Spiritual Notes

N.E.W.S. Worthy Network, a recovery ministry, will hold its first banquet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 20 at the The Casino in Lakemont Park. Senior Judge Jolene Kopriva will speak. Music will be by Heather Morder and Kira Moyer.

Tickets are $20 or $150 for a table of eight. For tickets, call Krista at 934-8940, Cory at 932-4830, Kathy at 932-3718 or Sharon at 207-9139.

God’s Gift to the World dinner, celebrating all women during Mother’s Day, will be served at

5 p.m. May 12 at the Warriors Mark United Methodist Church. Guest speaker will be Robin Shafer. There will also be a silent auction.

The menu includes roast beef, mashed potatoes, vegetable, applesauce, roll, dessert and beverage. Tickets are $10 and will be available at the office or from Janet Cherry. Deadline to purchase tickets is April 29. To donate a basket, call 632-6906.

The fourth Novena of 2018 to Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St. Therese (the Little Flower) offered by the Discalced Carmelite Nuns of Loretto will open on April 22 and end on April 30.

All intentions submitted to the nuns will be remembered with the special Novena prayers after the daily Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in the nuns’ chapel. Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament is held at 4 p.m. every Sunday and the first Friday of the month. Everyone is invited to attend the Benediction followed by the veneration of the relic of St. Therese of the Child Jesus of the Holy Face.

Those who wish to share in the graces and blessings of these nine days of prayer, and in the private prayers of the Carmelite Nuns during the Novena, should send petitions to Mother Prioress, Discalced Carmelite Monastery, P.O. Box 57, Loretto, PA 15940.

Second Avenue United Methodist Church will hold a free soup and sandwich lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 21 (and every third Saturday of the month). The meal includes soup, sandwich, drink and dessert. Everyone is invited.

The church is at 130 Second Ave., Altoona, on the corner of Second Avenue and Second Street. Call 943-2072 for more information.

“The War Room” will be shown at 6 p.m. Sunday at the Hollidaysburg Christian and Missionary Alliance Church, 183 Jefferson St., Hollidaysburg. Refreshments will be available after the movie. Everyone is invited. For more information, call 695-6943.

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 806 13th St., will stage the 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 ACT member Woody Pyeatt, the play will feature olio acts (musical and other entertainment) during set changes.

Tickets are $15 per person and include the show, as well as dessert and a beverage to be served during intermission. Playgoers are also asked to bring 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.

Ham pot pie supper will be served at 5 p.m. April 21 at Upper Claar Church of the Brethren, Claysburg. The meal will be served buffet-style with salad, drink and deserts. Donations accepted at the door. For more information, call 239-5449.

The 22nd annual Treasure Trove and Bake Sale will be held at the Alexandria Presbyterian Church from 3 to 7 p.m. April 20 and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 21.

Treasure Trove tickets will be available both days. All proceeds benefit local missions. The church is at 311 Shelton Ave., Alexandria, at the corner of Hartslog Street and Shelton Avenue.

Used Bibles and Christian books are being collected by Grace Bible Church, 164 Laurel Lane, Hollidaysburg, during April. The church, located next to Garvey Manor, is partnering with Advance Global Literature to send the books to Ghana, West Africa. Donations will be accepted from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. April 18 and 25. Other times are available by appointment. To schedule a time, call 695-4060. Donations to offset shipping costs are also requested.

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