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Happenings 1st Quarter 2016
Holy Week 2016
Click on the cross image (right) to see the schedule of worship services and opportunities for fellowship and contemplation during Holy Week.
Palm/Passion Sunday, March 20
Weekday Communion Services 
Labyrinth walks
Maundy Thursday, March 24
   Potluck dinner/Communion/Tenebrae Service
Good Friday, March 25 Communion
Easter Services March 27

Mission Fair
Sunday, March 13
11:30am in Fellowship Hall

The Outreach Committee invites us to spend this morning getting to know each of our local mission partners and learning about their work. Many representatives will be with us to field questions and share their love for particular ministries. Information on our global mission partners, Youth mission trips, Hunger, and other mission-oriented SPC efforts will all have a presence here. There are so many ways we can be of help! Come find out how you and your family might answer some of their needs.

Movie Night
Friday, February 26
6:30pm Dinner & Conversation
7:00pm  "Suffragette"
in McCahan Hall  Friends, relatives, and visitors welcome!

This 2015 movie, featuring Carey Mulligan as Maud Watts and Meryl Streep as Emmeline Pankhurst, tracks the story of the foot soldiers of the 2nd wave of the feminist movement in Great Britain the late 1920s. The movie runs 106 minutes and is rated PG-13.

BYO dinner; we will have access to the McCahan kitchen (oven, microwave, etc.) and water will be provided. Entrance will be via the center door from the main parking lot. Come straight up the stairs and join the Friday night crowd in McCahan Hall. Dinner and conversation begin at 6:30; the movie will be shown beginning at 7:00.  

Dress for a Good Cause
Sunday, February 21 – Sunday, March 13
Prom Dresses, Jewelry & Accessories Collected in Fellowship Hall
Funds Raised support local victims of human trafficking

You are invited to clean out your closet and jewelry box and ask friends to do the same. SPC’s Human Trafficking Awareness Group (HTAG) is now collecting for the 2016 “Dress for a Good Cause” Event. This is mostly a call for prom and party dresses, but we will also accept other dresses. Moms or teachers bringing girls to the sale (fundraiser) often end up shopping for themselves at the same time. We just ask that casual dresses are in good shape and relatively current in style. Dresses are like the event participants - they come in all sizes, shapes, styles and vintages.

​Lenten Retreat
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 spcchildren@swarthmorepres.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:
Souper Bowl of Caring as summarized on Wikipedia

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: 
IHN Volunteer Signups
If you are an SPC member but have not yet signed up for access to the Members' Site, 
you will need to do that first at Member Login.

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    
10:00am-2:00pm

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. 

 More information about Cathy and her new position can be found at: Mission Connections.



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Sunday Schedule
2015-16

8:00am   Early Worship
Loeffler Chapel

9:00am   Education
Children - McCahan classrooms
Adults - Fellowship Hall 
and/or Study

9:30am   Music rehearsals
Sanctuary/Loeffler Chapel

10:15am   Worship
Worship takes place in the Sanctuary every Sunday.
Twice each month we enjoy Church Family Worship 
in Loeffler Chapel.
For schedule, see Calendar.

11:15am   Fellowship
Fellowship Hall
Lent & Easter 2016
Click on the image for details on our Lenten offerings and Holy Week worship schedule.
On the Horizon

Memorial Concert
Sunday, April 3
4:00pm
Mozart Requiem
Chancel choir and guests,
professional orchestra,
Jeffrey DeVault, Director


Scripture, Quill, & Art
The Saint John's Bible
Saturday, April 9
10:00am
Guest speaker, 
Patrick Henry

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