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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
Meeting House

October 10, 2021

"SSPC Values Part 2:
Show Compassion"

Sunday’s sermon, “SSPC Values Part 2: Show Compassion”, continues our 5-part sermon series entitled “SSPC Values and the Season of Commitment.”  Throughout October, we are focusing on some of the Bible’s most beloved and striking passages to illustrate the 5 values that guide our work and worship as we live into our Vision of becoming “A Grace-filled Family of Faith Sharing Christ’s Love with All.”  In Luke 10:25-37, Jesus instructs a lawyer that inheriting eternal life means loving God and neighbor. But the lawyer needs more clarification. “Who is my neighbor?” Jesus responds with the Parable of the Good Samaritan.

If ever there is an illustration of what compassion in action looks like, it is this. Like most readers, we are quick to see ourselves as one of the three who encounter the nameless, beaten man beside the road. Like the lawyer, we see clearly that we should emulate the Samaritan who is moved to provide extraordinary care while the Priest and the Levite walk on by. But how else might we understand the power of Jesus’ words? Is there another viewpoint here that would give us a window onto an even more powerful motivation to show compassion? How might that change our ministries here at SSPC?  Come on Sunday and find out!

Sermons in this series:
Sunday, October 3 John 15:1-11
Sunday, October 10       Luke 10:25-37     
 “SSPC Values Part 2: Show Compassion”  [The Good Samaritan]
Sunday, October 17       John 4:1-19, 27-30, 39-42   
 “SSPC Values Part 3: Share Hospitality”  [The Samaritan woman at the well]
Sunday, October 24       I Corinthians 12:27-13:13  
  “SSPC Values Part 4: Nurture Relationships”  [Love and the Body of Christ]
Sunday, October 31       Matthew 16:21-25  
  “SSPC Values Part 5: Steward God’s Gifts”  [Commitment Sunday]

See you in church!

To view our 9:00 am Traditional service this Sunday, click on the video above.
Sunday Worship Schedule
There are two worship services this Sunday-
  • 9:00 am Traditional Service in the Meeting House, and
  • 11:00 am Gathering in the Chapel
Season of Commitment
Most of you know from the mailing the Commitment, Legacy and Endowment Committee sent to our homes that the theme of our Season of Commitment is “Moving Forward Together.” Each week in October we will be highlighting one of the five Core Values our Session has identified as key to supporting our vision of “Seeking to be a grace-filled family of faith sharing Christ’s love with all.”
Last week, we started our conversation with focusing on Glorifying God. We had many ideas shared during our brief time. A few of them are listed here:
·        “Being kind and understanding to all.”
·        “Be a living example of Jesus Christ through all of our actions and deeds.”
·        “Praying that we are living according to God’s will and not our own”
·        “Praying each day that we might recognize the opportunity to share God’s love in our interactions with others”
·        “Helping those in need, without fear”
·        “Hosting a community dinner each month”
·        “Seeking to understand the points of view of others so they will seek understanding our views”
We are continuing this conversation! Want to build on an idea and make it more specific? Have a new idea?   Send your thoughts to with “Glorify God” in the subject line.
This week we’re focusing on our value of actively Showing Compassion. Philippians 2:3 tells us to, Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves” and Ephesians 4:32 challenges us to “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”
You may know we at Silver Spring currently Show Compassion for others in need through the care provided by individual members, mission teams, our pastors, deacons and parish nurse as well as the financial and hands-on support we give to numerous organizations that impacts the lives of people in Central PA and as far away as South Africa.
In worship this Sunday, you’ll be asked two questions. First, “To whom should we, as a church family, be showing compassion?” and second, “What specific actions should we be taking as a church family – beyond what we’re already doing - in order to more powerfully show compassionate care for these people?”
Please pray, think and talk about it. You can share your ideas in person at worship this Sunday, via the “Chat” function on YouTube if you worship remotely or you can send any suggestions you may have to the email address
Please also prayerfully consider how your pledge for next year might enable bold ideas for living out our values by inspiring and informing our Session Committees as they put together our budget for 2022. 
We can Move Forward Together!

Fall Faire
Fall Faire is tomorrow!!
October 9, 2021 - 8 am to 2 pm
If you're not signed up to help, just show up and locate a volunteer to see where help is needed. Looking forward to a wonderful day. Please remember to wear your MASKS.

Fall Faire Parking Instructions 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 the last car leaves the remote parking site. After 12:30 pm, SSPC members 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!

Blood Pressure Sunday
Come have your pressure checked this Sunday. Come to Room 201 between 10 and 10:45 am. We will resume Blood Pressure Sunday on the 2nd Sunday of the month.
Halloween party
Halloween Party
Your fun-loving Fellowship Committee is hosting a Halloween Party on Saturday, Oct 30 from 10:30 A.M. to Noon outside in the parking lot next to the Gym.  If it rains, we will be inside the Gym. This is a Preschool and youth event, + kids at heart can join too. Everyone is requested to come in costume, and wear a Covid mask.  There will be a costume parade with prizes, games, dancing, and treats to take home.  There is no cost for the event, and no sign-up required.  Just come and join the fun.

