outsiders

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A woman came to Jesus, begging him to heal her “little daughter.”  She fell at his feet and implored him to cast the demon out of her child.  Everything I know about Jesus leads me to expect him to help this desperate mother.  Stories of his compassion.  Accounts of long days spent healing those in need.  Yet Jesus defies my expectations …

Prayer for the week 9/10/2018

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God of all, No matter what differences and distinctions divide me from the people around me, we are all your beloved children. When I am distracted by the way my neighbor looks, or where they are from, or the things they do, or the beliefs they hold, remind me that we are all your beloved children. When I am distracted …

our hands

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Reaching out to help our neighbor is core to who we are called to be as people of God and followers of Jesus.  This is woven into our lives in small ways: opening a door for a stranger, explaining an assignment to a classmate, doing dishes for a stressed-out roommate, calling a family member or friend who is having a …

Prayer for the week 9/5/2018

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God of love, Show me how to love and care for the people around me. Help me to see them with your eyes. When I don’t want to be bothered, help me to find compassion. When I am wrapped up in my own things, help me to find empathy. When I am judgmental and superior, help me to find kindness. …

God’s Work. Our Hands. Sunday!

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Join other students sorting clothing at Wesley’s Closet at Abba Java Coffeehouse on Sunday, September 9th from 2 – 4 pm.  We’ll be serving on the same day as ELCA communities across the country! Sign Up Here!  

Help with youth programs!

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There are lots of opportunities to work with youth through the various ministries at Grace Lutheran Church, and college students are always welcome! Groups meet on Sunday mornings, sometimes Sunday afternoons, and Wednesday evenings. Whether you want to work with small children or middle-school-aged kids, we can help you find a place to make a difference in the lives of …

Join the Choir!

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Grace Lutheran Church’s Sunday morning choir begins on September 5th and there is a place for you! If you sing, read music fairly well,  NOW is the time to join the talented and fun-loving choir at Grace Lutheran Church. Rehearsals Wednesdays between 7:30 pm – 9 pm and 10 am on Sunday mornings.  The choir regularly sings at the 10:30 am …

Free Pizza Friday – September 7th

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We’ll be joining our Muslim friends again on Friday, September 7th to hand out free pizza!  Come join the fun! If you want to help, come to the lobby at Pasquerilla Spiritual Center by 12:55 pm (don’t be late – it goes quick!) and help carry pizza over to the plaza outside Palmer and the Forum.  We’ll hand out pizza …

Worship at the Mountain – September 9

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One Sunday a year, instead of worship in the church building at 10:30 am, Grace Lutheran Church is going out to Tussey Mountain for worship!  Come enjoy worship in the open air (with a pavilion in case of rain or sun), followed by a church picnic of epic proportions! While all the other worship services at held at their regular …

CROP Walk October 21

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You can help feed the hungry in our community and across the world right here in State College! On Sunday, October 21st at 1:45 pm, we’ll meet at University Baptist and Brethren Church at 411 South Boroughs Street and walk through our community with others who care about food and justice. You can sign up to walk, then gather donations …