Silver Spring Presbyterian Church
Weekly Announcements

November 29, 2020
"Are we there yet?"

This Sunday’s sermon, “Are we there yet?” comes from Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 and Mark 13:24-37. In our Mark text, we read what is effectively Jesus’ farewell discourse to his disciples before the passion narrative begins in Chapter 14. That fact is not lost on me this week as I preach what will be my last sermon as your associate pastor.

In Mark, our passage has three sections. The first is a prophecy in which Jesus talks about his future return to earth and the crises associated with it. The second is the lesson of the fig tree and the impending crises. And the third is a charge to the disciples to be alert. This text can serve as a message of hope for the Church to discern and live into its mission, but it can also be a foreboding warning when the Church is being a little too complacent.
No matter which way this text is interpreted, it is always a reminder to us that life is short, and Jesus teaches us through this passage about how to live in the here and now, between the time two thousand-some years ago when he first came to earth and the time yet to come, whenever that may be, when he will return. Christ’s charge to his disciples is to be watchful as they wait for the return of the Son of Man. On this first Sunday in Advent, Jesus charges us, too, to be watchful, but watchful of what? How might we see signs of God’s Kingdom here and now? I look forward to exploring this with you on Sunday. See you then – and Happy Thanksgiving!


Here is the link for the November 29th
live-stream at 11 am.

Wishing you and your family a happy and healthy Thanksgiving.

Watch the short video here from The Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) - THANKFUL!
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!
Hanging of the Greens -
Saturday, November 28, 9:00 am
We will decorate a tree outside this year in addition to inside the Meeting house. Please meet at 9:00 am in the Gathering Place, wearing your mask and prepared to distance as much as possible. Also bring your own hot chocolate! If you think you may be able to help, please send an email to Pat Ferris.

Blessings to all at the beginning of this season of Advent.
Angel Tree
The ANGEL TREE is up and waiting for angels to be selected. Gift cards and actual gift amounts are $35.00. If there is more than one item on a tag, you need not buy everything. Please be sure to SIGN OUT the angel on matching color coded sign out sheets and attach it to the gift with the Bible verse side up when returning the gift to the church BEFORE Dec 12. Thank you for caring and sharing.

Live Nativity - Canceled
Due to concerns for everyone's safety, the Live Nativity has been canceled this year. We look forward to having Kathy Ammerman and her animals back with us next year.

Wednesday Evening Vesper Services at 7:00 pm
Join us these Wednesday evenings at 7 pm to enjoy selections of Advent and Christmas Music:
  • December 2 (in the Meeting House): Guitarists, Dr. Candice Mowbray and Danny Webber
  • December 9 (LIVE-STREAMED ONLY at 7 pm): Christmas in Perfect Harmony
  • December 16 (in the Meeting House): Allegro con Fuoco, organ/piano

Special Meeting of the Congregation, Sunday, December 6, 12:15 pm
The Session has called a special meeting of the congregation Sunday, Dec. 6, 2020 at 12:15 pm for the purpose of dissolving the terms of call between SSPC and Rev. Jane Anabe by the Presbytery of Carlisle. The Book of Order requires this action in response to Jane's having accepted a call to serve a congregation in Indiana, closer to her extended family.

There are three ways to participate in this meeting:
1.  In Person. The meeting will be held in the Meeting House with overflow seating available and a broadcast of the meeting on the screen in the Chapel. Remember to wear your mask.

2.  By Zoom. Please mute yourself upon entry.

3.  By Phone. Call the following number: (301) 715-8592 Enter the meeting ID: 966 1001 2068
                      To toggle between mute and unmute: hit *6 / To raise your hand for voting: hit *9
                      Please mute yourself upon entry.

There is a box in the Gathering Place to place your cards to Jane, for thanking her for her time here with us at Silver Spring, and wishing her and her family all the best as they relocate to Illinois to start the next part of their journey.

Christmas Bonfire – 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 Poinsettia order forms are available in the Gathering Place
Please return the form to the box in the Gathering Place by Monday, December 14. The names of dedication will be listed in the bulletin on Sunday, December 20. The cost of each poinsettia is $10. If you are unable to get to church, click HERE for the form to mail it into the church. Thank you.

The Sounds of Advent
Our Silver Spring Sanctuary Choir will perform a Virtual Cantata for viewing on Sunday, December 20th.

Christmas Eve at SSPC
On Christmas Eve, join your friends at Silver Spring for a special live service outside at 7:00 pm. Please dress warm and bring your own hot chocolate. We will wear masks and social distance in order to sing. There will also be a virtual family service on Christmas Eve (information on how to view will be provided on a later date).

Presbyterian Giving Catalog – A Gift to give to someone who has everything!
Through the Presbyterian Giving Catalog Online you can explore a wide variety of gifts that provide real impact around the world – including aid for refugees, access to clean water and helping to end hunger. Give a gift that represents a cause that’s close to your heart. Or make a gift in someone’s honor and choose a ministry they’d love. Aid kits, livestock, agricultural assistance, children’s education…. there’s much to choose from. Go to to find out more and donate.

Christmas Tree Thanks
Special thanks is extended to Basehore Farm Market for the donation of a tree for the Meeting House and also to Roy McLain for donating the outdoor tree.

