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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
Advent 1

First Sunday of Advent

November 27, 2022


    "Lighting our Paths Together, Waiting and Watching”


Recently, in a confirmation class, we discussed whether we could be a Christian, and not have to attend church, whether in person or online. If we believe and believe in Jesus, follow him, and implement his ways in our lives, then we are Christians! 

But the group concluded that it is much better if we are part of a Church body, where we learn about Christ and become involved in his work to a hurting world, as we watch and wait for his return. When we are part of a congregation, we can be there and pray for our fellow brothers and sisters, and they are there for us, bringing comfort and support during struggles and sorrow, and rejoice with us the victories and celebrations! As we taught the confirmands, ‘c’ is for church, ‘C’ is for the body of Christ.  (Sometimes, the faithful cannot attend church in person because of health issues, but they can attend online, and still be a viable member of the congregation, with their gifts of prayer, support and encouragement).

To nurture the body of Christ at Silver Spring Presbyterian Church, the big ‘C,’ the church will expand its Small Group Ministries in January, and there will be opportunities for individuals and families to sign up for several, six-week programs. Small groups have always been a part of this church’s fabric of community– including opportunities to dine out, taste wine, study the Bible, sing, help others through ROAR and Stephen Ministries - a wonderful list of ways to connect with one another and walk in faith together. But we are adding short programs under a more formal organized system to help us deepen and expand our individual faith journeys, paths we illuminate for each other with God’s light and love. As the wonderful song goes, “This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine!” But we need each other to help it shine! 

See you in church on Sunday! - Lisa





Traditional Service at 9:00 am

Livestream for the Traditional Service at 9:00 am
Sunday's Bulletin

The Gathering at 11:00 am

Link for the Gathering Service at 11 am


Hanging of the Greens -

Saturday, November 26, 9 am

Please join us on Saturday, November 26th at 9:00 am at the church to help with decorating in preparation for the Season of Advent which begins on Sunday, November 27th. Families are welcome! 

Thank you from the Worship Committee.

Advent begins Sunday, November 27

Click here for the complete schedule of events for Advent and Christmas at Silver Spring Presbyterian Church.

Don't miss the many wonderful activities and worship opportunities taking place!

Dining Out Group - Wednesday, November 30

The Dining Out Group will meet at DaVinci's Italian Eatery at 6617 Carlisle Pike in Hogestown on Wednesday, November 30 at 5:30 pm. The Italian food is very good and it is a BYOB. If you would like to attend you can sign up in the Gathering Place or call Denny or Jenny Bell at 717-697-0679.

Christmas Eve Nativity Program Practice

We will practice after the Gathering service on November 27th. Another practice is scheduled on December 18th, and also a couple of hours before the family service on Christmas Eve. 

Sunday School - 10:00 am

Adults will gather in Room 204; there will be no Sunday School for children this week. We continue our study of the Bible by starting Max Lucado's video, "Because of Bethlehem." For those adults who joined us for this study last Advent Season and for those in our Bible Study Class, you will enjoy this Advent study! Come and join us!

Help Needed Making Cookies - Tuesday, Nov. 29

We still need help making chocolate chip cookies at the church for the Truckstop Ministry. Please call Roy McLain at 717-421-2065 if you can help. Thank you!

Bibles for 2nd and 3rd Graders

The Christian Education Committee will be presenting Bibles to the 2nd and 3rd graders on Sunday, December 4th, during both services. We missed our 2nd graders last year and so we will recognize them this year on the 4th of December. We are excited by this opportunity to share the word of God with our children.

Voices of the Valley poster


Come hear beautiful Christmas music and worship with us in the Meeting House on the dates below. After each concert, join us for refreshments in the Gathering Place.

December 4 at 2 pm:

Voices of the Valley - Be sure to join us for this uplifting just might see a few familiar SSPC faces singing among the Voices!

December 11 at 3 pm:

St. Thomas Dulcimer Society

This concert will be followed by the Advent Feast & Festival - see more information below.

December 18 at 3 pm:

Cedar Cliff Chamber Choir

Angel Tree

There are just a few Angel Tree tags left - please take a tag and sign it out on the matching colored sheets on the table by the tree. Carefully match up your tag code to the same code on the sign-out sheets and fill in the necessary information. Gifts are due by Saturday, December 10. Thank you for caring and sharing.

NOTE: Would whomever took blue tags HARO and HACR-2 please sign those two tags out on the matching colored sign up sheet on the table beside the Angel Tree? Thank you.  

Lunch Bunch - Thursday, December 1

You are welcome to join us at the El Sol Cantina on Thursday, December 1 at 11:30 am. The restaurant is in the former location of the Appalachian Brewery, 3721 Market Street, Camp Hill. Please sign up on the sheet in the Gathering Place by November 29, or contact Lynne Jackson, 717-761 0940.

