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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
4th Sunday in Lent

March 19, 2023

"Seeing with God's Eyes"



We’ve all grown up with the idiom, ‘don’t judge a book by its cover,’ a phrase coined by writer George Eliot in her 1860 novel Mill on the Floss. Another famous phrase is ‘beauty is only skin deep,’ whose origin is found in a work by Sir Thomas Overbury in 1613, when he writes: “All the carnall beauty of my wife, Is but skin deep." (Carnall is spelled in middle English for carnal.)


We are drawn to attractive people. It’s in our nature. Also, we’ll often size up another person quickly without looking more deeply into their souls, a process that takes time. Our sermon on Sunday will contrast and compare two distinct Scriptures from 1 Samuel and Ephesians: God choosing young shepherd boy David to replace Saul as King of Israel, reminding Samuel that God does not look at a person’s appearance but only that person’s heart and character. Our Ephesians’ text will remind us to live in the light and avoid behaviors that originate from our innermost darkness. Come to worship on Sunday and learn how to see others and live life through God’s eyes.

See you on Sunday and blessings to you!






Traditional Service at 9:00 am

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

The Gathering at 11:00 am

Livestream for the Gathering Service at 11:00 am


Lenten Series on “The Chosen”

Join us on March 22nd, 6:30 - 7:30 pm,

both in the Chapel and online with Zoom.

Join us this Wednesday evening as we view and discuss the smash hit video series “The Chosen.” This series allows viewers to see the life of Jesus through the eyes of those who knew Him. Together we will follow the transformations of His followers through the ministry of Jesus as He journeys to change the world.

Click here to sign up through Realm.

Sunday School this week at 10 am

The adults will be in Room 204, and watching the Max Lucado series, "He Choose the Nails." This week's episode is "He Chose to Love Us Forever". The children will meet in Room 202 and practice for the Intergenerational Choir. The children will be studying John 9:1–41. Change comes when we shift our perspective to see how God shepherds our whole lives. With some mud and spit, a blind person is able to see. How do the ordinary elements of our lives point to the extraordinariness that is God? Ordinary elements of life are also found in Samuel, where a shepherd is called from the field; and in the words of a psalmist, who relies on the care of a shepherd. When our vision shifts, the possibilities of what we may see become endless. Come and join us!

Easter Lilies 

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 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!

Quilting Group

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

Tinner/Fehr Scholarship

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.

Lunch Bunch

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, 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.         


One Great Hour of Sharing-

Activities for home for 4th Week in Lent

Click HERE for some wonderful ideas for you and your family to do in helping to make a difference around the world (includes prayers, reflections and activities).

Earth Care

DO NOT dispose of rechargeable batteries in your trash or recycling bins! 

Cell phone, tablet, toys, electronic toothbrush, tools and remote control batteries should NEVER be placed in curbside trash because they start fires. Look here for proper disposal:

to locate drop-off site by phone, call: 1-877-2-RECYCLE.

Retail collection points include Batteries Plus, Home Depot, Lowes and Staples. This is a repeat message because there have been several fires in our area lately


New Hope Ministries

Needs for March include: Pasta (any type except spaghetti), pasta sauce, and tooth paste.

NEW: New Hope also needs egg cartons - 12 count, and can be cardboard or Styrofoam. Items can be placed in the bins outside the Chapel. Thank you!

2023 HELP Ministries Golf Tournament, June 5

You can help individuals, kids and families avoid or overcome the trauma of homelessness. Register today to change the life of a neighbor in need. Location is the Sunset Golf Course in Middletown, with registration at 7:15 am, start time at 8:00 am. Lunch and awards at 1:00 pm. To register, call 717-230-9550 or click HERE.

Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are needed at Beacon Clinic for the front desk on Tuesdays from 2:30-5 pm. Spanish speaking volunteers welcome. If interested, please contact Deb McClain at (717) 775-1111.

Support PDA's Response to the earthquake in Syria and Turkey

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) is providing emergency relief and short-term recovery in the impacted areas. CLICK HERE for making your online financial gift.


CORE Youth Group

The Gettysburg Escape Room has been postponed to next Sunday, March 26th. We will meet at the church around 2:30 then go to the escape room followed by Tommy's pizza for dinner. We will be back at the church at approximately 6:30. Let me know if you can make it!


March 19, 2023: CORE from 6-8

March 26, 2023: CORE Day Out - Gettysburg Escape Room 2:30-6:30

April 1, 2023: Spring work day from 8-12

April 2, 2023: CORE from 6-8 - Stuff Easter Eggs

April 8, 2023: Easter Egg Hunt 11am

April 9, 2023: No CORE: Happy Easter!

Prayers of healing and comfort: Shannon Leary, Nan Alleman, Sheri Miller, Pat Miller, Ada Sloane, Margie Kutz, Carl Schleicher, Marie Smith

Prayers of sympathy: Lisa Janson for the death of her mother, Beth, Bill, and John Vipperman and family, Millie Swatt, Amy Meadows for the death of her grandmother

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

Thank You

My heartfelt thanks for our church family, for all your cards, prayers, food and kindness during Ken's health decline and death. We both were so blessed. Thank you. ~Millie Swatt

Jan. 2023 financials


March 5

9:00 am Traditional Service - 112

9 am YouTube views - 61

Sunday School - 22

11:00 am Gathering - 55

11 am YouTube views - 25

March 12

9:00 am Traditional Service - 92

9 am YouTube views - 96

Sunday School - 24

11:00 am Gathering - 45

11 am YouTube views - 37



BJ Lopez and Judith Schnell

Deacon Servers:

Megan Crompton and Cindy Corbin

Gathering Snack:

Lori Scandle

Downtown Daily Bread, March 24:

Jo Day and Mary Leo


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