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This Week
This Month
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Longer Term Forecast
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Spot Light

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.

Pastor's Perspecitve

jes kast Sabbath Rest

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Jes

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This Week

Penn State Old Main building To all the Students & Family Faculty & Staff Coming to Penn State (or coming back!), we at Faith Church welcome you to the neighborhood! Your presence is a blessing to us!

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!

multicolored backpack August 25th,

all of our students are invited to our Back to School Backpack Blessing.

Bring school backpacks to be blessed.

We will bless our children and their backpacks, reminding them that God blesses them each day of the new school year and to remind them of the love and care of our congregation that surrounds them each day. God provides encouragement when they feel excited and comforts them when they feel anxious.

coins in a can We will have our second

“NOISY OFFERING” on the 25th.

Bring your change to contribute.

Our students will gather the change in cans to make as much noise as possible.

The challenge is to exceed the amount we collected at our first noisy offering, which was $156.90.

This Special offering benefits our Penguin Pack program which provides weekend food items for needy children from our area.

3rd Way Collective Our sixth school year at Penn State is upon us!

Just one week remains until a new semester begins at Penn State!

Campus Pastor Ben is back from his summer sabbatical, and ready to get back to peace, justice, and faith at Penn State!

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:

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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This Month

women's guild
The next Guild meeting will be Tuesday, August 27 at noon, at Edna Bicehouse's home.

Contact the church or Edna for directions.

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.

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Next Month

martin luther statue The Adult Forum will meet Sunday mornings

at 9:30 AM beginning September 8 in the library upstairs.

The first Sunday of each month thereafter will be used to discuss current published articles of topics of interest to Faith members.

Starting September 15 we will begin discussion of the History of Christianity from the Reformation forward continuing our Spring study of the earlier history.

Each session will begin with a DVD for about one-half hour followed by discussion for the remainder of the session. The first three sessions for September 15, 22, and 29 will address (1) Luther and the Dawn of Protestantism, (2) Zwingli, Calvin, and the Reformed Tradition, and (3) the Catholic Reformation.

Please join us for interesting and productive discussions.

ice cream sundae clip art September 8th is Welcome Back Sundae!

We will celebrate and bless the new program year with Ice Cream Sundaes for a joyful worship!

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!

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Long Term Forecast

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

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

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 Barb Chellman here

Promoting our summer church school program.

Being that I am on a 10 month contract, I still feel strongly that our church school should continue throughout the summer on our regular schedule:
Communion Sundays as Parent Care Days (PCD) so that families experience the sacrament of Communion together and the remaining Sundays provide church school for our children.

Just to mix-it-up a little (and give Alva and me a break) I’m asking a few of you to commit to 1 Sunday of teaching church school. Ideally we need to have 2 persons each Sunday on the dates below. (Some dates have been filled! – thank you!) If you are interested and available to help with this, please email to me the date that you’d be available.

  • August 25 will be our “Backpack Blessing” day.

  • Our lessons follow the Liturgical calendar with 2019 being year C. We basically use online materials by “Sermons4Kids” which usually provides 2 to 4 lesson choices, the scripture and some suggested activities for each Sunday.

    The kids do love a snack and drink. We do small paper glasses of water (gallons of water are in the refrigerator in my office in Asendorf Hall – 3rd floor) and usually a cracker of some sort. (They do love graham crackers.)

    Word to the wise: We only have, at the most, 30 minutes to spend with the kids, so don’t over prepare!

    Any questions or anything with which I can help you, email me,, or phone, 814-692-7818.

    Thanks for your help with our wonderful children!

    boy at microphone See You Next Month!

    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:

    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.

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