October 3rd, 2021
A Weekly Newsletter from Pine Street Church
In-Person Worship, World Communion Sunday, and I’ve Been Meaning to Ask…

“Where does it hurt?” 

That’s a question the civil rights legend Ruby Sales learned to ask during the days of that movement. It’s a question she found to have a power to drive to the heart of the matter. It’s a question we scarcely know how to ask in public life now, she says. 

And I’d say we really don’t know how to ask that question as well as we could in the church either. It’s easier to make small talk about the weather or whether the Broncos will beat the Ravens today than to really take time to ask, “Where does it hurt?”

Today we will explore this powerful question based on the Gospel of Mark. We will celebrate Holy Communion (with a safe way to share it together), and we will be “live” online at the Pine Street Church YouTube Channel at 10am MST. Join us in-person or virtually. And invite a friend! 

If you are able to be with us in-person, we will enjoy really good coffee on the front lawn right after worship. 

Take a look around today’s Pine Street Post for all of the news that’s fit to print to find ways to connect with small groups, upcoming events, and worship opportunities. 

Welcome to October. I’ll see you soon. 

With heart, 

CLICK HERE to download a copy of today's worship guide. And join us for today's worship online at our Pine Street Church YouTube Channel
Ordination Service for Our Very Own, Becky Gruber

Please Join us this coming Saturday at 4pm at Pine Street Church for a very special service of ordination for soon to be Rev. Becky Gruber.

Becky and Phil joined Pine Street Church several years ago and the Pinehead community was blessed to have Becky serve on staff as a part of her seminary studies.

There couldn't be a finer person to honor with this special recognition and we hope you will all be a part of it. And that everyone will also attend a reception afterwards at their home. details below!
We’ve Been Surprised by God’s Glory

During the World Mission Offering this October, we have the opportunity to join the transformational work God is doing around the world through International Ministries’ 120+ global servants and 250+ global partners. God can use our participation not only to change lives internationally, but also to deepen our own discipleship in Christ. You can take part in what the Holy Spirit is doing to bring God’s kingdom “on earth as it is in heaven.”

For more than two hundred years, International Ministries (also known as the American Baptist Foreign Mission Society), has combined resilience, adaptability, and creative approaches to cross-cultural ministry with faithfulness to Scripture. We serve together with and learn from our many local partners in ministry around the globe.

During the 2021 World Mission Offering, you can see highlights of the work of Global Servants Ketly and Vital Pierre in the Dominican Republic, as they provide education, Bible studies, language classes, a micro-loan program, legal counseling, and more for Haitian immigrants facing inequity and maltreatment in the Dominican Republic. You can hear from Global Servants Alise and Mark Juanes, as they talk about their ministry of practical care and love for the hill tribe children in Chiang Mai, Thailand. You can also see the impact of Global Servant Ricardo Mayol-Bracero’s ministry, as he serves and stands alongside communities in Latin America trying to access clean water and air

You’ll be hearing more each week about the transformational work of American Baptist missionaries who seek to transform lives by sharing God’s love along with practical support in many parts of our hurting world.

Please prayerfully consider a generous gift to The World Mission Offering which will be collected throughout the month of October. You can give online HERE, being sure to select "World Mission Offering 2021" from the drop down tab, or you can give in person Sunday mornings by dropping an offering in our offering box using a WMO envelope found in the pew racks.

With gratitude for your generous support,
Your Heart for Missions Team
2021 Crop Walk!

The Boulder County Crop Walk is scheduled for October 24th and the PSC Heart for Missions team is urging our participation and support.  The Boulder County Crop Walk takes place every October as part of a nationwide effort to increase awareness and raise funds to alleviate hunger and poverty here in our community, the United Sates and internationally. Our financial contributions support Church World Service (CWS), an organization that aids not just hunger and poverty, but helps with displacement and disaster needs. Currently CWS is offering aid to victims of the earthquake in Haiti and supporting the re-location of afghan refugees. Locally, 24% of the funds raised go to Community Food Share.
Last year the Crop Walk had a more virtual platform, with small groups of people walking together on event day. Fund raising was still brisk and the Boulder County Crop Walk raised over $42,000.

This year the actual walk will be hosted at Heart of Longmont Church. We created a PSC Pine Heads team. Irregardless of your physical participation, you can support the Pine Heads who will be walking and this very worthy cause.
Check out the link to sign up:
Art Brunch with Waverly Matthews
For What Purpose? Higher Education


CLICK HERE to join today's meeting via Zoom

In our last presentation, we focused on the value of higher education from the critics’ point of view. This Sunday we will take the perspective of the institutions of higher education. How do they respond to the accusation that many degrees (usually in the Humanities) are worthless in the marketplace, and that the return on investment (ROI) of a college education and degree is steadily declining? And how do they respond to the new reality that their critics are also becoming competitors, inviting college age youth to take courses offered by private companies? Is this a real threat to institutions of higher education? What do traditional colleges and universities still offer that is entirely unique and essential to a vibrant and strong democracy? And should these institutions change or adapt in any way to ensure their vital role in society?

In this new series, we examine human behavior in all of its extremes, as well as what we call normal, to discover our deepest motivations and desires. By looking closely at our culture's past and present, and the art produced in response to it, we will attempt to understand ourselves better, and perhaps choose a different set of priorities.
"I've Been Meaning to Ask"

Some of the best conversations start with good questions—questions we’ve been meaning to ask, questions that keep us curious, and questions that lead us deeper into courage and connection. This worship series is formed around four guiding questions: “I’ve been meaning to ask… Where are you from? . . . Where does it hurt? . . . What do you need? . . . Where do we go from here?” As you can see, these questions aren’t surface level; they invite us to tell our stories, share our pain, care for one another, and dream about a new way forward together.

We hope this series helps us to behold each other as images of the divine. That it helps us strengthen our capacity for empathy and compassion. May it remind us of the power of unassuming questions. May it show us that courage is rooted in the heart. Through vulnerability and authenticity, may our courageous conversations lead us to glimpse hope, joy, and beauty—and to become the community God created us to be.

Join us for today's worship online at our Pine Street Church YouTube Channel
Adult Learning Opportunity

So many people have been affected by extreme environmental events: hurricanes, tornadoes, droughts, floods, wildfires, as well as a pandemic. Our earth home is in peril. As people of faith, we are called to use the available collective knowledge to save and protect God’s gift of creation, which has provided and sustained life for countless years.

Join others in reading and discussing the book All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis, edited by Ayana Elizabeth Johnson and Katharine Wilkinson. The book contains about 60 essays, poems, illustrations, each contributing to the breadth and depth of hopeful wisdom offered.

All We Can Save has been selected as this year’s “One Book, One Boulder”, and we are one of the registered book circles to share insights from the book. Copies of the book are available for loan from Boulder Public Library.

We will meet by Zoom on Tuesday evenings for nine weeks, starting. If you are interested, or have questions, contact book circle leader, Mary Beth Mankin, Let us encourage one another in making a difference.

Praise for All We Can Save

“A powerful read that fills one with, dare I say . . . hope?”
—The New York Times 

“Hopeful and illuminating, All We Can Save is an anthology of essays by women at the forefront of the climate crisis. So often climate writing can make us feel doomed and anxious, but this collection is a comfort because of its honesty and courage…. It’s a reminder that we can work with hope towards a better future.”
— BuzzFeed

“These are the ideas, solutions, inspirations, and visionaries we’ve been waiting for.”  
— Ms
Upcoming Services at Pine Street Church

Please mark your calendars for a number of important services happening at and around Pine Street Church in the coming months.

  • Saturday October 9th, Becky Gruber Ordination Service at Pine Street Church--4pm
  • Monday October 18th, Kathryn Stuart/Deborah Rothe Memorial Service at Pine Street Church - 2pm
Sunday Morning Greeters Needed

We're looking to fill out our online signup form for being a greeter on Sunday mornings. It's both easy and important! And even more so, FUN!

Men's Fellowship Group

The Men's Fellowship Group has a new meeting schedule. Beginning immediately they will meet in person for Breakfast at the Parkway Cafe on the first Tuesday of the month at 7:30 a.m. They will also hold a monthly Zoom gathering at 9:00 a.m.on the third Tuesday of each month. Please contact Bill Mankin for more information on how to join these meetings:
Oasis Women's Group: New Book Study

The Oasis women’s book study/support/ministry is currently reading The Four Sacred Gifts: Indigenous Wisdom for Modern Times by Dr. Anita L. Sanchez. "The Four Sacred Gifts reveals how our world depends on each of us to discover our interconnectedness to people, earth, and animals, with awareness that we are ‘all one relation’”.

Dr. Sanchez is a Boulder author. This is a great time for women to join the group to learn something new, as well as develop new relationships. Contact Mary Beth Mankin,, with questions or to get zoom information for Oasis meetings on Thursdays at 1:30 PM.

Click Here to join the Zoom group Thursdays at 1:30pm
The Pinehead Portal

Check it out, and register today, HERE. There's a church directory, updates from the PSC Leadership Council and much more. Email if you have any trouble registering and gaining access.
God's desire for us is our wholeness; the Hebrew Scriptures call this shalom. This wholeness incorporates our physical, mental, emotional, and relational being.

*Please note: If you wish to include a prayer need on this Community Care list---or another specific pastoral care need for which you would like prayer, please email Pastor Andrew Daugherty at

PSC's Nurture and Prayer Team also stands by for prayer support. To share your prayer concerns, needs, or celebrations, contact Rev. Carol Simpson at:

Pine Street Church extends love and sympathy to the family of Bob Price who died on September 5, 2021.

Community Care List
Please use this list today and throughout the week, praying with special intention for:

  • The people of Afghanistan
  • The people of Haiti
  • The healing of the division in our nation. For unity and peace and an end to violence.
  • Thanks be to God for COVID-19 vaccines that are being distributed now!
  • Out Boulder County and all those in our LGBTQ+ community
  • PSC's Off Broadway Preschool and summer camps
  • Those in our Boulder community who suffer from food insecurity and hunger and who are experiencing homelessness
  • All who celebrate joys and those who are distressed in mind, body, or spirit, and members of our spiritual family including:

Short term
Chris Dowd
Jo White
Susan Medley (sister of Carol Simpson)
Alicia Andersen
Juan & Denise Aragon and their children (recently diagnosed with COVID-19)
Carter Edgerley (chemotherapy treatment and son of PSC bookkeeper Michele Edgerley)
Lizzie Parker
Dan Torpy 

Long term
Jo White 
Susan Medley (Carol Simpson’s sister)
Bud Clifford, and all those who cared for him. Bud, neighbor of Neva Huffaker, passed away this past week
Vondell Martin 
Shirley Scott 
Butch & Kathy Stanko, Friends of Polly McDonald
Jo Judd
Kerry Hassler

Lance & Christina Muteyo, Juan & Denise Aragon, Ruth Fox, Pieter & Nora Kalkman

*Please notify the church office (303-442-6530) or if there are people who should be added to or removed from our community care list.
In Case You Missed It:
Pine Street Church Sunday Morning Worship:
Hybrid Edition,
Sunday, September 26th, 2021