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We love Summer in Happy Valley!  The pace is a little slower and it’s a little quieter…. but there is always a lot going on at, and around, the church.

Our Summer Worship Schedule runs
Memorial Day Weekend ~ May 25 through Labor Day Weekend ~ August 31


  • We worship at a single worship service at 10:00 am
  • Coffee Hour is held immediately following worship at 11:15 am in the Social Hall
  • Childcare for infants/toddlers, 2’s & 3’s is available in Room 101 and 102 (2-K during worship)
  • Summer Sunday School for children ages 4 through those who have completed 3rd grade will meet from June 15 through August 10 Our curriculum this year is “Awesome Adventures: Paul’s Amazing Quest”
  • A Taizé worship service is held on the 1st Thursday of each month at 6:00 pm in the Martin Room (June 5 and August 7 – no service in July due to July 4th holiday)

Summer Adult Education Opportunities:  We are planning Adult Education opportunities for seven weeks during the summer beginning June 15 through August 3 (excluding Arts Festival weekend 7/13).   These offerings will meet from 11:15 am – noon.   See the Adult Education page for more details.

We are also planning an early Communion Service for three Sundays during the Summer months. Tentative plans are for services on June 15, July 20 and August 17 at 8:30 am.

Church Building Summer Hours

summer_10300cThe Building is open:
Monday – Friday 7:00 am – 9:00 pm
Saturday – 7:00 am – 3:30 pm
Sunday – 8:00 am – 1:00 pm

Year-Round Office Hours:
Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

As always ~ the most up-to-date information is available here on our website

FISH Activities

FISH Worship Service:  We kick off the summer with the FISH Worship Service which fish_5872c1_webis the first Sunday in June (6/1). The theme for this year’s worship service is “See the Way, Take the Path”.  

Assateague 2014:  After the worship service and High School Graduations, they travel to Assateague Island National Seashore for a week-long retreat ~ June 15-21.  They spend 6 days in their own primitive (limited toilet and cold shower facilities) tent community on the beach.  Small group, program time and play are experienced in the sun and sand, and occasionally in the wind and rain.  The community takes turns preparing meals in a uniquely equipped Food Tent, which includes a pony-and-weather-proofed-pantry (the rental truck used to transport equipment and gear).  This incredible retreat includes fun, intimacy, great discussion, worship, community and sunsets.

Summer FISH:  FISH generally meets on a few Wednesday evenings during the summer ~ watch for dates TBA.

Open Choir Opportunities

voices_3193cDates for Open Choir are:

  • June 8 
  • June 22
  • July 13
  • August 24

Open Choir is open to all singers.  We gather at 9:00 am in the Choir Room and learn an anthem and service music for the 10:00 am worship service.  One rehearsal.  No robes – casual dress.  Air conditioned Choir Room and Choir Loft.  Just drop in!

PW Strawberry Social

berry_4840c10_webIt’s nearly time for strawberries!  PW will be hosting the annual Strawberry Social on June 8 immediately following the 10:00 am church service.  Barbecued Beef (aka Sloppy Joes) for lunch followed by a dessert of fresh strawberry shortcake!

Don’t miss this annual tradition of fun, fellowship and food!

Summer Sunday School 2014 ~ Awesome Adventures: Paul’s Amazing Quest ~ June 15 – photo (61)August 10

Children who are 4 years old, or turning 4 this summer, are invited, along with K, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders, as we learn about amazing kids doing God’s work!

We will start on June 15th, 2014 with an opening movie for ALL in Room 11 our TENT room.  The movie is ALL ABOUT PAUL !

The children will spend the rest of the summer rotating through classes, according to their age group, in rooms 10, 11, and Fireside.  We will learn about what Paul might have eaten in our Fireside Kitchen, and about different people Paul met, such as Lydia.  Our summer involves learning how Paul started a church, provided comfort, and taught on the Fruit of the Spirit.

Click here for more on Summer Sunday School 2014 

Summer Church Picnic

Plan to attend this year’s Church Picnic sponsored by the Deacons!

cookout75_webWe’ll be having an “old-fashioned” church picnic in the afternoon on Sunday June 22nd.  The Deacons will be cooking hamburgers, hot dogs and veggie burgers, and beverages will be provided.  The rest of the picnic will be pot luck.  Stay for the fun with picnic games and activities for folks of all ages!

It will be a great afternoon of fun, food and fellowship – we hope to see you there!  

Sunday, June 22, noon – 3:00 pm
Tudek park (400 Herman Dr., State College)
Last names A-L, please bring a dessert
Last names M-z, please bring a side dish
No pets please

Summer Theater Fun ‘n Fellowship

The Congregational Fellowship Ministry Unit is again sponsoring a summer theater fellowship event.  This year we will see the State College Community Theater production oftheater_7666c Cole Porter’s classic Broadway musical Anything Goes.  It will be held in the Mt. Nittany Middle School Auditorium.

The story of Anything Goes concerns madcap antics aboard an ocean liner bound from New York to London. Billy Crocker is a stowaway in love with heiress Hope Harcourt, who is engaged to Lord Evelyn Oakleigh. Nightclub singer Reno Sweeney and Public Enemy #13 Moonface Martin aid Billy in his quest to win Hope. The musical includes familiar standards such as “Anything Goes”, “It’s D’Lovely,” “Blow, Gabriel, Blow,” “You’re the Top”, “You’d Be So Easy to Love” and “I Get a Kick Out of You.”

The performance begins at 7:30 pm on Friday, July 18; reservations and payment are due by Sunday, July 6.  The State College Community Theater charges $16 for seniors age 62+, and $20 for adults age 18-61. The group rate is $18; we traditionally have more seniors attending the theater events so we are just collecting the public price.  (If you have season tickets and want to sit with the group, please let Linda Morrow know at 466-7454.  Please mail checks made out to SCCT or Linda Morrow to 224 Outer Drive, State College, 16803 or drop them off at the church office by 11:30 am, Sunday, July 6.    Jerry Sawyer will be in the lobby of the Mt. Nittany Middle School Auditorium (656 Brandywine Drive, near Boalsburg) at 7:00 July 18 to distribute tickets to the SCPC group.

Chrysalis Summer Events

Middle School Students ~ take note of these fun events we have planned!chrysalis

  • May 27:  Bowling 6-8 pm
  • June 17 or 24:  Picnic 
  • July 15:  Mini-golf and ice cream
  • August 19:  Picnic

Young Adult Summer Happenings

Young Adults (20’s and 30’s) ~ join us this summer for some fun and fellowship!

  • June 4:  Theology unTappedsingles_8851c
  • TBA:  Picnic at Potter Farm
  • August 6:  Theology unTapped
  • August 17:  Young Adult Lunch at church


A Coffee Hour Tailgate 

Join us in the Church Parking Lot (weather permitting) after worship on Sunday, Augustj0387161 24 for a fun Coffee Hour Tailgate!  Sponsored by the Congregational Fellowship Ministry Unit.