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Jeremiah 3:15
Please join us in formally welcoming our Settled Pastor

Rev. Jes Kast

at her Installation Ceremony
April 28th at 3 PM

Special Guest Speaker:
Rev. Dr. Carol Bechtel

Faith United Church of Christ
300 E College Ave
State College, PA 16801

Pastor's Perspecitve

jes kast Resurrection Hope

I have seen the Lord! – Mary Magdalene

“I have seen the Lord!” That was the first sermon preached about the resurrection. Jesus chose to reveal his resurrected self to Mary first, and he called her to go tell the disciples.” It was a short and succinct sermon (shorter than ones I have preached!), and the beauty of it is that Mary spoke from her heart after her encounter with resurrection. Resurrection changes our hearts and moves us to tell others about our experience.

Think about the friend you have that has now been cancer free for a couple of years. New life has been given to them, and it is a literal resurrection of a second chance at life. Every day begins with gratitude, as the gift of living in this very moment is a miracle! Or maybe you, or someone you know, has gone through a divorce. After the heartache and the questioning if you would ever find love again, you begin to watch the heart resiliently come alive and open to the love and being cared for once again. Resurrection! There it is again. Resurrection happens everyday, and like Mary peering into the empty tomb, we are the storytellers of the new life made possible through the strength of God’s presence in our life.

This month we will enter into the story of the promise of the hope of resurrection and the mystery of eternal glory. We will journey with Christ as palm branches wave around us, and we will break bread at the table where we are all invited to dine; it is the table where we learn just how loved we are by Christ and where we learn to love each other. We will hear the story of the betrayal of our Lord, by one of his closet friend. And we will weep as we remember the crucifixion and ponder anew what that day means for us. And finally, just like in our own lives when we think we can’t go on anymore, a new hope is given to us in the empty tomb. Resurrection!

Resurrection is still happening. That is God’s specialty, making old things new, restoring our hope, and granting us joy after our mourning. We wake up to find we’ve been given a new opportunity to start over. Resurrection!

I invite you to join me in the practice of resurrection on earth as it is in heaven. Look for signs of God’s new life in our church. Look for signs of God’s grace in your own heart. Look for ways God is making all things new! We will do that on Easter morning in the joy of our sanctuary. We will proclaim “Hallelujah! Life is stronger than death!” and we will remind each other of the promise of resurrection.
v Then on April 28th at 3:00 PM we will practice another type of resurrection as I am installed, officially, as your new Pastor. We will celebrate God’s faithfulness, and we will dream anew as we commit to being a resurrection people of God’s love and joy together.

Bring a friend, or two, as we pray and practice the resurrection together. We’re all needed in this revolutionary love of God’s light and hope among us. Each one of us have stories to tell, like Mary Magdalene, about seeing the Lord anew. We need to share them with each other and with our world that is in need of hope.

I look forward to hearing your stories and sharing some of mind in the coming months. Resurrection hope is for each one of us!

God’s grace and peace,

Pastor Jes

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This Month

women's guild The Women's Guild will meet at noon April 29th in Romig Fellowship Hall. Bring your lunch!

coffee cup Listening Café for Apr/May

I hope you consider joining us for our Listening Café on May 1st at Seven Mountains Winery, GPS Address: 324 Decker Valley Rd, Spring Mills, PA 16875 from 6:00-8:00 PM!

God’s grace and peace,

Pastor Jes

illuminated mediavel song book On Sunday, May 5, at 5 PM,

the Adult Choir of St Andrew's Episcopal Church, 208 West Foster Avenue in State College PA, will sing the service of choral evensong.
Music will include the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in C by Ralph Vaughan Williams, IN THEE IS GLADNESS by Charles Villiers Stanford, SONG OF REFLECTION by Colin Mawby and PRECES AND RESPONSES by Richard Shephard.
Organist Gwen Catchen will play music by Jan Bender and Johann Pachelbel.

Prior to the Reformation, prayer in the early evening or late afternoon was known as the Office of Vespers, one of the eight Canonical Hours of the divine office of the Western church. However, in 1549, a prayer book known as the Book of Common Prayer was adopted in the context of the English Reformation. Bishop Thomas Cranmer established the office of Evensong using elements taken from both Vespers and Compline, generally to be conducted in the English language, as was the case with the entire liturgy.

After a series of slight modifications, the office of Evensong took its modern form in the 1662 Book of Common Prayer of the Church of England, a form that is followed very closely throughout the whole of the Anglican and Episcopal Church throughout the world. This is the form used at St. Andrew's Evensong, like all forms of liturgical worship, has elements of drama and ritual that nourish the spiritual life of all of us. It is based entirely on elements of Holy Scripture and it is scripted according to a long history, originating in Judaic and early Christian evening worship. Evensong is traditionally mostly sung by a choir, with the full congregation participating throughout in thoughtful prayer, allowing the music to touch us and to draw us closer to the presence of God.

