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Upcoming - Trips & Events

Our Trips have included:    Niagara Falls, Washington DC, New York City, Myrtle Beach, Florida, Ricketts Glen State Park, Elk State Park, seeing the Amish, Grand Canyon of PA, camping, bicycling and more! 

Our Events have included:    hikes up Mt. Nittany, demonstration wedding, various hikes, bowling, miniature golf, bonfire, star gazing, Super Bowl Party,  and more!

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Vision Conference in Baltimore, Maryland
Dec
28
to Jan 1

Vision Conference in Baltimore, Maryland

IT’S TIME!....to begin making plans for your winter break.  Here’s a great opportunity for you to spend 5 days during your break learning more about God, sightseeing at the National Mall (White House, US Capital, National Museums- which are all FREE!) and making new friends with international students from more than 40 countries.  You can do all of these at VISION CONFERENCE 17 in Baltimore, Maryland which begins on December 28th and goes through Jan 1st.  An annual highlight of the conference is the high energy talent show starring international students from around the US.  You don’t want to miss this chance to join more than 700 students and guests at a FOUR STAR HOTEL (Hilton Baltimore) near the harbor in Baltimore.  The $350 registration fee covers most of your meals, your hotel and conference fees and most or all of your travel costs if you travel with our Penn State group.

To register for the conference and reserve your place in this fantastic hotel go towww.visionconference.com.

If you have any questions about the conference or our travel plans please contact Jay Rapsome at jayreaps@yahoo.com

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Dr. Rob Carter, The Non-Mythical Adam and Eve
Nov
3
6:15 PM18:15

Dr. Rob Carter, The Non-Mythical Adam and Eve

The Non-Mythical Adam and Eve (Adam & Eve were real people and science proves it!)

Many people believe science has proven that Adam and Eve never existed. In this presentation, Dr. Carter (PhD Marine Biology, University of Miami) digs into the science of genetics, using the most up-to-date information, to show how Adam and Eve are completely consistent with the data. Instead of discrediting Genesis, modern science affirms that we came from just two ancestors who lived only a few thousand years ago

6:15pm - A Free Dinner is served in the Garden Room of the Pasquerilla Spiritual Center

7:00pm - Dr. Carter's presentation begins

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Hike Up Mt. Nittany
Oct
21
10:30 AM10:30

Hike Up Mt. Nittany

A short ride to the nearby town of Lemont takes us to the base of Mt. Nittany.  A steady uphill walk of about 45 minutes (that may have you breathing hard at times) to the top provides a panoramic view of Penn State.  The hike back down also has some rugged rocky sections and takes only about 20 minutes.  For the hike you should wear comfortable walking shoes, hiking shoes/boots, or a sturdy pair of sneakers, as one section of the trail will be quite rugged.  In addition, even though we will be in the shade most of the time, be sure to bring along a bottle of water. Registration required here.

For questions contact:  Chris Cunningham cpc10@psu.edu        Phone:  814-880-0134

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Journey To The Moon
Oct
13
7:00 PM19:00

Journey To The Moon

General Charles Duke will speak about his life as an astronaut, walking on the moon, and his faith experience that enabled him to face even greater challenges after returning to Earth. 

In 1972, Apollo 16 astronaut, Charles Duke, became the 10th man to walk on the moon.  Duke attended the U.S. Naval Academy and M.I.T., and went on to become a fighter pilot, and a test pilot.  General Duke's presentation, both informative and entertaining, will challenge and inspire you.

Free and open to the public.

Any questions, contact Chris Cunningham CPC10@psu.edu

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NIAGARA FALLS WEEKEND TOUR
Oct
13
to Oct 15

NIAGARA FALLS WEEKEND TOUR

The IMPS weekend trip to Niagara Falls, Oct. 13 - 15, is a great opportunity to not only see the world-famous Niagara Falls, but also to stay with an American host in their home and experience a worship service at their church.  We will be staying with hosts from a church in Gasport, NY.  The entire day on Saturday will involve sightseeing at the Niagara Falls area.  After the church service on Sunday we will have lunch together with all the hosts before returning to Penn State that afternoon.  This trip is limited to 28 people, so register early!

