Special Offerings

SPC’s outreach program support many programs that benefit our neighbors locally, nationally, and internationally. But there are still charities that we would like to support that fall outside our annual budget. The special offerings listed below support programs that are lifted up by the Presbyterian Church (USA), Hunger Group, and Presbyterian Women. If you would like to support one of these specific programs or offerings, please go to the Ways to Give page and see the Designated Gifts section for instructions.

Presbyterian Church (USA) Offerings
Hunger Group Offerings
Presbyterian Women
Youth Stock Sale
Per Capita

Presbyterian Church (USA) Offerings

The General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) has created church-wide opportunities each year called “Special Offerings” to support specific causes. The focuses of the offerings correspond with the season of the liturgical year or special days of the church calendar. All the ministries supported by these offerings represent priorities lifted up by the denomination.

SPC participates in the following three special offerings of the PC(USA). Appropriate links are given below to information on the PC(USA) website. Special offering envelopes are available in the church pews at the appropriate times of the year.

  • Christmas Joy Offering: The Christmas Joy Offering has been a Presbyterian tradition for more than 70 years. Its proceeds benefit active and retired workers of the church in times of need and support the work of racial ethnic Presbyterian schools and colleges. This offering is generally received the Sunday before Christmas.For more information, go to: http://specialofferings.pcusa.org/christmasjoy
  • One Great Hour of Sharing: Since 1949 One Great Hour of Sharing has helped people in need around the world. The offering supports Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, Self-Development of People and the Presbyterian Hunger Program. This offering is received on or near Easter Sunday.For more information, go to: http://specialofferings.pcusa.org/oghs
  • Peacemaking Offering: The Peacemaking Offering is distributed among local congregations (25 percent), presbyteries and synods (25 percent) and the General Assembly (50 percent) for peacemaking efforts. The offering is usually dedicated on World Communion Sunday, the first Sunday in October.For more information, go to: http://specialofferings.pcusa.org/peacemaking

Hunger Group Offerings

Several endowment funds and annual donations provide resources to assist activities of SPC hunger-related projects. Each year about $5,000 is provided to various causes. Occasional bequests augment this.

  • Change for Hunger: Through a program started many years ago by SPC member Fran Crosby, spare change is collected to contribute to hunger initiatives supported by the Presbytery of Philadelphia. Collection containers can be found in the church office and in the Pinkston Outreach Center in the Fellowship Hall lobby.
  • Babymanna: Babymanna is a division of Philabundance, the largest outreach to the hungry in the five-county area in and around Philadelphia. Babymanna supplies baby formula and other baby needs to women and children. Although WIC (Women, Infants, Children) provides help with formula, it often falls short of meeting ongoing needs of low-income mothers and children. Babymanna helps to fill this gap.
  • Family Promise/Interfaith Hospitality Network: IHN provides lodging and meals to local homeless families for 4 weeks each year. Most of the support is provided by volunteers from the congregation. Hunger Group supplements financially to cover the cost of food.

  • Silliman Water Project: Silliman University, in the Philippines, where our mission co-worker Cobbie Palm serves as Director of Spiritual Formation at the Divinity School, now has a clean water processing station and training center on campus. The Hunger Group has recently allocated funds that will help provide clay pot filtration devices (and training on their use) appropriate for home use to families living in this area.

Presbyterian Women Offerings

Financial contributions made to SPC’s chapter or Presbyterian Women supports a variety of international, national, and local charities, many of which address the needs of women and children. Your PW pledge will help to sustain programs and mission not supported by the SPC annual budget.

PW contributes to the two special offerings organized at the national level.

  • Thank Offering: This offering supports hospitals, community health programs, and creative ideas for mission related to the health, education, economic development, and needs of women and children.
  • Birthday Offering: This offering provides financial assistance to programs designated for disadvantaged and hurting persons that are not included in ongoing General Assembly mission support.

