sharing God's presence

Using your talent, enthusiasm and energy to share God's presence with others is very rewarding. At Park Forest Village United Methodist Church, we are:

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  • Exploring how we can help our community. Every January the Commission on Missions/Church & Society plans an emphasis on a topic of international, national, or local concern. Topics have included environmental conservation in the church and at home and affordable housing in Centre County.

    In 2012, the emphasis on affordable housing included a "message" and follow-up during the Adult Sunday School time from the housing coordinator of the Centre County Planning and Community Development Office. Two subsequent speakers gave brief talks during the service and follow-up about Out of the Cold Centre County (emergency shelter for homeless adults) and the Centre County Fuel Bank coordinated by Interfaith Human Services. The children during the Children's Time were encouraged to think about the needs of others who did not have adequate heated housing. Each week they collected donations from the congregation in toy "oil trucks" which were sent to the Fuel Bank.

  • Helping with the Park Forest Preschool , an enrichment program 814-231-8492 (held in our church).

  • Contributing to the Good Samaritan Fund, which helps people in temporary need of financial assistance and charities that benefit local, national, and international human service projects, i.e. the Dental Fund for low-income children in Centre County.

  • Donating items to Mission Central and helping to assemble kits for people in need all over the world, including health kits for victims of natural disasters and birthing kits for expectant mothers.

  • Providing encouragement and support to St. Andrews United Methodist Church, our sister church in Zimbabwe.

  • Supporting Hope Made Real, a home for children in Rwanda founded by Mama Arlene from Pennsylvania. In August 2010 we began raising funds to build a well for the Urukundo home and the surrounding community.

  • Aiding clothing and food drives and other service projects such as Crop Walk, Habitat for Humanity, and the State College Food Bank.

  • Volunteering at the State College Interfaith Human Services . Please click on the "Give" tab at the top of the page and select volunteer in the drop down selection or call the office at 814-234-7731

  • Participating in summer work camps.

For more information, contact the church office at 814-238-2657 or by e-mail,