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  • ADULT BIBLE STUDY OPPORTUNITIES–Spring, 2018   For both Adult Sunday School after worship and the Women’s Thursday Morning Small Group, the same curriculum is being offered.
    • The Gospel of John
  • We began our post-Lenten studies with the two-part showing of The Gospel of John, directed by Phillip Saville and starring Henry Ian Cusik and Christopher Plummer. The Gospel of John is the latest written of the four biographies of Jesus that have been preserved in the New Testament. The purpose of this gospel, as stated by John himself, is to show that Jesus of Nazareth was Christ, the Son of God, and that believers in him might have eternal life. The Gospel of John meticulously re-creates the era of Jesus during a tumultuous period that changed the course of history. As an eyewitness to the love and power displayed in the miracles of Jesus, John gives us an up-close and personal look at Christ’s identity. Sunday presentations, following morning worship, were on April 8th (Part One) and on April 15 (Part Two). Thursday Women’s Group presentations were at 10:30 AM on April 19th (Part One) and on April 26th (Part Two).
    • The Miracles of Jesus
  • Jesus demonstrated the presence and power of God by performing miracles. He turned water into wine, healed the sick, calmed the storm, opened blind eyes, and raised the dead. It’s natural to focus on the divine power, but these stories have something else in common: the human desperation that prompted the miracles. In this six-week bible study, Jessica LaGrone leads us on a captivating exploration of the miracles of Jesus, helping us to see that our weakness is an invitation for God to work powerfully in our lives and reminding us that we need God on our best days just as much as we do on our worst. Adult Sunday school classes will study The Miracles of Jesus on April 22, April 29, May 6, May 13, May 20, and May 27. The Women’s Thursday Morning Group will hold classes on May 3, May 10, May 17, May 24, May 31, and June 7. 
  • Presbyterian Women’s Spring Fling—June 9, 2018    All women are invited to attend the PW Spring Fling on Saturday, June 9, at SSPC. The event will feature a guest speaker from the Eddy House, a dump salad for which the ingredients are provided by all the participants, an opportunity to support the Eddy House, and a time of fellowship and fun! Invitations and additional information will be distributed before and after Sunday worship services. Come and invite a friend!
  •  Save the Date—VBS 2018    With the school year coming to a close, the Christian Education Committee is y looking ahead to summer and Vacation Bible School. This year’s theme is “SonTreasure Island”, with plenty of fun activities, Bible lessons, and great music. The dates are Monday, June 18th through Friday June 22nd, and will be half-days, beginning at 9:00 AM and ending around noon each day. Registration forms and informational brochures are available at the front desk, or by calling the church office at 775-424-3622.
  • The Community Food Pantry at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is requesting spaghetti sauce and dried pasta  for June. There is always a need for EVERYTHING, including personal hygiene items and diapers sizes 4 and 5. Drop off your donations at SSPC and one of our volunteers will deliver them to the food pantry.
  • Good Shepherd’s Clothes Closet. Clean underwear and socks are prized by those without.  Travel-size toiletries including razors, deodorant, lip balm, toothbrushes and toothpaste are in short supply. Drop off your donations at church and an SSPC volunteer will take your donations to Good Shepherd’s.
  • Nursery    Every Sunday, Spanish Springs Presbyterian Church is offering child care for infants and toddlers during worship. We are so happy to have Sheila Peaslee tend the nursery on Sundays.
  • Presbyterian Women     PW meets on the 3rd Monday of each month. The meeting and Bible Study will start at 1:00 p.m. Those who would like to bring their lunch and fellowship before the meeting should arrive at 12:30 p.m. Meetings will resume on September 17. The 2018-2019 Bible study is “God’s Promise: I Am with You by Amy Poling Sutherlun..
  •  Prayer List    Do you have a family member or loved one facing challenges at this time? We will pray for you and your family members. If you would like to become a Prayer Chain Angel, our coordinator will forward prayer requests to you.
  • Choir     SSPC would love to have YOU join the adult choir! Rehearsals resume on August 30 and will continue to be held on Wednesday evenings at 6:30. Sunday morning rehearsals will be at 9:30 prior to Sunday worship services.  Weekly choir rehearsals will resume in September.  “Who sings well prays twice.”—St. Augustine
  • Cub Scouts at SSPC!      SSPC is launching a brand new Cub Scout Pack! We are in need of a few volunteers to be a part of this venture, in an advisory role or in a leadership role.  This will be a wonderful outreach to families in our area! We are looking for boys and girls, Grades 1-5, who might be interested in being Cub Scouts! Please get the word out! “Join Night” was held at the church on Thursday, September 7, from 6:30 – 7:30 PM. The first Pack Meeting was held at SSPC on Thursday, September 28 at 6:30 PM. On October 14, Cub Scout Pack 25 participated in a family hike to see petroglyphs! Cubs and their families marched in the Sparks Hometown Christmas Parade on December 2. In January, 2018, Cubs and their families learned how to start a fire, roast marshmallows, and make s’mores at the First Annual Foul Weather Cookout. Scouts and their families participated in the Pinewood Derby and are looking forward to an outing at Pyramid Lake.

