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Weekly Announcements
Fall Work Day - Saturday, November 14, 8 am to Noon
The Buildings & Grounds Committee invites you to pitch in for Fall Workday tomorrow November 14th if you are able. For the safety of all, most of our work this year will be outdoors. So bring your rake and/or leaf blower if you have one and join in. Coffee, donuts, and lunch by Flip will be provided. This is a great opportunity for all (members and friends) to get together as we prepare our church property for the winter season. Thanks for YOUR support on this day. Many hands make for a shorter workday.
Indoor Worship on Sunday at 11:00 am
Masks and social distancing are required for this blended service at 11 am each Sunday morning in the Meeting House. The service is live-streamed to the chapel for overflow seating and will also be available live online and as a recording on our YouTube channel for those who wish to sing at home!
New Sunday School Schedule - Begins this Sunday
Sunday school for all ages! Please join us on Sunday, November 15 for The Beatitudes: An Illustrated Curriculum. We are starting a twelve-session study exploring Jesus’ timeless teaching through art, reflection, and discussion. You may join online via ZOOM, or in person in the Chapel. This intergenerational session will be offered during Sunday School (9:45 am to 10:30 am) on the first and third Sundays of the month.
Come explore Jesus’ vision of God’s inclusive kingdom, observing how Jesus turned expectations and traditional beliefs about being blessed upside down, and imagining ways to live into the promises of Jesus’ Beatitudes.
Zoom meeting information for Sunday School-
Time: Nov 15, 2020 09:45-10:30 AM, every first and third Sunday
Join Zoom Meeting for Sunday School:
Meeting ID: 934 5705 2985
Dial by your location: +1 929 436 2866 US
Bible Presentations this Sunday
Bibles will be presented this Sunday in worship to children who are currently in second grade. We hope some of our students will be able to make it! If you are unable to come this Sunday, your Bible will be delivered to your home at a later date.
New Bible Study Coming

The Christian Education Committee has collected the responses to the survey regarding a Bible or Christian book study via Zoom. According to the interest gathered, the Committee will offer a Bible Study on a weekday evening. The study will meet twice a month, for 45-minute sessions, beginning in either December or January. If this fits your interest, please email Heather McCarthy and further details and dates will be decided and communicated via email.

