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January will be here before you know it

and as a steadfast partner with OOTC, Faith is hosting the overnight shelter from Jan 2-13.

Check out the Volunteer Handbook (Here or hard copy on the Gathering Space table).

Use this Signup Genius link to indicate whether you’d like to help with overrnight supervision, meals, or other needs as listed.

Something new: This year, Faith will be partnering with the State College Evangelical Free church. They wanted to get a feel for what volunteering was like their first year before committing to hosting. They have access to the same signup, so you may see unfamiliar names.

Jeff is the point of contact for both congregations: admin here, elder there. Contact him if you have questions or would like help signing up.

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Pastor's Perspecitve

jes kast Time, Talent, and Treasures: We Need You!

When I was a child, my mother gave me my weekly allowance on Saturdays from the simple chores I did during the week. After cleaning the bathroom and receiving five crisp one-dollar bills my mom would pull out three envelopes that we created together. Each envelope had a different label. One envelope read savings, another read church, and the third envelope read spending. Mom let me decide how much would go into each envelope. Left to my own, I probably would have put all of it in spending to get the latest toy, but Mom said we give to God first and then put a little aside for rainy days before spending.

I remember feeling like I was part of the church when the offering plate came by me, and I put in my dollar bill. I felt so grown-up doing what the adults did in giving to the church. I remember feeling like I belonged because my contribution of time, singing in the children’s choir, mattered to the congregation.

Fast-forward many years later, Jessy and I follow a similar pattern today. While all our envelopes are computer buttons and our church giving, savings, and spending is done electronically, it is a mindset of giving to God first that guides our family today. It is a practice I believe in because it reminds us that all we have is God’s. Psalm 24:1 says, “The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.” Our life, our talents, our treasures, our time comes from God and to God we live in service of our fellow human being.

This month we focus on The Stewardship Campaign. You will hear stories from Faith Folks who give of their time, talent, and treasures to be part of the beauty of Faith UCC. I ask each of you to prayerfully consider pledging a portion of your time, talent, and treasures in being part of the movement of God’s love in Christ at Faith UCC. Each of you matter, and we are building a generous sanctuary of rich theology, spiritual nourishment, and a community that cares for each other and reaches out to the world to create a just world for all.

Pledging is planning a portion of your income and, in good faith, committing that portion back to God for the year. Pledging is intentionally setting aside an amount of treasure and your time in service to God’s church with your talents. Each of your pledges matter so very much. We need you! When you receive the Stewardship letter this year, I invite you and your family to prayerfully talk together as you discern what you will pledge to Faith UCC this year. What are your talents that you can offer in time to the ministry of the church? What treasure do you want to commit to serving the ministry of Faith UCC?

November 24th is Pledge Commitment Sunday. You are invited to bring your pledge cards to church as we collectively pray over them and ask God to guide our ministry together and the promises we are making. Of course, you are welcome to send your pledge card in before, too.

A guiding question for each of us this month is of all the things to give to, why give to Faith UCC? For me, I give to Faith UCC because I believe that our ministry together is so important in Central Pennsylvania. New people are finding our church and are driving from communities faraway because the loving and healing presence of God is felt in our worship. Our sanctuary, music, and ministry together is needed deeply in our modern world. I give because I believe God is working through us. Why do you give? Consider this question as you plan your pledges.

Thank you, for the many ways each of you dedicate your time, talent, and treasures in service to God and God’s healing love. God is working through all of us together. Thank you!

In Gratitude,

Pastor Jes

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This Week

Nut Sale poster The Annual Nut Sale is on!

Stop by to purchase nuts for the holidays or pick up your order.

Get ‘em while they last!

3rd Way Collective Enjoy the Thanksgiving break! Be thinking of students as they reconnect with family. For students who remain in the area, University Mennonite Church is hosting a Thanksgiving Meal on Thursday at 1:30pm. Also consider attending the weekly Standing at the Gates vigil on Monday at 4pm. If you would like to help out this semester by hosting a home cooked meal, joining us for a pub night, or helping to plan or coordinate some other event or activity, please contact Ben directly! (See below)

You can visit this site to make a year-end gift or sign up for monthly giving:

Campus Pastor Ben Wideman

We continue to look beyond University Mennonite Church to support the work of 3rd Way Collective in this year. Individuals or organizations can pledge at

For our full schedule and to find out how to support this ministry please visit or contact

A reflection is posted each month at

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This Month

martin luther statue The Forum Class meets at 9:30 every Sunday in the library room.

