Sunday, October 11
1:00pm Registration, 1:30pm Walk Begins
A community-wide events sponsored by Church World Service and organized by several local churches to raise funds to end hunger in the U.S. and around the world. The Swarthmore-Wallingford CROP Walk is 10K if you walk both "loops.” The two loops are 6.5K and 3.5K. CROP gives 25% of the funds raised back to the local organization; in our case they are granted to Cooking for the Homeless to help provide meals at the Life Center in Upper Darby. For more information, or to register either to walk or be a supporter at Wallingford-Swarthmore CROP Walk 2015.
Sunday, October 5
11:15am in the Study
Visitors new and not-so-new are invited to meet and chat with some of our pastors, staffers, and church members. Light refreshments provided by the Membership Committee. All welcome!
Rev. Joyce Shin Elected to Serve as SPC’s 10th Pastor
Sunday, September 27
There was a standing ovation and thunderous applause as Rev. Shin and her family entered the Sanctuary Sunday afternoon. The weekend had included a reception Saturday afternoon, a crowded sanctuary as we gathered to hear her sermon in 10:15 worship, and an air of joyous anticipation as the Pastor Nominating Committee made its report to the congregation. When the vote – nearly unanimous – was announced, broad smiles, big hugs, and hands lifted in prayer were the order of the day.
Joyce’s introductory flyer is posted on the News page and her gracious words to us as she formally accepted this call will be included in the October edition of the Herald. Her service with us will begin officially in January, but she will be here for a few days at the end of October to meet with some of the church leaders and engage in some planning for the year ahead.
Celebrating Jeff DeVault & the Ministry of Music
Sunday, September 27
10:15am Worship & 11:45am Fellowship
When in our music God is glorified, and adoration leaves no room for pride,
it is as though the whole creation cried "Alleluia!"
For the last 10 years, Director of Music Jeff DeVault has shared his extraordinary gifts with us on Thursday evenings and Sunday mornings. This morning we honor all that he has done (which means special attention to good music in worship and a chance to say "thank you" over cake during Fellowship) and offer prayers blessing the many years of this important and wonderful ministry that we hope are yet to come.
Pastor Nominee Announced
Welcoming Events & Congregational Meeting September 26-27
Saturday, September 26
Reception: 2:30-4:00pm in Fellowship Hall
Church members and their children are invited to meet Rev. Joyce Shin and her family at an informal reception hosted by Parish Life and our Transition Team in Fellowship Hall.
Sunday, September 27
Worship: 10:15am in the Sanctuary
Rev. Shin serves as guest preacher and offers a benediction during the traditional service in the sanctuary. Church Family worship will not take place this morning, so that all members can be in one place to hear her.
Congregational Meeting: 11:15 in the Sanctuary
Following worship, there will be a congregational meeting to receive the report of the Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC), hear an explanation of the Terms of Call, ask questions of the PNC, and vote on its recommendations.
Festive Fellowship: 11:45am in Fellowship Hall
So much to celebrate this morning! All are invited to enjoy special refreshments in Fellowship Hall as we offer prayers of thanksgiving to the Pastor Nominating Committee, words of welcome to Rev. Shin and her family, and honor Jeff DeVault (see announcement above) for the gifted musicianship which he has so generously shared with this community of faith for the last 10 years.
New Beginnings September 13!
Kickoff Sunday for New Schedule & Sunday School Programs
Church Picnic following 10:15 Worship
Since June, when Session voted to adopt a new Sunday morning schedule, our clergy, committees, and staffers have been busy planning for this time. Parish Life invites us all to celebrate a morning full of Sunday school classes and worship, and to catch up with one another in shared stories at the picnic that caps this 1st morning’s new beginnings. Be here! Sunday schedule as outlined (left); adult classes posted at Adult Education; picnic details are as follows:
Church Picnic 2015
Beverages will be provided by Parish Life.
Please bring a side dish to serve 8-10;
use the first letter of your last name to decide whether to bring a salad or dessert:
A-M — salad, side, or fruit N-Z — dessert
Contributions may be delivered directly to the kitchen beginning at 8:45am Sunday morning.
Please label them! Those with allergies or dietary restrictions greatly appreciate the identification of ingredients used. All (non-disposable) serving dishes and utensils should be marked with the donor’s name. Thank you!
Suggested donations: $5 per person or $10 per family.
