Around the Church for September 15, 2021

We Welcome J. Paul Burkhart II to the Pulpit
A graduate of Dickinson College, Paul received his Master of Divinity and Master of Theology degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. in Speech from the Pennsylvania State University. Ordained by the Presbytery of New Brunswick in 1960, he served four years as Director of Youth Work and Leadership Education for the Pennsylvania Council of Churches, two years as Assistant Pastor of Paxton Presbyterian Church in Harrisburg, PA, and the following thirty years as Professor of Speech, with eight of those years as Chair of the Department of Speech and Theatre Arts, at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania. At Chautauqua, New York, he has served on the Board of the Presbyterian Association.

An active Rotarian, Paul is a Past President of the Rotary Club of Carlisle and a Past District Governor of Rotary District 7390. A singer since high school days, Paul is currently a baritone in the Susquehanna Chorale and has served on the Chorale Board. Retired in 1996, Paul is widowed and lives in Carlisle, PA. He has four children, fourteen grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

THANK YOU for the Fall Flowers
A big thank you to Pam Wingfield and Greg Lane for planting the beautiful mums in the 3rd street planters in front of the church. They look wonderful!

WoofStock Festival
Pine Street is participating at the WoofStock festival Sunday, September 26, from 11 am – 5 pm. This is the largest festival on the East Coast for dogs and their humans! Rain or shine. Free Admission. Anyone interested in helping out please contact Sue Wilson at [email protected].

Peace & Global Witness Offering
Over the next several Sundays we will collect our denomination’s Peace & Global Witness Offering. A gift to the Peace & Global Witness Offering enables the Presbyterian Church (USA) to promote the Peace of Christ by addressing systems of conflict and injustice across the world. Locally, Pine Street retains 25% of this offering, which this year will be used for the support of the Adult Learning Center. To contribute: 1. Use the Peace & Global Witness Offering envelope available at the church; 2. Send a check to the church with “Peace Offering” on the memo line; or 3. Go the and click on the PayPal/Credit Card link, and please note that your contribution is for the Peace & Global Witness Offering. We are thankful for peacemaking efforts throughout the world and for the ministry of the Adult Learning Center at Pine Street.
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.

Last week you received an email with the link to Pine Street’s Congregational Assessment Tool (CAT). If you haven’t already, please set aside 25-30 minutes to complete the assessment. Your personal experience and perspective is critical to your leaders as they plan for our future. Please make it a priority to complete the survey this week if you haven’t already participated in this important process. For your convenience, the link to your CAT is provided again below.

If you have questions, please contact David Colestock at [email protected] or 717-645-6174.

Many thanks,
The Pine Street Transition Team
Beth Alwine, Amy Chick, David Colestock, and Audrey Light

Adult Forum TONIGHT – Plan to join us on September 15, 22, and 29 at 7:00 pm. Presenter: Dr. Lee C. Barrett

The Zoom link for all forums is:
Meeting ID: 945 4437 1015
Dial by your location +1 646 876 9923

The religious environment of the United States is changing rapidly and dramatically. Affiliation with religious institutions is declining, dipping below fifty percent. Pollsters discover that a pervasive lack of interest in spirituality is increasing in younger generations. Protestantism is divided along “red state/blue state” lines. Consumerism, self-advancement, and worldly success appear to have become the effective religion of large portions of the population. In this environment of accelerating polarization, secularism, and religious indifference, many of the faithful are worried about the future of the church. We will explore the ways in which new styles of being the church may be necessary to grapple with our shifting cultural context.

JOIN US! Sunday School Starts this Sunday
Adult Programs
Café Conversations – a new program of Bible study and discussion
Meets in Fellowship Hall; bring your coffee and curiosity!
Curriculum is based on Follow Me; fall emphasis is “Welcome All”
Discovery Class – Marty Gruver, convener
Lower Level Room 103; content and start date TBA

Children and Youth Programs: Lower Level Rooms 107 and 109
Multi Age Class (MAC) – Grades K through 4 – Devona Van Nest, teacher
Curriculum is based on Follow Me; fall emphasis is “Welcome All”
Youth – Grade 5 and older – Lisa Milletics and John Luciew, teachers
Curriculum is based on Follow Me; fall emphasis is “Welcome All”

3rd in the BURG – Friday, September 17
After months of being closed, our Gathering Place will again be open for 3rd in the Burg events starting on Friday, September 17, from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm. We will present a showing of Pine Street’s own Estelle Hartranft’s photography. Please join us for this event and others to follow in the coming months.

Backpack Project a SUCCESS!!
We collected 16 filled backpacks and a big box of extra school supplies! These will be distributed to needy area students in the coming week. Thank you to everyone who helped make the school year a little easier for these students. It is such a blessing to see our mission of caring for those in need in action.

Pine Street BOOK CLUB – Sunday, September 19
Pine Street Book Club will meet on Sunday, September 19, at 7:00 pm at the home of Alicelyn Sleber, 1612 Whitley Drive, Harrisburg, PA 17111. Amy Chick will review “The Leavers” by Lisa Ko. All are welcome. Please call or email Alicelyn to let her know that you will attend at [email protected] or 717-652-7990.

Pine Street WALKERS – Sunday, September 19
Come join the Pine Street walkers and friends at Schiavoni Park, 9060 Bridge Rd, Hummelstown, at 1:00 pm on Sunday, September 19. All are welcome. It is located across from Hoss’s Restaurant off of Rte 322. The trail is along the Swatara Creek and has a mostly flat surface. It is over 2 miles round trip. There is plenty of parking and an outdoor toilet. You can contact Jen Gardner at 717-439-8012 if you are interested. After our hike we will drive over to Englewood restaurant for refreshments. We welcome you to join us!

September Dates for your Calendar
Please mark your calendars for a host of church activities scheduled for September.

TONIGHT, September 15 – 7:00 pm Adult Forum on Zoom – Dr. Lee Barrett will lead this study, exploring ways in which new styles of being the church may be necessary to grapple with our shifting cultural context.
Friday, September 17 – 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm – 3RD IN THE BURG – Gathering Place Gallery featuring the photography of Estelle Hartranft

Sunday, September 19 – 8:45 am Church School Classes begin for children, youth, and adults – 10:00 am Worship, The Rev. Paul Burkhart, Preaching – 1:00 pm Pine Street Walkers, Schiavoni Park, Hummelstown.

Wednesday, September 22 – 7:00 pm Adult Forum on Zoom – Dr. Lee Barrett

Sunday, September 26 – 8:45 am Church School Classes – 10:00 am Worship, The Rev. Paul Burkhart, Preaching – 11:00 am – 5:00 pm WoofStock, Riverfront Park, Blessing of the Animals

Wednesday, September 29 – 7:00 pm Adult Forum on Zoom – Dr. Lee Barrett

Remember in Prayer
The family and friends of Henry Grissinger
David Freet
Chris Earhart
Michael Shoemaker

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