Click on the photo to take you to all of the information and registration!

 

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Overnight Get-away Retreat at Blue Diamond Lodge
Oct
7
to Oct 8

Overnight Get-away Retreat at Blue Diamond Lodge

Join us for our overnight get-away at Blue Diamond Lodge, October 7 & 8!  It is just 40 minutes away and we will provide rides for everyone.   During three teaching sessions we will examine the book of Jonah in the Bible.  We'll discuss, "Running from God."    Through lectures and small group discussion we think you will learn a lot and enjoy getting to know one another.   In addition to teaching/small group sessions we will have some outdoor  group games, a bonfire on Saturday night, good food and the opportunity to make some new friends.  Plan to join us for an unforgettable weekend! Everyone is welcome. 

Other activities:  Canoe on a lake, Bonfire, Volleyball, Ping-pong, Baseball, indoor table games, and more.

COST: $30 per person (includes transportation and meals).  Registration deadline is Friday, Sept. 29, 2017.

To REGISTER:  Click here for online registration.  Or see Walt Johnston or Bill Saxton at our Friday International Dinner.  

English is the language of the teaching times. No children under age 12 permitted.  This facility is located in beautiful woods with headed showers and comfortable bedrooms.

Questions:  Contact Walt Johnston cell: 814-404-8116, email: walt1636@gmail.com  

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Amish, Outlet Shopping & more -- the Lancaster-York Trip 2017
Sep
23
to Sep 24

Amish, Outlet Shopping & more -- the Lancaster-York Trip 2017

  • Lancaster, PA, 17601 United States (map)
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Come join us for a fun weekend in Lancaster and York (not New York City)

Travel in a large comfortable coach bus, tour an Amish farm & house, shop at Tanger's Outlet, enjoy an outdoor fall barn party and dinner, visit an American church, and stay with an American host family! 

To learn more, and to register, click on the photo!

 

 

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Special Tour of the University Libraries!
Sep
13
5:00 PM17:00

Special Tour of the University Libraries!

Enjoy a special tour of the Pattee/Paterno Libraries building where you'll discover foreign language resources for international fun and meet some new friends on staff there.  Want to borrow books, movie DVDs, and music CDs from around the world?  Want to read international magazines, newspapers, or watch foreign news broadcasts on a big screen TV?  Want to find a quiet, comfortable study area or a convenient cafe?  Come on the tour to discover all this and more!

Registration is required. To register, contact Bill Saxton at wjs9@psu.edu

Limited to 30 people.

Sponsored by International Ministries at Penn State

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Friday International Fellowship Dinner
Sep
1
7:00 PM19:00

Friday International Fellowship Dinner

Our Friday International Fellowship Dinner will take place in 302 HUB.  Everyone is always welcome!

After dinner we'll play an easy game at the dinner tables to help you meet one another and hopefully make a new friend.

After the announcements and game we will divide into four breakout groups:

Bible study - we will discuss a story from the Bible

Discussion Group - conversation in small groups around interesting topics

American English Class - discuss idioms, slang, and American culture around tables

Crafting Class - this week we will make various types of greeting cards using assorted supplies provided by the staff!

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Visit the Grange Fair
Aug
20
4:00 PM16:00

Visit the Grange Fair

Visit the Grange Fair in nearby Centre Hall, typical of many annual fairs in rural America, with shows of farm animals and equipment, and interesting exhibits and entertainers.  Leave from in front of the Pattee/Paterno Library at 4:00 PM; return to campus at 8:30 PM. Cost: $10 for transportation, parking, and admission.  You should also plan to bring some additional money for any food, souvenirs, or amusement rides that interest you.  Register here.  Trip is limited to 40 people.  For questions, contact Bill Saxton 814-404-6763 or email: wjs9@psu.edu

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Visit Penn's Cave
Aug
17
4:00 PM16:00

Visit Penn's Cave

America's only all-water cavern, involving a guided one-hour underground boat tour of the cavern in nearby Centre Hall. Visit pennscave.com. This trip leaves from in front of the Pattee/Paterno Library Entrance, on Curtin road, at 4:00 PM; return to campus by about 7:30 PM.  Please note, this trip is limited to 40 people. Registration here is required.  Cost is $20 for transportation and boat ride.  

