Around the Church for September 22, 2021

Peace & Global Witness Offering
This Sunday 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. It uses as its theme the benediction of St. Paul to the Christians in Thessalonica: “Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in all ways.” (2nd Thessalonians 3:16) Paul’s daring prayer was offered during a time of conflict and turmoil in his church and world, even as we face incredible challenges in our world today. Locally, Pine Street retains 25% of this offering, which this year will be used for the support of the Adult Learning Center. To contribute, use a Peace & Global Witness Offering envelope available at the church; send a check to the church with “Peace Offering” on the memo line; or visit and click on the PayPal/Credit Card link, and please note that your contribution is for a Special Offering. We are thankful for peacemaking efforts throughout the world and for the ministry of the Adult Learning Center at Pine Street.

PEACE is active, not passive. It is a verb just as much as a noun. PEACE is doing, not waiting.

Pine Street Walkers Update
Stevi Sharp, Audrey Light, Dana Deegan, Linda McLaughlin, Lisa Milletics, and Jennifer Gardner met at Schiavoni Park, Hummelstown, on last Sunday. With blue sunny skies, they enjoyed walking the trail along the Swatara Creek, which is flat and a .08 of a mile round trip. The sun was beaming with little shade. At the halfway points turned around and ventured over to Englewood restaurant. They enjoyed great creative, delicious food! All walkers are welcome, and the plan is to revisit the tranquial Schiavoni Park trail someday soon.

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

The Zoom link for all forums is:
Meeting ID: 945 4437 1015
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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.

A Final Reminder from the Transition Team
We are pleased with the response we have received so far for the Congregational Assessment Tool (CAT), but we want to be sure everyone has shared their thoughts in this important process. The survey will be closing on Sunday, September 26, so 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. The link is Please remember this link is not transferable. Please do not forward it. If you have questions, please contact David Colestock at [email protected] or 717-645-6174.

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

JOIN US! Sunday School for All Ages
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”

Parking in Harrisburg this Sunday
Due to the WoofStock event being held in Riverfront Park, Front Street from Forster to Walnut Streets, and the city blocks and alleys in between, will be closed from 6 am to 7 pm. Please plan accordingly as you plan to worship with us this Sunday.

WoofStock Festival
Pine Street is participating at the WoofStock festival this 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].

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.

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

TONIGHT, September 22 – 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.
Sunday, September 26 – 8:45 am Church School for All Ages – 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
David Freet
Chris Earhart

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