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Happenings 2015
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 plantsale@swarthmorepres.org.

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.

Spring Cleanup
Saturday, April 11   8:00am-12:00noon
Entire Campus
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 EastsideDelco 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.  

Lenten Retreat
Saturday, March 7  8:45am-2:30pm
in Fellowship Hall
Fully Human, Fully Divine: the Pathos of Jesus
Guest presenter Sarah Colwill, Pastor for the Church on the Mall
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 610-543-4712/spcparish@swarthmorepres.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!

Open House
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.

Youth Sunday
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!

Souper Bowl of Caring
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.


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SPNDS Plant Sale

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