Help us celebrate Christ's resurrection by ordering an Easter lily to decorate our church. Order forms can be found in the Gathering Place. Lilies are $15.00 (checks only please, made payable to SSPC). Please submit your order by Monday, April 3rd. You can also click here for the order form.
We extend our prayers and sympathy to Lisa Janson upon the death of her mother, Laura Delmato, on Thursday. Laura was 97 years old and "lived a good long life, was well loved by her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren." Please keep Lisa and their family in your thoughts and prayers.
Dining Out Group - Wednesday, March 22
Come join us at Red Lobster for food and merriment on March 22 at 5:00 pm. It's a great way for new church members especially, to meet others. There is a sign up sheet in the Gathering Place if you would like to sign up for this event, or contact Deb Pfaff, 717-307-5743.
New Members Class - Saturday, March 25
Have you been thinking about membership at SSPC? Then join Senior Pastor Don Wahlig for this fast-paced, informal and interactive class.
What will we cover? The class explores what we mean by confessing "Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior." We move on to a brief history of the development of the church. We begin with teh 16th century Reformation and the emergence of Presbyterianism as it moved from Geneva to Scotland and on to the United States. After a break, we will talk about SSPC and our rich history. We cover how we are organized and how decisions are made, and the many ministries that emerge as we try to make Jesus Christ Lord of our lives. We conclude with a review of expectations of membership. For those ready to do so, there will be an opportunity to join the congregation, though there is no pressure to do so.
The class will be held in the Parlor beginning at 9 am and will end no later than 11:30 am. A light breakfast will be served. If you would like to reserve a spot in this class or have any questions, please contact Don at Don@silverspring.org. Hope to see you there!
Grounded in Faith
Grounded in Faith will meet Saturday, March 25th at 10:30 am -12 noon at Panera Bread, located in the Silver Spring Square shopping Center. Please sign up in the Gathering Place by Friday, March 24th. All are welcome!
You are invited to join the quilting group on Wednesday mornings at 10 am in Room 201. No experience required. We can guide you as we make items to sell at the Fall Faire or donate if needed. On Wednesday, March 29th, the group will be going on a field trip to the Lancaster Quilt Show. We will carpool from the church parking lot at approximately 9 am. For questions, please contact either Carol Bogar or Kathy Furr.
Spring Work Day - Saturday, April 1, 8 am - Noon
No, this is not an April Fool's joke! The Buildings and Grounds Committee invites you to come and help spruce up our campus. Help is needed with raking, weeding, cutting, etc. and light cleaning in the buildings. No hands will be idle. Light refreshments will be provided. Please mark your calendars and plan to participate.
One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) – April 2, 2023
OGHS began in 1947 in response to the needs of refugees coming out of Europe after WWII. While much of this special offering is now used for other kinds of relief, such as hunger, around the world, it still provides people with safety, sustenance and support. Rev. Wahlig’s recent sermon series on Walking With God, relating the stories of Abraham and Sarah, and Moses and his people wandering the wilderness, reminds us that the Bible is full of stories of refugees and God’s presence with them. Current news reports remind us that there are still refugees in need of God in our time and place. Through OGHS’s purpose of helping neighbors in need around the world, PC(USA) provides a tangible way to share God’s love. Join with other Presbyterians in making hopeful outcomes possible by giving generously to the OGHS special offering on Palm Sunday.
Palm Sunday Brunch
You are invited to attend a Palm Sunday Brunch on April 2 from 10:00 to 11:00 am in the Gathering Place, hosted by your fun-loving Fellowship Committee. Join us for delicious savory and sweet bite-sized foods served with your favorite brunch beverages. Hosannah in the Highest!
Holy Week Schedule
Maundy Thursday, April 6 at 5:30 pm: Simple Supper and Communion
Good Friday, April 7 at 7:30 pm: Service in the Meeting House
Easter, April 8: Worship at 9 am and 11 am
Thanks to the Tinner/Fehr families, SSPC students have a wonderful opportunity. Applicants for this scholarship must be current, active members of SSPC and either a high school senior or college student committed to a career in human healthcare and/or a human healthcare-related field of study. To apply for the scholarship, they must write a short essay that includes, but is not limited to, listing of the colleges to which they are applying, chosen major, career goal, and explaining how SSPC has influenced their lives and future career choices. Please submit your essay to the Deacon Moderator (Shawn Marshall) or to the church office by April 30th.
