Emmanuel Q & A
As a newer church in the Centre Region, we know there may be questions about who and what is Emmanuel Lutheran Church. You may have questions about Emmanuel, the NALC, about our ministry and what we believe; here is a starting point.
Who and what is Emmanuel Lutheran Church?
Emmanuel Lutheran Church is a Lutheran congregation in State College, formed in November of 2015. Emmanuel is a Hebrew word that means "God With Us" which was one of the titles given to Jesus at the time of his birth. Jesus IS Emmanuel- God with us- and we at Emmanuel are pleased to called by this title, giving us a regular remembrance that Jesus and God are truly with us, today and every day.
Our congregation began as a small group of Christians, mostly Lutherans, who were seeking a church that would be traditional in its faith and practice. Through the summer and fall of 2015, we gathered regularly in people's homes for Bible study, prayer and reflection. We carefully considered all the options that were before us. Ultimately we decided that the best way for us to maintain our convictions was to form our own congregation and to become a member congregation of the North American Lutheran Church (NALC).
We held our first worship service on the First Sunday in Advent, November 30, 2015. Since that time we have gathered regularly for worship and praise- for hearing the Word of God in preaching and for receiving Holy Communion according to the Lutheran tradition.
I'd like to visit....anything I should know?
The people of Emmanuel Lutheran Church (ELC) would love to have you visit and worship with us! The easiest way to find out about us is to join us on a Sunday morning at 9am when we worship together. We hold our services at the Albright-Bethune Church building; parking is along the street on Burrowes Street or Beaver Avenue, or in the Beaver Avenue parking garage.
Each service is a service of the word and sacrament- we celebrate Holy Communion each week and we follow the liturgy in the Lutheran Book of Worship. When you come, you will be greeted and thoroughly welcomed! Feel free to sit with anyone, and if you are unfamiliar with the Lutheran liturgy, we'll help you! All baptized believers are invited forward to take communion.
I'd like to join....anything I should know?
As you think about becoming a member of Emmanuel congregation, you'll connect with both other congregation members and our Pastor. You'll be encouraged to find your niche in the life and ministries of Emmanuel. In addition, when you join Emmanuel, you are also joining the North American Lutheran Church. We invite you to become familiar with the core values of the NALC. We'd love to talk with you about membership!
Some potential members have strong family affiliations with other congregations, or may be here in State College for school or because of weekend visits. We also have a category of an associate membership of Emmanuel in order to encourage those persons to be as involved in the life of the congregation as possible. We'll talk if this is something that you are interested in pursuing.
~I have questions about my faith and Christianity. What can you tell me- who can I talk to?~
The first step is start asking questions and learning more about God and Jesus and what it means to be a Christian. Reading the Bible is a wonderful first start, but it can be hard to do alone.
Community is where we grow through:
The need to forgive as Christ forgives us
Public and private prayer
Mutual support and challenge
What does the Bible say about being a part of a faith community?
“Let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” – Hebrew 10:25
“For the body does not consist of one member but of many. … If all were a single member, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, yet one body. The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable … But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it, that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.” – 1 Corinthians 12:14-26 (excerpts)
“For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.” – Romans 12:4-5
“I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” – Ephesians 4:1-3
Connecting with a community of believers and asking for a mentor can be helpful next steps. We invite you to contact us via the Emmanuel contact information and we will be there to provide encouragement and information and be that community to help you grow! Also, take a look at the Resources tab on our web page (or click here)- there are many resources for you listed there for local, national and personal ways to learn more about Jesus and being a Christian. We would love to talk with you- please contact Pastor Milarch at !