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Fellowship & Congregational Care

by South Salem Presbyterian Church

As we share the journey, it is our desire to embrace others with the certain knowledge of God’s abundant and overflowing love for everyone. We do this through fellowship, hospitality, pastoral care, and prayer requests.

“May the peace of the Christ 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, hospitality, pastoral care, congregational care and mission outreach.

“Sharing the Peace of Christ” is an essential part of our worship service. It reflects the way we should treat one another every day of the week. The “Peace of Christ” immediately follows our declaration of forgiveness in Sunday worship. Therefore, as people reconciled to God we are reconciled to one another in mutual love and respect. The love and respect is extended to everyone, including those who happen to be with us for the first time. God’s love and peace are boundless.greet3

Fellowship gatherings are an extension of our weekly communion where we continue to extend Christ’s hospitality as we come together, getting to know new people and sharing the love of God. We gather after worship for refreshments, catching up, and listening for ways to extend our care and concerns.

The church holds a variety of social activities:

Sanctuary Series is an offering to everyone regardless of faith affiliation or lack thereof. The Sanctuary Series brings world class musicians into our sanctuary in this small hamlet where you can hear the same concerts being performed at Lincoln Center, the Met, and all around the world. We have wine and cheese receptions following these fabulous concerts.

Our Chili Cook Off is held the first week in November This event brings the whole town and surrounding area into our church facility for great food, friendly competition, tons of swag for those who enter and most of all a sense of community and love that only food and great hospitality can bring! You don’t want to miss this event!

Memorial Day Fair and Races is our longest and largest event we hold for the town and surrounding area. The races begin in the morning and the fair starts at 10am. There are games for kids, music, items for sale, vendors, food, and an atmosphere of Americana that brings images of Norman Rockwell to mind. Make plans to attend each year!

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Youth Group S.H.O.W.

by South Salem Presbyterian Church

S.H.O.W. Youth Group

By Brandon Buscema

The S.H.O.W. (Students Helping Our World) Youth Group includes kids of all faiths, from middle school to high school in the Lewisboro community (and CT) striving to make a difference in today’s world. These kids dedicate their time and effort to people who need help both locally and abroad. The youth group has events such as: The Annual Souper Bowl Competition, Quest for Peace, Clothing Drive for Appalachia and The Bedford Correctional Facility Toy Drive.

The Souper Bowl is a fun competition between local Churches led by the youth. Members donate food to give to The Community Center of Northern Westchester and the winner is determined by most donations in weight. The winning church is awarded with the coveted Souper Bowl Trophy which remains in that Church until the following year.

The Quest for Peace event is where the youth group get fellow students to donate used school supplies to Nicaraguans. The youth group collects the supplies from local schools, sorts the donations and packs them to be shipped to Nicaragua.

The Clothing Drive for Appalachia is where the youth collect gently used clothes to give to people in need for winter in Appalachia.
The Bedford Correctional Facility Toy Drive is another youth led opportunity that supports mothers and grandmothers that are in the local Correctional Facility to give holiday and birthday presents to their children.

Throughout the year the S.H.O.W youth group hosts lots of local events to help our community. They bake cookies and meals then deliver them to local church members and neighbors in need of extra cheer. The group also hosts an annual Christmas Carol.

The youth also do lots of social events such as, spending a few hours at an indoor trampoline park, going bowling and relaxing around a bonfire.

As the kids have busy lives and many other activities, youth group events are held locally for ease of convenience and to get as many kids involved with these projects. This youth group is a chance for local kids to help our community and our world to become a better place.

If you’re interested at all with joining our youth group or want to participate in an upcoming activity, please email our church office@southsalempc.org.

Supporting People in Crisis: Supplies Collected and Sent to Puerto Rico

by South Salem Presbyterian Church

An Outpouring of Support for Those in Need!

Thanks go to Pastor Chip Andrus for inspiring this opportunity to respond to the urgent need in Puerto Rico. Our community opened it’s personal larders and within two days an outpouring of specified essentials overflowed in the lobby of the White Church on the Hill. Water bottles, diapers, wipes, batteries, flashlights were pickup from South Salem Presbyterian Church this morning and are on their way to a collection center. New York state is stepping up and collecting supplies to be shipped to the island via air. Our community making a difference, individually and together. As Pastor Chip would add, no doubt, “It’s all good!”.

2017 Memorial Day Fair Artist Spotlight: Martha Levites

Martha writes “Working in fabric brings out my more whimsical self.  I incorporate the artistry of the textile designer to create a piece that combines our talents and draws the viewer in with it’s color and texture.  While my paintings are less whimsical, I still like to achieve a sense of pattern and pleasing color.  My subjects vary, but color and pattern remain a constant.”