Join us for lunch on Thursday, April 6 at 11:30 am at the Olive Garden, 6520 Carlisle Pike. To reserve you place, please sign up in the Gathering Place or call Dale or Linda Darkes, 717-791-0266.
Victory Garden is Coming!
Some may remember the Victory Gardens of WWII. Citizens were encouraged to grow their own food to help save food for the war efforts. CE is naming their effort after these gardens, with a different focus, feeding the hungry families of our area. We hope that we have found a good spot behind the Waugh-Wilson garage, to plant a small garden to grow vegetables and fruits to be donated to local food banks. The garden will be formed, planted, weeded, and harvested by CE, Sunday School kids and Core. We hope to have Stefan Karkuff visit our Sunday School and instruct the children how to plant seeds and some small plants in the garden, in coming weeks. Thanks to those who have made suggestions and volunteered to help and donated funds for supplies. Anyone with suggestions on what to plant, please contact one of the CE Co-chairs.
Spring Fling - Sunday, April 23rd
CE is sponsoring a spring dance and dinner. Learn to dance, enjoy fellowship and break bread together. It will be on Sunday, April 23rd, from 4:30 to 7 pm. Music will be provided by a DJ. We will learn several dances. Come and learn, come to dance, or just come to enjoy the music and food. We are asking everyone that comes to bring a salad, in honor of spring! Any salad will do, pasta, green, chicken, jello, Greek, use your imagination! CE will provide fresh bread and jams and jellies, as we used to do with our Soup Cook-offs. CE will also provide drinks and desserts. No cost! Donations appreciated! Look for a signups to begin next week.
Easter Egg Hunt - Saturday, April 8th
CE will again work with the SSPC Preschool to sponsor and run an Easter Egg Hunt. This event is on Holy Saturday, April 8, and will feature a huge Easter Egg Hunt for young and old at heart. The Easter Bunny will make an appearance and special Easter gifts will be awarded to lucky egg hunters. The youth will be stuffing eggs and hiding them - donations of candy appreciated! Contact one of the co-chairs of CE if you would like to help. Last year we had 80 kids in attendance, and all received candy and gifts. This year we hope to top that attendance!
Moses! Sight and Sound - Thursday, May 18th
CE is blessed to announce that the bus trip to see the Sight and Sound’s 2023 production of Moses is set. The date is Thursday, May 18th, show time is 11:00 am. We will leave the church at 9:00 am. After the show, we will head to Shady Maple Smorgasbord and Farm for a late lunch. We anticipate returning to the church before 6 pm. The cost is $170/person. Prices have gone up slightly, but CE will receive a donation back of $5/person. Signups are in the Gathering Place and must be complete by April 1st. We can accommodate up to 80 folks, so bring a friend or two! The story of Moses, from the banks of the Nile River to the depths of the Red Sea, MOSES is a spectacular entertainment experience for the whole family! Set adrift as a baby, he is an unlikely hero – until God calls him to lead His people out of Egypt and into the Promised Land. Journey with Moses as he ventures through the desert leading his people to the Promised Land. See how this unlikely prophet of God is portrayed; join us and be amazed. Questions, contact Scott Pepperman,
CE is sponsoring coffee with the SSPC Preschool. We will be alternating on Wednesday and Thursday mornings, providing coffee and doughnuts for parents, teachers and church staff. We look forward to meeting new friends and greeting old friends as well. Come and join us if you are at the church.
Wednesday Night Out!
Stayed tuned for this new effort from CE, after the Lenten Season. We will invite the church family, the preschool and the neighborhood to join us on Wednesday's nights for food, fellowship, study and games. Details to follow.
End of School Bash/Movie Night
Mark your calendars for Sunday, June 4th, for the annual "End of School Bash" and "Movie Night!! CE will again sponsor this event which will include a good old fashioned backyard barbecue and a movie in the gym for church families, preschool families and the neighborhood. The time is 4:30 pm to 7 pm. Details will follow so save the date!
Vacation Bible School “Faith Expedition,” June 19-23, 2023
Planning for an over-the-top VBS is underway! Mark your calendars for June 19-23, 2023 from 9 am until 12 noon for a wonderful time ❤. We are collecting toilet paper rolls, paper bags (like the grocery store ones) and empty diaper wipe containers. There will be a box out in the Gathering Place for these items. Also, if anyone has brick, stone or wood that is left over from building construction, please let Lisa Chase know at (717) 766-0204, or firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will arrange a time to pick up.
If you’d like to volunteer helping to build the sets, a few work dates will begin in mid-April. Look for a sign-up in the Gathering Place as the time nears.