Spanish Springs Presbyterian Church —  Recent Events       

  • Good Shepherd’s Clothes Closet Clean underwear and socks are prized by those without. When cold weather arrives, the need for warm winter clothes is high; blankets, sleeping bags, coats, winter hats, gloves and warm winter boots are requested. Travel-size toiletries including razors, deodorant, lip balm, toothbrushes and toothpaste are in short supply. Drop off your donations at church and an SSPC volunteer will take your donations to Good Shepherd’s.
  • The Community Food Pantry at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church requests boxed, bottled, canned, and pre-packaged food supplies to distribute to those in need. There is always a need for EVERYTHING, including personal hygiene items and all sizes of diapers. Drop off your donations at SSPC and one of our volunteers will deliver them to the food pantry.
  • Heifer Project Update Following the Heifer Project Cookie Sale on December 11, 2016, SSPC youth raised enough money to purchase two water buffalo for families in third-world communities! “Buffalo are a blessing! With a Heifer Project water buffalo, farmers can grow four times more than if plowing by hand. Buffalo manure fertilizer improves their crops. They rent their buffalo to other farmers and sell calves for extra income. With a river buffalo, children will get rich milk to drink, as well.”               
  • Potato Bar Fellowship Event—January 22, 2017       On January 22, 2017, members of the congregation enjoyed a potato bar followed by the DVD  “Friendly Persuasion”. And a good time was had by all!
  • Education Tree: In February of 2017, members of the congregation took tags from the Education Tree so that our members can help with supplies needed by the teachers at Anderson Elementary School. Participants were asked to take a tag, purchase the item, and bring it back to church.
  •  Souper Bowl of Caring—February 5, 2017      Souper Bowl of Caring was held on February 5, 2017.  Souperbowl of Caring ( is a national movement of young people, working in their communities on Super Bowl Sunday to  fight hunger and poverty. All food and monetary donations collected from our congregation on February 5 will be given to St. Paul’s Food Pantry.
  • Presidents’ Day Lunch—February 19, 2017   February 19, 2017, members and their guests stayed after worship for a hot dog lunch  with all the fixings and cherry dessert.
  • Ash Wednesday Observances–2017           On Ash Wednesday, March 1, 2017,  the Spanish Springs Presbyterian Church congregation enjoyed fellowship and a soup supper. Following the supper, the Ash Wednesday worship and Communion service was held, including the Imposition of Ashes.
  • Good Friday ServiceApril 14, 2017—7:00 pm   Spanish Springs Presbyterian Church participatedin a multi-church Sparks-wide Good Friday worship service at 7:00 pm on April 14, 2017  at Sparks United Methodist Church. The SSPC choir sang, with our Pastor Pat offering prayer.
  • Palm Sunday Procession, Pancake Breakfast and Easter Egg Hunt–2017  Palm Sunday, April 9, 2017, was a banner day at SSPC. We experienced the Procession of the Palms and heard about “The King on a Donkey” during the morning worship service. The Boca Brass provided inspirational music for the prelude, offertory, special music, and postlude. Everyone enjoyed fellowship and the pancake breakfast that followed the worship service; then the children hunted for Easter eggs outside. 
  • Taco And Talent Show Fellowship Event–2017    On Saturday evening, May 6, 2017, SSPC family and friends participated in and enjoyed a taco bar followed by a star-studded talent show. The stellar line-up included an opening sing-along with the SSPC Bluegrassers (“This Land is Your Land”); Travel Slides ; “Hole in the Bucket”;  a skit with audience participation: The Genealogy of Jesus (Fellowship Ministry Team) with audience participation by applauding, cheering, booing, hissing, and questioning (Huh?); Musical Duet; Artistic Quilt Presentation; Solo with Guitar Accompaniment; Trombone Solo—Dixieland Style; Name That Tune—Golden Oldies from the Hymnal; “Where Oh Where?” (Men’s Quartet); and “Will the Circle Be Unbroken?” (Group singing by all). Arts and Crafts displays included the beautiful hand-made greeting cards, artistic quilts, creatively-counted cross-stitch, and decorative potholders. The talent show was opened and closed with prayer. Everyone who participated laughed, listened, and learned!
