Spiritual notes


Cornerstone Fellowship of Mill Run, 415 Mennonite Road, Altoona, will host a festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 18. There will be music, field-size corn hole with water balloons, a bounce house and games for all ages. Vendors will be on hand, and food and baked goods will be available.

St. Patrick School and Parish in Newry will hold its 36th annual Festival in the Shade from 5 to 10 p.m. today and Saturday and from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday. There will be food, entertainment, a flea market, 50/50 drawing, raffles and games for all ages. There will also be a cornhole tournament.

Chicken BBQ

Mt. Zion Willing Workers, Pavia, will sponsor a chicken BBQ on Aug. 25 at the Pavia Activity Building. Eat in or takeout is available. Chicken will be prepared by Bob and Jean Benna of Lone Oak Farm Chicken Wagon.

Dinner includes 1/2 chicken, macaroni salad, baked beans, roll and cookie for $9. Baked goods and drinks will be available at an additional cost.

Dinners may be pre-ordered by calling 276-3586 or 276-3432 until Aug. 20.

All proceeds will benefit Joe Smouse’s Amor Ministries missionary work.

Flea market, bake sale

The St. Therese Conference of St. Vincent de Paul Society will hold its annual flea market and bake sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. today and Saturday.

The sale will be held indoors at the Father Kelly Hall, on the corner of 25th Avenue and Fifth Street. Items will include toys, linens, large aquariums, glassware, books and more. All proceeds are used to help those in need in the Altoona area.

Dixie Melody Boys concert

Popular Southern Gospel quartet, The Dixie Melody Boys will be featured at 4 p.m. Aug. 18 at the Friendship Village Campground, 348 Friendship Road, Bedford.

Since their original formation decades ago, the Kinston, N.C., based quartet has enjoyed success, including a Grammy nomination and numerous Fan Award nominations from The Singing News Magazine, Southern Gospel Music’s leading fan and trade publication. This quartet, led by 50-year veteran and recent Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame inductee, Ed O’Neal, has had over 20 Top 40 hits, including eight Top 10 releases and a No. 1 single.

Community church servie

A community church service will be held at 10:45 a.m. Sunday as part of the 43rd Claysburg Community Days at the Claysburg Community Park. The service will be held in the gazebo with seating available in the pavilions.

Clothing, backpack giveaway

The Juniata United Methodist Church will sponsor a children’s clothing and backpack giveaway and free hair cut program for school-age children from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 18. Backpacks will be provided on a first come, first serve basis and children — elementary, junior high and senior high ages — must be present to receive a backpack.

Juniata United Methodist Church is at 808 N. Fourth St., in the Juniata section of Altoona.

For more information, contact the church office at 942-6065 or visit www.juniataumc.net.

Shoe Bank Ministry

The Juniata United Methodist Church Angel Feet Shoe Bank Ministry assists Blair County children from birth to sixth grade with new sneakers, socks and a book. The program is open to children who receive medical assistance, CHIP or who are referred to the program by an agency or school.

Parents can contact the ministry to schedule an appointment for their child or children.

The Juniata United Methodist Church is at 808 N. Fourth St., in the Juniata section of Altoona. For more information, contact the church office at 942-6065.

Mass schedule

Effective Sept. 1 and 2, the Mass schedule for St. Mark’s and Holy Rosary churches is Saturdays, 4:30 p.m. at St. Mark’s; Sundays, 8:30 a.m. at St. Mark’s and 11 a.m. at Holy Rosary. Notice the new Sunday Mass time at St. Mark’s.


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