Youth Stock Sale

Youth mission trips are not simply an element of SPC’s youth program; they are an important ministry of the entire congregation. As such, the youth enlist the support of SPC members in numerous ways—as adult advisors and through prayer and financial support. Through the stock sale, SPC members and friends can purchase “stock” in a mission trip at the cost of $30 for an individual and $50 for a couple. The stock sale typically occurs in late spring. The holders of this stock are entitled to the following:

  • A letter from the stock seller while in the middle of the mission trip. This letter is a chance for a youth and member or friend to share in the mission experience.

  • An invitation to a stockholders’ brunch, held in the late summer/early fall, after delegations have returned. The brunch features visual presentations from the trips, first-hand accounts from the youth of their experience, and the finest cuisine available!

Per Capita

Per capita is a payment that SPC makes to the greater church (through the Presbytery of Philadelphia) on behalf of each active (confirmed) member of our church. Per capita is a fundamental way in which all the nearly 11,000 congregations and mid-councils of the Presbyterian Church (USA) are connected and participate in the work of the wider church. As we benefit from the gifts, skills, vision, and ministry of each other here in SPC, so, too, we benefit from a wide array of gifts and ministries shared by Presbyterian brothers and sisters across the country.

This year’s per capita contribution is $27.10 per person. Per capita envelopes are mailed each year to all current members of SPC. If you need an envelope, please contact the Business office, or write “Per Capita” in the memo line of your check. Please note that children who are not confirmed are not yet considered full members of the congregation, and per capita does not apply to them.

For more information, go to: https://presbyphl.org/per-capita/

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Week-at-a-Glance

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February 21, 2018
  • Feasting on the Word (Study)

    February 21, 2018 / 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

    In this study, asimple “Lenten feast” of soup, bread and salad expands to a feast on the Word.The emphasis in this study will be on metaphorical and narrative approaches tothe Bible. Over 2000 years of interpretiveapproaches inform our Biblical work today as we journey together with criticalinsight, seeking meaning and purpose in life. The following writers will inform our study: Walter Brueggemann, CarolNewsome, Sally McFague, Marcus Borg, Walter Wink, Amy-Jill Levine, Amos Wilder,Everett Fox and Barbara Brown Taylor.  Led by Rev.s David Carter Florence, Joyce Shin, and Sarah Cooper Searight.

  • Parish Life Committee (Study)

    February 21, 2018 / 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

    Monthly committee meeting

  • Personnel Committee (Baker)

    February 21, 2018 / 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

    Monthly meeting of the Personnel Committee

February 22, 2018
  • Service Learning: SPC & CCSA (CCSA)

    February 22, 2018 / 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
    The Chester Charter School for the Arts, 1500 Highland Ave, Chester, PA 19013, USA

    Last year, 5 youth and 5 adults from SPC met regularly with 25 high schoolers at Chester Charter School for the Arts. We started out by getting to know one another. Then we met with Chester City leaders who offered to us a project to rehabilitate William Penn Park in Chester (the ACTUAL first landing spot of William Penn into this area). Throughout the spring and summer, this group worked in teams to identify the major areas of need for the park, and began the work of clean-up culminating in a day-long clean up project late July 2017.

    Now, we’re ready for Stage 2! This spring and summer, we will be working towards the revitalization. This involves plans for installing new fencing for safety, new park furniture for those who will come out and enjoy time there, and a mural developed by you all in collaboration with local artists. 

    This is a great opportunity to meet new friends, to work on a worthwhile project, and to gain some service hours. Hope you'll join us!

  • Youth Choir rehearsal (Loeffler Chapel)

    February 22, 2018 / 6:30 pm - 7:15 pm

    Youth Choir welcomes all 6th-12th graders who enjoy singing! We rehearse weekly, and always welcome newcomers.

  • AA (McCahan Hall)

    February 22, 2018 / 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

    Contact: Tom Fitzsimons (c) 610-304-0681
    email: tom.fitzsimons@gmail.com

February 24, 2018
  • Memorial Service - Ann F. Adams (Sanctuary)

    February 24, 2018 / 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

    A service of Witness to the Resurrection and celebration of the life of Ann Forsman Adams. All are welcome. Following the service, guests are invited to greet the family at a reception in Fellowship Hall.

