Ministries A-to-Z: Adult Study Group · Altar Servers · Altar Society · Bookstore · Cantors/Readers · Chapel of the Holy Spirit · Choir · Coffee Hour · Greeters · Grounds Maintenance · Homeless Ministry · Lending Library · Junior Orthodox Youth Association · Matthew 25 · Men’s Fellowship · Orthodox Christian Fellowship · Orthodox Youth Association · Orthodoxy 101 · Orthodoxy 2.0 · Parish Council · Rides to Church · Snyder County Outreach · Sunday School · TLC · TLC-2 · Vacation Bible School · Women’s Ministry · Young Adult Fellowship
Merely preserving apostolic teachings is not sufficient to be the Church; our foundation of Faith is solid only if it is put into action. We aspire to serve our Lord Jesus Christ by carrying out His commission to make disciples and minister to the least of His brethren. We exist for those who are not yet members of the Church.
- Matthew 25 reaches out and helps disadvantaged persons outside our parish according to the Gospel of Saint Matthew, which reminds us to minister to the hungry, naked, homeless, and imprisoned. Parish-wide drives occur during Lent, September, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Ministries at Holy Trinity will also plan individual events to support the efforts of Matthew 25.
- The Homeless Ministry commits to provide and share a home-cooked meal with the residents of Centre House, a local area homeless shelter run by Housing Transitions.Second Tuesdays, 4:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., 217 E. Nittany Ave. in State College.
- Holy Trinity’s Snyder County Outreach provides liturgical, logistical, and spiritual guidance to the Chapel of the Holy Spirit, a growing Orthodox church community in Beavertown.Sundays, 10 a.m.; first, third, and fifth Saturdays, 6 p.m., 145 North Kern Street in Beavertown. Call (570) 541-8895 or visit the Chapel Web site for details.
Deepen your knowledge of Orthodoxy and spiritually grow through some of the opportunities we provide for mutual support and edification. We believe in the importance of discipleship and offer several ways for you to learn more about Christ and His Church.
- The Adult Study Group is a ministry that gives those who are already Orthodox an opportunity to grow spiritually with food for the soul. Each session is self-contained. Currently in hiatus—scheduled to resume Fall 2017.
- The Parish Bookstore offers books, icons, CDs, and more as a source of edification for the faithful of Holy Trinity and is a helpful resource for those in the community who wish to learn more about the Orthodox Faith. Open after the Divine Liturgy on Sundays, and by appointment.
- The Lending Library is a cooperative exchange of pre-owned books that parishioners offer to be circulated among fellow members and friends of Holy Trinity. Books are loaned out for six weeks at a time and can be renewed up to three times.
- Orthodoxy 101 is perfect for all inquirers of the Orthodox Faith: its history, doctrine, and worship.Open enrollment; church tours and one-on-one introductions to Orthodoxy are available by appointment. Contact Dn. Alexander Cadman to learn more.
- Orthodoxy 2.0 is designed for catechumens who are preparing to be received into the Church at Pascha. Classes are based upon the catechetical lectures of St. Cyril of Jerusalem. Classes begin each Lent and continue through Bright Friday.
- Sunday School is a comprehensive four-tier education program for children ages 3 and up. Sundays, 9 a.m. (September through May), in the Parish Hall.
- Vacation Bible School is an enriching and fun weeklong summer program for all area children entering pre-Kindergarten through sixth grade.
In the Book of Acts (2:42), early Christians devoted themselves to the Apostles’ teaching and fellowship (koinonia, or “common life”). Among the groups that regularly meet for Christian fellowship at Holy Trinity are:
- Men’s Fellowship is an opportunity for men, young and old, to gather monthly for breakfast and spiritual reflection. Third Saturdays, 9 a.m., in the Parish Hall.
- The Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) strives to foster a strong, lifelong commitment to Christ among students through a supportive community that witnesses the Gospel to the campus. Thursdays, 7 p.m., for Dinner and Discussion, at 122 Pasquerilla Spiritual Center on campus.
- The Orthodox Youth Association (OYA, grades 9-12) and the Junior Orthodox Youth Association (JrOYA, grades 5-8) hold monthly activities and service projects for teens and preteens to build strong, Christ-centered relationships. Typically first Sundays, 6 p.m., activities begin and end in the Parish Hall; see calendar for schedule.
- The Young Adult Fellowship meets regularly for fellowship, prayer, and discussion. Typically third Mondays, 6 p.m., locations vary; see calendar for schedule and locations.
Witnessing the love of Christ to our parishioners and visitors alike, these ministries generously provide care and kindness:
- Holy Trinity offers Rides to Church for students and others before every Sunday Divine Liturgy. Call/text 814-321-4473 with pickup time/location.
Several groups help lead the congregation in worship, including: Altar Servers (for boys ages 8 and up), Altar Society (decorates the church on Feast Days), Cantors/Readers (chants parts of services), and the Choir (for all members, including catechumens, ages seventh grade and up).
Holy Trinity members can also put their Faith into action by supporting parish operations. Examples of possible service include: