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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. Look for a separate email on Sunday morning with a link to the service. You can also search for "Silver Spring Presbyterian Church" on YouTube to find the online worship service.

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

Fellowship time begins on Zoom at 10:30 and worship starts at 10:45.
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
Sunday Morning Activities Coming to Zoom
Have you been missing Sunday School? Are you wanting to interact more with your church family and have a little fun? Then try some of our new offerings on Zoom! Starting in October, Congregational Connections is returning once each month, although the first will actually be in-person. We are also adding an online Sunday School opportunity for all once a month. Stay tuned for more details!
New Member Class - Saturday, September 26, 10 am - noon
Have you been thinking about membership at SSPC, or wondering what that might involve? Then join Pastor Don Wahlig for this past-paced, informal and interactive class. The class begins with brief introductions and then moves on to explore 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 and following a break, we will talk about SSPC and our rich history. We cover how we are organized, how decisions are made, and the many ministries that emerge as we try to make Jesus Christ Lord of our lives. For those who are ready to do so, there will be an opportunity to join the congregation, though there is no pressure or obligation to do so.
We will meet in the Parlor at 10 am and will end no later than 12 noon. A light breakfast will be served. If you'd like to reserve a spot in this class, or simply have questions, please contact Don. Hope to see you there!
  • DRIVE-THRU FOOD FEST on October 3 from 8-11 am.
  • Food items will consist of apple dumplings in packs of three, soup quarts (ham and bean and chicken corn), roasted cashews, and jarred jams and relishes. 
  • To pre-order, please all Claudia Brown with what you would like (717-737-2014). Orders must be received by Sept. 25. Members may pre-order but only half of the items will be allowed for pre-order so that there will be enough for the public sale from 8 - 11 am.
  • From Noon - 2 pm, members are invited to come pick up their pre-ordered items which will be available at the Gathering Place doors. Safety precautions will be taken by the workers with masks and gloves. Food left over from the morning hours can be added to the pre-orders.
  • PRICES: Apple Dumplings: $9 for three apple dumplings, $6 per soup quart, $12 for bagged cashews, and $5 for jarred jams and pepper jelly. Anyone with jams and relishes, please deliver to the church by Friday, October 2. If you have any questions, please call Claudia Brown.
  • NEEDED: Items of value to be placed on EBAY for bidders. Please call Tony Kren or Claudia Brown with what you think might be suitable and we will arrange a pick up time. Proceeds will go the Fall Faire.
  • DONATIONS: If you'd like to participate in this year's Fall Faire food fest by making a donation, please send a check to the church with Fall Fest in the memo area and mark attention to Diane Rabold on the envelope. 
World Communion Sunday - October 4th
Weather permitting an Outdoor Service is planned for Sunday, October 4th at 10 am. This will be in the parking lot behind the Meeting House. Please bring a chair, wear masks and practice social distancing.  We look forward to seeing you at Silver Spring.
Peacemaking Offering
Peace is Active, not passive, peace is doing, not waiting. On October 4th, we will be collecting the Peacemaking Offering to help bring about change in our world. The PCUSA will receive 50% of the offering to help promote peace and reconciliation across the globe. Our local Presbytery will receive 25% of the offering to help support peacemaking work in our local communities. The last 25% of the offering will be used by our church to support the Beacon Clinic and the Allison Hill Health Ministry. These two vital agencies provide free health care to those in need in the greater Harrisburg area. Together we are building God’s household of peace through this offering.
Zoom Bible Study or Christian Book Study
Are you interested in a virtual Bible study or Christian book study this fall? The Christian Education Committee invites you to take this 2-minute survey, to help us gauge interest in an online study option this fall:
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.
Our next parking lot donation event: Diaper Drive for Healthy Steps Diaper Bank
on Saturday, September 26 from 1-3
It’s hard to imagine families having to choose between buying diapers for their child orpaying bills and buying food. But as the coronavirus pandemic extends into its sixth month,this is exactly what many local families face.
The need for diapers has skyrocketed for area families already struggling to get by.Healthy Steps provides more than 30,000 diapers a month to local babies, and most of theirsupply comes from in-kind donations from the public. At the drive through, feel free to bring:
  • Diapers of any size
  • Open diaper packages
  • Pull Ups
  • Wipes
VIRTUAL CROP Walk: Sunday, November 1, 2020
Last year, 126 Christians walked through a steady rain to raise over $10,500 to assist New Hope Ministries, Mechanicsburg Meals on Wheels and Church World Service to feed the poor. Sadly, with COVID-19 a reality, the number of hungry has spiraled out of control. We invite you to join a VIRTUAL CROP Walk by walking on your own around your neighborhood to raise critical funds to fulfill
Jesus’ mandate to care for the needy.
If you would like to create a fundraising page or donate, I've created a team page for Silver Spring:
If you are interested in walking together, please let Jennifer Pace know, 912-322-7651.
Visit Hoss's for a meal on Thursday/Friday, Oct. 1 or Oct. 2, 2020, to help benefit the CROP walk. Click HERE for the coupon to take with you to Hoss's at 61 Gettysburg Pike in Mechanicsburg.
Earth Care
For those who asked about composting:
Here is how to build one type of compost bin-
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. We now have a Tuesday morning class available again!
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
Creating a Legacy Gift to the 1734 Legacy Society
You can make a legacy gift to the 1734 Legacy Society and SSPC 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. Please 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.
PA’s Free Special Phone Program
This is a program that provides specialized equipment to eligible PA residents who have disabilities that prevent them from having independent access to landline telephone service. To see if you qualify call 717-737-3477 or visit for more information.
September 18-19, 2020: Cancelled* Uprise Festival is Cancelled
September 20, 2020: CORE from 6-8
September 27, 2020: CORE from 6-8
October 4, 2020: CORE 90 (90 minutes of games!) 6-8
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Prayers of healing: Ken Pfaff, Don Basehore, Jane Hippensteel, Don Whitman, Dave Corbin
Prayers of sympathy: BJ Lopez for the death of her brother in law, Carol Anderson for the death of both parents, Don Gonser for the death of his brother, Rev. Kenneth Gonser
Prayers for our military members: Justin Ledvina, Josiah Scandle, Wyatt La Pointe, Brandon Johnson
Thank You
Dear Friends,
Our heartfelt thanks for the many prayers and cards sent to us upon the death of both my parents. Bill and Flo Speidel were extraordinary people who will be greatly missed by many. Jim and I truly appreciate the love and support of our Silver Spring family.
Carol Anderson
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"For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard." Matthew 20:1
Last Published: September 18, 2020 1:14 PM