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Silver Spring Presbyterian Church

Seeking to be a grace-filled family of faith
sharing Christ's love with all.

Our values:
Glorify God: Glorify and praise God through worship, discipling, sharing faith and serving with love
Show Compassion: Compassion expressed as care and concern for all
Share Hospitality: Inclusive hospitality through welcome, acceptance and fellowship
Nurture Relationships: Nurture relationships through respect, support and communication
Steward God's Gifts: Faithful stewardship of all God's gifts

Weekly Announcements

September 25, 2022


    "Mammon, Part II: The Way of Redemption"    


This Sunday, we conclude our two-part sermon series entitled “Mammon.”  In Part II, “The Way of Redemption,” we hear Jesus continue his teaching on wealth and how it we should use it. This week’s parable is the story of Lazarus and the Rich Man. We cannot help but be moved by the plight of both the rich man and Lazarus. In death, the rich man is paying the horrendous cost of ignoring poor Lazarus while they were both alive. Jesus clearly intends us to heed this warning by showing compassion and justice toward others, especially those who suffer in poverty.

A helpful way to look at this parable is to put ourselves in the place of the rich man’s brothers. They still have the opportunity to amend their ways. What might that look like in practice?  Whose lives would be redeemed, and what might that redemption be like for them? What might redemption look like for us?

Come on Sunday and find out!

See you in church -



Sermons in this series:

September 18       “Mammon, Part 1: The Way of Righteousness”  [Luke 16:1-14]

September 25       “Mammon, Part 2: The Way of Redemption”  [Luke 16:19-31]

Traditional Service at 9:00 am

Sunday's Bulletin

The Gathering at 11:00 am

Link for the Gathering Service at 11 am

Presbyterian Women (PW) Luncheon

Looking forward to seeing the women of SSPC tomorrow from noon to 2:00 pm with Deb McLain as our speaker. There is no cost for the luncheon, but please give generously with a freewill offering for Beacon Clinic. Blessings, Claudia Brown

Wine Tasting Group

The wine tasting interest group will be holding their next tasting on Saturday, September 24 at 7:00 pm. Chris and Holly Lawrence will be the hosts at their home at 19 Sycamore Drive, Mechanicsburg 17050. Please bring an appetizer to share and, if you prefer, your own wine glass. If you plan on attending, please RSVP to Holly. If you have any questions or would like to be put on the group's contact list, please contact Jenny Bell. We look forward to seeing you for another great evening together.

Peacemaking Offering

Peace is active, not passive; peace is doing, not waiting. On October 2nd, World Communion Sunday, we will be collecting the Peacemaking Offering to help bring about change in our world. The PCUSA will receive 50% of the offering to help promote peace and reconciliation across the globe. Our local Presbytery will receive 25% of the offering to help support peacemaking work in our local communities. The last 25% of the offering will be used by our church to support our sister church in South Africa, Newcastle Congregation to help them keep their vital soup kitchen in operation. Together we are building God’s household of peace through this offering.

Sunday School this week

We continue this Sunday at 10 am in Rooms 201 and 202. The adults will be doing a Bible study in Room 201 and the children will be doing their Bible study in Room 202. All will gather in Room 202 to start, as we practice for the first 5 minutes with the Intergenerational Choir. Those who are not interested in singing may go to their Sunday School rooms, for class to begin at 10:05. This week we will be studying Proverbs 8:22–31, as we study the wisdom of the creation according to Scripture. Come and join us!


Bus Trip to see the story of David

All the details are set for Thursday, October 6: Sight and Sound Theatre, The Story of DAVID, 11 am show…then a late lunch/early dinner at Millers Smorgasbord, then back to the church! $155 per person takes care of everything! Look for the sign-up sheet in the Gathering Place, or contact Scott Pepperman, 717-389-5100. The deadline has passed, but we can still take 2 more people, but hurry and contact Scott if interested. Note: Remember, payment is due as soon as possible if you have not already paid. Make your check payable to SSPC. An envelope is in the Gathering Place by the sign-up sheet, where you can deposit your checks or simply take them to the office. The bus will leave at 9:30 am promptly and return at approximately 6 pm. Any questions, contact Scott.

