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Weekly SSPC Announcements


The Traditional Service is taped on Saturday morning at 9:00 am. Those who would like to be present for this recording are invited to watch in the Chapel. Live musical elements will begin on August 1. Until then, music will be edited into the recording. Look for a separate email on Sunday morning with a link to the service.

Service of Word and Prayer in the Meeting House, Sundays at 9:00 am, is a live, in-person service. This service will typically be lay-led and will use the same bulletin as the traditional service to guide our worship, but the music will be different and the Word will be proclaimed through guided prayer, focusing on the first Scripture reading. Bulletins will not be printed, but there will be some opportunity for participation during worship. Therefore, you are encouraged to either print and bring your own bulletin or download the bulletin from today’s announcements and have it ready on your device.

Communion will be served at this service on Sunday, August 2nd. We will be using the self-contained communion "packets." Please pick one up from the table at the entrance to use during the service of communion.
The Gathering is on Zoom each Sunday at 10:45, with fellowship time beginning at 10:30. Please see below for more information. You’ll also find the information in the worship email that is sent Sunday morning.

Information for The Gathering - Each Sunday on Zoom at 10:45 am

Click here for the song sheets for August 2nd.
Fellowship time begins on Zoom at 10:30 and worship starts at 10:45. All worshipers will be muted during the service, with interaction encouraged through reaction buttons and Zoom’s chat feature.
A recording of the Gathering will be posted to the church YouTube channel each Sunday after the service ends, with a link to the previous Sunday’s Gathering service to be included each week in the Friday announcements.
Click on this link to join worship on your computer:
To dial in by phone, please call the following number and enter the Meeting ID when asked. If you hear any further prompts asking you for more information, press the “#” sign.
       +1 929 436 2866
Meeting ID: 951 9742 6749
Hymn Sing Next Sunday
Join us for a Hymn Sing during the Traditional Service on August 9! Click HERE for a very short survey where you can choose your top 3 hymns. Kyle needs to have these by Wednesday at noon. Thank you!!
Interment for Ruth Brechbiel
Interment of cremains will take place Monday, August 3, 2020 at 10:00 am at Silver Spring Presbyterian Church Cemetery; Reverend Donald B. Wahlig will officiate. This is open to anyone who would like to attend.
Final Event for Young Adults this Summer
August 9: CommUNITY Cookout from 5:30 - 8 pm
This summer we launched the Young Adult Ministry. Since June we have been successful at connecting our college students as well as young professionals. But the summer is not over yet!
Join us for our last event before our college students head back to school.
On August 9th from 5:30-8pm we will be having a cookout! Food, friends, and faith are all essential to us and this is a great opportunity to end the summer on a high note.
This summer has not been what any of us were expecting, but that does not mean that we cannot have fun. We encourage you to invite your friends to join this great group of young adults as we get to know each other and have a great time connecting with each other. If you are able to join the young adults for this event please let Ally Neville know: contact her by text - (717) 919-6638 or email -!
Eagle Project
Hello all, my name is Samuel Corbin and I am working on an Eagle Project for the Church. I will be placing 10 plaques around the campus, five about historical sites, and 5 about flora and fauna. I hope that these plaques and the information on them will encourage church members to walk the grounds and experience the beauty of God's creation right in our backyard. However, like all projects, it requires funding. The supplies and materials cost for the project cost around $730. I would greatly appreciate donations to help me purchase these supplies. Please make any donations to Buildings and Grounds and then they will reimburse me after I provide receipts of my expenditures. Any and all excess donations above the amount spent will stay with the church. Thank you all and God Bless.
Do you play an instrument?
As we work to transition so some in-person worship, we are saddened that we cannot yet sing together. If you play a stringed, percussion, or keyboard instrument and would be willing to play for our Service of Word and Prayer in the Meeting House on Sunday mornings, please email Kyle Weary to express your interest.
Summer Fun for our Children
Our Christian Education Committee has prepared “Church in a Bucket” for our children this summer. All children of the church (or their parents) are encouraged to stop by the Gathering Place doors and take a bucket. They are filled with activities & fun ways to build faith this summer! One per child, please.
Parent Meetings On Zoom - UPDATE
We have enjoyed gathering each week to talk about our joys and struggles as we continue navigating the covid-19 pandemic. For the month of August, we will take a break from our Zoom Parent meetings and will reconvene in September on a monthly basis.
Pen Pal Project
Would you like a church member as a pen pal during this time of social distancing and isolation? Indicate your interest to be matched with another church member for caring conversation. Email Heather McCarthy to express interest, and please provide contact information for your preferred communication methods (text, email, mail, etc.). Happy writing!
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
For an environmentally approved bug spray that can be used on people:
  • 2 cups witch hazel
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable glycerin
  • 20 drops citronella essential oil
  • 20 drops lemongrass essential oil
  • 1 (16 oz) spray bottle or several small bottles
Combine all ingredients, pour into bottles and shake to blend. Allow solution to sit for at least one hour. Apply liberally to skin as needed.