For questions, contact:  Bill Saxton,  wjs9@psu.edu  814-404-6763

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Hike Up Mt. Nittany #1
Aug
15
4:00 PM16:00

Hike Up Mt. Nittany #1

A short ride to the nearby town of Lemont takes us to the base of Mt. Nittany.  A steady uphill walk of about 45 minutes (that may have you breathing hard at times) to the top provides a panoramic view of Penn State.  The hike back down also has some rugged rocky sections and takes only about 20 minutes.  For the hike you should wear comfortable walking shoes, or hiking shoes/boots, or a sturdy pair of sneakers, as some sections of the trail are quite rocky.  In addition, even though we will be in the shade most of the time, be sure to bring along a bottle of water. Registration here is required for the hike. Limited to 40 people. 

This hike will depart at 4:00pm from in front of the Pattee/Paterno Library on Curtin Road.

For questions contact:  Chris Cunningham cpc10@psu.edu        Phone:  814-880-0134

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Welcome Picnic
Aug
13
4:00 PM16:00

Welcome Picnic

On Sunday, August 13, 2017 at 4:00pm the ICF & International Ministries at Penn State will welcome 200 - 300 new international students by hosting a Welcome Picnic.  We'll have lots of fun playing outdoor games, eating American picnic food, and making new friends!  Come and meet other new international students, as well as some  of the students and staff of ICF.  The picnic will take place at nearby Sunset Park, a short walk from campus, but rides are also available.  Sign up required to attend. Visit our registration page here to sign up.

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Furniture Give-Away
Aug
12
8:30 AM08:30

Furniture Give-Away

(Also advertised as the Garage Give-Away)

New students are invited to browse and take home used furniture and household items for FREE!  We will help you transport large pieces of furniture back to your apartment. Plan to arrive on time or earlier as large lines have formed in the past.  1250 University Dr.  It's best to arrive by 8:00 am, as the doors open at 8:30am and things move very quickly.

Items are freely donated by people in the community to help new international students and scholars who have very little get started here in State College.  We are International Christian Fellowship and we are pleased to help share these resources with you.  The items include FURNITURE like desks, tables, chairs, beds, couches, lamps, carpet plus KITCHEN items like dishes, pots and pans, utensils, small electrical appliances and more plus OTHER items like sheets, towels and many more items.

WHO is INVITED?   This is for NEW international students and scholars or for those who are moving off campus for the FIRST TIME this semester.  This is NOT for internationals who have been at State College for 1 or more years.  Why?  Because after being here for a year, you have friends, you have time to get new or used furniture.  The new arrivals have no items so they need the most help.  If you are not a new student, please help new students by bringing them to this event and help them find items they need.

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Hiking & Camping on the Appalachian Trail - The Wilderness Trek
May
23
to May 29

Hiking & Camping on the Appalachian Trail - The Wilderness Trek

We'll camp in the Pennsylvania mountains near the Appalachian Trail. Each day we'll learn about the God of the Bible and discover the amazing world He created. Enjoy hiking, fishing, camping, canoeing, and swimming with people from different countries. 

Cost is $198. Register by May 17 at http://www.bridgeswildernesstrek.com/

For more info. contact Bill Sundstrom at wjs22@psu.edu

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TRUE Leadership Conference - an event for international students & scholars
May
18
to May 22

TRUE Leadership Conference - an event for international students & scholars

Join us May 18-22, 2017 for a high quality & high energy leadership experience in the beautiful Pocono region of Pennsylvania.  International students & scholars who aim to grow as leaders, both professionally and personally, will benefit.