Rev. Eric Springsted’s Last Day*
Sunday, August 30
Since December 2013, Eric has served as Interim Pastor and Head of Staff to a congregation grieving the loss of a beloved Pastor, coming to terms with what it is called to do in the years ahead, and doing all that is required as we move through a search process that has taught us much about ourselves as well as what we are looking for in a pastor. He has now accepted a call to serve in a similar role at Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York City. This morning we honor Eric’s time among us, listen to one final sermon, and wish him Godspeed.
*Note: there have been some changes as Eric and Personnel discussed his plans for departure. After a week of leave, he will be with us the week of September 6 to moderate the September Session meeting and lead worship September 13. Members are invited to take time at the church picnic to bid him farewell.
Mission Trip Reports/Shareholders’ Brunch
Sunday, August 23
11:30am in Fellowship Hall
Those who supported the SPC mission workers who traveled this summer to West Virginia to work with those served by Appalachia Service Project (ASP) and to Nicaragua to be in community with our mission partners there are invited to hear about some of these experiences over brunch this morning.
Thursday, July 16
6:30pm in Fellowship Hall
Book Discussion & BYO Dinner
Discussion led by Lori Knauer, who has recently visited Tehran; the book you are asked to read is "Lipstick Jihad," by Azadeh Moaveni. BYO dinner; PW provides beverages.
7:30pm in Fellowship Hall
The movie “Separation” (2012 Academy Award winner) portrays an Iranian family conflicted as the wife wants to emigrate for the sake of their daughter but the husband feels tied to caring for his ailing father.
Glory to God! Introducing Our New Hymnal
Sunday, June 21
11:00am Workshop/Hymn Sing in the Sanctuary
led by Jeff Fowler
Please welcome Jeff Fowler, a consummate church musician who has shared his gifts serving as Minister of Music at Wayne Presbyterian Church, Director of Presbytery’s “One Joyful Choir,” and joins us now to share some of the music found in our new hymnal. Jeff will lead us in a musical walking tour of the old, the new to us, and the
completely new aspects of Glory to God, with a focus on some of the wonderful new texts and tunes that have made it into the Glory to God. Be ready to listen and to sing as Jeff leads both from the keyboard and the
12:00pm Lunch with a Twist of Music in Fellowship Hall
Workshop participants are invited to continue the conversation over a buffet lunch of hoagies, chicken Caesar salad, drinks and dessert. Suggested contribution: $5.00. RSVPs greatly appreciated; please use the link above or call the church office at 610-543-4712.
Hymnal Help Yourself!
1990 Hymnals Available in Fellowship Hall
Copies of The Presbyterian Hymnal (1990) are available in Fellowship Hall. Suggested contribution: $5.00 per hymnal. In some cases the dedications on the bookplates may be meaningful as well; you are invited to look them over as you choose your hymnals.
Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) Volunteer Training
Sunday, June 14
11:30am-1:30pm in the Study
New! And helpful! And mandatory. Delco IHN Director Lorie Ackerman is now regularly providing orientation and training to all who serve as volunteers in this ministry. Although much of what we do is pretty “common sense,” having some firm guidance on what is expected and appropriate (and what is not) and the opportunity to sit with other volunteers and share experiences and expectations will make us all better at what we do and more aware of what others are doing. Beginning July 1, this training is mandatory. So PLEASE – if you have any interest in being part of this ministry — make an effort to be here for this session. New state regulations around child safety (see Herald May 2015) mandate that volunteers having direct contact with children complete background checks and are aware of signs of abuse or neglect, and IHN and SPC are both eager to comply. Other sessions will be scheduled but may not be as convenient.
Sunday, June 7
10:00am Worship in the Sanctuary
11:00am Ice Cream Fellowship in Fellowship Hall
A big kickoff to summer as we commission those who will travel to Appalachia, Nicaragua, and Raleigh, NC, to serve as good neighbors this summer. Also a celebration of the ministry of music as our children and youth choirs join the adults this morning as worship leaders. Parish Life serves up ice cream fellowship in honor of the program year now completed and our continued service to one another as well as to brothers and sisters in Christ wherever we meet them.
Zionism Unsettled Movie Series
Sunday, May 31
12:15pm in Loeffler Chapel
In follow-up to the “Zionism Unsettled” series of panel discussions sponsored by our Peacemaking Committee this spring, a movie series is planned. The film this month is Part I of a four-part political thriller, The Promise, set in contemporary Israel and British-occupied Palestine in the aftermath of the Second World War.