The first Sunday of each month is used for a discussion of current published articles of interest to Faith members. Other Sundays currently study Christianity from the Reformation until today. About half the time is watching a DVD on the day's topic with the remainder of the time used for discussion.

Topics for Deceember are
  • 12/8--No Class
  • 12/8--Christian Missions & Moral Reform
  • 12/15--The Church’s Encounter with Modern Learning
  • 12/22--Fundamentalism & Pentecostalism
  • 12/29--No Class

  • Please join us for interesting and productive discussions.

    Nittany Greyhounds is holding a Shoe Drive. They are collecting OLD SHOES, any type or condition of shoe, even flip flops. They will benefit individual families and communities in developing nations, to start, maintain and grow micro-business to feed, clothe and house their families.

    Nittany Greyhounds, located outside of State College have been rehoming retired racing greyhounds for 24 years and found forever homes for over 1800 greyhounds.

    If you have any questions direct them to: John Poorman (St John’s Boalsburg) at 814-808-0038 or Ellen (Nittany Greyhounds) at 814-933-6981. St John’s has a collection box set up.

    FaithWorks! Monthly magazine cover The November 2019 edition of the FaithWorks! monthly magazine is now available here.

    No, it’s not Candid Camera.

    Faith Church now has a Smile Amazon account.

    When you purchase online, please consider using the button above, and Faith will receive 0.5% of the total price. Click on the image to be taken to Amazon Smile to order your goodies and donate to Faith by doing so!

    Contact the office if you’d like to know more.

    boy at microphone Choir Rehearsals are Thursday Evenings @ 7pm
    Nov 7, 14, 21, & 28

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    Long Term Forecast

    Out of the Cold, Centre County

    The OOTC Day Shelter meets needs that are ongoing in Happy Valley.

    In partnership with Faith UCC and St. Paul's UMC, OOTC3 provides this service Monday through Friday. The service includes showers, meals donated by local restaurants, and some short term case manaagement.

    This differs from the overnight host site, which rotates every two weeks. (See Out of the Cold, under "Faith Church Supports" below.)

    The Day Shelter is a work in progress and is anticipated to remain open through the season!
    They meet at Faith on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays during regular office hours, and Monday and Friday at St. Paul's next door.

    If you would like to help as a volunteer or through other means of support, please send us an e-mail at: For more information, see their website:

    Penn State Beaver Stadium Bold indicates home games. (Yes, it was reversed earlier. Apologies for the error!)

    • Idaho, Aug 31, 3:30 PM
    • Buffalo, Sep 7, 7:30 PM
    • Pittsburgh, Sep 14, Noon
    • Maryland, Sep 27, 8 PM
    • Purdue, Oct 5, Time TBA
    • Iowa, Oct 12, Time TBA
    • Michigan, Oct 19, Time TBA
    • Michigan State, Oct 26, Time TBA
    • Minnesota, Nov 9, Time TBA
    • Illinois, Nov 16, Time TBA
    • Ohio State, Nov 23, Time TBA
    • Rutgers, Nov 30, Time TBA

    Adademic Event Fall 2019 Spring 2020
    Student Arrival Aug 23-25 Jan 11
    Classes Begin Aug 26 Jan 13
    Break Nov 24-30 Mar 8-14
    Class End Dec 13 May 1
    Finals Dec 16-20 May 4-8

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    On Going

    Handshake word cloud about caring

    If you are interested in participating in the Caring Network (receiving pastoral care from lay leaders) or would like additional information, please contact the office. <

    QR code to survey The email survey for the annual directory information update was sent this month.
    Use the QR code or the link to update your information OR send your new information to us!

    With so many new folks joining Faith Church, we want to ensure we have accurate contacts and preferences.

    Shop with Great Lakes Scrip

    In April 2017 we began an on-going fundraiser in partnership with Great Lakes SCRIP. Just to review, Great Lakes SCRIP is a program which allows members and friends to trigger retailer contributions to Faith Church in the course of their regular shopping.

