Independence Day Town Parade
Tuesday, July 4
10:15am Swarthmore Town Center
Here’s something that sounds like fun for SPCers of all ages! At Swarthmore’s annual Fourth of July parade, scout troops, local congregations, and others with a healthy sense of community don flip flops, tee shirts, and sunscreen and enjoy a morning celebrating the freedoms (including religious freedom) that our forebears fought hard to establish.
Come on bike, foot, walker, or scooter! We will meet in the lot on Park Avenue next to the Swarthmore library. Look for the SPC banner. Wear your favorite SPC t-shirt (summer youth trip, Fall Fair, children’s cantata, etc.), and/or anything red, white, and blue.
Middle School Mission in Raleigh, NC
Wednesday, July 5-Saturday, July 8
SPC’s middle schoolers are about to take a big step out of their comfort zone. For 3 days, home based at Raleigh Youth Mission in Raleigh, NC, they will be doing God’s work in food pantries, playing with inner city children, learning how to bathe in alley showers, and and working with middle schoolers from Wayne Presbyterian Church who are there to do the same. What can you do to help? Talk to them. Ask questions. Listen. Prayer strips (with the names of the participants) are available at sanctuary entrances and in the church office. Pick a few and plan to introduce yourself when they return and learn about their week.
Mission in Nicaragua
Saturday, July 8-Saturday, July 15
10:15Worship in the Sanctuary SPC has been in relationship with sisters and brothers in Nicaragua for nearly ten years, thanks to the faithful work of the World Mission Committee and many in this congregation and the connections created for us both through PC(USA) and through CEPAD, the Council of Protestant Churches in Nicaragua. Month in and month out we exchange notes and emails with Justin and Renee Sundberg and their family, who keep us up to date on the joys and sorrows of our long distance neighbors. And every other year, we find ways to be with one another in person.
On Saturday, July 8, 12 youth and adults will depart to reconnect with friends at ASODECOMAT, an association of seven rural communities east of Matagalpa, Nicaragua. While their deep work is relational, their daily work will focus primarily on installation of water filters, reforestation, and construction. Please join us in prayers of thanksgiving for our long-time partners in Nicaragua, God’s gifts of humility and patience for our joint work, the faces of Christ’s generous welcome in those who travel and all they meet, and the Spirit’s traveling mercies.
Saturday, July 15
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!
Summer Movie Night
Thursday, July 27
7:00pm in Fellowship Hall
Our Presbyterian Women (PW) team invites anyone interested to its summer movie night. This year’s choice: “The Anthropologist.” This film considers the fate of the planet from the perspective of an American teenager. Over five years, she travels alongside her mother, an anthropologist studying the impact of climate change on indigenous communities. Less than 1.5 hours long, it covers five years of summer studies and weaves in excerpts from the work of Margaret Meade. The Anthropologist has 100% approval on Rotten Tomatoes and a 9.2 rating on IMDB.
PW will supply lemonade and vegan guacamole and chips.
BYO additional movie snacks.
William Penn Park Project
Friday, July 28
Since January, high school students from Chester Charter School for the Arts (CCSA) and SPC have been working together to design a revitalization for William Penn Park in Chester. 100 Penn Street in Chester is actually the first landing spot for William Penn into the area. There has been an historic marker there for quite some time (see picture on the right), but the park has not been cared for and is not very inviting to tourists. The City of Chester would like to change this, and so our group has been working hard to vision a new start for the park.
On Friday, July 28, from 9:00am-3:00pm, we will be gathering there to accomplish Phase 1: Clean Up. We would love to have your support! Any and all are welcome to join us during the day to clean up. We also need loan of some materials and donations of supplies:
1. Loan of 2 pressure washers 2. Loan of 2 generators
3. Loan of rakes & push brooms 4. Donation of leaf bags & trash bags
5. Donation of work gloves 6. Water!!
Sunday, July 30
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.
cereal, dry milk, shelf stable juices, breakfast bars, coffee
Easy lunch makings:
peanut butter and jelly, canned tuna, mac 'n cheese, chips, cookies
olive oil seasonings,
taco shells, rice, pasta,
ketchup, mustard, mayo,
Thank you, one and all.