Just as 18-year-old Londoner Erin sets off to spend summer in Israel with her best friend Eliza, she unearths an old diary belonging to her seriously ill grandfather, Len. Intrigued by the life of this old man she barely knows, she takes the diary with her and is stunned to learn of his part in the post World War II British peace-keeping force in what was then Palestine. Left to her own devices when Eliza begins National Service in the Israeli army, Erin witnesses the complexities of life — for both Jews and Arabs — in this troubled land. And as Len’s story comes to life from the pages of the diary, Erin discovers the disturbing truths about his time in Palestine and the atrocities he witnessed in the 1940s. Retracing Len’s steps in modern-day Israel, Erin sets out on a heart-breaking journey in an effort to understand . . .
Feel free to invite others to view this highly acclaimed BBC serial. Parts 2, 3, and 4 will be shown at noon on the fourth Sundays of June, July, and August. No food will be provided, so feel free to bring a brown bag or postpone lunch until 2 p.m.
Blessing Our High School Seniors
Sunday, May 31
11:00am in the Sanctuary
Graduating from high school is a time for celebration. But it’s also a time of anxiety and mixed emotions for graduates, siblings, parents and stepparents. It’s moments like this when people need the church – as Christ’s Body here in the world – to step in with a non-anxious presence and do some blessing. So, bless we shall. On Sunday, May 31, at the traditional service, we need you to be the church and do this important ministry. This class – which graduates from high school but not the church – includes more than 20 church members and youth ministries regulars, who have themselves blessed this congregation as:
Sunday morning sexton, Ushers, Committee members (Membership, Parish Life, Worship & Music, Children’s Ministry, Youth), Sunday school teachers, Nursery attendants, Choir members, Hunger Group member, Nicaragua mission trip delegates, A/V volunteers, Musicians for Church Family Worship, and more!
Something Old, Something New, Something Purple, Something Blue
New (Purple) Hymnals Dedicated Sunday, May 24
Songs of thanksgiving to the many, many donors who contributed to the purchase of the newest Presbyterian hymnal, Glory to God! As you enter worship this Sunday you are invited to pick up a hymnal as well as a worship bulletin. Open it and read the dedication on the bookplate as you are waiting for worship to begin. There are many, many wonderful remembrances and tributes to SPC members, their loved ones, and those who have served the church over the years. There will be plenty of music this Sunday as the pastors leading each worship service are working creatively to make good use of this wonderful new resource.
Old (Blue) Hymnals Ready for New Homes
Our beloved 1990 hymnals will soon be available to all church members who wish to have them. But first we want to ensure that those who contributed 25 years ago are able to have the hymnals they donated. They are arranged on tables in Fellowship Hall according to the last name of the donor. If you were a donor, please help yourself! You are also welcome to take hymnals for those unable to be here and send or deliver as you see fit. Music is meant to be shared.
Sunday, May 17
Statements of Faith Available at Sanctuary Entrances
It is an honor and a privilege to bear witness as 17 (!!) 9th graders profess their faith and are received as active adult members of Swarthmore Presbyterian Church. Each faith journey begins in a different place, but for the last 6 months these young people, led by Rev. John Weicher, Geoff Anderson, Jennie Hartley, David Herring, and Jacki Miller, (table leaders) have gathered weekly to study, share, and savor the presence of God in their lives. Their final project was to create statements of faith – both individually and corporately. On Tuesday night our elders heard each of them delivered in person. They are also printed and bound into booklets for the rest of us to read. Please help yourself to this inspirational collection on Sunday morning. They will be available outside the church office and at each sanctuary entrance.
Worship Study Task Force Seeks Your Comments
There are eight people on the Worship Study Task Force whose task it is to determine how best to meet the needs of the other 700 SPC members. None of them happen to be mind-readers. Your personal input regarding how our current schedule — and the various worship, Christian education and fellowship opportunities included — meet your/your family’s needs is critical. Ideas and opinions are invited in two ways:
1) Round Table Conversations on Worship
Wednesday, May 13, 7:30pm
Sunday, May 17, 9:45am
Pick the time that works best for you and be here! No RSVP required. Organizers will seat us around tables in Fellowship Hall in small groups to talk about what is meaningful to each of us in worship and think about Sunday schedule possibilities. Each conversation group will be led by one of our elders, and they are eager to hear what each and every one of us has to share.
2)Survey on Worship, Education, and Fellowship
In addition to the round table discussions, we are hoping SPC members will give us 10-15 minutes of their time to complete an online survey designed to qualify and quantify the wants and needs of our members relative to our Sunday morning offerings. If you have not yet done this, please use the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2015_SPCSurvey. The task force asks that you please complete this by May 15. Paper copies (for those who do not have computer access) are available outside the church office.