Visioning For the Next Generation – Part 5 of 6
As you probably know by now, we’ve been putting something in the announcements the last several weeks to catch you up to what’s been happening with youth ministry at our church. Our youth are not only the future of our church, but they part of our church now. Our vision for youth ministry at SSPC is “to be a youth ministry that unites students, congregation members, and staff in an environment of acceptance and authenticity as we learn and share Christ’s love with all.” We do that by “connecting students and adults as we become more faithful disciples of Christ while growing, serving, and having fun.” In order for that to happen, we looked for people to join with us in one of three partner capacities: Youth Group Partners, Mentoring Partners, and Special Event Partners. We are considering additional partner roles but have not yet created descriptions of how that might look. While each partner position title is fairly intuitive, each one has its own job description that is available by emailing our Youth Director, Bryan Corbin. Youth Group Partners make a commitment to being present and helping to lead regular CORE meetings. Mentoring Partners reach out to our youth and seek intentional contact with them. Special Event Partners help plan and execute CORE special events. There are many ways you can be involved, and we hope you’ll read more about that in next week’s announcements. At the end of the summer and into the fall, our staff made many, many attempts to contact several of you to participate in one of these areas of partnership and we made good progress. We hope you’ll read about our progress and ways you can be involved in next week’s announcements.

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.

National Donor Sabbath Weekend was 11/13-11/15 but everyday should be organ donation day. Here are a few facts about organ donation: Over 109,000 men, women and children are on the national transplant list as of 9/2020 and every 9 minutes another person is added to the list; 17 people die each day while waiting for an organ transplant; 90% of US adults support organ donation but only 60% actually sign up as donors; one donor can donate up to 8 lifesaving organs and only 3 in 1,000 people die in a way that allows for organ donation. Please consider giving the ultimate Gift of Life to become an organ and tissue donor. For more information visit and select PA; this will connect you directly to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles where you can register for organ donation.
Why Wait - Jump Start Your Legacy Now
You can make an immediate, positive impact on the 1734 Legacy Society and the life of Silver Spring Presbyterian Church by starting your legacy now.

The 1734 Legacy Society was established to create, through many donations by our generation and generations to come, a multi-million dollar permanent financial endowment for Silver Spring Presbyterian Church through the Fund for the Living Word, the Buildings and Grounds Fund and the Heritage Fund.

Your minimum $1,734.00 gift of cash, appreciated stock, bonds or municipal funds, cements the start of your individual legacy with the 1734 Legacy Society. Start now, why wait! Please feel free to contact Bill Vipperman or Tom Gross for more information on the 1734 Legacy Society and Silver Spring Presbyterian Church.

Yoga Update
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
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December Birthdays
We wish you the happiest of birthdays if you are celebrating next month! Click HERE for the December birthday list.

Quilt for this year's Fall Faire
We are offering our quilt to our church family and friends. Please visit the Chapel to see the quilt and review the bidding sheet. We have just one starting bid at $500.00. The last day to bid on the quilt is Tuesday, December 1st.
Earth Care
Read Psalm 24:1 and be glad! Read 1 Corinthians 10:26 and be grateful - for all that we have and all that we can do. Enjoy Thanksgiving and be both glad and very, very grateful. Happy Thanksgiving.🦃
February ROAR Trip
The Mission Committee is looking for volunteers for the February ROAR Trip to Gainesville, Florida to work with Alachua Habitat For Humanity the week of Monday, February 01 through Friday, February 05, 2021. In case you don’t know, ROAR stands for Reach Out And Rebuild. This is one of the hands-on mission efforts of Silver Spring Church.

The Alachua Habitat folks are happy to have us back in Gainesville to assist in building decent, affordable homes for families in need. They will have two work sites for us to frame new homes.

As always, you do not need building skills or a lot of tools to be a part of this ROAR Team. All you need is a willingness to help a family in need of an affordable home to live and thrive in. On the job training is part of the ROAR Team experience.

If you are interested in being part of this ROAR Team or need additional information on the proposed work please contact Terry Reed at 717-766-2714 or by email at

Prepared by Terry Reed for the Mission Committee.
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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.

November 29, 2020: CORE, 6-8 pm
December 6, 2020: All Church Christmas Bonfire from 3:30 - 5:30 pm
December 13, 2020: CORE from 6-8
December 15, 2020: Please let me know if you are interested in going on the Team Effort mission trip
to Blue Knob, PA on July 5-10, 2021
December 20, 2020: CORE from 6-8
December 27, 2020: NO CORE - Merry Christmas

Prayers of healing: Norma Baum, Thom and Mary Glace, Kristin Mock, Don Basehore

Prayers of sympathy: Pastor Don and his family; family of Chuckie Loyd, family of Mary Rhykerd, Thomas Baker for the death of his sister Wanda; Chris Winning and family

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

Thank You
We would like to offer our heartfelt thanks to our Silver Spring family for your support after our recent losses. Your messages, cards, calls and prayers meant so very much. We are truly blessed to be a part of the SSPC family.
~ Susan, Sarah & Ally Neville

Thank you so much. One of the greatest things that has happened in my Christian walk has been being part of the Silver Spring congregation. Love in Christ Jesus, Brother Thomas and Gale Baker

Many thanks to our Silver Spring family for the numerous cards and messages of support as we grieve the death of my mother. We are so very grateful for her life with us and her new life in Heaven where she is reunited with my father and brother as well as all the other loved ones who have gone on to glory. Our whole family will miss her dearly. It helps to know that we do not grieve alone.
Oct 2020 financials


Worship Services:

November 15
36 (in-person) +
234 (YouTube views)

November 22
41 (in-person) +
182 (YouTube views)

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"Beware, keep alert; for you do not know when the time will come." Mark 13:33