Around the Church for October 6, 2021


Friday, October 15 at 7:00 pm

Happy Hour Concert – Wine and Snacks precede the concert at 5:30.

Seipp & Sheets Trumpet and Organ Duo

The Seipp/Sheets Trumpet & Organ Duo is unlike any ensemble performing today. Custom musical arrangements of virtuoso, beautiful, entertaining, humorous, and patriotic selections enhance the exquisite blend of their instruments. Coupled visually with specialized videos, Seipp and Sheets craft a unique and engaging concert experience for all ages, creating an extraordinary connection with their audiences. The duo’s thoughtful programming, artistic arrangements, and powerful, innovative, and interactive video presentations make the Seipp/Sheets Duo today’s musicians to watch.

Trumpeter Chuck Seipp and organist Randall Sheets are two performers at the top of their craft. Both are high-profile musicians in their own right. Dr. Sheets is Ceremonial Organist for Arlington National Cemetery, and Dr. Seipp is Sergeant Major (retired) from The United States Army Band, “Pershing’s Own” in Washington, DC.  For the past several seasons, the Seipp/Sheets Duo has performed as many as 25 programs yearly to enthusiastic audiences across America for church concert series, universities, organ guild chapters, and featured at the prestigious Piccolo Spoleto Organ Festival. In addition to the music they produce, Chuck and Randall regularly commission new arrangements, compositions, and videos.

Click the link below to hear a preview

Welcome Rev. Dr. Kent Carter

We welcome Dr. Carter to the pulpit for the next three Sundays. Dr. Carter currently serves as a full-time chaplain with asana hospice in Harrisburg, PA. Before joining this hospice team, Kent served the Progress-Immanuel Presbyterian Church for almost 12 years. Kent celebrated 25 years of ordained ministry last month. Kent enjoys being married, dad to three children, hiking, biking, gardening, traveling, BBQing, and brewing.

Memorial Service – David Freet

A Service in Witness to the Resurrection will be held Saturday, October 9, 2021, at 11:00 a.m., at Pine Street Presbyterian Church. Parking will be available in the South Street Parking Garage.

Preparing the Path to the Future – Updates from the Transition Team and Interim Search Committee

The Transition Team had the opportunity to meet with Michelle Snyder, the PneuMatrix consultant who will be working with the team through the transition process.  Michelle reviewed the results of the Congregational Assessment Tool.  Later this week, the team will be meeting with Michelle and other Transition Teams in the Presbytery to talk about ways that we will be using the CAT results to develop transition plans.  The Transition Team would once again like to thank the members of the Congregation who completed the Congregational Assessment Tool (CAT).  We look forward to sharing a summary of the survey with Session and with the congregation in the future.

The Interim Search Committee has had initial Zoom interviews with several candidates over the past week.  The committee is encouraged by the quality of candidates that have expressed an interest in Pine Street and its mission.  We are preparing for a second round of interviews to help us learn more about the candidates and their faith, ministry, and leadership.

If you have questions or concerns about the interim search committee or transition team, please do not hesitate to contact [email protected].

Please continue to keep the Transition Team, Interim Search Committee, staff, officers, and congregation in your prayers as we continue to prepare this path to our future together.

Transition Team                          Interim Search Team

Beth Alwine                                        David Colestock

Amy Chick                                           Kenneth Hays

David Colestock                                 Alicia McDonald

Audrey Light                                       Keith Perago

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight.  In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.  Proverbs 3: 5-6

NEW Pine Street Website

Our new website is up and running. Check it out at We hope you will find this one easier to use. We are continuing to update it and add new content, so if you have any comments, please send them to [email protected]. We cannot guarantee that all suggestions will be included, but we would love to hear from you as we continue to build out this site.


During the past several weeks the Follow Me curriculum has emphasized the church’s ministry of hospitality and welcome. Our new four-week series of programs will equip us to better understand and show hospitality to our LGBTQIA+ neighbors.

Our guest presenter is the Rev. Alex McNeil, Executive Director of More Light Presbyterians, a national organization working to assure all are welcome in the PC(USA). He will Zoom in with us on October 13 and November 3 to lead our discussion and respond to your questions. On October 20 and 27 we will be watching the connecting the dots webinar offered by More Light Presbyterians.

The Zoom link for all forums is:

Meeting ID: 945 4437 1015

Dial by your location   +1 646 876 9923

Pine Street Walkers – Sunday, October 17

Come join Pine Street walkers and friends at Harrisburg’s City Island at 1:00 pm on Sunday, October 17.  Fall’s colors should be in full bloom and all are welcome to participate!  We will meet on City Island at the base of the staircase leading up to the paved .8 mile trail.  Additional distance can easily be added to the walk by venturing across the walking bridge into Harrisburg to view more of Fall’s beauty and perhaps some of the city’s beautiful architecture!  Please RSVP to [email protected] by October 16.  As always, participants will decide to enjoy refreshments together at a local restaurant following the walk.

COVID-19 – Mask Recommendation

In the past few weeks, Central Pennsylvania counties have reached a high positivity rate of COVID 19 transmission. This week, Session responded to this news by reviewing and supporting the CDC and Carlisle Presbytery recommendations that all individuals, no matter their vaccination status, wear masks in public indoor settings where there is a substantial or high transmission rate. Session asks worshipers to comply with these guidelines in consideration of the well-being of children, the immunocompromised, and any others who are not eligible to receive the vaccine.

October Dates for your Calendar

Wednesday, October 6 – No Adult Forum

Sunday, October 10 –  8:45 am Church School for All Ages – 10:00 am  Worship, The Rev. Kent Carter, Preaching

Wednesday, October 13 – 7:00 pm Adult Forum via zoom –  Rev. Alex Patchin McNeill will introduce and facilitate our learning about the LGBTQIA+ members of our community.

Friday, October 15 –  7:00 pm Seipp/Sheets Trumpet and Organ Duo Happy Hour Concert – wine and snacks beginning at 5:30 pm.

Sunday, October 17 –  8:45 am Church School for All Ages – 10:00 am  Worship, The Rev. Kent Carter, Preaching – 1:00 pm Pine Street Walkers meet at City Island.

Wednesday, October 20 – 7:00 pm Adult Forum via zoom – we will view part one of the Connecting the Dots webinar.

Sunday, October 24 –  8:45 am Church School for All Ages – 10:00 am  Worship, The Rev. Kent Carter, Preaching

Wednesday, October 27 – 7:00 pm Adult Forum via zoom – we will view part two of the Connecting the Dots webinar.

Sunday, October 31 –  8:45 am Church School for All Ages – 10:00 am  Worship, The Rev. Heather Sigler, Preaching

Remember in Prayer

Family and Friends of David Freet

Chris Earhart

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