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Internal Security System in Operation
The internal security system will be in use each weekday from 9:00 am - 2:30 pm during Stay and Play Preschool hours. This only affects internal doors in the education wing of the building. The system is not locking any external doors. HOWEVER, to get to the main church office without needing to be granted access through a locked door, one may go through the Fraser Street entrance of the Sanctuary and down the hallway on the main floor to the office. No doorways between the sanctuary and the office will be locked on that floor.
FISH (Fellowship In Senior High) Mission Work Featured on PCUSA.org
The FISH Spring Break Mission Trip was highlighted in an article on the PCUSA website (PCUSA.org).
Click here to see what great things State College Presbyterian Church youth are doing!
Lent is a time of prayer, fasting, and self-examination as we follow Christ’s journey to the Cross and the joy of the resurrection. The Spiritual Life team has invited people to reflect on this year’s theme of Prayer, scripture texts, and their own experiences to share with others in the form of a devotion so that we can reflect together. If you would like to receive our daily Lenten devotionals please contact Allison Maus or Mary Jane Kistler.
Looking for Graduate and Undergraduate Students!
Are you or someone you know in this congregation graduating this Spring? We would love to celebrate you! Please send information to Allison Maus (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your/their name and program being completed so we can celebrate together and pray for your next steps.
Pennsylvania Power and Light is a faith-based organization that works to raise awareness around issues of climate change, lobbies on behalf of legislation that can help to address climate change, and assists churches in their efforts to promote sustainability and environmental justice.
One of the main annual events of the organization is a bike trip they sponsor from State College to Washington, DC. It will take place this year from May 10 through 16. That is four and a half days of riding and then one day visiting congressional offices in DC.
This year, Dean Lindsey plans on making the trip. Would you like to join him for part or all of the ride? There are still some slots open, and he would be glad to provide more details. Our own Sustainability Circle will be supporting and encouraging him and anyone else from our church feels motivated to go.
Prayers would be appreciated, too!
Young at Heart ~April 26
What I Learned as a Hospital Chaplain
What does a hospital chaplain do and how has the role changed in the last several years? Young at Heart will gather on Friday, April 26 for a potluck dinner and a presentation by Rev. Peggy Lindsey, who served as a hospital chaplain for over thirty years. You are invited to hear her perspective on some of the changes in hospital chaplaincy care, as experienced in different hospitals, the importance of spiritual care for those who are ill, and what she would like you to know, from a chaplain's perspective, if you or a loved one are ever hospitalized.
What if you think you don't fit in the "Young at Heart" demographic? Please, join us anyway for the supper and this very interesting presentation. The evening begins as we gather about 5:00 pm in the Social Hall for conversation over coffee/tea while you set up your things for the potluck supper. Bring a main course, salad, side or dessert to share (your choice), 2 utensils to serve it, and your own table service plus a name tag. Your own table service means: dinner/dessert plate(s), silverware, cup(s) for water/coffee/tea and a napkin. The potluck buffet starts at 5:30 and the program follows, usually about 6:30 pm. We are typically out about 7:30 pm.
Life After Loss
The Spiritual Life Ministry offers Life after Loss on Tuesday afternoons this year -April 30 - June 4. Life after Loss is a seven-week faith-based program which provides a safe and supportive place in which individuals can focus on and process some of their grief due to loss. During these gatherings, participants are encouraged to remember that God is with them as they journey through their grief. Topics covered include:
Dates: Tuesdays April 30 - June 4
Time: 4:30 - 6:00 pm
Location: Martin Room
Jackie Naginey Hook and Peggy Lindsey will be leading the program.
The SCPC Life after Loss offering is open to all. You are invited to share this opportunity with anyone you know who is in need, and/or register by contacting the SCPC office (238-2422 or officeSCPC@gmail.com).
The Crossings: Marking the Move to Manhood ~ May 23-26, 2019
In our western culture, we’ve lost significant rites of passage traditionally offered by elder men mentoring boys into the ways of mindful and authentic manhood. The consequences are great. Today’s news headlines are full of self-centered, ill-behaved males who abuse power while grabbing things that don’t belong to them. The need for mentoring is great, and The Crossings seeks to fill that void.
The Crossings is an experiential rite of passage based on the teachings of spiritual elders down through the ages. Since 2007, The Crossings has initiated over 90 males from different faith traditions and backgrounds, giving them the tools they need to negotiate the challenging journey of becoming a man.
This year’s Crossings retreat will be held from Thursday evening May 23 through Sunday afternoon May 26, 2019. A parents meeting will be held on May 9 at 7pm in Room 10 of the State College Presbyterian Church.
For more info, contact Mike Ozaki (814) 238-2422, Reed Miller at (301-266-0960) or Ken Nickell (814-574-7967).
Stay & Play Preschool Summer Camp
SCPC’s Stay and Play is offering Preschool Summer Camp for 3-5 year olds. We are offering 2 separate weeks - choose one or both!
Week One June 24-28: OUT OF THIS WORLD
Week Two July 22-26: EXPLORING ENGINEERING
Martin Room Project Complete!
The Martin Room has received a much needed facelift. Stop by and take a peak!
The Martin Room has received a much needed facelift. Stop by and take a peak!