  • The Church Has Left The Building (TCHLTB)–2017     Spanish Springs Presbyterian Church participated in various Mission projects throughout the year.  On Sunday, May 21 workers met at Sparks United Methodist Church for prayer and a send-off. Volunteers met with project team leaders then returned to Sparks UMC for lunch and a short worship service. Service projects that SSPC folks participated in  included singing at nursing homes, picking up trash in a park, gardening, sorting clothes at Good Shepherd’s, working at St. Paul’s Food Pantry, and distributing sandwiches to people along the river.  Others of our congregation participated by preparing the peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
  • Fellowship Activity for June—Day Trip to Martin’s Nursery in Standish, CA–2017  On Saturday, June 3, 2017, members and friends of Spanish Springs Presbyterian Church travelled by car pool to Standish, California and visited Standish Nursery. Folks purchased herbs, flowering annuals and perennials, vegetable plants, hanging planters, and even a peach tree! The group had lunch and fun at the nearby Pizza Factory.
  • PW Spring Tea–2017     All women of the church were invited to attend the PW Spring Tea on Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 11:30 AM. The tea was held in the Fellowship Hall at SSPC. Guests were asked to bring a sandwich to share, a white elephant for the silent auction, and a quilt or other sentimental item to talk about and share a story. Women and their guests enjoyed this time of fun and fellowship!
  • Vacation Bible School—Baobab Blast–June 7, 8, & 9, 2017     On July 7-9, 2017, both the young and the young-at-heart participated in the lively and spiritual multi-age Baobab Blast Vacation Bible School. Participants enjoyed Bible lessons, memory verses, music, crafts, games, and snacks! We included a pot-luck dinner celebration of a family as they prepared to move overseas! The special mission project for our VBS was “Operation Christmas Child” in which shoeboxes are delivered to children in developing countries . The shoeboxes were filled with school supplies, hygiene items, a small toy, and the message of Jesus’ love!
  • Annual Church Picnic on July 22, 2017     The Annual SSPC Picnic was held at the Lions Pavilion in Rancho San Rafael Regional Park in Reno on Saturday, July 22. The temperature was 97o, but attendees were cool in the shade and under the pavilion, enjoying the dragonflies, friendly ducks, and cool breezes wafting off the nearby pond. Those who wished played ladderball, and there was plenty of great food, visiting and good fellowship. Following the meal, participants enjoyed singing some old favorites accompanied by the SSPC Men’s Quartet. Thanks to the Fellowship Ministry Team for organizing and hosting this much-anticipated annual event!
  • Salad Bar Luncheon on August 13, 2017      Following Sunday worship on August 13, the Fellowship Ministry Team served a salad bar luncheon. Lettuce and dressings were provided with attendees bringing the “fixin’s.”  The food was delicious and everyone had a wonderful time!
  • Ice Cream Social    Sunday, September 10, following the 10:30 AM Sunday worship service, an Ice Cream Social was held in the Fellowship Hall. Everyone enjoyed home-made ice cream, sweet treats and great fellowship!
  • Travel Show and Chili Feed    On October 21, 2017, Karen and Trygve Inda presented a travel slide show, set to music, featuring their recent trips to North Korea and Africa. Those attending enjoyed a delicious supper of home-made chili and corn bread hosted by the Fellowship Ministry Team.
