When the earthquake struck Haiti and ravaged that country and its people, SSPC got to work. In two weeks we put out the word for the supplies that were needed. We set a challenge goal to create 1000 “GIft of the Heart Kits” during worship on January 31, 2010. Members, friends, relatives, sponsors and partners came together in an amazing spirit. On Monday, February 8th, 1,333 kits were shipped to Church World Service to be sent to Haiti survivors. Funds continue to come in and this need will be here for a long time.
The CWS Blanket Program takes place during Advent. For every $5 donated, a blanket is given to a refugee or other needy person. For more information see www.churchworldservice.org.
The Bedford Hills Correctional Facility is the maximum-security women’s prison in New York State.
SSPC has created a reading aloud book program where volunteers read to the mothers and their children during family visits, teaching mothers about the joy of reading to their children.
For more information, contact Carol Paiste through the church or Carol Hillenbrand, through the Community Center.
The Family Reunion Program gives inmates the opportunity to spend a weekend on site with their children. Volunteers shop for groceries and deliver them to the prison.
The Community Center in Katonah provides food, clothing and job counseling to low income people in Northeastern Westchester. Each Sunday, members are invited to donate food during the worship service. The church also participates in the Center’s Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner programs where bags of groceries and a turkey are given to several hundred needy neighbors. On Super Bowl weekend SSPC Youth use large soup bowls to collect donations for the “Souper Bowl of Caring”. These contributions also benefit the Community Center.
Opportunities for Service
Opportunities abound for you to serve others in and out of the church and to see firsthand God at work. By volunteering, you will discover the greatest gift may not be the lives you touch, but the ministry you receive! Jump on in!
Christian Education – The purpose of this committee is to strengthen the life of the congregation by providing opportunities for nurture and growth in the knowledge, belief and behaviors of the Christian in the world today. Responsibilities include: coordinating the educational ministries of the church for Sundays. oversight for the Nursery School, development and maintenance of the church library, provide training and enlist leadership for educational programming. Explore The Word
Health Ministry: As we share the journey, it is our desire to embrace others who are hurting or alone.
Christ commanded that we care for one another. This part of our journey together encompasses our response through pastoral care and our health ministry.
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As we share the journey, it is our desire to embrace others with the certain knowledge of God’s abundant and overflowing love. We do this through fellowship, pastoral care, and prayer requests.
“May the peace of the Lord be with you…”
… “And also with you.”
Christ commanded that we love one another. This part of our journey together encompasses our response through fellowship, pastoral
care, congregational care and our health ministry.
“Sharing the Peace of Christ” is an essential ingredient in our worship service. This is a chance to warmly welcome those who are here every week as well as the first time visitor. All are invited to join us for fellowship following the service.
The Christian Education or Formation of disciples is a life long endeavor that we are committed to at SSPC. From birth to completion of baptism in death we continue to learn more about our faith and how it connects to the world in which we live. Scripture, worship, theologians of every age, cultural engagement and mission are all elements of Christian formation and help us to learn through a praxis model. In other words it is not just about learning concepts but also putting them into action and reflecting upon them. Come join us as we journey together to become more faithful disciples of Jesus Christ.
“My friends, life is short and we have little time
to gladden the hearts of those who go the journey with us.
So be quick to love. Make haste to be kind.
Be swift to show justice and mercy in this world.”
We believe that God is calling us to celebrate the power of His love and forgiveness, and to radiate that transforming power out into the world. As we leave worship each Sunday we affirm our intent to joyfully invite all people of every walk of life to take this journey with us and to warmly embrace others with the certain knowledge of God’s abundant and overflowing love. The benediction and congregational charge remind us of the journey we are on.
Share the journey … Live the vision
We, the people of South Salem Presbyterian Church, are building a vibrant, exciting, and inclusive community of God’s people, joining together on a shared journey of faith.
As members of the “White Church on the Hill”, a beacon of God’s light and love, we are God’s faithful disciples who
joyfully invite all people to join us on the journey; affirming our differences, valuing the uniqueness of each, and respecting the traditions we bring;