Silver Spring Presbyterian Church
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September 12, 2021

"Prophetic Hope"

Sundays sermon, “Prophetic Hope”, is based on Isaiah 35:4-9 where God’s servant Isaiah continues to speak God’s words of hope to the exiles in Babylon. Some accept his call to return to Judah, but others are hesitant. Some are even openly hostile to Isaiah, even violent! They reject their identity as God’s chosen people, and they reject God in the process.

The gospel message of God’s love in Jesus Christ is the basis of our faith and the ultimate message of hope. All of us are called to receive God’s gospel message, to trust it and live our lives by it. What gets in the way of that? Like Isaiah, we are also called to be messengers of God’s hope, even – especially! – in dark times like these. What can we learn from Isaiah’s example in order to be more faithful in doing this?
Come on Sunday and find out! See you in church -
To view our 9:00 am Traditional service this Sunday, click on the video above.
Sunday Worship Schedule
There are two worship services this Sunday-
  • 9:00 am Traditional Service in the Meeting House, and
  • 11:00 am Gathering in the Chapel

The Traditional Service will continue to be live-streamed and hopefully in the near future the Gathering Service will also be live-streamed. Be sure to look for the Gathering Service Banner outside the Chapel doors.

Masks Strongly Recommended: Wearing is Caring!
In order to keep one another safe, the Session has voted unanimously to follow CDC guidelines which strongly recommend that all those attending indoor events here at SSPC wear masks when others are present, regardless of vaccination status, so long as the COVID transmission risk in Cumberland County is “substantial” or “high.” We care deeply about one another as brothers and sisters in Christ, and wearing masks to help keep others safe is a clear way to express that mutual care that makes SSPC the warm and special place it is. Simply put, wearing is caring, friends.  In addition to getting vaccinated against the COVID virus, masks are a simple and effective barrier to prevent illness-causing respiratory droplets from reaching others. Masks provide the most protection when everyone wears one, especially in a community setting. Thanks for helping us keep one another safe and well. Together, this is one way that we are taking seriously our vision statement of becoming a grace-filled family of faith sharing Christ’s love with all!

New Member Class on Saturday, September 11 - 9 am to 11:30 am
Have you been thinking about membership at SSPC, or wondering what kind of commitments that might involve? Then join Senior Pastor Don Wahlig for this fast-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.” From there, we move on to a brief history of the development of the church.  We begin with the 16th century Reformation and the emergence of Presbyterianism as it moved from Geneva to Scotland and on to the United States.

After a break, we will talk about SSPC and our rich history. We will cover how we are organized and how decisions are made, and the many ministries that emerge as we try to make Jesus Christ Lord of our lives. We will conclude with a review of the expectations of membership. For those who are ready to do so, there will be an opportunity to join the congregation, though there is no obligation to do so.

The class will be held in the Parlor (accessed through the semi-circular glass space we call the Gathering Place). It begins at 9 am and will end not later than 11:30 am. A light breakfast will be served. If you would like to reserve a spot in this class or simply have questions, please contact Don at Hope to see you there!
Winding Hill
Fellowship Bike and Playground Event on Sunday, September 26th
Your fun-loving Fellowship committee is organizing a fun day at the Winding Hills North Park that will be ideal for families with young children, or grandchildren. This is a no-cost event, but you need to sign-up (maximum of 25 people). The event goes from 12:30 to 3 pm and starts with a picnic lunch. Families are then encouraged to explore the many paved bike trails around Winding Hill Park. In addition to paved trails, the park has flush bathrooms, 2 basketball courts, and a fantastic children’s play area with multiple slides, jungle gym, musical instrument area, mini rock climbing, multiple swings, a maze, a splash area, whirly round, shaded sitting areas and plenty of parking. The address is Winding Hill Park North, 901 E. Winding Hill Road, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055.

Fall Faire is on October 9, 2021
ATTENTION: Items may only be brought to the church from September 26 - October 3. This change was made to protect ourselves from being inundated with items in case we need to cancel the Fall Faire. Please do not bring items before Sept 26. If we have to cancel, we should know before Sept. 26. Thank you for understanding!!!!!