  • Memorial Reception (Fellowship Hall)

    February 24, 2018 / 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

    Those attending the memorial service for Ann Adams are invited to greet the family and one another over some light refreshments in Fellowship Hall following the service.

February 25, 2018
  • Early Worship (Loeffler Chapel)

    February 25, 2018 / 8:00 am - 9:00 am

    In this 45-minute service, those worshiping engage with scripture through faithful discussion in lieu of a sermon.

  • Gather & Sing! (McCahan 220 & 225)

    February 25, 2018 / 9:00 am - 9:20 am

    Sunday mornings begin with music! Children age 4-5th grade are invited to “gather and sing” at 9:00 a.m.to talk about the lessons of the day and what’s happening in worship. They learn the musical responses sung in worship and various songs and hymns that reinforce the lessons of the day.

  • Sunday School for Toddlers (McCahan 222)

    February 25, 2018 / 9:00 am - 11:15 am

    Toddlers (ages 2 & 3) gather for "Frolic: Little Steps, Big Faith.” Children engage in this delightful early learning curriculum that teaches them about God and the world around them. Class meets in the Orange Room (222).

  • Pre-confirmation (Youth Room)

    February 25, 2018 / 9:00 am - 10:00 am

    Middle schoolers (grades 6-8) meet every Sunday in the Youth Room, where an entertaining but thoughtful team of leaders serve up donuts along with honest conversation around Christian values and a faith that is lived 7 days a week.

  • Adult Class: Celtic Christianity (Study)

    February 25, 2018 / 9:00 am - 10:00 am

    Brigid of Kildare lived from 451-523 a.d. in Ireland. She is known in Celtic Christianity as the golden haired one who loves the earth, represents female leadership and the sacred feminine, loves midwives, is the muse of poets and musicians, embraces compassion for the poor, for strangers, and for those seeking refuge. Come and learn more about her in this interactive class to deepen awareness about Celtic Christianity.
    Led by Mary Reindorp.

  • Confirmation (McCahan Hall)

    February 25, 2018 / 9:00 am - 10:00 am

    9th graders are encouraged regularly to be part of this series of classes on faith formation. From early November to mid-May, they will explore the breadth and depth of the Reformed tradition, along the way leaning on Friends in Faith and reading most of the Gospel of Mark.

  • Sunday School for Pre-schoolers (McCahan 220)

    February 25, 2018 / 9:20 am - 10:20 am

    Pre-schoolers and Kindergarteners retell the morning's Bible stories through games, play, and crafts. Class meets in the Purple room (McCahan 220). Parents are expected to pick up their children by 10:10 to head to worship.

  • Sunday School for Grades 1-2 (McCahan 225)

    February 25, 2018 / 9:20 am - 10:20 am

    1st & 2nd graders retell the morning's Bible stories through reading, games, crafts, and story-telling. Class meets in the Green room (McCahan 225). Parents are expected to pick up their children by 10:10 to head to worship.

  • Sunday School for Grades 3-5 (McCahan 226)

    February 25, 2018 / 9:20 am - 10:20 am

    3rd - 5th graders learn the morning's Bible stories through reading, re-enacting, games, crafts, and story-telling. Class meets in the Pink room (McCahan 226). Parents are expected to pick up their children by 10:10 to head to worship.

  • Worship in the Sanctuary (Sanctuary)

    February 25, 2018 / 10:15 am - 11:15 am

    This service embodies a classic worship tradition. Biblical and faithful preaching bring God’s Word to life. Musical leadership comes through the Chancel Choir and our pipe organ. Elders serve as liturgists and each of our choirs offer music on a regular basis.

  • Worship in the Chapel (Loeffler Chapel)

    February 25, 2018 / 10:15 am - 11:15 am

    In this service, participants are invited to worship God with hands and feet, as well as words, songs and silence. Elements of worship take many forms, from art to movement to quiet contemplation.

