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Welcome to the State College District homepage. 

The goal of this page is to communicate information for the laity and clergy of the district, and also to help seekers find a place to connect.  As known, worship times, facebook tags and websites will be listed for the 113 churches of the State College district and the Susquehanna Conference of the United Methodist Church.  

The State College District connects the United Methodists in Centre, Clearfield (West Branch & Philipsburg Osceola Mills School Districts), Clinton, lower Juniata and Mifflin Counties.

                                                                                   
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Note from Our district superintendent 

SAFE IN THE ARMS OF JESUS

1 Safe in the arms of Jesus,
Safe on His gentle breast,
There by His love o’ershaded,
Sweetly my soul shall rest.
Hark! ’tis the voice of angels
Borne in a song to me,
Over the fields of glory,
Over the jasper sea. 

Chorus:
Safe in the arms of Jesus,
Safe on His gentle breast,
There by His love o’ershaded,
Sweetly my soul shall rest. 

2 Safe in the arms of Jesus,
Safe from corroding care,
Safe from the world’s temptations,
Sin cannot harm me there.
Free from the blight of sorrow,
Free from my doubts and fears;
Only a few more trials,
Only a few more tears! (Chorus)

3 Jesus, my heart’s dear refuge,
Jesus has died for me;
Firm on the Rock of Ages,
Ever my trust shall be.
Here let me wait with patience,
Wait till the night is o’er;
Wait till I see the morning
Break on the golden shore. (Chorus)

                             words by Fanny Crosby

                              Public Domain

This old song was part of George Beverly Shea’s repertoire (google him), and one my mom knew from years ago and hadn’t sung in ages, yet she woke up at 4:00 a.m. on May 12th singing that song.

 

The song was a gift to her following my dad’s death on May 11th.  As she shared this story with me last week, with tears in her eyes, she said “I wasn’t sure if the song was for your dad or for me.” 

 

My friends, this song is for all of us.  The message of the love of God found through Jesus Christ is for us.  That love makes us safe, holds us close. 

 

In the midst of sorrow, in times of trial, in seasons of chaos and concern, we are held safe in tender, strong, loving arms. 

 

Remember that always.

 

Hold on to that truth … hold on tightly but not graspingly.  Share that news with all you know, with those you love and with those who need Christ’s hope.

 

Don’t be miserly in sharing the hope, the joy, the promise, the love. Give it away …. and the more you give, the more you will have to share.             Lori


 

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