 

2017 Memorial Day Fair Artist Spotlight: Marc Loonan

Marc Loonan has been taking photographs ever since his father placed a camera in his hands when he was seven. Marc explains that “My subject criteria are as varied as life itself. I have found equal fascination with the petals of a flower, the warm light of a morning sunrise, or a segment of a mechanical device found rusting in a field. The beauty of a bird in flight might be today’s subject and the freshly fallen snow on a tree limb the next. The camera has allowed me to slow down, stop, and enjoy a moment in time that I might have otherwise passed by too quickly.”

 The images that Marc will have on display at the Memorial Day Fair were all captured and processed digitally. The inks, paper, and matting are all of archival quality. Do come see more of his work – you will enjoy his bird photos too — at the Fair, 10am to 3pm, Monday, May 29th, at 111 Spring St., South Salem, NY, the home of South Salem Presbyterian Church. We are particularly proud to showcase talented and creative neighbors like Marc Loonan.

2017 Memorial Day Fair Artist Spotlight: Beth Boyland

Beth Boyland is a Bedford, NY-based watercolor artist inspired by the beauty of farm animals and produce, particularly the heirloom variety. She paints vegetables and fruit grown & sold by farmers at local farm markets, often incorporating handwritten details about them into her art. She can be found at local farms taking photos of her subjects, and has been known to spend an hour or so with her camera in a chicken coop or a pig pen.

Beth sells limited edition giclee prints of her watercolor paintings. Sizes range from 5×7” to 12×12”. Printed on water color paper and individually signed & numbered, the prints are available both unframed, and framed in reclaimed barn wood. She also sells 5×7” greeting cards, tote bags & notebooks which feature her prints, along with a selection of 8×10 matted photographs.

Beth’s work can be seen in shops and eateries in Ridgefield, Pound Ridge, Katonah, Bedford Village, and Mt Kisco. Please see her website for more details, including a preview of her work: bethboylandpaintings.com

Food, Faith, Fellowship and Fun

by South Salem Presbyterian Church

Each Wednesday in December at 6:00pm, we have Food, Faith, Fellowship and Fun.  We will be studying what the bible really says about Christmas.  Then at  7:30pm we will have candlelight services in the style of Taize and Celtic traditions; contemplative service with song, scripture and prayer.  It’s a beautiful atmosphere and a great spiritual respite during the busy holiday season.  

Everyone is welcome!  Please join us!

111 Spring Street, South Salem, New York

 

 

 

I will be leaving before dawn on Thursday morning to go and represent our church at the 222nd General Assembly in Portland, Oregon. I am the lead musician for the Office of the General Assembly and will be leading music for the entire assembly whenever they all meet together in plenary. You can live stream the Assembly proceeding by going to www.pcusa.org and following the links. There are links that will also give you all the information about the business before this year’s assembly. The item I am most connected to is the Proposed Revision of the Directory for Worship, as you all know. Please keep the whole assembly in your prayers during these intense days of discernment of God’s will for our denomination.

Rev. Andrus

SSPC 2016 Memorial Day Fair Artist Spotlight: Martha Levites

Martha Levites is a neighbor who will be featured in the “Artists, Authors, and Artisans” gallery of our updated fair. She will exhibit two forms of art. Martha has lived in Goldens Bridge since 1971.  For decades she was a teacher in Somers, retiring to her self-described “second life” as an artist.  Martha has formally studied figure drawing, pastels, oil painting, and learned quilting skills in workshops. With her quilts and other fabric art, Martha loves colors and fantasy, appealing to the “viewer’s imagination.”

By Billye Zoa Steinnagel

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SSPC 2016 Memorial Day Fair Artist Spotlight: Kitchawan Woodcraft

Trench_1 Trench_3 Trench_4Bill Trench of Kitchawan Woodcraft writes: “After 35 years as a professional woodworker designing and building cabinets and furniture, in 2013 I decided to turn to the lathe where I could explore and utilize the natural beauty and features of the material. Getting away from the straight lines, perfect corners, and precise measurements, turning , for me, has no parameters other than what I discover within a chunk of a tree. All of the materials I use are locally sourced and I often look for those parts of the tree that have some sort of abnormal grain or even some state of decomposition or even insect ” damage”. I rarely know what the final form will be until I remove material from the spinning mass with my chisels like peeling the layers off of an onion. Although a large clear section of a log might beg to become a simple salad bowl, I am mostly fascinated by the smaller, gnarly pieces I find which often end up as something to be displayed and enjoyed as opposed to something useful.”