Silver Spring Presbyterian Church
Weekly Announcements
Meeting House

August 1, 2021

"Close Encounters of
the Seventh Kind"

Worship this Sunday

Most of us have probably seen something about “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.” The movie was released in 1977. But I am proposing that we consider Close Encounters of the Seventh Kind. Why seventh? What are they? Why might they be important to us? 
If your curiosity is aroused, just come Sunday to find out!

Paul Burkhart
If you are unable to join us in-person this Sunday, click on the video
above for Sunday's online worship service at 11:00 am.
Summer Worship
Worship will continue in the Meeting House at 11 am and on Sunday, August 8th, we will return to 2 services. There is one exception and that is on Sunday, August 22nd. On that day our Annual Hymn Sing Sunday will be outside at 11 am, followed by our Annual Picnic. Let us worship God and give thanks for all our blessings!

Welcome our new Audio and Worship Technologies Specialist
Join us in welcoming Ryan Edwards as our part-time employee for audio and worship technologies. Ryan’s responsibilities will include: live-streaming worship services to YouTube, handling the sound system, putting together The Gathering’s slide-show, and training volunteers.
Ryan has a Bachelor of Music with Emphasis in Technology from the University of Maryland. He currently provides technical operation and support for on-campus events, both in-person and virtual for Hagerstown Community College; and occasionally designs and operates live sound and projection for various community and professional theater performances. His work at SSPC will augment his current jobs.
As we welcome Ryan Edwards, we need to give a tremendous thank-you to Chris Kavulich, our IT Committee Chair. Chris devoted significant time researching and setting-up our online streaming capability. SSPC would not be Zooming or providing virtual worship without the total commitment of Chris to this technology ministry. Chris has also trained a few dedicated volunteers to whom we are and will continue to be indebted.
Summer All-Church Picnic on Hymn Sing Sunday, August 22
Please reserve Sunday, August 22 for the Summer All-Church Picnic following the Hymn Sing service that starts at 11 am. Your fun-loving Fellowship Committee will be serving up a buffet line of summer favorites, along with ice cream for dessert.

There is no cost for the event, but you need to sign-up.  A sign-up booklet is in the Gathering Place and you can also sign-up online (click HERE for online registration through Realm). Please indicate your choice of meat for each member of your family: BBQ Sandwich, Grilled Cheese Dog, or Vegan Sausage, so we can prepare enough food. The buffet line will be in the gym, but the picnic is planned for outdoors, so bring your lawn chair.  The picnic will be held rain or shine. Please join us!

Creation Care Sunday starts August 1. 
Creation Care Sunday is sponsored by Presbyterians for Earth Care and is the first Sunday in the 'Creation Care Buffet' conference to make us more aware of the Climate Crisis. There are several well-known speakers, Bible study and music. The following 2 Sundays, August 8 & 15 are also included. Registration can be for one or all sessions.
For more information and to register: Click here 

Celebration of Life
Memorial services are being planned for two of our members in August. We will have a service for Norma Baum on Friday, August 20th at 1:30 pm and a service for Jerry Spangler on Saturday, August 21st at 11:00 am. Both services are in the Meeting House. Please mark your calendars.

Wednesday Men's Breakfast
The Wednesday men's breakfast group meets at the Peppermill Restaurant at 8:00 am each week. Please feel free to join us.

Save the Date
October 9, 2021 is the Fall Faire - Think about what you might donate to be sold and how you might help. We welcome handcrafted items especially for the Christmas Shoppe. Items NOT accepted are suitcases, furniture, car seats, booster seats, high chairs, cribs all due to safety precautions, TVs, computers, stereos, speakers, clothing, curtain rods and curtains. Please make sure the items donated are clean and in working order. There is no time during set up week to clean or repair items donated. Thank you for your participation.  

Flower Ministry
There are two chancel flowers available this Sunday to pick up after the 11 am service and take to a friend or loved one who needs encouragement. This is FREE of charge! Look for the flowers in the Gathering Place, under the TV screen. Please check the flower sign-up sheet on the table by the flowers to make sure no one has already requested to take them on Sunday. Please consider signing up to donate the flowers for a specific Sunday - the sign-up sheet is hanging on the bulletin board outside the church office. Thank you!

Earth Care -
Presbyterians for Earth Care is having a virtual Conference "Creation Care Buffet" via Zoom on Sunday afternoon and evenings during the first 3 weeks of August. For more information and to register - Click here 
happy birthday

A Very Happy Birthday to You!
We wish you a very Happy Birthday if you are celebrating in August! Please click HERE for the August birthday list.
New Hope Ministry
Needs for New Hope Ministry this month include: Canned fruit, Canned pasta, Ketchup/Mustard. Items can be placed in the bin outside the Chapel. Thank you for your help in meeting the needs of our local community!
After prayer, collaboration, and consideration, I have decided to cancel our summer retreat to Joy El. Instead, we will have a Backyard Retreat! We will do many local activities together to get more folks involved. Some ideas include Knoebels, The Coliseum, Sports Emporium, Trindle Bowl with glow in the dark mini golf, hiking, swimming at Pinchot state park, escape room, etc. Let me know shortly what activities and dates interest you!

August 1, 2021: CORE from 6-8

August 8, 2021: No CORE

August 15, 2021: Back to School Bash/Calendar Meeting

August 22, 2021: CORE from 6-8

August 29, 2021: CORE from 6-8

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Prayers of healing: Bob Smith, Bob Babiarz, Walt Pomeroy, Wayne Hawk, John Cuthbertson

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

Thank you
Thank you Silver Spring family for all your prayers for Bob's recovery and my stamina. We are migrating to our Florida residence to rehab more easily. We will hopefully return in the spring closer to normal. Please continue to pray for us as we ride the wave of uncertainty. We will miss you all.
Fondly, Bob and Judy Babiarz
May 2021 financials

July 18
YouTube Views = 66
In-person = 63

July 25
YouTube Views = 73
In-person = 73


Sally McGaffin
Barbara Shoun

Kathy Henderson

Deacon servers:
Mary Jane Voigt
Beth White
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