Marked with the cross of Christ forever, we are claimed, gathered and sent for the sake of the world. This is the mission statement of the ELCA. As members of the ELCA, we believe that we are freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor. With our hands, we do God’s work of restoring and reconciling communities in Jesus’ name throughout the world.
Allegheny Lutheran Social Ministries (ALSM) is a faith-based not-for-profit organization that touches the lives of more than 2,000 people each year in eight West Central Pennsylvania counties: Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Centre, Clearfield, Fulton, Huntingdon and Somerset.
Our programs span the generations, providing opportunities for the young, elderly and in-between to grow and learn from each other. ALSM offers childcare, children’s programs, adult day services, counseling, in-home care and a variety of senior living options to meet the needs of our community members and our residents.
Sequanota is a year-round, Christian-based retreat center and camp, located in the Laurel Highlands region of south central PA. Sequanota has lodging from cabins to motel-style rooms, food service, and many recreational opportunities on 390 beautiful acres at the base of the Laurel Ridge. Sequanota offers a host of adventure and team building opportunities, including a zip-line, climbing tower, low ropes and other team building initiatives, and rock climbing. We host retreats, meetings, reunions, special events, banquets, and training workshops. In the summer months, we provide Christian camping for families and youth grades K – 12.
Our Adult Sunday School group takes a weekly collection for Embracing Hope Ethiopia to contribute to their efforts. Their stated mission is to partner with God, individuals and the local church in ministering with the poor, orphans and vulnerable children (and their families) of Ethiopia using compassionate, holistic practices that promote sustainability, transformation, community, and Christian discipleship which invades all areas of life for this and future generations.
Zion’s Quilting Group meets weekly to create beautiful quilts, almost all of which
are donated directly to Lutheran World Relief. The church also serves equal exchange coffee purchased through Lutheran World Relief’s equal exchange program. The coffee program is fair trade: it pays workers a fair price for their coffee by buying directly from responsible growers, encouraging a better product and helping the communities thrive.
ARW works to meet the needs of Blair County’s families by providing food, clothing, household items, counseling, life skills classes, and spiritual aid to those in need.
502 Mulberry Street or 811 Scotch Valley Road
Hollidaysburg, PA 16648
This October Hollidaysburg is hosting its first CROP Hunger Walk with the help of Zion Lutheran’s Pastor Greg Harbaugh. Participants will be walking to raise awareness and funds for international relief and development, as well as local hunger-fighting through food banks, pantries, community gardens, and other initiatives. Please visit the CropWalk website to see the difference this organization is making!
For a long time, the ELCA has been supporting clinics and programs in Africa to provide health care. Now we’re focusing on malaria with a new intensity. Malaria kills 655,000 people each year, most are children under five. That’s a child every 60 seconds.The ELCA, through the ELCA Malaria Campaign, is joining hands with eleven Lutheran church bodies in Africa and becoming part of an historic global movement to say, “enough is enough!” No child, no person, should die of a disease that is both preventable and treatable. Therefore the ELCA Malaria Campaign has committed to raise $15 million to help prevent, treat and educate communities in Africa about malaria and eliminate deaths from this disease—for good.
The ELCA Malaria Campaign funds programs of our companion churches that:
-provide life-saving health care—including medicine to treat malaria
-train health care providers and church volunteers to diagnose and treat malaria
-teach people how to protect themselves from the mosquitoes that spread malaria, recognize symptoms and seek treatment
-distribute insecticide-treated mosquito nets and provide training on their use
-provide preventative medication to protect pregnant women and their babies
-encourage governments to provide adequate heath care and malaria prevention activities
-support water treatment projects to control the environments where mosquitoes breed
Once a year Zion collects items and donations to fill shoeboxes with small toys, toothbrushes, combs, books, etc as gifts for children in third world countries who would not otherwise receive Christmas gifts. These shoeboxes also provide a means to evangelize to third world countries, explaining to children about God and Jesus Christ.
LAMPa is a ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and serves as a State Public Policy Office of the ELCA. LAMPa’s vision is centered in the ELCA strategic direction to “Step forward as a public church that witnesses boldly to God’s love for all that God has created.”
LAMPa’s ministry is based on ELCA Social Statements and social policy resolutions and the ELCA Constitution: “This church shall advocate dignity and justice for all people, working for peace and reconciliation among nations, and standing with the poor and powerless and committing itself to their need…This church shall study social issues and trends, work to discover the causes of oppression and injustice, and develop programs of ministry and advocacy to further human dignity, freedom, justice, and peace in the world.”
There are plenty of opportunities for worship at PSU. Several weekly worship services are held on campus at the Pasquerilla Spiritual Center, as well as services at Grace Lutheran Church on South Garner Street.
The Breezewood Trucker-Traveler Chaplaincy learns anew the meaning of hospitality and Good Samaritan assistance with each person who comes seeking help and answers. Highway life can be a wealth of blessings as well as a threat to the soul with competition fierce at times for the hearts of men and women.
For more information:
Breezewood Trucker Traveler
16563 Lincoln Hwy
Breezewood, PA 15533
alt: 814-735-4011, ext 7463