Circle Rebekah - Thursday, December 8

Join us for Bible study and a time of fellowship with other women. We gather at 1:00 pm in the Chapel in person OR online via Zoom. We are using the PW/Horizons Bible Study: "Celebrating Sabbath – Accepting God’s Gift of Rest and Delight” by Carol M. Bechtel. This month's lesson, “Sabbath and Surrender”, will be led by Lydia Fehr. The key idea: The “manna” story, with its emphasis on only gathering as much as we need and not gathering on the Sabbath, is a call to trust God to provide for our needs. It is a call to surrender our unhealthy striving for more wealth, more stuff, and more success. It is a call to recognize when it is time to say, “Enough.”

If you would like to socialize beforehand, bring a bag lunch to the Parlor at 12:15 or join us for dessert at 12:40. The dessert will be provided by the hostess, Elizabeth Bentzel. All women of the church are welcome. For more information and the Zoom Link contact Emily Krebs, 717-805-5778.

Christmas Cantata Sunday: December 11, 11:00 am

*Join us for a Reception after the Cantata in the Gathering Place*

Calling all bakers!  Can you show your appreciation for the Choir by baking? Donations of cookies, bars and mini muffins are needed for the Christmas Cantata Reception following the 11:00 am

Christmas Cantata on December 11. There is a sign-up sheet in the Gathering Place.

Advent Feast and Festival Ham Dinner - Sunday, December 11

The CE Committee invites our SSPC family, our SSPC Preschool family and our local community to the Advent Feast and Festival, a tradition like no other! Here are the details: CE Committee will provide the hams, and we are asking attendees to bring a side dish enough for approximately ten people. If your last name starts with the letter A to M, bring a savory dish, or a salad. If you last name starts with the letter N to Z, bring a sweet side dish, or dessert.

The Dinner is Sunday, December 11th, approximately 4:30 pm, after Vespers, in the Fellowship Hall. Drinks will be provided, along with recycled paper products to use as dishes, utensils, and napkins. We will begin with a family Advent craft, followed by dinner. We will be able to reheat food as needed. Christmas music will be provided, and we will sing carols to end the evening together. Please RSVP by signing up in the Gathering Place or emailing the CE Committee at You can also sign up through Realm - click here. The cutoff date for reservations is Monday, December 5th. There is no cost, but donations will be appreciated!

Blue Christmas Service - Thursday, December 15, 7 pm in the Meeting House

While many of us are looking forward to Christmas with great anticipation, for some of us the holidays are a time of intensified grief. This service is for anyone who seeks hope and comfort amidst the hustle and bustle of the holidays.

Live Nativity - Thursday, December 22, 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Enjoy a live nativity, singing of Christmas carols, refreshments and a petting zoo!

Christmas Eve Services

5:30 pm: Children and Families Service with Christmas Pageant

7:00 pm: Traditional Candlelight Service

Christmas Morning Breakfast

The Christian Education Committee is bringing back another long SSPC tradition. Join us in the Fellowship Hall (gym), at 9:30 am on Christmas morning before the 11 am service. CE will be serving scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, home fries, toast and pancakes, along with juice, coffee, tea and hot chocolate. There will be no cost, but donations appreciated! Please RSVP by December 18th; look for a sign-up sheet in the Gathering Place.

Poinsettia Dedications

The Christmas poinsettia order forms are available in the Gathering Place or by clicking here. Please return the form to the box in the Gathering Place by Monday, December 12. The names of dedication will be listed in the bulletin on Sunday, December 18. The cost of each poinsettia is $10.

Alternative Ways to Support SSPC in 2022

Making a qualified charitable distribution (QCD) from your required minimum distribution (RMD) from your qualified retirement account in the remaining weeks of 2022 is an excellent and impactful way to support the ministry and mission of Silver Spring Presbyterian Church and to minimize your Federal Income Tax obligation. It is truly a win-win situation.

If you are age 72 or older, the Federal Government requires that you take annual distributions (withdrawals) from your qualified 401(k) or individual retirement account (IRA). These withdrawals, which are referred to as the RMD, may be distributed directly from your IRA's to Silver Spring Presbyterian Church in the form of a QCD. A QCD reduces your annual RMD. In other words, using your RMD for charitable giving via a QCD to Silver Spring Presbyterian Church directly reduces your taxable income and helps support our programs.


You don't have to wait to age 72 to make a tax-free QCD from your 401(k) or IRA. The SECURE Act of 2019 extended the age for making RMDs to 72 but left the age for making QCDs at 70 ½ and you may distribute up to $100,000 annually tax-free to your favorite charity. QCDs are a great way to reduce your income and estate taxes.


Please consult the administrator of your retirement plan, along with your tax or financial advisor, to determine the best alternative for making your QCD to Silver Spring Presbyterian Church in 2022 and, perhaps, annually. It is generally a simple and easy process. Please feel free to contact Bill Vipperman, 717-991-5825 or Bill Resser, 717-580-7667 with any questions you may have.

Earth Care

Sunshine is delicious, Rain is refreshing,

Wind braces us up, Snow is exhilarating;

There is really no such thing as bad weather,

Only different kinds of good weather.

   -- John Ruskin

Let us be grateful for all. Happy Thanksgiving!!

December birthdays

December Birthdays

We wish you a most blessed birthday if you are celebrating in December!