  • CROP Hunger Walk–October 15, 2017   Idlewild Park, Reno    Two hearty hikers participated in this year’s crop walk. SSPC has long been a participating church in this community event; the Reno CROP Hunger Walk has raised $259,808 in the past 25 years.
  • Life Line Screening at SSPC was held on October 26, 2017   Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings will be in our community on Thursday, October 26, 2017 at Spanish Springs Presbyterian Church. Ultrasound screenings to Identify risk factors for Cardiovascular disease include; Carotid Artery (plaque buildup-a leading cause of stroke), Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (an enlargement or weak area in the main blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body), Peripheral Arterial Disease (hardening of the arteries in the legs), a Heart Rhythm Screening (an EKG to detect Atrial Fibrillation-irregular heartbeat) and an Osteoporosis Risk Assessment for men and women. Being proactive about your health by knowing your risks helps you and your doctor address problems early. Approximately 90 individuals from the church as well as the wider community participated in these preventive health screenings. Additional information may be found at .
  • Dinner and a Movie was held on Friday, November 3, 2017. Singles on Sunday invited the congregation to a potluck dinner and to view the movie “The Shack”. It is the story of a man whose youngest daughter has been abducted and brutally murdered. The father receives a note, apparently from God, inviting him back to the shack where the murder allegedly occurred. There he meets God and what he finds will change his life forever.
  • An Interfaith Thanksgiving Eve Service was held on Wednesday, November 22, 2017, at 7:00 pm at the Immaculate Conception Church, 2900 North McCarran, in Sparks. The service included prayers, readings, and music from a variety of faith traditions. Canned goods collected were donated to St. Francis of Assisi’s Food Pantry, and  cash donations went to support the Nevada Interfaith Association’s 2018 Youth Leadership Conference.
  • ADULT BIBLE STUDY—ADVENT, 2017—“Under Wraps”       Our Sunday adult study from December 3 through December 24, was “Under Wraps: The Gift We Never Expected” by Jessica La Grone, Andy Nixon, Rob Renfroe, and Ed Robb. Study materials include books and DVDs followed by group discussion. Each week we explored one of four characteristics of God, shown first through the Old Testament and then revealed clearly through Jesus Christ. Each chapter contains questions for reflection, Scriptures for meditation, and a prayer to assist each of us in reflecting on what God is doing in our lives during the Advent season. The Sunday study met in the conference room following morning worship. The sessions in the 4-week study included:  an introduction, 1. God is Expectant; 2. God is Dangerous; 3. God is Jealous; 4. God is Faithful; and an epilogue: A Season of Joy. The Women’s Small Group study, using the same book and videos, will began on Thursday, November 30 at 10:30 AM. December sessions met at SSPC on the 7th, 14th, and 21st of December.
  • ALTERNATIVE GIFT MARKET at SSPC— December 3, 2017   SSPC held the ALTERNATIVE GIFT MARKET with amazing items to purchase. Our vendors included agencies rooted in the peace and justice work of the Presbyterian Church (USA).  These included:
    • Pal Craftaid is a nonprofit ministry and member of the Fair Trade Federation. Your purchase of olive wood and embroidered handcrafts through Pal Craftaid provides needed income to artisans and supports schools, elderly groups and women’s co-ops in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
    • ECPAT-USA (Ending Child Prostitution and Trafficking) TASSA LUGGAGE TAGS. This project enables all travelers to stand up against child sexual exploitation.
