Spiritual Notes

Holy Week Services at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 1433 13th Ave., Altoona, include:

– April 6 — 7 p.m. Good Friday Lamentation service

– April 7 — 10:30 a.m. Holy Saturday Vespers with St. Basil’s Divine Liturgy — Great Anticipation of the Resurrection; 11:30 p.m., Resurrection Matins, Receiving the Light, Paschal Divine Liturgy and Blessing of Red Eggs

Holy Week services at St. Michael’s Orthodox Church, Wood, include:

– April 4 — 7 p.m. Holy Wednesday Unction Service at Christ the Savior Cathedral in Johnstown.

– April 5, Holy Thursday — 7 p.m. The Passion Gospels at St. Michaels in Wood.

– April 6 — 7 p.m. Holy and Great Friday Burial Service at St. Michael’s, Wood.

– April 7, Holy Saturday — 7 p.m. Resurrection Matins at St. Michael’s, Wood.

– April 8 — 10 a.m. Orthodox Easter (Pascha) Sunday, Resurrectional Divine Liturgy at St Michael’s. Blessing of Easter Baskets will follow the Divine Liturgy.

The senior class of Great Commission School, a nonprofit, private school, will serve a spaghetti dinner from 5 to 7:30 p.m. April 13 at the school, 1100 Sixth Ave., Altoona. The dinner will feature DelGrosso’s spaghetti sauce and meatballs, and salad from the Olive Garden. Cost of the dinner is $8. Proceeds support the senior trip of the Class of 2018. For more information, call 942-9710.

First United Methodist Church, 801 Allegheny St., Hollidaysburg, will host a Good Friday service at 7 p.m. The Chancel Choir and guest Cellist, Maria Jeffers of New York City, will present “Return to Me.” A major choral work with original texts by Terry York and original music by Taylor Davis. “Return to Me” is a journey through the traditional Stations of the Cross. The combination of familiar scripture set with powerful new images creates a deeply spiritual experience for Holy Week.

Good Friday service will be held at 7 p.m. at Altoona’s First Church of the Brethren, corner of Sixth Avenue and Fifth Street. The time of the service has been changed from a previous announcement. The service will focus on the solemn walk of Christ to His death on the cross at Gethsemane. Pastor Bill Pepper will share the Good Friday message. Bread and Cup Communion will be served by First Church deacons. The church is handicapped accessible.

The Jacobs Brothers of Dillsburg will present a concert at 6 p.m. April 14 at The Lighthouse Morningstar Ministries, Route 240, Cherry Tree. For more information, call Pastors Ken and Wilda Brown at 948-5765.

The Altoona Bible Church, 3017 Union Ave., Altoona, will host violin virtuoso Jaime Jorge in concert at 7 p.m. April 6. The concert will feature music ranging from favorite hymns to contemporary praise songs. Born and raised in communist Cuba, Jorge was offered opportunities, including to study in Moscow, if he and his family would renounce their belief in God. They refused. When Jorge was 10, his family was given the opportunity to leave the country. In 1996, Jorge left medical school to devote himself to full-time ministry.

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 806 13th St., will stage a family-friendly, full-scale production of “Rip Van Winkle,” a classic melodrama version of Washington Irving’s tale. Performances will be held in the church auditorium at

7:30 p.m. April 20 and 21 and at 2 p.m. April 22.

Directed by Altoona Community Theatre member Woody Pyeatt, the play will feature olio acts (musical and other entertainment) during set changes. Tickets are $15 and include the show plus dessert and beverage to be served during intermission. Playgoers are also asked to consider bringing a donation of non-perishable food items or money for St. Luke’s Food Pantry.

For more information, contact the church office at 942-1372 or email info@stlukes altoona.org.

The Faith Baptist Cafe will serve the monthly community meal from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

April 7. The meal is free and open to the public at Faith Baptist Church, 315 40th St., in the Highland Park section of Altoona. The menu includes meatloaf, mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables, roll and dessert. Call the church office at 944-2894 before 3 p.m. April 6 if transportation is needed.

The Sister Servants of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus invite all women to a weekend retreat, Stepping Stones to Prayer, beginning with dinner at 6 p.m. April 13 and ending April 15 with a brunch at noon. Those who can only make it on Saturday are welcome to join the group at 8:30 a.m. for Mass followed by breakfast. Register by April 11 by contacting Sister Jacinta at sisterjacinta@gmail.com or 886-4459. Suggested donation for the retreat is $75.

The Faith Baptist Church of Altoona, corner of Fourth Avenue and 40th Street, in the Highland Park section of Altoona, will host a conference on missions April 6-8 with Dr. Wendell Calder.

Calder founded Local Church Evangelism in 1975 after pastoring for 16 years. The Calders are now in their 38th year of itinerant ministry traveling throughout the United States and beyond.

The theme for the conference is “Resharpening Our Focus on Missions.” Sessions will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. April 6;

8 to 10 a.m. April 7 with a breakfast provided (reservations needed); and 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. April 8.

A Youth Rally for teens in seventh-12th grade will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. April 7.

All local churches are invited to bring youth as they will be challenged on missions. Transportation is available by calling the church office.

For more information, visit www.fbcaltoona.org or call 944-2894.

Altoona Aglow International has changed its meeting day to 10 a.m. on the second Saturday of the month. Meetings will be held at the Center City Church, 801 Pleasant Valley Blvd., Altoona. There is large parking lot behind church. Aglow is a ministry to men and women.

The next meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m. April 14. Adviser is Bobbie Foreman. Water will be provided during the meeting, although participants are invited to bring a beverage as well.

Speaker for the April meeting is Judy DeAngelo, a singer, songwriter and worship leader who resides in Johnstown. She has more than 30 years of experience in ministry and has served on the board of various women’s groups and has also led worship for these groups. She also has served in Sunday school ministry, choirs and worship teams.

Currently she is the vice president of public relations and worship leader for the Altoona Lighthouse of Aglow International. She is a member of Gateway to Christ ministries in Johnstown, and she writes for Jubilee News, a local newspaper, which goes to prisons and hospitals.

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religion@altoonamirror.com or call Holly at 946-7451. Items may also be submitted online through the Mirror’s virtual newsroom at vnr.altoonamirror.com.