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By Jade Campos
Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association 

Spiritually Remote?

The pandemic has affected already declining church attendance


Last updated 3/19/2021 at 8:56pm

Will Yurman

Carolyn Donaldson outside of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in State College on Friday, Nov, 20, 2020. Donaldson is a member of the congregation at the church.

Dwindling daylight shimmers through the stained glass and onto the pews of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in State College, Pennsylvania, on a Sunday in late autumn as the sun sets on its 5 p.m. service

Congregants shuffle in and take their seats quietly under the towering ceiling. The 112-year-old church can hold several hundred people, but it won't today.

Only 13 congregants have found their way through the heavy wooden doors.

Carolyn Donaldson, 59, of State College, is one of them – and she said this is actually a good day for the church in the pandemic. Typically, five to seven people...

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