Spiritual notes

Community flea market

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 806 13th St., will host a community indoor/outdoor flea market, rain or shine, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Space is available for $10; tables are an additional $5. The kitchen will be open for hot dogs, soda, water and coffee. For more information, contact Robert Gohn at 569-7621.

Campfire service

A campfire service with Pastor John Telyea will be held at 6 p.m. July 22 at the Newry Lutheran Church, 1040 Shamrock Lane, Newry. Participants are invited to gather around the campfire to praise God through scripture, music and fellowship.

After worship, s’mores and mountain pies will be served. Those attending are asked to bring a beverage and a chair or blanket for seating.

Homecoming festival

Saint Benedict Church, 100 Main St., Carrolltown will host its 60th Homecoming Festival July 28-30. Each day includes bingo, a large basket auction, garage sale, games, live music, a bake sale, ethnic food and refreshments. A climbing wall, dunking booth and raffle tickets will also be available each day.

Grounds open at 5 p.m. July 28 with ethnic foods and wing night specials.

On July 29, grounds open at noon with a cruise-in from noon to 3 p.m., a cornhole tournament at noon and Mass at 4 p.m. Registration is required for the cornhole tournament and can be made by calling the parish office at 344-6548. Cost is $20 per two-person team.

A chicken dinner with homemade noodles soup will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 30. Cost is $10 for adults, $4 for children ages 5 to 12 and free for children under 4. Shuttle service will be available from the Cambria Heights Elementary School from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. A kiddie tractor pull contest, for children 4-8 years old, will begin at 3 p.m.

Vacation Bible school

“Back to Basics — Tell Me the Stories of Jesus” Vacation Bible school will be held July 24-28 at Mardorf United Methodist Church, 3429 Juniata Gap Road. Participants will spend time revisiting the basics of Jesus’ life, Jesus’ teachings and Jesus’ sacrifice, and relearn some old favorite songs.

The closing performance will be held during the annual 11 a.m. outdoor service on July 30, followed by a picnic. Nightly activities includes a lesson, craft, snacks, games and music.

The lessons are geared toward children in kindergarten through sixth grade. There is no charge to attend and registration is not required. However, anyone planning to attend is asked to contact the church at 944-1911.

All-school reunion

Great Commission Schools, Altoona, will hold an “all-school” reunion at 6:30 p.m. July 22 at Hoss’s Steak & Sea House in Altoona. All alumni, faculty, former faculty and friends of GCS are invited. All school yearbooks will be on display. Families are welcome. For information, call 931-3040.

Outdoor Mass

An outdoor Mass honoring married couples will be held at 7 p.m. July 23 at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Alleghenies, next to the Basilica of St. Michael, in Loretto. Bring a lawn chair.

The Mass will be held indoors, at the Basilica of St. Michael, if it rains. Bishop Mark L. Bartchak is the celebrant and homilist for the Mass.

The general public and married couples are invited to this event to celebrate, encourage and support married couples. Those attending are invited to come early, bring food and picnic together on the grounds.

Free soup

The 28th Street Church of the Brethren, 2800 Union Ave., will serve “Free Soup” in the fellowship hall from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The meal includes hamburgers, potato salad, dessert and beverage. There are no income guidelines and all are welcome to attend. Those attending should enter by the side basement door.

Summer Camp Meeting

Summer Camp Meeting 2017 will be held July 16-21 and July 23 at the Dry Run Independent Baptist Church, 670 Valley Forge Road, Duncansville.

Services will be held at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sundays, 7 pm. Monday through Wednesday; 3, 4 and 7 p.m. Thursday; and at 3, 4, 7 and 8 p.m. Friday. There will be no services on Saturday.

Camp Meeting speakers include Dr. Leon Foote and the Foote Evangelistic Team, Dr. Dan Hummel, Dr. James Earls, Dr. Jim Civale, Evangelist Dan Stroupe, Pastor Mark Leatherman, Dr. Donnie Pollard and Dr. Don Leatherman.

Pastor Cory Dobrowolsky will be the song leader and there will be special music each night. A nursery will be provided and there will be a Kids Crusade each evening conducted by the Foote Evangelistic Team. For more information, contact the church office at 695-2203.

Aglow meeting

The Altoona Chapter of Aglow International will meet Tuesday at Hoss’s Steak & Sea House, Pleasant Valley Boulevard and Seventh Street. Lunch will be at noon, followed by the meeting at 12:45 p.m.

The meeting will begin with prayer and worship, followed by speaker Lucy McDowell, who has been in Aglow for 30 years serving in leadership positions. Men and women are welcome at the meeting. For more information, contact Helena at 515-2059, Judy at 410-7843 or email



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