Please join us for this service. Bring some friends! A reception will follow in Room 325. The next evensong will be Sunday, October 6, 2019, at 5 PM

child with bible Our April schedule:

April 28 –2nd Sunday of Easter, “If That’s What God Wants/ Love in any Language” Acts 5:17 – 42, John 21: 17

Barb Chellman - Church School Coordinator

3rd Way Collective
Please keep Penn State students in your prayers this week as they sit for their final exams, and many prepare to graduate.

This is a stressful time of year, but there are study spaces available for students this week in the Penn State Libraries, Pasquerilla Spiritual Center, and Abba Java Coffee House.

Also consider Monday’s weekly Standing at the Gates for Justice vigil at 4pm.

Thank you for your love and support this semester for all that we have done!

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

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Next Month

jes kast Practice Resurrection Hope

Be joyful though you have considered all the facts…practice resurrection.
– Wendell Berry, from his poem Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front

Our Lord has written the promise of resurrection, not in books alone but in every leaf of springtime.
– Martin Luther

Christ is Risen! He has risen indeed! In the church calendar, Easter is more than one day. Easter is a season. Resurrection sometimes takes more than one day. Think of the first disciples, even they needed multiple encounters with the resurrected Jesus to fully understand what was going on. We, too, need to practice resurrection for a season.

In Wendell Berry’s poem Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front he says “be joyful though you have considered the facts.” The Easter season doesn’t mean that there isn’t hard things in our life. We still have our daily struggles, we still struggle with our inner critic that says such unkind things to us, and there are still global atrocities that we see on the news and wonder how we can help. The Easter season, though, invites us recommit to the good we can do and reminds us this difficulties do not get the last word.

Practicing resurrection means small, gentle steps of faithfulness from a life transformed by the Holy Spirit. Simple practices to try this month include offering gratitude instead of gossip, pause to pray even in the middle of your day, give generously, write a note of kindness to someone to encourage their day, seek out new ways to volunteer and participate in the life of the church, do justice - protest, write letters, speak up, pray for the eyes to see the risen Lord in your daily life around you. We need eyes and a hearts transformed by God’s spirit to practice resurrection. Christians, afterall, are the resurrection people!

Join us in practicing resurrection as we listen to each other, listen to God, and share in Fellowship at the next Listening Cafe at Seven Mountains Winery on May 1st at 6:00 PM. In addition to enjoying fellowship together, we will look at the topic of resurrection a little more and wonder together what it means to practice new life. I look forward to our soulful sharing!

In the Spirit of resurrection, I want to thank each and every person who made my Installation such a special day. For ushers, those who made food, those who welcomed visitors, worship leaders, those who cleaned, and for the immense kindness offered to me and to the whole worshipping congregation - THANK YOU!!! I feel very blessed. I look forward to practicing resurrection in our ministry together!

Practicing resurrection with you!

God’s grace and peace,

Pastor Jes

child with bible Our schedule for the month:

  • May 5 – Communion Sunday – Parent Care Day (3rd Sunday of Easter)
  • May 12 – Safe in His Hands – (4th Sunday of Easter)
    John 10: 27-29
  • May 19 – Jesus Loves Us All -- (5th Sunday of Easter)
    John 13: 34-35
  • May 26 – Peace of Mind & Heart – (6th Sunday of Easter)
    John 14: 27 – 28A

  • Blessings,
    Barb Chellman - Church School Coordinator

    boy at microphone Choir Rehearsals are Thursday Evenings @ 7pm
    May 2, 9, 16, & 23

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    On Going

    Out of the Cold, Centre County

    The OOTC Day Shelter meets local needs that developed since the closure of Hearts for the Homeless last summer.

    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 early May.

    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 Class continues to meet at 9:30 each Sunday morning.

    We have been studying the first part of ‘The History of Christianity from the Disciples to the Dawn of the Reformation’.
    Each class consists of a ‘Great Couses’ talk by an expert (by DVD) of about 30 minutes followed by an open-ended discussion.

    We expect to follow this course for most of the first quarter of 2019.

    The topics expected for the four Sundays in January are:
  • The Councils and the Trinity
  • Expansion Beyond the Roman Empire
  • Justinian and Byzantine Christianity
  • and Eastern Orthodoxy and Islam.

  • Please join us in Meyer Library for a interesting and productive experience.

    This is a good place to get to know those who join you In worship and to enjoy a lively discussion while you learn about our heritage.

    license plates 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!

    See you there!

    Pastor Jes

    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 and guests who may 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

    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

    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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