    Through this program we obtain shopping cards for local businesses—e.g. Giant Foods, Weis Markets, CVS—as well as on-line shopping sites like Amazon, LLBean, etc. These cards are the same as the ones you can buy at kiosks in many stores—the difference is that Faith Church receives the “commission” on the sale of the card, rather than the store. The beauty of SCRIP is that there’s no need to purchase anything out of the ordinary. Faith Church benefits when you buy your gas and groceries, or whatever else you routinely purchase. If you like to give gift cards for birthdays and holidays, why not buy them through SCRIP? If you have planned events on the horizon, consider using SCRIP cards to purchase supplies.

    Participants follow these simple steps:

    1. Choose from the orange list of participating businesses, found on the round table in the Gathering Space (or at the SCRIP website --click on the “Retailers” link.)
    2. Decide the number of cards you want and the whole-dollar denomination for each card.
    3. Fill out an order slip and prepare payment. (Order slips are also in the Gathering Space.)
      Checks should be made payable to Faith UCC, with SCRIP written on the memo line.
      Give the order and payment to Lois Bair.
    4. Cards in stock are available immediately. Orders placed on Sunday should be available for pick-up within one or two weeks.
    5. Use the cards as cash for shopping at the designated business. (They’re treated as gift cards at most check-out stations, and gas points and rewards apply as with any other form of payment.) You spend the face value of the card, and Faith UCC receives a percentage of the card purchase.

    NOTE: Cards do not expire and can be used by anyone.

    One key to success with SCRIP is for folks to anticipate future shopping needs and obtain the appropriate cards in advance of their purchases--for example, the Women’s Guild orders Weis cards to be used in their shopping for the June Strawberry Festival.

    The other key to success is the same as for most fundraising—the more, the merrier!

    Please consider giving it a try!

    Lois Bair

    license plates If you would like a parking tag for our "massive" lot,

    please see one of the trustees or contact the office.

    If you have a church parking tag, please contact the office with your license plate number. Wouldn’t want to have your car towed for forgeting to use the parking tag!

    no seafood, allergy Please contact the office

    if you have an allergy, sensitivity, or anything similar to foods, cleaners, etc. It's been a while since we've asked--and we'd like to make Faith a healthier place for you!

    See you there!

    Pastor Jes

    serving coffee The Fellowship Hour in Romig Fellowship Hall following worship
    is a chance to get to know better the people sharing the pews with you as well as the guests who join us.
    (And, if you are able to come, invite guests you might meet that day to join you in fellowship.)

    We can always use help in providing the food that is offered, so please sign up on the sheet in the Gathering Space if you can help in that way or just by helping with serving and cleaning up.

    broadcastmic Did you know you can hear Pastor Jes’s sermons online?

    Take a minute to share with your (social media) spheres of influence!

    Click here

    If you have older recordings from Faith Church, maybe we can archive those here too! Please contact the office about it.

    church directory Contact Jeff in the office to access the online directory or get your very own printed version. (Printing on demand to go greener!)

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    Faith Church Proudly Supports:

    Bethany Children's Home

    The mission of Bethany Children’s Home is to continue a Christian ministry, begun in 1863, to serve children and families within our care.
    We strive to provide a safe place of nurture, protection, and supportive care to aid our residents in their self-understanding, growth, and healing toward a brighter, healthier future.

    Our vision is of a community where all youth and staff are safe in their environment and feel safe within themselves.
    To bring this vision into reality, we provide the resources needed to children and families to work through their losses, enabling them to have a brighter future.

    For more information, visit their website:

    Centre Safe

    For over 40 years, we’ve been the Centre County Women’s Resource Center.

    However our mission is to eliminate domestic, relationship, and sexual violence for everyone – women, children, men, and people of all gender identities and diverse backgrounds.
    Our mission remains the same: Empowering survivors, so they may live lives free of violence.

    So we are becoming Centre Safe: Empowering Survivors, Eliminating Violence as we envision a safe Centre County.

    You are not alone; help is available for women, men, and children who have experienced dating & domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

    Call toll free at 1-877-234-5050
    All of our services are professional, confidential, and free.
    Inclusive of all gender identities and sexual orientations.