    • MEDICAL BENEVOLENCE providing nursing schools and scholarships, critical health services for women and children, hospital development and support, spiritual ministry, and medical ministry greatest need.
    • Items from the PC(USA) GIVING CATALOG that include animals, clean water systems, seeds, tools, refugee food baskets and many more opportunities.
  • Heifer Cookie Sale      The the Confirmation Class held a fundraiser with  cookies on December 10, 2017. Proceeds will be used to purchase an animal (or more!) for families in third-world countries.
  • Quilt Raffle Proceeds to Benefit Puerto Rico   The drawing for the beautiful sampler quilt was held on December 10, 2017. Pastor Pat was the lucky winner of the quilt!  The $665 raised during the raffle will be sent to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) to support recovery efforts in Puerto Rico.
  • Angel Tree Gifts for needy students were collected from December 3 through December 17, 2017. Gift tags were available on the Christmas tree. Parishioners were able to support 30 families with holiday gifts.
  • Confirmation Class     Those completing confirmation classes and desiring confirmation were received on December 17, 2017.
  • Annual Bake Sale–December 17     All proceeds will be given to the church.
  • Luncheon and Travel Show on Sunday, January 7, 2018      Karen and Trygve Inda presented their Iran and Cuba slideshows on Sunday, January 7th, 2018, immediately after the Sunday service. The slides have subtitles and are set to music. All who attended enjoyed these enlightening presentations. The travel show followed the soup and salad luncheon in the Fellowship Hall.
  • Hot Dog Lunch on February 11, 2018    The Fellowship Ministry Team hosted a hot dog lunch with all the fixings, followed by individual ice cream cups. Approximately 50 members and guests enjoyed  the great fellowship and tasty treats.
  • Adult Sunday School         Our Lenten study “Final Words from the Cross”  by Alexander Hamilton began on February 11, 2018.  Come join us in in the conference room with the DVD/group discussion format as we experience what might have been first-hand accounts of the Crucifixion, then examine the meaning of Jesus’ dying words for our lives today. The seven sessions met each Sunday following morning worship from February 11 through Palm Sunday, March 21.
  • Thursday Morning Women’s Small Group Bible Study continues at 10:30 AM. Classes started on February 8 and ended on March 29.  Meetings will be held at SSPC. The Lenten study will be “The Women of Easter: Encounter the Savior with Mary of Bethany, Mary of Nazareth, and Mary Magdalene” by Liz Curtis Higgs.  All women are welcome!
  • One Great Hour of Sharing–2018     One Great Hour of Sharing will be Sunday, April 1, 2018.  Donations will go to support The Hunger Project, PDA (Presbyterian Disaster Assistance), and Self Development of People.  The customary fish banks were distributed on Sunday, March 4, 2018.
  • Pancake Brunch  April 15, 2018 The Fellowship Ministry Team hosted a Pancake Brunch following the Sunday morning worship service on April 15.
  • Life Line Screening at SSPC was held on April 25, 2018.    Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings was in our community on Wednesday, April 25, 2018, at Spanish Springs Presbyterian Church. Ultrasound screenings to Identify risk factors for Cardiovascular disease include; Carotid Artery (plaque buildup-a leading cause of stroke), Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (an enlargement or weak area in the main blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body), Peripheral Arterial Disease (hardening of the arteries in the legs), a Heart Rhythm Screening (an EKG to detect Atrial Fibrillation-irregular heartbeat) and an Osteoporosis Risk Assessment for men and women. Being proactive about your health by knowing your risks helps you and your doctor address problems early.  Additional information may be found at .

