Spiritual notes

Free soup lunch

Hicks Memorial United Methodist Church, 1211 Third Ave., Duncansville, will host a free soup lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The lunch will feature homemade potato soup, applesauce or fruit cocktail, beverage, and cookies, cakes and cupcakes prepared by members of the congregation. This event is free and open to the public. Call 695-8529, email hicksumc@verizon.net or visit www.hicksumc.org for more information.

Bible study

The Lighthouse, at the corner of Woomer and Bloom roads, Altoona, will host weekly Bible study from 7-8 p.m. Wednesdays. There will be teachings, ministry and fellowship. All are welcome. For more information and directions, call Michael Verilla at 942-7095.

Hoagie fundraiser

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 806 13th St., Altoona, is taking orders for 18-inch hoagies until March 17. The hoagies will be ready for pickup at 11 a.m. on March 24. The hoagies are $8 each. Varieties include Italian, turkey and provolone, ham and swiss or all cheese, and each hoagie comes with Anna’s homemade dressing. To order, call 942-1372 or e-mail rector@stlukesaltoona.org.

Friday fish fries

St. Mark Catholic Church, 416 Sixth Ave., will hold Friday fish fries from 4 to 6:30 p.m. tonight and on March 24 and April 7.

The menu is baked or fried fish, french fries or macaroni and cheese, stewed tomatoes or coleslaw, roll, butter, drink and free dessert. The cost will be $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and younger. Takeouts available.

Healing service

St. Michael’s Basilica, Loretto, will host a Mass and healing service at 7 p.m. Thursday. Father Robert Hilz and other friars from Mount Assisi will preside.

Lenten service

Grace Lutheran Church, 1114 N. Cambria St., Bellwood, will hold a community Lenten service at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Habitat Care work party

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 806 13th St., Altoona, is co-sponsoring a Habitat Care work party with the Pennsylvania Interfaith Power and Light from 2 to 4 p.m. March 25.

The project is led by Greg Williams, a PAIPL board member who has decades of environmental education and habitat care experience.

The work party will meet at the Williamsburg Trailhead of the Lower Trail, East First St., 11/2 blocks from High St. Dress to get dirty. Waterproof footwear a plus. Gloves and clippers provided, or bring your own. If the weather is too cold or wet, the event will be canceled. Call to confirm.

The project is to remove invasive plants, including privet, Tartarian honeysuckle and multiflora rose, that are crowding out native shrubs, choking trees and blocking the view of the river.

PAIPL prays, educates, advocates, weatherizes and brings a moral and religious perspective to climate change through the work of more than 50 church communities and other individuals. For more information, contact Williams at 215-242-0854 or email wacmbook@aol.com.

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