We recognize that TRUE leadership, in every sphere of influence, incorporates maturity that is holistic.  That is, TRUE leadership involves one’s whole self – mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical dimensions.   Registration Deadline is May 4

To learn more about the conference and to register visit:  http://true-ne.com/

We will be taking a group to TRUE from Penn State. If you have any questions, feel free to contact our local staff:  Walt Johnston WMJ1@psu.edu  

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Hike Shingletown Gap & Visit Bellefonte
May
11
9:30 AM09:30

Hike Shingletown Gap & Visit Bellefonte

Thursday, May 11 - Join us for a short hike along the Shingletown Gap Trail, followed by visit to Talleyrand Park in nearby Bellefonte, PA where we will have lunch at a Chinese Buffet.

Schedule:   (all times are approximate)

  10:00am - leave State College, and drive 15 minutes to the Shingletown Gap trail, for an easy level hike along a scenic trail in the woods

  12:00noon - after leaving Shingletown Gap we will drive 25 minutes to Bellefonte where we will eat lunch at Bellefonte Wok Buffet

   1:00pm - a brief visit in Faith Centre - a thrift store with assorted used items and clothing - a fun place to browse - all proceeds go to charity

               - walk a short distance to Talleyrand Park and feed the ducks!

   2:30pm - return to State College (return time is approximate, it could be 3:00pm)

Register here!

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Belleville Farmer's Market & Peight's Country Store
May
10
7:30 AM07:30

Belleville Farmer's Market & Peight's Country Store

Cost: $5 (for transportation)

Wednesday, May 10 - Visit the Belleville Farmer's Market  & Peights Country Store in nearby (40 minutes drive) Belleville, PA - This is a great local tradition with lots of vendors outside selling food, crafts, hardware, fresh fruits and vegetables, and other low priced items.  There's also a variety of foods to purchase: ice cream, kettle corn, baked goods, french fries -- all of the healthy types of foods we all enjoy :) etc.   Bring cash and pay as you go - it's fun!  After visiting the farmer's market we will drive over to Peight's Country Store which is a small country store selling lots of reasonably priced groceries, fresh cut meats and cheeses and assorted household items - it's a unique place :) 

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Spring Break trip to Myrtle Beach & Charleston, South Carolina
Mar
4
to Mar 11

Spring Break trip to Myrtle Beach & Charleston, South Carolina

You are invited to JOIN us for an International Students & Scholars Trip to the warm beach.
It is a famous vacation spot. We’ll go by coach bus to Myrtle Beach & Charleston, South Carolina

All international students/scholars and relatives are welcome. All religious backgrounds are welcome. Vegetarian are welcome. Rest, Fun, make Friends & Vacation together with us.

The resort has 2 heated pools (indoor & outdoor), jacuzzi, sand-volleyball court, tennis courts, BBQ picnic area, a large beach frontage, beautiful sand, & a great place to vacation – at Myrtle Beach Resort Vacations, 5905 S Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach, SC     www.myrtle-beach-resort.com/

To Learn More or to Register, click here!

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Pres. Trumps new Immigration Policies w/Penn State Law Professor Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia, Esq. Director, Center for Immigrants' Rights Clinic
Feb
24
6:15 PM18:15

Pres. Trumps new Immigration Policies w/Penn State Law Professor Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia, Esq. Director, Center for Immigrants' Rights Clinic

President Trump's new Immigration Policies & Immigration explained.  On Friday, Feb. 24, PSU Law Professor, Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia, Esq. Director, Center For Immigrants' Rights Clinic, will speak after the ICF International Dinner about Immigration, and take your questions.  We will also have a Penn State Global Programs guest with us to explain other help available at Penn State with regard to Visas.

    Date: Friday, Feb. 24
    Time: 6:15pm free dinner, 7:15pm presentation begins
    Location: The Garden Room of the Pasquerilla Spiritual Center (across from the Paterno Library on Curtin Road)
Sponsored by: International Christian Fellowship, www.impsu.org

      All are welcome!

