Presbyterian Congregation of Middletown

Mission and Evangelism


The Mission Committee of the Presbyterian Congregation supports many areas throughout the greater church, both within the denomination and internationally. Contributions are made through the Benevolence Fund and various appeals during the church year.


Congregational Shepherding Program


Provides a communication network system within the church, whereby members are organized into Shepherding groups. These groups help address special occasions, health, family concerns, and transportation needs within the group.


Mentoring Program


Provides individual support lasting approximately three to six months for the acclimation of new members


A few examples follow to show how members are using their time talents and treasure to further the mission of Jesus Christ in our town region, nation and world. In these actions we led not only by the Mission Committee, but also by the women (Presbyterian Women), children and youth (Christian Education Committee) and the Board of Deacons.


Local Mission


The church provides space to community groups such as AA, Parents Anonymous and the Girl Scouts.


Members deliver Meals on Wheels and Volunteer in the Thrift Shop.


Members bring food to worship each month for the Middletown Interfaith Food Pantry.


We support an adopted family with clothing, food, birthday and Christmas gifts.


Regional Mission


By supporting Presbyterian Children’s Village in Rosemount and Philadelphia, PA, we help “…promote the healing of the spirits children, families and communities broken by violence, neglect, addiction, poverty, mental illness racism, and other societal problems.”


By supporting the Fruitbelt Farmworker Christian Ministry, we take part in providing poor immigrant farmer workers and their families working in the Tri-County with experience of Christ’s love.


National and Global Mission Our congregation is a “covenant church “ of Bread for the World, a nationwide Christian movement that seeks justice for the world’s hungry people by lobbying our nation’s decision makers.


We invest in Oikocredit which empowers poor people with loans.


We participate in all the special offering of the PC (USA), thus contributing to minority education, worldwide disaster relief, children and youth at risk and peacemaking ministries.


Christian Education


ADULT FORUM * You are invited!


Sunday mornings before worship in Fellowship Hall * 9:15-10:15 a.m.


Adult Forum – The Adult Forum schedule is now in PDF format.   Click Here to view the current schedule.


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Church School


Join us for every Sunday from 9:15am until 10:15am for youth Sunday School.


Elementary school class - for children ages three years old through third grade. This class uses Cokesbury's Grow, Serve, Proclaim, curriculum.  It incorporates Bible stories, activities, crafts and games into a full faith experience.


Preteen class - for children in 4th through 6th grades. This class uses Group Publishing's Grapple Preteen curriculum.  It is based on real questions asked by real 10-12 year olds.  Kids will learn to search the Bible for answers and build a faith foundation that guides wise choices.


Teen class - for children in grades 7 through 12. Teachers use Group Publishing's Live! Curriculum.  This class focuses on topics teens are interested in and explains how they relate to the Bible.


Presbyterian Youth Connection: (PYC)


Identity, belonging and leadership opportunities are three key needs of young people. To respond to those needs, the 205th General Assembly, in 1993, approved the creation of a national youth ministry—the Presbyterian Youth Connection. The goal of PYC is to connect young people in our church to each other, the entire congregation and whole world through faith in Jesus Christ.


PYC is built upon the five intentions of Presbyterian Youth Ministry:

To call youth to be disciples of Jesus Christ.

To respond to the needs and interests of our youth.

To work together, youth and adults, in partnership.

To connect with the whole church, the community and the world.

To include all young people, inviting others to join in and belong to the community of faith.


Up Coming PYC events:


(generally 2 meetings each month) For 6th grade through 12th grades


The young people get together every other week from 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Sunday evenings.


Any youth who needs a ride to and from PYC can contact Rev. Potter at the church. Phone 944-4322 - there’s no reason YOU cannot be a part of PYC.


Church Library


A wide selection of over 500 books, covering 14 different topics for your reading pleasure. A small selection of video and audio tapes are available. Krislund Camp


Located 23 miles from State College, Krislund provides the opportunity for each camper to belong, believe, and become through non-competitive games, team-building activities, conservation education and biblical teaching. Schedules are busy and action-filled, but there is always time to rest and reflect on the beauty of this special place. www.krislund.org


Fellowship


Fund raising dinners and events will be held throughout the year. Names and locations to follow.


The Fellowship Committee is a hard-working group committed to organizing and promoting fun and Christian fellowship. They also provide support to the programs and activities of the Church.


Music


Chancel Choir


The Chancel Choir sings for worship every Sunday, September through June. Instrumentalists in the congregation and community are encouraged to share their talents as soloists. The choir rehearses Wednesday evenings at 7:15, and Sunday mornings @ 10:00 AM


Presbyterian Bells of Praise


The Presbyterian Bells of Praise is an intergenerational group of eleven hand bell players. Rehearses at 6:15 Wednesday evenings.


Church School Singers This group for the youngest performers in the church. The group participates in worship monthly from September through June and rehearses during the Sunday school hour.


Hand Chime Choir


This group for junior hand bell players is currently being organized for children in grades three through eight.


Membership in any of these groups is open to the congregation and friends in the community with no audition required.


Worship


Church School: 9:15 AM Worship Service: 10:30 am


Nursery is provided from 10:10 AM - 11:30 AM. The nursery is available for children from infancy through first grade. If nursery is needed, please call Erika Lauffer at 944-4713 a week in advance.


Listening bags are available to children during the worship service to assist them in learning to worship.


Sanctuary is handicap accessible


Large print hymnals available


Assistance for hearing impaired is available


Sanctuary is air conditioned


Tape recording of services is available for ill or home-bound members


Parish Nurse


Mission of the Parish Nurse Ministry:


Christ calls us to be a caring community to one another by:


  • bearing one another's burdens
  • sharing each other's joys
  • promoting Christ's gift of
  •      health and wholeness in body, mind, and spirit
  •      fostering the healing of our brokenness and disease


The position of the Parish Nurse was approved by the session at the March 2012 meeting.  The goal of parish nursing is to promote and provide opportunities for the spiritual self care by integrating faith and health into daily life.  Holistic healing focuses not only on the body but also on our mind and spirit.  Faith and prayer are important components of healing.  The goal of parish nursing is to promote and provide opportunities for spiritual self care by integrating faith and health into daily life.  Holistic healing focuses not only on the body but also on our mind and spirit.  Faith and prayer are important components of healing.


The Parish Nurse works closely with Pastor Potter.  The pastor and parish nurse are available to consult with church and community members regarding the need for a nursing assessment.  The nurse is available to make visits to private homes, nursing centers and hospitals.  If appropriate and requested the nurse is available to assist with medical referrals, advocate for health care, and act as health counselor.  The Parish Nurse does not provide nursing care or take the place of a physician.  But, the Parish Nurse is able to provide referrals to physicians and home health agencies.  All of the information exchanged between the congregation and the Parish Nurse will be strictly confidential.