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Ash Wednesday Ash Wednesday is February 26 this year. Service at 7 pm. Stop in between 9 am and 6:45 pm for imposition of ashes.

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Pastor's Perspecitve

jes kast One Another

Love one another. Forgive one another. Bear with one another. Be devoted to one another. Build one another up. Comfort one another. Pray for one another. These are just some of the passages in Scripture that use the phrase one another to remind us how to be together as the church. Allelon is the Greek word for “one another, mutually, together, reciprocally.” This phrase occurs over 100 times in the New Testament and about half of the times it occurs as a direction on how we are to relate together, like praying for one another.

The season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 26th, and goes until Easter Sunday, April 12th. Lent is a season marked by different hues of purple that reflect the space in the Christian calendar we are given for contemplation, repentance, and spiritual nurturing. Lent, like Advent, is a season we prayerfully seek the presence of Christ to create in us a new heart (as Psalm 51 says). It is a season of spiritual nurture as we seek to practice our faith we confess together. It is a season of quiet joy as we gather with God’s love joining us with one another.

Allelon is on my mind this Lent. As we have grown as a congregation I am thinking of the ways we can nurture our connections with one another as we seek God’s direction and loving presence in our lives. Sometimes I have heard people say that they aren’t too sure who everyone is in the congregation and because of the great warmth in our congregation I have heard people desire to know one another better. What a great desire of Christian love! It is for that reason during the season of Lent I will focus on preaching and shepherding us to consider what it means to practice the one another passages. Each week I will focus on a different one another as we seek to grow in our connection together. There are some fun ways we will practice this together throughout the week, too, that you will hear more in worship!

One way I encourage us to get to know one another more this Lent is through name tags. There will be optional name tags available in worship during this season starting the first Sunday of Lent (March 1) and I encourage you to write your name on it so we have the chance to get to know one another’s names. It’s good to know who we worship with together so we can pray for one another by name!

Together we will explore our Scripture and be enriched spiritually by the many times the Holy Word encourages us to be focused n one another as the love of Christ is palpably present in our midst. As we do that, we reach out with our community in love of our inclusive God, together lifting the burdens of the hurting, the lonely, and the ones forgotten as one congregation serving one another outside the walls of the church.

The faith journey is always about going inward to then go and serve outward. Let us practice that together this Lent as we strengthen our connections with one another both on a Sunday morning and throughout our week in the community!

This month we also have a very special guest with us, The Reverend Doctor Carrie Call who is the Transitional Conference Minister for the Pennsylvania Central Conference (PCC) of the United Church of Christ. Over the last month I have been in Harrisburg once a week with the PCC serving the greater church on a search committee for a new Associate Conference Minister. This has afforded me the opportunity to get to know our greater conference which has helped me tremendously as a newer minister in our area. I have gotten to know, and greatly respect, Dr. Call and her wonderful leadership and theological prowess. She and I will be presenting together at our PCC Annual Meeting in June on Reformed Theology. Anyone is welcome to attend the annual meeting, by the way! On February 9th we will welcome Dr. Call and her ministry with us. I will be here with us that day and I look forward to worshiping with one another.

Each day affords us the opportunity to welcome the grace and love of Jesus and lean not on our own understanding, but on the sufficiency of our Lord’s love. I pray each of you feel that love and know that love and share that love with the world around you serving one another in the grace of our God.

Joy and Peace – Pastor Jes

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This Week

stole rainbow Faith UCC is blessed and honored to host the Shower of Stoles Project today. Our neighbors in ministry, St. John's UCC in Boalsburg, is celebrating their one year anniversary of being an Open and Affirming congregation and they have so graciously invited us to also host the stoles after they do.

The Shower of Stoles is a collection of over a thousand liturgical stoles (only 50 displayed) representing the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and non-binary people of faith in thirty-two denominations and traditions worldwide. Each stole contains the story of an LGBTQ person of faith who is active in the life and leadership of their faith community in some way.

The collection of stoles celebrates the gifts of LGBTQ person who serve God in countless ways, while also lifting up those who have been excluded from service.

You can read more and watch videos here.

3rd Way Collective Our next Thursday Theater event happens at Houseasaurus this week on Thursday at 6:30pm! We’ll be viewing Awake: A Dream From Standing Rock, a powerful film from the Indigenous people who protested the pipeline at Standing Rock. We’ll also have pizza and conversation for those who are there.

Also consider joining the weekly Standing at the Gates for Justice vigil, every Monday at 4pm at the Allen Street Gates.

We are busy filling in dates for the spring semester! 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! For our full schedule and to find out how to support this ministry please visit or contact 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

ONA Winter Gathering Penn Central Conference

“Untangling The Knots: Christianity’s Fear of the Sexual Body”
February 22, 2020
Registration 9:30 AM, Start: 10:00 am
Snowdate: Mar 14, 2020
Keynote Speaker: Rev Dr Beverly Dale

QR code to survey The email survey for the annual directory information update was sent earlier this winer.
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.
The goal is to have the new directory published by the end of the month.

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Next Month

boy at microphone Choir Rehearsals are Thursday Evenings @ 7pm
Feb 6, 13, 20, & 27

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Long Term Forecast

Faith Action Week Save the Date

Put your love for the earth into action in 2020 by taking part in Interfaith Power & Light’s Faith Climate Action Week April 17 – 26!

Faith Climate Action Week is IPL’s annual program of climate-themed worship services and sermons that spans ten days of activities in celebration of Earth Month. This is IPL’s premier event to create a mass movement of people of faith making the moral call for climate action. The theme of this year’s Faith Climate Action Week is “Love Made Visible”. We will engage in Sacred Activism to protect the people we love and care about who are most affected by climate change – low-income communities, communities of color, the elderly, and future generations.

Sign up here to be the first to get the limited supply of pre-printed kits.

The kit will include a Sacred Activism guide on the importance of people of faith taking part in democracy and best practices, plus five activism challenges including one especially for youth based on the leadership of young Swedish activist Greta Thunberg.

The kit will also include printed postcards to send to your U.S. Senators urging them to act on climate, a fun faith-based tree planting activity, and more.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and the 20th anniversary of Interfaith Power & Light. To celebrate, IPL is encouraging people of faith and conscience to help build the movement for climate action. Plan to make your love for the world visible in 2020!

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. <

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.

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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