Upcoming Events

Swarthmore Presbyterian Church is a busy place! Whether it’s providing opportunities for fun and fellowship, or caring for our local community, there is always something going on. Take a look at some of our upcoming events and see where you would like to join us.

Children’s Ministry 3rd Friday Event: The Amazing Spaghetti

Friday, October 20, 6:30 pm in Fellowship Hall
Come one, come all! Renowned magician and ventriloquist, The Amazing Spaghetti, will be performing for SPC families and friends on Friday, October 20, in Fellowship Hall. Join us for a delicious pasta dinner at 6:30pm before the show! Friends are welcome; we ask that children are accompanied by a responsible guardian. Cost: $5 per person/$15 per family.

Theologian in Residence: Diana Butler Bass

Saturday, October 28, 7:30 pm & Sunday, October 29, 9:00 am
In honor of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, we are delighted to welcome Diana Butler Bass this weekend. Dr. Bass is one of the leading church historians of our time, who also has a keen eye for evaluating both the present and the future of the church. She will lead a lecture at SPC on Saturday afternoon, as well as an adult education class on Sunday morning.

 Reformation Brew Sing

Sunday, October 29, 4:30 – 5:30 pm in Fellowship Hall
In Celebration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation
You are warmly invited to an hour of lighthearted singing and refreshments, featuring Martin Luther’s greatest hit – “A Mighty Fortress is Our God” – and Iron Hill Brewery’s “Heavenly Indulgence” beer!  Beloved hymns from ages past will intermingle with fellowship and cheer.  Please plan to bring your singing voice AND a friend to this merry celebration of the Reformation. on-alcoholic beverages will also be available, and childcare will be provided for the hour.

Cost is $10/person.

Family Promise Guests Welcomed

Sunday, October 29-Sunday, November 5
Food, Shelter, & Welcome for Fragile Families

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. Many thanks to those who have already signed up to provide dinners, hang out with guests, and do the grocery shopping and to sleep overnight or help. Extra help with setup (Sunday, October 23 beginning at 12:00pm) and cleanup (Sunday, October 30, beginning at 7:00am) and contributions to fund food and toiletry purchases are still needed. Please contact the church office if you can help. To read more about the ministry of Delaware County’s Interfaith Hospitality Network, visit them online at DelcoIHN.

Eboo Patel Visits Swarthmore College

Eboo Patel: Author, Speaker, Educator, and Interfaith Leader
Eboo Patel founded Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) on the idea that religion should be a bridge of cooperation rather than a barrier of division. He is inspired to build this bridge by his identity as an American Muslim navigating a religiously diverse social landscape.For over 15 years he has worked with governments, social sector organizations, and college and university campuses to help make interfaith cooperation a social norm. Named by U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s Best Leaders of 2009, Eboo served on President Obama’s Inaugural Faith Council and is the author of Acts of Faith, Sacred Ground and Interfaith Leadership: A Primer. He holds a doctorate in the sociology of religion from Oxford University, where he studied on a Rhodes scholarship.

Wednesday, November 1, Schedule of Events:

  • 3:00-4:00 pm: Clergy and leaders are invited to attend a workshop with Eboo Patel and IFYC staff on the topic “Capacity Building for Interfaith Leadership” (in Scheuer Room in Kohlberg Hall on Swarthmore campus)
  • 4:30-5:30 pm: High school are invited to attend a session with IFYC staff (Bond Hall on Swarthmore campus)
  • 7:00 pm: Eboo Patel keynote address “Building a Healthy Religiously Diverse Democracy: America’s Promise in a Time of Crisis” and book-signing (Lang Center for the Performing Arts Cinema)

Annual Presbyterian Women’s Fall Retreat

Friday, November 10–Sunday, November 12, 2017
In the fall, PW will once again host a weekend retreat in Ocean Grove, NJ. This is an open invitation to all the women of the congregation to join us for a weekend at the beach that offers some structured programming, but also allows time for walks on the beach, relaxed dining and conversation, and fellowship. Our theme for this year’s program is the spiritual dimensions of relationships, led by Debra Sutton.

PW Fall Retreat Letter.pdf

PW Fall Retreat Registration Form.pdf

Turkey Day & Pie Share

Sunday, November 19
On the Sunday before Thanksgiving, we hope to share this joyful season by giving to our neighbors in need. Each year, SPC is the primary sustainer of Chester Eastside’s Thanksgiving effort: dinners for roughly 150 families. Once again, we are counting on members (and friends) to give thanks for God’s providence with generous donations. Most-needed donations include: frozen turkeys and canned hams, as well as all the usual Thanksgiving fixings. Cash donations are also accepted to allow us to purchase anything we might be missing. We will collect the items in the Fellowship Hall kitchen and driveway on November 19, from 8:15-11:30 am.

On this day, we also celebrate our annual Pie Share. After worship, join us in Fellowship Hall as we enjoy a selection of home baked pies from the many talented bakers in our congregation. All extra pies will be given to Chester Eastside, adding a delicious dessert to their Thanksgiving meals.

MLK Day of Service

Monday, January 15, 2018
Every MLK day, members of SPC spend the day in service to others. In recent years, our members have traveled to one of our mission partner locations and assisted with a large project for which many hands are needed, such painting murals, outdoor cleanup, and general organizing of their space. It’s different every year, so please keep your eye out for whatever worthwhile opportunity is available this year.

Annual Meeting & Potluck

Sunday, January 28, 11:15 am
All church members are invited to our annual meeting. Following the meeting, please join us for a Potluck Lunch in Fellowship Hall at 12:00 pm. As usual, we ask the congregation for food contributions.

Souper Bowl of Caring

Sunday, February 4, 2018
The Hunger Group invites all of us to help fight hunger in Delaware County. On Souper (Super) Bowl Sunday, volunteers will be standing by the doors after each worship service with soup pots to collect donations.

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