Silver Spring Presbyterian Church
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July 18, 2021

"Goats Chained in the Graveyard"

Worship this Sunday

This Sunday we are going to read from Mark 5 the passage that unpacks the Geresene Demoniac and the community that bands him to the graves. There are various wisdom points to glean from this text but people generally talk about the demoniac’s experience, the legion and the swine, or the relationship between the demoniac and Jesus. But Sunday we will be discussing what it means to be a villager and what it means to be a scapegoat.

Regardless of which one we may be, Christ can rewrite our narrative. Christ is in the business of encouraging and empowering us to live into our narrative of love. We will be discussing a story about a community that you may be shocked to find out, still exists.”

Looking forward to being with you all!

Sarah Hostetter
We will welcome Sarah Hostetter as our guest preacher this Sunday. Sarah is the newly elected President of God’s Precious Children an education non-profit in Liberia, West Africa. Sarah graduated from Eastern University in 2011 where she majored in Elementary Education with a focus in English as a Second Language and Missions and Anthropology. She graduated with her Masters of Divinity from Palmer Theological Seminary in 2018 and is currently finishing the process to become ordained in the PC(USA) denomination. For the last 10+ years Sarah served alongside her husband Andrew as the Youth, College, and Young Adult Directors at Wayne Presbyterian Church until her husband took his first Solo Pastor position in Perry County this year. 
When Sarah is not giving God’s Precious Children presentations or studying for the Presbyterian Ordination exams, she enjoys chasing her 13 month old Sunday Grace and Greyhound Arnold around their little homestead in Loysville, PA and beating her husband at Settlers of Catan. 
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!
Drive-Thru Collection July 17th for Homeless Youth
Valley Youth House, part of the Synergy Project, is a street outreach program that works with homeless, nomadic, and street youth, age 21 and under in Dauphin County. Their primary objective is getting the at risk youth off the street, out of the heat or cold, and into a safe place.

The mission of the program is to meet the youth where they are – to go to them. Street outreach coordinators spend most of their time in a Jeep, van, on a mountain bike, canoe/kayak or walking to remote areas of the city such as freight train yards, transportation stations, tent-cities and homeless camps. They reach out to youth who tend to settle in places that are not easily accessible, assisting them to find permanent housing or making it safer for them to be on the streets. The program offers survival supplies, peer support, informal counseling, information/referral services and assistance to get off the streets.

Let’s do what we can to help these at risk youth. They currently are in need of personal hygienic products such as bars of soap, body wash, shampoo & conditioner, deodorant, lysol wipes, hand wipes, q-tips, razors, sanitary products, toothbrush, toothpaste, and mouth wash. We will be having a drive thru collection on Saturday, July 17th from Noon to 2 pm or you may place your items in the containers outside the chapel until Sunday, July 18th. Thank you in advance for your donations for this worthwhile cause.
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!

Helping Hands
As we return to church and activities, we are seeking members to assist in our Helping Hands group. Helping Hands was established to aid members in need with meals and transportation to doctor’s appointments. This is a great way to participate without a huge commitment. If you would like more information or are willing to have your name added to the list, please contact Shawn Marshall or Christa Lenk.

Dining Out Group - Wednesday, July 21st
The Dining Out group will be breaking bread together at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, July 21, at Theo’s Bar and Grill, located at 3315 Hartzdale Drive in Camp Hill. For reservations, sign up in the Gathering Place by July 19 or contact Joan Bretz, 717-657-3645.

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.

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 them 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 - Good News!
Colgate Palmolive is developing a recyclable toothpaste tube. There is an interesting feature on this which also features a cameo with Betsy Neilson's grandaughter. For more see:
It’s true, we can finally field a mission team to help people in need in rural Maine. We are on the schedule with MATE (Mission At The Eastward) in Farmington Maine to do home repairs for people who physically can not maintain their homes or who can not afford the repairs. Except for last year SSPC has been working in the rural ministry for over 25 years.

The work week is Monday, August 02 through Friday, August 06, 2021. We arrive in Farmington on Saturday, July 31 so we can worship with the local community on Sunday morning, August 1, and tour the project sites on Sunday afternoon. The kitchen and dining hall at St. Joseph’s church has been reserved for the week. We normally stay in a dormitory at the University of Maine, Farmington but the University is not providing housing for any outside groups this year. A block of rooms has been reserved for the Team at the Farmington Motel, about two miles from St. Jo’s dining hall.

The ROAR Team is not a particular group of people. A ROAR Team is made up of members and friends of the church who volunteer for a specific mission trip. As always, you don’t need to have building skills or a truck load of tools to participate. A willing heart to serve the Lord and hands and feet to do what you can to help a neighbor in need is all that is required. This is a wonderful opportunity to see a beautiful part of this country and share in work and fellowship with members and friends of Silver Spring Church. Youth up to the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or grandparent.

If you are interested in being part of this years MATE ROAR Team or need additional information please call Terry Reed at 717-766-2714 or send an email to

New Hope Ministry - Needs for JULY
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!

July 18, 2021: CORE from 6-8

July 25, 2021: No CORE

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, Ken Pfaff, Steve Wetzler

Prayers of sympathy: John Cuthbertson for the death of his sister in Pittsburgh

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

New baby
Baby Congratulations!

We congratulate the parents and grandparents on the birth of Brylee Ann Sebring on Friday, July 9, 2021 to Matt and Jess who live in Milton, PA. Rich and Chris Sebring are the proud grandparents. Congratulations to all!
May 2021 financials

July 4
YouTube Views = 74
In-person = 81

July 11
YouTube Views = 62
In-person = 73


Tracy Bryan
Tony Kren

Dave Gray

Deacon servers:
Jenny Bell
Holly Lawrence
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"And he went away and began to proclaim in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him; and everyone was amazed." Mark 5:20