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August 2017
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"Raise a song of gladness, peoples of the earth:
Christ has come, bringing peace, joy to every heart.
Alleluia, Alleluia, joy to every heart!

paraphrased from Psalm 100
Sunday Schedule
Summer Version

10:00am   Child Care
Nursery
Infants and toddlers are welcomed in the  nursery all morning. 

10:15am   Worship
Communion served 
the 1st Sunday of each month

11:15am   Fellowship
Fellowship Hall & Courtyard

Sunday school classes,
evening youth gatherings, 
and committee meetings 
resume after Labor Day.
Fall Fair Signups
Every Sunday!
11:15am in Fellowship Hall
Many are called; all are chosen! SPC’s biggest fundraiser/community builder, our annual Fall Fair, thrives on the participation of hundreds of members. And for those new to the church, (visitors as well as members) it’s a great way to engage. There are roles for all - sorting donations, contributing handcrafted works or home-baked goods, helping for an hour or two in one of the boots on Fair Day, or simply welcoming visitors on this busy day.

​Inquirers' Gathering
Thursday, August 3
7:00pm in the Study
Open to all who are considering SPC as a church home and have some questions. Led by Rev. Joyce Shin, with the support of several members, we will spend some time getting to know one another, talking about what it means to be Presbyterian, and how we can serve one another and our neighbors through all that happens here. Please RSVP to the church office to let us know you are coming: 610-543-4712 or spcparish@swarthmorepres.org.

Taizé Worship
Saturday, August 19
5:00pm in the Courtyard or Loeffler Chapel
In the Taizé community in southern France, worship is a meditative experience created through music, scripture, and prayer, with intentional space for silence. The chants – short musical pieces repeated again and again—are musical expressions of faith that seem to soak into the mind, creating a calm and welcoming space for the “still, small voice” of God. In answer to the deep need for rest — and silence — in our crowded calendars, SPC offers Taizé services either in the courtyard or in the Chapel late in the afternoon on the 3rd Saturday of each month this summer. All are welcome!

Shareholders' Lunch
Sunday, August 20
11:45am in Fellowship Hall
All those who supported this summer's mission trips (the Appalachia Service Project high school mission trip to Lincoln County, West Virginia and the inter-generational trip to Nicaragua) are invited to brunch and mission interpretation this morning. After providing hearty brunch, speakers will share photos, videos, and stories of the people with whom they worked and projects that they tackled.

Ribbon Cutting for Chester Charter School for the Arts
Friday, August 25
1:00pm at 1200 Highland Avenue, Chester, PA  19013
It's an exciting time!  After 2 years of planning and fundraising and a full year of construction, (not to mention the hard work of teacher recruiting and training and curriculum planning) this wonderful school will be able to welcome children from Kindergarten through 12th grade.  Please join them for the ceremonial ribbon cutting this afternoon! 

T'ai Chi
Sunday, August 27
11:45am in Loeffler Chapel
Tai Chi is a graceful form of exercise that is often described as “meditation in motion,” promoting serenity through gentle, flowing movements. If you find yourself needing a new way to loosen the knots of stresses and strains to make room for the Spirit to do its work, you are invited to join Mary Reindorp in Loeffler Chapel after fellowship this morning. Mary will guide us through this self-paced system of gentle physical exercise and stretching.







Hunger Takes No Vacation
​Summer Plea for Donations 
For local food pantries that depend on donations from generous church members, summer can be a stressful time. Our giving tends to go down 
just as their need goes up. 
Those who benefit from the school lunch program find their budgets stretched thin and everyone consumes more liquids in hot weather.
Please consider adding a few items (that don’t need refrigeration) to your grocery cart each week and getting them to the big blue bins in the Pinkston Outreach Center (just outside Fellowship Hall). Volunteers for the Hunger group will see that they get to Chester Eastside and to Mercy Hospice. 

Casseroles for Mercy Hospice are welcome as always. But experience tells us that anything requiring the use of an oven happens less in the summer, and Mercy welcomes dry goods as well as casseroles. We will make a special effort to deliver cereal in July and canned goods in August.
 
Most Wanted
Breakfast foods: 
cereal, dry milk, shelf stable juices, breakfast bars, coffee 
Easy lunch makings: 
peanut butter and jelly, canned tuna, mac 'n cheese, chips, cookies 
Cooking basics: 
olive oil seasonings, 
taco shells, rice, pasta, 
Condiments: 
ketchup, mustard, mayo,
BBQ sauce

Thank you, one and all.