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Jubilee Conference 2017 - Pittsburgh
Feb
17
to Feb 19

Jubilee Conference 2017 - Pittsburgh

Join 3,000 college students in downtown Pittsburgh who are passionate for God and following Him in every area of life.  You will hear dynamic speakers, experience rich times of worship and enjoy time with others who are seeking to faithfully follow Christ.  You can visit the conference website here to see the schedule, speakers, etc.    http://www.jubileeconference.com/  Questions:  Contact Walt Johnston WMJ1@psu.edu or phone: 

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Free Wednesday Lunch 11 - 1, followed by Bible reading (English Practice) at 1pm
Jan
11
11:00 AM11:00

Free Wednesday Lunch 11 - 1, followed by Bible reading (English Practice) at 1pm

On Wednesdays, from 11am - 1pm, at St. Paul's Church (250 E. College Ave.), hosts a free lunch downstairs in the Social room, for the campus and the community.  Menu includes tasty soups, breads, and pastries.  All are welcome!

After lunch, feel free to stay and practice your English reading skills.  We read the Bible aloud in small groups around the tables using a good children's level translation.

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BOSTON INTERNATIONAL THANKSGIVING CONFERENCE
Nov
23
to Nov 27

BOSTON INTERNATIONAL THANKSGIVING CONFERENCE

This event is held over the Thanksgiving holidays (Nov. 23-27) in the Boston, Massachusetts area. It is a great experience which combines (1) sharing the Thanksgiving holiday with an American family in their home, (2) sightseeing at famous places of the Boston area (such as Harvard, MIT, and historical sites of the American Revolution), and (3) the opportunity to learn about the Christian faith through a guest speaker. This conference is sponsored by International Students Inc.(ISI), a nation-wide Christian organization which serves international students, scholars, and their families.

To learn more, click on the photo!

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International Overnight Get-Away!
Nov
19
to Nov 20

International Overnight Get-Away!

All are invited to our International Overnight Get-Away at Camp Blue Diamond!

Our speaker will be Mr. Andre Yee -- originally from Malaysia and came to the USA as an international student.  Mr. Yee has a background in business, research, and technology and is currently the CEO of Triblio, a leading marketing technology company. He lives in Fairfax, Virginia.

Click on the photo for more information and registration!!!

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Tour Amish & Bike Ride in Lancaster, PA
Oct
8
to Oct 9

Tour Amish & Bike Ride in Lancaster, PA

We'll drive to Lancaster, PA (about a 2 hour drive) where we'll take a driving tour of the Amish community, including stopping at various locations and businesses.  After lunch we'll take a bike ride on a nearby bike trail and end the day with dinner at the Grace Baptist Church.  

Click on the photo for more info!

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The Search For Life Beyond Earth
Sep
23
6:15 PM18:15

The Search For Life Beyond Earth

Jim Adams, recently retired Deputy Chief Technology Officer for NASA, will give a lecture at 7:00pm in room 112 of the Kern Building, on the topic, "The Search for Life Beyond Earth."  Using NASA satellite photos and drawing on years of experience, Mr. Adams will share the latest findings on NASA's quest to discover life beyond our planet.   Free and open to the public.

A free dinner is served at 6:15pm in the Garden Room of the Pasquerilla Spiritual Center. After dinner, we'll simply walk over to the nearby Kern Building. 

For more on Jim Adams, and an article about his work and his career, click on the photo!

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A "Football 101" Tailgate Party for International Students
Sep
10
11:30 AM11:30

A "Football 101" Tailgate Party for International Students

Watch the Penn State vs. University of Pittsburgh football game in an American home on Saturday, Sept. 10 -  At 11:30am we'll provide an explanation of American Football.  At 12:00 noon we will watch Penn State beat University of Pittsburgh (with further explanation during the game )

Location: Our homes here in State College - click on the photo to register!

Sponsor: International Ministries at Penn State

 

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