Saturday, February 13
8:45am breakfast/9:30am program
in Fellowship Hall
led by Rev. Sarah Cooper Searight
In Lent we are called to repentance as a discipline that helps us travel with humility first towards the cross and then, with joy, to the empty tomb. Yet as women of faith, the theology and practice of repentance can and does take on a unique form. In our morning together, we will begin by exploring some feminist interpretations of the theology of atonement (at-one-ment, reconciling with God). Following this, we will use Scripture to move towards embracing unique practices of repentance that can deepen our move through this season and into the wondrous grace of resurrection.
Breakfast and lunch are both potluck. Beverages provided by our PW (Presbyterian Women)
Coordinating Team. For an outline of the morning, please click here: Lenten Retreat.
Ash Wednesday Services
Wednesday, February 10
12:15 & 7:00pm in Loeffler Chapel
On Ash Wednesday we enter the Lenten season of repentance and renewal with the words of the psalmist, “Create in me, O God, a clean heart.” The outward sign of our intent to come clean with God is the imposition of ashes, an ancient ceremony in which ashes are placed on the foreheads of the faithful with the words from Genesis, “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” The ashes are created by burning the palm leaves used in last year's Palm Sunday service. The musical response, which we will sing in Sunday morning worship as well, is one from the Taizé, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your Kingdom.”
Leadership is provided by our pastoral staff. Child care during the evening service is available by request; please contact Ashley Charles at 610.543.4712 or firstname.lastname@example.org by Sunday,
February 7, with the names and ages of children so that we arrange for staffing.
Souper Bowl of Caring
Fighting Hunger in Chester & Philadelphia
Sunday , February 7
On Super Bowl Sunday, hunger awareness advocates all over the country (including right here at SPC) remind us that most of the food and beverage consumption usually associated with this afternoon pales in comparison to the basic human need for regular nourishment. It’s a Souper Bowl of Caring! SPC volunteers will have some big soup pots in hand as they stand at our sanctuary entrances this morning collecting a special offering to fight hunger locally with our mission partners in Chester & Philadelphia. Let's fill them with dollars; it just makes sense! Want to read more? It was all started by youth at a Presbyterian church in South Carolina:
Food, Shelter, & Welcome for Fragile Families
Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) Guests Welcomed
Sunday, January 24-31
“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink,
I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” Matthew 25:35-37
Four times each year – a week at a time – SPC provides food, shelter, and welcome to families brought to us through Delaware County’s Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN). Volunteers are asked to provide dinners, hang out with guests, do some grocery shopping and to sleep overnight. Help with setup (Sunday, January 24, beginning at 12:00pm) and cleanup (Sunday, January 31, beginning at 7:00am) and contributions to fund food and toiletries purchases are also needed. Shifts are outlined on a signup sheet posted on the Members Site at:
If you are an SPC member but have not yet signed up for access to the Members' Site,
Read about the ministry of Delaware County's Interfaith Hospitality Network online at DelcoIHN.
Lunch & Movie: "Lemon Tree"
Sunday, January 24; rescheduled due to snow to Sunday, February 7
12:00 Noon in Loeffler Chapel
Sponsored by the Peacemaking Committee
Lemon Tree, written and directed by Eran Riklis and based on a true story, features Hiam Abbass (who won the Israeli Academy Award for Best Actress for this role) in the powerful portrayal of a lonely Palestinian widow who tends her family’s West Bank lemon grove. When the new Israeli Defense Minister and his wife move next door, the government demands that the trees be uprooted. It is a story of two women seeking justice across cultural divides. The film runs 106 minutes.
BYO lunch; the Peacemaking Committee will provide beverages.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
Mural Painting at Chester Charter School for the Arts!
Monday, January 18
Can you spend a couple of hours on this national day of service working a project with other SPC friends and friends-to-be? Volunteers needed to help brighten the hallways at CCSA. No special artistic skills needed. Children age 8 & up, youth, and adults of all ages are invited to help. Willingness to wield a paintbrush carefully and follow instructions are important. CCSA is located at 200 Commerce Drive in Aston, PA. Join us there for an hour or stay until the work is done. Carpooling can be arranged for those who would like some company for the drive. Check out the great work this mission partner is doing with children day in and day out in the city of Chester: Chester Charter School for the Arts.
Migration and Human Trafficking in the Philippines
Lunch with Rev. Cathy Chang
Thursday, January 7
12:00pm in the Study
The Peacemaking Committee and Human Trafficking Awareness Group invite you to help them welcome the Reverend Catherine Chang to SPC. Cathy is the denomination's newly appointed Regional Facilitator for Addressing Migration and Human Trafficking, and she and her family will soon move to the Philippines to begin her work. Cathy is a former associate pastor at Bryn Mawr and a friend and colleague of Lisa Day. Before leaving for her new post, she is visiting churches and congregations to share information about her work and to seek financial support.