Synod Assembly 300th Anniversary Worship in State College, PA, Sunday, Oct. 22, 6:45 p.m.
“On this day, we have chosen to join our voices as a way of renewing and reclaiming our identity, boldly claiming that our faith in Jesus Christ has something relevant to say to the world today because we are a people rooted in God’s grace.”
“We did this knowing that this is a way for us to build relationships and serve our community and connect with people.”
“We’re being pulled together only by the grace of God to create a faithful witness alongside the weaving together of the story of the nation.”
“To go through a Civil War, two World Wars, a depression and to keep building and growing even during those very difficult times had to be tremendously hard and yet they rose to the challenge.”
“I’m trying to take away the common excuse of, ‘Well I just didn’t know when the church events were going to be.’”
The Synod of the Trinity encouraged areas of smaller African American populations to consider work that they might engage in to address the challenges of African American males in their cities and towns, with this Freedom Grant helping to fund those initiatives.
“It’s only because of the divine that we have all been here 225 years.”
“These churches existed side-by-side for years and years even though they were different in that the church below the road (Middle Octorara) was the New Castle Presbytery and was all-American – it was not connected to the church in Scotland.”
“This work has given me a chance to hear perspectives from ministers and members of other churches so that I could better reflect on my beliefs.”