Advent 2021 ~ The Light that Shines in the Darkness
Our theme for the Advent Season (beginning on November 28) this year is "The Light that Shines in the Darkness." It's a reminder to us that even in the darkest days, we can look to our Savior and with joy and anticipation celebrate his coming. Each week as we light the Advent candles, we know that the day of his arrival draws nearer. Come and worship with us throughout this season of hope.
Advent Worship -
9:00 and 11:15 am in-person worship services and live-streamed at 9:00 am (the live-stream will also be available to view at any time when the service has concluded)
November 28 ~ First Sunday of Advent
~ Allison Maus, preaching
~ "The Ten Bridesmaids"
~ Matthew 25:1-13
~ Adult Ed (10:15 am) ~ The Great O Antiphons
December 5 ~ Second Sunday of Advent
~ Dean Lindsey preaching
~ “Blessed Be the Lord”
~ Luke 1:68-79
~ Adult Ed (10:15 am) ~ Images of the Annunciation and Christ's Incarnation
December 12 ~ Third Sunday of Advent
~ Dean Lindsey, preaching
~ “A Light to the People”
~ Adult Ed (10:15 am) ~ How Your Giving Impacts the Community
December 19 ~ Fourth Sunday of Advent
~ Dean Lindsey, preaching
~ “In Him was Life”
~ John 1:1-5
~ Adult Ed (10:15 am) ~ Advent Stories and Imagery with Allison
December 21 ~ Blue Christmas Service at St. Andrews Episcopal Church (7:00 pm)
December 23 ~ Christmas Service for Young Children (4:30 pm)
December 24 ~ Christmas Eve
~ Children and Youth Christmas Eve Service (7:00 pm)
~ Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship Service (11:00 pm)
December 26 ~ First Sunday of Christmas
~ worship at 10:00 am
~ NO Adult Ed
Advent Devotionals ~Light in the Darkness
This year we will be exploring the theme of “Light in the Darkness” in preaching and worship, and we hope to dive further in with our Advent devotionals. Where have you experienced unexpected joy? How has your faith comforted you through grief? What hope does the season of Advent bring you? We look forward to hearing your experiences of faith and thoughtful reflections throughout the season. If you want to be subscribed to the email list to receive these daily devotionals or would like to contribute to the project please reach out to Allison Maus or Mary Jane Kistler for more information.
The Angel Tree
The Angel Tree is up on the bridge and there are plenty of gift requests for everyone! Please take a moment to choose a gift to give to an individual or agency. Bring the wrapped gifts back to church by Monday, December 13. Take all gifts to the church office - especially gift cards - there will be a special box to put gift card gifts. Thank you in advance for your generosity.
Let us share our many blessings with those in need.
2021 Poinsettia Orders ~ Order Deadline is December 5
Your poinsettia order can be placed with a check made payable to the State College Presbyterian Church (SCPC) to purchase poinsettias that will be used to decorate the Sanctuary during the Christmas Season. The cost per plant is $12.00. Please click here to download the order form, then bring or send it to the church with your check for $12 and write “poinsettia” on the memo line. You may take your poinsettia(s) with you following the 11:00 p.m. Christmas Eve Service.
Adult Education in Advent
November 28, 2021 ~ The Great O Antiphons
You may not know what the "O Antiphons" are, but you probably know the Advent hymn "O Come, O Come Emmanuel" which draws its text from the Antiphons. They likely date to 6th century Italy and the rich texts use seven Biblical names for Jesus. Ned Wetherald will have us listening, studying, and singing!
December 5, 2021 ~ Images of the Annunciation and Christ's Incarnation
Continuing in our Advent series, Heather Bruhn will lead us through a discussion of a very common motif in the Medieval and Renaissance eras: the Annunciation and Incarnation. How were these events depicted? Why were they so emphasized? Learn more in this session.
December 12, 2021 ~ How Your Giving Impacts the Community
On December 12, join the Social Justice and Mission Team for an overview of how our church congregation has been giving to organizations throughout 2021. Committee members will share how our financial gifts have been distributed, and you can learn, discuss and personally reflect on opportunities for service at the church and in Centre County.
December 19, 2021 ~ Advent Stories and Imagery with Allison
In this discussion-based Adult Ed session, we will take a look at the Bible passages around the story of Christ's birth and discuss how art helps us interpret the miracle and personhood of God with us. We will ask why we always picture certain parts of the story in particular ways and use our imaginations to add nuance and depth to our current understanding.
Advent Organ Recitals
We are delighted to present our Advent Organ Recital Series again this year. The idea is to provide an opportunity to get away from the “busy-ness” of the season and listen to some beautiful organ music and afterwards share a simple fellowship lunch with homemade soup. The recitals are about 30 minutes and present a variety of organ music by several area organists. They are scheduled for 12:15 pm on Wednesdays, to give our Stay and Play parents time to pick up and clear the parking lot.
Blue Christmas Service
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 208 W. Foster Avenue, will be hosting the Blue Christmas service this year on Tuesday, December 21 at 7:00 PM. The Blue Christmas service honors grief and loss during the holiday season. COVID mitigation measures will be in place. There will be no reception this year.
Christmas Day Dinner ~ December 25, 2021
Sign-up Now Available for Pick-up and Delivery
We are excited to share the news that plans are being made for the 2021 Christmas Day Dinner. As we continue to follow pandemic safety regulations, our Ham Dinner with SCPC stuffing will be available for pickup on Christmas Day with delivery for those unable to pick up.
Pickup times will be between 1:00 - 3:45 pm on Christmas Day with delivery times at either 1:00 or 3:00 pm. The deadline to sign up is December 18th! You can either click here to sign up or sign up using the QR Code below. The deadline for meal sign-up is December 18. We will not be able to accept any orders after that date. Watch for more details, available soon.
Christmas Eve Services
Service for Young Children ~ December 23, 4:30 pm
A special service for families with small children with age-appropriate carols, message, and prayers.
Christmas Eve Worship~ December 24, 7:00 and 11:00 pm
First Sunday of Christmas ~ December 26
We will have one worship service on Sunday, December 26 at 10:00 am
First Night State College ~ December 31, 2021
SCPC will be hosting events on December 31st as part of State College's First Night activities. Buttons are required for many of the programs and concerts.
Click here to visit the First Night website
State College Presbyterian Church
132 West Beaver Avenue
State College, PA 16801
Stay and Play Preschool
Sunday Worship ~ In the Sanctuary
10 :00 am - a brief service with social distancing and face masks required.
Live-Streamed Worship ~ An email is sent out on Saturdays (to those on our mailing list) with a link to our live-stream of the worship service on YouTube. If you would like to join our mailing list, please click here.
Normal Building Hours: (the building may be closed during summer and vacation times. it's best to call ahead at 814-238-2422)
Monday - Thursday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am-Noon
Sunday: 8:00 am - Noon