Membership Badges 

Due to the demand from the congregation, a new drive for membership badges has begun. The new badges will be larger, black print on white, with the first name most prominent. The cost for each badge is the same as before, $6.00. You can order the badges by emailing Scott Pepperman at, or calling him at 717-389-5100. Payment can be a check made out to SSPC. An envelope is in the Gathering Place, along with a sign-up sheet if you prefer to sign up. We need the first and last name that you want displayed on the badge. Badges will be magnetic, but if you prefer or need the pin on type that can be made as well. God called us by name at our birth, how nice to be able to call each other by name as well!

Blessing of the Animals on Saturday, October 1

The animals and other critters in our lives teach us about unconditional love, and they are important parts of our lives. They teach children about gentleness, responsibility and care. From the bowl of goldfish to the large dog, living life with one of God’s creatures makes life richer in so many ways. Our cats, dogs, reptiles, horses, etc. are a blessing and provide much support to us.

To honor this special relationship, Silver Spring Presbyterian Church will hold a Drive-Thru Blessing of the Animals event on Saturday, October 1, from 1 pm. until 3 pm. Many Protestant and Catholic Churches hold Blessing of the Animal Events to honor St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals. This event will be held regardless of the weather.

Pastor Don and Pastor Lisa will be stationed by the front of the Gathering Place to greet the family (who will drive up to the prayer stations) and pray and bless the animal. Members will enter the church's grounds from Silver Spring Road and drive to the front of the Gathering Place, and after the blessing, exit onto Presbyterian Drive. We ask that the animal be on a leash and in a harness and we will pray for them by the owner’s car, so that we can keep the animals away from each other. As one of our Confirmands Outreach projects, we also ask for donations of dog and cat food, and toys that we can donate to a local animal shelter. Thank you for participating!

Fall Faire - Saturday, October 8, 2022, 8:00 am - 2:00pm

•   SIGN UP NOW to help! There is a Sign-Up board in the Gathering Place where you can volunteer to work in the area and times you prefer. Help is needed the whole week leading up to the Faire as well as on October 8. 

•   Donations: Items can be brought to the church hallway starting Sunday, September 18. Donations need to be made by Sunday, October 3.  Please be sure your items are clean and in working order. No clothing, stuffed animals, large furniture, TVs, suitcases, car seats, computers, speakers, stereos, cribs, linens, DVD/VHS. But bring your other treasures! If you bring items in a cardboard box, please label the box with content.

•   Scarecrow-making donations: We will be making mini scarecrows in the Kids Section! Donations of toddler or small child jeans, overalls, plaid shirts, hats and plain pillow cases are needed. You can place them in the labeled box outside the chapel.

•   Fall Fair Marketplace: The Gathering Place will be set up like a Fall Marketplace.  We will need donations of handmade items, art, stitchery and wood. Also, a Fall Pantry will be featured where we will sell your homemade jellies, jams and food gift items. Now is the time to make pre-packaged soups, small gift baskets of pantry items, spices, sauces, cookie mixes or roasted nuts to package. The Marketplace will also contain a Garden Mart where we will be selling your donated potted perennials and fresh flower arrangements with donated cut flowers from your garden. All these items will be brought to the church on October 3-4 to the Gathering Space.

•   Book Sale: Bring fiction and non-fiction books to the choir room starting Sunday, September 18. Children’s books will go to the Chapel. Please, no cookbooks, reference books, CDs, DVDs, records, VHS.

•   Christmas Corner: Don’t forget about donating Christmas decorations, decorative items, ornaments, table toppers for our festive Christmas area.

•   Toys: A complete Children’s room in the Chapel will feature all your donated toys, game, books and play items. No stuffed animals please. 

•   Food, food, food: Soups, lunch food, sticky buns, apple dumplings, pies, baked goods will all be for sale for eating onsite or take out. Note: No Take Home food will be available to members prior to 8:00 am on October 8. 

