Around the church for October 4, 2023

Lunch after Church

Join us Sunday, October 8, at 12:30 pm for lunch at P.J. Whelihan’s, 3882 Union Deposit Rd Unit 33, Harrisburg, PA 17109 Please RSVP to Betty Rader no later than Thursday, October 5

Lunch and Learn: Architectural program by Ken Hays 

October 22, 11:30 am- 2:00 pm

Join us for lunch and learn about Pine Streets architecture. Please sign up at the welcome center or reach out to the office at 717-238-9304 or [email protected]


MAPS 2023-2024 Concert Series. Please mark your calendars for the following dates. It’s going to be a great series!

October 29th  Organist Eric Plutz – 4:00 pm
December 10th Lessons and Carols – 4:00 pm
March 10th John Stoudt, trumpet, and Joseph Garrison, organ – 4:00 pm
April 14th  Pine Street Chancel Choir Concert – 4:00 pm
May 5th Nathan Laube, organ – 4:00 pm
May 12th Messiah University Concert Choir – 4:00 pm

Adult Forum

October 8, 11:30 a.m. led by Lee Barrett:

Revitalizing the Faith through Reclaiming Wisdom from Kierkegaard:
In our time together, we will explore some of the more unconventional ways Christianity can be revitalized. To do this, we will look through the lens of the maverick Danish thinker Soren Kierkegaard, whose writings continue to challenge and unsettle the church. We will look at his unusual life, context, and his thoughts to discern bits of wisdom that may be helpful to our current religious environment.
Lee C. Barrett is the Henry and Mary Stager Professor of Theology at Lancaster Theological Seminary. Before this, he taught at what is now Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond. He is the author of several books and articles on the thought of Soren Kierkegaard and also on Reformed theology and popular culture. In his spare time, Lee enjoys oil painting. Please join us via Zoom if you are unable to attend in person. Please contact the church office for meeting code.

October Giving Barrel
Hansel and Gretel Learning and Daycare Center

Most of us have experienced an uptick of inflation as we shop for needed food items or gas and pay for utilities.  For families with very young children, there is another budget-stressing daily need:  DIAPERS.   Depending on the age of children and brand names of diapers, parents scramble to afford between $50 and $80 dollars a month for one child.  Although diaper banks may help some eligible families, these banks are unable to keep up with demand.
To ease this diaper distress locally, October’s Barrel collection will help families at the Hansel and Gretel Learning and Daycare Center on Walnut Street in Harrisburg.  This center serves a diverse population open to children from six months to kindergarten. Although any sizes would be welcome, these are the details about the most needed items:

  • Diapers (any brand) sizes 2, 3, and 4, especially size 3 and 4
  •  Fragrance-free wipes: the center uses Natural Care Sensitive and Fragrance Free (Huggies Brand)

For parents who hustle to feed, dress, and transport children to daycare, an extra supply of diapers is a welcome blessing. Contact Laura Messner with any questions.

2nd Annual Rock N Roll Halloween Concert and Costume Party

It is time to dust off your favorite Halloween Costume and your dancing shoes because you are invited to the 2nd Annual Rock N Roll Halloween Concert and Costume Party!  All proceeds from the event go towards the many services provided at Pine Street’s mission partner, Downtown Daily Bread.

The event is Sunday, October 29, 2023 from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, at the Englewood in Hershey, and once again features:
Tom Slick and the Converted Thunderbolt Greaseslappers

Tickets are $30 general admission, and $70 for the VIP section.  Costume parade and contest with cash prizes for the winners!

For general admission, buy your tickets here:

For VIP tickets or group reservations, contact Sue Wilson


Updates from the Pastoral Nominating Committee

September 20, 2023
Over the summer, PC(USA) updated the Church Leadership Connect (CLC) system, and all searching churches and pastors have had to become oriented to this new platform.  For the past few weeks, the Pastoral Nominating Committee has been focused on integrating Pine Street’s Ministry Information Form into the updated CLC pastoral search system.  Of course, as with any new technology, there has been a learning curve that all of us have been working through.
The good news is that the new system has generated almost three dozen new referrals for the PNC to screen and review.  We have refocused our energy on the processes that we will use to engage with those candidates by reviewing their Pastor Discernment Profiles and inviting them for interviews.
We ask that the congregation continue to support the work of the Pastoral Nominating Committee and keep the PNC in your prayers as we continue this journey toward new pastoral leadership at Pine Street.  If you have any questions, you can contact David Colestock.
David Colestock, PNC Chair
Amy Chick, PNC Vice Chair
Jennifer Garman
Jay Himes
George Kunkle
Elyse Rogers
Isaiah Shu

Pastor Search Process Checklist

  1. Interim Pastor called.
  2. The Presbytery’s COM approves the formation of the PNC.
  3. The Nominating Committee selects a PNC which is approved by the congregation.
  4. A COM Liaison conducts orientation/training of the PNC.
  5. The PNC creates a MIF.
  6. The MIF is approved by the Session of the church and the COM to determine that it accurately reflects who the congregation is and the nature of the call.
  7. The MIF is posted on the PC(USA) Church Leadership Connection.
  8. The PNC reviews and interviews potential candidates.  The COM meets with the candidates to determine if their skills and the church’s needs “fit.”
  9. The PNC selects a final candidate and extends a call.
  10. The PNC works with the Session to set a congregational meeting to vote on their recommendation.
  11. The congregation votes on the candidate.
  12. The new pastor is installed.

Dates for your Calendar

Sunday, October 8
9:00 am- Café Conversations- Fellowship Hall
10:00 am- Worship- 19th Sunday after Pentecost- Rev. Matthew Drumheller Preaching
11:30 am- Adult Forum led by Lee Barrett

Sunday, October 15
9:00 am- Café Conversations- Fellowship Hall
10:00 am-Worship- 20th Sunday after Pentecost- Rev. Kelly Wiant Preaching

Friday, October 20
6:00 pm- 3rd in the Burg

Sunday, October 22
9:00 am- Café Conversations- Fellowship Hall
10:00 am- Worship- 21st Sunday after Pentecost- Rev. Heather Sigler Preaching
11:30 am- 2:00 pm- Pine Street’s Architecture: Lunch and Learn presented by Kenneth Hays

Sunday, October 29
9:00 am- Café Conversations- Fellowship Hall
10:00 am- Worship- 22nd Sunday after Pentecost- Rev. Matthew Drumheller Preaching
11:30 am-  Adult Forum “A Non- Violent Theology of Love” with Sharon Putt
4:00 pm- MAPS concert- Organist Eric Plutz