Spanish Springs Presbyterian Church

May 2018 Calendar of Events

Sun., May 27—9:30 am—Choir Rehearsal

Sun., May 27—10:30 am—Sunday Worship

Sun., May 27—10:45 am—Sunday School

Sun., May 27—12:00 pm—Adult Sunday School—“Miracles of Jesus

Mon., May 28—Office Closed—Memorial Day

Mon., May 28—10:00 am—Deacons

Wed., May 30—10:00 am—Men’s Group

Thurs., May 31—10:30 am—Women’s Small Group—“Miracles of Jesus”

June Calendar of Events

Sun., June 3—10:30 am—Communion—Sunday Worship

Sun., June 3—10:45 am—Sunday School

Tues., June 5—10:00 am—Outreach Ministry Team

Tues., June 5—11:00 am—Mission Ministry Team

Wed., June 6—10:00 am—Men’s Group

Thurs., June 7—10:30 am—Women’s Small Group—“Miracles of Jesus”

Fri., June 8—2:30 pm—Janet Zintek Memorial —Fernley VA Cemetery

Sat., June 9—11:30 am—Presbyterian Women—Spring Fling!

Sun., June 10—10:30 am—Sunday Worship

Sun., June 10—10:45 am—Sunday School

Sun., June 10—11:45 am—Taco Bar Fellowship Event

Mon., June 11—11:00 am—Vacation Bible School Team Meeting

Tues., June 12—7:00 pm—Session

Wed., June 13—10:00 am—Men’s Group

Sun., June 17—9:00 am—Christian Education Ministry Team

Sun., June 17—10:30 am—Sunday Worship—Fathers’ Day

Sun., June 17—10:45 am—Sunday School

Mon., June 18—9:00 am—SonTreasure Island Vacation Bible School

Tues., June 19—9:00 am—SonTreasure Island Vacation Bible School

Wed., June 20—9:00 am—SonTreasure Island Vacation Bible School

Wed., June 20—10:00 am—Men’s Group

Thurs., June 21—9:00 am—SonTreasure Island Vacation Bible School

Fri., June 22—9:00 am—SonTreasure Island Vacation Bible School

Sun., June 24—10:00 am—Veterans Guest House Team Meeting

Sun., June 24—10:30 am—Sunday Worship

Sun., June 24—10:45 am—Sunday School

Sun., June 24—Mon., June 25—10:00 am—Deacons

Wed., June 27—10:00 am—Men’s Group

SSPC Monthly Meetings

3rd Sunday of the Month

—–Summer Schedule

8:30 am

9:00 am

Christian Education Ministry Team
3rd Monday of the Month 12:30 pm Presbyterian Women Sack Lunch & Fellowship

Fall Meetings resume on September 18.

3rd Monday of the Month 1:00 pm Presbyterian Women Meeting

Fall Meetings resume on September 18.

1st Tuesday of the Month 11:00 am Mission Ministry Team
2nd Tuesday of the Month 7:00 pm Session Meeting
1st Wednesday of the Month 10:00am Fellowship Outreach Meeting
1st Wednesday of the Month 1:00 pm Worship Ministry Team
1st Thursday of the Month 1:00 pm Outreach Ministry Team
4th Monday of the Month 1:00 pm Deacon’s Meeting
Every Wednesday 10:00 am Men’s Group
Every Wednesday 6:30 pm Choir Rehearsal

Rev. Patrick Mecham’s Monthly Worship Schedule:

 May 6, 2018


1 John 5: 1-6; John 15:9-17

“What Love Looks Like”

Guest Preacher

Rev. Hilda Pecoraro

 May 13, 2018 Psalm 1; 2 Timothy 1: 1-14; John 17: 6-19

“Grandmother’s Faith”

 Rev. Patrick Mecham
 May 20, 2018

Pentecost Sunday

Acts 2: 1-21; Romans 8: 22-27; John 15: 26-27, 16:4b-15

“The Guide to Truth”

Rev. Patrick Mecham
 May 27, 2018 Isaiah 6: 1-8; Romans 8: 12-17; John 3: 1-17

“The Sent-Out Ones”

 Rev. Patrick Mecham
June 3, 2018


Psalm 139: 1-6, 13-18; 2 Corinthians 4: 5-12; Mark 2:23-3:6

“God’s Purposes and Our Foibles”

 Rev. Patrick Mecham
 June 10, 2018 Psalm 138; 2 Corinthians 4: 13-5:1; Mark 3: 20-35

“From Temporary to Eternal”

 Rev. Patrick Mecham
 June 17, 2018

Fathers’ Day

Psalm 20; 2 Corinthians 5:6-10, 14-17; Mark 4: 26-34

“Making Sense of the Faith”

 Rev. Patrick Mecham
 June 24, 2018 Psalm 9: 9-20; 2 Corinthians 6: 1-13; Mark 4: 35-41

“Power Beyond Our Understanding”

 Rev. Patrick Mecham