Good Shepherd Lutheran Church | State College, PA

News and Events

Upcoming Sermon Topics:         

March 25 - PALM SUNDAY
                  The Curtain Was Torn
                  Through and Mercy
                  Mark 15:38
                  Concordia Lutheran Choir
                  provides music
                  for 8 am service

April 1 -    EASTER SUNDAY
                 The Glorious Un-Death
                 Isaiah 25:6-9
The Choir from Concordia Lutheran High School in Fort Wayne, Indiana 
will present a concert of acapella choral music on Saturday, March 24 @ 7:30 pm
at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.  Free admission.
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Huntingdon Service with communion and Children's Church:  March 25 @ 4:30 pm.

PSU and Juniata College students -  if you would like a ride to church, please call 814-308-3417

Good Shepherd provides free student lunches several times a month after the second Sunday service.  The next lunch will be March 25. Home cooked food and good fellowship.  Bring a friend!

Wednesday Services occur at 7 pm during the season of Lent. Short message, hymns and prayer.
Holy Week Services:  Thursday, March 29@7pm SEDER meal followed by communion.  Good Friday, March 30@7pm - Tenebrae Service of Darkness
Easter Services:  8 am Traditional, 10:30 am Contemporary.  Breakfast for all at 9:30 am.

Greg Finke, author of Joining Jesus on His Mission and Joining Jesus: Show Me How will be here on April 7 with his wife, Susan, for an all day workshop on missional living. 9 am- 3 pm, lunch included.  Cost is free, donations welcome.  For more information, call (814)234-8177 or email  To register, click here:

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As usual, we are excited to have the following wonderful teachers on our staff this year!  We are always happy to touch base with parents during pick-up and dismissal times when important information for the day needs to be shared.  We request that any extended discussions with your classroom teacher occur at a predetermined time outside of class by a phone call or through email so that drop-off and dismissal flow smoothly for all.  Office hours for the preschool are generally 8:30 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. M-F.

Dianne Sefter
Dianne has been with the preschool since its inception in 1993- 25 years!  She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Art Education from Penn State University.
She is in her 20th year as director of the preschool.
She is currently teacher of the 5-day/combination morning class for 3-5 year olds.
Dianne is a member of Fairbrook United Methodist Church in Pennsylvania Furnace.

home phone: 234-2421

Amber Patrick
Teacher Assistant
This is Amber's second year as an assistant in the Almost Three's class.  She has 5 children and has had experience as a mother and home childcare worker for 20 years.  She is a doula who works in the State College Area with new mothers.  She had one son attend our program.
Beth Hlywiak
Teacher Assistant
Beth has been with the preschool since 2010 and had three children attend our program.  She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Biology from Messiah University and a Med Tech degree from Harrisburg Hospital.
She is currently the teacher assistant in the T/W/TH portion of the 5-day class, LUNCH BUNCH helper, and a loyal substitute in all classes throughout the year.
Beth is a member here at Good Shepherd Evangelical Lutheran Church.

home phone: 231-0743
  Mary Kay LaPlante
Teacher Assistant
Mary Kay has been with the preschool since 2011 and had two of her four children in our program.  She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts from Rochester Institute of Technology.
She is currently the teacher assistant in the Tuesday/ Thursday portion of our downstairs 3-5 year class.
Mary Kay is a member of Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Port Matilda.

home phone:  238-4522
  Heather McIntosh
Heather has been with the preschool since 2012 and had taught a toddler class in Florida for 12 years before moving back to State College.  One of her three daughters attended the preschool.
She is currently the teacher of the Almost Three's class for 2 yrs. 7 mos.- 3 year olds
Heather's husband is studying for the ministry and they attend Access Church in State College.

home phone:  850-221-9475
  Jaci Johnson
Assistant Teacher
This is Jaci's second year with our preschool, having one of her three sons attend our program.  Jaci holds a certificate in Children, Youth and Family Services from Penn State.
She is currently teacher in our Lunch Bunch program and teacher assistant for the M/W/F class.
Jaci is a member of Port Matilda United Methodist Church in Port Matilda.
  Catherine Droske
Catherine is in her fourth year as as teacher at Good Shepherd, having formerly taught at Fairbrook First Steps Preschool for 12 years.  She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Arts in Child Development from California State University in Chico, CA. She is currently a teacher in the M/W/F  morning class for 3-5 year olds.
Catherine is a member of Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church in State College.

home phone:  692-2206

You might see Lillian Garbrick and Cindy LaBarca helping in our classrooms this year! They are retired from our staff, but love to add a little excitement to their days by coming back to preschool to help.  They are a tremendous boost to our program and bring their own special gifts to our classes.  The children love them, too, with all of the special attention they get!!  All staff  attend coursework for Early Childhood Education and take classes for CPR and First Aid training for Infants and Toddlers.                                             



Weekly Schedule

» Sunday

8:00 am | Classic Worship and Communion
9:15 am | Bible Study
10:30 am | Blended Worship & Communion
NEW! 4:30 pm | Blended Worship & Communion on the first Sunday of the month (at our site in Huntingdon, PA) Click here for directions

» Life Groups

Meet throughout the week


Church Office: (814) 234-8177
Preschool Office: (814) 234-1388

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
851 N. Science Park Road
State College, PA 16803