Around the church for November 22, 2023

Thanksgiving Closure

Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving. The church will be closed 11/23 and 11/24.

Pumpkin Roll Class     

Come learn how to make Pumpkin Rolls! There is still time to sign up. You will not want to miss this. Sunday November 26, 11:30 am.

use this link to sign up:

Gamut Theater Trip
Join us December 3, 2:00 pm at Gamut Theater for a presentation of H.M.S Pinafore. Benjamin Krumreig is the Director/Choreographer of this show. Please come and support his talents! If you are interested in attending, please contact Betty Rader.

Lunch After Church

Join us Sunday, November 26, at 12:00 pm for lunch at Longhorn Steak House 4590 Jonestown Rd, Harrisburg, PA 17109. Please RSVP to Betty Rader no later than Wednesday, November 22.

Advent in Narnia

During the Advent season, Matt will be leading Wednesday evening zoom Adult Forums based on the beloved book by C.S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Using a devotional guide by Heidi Havercamp called, Advent in Narnia, we will reflect on this holy season. As Heidi says, “Lewis’s first book about the land of Narnia is a perfect fit for the season of Advent.”
At each session we will be reading excerpts from the book, watching clips from movie adaptations, and discussing the story’s connections to Scripture. You do not need to have read the story to participate! Each session will be somewhat stand-alone, so join us for any of the sessions you can.
Heidi Havercamp’s book also includes a daily devotion that encourages a read-through of the classic novel during the season. If you would like to read along through the devotional materials in Advent in Narnia, or even read the original story, you can find both books through Amazon.

Stephen Ministry
For some folks, this may not be the most wonderful time of the year due to recent loss or painful memories. Stephen Ministry is available to be a listening ear, shoulder to cry on, or hand to hold. While your Stephen Ministers aren’t presenting the Surviving the Holidays formally this year, we are here to support you through the holidays and beyond if that is what you need. Please see any Stephen Minister or Pastor Matt for assistance.

Hanging of the Greens

November 29 5:30-8:00 pm
All are invited to help prepare the church for Advent and Christmas. We will start with a pizza party at 5:30 pm. Please sign up using the QR code below, or call the church office to get your name added to the list

Sign up using this link:

 Giving Tree Mission Program 

The Giving Program Starts Sunday

This Sunday, 11/26, sign-ups the Giving Tree mission project will begin!  Please stop by the Giving Tree table in Pine Street’s Gathering Area both before church from 9:15 am to 9:50 am and after the service from 11:15 am – 12 pm.  All are welcome to visit the table to learn more about how students and clients of five community groups will benefit from the program and mission team members will be happy to answer questions you may have!
The other dates to sign up are 12/3 and 12/10 in the Gathering Area.  Gifts must be brought to the Gathering Area by 12/17 so they may be delivered to organizations on Monday, 12/18.

If you participate in church remotely and would like to participate in the program, please email Stephanie at [email protected] and she will provide you with several options.
Like in past years, gifts will be collected for clients/students served by community groups.   A list of the benefiting organizations and what will be collected will be provided this year include:

  •  Identified “needed” and “wished” items for children Camp Curtin Academy students.
  • Bags of home-made cookies for Downtown Daily Bread clients.
  • Dollar Tree store ten-dollar gift cards to share with area veterans via the Lebanon Veteran’s Hospital.
  • Monetary gifts for Christian Churches United’s one-time heating oil program, and
  • Monetary gifts for the International Service Center to support their programs designed to help disadvantaged people become self-supporting and productive members of society.

Advent Breakfast 

Sunday, December 3 at 8:30 am
All ages welcome! Receive our much awaited Advent Devotional crafted by Pine Streeters! This is a perfect opportunity to bring a friend, neighbor, coworker! Please sign up using the QR code
or use this link:

Vienna Light Orchestra

There will be two shows at 4:00 and 7:00 pm, on Tuesday December 5, 2023.