Live Nativity - Has now been canceled
We hope to have Kathy Ammerman and her animals back with us next year! 
Christmas Bonfire – Save the Date - Sunday, December 6, 3:30 pm
Your Fun-loving Fellowship Committee is hosting a Christmas Bonfire on Sunday, Dec 6th starting at 3:30 pm in the meadow below the gym.  Rain/snow date is Dec. 13. Highlights of the event include a huge bonfire, a fireside dinner complete with roasting marshmallows, s’mores and singing Christmas carols. The grand finale is the lighting of the candles as we sing Silent Night. To keep everyone safe, this will be a socially distant event and masks are required.  There is no cost to you for this event, but you do need to register.  Registrations can be made on-line using Realm (see below) or using the paper sign-up in the Gathering Place. just bring a lawn chair for each member of your family/group, and a flashlight. So, save the date for this all church event.  P.S. If you have a kerosene heater that we can borrow for this event, please contact Ellen Frey.
To sign up for the Christmas Bonfire online, click HERE. You will need to choose
Christmas Eve Family Service
This year’s Christmas Eve service designed for families will be online. We will meet in-person outside the Meeting House (with masks and distance) to pre-record scenes, readings, and songs at 3:00 p.m. on November 15. Anyone who would like to participate in this year’s service is encouraged to come on any or all of those dates. Costumes will be provided, or you can bring your own! Don’t feel comfortable recording in person? You can record on your own and send it in! Please email Jane if you have questions or would like more information about what is needed for recording on your own. We hope to see many of you at the recording sessions. All ages are encouraged to participate!
Thanksgiving Baskets
The Deacons have decided not to do the Thanksgiving boxes this year. Due to COVID-19, we felt it would be better to offer gift certificates to individuals or families. This will help them purchase a turkey or other items they may need for their Thanksgiving dinner. If you know a church member, a family or a neighbor who needs help for food please contact Diana Gray. This information will be kept confidential, so feel free to call or email Diana Gray (717-440-3549 or email To make a donation for the gift cards, you may drop off or mail a check to the church made payable to SSPC with "Thanksgiving gift" in the memo line. Thank you.
Children's Choir
The Children's Choir has started back up via Zoom Sunday mornings from 9:00 - 9:20 am. Children's Choir is open to all children and Youth ages 4 to 13. Older youth are welcome as well if they would like to participate! There is going to be an option for parents to attend the 9-9:20 Zoom in the morning or I will be having in person, socially distant practices at 10:40 am outside if the 11 am service is on for the day. We will meet in front of the Meeting House. Please contact Tracy Wieseman if you have a child or children who would like to be involved and to make sure your email address is added to the email list.
Health Ministry News
Flu shots are available. Please get yours as soon as possible from your doctor or pharmacy!!!!!
Healthy Exercise - Mondays at the church at 11 am
Now that the cooler weather is here, being outdoors is so pleasant and the exercise, which is free and requires no equipment, is WALKING. So join me at the church each Monday at 11:00 am. We will walk on the paved areas around our beautiful campus. We will do this weekly as the weather permits and as the temperatures drop, we can enjoy the changing colors in the maples and mighty oaks on our grounds. I hope to see you!!
Angel Tree
 The tree with 113 colored angels will be unveiled on Monday, November 23. Please:
    *SELECT and SIGN-OUT an angel using matching color coded sheets on tables beside the tree.
    *REMOVE the white tag and use for shopping purposes. FASTEN colored angel to your wrapped gift.
    *CHECK OFF your name on color coded sheets when gift is returned.
    *DUE DATE: Before December 12.
Thank you for caring and sharing. This is a difficult year for many.
Visioning For the Next Generation – Part 3 of 6
As you probably know by now, this summer a group of 13 church members gathered for 15 hours on Zoom to begin to build a structure for youth ministry that we hope will sustain this church well into the future. During the visioning retreat, we talked for a long time about the core values of our youth ministry. What is most important to us? Who are we, and who do we aspire to be? Through a long period of discussion and discernment, we identified the following as the core values for our youth ministry: Christ-centered, Love, Welcome, Fun, Growth, and Mission. We encourage you to go do to read a bit more about these core values. Once we had established our values, we needed to discover a new mission statement. In light of our values, what do we DO? We decided that “CORE Youth Ministry connects students and adults as we become more faithful disciples of Christ while growing, serving, and having fun.” This is our mission in youth ministry at SSPC. You’ll notice that our mission statement begins by connecting students and adults. Whether you are reading this as a student or an adult, we hope that prospect intrigues and excites you! So what exactly is it that we’re working towards? Stay tuned to next week’s announcements to find out!
Quilt for this year's Fall Faire
We are offering this quilt to our church family and friends. Please visit the Chapel to see the quilt and review the bidding sheet. We have our first bid at $500.00.
Stephen Ministry
We are at a time in our lives where the whole world is in complete turmoil due to the Coronavirus. In these times, when control is lost and fear overcomes, there is one thing we know for certain: God is our strength. He is our ration. He is enough! Release yourself today into the control of the only one who will never lose control. My flesh and my heart fail; But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. -- Psalm 73:26
During this time of isolation and social distancing, our Stephen Ministry is still on call. We are available to speak with anyone who is struggling and needs to hear a Christ-centered voice on the other end of the telephone. Please call the church office if you have such a need.
Earth Care Team Update: 
One quart of motor oil can pollute one million gallons of fresh water. Recycle your motor oil, don't dump it. For more visit
If you missed Lois DeHart's wonderful talk on "The Benefits of Plant-Based Nutrition, click HERE. For a list of resources from Lois' talk, click HERE.
We offer several safe options, welcome new participants, and YOUR FIRST CLASS IS FREE! All classes are open to men and women regardless of ability (modifications are offered if you are a newbie), and we have great instructors. We have made some changes since the pandemic to ensure everyone is safe and stays healthy. Class options:
  • Monday evenings at 6:15 pm via ZOOM    (taught by Melinda Zambotti, RYT 500, E-RYT 200)
  • Tuesday mornings at 9:30 am in Rooms 202/203 (taught by Stephen Maclay)
  • Thursday mornings at 9:30 am in Rooms 202/203 (taught by Amanda Lease, E-RYT 200)
More information is available HERE. Questions? Contact Lisa Janson at
THANK YOU to all the confirmands and mentors who helped collect food and pack the items into two vans for the New Hope Ministries food donation project. We collected 738 pounds of non-perishable that will greatly benefit the food bank. Thank you, also, to all SSPC members and friends who brought donations to help to keep the food bank stocked for so many in need. In addition, thank you to the confirmands who helped rake leaves during slow down times. Blessings, Claudia Brown
What is the correct amount of your legacy gift to the 1734 Legacy Society and Silver Spring Presbyterian Church? The correct amount is your decision to make, after prayerful consideration. This applies to the creation of your Will or Trust, Charitable Gift Annuity or Life Insurance Policy. The following are illustrations of some of the common types of bequests you can make in your Will or Trust:
•   Specific Gift.
  • Example: I give $_______(or  ______% of my estate) to the 1734 Legacy Society and Silver Spring Presbyterian Church
•   Residuary Bequest. The gift of whatever is left (the residue) after specific bequests are given or in cases where beneficiaries, such as children or grandchildren, have predeceased you.
  • Example: I give the rest, residue and remainder of my estate of whatever nature and wherever situate, including any property over which I hold power of appointment, to the 1734 Legacy Society and Silver Spring Presbyterian Church.
Your Charitable Gift Annuity can likewise be similarly directed, in part or in whole, to the 1734 Legacy Society and Silver Spring Presbyterian Church. Life Insurance Policies, whether whole or term, can easily be directed, in part or in whole, to the 1734 Legacy Society and SSPC. Please consult your attorney, tax advisor or financial advisor to determine your best option to make a legacy gift to the 1734 Legacy Society and Silver Spring Presbyterian Church.Make your plan now and take a step to creating your legacy! Please feel free to contact Bill Vipperman (717) 991-5825 or Tom Gross at (717) 620- 8219 for more information on the 1734 Legacy Society and Silver Spring Presbyterian Church.



