Latest Updates

Holy Thursday Soup Potluck

Please join us Thursday, April 14, in the fellowship hall at 5:30pm before our Holy Thursday Communion Service, for soup potluck meal.  If you would like to prepare a soup for the potluck please click here to sign up below. We hope you will continue your fellowship time with us at our 7pm Communion Service.  

A tag will be created to help people with dietary restrictions.

Easter Eggstravaganza-April 9

It’s back!!  Mark your calendars for our Outdoor Easter Eggstravaganza !

Saturday, April 9 @ 10 a.m. in the back parking lot

Crafts, Face Painting, Photo Op and an Easter Egg Hunt

Volunteers are needed to help set up, work the craft tables, and hide  eggs.  Please contact Ms. Marie if you are available at  Youth get SSL hours.

Virtual Worship Only Through January

Due to the rising rates of COVID in our area, we shifted back to virtual-only worship at Christmas Eve. We’ll be continuing to have just one service of worship (on Zoom at 10 a.m.) through at least January 30th. Check the church calendar for information about how this change affects small groups and other ministries. Please keep our congregation in prayer, along with those who are sick and the doctors, nurses, technicians, and others who are working to heal people’s bodies from COVID-19.

Join a Small Group Study in 2022

Join any of our small group studies and grow a deeper relationship with God in 2022!

Join via zoom links below or, dial by phone: 1-301-715-8592 with the meeting ID “Monday School”

“Monday School” Adult Bible Study – Starts Jan 3, 7:00pm-8:00pm A detailed study of the Gospel of John Join Zoom meeting Meeting ID: 832 9815 8902 Password: 852791 Contact: Neil Hindman (

Monday Night Group – Starts Jan 10, 7:00pm-9:00pm Reading and discussion of Engaging the Word: The New Testament and the Christian Believer by Jaime Clark-Soles, available for purchase online. Join Zoom Meeting: Meeting ID: 825 5433 3137 Passcode: 8900 Contact: Dan Sherk (

Wonder-Full Wednesdays – Starts Jan 5, 7:00am-8:00am A discussion of Upper Room scripture and how it applies to our discipleship journey. Copies available at SSUMC or visit The Upper Room Online. Join Zoom meeting Meeting ID: 663 511 170 Password: 8900 Contact: Mary Kautz (

Thursday Women’s Bible Study – Starts Jan 6, 10:00am-11:00am A discussion of Rachel Held Evan’s new book, Wholehearted Faith available for purchase online. Join Zoom meeting Meeting ID: 826 7555 6889 Password: 8900 Contact Kathy Barden (

Update! Christmas Eve Worship 4pm & 9pm Live Stream ONLY


Dear Friends, 

Christmas is just around the corner, but COVID cases are on the rise in our community. After consulting with our Re-Entry Team, staff, and healthcare professionals, we believe that the safest course of action is to worship virtually for Christmas Eve. I know that for some of you this is a deep disappointment. But Silver Spring UMC has always placed the well-being of our neighbors above our own interests, and this is another opportunity to live out that commitment.

So, to be clear, our Christmas Eve services will be VIRTUAL ONLY. The services will still be live streamed from the sanctuary, but there will not be a congregation. We invite you to participate from the comfort of your homes for one of these two service options.

Our 4 p.m. service will be specially geared toward families with younger children, including carols that will be more familiar to them and the Christmas story in language that they can understand. Families will likely want to have a candle or glow sticks on hand to use as we celebrate the light of Jesus Christ.

Our 9 p.m. service is a traditional service of carols and Communion. For this service, you’ll want to have juice and bread (or an equivalent) on hand to serve as the Body and Blood of Christ for the Lord’s Supper. You’ll also want to have a candle nearby to light as we sing “Silent Night.”

Both services will be livestreamed to our YouTube channel ( and Facebook page ( thanks to Buzz365 Media. We are thankful for their help to make this streaming worship experience possible!

On Sunday, December 26th, we will have a single worship service at 10 a.m. via Zoom. You can log into the service here. The Zoom will also stream to our Facebook page.

I look forward to joining with you as we celebrate Christmas wherever we are on Friday evening!

Rev. Alex

Come and Fellowship with Us!

Come for Worship, Stay for Fellowship!

November 21, join us at 11:00 for the worship service, and then move to the back parking lot for food trucks – no charge! – (including food options for kids), games, music, and fellowship! The entire community is invited, along with our tenants. Along the way, you can find out more about the work of our Racial Justice Ministries group and make a donation for our Thanksgiving Food Drive (gift cards for Target, Giant, and Safeway). In order to maintain COVID safety, this can only be an outdoor event; so it is definitely “weather permitting.” But we’re praying for a chance to have a great time together! Again, that’s worship at 11:00 and the fellowship time will follow at 12:15!

2021 Annual Conference

The 2021 Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference begins today, October 25 and runs through Wednesday, October 27. You can find out more and follow all the happenings through the Conference website.

As a congregation, we are especially following the path of a resolution before the conference to support the “Protocol of Reconciliation and Grace through Separation.” This resolution voices the Annual Conference’s support for a framework that would allow the United Methodist Church to divide into a traditionalist branch and one or more moderate/progressive branches with congregations keeping their property. This proposed separation, in turn, is the result of the UMC’s inability to come to an agreement regarding the full inclusion of LGBTQ+ persons in the life of the church, including marriage and ordination. As a Reconciling Congregation, we support that full inclusion, and we long for the denomination that we are a part of to be of one mind on this critical issue.

Following the conclusion of the session, we’ll be sharing updates on the actions of the Annual Conference and how they might shape our ministry moving forward. In the meantime, please be in prayer for this important gathering of our larger church family!