Whether you’re looking for a beautiful and unique Harrisburg Christmas event or a nostalgic candlelit experience, the timeless seasonal music is an evening you and your family will not soon forget. Vienne Light Orchestras awe inspiring performance is a positive interruption from the noise of the world — while featuring music from the ensemble’s favorite Yuletide songs, this performance will enthrall audiences of all ages. Prepare for an enchanting and festive evening filled with mesmerizing music and holiday cheer. Held in specially selected venues and comfortable idyllic settings, so you can immerse yourself with Christmas music in a relaxed but awe-inspiring atmosphere, bathed by the flicker of over two thousand candle lights. Prepare to soar into the clouds! This concert series is coming to Pine Street Presbyterian Church, a historical venue of purpose and elegance located in the heart of Harrisburg.

Liturgists and Lectors

Are you looking for greater participation in worship?  We have a great team of volunteers who serve as liturgists and/or lectors at weekly worship, but there is room for more.  Those who served in 2023 received an email from Elyse Rogers asking them to confirm their willingness to continue to serve as lector, liturgist or both.  If you received that email and have not responded, please do so promptly.
Lectors assist in worship by praying and reading one or two passages from the Bible on Sunday.  Liturgists act as worship assistants to the pastor, praying and assisting in our weekly Communion celebration.  Both roles are very important and spiritually enriching.
Depending on the number of volunteers, each person serves 2-3 times a year.  Participants find their own substitute if they are unable to serve on a Sunday for which they are scheduled. We hope to circulate the 2024 schedule no later than December 15.
If you are interested in serving as a lector, a liturgist, or both, please feel free to call or email the church office at [email protected] to volunteer.  You can also direct questions to Matt Drumheller ([email protected]) or Elyse Rogers ([email protected]).  Thank you for considering serving in one or both important roles.

 Signing Up For Events

You will see we are starting to use Churchtrac to sign ups for events! This is exciting and new, so there will be guides available at the welcome desk on how to use QR codes with helpful photos. Below you will also see directions on how to sign up for events using QR codes:

How to use QR code

  • Open camera on your phone
  • Aim the camera at the QR code and you should see the site pop up at the bottom of the screen
  • Click the link
  • It will bring up the event you are signing up for
  • Select I am not a robot
  • Click “register for this event”
  • It will bring up the event you are registering for
  • Fill out the fields (name and email address)
  • Click continue
  • Click done adding attendees*
  • Click complete registration
  • You have now registered for the event!

*Add another attendee
Once you have signed up you will see at the bottom in blue “add another attendee” click that

Bring a Friend to Church

Pine Street is asking you to participate in a “Bring a Friend to the Church” program during this Christmas season. In the month of December, many beautiful things happen at Pine Street, particularly, the Lessons and Carols and Christmas Eve services. Ask a friend to attend one of these services and get an RSVP from them via email or text, so that we may thank them for coming, through a gift or other act of kindness. Let’s make this Christmas a joyful one by reaching out to family, friends, and neighbors, and have them experience our way of celebrating the arrival of the Christ child. If you have questions about this program, contact the Engaging Our Neighbors Committee at [email protected].

Dates for your Calendar

Sunday, November 26
8:45 am- Sunday School
9:00 am- Café Conversations- Fellowship Hall
10:00 am- Worship-Christ the King Sunday- Rev. Matthew Drumheller Preaching
11:30 am-  Pumpkin Roll Class

Sunday, December 3
8:45 am- Advent Breakfast
9:00 am- Café Conversations- Fellowship Hall
10:00 am- Worship-1st Sunday of Advent- Rev. Matthew Drumheller Preaching
2:00 pm- H.M.S Pinafore at Gamut Theater

Tuesday, December 5
4:00 and 7:00 pm- Vienna Light Concert

Wednesday, December 6
7:30 pm- Advent program via Zoom

Sunday, December 10
8:45 am- Sunday School
9:00 am- Café Conversations- Fellowship Hall
10:00 am- Worship-2nd Sunday of Advent- Rev. Matthew Drumheller Preaching
4:00 pm- MAPS Lessons and Carols