Email for announcements or to subscribe to email and/or text announcements.
  • We have an awesome opportunity to connect with the youth with our South African Partners at the Uniting Presbyterian Church of South Africa in Newcastle. They are interested in emailing and/or "zooming" with you! Let me know if you are interested.

  • I invite you to come to the Fall Workday on November 14th from 8-12. The youth are encouraged to help out. I hear there will be some major woodcutting for a huge bonfire!

November 15, 2020: CORE from 6-8, Luminary Prep
November 22, 2020: If needed, Luminary Prep at 6. If not, No CORE
November 29, 2020: Live Nativity 3-9 pm

Prayers of healing: Norma Baum, Thom and Mary Glace

Prayers of sympathy: Family of Mary Rhykerd who died this week; Thomas Baker for the death of his sister Wanda; Chris Winning and family; Cindy, Bryan and Sam Corbin

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

Thank You
Dear Silver Spring members, Thank you for the many calls, emails, and especially prayers during my October surgeries. Checking in after my right eye cataract surgery was very touching. I am on the mend and will recuperate all of November. Thank you again for being such a caring, Christian family. Sincerely, Linda Darkes
Dear SSPC, Thank you for staying in touch. I miss the wonderful people at SSPC. I am enjoying living in Arizona. Blessings for wonderful holidays.
Mabel Acri
Please know that your prayers, sympathy cards and notes following the passing of my mother provided comfort to both me and my family. We could feel the warmth and prayers surrounding us in this time of sorrow.
Thank you, Carol & Jim Bogar
Thank you all so very much for the flowers, cards, phone calls, texts and e-mails during my recovery from surgery and shingles. You all lifted my spirits with your kindness! Feeling so very grateful for our loving, caring church family! Hugs to you all!   BJ Lopez


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Last Published: November 18, 2020 12:19 PM