement activity. Come by and visit our booth on Saturday, Sunday, or Monday! 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.

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.

Music At Pine Street

The 2021-2022 MAPS Concert Series ended on May 22 with a virtuosic performance by organist Michael Hey from St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Appreciation is extended to all who’ve supported the 2021-2022 Music at Pine Street Concert Series with your financial support and attendance. During my welcome comments at concerts, I have often shared that MAPS seeks to offer great music in a great space with everyone in our community. Your generous gifts make this possible. Thank you!

The 2022-2023 season of MAPS is taking shape and will begin on September 30. You’ll receive the 2022-2023 MAPS brochure mid-summer.


Session Update

At its stated meeting on Monday night, the Session did several important things about which they would like to update you.
They examined many of the new officers you elected (per Book of Order G-2.0402) and joyfully approved their examinations. Most of your new officers will be ordained and/or installed on June 5 during worship.
They met with Jay Himes, President of the board of Downtown Daily Bread. The two organizations are working on a joint agreement to enhance our cooperation, collaboration, and communication.
They approved a revised wedding policy for use by the congregation.
They reviewed the church’s finances and continued to make plans for the 2023 budget process.
Thanks to all of the elders who work hard behind the scenes to make Pine Street a wonderful place to serve God.


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
Wednesday, May 25 – NO Adult Forum
Saturday, May 28 – 10:00 am – 7:00 pm ArtsFest
Sunday, May 29 – 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, leading | 10:00 am – 7:00 pm ArtsFest
Monday, May 30 – Church Office Closed for Memorial Day | 10:00 am – 5:00 pm ArtsFest

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