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1.23.20

Thurs.

  • ESL Classes – Room 103
  • Choir Rehearsal

1.25.20

Sat.

  • Doris Lego Graveside Memorial Service – Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens

1.26.20

Sun.

  • Adult Forum – Fellowship Hall
  • Church School – All Ages
  • Worship – Word & Sacrament – Sanctuary
  • Potluck Luncheon – Fellowship Hall

1.27.20

Mon.

  • ESL Classes – Room 103
  • Adult Learning Center – Boyd
  • Personnel Committee Meeting
  • Session Meeting – Fellowship Hall

1.28.20

Tues.

  • Staff Worship
  • ESL Classes – Room 103
  • Staff Meeting
  • DDB Staff Meeting – Boyd
  • Adult Learning Center – Boyd

1.29.20

Wed.

  • Adult Learning Center – Boyd
  • Handbell Ensemble Rehearsal

1.30.20

Thurs.

  • ESL Classes – Room 103
  • Choir Rehearsal

December 24

Christmas Eve Services (Please note time change)

Our Christmas Eve services this year are scheduled for 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. The 6:00 p.m. Family Service features story, candle lighting, and communion served by intinction. The 9:00 p.m. Festival Service will feature choir, sermon, candle lighting, and communion served in the pews.

January 5, January 12, January 19, and January 26, 2020

Adult Forums – Fellowship Hall

January 5  – “How to Help” (Bagels and Belief)
The Rev. Ruth Moore will prepare us to help those with a mental illness cope, dispelling common myths, shar­ing valuable resources, and supplying statistics. She’ll also preach at the 10 o’clock service. Rev. Moore is the Direc­tor of Business Development and Ad­missions at the Pennsylvania Psychia­try Institute.

January 12 –  “Suicide & its Prevention”

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, but you can help, and Govan A. Martin III will show you how. Mr. Martin is the Exec­utive Director of Prevent Suicide PA.

January 19 –  “Overcoming Addiction”

William Milchak, MSW, will educate us on addiction, why people often strug­gle in silence, and treatment options such as faith-based care. Mr. Milchak is the Senior Instructor for the Depart­ment of Psychiatry at Penn State Her­shey Medical Center.

January 26 – Dr. Rachel L. Levine, Secretary of Health, Pennsylvania

We’re honored to have Dr. Levine speak about her work and the health concerns affecting the Commonwealth.

January 26

Potluck Luncheon – Fellowship Hall

EXTENDING GOD’S LOVE CORE TEAM POTLUCK

Sign up at the Welcome Center to attend the Mission Potluck on Sunday, January 26, at 11:30 a.m., in the Fellowship Hall. The team will provide a brief overview of its 2019 mission activities and plans for 2020. Just bring a dish to share. Beverages will be provided.

February 2, February 9, February 16, and February 23, 2020

Adult Forums – Fellowship Hall

Antisemitism: the World’s Oldest Hate Crime

Recent events show antisemitism has raised its ugly head in our society. On the first three Sunday of February, join Neil Leifert, the Director of the Center for Holocaust and Jewish Studies at Penn State Harrisburg, as he explains its origins. Dr. Russell Sullivan, Pastor of Pine Street, will conclude the series on February 23.

February 2 – “Overview of Antisemitism” – What are the origins of Christian and-Judaism? How id this develop into racial antisemitism in the 19th century? As we journey into the 20th century, we’ll note the significance of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion and the work of Henry Ford and his antisemitic publication, The International Jew.

February 9 – “The Jewish Enemy” – Nazi propaganda vilified “World Jewry” as a “clear and present danger” to German survival. What was their motive for genocide and the Holocaust?

February 16 – “Lingering Ideology” – Jewish conspiracies and the Holocaust denial abound in our world, and antisemitism masks in the guise of anti-Zionism. How can we understand these phenomena?

February 23 – “Does God Only Have One Blessing?” – Dr. Sullivan will propose that we have read the relationship between Christians and Jews incorrectly for centuries. Can we read the Christian story in a new way? How can we counteract antisemitism?

