Upcoming Events

SUNDAY WORSHIP IN COMING WEEKS will continue to be live streamed via the SPC Facebook group—just click on https://www.facebook.com/groups/spcworks and wait for the “live stream” box to appear—Sunday @ 11. For additional information, see: Meeting House Live!
ALL GATHERINGS IN THE CHURCH BUILDING HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED through August 30 due to the Coronovirus. Please email the church office office@shepherdstownpresbyterian.org if your committee or team is planning to meet electronically.
NEW MEMBER CLASSES will be held in August and/or September for those wishing to explore official membership at SPC. If you are interested in learning more, please contact the church office at office@shepherdstownpresbyterian.org.
PASTOR GUSTI will be taking vacation July 6 - 26. Dynamic Guest Preachers from around the country will speak to this kairos moment in our nation’s history, each from their own unique perspective.
July 12:
Rev. Dr. Amaury Tañon-Santos [he/him/his] Rev. Dr. Amaury Tañón-Santos (he/him/his) joins us today from Albany, NY. He serves as Synod Networker for the Synod of the Northeast – the region of the PCUSA that gathers Presbyterians in New England, New Jersey and New York. A native Puerto Rican, Amaury has served as Director of Programs for Continuing Education at Princeton Theological Seminary and as pastor of congregations in the northeastern United States.
July 19:
Rev. Ashley Birt [she/her/hers] joins us from Rutgers Presbyterian Church, NY, NY, where she serves as Pastoral Fellow for youth and families Ashley’s interests include the intersections of racial justice, children and youth, interfaith communication, LGBTQ+ issues (particularly the B) and Christianity. When she isn’t at church or doing social justice work, she enjoys writing, sound editing and theatre tech. She has recently been elected co-moderator of the Board of More Light Presbyterians.
July 26:
Rev. Laura Mariko Cheifetz (she/her/hers) joins us from Vanderbilt Divinity School, Nashville, TN, where she serves as Director of Admissions, Vocation, and Stewardship. Laura is a multiracial Asian American of Japanese and white Jewish descent. She is currently the co-moderator of the Special Committee on Per Capita-Based Funding and National Church Financial Sustainability for the Presbyterian Church (USA).
SOCIAL JUSTICE COMMITTEE is offering an invitation and reminder to join the Social Justice Committee email socialjusticespc@gmail.com. Get involved with research on SPC’s history and its members especially the free and enslaved people attending the church in the pre-Civil War 1800s. We’re also working with other groups on a Community Remembrance Project to honor Joe Burns, a local African American man lynched in the late 1800s. This project is recommended by the Equal Justice Initiative. Watch the HBO special True Justice to learn more about EJI’s founder Bryan Stevenson. The Equal Justice Initiative is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, to challenging racial and economic injustice, and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society.
More on Social Justice:
TRUE JUSTICE: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality is HBO’s documentary about Bryan Stevenson and the work of Equal Justice Initiative. You can watch the full film for free until July 31 on HBO.com. You can also explore the award-winning EJI website for racial justice news and to learn more about the work of the organization https://museumandmemorial.eji.org/about
EJI is actively engaged in a campaign to recognize the victims of lynching by collecting soil from lynching sites, erecting historical markers, and creating a national memorial that acknowledges the horrors of racial injustice. To learn more about SPC racial justice work as it relates to EJI’s Community Remembrance Project, click on this link Community Remembrance Project.
Consider reading Bryan Stevenson’s memoir, Just Mercy, about growing up in racially segregated Delaware and how he became a lawyer whose primary clients are on death row. Or watch the film adaptation by the same name that was released late last year and currently is available for rent on Netflix, to watch on Amazon instant video, as well as to buy on Amazon.