Spanish Springs Presbyterian Church News
- Angel Tree Gifts for needy students will be collected from December 3 through December 17. Gift tags are available on the Christmas tree. Please purchase and return your gifts by December 17.
- Confirmation Class Those completing confirmation classes and desiring confirmation will be received on December 17, 2017.
- Annual Bake Sale–December 17 Sunday, December 17 is the big day for our bake sale starting at 9:30 am and continuing after the worship service. Donate your favorite goodie such as candy, cookies, bread, cake, pie, or even a pretty gift basket. All food donations will be accepted with a smile! You may label the items, if you like, but we will do the pricing. Please bring items to the church by 9:15 am on Sunday. All proceeds will be given to the church.
- ADULT BIBLE STUDY—ADVENT, 2017—“Under Wraps” Our Sunday adult study beginning on December 3 through December 24, will be “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 will explore 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 meets in the conference room following morning worship. The sessions in the 4-week study include: 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 begin on Thursday, November 30 at 10:30 AM. December sessions will meet on the 7th, 14th, and will end on December 21st. Thursday sessions will meet at SSPC.
- The Community Food Pantry at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is requesting trimmings for holiday meals for November and December. 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.
- 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. For those who would like to bring their lunch and fellowship before the meeting, they should arrive at 12:30 p.m. The December meeting will be on December 18. The 2017-2018 Bible study is “Cloud of Witnesses: The Community of Christ in Hebrews” by Melissa Bane Sevier.
- 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. “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, 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.
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.” www.heifer.org
- 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 (souperbowl.org) 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 Service—April 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 www.lifelinescreening.com .
- 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.
- 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. https://palcraftaid.org
- ECPAT-USA (Ending Child Prostitution and Trafficking) TASSA LUGGAGE TAGS. This project enables all travelers to stand up against child sexual exploitation. https://www.ecpatusa.org/♦
- 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. https://www.mbfoundation.org/
- Items from the PC(USA) GIVING CATALOG that include animals, clean water systems, seeds, tools, refugee food baskets and many more opportunities. https://presbyteriangifts.org/
- 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.
Spanish Springs Presbyterian Church
December 2017 Calendar
Mon., Dec. 11—4:00 pm—Confirmation Class
Tues., Dec. 12—7:00 pm—Session
Wed., Dec. 13—10:00 am—Men’s Group
Wed., Dec. 13—6:30 pm—Choir Rehearsal
Thurs., Dec. 14—10:30 am—Bible Study at SSPC: “Under Wraps”
Sun., Dec. 17—9:30 am—Annual Bake Sale
Sun., Dec. 17—9:30 am—Choir Rehearsal
Sun., Dec. 17—10:30 am—Sunday Worship—Confirmation
Sun., Dec. 17—10:45 am—Sunday School
Sun, Dec. 17—Collection of Angel Tree Items
Sun., Dec. 17—12:00 pm—Adult Sunday School: “Under Wraps”
Mon., Dec. 18—10:00 am—Deacons
Mon., Dec. 18—12:30 pm—PW Fellowship and Sack Lunch
Mon., Dec. 18—1:00 pm—PW Meeting and Bible Study
Wed., Dec. 20—10:00 am—Men’s Group
Wed., Dec. 20—6:30 pm—Choir Rehearsal
Wed., Dec. 20—1:00 pm—Faithtrails Deadline
Thurs., Dec. 21—10:30 am—Bible Study at SSPC: “Under Wraps”
Sun., Dec. 24—9:30 am—Choir Rehearsal
Sun., Dec. 24—10:30 am—Sunday Worship
Sun., Dec. 24—10:45 am—Sunday School
Sun., Dec. 24—12:00 pm—Adult Sunday School: “Under Wraps”
Sun., Dec. 24—6:00 pm—Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
Mon., Dec. 24–Christmas Day–Office Closed
Wed., Dec. 27—10:00 am—Men’s Group
Wed., Dec. 27—6:30 pm—Choir Rehearsal
Sun., Dec. 31—9:30 am—Choir Rehearsal
Sun., Dec. 31—10:30 am—Sunday Worship
Sun., Dec. 31—10:45 am—Sunday School
Sun., Dec. 31—12:00 pm—Adult Sunday School
SSPC Monthly Meetings
|3rd Sunday of the Month
|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.
|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||10:00 am||Worship Ministry Team|
|1st Thursday of the Month||11:00 am||Mission 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|
Rev. Patrick Mecham’s Monthly Worship Schedule:
|December 3, 2017||Psalm 80: 1-7, 17-19; 1 Corinthians 1:3-9; Mark 13:24-37
|Rev. Patrick Mecham|
|December 10, 2017||Isaiah 40:1-11; Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13; Mark 1:1-8
“Getting Ready for Jesus”
|Rev. Patrick Mecham|
|December 17, 2017||Psalm 126; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24; John 1:6-8, 19-28
“Reflectors of Light”
|Rev. Patrick Mecham|
|December 24, 2017
|Romans 16:25-27; Luke 1:26-38, 46-55
|Rev. Patrick Mecham|
|December 24, 2017
| Isaiah 9:2-7; Luke 2:1-20
“To See the Christ Child”
|Rev. Patrick Mecham|
|December 31, 2017|| Isaiah 61:10 – 62:3; Luke 2:22-40
“Endings and Anticipation”
|Rev. Susan Taylor|