Sunday, May 10
9:15am: Education for SPCers of All Ages
in Fellowship Hall
A special education hour for church members of all ages as we celebrate the ministry of education. Mostly trivia based contests, with questions posed in 2 parts such that children (under 14) can answer the first part and teens/adults answer a more challenging part II. Topics will include Presbyterian Polity, SPC's church building, maybe some of our people/staff, and yes, some Bible facts.
10:30am: Worship Led by Children, Teachers Recognized
in the Sanctuary
Children’s Cantata “A Technicolor Promise”
Hymnals Given to 5th Graders
Worship this morning is truly a celebration of education, as we invite some of our youngest members to proclaim the Word in song (children’s cantata), offer prayers of thanksgiving (and flowers) to all who have served in teaching roles throughout the year, and send our 5th graders forth equipped with hymnals of their own to sing “Glory to God” for the rest of their days.
11:30am: Festive Fellowship/Education Celebration
in Fellowship Hall
In other words: cake, music, and pictures, in a place large enough to accommodate the whole church family!
Youth Mission Stock Sale
Sundays, May 3-31 (excluding May 24)
9:30am & 12:00pm in Fellowship Hall
$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). In addition, several are traveling as part of an intergenerational mission trip to Nicaragua, where they will meet our newest mission co-workers and work with the ecumenical group that has been so critical in this partnership, CEPAD.
A Land Twice Promised
Sunday, April 26 12:15pm
in Loeffler Chapel
Peacemaking Movie Series
The Peacemaking Committee is hosting a showing of the film “A Land Twice Promised” on Sunday, April 26, at 12:15 in Loeffler Chapel. Running time is 68 minutes.
The film was written and performed by Noa Baum, award-winning performance artist, educator, and diversity consultant whose purpose it is to enable people to understand and manage the differences that divide them. She is an Israeli living in the US and has based this film on her personal friendship with a Palestinian woman, weaving together their own memories and their mothers’ stories to give voices to people behind today’s headlines.
No charge; all welcome.
Annual Plant Sale Benefits SPNDS Scholarship Fund
Orders Due Wednesday, April 15
Plant Pick-up Sunday, May 3
The neighbors with whom we share our building, Swarthmore Presbyterian Nursery Day School (SPNDS), have for many years welcomed Spring with a plant sale that serves as the primary fundraiser for its Scholarship Fund. The Scholarship Fund is a very important offering that allows the school to share the joy of learning with children whose families have financial need.
This year, SPNDS is offering an extensive variety of flowers, vegetables and herbs for presale through April 15, 2015. Plants are available individually, or in market packs of four, six or more. In addition, there will be special “Grab and Grow” collections of plants available, including those specifically created for shady or sunny spots, or to complement your own Italian cooking.
In addition to, or in lieu of, purchasing plants, Scholarship Fund supporters may also make a monetary donation via the order form. To obtain an order form, simply click on the picture (left) or pick up a printed copy outside the church office or the Nursery School entrance. Please return the form to the Nursery School in-person or via mail, or email it to email@example.com.
Questions? To speak to someone in person, please visit the Plant Sale information table in Fellowship Hall on Sunday, April 12, or call the SPNDS office at 610-543-2861.
Saturday, April 11 8:00am-12:00noon
Churchgoers age 8 and up provide a little sweat equity to clean up some of the debris winter has left behind in our outdoor spaces and declutter and clean some indoor spaces as well. Signup online at Work Day 2015 (members' site, login required) or just show up for an hour or two. Coffee and a few breakfast treats in Fellowship Hall beginning at 8:00am.
Mission Fair 2015
Sunday, March 15 11:00am-12:00pm
in Fellowship Hall
Local Mission Partners Here & Now, Ready to Serve
In partnership with faith-based agencies like Broad Street Ministry (BSM), Chester Eastside, Delco Family Promise (IHN), and others whose mission it is to serve neighbors in need, SPC can make a difference. Funding is important; but it is only part of the solution. On Sunday, March 15, we have a great opportunity to learn about other ways to serve. Each and every outreach partner depends on the efforts of volunteers. The needs are many and varied: delivering food to Chester Eastside, tutoring children, mending at BSM, spending a morning with preschoolers at the Learning Tree, and countless others. After a single, 10:00am church service, come to the Mission Fair in Fellowship Hall on March 15. Talk to the representatives who have made time in their crowded calendars to be with us this morning. Find out what God is doing in the here and now. Get ready to serve.
