United Campus Ministry Student Organization at the Pennsylvania College of Technology is a student led group that seeks to provide opportunities to the members of the college community for: Christian fellowship, pastoral care, spiritual growth, faith discussion and volunteer service. We work to build ecumenical partnerships between local congregations and students.
Worship leaders from area churches volunteer to provide a brief worship service in many area nursing homes and personal care homes in our county for the elderly, disabled and recuperating; as well as three services in the county prison each week. Both clergy and active lay persons within area churches provide the leadership for these 850+ services each year.
Working together to develop closer relationships and better understanding is what United Churches is all about. Everything we do is done with the idea the we are encouraging and enabling congregations and individuals to understand and appreciate each other and to make our lives better. We sometimes host a worship services and events, and other times we provide information and encouragement to plan form ministeriums to plan their own, and we publicize things happening throughout our county.
Our congregations continually look at issues in the life of our community to which we as the congregations here in Lycoming County need to respond. Sometimes we are ready to respond with one voice and other times we need to listen to the many voices as we work to discern what God calls us to do. Ministries that have grown out of this committee include our Shepherd of the Streets and our Food Pantry, the original Interfaith Hospitality Network which is now Family Promise, Habitat (in Lycoming County), the UPMC Chaplaincy Department, and more.
Broadcasters write and record devotions for the telephone devotion line, to help people have a closer walk with God. Pastors and para-church leaders volunteer to write a sermon editorial which is featured in area newspapers, the Williamsport Sun Gazette and NorthCentralPA.com. and they are also here for you to read each week. The United Churches Office works hard to keep the churches and the community informed about things happening in the area of religion/faith, from newsletters and directories to new pastor orientations.
All traditions have similar teachings about loving your neighbor. We need to work to understand each other better. To develop relationships that help us nurture respect and understanding among people of different faiths. Members of our interfaith panel goes into WASD 8th Grade Health Class to answer their questions on human sexuality and family life.
There are three celebrations held each year, World Day of Prayer on the first Friday of March, May Friendship Day on the first Friday of May, and World Community Day on the first Friday of November. Each are held at different locations throughout the area and have a special mission project for the community.