Spiritual notes

The following churches have scheduled Bible school activities:

The East End United Methodist Church will hold Vacation Bible School from 6 to 8 p.m. July 31 through Aug. 2.

There will be games, snacks, Bible stories and more.

Participants will be taking a ride on the SS Yahweh as they learn about Jonah and the Whale. The church is at 405 E. Hudson Ave, Altoona. For more information, call 944-7219 or e-mail eeumc@atlanticbb.net.

Riggles Gap Bible Church, 613 Lear Road, Altoona, will host “It’s Out Of This World” vacation Bible school from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

July 30 through Aug. 3. The program is geared to children ages 4 through 12th grade.

There will be songs, skits, snacks, Bible stories and more. “SPUD the space dog” puppet will also be on hand to help participants learn Bible verses.

For more information or for transportation, call 946-3376.

The following churches have scheduled free meals:

Second Avenue United Methodist Church will serve a free soup and sandwich lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The meal is served the third Saturday of each month.

The meal includes soup, sandwich, drink and dessert.

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

Providence Presbyterian Church, 2401 Broad Ave., Altoona, will serve a free luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

The menu includes a variety of homemade soups, a sandwich, beverages, desserts and fruit.

Free lunch and fellowship will be offered from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the 28th Street Church of the Brethren, 2800 Union Ave., Altoona.

Summer Camp Meeting will be held

July 22-27 and July 29 at Dry Run Independent Baptist Church, 670 Valley Forge Road, Duncansville.

Speakers for the week include Dr. Leon Foote, Dr. Dan Hummel, Dr. Larry Hummel,

Dr. Don Leatherman, Pastor Mark Leatherman, Evangelist Glenn Stevenson, Evangelist Dan Stroupe and Dr. Donnie Pollard.

A Kids Crusade for children will be held each evening by the Foote Evangelistic Team.

Sunday services will be held at 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Services will be held at 7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday. Services will be held at 3 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Thursday and at 3 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m. and

8 p.m. on Friday, July 27. There will be no Saturday services.

Song leader is Pastor Cory Dobrowolsky. There will be special music at each service.

For more information, contact the church office at 695-2203.

The 172nd anniversary celebration of the Old Keller Reformed Church in Canoe Valley will be held at 2:30 p.m. Aug. 5. The Rev. Paul Marsteller will serve as worship leader and conduct a memorial service. Rebecca Donnelly will serve as organist.

A group photograph will be taken after the business meeting. Those staying for the fellowship supper are asked to bring a covered dish and place settings.

The church is just south of Route 22 on Fox Run Road at the Blair-Huntingdon County line.

The following churches have planned festivals:

Asbury United Methodist Church, 1341 Grandview Road, Altoona, will host a festival from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

St. Benedict Church, Carrolltown, will host a festival July 27-29. Entertainment includes bingo, a basket auction, garage sale, games, live music, bake sale, ethnic foods and refreshments. There will also be a climbing wall and dunking booth all three days.

The grounds open at 5 p.m. July 27 with wing night specials.

The event opens at noon July 28, with a cruise-in from noon to 5 p.m. Mass will be held at 4 p.m.

A chicken dinner with homemade noodle soup will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

July 29. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children 5 to 12 and free for children 4 and younger. Take-out dinners are available. A peddle-tractor pull will begin at 3 p.m. and is open to children ages 3 to 8.

St. Mary’s Church, Altoona, will hold a yard sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 4 in Memorial Hall, Fourth Avenue and 15th Street. Table space is $15. To rent a table to donate items to be sold, call Dot at 944-0258. There will be household items, Christmas and other holiday decorations, children’s toys and games and more.

The 98th Annual Central Pennsylvania Bible Conference will be held July 29-Aug. 3 at The Casino at Lakemont Park.

Services will be held at 6 p.m. July 29 and at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. July 30-Aug. 3. A dinner will be provided at 5:30 p.m. for those who attend the conference sessions.

The theme of the Conference is “A Renewed Look at Bible Prophecy.”

Guest speakers will be Evangelist Dave Kistler of HOPE Ministries International and Dr. Jimmy DeYoung of Prophecy Today Ministry.

Special music will be provided by The Keystone State Quartet, Sallie Turoczi, Chiz Rider, Carol Sexton, Karen Knight and the Kistler Family.

Jim O’Bryon, conference leader, served at the Pentagon for 15 years as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense.

Children’s Ministry for ages 5 to 12 will be conducted each evening by Maggie Smith of God’s Truth for Children Ministries. There will also be childcare for children 4 years old and younger.

A youth rally will be held at 7 p.m. Aug. 2 in the Soho Room at The Casino with Dr. Jared Bowling of Generation Next Ministries.

A men’s breakfast will be held at 8 a.m. Aug. 2 at The Casino with missionary guest Alex Turoczi of Church Assist Ministries.

A ladies brunch will be held at 11 a.m. Aug. 3 at The Casino with speaker Sallie Turoczi.

The Central Pennsylvania Bible Conference is an outreach of The Way of Truth Ministries of Altoona.

For more information, call 944-2894.

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