Saturday, March 7 8:45am-2:30pm
in Fellowship Hall
Fully Human, Fully Divine: the Pathos of Jesus
Members and friends are invited us to spend the morning in the Gospel of John as Jesus cleanses the temple, visits with Nicodemus, raises his friend Lazarus, and is anointed by Mary. Breakfast and lunch are both potluck; participants are invited to bring a dish to share -- either breakfast, lunch, salad, or dessert. Suggested contribution $10.00. Guests welcome. Please RSVP in Fellowship Hall on Sunday morning or by contacting the church office at firstname.lastname@example.org. Sponsored by our Presbyterian Women (PW).
All Church Potluck Dinner/Game Night
Friday, March 6 6:30-8:30pm
in Fellowship Hall
Mark your calendar! Everyone in the church family (both individuals and families) is invited to spend an evening at SPC sharing a meal and some friendly competition! New: bus service will be available for our retirement community members. Please contact the church office if you would like a ride!
Dinner: Please bring a dish to share with 8-10 people, based on the first letter of your last name:
A-K: Main Dish; L-P: Dessert; R-Z: Appetizer/Salad
Play: Quizzo was huge success at our last gathering, so we will once again be battling it out for a few more rounds during dinner. After dinner, choose from a plethora of game options and challenge your friends, kids, and new rivals! Wiis will be set up for more physical fun; karaoke will be offered if you are adventurous enough to partake. Plus we’ll break out the popcorn machine again – the perfect snack while gaming. We hope you’ll join us!
Sunday, February 8 9:30am
in the Study
Visitors expected! An open invitation to friends and neighbors interested in learning more about SPC to meet and greet our pastor and several helpful church members in person. Rev. Springsted will make some introductory comments and invite your questions. So bring them! Other staff and committee members are eager to field questions and share more about their personal areas of interest. Children welcome. Refreshments provided by the Membership Committee.
Sunday, February 8
8:45 and 11:00am
High school youth plan and lead every aspect of worship today. Seniors serve as preachers, the Youth Choir leads all music, and others read scripture, lead us in prayer, and help us hear the Word of God through the eyes and ears of some faith-filled young adults. Be there!
Sunday, February 1 8:30am -- 12:15pm
SPC youth join others all around the nation in collecting money to fight hunger as we leave worship this Sunday.
The need in nearby communities like Chester and North Philadelphia is great. Mission partners Chester Eastside and Broad Street Ministry report that they are trying to feed record numbers of clients. And needs are always greater in the winter months, when heating bills leave less money for food. Today's contributions can make a difference. Both cash donations and non-perishable food contributions are welcome. Non-perishable foods (soups, stews, pasta, dried milk, peanut butter, and mac 'n cheese are the favorites) may be placed in the designated bins in the Outreach Center or in the boxes provided today outside of Loeffler Chapel and in the Narthex. Thank you.
Youth Ski Trip!
Friday, January 23-Sunday, January 25
Youth group participants will depart Friday at 6:30pm for a weekend of skiing, snowboarding, and hanging out over hot chocolate in the lodge. Skiing/snow boarding is at Camelback, lodging at Trout Lakes Resort. Payment and emergency forms are due by Sunday, January 12. Information is posted on the Youth News page.
MLK Day of Service
Monday, January 19, 10:00am - 3:00pm
Chester Charter School for the Arts (CCSA) is transforming it's kindergarten hallway into a space that invites children to learn about other cultures. Many hands are needed to clean, paint, put up decals, hang lanterns, and the like. Volunteers of all ages will find something useful and fun to do here! Read more about CCSA on our
Family Promise (formerly known as Interfaith Hospitality Network)
SPC Hosts Homeless Guests for Dinner and Overnight
Sunday, February 15 through Sunday, February 22
Signup in Fellowship Hall Sundays, January 11,18,25
or via email to IHN@swarthmorepres.org
Homeless families brought to us through Delco Family Promise will be making our church school classrooms their homes this week. Volunteers are needed to make them feel welcome. Options include single shifts (make dinner, hang out from 6:00 to 8:30pm, or stay overnight), repeated shifts (through which you get to know our guests much better) and behind-the-scenes support (set-up, laundry, grocery shopping, etc.) Sign up in Fellowship Hall on Sunday morning (where volunteers can field your questions) or be in touch with one of our coordinators at IHN@swarthmorepres.org.