Yoga Update
Yoga is up and running again at Silver Spring. 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 the GYM (taught by Susan Bennet, RYT 500)
•   Thursday mornings at 9:30 am in the GYM (taught by Amanda Lease, E-RYT 200)
More information is available HERE.. Questions? Contact Lisa Janson at

Happy Birthday

Click HERE for the August birthday list. A very Happy Birthday to all those celebrating next month!!!

Due to activities at the Retreat Center and the church on Saturday, August 01, 2020 we will not be working on either site. Please keep in mind that volunteer teams will be working the week of Monday, August 03 through Saturday, August 08, 2020. There are some large projects that need to be done on the Church and Retreat Center properties that we can undertake. In addition, we will partner with Rebuilding Together to work on projects that could not be done during the regularly scheduled time in April and Handy Helpers projects for members and friends of the church.This change in venue will allow members and friends of the church who cannot commit to a one week mission project to get involved for a day or two as their schedule allows. If you are interested in helping out with this local mission project please call me at 717-766-2714 or via email at
Terry Reed

Creating a Legacy Gift to the 1734 Legacy Society
You can make a legacy gift to the 1734 Legacy Society and Silver Spring Presbyterian Church in a variety of ways as a part of your estate plan. Three of the most popular planning gifts are 1) a gift made by bequest in a Will or Trust, 2) a charitable gift annuity, and 3) a distribution from a life insurance policy.

Bequest by Will or Trust. A bequest in a Will or Trust allows you to control your assets now and to benefit the 1734 Legacy Society and Silver Spring Presbyterian Church in the future. If you already have a Will or Trust, it can be amended and updated. If you don't have a Will or Trust, you are not alone. A majority of people do not have a Will or Trust. It is never too early to write a Will or Trust. It can only be too late. Now is the best time for you to be proactive and to create a Will or Trust that reflects your spiritual values.

Charitable Gift Annuity.   A Charitable Gift Annuity allows you to transfer a gift of cash, securities or other assets while living, but still receive a guaranteed fixed annuity income for life, all while ensuring future support for the 1734 Legacy Society and Silver Spring Presbyterian Church. You can receive an immediate income tax deduction for a portion of your gift with income payments starting at anytime you designate (usually upon retirement) and can be paid to you or to anyone else your designate.

Life Insurance. You can utilize a Life Insurance Policy to make a legacy gift to the 1734 Legacy Society and Silver Spring Presbyterian Church. This is a very quick and easy way to start your legacy gift.

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. Feel free to contact Steve Rexford at (860) 930-0836 and Tom Gross at (717) 620- 8219 for more information on the 1734 Legacy Society and Silver Spring Presbyterian Church.

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Prayers of healing: Walt Pomeroy, Dave Corbin
Prayers of sympathy: The Brechbiel family
Prayers for our military members: Justin Ledvina, Josiah Scandle, Wyatt La Pointe, Brandon Johnson
Thank You and Goodbye to Phil and Nancy Cerveny
We want to thank Phil and Nancy for their many years of dedicated service to the people and ministry of Silver Spring Presbyterian Church. Phil and Nancy joined the church in 2002, and have now moved to Oregon to be closer to their daughter, Kara, and granddaughter, Eleanor. They will miss their friends here, but we know they are happy to now be close to family. We wish them all the best and pray for God's blessings to be upon them in this next leg of their journey.
May 2020 financials
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2- If you’d like the church to set up contributions for you, please complete and return the attached form by clicking here.
For any questions, please email Diane Rabold, Business Manager, at
"Let anyone who has an ear listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches. To everyone who conquers I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give a white stone, and on the white stone is written a new name that no one knows except the one who receives it.." Revelation 2:17
Last Published: July 31, 2020 7:06 PM