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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

July 31, 2022

"God's Goodness through His Provision:
Feeding of the 5,000"

Over the last four weeks, we have learned about “God’s Goodness,” where Don has explored the Old Testament images of God as the redeemer, provider, and the source of all blessing. Sunday’s message is based on one of the most incredible miracles of the Bible, the feeding of the 5,000 from the Gospel of Mark and which is the only one of Jesus’s miracles that is included in all four Gospels. God is the source of all good and abundance, which we recognize in our lives. But there is a tension in our experience as people still struggle with food insecurity and lack locally and globally, which Silver Spring addresses through its many ministries. 
Traditional Service at 9:00 am
The Gathering at 11:00 am
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Summer Brunch Social - Sunday, August 14th
Come join your fun-loving Fellowship Committee for a Summer Brunch Social in the Gathering Place from 10-11 am on Sunday, August 14th.  There will be a variety of finger foods perfect for a social time together between the 2 services.  Come and reconnect with others in the congregation.  We would love to see all of you there!

Adult and Family Bible Study continues this week on Sunday morning, at 10:05 am, in Room 201. This week we will be studying Luke 12:13-21, and will discuss the journey toward a life shaped richly by God's ways. Come and join us!
CE bus trip is back!
All the details are set for Thursday, October 6: Sight and Sound Theatre, 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! The firm deadline is September 6th. Look for the sign-up sheet in the Gathering Place, starting this Sunday, July 31st, or contact Scott Pepperman, 717-389-5100. We are excited to offer this trip again and support our CE Programs.
Come to VBS
Vacation Bible School-
August 15-19, 9 am - 12 noon
Celebrating God’s World Vacation Bible School at Silver Spring Presbyterian Church is filling up rapidly.

Please call the church at (717) 766-0204 to ask about age group availability for VBS – some of the age groups are already full. Registration will close Friday, August 5 at noon. There will be no day-of registration available. For the safety of our children, the church must follow closely the state of PA’s requirements of current background clearances.

Thank you to all those who have donated the paper towel and toilet paper rolls – We do not need any more, but we need a few more egg cartons. We are also looking to borrow artificial house plants and artificial trees (Ficus trees, palm trees) that are easily transportable, as we are decorating the VBS areas with items that denote nature – (butterflies, birds, trees, plants), etc.  If anyone has netting – mosquito netting, etc. that would be helpful too. Members can place masking tape with their name on it on the bottom of the vase/planter of the item they are letting us borrow – we need everything by Sunday, August 14th, (at noon) as we will begin decorating that afternoon. Please leave items in the Gathering Place. We will take good care of them and return them to members after VBS. 

Are you an early riser? Pastor Lisa needs help with preparing snacks for each day, from 7:45 - 8:45 am. Please email Lisa at if you can help out during those times.

Manna Project
The Manna Project began over 15 years ago at SSPC to help welcome newcomers to our church. We currently need more volunteers, for one month out of the year, to deliver a loaf of baked bread (may be purchased) and talk about what SSPC means to them with our visitors. Over the years, many people at SSPC today came in part because of a Manna visit. Would you please consider being part of the Manna team and share the Bread of Life with someone new? There is a 2022/23 sign-up sheet in the Gathering Place or please contact Mary Jane Voigt, 717-728-4332, if you have any questions.

Sympathy for John and Michelle Clegg
We extend our prayers and sympathy to John and Michelle Clegg on the death of Michelle's mother, June Morris, who was also our beloved long-time custodian. The service will be held in the Meeting House on Saturday, July 30th at 11:00 am, preceded by visitation at 10:00 in the Chapel and followed by a luncheon in the gym.

Dear Church Family,
In recognition of June Morris’s many years of faithful service to Silver Spring Presbyterian Church, we are taking up an offering for John and Michelle Clegg to help offset the costs of the funeral and luncheon afterwards. The Cleggs do not know about this, so we ask that it is kept confidential. There is an envelope in the box just outside of Pastor Lisa’s office with a green bow on it. Please feel free to put gifts of cash and checks made out to John and Michelle Clegg in the envelope. The envelope will be outside her office beginning Friday afternoon, July 29th, through Sunday, July 31st, just after the second service. We will give John the gifts on Monday, August 1st. After that date, please send any gifts to the office, attention to Priscilla.
Thank you for your consideration and God bless you!

Note from Matthew Robinson
Dear SSPC family – Please see the note below from our former member, Matthew Robinson, who was ordained this past Sunday afternoon to a teaching and pastoral ministry at the University of Bonn in Germany, where he, Christine, Wesley and Zola have been for the last several years.  As you will remember, Matthew has been under care of our Session as he moved forward in the ordination process. Sunday’s service was held online via Zoom with representatives both here at SSPC and there at the University Church in Bonn. Scott Pepperman and I participated in the Administrative Commission of Presbytery, along with several others.  If you would like to reach out to congratulate Matthew, his email address is
Matthew writes:
Dear All,
Just having a chance now to sit down and read and reply to your emails. Sunday was a bit of a whirlwind. Yesterday was jumping out of the frying pan and into the fire: my first day of ordained ministry was also the first day of the World Council of Church’s “Global Ecumenical Theological Institute”, in which I have the privilege of serving as a facilitator-teacher this year. 
I want to express my deep gratitude and respect to you all for your wisdom and guidance throughout the preparation process of the past few years. I have been very touched by your enthusiasm and warm support. 
The service itself was yet another reminder for me of how ordination and service in ministry is a calling to one coming from the whole community gathered in Christ’s spirit. Ordination is less for the ordained and more from the ordaining. It was also extremely impressive to me how strong the Presbytery has demonstrated its faith as a particular church in the Church universal, both in walking with me at such a great geographical distance and in celebrating such an ecumenical service. Several colleagues here also remarked on how wonderful this was. 
So, thank you, all. Bless you. Peace be with all of you. I hold you in my prayers and in my heart. We will most assuredly remain in contact of course, in various formal and informal ways, and I look forward to seeing what lies around the next bend in the journey. 
Blessings, Matthew
Earth Care
If your travel plans include a beach vacation, dedicate one morning – or even one hour – of your beach time to picking up trash. Joining a beach cleanup on vacation is a great way to connect with locals. Be mindful of your own garbage and pick up any litter you run across while you’re on the beach.
happy birthday

August birthdays
Click HERE for the August birthday list.

A very HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU if you are celebrating next month!
R.O.A.R. Team Trip to Farmington, Maine - July 30—August 6, 2022
Please keep the following team members in your prayers as they travel to Farmington, Maine to repair the homes of those in need. The team members are: Terry Jones, Dick Leeds, B.J. Lopez, Pat Pierce
Ella Reardon, Susie Reed, Terry Reed, Fred Shatto, Jim Smith

New Hope Ministry - Back to School supplies
New Hope is asking for back to school supply donations by August 1. Items they can use:
Binders (3 ring with 1 1/2 -2 inch rings), scientific calculators, colored pencils, crayons, dry erase markers, erasers, flash drives, folders, glue sticks, small hand sanitizers, highlighters, 3 x 5 index cards, markers, mechanical pencils, notebook paper for binders, notebooks, pencil cases with zippers, post-it notes (square), rulers, and tissues (individual packs). Donations can go directly to New Hope. 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.
The summer is flying by! We still have some great events planned as you can see below. I also want to announce our next CORE Banquet will be August 28th from 5-8. We will break bread together, get excited about the upcoming year and play some games! Let me know if you can make it by August 21st.
July 31, 2022: No CORE
August 7, 2022: CORE from 6-8
August 14, 2022: CORE from 6-8
August 15-19, 2022: VBS
August 21, 2022: No CORE
August 28, 2022: CORE Banquet and Calendar Meeting from 5-8
Prayers of healing and comfort: Elizabeth Bellis, Phil Cerveny, Debbie Miller Bitting, Mark Basehore, Ron Nisson, Betsy Eichelberger, Jim Shoop, Jean Smith

Prayers of sympathy: John Clegg and his family on the death of his mother-in-law, June Morris (former SSPC custodian), the families of Betty Kreitzer and Walt Pomeroy

Prayers of Gratitude: Matthew Robinson and Christine, Wesley and Zola on Matthew’s ordination to his teaching and pastoral ministry at the University of Bonn.

Prayers for our military members: Olivia Chase (Randall and Lisa Chase's daughter), Justin Ledvina, Josiah Scandle, Wyatt La Pointe, Brandon Johnson
May 2022 financials

July 17
9:00 am Traditional - 74
11:00 am Gathering - 33
9 am YouTube views - 143
11 am YouTube views - 26

July 24
9:00 am Traditional - 81
11:00 am Gathering - 30
9 am YouTube views - 91
11 am YouTube views - 24

Jack and Elaine Thomas

Deacon Servers:
Megan Crompton and Matthew Wieseman

Gathering Snack:
Steve and Winnie Wetzler

Downtown Daily Bread, August 5:
Bill Cook and friend
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