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Spot Light

Open and Affirming, 10 Year Celebration Join us for the 10th anniversary celebration of being an Open and Affirming Church on June 30th!

We invite you to wear rainbow colors to celebrate and we will have the opportunity to take pictures after worship to share in the joy.

Post your pictures on social media under #FaithUCCSC.

Bring a friend on this joyous occasion!

Pastor's Perspecitve

jes kast The Gift of Ordinary

We begin the month of June with a final celebration of Easter and move into the short season of Pentecost on June 9th. I invite you all to wear red, the color of Pentecost, on June 9th in worship to symbolize the Holy Spirit present and alive in our lives. You won’t want to miss our worship celebration that day. Quickly after the season of Pentecost, we commence the season of Ordinary Time which will continue until Advent.

When you think of ordinary what do you think of? Eating? Sleeping? Laundry? Changing dirty diapers? What feelings does the word ordinary bring up in you? Calm? Delight? Boring? Security?

Ordinary Time is the longest season in the church calendar and is symbolized by the color green. Green like summer grass. Green like leaves on the tree in full bloom. Green like moss on a muggy day. Green like a traffic light signaling to go. Green is a symbol of the growth through ordinary events. We are invited to focus on the everyday miracles and contemplate how the God of the universe also is the God of our own hearts.

The special seasons are fun and alert us to something new, but ordinary is a chance to pause for peace and just sit outside on a hot summer day to experience the presence of Christ and linger there.

I offer this poem by Mary Oliver as a prayer for the beginning of Ordinary Time. It is an invitation for us to focus on the ordinary gifts, such as mowing a lawn, and how that, too, is prayer.

I look forward to journeying with you as our extraordinary God meets us in ordinary rhythms of our life. I wonder what God might say to us this season?

In the peace and joy of Christ

God’s grace and peace,

Pastor Jes

The Summer Day

Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper?
This grasshopper, I mean-
the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down-
who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
I don't know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn't everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do?

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This Week

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This Month

wine and coffee The Listening Cafe for June is

Sunday, June 23 at The Deli Z Bar, for lunch after service.

GPS Address: 113 Hiester St, State College, PA 16801

St John's UCC Help celebrate the installation of

Diane Kinley as the settled pastor of our church Sunday, June 30 at 3:00 PM in our Church Sanctuary.

A dinner will follow in our Fellowship Hall. 145 West Linn St. Bellefonte, PA 16823

RSVP appreciated.

outline of a mosque An Islamic Dinner at State College Friends Meeting

611 East Prospect Avenue, State College on Thursday, June 27 from 5:30-7:00 pm to raise funds for The Islamic Society of Central Pennsylvania toward their New Masjid (Mosque)

Dinner Free, Make a Donation

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Next Month

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Long Term Forecast

picnic basket

Sunday, August 18th, 4-7 pm at Tudec Park.

More to come!

Penn State Beaver Stadium Bold indicates home games.

  • 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

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On Going

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

child with bible Taking a break for the summer months---

See you next semester!

Barb Chellman - Church School Coordinator

boy at microphone See You Next Fall!

marquee A new, trial outreach using the marquee out front:

a monthly-ish quote and a scannable code to encourage community conversation on our FB page.

A Pastor Jes innovation!

3rd Way Collective
Our fifth school year at Penn State has come to an end!

From May through July Campus Pastor Ben is on Sabbatical - three months for rest, reflection, and time with family. You can read his written reflections of this time here.

In the midst of this Sabbatical, Ben is currently riding his bicycle to Washington DC with two 3rd Way Collective student officers and a group from Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light. You can read more about their journey right here

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

We are looking for hosts for our home cooked meals this spring. Sign up here to help out in this unique way!

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

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".)

The Day Shelter is a work in progress and is anticipated to remain open through the summer!
They meet at Faith on Tuesdays and Thursdays during regular office hours, and Monday, Wednesday, 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:

martin luther statue The Adult Forum will suspend their gathering throughout the summer months.

Join up when we resume this fall, first Sunday afterLabor Day!

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.

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