P.O.L.O (Parents of Little Ones) Fellowship
The first Tuesday of each month ( thru April 2nd) from 5:00 pm-7:00 pm, parents of a child under six are invited to drop the kids off at child care or LOGOS and come on an evening out of childless conversation, dinner, drinks, and fellowship with others in the same crazy stage of life. If it’s your first time please RSVP by contacting Pastor Mike (email@example.com) or call the church office. POLO offers these special nights along with other parent focused opportunities to connect.
Because, let’s face it, parenting can be isolating and hard. This is why "POLO Fellowship" was created. To help us connect, share experiences, and build supportive community with others as God intended. A donation of $10 is suggested to help defray the costs childcare & dinner for children . Registration papers are available in the SCPC office. For questions contact Pastor Mike at firstname.lastname@example.org.
10:15 -10:45 am on the third Sunday of the month in the Conference Room
12:15 - 12:45 pm every Wednesday in the Tower Room
Any relationship grows in depth with good listening. This applies to our relationship with God. If we wish to deepen our relationship with God, it helps to set aside some time to listen…to be still and to make space to be aware of God’s presence. One method for cultivating this stillness and space is through Centering Prayer.
Centering Prayer is a prayer method rooted in the ancient Christian tradition of the Dessert Fathers and Mothers who recognized the essential nature of silent, receptive prayer. In this silence, we allow ourselves to be receptive to God’s presence and action within us. Centering prayer is grounded in relationship with God, through Christ, and is a practice to nurture that relationship.
Centering Prayer is not meant to replace other kinds of prayer. Rather, it adds depth of meaning to all prayer and facilitates the movement from more active modes of prayer - verbal or active prayer - into a receptive prayer of resting in God. If practiced regularly, it can help us be more aware of God’s presence and action in our daily lives.
Whether you are simply curious about Centering Prayer, have tried it and think that you “can’t do it” or have an established practice with this form of prayer, please join us the third Sunday of the month between services in the Martin Room. Guidance and resources will be offered for those who are beginning and community in praying will be there for all. If you have any questions, please contact Mary Boutselis email@example.com or 814-883-4225.
We are hoping to hire for our childcare rooms!
Applicants must be at least 18 years old, have some experience working with children, be willing to get clearances or have them already, and will be interviewed. We have shift openings for Sunday mornings, Tuesday late afternoon/evenings, and Wednesday evenings.
Applications will be emailed to those who are interested. Anyone interested should email: Emma Sutterlin, Childcare Coordinator.
Intergenerational Mission Trip - July 8 - 19, 2019
SCPC has been asked to come, serve and get to know the girls of “Hekima Place”. A home for 40 at risk girls located in rural Kenya, Hekima Place is committed to “serving the needs of vulnerable Kenyan girls by providing a safe, faith-based, loving home that supports excellence in education and empowerment for their futures”. While there we will be providing improvements to the water system, building more sustainable structures for animals and farming, assisting in the creation of a new school, and building relationships with those who live there. All of this is with the intention to continuing that support and dedication after returning home.
Make Dinner For Centre House Shelter
Would you like to make a difference for some folks who would benefit from your help? Here is a great opportunity for you: on the 2nd Friday of each month, someone (or a group) from SCPC prepares and shares a meal with the residents of Centre House.
Centre House provides shelter and food to folks who are experiencing homelessness or are in crisis, but also guidance to reach a more stable housing future. Residents must be over the age of 18 unless accompanied by a parent or legal guardian, or legally emancipated. The Centre House shelter is located at 217 East Nittany Avenue and open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day and is staffed 24 hours a day. There is no charge to stay at Centre House.
Volunteers are asked to arrive at around 5 pm on the assigned Friday with all of the makings to prepare a meal. A phone call by the volunteer to Centre House on the day before will provide information about the number of residents to expect as well as any dietary restrictions that may exist. The volunteer(s) will involve the residents (who are required to participate as part of the conditions of their residency) in the food preparation and cooking as well as setting the table, etc. Everyone then sits down and enjoys the meal together. The residents are responsible for cleaning up after the meal. The typical time commitment for volunteers is approximately 2 hours. The kitchen at Centre House is fully stocked with pots, pans, cooking and food prep utensils as well as some basic ingredients like oil, butter, salt and pepper, etc.
If you, you and your family, or you and some group of friends/relatives would like to volunteer to prepare/share a meal, please contact Mike Cullin (814)571-9157).
)State College Presbyterian Church
132 W. Beaver Ave
State College, PA 16801
Stay and Play Preschool
Sunday Schedule (Program Year September-May)
9:00 am - Worship Service
10:00 am - Sunday School for Children
10:00 am - Coffee Hour in Social Hall
10:15 am - Adult Education
10:15 am - Membership Opportunity
11:15 am - Worship Service
Single worship service at 10:00 am between Christmas and New Years)
Summer Sunday Schedule (Memorial Day Weekend - Labor Day Weekend)
10:00 am - Worship Service
10:20 am - Summer Sunday School for
Children Age 4 - 3rd grade following
the children's message (dates TBA)
11:15 am - Coffee Hour in Social Hall
11:15 am - Adult Ed (select Sundays)
11:15 am - Membership Opportunity