•   Children’s activities: Hayride, games, activities and more will keep the event family focused and fun!

Fall Faire Parking for ALL SSPC Members

This year remote parking for the Fall Faire will again be at the Waugh-Wilson House, 404 Silver Spring Road. SSPC members who work at or visit the Fall Faire between 7:00 am and 12:30 pm are asked to use this remote parking site to free up parking for our visitors during the busy morning hours. The area for parking will be on the flat grassy area to the right as you enter the driveway. Please park perpendicular to Silver Spring Road and leave a wide center lane. 

A shuttle will be running between the Fall Faire and remote parking site from 7:00 am until 12:30. By then, SSPC members who will rely on the shuttle should move their cars from the remote site to a church parking lot. 

SSPC members with crafts/goodies for the Faire may drop them off at the church, and then proceed to the remote parking site. Please remember the road in front of the gym and Gathering Place will be one-way from the upper parking lot (closest to the Manse) to the lower parking lot (behind the Meeting House).  Thank you!

Help Needed for Refugees

Church World Service is facilitating the resettlement of refugee families from around the world. The Presbytery of Carlisle is seeking volunteers to assist them with this resettlement. The primary need is for a small group of caring persons who will provide intentional friendships and who will visit on a regular basis. If you are interested in assisting with this very important project, additional information is available by clicking HERE.

Pastoral Care Process Update

It is important that our congregation knows our ministry teams are ready, able and willing to provide assistance, depending on what the need is. 


Since Barbara Shoun’s retirement, Don and Lisa have worked to define and improve the pastoral care process that includes the deacons, the Health Ministry Team, Stephen Ministers and the pastors. The following information will be helpful if a member of Silver Spring Presbyterian Church finds him/herself in emotional, spiritual or physical need: 


First, if there is a pastoral emergency, the quickest way to get in touch with Pastors Don and Lisa, is to call the church’s main number (717) 766-0204. If the call goes into voicemail, the first message you will hear is one about pastoral emergencies. Please listen carefully, follow the process and leave a detailed message. The church’s phone system is programmed to call their cell phones to relay the message. Also, one of the pastors is usually in the office during office hours and can be reached that way as well. One of the pastors will respond back to the call as soon as possible. In addition to addressing pastoral emergencies, the pastors are able to provide short-term pastoral counseling, until a referral to a trained counselor or support group can be made, if necessary. 

If a member of the congregation needs any kind of health information – referral for a health facility, or information on a diagnosis or a procedure, the member is to call Priscilla who will take down the information and relay it to Pastor Lisa, who will then call the health ministry team volunteer on-call. This trained volunteer (a nurse or a physician) will then call back the member with the question and needing information and provide assistance that way. Please note that confidentiality is carefully observed.


If a member is in need of support during a time of transition (e.g., someone is in the hospital, the birth of a child, a death of a family member), please call the church and let us know. The Deacons provide much outreach, and the issue may be one that a Deacon can also address. 


Finally, our Stephen Ministers are trained and able to provide short-or-long term emotional support and compassionate care to members in emotional and spiritual need. Depending on the issue, there may be a referral to a bereavement or another type of support group or counseling.  


It is important for our members to reach out and ask for help if it is needed. This is an important part of the church’s community. We are here for one another! 

So in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. (Romans 12:5)

Next Dining Out Group

Save the date for October 26th, 5:00 pm at the Pizza Grille, Camp Hill.

Part-time Custodian Needed

Silver Spring Presbyterian Church is looking for a part-time employee or independent contractor to work on Fridays and handle backup coverage for our full-time church custodian. To read the complete job description, click HERE.

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Per Capita

Please pay your per capita apportionment to free up church monies for other needs. The amount for 2022 is $29.000 per member. If you do not have church envelopes, simply write Per Capita in the memo line of your check. Thank you.