    For more information, see our website: 24-HOUR HOTLINE: 814-234-5050 | TOLL FREE: 1-877-234-5050 | TTY: 814-272-0660

    hartman center

    HARTMAN CENTER is the Outdoor Ministries facility owned by Penn Central Conference of the United Church of Christ since 1964.

    Programming includes retreats, conferences, workshops, dinner meetings, summer camps, and other events which, while designed for particular age levels and interests, are open to all persons without regard to race, creed, or ethnic origin, and who accept the guidelines and philosophy of the Center.

    For more information, see their website:

    Hoffman Homes for Youth

    Hoffman Homes for Youth is committed to promoting the personal growth and achievement of the children and families we serve through continuous quality improvement, education, staff development, and the use of evidence-based practices.

    Our team of caregivers is devoted to creating a culture of healing that enables our children to recover and thrive, and to realize brighter, healthier futures. We do this by following the seven commitments of the Sanctuary Model and adhereing to our Core Values & Guiding Principles:

    • Honesty & Integrity
    • Safety & Well-being
    • Dignity & Respect
    • Commitment to Excellence

    Hoffman Homes for Youth • 815 Orphanage Road • Littlestown, PA 17340
    Phone: (717) 359-7148 • Fax: (717) 359-2600

    For more information, see their website:

    MidPenn Legal services

    MidPenn Legal Services is a non-profit, public-interest law firm dedicated to providing equal access to justice and high quality civil legal services to low-income residents and survivors of domestic violence in 18 counties in Central Pennsylvania.

    For more information, see their website:

    Out of the Cold, Centre County

    Out of the Cold: Centre County is an emergency shelter open from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. every night from mid-October to early May.

    During the 2017-2018 season, fourteen congregations helped to provide overnight shelter for 118 guests, filling 2473 cots and serving almost 5,000 meals!

    Staffed almost entirely by volunteers, the host site rotates every two weeks.
    Each evening our guests are welcomed warmly, served a hot meal, given a cot, warm blankets, and a place to sleep.
    Breakfast is served and in the morning and before leaving guests can register to return that evening.

    Basic case management is available for guests wanting assistance acquiring housing.

    Out of the Cold: Centre County is a grassroots effort and is a registered 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.

    If you would like to help as a volunteer or through other means of support, please send us an e-mail at: For more information, see their website:

    Park Forest Preschool

    The Park Forest Preschool is a nonprofit, tuition-free school for two, three, and four-year-old children from low-income families.

    We offer a comprehensive program that includes education, social skills, and developmental motor skills taught by qualified teachers in a friendly, safe environment.
    In each classroom there are one to three teacher aides, providing additional attention.

    Classes meet from 8:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. from September to December and from January to May.
    The two year-old class meets Tuesday through Thursday while the other classes meet Monday through Friday.
    Check out our online calendar for a details on class schedules and school events. Nutritious breakfasts and lunches are provided daily.

    The school also provides the following services to students and their families:

  • Health screenings–medical, dental, vision, developmental and speech
  • Clothing bank for the children
  • Holiday food and gift boxes
  • Emergency funds
  • Weekly parenting classes
  • For more information, see their website:

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    open bible Here are links to daily readings from:

    the UCC online Devotional,

    and the Revised Common Lectionary

    Penn Central logo

    At the Annual Meeting, the vote on the Plastic Foam Resolution was adopted. The resolution on plastic foam states,

    "Penn Central Conference of the United Church of Christ encourages all congregations to avoid the used of plastic foam in food packaging and other activities within their church facilities. Be it further resolved that congregations educate their members about plastic foam and that they encourage them to use alternatives such as paper products of better yet, ceramic or other dishwasher safe products."

    UCC Disabilities Ministry

    The newly reorganized Disabilities Ministries Team is proud to share that we have received a $1,000 grant from UCC Disabilities Ministries Board (UCCDM) to help us expand our work of disability justice and inclusion within Penn Central Conference. Stay tuned for information on a series of workshops throughout the conference on the national Accessible 2 All (A2A) Designation and the background of the work of disabilities ministries.

    Lemondade pitcher As part of our outreach to our community,

    Faith Church will be serving lemonade and ice water to incoming students and their parents, Friday, August 23rd from 11-5. This is a great way to get to interact with our neighbors across the street! All are Welcome!

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