NO items will be accepted after October 3. Please be sure your items are clean and in working order. Place the items in the hallway between the gym and the Gathering Place ramp.

Fiction and Non-fiction books are acceptable, but NO cookbooks, reference books, CDs, DVDs, cassettes, records, VHS. Children's books are welcome. Please place them by the library making sure not to block the library door.  Working microwaves are acceptable. Items NOT accepted include: stuffed animals, suitcases, cribs, high chairs, car seats, booster seats (due to safety concerns), electronics (including stereos, speakers, computers, or TVs), curtains or rods, couches, sofas, and linens EXCEPT for sheets and comforters which will be accepted.

VOLUNTEER SIGN UPS: We need lots of hands to pull off a successful event. Please watch for sign up sheets in the Gathering Place which should be up by the second week in September.

NEEDED: Someone to help with set up of the Housewares area and to be in charge of that area the day of the sale. Please call Claudia Brown (717-737-2014) if interested. Plenty of help will be provided.

Dining Out Group: The Dining Out Group will be meeting at Gabriella’s on Sept. 30 at 6 p.m. Dennis Bell has advised that the deadline for registrations is 12:00 noon on Sept. 26.

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.

Earth Care - Did you know?
For every million cellphones recycled 3,500 lbs of copper and 75 lbs of gold could be recovered and reused.
ROAR at Home Week
This year's fall Mission Trip will be in and around Mechanicsburg. The dates are Monday, September 27 through Saturday, October 02, 2021.

We will work on projects around the church campus, the Retreat Center property and do repair projects at people’s homes through Rebuilding Together. The work day will typically be 8:00 am to 4:00 pm or as the project site dictates. There is work for skilled and unskilled volunteers (you will learn some skill before the week is over).

If you are interested in volunteering or need additional information please respond via email to, call Terry Reed at 717-766-2714, or see Terry at church.

ROAR Team Report from MATE
During the week of August 1 - 7, thirteen members and friends of Silver Spring Church answered God’s question, “Who shall I send” when they answered, here I am Lord.

The Team worked on six different project sites. The weather was relatively cool all week with a few rain showers. It was a very productive (and safe) week. We began the week with worship at the Fairbanks Union Church and then toured the initial project sites. The Team enjoyed a picnic at the Ratcliff’s home on Sunday evening and a picnic at the Fairbanks Union Church on Wednesday evening. The Team hosted the families we worked for on Thursday evening with a great ham supper prepared by our chefs Susie Reed and Ella Reardon. Our chef’s provided hearty breakfasts and evening meals for us throughout the week. To read more about the completed project sites, click HERE.

CROP Hunger Walk: About two months from now, we will gather with others in our community to fight hunger both here and around the world. We need walkers and sponsors for the Mechanicsburg area. The youth have done this for the past few years, and we would like to invite the whole congregation to get involved!

CROP Hunger Walk is on October 17, 2021, at 1 pm at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in downtown Mechanicsburg. Please contact Bryan Corbin for more details and to sign up to be a walker, a sponsor, or both (717-829-8844).

New Hope Ministry
Needs for New Hope Ministry this month include: Salad dressing, Apple sauce, Jelly. Items can be placed in the bin outside the Chapel. Thank you for your help in meeting the needs of our local community!
September 12, 2021: CORE from 6-8

September 17-18, 2021: Uprise Festival?

September 26, 2021: Fellowship Event at Winding Hill Park North, 12:30-3 pm

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Prayers of healing: Bob Gaffney, Louise Weldy, Walt Pomeroy, Rich Morelli

Sympathy: Jenny Bell for the death of her father, Bob Wrightstone

Prayers for our military members: Justin Ledvina, Josiah Scandle, Wyatt La Pointe, Brandon Johnson
July 2021 financials

August 29
9:00 am Traditional = 84
11:00 am Gathering = 48
YouTube views = 94

September 5
9:00 am Traditional = 57
11:00 am Gathering = 40
YouTube views = 65

Tim and Barb Wiggin

Lay Liturgist:
Nathan Pierce

Deacon Servers:
Carol Service and John Shoop

Downtown Daily Bread, Sept. 17:
B.J. Lopez and Jean Smith

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