Around the Church for May 4, 2022

Adult Forum Returns Tonight
Please join us via Zoom tonight at 7:00 pm as we resume the Racial Justice webinar series that was started in February. This teach-in series equips folks with the tools to engage in the difficult work of uncovering systems of power, domination, and oppression at work within us all. In our three-part series, we address how systemic racism and white supremacy function, how to address internalized dominance and white fragility, and how to take action in our congregations and communities to decenter whiteness and integrate racial justice tactics.

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Topic: Adult Forum
Time: May 4, 2022, 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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There’s an Awful Lot of Food Growing on Allison Hill
Pine Street members and friends are invited to a volunteer day at the old Bishop McDevitt High School campus on June 4, 2022. We will partner with the new Harrisburg City Farm (HCF). The work will involve helping transform the old Bishop McDevitt High School Athletic Field into a high-yielding foodscape. In its initial growing season, Harrisburg City Farm will provide over 6,000 pounds of food which will be shared with local residents and through reduced-cost farmers’ markets and food donations. In addition to providing nutritious, fresh, locally grown produce, HCF’s goals include educating area residents to start their own gardens and become proficient in food preserving techniques (i.e., canning, pickling, etc.). One of the founders of this exciting initiative is Pine Street’s beloved Office Administrator, Kerry MacDearmid. For more information about the program, you can visit HCF’ss Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/hbgcityfarm

May Barrel Collection
Our new Afghan neighbors will be the focus of May’s barrel collection. The International Service Center (ISC), with great gratitude for the generous support Pine Street has offered, suggests donations of diapers and these culturally appropriate food items and cooking tools:

Aahu barah basmati sela rice (google and buy online)
Dried fruit
Nuts
Electric mixers
Pressure cookers
Dumpling steamer pots (multi-tier)

Although not for the barrel, TVs in working order are still needed, and a few households still need furniture. Anyone who has a TV or furniture to donate is asked to photograph it and send the photos to Hosna Arefee at ISC. She can be reached at [email protected] or 717-941-9856.

Additional Afghan Volunteer Opportunities
The International Service Center (ISC) has moved from focusing on housing and employment to focusing on acculturation and self-sufficiency for the families as they begin new lives in this country. Driving instruction, English language skills, and financial literacy are three areas of ongoing support. ISC needs one or more volunteers who can be available to teach English on Saturday mornings. They also need one or more people with cars willing to help teach the refugees to drive in preparation for obtaining their learners’ permits and drivers’ licenses.

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

Online Member Directory
Recently, quite a few members have had difficulty accessing the online directory. If you are having difficulty, please contact the church office for instructions.
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
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/covid-by-county.html). 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 4 – 7:00 pm Adult Forum via Zoom, part 3 of Racial Justice Teach-in
Friday, May 6 – Saturday, May 7 – Officers’ retreat
Sunday, May 8 – Mother’s Day 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, May 11 – 7:00 pm Adult Forum via Zoom
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
Wednesday, May 18 – NO Adult Forum
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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