  • Children's Activities (McCahan Hall)

    February 25, 2018 / 10:40 am - 11:15 am

    Children age 4 -12 are welcome to stay in worship with their families OR to head up to McCahan Hall following "A Time with Children" to enjoy enrichment activities in a one-room-schoolhouse setting.

  • Child Care (Nursery - McCahan 224)

    February 25, 2018 / 8:45 am - 11:45 am

    Infants and toddlers are well cared for in this sunny corner room in the Children's Education wing. Parents should try to arrive early enough to let their child get comfortable and to complete a registration form if they have not already done so. They should also bring their own diaper bag, clearly labeled with the child's name and stocked with whatever might be needed. Thank you!

  • Bear Hugs Ministry (Fellowship Hall)

    February 25, 2018 / 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

    New and gently used teddy bears and other small cuddly stuffed animals are collected for distribution by local authorities to children that have witnessed domestic trauma or violence.

  • Coffee & Fellowship (Fellowship Hall)

    February 25, 2018 / 11:15 am - 12:15 pm

    Parish Life serves up Equal Exchange coffee and hot tea and invites us all to be in community. Consider this an invitation to introduce yourself to someone you don't yet know!

  • Women's Lenten Retreat Signups (Fellowship Hall)

    February 25, 2018 / 11:15 am - 12:15 pm

    On Saturday, March 3, our PW (Presbyterian Women) will be hosting a retreat for women of all ages around the theme "Sensing Our Way Through Lent." Rev. Joyce Shin, Rev. Sarah Cooper Searight, and Director of Music Meghan Meloy Ness will lead this time together. Stop at the information table Sunday morning to learn more and tell us you will be coming!

  • Lunch & Movie: Stories We Tell (Loeffler Chapel)

    February 25, 2018 / 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

    StoriesWe Tell

    In this inspired,genre-twisting new film, writer/director Sarah Polleydiscovers that the truth depends on who's telling it. Polley is both filmmakerand detective as she investigates the secrets kept by a family of storytellers.BYO lunch; PW (Presbyterian Women) will provide beverages.

  • Walking the Walk (Main Line Reform Temple)

    February 25, 2018 / 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    Main Line Reform Temple, 410 Montgomery Ave, Wynnewood, PA 19096, USA

    We will begin with a dive-in activity and then transition to the Q & A Panel with religious leaders from various faith traditions. They will be sharing a meaningful object or symbol from their faith tradition, and then they will address several questions that were provided in advance of our session.

    During the second half of our afternoon, you will be “Speed Faithing.” Participants will be divided into small groups, and each group will meet with a religious leader for a short period of time (10-12 minutes) to ask their burning questions and to engage in dialogue. When time is up, the participants in each group will stay seated and the religious leader in each small group will move to sit with another group. Religious leaders continue to rotate for conversations with each group. At the end of the cycle, we will gather together to debrief.

    Contact Rev. David Carter Florence (david.florence@swarthmorepres.org) if you are interested in going! There are currently three regulars from SPC who attend.

  • Middle School Youth Group (McCahan Hall)

    February 25, 2018 / 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

    Faith formation, food, and fellowship - a great Sabbath diet! All 6th-8th graders welcome; please use the main parking lot entrance.

  • Youth Dinner (Fellowship Hall)

    February 25, 2018 / 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm

    Middle schoolers, high schoolers, and their advisors gather for some table fellowship most Sundays. All welcome!

February 26, 2018
  • February Committee minutes due

    February 26, 2018

    Minutes of all committee meetings held this month are due to Dorrie McGrath (spcparish@swarthmorepres.org) no later than the last Monday of the month.

February 27, 2018
  • Committee Chair & Coordinator Workshop (Fellowship Hall)

    February 27, 2018 / 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    This evening's goal is to equip both current and incoming committee chairs withsome of the tools and resources they need to be effective leaders andcommunicators in the work they do within and on behalf of the body of Christthat is Swarthmore Presbyterian Church. Committee chairs and coordinators are asked please to RSVP to Dorrie McGrath (spcparish@swarthmorepres.org) no later than Wednesday, February 21.