Wednesday Afternoon Bible Study
We meet every Wednesday afternoon at 1:00 pm in the Parlor (please wear a mask). Our study is on The Women of the Bible Speak by Shannon Bream. For any questions, please call Carolyn Dorward (717.737.6481) or Ruth Stoll (717.697.6560).

Fall Work Day: Save the date for Saturday, November 20 - 8 am to Noon

Stamp Out Stigma
Our total state of well being is dependent on our physical, mental, spiritual, social and intellectual health. In order to be considered “well,” it is imperative for none of these areas to be neglected. Many times, because of the stigma involved with mental health issues, we fail to reach out for help. If we have a physical illness we seek the help of a physician. If we are suffering mentally, we are reluctant to reach out for help because “no one will understand.” We lose confidence. We lose hope.

Faith communities would like to Stamp out Stigma regarding mental health issues. As we learn more and more about the mind and body, it becomes clear that spirituality, religion and faith can help many individuals live well with mental health conditions. The Silver Spring community is equipped with a Health Ministry and a Stephen Ministry. None of the members of these ministries are counselors, but they are trained listeners. They will offer encouragement, emotional support and help with finding service and support resources in our area.
Earth Care - Did you know?
To protect your personal data when recycling your phone:
1. Reset to factory settings
2.Remove storage and SIM cards
3.Turn off any software locks before sending the device

CROP Hunger Walk: When you walk in the CROP Hunger Walk, you are raising money to help fight hunger but you are also walking in solidarity with all of those people around the world who are walking for food, for water and for firewood each day. The walk is October 17 at 117 W Keller St, Mechanicsburg, starting at 1 pm. Sign up to be a Walker or sponsor! Please see Bryan Corbin or visit CropHungerWalk. Proceeds go to Church World Service, New Hope Ministries, and Meals on Wheels! Come walk with us!!

New Hope Ministry
Needs for New Hope Ministry this month include: Instant rice, pasta/rice sides, Hamburger Helpers (Chicken and tuna also). Items can be placed in the bin outside the Chapel. Thank you for your help in meeting the needs of our local community!

ROAR at Home Week
The week of Monday, September 27 through Saturday, October 02, 2021 was a productive work week. There were many opportunities to participate in this ROAR at Home week. Ten volunteers spent all or some of the week concentrating on two large projects.

The first project was to remove wood siding from the gable ends of the garage at the Retreat Center, do some re-framing, install sheeting and then the vinyl siding system. That work was completed in three and one half days. This work involved erecting scaffolding and ladders and careful work at some height.

The second project was to erect two walls in a classroom to form a 10’ X 18’ storage room for chair and table carts, risers for the choir and some miscellaneous items. This work included framing the walls, setting them in place, plumbing the walls, drilling holes in the floor and installing tap-cons to secure the walls.  Drywall panels were installed on both sides of the walls. Finishing work continues on those partitions. Trim work and paint will complete that project.

Shrubbery at the back of the Meiting House was trimmed back to maintain a neat appearance.

All in all the ten volunteers contributed over 300 hours during the work week. This was a huge investment of time and talent dedicated to improving and maintaining the facilities of Silver Spring Church. I am very grateful to the volunteers who took the time and energy to complete these projects.

Notes prepared by Terry Reed for the Mission Committee
Hey all! We have awesome opportunities to serve coming up!

This Saturday, 10/9, is the Fall Faire from 8 am - 2 pm. You can help even if you didn't sign up. Just show up and they can find a place for you!

Also, this Sunday 10/10, we will be helping a neighbor with upkeep on their fence. This is a great opportunity to take "Love thy neighbor" to heart. We will be meeting at the church at 1 pm to head over. Psst - A little birdie told me there will be pizza.

Then, on Sunday 10/17, we will walk to end hunger, one step at a time. The Crop Walk is at 117 W Keller St, Mechanicsburg. It starts at 1 pm. It will be followed by a lunch. Come eat to end hunger. If you would like to sign up to walk or sponsor a walker, use this link: CropWalkEndHunger

October 24, 2021: CORE from 6-8
October 31, 2021: Halloween Movie Night - 6-9
November 7, 2021: Fellowship Fall Bonfire! Starts at 3
November 14, 2021: CORE Night Out from 6-9 - Dave and Busters

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Prayers of healing: Harriet Shoop, Florence Bellis, Ken Swatt, Susie Truckor, Betsy Eichelberger, Beryl Levosky, Louise Weldy, Walt Pomeroy

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

Thank you
What an amazing spirit of giving! Triple thank you for purchasing either a cookbook or a poetry book. Generous donations totaling $623.00 were given to the Beacon Clinic or Preschool out of the Fall Faire funds.
Dale and Linda Darkes
Aug 2021 financials

September 26
9:00 am Traditional = 63
11:00 am Gathering = 55
YouTube views = 61

October 3
9:00 am Traditional = 100
11:00 am Gathering = 42
YouTube views = 78

Ushers: Denny and Jenny Bell

Lay Liturgist: Amy Meadows

Deacon Servers:
Mary Jane Voigt and Matthew Wieseman

Gathering Snack: Cindy Corbin

Downtown Daily Bread, Oct. 15:
Bob and Emily Krebs
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