IN OUR TRANSFORMATIONAL COMMUNITY...
...WE 'WORSHIP GOD TOGETHER'
SCEFC considers worship to be intentionally giving glory to God in response to who He is and what He has done. We worship God as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We understand God created us for relationship with Him and one another, so in response to His love, we intentionally show our love for Him through worship. We encourage individuals to glorify God in all they say and do. On Sunday mornings, we worship together as a transformational community. We do this through vocal praise, prayer, giving, the sacraments, and by engaging in Bible-based teaching. Our goal is to equip and encourage all members to grow in their devotion to Christ, and to reflect Him to the world.
...WE EXPERIENCE LIFE CHANGE THROUGH RELATIONSHIPS
SCEFC is a local church community which exists to discover, encourage, and support Jesus’ life-changing message for everyone. We believe transformation happens in and through relationships, and these are best formed and strengthened within a Christ-centered community. Beyond weekly worship, we emphasize regular community engagement in life groups, small groups, or ministry teams. These groups gather for Bible study, prayer, discipleship, fellowship, service, and outreach. Participants in these groups develop and grow their faith as they share life experiences with each other. We recognize that the church is healthy and growing when every part of His church body does its own special work. We strive to equip and resource all members of the body to discover and use their gifts in love and service.
...WE ARE 'FAMILY FOCUSED'
SCEFC recognizes the significance of God’s family in His design for relational commitment and personal development. We seek to be a family-centric community that integrates all individuals throughout our local church body. We are committed to investing in strong, vibrant, gospel-focused ministries for children, youth, and adults. Specifically for our families, we seek to equip and support parents in raising their children, and to provide appropriate opportunities to integrate spiritual development, service, and outreach.
...WE HAVE A 'MISSION OF OUTREACH'
SCEFC embraces Christ’s mission for the transformational renewal of lives through the Gospel. We are committed to intentional outreach, and this mission permeates all our ministries. We encourage individuals to reach out to others within their sphere of influence. As a congregation, we emphasize three main outreach efforts. First, we specifically seek to serve, love, and reach our neighbors, and the families who live close to our facility. Second, recognizing our proximity to Penn State, we specifically seek to reach out to international students, visiting scholars, and their families. Third, we will support specific ministry partners who focus on outreach. We seek to engage, welcome, and integrate each of these into our community. As a congregation, we will equip, train, and support individuals, small groups, and ministry teams for outreach, supporting them with our facilities, finances, prayers, and time.