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May 2017
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Seasonal Notes:

"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

8:00am   Worship
Loeffler Chapel

9:00am   Education
Many Spaces
Classes & Discussion Groups 
for all God's People

Read about them on the
Education pages of our website!
Parent note: 
Please help us staff our children's classrooms appropriately by 
registering your children:
SPC Children's Registration 

10:15am   Worship
Sanctuary (every Sunday)
Loeffler Chapel (selected Sundays)

Communion served 
the 1st Sunday of each month

Child Care for infants & toddlers
available throughout.

11:15am   Fellowship
Fellowship Hall & Courtyard

4:30pm   Youth Groups
Locations Vary
See Youth Group webpage
Mothers’ Day Cards Support Women’s Health
Suggested Contribution: $10 per card
Sundays, April 30- May 14 in Fellowship Hall during Coffee hour
Weekdays in the church office
Healthy Women Healthy Families supports a range of programs of Presbyterian partner churches globally that promote health, education, and development of women and children. The programs supported include: primary and pre-primary education, prenatal and essential obstetric services, trauma healing and psychosocial support, early-childhood health and nutrition programs, health and hygiene education, food security, and fistula repair surgery. 
SPC’s Presbyterian Women are proud to sponsor this collection.

Cookies for College Students
Contributions due Wednesday, May 3
We have a reputation to protect here! To Swarthmore College students, SPC is known as the “cookie church.” Jesus shared bread and wine and we do that in his memory on a regular basis. He also understood that the ministry of hospitality often begins with an invitation to share food and drink. So whether you whip a batch of home-baked treats or catch some of your favorites on sale at the grocery store, please bring a few dozen to the Fellowship Kitchen sometime between Sunday, April 30 and Wednesday, May 3!

Swarthmore Charity Fun Fair
Sunday, May 7
SPC takes to the streets Sunday afternoon to be part of Swarthmore’s annual outdoor festival of outreach. We will have face painting and “hair don’ts” (thank you, Children’s Ministry) entertaining children while those accompanying them check out informational displays and talk to representatives about the ministry of Delco Family Promise (IHN). Through other displays, and the friendly faces behind the table (thank you, Membership), we also invite participation in all that SPC offers each and every Sunday. Come and see what God is doing through the resources of Swarthmore Presbyterian Church right here in the community of Swarthmore.
Church members: Perhaps you can help:
We are hoping to “sell” some treat bags in support of IHN. Can you help provide some cookies or salty snacks? Donations may be brought to the Fellowship kitchen any time between Monday, May 1 and Friday, May 5. Please mark them clearly as “Fun Fair” so as not to be confused with the cookies contributed for college students.

T'ai Chi
Sundays, May 7 & 21
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 on the 1st or 3rd Sunday of the month at 11:45.

Children’s Cantata: Rock Solid!
Sunday, May 14
10:15am in the Sanctuary
Come and hear the Word proclaimed! Our Children's Choir - a bright and energetic group of singers and actors- serve as liturgists this morning. Through familiar words of scripture set to song by Jimmy and Gail Getzen, framed by a narrative that is subtitled “God’s Promises for the Trail of Life” we will be reminded that the bedrock of our faith lies in trusting God.

Youth Mission Stock Sale
Summer Mission Trip Participants Raise Funds for Their Work
Suggested contributions: $30 per individual/$50 per family.  
Once again many of our high school youth have accepted the call to serve in Appalachia this summer helping to make homes drier and safer for our southern neighbors under the auspices of the Appalachia Service Project (ASP).  Others will to get to know some of the Nicaraguan neighbors with whom we are in partnership. Shares in their work entitle each contributor to a personal letter from one of the travelers and a luncheon upon their return, where the experiences of each group are shared. Shares may be "purchased" during Fellowship (11:15-12:15) on Sunday mornings or directly from any of the trip participants.

Fall Fair Drop-off
Saturday, May 13
9:00am-12:00 Noon
Parking Lot
Bring it on! Fall Fair booth volunteers are eager to collect donations to be sold at the Fall Fair. Most wanted: Collectibles, Flea Market wares, Children's Toys and Games, Sporting Goods, (no large items yet), Jewelry and Accessories, Books. Please pack your donations in boxes if possible, sorted according to these categories.  Questions? Offers to help? Please be in touch with one of our 2017 Fall Fair chairs, David Herring, or Joyce VanRavenswaay, Jennifer Conway, and Linda Carpenter (see church directory - login required).

Taizé Worship
Saturday, May 20
5:00pm in 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 is beginning a monthly series of such services. Taizé services will be offered either in the courtyard or in the Chapel late in the afternoon on the 3rd Saturday of each month this summer.  All are welcome!

Family Camping June 2017
June 16-18 at Kirkwood Camp in Stroudsburg, PA
Signups begin Sunday, April 30
SPC is planning a getaway weekend at a bargain price and you are invited! On Friday, June 16 we will head up to Camp Kirkwood in Stroudsburg, PA for our 4th annual camping trip! Swimming, boating, archery, ziplines, and scavenger hunts are among the many possibilities as we play, relax and have fun together in God's creation. Leave your weekday worries behind and join us at the bonfire! The Children’s Ministry team hosts this event and encourages any of God’s children to take part. Stop by our table in Fellowship Hall any Sunday morning for more information and to sign up!

Faith Milestones: Confirmation and Senior Blessing
Sunday, May 21
10:15am in the Sanctuary
On Confirmation Sunday, the congregation recognizes what Session will have enacted four days prior – the confirmation of baptism and the full membership of our newest class of 9th graders. Six students have been working since the fall to explore their faith, ask big questions, learn the whys behind many practices of Reformed faith and worship, and develop their own statements of faith. In fact, as part of a weekend retreat they took in April, they will have written a class Confession of Faith that will be used in worship that Sunday.  
Blessing of High School Seniors
In that same service, we will be blessing our graduating high school seniors as they prepare for the next chapters of their lives. With blankets designed to wrap them in our love and parents standing shoulder to shoulder, we will send these young people off knowing they are deeply loved.