Click here to give:

Earth Care


Wegmans is discontinuing the use of plastic bags. 😃 After September 22, you need to bring your own bag or pay a small charge for a brown bag. Would that more grocery [and other] stores adopt this same policy .... [as in many other states].

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Happy Birthday

We wish you a very Happy Birthday to all those celebrating in October!

Click HERE for the October birthday list.


ROAR At Home Week

This fall we will again do a ROAR At Home week to help maintain the church campus and the Retreat Center as well as local outreach projects as time and volunteers allow. We will meet in the Gathering Place each morning at 8:30 am from Monday, October 10 through Saturday, October 15, 2022 to get work assignments for the day. There are a variety of projects that need attention on the church properties, most of which are outside jobs. 

This is an opportunity for folks who cannot take a week away from home for mission projects to pitch in for a day or so to help maintain the church properties and save the church the cost of hiring contractors to do the work. Please consider joining members and friends of the church for a day (or more) of sharing your time and talents to aid the church and people in the community. This is a great way to meet and get to know fellow church members and maybe learn a new skill.

If you are interested in being part of the ROAR At Home Team or need additional information please contact Terry Reed, 717-766-2714.

New Hope Ministry - Needs for September

This month's needs for New Hope are pasta sauce, crackers of any kind, and peanut butter. All donations can be placed in the bins outside the Chapel. Thank you!

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) and the Presbyterian Mission Agency (PMA) are working with partners to determine where funds can be directed for greatest impact. Click here if you wish to give to the PC(USA) response to the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine.


Lock in: Fall Edition - This is a staple event for CORE Youth Min and this year...we will have two! The first one is from 8 pm September 23rd to 8 am September 24th. The Friday to Saturday event has an action-packed schedule. Despite it being a lock in, we will go to Sports Emporium shortly after 8 pm on Friday. They have laser tag, go karts, arcade games, and mini golf! It has also become a tradition to stop at Sheetz on the way back. After our outing, we will go back to the church where we will have alternating group activities and free time. We will play games like capture the flag, crog, sardines, battleball, 9 square, and/or many more. Free time activities include Wii games, ping pong, basketball, board/card games, and more. We will cap off the event by having breakfast together. Come join us for a night full of fun and see if Bryan can stay up all night!

September 23-24, 2022: Lock in: Fall Edition from 8 pm Friday to 8 am Saturday

September 25, 2022: No CORE

October 2, 2022:  CORE, 6-8 pm

October 9, 2022:  CORE, 6-8 pm

Crop Walk 2022: October 23rd at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Park

This is the fourth year the CORE Youth Ministry has been involved with Crop Hunger Walk. We invite everyone to help us put an end to hunger one step at a time. Please use the link below to register as a walker and/or donate. If you have any questions, please contact Bryan.

The CROP Hunger Walk is a nationwide movement sponsored by Church World Service to raise funds to end hunger and poverty in the U.S. and around the world. Hundreds of religious groups, businesses, schools and others organize local Walk events in their communities each year, while others join the National Walk and choose their own location and experience.

Click here to register to walk and/or donate.

Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Park - 1 Memorial Park Dr, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055

Parking is in gravel lot at the end of N. Washington Street

1:00 PM Registration or register on-line / 1:30 PM Team Pictures

1:50 PM Kick-Off / 2:00 PM 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk

Walk Local. Impact Global.

Prayers of healing and comfort: Rich Morelli, Margie Kutz, Elizabeth Bellis, Debbie Miller Bitting

Prayers of SympathyFamily of Ron Nisson

Prayers for our military members: Olivia Chase, Justin Ledvina, Josiah Scandle, Wyatt La Pointe, Brandon Johnson

July 2022 financials


September 11

One blended service at 11 am - 137

September 18

9:00 am Traditional - 111

11:00 am Gathering - 50

9 am YouTube views - 104

11 am YouTube views - 27



Susan and Mike Evans

Deacon Servers:

Heather McCarthy

Roxanne Dagino

Gathering Snack:

Kavulich Family

Downtown Daily Bread,

September 30:

Jo Day and Mary Leo

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