Stephen Ministries

Stephen Ministries (or Stephen Ministries St. Louis) is an independent, not-for-profit Christian educational organization, founded in 1975 and based in St. Louis, Missouri.

Committed

To serving God and equipping God’s people for ministry.

Stephen
Ministers

bringing Christ’s love and care to people during a time of need.

Stephen
Ministers

bringing Christ’s love and care to people during a time of need.

Stephen Ministers are lay people—Christian men and women—trained to provide one-to-one care to people experiencing a difficult time in life, such as grief, divorce, job loss, chronic or terminal illness, relocation, or separation due to military deployment.

Stephen
Leaders

building awareness of Stephen Ministry within the congregation and community.

Stephen
Leaders

building awareness of Stephen Ministry within the congregation and community.

People learn to serve as Stephen Leaders by attending a Leader’s Training Course—a one-week conference that introduces the resources used to lead Stephen Ministry, develops key skills, and get people excited about this caring ministry.

Stephen
Care Receivers

Congregation and community memebers who receive care from a Stephen Minister.

Stephen
Care Receivers

Congregation and community memebers who receive care from a Stephen Minister.

These are people struggling through a difficult time in life—experiencing grief, divorce, job loss, chronic or terminal illness, or some other life crisis.

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Christian Care

Stephen Ministry provides confidential, one-on-one Christian care to individuals in our congregation and community who are facing life challenges or a difficult season of life. Stephen Ministers offer a listening ear and an understanding heart and acceptance of people who need compassionate care. They pray for and with individuals in need. Stephen Ministers receive 50 hours of training in Christian caregiving.

Life-Changing Experiences from Stephen Ministry Worldwide

Tom

Retired NBA Player

Tom

Retired NBA Player

Stephen Ministry is one of the greatest things I have ever become involved in. I’ve learned to be much more comfortable in a one-on-one relationship — where I listen to the other person, get to know them, understand what they’re going through, and love them like Christ wants me to love them.

I encourage other men to get involved. The training is wonderful, and being a Stephen Minister is going to help you. It’s been a blessing for me as much as it has for my care receiver. I’m extremely happy that I became a Stephen Minister.

“A blessing
for me too”

“Seeing the true love of Jesus”

Cynthia

Engineer

Cynthia

Engineer

My church is an international community, made up of expatriates who have moved here (Shanghai, China) from all over the world. Many have been uprooted and are in a strange culture, cut off from family. Many people come to our church—even people who never went to church before—in need of care. Stephen Ministers provide a lot of that care.

Stephen Ministry is also a tool we use in evangelism. When a seeker has a need, and a Stephen Minister is there dedicating time and effort and attention to them, it helps them see the true love of God and changes their view of what Christianity is all about.

T.J.

Flight Instructor

T.J.

Flight Instructor

I’m a flight instructor, so I tell people what to do a lot in the airplane. But when I’m a Stephen Minister, I don’t have to do that—my role is just to be there. And honestly, it took all fifty hours of my training to get that through my head.

I’ve had three care receivers so far. Each has been about my age, struggling with some kind of a challenge. And it really takes the pressure off to know that I don’t have to try to fix things. All I need to do is just be there—and watch God work in my care receiver’s life.

“All I need to do
is just be there”

“I now realize
that it's a gift”

Maryann

Financial Professional

Maryann

Financial Professional

I feel like I’ve been training for Stephen Ministry my whole life. I’ve always been a good listener—people have always been telling me their stories and sharing their problems. In the past, it sometimes felt like a chore. But I now realize that it’s a gift. As a Stephen Minister, I can be the person my care receiver can lean on, confide in, celebrate joys with, and also share sorrows. It makes me feel good when I’ve really helped someone.

If you have a compassionate heart and a desire to provide Christian encouragement, consider becoming a Stephen Minister. To request care from a Stephen Minister or lean more about the ministry and how you can become involved, contact the pastor, Russell Sullivan, at (717) 238-9304 or e-mail him at rsullivan@pinestreet.org.

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Matthew 11.28

Come to me, all you that are
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burdens, and I will give you rest.

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