Click here for the December birthday list.

walkway and garden

Church Campus

Over the last several years the Building and Grounds Committee discussed the peninsula of land that surrounds the peace garden. This focused on the addition of a columbarium, which had been planned for many decades, as well as maintaining the beauty and serenity of the area. There was also the concern for accessibility to the columbarium, the peace garden, and the overall security due to the proximity of automobile traffic on Presbyterian Drive. 


Planning became more focused on initiatives related to this area in the last several months. The Building and Grounds Committee was thankful that an individual in the congregation stepped forward and so generously donated the necessary money to fund the installation of a stamped concrete walkway to the columbarium and peace garden. Without this gift it would not have been possible to go forward with this initiative. Additional landscaping will also be added to this area in the coming months.

Our long-term goal to address the security and safety issue related to this area is by installing a fence and gate around this peninsula. Such a fence would be designed in keeping with the historical character of the existing cemetery stone wall and iron gates. While there are no current funds budgeted for this initiative, Building and Grounds Committee is exploring different ways we might fund this effort. 


The photographs featured here show the newly installed walkway. The stamped concrete was chosen because of its enhanced beauty over plain concrete and the fact that it is in keeping with the character of the stone cemetery wall. The new columbarium will ensure that future generations of Silver Spring Presbyterian Church members will have the ability to choose their final resting place on our historic church property.



Winter ROAR Mission Trip

February 2023 will mark 30 years of Silver Spring Church hands on mission work to build or repair homes for families in need. You are invited to join with members and friends of Silver Spring Church as we return to Gainesville Florida to work with Alachua Habitat For Humanity building homes for Habitat partner families

The week will begin with arrival in Gainesville on Sunday, January 29 and end on Saturday, February 04, 2023. The ROAR Team is not a select group of people who go on all mission trips. A ROAR Team consists of volunteers who want to help a neighbor in need and possibly learn a new skill in the process. As always, you do not need to have building experience or a truck load of tools. Everyone can do something to help build a home for a deserving family.

If you are interested in being part of this mission trip or need more information please contact Terry Reed at, or at 717-766-2714, or see me at church.

In case you are wondering about helping out with hurricane damage in Florida, we are looking at that work for the fall mission trip in October. By then things should be cleaned up and an organized rebuilding effort should be in place.

-Notes prepared by Terry Reed for the Mission Committee

New Hope Ministry

Needs for November include: toilet paper, canned green beans and canned corn (15 oz. for each). Items can be placed in the bin located outside the chapel. Thank you so much for your support!

Help Support Christian Churches United

Joy to the Burg Albums and Greeting Cards are for sale! Each year the local arts community rallies to support the street homelessness outreach work under the festive heading of Joy to the Burg. This year, musicians have released a 33 song Christmas album available for download. And NEW for 2022, local visual artists have contributed artwork for a set of 8 greeting cards. Albums and Greeting Cards are available to purchase at and select area retailers. Karns stores are carrying the album download packages.

Giving Tue

Giving Tuesday, November 29

Water is one of the most basic human needs, and yet, there are still billions of people around the world who do not have safe and reliable access to this life-sustaining resource. This Giving Tuesday, we are asking for your help to change that. The Presbyterian Giving Catalog has set a goal to raise $40,000 to help provide water for those who need it most. Together, we can make a difference and help provide water for those who need it most.

Click here to give through the Presbyterian Giving Catalog.


Join us this holiday season by serving and worshiping God

Of course, we will also have fun along the way! We will do service projects including painting nativity scenes for homebound members, preparing and placing luminaries for the Live Nativity and Christmas Eve; Fall workday, being actors in the Live Nativity and Christmas Eve Pageant. We will also have a CORE Christmas party on December 18th hosted by Pastor Lisa!

November 27, 2022: CORE from 6-8

December 4, 2022: CORE from 6-8

December 11, 2022: NO CORE

December 18, 2022: CORE Christmas Party from 6-8

December 22, 2022: Live Nativity from 4-8:30

December 24, 2022: Christmas Eve Service - Pageant: Meet at 3 pm

December 25, 2022: Merry Christmas!!! No CORE

January 1, 2023: No CORE Happy New Year!

January 8, 2023: CORE from 6-8 - Youth Sunday Prep

Prayers of healing and comfort: Sam Corbin, Bob Krebs, Linda Greenleaf, Joan Bretz, Jack Heeter, Florence Bellis, Margie Kutz, Deb Pfaff, Carl Schleicher, Elizabeth Bellis

Prayers of Sympathy: John Swan and Christa Lenk for the death of Vivian Swan

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

October 2022 financials


November 13

9:00 am Traditional - 128

11:00 am Gathering - 58

Sunday School - 31

9 am YouTube views - 87

11 am YouTube views - 17

November 20

9:00 am Traditional - 158

11:00 am Gathering - 50

Sunday School - 26

9 am YouTube views - 74

11 am YouTube views - 22



Tony Kren and Tracy Bryan

Deacon Servers:

Chris Sebring and Heather McCarthy

Gathering Snack:

Melanie Pepperman

Downtown Daily Bread, December 2:

Jim and Carol Bogar


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