Advent 2020 ~ Awaken to Joy!
Advent is a very important time in the church year, as we prepare our hearts for the coming of our savior, born in Bethlehem long ago and promised to return to us in glory. This year, our celebration of Advent and Christmas will be different from years past, but we will lift up the joy of the season and encourage all to welcome Christ into our lives and world.
Our theme for Advent this year will be “Awaken to Joy!” as Christ summons us to awaken to joy, hope, peace, and love. The Apostle Paul writes, “You know what time it is, how it is now the moment for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we became believers; the night is far gone, the day is near.” We have been through many days of darkness, but the light of our savior shines for us. He is coming near!
Advent Worship - On YouTube Only - Indoor Sunday morning worship has been suspended for the rest of the year
November 29 ~ First Sunday of Advent recorded worship on YouTube
Awaken to Hope
~ Mike Ozaki, preaching
~ Matthew 25: 1-13
~ Adult Ed (10:15 am) ~ “” with Allison Maus on YouTube
December 6 ~ Second Sunday of Advent recorded worship on YouTube
Awaken to Peace
~ Dean Lindsey preaching
~ Psalm 85: 1-2, 8-13
~ Adult Ed (10:15 am) ~ "Wake, Awake! The King of Chorales" with Ned Wetherald on YouTube
December 13 ~ Third Sunday of Advent recorded worship on YouTube
Awaken to Joy
~ Dean Lindsey, preaching
~1 Thessalonians 6: 16-24
~ Adult Ed (10:15 am) ~ “A Theology of Hope” with Mike Ozaki on Zoom
December 20 ~ Fourth Sunday of Advent recorded worship on YouTube
Awaken to Love
~ Dean Lindsey, preaching
~ Luke 1: 26-38
~ Adult Ed (10:15 am) ~ “Foretaste of Joy” with Dean and Peggy Lindsey on Zoom
December 24 ~ Christmas Eve
~ Virtual Children and Youth Christmas Musical on YouTube
~ Virtual Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship Service on YouTube
December 27 ~ First Sunday after Christmas - recorded worship on YouTube
~ NO Adult Ed
As part of the Central Pennsylvania’s Festival of the Arts virtual winter event, we will be streaming music on four consecutive Fridays from SCPC. Each performance will be about 45 minutes.
If you miss the performance live, the plan is to have them on the Festival's YouTube page at a later time.
Plan to tune in and get festive!
Advent Devotionals ~ Awaken ~ "Speak Lord, your servant is listening.” 1 Samuel 3: 10
Advent is a time of anticipation, but so often we are not quite sure how God will show up. So we must be ready for anything! We hope to be as Samuel, hearing God calling to us in the night, responding with ears open to how God is leading each of us. To ready ourselves to hear God’s nudgings we can reflect together on the noticings of God we have experienced before. We will share stories of Aha! moments and new beginnings as well as processing feelings of dread or being held back. We invite you to participate in our daily Advent devotional reflections this season, starting November 29th. You can do so in different ways, as a contributor, writing a reflection to share with others, or receiving and connecting through reading the reflections of others.
Please email Allison to make sure you’re on the list or if you have any questions.
Christmas Story Experience ~ Walk Through the Story with Us!
Make your plans to join us for a “Christmas Story Experience” on the evening of December 23 or 24. Family groups (those living within the same household) can sign up to reserve a time slot to walk through the experience, hear the Christmas story and see performers acting out the scenes in separate rooms, followed by music and candles in the sanctuary.
Scripture readings will accompany each stop. It will be a meaningful and memorable evening as we celebrate the birth of the Messiah in a new way, adapted to the reality of pandemic restrictions.
We’re excited to bring you this live experience! We are requiring that everyone who wants to participate sign up before the event so we can practice safe distancing and smaller gatherings. Face masks required.
Click here to reserve your time slot!
Times are available for family groups from 5:00 – 6:45 pm (at 5 minute intervals) on the evenings of December 23 and Christmas Eve (December 24).
You won’t want to miss it – plan to walk through the story with us with this unique “Christmas Story Experience” at SCPC!
Christmas Day Dinner ~ December 25, 2020
Sign-up Now Available for Pick-up and Delivery
Signup is now available for "to-go" Christmas Day Dinner meals, featuring sliced ham with scalloped potatoes, SCPC's famous stuffing, green beans, cranberry salad, and dessert.
Limited local deliveries are available for those who are physically unable to pickup meals themselves. Please pick a desired hour for meal delivery, however exact delivery times may change as we try to optimize our delivery drivers routes.
The deadline to signup is Saturday, December 19th (this is extended from the original December 13 deadline), unless we reach our maximum number of meals before that date. Please call the church office (814-238-2422) if you have difficulty signing up.
Click here to sign up
Donations to help offset the cost of providing the dinners are welcome. If you would like to help out consider sponsoring some cookies or a salad ($15), potatoes or stuffing ($25), a ham ($50), or a whole meal ($100). You can donate by mailing a check into the Church office with "Christmas Dinner" in the memo or donate online through on online giving page. Choose "other gifts" and designate "Christmas Day Dinner" in the notes section. Thank you for your support!
The Angel Tree
As we all know, 2020 and the Covid-19 virus have brought many changes in the ways we as a church community do things. That includes the annual Angel Tree gifting. The program is being adapted to new requirements and considerations to enable all of us to be as safe and healthy as possible. As always, our gifts will support several different social service agencies in the community and county, including the Youth Service Bureau, Centre Safe, Windy Hill, Office of Aging, Centre Volunteers in Medicine, Park Forest Preschool and more.
Under current plans, there will be three ways to support the Angel Tree program this year:
Donations may be made until December 11. Any donations received after the December 11 deadline will go toward the cost of hotel rooms for Out of the Cold guests.
With a financial contribution, either gift cards or specific requested items will be purchased by the committee and delivered to the agencies. In the second option, items may also be purchased by the giver and delivered to the church for distribution. Gift suggestions are being requested from the agencies on behalf of those people for whom they provide care.
Please contact either Carrie Miller (814-441-5577) or Sharon Manno (814-466-6098) with your questions.
Let us share our many blessings with those in need.
Christmas Eve Worship~ December 24 on YouTube
Christmas Eve worship will be different this year, but we do have two offerings for your to view on YouTube. Watch for emails in the coming weeks with the links.
Virtual Family Christmas Eve Service - Children and youth will present a Virtual Christmas Musical to tell the Christmas Story in a new way. Plus the Christmas story and Christmas carols.
Virtual Traditional Christmas Eve Service - The Christmas message with Christmas readings, Christmas music, and Candlelight - available on YouTube.
We hope you will worship with us on this wondrous night.
State College Presbyterian Church
132 West Beaver Avenue
State College, PA 16801
Stay and Play Preschool
Sunday Outdoor Worship ~ (when announced and weather permitting) outside the Beaver Avenue Tower Entrance
10 :00 am - a brief service with social distancing and face masks required. If it's raining, we won't meet) see article above.
Online Worship ~ An email is sent out on Saturdays (to those on our mailing list) with a link to a recorded service on YouTube. If you would like to join our mailing list, please click here.
Normal Building Hours: (call ahead to 814-238-2422 for information on when the building is open during COVID)
Monday - Thursday: 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Sunday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm