Ways to Give

The reality is that managing finances are an important, sometimes stressful, aspect in the life of our congregants, as well as the life of our church. In recognition of this, our goal is to provide worry-free and simple methods to our congregation when making pledge payments, transferring stocks or IRAs, or allocating planned gifts to the church. Our Business office is always available to answer your questions, so please don’t hesitate to ask.

Keeping Your Pledge
Gifts of Stocks, Securities & IRAs
Donation of Goods
Year-End Notes

Keeping Your Pledge

Pledge payments and payments towards any other special gifts may be made through a variety of options, ranging from weekly offering envelopes to online banking.

  • Online via Recurring Payments: Use the online banking tools of your bank to set up SPC as an “automatic bill pay account.” This feature allows you to set up an automatic, recurring payment to SPC. You choose the date and the amount, checks will be generated and sent automatically to the church each month.
Checks should be addressed as follows:

Payee: Swarthmore Presbyterian Church
Address: 727 Harvard Avenue, Swarthmore, PA 19081
Memo line: 2018 Pledge (or whatever language describes where you want payment to go)

Note: The name for this service is slightly different with each bank, simply look at the online tools provided with your bank to see how easy it can be to schedule an automatic, recurring payment to SPC to spread your pledge payments throughout the year.

  • By Cash: If paying in cash, please request offering envelopes, which will be coded so that we can correctly post the contribution to the right donor. Envelopes may be requested from the Finance Office at any time. Contributions may be made weekly, monthly, or whatever best suits your personal banking habits.
    Note: Cash should not be mailed to the church, but may be put in the offering plate on Sunday morning or delivered to the church office during weekday office hours.
  • By Personal Check: Personal checks should be made out to “Swarthmore Presbyterian Church” with the purpose of the payment (Pledge, Peacemaking Offering, Memorial Gift, etc.) indicated on the memo line. Checks may be delivered in person during normal office hours or mailed to us at the address indicated above.

Gifts of Stocks, Securities & IRAs

  • Stocks & Securities: Gifts of stock are a wonderful way to support SPC and provide you with both income and capital gains tax deductions.
  • IRAs: The Charitable IRA Rollover allows individuals age 70½ and older to make direct transfers up to $100,000 per year from individual retirement accounts to qualified charities without having to count the transfers as income for federal tax purposes. Since no tax is incurred on the withdrawal, gifts do not qualify for a charitable deduction, but may be counted toward an individual’s minimum required distribution.

For instructions on how to make a gift of a stock or security, or a gift from an IRA, please go to:
Financial Gifting Instructions

Donation of Goods

Several of the local organizations supported by our Outreach dollars or volunteer efforts also collect basic furnishings for those they serve. We have collection areas right in the church for a few of these; you may bring contributions during office hours (10:00 – 5:00 Monday through Friday) or on Sunday mornings.

  • SPC’s Fall Fair: By far the church’s biggest fundraiser, the Fall Fair relies on its members to provide donations to stock this long-running, popular Swarthmore tradition. Two collection dates are scheduled each year (one in April and one in September) when our parking lot is filled with volunteers eager to take donations out of the hands of willing donors. Donations are also accepted through the year, just contact a Fall Fair chair to make arrangements.

Items collected at the fair include:

  • Flea Market – Kitchen wares; small appliances; baking pans; garden tools; household and holiday decor; lamps; craft materials; yarn; and fabric. Please make sure items are clean and still working. Furniture and other large or heavy items should be held until the Friday before the fair.
  • Toys & Sporting Goods – Outgrown/used sporting equipment in good condition for children or adults. Puzzles, games, Legos, dolls, toys, dress-up/Halloween outfits, and other kid-related items in clean, working order. Plus, all baby gear and toys.
  • Collectibles & Auction – Coffee tables, side tables, chests, crystal, pottery, old linens, china, quilts, iron skillets or pots, oil paintings, and any size oriental rugs. Special arrangements should be made for large furniture.
  • Books – Novels (especially paperbacks), recent reference books, craft and cooking books, classics, sheet music, children’s books, recent software, and DVDs are particularly welcome.
  • Jewelry & Accessories – This booth is a mecca of scarves, upscale and interesting handbags, and, of course, jewelry. Costume jewelry, interesting silver pieces, and even jewel boxes are welcome. Please be sure pieces are in good condition.
  • SPC Pantry – The SPC Pantry sells culinary creations of great variety.

  • Food Pantry at Chester Eastside Ministries: Nonperishable foods of all variety are collected in bins located in Pinkston Outreach Center (Fellowship Hall lobby). Most useful items include cereal; pasta, canned prepared meals such as chili, stews, and pasta entrees; peanut butter, crackers, canned fruits and vegetables, and basic seasonings. Take advantage of those multiple-item-purchase grocery store specials and bring the surplus here, or use the monthly shopping lists suggested by our Hunger Task Force.
  • Clothing for Career Wardrobe (http://careerwardrobe.org/): The Career Wardrobe is an agency committed to assisting women transitioning to work with networking, career training skills, and interview attire. We accept clothing donations in a closet just outside the church office. Volunteers from our Presbyterian Women ensure that your donations are delivered to Career Wardrobe. Useful clothing includes: matching business suits (skirt or pant); separates: skirts, pants, blazers, blouses; Casual Friday outfits; service industry items: white tops/blouses and black, navy, and tan bottoms (pants and skirts), polo shirts in all colors; scrubs (without logos). They can also use some accessories: gently worn shoes, purses, handbags/briefcases, jewelry. And new/unused pantyhose and toiletries are always in demand. Donations should arrive ready-to-wear: clean, on hangers, all buttons, working zippers, no tears or stains. Accessories and casual clothing can be placed in shopping bags.

Year-End Notes

To be eligible for a tax deduction for contributions in a specific year, all contributions must be received by the church or postmarked by December 31 of that year. The church office closes at noon on December 31 or, if December 31 falls on a Saturday or a Sunday, the office closes on the prior Friday at noon.

Certain rules apply for donations of securities:

  • A gift is considered complete on the date of delivery to the Church Office or on the date of the postmark if the security (securities) is(are) delivered or mailed with the appropriate forms and signature verification.
  • If a gift is delivered to an agent, it is not considered complete until the stock is transferred to the church’s account. This process can take weeks, so careful planning is important.

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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.